» Articles for November 2013 Year
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An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist - Richard Dawkins
Here, for the first time is an intimate look into the childhood and intellectual development of the world’s most famous atheist and evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins, “one of the most outstanding intelligences in modern science.” (Evening Standard) and “one of the greatest nonfiction writers alive today” (Steven Pinker)
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A Red Herring Without Mustard - Alan Bradley
Award-winning author Alan Bradley returns with another beguiling novel starring the insidiously clever and unflappable eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce. The precocious chemist with a passion for poisons uncovers a fresh slew of misdeeds in the hamlet of Bishop's Lacey--mysteries involving a missing tot, a fortune-teller, and a corpse in Flavia's own backyard. Flavia had asked the old Gypsy woman to tell her fortune, but never expected to stumble across the poor soul, bludgeoned in the wee
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Rosie Revere, Engineer - Andrea Beaty, David   Roberts
Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal--to fly--Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. But when her contraption doesn't fl y but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose inisists that
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Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain - David Eagleman
If the conscious mind—the part you consider you—accounts for only a tiny fraction of the brain’s function, what is all the rest doing? This is the question that David Eagleman—renowned neuroscientist and acclaimed author of Sum—answers in a book as accessible and entertaining as it is deeply informed by startling, up-to-the-minute research.   Our behavior, thoughts, and experiences are inseparably yoked to a vast, wet, electrochemical network called the nervous system. The machinery is utterly
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The Machinery of Life - David S. Goodsell
Now available in soft-cover, this bestselling, well-received book takes readers on a fascinating journey into the world of cells and molecules. With a crisp text and extraordinary illustrations, The Machinery of Life guides readers through the interior of cells, exploring the ways in which molecular machines drive the process of life. 93 illus.
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MAKE: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery - Charles Platt
"This is teaching at its best!" --Hans Camenzind, inventor of the 555 timer (the world's most successful integrated circuit), and author of Much Ado About Almost Nothing: Man's Encounter with the Electron (Booklocker.com) "A fabulous book: well written, well paced, fun, and informative. I also love the sense of humor. It's very good at disarming the fear. And it's gorgeous. I'll be recommending this book highly." --Tom Igoe, author of Physical Computing and Making Things Talk Want to
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Organic Synthesis: The Disconnection Approach - Stuart Warren
A workbook providing additional examples, problems, and solutions for use with Warren's Organic Synthesis: The Disconnection Approach. Exercises correspond to chapters in the main text. Problems of special ease or difficulty are labeled for optional use. Workbook includes a formula index of all target molecules contained in the text and workbook.
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Computer Organization & Design: The Hardware/Software Interface - David A. Patterson, John L. Hennessy
The performance of software systems is dramatically affected by how well software designers understand the basic hardware technologies at work in a system. Similarly, hardware designers must understand the far-reaching effects their design decisions have on software applications. For readers in either category, this classic introduction to the field provides a look deep into the computer. It demonstrates the relationships between the software and hardware and focuses on the foundational
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Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge - Edward O. Wilson
"A dazzling journey across the sciences and humanities in search of deep laws to unite them." --The Wall Street Journal One of our greatest living scientists--and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for On Human Nature and The Ants--gives us a work of visionary importance that may be the crowning achievement of his career. In Consilience  (a word that originally meant "jumping together"), Edward O. Wilson renews the Enlightenment's search for a unified theory of knowledge in disciplines that
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The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science - Norman Doidge
An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D., traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they've transformed people whose mental limitations or brain damage were seen as unalterable. We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, blind people who learn to see,