We Have the Technology
By Kara Platoni
How do we know what's real? That's not a trick question: sensory science is increasingly finding that we don't perceive reality: we create it through perception. In We Have the Technology , science writer Kara Platoni guides us through the latest developments in the science of sensory perception. We Have the Technology introduces us to researchers who are changing the way we experience the world, whether creating scents that stimulate the memories of Alzheimer's patients, constructing virtual limbs that approximate a sense of touch, or building augmented reality labs that prepare soldiers for the battlefield. These diverse investigations not only explain previously elusive aspects of human experience, but offer tantalizing glimpses into a future when we can expand, control, and enhance our senses as never before.A fascinating tour of human capability and scientific ingenuity, We Have the Technology offers essential insights into the nature and possibilities of human experience.
Witch and Wizard: The Manga, Vol. 3
By James Patterson, Svetlana Chmakova
Though Whit and Wisty's magic and their ability to control it have grown, it hasn't been enough to stop The One Who Is The One from destroying everything and everyone they once held dear. Wisty knows that the time is fast approaching when she must face The One. But everything she throws at him only seems to give him more firepower to throw right back at the already battered and beaten society under N.O. control. She and Whit will have to devise a strategy to take down the ruthless tyrant who has devastated their world in one decisive blow - before he truly does become all-powerful
Witch and Wizard: The Manga, Vol. 2
By James Patterson, Svetlana Chmakova
When Whit & Wisty were imprisoned by the wicked forces of the totalitarian regime known as the New Order, they were barely able to escape with their lives. Now part of a hidden community of teens like themselves, Whit and Wisty have established themselves as leaders of the Resistance, willing to sacrifice anything to save kids kidnapped and brutally imprisoned by the New Order.But the One has other plans in store for them: He needs Wisty, for she is "The One Who Has the Gift." While trying to figure out what that means, Whit and Wisty's suspenseful adventures through Overworld and Shadowland lead to a jaw-dropping climax and conclusion!
Witch and Wizard: The Manga, Vol. 1
By James Patterson, Svetlana Chmakova
Imagine waking up to find that the world around you - life as you know it - has changed in an instant. Whit Allgood and his sister, Wisty, are just your average teenagers - until they are rudely awakened one morning by helicopters on their lawn and a unit of armed policemen hauling them out of bed. Accused of holding incredible powers they'd never dreamed possible, Whit and Wisty are shocked to find that their alleged dangerous magical powers are very real. And now, just how different they are - special, even - is just beginning to come to light as they and other young people rise up against the tyranny of the New Order, which has swept the country and vowed to wipe 'their kind' from existence. Now Whit and Wisty must fight for both their freedom and their lives as they unlock the powers burning inside of them!
Who Am I and If So How Many?
By Richard David Precht
There are many books about philosophy, but Who Am I? And If So How Many? is different from the rest. Never before has anyone introduced readers so expertly and, at the same time, so light-heartedly and elegantly to the big philosophical questions.Drawing on neuroscience, psychology, history, and even pop culture, Richard David Precht deftly elucidates the questions at the heart of human existence: What is truth? Does life have meaning? Why should I be good? and presents them in concise, witty, and engaging prose. The result is an exhilarating journey through the history of philosophy and a lucid introduction to current research on the brain.Who Am I? And If So, How Many? is a wonderfully accessible introduction to philosophy. The book is a kaleidoscope of philosophical problems, anecdotal information, neurological and biological science, and psychological research.The books is divided into three parts: 1) What Can I Know? focuses on the brain and the nature and scope of human knowledge, starting with questions posed by Kant, Descartes, Nietzsche, Freud, and others.2) What Should I Do? deals with human morals and ethics, using neurological and sociological research to explain why we empathize with others and are compelled to act morally. Discusses the morality of euthanasia, abortion, cloning, and other controversial topics.3) What Can I Hope For? centers around the most important questions in life: What is happiness and why do we fall in love? Is there a God and how can we prove God's existence? What is freedom? What is the purpose of life?
Why Does E=mc2?
By Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
What does E=mc2 actually mean? Dr. Brian Cox and Professor Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of twenty-first century science to unpack Einstein's famous equation. Explaining and simplifying notions of energy, mass, and light,while exploding commonly held misconceptions,they demonstrate how the structure of nature itself is contained within this equation. Along the way, we visit the site of one of the largest scientific experiments ever conducted: the now-famous Large Hadron Collider, a gigantic particle accelerator capable of re-creating conditions that existed fractions of a second after the Big Bang. A collaboration between one of the youngest professors in the United Kingdom and a distinguished popular physicist, Why Does E=mc2? is one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of the theory of relativity.
Why Beauty Is Truth
By Ian Stewart
At the heart of relativity theory, quantum mechanics, string theory, and much of modern cosmology lies one concept: symmetry. In Why Beauty Is Truth , world-famous mathematician Ian Stewart narrates the history of the emergence of this remarkable area of study. Stewart introduces us to such characters as the Renaissance Italian genius, rogue, scholar, and gambler Girolamo Cardano, who stole the modern method of solving cubic equations and published it in the first important book on algebra, and the young revolutionary Evariste Galois, who refashioned the whole of mathematics and founded the field of group theory only to die in a pointless duel over a woman before his work was published. Stewart also explores the strange numerology of real mathematics, in which particular numbers have unique and unpredictable properties related to symmetry. He shows how Wilhelm Killing discovered Lie groups" with 14, 52, 78, 133, and 248 dimensions-groups whose very existence is a profound puzzle. Finally, Stewart describes the world beyond superstrings: the octonionic" symmetries that may explain the very existence of the universe.
Why the Toast Always Lands Butter Side Down etc
By Richard Robinson
The frustrating component of life known as Murphy's (orSod's) Law is no respecter of persons. The more you aredesperate for things to go right, the more they go wrong. But,is that really the case, and, if so, is there a rational explanation?So: when you drop the toast how do you know it will landbutter-side down? Why does the queue you're in always goslowest? That tune you hate - isn't it the one you can't get outof your head? However odd it seems, there is generally ascientific explanation. Much of Murphy's Law stems from theway the mind works - its physical limitations, evolutionarybiases and social impressionability. In this fascinating book,popular-science presenter Richard Robinson teases out theanswers, accessibly and entertainingly.
Watson And DNA
By Victor K. McElheny
The most influential scientist of the last century, James Watson has been at dead centre in the creation of modern molecular biology. This masterful biography brings to life the extraordinary achievements not only of Watson but also all those working on this cutting edge of scientific discovery, such as Walter Gilbert, Francis Crick, François Jacob, and David Baltimore. From the ruthless competition in the race to identify the structure of DNA to a near mutiny in the Harvard biology department, to clashes with ethicists over issues in genetics, Watson has left a wake of detractors as well as fans. Victor McElheny probes brilliantly behind the veil of Watson's own invented persona, bringing us close to the relentless genius and scientific impresario who triggered and sustained a revolution in science.
The Woman Scientist
By Carl J. Sindermann, Clarice M. Yentsch
An in-depth look at hidden prejudices against women in the scientific fields, and how women can overcome them.
By James Clemens
In her hands, the young wit'ch Elena holds the awesome energies of blood magick - and more. For the fate of all Alasea hinges on her recovery of the Blood Diary, a potent talisman forged five hundred years ago, then locked away behind wards too strong for any mage to break. Only with the secrets recorded in its pages can Elena defeat the Dark Lord, but the diary lies hidden in A'loa Glen and from that terrible land no traveller returns ...Immortal magic and infinite vengeance - the new epic fantasy classic continues.For more information on James Clemens visit the Orbit website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk
What Evolution Is
By Ernst Mayr
At once a spirited defence of Darwinian explanations of biology and an elegant primer on evolution for the general reader, What Evolution Is poses the questions at the heart of evolutionary theory and considers how our improved understanding of evolution has affected the viewpoints and values of modern man.Science Masters Series
Women Changing Science
By Mary Morse
An eye-opening and honest look at the enduring sexism within the scientific community and what women are doing to change it.
By Arthur Upgren
Scientists have delved deep into the smallest particles of matter and have extended their view to the far reaches of the universe, but still they are unable to predict the temperature five days hence. In this intriguing book, two experts in meteorology and astronomy take us on a grand tour of Earth's weather. Amid colourful anecdotes of the Galápagos, Siberia, and places closer to home, they describe the factors involved in shaping our weather, from humidity and prevailing winds to air-pressure systems and the causes of seasonal change. They also explore the history of Earth's climate and its pivotal role in the development of life and human evolution. The authors end with a discussion of the major threats to Earth's atmosphere brought on by human activity, including global warming and ozone depletion, and argue that pure science-not politics-should dictate our policy responses.
Where Mathematics Come From
By George Lakoff, Rafael Nunez
This book is about mathematical ideas, about what mathematics means-and why. Abstract ideas, for the most part, arise via conceptual metaphor-metaphorical ideas projecting from the way we function in the everyday physical world. Where Mathematics Comes From argues that conceptual metaphor plays a central role in mathematical ideas within the cognitive unconscious-from arithmetic and algebra to sets and logic to infinity in all of its forms.
Winning The Game Scientists Play
By Carl Sindermann
In this inspiring book of personal insight and sound advice, veteran scientist Carl J. Sindermann gives an insider's look at the competitive world of science and reveals the best strategies for attaining prominence and success. Taking apart the many different roles scientists must play during their careers, Sindermann compares common mistakes scientists make with what the best strategists do-whether they are publishing papers, presenting data, chairing meetings, or coping with government or academic bureaucracy. In the end, he maintains, well-honed interpersonal skills, a savvy eye on one's competitors, and excellent science are the keys to a satisfying and successful career.
Why We Feel
By Victor Johnston
Biopsychologist Victor Johnston explores the origins of human emotions. Drawing on computer science, neurobiology, and evolutionary psychology, he argues that emotions are not an accident of nature, but are instead the basis of learning and reasoning, and help us to adapt to a complex, rapidly changing environment. In the process, he offers a new view of reality - what we see, hear, smell and feel is not an accurate representation of the world around us rather, our feelings are illusions, shaped by millions of years of evolution.
By Chris Bunch
After a devastating military defeat, Numantia is ruled by a puppet government for a foreign king. Damastes, the empire's greatest general and the man who led so many to their deaths, languishes in prison awaiting his fate. But even he hears rumours that the powerful wizard Tenedos, the emperor drenched in the blood of his people, is not dead but is amassing a great army to take back Numantia.Suddenly Damastes' skills as a soldier are at a premium: the turncoat government wants him to stand against Tenedos, and Tenedos wants him to lead his army. Forced to escape and flee, Damastes, tired of killing, wants only to return home. But no man can run from his destiny.Find out more about this title and others at www.orbitbooks.co.uk
Why Is Sex Fun?
By Jared Diamond
To us humans the sex lives of many animals seem weird. In fact, by comparison with all the other animals, we are the ones with the weird sex lives. How did that come to be?Just count our bizarre ways. We are the only social species to insist on carrying out sex privately. Stranger yet, we have sex at any time, even when the female can't be fertilized (for example, because she is already pregnant, post-menopausal, or between fertile cycles). A human female doesn't know her precise time of fertility and certainly doesn't advertise it to human males by the striking colour changes, smells, and sounds used by other female mammals.Why do we differ so radically in these and other important aspects of our sexuality from our closest ancestor, the apes? Why does the human female, virtually alone among mammals go through menopause? Why does the human male stand out as one of the few mammals to stay (often or usually) with the female he impregnates, to help raise the children that he sired? Why is the human penis so unnecessarily large?There is no one better qualified than Jared Diamond,renowned expert in the fields of physiology and evolutionary biology and award-winning author,to explain the evolutionary forces that operated on our ancestors to make us sexually different. With wit and a wealth of fascinating examples, he explains how our sexuality has been as crucial as our large brains and upright posture in our rise to human status.
By Alice Outwater
An environmental engineer turned ecology writer relates the history of our waterways and her own growing understanding of why our waterways continue to be polluted,and what needs to be done to save this essential natural resourse. Water: A Natural History takes us back to the diaries of the first Western explorers it moves from the reservoir to the modern toliet, from the grasslands of the Midwest to the Everglades of Florida, throught the guts of a wastewater treatment plant and out to the waterways again. It shows how human-engineered dams, canals and farms replaces nature's beaver dams, prairie dog tunnels, and buffalo wallows. Step by step, Outwater makes clear what should have always been obvious: while engineering can depollute water, only ecologically interacting systems can create healthy waterways.Important reading for students of environmental studies, the heart of this history is a vision of our land and waterways as they once were, and a plan that can restore them to their former glory: a land of living streams, public lands with hundreds of millions of beaver-built wetlands, prairie dog towns that increase the amount of rainfall that percolates to the groundwater, and forests that feed their fallen trees to the sea.