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7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often

Happiness can be a choice -- especially when you take the right actions.<p>Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good …

Happiness

How the Mind Works

• <b>Author:</b> Steven Pinker<p>"A model of scientific writing: erudite, witty, and clear." —New York Review of Books<p>In this Pulitzer Prize finalist and national bestseller, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often …

The Einstein Theory of Relativity: A Concise Statement by Prof. H.A. Lorentz

• <b>Author:</b> Albert Einstein, H.A. Lorentz<p><b>Relativity: The Special and General Theory</b> is an introduction to Einstein's space-bending, time-stretching theory of Relativity, first published in December 1916. Special and General relativity explain the structure of space time and provide a theory of …

Physics

Thinking in Numbers

• <b>Author:</b> Daniel Tammet<p>The irresistibly engaging book that "enlarges one's wonder at Tammet's mind and his all-embracing vision of the world as grounded in numbers." --Oliver Sacks, MD<br>THINKING IN NUMBERS is the book that Daniel Tammet, mathematical savant and bestselling author, was born to write. In …

Our Mathematical Universe

• <b>Author:</b> Max Tegmark<p>Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the …

Mathematics

Parallel Worlds

• <b>Author:</b> Michio Kaku<p>In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, bestselling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our …

The Information

• <b>Author:</b> James Gleick<p>From the bestselling author of the acclaimed <i>Chaos</i> and <i>Genius</i> comes a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the big ideas of the modern era: Information, communication, and information theory. <i></i><br>Acclaimed science writer James Gleick presents an eye-opening vision of how our …

Books

The Story of the Human Body

• <b>Author:</b> Daniel Lieberman<p>In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman—chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field—gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows …

Human Anatomy

The Joy of x

• <b>Author:</b> Steven Strogatz<p>"Delightful . . . easily digestible chapters include plenty of helpful examples and illustrations. You'll never forget the Pythagorean theorem again!"—<i>Scientific American</i><p>Many people take math in high school and promptly forget much of it. But math plays a part in all of our …

Mathematics

Quantum Physics For Dummies

• <b>Author:</b> Steven Holzner<p><i>Quantum Physics For Dummies,</i> Revised Edition helps make quantum physics understandable and accessible. From what quantum physics can do for the world to understanding hydrogen atoms, readers will get complete coverage of the subject, along with numerous examples to help them …

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

• <b>Author:</b> Brian Greene<p>A new edition of the New York Times bestseller—now a three-part Nova special: a fascinating and thought-provoking journey through the mysteries of space, time, and matter.<br>Now with a new preface (not in any other edition) that will review the enormous public reception of the …

Physics

Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World

• <b>Author:</b> Amir Alexander<p><b>Pulsing with drama and excitement, Infinitesimal celebrates the spirit of discovery, innovation, and intellectual achievement-and it will forever change the way you look at a simple line.</b><p>On August 10, 1632, five men in flowing black robes convened in a somber Roman palazzo to …

Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

• <b>Author:</b> Charles Wheelan<p>“Brilliant, funny . . . the best math teacher you never had.”—San Francisco Chronicle<br>Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly evolving into a discipline Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, has actually called “sexy.” From batting averages and political …

The Future of the Mind

• <b>Author:</b> Michio Kaku<p>Michio Kaku, the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Physics of the Impossible</i> and <i>Physics of the Future</i> tackles the most fascinating and complex object in the known universe: the human brain.<p><i>The Future of the Mind</i> brings a topic that once belonged solely to the province of science …

Consciousness

This Explains Everything

• <b>Author:</b> Mr. John Brockman<p>In This Explains Everything, John Brockman, founder and publisher of Edge.org, asked experts in numerous fields and disciplines to come up with their favorite explanations for everyday occurrences. Why do we recognize patterns? Is there such a thing as positive stress? Are …

The Fabric of the Cosmos

• <b>Author:</b> Brian Greene<p><b>From Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading physicists and author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Elegant Universe, comes a grand tour of the universe that makes us look at reality in a completely different way.</b><p>Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they …

Quantum Mechanics

Secrets of Mental Math

• <b>Author:</b> Arthur Benjamin & Michael Shermer<p><b>These simple math secrets and tricks will forever change how you look at the world of numbers.</b><p><i>Secrets of Mental Math</i> will have you thinking like a math genius in no time. Get ready to amaze your friends—and yourself—with incredible calculations you never …

Mathematics

Seeing Further

• <b>Author:</b> Bill Bryson<p>“Bryson is as amusing as ever….As a celebration of 350 years of modern science, [Seeing Further] it is a worthy tribute.”<br>—The Economist<p>In Seeing Further, New York Times bestseller Bill Bryson takes readers on a guided tour through the great discoveries, feuds, and personalities …

Books

A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe

• <b>Author:</b> Michael S. Schneider<p>The Universe May Be a Mystery,<br>But It's No Secret<br>Michael Schneider leads us on a spectacular, lavishly illustrated journey along the numbers one through ten to explore the mathematical principles made visible in flowers, shells, crystals, plants, and the human body, …

Chaos

• <b>Author:</b> James Gleick<p><b>The blockbuster modern science classic that, two decades ago, introduced the butterfly effect to the world and became an international sensation—now updated with video and modern graphics</b><p>In the 1960s, a small group of radical thinkers upset the rigid foundation of modern …

American Philosophy

The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

• <b>Author:</b> V. S. Ramachandran<p>"A profound intriguing and compelling guide to the intricacies of the human brain." —Oliver Sacks<br>In this landmark work, V. S. Ramachandran investigates strange, unforgettable cases—from patients who believe they are dead to sufferers of phantom limb syndrome. With a …

A Universe from Nothing

• <b>Author:</b> Lawrence M. Krauss<p>Bestselling author and acclaimed physicist Lawrence Krauss offers a paradigm-shifting view of how everything that exists came to be in the first place.<p>“Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there …

Dark Matter

How Not to Be Wrong

• <b>Author:</b> Jordan Ellenberg<p><b>The Freakonomics of math—a math-world superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands</b><p>The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In <i>How Not to Be Wrong</i>, Jordan …

Mathematics

How to Create a Mind

• <b>Author:</b> Ray Kurzweil<p><b>The bold futurist and bestselling author explores the limitless potential of reverse-engineering the human brain</b><p>Ray Kurzweil is arguably today’s most influential—and often controversial—futurist. In <i>How to Create a Mind</i>, Kurzweil presents a provocative exploration of the most …

Singularity