The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers

By Tom Standage

The Victorian web tells the colourful tale of the telegraph's production and noteworthy impression, and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it, from the eighteenth-century French scientist Jean-Antoine Nollet to Samuel F. B. Morse and Thomas Edison. the electrical telegraph nullified distance and shrank the realm swifter and extra than ever ahead of or seeing that, and its tale mirrors and predicts that of the web in different ways.

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The Emperor's New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth

By Irving Kirsch

Irving Kirsch has the realm doubting the efficacy of antidepressants. in response to fifteen years of study, The Emperor's New Drugs makes an overpowering case that what the scientific neighborhood thought of a cornerstone of psychiatric remedy is little greater than a defective consensus. yet Kirsch does greater than simply criticize: He deals a course society can persist with to forestall popping tablets and begin right treatment.

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Science: A History

By John Gribbin

From award-winning technological know-how author John Gribbin, "Science: A background" is the enchanting tale of the boys and ladies who replaced the best way we see the area, and the turbulent occasions they lived in. From Galileo, attempted by means of the Inquisition for his principles, to Newton, who wrote his competitors out of the background books; from Marie Curie, pressured to paintings except male scholars for worry she may well excite them, to Louis Agassiz, who marched his colleagues up a mountain to turn out that the ice a long time had happened. choked with pioneers, visionaries, eccentrics and madmen, this is often the background of technology because it hasn't ever been instructed sooner than. "Gripping and entertaining...Wonderfully and pleasurably accessible". ("Independent on Sunday"). "Tremendous ...moves me to bestow a reviewer's cliche I in the past vowed by no means to exploit: a travel de force". ("Spectator"). "A amazing historical past ...enormously entertaining". ("Daily Telegraph"). "A most excellent publication ...demolishes innumerable myths and exposes the real roots of a few of science's popular stories (for instance, Galileo by no means dropped weights of other sizes from Pisa's leaning tower)". ("Economist"). "We event his topics' triumphs and screw ups as though we knew them personally...I came upon myself whizzing in the course of the pages". ("Sunday Telegraph"). John Gribbin is certainly one of present day maximum writers of renowned technology and the writer of bestselling books, together with "In seek of Schrodinger's Cat", "Stardust, technology: A historical past" and "In seek of the Multiverse". Gribbin proficient as an astrophysicist at Cambridge collage and is at present vacationing Fellow in Astronomy on the collage of Sussex.

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Imagery in the 21st Century (MIT Press)

We are surrounded through photographs as by no means prior to: on Flickr, fb, and YouTube; on hundreds of thousands of tv channels; in electronic video games and digital worlds; in media artwork and technology. with no new efforts to imagine complicated principles, buildings, and structures, modern info explosion will be unmanageable. The electronic snapshot represents unending concepts for manipulation; pictures appear able to altering interactively or perhaps autonomously. This quantity deals systematic and interdisciplinary reflections on those new photo worlds and new analytical techniques to the visual.

Imagery within the twenty first Century examines this revolution in a variety of fields, with researchers from the typical sciences and the arts assembly to accomplish a deeper knowing of the which means and effect of the picture in our time. The participants discover and speak about new serious phrases of multidisciplinary scope, from database economic system to the dramaturgy of hypermedia, from visualizations in neuroscience to the picture in bio paintings. they think about the facility of the picture within the improvement of human awareness, pursue new definitions of visible phenomena, and consider new instruments for snapshot learn and visible research.

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With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change

By Fred Pearce

Fred Pearce has been writing approximately weather swap for eighteen years, and the extra he learns, the more serious issues glance. the place as soon as scientists have been interested by sluggish weather swap, now an increasing number of of them worry we are going to quickly be facing abrupt swap as a result of triggering hidden tipping issues. Even President Bush's best weather modeler, Jim Hansen, warned in 2005 that "we are at the precipice of weather approach tipping issues past which there's no redemption."

As Pearce started engaged on this ebook, mostly wary scientists beat a route to his door to inform him approximately their fears and their most modern findings. With velocity and Violence tells the tales of those scientists and their work—from the consequences of melting permafrost in Siberia and the massive river structures of meltwater underneath the icecaps of Greenland and Antarctica to the results of the "ocean conveyor" and a unprecedented molecule that runs almost the full cleanup method for the planet.

Above all, the scientists advised him what they are now studying in regards to the velocity and violence of prior traditional weather change-and what it portends for our destiny. With pace and Violence is the main updated and readable ebook but in regards to the transforming into facts for worldwide warming and the massive climatic results it could possibly unharness.

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Lippincott's Illustrated Q&A Review of Anatomy and Embryology

Lippincott's Illustrated Q&A evaluate of Anatomy and Embryology bargains up to date, clinically correct board-style questions—perfect for path evaluate and board prep. nearly four hundred multiple-choice questions with certain resolution factors hide often confirmed subject matters in anatomy and embryology, together with medical issues addressed in Moore, Clinically orientated Anatomy and Sadler, Langman's clinical Embryology. Readers will locate USMLE-style scientific vignette questions in addition to content material assessment questions. The e-book is seriously illustrated with anatomical photos, medical photos that painting symptoms, and radiological photos together with ultrasounds, puppy scans, MRIs, CT scans, and X-rays.

Online entry to the questions and solutions on a significant other web site presents versatile examine options.

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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

By Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins reworked our view of God in his blockbuster, The God myth, which bought greater than 2 million copies in English by myself. He revolutionized the way in which we see usual choice within the seminal bestseller The egocentric Gene. Now, he launches a fierce counterattack opposed to proponents of "Intelligent layout" in his New York instances bestseller, The maximum express on Earth.

"Intelligent layout" is being taught in our faculties; educators are being requested to "teach the talk" at the back of evolutionary concept. there isn't any controversy. Dawkins sifts via wealthy layers of medical evidence—from residing examples of normal choice to clues within the fossil list; from ordinary clocks that mark the huge epochs in which evolution ran its path to the intricacies of constructing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics—to make the hermetic case that "we locate ourselves perched on one tiny twig in the middle of a blossoming and flourishing tree of existence and it truly is no twist of fate, however the direct outcome of evolution via non-random selection." His unjaded ardour for the flora and fauna turns what could have been a destructive argument, exposing the absurdities of the creationist place, right into a confident delivering to the reader: not anything under a master’s imaginative and prescient of lifestyles, in all its attractiveness.

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The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery

By Sam Kean

The writer of the bestseller The Disappearing Spoon unearths the key internal workings of the mind via unusual yet actual stories.

Early reviews of the human mind used an easy approach: look forward to misfortune to strike — strokes, seizures, infectious ailments, horrendous injuries — and spot how sufferers coped. in lots of situations their survival used to be fantastic, if complicated. Observers have been surprised by means of the variations that happened while assorted components of the mind have been destroyed, changing victims' personalities. mom and dad without warning couldn't realize their very own young ones. Pillars of the group turned pathological liars. a few humans couldn't communicate yet may nonetheless sing.

In The story of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, Sam Kean travels via time with tales of neurological curiosities: phantom limbs, Siamese dual brains, viruses that devour patients' thoughts, blind those that see via their tongues. He weaves those narratives including prose that makes the pages fly by means of, to create a narrative of discovery that reaches again to the 1500s and the high-profile jousting twist of fate that encouraged this book's title.* With the lucid, masterful motives and razor-sharp wit his enthusiasts have come to count on, Kean explores the brain's mystery passageways and recounts the forgotten stories of the standard humans whose struggles, resilience, and deep humanity made neuroscience attainable.

*"The story of the Dueling Neurosurgeons" refers back to the case of French king Henri II, who in 1559 used to be lanced in the course of the cranium in the course of a joust, leading to some of the most major instances in neuroscience historical past. for centuries scientists have won very important classes from tense injuries and health problems, and such misfortunes nonetheless symbolize their maximum source for discovery.

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