The creator of the popular webcomic "xkcd" presents his heavily researched answers to his fans' oddest questions, including "What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?" and "Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?"
A provocative look at what our online lives reveal about who we really are — and how this deluge of data will transform the science of human behavior. Big Data is used to spy on us, hire and fire us, and sell us things we don't need. In Dataclysm, Christian Rudder puts this flood of information to an entirely different use: understanding human nature.
An informative exploration of earthquakes places a particular focus on the San Francisco disaster of 1906, describing how it affected more than two hundred miles of California, triggered a vast firestorm, and destroyed the gold-rush capital, in an account that reveals the geological underpinnings that caused the earthquake. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 150,000 first printing.
Weaving together science, storytelling, historical accounts and speculations on what the future holds, an astrophysicist presents an argument for what our true cosmic status is, and proposes a way to determine life's abundance not just across this universe but across all realities.
A timely industry exposé and memoir by the cardiologist author of Intern calls for a reestablishment of moral practices in patient care while revealing how liability- and profit-driven practices in American healthcare are subjecting patients to unnecessary tests and high fees.
Presents a look at the science of alcohol production and consumption, from the principles behind the fermentation, distillation, and aging of alcoholic beverages, to the psychology and neurobiology of what happens after it is consumed.
A New York City forensic pathologist describes her experiences working as a medical examiner during the events of September 11, the subsequent anthrax attack, and the plane crash of Flight 587.
David Quammen examines the emergence and causes of new diseases all over the world, describing a process called "spillover," where illness originates in wild animals before being passed to humans. He discusses the potential for the next huge pandemic.
A natural philosophy expert who is also a physics and astronomy professor discusses the limits of scientific explanations and how our knowledge of the universe and its nature will always remain necessarily incomplete. 15,000 first printing.
Shenk surveys the inner workings of creative duos—from John Lennon and Paul McCartney to Marie and Pierre Curie to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak—and describes how their creative techniques can be adapted and used in everyday life.
A distinguished veterinarian and animal behaviorist outlines a series of case studies with domestic and exotic animals that demonstrate how perceiving the world from the perspectives of animals can enrich human appreciation for life, improve relationships and reorder personal values.
Describes the true story of how the eccentric Polish scientist tasked by the Nazis to create a typhus vaccine hid the intelligentsia from the Gestapo by hiring them to work in his laboratory.
Featuring previously unpublished landscape photographs and complemented by a downloadable app, a detailed reference written in consultation with NASA scientists documents the ambitious space expedition through inside stories, accessible science and theories about the future of space exploration.
The moments of grandeur and weakness, the aspirations, and the problems of America's test pilots and first astronauts are revealed in an exploration of the dimensions of their inner lives in space and on the earth. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
A follow-up to the best-selling The Theoretical Minimum comprehensively explains the theory and associated mathematics of quantum mechanics, providing coverage of topics ranging from uncertainty and time dependence to particle and wave states.
An analysis of the human attraction to darker areas of life draws on findings in a wide range of disciplines and cites diverse examples to conclude that people experience renewal when they confront pain and death.