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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
by John Carreyrou

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

May 21, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BEST SELLER 鈥⒙?NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: NPR,<i>聽The New York Times Book Review</i>, <i>Time</i>, <i>Wall Street Journal, Washington Post</i> 鈥?The McKinsey Business Book of the Year </b><br /> 聽<br /> <b>The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes鈥攏ow the subject of the HBO documentary <i>The Inventor鈥?lt;/i>by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.<br /><br /> 鈥淭he story is even crazier than I expected, and I found myself unable to put it down once I started. This book has everything: elaborate scams, corporate intrigue, magazine cover stories, ruined family relationships, and the demise of a company once valued at nearly $10 billion.鈥?鈥擝ill Gates</b><br /><br /> In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup 鈥渦nicorn鈥?promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes鈥檚 worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn鈥檛 work.<br /><br /> A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
by Matthew Walker

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b>A <i>New York Times </i>bestseller and international sensation, this 鈥渟timulating and important book鈥?(<i>Financial Times</i>) from the director of UC Berkeley鈥檚 Center for Human Sleep Science is a fascinating dive into the purpose and power of slumber. As the <i>Guardian</i> said, Walker explains 鈥渉ow a good night's shut-eye can make us cleverer, more attractive, slimmer, happier, healthier, and ward off cancer.鈥?lt;/b><br /><br />With two appearances on <i>CBS This Morning </i>and <i>Fresh Air</i>'s most popular interview of 2017, Matthew Walker has made abundantly clear that sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. Compared to the other basic drives in life鈥攅ating, drinking, and reproducing鈥攖he purpose of sleep remains more elusive.<br /> <br /> Within the brain, sleep enriches a diversity of functions, including our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge, inspiring creativity.<br /> <br /> In this 鈥渃ompelling and utterly convincing鈥?(<i>The Sunday Times</i>) book, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker provides a revolutionary exploration of sleep, examining how it affects every aspect of our physical and mental well-being. Charting the most cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and marshalling his decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer, Alzheimer鈥檚 and diabetes, slow the effects of aging, and increase longevity. He also provides actionable steps towards getting a better night鈥檚 sleep every night.<br /> <br /> Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, <i>Why We Sleep</i> is a crucial and illuminating book. Written with the precision of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Sherwin Nuland, it is 鈥渞ecommended for night-table reading in the most pragmatic sense鈥?(<i>The</i> <i>New York Times Book Review</i>).
The Body: A Guide for Occupants
by Bill Bryson

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English

Pages

424

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><b>Bill Bryson, bestselling author of </b><b><i>A Short History of Nearly Everything</i></b><b>, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody.</b></b><br /><br />Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, <i>The Body</i> will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." <i>The Body</i> will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.
Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Cont...
by Stuart Russell

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English

Pages

349

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b><b>"The most important book I have read in quite some time" (Daniel Kahneman); "A must-read" (Max Tegmark); "The book we've all been waiting for" (Sam Harris)</b><br /><br /><b>A leading artificial intelligence researcher lays out a new approach to AI that will enable us to coexist successfully with increasingly intelligent machines</b><br /><br /><b>Longlisted for the 2019 </b><b><i>Financial Times</i></b><b>/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award</b></b><br /><br />In the popular imagination, superhuman artificial intelligence is an approaching tidal wave that threatens not just jobs and human relationships, but civilization itself. Conflict between humans and machines is seen as inevitable and its outcome all too predictable.<br /> <br />In this groundbreaking book, distinguished AI researcher Stuart Russell argues that this scenario can be avoided, but only if we rethink AI from the ground up. Russell begins by exploring the idea of intelligence in humans and in machines. He describes the near-term benefits we can expect, from intelligent personal assistants to vastly accelerated scientific research, and outlines the AI breakthroughs that still have to happen before we reach superhuman AI. He also spells out the ways humans are already finding to misuse AI, from lethal autonomous weapons to viral sabotage.<br /> <br />If the predicted breakthroughs occur and superhuman AI emerges, we will have created entities far more powerful than ourselves. How can we ensure they never, ever, have power over us? Russell suggests that we can rebuild AI on a new foundation, according to which machines are designed to be inherently uncertain about the human preferences they are required to satisfy. Such machines would be humble, altruistic, and committed to pursue our objectives, not theirs. This new foundation would allow us to create machines that are provably deferential and provably beneficial.<br /><br />In a 2014 editorial co-authored with Stephen Hawking, Russell wrote, "Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last." Solving the problem of control over AI is not just possible; it is the key that unlocks a future of unlimited promise.
The Biology of Belief 10th Anniversary Edition
by Bruce H. Lipton

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English

Pages

314

Publication Date

October 13, 2015

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It has been ten years since the publication of <i>The Biology of Belief</i>, Bruce Lipton鈥檚 seminal book on the relationship between mind and body that changed the way we think about our lives, our health, and our planet. During that time, research in this field has grown exponentially 鈥?Lipton鈥檚 groundbreaking experiments have now been endorsed by more than a decade of rigorous scientific study.<br /><br />In this greatly expanded edition, Lipton, a former medical school professor and research scientist, explores his own experiments and those of other leading-edge scientists that have unraveled in ever greater detail how truly connected the mind, body, and spirit are. It is now widely recognized that genes and DNA do not control our biology. Instead, they are controlled by signals from <i>outside</i> the cell, including energetic messages emanating from our thoughts.<br /><br />This profoundly hopeful synthesis of the latest and best research in cell biology and quantum physics puts the power to create a healthy, joyous life back in our own hands. When we transform our conscious and subconscious thoughts, we transform our lives, and in the process help humanity evolve to a new level of understanding and peace.
The Plant Paradox Quick and Easy: The 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight,...
by MD, Steven R. Gundry

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

January 15, 2019

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<p>From bestselling author Dr. Steven Gundry, a quick and easy guide to <em>The Plant Paradox</em> program that gives readers the tools to enjoy the benefits of lectin-free eating in just 30 days.<br /><br />In Dr. Steven Gundry鈥檚 breakout bestseller <em>The Plant Paradox</em>, readers learned the surprising truth about foods that have long been regarded as healthy. Lectins鈥攁 type of protein found in fruits, vegetables, legumes, dairy, and grains鈥攚reak havoc on the gut, creating systemic inflammation and laying the groundwork for disease and weight gain. Avoiding lectins offers incredible health benefits but requires a significant lifestyle change鈥攐ne that, for many people, can feel overwhelming.</p><p>Now, in <em>The Plant Paradox Quick and Easy</em>, Dr. Gundry makes it simpler than ever to go lectin free. His 30-day challenge offers incentives, support, and results along with a toolkit for success. With grocery lists, meal plans, time-saving cooking strategies, all-new recipes, and guidance for families and those following specialized diets (including ketogenic and vegan), <em>The Plant Paradox Quick and Easy</em> is the all-in-one resource <em>Plant Paradox</em> fans and newcomers alike need to jumpstart results reap the health benefits of living lectin-free.</p>
The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adve...
by Nadine Burke Harris

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

January 23, 2018

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<b>聽鈥淎n extraordinary, eye-opening book.鈥濃€?lt;i>People</i></b><br /> 聽<br /><b>2018 National Health Information Awards, Silver Award<br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎 rousing wake-up call . . . this highly engaging, provocative book prove[s] beyond a reasonable doubt that millions of lives depend on us finally coming to terms with the long-term consequences of childhood adversity and toxic stress.鈥濃€擬ichelle Alexander, author of <i>The New Jim Crow</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> Dr. Nadine Burke Harris was already known as a crusading physician delivering targeted care to vulnerable children. But it was Diego鈥攁 boy who had stopped growing after a sexual assault鈥攚ho galvanized her journey to uncover the connections between toxic stress and lifelong illnesses.<br /> 聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The stunning news of Burke Harris鈥檚 research is just how deeply our bodies can be imprinted by ACEs鈥攁dverse childhood experiences like abuse, neglect, parental addiction, mental illness, and divorce. Childhood adversity changes our <i>biological</i> systems, and lasts a lifetime. For anyone who has faced a difficult childhood, or who cares about the millions of children who do, the fascinating scientific insight and innovative, acclaimed health interventions in <i>The Deepest Well </i>represent vitally important hope for preventing lifelong illness for those we love and for generations to come鈥?<br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淣adine Burke Harris . . . offers a new set of tools, based in science, that can help each of us heal ourselves, our children, and our world.鈥濃€擯aul Tough, author of <i>How Children Succeed</i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎 powerful鈥攅ven indispensable鈥攆rame to both understand and respond more effectively to our most serious social ills.鈥濃€?lt;i>New York Times</i>
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate-Di...
by Peter Wohlleben

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

September 13, 2016

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<p><strong>The first book in <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author Peter Wohlleben鈥檚 The Mysteries of Nature Trilogy. Book two, <em>The Inner Life of Animals</em>, is available now, and the third book, <em>The Secret Wisdom of Nature</em>, is coming in Spring 2019.</strong></p><br /><p>Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.<br /><br />After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.<br /><br /><em>Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist, by Dr.Suzanne Simard</em></p><p><em>Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.</em></p>
Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities (The MIT Press)
by Vaclav Smil

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English

Pages

664

Publication Date

September 06, 2019

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<p><b>A systematic investigation of growth in nature and society, from tiny organisms to the trajectories of empires and civilizations.</b></p><p>Growth has been both an unspoken and an explicit aim of our individual and collective striving. It governs the lives of microorganisms and galaxies; it shapes the capabilities of our extraordinarily large brains and the fortunes of our economies. Growth is manifested in annual increments of continental crust, a rising gross domestic product, a child's growth chart, the spread of cancerous cells. In this magisterial book, Vaclav Smil offers systematic investigation of growth in nature and society, from tiny organisms to the trajectories of empires and civilizations. </p><p>Smil takes readers from bacterial invasions through animal metabolisms to megacities and the global economy. He begins with organisms whose mature sizes range from microscopic to enormous, looking at disease-causing microbes, the cultivation of staple crops, and human growth from infancy to adulthood. He examines the growth of energy conversions and man-made objects that enable economic activities鈥攄evelopments that have been essential to civilization. Finally, he looks at growth in complex systems, beginning with the growth of human populations and proceeding to the growth of cities. He considers the challenges of tracing the growth of empires and civilizations, explaining that we can chart the growth of organisms across individual and evolutionary time, but that the progress of societies and economies, not so linear, encompasses both decline and renewal. The trajectory of modern civilization, driven by competing imperatives of material growth and biospheric limits, Smil tells us, remains uncertain.</p>
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and ...
by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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English

Pages

410

Publication Date

September 16, 2013

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As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In <i>Braiding Sweetgrass</i>, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on 鈥渁 journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise鈥?(Elizabeth Gilbert).<br /><br /> Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings鈥攁sters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass鈥攐ffer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.

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