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Alone Together

Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

by Sherry Turkle

Paperback, 384 pages, Perseus Books Group, $16.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
  • Sherry Turkle

In Alone Together, MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It's a nuanced exploration of what we are looking for — and sacrificing — in a world of electronic companions and social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving of today's self-described prophets of the future, it will be the next generation who will chart the path between isolation and connectivity.

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The Ghost Map

The Ghost Map

by Steven Johnson

Paperback, 299 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published October 2 2007 | purchase
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  • Steven Johnson

A historical chronicle of Victorian London's worst cholera outbreak traces the day-by-day efforts of Dr. John Snow, who put his own life on the line in his efforts to prove his previously dismissed contagion theory about how the epidemic was spreading. Reprint.

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The Viral Storm

The Viral Storm

The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age

by Nathan Wolfe

Paperback, 304 pages, St. Martin's Griffin, $15.99, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age
  • Nathan Wolfe

Reveals the origins of some of the world's most deadly viruses while explaining the link between modern life and global pandemic threats and shares insights into how developing technologies may counter potential threats.

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Mind in Life

Mind in Life

Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind

by Evan Thompson

Paperback, 543 pages, Harvard Univ Pr, $26, published September 30 2010 | purchase
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  • Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind
  • Evan Thompson
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Mind and Cosmos

Mind and Cosmos

Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False

by Thomas Nagel

Hardcover, 130 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $24.95, published September 26 2012 | purchase
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  • Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False
  • Thomas Nagel
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Out of Our Heads

Out of Our Heads

Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness

by Alva Noe

Paperback, 214 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $15, published February 2 2010 | purchase
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  • Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness
  • Alva Noe

A noted philosopher and member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Science examines flaws in current understandings about consciousness while proposing a radical solution that argues that consciousness must not be limited to the confines of the brain.

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God's Hotel

God's Hotel

A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine

by Victoria Sweet

Paperback, 416 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine
  • Victoria Sweet

San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the Hotel-Dieu (God's Hotel) that cared for the sick during the Middle Ages. It's also where Dr. Victoria Sweet learned a kind of attentive medicine that has almost vanished. God's Hotel chronicles the more than 20 years Sweet spent working at the hospital.

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MP3

MP3

The Meaning of a Format

by Jonathan Sterne

Paperback, 341 pages, Duke Univ Pr, $24.95, published August 6 2012 | purchase
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The Violinist's Thumb

The Violinist's Thumb

And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, As Written by Our Genetic Code

by Sam Kean

Hardcover, 400 pages, Little Brown & Co, $25.99, published July 17 2012 | purchase
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  • And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, As Written by Our Genetic Code
  • Sam Kean

The best-selling author of The Disappearing Spoon discusses DNA, the building block of life, describing how genes can explain why JFK's skill was bronze, Einstein was a genius and why people with exceptional thumb flexibility can become world-class violinists.

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The Spark of Life

The Spark of Life

Electricity in the Human Body

by Frances Ashcroft

Hardcover, 339 pages, W. W. Norton & Co Inc, $28.95, published September 24 2012 | purchase
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  • Electricity in the Human Body
  • Frances Ashcroft

The Spark of Life presents the history of the discovery of electricity in the human body as well as present-day research and real-life stories that aim to explain death, consciousness and how these physiological electrical signals drive human thoughts, movements and lives.

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Spillover

Spillover

Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

by David Quammen

Hardcover, 592 pages, W. W. Norton & Company, $28.95, published October 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
  • David Quammen

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.

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All Gone

All Gone

A Memoir of My Mother's Dementia, With Refreshments

by Alex Witchel

Hardcover, 224 pages, Riverhead Hardcover, $26.95, published September 27 2012 | purchase
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  • A Memoir of My Mother's Dementia, With Refreshments
  • Alex Witchel

All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother's Dementia, with Refreshments recounts the author's poignant efforts to provide love and care for a beloved parent with increasing dementia, a journey marked by her decision to prepare comfort foods from childhood that occasionally triggered her mother's recall and helped the author to come to terms with an inevitable loss.

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Spectrums

Spectrums

Our Mind-boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity

by David Blatner and Scott Citron

Hardcover, p. cm., St Martins Pr, $25, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Our Mind-boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity
  • David Blatner and Scott Citron

The award-winning author of The Joy of Pi presents illustrated, narrative coverage of six spectrums encountered in everyday life including numbers, size, light, sound, heat and time, providing comprehensive explanations of how they shape the universe at miniscule and immense proportions. 30,000 first printing.

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The Victory Lab

The Victory Lab

The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns

by Sasha Issenberg

Hardcover, 357 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published September 11 2012 | purchase
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  • The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns
  • Sasha Issenberg

An energetic assessment of how a team of academics, statisticians, and strategists are reshaping today's political campaigns explores war room strategies based in behavioral psychology and randomized experiments.

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The Scientists

The Scientists

A Family Romance

by Marco Roth

Paperback, , St Martins Pr, $15, published August 27 2013 | purchase
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  • A Family Romance
  • Marco Roth

Marco Roth grew up on New York's Upper West Side in a lost post-war world of high European culture. His liberal Jewish family put an intense emphasis on the life of the mind in a way that sometimes felt more like the 1890s than the 1980s. In his memoir, Roth struggles to understand how his upbringing both liberated and, as he puts it, "thwarted" him. He also reflects on his father's death from AIDS and the probability that his father was secretly gay.

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