How Science Shapes Science Fiction [TTC Video]

How Science Shapes Science Fiction [TTC Video]
How Science Shapes Science Fiction [TTC Video] by Charles L Adler, PhD
Course No 2358 | MP4, AVC, 1900 kbps, 1280x720 | AAC, 96 kbps, 2 Ch | 11h 47m | 10.0GB

Science fiction has been called “the literature of the future,” but how often do writers get the science right? Most of us are familiar with the common features of the genre: interstellar travel, laser weapons, alien technology, teleportation, artificial intelligence, time travel, and more. But how much do we know about the science behind the stories and their imaginative worlds? It’s true that these are, indeed, science fiction, but you may be surprised by how much scientific reality lies at the heart of well-known science fiction tropes.

Whether science fiction is exploring current realities, extrapolating from the present to create imaginary futures, or just creating interesting settings for character-driven stories, it often relies on real science to both entertain and build stories that can transport us into astonishing new worlds. In the 24 lectures of How Science Shapes Science Fiction, Professor Charles L. Adler of St. Mary’s College of Maryland looks at dozens of books, movies, and television shows to unearth the science behind the fiction. From the physics of space flight and the ecology of exoplanets to the creation of alien languages and the paradoxes of time travel, you will uncover the ways real-world science is applied by writers and filmmakers—and consider what they might alter or leave out for the sake of a good plot.

Over the course of these 24 lectures, you will engage with work from dozens of great names in science fiction, including:

  • Jules Verne;
  • Isaac Asimov;
  • Arthur C. Clarke;
  • Stanley Kubrick;
  • Frank Herbert;
  • Ursula K. Le Guin;
  • Becky Chambers; and
  • Robert Heinlein.

And you will have the perfect guide as you immerse yourself in the work by these and many other sci-fi storytellers. With over 30 years of experience in the field of physics, Professor Adler presents the many scientific facts and theories throughout this course with clarity and good humor, using science fiction as a lens through which we can better understand our own world and expand our understanding of vital scientific principles. While it isn’t necessary to read or watch the many stories explored in these lectures to understand the science, your experience will be greatly enhanced if you have encountered these tales before.

Reading Fiction Scientifically

If science fiction is about entertainment, why dig into the accuracy of the science? As Professor Adler demonstrates, fiction can be a wonderful gateway to education as well as entertainment. Through the dozens of novels, films, and television shows he discusses in this course, you will see how fiction can both directly and indirectly reflect the real-world concerns of scientists and everyday people alike. And, rather than taking stories to task for failures of accuracy, or only praising those with the most “truth,” Professor Adler enriches your experience of these stories. He provides an in-depth analysis of dimensions many could miss out on in a solitary experience with these narratives and helps you engage with science in a highly accessible way. As you dive into stories by great writers and filmmakers that span the history of science fiction, you will examine:

  • How science is applied in a variety of stories and storytelling mediums;
  • The ways writers can “cheat” science to bend it to the needs of their stories, rather than forcing fiction to fit reality;
  • The predictive powers of fiction rooted in real science;
  • The many scientific fields that sci-fi writers can use to build their story worlds;
  • When accuracy helps a story and when it bogs it down in excessive scientific detail; and
  • Real scientific principles and their applications to both fiction and reality, including the basics of rocket science, ecology, relativity, evolution, computer science, chaos theory, and much more.

By presenting scientific knowledge through the lens of fiction, How Science Shapes Science Fiction opens the door to theories, concepts, and formulas that may seem daunting in more academic settings. As you will see, fiction has an amazing capacity to teach us about ourselves and the nature of the world we live in.

Prediction in Fiction

Science fiction as a literary genre has been around since the early 19th century, and it has grown and expanded in tandem with our understanding of the world through scientific study. Experiments with electricity inspired Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1817, the novel many consider the first science fiction story. From Shelley onward, writers saw the unlimited potential in using science to create stories of adventure and imagination. These stories often interrogate how the world would be changed by the discoveries made by physicists, biologists, chemists, ecologists, and many others over the course of the last two centuries. And one of the most eye-opening lessons in How Science Shapes Science Fiction is looking at how “soft” sciences like sociology, anthropology, linguistics, and psychology are just as important to the genre as the “hard” sciences.

Jules Verne’s classic From the Earth to the Moon is an early example of “hard” science fiction that accurately reflects the scientific knowledge of his time—knowledge that would be proven correct in many ways a century later. Professor Adler walks you through the conditions necessary to launch a rocket into space, highlighting Verne’s grasp of physics and the logistics that would make a rocket launch possible. While Verne’s story would likely still be fun without this acute attention to detail, the depth of his knowledge and focus on the realities of spaceflight makes it an exceptionally prescient story and, along with 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, cemented Verne as a leading figure in sci-fi literature.

Jules Verne may not have set out to predict the future in his stories, but other science fiction writers have made attempts to deliberately look ahead, sometimes with mixed results. Isaac Asimov was one of the titans of mid-20th-century science fiction. As you look at his Foundation series, you will examine the ways he used social sciences and the sociological conditions of his own time to create a hypothetical future for humanity after the collapse of civilization. Since these stories are set thousands of years in the future, the “accuracy” of his predictive storytelling is less about the future and more about understanding how social and historical factors shape human decision-making in the here and now. This also opens the door to conversations about the ways writers and sci-fi creators understand the many fields they utilize to create fictional worlds, drive plot, and motivate their characters.

Questions Big and Small

While some science fiction purposefully sets out to engage with readers intellectually, there is no denying that a lot of science fiction relies on fictionalized or unsubstantiated science for the sake of storytelling. Beloved series like Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, and a host of other works both classic and contemporary all utilize theoretical tools that are less about interrogating real science than they are about using technology and ideas to tell engaging, character-driven stories. But that doesn’t mean that their plot devices like teleporters, lightsabers, and time machines don’t present interesting scientific questions. Sometimes, as in the case of Carl Sagan’s novel Contact, fiction can even influence legitimate scientific research with real-world implications.

Compare fact and fiction as Professor Adler helps you better understand the science that could answer questions including:

  • Is it possible to replicate or move matter across long distances instantaneously?
  • What are the paradoxes of time travel, and is it even possible?
  • Could huge winged creatures like dragons really fly?
  • How would travel and communication across vast interstellar distances actually work?
  • Can the way we use language alter our experience of reality?
  • Will artificial intelligence develop beyond our ability to control it?

The great sci-fi author Stanislaw Lem once said, “Science explains the world, but only art can reconcile us to it.” There is a lot to be learned about science through science fiction, but ultimately, the aim of great literature is the same, no matter the genre. The questions and theories considered in How Science Shapes Science Fiction will give you the opportunity to experience science fiction on multiple levels, as both a fascinating inquiry into the scope of our scientific knowledge and as a bold human quest for meaning in a vast and complex universe.

How Science Shapes Science Fiction [TTC Video]

The Economist Audio Edition [August 15, 2020]

The Economist Audio Edition [August 15, 2020]
The Economist Audio Edition [August 15, 2020]
MP3@56 kbps + EPUB + AZW3 + PDF | 7h 39m | 220.55MB

Xi's new economy: Don't underestimate it

  • What Kamala says about Joe
  • Belarus's shameful sham election
  • The sorry state of American diplomacy
  • Why locusts swarm
  • Microfinance: Credit where it's due
  • Britain's economy: Grey v growth
  • Satellite warfare: An arms race is brewing in orbit

The Art & Science of Meditation: How to Deepen and Personalize Your Practice [EPUB]

The Art & Science of Meditation: How to Deepen and Personalize Your Practice [EPUB]
The Art & Science of Meditation: How to Deepen and Personalize Your Practice by Lisa Erickson
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780738761398 | 2.97MB

Refine and Inspire Your Meditation Practice

Featuring hands-on exercises to make your meditation more effective as well as science-based advice for using it in your daily life, The Art & Science of Meditation takes your practice to the next level. This vital resource provides ways to overcome common obstacles, easy-to-understand explanations of classic spiritual texts, guidance on choosing meditation teachers and retreats, and much more. Lisa Erickson presents practical, in-depth information drawn from both historical sources and contemporary scientific research. Explore ways to enhance your journey through each chapter's integration tools and contemplation methods. Discover how to achieve mystic states, meditate on the sacred feminine, and find the best modality for you. Easy to personalize to your own needs, this book helps you truly unite your life and meditation practice.

Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World [EPUB]

Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World [EPUB]
Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World by Aly Cohen, Frederick vom Saal
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780190082352 | 24.04MB

There is no question that our environment has changed dramatically over the past few decades. The influx of thousands of toxic chemicals that seep into every aspect of our lives wreaking havoc on our bodies can seem daunting, but research now shows that by making simple changes, we can dramatically reduce exposures to many harmful chemicals that we eat, breathe, and lather on our skin.

Non-Toxic is a practical guide to living healthier in our modern environment. It teaches how to reduce chemical and radiation exposures by recognizing potential threats and paying attention to what you eat, breathe, and put onto your skin. Written in clear, easy-to-understand language and based on scientific evidence, this book is filled with resources, tools, tear-off sheets, recipes, and practical, cost-effective tips designed to help you:

  • Understand and decode product and food labels
  • Create delicious recipes to help detoxify your body
  • Choose and prepare food and drinks safely and healthfully
  • Furnish and clean your home for a healthy indoor environment
  • Safely disinfect surfaces from COVID-19
  • Create do-it-yourself cleaning product recipes
  • Choose safer personal care products and cosmetics
  • Reduce exposure to pesticides in and around your home
  • Ensure safe drinking water for you, your family and pets
  • Reduce exposure to EMF radiation from cell phones, laptops and other tech toys
  • Make informed decisions about toys, baby products, and other environmental issues affecting your children

Written by a board-certified Rheumatologist and Integrative Medicine Physician, and a renowned PhD professor of neuro- and reproductive biology, Non-Toxic is designed to be referred to again and again for its relevant, cost-effective, and practical ways to reduce exposure and thereby lower risk for developing a variety of environmentally associated illnesses.

The Regenerative Grower's Guide to Garden Amendments [EPUB]

The Regenerative Grower's Guide to Garden Amendments [EPUB]
The Regenerative Grower's Guide to Garden Amendments: Using Locally Sourced Materials to Make Mineral and Biological Extracts and Ferments by Nigel Palmer
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781603589888 | 70.77MB

Revitalize your garden―and go beyond compost―by making your own biologically diverse inoculants and mineral-rich amendments using leaf mold, weeds, eggshells, bones, and other materials available for little or no cost!

In The Regenerative Grower’s Guide to Garden Amendments, experimental gardener and author Nigel Palmer provides practical, detailed instructions that are accessible to every grower who wants to achieve a truly sustainable garden ecosystem―all while enjoying better results at a fraction of the cost of commercial fertilizer products. These recipes go beyond fertilizer replacement, resulting in greater soil biological activity and mineral availability. They also increase pest and disease resistance, yields, and nutrient density.

Recipes include:

  • Extracting nutrients from plant residues using simple rainwater techniques
  • Extracting minerals from bones and shells using vinegar
  • Fermenting plant juices and fish
  • Culturing indigenous microorganisms (IMO)

Inspired by the work of many innovative traditional agricultural pioneers, especially Cho Ju-Young (founder of the Korean Natural Farming method), The Regenerative Grower’s Guide to Garden Amendments also includes a primer on plant-soil interaction, instructions for conducting a soil test, and guidance on compost, cover cropping, mulching, measuring the quality of fruits and vegetables using a refractometer, and other aspects of sustainable gardening―making it a must-have resource for any serious grower.

Your Brain at Work, Revised and Updated [Audiobook]

Your Brain at Work, Revised and Updated: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long [Audiobook]
Your Brain at Work, Revised and Updated: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long [Audiobook]
Author: David Rock | Narrator: Roger Wayne
2020 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hours and 24 minutes | 258.48MB

A researcher and consultant burrows deep inside the heads of one modern two-career couple to examine how each partner processes the workday - revealing how a more nuanced understanding of the brain can allow us to better organize, prioritize, recall, and sort our daily lives.

Emily and Paul are the parents of two young children, and professionals with different careers. Emily is the newly promoted vice president of marketing at a large corporation; Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their days are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

In Your Brain at Work, Dr. David Rock goes inside Emily and Paul's brains to see how they function as each attempts to sort, prioritize, organize, and act on the vast quantities of information they receive in one typical day. Dr. Rock is an expert on how the brain functions in a work setting. By analyzing what is going on in their heads, he offers solutions Emily and Paul (and all of us) can use to survive and thrive in today's hyperbusy work environment - and still feel energized and accomplished at the end of the day.

In Your Brain at Work, Dr. Rock explores issues such as:

  • why our brains feel so taxed, and how to maximize our mental resources
  • why it's so hard to focus, and how to better manage distractions
  • how to maximize the chance of finding insights to solve seemingly insurmountable problems
  • how to keep your cool in any situation, so that you can make the best decisions possible
  • how to collaborate more effectively with others
  • why providing feedback is so difficult, and how to make it easier
  • how to be more effective at changing other people's behavior
  • and much more...

HBR Guide to Setting Your Strategy [EPUB]

HBR Guide to Setting Your Strategy [EPUB]
HBR Guide to Setting Your Strategy
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781633698925 | 3.5MB
Set your company up for long-term success.

Every company needs a strategy. A focused strategy aligns decision making throughout the organization and helps establish a competitive edge in the marketplace. But with so many options to consider, how do you define a unique strategy that will ensure growth?

Whether you're starting a business from scratch or leading an existing company facing new threats, this book offers the direction you need. The HBR Guide to Setting Your Strategy provides practical tips and advice that break down the process of crafting strategy so you can identify the areas your company should build on to help it thrive long into the future.

You'll learn to:

  • Understand what strategy is—and what it isn't
  • Define where you'll play and how you'll win
  • Conduct more-effective strategic discussions with your team
  • Test your strategy before you implement it
  • Communicate your strategy to key stakeholders
  • Ensure your strategy is flexible and adaptable

Arm yourself with the advice you need to succeed on the job, with the most trusted brand in business. Packed with how-to essentials from leading experts, the HBR Guides provide smart answers to your most pressing work challenges.

The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men: A Cultural History [Audiobook]

The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men: A Cultural History [Audiobook]
The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men: A Cultural History [Audiobook]
Author: Paolo Zellini | Narrator: Mark Elstob
2020 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 6 hours and 46 minutes | 373.05MB

The complexity of mathematics - its abstract rules and obscure symbols - can seem very distant from the everyday. There are those things that are real and present, it is supposed, and then there are mathematical concepts: creations of our mind, mysterious tools for those unengaged with the world. Yet, from its most remote history and deepest purpose, mathematics has served not just as a way to understand and order, but also as a foundation for the reality it describes.

In this elegant book, mathematician and philosopher Paolo Zellini offers a brief cultural and intellectual history of mathematics, ranging widely from the paradoxes of ancient Greece to the sacred altars of India, from Mesopotamian calculus to our own contemporary obsession with algorithms. Masterful and illuminating, The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men transforms our understanding of mathematical thinking, showing that it is inextricably linked with the philosophical and the religious as well as the mundane - and, indeed, with our own very human experience of the universe.

Write Great Code, Volume 1: Understanding the Machine, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Write Great Code, Volume 1: Understanding the Machine, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Write Great Code, Volume 1: Understanding the Machine, 2nd Edition by Randall Hyde
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781718500365 | 23.51MB

Understanding the Machine, the first volume in the landmark Write Great Code series by Randall Hyde, explains the underlying mechanics of how a computer works.

This, the first volume in Randall Hyde's Write Great Code series, dives into machine organization without the extra overhead of learning assembly language programming. Written for high-level language programmers, Understanding the Machine fills in the low-level details of machine organization that are often left out of computer science and engineering courses.

Learn:

  • How the machine represents numbers, strings, and high-level data structures, so you'll know the inherent cost of using them.
  • How to organize your data, so the machine can access it efficiently.
  • How the CPU operates, so you can write code that works the way the machine does.
  • How I/O devices operate, so you can maximize your application's performance when accessing those devices.
  • How to best use the memory hierarchy to produce the fastest possible programs.

NEW IN THIS EDITION, COVERAGE OF:

  • Programming languages like Swift and Java
  • Code generation on modern 64-bit CPUs
  • ARM processors on mobile phones and tablets
  • Newer peripheral devices
  • Larger memory systems and large-scale SSDs

Great code is efficient code. But before you can write truly efficient code, you must understand how computer systems execute programs and how abstractions in programming languages map to the machine's low-level hardware. After all, compilers don't write the best machine code; programmers do. This book gives you the foundation upon which all great software is built.

Houseplants for All: How to Fill Any Home with Happy Plants [EPUB]

Houseplants for All: How to Fill Any Home with Happy Plants [EPUB]
Houseplants for All: How to Fill Any Home with Happy Plants by Danae Horst
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780358379942 | 43.37MB

Turn over a new leaf with Houseplants for All, and actually keep all your plant babies happy and healthy. Use the plant profile quiz to easily find your perfect match instead of picking up whatever catches your eye at the store and hoping that it'll survive your home and lifestyle. Whether you're always busy and can't remember to water, get unobstructed natural light all day, or live in the shadow of a skyscraper, a tropical oasis or arid winter-land, there is a plant that'll thrive with you.

After finding the right plants for your home, this book will help you to master plant care, complete with projects and tips for which containers work best, the best plants for small places, how to live together with pets and plants, and solutions to problems like pests, root rot, and lack of nutrients. Whether you're an experienced plant parent or have never owned anything other than a fake ficus, this book is the perfect guide for happy plants in your home.

I Have Something to Say: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking in an Age of Disconnection [EPUB]

I Have Something to Say: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking in an Age of Disconnection [EPUB]
I Have Something to Say: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking in an Age of Disconnection by John Bowe
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781400062102 | 0.75MB

A veteran journalist discovers an ancient system of speech techniques for overcoming the fear of public speaking—and reveals how they can profoundly change our lives.

In 2010, award-winning journalist John Bowe learned that his cousin Bill, a longtime extreme recluse living in his parents’ basement, had, at the age of fifty-nine, overcome a lifetime of shyness and isolation—and gotten happily married. Bill credited his turnaround to Toastmasters, the world's largest organization devoted to teaching the art of public speaking.

Fascinated by the possibility that speech training could foster the kind of psychological well-being more commonly sought through psychiatric treatment, and intrigued by the notion that words can serve as medicine, Bowe set out to discover the origins of speech training—and to learn for himself how to speak better in public.

From the birth of democracy in Ancient Greece until two centuries ago, education meant, in addition to reading and writing, years of learning specific, easily taught language techniques for interacting with others. Nowadays, absent such education, the average American speaks 16,000 to 20,000 words every day, but 74 percent of us suffer from speech anxiety. As he joins Toastmasters and learns, step-by-step, to successfully overcome his own speech anxiety, Bowe muses upon our record levels of loneliness, social isolation, and political divisiveness. What would it mean for Americans to learn once again the simple art of talking to one another?

Bowe shows that learning to speak in public means more than giving a decent speech without nervousness (or a total meltdown). Learning to connect with others bestows upon us an enhanced sense of freedom, power, and belonging.

The 7 Habits on the Go [EPUB]

The 7 Habits on the Go [EPUB]
The 7 Habits on the Go by Stephen R Covey
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781642504354 | 8.86MB

Principle-Centered Guidance for Times That Seem Out of Control

The world is changing dramatically and it’s easy to be alarmed and lose focus of what really matters most. Don’t fall into that trap! Carry your own weather, be proactive, and learn and apply the time-tested principles of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

A lot can happen when you have a burst of inspiration. This compact adaptation of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People can prove to be inspirational, even in chaotic times. Want to discover lifechanging habits that will propel you toward a more productive and effective life? This book, inspired by Stephen R. Covey’s all-time international bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, offers an efficient―yet in-depth―guide.

Find new or renewed wisdom and direction. Readers who have never learned The 7 Habits before―as well as longtime fans who want a refresher―will find wisdom, direction, self-reflection, and life-affirming challenges that easily can be applied right now. Our rapidly changing world can be stressful, but with this condensed guide, you can develop the principles needed to stay proactive and positive. If you’ll devote just minutes each day, you can learn the timeless principles of 7 Habits, find motivation, and take simple steps toward the successful, fulfilling life you deserve.

Create a truly inspired life. The positive paradigm shifts that The 7 Habits can produce help you break free of old beliefs and motivate you toward meaningful change. Develop positive behaviors to bring clear communication and harmony to your relationships―not just with others, but also the one you have with yourself. Discover these breakthroughs and more with The 7 Habits on the Go.

A Monk's Guide to Happiness: Meditation in the 21st Century [EPUB]

A Monk's Guide to Happiness: Meditation in the 21st Century [EPUB]
A Monk's Guide to Happiness: Meditation in the 21st Century by Gelong Thubten
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781250266828 | 2.99MB

A Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness for the Modern Day

In our never-ending search for happiness we often find ourselves looking to external things for fulfillment, thinking that happiness can be unlocked by buying a bigger house, getting the next promotion, or building a perfect family.

In this profound and inspiring book, Gelong Thubten shares a practical and sustainable approach to happiness. Thubten, a Buddhist monk and meditation expert who has worked with everyone from school kids to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and Benedict Cumberbatch, explains how meditation and mindfulness can create a direct path to happiness.

A Monk’s Guide to Happiness explores the nature of happiness and helps bust the myth that our lives and minds are too busy for meditation. The book can show you how to:

  • Learn practical methods to help you choose happiness
  • Develop greater compassion for yourself and others
  • Learn to meditate in micro-moments during a busy day
  • Discover that you are naturally ‘hard-wired’ for happiness

Reading A Monk’s Guide to Happiness could revolutionize your relationship with your thoughts and emotions, and help you create a life of true happiness and contentment.

Still Running: The Art of Meditation in Motion [EPUB]

Still Running: The Art of Meditation in Motion [EPUB]
Still Running: The Art of Meditation in Motion by Vanessa Zuisei Goddard
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781611808193 | 1.48MB

Learn how to bring the power of stillness into your running practice with meditations, guidance, and inspiration from a long-time runner and Zen practitioner.

Running is more than just exercise. Running is a practice, a moving meditation, that brings the power of stillness to all the activities in our lives. Vanessa Zuisei Goddard combines her experience leading running retreats with her two-decade practice of Zen to offer insight, humor, and practical guidance for grounding our running, or any physical practice, in meditation.

When we see running solely as exercise and focus on improving our times, covering a certain number of miles, or losing weight, we miss the deeper implications of this art. Whether you are a new or experienced runner, you will learn how to be more embodied through thirteen running practices to help improve your focus and running form. Using mantras and visualizations, as well as a range of other exercises, Goddard offers ways to practice running as a moving meditation with an eye toward bringing the power of stillness to all the activities in your life. Ultimately, Still Running is a book about freedom, ease, and the joy of movement; it's about the power of stillness and learning how to use that power to live wholeheartedly.

Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across Three Centuries, Four Countries, and a Half-Dozen Revolutions [EPUB]

Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across Three Centuries, Four Countries, and a Half-Dozen Revolutions [EPUB]
Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across Three Centuries, Four Countries, and a Half-Dozen Revolutions by Annik LaFarge
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781501188718 | 6.52MB

A modern take on a classical icon: this original, entertaining, well-researched book uses the story of when, where, and how Chopin composed his most famous work, uncovering many surprises along the way and showing how his innovative music still animates popular culture centuries later.

The Frédéric Chopin Annik LaFarge presents here is not the melancholy, sickly, romantic figure so often portrayed. The artist she discovered is, instead, a purely independent spirit: an innovator who created a new musical language, an autodidact who became a spiritually generous, trailblazing teacher, a stalwart patriot during a time of revolution and exile.

In Chasing Chopin she follows in his footsteps during the three years, 1837–1840, when he composed his iconic “Funeral March”—dum dum da dum—using its composition story to illuminate the key themes of his life: a deep attachment to his Polish homeland; his complex relationship with writer George Sand; their harrowing but consequential sojourn on Majorca; the rapidly developing technology of the piano, which enabled his unique tone and voice; social and political revolution in 1830s Paris; friendship with other artists, from the famous Eugène Delacroix to the lesser known, yet notorious in his time, Marquis de Custine. Each of these threads—musical, political, social, personal—is woven through the “Funeral March” in Chopin’s Opus 35 sonata, a melody so famous it’s known around the world even to people who know nothing about classical music. But it is not, as LaFarge discovered, the piece of music we think we know.

As part of her research into Chopin’s world, then and now, LaFarge visited piano makers, monuments, churches, and archives; she talked to scholars, jazz musicians, video game makers, software developers, music teachers, theater directors, and of course dozens of pianists.

The result is extraordinary: an engrossing, page-turning work of musical discovery and an artful portrayal of a man whose work and life continue to inspire artists and cultural innovators in astonishing ways.

A companion website, WhyChopin, presents links to each piece of music mentioned in the book, organized by chapter in the order in which it appears, along with photos, resources, videos, and more.

The Riches of This Land: The Untold, True Story of America's Middle Class [EPUB]

The Riches of This Land: The Untold, True Story of America's Middle Class [EPUB]
The Riches of This Land: The Untold, True Story of America's Middle Class by Jim Tankersley
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781541767836 | 2.25MB

Vivid character-driven narrative, fused with important new economic and political reporting and research, that busts the myths about middle class decline and points the way to its revival.

For over a decade, Jim Tankersley has been on a journey to understand what the hell happened to the world's greatest middle-class success story -- the post-World-War-II boom that faded into decades of stagnation and frustration for American workers. In The Riches of This Land, Tankersley fuses the story of forgotten Americans-- struggling women and men who he met on his journey into the travails of the middle class-- with important new economic and political research, providing fresh understanding how to create a more widespread prosperity. He begins by unraveling the real mystery of the American economy since the 1970s - not where did the jobs go, but why haven't new and better ones been created to replace them.

His analysis begins with the revelation that women and minorities played a far more crucial role in building the post-war middle class than today's politicians typically acknowledge, and policies that have done nothing to address the structural shifts of the American economy have enabled a privileged few to capture nearly all the benefits of America's growing prosperity. Meanwhile, the "angry white men of Ohio" have been sold by Trump and his ilk a theory of the economy that is dangerously backward, one that pits them against immigrants, minorities, and women who should be their allies.

At the culmination of his journey, Tankersley lays out specific policy prescriptions and social undertakings that can begin moving the needle in the effort to make new and better jobs appear. By fostering an economy that opens new pathways for all workers to reach their full potential -- men and women, immigrant or native-born, regardless of race -- America can once again restore the upward flow of talent that can power growth and prosperity.

On Corruption in America: And What Is at Stake [Audiobook]

On Corruption in America: And What Is at Stake [Audiobook]
On Corruption in America: And What Is at Stake [Audiobook]
Author and Narrator: Sarah Chayes
2020 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hours and 49 minutes | 358.74MB

A major, unflinching book that looks homeward to America, exploring the insidious, dangerous networks of corruption of our past, present, and precarious future.

Now, bringing to bear all of her knowledge, grasp, sense of history and observation, Sarah Chayes writes in her new book, that the United States is showing signs similar to some of the most corrupt countries in the world.

Corruption, as Chayes sees it, is an operating system of sophisticated networks in which government officials, key private-sector interests, and out-and-out criminals interweave. Their main objective: not to serve the public but to maximize returns for network members.

From the titans of America's Gilded Age (Carnegie, Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, et al.) to the collapse of the stock market in 1929, the Great Depression and FDR's New Deal; from Joe Kennedy's years of banking, bootlegging, machine politics, and pursuit of infinite wealth, as well as the Kennedy presidency, to the deregulation of the Reagan Revolution, undermining the middle class and the unions; from the Clinton policies of political favors and personal enrichment to Trump's hydra-headed network of corruption, systematically undoing the Constitution and our laws, Chayes shows how corrupt systems are organized, how they enforce the rules so their crimes are covered legally, how they are overlooked and downplayed - shrugged off with a roll of the eyes - by the richer and better educated, how they become an overt principle determining the shape of our government, affecting all levels of society.

Heart Breath Mind: Train Your Heart to Conquer Stress and Achieve Success [EPUB]

Heart Breath Mind: Train Your Heart to Conquer Stress and Achieve Success [EPUB]
Heart Breath Mind: Train Your Heart to Conquer Stress and Achieve Success by Dr Leah Lagos
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: | 1.13MB

Stress is not in your head, it’s in your body—this is the key to peak performance that Leah Lagos, PsyD, BCB, an internationally known expert in biofeedback and sport and performance psychology, wants us to know. In this book, she shares with readers for the first time the same program that she uses with top athletes, CEOs, business leaders—anyone who wants and needs to perform at their best. What makes her scientifically proven 10-week program unlike any other is that she recognizes the link between heart rhythms and stress to create specific, clinically tested exercises and breathing techniques that allow you to control your body’s physical response to stress. She pairs this training with cognitive-behavioral exercises to offer a two-tiered process for strengthening health and performance, enabling readers to respond more flexibly to stressful situations, let go of negative thoughts and emotions, and ultimately be more focused and confident under pressure.

How to be a Modern Samurai: 10 Steps To Finding Your Power & Achieving Success [EPUB]

How to be a Modern Samurai: 10 Steps To Finding Your Power & Achieving Success [EPUB]
How to be a Modern Samurai: 10 Steps To Finding Your Power & Achieving Success by Antony Cummins
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781786783547 | 6.81MB

The first guide to using samurai self-discipline, focus and determination in order to find your unique inner power and be a success in your chosen field. This inspiring book offers historically authentic and highly effective mind-control and leadership techniques, as well as fun activities to bring a flavour of old Japan into your life.

For centuries, the Japanese samurai were the unquestioned leaders of their society, maintaining their position through their iron will, Zen-like emotional control and clan-building social skills. Today, in a modern world that so often privileges instant gratification and self-indulgence, few commit to the Way of the Samurai, yet this challenging path of self-discipline, self-control and dedication will bring great rewards to those who follow it. In this ultimate guide to making use of the authentic samurai practices and techniques in today's world, learn how to control your mind and emotions, stay on the path until you have achieved mastery of your chosen art, build a network of loyal followers, defend your home from physical and psychic attack, use samurai spirituality and even magic - and much more.

Atomic Doctors: Conscience and Complicity at the Dawn of the Nuclear Age [EPUB]

Atomic Doctors: Conscience and Complicity at the Dawn of the Nuclear Age [EPUB]
Atomic Doctors: Conscience and Complicity at the Dawn of the Nuclear Age by James L Nolan Jr
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780674248632 | 72.61MB

An unflinching examination of the moral and professional dilemmas faced by physicians who took part in the Manhattan Project.

After his father died, James L. Nolan, Jr., took possession of a box of private family materials. To his surprise, the small secret archive contained a treasure trove of information about his grandfather’s role as a doctor in the Manhattan Project. Dr. Nolan, it turned out, had been a significant figure. A talented ob-gyn radiologist, he cared for the scientists on the project, organized safety and evacuation plans for the Trinity test at Alamogordo, escorted the “Little Boy” bomb from Los Alamos to the Pacific Islands, and was one of the first Americans to enter the irradiated ruins of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Participation on the project challenged Dr. Nolan’s instincts as a healer. He and his medical colleagues were often conflicted, torn between their duty and desire to win the war and their oaths to protect life. Atomic Doctors follows these physicians as they sought to maximize the health and safety of those exposed to nuclear radiation, all the while serving leaders determined to minimize delays and maintain secrecy. Called upon both to guard against the harmful effects of radiation and to downplay its hazards, doctors struggled with the ethics of ending the deadliest of all wars using the most lethal of all weapons. Their work became a very human drama of ideals, co-optation, and complicity.

A vital and vivid account of a largely unknown chapter in atomic history, Atomic Doctors is a profound meditation on the moral dilemmas that ordinary people face in extraordinary times.