Total genial! Stephen Hawking: Isabel Munoz/ Jane Kent
A provocative and contrarian work - filled with great lessons from history - that challenges the pervasive notion that America is on the decline. Once every decade, it is ´´decline time´´ in America. In recent years, it has been the unstoppable rise of China that has spelled ´´finis America.´´ What the Chinese juggernaut is today, the Soviet Union (´´We shall bury you´´) was in the 1950s. The Vietnam decade of the 1960s was described as America’s ´´collective suicide attempt,´´ while in the 1970s, the United States succumbed to Jimmy Carter’s famous ´´malaise,´´ as the dollar dangerously plummeted. The 1980s unquestionably belonged to a resurgent Japan, the ´´Rising Sun,´´ whereas in the 1990s, Europe shone forth as an ´´empire by example.´´ In the naughts, it was ´´Asia Rising´´ that became the flavor of the decade. Despite a litany of prognostications, these contenders have all fallen back, one by one. While it may be catnip for the media to play up America as a has-been, Josef Joffe, a leading German commentator and Stanford University academic, compellingly shows that declinism is not a cold-eyed diagnosis but a device in the style of the ancient prophets: ´´Thou shalt perish, unless…´´ Gloom is a prophecy that must be believed so that it will turn out wrong. Joffe repeatedly demonstrates how the ´´economic miracles´´ that propelled the rising tide of challengers flounder against their own limits. Hardly confined to Europe alone, declinism has also been an especially nifty career builder for American politicians, among them Kennedy, Nixon, and Reagan, who all rode into the White House by hawking ´´the end is near.´´ Effortlessly mixing keen historical insights with brilliant diplomatic and economic analysis, The Myth of America´s Decline becomes a remarkable reflection on our nation’s standing in the world and an eye-opening account that challenges the pervasive and now tired notion that America is on the decline./ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Christy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015986/bk_adbl_015986_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The media tells us that every election is like no other in history but 2016 actually deserves that title. America has a unique field of candidates: Donald Trump, a reality TV star with no experience in government and who lacks the support of much of his political party. Hillary Clinton, a former First Lady who is being investigated by the FBI. Bernie Sanders, a Jewish man who wears the label of ´´socialist´´ proudly. Ted Cruz, a Canadian-born Hispanic who is reviled by much of his own party. And John Kasich, a conservative, white governor. That last one wouldn´t be so groundbreaking but he is still in there. This brawl for the nomination absorbs an incredible amount of media attention, but so much of what is produced is marred by partisanship that it is no wonder that so few Americans fully understand the nomination process. Because of these misunderstandings the Quick and Dirty Guide Team is proud to present our guide to America´s messy primary elections! This book will walk you through the ´´whys´´ and the ´´hows´´ of our candidate selection process. This includes answers to questions like ´´Why does Iowa get to go first?´´ ´´How does a caucus work?´´ and ´´What´s so super about superdelegates and why do just Democrats have them?´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel Hawking. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061324/bk_acx0_061324_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What a fantastic entrée into the life of Paul Dirac and the exotic world of Quantum Mechanics, of which he was one of the great pioneers. With its cast of some of the most important scientists of the modern age, this is both an entertaining and an enlightening read. - Michael White, best-selling author of 39 books including Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer Paul Dirac (1902 - 1984) was a brilliant mathematician and a 1933 Nobel laureate whose work ranks alongside that of Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton. Although not as well-known as his famous contemporaries Werner Heisenberg and Richard Feynman, his influence on the course of physics was immense. His landmark book, The Principles of Quantum Mechanics, introduced that new science to the world and his ´´Dirac equation´´ was the first theory to reconcile special relativity and quantum mechanics. Dirac held the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge University, a position also occupied by such luminaries as Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking. Yet, during his 40-year career as a professor, he had only a few doctoral students due to his peculiar personality, which bordered on the bizarre. Taciturn and introverted, with virtually no social skills, he once turned down a knighthood because he didn´t want to be addressed by his first name. Einstein described him as ´´balancing on the dizzying path between genius and madness.´´ In Simply Dirac, author Helge Kragh blends the scientific and the personal and invites the listener to get to know both Dirac the quantum genius and Dirac the social misfit. Featuring cameo appearances by some of the greatest scientists of the 20th century and highlighting the dramatic changes that occurred in the field of physics during Dirac´s lifetime, this fascinating biography is an invaluable introduction to a truly singular man. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Wynters. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/080882/bk_acx0_080882_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell is a narrative investigation on how peak performers, leaders, elite, or the best of the best are prepared for high performance and achievement compared to the ordinary people in our society. This book will dwell deeper on factors such as family, culture, and environment, among other factors that shape the lives of the extraordinary individuals who achieve greater accomplishments beyond the understanding of the average person. Outliers is a magnum opus that will elevate our understanding of success. The 10,000-hour rule is a process that describes how it takes time to develop and nurture an individual to become an expert or great at something. Bill Joy is one the brilliant minds in the world of computer technology who was lucky to have the opportunity to sharpen and hone his programming skills at the University of Michigan. In 1971, the University of Michigan was the only university and place in the world equipped with computers. At that time, computers were enormous mainframes which occupied a whole room, as it was during the early years and stages of computers. In addition, the University of Michigan was the only university in the world that offered advanced computer science programs. The program saw over a thousand students passing through the white room, and this included Billy Joy, a young, talented teenager from Detroit. After graduating from North Farmington High School, Bill Joy enrolled in the University of Michigan to attend the Computer Center, and in 1975 enrolled in the University of California at Berkeley. Bill Joy immersed himself deeper into the world of computer programming, including collaborating with a small team of programmers, and he took on the duty of rewriting UNIX. After graduating from the University of Berkeley, he co-founded Sun Microsystems; a company that played a critical part in the revolution of the computer. In certain circles, he is considered the E 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel Hawking. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/062720/bk_acx0_062720_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.