The Book of Immortality: The Science, Belief, and Magic Behind Living Forever

What have we now not performed to stay without end? The seriously acclaimed writer of The Fruit Hunters—now an award-winning documentary film—weaves jointly faith, technology, and mythology in a gripping exploration of the main common of human obsessions: immortality.

What have we no longer performed to stay perpetually? Adam Leith Gollner, the severely acclaimed writer of The Fruit Hunters, weaves jointly faith, technological know-how, and mythology in a gripping exploration of the main common of human obsessions: immortality.

Raised with no faith, Adam Leith Gollner was once struck by way of mankind’s tireless efforts to cheat getting older and loss of life. In a story that pivots among profundity and hilarity, he brings us into the area of these whose lives are formed through a trust in immortality. From a Jesuit priest on his deathbed to antiaging researchers at Harvard, Gollner— sorting fact from absurdity—canvasses faith and technological know-how for perception, besides an array of cults, myths, and fringe figures.

He trips to David Copperfield’s archipelago within the Bahamas, the place the magician claims to have chanced on “a liquid that reverses genes.” He explores a cryonics facility, attends a dressing up get together set within the yr 2068 with a bunch of radical life-extensionists, and soaks within the transformative mineral waters on the Esalen Institute. seeking to background, Gollner visits St. Augustine, Florida, the place Ponce de León is believed to have sought the Fountain of Youth.

Combining immersive reporting, rigorous learn, and lyrical prose, Gollner charts the increase of durability technology from its alchemical beginnings to modern day genetic interventions. He delves into the symbolic illustration of everlasting lifestyles and its connection to water. Interlaced all through is a compelling meditation at the nature of trust, displaying how each tale we inform approximately immortality is a narrative concerning the that means of death.

“Part journalist, half detective, half scientist.” (New York Post). Adam Leith Gollner has written a rollicking and revelatory exam of our age-old inspiration of residing perpetually.

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Our Future Earth

By Curt Stager

Paleoclimatologist Curt Stager vividly describes how the choices we make concerning the setting within the twenty first century will have an effect on the subsequent 100,000 years of existence on the planet, and the way modern day environmental debate is lacking the long term proof. via contemplating the Earth's background over thousands of years, this e-book adjustments our figuring out: most folk settle for that our planet is warming and that people performed the most important position in inflicting it. We fear in regards to the following couple of hundred years, but pass over its long term importance. So what's going to the realm seem like? Curt Stager attracts on geological historical past to teach that the best hazard to people usually are not international warming, yet international cooling. whilst that scorching 'backlash' ultimately occurs is solely as much as us: we've got already dispose of the subsequent Ice Age, yet no matter if our descendents will see an ice-free Arctic, miles of submerged coasts, or an acidified ocean can nonetheless be determined. even if we proceed to pollute or rein ourselves in for the sake of destiny generations, the area may be drastically diverse. This lucid e-book will strength weather sceptics, activists, and everybody in among re-examine approximately our destiny earth. - See extra at: http://ducknet.co.uk/books/all/Our%20Future%20Earth#sthash.mlbAvAHv.dpuf

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Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy

By Robert M. Hazen

Wisdom of the elemental rules and rules of technology is prime to cultural literacy. yet so much books on technology are usually too imprecise or too really expert to do the final reader a lot good.

Science concerns is a unprecedented exception-a technology booklet for the final reader that's informative sufficient to be a favored textbook for introductory classes in highschool and faculty, and but well-written adequate to attract basic readers uncomfortable with clinical jargon and intricate arithmetic. And now, revised and accelerated for the 1st time in approximately 20 years, it really is up to date, in order that readers can take pleasure in Hazen and Trefil's refreshingly obtainable factors of the newest advancements in technological know-how, from particle physics to biotechnology.

Hazen and Trefil collect in a single quantity not anything lower than the main thorough survey ever of the basic rules that represent our figuring out of the universe. In 18 lucid chapters, the authors lay out the easy evidence at the back of probably mystifying clinical concepts--from relativity to quantum physics to ecosystems. 28 linecuts.

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Bioinformatics and Biomarker Discovery: "Omic" Data Analysis for Personalized Medicine

By Francisco Azuaje

This publication is designed to introduce biologists, clinicians and computational researchers to basic information research rules, recommendations and instruments for aiding the invention of biomarkers and the implementation of diagnostic/prognostic platforms.

The concentration of the booklet is on how basic statistical and knowledge mining techniques can aid biomarker discovery and overview, emphasising functions according to varieties of "omic" facts. The publication additionally discusses layout components, specifications and methods for disorder screening, diagnostic and prognostic applications.

Readers are supplied with the information had to examine the necessities, computational methods and outputs in ailment biomarker examine. Commentaries from visitor specialists also are incorporated, containing exact discussions of methodologies and purposes in response to particular kinds of "omic" information, in addition to their integration. Covers the most diversity of knowledge assets presently used for biomarker discovery

  • Covers the most variety of knowledge resources at present used for biomarker discovery
  • Puts emphasis on strategies, layout ideas and methodologies that may be prolonged or adapted to extra particular applications
  • Offers rules and techniques for assessing the bioinformatic/biostatistic boundaries, strengths and demanding situations in biomarker discovery studies
  • Discusses platforms biology techniques and applications
  • Includes professional bankruptcy commentaries to additional speak about relevance of thoughts, summarize biological/clinical implications and supply substitute interpretations

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Transparency: Bio-Tech Cavern Secrets Untold

By D.K. Matthews

“Bad technology reaches epic proportions.”

Biotech huge Genevieve Labs has teamed up with NSA’S DARPA to behavior ghastly experiments outdoors the small important California city of Santa Reina…

... until eventually the attractive and secretive Laurel McKittrick arrives at the scene. neighborhood Detective John Halliday is baffled by means of the unusually elusive lady who simply communicates via voice mail. How is she capable of ward off the Santa Reina PD and Genevive Labs’ security?

Is Laurel a ghost, a working laptop or computer nerd’s production, or a made of undesirable technology? Genevive Labs desires to understand simply because she is leaking proof in their wrongdoings.

Against the backdrop of the excessive Sierra Mountains, Detective Halliday enlists the miracle of technological know-how, Laurel, in an try to carry down Genevive Labs and their unholy alliance with rogue executive agents.

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The One True Platonic Heaven: A Scientific Fiction of the Limits of Knowledge

By John Casti

By means of the writer of The Cambridge Quintet, John L. Casti's new ebook maintains the culture of mixing technology truth with simply the proper dose of fiction. half novel, half technological know-how -- completely informative and unique. within the fall of 1933 the newly based Institute for complex research in Princeton, New Jersey, welcomed its first college member, Albert Einstein. With this famous person at the roster, the Institute used to be in a position to allure many extra of the best students, scientists, and poets from worldwide. It was once to be an highbrow haven, a spot the place the main tremendous minds on the earth, sheltered from the surface world's cares and calamities, may well learn and collaborate and dedicate their time to the natural and specific pursuit of data. for plenty of of them, it was once the "one, real, platonic heaven." through the years, key figures on the Institute started to query the boundaries to what technological know-how may let us know in regards to the international, puzzling over the common secrets and techniques it could possibly release. might technological know-how be the final word resource of fact; or are there intrinsic limits, equipped into the very textile of the universe, to what we will be able to research? within the past due 1940's and early 1950's, this significant query was once being requested and reflected upon by way of a few of the Institute's private thinkers. input the dramatis personae to light up the technology and the philosophy of the time. Mathematical philosopher Kurt Godel was once the unacknowledged supply Exalted Ruler of this platonic property -- yet he was once a ruler with no scepter as he awaited the inexplicably indefinite postponement of his promoting to complete, tenured professor. additionally in place of abode was once his colleague, the Hungarian-American polymath, John van Neumann, developer of online game idea, the axiomatic foundations of quantum mechanics, and the electronic laptop -- stymied by means of the Institute's refusal to sanction his daring thought to truly construct a working laptop or computer. considered one of Godel's closest neighbors figures huge during this tale: Albert Einstein, via universal consensus the best physicist the twentieth century had ever identified. And, in fact, the director the Institute, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the daddy of the atomic bomb, needs to via necessity be key to any tale that focuses in in this time and position. writer Casti elegantly units the degree after which masterfully directs this amazing solid of characters--with capable assists by means of many "minor-character" icons like T. S. Eliot, Wolfgang Pauli, Freeman Dyson, and David Bohm, to inform a narrative of technology, historical past, and ideas. As we watch occasions spread (some of that are documented truth whereas others are creatively imagined fiction), we're witness to the discussions and deliberations of this august group...privy to wide-ranging conversations on considering machines, quantum common sense, biology as physics, climate forecasting, the constitution of financial platforms, the excellence among arithmetic and average technological know-how, the constitution of the universe, and the powers of the human brain -- all headquartered round the query of the bounds to clinical wisdom. Imaginatively conceived and artfully completed, the single actual Platonic Heaven is an obtainable and fascinating presentation of a few of the private medical and philosophical rules of the 20 th century.

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Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

Insect Biodiversity: technology and Society brings jointly prime clinical specialists to evaluate the effect bugs have on humankind and the earth’s fragile ecosystems. It examines why insect biodiversity issues and the way the speedy evolution of insect species is affecting us all.

Insects and similar arthropods make up greater than 50 percentage of the recognized animal variety globally, but an absence of data approximately bugs is hindering the development of technology and society. This ebook explores the wide range in style and variety of insect species and their evolutionary relationships. Case reports supply checks on how insect biodiversity may help meet the wishes of a speedily increasing human inhabitants, and likewise study the implications that an elevated lack of insect species could have at the world.

The publication concludes greater knowing of the biology and ecology of bugs is the single solution to sustainably deal with ecosystems in an ever altering worldwide environment.

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Analog Circuit Design: A Tutorial Guide to Applications and Solutions

By Bob Dobkin, Jim Williams

* Covers the basics of linear/analog circuit and method layout to lead engineers with their layout challenges.

* in accordance with the appliance Notes of Linear know-how, the most important dressmaker of excessive functionality analog items, readers will achieve useful insights into layout concepts and practice.

* huge variety of issues, together with energy administration tutorials, switching regulator layout, linear regulator layout, facts conversion, sign conditioning, and excessive frequency/RF layout.

* members comprise the top lighting fixtures in analog layout, Robert Dobkin, Jim Williams and Carl Nelson, between others.

* on-line aid package deal, together with LTspiceÒ software program, layout Notes, plus video clips and knowledge sheets are available at

www.elsevierdirect.com/companions/9780123851857

Analog circuit and method layout this day is extra crucial than ever sooner than. With the expansion of electronic structures, instant communications, complicated commercial and car structures, designers are challenged to boost subtle analog ideas. This accomplished resource ebook of circuit layout recommendations will reduction structures designers with based and sensible layout thoughts that concentrate on universal circuit layout demanding situations. The book’s in-depth software examples supply perception into circuit layout and alertness suggestions so you might follow in today’s tough designs.

* Covers the basics of linear/analog circuit and process layout to lead engineers with their layout challenges.

* according to the appliance Notes of Linear expertise, the main clothier of excessive functionality analog items, readers will achieve sensible insights into layout concepts and practice.

* vast variety of issues, together with energy administration tutorials, switching regulator layout, linear regulator layout, facts conversion, sign conditioning, and excessive frequency/RF layout.

* individuals contain the major lighting in analog layout, Robert Dobkin, Jim Williams and Carl Nelson, between others.

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Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read

By Stanislas Dehaene

"Brings jointly the cognitive, the cultural, and the neurological in a sublime, compelling narrative. A revelatory work."
-Oliver Sacks, M.D.

The act of examining is so simply taken with no consideration that we omit what an dazzling feat it really is. How can a couple of black marks on white paper evoke a complete universe of meanings? it truly is much more awesome once we reflect on that we learn utilizing a primate mind that developed to serve a wholly various objective. during this riveting research, Stanislas Dehaene explores each point of this human invention, from its origins to its neural underpinnings. an international authority at the topic, Dehaene unearths the hidden common sense of spelling, describes pioneering examine on hiw we technique languages, and takes us right into a new appreciation of the mind and its wondrous means to conform.

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Computing with Quantum Cats: From Colossus to Qubits

A striking glimpse into the close to destiny, the place quantum computing can have world-transforming effects.

The quantum laptop is not any longer the stuff of technology fiction. Pioneering physicists are close to unlocking a brand new quantum universe which supplies a greater illustration of fact than our daily stories and customary experience ever may well. The beginning of quantum desktops - which, like Schrödinger's recognized "dead and alive" cat, depend upon entities like electrons, photons, or atoms present in states whilst - is determined to show the computing global on its head.

In his interesting examine of this state-of-the-art expertise, John Gribbin updates his earlier perspectives at the nature of quantum truth, arguing for a universe of many parallel worlds the place "everything is real." in retrospect to Alan Turing's paintings at the Enigma computer and the 1st digital computing device, Gribbin explains how quantum concept built to make quantum pcs paintings in perform in addition to in precept. he is taking us past the world of theoretical physics to discover their functional purposes - from machines which examine via "intuition" and trial and blunder to unhackable laptops and smartphones. And he investigates the possibility of this impressive technological know-how to create an international the place communique happens speedier than mild and teleportation is possible.

This is a thrilling insider's examine the hot frontier of desktop technological know-how and its innovative implications.

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