The Theory of Gambling and Statistical Logic

The Theory of Gambling and Statistical Logic

The Theory of Gambling and Statistical Logic by Richard Epstein
Academic Press | 2010 | ISBN: 0080958613 | EPUB | 8.9MB


Man invented a concept that has since been variously viewed as a vice, a crime, a business, a pleasure, a type of magic, a disease, a folly, a weakness, a form of sexual substitution, an expression of the human instinct. He invented gambling. Recently, there has been a surge of interest in the statistical and mathematical theory behind gambling. Columbia pictures released a new movie "21" in July 2008 staring Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne, Aaron Yoo, and Liza Lapira. Inspired by the true story of MIT students who mastered the art of card counting and took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.


Richard Epstein's classic book on gambling and its mathematical analysis covers the full range of games from penny matching, to blackjack and other casino games, to the stock market (including Black-Scholes analysis). He even considers what light statistical inference can shed on the study of paranormal phenomena. Epstein is witty and insightful, a pleasure to dip into and read and rewarding to study. The book is written at a fairly sophisticated mathematical level, this is not- Gambling for Dummies- or 'how to beat the odds' book, and a background in upper level undergraduate mathematics is essential to reading and understanding this book.


How to Learn a Foreign Language

How to Learn a Foreign Language

How to Learn a Foreign Language by Graham E Fuller
Storm King Press | 1991 | ISBN: 0935166025 | EPUB | 661.31KB


This book is for those of you who have never studied a foreign language before. And it is for those of you who have already had one painful experience with a foreign language and who hope to do better at it this time.


Webster's New World Essential Vocabulary

Webster's New World Essential Vocabulary

Webster's New World Essential Vocabulary by David Alan Herzog
Webster's New World | 2004 | ISBN: 0764571656 | PDF | 1.38MB


EXPAND YOUR VOCABULARY--FOR BETTER TEST SCORES AND BETTER COMMUNICATION


You probably can't learn all the hundreds of thousands of words in the English language--but you can learn those difficult words you're most likely to need to know. If you want to increase your vocabulary for standardized tests or just better communication, Webster's New World Essential Vocabulary is the only tool you need. It presents essential words with definitions, example sentences, synonyms, and tense forms.


In addition to the most frequently tested terms from the SAT and GRE tests, Webster's New World Essential Vocabulary also includes helpful appendices on foreign phrases, prefixes, and suffixes. Together, these 1,500 words and definitions not only prepare you for tough tests, but also dramatically improve your communication skills for the business world or studying English as a second language. Whether you're worried about college entrance exams or just want to be better with words, this practical, helpful resource gives you the tools you need to read, speak, and write more persuasively, and communicate more effectively. Plus, Handy self-tests let you gauge your understanding of words and meaning, so you can measure your progress as you go!


Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents

Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents

Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents by Ellen Ullman
Picador | 1997 | ISBN: 0872863328 | EPUB | 336.33KB


In 1997, the computer was still a relatively new tool---a sleek and unforgiving machine that was beyond the grasp of most users. With intimate and unflinching detail, software engineer Ellen Ullman examines the strange ecstasy of being at the forefront of the predominantly male technological revolution, and the difficulty of translating the inherent messiness of human life into artful and efficient code. Close to the Machine is an elegant and revelatory mediation on the dawn of the digital era.


The Hungry Scientist Handbook

The Hungry Scientist Handbook

The Hungry Scientist Handbook: Electric Birthday Cakes, Edible Origami, and Other DIY Projects for Techies, Tinkerers, and Foodies by Patrick Buckley, Lily Binns
HarperPerennial | 2008 | ISBN: 0061238686 | PDF | 6.3MB


Inventive, (mostly) edible DIY gadgets and projects guaranteed to captivate.


The Hungry Scientist Handbook brings DIY technology into the kitchen and onto the plate. It compiles the most mouthwatering projects created by mechanical engineer Patrick Buckley and his band of intrepid techie friends, whose collaboration on contraptions started at a memorable 2005 Bay Area dinner party and resulted in the formation of the Hungry Scientist Society—a loose confederation of creative minds dedicated to the pursuit of projects possessing varying degrees of whimsy and utility.


Featuring twenty projects ranging from edible origami to glowing lollipops, cryogenic martinis to Tupperware boom boxes, the book draws from the expertise of programmers, professors, and garden-variety geeks and offers something to delight DIYers of all skill levels.


The Boy Genius and the Mogul

The Boy Genius and the Mogul

The Boy Genius and the Mogul: The Untold Story of Television by Daniel Stashower
Broadway, Crown | 2002 | ISBN: 0767913213 | EPUB | 969.06KB


The world remembers Edison, Ford, and the Wright Brothers. But what about Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television, an innovation that did as much as any other to shape the twentieth century? That question lies at the heart of The Boy Genius and the Mogul, Daniel Stashower's captivating chronicle of television's true inventor, the battle he faced to capitalize on his breakthrough, and the powerful forces that resulted in the collapse of his dreams.


The son of a Mormon farmer, Farnsworth was born in 1906 in a single-room log cabin on an isolated homestead in Utah. The Farnsworth family farm had no radio, no telephone, and no electricity. Yet, motivated by the stories of scientists and inventors he read about in the science magazines of the day, young Philo set his sights on becoming an inventor. By his early teens, Farnsworth had become an inveterate tinkerer, able to repair broken farm equipment when no one else could. It was inevitable that when he read an article about a new idea -- for the transmission of pictures by radio waves--that he would want to attempt it himself. One day while he was walking through a hay field, Farnsworth took note of the straight, parallel lines of the furrows and envisioned a system of scanning a visual image line by line and transmitting it to a remote screen. He soon sketched a diagram for an early television camera tube. It was 1921 and Farnsworth was only fourteen years old.


Farnsworth went on to college to pursue his studies of electrical engineering but was forced to quit after two years due to the death of his father. Even so, he soon managed to persuade a group of California investors to set him up in his own research lab where, in 1927, he produced the first all-electronic television image and later patented his invention. While Farnsworth's invention was a landmark, it was also the beginning of a struggle against an immense corporate power that would consume much of his life. That corporate power was embodied by a legendary media mogul, RCA President and NBC founder David Sarnoff, who claimed that his chief scientist had invented a mechanism for television prior to Farnsworth's. Thus the boy genius and the mogul were locked in a confrontation over who would control the future of television technology and the vast fortune it represented. Farnsworth was enormously outmatched by the media baron and his army of lawyers and public relations people, and, by the 1940s, Farnsworth would be virtually forgotten as television's actual inventor, while Sarnoff and his chief scientist would receive the credit.


Restoring Farnsworth to his rightful place in history, The Boy Genius and the Mogul presents a vivid portrait of a self-taught scientist whose brilliance allowed him to "capture light in a bottle." A rich and dramatic story of one man’s perseverance and the remarkable events leading up to the launch of television as we know it, The Boy Genius and the Mogul shines new light on a major turning point in American history.


How to Give Up Shopping (or at Least Cut Down)

How to Give Up Shopping (or at Least Cut Down)

How to Give Up Shopping (or at Least Cut Down): The Journey Back to Conscious Spending by Neradine Tisaj
Hardie Grant Books | 2013 | ISBN: 1742732291 | EPUB | 1.35MB


Read any finance book and it will tell you to spend less and save more. But a financial planner telling a shopaholic to simply save more money is like a marathon runner telling a morbidly obese person to just exercise more. Where do you start? How do you go from finding refuge in retail therapy to being able to walk past your favourite shop with your savings intact? Stressed, time-poor and addicted to the buzz of a newly purchased item, Neradine Tisaj had a definite shopping problem. But when she decided to try to save, no one could offer her advice that related to her lifestyle. One planner told her to find a husband and live off the one salary. Another told her to stay in each Saturday night and eat boiled eggs. Determined to both enjoy life and save money, Neradine devised a plan to find a way back to conscious, healthy spending - without forgoing a busy social life. Packed with truly helpful tips and cheeky anecdotes, HOW TO GIVE UP SHOPPING is for anyone who would like to save but also live. After all, man (an woman) does not live on boiled egg alone.


Fight Back

Fight Back

Fight Back: 81 Ways to Help You Save Money and Protect Yourself from Corporate Trickery by Ellen Roseman
John Wiley & Sons | 2013 | ISBN: 111830148X | EPUB | 525.15KB


Money-saving advice from Canada's leading consumer advocate.


In this book Ellen Roseman distills the financial advice she gives in her columns and blogs into 81 quick tips that all Canadians can use to help them spend sensibly, save money, and avoid costly consumer traps. This book of "personal finance greatest hits" is filled with illustrative examples and cautionary advice from Roseman and stories from her faithful readers. Filled with a wealth of information, the book includes the low-down on dealing with banks and car dealers, cutting costs of communication services, improving your credit, buying and renovating a home, fighting online fraud, ensuring you have the right insurance, and more.


  • Offers an easy-to-use guide for being smart with your money
  • Includes how to advice on handling the most common financial pitfalls
  • Contains the best advice from Ellen Roseman's columns and blogs
  • Written by Canada's most popular and savvy consumer advocate

Don't spend another dollar until you read Ellen Roseman's best-ever tips for saving money and making wise financial decisions.


Shiny Objects

Shiny Objects

Shiny Objects: Our Obsession with Possession and the Truth About Why We Buy by James A Roberts
HarperCollins | 2011 | ISBN: 0062093622 | 2011 | EPUB | 4.67MB


Americans toss out 140 million cell phones every year. We discard 2 million plastic bottles every five minutes. And our total credit-card debt as of July 2011 is $793 billion.


Plus, credit cards can make you fat.


The American Dream was founded on the belief that anyone dedicated to thrift and hard work could create opportunities and achieve a better life. Now that dream has been reduced to a hyperquantified desire for fancier clothes, sleeker cars, and larger homes. We've lost our way, but James Roberts argues that it's not too late to find it again. In Shiny Objects, he offers us an opportunity to examine our day-to-day habits, and once again strive for lives of quality over quantity.


Mining his years of research into the psychology of consumer behavior, Roberts gets to the heart of the often-surprising ways we make our purchasing decisions. What he and other researchers in his field have found is that no matter what our income level, Americans believe that we need more to live a good life. But as our standard of living has climbed over the past forty years, our self-reported “happiness levels” have flatlined.


Roberts isn't merely concerned with the GDP or big-ticket purchases--damaging spending habits play out countless times a day, in ways big and small: he demonstrates that even the amount we spend at our favorite fast-food joint increases anywhere from 60 to 100 percent when we use a credit card instead of cash. Every time we watch TV or turn on a radio we're exposed to marketing messages (experts estimate up to 3,000 of them daily). Consumption is king, and its toll is not just a financial one: relationships are suffering, too, as materialism encroaches on the time and value we give the people around us.


By shedding much-needed light on the science of spending, Roberts empowers readers to make smart changes, improve self-control, and curtail spending. The American Dream is still ours for the taking, and Shiny Objects is ultimately a hopeful statement about the power we each hold to redefine the pursuit of happiness.


Consumerology: The Truth about Consumers

Consumerology: The Truth about Consumers

Consumerology: The Truth about Consumers and the Psychology of Shopping by Philip Graves
Nicholas Brealey Publishing | 2013 | ISBN: 1857889231 | EPUB | 2.04MB


Available in paperback for the first time, this new updated and revised second edition of Consumerology: the Truth About Consumers and the Psychology of Shopping contains a new introduction and epilogue, in which Philip Graves reveals the myriad tricks and psychological games high street shops play on consumers; the ways in which we are manipulated into buying things we don't want; the ways in which we deceive ourselves; and the cutting edge behavioural science being used to change our habits to even more significant degrees.


The Elements of Investing: Easy Lessons for Every Investor

The Elements of Investing: Easy Lessons for Every Investor

The Elements of Investing: Easy Lessons for Every Investor by Burton G Malkiel, Charles D Ellis
John Wiley & Sons | 2013 | ISBN: 1118553748 | EPUB | 1.12MB


An updated look at best rules of investing provided by two of the world's greatest financial thinkers.


In the updated edition of The Elements of Investing, authors Charles Ellis and Burton Malkiel--two of the world's greatest financial thinkers--have again combined their talents to produce a straight-talking book about investing and saving. Written with every investor in mind, this reliable resource will put you on a path towards a lifetime of financial success.


Page by page, Malkiel and Ellis skillfully focus their message to address the essentials and offer a set of simple, but powerful thoughts on how to avoid Mr. Market and his "loser's game," and instead enjoy the "winner's" approach to investing. All the investment rules and principles you need to succeed are here--with clear advice on how to follow them.


  • Shows you how to focus on the long term instead of following market fluctuations that are likely to lead to costly investing mistakes
  • Contains investment insights that can carry you all the way to, and through, retirement
  • Written by Burton G. Malkiel, the bestselling author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street, and Charles D. Ellis, the bestselling author of Winning the Loser's Game

A disciplined approach to investing, complemented by understanding, is all you need to enjoy success. This practical guide explains what you really need to know and puts you on the right course for long-term success through all kinds of markets.


There's a Customer Born Every Minute

There's a Customer Born Every Minute

There's a Customer Born Every Minute: P.T. Barnum's Amazing 10 "Rings of Power" for Creating Fame, Fortune, and a Business Empire Today -- Guaranteed by Joe Vitale
John Wiley & Sons | 2006 | ISBN: 0471784621 | EPUB | 633.37KB


Famous entrepreneur and showman P.T. Barnum is perhaps best known today for having said, "There's a sucker born every minute." But, surprisingly, Barnum never said such a thing. In fact, he believed that there was a customer born every minute, and this belief—that everyone was a potential buyer—was just one of the many solid business principles that led him to a long and successful career.


There's a Customer Born Every Minute reveals the lost wisdom of this great business pioneer. Barnum was much more than a showman; he was a dedicated businessman and entrepreneur with a razor-sharp mind. In this delightful and absorbing new edition, Joe Vitale reveals the secrets of Barnum's success and shares the ten key business practices that Barnum developed and lived by.


Real World Careers

Real World Careers

Real World Careers: Why College Is Not the Only Path to Becoming Rich by Betsy Cummings
Business Plus | 2007 | ISBN: 0446698032 | EPUB | 437.68KB


Betsy Cummings offers careers advice for capable people who chose not to attend college, but go immediately into the 'real world'. She talks up the benefits of getting into a good job early, jumpstarting their earnings potential & stealing a march on their rivals.


How To Really Ruin Your Financial Life and Portfolio

How To Really Ruin Your Financial Life and Portfolio

How To Really Ruin Your Financial Life and Portfolio by Ben Stein
John Wiley & Sons | 2012 | ISBN: 1118461460 | EPUB | 574.78KB


Hilarious advice on what NOT to do with money, from financial funny man Ben Stein.


Everyone's searching for the secrets to financial success, but what about the best ways to lose money . . . fast?! In How To Really Ruin Your Financial Life and Portfolio, bestselling author, economist, financial commentator, and media personality Ben Stein explains exactly what to do . . . to go bust! The ultimate "how-NOT-to" guide, the book gives readers invaluable tips that should be avoided at all costs. Written in Stein's own inimitable style, this hilarious guide provides essential financial advice on what not to do when it comes to managing money.


From reading and acting upon investing newsletters to trading on a margin, from investing in bonds to breathlessly following CNBC, and from buying stock in firms you do not understand to believing in your own genius at stock picking to keeping as little cash on hand as possible, Stein presents the rules that every would-be investor needs to know, so they can do the exact opposite and actually make money. Fully revised and updated, this new edition presents all-new missteps that can destroy any portfolio.


  • Fully revised and updated edition of the tongue-in-cheek bestseller that shows investors what not to do with their money
  • Written by acclaimed author economist, financial commentator, and media personality Ben Stein
  • Loaded with indispensable pieces of bad advice that readers should avoid at all costs

A laugh-out-loud approach to personal finance, How To Really Ruin Your Financial Life and Portfolio is an accessible guide to money from the funniest man in finance.


The Investment Club Book

The Investment Club Book

The Investment Club Book by John F Wasik
Grand Central Publishing | 2009 | ISBN: 1935170414 | EPUB | 836.79KB


One of the hottest trends currently evolving, investment clubs are groups of ordinary people who pool their money to invest in the stock market. This easy-to-understand guide reveals the secrets of some of the country's leading clubs, explains how to start and run an investment club, offers savvy tips on building a portfolio, and more.


The Complete Money and Investing Guidebook

The Complete Money and Investing Guidebook

The Wall Street Journal Complete Money and Investing Guidebook by Dave Kansas
Crown Business | 2010 | ISBN: 0307498867 | EPUB | 5.12MB


Unravel the Mysteries of the Financial Markets--the Language, the Players, and the Strategies for Success.


Understanding money and investing has never been more important than it is today, as many of us are called upon to manage our own retirement planning, college savings funds, and health-care costs. Up-to-date and expertly written, The Wall Street Journal Complete Money and Investing Guidebook provides investors with a simple--but not simplistic--grounding in the world of finance. It breaks down the basics of how money and investing work, explaining:


  • What must-have information you need to invest in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds
  • How to see through the inscrutable theories and arcane jargon of financial insiders and advisers
  • What market players, investing strategies, and money and investing history you should know
  • Why individual investors should pay attention to the economy

Written in a clear, engaging style by Dave Kansas, one of America's top business journalists and editor of The Wall Street Journal Money & Investing section, this straightforward book is full of helpful charts, graphs, and illustrations and is an essential source for novice and experienced investors alike.


Get your financial life in order with help from The Wall Street Journal.


Boeing Versus Airbus

Boeing Versus Airbus

Boeing Versus Airbus: The Inside Story of the Greatest International Competition in Business by John Newhouse
Vintage Books | 2007 | ISBN: 0307267261 | EPUB | 335.97KB


The commercial airline industry is one of the most volatile, dog-eat-dog enterprises in the world, and in the late 1990s, Europe’s Airbus overtook America’s Boeing as the preeminent aircraft manufacturer. However, Airbus quickly succumbed to the same complacency it once challenged, and Boeing regained its precarious place on top. Now, after years of heated battle and mismanagement, both companies face the challenge of serving burgeoning Asian markets and stiff competition from China and Japan. Combining insider knowledge with vivid prose and insight, John Newhouse delivers a riveting story of these two titans of the sky and their struggles to stay in the air.


The 1950s Kitchen

The 1950s Kitchen

The 1950s Kitchen by Kathryn Ferry
Shire | 2011 | ISBN: 0747808279 | EPUB | 6.89MB


The 1950s was the first great age of the modern kitchen: labor-saving appliances, bright colors and the novelty of fitted units moved the kitchen from dankness into light, where it became the domain of the happy housewife and the heart of the home. Formica - a new space-age material - decorated with fashionable patterns topped sleek cupboards that contained new classic wares such as Pyrex and 'Homemaker' crockery, and the ingredients for 1950s British staples: semolina, coronation chicken and spotted dick.


Electricity entered the kitchens of millions, and nowhere in the home was modern technology and modern design more evident. Bold color, clean lines and stainless steel were keynotes of the decade, and it is no surprise that 1950s kitchen style is now the height of fashion once again, with names like Cath Kidston picking up on the best of '50s kitchen kitsch, and manufacturers like Dualit, Kitchen Aid and Aga doing healthy business with retro appliances.


This book - a celebration of cooking, eating and living in the 1950s kitchen - is a feast of nostalgia, and a mine of inspiration for anyone wanting to recreate that '50s look in their own home.


The Highwaymen: Warriors of the Information Superhighway

The Highwaymen: Warriors of the Information Superhighway

The Highwaymen: Warriors of the Information Superhighway by Ken Auletta
Random House | 1997 | ISBN: 0307799859 | EPUB | 2.01MB


A struggle is taking place--not just among corporate titans, but among entire industries. At stake is control of the world's fastest-growing industry: communications. The contestants are Hollywood studios, television networks, and cable, telephone, computer, publishing, and consumer-electronics companies. All are vying to collect a toll on the information superhighway. And as they jockey for control, they tread on volatile ground, as one fixation after another (cable, interactive TV) is dumped in favor of the next (satellite, the Internet).


There is no better account of this turmoil than the one provided here by Ken Auletta, bestselling author of Three Blind Mice ("the best book ever written on network television"*) and Greed and Glory on Wall Street, who for five years has brilliantly tracked the communications industry for The New Yorker. Auletta's access to the principal players is unparalleled (six days with Rupert Murdoch, summit meetings with John Malone), and his grasp of the issues--from boardroom politics to regulatory and technological pressures--is unmatched by any other journalist.


In this riveting collection of his best pieces Auletta takes the reader on a behind-the-scenes tour of such companies as Disney, Viacom, Microsoft, Time Warner, and Telecommunications, Inc., and keenly chronicles the vanities and visions of the new Highwaymen--Rupert Murdoch, Ted Turner, Michael Eisner, Sumner Redstone, Bill Gates, and more. Just as Three Blind Mice was heralded as "the new bible of the broadcasting business," The Highwaymen will be received as an indispensable guide to the future of this explosive new world.


Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way

Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way

Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way by Ken Auletta
Vintage Books | 2010 | ISBN: 0307766330 | EPUB | 2.32MB


What happened to network television in the 1980s? How did CBS, NBC, and ABC lose a third of their audience and more than half of their annual profits?


Ken Auletta, author of Greed and Glory on Wall Street, tells the gripping story of the decline of the networks in this epically scaled work of journalism. He chronicles the takeovers and executive coups that turned ABC and NBC into assets of two mega-corporations and CBS into the fiefdom of one man, Larry Tisch, whose obsession with the bottom line could be both bracing and appalling.


Auletta takes us inside the CBS newsroom on the night that Dan Rather went off-camera for six deadly minutes; into the screening rooms where NBC programming wunderkind Brandon Tartikoff watched two of his brightest prospects for new series thud disastrously to earth; and into the boardrooms where the three networks were trying to decide whether television is a public trust or a cash cow.


Rich in anecdote and gossip, scalpel-sharp in its perceptions, Three Blind Mice chronicles a revolution in American business and popular culture, one that is changing the world on both sides of the television screen.


Improve Your Eyesight

Improve Your Eyesight

Improve Your Eyesight: A Guide to the Bates Method for Better Eyesight Without Glasses by Jonathan Barnes
Souvenir Press | 2011 | ISBN: 0285640712 | EPUB | 580.61KB


With the strains on the eyes in modern life, the use of computers in particular, the Bates method is more relevant than ever and Jonathan Barnes has re-interpreted this classic self-help technique to bring it to a new generation that need its help.


Developed by Dr William Bates in 1919, the Bates method is a series of exercises and everyday techniques to incorporate into your life that corrects all the common eye problems: short-sight, long-sight, astigmatism and the decline of vision due to age. It can correct anyone's vision techniques, teaching relaxation and visualisation exercises that ease the strain on the eyes and allows the eyes to perform at their best.


There is no need for surgery or drugs. There is no need for any specialist knowledge, it is all laid out simply and clearly in this practical and accessible book, the only equipment needed are the eye charts that are included in the book. Just a half hour per day and your sight could significantly improve to the extent that glasses and contact lenses may no longer be needed.


Take Off Your Glasses and See

Take Off Your Glasses and See

Take Off Your Glasses and See: A Mind/Body Approach to Expanding Your Eyesight and Insight by Jacob Liberman
Three Rivers Press | 2011 | ISBN: 0307795365 | EPUB | 3.04MB


This revolutionary new look at vision will broaden your understanding of how you see and how you can see without your glasses or contact lenses.


Take Off Your Glasses and See shows you how to free yourself from the crutch of prescription lenses, to build your self-confidence and awareness, and to open up your inner and outer vision in order to see more clearly.


Jacob Liberman, an internationally recognized authority on holistic vision care, explains how most vision problems are the result of an unconscious decision to "close your eyes" to emotional discomfort or pain, and how increasingly powerful corrective lenses only encourage eyesight to withdraw even further. By removing lenses and practicing breath- and movement-awareness techniques to shift your perception, you can reintegrate the original disruption in the mind/body system. Dr. Liberman's approach can help you join the thousands who have escaped from the self-defeating cycle of poor vision.


1,227 Qi Facts to Blow Your Socks Off

1,227 Qi Facts to Blow Your Socks Off

1,227 Qi Facts to Blow Your Socks Off by John Lloyd
Faber & Faber | 2012 | ISBN: 0571297919 | MOBI | 508.95KB


"QI" is the smartest comedy show on British television, but few people know that we're also a major legal hit in Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Africa and an illegal one on BitTorrent. We also write books and newspaper columns; run a thriving website, a Facebook page, a Twitter feed; and produce an iPhone App and a sister Radio 4 programme. At the core of what we do is the astonishing fact - painstakingly researched and distilled to a brilliant and shocking clarity. In Einstein's words: 'Everything should be as simple as possible, but not simpler.'


Did you know that:


  • cows moo in regional accents;
  • the entire internet weighs less than a grain of sand;
  • the dialling code from Britain to Russia is 007;
  • potatoes have more chromosomes than human beings;
  • the London Underground has made more money from its famous map than it has from running trains;
  • Tintin is called Tantan in Japanese because TinTin is pronounced 'Chin chin' and means penis;
  • he water in the mouth of a blue whale weighs more than its body;
  • Scotland has twice as many pandas as Conservative MPs;
  • Saddam's bunker was designed by the grandson of the woman who built Hitler's bunker;
  • Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981, it is explicitly illegal in Britain to use a machinegun to kill a hedgehog.

"1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off" will make you look at the universe (and your socks) in an alarming new way.


Captive Audience

Captive Audience

Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age by Susan P Crawford
Yale University Press | 2013 | ISBN: 0300153139 | MOBI | 701.87KB


Ten years ago, the United States stood at the forefront of the Internet revolution. With some of the fastest speeds and lowest prices in the world for high-speed Internet access, the nation was poised to be the global leader in the new knowledge-based economy. Today that global competitive advantage has all but vanished because of a series of government decisions and resulting monopolies that have allowed dozens of countries, including Japan and South Korea, to pass us in both speed and price of broadband. This steady slide backward not only deprives consumers of vital services needed in a competitive employment and business market—it also threatens the economic future of the nation.


This important book by leading telecommunications policy expert Susan Crawford explores why Americans are now paying much more but getting much less when it comes to high-speed Internet access. Using the 2011 merger between Comcast and NBC Universal as a lens, Crawford examines how we have created the biggest monopoly since the breakup of Standard Oil a century ago. In the clearest terms, this book explores how telecommunications monopolies have affected the daily lives of consumers and America's global economic standing.


Radiation: What It Is, What You Need to Know

Radiation: What It Is, What You Need to Know
Radiation: What It Is, What You Need to Know by Eric Lax, Robert Peter Gale
2013 | EPUB | 3.59MB

The essential guide to radiation: the good, the bad, and the utterly fascinating, explained with unprecedented clarity.

Earth, born in a nuclear explosion, is a radioactive planet; without radiation, life would not exist. And while radiation can be dangerous, it is also deeply misunderstood and often mistakenly feared. Now Robert Peter Gale, M.D,—the doctor to whom concerned governments turned in the wake of the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters—in collaboration with medical writer Eric Lax draws on an exceptional depth of knowledge to correct myths and establish facts.

Exploring what have become trigger words for anxiety—nuclear energy and nuclear weapons, uranium, plutonium, iodine-131, mammogram, X-ray, CT scan, threats to the food chain—the authors demystify the science and dangers of radiation, and examine its myriad benefits, from safely sterilizing our food to the relatively low-risk fuel alternative of nuclear energy. This is the book for all readers who have asked themselves questions such as: What kinds of radiation, and what degree of exposure, cause cancer? What aftereffects have nuclear accidents and bombs had? Does radiation increase the likelihood of birth defects? And how does radiation work?

Hugely illuminating, Radiation is the definitive road map to our post-Chernobyl, post-Fukushima world.

Codes and Ciphers

Codes and Ciphers

Codes and Ciphers: Julius Caesar, the Enigma, and the Internet by Robert F Churchhouse
Cambridge University Press | 2001 | ISBN: 052181054X | PDF | 1.25MB


The design of code and cipher systems has undergone major changes in modern times. Powerful personal computers have resulted in an explosion of e-banking, e-commerce and e-mail, and as a consequence the encryption of communications to ensure security has become a matter of public interest and importance. This book describes and analyzes many cipher systems ranging from the earliest and elementary to the most recent and sophisticated, such as RSA and DES, as well as wartime machines such as the ENIGMA and Hagelin, and ciphers used by spies. Security issues and possible methods of attack are discussed and illustrated by examples. The design of many systems involves advanced mathematical concepts and this is explained in detail in a major appendix. This book will appeal to anyone interested in codes and ciphers as used by private individuals, spies, governments and industry throughout history and right up to the present day.


Fast Easy Way to Learn a Language

Fast Easy Way to Learn a Language

Fast Easy Way to Learn a Language by Bill Handley
Wrightbooks | 2005 | ISBN: 0731403355 | EPUB | 1.42MB


Fast, Easy Way to Learn a Language is essential reading for anyone studying a language at school, for business, travel or just for pleasure. Well-known inspirational teacher Bill Handley speaks 15 languages at various degrees of fluency. He is passionate about learning languages and believes language learning should be an adventure. In this book he explains:


  • how to have fun building your vocabulary in record time
  • the easy way to get to grips with grammar
  • why you should use more than one textbook
  • how to use your 'lost time' to learn faster
  • what to do when you feel like giving up
  • how to write your own 'survival skills' course.

Fast Easy Way to Learn a Language will have you speaking your new language in no time. The book explores all the important topics: active and passive learning, mastering a different alphabet, using recorded material, planning your own immersion program, making effective use of the internet and much more. It includes special advice for school and university students. This is the fun way to learn a language.


Japanese Slanguage

Japanese Slanguage

Japanese Slanguage: A Fun Visual Guide to Japanese Terms and Phrases by Michael Ellis
Gibbs Smith | 2011 | ISBN: 1423615204 | EPUB | 5.16MB


With this fun visual guide, simply follow the illustrated prompts and read the English words out loud. Soon you'll be speaking Japanese! Say hello: "Cone Knee Che Wah"; order cake at a restaurant: "Kay Key"; or ask for a hairdresser or a doctor: "Bee Oh She" or "EE She." This simple, easy-to-use guide comes in a handy pocket size so it's easy to carry with you. It will give you the basic phrases you need to get around while traveling, whether asking directions or shopping. But most of all, it's just plain fun!


Gems of Japanized English

Gems of Japanized English

Gems of Japanized English: "Is That an 'L' As in Rome?" "No, It's 'R' As in London." by
Miranda Kenrick | 1988 | ISBN: 0804815550 | EPUB | 7.08MB


Japanese do things better, this book may be the ideal antidote. Even the Japanese are quick to admit that despite their enthusiasm for learning it, they still have a certain amount of difficulty with the English language.


This is no new phenomenon. Shortly after Japan opened her ports to foreign traders, one doctor advertised himself as "a Specialist in the Decease of Children"; eggs were sold as "extract of fowl" ; and a notice advised that "Tomorrow, from midnight to 12 noon, you will receive dirty water. " Fortunately, things are improving, but very slowly. A more recent English-language newspaper reported that someone's "wedding was consummated in the garden of the American consul's home," while a road sign was posted near a busy intersection that commanded drivers to "Have many accidents here."


Long-time Tokyo resident Miranda Kenrick has collected these and hundreds of other delightful anecdotes to form a lighthearted, but unabashedly affectionate, portrait of the Japanese at home. Reading this book may do more for U.S.-Japan relations than a whole bookshelf of more seriousminded tomes.


Kanji de Manga [6 Vol Set]

Kanji de Manga [6 Vol Set]

Kanji de Manga: The Comic Book That Teaches You How To Read And Write Japanese [6 Vol Set] by Chihiro Hattori, Glenn Kardy
Manga University | 2011 | 6 EPUBs | 42.11MB


Learn how to read and write Japanese the fun and easy way—with Kanji de Manga!


Manga University's award-winning series uses original comic artwork to teach readers how to identify and write the most common Japanese kanji ideographs.