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Stuff Matters

Author : Mark Miodownik
ISBN : 9780544236042
Genre : History
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A world-leading materials scientist presents an engrossing collection of stories that explain the science and history of materials, from the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, revealing the miracles of engineering that seep into our everyday lives. 25,000 first printing.

The World In A Grain

Author : Vince Beiser
ISBN : 9780399576430
Genre : Nature
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The gripping story of the most important overlooked commodity in the world--sand--and the crucial role it plays in our lives. After water and air, sand is the natural resource that we consume more than any other--even more than oil. Every concrete building and paved road on Earth, every computer screen and silicon chip, is made from sand. From Egypt's pyramids to the Hubble telescope, from the world's tallest skyscraper to the sidewalk below it, from Chartres' stained-glass windows to your iPhone, sand shelters us, empowers us, engages us, and inspires us. It's the ingredient that makes possible our cities, our science, our lives--and our future. And, incredibly, we're running out of it. The World in a Grain is the compelling true story of the hugely important and diminishing natural resource that grows more essential every day, and of the people who mine it, sell it, build with it--and sometimes, even kill for it. It's also a provocative examination of the serious human and environmental costs incurred by our dependence on sand, which has received little public attention. Not all sand is created equal: Some of the easiest sand to get to is the least useful. Award-winning journalist Vince Beiser delves deep into this world, taking readers on a journey across the globe, from the United States to remote corners of India, China, and Dubai to explain why sand is so crucial to modern life. Along the way, readers encounter world-changing innovators, island-building entrepreneurs, desert fighters, and murderous sand pirates. The result is an entertaining and eye-opening work, one that is both unexpected and involving, rippling with fascinating detail and filled with surprising characters.

What The Future Looks Like

Author : Jim Al-Khalili
ISBN : 9781615194711
Genre : Science
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Science fact, not science fiction, on the cutting–edge developments that are already changing the course of our future Every day, scientists conduct pioneering experiments with the potential to transform how we live. Yet it isn’t every day you hear from the scientists themselves! Now, award–winning author Jim Al–Khalili and his team of top-notch experts explain how today’s earthshaking discoveries will shape our world tomorrow—and beyond. Pull back the curtain on: genomics robotics AI the “Internet of Things” synthetic biology transhumanism interstellar travel colonization of the solar system teleportation and much more And find insight into big–picture questions such as: Will we find a cure to all diseases? The answer to climate change? And will bionics one day turn us into superheroes? The scientists in these pages are interested only in the truth—reality–based and speculation–free. The future they conjure is by turns tantalizing and sobering: There’s plenty to look forward to, but also plenty to dread. And undoubtedly the best way to for us to face tomorrow’s greatest challenges is to learn what the future looks like—today.

The Runaway Species

Author : David Eagleman
ISBN : 9781936787678
Genre : Psychology
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“The authors look at art and science together to examine how innovations—from Picasso’s initially offensive paintings to Steve Jobs’s startling iPhone—build on what already exists and rely on three brain operations: bending, breaking and blending. This manifesto . . . shows how both disciplines foster creativity.” —The Wall Street Journal “The Runaway Species approach[es] creativity scientifically but sensitively, feeling its roots without pulling them out.” —The Economist The Runaway Species is a deep dive into the creative mind, a celebration of the human spirit, and a vision of how we can improve our future by understanding and embracing our ability to innovate. David Eagleman and Anthony Brandt seek to answer the question: what lies at the heart of humanity’s ability—and drive—to create? Our ability to remake our world is unique among all living things. But where does our creativity come from, how does it work, and how can we harness it to improve our lives, schools, businesses, and institutions? Eagleman and Brandt examine hundreds of examples of human creativity through dramatic storytelling and stunning images in this beautiful, full-color volume. By drawing out what creative acts have in common and viewing them through the lens of cutting-edge neuroscience, they uncover the essential elements of this critical human ability, and encourage a more creative future for all of us.

The Abc Murders Arabic Edition

Author : Agatha Christie
ISBN : 1729731546
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The ABC Murders (Arabic edition)By Agatha Christie

Author : Steven D. Levitt
ISBN : 9789960543932
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أيهما أشد خطراً، المسدس أم حوض السباحة؟ ما هي الأشياء المشتركة بين معلمي المدارس ومصارعي السومو؟ لماذا ما يزال تجار المخدرات يعيشون مع أمهاتهم؟ ما هو مقدار اهتمام الوالدين حقاً؟ ما هو تأثير قضية «رو» و«ويد» في جرائم العنف؟ قد لا تبدو هذه الأسئلة مثل الأسئلة النمطية التي يسألها الاقتصادي، لكن ستيفن د. ليفيت ليس اقتصادياً نمطياً؛ إنه عالم شجاع أكثر من أي شيء آخر، يدرس المادة والأحاجي في الحياة اليومية ــ من الغش والجريمة إلى الرياضة وتربية الأطفال ــ وتقوم استنتاجاته عادة على قلب الحكمة التقليدية رأساً على عقب. وغالباً ما يبدأ بتل كبير من المعطيات وبسؤال بسيط لم يطرح من قبل. إنه يهتم ببعض هذه الأسئلة مثل قضايا الحياة والموت، وبعضها الآخر ذو ميزات استثنائية دون شك. وهكذا يحتوي هذا الكتاب على حقل جديد من الدراسة، وهو (الاقتصاد العجيب). ومن خلال سرده للقصص الآسرة ومن النظرة العميقة غير المباشرة، يبين ليفيت وزميله ستيفن ج. دوبنر أن الاقتصاد -في جذوره- دراسة للحوافز ـــ كيف يحصل الناس على ما يريدون أو يحتاجون، لاسيما عندما يريد الناس الآخرون الشيء ذاته أو يحتاجونه. في كتابهما (الاقتصاد العجيب)، يشرع المؤلفان في استكشاف الجانب الخفي ـــ من كل شيء؛ الأعمال الداخلية لعصابة مخدرات، وحقيقة الوسطاء العقاريين، وأساطير تمويل الحملات. وقصص الغش لدى معلمي المدارس. وأسرار جمعية كوكلوكس كلان (العرقية). ومن هنا فإذا كانت الأخلاق تمثل كيف نريد للعالم أن يسير، فإن الاقتصاد يمثل كيف يعمل العالم فعلاً. صحيح إن قراء هذا الكتاب سيتسلحون بقصص وأحاجٍ تكفي لتروى في آلاف الحفلات، لكن كتاب (الاقتصاد العجيب) يستطيع أن يقدم أكثر من ذلك، إنه يعيد تعريف الطريقة التي ننظر بها إلى العالم الحديث تعريفاً حرفياً. العبيكان للنشر

La Sostanza Delle Cose

Author : Mark Miodownik
ISBN : 9788833974187
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Vincitore del Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, Regno Unito 2014. Vincitore dei Communication Awards, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Stati Uniti 2015. «Sono rimasto sveglio tutta la notte a leggere questo libro. Miodownik scrive con enorme competenza e grande entusiasmo, trasmettendo al lettore il suo amore per questi temi.» Oliver Sacks L’acciaio è «indomito», la carta «fidata», il cioccolato naturalmente è «delizioso», la plastica «immaginifica» e la grafite è semplicemente «indistruttibile». Poi c’è la schiuma («meravigliosa»), il vetro (ovviamente «invisibile»), la porcellana («raffinata»), e certo non può mancare il comune, onnipresente, «fondamentale» cemento. Sono le sostanze di cui è fatto il nostro mondo. Basta gettare l’occhio intorno a noi e ne vediamo a centinaia, eppure sappiamo così poco di loro. Invece, quando Mark Miodownik si guarda intorno vede ben più in là delle apparenze superficiali delle cose ed è capace di raccontarci per ognuno di questi materiali una quantità incredibile di storie affascinanti, da restare a bocca aperta per lo stupore. Ogni sostanza diventa un mondo. In questo libro compaiono cose antichissime come il ferro accanto a sostanze futuristiche come i biomateriali o l’aerogel, tutte presentate nella loro caleidoscopica varietà di forme e di funzioni, colori e proprietà, ognuna con un suo messaggio nascosto e un’avvincente storia da narrare. I materiali hanno contribuito a rivoluzionare il nostro stile di vita, fanno parte del nostro mondo e senza di loro non saremmo ciò che siamo. Prendete la fotografia che apre questo libro, a p. 13: l’autore siede sul terrazzo di casa sorseggiando un tè. Togliete dalla scena il cemento, il vetro, i tessuti, il metallo e gli altri materiali, e non resterà altro che un uomo nudo a mezz’aria, tremolante per il freddo. Il mondo materiale non è una semplice ostentazione della nostra tecnologia e della nostra cultura: è parte di noi. L’abbiamo inventato, l’abbiamo costruito, e lui in cambio fa di noi ciò che siamo.

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The World Tomorrow

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ISBN : PRNC:32101067014173
Genre : Christian sociology
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The Delineator

Author : R. S. O'Loughlin
ISBN : IOWA:31858046092247
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