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  • Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious

    Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Gerd Gigerenzer
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Viking Adult (2007, Jul 5th).
    Pages:   288

    An engaging explanation of the science behind Malcolm Gladwell's bestselling Blink Gerd Gigerenzer is one of the researchers of behavioral intuition responsible for the science behind Malcolm Gladwell's bestseller Blink. Gladwell showed us how snap decisions often yield better results than careful analysis. Now, Gigerenzer explains why our intuition is such a powerful decision-making tool. Drawing on a decade of research at the Max Plank Institute, Gigerenzer demonstrates that our gut feelings are actually the result of unconscious mental processes—processes that apply rules of thumb that we've derived from our environment and prior experiences. The value of these unconscious rules lies precisely in their difference from rational analysis—they take into account only the most useful bits of information rather than attempting to evaluate all possible factors. more

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  • What Is Relativity?: An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein's Ideas, and Why They Matter

    What Is Relativity?: An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein's Ideas, and Why They Matter

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Leonard Susskind
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Columbia University Press (2014, Mar 4th).
    Pages:   208

    Publishers Weekly12/02/2013 "Black holes don't suck," says astrophysicist Bennett (Life in the Universe); in fact, their exotic nature is the perfect way to explore relativity. The special theory of relativity, proposed by Albert Einstein in his 1905 paper, "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies," says in part that nothing can outrace light, but it's exactly in that highly accelerated realm where you need to be to observe the extreme weirdness of relativity at work: time dilation, mass increasing, and the shortening of the length of high-velocity objects. Bennett shows how particle accelerators can provide that environment on Earth, making special relativity "one of the most well-tested theories in all of science"—but still incomplete, as far as Einstein was concerned. more

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  • The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human

    The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Noah Strycker
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Riverhead Hardcover (2014, Mar 20th).
    Pages:   

    An entertaining and profound look at the lives of birds, illuminating their surprising world—and deep connection with humanity. Birds are highly intelligent animals, yet their intelligence is dramatically different from our own and has been little understood. As scientists come to understand more about the secrets of bird life, they are unlocking fascinating insights into memory, game theory, and the nature of intelligence itself. The Thing with Feathers explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, the good deeds of fairy-wrens, the influential flocking abilities of starlings, the deft artistry of bowerbirds, the extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, the lifelong loves of albatross, and other mysteries—revealing why birds do what they do, and offering a glimpse into our own nature. more

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  • Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees: Honey Production, Pollination, Bee Health

    Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees: Honey Production, Pollination, Bee Health

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Malcolm T. Sanford
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Storey Publishing, LLC (2010, Sep 18th).
    Pages:   244

    Everyone is buzzing about bees! Urban beekeeping is on the rise as swarms of people do their part to help nurture local food systems, make gardens more productive, connect with nature, and rescue honey bee populations from colony collapse disorder. Honey bee hives now grace the White House Lawn, the roof of Chicago City Hall, the National Arboretum, and the top of the Fairmont Hotel. Even Hagen-Daazs has gotten into the act with its well-funded campaign, Help the Honey Bees. Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees, the newest addition to the best-selling series, will be the single resource sought by beekeepers in all settings. Malcolm T. Sanford presents a thorough overview of these industrious and critically important insects. With this book as their guide, beekeepers will understand how to plan a hive, acquire bees, install a colony, keep bees healthy, maintain a healthy hive, understand and prevent new diseases, and harvest honey crops. more

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  • Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kathleen Krull
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Viking Juvenile (2013, Jun 13th).
    Pages:   128

    Sure, almost all kids know Benjamin Franklin as one of America’s Founding Fathers, a man with a hand in both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. And they may even have some vague idea that he once flew a kite during a lightning storm. What Kathleen Krull sets out to do in this very different biography is show Ben Franklin the “natural philosopher” (the term for scientists back in the 1700s), whose experiments led to important discoveries about the nature of electricity—including his famous demonstration that electricity and lightning were one and the same. As always, this much-lauded series presents a true Giant of Science in a juicily anecdotal way. This is social history at its best. . . . who knew that Franklin became such a megastar that Paris shops sold Ben dolls, Ben ashtrays, even Ben wallpaper? Witty and engaging, this is a worthy addition to the Giants of Science series. more

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  • The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition

    The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   David Allen Sibley
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Knopf; 2 Rev Enl edition (2014, Mar 11th).
    Pages:   

    “Undoubtedly the finest guide to North American birds.”—Guy McCaskie, Birding The publication of The Sibley Guide to Birds in 2000 quickly established David Allen Sibley as the author and illustrator of the nation’s supreme and most comprehensive guide to birds. Used by millions of birders from novices to the most expert, The Sibley Guide became the standard by which natural history guides are measured. The highly anticipated second edition builds on this foundation of excellence, offering massively expanded and updated information, new paintings, new and rare species, and a new, elegant design. The second edition offers a wealth of improvements and updates: • All illustrations reproduced 15 to 20 percent larger for better detail. more

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  • How to Build a Hovercraft: Air Cannons, Magnetic Motors, and 25 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects

    How to Build a Hovercraft: Air Cannons, Magnetic Motors, and 25 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jacob R. Edwards
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Chronicle Books (2013, Nov 5th).
    Pages:   176

    The 'Coke and Mentos' science guys bring you 25 amazing science projects from a Belagio style coke and Mentos fountain to floating flames, self-crushing steel cans, sticky note slinkys and more! more

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