The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter [Audiobook]

The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter [Audiobook]
The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter [Audiobook] by Paul J Steinhardt, read by Peter Larkin
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 11h 21m | 328.48MB

One of the most fascinating scientific detective stories of the last 50 years, an exciting quest for a new form of matter. The Second Kind of Impossible plays like James Gleick's Chaos combined with an Indiana Jones adventure.

When leading Princeton physicist Paul Steinhardt began working in the 1980s, scientists thought they knew all the conceivable forms of matter. The Second Kind of Impossible is the story of Steinhardt's 35-year-long quest to challenge conventional wisdom. It begins with a curious geometric pattern that inspires two theoretical physicists to propose a radically new type of matter - one that raises the possibility of new materials with never-before-seen properties but that violates laws set in stone for centuries. Steinhardt dubs this new form of matter "quasicrystal". The rest of the scientific community calls it simply impossible.

The Second Kind of Impossible captures Steinhardt's scientific odyssey as it unfolds over decades, first to prove viability and then to pursue his wildest conjecture - that nature made quasicrystals long before humans discovered them. Along the way, his team encounters clandestine collectors, corrupt scientists, secret diaries, international smugglers, and KGB agents. Their quest culminates in a daring expedition to a distant corner of the Earth, in pursuit of tiny fragments of a meteorite forged at the birth of the solar system.

Steinhardt's discoveries chart a new direction in science. They not only change our ideas about patterns and matter but also reveal new truths about the processes that shaped our solar system. The underlying science is important, simple, and beautiful - and Steinhardt's firsthand account is an engaging scientific thriller.

The Economist Audio Edition [November 30, 2019]

The Economist Audio Edition [November 30, 2019]
The Economist Audio Edition [November 30, 2019]
MP3@128 kbps + EPUB + AZW3 + PDF | 7h 26m | 410.02MB

Inequality illusions: Why wealth and income gaps are not what they appear

  • Brassed off with Donald Trump
  • China's forgotten migrant workers
  • Pushing the limits of luxury
  • Alibaba's Amazon envy
  • Democracy and the Internet: Policing propaganda
  • Climate change and energy: A bid for better batteries
  • Grid scale power storage: A cool idea

Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds: 100 New Ways to See the World [EPUB]

Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds: 100 New Ways to See the World [EPUB]
Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds: 100 New Ways to See the World
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781615196258 | 133.93MB

A singular atlas of 100 infographic maps from thought-provoking to flat-out fun

Which countries don’t have rivers? Which ones have North Korean embassies? Who drives on the “wrong” side of the road? How many national economies are bigger than California’s? And where can you still find lions in the wild? You’ll learn answers to these questions and many more in Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds. This one-of-a-kind atlas is packed with eye-opening analysis (Which nations have had female leaders?), whimsical insight (Where can’t you find a McDonald’s?), and surprising connections that illuminate the contours of culture, history, and politics.

Each of these 100 maps will change the way you see the world—and your place in it.

Medical Billing and Coding For Dummies, 3rd Edition [EPUB]

Medical Billing and Coding For Dummies, 3rd Edition [EPUB]
Medical Billing and Coding For Dummies, 3rd Edition by Karen Smiley
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781119625445 | 1.92MB

The definitive guide to starting a successful career in medical billing and coding

With the healthcare sector growing at breakneck speed―it’s currently the largest employment sector in the U.S. and expanding fast―medical billing and coding specialists are more essential than ever. These critical experts, also known as medical records and health information technicians, keep systems working smoothly by ensuring patient billing and insurance data are accurately and efficiently administered.

This updated edition provides everything you need to begin―and then excel in―your chosen career. From finding the right study course and the latest certification requirements to industry standard practices and insider tips for dealing with government agencies and insurance companies, Medical Billing & Coding For Dummies has you completely covered.

  • Find out about the flexible employment options available and how to qualify
  • Understand the latest updates to the ICD-10
  • Get familiar with ethical and legal issues
  • Discover ways to stay competitive and get ahead

The prognosis is good―get this book today and set yourself up with the perfect prescription for a bright, secure, and financially healthy future!

Long Live Latin: The Pleasures of a Useless Language [EPUB]

Long Live Latin: The Pleasures of a Useless Language [EPUB]
Long Live Latin: The Pleasures of a Useless Language by Professor Nicola Gardini
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781781259399 | 0.34MB

Virgil gave us the Aeneid, and Ovid the Metamorphoses; Lucretius analysed the material world and Caesar interrogated how we view reality through the lens of reason - but what does Latin offer us today?

Often seen as the bulky relic of school curricula long forgotten, Latin seems to have lost its punch in the popular conscious. Oxford academic Nicola Gardini, however, argues the case for its lasting importance, offering a personal and passionate defence of the beauty and future of the language. From these ancient writers, we can learn about such vital aspects of life as love, purpose, eloquence, beauty and loss. These lessons from the past can illuminate our present, and Gardini encourages us to dig to the roots of our own language to consider how Latin has influenced the ways in which we communicate, think and live today.

A formidable mix of history, memoir and criticism, this is a beautiful love letter to one language that ultimately celebrates the vital power of all literature.

Single-Handedly: Contemporary Architects Draw by Hand [EPUB]

Single-Handedly: Contemporary Architects Draw by Hand [EPUB]
Single-Handedly: Contemporary Architects Draw by Hand by Nalina Moses
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781616897260 | 54.99MB

Part of the generation of architects who were trained to draw both by hand and with digital tools, Nalina Moses recently returned to hand drawing. Finding it to be direct, pleasurable, and intuitive, she wondered whether other architects felt the same way. Single-Handedly is the result of this inquiry. An inspiring collection of 220 hand drawings by more than forty emerging architects and well-known practitioners from around the world, this book explores the reasons they draw by hand and gives testimony to the continued vitality of hand drawing in architecture. The powerful yet intimate drawings carry larger propositions about materials, space, and construction, and each one stands on its own as a work of art.

Vinyl Countdown [EPUB]

Vinyl Countdown [EPUB]
Vinyl Countdown by Graham Sharpe
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780857303141 | 15.76MB

'You hold in your hand a miracle. A book about a passion, and the hipsters, oddballs and old heads who share it, written by one of their number, albeit a ludicrously erudite one’ - Danny Kelly

A revival of interest in vinyl music has taken place in recent years – but for many of those from the ‘baby boomer’ generation, it never went away.

Graham Sharpe’s vinyl love affair began in the 1960s and since then he has amassed over 3000 LPs and spent countless hours visiting record shops worldwide along with record fairs, car boot sales, online and real life auctions. After leaving his job at William Hill, his retirement dream was to visit every surviving secondhand record shop across the world.

Whilst Graham still has a little way to go on his travels, Vinyl Countdown follows his journey to over a hundred shops across the globe including the many characters he has encountered and the adventures he accrued along the way. From Amsterdam and Angus (Scotland), to Bedfordshire and Budapest and Tennessee and Wellington (NZ), always returning to his local record shop Second Scene in Bushey to report on progress.

Vinyl Countdown seeks to reawaken the often dormant desire which first promoted the gathering of records, and to confirm the belief of those who still indulge in it, that they happily belong to, and should celebrate the undervalued, misunderstood significant group of music-obsessed vinylholics, who always want – need – to buy… just one more record.

Vinyl Countdown is a mesmerising blend of memoir, travel, music and social history that will appeal to anyone who vividly recalls the first LP they bought and any music fan who derives pleasure from the capacity that records have for transporting you back in time.

Quality Chop House: Modern Recipes and Stories from a London Classic [EPUB]

Quality Chop House: Modern Recipes and Stories from a London Classic [EPUB]
Quality Chop House: Modern Recipes and Stories from a London Classic by Shaun Searley, Dan Morgenthau, Will Lander
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781787134485 | 55.09MB

The Quality Chop House has stood proudly on the corner of Farringdon Road and Exmouth Market since 1869. It’s been a working man’s cafe, a '90s celeb magnet and, for the last 7 years, one of London’s best-known, best-loved restaurants, with its famous confit potatoes regularly topping lists of ‘dishes you can’t miss in London’ on websites across the globe. On any given night, you will find notables from London's food world propping up the bar or rummaging for bottles of wine in the shop next door.

Every week, delicious produce arrives at the restaurant from all over the British Isles: produce which eventually ends up in dishes like pastrami-cured salmon, roast cod with trotter tortellini or beef mince on dripping toast. The cooking is deceptively simple but honed to perfection: behind each recipe is an accumulation of notes, seasoning tweaks and adjustments according to what might be in season. Learn the secret behind those famous potatoes, the timings behind a perfect Sunday roast and what really makes a sandwich. This is British cooking written with accessibility and precision, that will make itself at home in any kitchen.

Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking [EPUB]

Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking [EPUB]
Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking by Fuchsia Dunlop
2012 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781408802526 | 134.31MB

Fuchsia Dunlop trained as a chef at China's leading cooking school and is internationally renowned for her delicious recipes and brilliant writing about Chinese food. Every Grain of Rice is inspired by the healthy and vibrant home cooking of southern China, in which meat and fish are enjoyed in moderation, but vegetables play the starring role.

Try your hand at blanched choy sum with sizzling oil, Hangzhou broad beans with ham, pock-marked old woman's beancurd or steamed chicken with shiitake mushrooms, or, if you've ever in need of a quick fix, Fuchsia's emergency late-night noodles.

Many of the recipes require few ingredients and are startlingly easy to make. The book includes a comprehensive introduction to the key seasonings and techniques of the Chinese kitchen, as well as the 'magic ingredients' that can transform modest vegetarian ingredients into wonderful delicacies.

With stunning photography and clear instructions, this is an essential volume for beginners and connoisseurs alike.

Get Sh*t Done: The Ultimate Guide to Productivity, Procrastination, and Profitability [EPUB]

Get Sh*t Done: The Ultimate Guide to Productivity, Procrastination, and Profitability [EPUB]
Get Sh*t Done: The Ultimate Guide to Productivity, Procrastination, and Profitability by Jeffrey Gitomer
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781119647201 | 1.01MB

Discover the lost secrets of accomplishment and achievement!

Do you want to do more, accomplish more? Of course you do, everyone does. So, what’s stopping you? Get Sh*t Done not only shows you what’s preventing you from daily achievement, it provides the tools and the strategies to help you get to where you want to be. Get Sh*t Done is much more than just the title of this book, it’s the method that unlocks the secrets of accomplishment and achievement―the GSD Secret Formula. In this book, you will learn to identify and implement the elements of superior productivity, eliminate the causes of procrastination, and achieve the best possible outcomes in business and in life.

This valuable guide gives you a comprehensive, step-by-step plan for achieving maximum productivity. Bestselling author and "King of Sales" Jeffrey Gitomer guides you through each aspect of the GSD process, from attitude, desire, and determination, to goals, productivity, resilience, and fulfillment. Engaging and easy to read, this book shows you how to discover the best ways to invest your time into productive and profitable actions―and feel great about your achievements. Using the proven, immediately-actionable GSD Formula, you’re on your way to:

  • Doubling your achievements, your work habits, and your income
  • Implementing simple shifts and simple actions that increase positive outcomes
  • Recognizing the early warning signs of procrastination and reluctance
  • Eliminating the major GSD distractions that hold you back
  • Discovering how to select, set, and achieve your goals

Get Sh*t Done: The Ultimate Guide to Productivity, Procrastination, & Profitability is a must-have resource for anyone who wants to never again say "I'll do it later" and just get it done.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Building a Great Culture [EPUB]

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Building a Great Culture [EPUB]
HBR's 10 Must Reads on Building a Great Culture by Harvard Business Review
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781633698062 | 4.53MB

You can change your company's culture.

Organizational culture often feels like something that has a life of its own. But leaders are the stewards of a company's culture and have the power to shape and even change it.

If you read nothing else on building a better organizational culture, read these 10 articles. We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you identify where your culture can be improved, communicate change, and anticipate and address implementation challenges.

This book will inspire you to:

  • See what your company culture is currently like--and what it could be
  • Explore your company's emotional culture
  • Gather input on what needs to be fixed or initiated
  • Improve collaboration
  • Foster a culture of trust
  • Articulate the new culture's mission, values, and expectations
  • Deal with resistance and roadblocks

This collection of articles includes "The Leader's Guide to Corporate Culture," by Boris Groysberg, Jeremiah Lee, Jesse Price, and J. Yo-Jud Cheng; "Manage Your Emotional Culture," by Sigal Barsade and Olivia A. O'Neill; "The Neuroscience of Trust," by Paul J. Zak; "Creating a Purpose-Driven Organization," by Robert E. Quinn and Anjan V. Thakor; "Creating the Best Workplace on Earth," by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones; "Cultural Change That Sticks," by Jon R. Katzenbach, Ilona Steffen, and Caroline Kronley; "How to Build a Culture of Originality," by Adam Grant; "When Culture Doesn't Translate," by Erin Meyer; "Culture Is Not the Culprit," by Jay W. Lorsch and Emily Gandhi; "Conquering a Culture of Indecision," by Ram Charan; and "Radical Change, the Quiet Way," by Debra E. Meyerson.

This Difficult Thing of Being Human: The Art of Self-Compassion [EPUB]

This Difficult Thing of Being Human: The Art of Self-Compassion [EPUB]
This Difficult Thing of Being Human: The Art of Self-Compassion by Bodhipaksa
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781946764515 | 0.69MB
We all long for someone to offer us unconditional love and support. But what if that person is us? The practice of mindful self-compassion creates the space we need so that observation, acceptance, and real love can enter, no matter how judgmental or disconnected we may feel.

It sounds like a simple idea: to be kind to yourself. But if you pay attention to your thoughts, habits, and self-talk, you may find that it's more difficult than it sounds. The intentional practice of self-compassion, outlined here by Buddhist scholar and teacher Bodhipaksa, can help you find greater overall wellbeing, emotional resilience, physical health, and willpower. Bodhipaksa provides both the why and the how of mindful self-compassion, drawing on contemporary psychology and neuroscience and also on Buddhist psychology, weaving the modern and ancient together into a coherent whole.

Contemporary psychologists are focusing less on self-esteem and more on self-compassion. Bodhipaksa, a practicing meditator of more than thirty years, effortlessly blends ancient techniques dating back to the time of the Buddha with the most recent understanding of psychology and neuroscience. And in the end, as Bodhipaksa writes, it is actually quite simple: "Life is short. Be kind."

The Kitchen Herb Garden: Growing and Preparing Essential Herbs [EPUB]

The Kitchen Herb Garden: Growing and Preparing Essential Herbs [EPUB]
The Kitchen Herb Garden: Growing and Preparing Essential Herbs by Rosalind Creasy
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780804852302 | 23.63MB

From Rosalind Creasy—a name synonymous with California's garden-to-table movement—comes an accessible guide to cultivating and preparing herbs.

If you buy only one herb gardening book, this should be it. Creasy takes you from seeds to stove top, from preparing the soil to elegant dining suggestions, with easy-to-follow instructions and inspirational ideas every step of the way.

Each section of this book presents vivid photos and practical information, including:

  • How to design and grow an herb garden in just about any space—from a spacious plot to a tiny balcony—and in just about any climate
  • A tour through many beautiful private herb gardens, including some of Creasy's own, as well as the garden of herb luminary Carole Saville and others
  • A fully illustrated encyclopedia of edible herbs—from old favorites like basil, rosemary and sage to more exotic herbs such as lemon verbena and Mexican tarragon
  • A savory selection of healthy herb recipes for side dishes, such as blends, butters and vinegars, main dishes from around the world and even cocktails and desserts
  • Maintenance and organic pest control methods
  • A list of resources for seeds and supplies
  • A guide to growing, cultivating and preparing hops

This herb guide is full of practical tips and tricks presented in a beautiful format—perfect for the gardener, aspiring gardener or home chef.