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Needles and Haystacks: Smart Thinking in the Age of New Data

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz · Dey Street Books
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

Blending the informed analysis of The Signal and the Noise with the instructive iconoclasm of Think Like a Freak, a fascinating, illuminating, and witty look at what the vast amounts of information now instantly available to us reveals about ourselves and our world - provided we ask the right...
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DNA Is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship between You and Your Genes

Steven J Heine · W W Norton
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

One of the world's leading cultural psychologists debunks the hype surrounding DNA testing and puts to rest our mistaken anxieties about our genes.Do you fear what might be lurking in your DNA?Well, now you can find out, and you most likely will. Scientists expect one billion people to have...
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Flavor: The Science of Our Most Neglected Sense

Bob Holmes · W.W. Norton & Company
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

A journey into the surprising science behind our flavor senses.Can you describe how the flavor of halibut differs from that of red snapper? How the taste of a Fuji apple differs from a Spartan? For most of us, this is a difficult task: flavor remains a vague, undeveloped concept that we don't...
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Your Brain Is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time

Dean Buonomano · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

A leading neuroscientist embarks on a groundbreaking exploration of how time works inside the brain.In Your Brain Is a Time Machine, brain researcher and best-selling author Dean Buonomano draws on evolutionary biology, physics, and philosophy to present his influential theory of how we tell,...
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Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science

Dave Levitan · W.W. Norton & Company
Pages: 208
Format: Print book

A pull-no-punches guidebook, a la How to Lie with Statistics, to the many ways our elected officials distort science to serve politics. In 1980, Ronald Reagan created one of the dumbest talking points of all time: "I'm not a scientist, but . . ." Since then, politicians have...
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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 222
Format: Hardcover

The #1 New York Times Bestseller: The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than...
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The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors

David George Haskell · Viking
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

The author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Forest Unseen visits with nature's most magnificent networkers - trees "At once lyrical and informative, filled with beauty." - Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth ExtinctionDavid Haskell's award-winning The Forest Unseen won acclaim...
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The Wasting of Borneo: Dispatches from a Vanishing World

Alex Shoumatoff · Beacon Press
Pages: 224
Format: Print book

Acclaimed naturalist Alex Shoumatoff issues a worldwide call to protect the drastically endangered rainforests of BorneoIn this wide-ranging narrative, seasoned travel and environmental writer Alex Shoumatoff takes readers on a journey from the woods of rural New York to the rain forests...
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Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind

Srinivasan S Pillay · Ballantine Books
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

Harness your mind's innate tendency to wander, stall, rest, and unfocus and become more productive - in the boardroom, living room, or classroom. To finish tasks and achieve goals, most people believe that more focus is the solution. We rely on to-do lists, calendar reminders, noise-blocking...
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How the Zebra Got Its Stripes: Darwinian Stories Told Through Evolutionary Biology

Leo Grasset · Pegasus Books
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

France's brightest young scientist lucidly explains the intricacies of the animal kingdom through the lens of evolutionary biology. Why do giraffes have such long necks? Why are zebras striped? And why does the clitoris of the female hyena exactly resemble and in most respects function...
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