Category: Science

The Story of Helium and the Birth of Astrophysics (Astronomers' Universe)

By Biman B. Nath

This attention-grabbing chronicle of the epoch-making discovery of helium explains why it additionally marked the start of a brand new department of technology known as ‘astrophysics’, and corrects the numerous historiographical misinterpretations via revealing own accounts.

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Angst: Origins of Anxiety and Depression

By Jeffrey P. Kahn

Anxiety and Depressive Subtypes developed from Primal Altruistic Instincts

     during this path-breaking quantity, engagingly written for most of the people, psychiatrist Jeffrey Kahn unearths that the Angst of tension and melancholy finally effects from our transformation, over tens of hundreds of thousands of years, from biologically formed, virtually herd-like prehistoric tribes, to rational and self reliant participants in sleek civilization. due to our cause, we do not decide to act like sheep.
     Kahn appears to be like at 5 uncomplicated forms of modern day angst--Panic anxiousness, Social anxiousness, OCD, peculiar melancholy, and Melancholic Depression--and indicates how each one derives from primeval social instincts that after helped our ancestors continue to exist. for example, the "panic ailment" which prevents a few humans from flying could have initially advanced to maintain our tribal ancestors from touring dangerously faraway from domestic. Likewise, the elevated emotional sensitivity to social rejection that now triggers episodes of "atypical melancholy" could have helped hold well mannered habit and social concord in our ancestors. Our incredibly human civilization and rational cognizance we could us defy those social instincts. yet these over-ridden instincts can resurface as annoying emotional problems. Kahn notes that a few of us painfully take on this misery head-on, in ways in which can strengthen highbrow creativity, social functionality and productiveness. He additionally describes the interaction of intuition with the improvement of civilization, and on how evolutionary point of view explains why sleek remedies work. 
     starting from Darwin and Freud to the main state of the art scientific and clinical findings--drawing from historical writings, glossy humor and well known lyrics, and with many a laugh cartoons--Angst bargains us an exhilarating new slant on essentially the most pervasive psychological health and wellbeing problems with our time.

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Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections on Being Human

By Jesse Bering

Why do testicles hold the best way they do? Is there an adaptive functionality to the feminine orgasm? What does it consider wish to are looking to kill your self? Does "free will" particularly exist? And why is the penis formed like that anyway?

In Why Is the Penis formed Like That?, the examine psychologist and award-winning columnist Jesse Bering gains greater than thirty of his most well liked essays from Scientific American and Slate, in addition to new items, that take readers on a daring and attractive trip via the most taboo concerns relating to evolution and human habit. Exploring the historical past of cannibalism, the neurology of people that are sexually interested in animals, the evolution of human physique fluids, the technological know-how of homosexuality, and critical questions about lifestyles and dying, Bering astutely covers a beneficiant expanse of our kaleidoscope of quirks and origins.

along with his attribute irreverence and trademark cheekiness, Bering leaves no subject unturned or interest unexamined, and he does all of it with an audaciously unique voice. even if you are attracted to the mental historical past in the back of the numerous features of sexual wish or the evolutionary styles that experience dictated our present mystique and phallic body, Why Is the Penis formed Like That? is sure to create full of life dialogue and debate for years to come.

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Our Daily Poison: From Pesticides to Packaging, How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick

By Marie-Monique Robin

Over the past thirty years, we've seen a rise in charges of melanoma, neurodegenerative affliction, reproductive issues, and diabetes, rather in built nations. while, because the finish of worldwide warfare II nearly 100,000 man made chemical molecules have invaded our environment—and our nutrients chain. In Our day-by-day Poison, award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin investigates the hyperlinks among those pertaining to tendencies, revealing how company pursuits and our lack of knowledge approximately those invisible poisons might be costing us our lives.
The results of a rigorous two-year-long research that took Robin throughout 3 continents (North the USA, Europe, and Asia), Our day-by-day Poison records the numerous ways that we come upon a stunning array of chemical compounds in our daily lives—from the insecticides that blanket our plants to the ingredients and plastics that contaminate our food—and their results on bodies through the years. collecting as facts medical reports, tales of overseas regulatory businesses, and interviews with farm staff being affected by acute persistent poisoning, Robin makes a compelling case for outrage and motion.

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Think Like an Engineer

By Guruprasad Madhavan

Filenote: PDF retail from EBL. Publisher/EBL seem to have created it by way of taking their great epub and switched over to PDF + pagination instead of the common attractive PDF imprint.
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At final engineering is getting its due; engineers are eventually cool. yet few folks comprehend the engineering mind-set. It’s the attitude that got here up with flatpack furnishings, disposable nappies, and the postal code; that solved Stockholm’s site visitors and the matter of financial institution last instances (the hole-in-the-wall); and whose likely easy principles have kept numerous lives, with thoughts similar to portray a line at the back of site visitors lanes and mixing GPS with 999. It’s a attitude very like a Swiss-army knife – multipurpose, combining dependent and summary pondering, good judgment and nice mind's eye, and cross-pollinating info from each attainable sector.

With assistance from a solid of superstar engineers and engaging, unforeseen actual global examples, Madhavan deals a framework for considering creatively, systematically and strategically in order that we will all learn how to make higher judgements in a fancy global.

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Science's Strangest Inventions: Extraordinary but true stories from over 200 years of inventive history

By Tom Quinn

The background of technology is plagued by mad, undesirable and delightfully dotty innovations, from the bicycle that relied for its momentum at the rider waggling his head from side to side continuously to the enhanced Pneumatic advertisements Hat - a bowler that hurled a lit-up billboard into the air on the contact of a button - or the suitcase that became a small boat for the fearful ferry passenger. here's the opportunity to pattern, between different delights, Professor Ray's nostril Adjusting computing device, Admiral Popov's round Warship, the fitting sound asleep companion (a eastern pillow formed similar to a guy with an arm outfitted on the correct attitude for a comforting cuddle) and final, yet on no account least, Calantarient's more advantageous Dung catch for Carriage Horses hired by way of women of favor and people of a fragile structure.

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What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite

By David DiSalvo

This publication finds a notable paradox: what your mind wishes is usually no longer what your mind wishes. in truth, a lot of what makes our brains "happy" ends up in error, biases, and distortions, which make getting out of our personal approach tremendous tough.

Author David DiSalvo provides proof from evolutionary and social psychology, cognitive technological know-how, neurology, or even advertising and economics. And he interviews some of the best thinkers in psychology and neuroscience this present day. From this research-based platform, DiSalvo attracts out insights that we will use to spot our brains’ foibles and switch our understanding into edifying motion. finally, he argues, the study doesn't serve up ready-made solutions, yet presents us with actionable clues for overcoming the plight of our complex brains and, as a result, dwelling extra fulfilled lives.

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The Changing Earth: Exploring Geology and Evolution (5th Edition)

By James S. Monroe, Reed Wicander

THE altering EARTH: EXPLORING GEOLOGY AND EVOLUTION is a pacesetter within the Introductory Geology path. The 5th edition's content material is predicated at the best-selling texts actual GEOLOGY: EXPLORING THE EARTH and old GEOLOGY: EVOLUTION OF EARTH AND lifestyles via TIME, either written via James S. Monroe and Reed Wicander. Briefer than the former variation and holding a constant and transparent writing sort all through, the textual content presents balanced insurance of actual and historic geology with enticing, real-life examples that draw you into the fabric. The 5th variation comprises very good illustrations, images, and maps that reduction your figuring out of this in particular visible technological know-how. The e-book layout provides the cloth in simply digestible chapters, with transparent delineations among sections and well-placed paintings.

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