Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

By Mark Miodownik

New York Times Bestseller • New York Times extraordinary ebook 2014 • Winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for technological know-how Books

“A exciting account of the fashionable fabric world.” —Wall highway Journal

"Miodownik, a fabrics scientist, explains the historical past and technological know-how in the back of issues corresponding to paper, glass, chocolate, and urban with an infectious enthusiasm." Scientific American

Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does any fabric glance and behave how it does? those are the kinds of questions that popular fabrics scientist Mark Miodownik always asks himself. Miodownik reviews items as traditional as an envelope and as unforeseen as concrete textile, uncovering the interesting secrets and techniques that carry jointly our actual international. In Stuff Matters, Miodownik explores the fabrics he encounters in a customary morning, from the metal in his razor to the froth in his footwear. filled with mesmerizing stories of the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives, Stuff issues will make you spot stuff in a complete new way.

"Stuff concerns is approximately hidden wonders, the astounding houses of fabrics we predict uninteresting, banal, and unworthy of attention...It's attainable this technology and those tales were advised somewhere else, yet just like the most sensible chocolatiers, Miodownik will get the combination right." New York occasions e-book Review

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Science Was Wrong: Startling Truths About Cures, Theories, and Inventions "They" Declared Impossible (English and English Edition)

By Kathleen Marden

Months ahead of the Wright brothers’ ancient flight at Kitty Hawk, a most sensible scientist declared that “no attainable blend of recognized ingredients, recognized forces of equipment and recognized varieties of strength could be united in a realistic [flying] machine...” Germ concept used to be first complex in historical anskrit texts hundreds of thousands of years in the past, yet wasn’t generally approved till overdue within the nineteenth century. area go back and forth was once declared “utter bilge” in 1956 by means of the British astronomer Royal, one in all an extended line of scientists who “proved” it was once most unlikely. all through background, it's been tricky, even most unlikely, to advertise the recognition of latest discoveries. but over the last centuries, there was a veritable explosion of latest therapies, theories, innovations, and innovations that experience revolutionized aviation, area go back and forth, communications, drugs, and conflict. such a lot of them, in fact, have been deemed “impossible.” technology was once fallacious is an interesting number of tales in regards to the pioneers who created or concept up the “impossible” treatments, theories, and innovations “they” stated couldn’t paintings. what percentage have suffered or died simply because therapies weren’t authorized? what number innovations were quashed? How a lot growth used to be not on time or denied? you'll turn out shaking your head in disbelief or even disgust as you study the solutions.

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Handbook of Geometric Computing: Applications in Pattern Recognition, Computer Vision, Neuralcomputing, and Robotics

By Eduardo Bayro Corrochano

Many desktop scientists, engineers, utilized mathematicians, and physicists use geometry thought and geometric computing equipment within the layout of perception-action structures, clever self sustaining platforms, and man-machine interfaces. This guide brings jointly the newest advances within the program of geometric computing for development such platforms, with contributions from major specialists within the very important fields of neuroscience, neural networks, picture processing, development popularity, desktop imaginative and prescient, uncertainty in geometric computations, conformal computational geometry, special effects and visualization, clinical imagery, geometry and robotics, and achieving and movement making plans. For the 1st time, a number of the tools are provided in a accomplished, unified manner.

This instruction manual is extremely steered for postgraduate scholars and researchers engaged on purposes reminiscent of automatic studying; geometric and fuzzy reasoning; human-like synthetic imaginative and prescient; tele-operation; house maneuvering; haptics; rescue robots; man-machine interfaces; tele-immersion; laptop- and robotics-aided neurosurgery or orthopedics; the meeting and layout of humanoids; and structures for metalevel reasoning.

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Maxwell Quick Medical Reference

By Robert W. Maxwell

A helpful source for any health practitioner, the Maxwell fast scientific Reference packs crucial details utilized in daily scientific perform. Color-coded pages crew the knowledge by way of subject and make it simply obtainable whereas heavy cardstock paper and plastic spiral binding make the booklet sturdy day in and trip. Pocket dimension permits it to move at any place - the wards, E.R., O.R., medical institution - even the library or lab.

Browse in the course of the on-line reproduction at and notice what is integrated. This reasonably cheap small textual content can prevent time at paintings and make you glance sturdy within the process!

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The Arctic Climate System (Cambridge Atmospheric and Space Science Series)

By Mark C. Serreze, Roger G. Barry

This moment variation brings this definitive ebook thoroughly modern with the numerous advances in our realizing of Arctic weather because the first version used to be released in 2005. The booklet has additionally been greatly reorganized to weave problems with Arctic swap in the course of the textual content, instead of confining them to a unmarried bankruptcy. it's the first to supply an built-in overview of the Arctic weather process, spotting real knowing of ways the Arctic services lies in appreciating the interactions and linkages between its a variety of elements. The ebook starts with a historic point of view, through dialogue of the elemental actual and climatic features of the Arctic. Following a overview of prior climates (paleoclimates), the e-book closes with an review of the Arctic's doubtful destiny. even though distinct normally at complicated scholars and researchers, this ebook is available to a person with an curiosity within the Arctic and a easy knowing of weather technological know-how.

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Intoxicating Minds: How Drugs Work

By Ciaran Regan

Why do people who smoke declare that the 1st cigarette of the day is the simplest? what's the organic foundation in the back of a few heavy drinkers' trust that the "hair-of-the-dog" procedure alleviates the consequences of a hangover? Why does marijuana appear to impact ones problem-solving potential? Intoxicating Minds is, within the author's phrases, "a grand excavation of drug myth." Neither extolling nor condemning drug use, it's a tale of clinical and inventive success, battle and greed, empires and religions, and classes for the longer term.

Ciaran Regan seems to be at every one category of gear, describing the historic evolution in their use, explaining how they paintings in the brain's neurophysiology, and outlining the fundamental pharmacology of these components. From a attention of the impression of stimulants, reminiscent of caffeine and nicotine, and the explanations and outcomes in their unexpected acceptance within the 17th century, the ebook strikes to a dialogue of extra sleek stimulants, akin to cocaine and ecstasy. additionally, Regan explains how we method reminiscence, the character of suggestion problems, and remedies for treating melancholy and schizophrenia. Regan then considers psychedelic medicinal drugs and their perceived mystical homes and lines the historical past of placebos to historical civilizations. eventually, Intoxicating Minds considers the actual effects of our co-evolution with drugs―how they've got altered our very being―and deals a glimpse of the courageous new global of drug therapies.

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Junk DNA: A Journey Through the Dark Matter of the Genome

For a long time after the identity of the constitution of DNA, scientists centred purely on genes, the areas of the genome that include codes for the construction of proteins. different areas that make up ninety eight percentage of the human genome have been disregarded as "junk," sequences that serve no goal. yet researchers have lately found adaptations and modulations during this junk DNA which are concerned with a few intractable ailments. Our expanding wisdom of junk DNA has ended in leading edge learn and therapy ways that could eventually ameliorate a few of these conditions.

Junk DNA can play very important and unanticipated roles within the keep watch over of gene expression, from fine-tuning person genes to switching off whole chromosomes. those services have compelled scientists to revisit the very which means of the observe "gene" and feature engendered a lively medical conflict over even if this genomic "nonsense" is the resource of human organic complexity. Drawing on her event with best clinical investigators in Europe and North the United States, Nessa Carey offers a transparent and compelling advent to junk DNA and its severe involvement in phenomena as different as genetic illnesses, viral infections, intercourse selection in mammals, and evolution. we're purely now unlocking the secrets and techniques of junk DNA, and Nessa Carey's publication is a necessary source for navigating the historical past and controversies of this fast-growing, hotly disputed field.

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Beyond the Barriers of Space and Time

As soon as greatly thought of an impossibility--the stuff of technological know-how fiction novels--time commute may perhaps eventually be completed within the twenty-first century. In Breaking the Time Barrier, bestselling writer Jenny Randles finds the character of contemporary, leap forward experiments which are turning this myth into fact.

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Tales of the Ex-Apes: How We Think about Human Evolution

By Jonathan Marks

 What can we take into consideration once we take into consideration human evolution? together with his attribute wit and knowledge, anthropologist Jonathan Marks explores our clinical narrative of human origins—the learn of evolution—and examines its cultural parts and theoretical foundations. within the approach, he situates human evolution inside of a normal anthropological framework and offers it as a unique case of kinship and mythology.
Tales of the Ex-Apes argues that human evolution has included the emergence of social kin and cultural histories which are extraordinary within the apes and therefore can't be lowered to merely organic homes and strategies. Marks indicates that human evolution has concerned the transformation from organic to biocultural evolution. Over tens of hundreds of thousands of years, new social roles—notably wife, father, in-laws, and grandparents—have co-evolved with new applied sciences and symbolic meanings to provide the human species, within the absence of important organic evolution. we're biocultural creatures, Marks argues, totally understandable by way of recourse to neither our genuine ape ancestry nor our imaginary cultureless biology.

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Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution from the Origin of the Universe

The e-book that transforms our figuring out of what we're and the place we got here from.

Specialist scientific fields are constructing at really fast speeds, but what can they truly let us know approximately how the universe begun and the way we people advanced to play such a dominant function on Earth?

John Hands’s extraordinarily bold quest is to bring jointly this medical wisdom and evaluate with no bias or preconception all the theories and proof in regards to the origin and evolution of topic, life, consciousness, and humankind.

This fabulous book provides the most comprehensive account but of present principles equivalent to cosmic inflation, darkish strength, the egocentric gene, and neurogenetic determinism. In the clearest attainable prose it differentiates the firmly demonstrated from the speculative and examines the claims of varied fields corresponding to string concept to method a unified concept of every little thing. In doing so it demanding situations the orthodox consensus in these branches of cosmology, biology, and neuroscience that experience ossified into dogma.

Its extraordinary research reveals underlying styles of cooperation, complexification, and convergence that lead to the original emergence in people of a self-reflective realization that enables us to figure out our destiny evolution.

This groundbreaking booklet is destined to develop into a vintage of medical thinking.

(67 black and white illustrations)

60 b&w diagrams and illustrations

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