The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet [EPUB]

The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet [EPUB]
The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet by Richard Panek
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 0544526740 | 4.6MB

A mind-bending exploration of gravity, the universe's greatest mystery.

What is gravity? Nobody knows—and just about nobody knows that nobody knows. How something so pervasive can also be so mysterious, and how that mystery can be so wholly unrecognized outside the field of physics, is one of the greatest conundrums in modern science. But as award-winning author Richard Panek shows in this groundbreaking book, gravity is a cold case that we are closer to cracking than ever—and whose very investigation has yielded untold truths about the cosmos and humanity itself.

Part scientific detective story, part meta­physical romp, The Trouble with Gravity is a revelation: the first in-depth, accessible study of this ubiquitous, elusive force. Gravity and our efforts to understand it, Panek reveals, have shaped not only the world we inhabit, but also our bodies, minds, and culture. Its influence can be seen in everything from ancient fables to modern furniture, Dante's Inferno to the pratfalls of Laurel and Hardy, bipedalism to black holes. As we approach the truth about gravity, we should also be prepared to know both our universe and our­selves as never before.

Live Fire BBQ and Beyond: Recipes for Outdoor Cooking with Your Kamado, Pizza Oven, Fire Pit, Rotisserie and More [EPUB]

Live Fire BBQ and Beyond: Recipes for Outdoor Cooking with Your Kamado, Pizza Oven, Fire Pit, Rotisserie and More [EPUB]
Live Fire BBQ and Beyond: Recipes for Outdoor Cooking with Your Kamado, Pizza Oven, Fire Pit, Rotisserie and More by Wendy O'Neal
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1612438997 | 18.81MB

Go beyond charcoal briquettes to fashion uniquely flavorful, open-flame meals.

Using live fire is the oldest form of cooking in the world. But with fun appliances like kamados, pizza ovens, and rotisseries, what's old is new again! In Live Fire BBQ and Beyond, you discover how to use an open flame for cooking delicious meat dishes, healthy vegetables, flavor-packed baked goods, and even sweet desserts.

Filled with everything you need to become an open flame aficionado, this handy how-to guide offers up tips, tricks and techniques for getting the most out of your live fire cooking. With crowd-pleasing recipes like 40 Clove Chicken, Cedar Plank Salmon, Smoky Cinnamon Rolls, and Mustard BBQ Vegetable Skewers, you'll never need to cook another meal indoors again!

The World Comes to You: Notes on Practice, Love, and Social Action [EPUB]

The World Comes to You: Notes on Practice, Love, and Social Action [EPUB]
The World Comes to You: Notes on Practice, Love, and Social Action by Michael Stone
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1611806119 | 2.09MB

Short, potent lessons on living the yoga and Buddhist paths in the midst of everyday life—by teacher Michael Stone.

These fresh, intimate teachings by innovative dharma and yoga teacher Michael Stone offer essential wisdom for living with compassion and responsiveness in the midst of everyday life in an imbalanced world.

Stone reminds us in a clear and encouraging way that as we turn wholeheartedly toward what is, with our bodies, hearts, and minds, we discover innate resilience and enliven our creative ability to respond. Practice, he shows, is always both internal and external.

Passions of Our Time [EPUB]

Passions of Our Time [EPUB]
Passions of Our Time by Julia Kristeva
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 0231171447 | 38.58MB

Julia Kristeva is a true polymath, an intellectual of astonishingly wide range whose erudition and insight have been brought to bear on psychoanalysis, literary criticism, gender and sex, and cultural critique. Passions of the Times showcases recent essays of Kristeva's that demonstrate the scope of her capacious intellect, her gifts as a stylist, and the profound contribution of her thought to the challenges of the present.

The collection begins with а vivid recollection of celebrating, as a child in Bulgaria, Alphabet Day, the holiday honoring the Cyrillic letters, that proceeds outward into a contemplation of the writer as translator. Kristeva considers literature with Barthes, freedom through Rousseau,Teresa of Avila and mystical experience, Simone de Beauvoir's dream life, and Antigone and the psychic life of women. A group of essays drawing on her psychoanalytic work delve into Freud, Lacan, maternal eroticism, and the continued importance of psychoanalysis today. In a series of striking investigations, she thinks through disability and normativity, monotheism and secularization, the need to believe and the desire to know. Calling for the courage to renew and reinvent humanism, she outlines the principles of a stance founded on the importance of respecting human life. Finally, Kristeva discusses French culture and diversity, rethinking universalism and interrogating the potential for Islam and psychoanalysis to meet, and pays homage to de Beauvoir by rephrasing her dictum into the provocative "One is born woman, but I become one."

It Came from Something Awful: How a Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump into Office [EPUB]

It Came from Something Awful: How a Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump into Office [EPUB]
It Came from Something Awful: How a Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump into Office by Dale Beran
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1250189748 | 7.05MB

An insider's history of the website at the end of the world, which burst into politics and memed Donald Trump into the White House.

The internet has transformed the ways we think and act, and by consequence, our politics. The most impactful recent political movements on the far left and right started with massive online collectives of teenagers. Strangely, both movements began on the same website: an anime imageboard called 4chan.org. It Came from Something Awful is the fascinating and bizarre story of 4chan and its profound effect on youth counterculture.

Dale Beran has observed the website's shifting activities and interests since the beginning. 4chan is a microcosm of the internet itself—simultaneously at the vanguard of contemporary culture, politics, comedy and language, and a new low for all of the above. It was the original meme machine, mostly frequented by socially awkward and disenfranchised young men in search of a place to be alone together.

During the recession of the late 2000's, the memes became political. 4chan was the online hub of a leftist hacker collective known as Anonymous and a prominent supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement. But within a few short years, the site's ideology spun on its axis; it became the birthplace and breeding ground of the alt-right. In It Came from Something Awful, Beran uses his insider's knowledge and natural storytelling ability to chronicle 4chan's strange journey from creating rage-comics to inciting riots to—according to some—memeing Donald Trump into the White House.

The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors [EPUB]

The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors [EPUB]
The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors by John Gribbin
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 0812967887 | 40.53MB

A wonderfully readable account of scientific development over the past five hundred years, focusing on the lives and achievements of individual scientists, by the bestselling author of In Search of Schrödinger's Cat

In this ambitious new book, John Gribbin tells the stories of the people who have made science, and of the times in which they lived and worked. He begins with Copernicus, during the Renaissance, when science replaced mysticism as a means of explaining the workings of the world, and he continues through the centuries, creating an unbroken genealogy of not only the greatest but also the more obscure names of Western science, a dot-to-dot line linking amateur to genius, and accidental discovery to brilliant deduction.

By focusing on the scientists themselves, Gribbin has written an anecdotal narrative enlivened with stories of personal drama, success and failure. A bestselling science writer with an international reputation, Gribbin is among the few authors who could even attempt a work of this magnitude. Praised as "a sequence of witty, information-packed tales" and "a terrifi c read" by The Times upon its recent British publication, The Scientists breathes new life into such venerable icons as Galileo, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and Linus Pauling, as well as lesser lights whose stories have been undeservedly neglected. Filled with pioneers, visionaries, eccentrics and madmen, this is the history of science as it has never been told before.

How to See (Mindfulness Essentials) [EPUB]

How to See (Mindfulness Essentials) [EPUB]
How to See (Mindfulness Essentials) by Thich Nhat Hanh
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1946764337 | 6.38MB

How can we let go of illusion and see ourselves as we really are? Profound and always approachable, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us the art of looking deeply-in to our knee-jerk assumptions and runaway thoughts-so we can recognize the true meaning and essence of our lives.

The Mindfulness Essentials series is a back-to-basics collection from world-renowned Zen master Thich Nhath Hanh that introduces everyone to the essentials of mindfulness practice. In this seventh pocket-sized How To book, Thich Nhat Hanh teases apart the act of seeing-both inside and outside of ourselves, and points the way to developing true clarity in our lives. Written with his signature warmth, these pithy meditations are accompanied by playful sumi-ink drawings by California artist Jason DeAntonis.

Guided Buddhist Meditations: Essential Practices on the Stages of the Path [EPUB]

Guided Buddhist Meditations: Essential Practices on the Stages of the Path [EPUB]
Guided Buddhist Meditations: Essential Practices on the Stages of the Path by Thubten Chodron
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1611807301 | 8.12MB

A new edition of a Buddhist classic, an accessible introduction to the stages of the path (lamrim)—including 14 hours of downloadable audio meditations.

The Stages of the Path, or lamrim, presentation of Buddhist teachings (a step-by-step method to tame the mind) is a core topic of Buddhist study. The lamrim meditations remind us that the process of transforming the mind, unlike so much of our frantic modern society, is a slow and thoughtful one. Best-selling author and Buddhist teacher Thubten Chodron here provides clear explanations of the stages of the path, as well as an accompanying downloadable audio program containing over fourteen hours of guided meditations on each of the topics covered in the text. Chodron discusses how to establish a daily practice and presents the meditations in detail, followed by advice for newcomers, instructions for working with distractions, antidotes to mental afflictions, and suggestions on how to deepen Dharma practice. Each practitioner will find meaning and insight according to their own skill level.

Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943 [EPUB]

Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943 [EPUB]
Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943 by John C McManus
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 0451475046 | 42.54MB

An engrossing, epic history of the US Army in the Pacific War, from the acclaimed author of The Dead and Those About to Die

“This eloquent and powerful narrative is military history written the way it should be.”—James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian

"Out here, mention is seldom seen of the achievements of the Army ground troops," wrote one officer in the fall of 1943, "whereas the Marines are blown up to the skies." Even today, the Marines are celebrated as the victors of the Pacific, a reflection of a well-deserved reputation for valor. Yet the majority of fighting and dying in the war against Japan was done not by Marines but by unsung Army soldiers.

John C. McManus, one of our most highly acclaimed historians of World War II, takes readers from Pearl Harbor—a rude awakening for a military woefully unprepared for war—to Makin, a sliver of coral reef where the Army was tested against the increasingly desperate Japanese. In between were nearly two years of punishing combat as the Army transformed, at times unsteadily, from an undertrained garrison force into an unstoppable juggernaut, and America evolved from an inward-looking nation into a global superpower.

At the pinnacle of this richly told story are the generals: Douglas MacArthur, a military autocrat driven by his dysfunctional lust for fame and power; Robert Eichelberger, perhaps the greatest commander in the theater yet consigned to obscurity by MacArthur's jealousy; "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell, a prickly soldier miscast in a diplomat's role; and Walter Krueger, a German-born officer who came to lead the largest American ground force in the Pacific. Enriching the narrative are the voices of men otherwise lost to history: the uncelebrated Army grunts who endured stifling temperatures, apocalyptic tropical storms, rampant malaria and other diseases, as well as a fanatical enemy bent on total destruction.

This is an essential, ambitious book, the first of two volumes, a compellingly written and boldly revisionist account of a war that reshaped the American military and the globe and continues to resonate today.

The 60 Second Sale: The Ultimate System for Building Lifelong Client Relationships in the Blink of an Eye [Audiobook]

The 60 Second Sale: The Ultimate System for Building Lifelong Client Relationships in the Blink of an Eye [Audiobook]
The 60 Second Sale: The Ultimate System for Building Lifelong Client Relationships in the Blink of an Eye [Audiobook] by David V. Lorenzo, read by the Author
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 6h 26m | 351.47MB

Cold calling and pushing your way into an office or a living room creates an atmosphere of adversity and distrust you must overcome before you close the deal. With those tired tactics, you're swimming upstream, against a strong current, with a bag of rocks tied to your waist.

Sales has changed. Legacy sales gimmicks destroy relationships right from the first minute.

The 60 Second Sale is a turnkey system for building profitable, lifelong relationships. Whether you work with affluent consumers or sell to senior executives in Fortune 500 companies, this step-by-step guide will help you open doors, close deals, and make more money in a way that leverages your natural strengths. That's the magnificence of the 60 second sale system. You get to be yourself and build your business.

In this book you will discover:

  • how to start a sales conversation in 60 seconds;
  • who to target for immediate income;
  • a powerful yet easy-to-use system to generate relationship revenue;
  • five ways to initiate new relationships;
  • the secret to getting a "yes" every time, even in the most competitive sales environment;
  • and so many other effective business growth strategies, your competition won't know what hit them.

Goliath's Revenge: How Established Companies Turn the Tables on Digital Disruptors [Audiobook]

Goliath's Revenge: How Established Companies Turn the Tables on Digital Disruptors [Audiobook]
Goliath's Revenge: How Established Companies Turn the Tables on Digital Disruptors [Audiobook] by Todd Hewlin, Scott A. Snyder, read by Brian Hutchison
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 7h 34m | 206.4MB

Harness your company's incumbent advantages to win the digital disruption game

Goliath's Revenge is the practical guide for how executives and aspiring leaders of established companies can run the Silicon Valley playbook for themselves and capitalize on digital disruption. Technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, internet of things, blockchain, and immersive experiences are changing the basis of competition in every industry. New competitors are emerging while traditional ones are falling behind.

Periods of intense change provide remarkable opportunities. Goliath's Revenge delivers an insider's view of how industry leaders like General Motors, NASA, The Weather Channel, Hitachi, Mastercard, Proctor & Gamble, Penn Medicine, Discovery, and Cisco are accelerating innovation, building new skills, and disrupting themselves to come out stronger in this post-digital age. Learn how to leverage your company's scale, reach, data, and expertise to launch breakthrough offerings that fend off attackers and secure your position as a future industry leader.

Using real success cases and recommendations, this invaluable resource shows how to realign your business model, reset your talent development priorities, and retake market share lost to digital-ready competitors. Drawing from extensive experience in digital transformation, leadership development, and strategic planning, the authors show how established companies can switch from defense to offense to thrive in this new digital environment.

  • Learn the six new rules that separate winners from losers in the age of digital disruption
  • Prioritize your innovation investments to rebuild your competitive moat
  • Employ smart cannibalization to defend your core business
  • Deliver step-change customer outcomes to grow into adjacent markets
  • Reframe your purpose and make talent the centerpiece of your digital innovation strategy

Goliath's Revenge is a must-listen for business leaders and innovators in small, mid-sized, and large organizations trying to win the digital disruption game. This book helps you reset both your company strategy and professional development priorities for long-term success.

An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power [Audiobook]

An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power [Audiobook]
An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power [Audiobook] by John Steele Gordon, read by Bob Souer
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 14h 24m | 785.65MB

Throughout time, from ancient Rome to modern Britain, the great empires built and maintained their domination through force of arms and political power.

But not the United States.

America has dominated the world in a new, peaceful, and pervasive way - through the continued creation of staggering wealth. In this authoritative, engrossing history, John Steele Gordon captures as never before the true source of our nation's global influence: wealth and the capacity to create more of it.

Quantum Space: Loop Quantum Gravity and the Search for the Structure of Space, Time, and the Universe [Audiobook]

Quantum Space: Loop Quantum Gravity and the Search for the Structure of Space, Time, and the Universe [Audiobook]
Quantum Space: Loop Quantum Gravity and the Search for the Structure of Space, Time, and the Universe [Audiobook] by Jim Baggott, read by Nigel Patterson
2019 | MP3@128 kbps + PDF | 10h 16m | 576.59MB
Today we are blessed with two extraordinarily successful theories of physics. The first is Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, which describes the large-scale behavior of matter in a curved spacetime. The second is quantum mechanics. This theory describes the properties and behavior of matter and radiation at their smallest scales. But, while they are both highly successful, these two structures leave a lot of important questions unanswered. They are also based on two different interpretations of space and time, and are, therefore, fundamentally incompatible. We have two descriptions, but as far as we know, we've only ever had one universe. What we need is a quantum theory of gravity.

Approaches to formulating such a theory have primarily followed two paths. One leads to String Theory, which has for long been fashionable, and about which much has been written. But String Theory has become mired in problems. Combining clear discussions of both quantum theory and general relativity, this book offers one of the first efforts to explain the new quantum theory of space and time.

Surrounded by Idiots: The Four Types of Human Behavior and How to Effectively Communicate with Each in Business (and in Life) [Audiobook]

Surrounded by Idiots: The Four Types of Human Behavior and How to Effectively Communicate with Each in Business (and in Life) [Audiobook]
Surrounded by Idiots: The Four Types of Human Behavior and How to Effectively Communicate with Each in Business (and in Life) [Audiobook] by Thomas Erikson, read by David John
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10h 29m | 291.2MB

A runaway best seller in Sweden that has sold more than a million copies worldwide, Surrounded by Idiots shares a groundbreaking new method of understanding the people around you that will change how you interact with everyone from your coworkers to your spouse.

Author Thomas Erikson explains that there are four key behavior types that define how we interact with and perceive the people around us. Understanding someone's pattern of behavior is the key to successful communication. Erikson breaks down the four kinds of behavior types - Reds who are dominant and commanding, Yellows who are social and optimistic, Greens who are laid back and friendly, and Blues who are analytical and precise - and explains how to identify and interact with each type of person. Instead of being bogged down with overly technical categorizations, the simple four color system allows you to speedily identify a friend or coworker and adjust how you speak and share with them.

Surrounded by Idiots is full of practical information for interacting with people based on their color, including the strengths and weaknesses of all the profiles, how to give positive and negative feedback to each, and the best way to word an email when writing to someone with a different profile.

Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark [Audiobook]

Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark [Audiobook]
Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark [Audiobook] by Cecelia Watson, read by Pam Ward
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 3h 47m | 104.83MB

A pause-resisting, existential romp through the life and times of the world's most polarizing punctuation mark.

The semicolon. Stephen King, Hemingway, Vonnegut, and Orwell detest it. Herman Melville, Henry James, and Rebecca Solnit love it. But why? When is it effective? Have we been misusing it? Should we even care?

In Semicolon, Cecelia Watson charts the rise and fall of this infamous punctuation mark, which for years was the trendiest one in the world of letters. But in the 19th century, as grammar books became all the rage, the rules of how we use language became both stricter and more confusing, with the semicolon a prime victim.

Taking us on a breezy journey through a range of examples - from Milton's manuscripts to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letters from Birmingham Jail" to Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep - Watson reveals how traditional grammar rules make us less successful at communicating with each other than we'd think. Even the most die-hard grammar fanatics would be better served by tossing the rule books and learning a better way to engage with language.

Through her rollicking biography of the semicolon, Watson writes a guide to grammar that explains why we don't need guides at all and refocuses our attention on the deepest, most primary value of language: true communication.

Caligula: The Mad Emperor of Rome [Audiobook]

Caligula: The Mad Emperor of Rome [Audiobook]
Caligula: The Mad Emperor of Rome [Audiobook] by Stephen Dando-Collins, read by James Anderson Foster
2019 | M4B@64 kbps | 9h 3m | MB

Explore all of the murder, madness and mayhem in Ancient Rome during the reign of the mad emperor, Caligula.

In this book about Rome's most infamous emperor, expert author, Stephen Dando-Collins' chronicles all the palace intrigues and murders that led to Caligula becoming emperor, and details the horrors of his manic reign and the murderous consequences brought about at the hand of his sister Agrippina the Younger, his uncle Claudius and his nephew Nero.

Skillfully researched, Dando-Collins puts the jigsaw pieces together to form an accurate picture of Caligula's life and influences. Dando-Collins' precise and thorough examination of the emperor's life puts Caligula's paranoid reign into perspective, examining the betrayals and deaths he experienced prior to his time in power and the onset of a near-fatal illness believed to have affected his mental-health.

The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity [Audiobook]

The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity [Audiobook]
The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity [Audiobook] by Steven Strogatz, read by Jonathan Yen
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 6h 9m | 170.24MB

Many people take math in high school and promptly forget much of it. But math plays a part in all of our lives all of the time, whether we know it or not. In The Joy of x, Steven Strogatz expands on his hit New York Times series to explain the big ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, and insight.

Whether he is illuminating how often you should flip your mattress to get the maximum lifespan from it, explaining just how Google searches the internet, or determining how many people you should date before settling down, Strogatz shows how math connects to every aspect of life. Discussing pop culture, medicine, law, philosophy, art, and business, Strogatz is the math teacher you wish you'd had. Whether you aced integral calculus or aren't sure what an integer is, you'll find profound wisdom and persistent delight in The Joy of x.

Never Too Old to Get Rich: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life [Audiobook]

Never Too Old to Get Rich: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life [Audiobook]
Never Too Old to Get Rich: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life [Audiobook] by Kerry Hannon, read by the Author
2019 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 9h 1m | 491.59MB

Start a successful business mid-life When you think of someone launching a start-up, the image of a twenty-something techie probably springs to mind. However, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers are just as likely to start businesses and reinvent themselves later in life. Never Too Old to Get Rich is an exciting road map for anyone age 50-plus looking to be their own boss and launch their dream business.

This book provides up-to-date resources and guidance for launching a business when you're fifty-plus. There are snappy profiles of more than a dozen successful older entrepreneurs, describing their inspirational journeys launching businesses and nonprofits. The author walks you through her three-part fitness program: guidelines for becoming financially fit, physically fit, and spiritually fit, before delving more deeply into how would-be entrepreneurs over fifty can succeed.