The Nocturnal Brain: Tales of Nightmares and Neuroscience [Audiobook]
24 May 2019, 03:10
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9h 53m | 271.91/2.34MB
What happens to our brain at night?
Are we really fully asleep? And if so, how is it that some individuals end up doing what they do?
Or can it be the case that perhaps the brain never fully goes to sleep and that in some individuals there is a disconnect between the sleeping part of their brain and the active part of their brain so that the two become confused?
Does this happen to all of us in varying degrees, and can the reverse be the case, too - so that some individuals are actually asleep during the day while appearing to be awake?!
In this groundbreaking audiobook, Dr Guy Leschziner takes us on a fascinating journey through the nocturnal brain to illustrate the neuroscience behind nightmares, night terrors and sleepwalking.
The Creativity Code: How AI Is Learning to Write, Paint and Think [Audiobook]
22 May 2019, 15:33
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9h 54m | 270.06/2.22MB
As a species, we have an extraordinary ability to create works of art that elevate, expand and transform what it means to be human. The novels of Henry James can communicate the inner world of one human being to another. The music of Wagner or Schubert takes us on an emotional roller-coaster ride as we give ourselves up to their sublime sounds.
These are the expressions of what Marcus du Sautoy calls 'the creativity code'. Yet some believe that the new developments in AI and machine learning are so sophisticated that they can learn what it means to be human - that they can crack the code.
- Technology has always allowed us to extend our understanding of being human. But will the new tools of AI allow to us to create in different ways?
- Could recent developments in AI and machine learning also mean that it is no longer just human beings who can create art?
- And creativity, like consciousness, is one of those words that is hard to pin down: what is it that we are challenging these machines to do?
In The Creativity Code, Marcus du Sautoy examines what these new developments might mean, for both the creative arts and his own subject: mathematics. From the Turing test to AlphaGo, are there limits to what algorithms can achieve, or might they be able to perfectly mimic human creativity? And what's more, could they help Marcus to see more deeply into the complex mathematical problems with which he so often wrestles?
Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand: Fifty Wonders That Reveal an Extraordinary Universe [Audiobook]
11 May 2019, 07:14
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5h 24m | 148.66/1.51MB
Contains an exclusive Q&A with the author, Marcus Chown.
Best-selling author Marcus Chown explores some of the most profound and important science about us, our world and beyond by examining some astonishing facts that reveal the vast complexities of the universe.
There is much about our world that seems to make perfect sense, and important scientific breakthroughs have helped us understand ourselves, our planet and our place in the universe in fascinating detail. But our adventures in space, our deepening understanding of the quantum world and huge leaps in technology over the last century have also revealed a universe far stranger than we could ever have imagined.
With brilliant clarity and wit, best-selling author Marcus Chown examines the profound science behind 50 remarkable scientific facts that help explain the vast complexities of our existence. Did you know that you could fit the whole human race in the volume of a sugar cube? Or that the electrical energy in a single mosquito is enough to cause a global mass extinction? Or that, out there in the cosmos, there are an infinite number of copies of you reading an infinite number of copies of this?
Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand is a mind-bending journey through some of the most weird and wonderful facts about our universe, vividly illuminating the hidden truths that govern our everyday lives.