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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: M.E. Thomas
Publisher: Crown (2013, May 14th).
As M.E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, we are your neighbors, co-workers, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, friends. Our risk-seeking behavior and general fearlessness are thrilling, our glibness and charm alluring. Our often quick wit and outside-the-box thinking make us appear intelligent—even brilliant. We climb the corporate ladder faster than the rest, and appear to have limitless self-confidence. Who are we? We are highly successful, non-criminal sociopaths and we comprise 4% of the American population (that’s 1 in 25 people!). Confessions of a Sociopath takes readers on a journey into the mind of a sociopath, revealing what makes the tick and what that means for the rest of humanity. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jessica Wapner
Publisher: The Experiment (2013, May 14th).
Publishers WeeklyIn this meticulously detailed chronicle, science writer Wapner recaps the remarkable development of Gleevec, a cutting-edge drug capable of beating the typically fatal cancer of white blood cells known as chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). But the story of Gleevec's progress also illuminates how a "minute chromosome"—discovered in Philadelphia in 1959—led scientists on a journey to the genetic roots of cancer and "the modern era of personalized medicine." Gleevec's triumph—a 2012 study conducted of patients who had taken the drug 10 years ago showed a 68% survival rate—ultimately overcame the daunting unwillingness of Big Pharma and oncologists to accept a lab-synthesized "molecularly targeted medicine." "In eighteen years," Wapner writes, "a vision had been wrestled into reality. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Lee Smolin
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2013, Apr 23rd).
From one of our foremost thinkers and public intellectuals, a radical new view of the nature of time and the cosmosWhat is time?This deceptively simple question is the single most important problem facing science as we probe more deeply into the fundamentals of the universe. All of the mysteries physicists and cosmologists face—from the Big Bang to the future of the universe, from the puzzles of quantum physics to the unification of forces and particles—come down to the nature of time.The fact that time is real may seem obvious. You experience it passing every day when you watch clocks tick, bread toast, and children grow. But most physicists, from Newton to Einstein to today’s quantum theorists, have seen things differently. The scientific case for time being an illusion is formidable. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Eric Schmidt
Format: Deckle Edge]
Publisher: Knopf (2013, Apr 23rd).
From Barnes & NobleTo learn about the future, it's best to go to those who are helping create it. By any standard, the co-authors of this book qualify as sources: Eric Schmidt is an executive chairman of Google and its former CEO and Jared Cohen is the director of Google Ideas. Their laser-sharp appraisal of the emerging digital age offers breathtaking scenarios of tiny gizmos that will improve our lives and privacy invasions that could imperil us. Illuminating glimpses not only into tomorrow, but also the day after tomorrow. Publishers WeeklyThis transformational work from Google's Schmidt and Cohen examines the boundaries of the physical world we currently inhabit and offers a vision into our digital future: a world where everyone is connected, and what it means for people, nations, and businesses. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: William R. Leach
Publisher: Pantheon; 1 edition (2013, Apr 9th).
With 32 pages of full-color inserts and black-and-white illustrations throughout.From one of our most highly regarded historians, here is an original and engrossing chronicle of nineteenth-century America’s infatuation with butterflies, and the story of the naturalists who unveiled the mysteries of their existence. A product of William Leach’s lifelong love of butterflies, this engaging and elegantly illustrated history shows how Americans from all walks of life passionately pursued butterflies, and how through their discoveries and observations they transformed the character of natural history. Leach focuses on the correspondence and scientific writings of half a dozen pioneering lepidopterists who traveled across the country and throughout the world, collecting and studying unknown and exotic species. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: John Hunter
Publisher: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2013, Apr 2nd).
In John Hunter’s classroom, students fearlessly tackle global problems and discover surprising solutions by playing his groundbreaking World Peace Game. These kids—from high school all the way down to fourth grade, in schools both well funded and underresourced—take on the roles of politicians, tribal leaders, diplomats, bankers, and military commanders. Through battles and negotiations, standoffs and summits, they strive to resolve dozens of complex, seemingly intractable real-world challenges, from nuclear proliferation to tribal warfare, financial collapse to climate change.In World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements, Hunter shares the wisdom he’s gleaned from over thirty years teaching the World Peace Game. Here he reveals the principles of successful collaboration that people of any age can apply anywhere. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability