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Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet
Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet
by Andrew Blum
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Design Observer Best Book of the Year Tubes looks behind the scenes of our digital lives at the physical heart of the Internet itself. This is a book about real places on the map: their sounds and smells, their storied pasts, their physical details, and... (read more)

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This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works
This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works
by John Brockman
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Drawn from the cutting-edge frontiers of science, This Explains Everything will revolutionize your understanding of the world. What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation? This is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org ("... (read more)

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The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human
by Jonathan Gottschall
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Humans live in landscapes of make-believe. We spin fantasies. We devour novels, films, and plays. Even sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives. Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country. Its easy to... (read more)

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What Should We Be Worried About?: Real Scenarios That Keep Scientists Up at Night
What Should We Be Worried About?: Real Scenarios That Keep Scientists Up at Night
by John Brockman
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“Water resources, viruses, low science literacy, and our failure to achieve global cooperation are all addressed with striking clarity. By taking this bold approach to significant quandaries, Brockman and the Edge contributors offer fresh and... (read more)

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Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture
Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture
by Erez Aiden
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“One of the most exciting developments from the world of ideas in decades, presented with panache by two frighteningly brilliant, endearingly unpretentious, and endlessly creative young scientists.” – Steven Pinker, author of The Better... (read more)

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What Have You Changed Your Mind About?: Today's Leading Minds Rethink Everything
What Have You Changed Your Mind About?: Today's Leading Minds Rethink Everything
by John Brockman
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Even geniuses change their minds sometimes. Edge (www.edge.org), the influential online intellectual salon, recently asked 150 high-powered thinkers to discuss their most telling missteps and reconsiderations: What have you changed your mind about... (read more)

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Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread--The Lessons from a New Science
Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread--The Lessons from a New Science
by Alex Pentland
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From one of the worldand#8217;s leading data scientists, a landmark tour ofthe new science of idea flow, offering revolutionary insights into the mysteries of collective intelligence and social influence If the Big Data revolution has a presiding genius,... (read more)

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The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World
The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World
by David Deutsch
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The New York Times bestseller: A provocative, imaginative exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge In this groundbreaking book, award-winning physicist David Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe—and... (read more)

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This Is Improbable: Cheese String Theory, Magnetic Chickens and Other WTF Research
This Is Improbable: Cheese String Theory, Magnetic Chickens and Other WTF Research
by Marc Abrahams
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Often, thinking seriously about outlandish problems is the only way to make progress in science. The rest of the time, its hilarious. Marc Abrahams, the founder of the famous Ig Nobel prizes, offers an addictive, wryly funny exposé of the... (read more)

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What Is Your Dangerous Idea?: Today's Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable
What Is Your Dangerous Idea?: Today's Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable
by John Brockman
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The history of science is replete with discoveries that were considered socially, morally, or emotionally dangerous in their time; the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions are the most obvious examples. Here, leading thinkers discuss ideas - whether they... (read more)

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The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move?
The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move?
by Patrick Tucker
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“Where I saw a thrilling and historic transformation in the worlds oldest idea—the future—other people saw only Target, Facebook, Google, and the government using their data to surveil, track, and trick them . . . But in fact, your data... (read more)

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Enough: Genetic Engineering and the End of Human Nature
Enough: Genetic Engineering and the End of Human Nature
by Bill McKibben
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Imagine a future where lab workers can reprogram human embryos to make children "smarter" or "more sociable". Some researchers are doing more than imagining. This text examines such possibilities and explains how we can avoid their worst consequences... (read more)

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Probably Approximately Correct: Nature's Algorithms for Learning and Prospering in a Complex World
Probably Approximately Correct: Nature's Algorithms for Learning and Prospering in a Complex World
by Leslie Valiant
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From a leading computer scientist, a unifying theory that will revolutionize our understanding of how life evolves and learns. How does life prosper in a complex and erratic world? While we know that nature follows patterns—such as the law of... (read more)

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Radioactivity: A History of a Mysterious Science
Radioactivity: A History of a Mysterious Science
by Marjorie Caroline Malley
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This is the story of a new science. Beginning with an obscure discovery in 1896, radioactivity led researchers on a quest for understanding that ultimately confronted the intersection of knowledge and mystery. Mysterious from the start, radioactivity... (read more)

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Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living
Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living
by Todd Mclellan
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Welcome to Todd McLellan’s unique photographic vision of the material world: fifty design classics—arranged first by size and then by intricacy—are beautifully displayed, piece by piece, exploding in midair and dissected in real-time... (read more)

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Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization
Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization
by K Eric Drexler
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K. Eric Drexler is the founding father of nanotechnology—the science of engineering on a molecular level. In Radical Abundance, he shows how rapid scientific progress is about to change our world. Thanks to atomically precise manufacturing, we will... (read more)

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Culture: Leading Scientists Explore Societies, Art, Power, and Technology
Culture: Leading Scientists Explore Societies, Art, Power, and Technology
by John Brockman
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Why do civilizations rise and fall?What are the origins and purpose of art?How does technology shape society? Did culture direct human evolution?Is the Internet an agent of democracy or dictatorships? An immensely powerful but little-understood force... (read more)

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Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
by Dava Sobel
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Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day--and had been for centuries.  Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of... (read more)

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The Carbon Age: How Life's Core Element Has Become Civilization's Greatest Threat
The Carbon Age: How Life's Core Element Has Become Civilization's Greatest Threat
by Eric Roston
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The story of carbon—the building block of life that is, ironically, humanitys great threat . It could be said that all of us are a little alien—our bodies carbon atoms first shot forth from supernovas billions of years ago and far, far away... (read more)

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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013 (Best American)
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013 (Best American)
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee, a leading cancer physician and researcher, selects the years top science and nature writing from journalists who dive into their fields with curiosity and passion, delivering ... (read more)

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