"[Sagan's] writing brims with optimism, clarity and compassion." -Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Sagan used the spotlight of his fame to illuminate the abyss into which stupidity, greed, and the lust for power may yet dump us. All of those interests and causes are handsomely represented in Billions & Billions."
"A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought." -Los Angeles Times "Powerful . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing."
An all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking in the popular "The Skeptics Guide to the Universe" podcast's dryly humorous, accessible style. "Thorough, informative, and enlightening, The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe inoculates you against the frailties and shortcomings of human cognition.
Starting from this provocative idea, Sapiens goes on to retell the history of our species from a completely fresh perspective. It explains that money is the most pluralistic system of mutual trust ever devised; that capitalism is the most successful religion ever invented; that the treatment of animals in modern agriculture is probably the worst crime in history; and that even though we are far more powerful than our ancient ancestors, we aren't much happier.
g $16.99 St. Martin's Griffin St. Martin's Press ISBN: 9781250074225 352 Pages The New York Times best seller by the host of Bill Nye the Science Guy, with a brand new chapter for the paperback edition! "Evolution is one of the most powerful and important ideas ever developed in the history of science.
Humans conquered the world thanks to their unique ability to believe in collective myths about gods, money, equality and freedom - as described in Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. In Homo Deus, Prof. Harari looks to the future and explores how global power might shift, as the principal force of evolution - natural selection - is replaced by intelligent design.
This book is tough to rate. I enjoyed listening to Bill Nye speak passionately about nerds rising up and doing great things, but at the same time I didn't feel like I was part of the audience he meant to inspire. He had almost an elitist attitude about science nerds.
Shortlisted for the 2020 RBC Taylor Prize Praise for The Reality Bubble: "In a time of mounting global crisis, the kind of radical curiosity that fills this book - a commitment to probing the unseen, unknowable, and unthinkable - has become essential to our survival.
" Deviate is an entertaining read that raises fascinating questions about how we perceive the world. Aside from being an accomplished scientist, Lotto is a talented writer who uses illustrative examples and visual experiments to dazzle and to teach." -The Washington Post "Beau Lotto's Deviate is the beginning of a conversation-with yourself.
How many Americans are actually racist? Whatshould you say on a first date if you want asecond ? Is America experiencing a hidden back-alley abortion crisis? Where is the best place to raise kids? Can you game the stock market? Do parents treat sons differently from daughters? Do violent movies increase violent crime?
g $27.99 Flatiron Books Flatiron Books ISBN: 9781250107817 352 Pages INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "One of the most important books I've ever read-an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world." - Bill Gates "Hans Rosling tells the story of 'the secret silent miracle of human progress' as only he can.
A Numerate Life A Mathematician Explores the Vagarities of Life, His Own and Probably Yours Interviewed by James Stein for the New Books Network A Numerate Life is simultaneously a charming memoir and a highly entertaining venture into mathematics, literature, and philosophy.