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release date: Apr 03, 2008
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The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
The New York Times bestseller that makes scientific subjects both understandable and fun: “Every sentence sparkles with wit and charm.” —Richard Dawkins
 
From the Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times science journalist and bestselling author of Woman, this is a playful, passionate guide to the science all around us (and inside us)—from physics to chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, and more.
 
Drawing on conversations with hundreds of the world’s top scientists, Natalie Angier creates a thoroughly entertaining guide to scientific literacy. For those who want a fuller understanding of some of the great issues of our time, The Canon offers insights on stem cells, bird flu, evolution, and global warming. For students—or parents whose kids ask a lot of questions about how the world works—it brings to life such topics as how the earth was formed, or what electricity is. Also included are clear, fascinating explanations of how to think scientifically and grasp the tricky subject of probability.
 
The Canon is a joyride through the major scientific disciplines that reignites our childhood delight and sense of wonder—and along the way, tells us what is actually happening when our ice cream melts or our coffee gets cold, what our liver cells do when we eat a caramel, why the horse is an example of evolution at work, and how we’re all really made of stardust.
 
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release date: Jul 06, 2011
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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
A prescient warning of a future we now inhabit, where fake news stories and Internet conspiracy theories play to a disaffected American populace

A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.”—Los Angeles Times


How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions.

Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today's so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms.

Praise for The Demon-Haunted World

“Powerful . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.”The Washington Post Book World

“Compelling.”USA Today

“A clear vision of what good science means and why it makes a difference. . . . A testimonial to the power of science and a warning of the dangers of unrestrained credulity.”The Sciences

“Passionate.”San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle
release date: Jul 06, 2011
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Cosmos
RETURNING TO TELEVISION AS AN ALL-NEW MINISERIES ON FOX
 
Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science.
 
Praise for Cosmos
 
“Magnificent . . . With a lyrical literary style, and a range that touches almost all aspects of human knowledge, Cosmos often seems too good to be true.”The Plain Dealer
 
“Sagan is an astronomer with one eye on the stars, another on history, and a third—his mind’s—on the human condition.”Newsday
 
“Brilliant in its scope and provocative in its suggestions . . . shimmers with a sense of wonder.”The Miami Herald
 
“Sagan dazzles the mind with the miracle of our survival, framed by the stately galaxies of space.”Cosmopolitan
 
“Enticing . . . iridescent . . . imaginatively illustrated.”The New York Times Book Review

NOTE: This edition does not include images.
release date: Sep 05, 2017
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Modern Classical Physics: Optics, Fluids, Plasmas, Elasticity, Relativity, and Statistical Physics

This first-year, graduate-level text and reference book covers the fundamental concepts and twenty-first-century applications of six major areas of classical physics that every masters- or PhD-level physicist should be exposed to, but often isn't: statistical physics, optics (waves of all sorts), elastodynamics, fluid mechanics, plasma physics, and special and general relativity and cosmology. Growing out of a full-year course that the eminent researchers Kip Thorne and Roger Blandford taught at Caltech for almost three decades, this book is designed to broaden the training of physicists. Its six main topical sections are also designed so they can be used in separate courses, and the book provides an invaluable reference for researchers.



  • Presents all the major fields of classical physics except three prerequisites: classical mechanics, electromagnetism, and elementary thermodynamics

  • Elucidates the interconnections between diverse fields and explains their shared concepts and tools

  • Focuses on fundamental concepts and modern, real-world applications

  • Takes applications from fundamental, experimental, and applied physics; astrophysics and cosmology; geophysics, oceanography, and meteorology; biophysics and chemical physics; engineering and optical science and technology; and information science and technology

  • Emphasizes the quantum roots of classical physics and how to use quantum techniques to elucidate classical concepts or simplify classical calculations

  • Features hundreds of color figures, some five hundred exercises, extensive cross-references, and a detailed index

  • An online illustration package is available to professors

release date: Feb 14, 2018
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Family Dementia Trouble: Four Solutions to Calm Your Crisis
Chill Out Your Dementia Crisis… and Keep It That Way!

Do you struggle every day with a family member who lives with Alzheimer’s or some other type of dementia just to do the simplest things? Getting dressed… getting out of the house to appointments… eating and drinking well… and the final frontier of care, taking a shower without a meltdown, are all possible if you know the special methods you will learn in this book. In 5 weeks, you’ll learn:


  • How to put out behavioral fires quickly… even prevent the next one from happening.

  • Get the basics of daily care done with less coaxing, arguing and upset.

  • Address the challenging behaviors that most upset and frighten you.

  • How to better communicate with your family member who is losing their ability to use speech.

  • Create and maintain some sanity in your life, even as your family member needs more help as their dementia progresses.


Learn the care methods Dr. Bier discovered were most successful as she has coached hundreds of desperate family members and caregivers out of their dementia crisis.

In just one month, you could feel life is in much better control, as you exercise the tools to cope with your loved one’s Alzheimer’s disease, or other type of dementia.

Deborah Bier, PhD, has successfully trained thousands of family and professional caregivers in dementia care best practices. She is an internationally respected educator and a beloved speaker. Her credentials are unique in that she experienced years of cognitive impairment herself following an auto accident. She has been a psychotherapist and homecare agency director of care for over 25 years. She is considered a gifted health educator, able to synthesize complex health topics into easy-to-understand language and down-to-earth actions. Dr. Bier holds a PhD in therapeutic counseling, a certificate in gerontology, and is a Certified Alzheimer’s Educator.
release date: Apr 09, 2017
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Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur
Proper Station Grounding is Important!
... Build your ham radio station with effective grounding and bonding techniques:



  • AC safety: protects against shock hazards from ac-powered equipment by providing a safe path for current when a fault in wiring or insulation occurs.
  • Lightning protection: keeps all equipment at the same voltage during transients from lighting and dissipate the lightning’s charge in the Earth, routing it away from equipment.
  • RF management: prevents unwanted RF currents and voltages from disrupting the normal functions of equipment (also known as RF interference or RFI).

    Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur shows you how to make sure your station follows current standards for lightning protection and communication systems, not to mention the National Electrical Code. You’ll learn effective grounding and bonding techniques for home stations, including condos and apartments, portable and temporary stations, as well as towers and outside antennas.
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    release date: Nov 07, 2017
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    Reactions: An Illustrated Exploration of Elements, Molecules, and Change in the Universe
    The long-awaited third installment in Theodore Gray's iconic "Elements" trilogy. The first two titles, Elements and Molecules, have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.

    With Reactions bestselling author Theodore Gray continues the journey through our molecular and chemical world that began with the tour de force The Elements and continued with Molecules. In The Elements, Gray gave us a never-before-seen, mesmerizing photographic view of the 118 elements in the periodic table. In Molecules, with the same phenomenal photographic acumen, plus beautifully rendered computer generated graphics, he showed us how the elements combine to form the content that makes up our universe, from table salt to oxygen to the panoply of colors and smells that surround us.
    At last, we've reached Reactions, in which Gray once again puts his photography and storytelling to work demonstrating how molecules interact in ways that are essential to our very existence. The book begins with a brief recap of elements and molecules and then goes on to explain important concepts the characterize a chemical reaction, including Energy, Entropy, and Time. It is then organized by type of reaction including chapters such as "Fantastic Reactions and Where to Find Them," "On the Origin of Light and Color," "The Boring Chapter," in which we learn about reactions such as paint drying, grass growing, and water boiling, and "The Need for Speed," including topics such as weather, ignition, and fire.

    release date: Nov 27, 2017
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    Organic Chemistry Lab Techniques Explained in Layman's Terms: A Conversational, High-Yield Guide for First Semester Topics
    Students oftentimes spend $50-$100 for textbooks that, while very comprehensive, contain technical jargon and advanced details that sometimes cause students to struggle with gaining traction in building a strong foundational intuition of the subject. Recognizing that textbooks are necessarily comprehensive, coupling their highly advanced format with easily digestible, conversational language can help serve as a useful supplemental tool. That said, this is meant to be a vehicle used to gain higher yields on the material provided by a standard textbook, as the reader will be walked through a deliberately structured learning process which involves building a high-level understanding of how the techniques work before diving deeper into the more nitty gritty details. Explanations of the lab techniques will leverage analogies, simple language, and figures to help facilitate the building of a strong foundation of understanding, making the reader’s transition to more advanced contexts (i.e., textbook learning) more manageable. Note, this is NOT a comprehensive replacement to a textbook and thus it is not designed for experts of the subject matter.

    Also be aware that the book will:
    -NOT include practice problems
    -NOT include a walk-through of NMR, IR, GC spectra interpretation
    -NOT include example calculations for topics such as azeotropes, eutectics, mathematical proof of extraction efficiencies, etc.

    You may reach out to the author ([email protected]) for any of these items which are not included in the book and in fact, this is strongly recommended. Any further inquiries can also be forwarded to [email protected]
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    release date: Jul 06, 2011
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    Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
    "FASCINATING . . . MEMORABLE . . . REVEALING . . . PERHAPS THE BEST OF CARL SAGAN'S BOOKS."
    --The Washington Post Book World (front page review)

    In Cosmos, the late astronomer Carl Sagan cast his gaze over the magnificent mystery of the Universe and made it accessible to millions of people around the world. Now in this stunning sequel, Carl Sagan completes his revolutionary journey through space and time.

    Future generations will look back on our epoch as the time when the human race finally broke into a radically new frontier--space. In Pale Blue Dot Sagan traces the spellbinding history of our launch into the cosmos and assesses the future that looms before us as we move out into our own solar system and on to distant galaxies beyond. The exploration and eventual settlement of other worlds is neither a fantasy nor luxury, insists Sagan, but rather a necessary condition for the survival of the human race.

    "TAKES READERS FAR BEYOND Cosmos . . . Sagan sees humanity's future in the stars."
    --Chicago Tribune
    release date: Jul 26, 2016
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    Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
    It’s a scientific fact: Women rock!
     
    A charmingly illustrated and educational book, New York Times best seller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
     
    Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more! 

    — BrainPickings - Best Science Books of the Year
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