What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted

What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted
What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House by Tevi Troy
2013 | EPUB | 3.13MB

From Cicero to Snooki, the cultural influences on our American presidents are powerful and plentiful. Thomas Jefferson famously said "I cannot live without books," and his library backed up the claim, later becoming the backbone of the new Library of Congress. Jimmy Carter watched hundreds of movies in his White House, while Ronald Reagan starred in a few in his own time. Lincoln was a theater-goer, while Obama kicked back at home to a few episodes of HBO's "The Wire."

America is a country built by thinkers on a foundation of ideas. Alongside classic works of philosophy and ethics, however, our presidents have been influenced by the books, movies, TV shows, viral videos, and social media sensations of their day. In What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House presidential scholar and former White House aide Tevi Troy combines research with witty observation to tell the story of how our presidents have been shaped by popular culture.

Shattered Dreams [Audiobook]

Shattered Dreams [Audiobook]
Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife [Audiobook] by Irene Spencer, read by Laural Merlington
2007 | M4B | 14 hrs 10 mins | 237.58MB

Just as A Mormon Mother is the standout memoir of a 19th-century polygamous woman's life, this autobiography offers the compelling voice of a contemporary plural wife's experiences.

Daughter of a second wife, Spencer was raised strictly in the Principle as it was lived secretly and illegally by fringe communities of Mormon fundamentalists—groups that split off from the LDS Church when it abandoned polygamy more than a century ago. In spite of her mother's warnings and the devotion of a boyfriend with monogamist intentions, Spencer followed her religious convictions—that living in polygamy was essential for eternal salvation—and became a second wife herself at the age of 16 in 1953. It's hard to tell which is more devastating in this memoir: the strains of husband-sharing with—ultimately—nine other wives, or the unremitting poverty that came with maintaining so many households and 56 children. Spencer's writing is lively and full of engaging dialogue, and her life is nothing short of astonishing.

After 28 years of polygamous marriage, Spencer has lived the last 19 years in monogamy. Her story will be emotional and shocking, but many readers will resonate with the universal question the memoir raises: how to reconcile inherited religious beliefs when they grate against social norms and the deepest desires of the heart.

Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed

Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed
Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed by Carl Zimmer
2011 | EPUB | 51.34MB

Body art meets popular science in this elegant, mind-blowing collection, written by renowned science writer Carl Zimmer.

This fascinating book showcases hundreds of eye-catching tattoos that pay tribute to various scientific disciplines, from evolutionary biology and neuroscience to mathematics and astrophysics, and reveals the stories of the individuals who chose to inscribe their obsessions in their skin. Best of all, each tattoo provides a leaping-off point for bestselling essayist and lecturer Zimmer to reflect on the science in question, whether it's the importance of an image of Darwin's finches or the significance of the uranium atom inked into the chest of a young radiologist.

The Mammoth Book of Tattoos

The Mammoth Book of Tattoos
The Mammoth Book of Tattoos edited by Lal Hardy
2009 | EPUB | 69.9MB

It is now estimated that as much as 10% of the population in the UK and USA carries a tattoo. The huge recent growth in tattoo culture has in turn led to an influx of new talented artists, advancements in pigments and refinement of the equipment used. This giant volume includes the very best of the new work made possible by modern improvements in tattoo art. Here are 500 striking photographic images of tattoos, covering all styles from bold 'tribal' pieces, Chinese characters and hieroglyphs to delicate air-brushed designs, and from all-over 'body suits' to individual motifs - works as distinctive as the bodies they adorn. Featuring the work of the Discovery Channel's L.A. Ink stars Corey Miller, Kim Saigh and Hannah Aitchinson, and London Ink's Nicole Lowe, Louis Molloy and Phil Kyle amongst many others.

Mick Jagger [Audiobook]

Mick Jagger [Audiobook]
Mick Jagger [Audiobook] by Philip Norman, read by Cameron Stewart
2012 | MP3@64 kbps | 23 hrs 03 mins | 632.03MB

Bestselling biographer Philip Norman offers an unparalleled account of the life of a living legend, Mick Jagger. From Home Counties schoolboy, to rebel without a cause, to Sixties sensation and global idol, Norman unravels the myth of the inimitable frontman of The Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger charts his extraordinary journey through scandal-ridden conspiracy, infamous prison spell, hordes of female admirers and a knighthood while stripping away the fame, wealth and idolatry to reveal a story of talent and promise unfulfilled.

Understated yet ostentatious; the ultimate incarnation of 'sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll', yet blessed with taste and intelligence; always moving with the Jagger swagger yet modest enough to be self-deprecating, Mick was a paradoxical energy that reconfigured the musical landscape. This revelatory tour de force pays tribute to a flawed genius who realised the dreams of thousands of rock pretenders: longevity.

Dumbing Down the Courts

Dumbing Down the Courts
Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges Off the Bench by John R Lott Jr
2013 | EPUB | 3.12MB

Judges have enormous power. They determine whom we can marry, whether we can own firearms, whether the government can mandate that we buy certain products, and how we define ''personhood.'' But who gets to occupy these powerful positions? Up until now, there has been little systematic study of what type of judges get confirmed.

In his rigorous yet readable style, John Lott analyzes both historical accounts and large amounts of data to see how the confirmation process has changed over time. Most importantly, Dumbing Down the Courts shows that intelligence has now become a liability for judicial nominees. With courts taking on an ever greater role in our lives, smarter judges are feared by the opposition. Although presidents want brilliant judges who support their positions, senators of the opposing party increasingly ''Bork'' those nominees who would be the most influential judges, subjecting them to humiliating and long confirmations.

The conclusion? The brightest nominees will not end up on the bench.

Manufacturing Hysteria

Manufacturing Hysteria
Manufacturing Hysteria: A History of Scapegoating, Surveillance, and Secrecy in Modern America by Jay Feldman
2011 | EPUB | 4.29MB

A riveting and unsettling history of the assault on civil rights and liberties in America—from World War I to the War on Terror.

In this ambitious and wide-ranging account, Jay Feldman takes us from the run-up to World War I and its anti-German hysteria to the September 11 attacks and Arizona’s current anti-immigration movement. What we see is a striking pattern of elected officials and private citizens alike using the American people’s fears and prejudices to isolate minorities (ethnic, racial, political, religious, or sexual), silence dissent, and stem the growth of civil rights and liberties. Rather than treating this history as a series of discrete moments, Feldman considers the entire programmatic sweep on a scale no one has yet approached. In doing so, he gives us a potent reminder of how, even in America, democracy and civil liberties are never guaranteed.

Out of Nowhere

Out of Nowhere
Out of Nowhere: The Inside Story of How Nike Marketed the Culture of Running by Geoff Hollister
2008 | PDF | 6.61MB

How does a boy from a small Oregon farm town get swept up in the politics of his chosen sport? Out of Nowhere takes the reader along on Geoff Hollister's 33 year journey at the center of Nike, the company that would change not only the world of athletic shoes and apparel but the business of sport itself.

Nike began with a handshake and a few hundred dollars passed between Phil Knight and legendary track coach Bill Bowerman. Hollister was coached by him at the University of Oregon and was Bowerman's pick as Nike's third employee. Before he had even graduated Hollister began selling shoes out of the trunk of his car for Blue Ribbon Sports, the company that became Nike.

Out of Nowhere provides an inside look for the entrepreneur, from someone who experienced the humble beginnings, lived and breathed the first 33 years of Nike, now the largest sports and fitness company in the world. Hollister takes you on the rollercoaster ride of success and failure.

Keeping Your Head After Losing Your Job: How to Survive Unemployment

Keeping Your Head After Losing Your Job: How to Survive Unemployment
Keeping Your Head After Losing Your Job: How to Survive Unemployment by Robert L Leahy
2013 | EPUB | 3.17MB

Losing your job may be the most difficult thing you'll experience. Your mental health and physical well-being can suffer, leaving you feeling anxious, helpless, and alone. Dr. Robert L. Leahy has worked with many unemployed people over the years, and his successful techniques draw upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as practices, such as mindfulness, to help you boost your self-esteem and confidence, decrease anxiety and feelings of helplessness, and develop resilience and strength. By keeping your head and learning how to deal with this time well, you can also learn how to live your life more effectively once you get a job.

Unemployment is a time for new priorities and new meanings. This book will help you discover inner strengths and give you the skills to cope with life, whatever it may throw at you.

NeuroInvesting: Build a New Investing Brain

NeuroInvesting: Build a New Investing Brain
NeuroInvesting: Build a New Investing Brain by Wai-Yee Chen
2013 | EPUB | 3.02MB

Rewire your brain for investing success.

As an investment advisor to high net worth individuals, Wai-Yee Chen has spent years watching her clients make investment decisions—some good decisions and some not-so-good decisions. Though confronted by the same market variables, those clients often make very different choices with very different results. Here, Chen argues that it's usually not the data that affects investor decision-making as much as the way investors themselves think. In NeuroInvesting, Chen argues that investors can change the way they think in order to change the way they invest. She presents four elements that affect investor decision-making and reveals how investors can rewire their brains to make better investing decisions for better returns.

  • Uses neuroscience to explain how successful investors think different
  • Written by an experienced investment advisor who works at one of Australia's premier retail brokers
  • Explains investing using real-world stories about investors from an advisor's perspective

When it comes to investing, how you think has a huge impact on how you make investing decisions. Based on the real science of how people think, NeuroInvesting offers every investor a chance to change the way they invest by changing the way they think.

Meatonomics

Meatonomics
Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much-and How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Smarter by David Robinson Simon
2013 | EPUB | 2.02MB

Few consumers are aware of the economic forces behind the production of meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. Yet omnivore and herbivore alike, the forces of meatonomics affect us in many ways.

Most importantly, we’ve lost the ability to decide for ourselves what – and how much – to eat. Those decisions are made for us by animal food producers who control our buying choices with artificially-low prices, misleading messaging, and heavy control over legislation and regulation. Learn how and why they do it and how you can respond.

Written in a clear and accessible style, Meatonomics provides vital insight into how the economics of animal food production influence our spending, eating, health, prosperity, and longevity.

Meatonomics is the first book to add up the huge “externalized” costs that the animal food system imposes on taxpayers, animals and the environment, and it finds these costs total about $414 billion yearly. With yearly retail sales of around $250 billion, that means that for every $1 of product they sell, meat and dairy producers impose almost $2 in hidden costs on the rest of us. But if producers were forced to internalize these costs, a $4 Big Mac would cost about $11.

Ctrl Alt Delete [Audiobook]

Ctrl Alt Delete [Audiobook]
Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends on It [Audiobook] by Mitch Joel
2013 | M4B | 7 hrs 32 mins | 122.51MB

The DNA of business has changed. Forever. You can blame technology, smartphones, social media, online shopping and everything else, but nothingchanges this reality: we are in a moment of business purgatory.

So, what are you going to do about it?

Mitch Joel, one of the world's leading experts in new media, warns that the time has come to CTRL ALT DELETE. To reboot and to start re-building your business model. If you don't, Joel warns, not only will your company begin to slide backwards, but you may find yourself unemployable within five years.

That's a very strong warning, but in his new book, CTRL ALT DELETE, Joel explains the convergence of five key movements that have changed business forever. The movements have already taken place, but few businesses have acted on them. He outlines what you need to know to adapt right now. He also points to the seven triggers that will help you take advantage of these game-changing factors to keep you employable as this new world of business unfolds.

Along the way, Joel introduces his novel concept of "squiggle" which explains how you can learn to adapt your personal approach to your career, as new technology becomes the norm.

In short, this is not a book about "change management" but rather a book about "changing both you AND your business model."

The Habit Factor [Audiobook]

The Habit Factor [Audiobook]
The Habit Factor: An Innovative Method to Align Habits with Goals to Achieve Success [Audiobook] by Martin Grunburg, read by Kevin Pierce, Roz Savage, Martin Grunburg
2013 | M4B | 6 hrs 02 mins | 101.04MB

At the intersection of Science, Philosophy, Personal Achievement & Spirituality lies The Habit Factor, an innovative and proven methodology to realize meaningful and significant goals helping you to create your ideal future -- your success.

Everyone desires to achieve their goals and realize success, yet few do. The Habit Factor encapsulates nearly 3,000 years of philosophy and success literature to reveal the most elemental and profound truth governing all personal achievement: HABIT is the single-greatest determinant in a person's ability to realize a life of success and achievement. For the first time ever, The Habit Factor reveals its proven step-by-step methodology -- a process that has received acclaim from top success coaches, personal trainers and PhD's around the world. This book takes the reader on a "mind-bending adventure of insight and application" to explore the deepest mysteries of habit. Questions never before asked, or answered, are tackled within these pages, and you are certain to come out the other side awakened, empowered and transformed.

The Distraction Addiction [Audiobook]

The Distraction Addiction [Audiobook]
The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues, and Destroying Your Soul [Audiobook] by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, read by Walter Dixon
2013 | M4B | 6 hrs 58 mins | 115.85MB

The question of our time: can we reclaim our lives in an age that feels busier and more distracting by the day?

We've all found ourselves checking email at the dinner table, holding our breath while waiting for Outlook to load, or sitting hunched in front of a screen for an hour longer than we intended.

Mobile devices and the web have invaded our lives, and this is a big idea book that addresses one of the biggest questions of our age: can we stay connected without diminishing our intelligence, attention spans, and ability to really live? Can we have it all?

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, a renowned Stanford technology guru, says yes. THE DISTRACTION ADDICTION is packed with fascinating studies, compelling research, and crucial takeaways. Whether it's breathing while Facebook refreshes, or finding creative ways to take a few hours away from the digital crush, this book is about the ways to tune in without tuning out.

Fitness Confidential [Audiobook]

Fitness Confidential [Audiobook]
Fitness Confidential [Audiobook] by Vinnie Tortorich
2013 | M4B | 7 hrs 16 mins | 124.85MB

America's Angriest Trainer, Vinnie Tortorich, exposes the nasty underbelly of the fitness industry while getting you into the best shape of your life. For over 20 years, Vinnie has been Hollywood's go-to guy for celebrities and athletes looking to get fit fast. Now, in this hilarious and often r-rated memoir, he holds nothing back. What's the best piece of fitness equipment money can buy? What's the fastest way to lose weight: diet or exercise? Why are health clubs worse than used car lots?

In FITNESS CONFIDENTIAL, Vinnie tells all. So get ready to get fit, get inspired and get the dirt with Hollywood's most outrageous personal trainer!

The Anatomy of Stretching [Second Edition]

The Anatomy of Stretching [Second Edition]
The Anatomy of Stretching: Your Illustrated Guide to Flexibility and Injury Rehabilitation [Second Edition] by Brad Walker
2011 | EPUB | 8.41MB

The multiple stresses of contemporary life—whether from excessive sports play, overwork, or overuse of technology—are increasingly taking a toll on the body. Symptoms range from muscle soreness and pain to pinched nerves to potentially more permanent disabilities, including serious body injuries. One safe, quickly productive way to address the problem is through a simple therapy that can be done anywhere, anytime, and without special equipment: stretching. This new edition of Brad Walker’s best-selling book on the subject presents 135 unique stretching exercises designed to help repair the body and make it more flexible, fit, and relaxed.

The book begins with clear, detailed descriptions of important principles of anatomy and physiology, the benefits of stretching, different forms of stretching, rules to remember, and how to stretch properly. It also focuses on the kinds of stretches that are most helpful in the alleviation or rehabilitation of specific sports injuries. Organized by body part, The Anatomy of Stretching presents stretching exercises in a uniform style accompanied by full-color anatomical illustrations. Equally useful for fitness fans, pro or amateur athletes, coaches and personal trainers, and healthcare practitioners, this new edition contains 20 new stretches; expanded physiology and anatomy information; and a revised numbering system that makes the stretches easier to reference. An expanded appendix includes a longer resources section and a helpful chart describing the top five stretches for each sport and sports injury.

The Sports Gene [Audiobook]

The Sports Gene [Audiobook]
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance [Audiobook] by David Epstein
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 22 mins | 293.62MB
"In high school, I wondered whether the Jamaican Americans who made our track team so successful might carry some special speed gene from their tiny island. In college, I ran against Kenyans, and wondered whether endurance genes might have traveled with them from East Africa. At the same time, I began to notice that a training group on my team could consist of five men who run next to one another, stride for stride, day after day, and nonetheless turn out five entirely different runners. How could this be?"

We all knew a star athlete in high school. The one who made it look so easy. He was the starting quarterback and shortstop; she was the all-state point guard and high-jumper. Naturals. Or were they? The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training?

The truth is far messier than a simple dichotomy between nature and nurture. In the decade since the sequencing of the human genome, researchers have slowly begun to uncover how the relationship between biological endowments and a competitor's training environment affects athleticism. Sports scientists have gradually entered the era of modern genetic research. In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success, Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving this great riddle.

Consciousness and the Social Brain

Consciousness and the Social Brain
Consciousness and the Social Brain by Michael S A Graziano
2013 | EPUB | 3.35MB

What is consciousness and how can a brain, a mere collection of neurons, create it? In Consciousness and the Social Brain, Princeton neuroscientist Michael Graziano lays out an audacious new theory to account for the deepest mystery of them all. The human brain has evolved a complex circuitry that allows it to be socially intelligent. This social machinery has only just begun to be studied in detail. One function of this circuitry is to attribute awareness to others: to compute that person Y is aware of thing X. In Graziano's theory, the machinery that attributes awareness to others also attributes it to oneself. Damage that machinery and you disrupt your own awareness. Graziano discusses the science, the evidence, the philosophy, and the surprising implications of this new theory.

Meditations on Violence

Meditations on Violence
Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real World Violence by Rory Miller
2008 | PDF | 1.38MB

Experienced martial artist and veteran correction officer Sgt. Rory Miller distills what he has learned from jailhouse brawls, tactical operations and ambushes to explore the differences between martial arts and the subject martial arts were designed to deal with: Violence.

Sgt. Miller introduces the myths, metaphors and expectations that most martial artists have about what they will ultimately learn in their dojo. This is then compared with the complexity of the reality of violence. Complexity is one of the recurring themes throughout this work.

Section Two examines how to think critically about violence, how to evaluate sources of knowledge and clearly explains the concepts of strategy and tactics.

Sections Three and Four focus on the dynamics of violence itself and the predators who perpetuate it. Drawing on hundreds of encounters and thousands of hours spent with criminals Sgt. Miller explains the types of violence; how, where, when and why it develops; the effects of adrenaline; how criminals think, and even the effects of drugs and altered states of consciousness in a fight.

Section Five centers on training for violence, and adapting your present training methods to that reality. It discusses the pros and cons of modern and ancient martial arts training and gives a unique insight into early Japanese kata as a military training method.

Section Six is all about how to make self-defense work. Miller examines how to look at defense in a broader context, and how to overcome some of your own subconscious resistance to meeting violence with violence.

The last section deals with the aftermath—the cost of surviving sudden violence or violent environments, how it can change you for good or bad. It gives advice for supervisors and even for instructors on how to help a student/survivor. You’ll even learn a bit about enlightenment.

How to Survive the Most Critical 5 Seconds of Your Life

How to Survive the Most Critical 5 Seconds of Your Life
How to Survive the Most Critical 5 Seconds of Your Life by Tim Larkin, Chris Ranck-Buhr
2009 | PDF | 749.38KB

There are many reasons you might begin this book but the only reason to finish it is to learn how to protect yourself and your family from violence. It's not just about a few techniques to ward off a local thug. It's about tilting the playing field completely in your favor, making sure if you're ever in a hostile situation, you walk away with your life.

To do that requires an understanding of principles; an education in the facts of violence. Others give you techniques for specific situations. Finish this book and you'll understand why that's a recipe for disaster.

Most people stumble into martial arts or combat sports never really considering why. Each trains you for competition in a safe environment, with rules and supervision agreed in advance. Both give you effective tactics for fighting, and are great for conditioning.

But if sport fighting is your thing, this book will say nothing to you. Its total focus is real violence, the kind everyone wants to avoid. It's about dealing with life-or-death threats where no rules exist. And that's completely different than sport fighting.

And there lies the difference. This book addresses that place where social communication ends and real violence begins, the point where you have no control, and there's no one to help. It's the situations we all pretend doesn't exist... even though we all know they do.

The real question is face-to-face with life-or-death violence, can you defend yourself and your family? Because in that moment, nothing else matters.

To learn the answer, read this book. You may not like what the authors have to say but by the end you'll see the truth: that there's only one guaranteed way for anyone to walk away from a hostile situation alive. It's not pretty but once you understand it... it'll change your life forever.

Anatomy of a Scientific Discovery [Audiobook]

Anatomy of a Scientific Discovery [Audiobook]
Anatomy of a Scientific Discovery: The Race to Find the Body's Own Morphine [Audiobook] by Jeff Goldberg, read by Noah Michael Levine
2013 | M4B | 7 hrs 08 mins | 113.73MB

In late 1973, scientists John Hughes and Hans Kosterlitz spent the majority of their time in an underfunded, obscure, and cramped laboratory in Aberdeen, Scotland. While working on the brains of pigs, the duo discovered a nonaddictive narcotic chemical that they hoped to later find in human brains. If they could isolate this chemical in humans, perhaps they could find a way to help the world begin to heal itself. Hughes and Kosterlitz’s research would inevitably lead them to discover endorphins, the body’s own natural morphine and the chemical that makes it possible to feel both pain and pleasure.

Announcing their findings to the scientific world thrust Hughes and Kosterlitz in the spotlight and made them celebrities. Soon, scientists all over the world were hastily examining the human brain and its endorphins. In a few years’ time, they would use the team’s initial research to link endorphins to drug addiction, runner’s high, appetite control, sexual response, and mental illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia.

In Anatomy of a Scientific Discovery, Jeff Goldberg describes Hughes and Kosterlitz’s lives before, during, and after their historic and scientific breakthrough. He also takes a look at the bigger picture, revealing the brutal competition between drug companies to find a way to cash in on this monumental discovery.

Exploring Psychology [Ninth Edition]

Exploring Psychology [Ninth Edition]
Exploring Psychology [Ninth Edition] by David G Myers
2012 | PDF | 49.29MB

The new ninth edition merges the rigor of science with a broad human perspective to provide a state-of-the-art introduction to psychology. From vivid presentation and intense attention to detail, to research-based study aids and media learning tools, the inviting, authorial voice of David Myers speaks to the life experiences of all students. New features include:

  • New study system based on learning and memory research
  • Over a thousand new research citations - informed by the author's meticulous, ongoing review of the current scientific literature
  • New chapter on Gender and Sexuality - includes new and significantly reorganised and updated discussions of gender and sexuality research
  • Enhanced coverage of clinical psychology
  • New contributor - Nathan Dewall, University of Kentucky - DeWall assisted with the 'Need to Belong' section in Chapter 10, Motivation and Emotion; the 'Personal Control' discussion in Chapter 11, Stress, Health, and Human Flourishing; and the 'Aggression' discussion in Chapter 13, Social Psychology
  • New time management section - a new preface helps students maximize their study time
  • Beautiful new design and contemporary photo programme - this new look provides a modern visual context for the book's up-to-date coverage

Your Brain on Food: How Chemicals Control Your Thoughts and Feelings

Your Brain on Food: How Chemicals Control Your Thoughts and Feelings
Your Brain on Food: How Chemicals Control Your Thoughts and Feelings by Gary Wenk
2010 | EPUB | 316.41KB

Why is eating chocolate so pleasurable? Can the function of just one small group of chemicals really determine whether you are happy or sad? Does marijuana help to improve your memory in old age? Is it really best to drink coffee if you want to wake up and be alert? Why is a drug like PCP potentially lethal? Why does drinking alcohol make you drowsy? Do cigarettes help to relieve anxiety? What should you consume if you are having trouble staying in your chair and focusing enough to get your work done? Why do treatments for the common cold make us drowsy? Can eating less food preserve your brain? What are the possible side effects of pills that claim to make your smarter? Why is it so hard to stop smoking? Why did witches once believe that they could fly?

In this book, Gary Wenk demonstrates how, as a result of their effects on certain neurotransmitters concerned with behavior, everything we put into our bodies has very direct consequences for how we think, feel, and act. The chapters introduce each of the main neurotransmitters involved with behavior, discuss its role in the brain, present some background on how it is generally turned on and off, and explain ways to influence it through what we consume.

How Sex Works [Audiobook]

How Sex Works [Audiobook]
How Sex Works: Why We Look, Smell, Taste, Feel, and Act the Way We Do [Audiobook] by Sharon Moalem, read by Oliver Wyman
2009 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF | 8 hrs 10 mins | 337.04MB

Why are women biologically driven to find Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome? Can more sex help ensure a safe pregnancy? What effect does pornography have on a man's fertility? In this compelling follow-up to the New York Times best seller Survival of the Sickest, Dr. Sharon Moalem takes us on a trip from prehistory to the forefront of cutting-edge medical research, and through a bedroom or two, to tell the story of how human sexuality has developed over time.

How Sex Works challenges common perceptions about our bodies and provides astonishing discoveries from the frontiers of science as it traces the transformation of sex across species and through time to its current role in human societies.

Find out the answers to such provocative questions as:

  • Can the birth control pill influence the type of men women are attracted to?
  • What do men and honeybees have in common when it comes to sex?
  • Why do hourglass-shaped women tend to be especially fertile?
  • When are women most likely to cheat?
  • Can twins have different fathers?

From the composition and function of human sex organs to the fascinating biochemistry behind sexual attraction, How Sex Works presents captivating new ideas and surprising answers to questions about contraception, fertility, circumcision, menopause, STDs, homosexuality, orgasms, and more. This is an entertaining, comprehensive exploration of culture, biology, and history that takes us far beyond our common understanding of sex.

Survival of the Sickest

Survival of the Sickest
Survival of the Sickest: The Surprising Connections Between Disease and Longevity by Sharon Moalem, Jonathan Prince
2008 | EPUB | 408.19KB

Read it.

You're already living it.

Was diabetes evolution's response to the last Ice Age? Did a deadly genetic disease help our ancestors survive the bubonic plagues of Europe? Will a visit to the tanning salon help lower your cholesterol? Why do we age? Why are some people immune to HIV? Can your genes be turned on -- or off?

Joining the ranks of modern myth busters, Dr. Sharon Moalem turns our current understanding of illness on its head and challenges us to fundamentally change the way we think about our bodies, our health, and our relationship to just about every other living thing on earth, from plants and animals to insects and bacteria.

Through a fresh and engaging examination of our evolutionary history, Dr. Moalem reveals how many of the conditions that are diseases today actually gave our ancestors a leg up in the survival sweepstakes. When the option is a long life with a disease or a short one without it, evolution opts for disease almost every time.

Everything from the climate our ancestors lived in to the crops they planted and ate to their beverage of choice can be seen in our genetic inheritance. But Survival of the Sickest doesn't stop there. It goes on to demonstrate just how little modern medicine really understands about human health, and offers a new way of thinking that can help all of us live longer, healthier lives.

Survival of the Sickest is filled with fascinating insights and cutting-edge research, presented in a way that is both accessible and utterly absorbing. This is a book about the interconnectedness of all life on earth -- and, especially, what that means for us.

How We Feel [Audiobook]

How We Feel [Audiobook]
How We Feel: What neuroscience can - and can't - tell us about our emotions [Audiobook] by Giovanni Frazetto
2013 | M4B | 9 hrs 44 mins | 168.23MB

What can a brain scan, or our reaction to a Caravaggio painting, reveal about the deep seat of guilt? How can reading Heidegger, or conducting experiments on rats, help us to cope with anxiety in the face of the world's economic crisis? Can ancient remedies fight sadness more effectively than antidepressants? What does the neuroscience of acting tell us about how we feel empathy, and fall for an actor on stage? What can writing poetry tell us about how joy works? And how can a bizarre neurological syndrome or a Shakespearean sonnet explain love and intimacy?

We live at a time when neuroscience is unlocking the secrets of our emotions. But is science ever enough to explain why we feel the way we feel? Giovanni Frazzetto takes us on a journey through our everyday lives and most common emotions. In each chapter, his scientific knowledge mixes with personal experience to offer a compelling account of the continual contrast between rationality and sentiment, science and poetry. And he shows us that by facing this contrast, we can more fully understand ourselves and how we feel.

How To Talk To Absolutely Anyone [Audiobook]

How To Talk To Absolutely Anyone [Audiobook]
How To Talk To Absolutely Anyone: Confident Communication in Every Situation [Audiobook] by Mark Rhodes, read by Ben Elliot
2013 | M4B | 4 hrs 27 mins | 79.45MB

Be a people magnet!

Improving your people skills and becoming a people-person is a surefire route to success, happiness, and confidence. Weíve all looked enviously across the room at that person who seems to effortlessly interact with everyone – humorous, confident and well liked. That person is confident with people they donít know, they have no fear of rejection, they can handle difficult situations with apparent ease. Well now you can too. How to Talk to Absolutely Anyone will show you exactly how to develop better communication for better results. With Mark Rhodes sound advice you will be able to build rapport with absolutely anyone.

Learn how to:

  • Overcome fear of rejection
  • Be confident with people you donít know
  • Deal with difficult situations
  • Get better outcomes from disputes
  • Communicate better to win you more business and more sales
  • Be more effective at networking at both business and social events

Heart Health: Answers at Your Fingertips [Fourth Edition]

Heart Health: Answers at Your Fingertips [Fourth Edition]
Heart Health: Answers at Your Fingertips [Fourth Edition] by Graham Jackson
2009 | EPUB | 1.74MB

The completely up-to-date fourth edition of this popular question & answer book answers 420 real patient questions about the heart.

It tells you how to keep your heart healthy, and how to strengthen it if has already been affected by heart disease. This title answers over 420 real questions on all aspects of heart health - from coronary heart disease to angina, from palpitations to vascular disease. It explains what causes heart disease and tells you how to prevent problems or how to deal with them if they arise. It tells you everything you need to know about healthy eating and taking exercise - and the dangers of miracle diets and unproven treatments. It provides an easy-to-follow plan to adapt your lifestyle for a full and active life. It tackles the questions you may feel uneasy asking your doctor.

Drunk Tank Pink

Drunk Tank Pink
Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave by Adam Alter
2013 | EPUB | 2.28MB

An illuminating look at the way the thoughts we have and the decisions we make are influenced by forces that aren't always in our control.

Why are people named Kim, Kelly, and Ken more likely to donate to Hurricane Katrina victims than to Hurricane Rita victims? Are you really more likely to solve puzzles if you watch a light bulb illuminate? How did installing blue lights along a Japanese railway line halt rising crime and suicide rates? Can decorating your walls with the right artwork make you more honest? The human brain is fantastically complex, having engineered space travel and liberated nuclear energy, so it's no wonder that we resist the idea that we're deeply influenced by our surroundings. As profound as they are, these effects are almost impossible to detect both as they're occurring and in hindsight. Drunk Tank Pink is the first detailed exploration of how our environment shapes what we think, how we feel, and the ways we behave.

The world is populated with words and images that prompt unexpected, unconscious decisions. We are so deeply attracted to our own initials that we give more willingly to the victims of hurricanes that match our initials: Kims and Kens donate more generously to Hurricane Katrina victims, whereas Rons and Rachels give more openly to Hurricane Rita victims. Meanwhile, an illuminated light bulb inspires creative thinking because it symbolizes insight.

Social interactions have similar effects, as professional cyclists pedal faster when people are watching. Teachers who took tea from the break room at Newcastle University contributed 300 percent more to a cash box when a picture of two eyes hung on the wall. We're evolutionarily sensitive to human surveillance, so we behave more virtuously even if we're only watched by a photograph. The physical environment, from locations to colors, also guides our hand in unseen ways. Dimly lit interiors metaphorically imply no one's watching and encourage dishonesty and theft, while blue lights discourage violent activity because they're associated with the police. Olympic taekwondo and judo athletes are more likely to win when they wear red rather than blue, because red makes them behave aggressively and referees see them as more dominant. Drunk Tank Pink is full of revelatory facts, riveting anecdotes, and cutting-edge experiments that collectively explain how the most unexpected factors lead us to think, feel, and behave the way we do.

Make Every Second Count [Audiobook]

Make Every Second Count [Audiobook]
Make Every Second Count: Time Management Tips and Techniques for More Success With Less Stress [Audiobook] by Robert Bly, read by Lee Strayer
2013 | M4B | 7 hrs 08 mins | 109.32MB

Make Every Second Count goes beyond the usual time-management books to bring you a broad range of strategies and tactics dozens of proven methods to get more done in less time.

You'll discover how to maximize your time by setting priorities, create useful schedules, and overcome procrastination, how to boost your energy level and productivity with proper diet, exercise, and sleep. You ll also learn how using the latest technology can enable you to manage information and communicate more effectively and efficiently.

Make Every Second Count will show you:

  • How to eliminate bad habits and unnecessary activities that slow you down.
  • The painless way to handle paperwork.
  • How to master the art of saying no.
  • The three types of to-do lists every person should keep.

Make Every Second Count also contains time-tested advice on goal setting, business travel, social networking, mobile technology, planning systems, and time management in the home.

Unclutter Your Life in One Week [Audiobook]

Unclutter Your Life in One Week [Audiobook]
Unclutter Your Life in One Week [Audiobook] by Erin Rooney Doland, read by Bhama Roge
2013 | M4B + EPUB | 5 hrs 50 mins | 95.43MB

SIMPLICITY IS REVOLUTIONARY.

Organization expert Erin Rooney Doland will show you how to clear the clutter, simplify your surroundings, and create the stress-free life you deserve—in just one week.

Her down-to-earth approach and useful, innovative suggestions for tackling the physical, mental, and systemic distractions in your home and office will help you:

  • Part with sentimental clutter
  • Organize your closet based on how you process information
  • Build an effective and personalized filing system
  • Avoid the procrastination that often hinders the process
  • Maintain your harmonious home and work environments with minimal daily effort
  • And much more!

7 Weeks to a 10K

7 Weeks to a 10K
7 Weeks to a 10K: The Complete Day-by-Day Program to Train for Your First Race or Improve Your Fastest Time by Brett Stewart
2013 | EPUB | 3.02MB

TRAIN TO CRUSH A 10K IN JUST 7 WEEKS

Follow the 7-week programs in this book and you’ll quickly gain the strength and stamina needed to complete any 10K—faster than you ever thought possible. More approachable than marathons but still impressive races, 10K runs are wildly popular. Packed with easy-tofollow charts and helpful photos, 7 Weeks to a 10K has everything you need to know about the balance of running speed and endurance:

  • Clear progressive training programs
  • Running-specific cross-training techniques
  • Hydration and pace recommendations
  • Motivational advice on pushing harder and crushing your race goal

Offering field-tested daily programs and a comprehensive description of what to expect on race day, this book has something for everyone, from beginners getting started to seasoned runners taking their training to the next level.

The Art of Communicating

The Art of Communicating
The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh
2013 | EPUB | 3.36MB

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, bestselling author of Peace is Every Step and one of the most respected and celebrated religious leaders in the world, delivers a powerful path to happiness through mastering life's most important skill.

How do we say what we mean in a way that the other person can really hear?

How can we listen with compassion and understanding?

Communication fuels the ties that bind, whether in relationships, business, or everyday interactions. Most of us, however, have never been taught the fundamental skills of communication—or how to best represent our true selves. Effective communication is as important to our well-being and happiness as the food we put into our bodies. It can be either healthy (and nourishing) or toxic (and destructive).

In this precise and practical guide, Zen master and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh reveals how to listen mindfully and express your fullest and most authentic self. With examples from his work with couples, families, and international conflicts, The Art of Communicating helps us move beyond the perils and frustrations of misrepresentation and misunderstanding to learn the listening and speaking skills that will forever change how we experience and impact the world.

The Healing Path of Yoga

The Healing Path of Yoga
The Healing Path of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
2000 | EPUB | 4.14MB

Stress is now considered the foremost contributor to poor health and a major factor in causing heart disease, cancer, and a myriad of chronic and acute diseases. This book will make yoga a fundamental part of your quest for wellness and well-being, whether you are a novice or a current pactitioner.

Nischala Joy Devi, a pioneer in the field of alternative healing and a renowned yoga expert, has spent years helping people realize the healthful and stress-controlling benefits of yoga. In 1982 she developed yoga-based retreats for Dr. Michael Lerner's now famous Commonweal Cancer Help Program. That same year Dr. Dean Ornish asked her to create a program of yoga practices for patients suffering from heart disease. Yoga's contribution to the success of both programs has been astounding.

Devi shares her years of experience working with the healthful benefits of yoga, teaching visualizations, breathwork, and meditation, as well as providing the classic steps and illustrated instructions for yoga's physical poses. The Healing Path of Yoga uses timeless Indian-based yoga techniques and philosophy, along with Devi's lifestyle-altering regimen, to create one extraordinary program with the power to rejuvenate and heal. The Healing Path of Yoga presents the key to:

  • preventing disease and stress in healthy people
  • aiding in recovery from heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses
  • physical conditioning and weight loss
  • deep, healing relaxation techniques
  • heightened overall wellness of body, mind, and spirit

Tai Chi Wu Style: Advanced Techniques for Internalizing Chi Energy

Tai Chi Wu Style: Advanced Techniques for Internalizing Chi Energy
Tai Chi Wu Style: Advanced Techniques for Internalizing Chi Energy by Mantak Chia, Andrew Jan
2013 | PDF | 10.5MB

A guide to the internal martial arts exercises of short-form Wu-Style Tai Chi.

  • Details the 8 core forms of Wu-Style Tai Chi with fully illustrated instructions
  • Ideal for older practitioners as well as those with health disabilities due to the “small frame” primary stance, slower and smaller movements, and conservation of energy
  • Explains how Wu Style provides a natural introduction to martial arts boxing
  • Reveals how Wu Style eases stiffness, relieves back pain, and reduces abdominal fat

Following the flow of chi energy, rather than directing it as in traditional Tai Chi, Wu-Style Tai Chi focuses on internal development, seeking to conserve chi energy and gather jin power from the Earth through the tan tien. Centered on a “small frame” stance--that is, feet closer together and arms closer to the body--and a slower progression of movements in solo practice, Wu Style offers a gentle Tai Chi form for beginners and, when practiced with a partner, a grounding introduction to martial arts boxing and Fa Jin (the discharge of energy for self-defense). The more functional stance, smaller movements, and conservation of internal energy make Wu-Style Tai Chi ideal for older practitioners as well as those with health disabilities.

Condensing the 37 movements of Wu Style into 8 core forms, Master Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan illustrate how to build a personal short-form Wu-Style Tai Chi practice. They explain how Wu-Style Tai Chi removes energetic blockages and helps to elongate the tendons, reducing stiffness and allowing the limbs to return to their natural length and full range of motion. Regular practice of Wu Style relieves back pain as well as reducing abdominal fat, the biggest hindrance to longevity.

Exploring the martial arts applications of Wu Style, the authors trace its history beginning with founder Wu Chuan-Yu (1834-1902) as well as explain how to apply Wu Style to “Push Hands” (Tui Shou) and Fa Jin. Through mastering the short-form Wu Style detailed in this book, Tai Chi practitioners harness a broad range of health benefits as well as build a solid foundation for learning the complete long-form Wu Style.

Iron Shirt Chi Kung

Iron Shirt Chi Kung
Iron Shirt Chi Kung by Mantak Chia
2006 | EPUB | 6.05MB

An introduction to the ancient Kung Fu practice designed to unify physical, mental, and spiritual health.

  • Describes the unique Iron Shirt air-packing techniques that protect vital organs from injuries
  • Explains the rooting practice exercises necessary to stabilize and center oneself
  • Includes guidelines for building an Iron Shirt Chi Kung daily practice

Long before the advent of firearms, Iron Shirt Chi Kung, a form of Kung Fu, built powerful bodies able to withstand hand-to-hand combat. Even then, however, martial use was only one aspect of Iron Shirt Chi Kung, and today its other aspects remain vitally significant for anyone seeking better health, a sound mind, and spiritual growth.

In Iron Shirt Chi Kung Master Mantak Chia introduces this ancient practice that strengthens the internal organs, establishes roots to the earth’s energy, and unifies physical, mental, and spiritual health. Through a unique system of breathing exercises, he demonstrates how to permanently pack concentrated air into the connective tissues (the fasciae) surrounding vital organs, making them nearly impervious to injuries--a great benefit to athletes and other performers. He shows readers how once they root themselves in the earth they can direct its gravitational and healing power throughout their bone structure. Additionally, Master Chia presents postural forms, muscle-tendon meridians, and guidelines for developing a daily practice routine. After becoming rooted and responsive, practitioners of Iron Shirt Chi Kung can then focus on higher spiritual work.

Cosmic Fusion: The Inner Alchemy of the Eight Forces

Cosmic Fusion: The Inner Alchemy of the Eight Forces
Cosmic Fusion: The Inner Alchemy of the Eight Forces by Mantak Chia
2007 | EPUB | 6.22MB

A guide to the advanced practice of Inner Alchemy, which brings the physical body into balance with the energy body.

  • Presents the second level of Inner Alchemy practices that use the eight forces of the pakua (bagwa) to collect, gather, and condense chi in the body
  • Explains how to balance negative emotional energy with positive energy to detoxify, nourish, and integrate the physical and the energy body with the forces of nature
  • Shows how to collect and channel the greater energies of the stars and planets to create unity between what is above and below

Cosmic Fusion is an advanced level of Inner Alchemy that teaches how to bring the physical body into balance with the energy body--a necessary prerequisite for the formation of the universal body, the pearl of compassion that is one with Original Creation and the Universal Tao. Cosmic Fusion works with the expression of the eight pakua (bagwa) of Chinese cosmology, through which all creation is divided and given form, nature, and definition.

Cosmic Fusion exercises establish the spiritual body firmly in the lower abdomen, where chi energy is gathered and distributed to all parts of the body--and into all creation. The fully illustrated exercises in this book also show how to collect and channel the greater energies of the stars and planets. By “fusing” all these different energies together, a harmonious whole is created, a unity of what is above and below. As heavenly and earthly forces are brought into balance, the life perfectly suited to the practitioner manifests, allowing the spirit body to prepare to move into worlds beyond--and back.

Energy Balance through the Tao: Exercises for Cultivating Yin Energy

Energy Balance through the Tao: Exercises for Cultivating Yin Energy
Energy Balance through the Tao: Exercises for Cultivating Yin Energy by Mantak Chia
2005 | EPUB | 3.81MB

An introduction to the ancient Taoist exercise system of Tao Yin

  • Includes 45 fully illustrated exercises that promote flexibility, strength, and balance in one’s physical, mental, and spiritual energy
  • Addresses the health needs of the musculoskeletal system and the unique physical stresses of a modern urban lifestyle

In the Western world, exercise focuses mainly on physical fitness and developing muscular strength. In the East, exercise systems balance fitness practices for the body, mind, and spirit. This balance is strongly emphasized in the Taoist system of Tao Yin, one of the oldest and most diverse forms of exercise in China. Tao Yin focuses on creating balance between internal and external energies and revitalizing the body, mind, and spirit with a combination of strength, flexibility, and internal energy exercises. Its ultimate goal is for the practitioner to become pure, responsive, and full of energy, like a child.

In Energy Balance through the Tao, Master Mantak Chia introduces 45 fully illustrated Tao Yin exercises to Western readers. He explains the history behind the practice and its connections to other complementary Chinese exercise forms, such as tai chi. In this book Chia focuses on the lying and sitting positions of Tao Yin, which improve health and structural alignment and, once mastered, strengthen movements and postures in standing positions. The benefits of these remarkably simple exercises include harmonizing chi, developing strength and flexibility through tendon stretching, relaxing the abdominal muscles and the diaphragm, releasing toxins through the breath, and training the "second brain" in the lower abdomen to coordinate and direct these processes.

Happy Accidents [Audiobook]

Happy Accidents [Audiobook]
Happy Accidents: Serendipity in Modern Medical Breakthroughs in the Twentieth Century [Audiobook] by Morton A Meyers, read by Richard Waterhouse
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 37 mins | 355.09MB

A fascinating and highly accessible look at the surprising role serendipity has played in some of the most important medical discoveries in the 20th century.

Happy Accidents is a fascinating, entertaining, and highly accessible look at the surprising role serendipity has played in some of the most important medical discoveries in the 20th century. What do penicillin, chemotherapy drugs, X-rays, Valium, the Pap smear, and Viagra have in common? They were each discovered accidentally, stumbled upon in the search for something else. In the 1990s, Pfizer had high hopes for a new drug that would boost blood flow to the heart. As they conducted trials on angina sufferers, researchers noted a startling effect: While the drug did not affect blood flow to the heart, it did affect blood flow elsewhere! Now over six million American men have taken Viagra in their lifetime.

Winston Churchill once said, "Men occasionally stumble across the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing has happened." Within the scientific community, a certain stigma is attached to chance discovery because it is wrongly seen as pure luck. Happy accidents certainly happen every day, but it takes intelligence, insight, and creativity to recognize a "Eureka, I found what I wasn't looking for!" moment and know what to do next. In discussing medical breakthroughs, Dr. Morton Meyers makes a cogent, highly engaging argument for a more creative, rather than purely linear, approach to science. And it may just save our lives!

The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics

The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics
The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics by Leonard Susskind, George Hrabovsky
2013 | PDF | 3.97MB

A world-class physicist and a citizen scientist combine forces to teach Physics 101—the DIY way.

The Theoretical Minimum is a book for anyone who has ever regretted not taking physics in college—or who simply wants to know how to think like a physicist. In this unconventional introduction, physicist Leonard Susskind and hacker-scientist George Hrabovsky offer a first course in physics and associated math for the ardent amateur. Unlike most popular physics books—which give readers a taste of what physicists know but shy away from equations or math—Susskind and Hrabovsky actually teach the skills you need to do physics, beginning with classical mechanics, yourself. Based on Susskind’s enormously popular Stanford University-based (and YouTube-featured) continuing-education course, the authors cover the minimum—the theoretical minimum of the title—that readers need to master to study more advanced topics.

An alternative to the conventional go-to-college method, The Theoretical Minimum provides a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace.

From 0 to Infinity in 26 Centuries: The Extraordinary Story of Maths

From 0 to Infinity in 26 Centuries: The Extraordinary Story of Maths
From 0 to Infinity in 26 Centuries: The Extraordinary Story of Maths by Chris Waring
2012 | EPUB | 2.65MB

We may remember their equations and discoveries from school, but do we remember who the men behind the math were? From the theories of Pythagoras (did you know he ran a secret brotherhood that studied maths, music, and gymnastics?) to coining the term "Googol," this book is packed full of fascinating facts and surprising stories from ancient times to the modern day. Do you want to know why the Ancient Greeks knew so much math? Or, why there was so little math studied in the Dark Ages? Read this fascinating book to uncover the mysteries of math.

Edge of the Universe [Audiobook]

Edge of the Universe [Audiobook]
Edge of the Universe: A Voyage to the Cosmic Horizon and Beyond [Audiobook] by Paul Halpern, read by Matthew Dudley
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 9 hrs 19 mins | 255.25MB

An accessible look at the mysteries that lurk at the edge of the known universe and beyond.

The observable universe, the part we can see with telescopes, is incredibly vast. Yet recent theories suggest that there is far more to the universe than what our instruments record—in fact, it could be infinite. Colossal flows of galaxies, large empty regions called voids, and other unexplained phenomena offer clues that our own "bubble universe" could be part of a greater realm called the multiverse. How big is the observable universe? What it is made of? What lies beyond it? Was there a time before the Big Bang? Could space have unseen dimensions? In this book, physicist and science writer Paul Halpern explains what we know—and what we hope to soon find out—about our extraordinary cosmos.

  • Explains what we know about the Big Bang, the accelerating universe, dark energy, dark flow, and dark matter to examine some of the theories about the content of the universe and why its edge is getting farther away from us faster
  • Explores the idea that the observable universe could be a hologram and that everything that happens within it might be written on its edge

Collider: The Search for the World's Smallest Particles [Audiobook]

Collider: The Search for the World's Smallest Particles [Audiobook]
Collider: The Search for the World's Smallest Particles [Audiobook] by Paul Halpern, read by Peter Johnson
2010 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 8 hrs 52 mins | 362.48MB

An accessible look at the hottest topic in physics and the experiments that will transform our understanding of the universe

The biggest news in science today is the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle-smasher, and the anticipation of finally discovering the Higgs boson particle. But what is the Higgs boson and why is it often referred to as the God Particle? Why are the Higgs and the LHC so important? Getting a handle on the science behind the LHC can be difficult for anyone without an advanced degree in particle physics, but you don't need to go back to school to learn about it. In Collider, award-winning physicist Paul Halpern provides you with the tools you need to understand what the LHC is and what it hopes to discover.

  • Comprehensive, accessible guide to the theory, history, and science behind experimental high-energy physics
  • Explains why particle physics could well be on the verge of some of its greatest breakthroughs, changing what we think we know about quarks, string theory, dark matter, dark energy, and the fundamentals of modern physics
  • Tells you why the theoretical Higgs boson is often referred to as the God particle and how its discovery could change our understanding of the universe
  • Clearly explains why fears that the LHC could create a miniature black hole that could swallow up the Earth amount to a tempest in a very tiny teapot

The world will not come to an end any time soon, but we may learn a lot more about it in the blink of an eye. Read Collider and find out what, when, and how.

The Great Beyond

The Great Beyond
The Great Beyond: Higher Dimensions, Parallel Universes and the Extraordinary Search for a Theory of Everything by Paul Halpern
2005 | PDF | 4.82MB

The concept of multiple unperceived dimensions in the universe is one of the hottest topics in contemporary physics. It is essential to current attempts to explain gravity and the underlying structure of the universe.

The Great Beyond begins with Einstein’s famous quarrel with Heisenberg and Bohr, whose theories of uncertainty threatened the order Einstein believed was essential to the universe, and it was his rejection of uncertainty that drove him to ponder the existence of a fifth dimension. Beginning with this famous disagreement and culminating with an explanation of the newest "brane" approach, author Paul Halpern shows how current debates about the nature of reality began as age-old controversies, and addresses how the possibility of higher dimensions has influenced culture over the past one hundred years.

Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You: A Guide To The Universe [Audiobook]

Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You: A Guide To The Universe [Audiobook]
Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You: A Guide To The Universe [Audiobook] by Marcus Chown, read by Clive Mantle
2010 | MP3 VBR | ~ 6 hrs | 162.93MB

Did you know that there's so much empty space inside matter that the entire human race could be squeezed into the volume of a sugar cube? Or that you grow old more quickly on the top floor of a building than on the ground floor?

The two towering achievements of modern physics are quantum theory and Einstein's general theory of relativity. But, almost a century after their advent, most people haven't the slightest clue what either is about. Get set for the most entertaining science book of the year.

Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power

Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power
Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power from George Washington to George W Bush by John Yoo
2010 | EPUB | 516.96KB

An American President faces war and finds himself hamstrung by a Congress that will not act. To protect national security, he invokes his powers as Commander-in-Chief and orders actions that seem to violate laws enacted by Congress. He is excoriated for usurping dictatorial powers, placing himself above the law, and threatening to "breakdown constitutional safeguards."

One could be forgiven for thinking that the above describes former President George W. Bush. Yet these particular attacks on presidential power were leveled against Franklin D. Roosevelt. They could just as well describe similar attacks leveled against George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln and a number of other presidents challenged with leading the nation through times of national crisis.

However bitter, complex, and urgent today's controversies over executive power may be, John Yoo reminds us they are nothing new. In Crisis and Command, he explores a factor too little consulted in current debates: the past. Through shrewd and lucid analysis, he shows how the bold decisions made by Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, and FDR changed more than just history; they also transformed the role of the American president. The link between the vigorous exercise of executive power and presidential greatness, Yoo argues, is both significant and misunderstood. He makes the case that the founding fathers deliberately left the Constitution vague on the limits of presidential authority, drawing on history to demonstrate the benefi ts to the nation of a strong executive office.

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order [Audiobook]

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order [Audiobook]
The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order [Audiobook] by Samuel P Huntington, read by Paul Boehmer
2004 | MP3@32 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 16 hrs 03 mins | 221.9MB

Since its publication The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order has become a classic work of international relations and one of the most influential books ever written about foreign affairs. An insightful and powerful analysis of the forces driving global politics, it is as indispensable to our understanding of American foreign policy today as the day it was published. As former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski says in his new foreword to the book, it “has earned a place on the shelf of only about a dozen or so truly enduring works that provide the quintessential insights necessary for a broad understanding of world affairs in our time.”

Samuel Huntington explains how clashes between civilizations are the greatest threat to world peace but also how an international order based on civilizations is the best safeguard against war. Events since the publication of the book have proved the wisdom of that analysis. The 9/11 attacks and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have demonstrated the threat of civilizations but have also shown how vital international cross-civilization cooperation is to restoring peace. As ideological distinctions among nations have been replaced by cultural differences, world politics has been reconfigured. Across the globe, new conflicts—and new cooperation—have replaced the old order of the Cold War era.

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order explains how the population explosion in Muslim countries and the economic rise of East Asia are changing global politics. These developments challenge Western dominance, promote opposition to supposedly “universal” Western ideals, and intensify intercivilization conflict over such issues as nuclear proliferation, immigration, human rights, and democracy. The Muslim population surge has led to many small wars throughout Eurasia, and the rise of China could lead to a global war of civilizations. Huntington offers a strategy for the West to preserve its unique culture and emphasizes the need for people everywhere to learn to coexist in a complex, multipolar, muliticivilizational world.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley

The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley
The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley
1992 | EPUB | 512.58KB

If there was any one man who articulated the anger, the struggle, and the beliefs of African Americans in the 1960s, that man was Malcolm X. His AUTOBIOGRAPHY is the result of a unique collaboration between Alex Haley and Malcolm X, whose voice and philosophy resonate from every page, just as his experience and his intelligence continue to speak to millions.

Obama's Wars

Obama's Wars
Obama's Wars by Bob Woodward
2011 | EPUB | 3.92MB

In Obama’s Wars, Bob Woodward provides the most intimate and sweeping portrait yet of the young president as commander in chief. Drawing on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of interviews with most of the key players, including the president, Woodward tells the inside story of Obama making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan War, the secret campaign in Pakistan and the worldwide fight against terrorism.

At the core of Obama’s Wars is the unsettled division between the civilian leadership in the White House and the United States military as the president is thwarted in his efforts to craft an exit plan for the Afghanistan War.

“So what’s my option?” the president asked his war cabinet, seeking alternatives to the Afghanistan commander’s request for 40,000 more troops in late 2009. “You have essentially given me one option. ...It’s unacceptable.”

“Well,” Secretary of Defense Robert Gates finally said, “Mr. President, I think we owe you that option.”

It never came. An untamed Vice President Joe Biden pushes relentlessly to limit the military mission and avoid another Vietnam. The vice president frantically sent half a dozen handwritten memos by secure fax to Obama on the eve of the final troop decision.

President Obama’s ordering a surge of 30,000 troops and pledging to start withdrawing U.S. forces by July 2011 did not end the skirmishing.

General David Petraeus, the new Afghanistan commander, thinks time can be added to the clock if he shows progress. “I don’t think you win this war,” Petraeus said privately. “This is the kind of fight we’re in for the rest of our lives and probably our kids’ lives.”

Hovering over this debate is the possibility of another terrorist attack in the United States. The White House led a secret exercise showing how unprepared the government is if terrorists set off a nuclear bomb in an American city—which Obama told Woodward is at the top of the list of what he worries about all the time.

Verbatim quotes from secret debates and White House strategy sessions—and firsthand accounts of the thoughts and concerns of the president, his war council and his generals—reveal a government in conflict, often consumed with nasty infighting and fundamental disputes.

Woodward has discovered how the Obama White House really works, showing that even more tough decisions lie ahead for the cerebral and engaged president.

Obama’s Wars offers the reader a stunning, you-are-there account of the president, his White House aides, military leaders, diplomats and intelligence chiefs in this time of turmoil and danger.

The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World

The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World
The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World by Jay Bahadur
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.43/1.57MB

Somalia, on the tip of the Horn of Africa, has been inhabited as far back as 9,000 BC. Its history is as rich as the country is old. Caught up in a decades-long civil war, Somalia, along with Iraq and Afghanistan, has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Getting there from North America is a forty-five-hour, five-flight voyage through Frankfurt, Dubai, Djibouti, Bossaso (on the Gulf of Aden), and, finally, Galkayo. Somalia is a place where a government has been built out of anarchy.

For centuries, stories of pirates have captured imaginations around the world. The recent bands of daring, ragtag pirates off the coast of Somalia, hijacking multimillion-dollar tankers owned by international shipping conglomerates, have brought the scourge of piracy into the modern era.

The capture of the American-crewed cargo ship Maersk Alabama in April 2009, the first United States ship to be hijacked in almost two centuries, catapulted the Somali pirates onto prime-time news. Then, with the horrific killing by Somali pirates of four Americans, two of whom had built their dream yacht and were sailing around the world (“And now on to: Angkor Wat! And Burma!” they had written to friends), the United States Navy, Special Operation Forces, FBI, Justice Department, and the world’s military forces were put on notice: the Somali seas were now the most perilous in the world.

Jay Bahadur, a journalist who dared to make his way into the remote pirate havens of Africa’s easternmost country and spend months infiltrating their lives, gives us the first close-up look at the hidden world of the pirates of war-ravaged Somalia.

Bahadur’s riveting narrative expose—the first ever—looks at who these men are, how they live, the forces that created piracy in Somalia, how the pirates spend the ransom money, how they deal with their hostages. Bahadur makes sense of the complex and fraught regional politics, the history of Somalia and the self-governing region of Puntland (an autonomous region in northeast Somalia), and the various catastrophic occurrences that have shaped their pirate destinies. The book looks at how the unrecognized mini-state of Puntland is dealing with the rise—and increasing sophistication—of piracy and how, through legal and military action, other nations, international shippers, the United Nations, and various international bodies are attempting to cope with the present danger and growing pirate crisis.

A revelation of a world at the epicenter of political and natural disaster.

The Evolution of Useful Things

The Evolution of Useful Things
The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are by Henry Petroski
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 4.81/3.88MB

How did the table fork acquire a fourth tine? What advantage does the Phillips-head screw have over its single-grooved predecessor? Why does the paper clip look the way it does? What makes Scotch tape Scotch?

In this delightful book Henry, Petroski takes a microscopic look at artifacts that most of us count on but rarely contemplate, including such icons of the everyday as pins, Post-its, and fast-food "clamshell" containers. At the same time, he offers a convincing new theory of technological innovation as a response to the perceived failures of existing products—suggesting that irritation, and not necessity, is the mother of invention.

Firsts: Origins of Everyday Things That Changed the World

Firsts: Origins of Everyday Things That Changed the World
Firsts: Origins of Everyday Things That Changed the World by Wilson Casey
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 548.16/604.46KB

For anyone who ever wanted to know the history of the chocolate chip cookie, earmuffs, and Daylight Savings!

Firsts, history through the milestones of human achievement, are fun. And Wilson Casey, trivia expert, has collected over 500 firsts in nearly every major category of culture: from fashion to food, politics to science, entertainment to art to architecture. Each 'first' is a full explanation of the topic at hand, written in a humorous yet authoritative style. It includes:

  • The true history of the golf tee
  • How a blind man came up with cruise control
  • The myth behind the origins of the Caesar salad
  • Why and how the first dieter dieted

The Infinity Puzzle [Audiobook]

The Infinity Puzzle [Audiobook]
The Infinity Puzzle: Quantum Field Theory and the Hunt for an Orderly Universe [Audiobook] by Frank Close, read by Jonathan Cowley
2012 | MP3 VBR + EPUB + MOBI | 12 hrs 15 mins | 320.38MB

The second half of the twentieth century witnessed a scientific gold rush as physicists raced to chart the inner workings of the atom. The stakes were high: the questions were big, and there were Nobel Prizes and everlasting glory to be won. Many mysteries of the atom came unraveled, but one remained intractable-what Frank Close calls the "Infinity Puzzle."

The problem was simple to describe. Although clearly very powerful, quantum field theory-the great achievement of the 1930s-was making one utterly ridiculous prediction: that certain events had an infinite probability of occurring.  The solution is known as renormalization, which enables theory to match what we see in the real world. It has been a powerful approach, conquering three of the four fundamental forces of nature, and giving rise to the concept of the Higgs boson, the now much-sought particle that may be what gives structure to the universe. The Infinity Puzzle charts the birth and life of the idea, and the scientists, both household names and unsung heroes, who realized it.

Based on numerous firsthand interviews and extensive research, The Infinity Puzzle captures an era of great mystery and greater discovery. Even if the Higgs boson is never found, renormalization-the pursuit of an orderly universe-has led to one of the richest and most productive intellectual periods in human history. With a physicist's expertise and a historian's care, Close describes the personalities and the competition, the dead ends and the sudden insights, in a story that will reverberate through the ages.

Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity

Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity
Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity [The Great Courses] (TTC Video) by Professor Benjamin Schumacher
The Teaching Company | Course No 1231 | MP4, M4V, ~ 1070 kbps, 570x320 | AAC VBR, 2 Ch | ~ 24x30 mins | 5.91GB

The force of gravity rules the universe. It governs our everyday lives on Earth and it controls the motions of the heavens above. Yet it is one of the least understood of all the forces of nature.

To endeavor to understand this fundamental force is to experience anew something as simple as getting out of bed, throwing a ball, or diving into a pool; and it gives deep insight into the central organizing principle of the cosmos.

Consider these crucial aspects of gravity:

  • Gravity governs the rising and falling of tides—not only tides in the ocean, but tides in the solid rock of Earth itself.
  • Gravity molds the sun and planets into spheres, and it holds celestial objects in their orbits.
  • Gravity ignites the nuclear fires inside each star, then fights a billion-year battle to determine its fate.
  • Gravity collects stars into galaxies and causes galaxies to collide in intricate mergers that we can model with supercomputers.

Without gravity, everything would dissolve into a gas of randomly interacting atoms. It is the only truly universal force, affecting not just matter but also light, time, and, at a basic level, all information. The study of gravity helped spark the Scientific Revolution in the 17th century, and it continues to be at the forefront of physics today, as scientists rely on gravity to investigate otherwise inaccessible phenomena such as dark matter and dark energy. An understanding of gravity—what it is, how it works, and why it is the most dominant and puzzling force in the universe—is both endlessly fascinating and accessible to any curious person, regardless of his or her science education.

Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity plunges you into this compelling subject in 24 intensively illustrated half-hour lectures, presented by Professor Benjamin Schumacher of Kenyon College. Professor Schumacher is an award-winning teacher, a prominent theoretical physicist, and a protégé of John Archibald Wheeler, the distinguished gravity theorist who first coined the term “black hole.”

No book or other comparable product exists that presents gravity in such comprehensible detail as this course, which covers the key ideas in gravity research over the past 400 years and gives you the background to understand today’s path-breaking theories in physics. Professor Schumacher even walks you through some of the fundamental equations in the field, such as Isaac Newton’s law of universal gravitation and Albert Einstein’s equation governing the curvature of spacetime by matter, giving you a firsthand look at the power of these mathematical expressions to explain reality—plus further opportunities to explore them with the course guidebook.

It All Started with an Apple

The course opens with Newton’s famous apple, which fell from a tree and inspired a revolutionary idea. Newton realized that the force of gravity that acts on an apple near the surface of Earth also extends to the faraway moon, keeping it in its orbit around Earth; similarly, Earth and the other planets are held in orbit around the sun by its gravity, and so on with all the stars and planets throughout the cosmos.

You learn how Newton built on the earlier work of Galileo Galilei and Johannes Kepler to formulate his celebrated law of universal gravitation, which governs the analysis of practically all motion—on Earth and in the heavens. In the first half of the course, you cover the many implications of this spectacular achievement. In the second half, you see how Einstein’s general theory of relativity solved long-standing mysteries of Newton’s theory and advanced an entirely new picture of gravity as a field. The simple reasoning that led Einstein to his extraordinary conclusions is thrilling to follow in Professor Schumacher’s elegant presentation.

Equally thrilling are the surprising features of gravity that you investigate, including these:

  • Gravity is unimaginably weak—a million, trillion, trillion, trillion times weaker than the electromagnetic force that attracts electrons to protons and holds atoms together. Which raises the question: How can weak gravity dominate all other forces?
  • Galileo was the first to point out that objects with different masses fall at the same rate. Neglecting air resistance, a heavier object does not fall faster than a lighter one—a principle famously demonstrated by an astronaut on the moon with a hammer and a feather.
  • The weightless condition that astronauts experience in space is not because they are beyond the reach of gravity, which is almost as strong in low Earth orbit as it is on the ground. Space travelers experience apparent zero gravity because they are in free fall.
  • According to Einstein, gravity is not actually a force at all. It is a warping of the four-dimensional fabric of the universe, called spacetime. A falling body steered only by gravity follows the most economical path in curved spacetime, called a geodesic.

From Black Holes to the Expanding Universe

While gravity is deeply puzzling, it is also a phenomenon that lends itself to simple experiments that shed light on its unique properties. Professor Schumacher performs engaging in-studio demonstrations that show how scientists study gravity. Our knowledge of gravity has advanced from Galileo’s investigation of falling objects, to Henry Cavendish’s determination of the all-important gravitational constant, to Arthur Eddington’s proof that light bends as it passes near the sun, to today’s search for the almost infinitely subtle signature of gravitational waves. The lectures bring this exciting research to life with scores of informative graphics as well as stunning animations.

This course also brings you to one of the most incredible predictions of Einstein’s general theory of relativity: black holes. Learn how Einstein’s theory describes deformed regions of spacetime that are completely cut off from the rest of the universe. Or are they? Professor Schumacher shows how physicists Stephen Hawking and Jacob Bekenstein discovered an intriguing exception to this rule about black holes that has profound implications for the universe.

Another outcome of Einstein’s equations holds that the universe should be expanding, as Edwin Hubble discovered it is in the 1920s. More recently, astronomers have found that this expansion is accelerating due to an as-yet-unexplained cosmic antigravity known as dark energy. You explore other mysteries, including a Holy Grail of contemporary physics: the search for a theory that encompasses both gravity, which extends its reach across the cosmos, and quantum mechanics, which governs events at the smallest possible scale.

In Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime, Professor Schumacher takes you to the very frontier of contemporary physics to explore several revolutionary theories. It’s one of the many ways that you learn how gravity research is no less exciting today as it was when Isaac Newton sat near an apple tree and had a brilliant idea.