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Skeptic: Viewing the World with a Rational Eye
Collected essays from bestselling author Michael Shermer's celebrated columns in Scientific AmericanFor fifteen years, bestselling author Michael Shermer has written a column in Scientific American magazine that synthesizes scientific concepts and theory for a general audience. His trademark com...
Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience
Lilienfeld, Scott O.
What can't neuroscience tell us about ourselves? Since fMRI—functional magnetic resonance imaging—was introduced in the early 1990s, brain scans have been used to help politicians understand and manipulate voters, determine guilt in court cases, and make sense of everything from musical aptitude ...
Lost Science: Astonishing Tales of Forgotten Genius
Acclaimed popular science writer Kitty Ferguson investigates little-explored byroads in the history of science, from Johannes Kepler’s nearly disastrous venture into the realm of science fiction to a mid-twentieth-century experiment involving EEGs and rocket fuel. She introduces such underappreci...
The captivating, all-but-forgotten story of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and the search for a planet that never existed For more than fifty years, the world's top scientists searched for the "missing" planet Vulcan, whose existence was mandated by Isaac Newton's theories of gravity. Countless ...
Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance
The present is a contest between the bright and dark sides of discovery. To avoid being torn apart by its stresses, we need to recognize the fact—and gain courage and wisdom from the past. Age of Discovery shows how.Now is the best moment in history to be alive, but we have never felt more anxio...
Thinking Machines: The Quest for Artificial Intelligence - and Where It's Taking Us Next
When most of us think about Artificial Intelligence, our minds go straight to cyborgs, robots, and sci-fi thrillers where machines take over the world. But the truth is that AI is already among us. It exists in our smartphones, fitness trackers, and refrigerators that tell us when the milk will e...
The Cambridge Quintet: A Work of Scientific Speculation
Casti, John L.
Five of the 20th century's greatest minds discuss the future of machines and whether they will ever be able to think like humans.
Science in Public
Does the general public need to understand science? And if so, is it the scientist's responsibility to communicate? Critics have argued that, despite the huge strides made in technology, we live in a "scientifically illiterate" society - one that thinks about the world and makes important decis...
An Optimist's Tour of the Future: One Curious Man Sets Out to Answer "What 's Next?"
In the tradition of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, a smart and entertaining guide to the future. Mark Stevenson - a writer, deep thinker, and stand-up comedian-set out simply, asking, "What's next for our species?" and then traveled the globe in pursuit of the answers. Along...
Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science
What led scientists to have acrobats copulate inside an MRI machine? Why do wordless patterns of sound send shivers down our spines and tickle ancient parts of our brains? How did a chemist's quest to create a drug to ease the pain of childbirth result in the creation of LSD? And did it change ou...
The Blackwinged Night
Peat, F. David
What does the creation of matter in the universe have to do with humanity's creative spirit? What is the connection between, art, literature, and music, and mathematical formulae and scientific theories? Taking an overarching scientific view of the universe and our place in it, scientist-philosop...
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