Hawking a Future: Zenina Masters
Nick Slate, in order to protect his father and little brother, reluctantly must help the Accelerati complete Tesla´s great device. Their power-mad leader wants nothing less than to control the world´s energy--but there are still three missing objects to track down. Nick´s friends can´t help him, as they are spread across the globe grappling with their own mysteries--with Vince in Scotland, Caitlin and Mitch on their way to New Jersey, and Petula´s whereabouts unknown. On his own, Nick must locate Tesla´s final inventions-- which are the most powerful of all, capable of shattering time and collapsing space. Praise for Tesla´s Attic ´´...Shusterman and Elfman have crafted a plot more devious, characters far quirkier, climaxes (yes, there are two) more breathless, and a narration much, much funnier than recent mad-science offerings. Sticking with a third-person narration frees the authors to be as wryly and sophisticatedly witty as they please without compromising the veracity of their middle-school cast, resulting in storytelling as delightful as the story being told.´´ - Bulletin for the Center for Children´s Books (starred review) ´´Lively, intelligent prose elevates this story of teenagers versus mad scientists, the third-person point of view offering a stage to various players in their play of galactic consequence. A wild tale in the spirit of Back to the Future , with a hint of Malamud´s The Natural tossed in.´´-- Kirkus Reviews ´´This collaboration between Shusterman and Elfman tempers the scarier elements of Nick´s quest with deft, humorous writing and plenty of the ordinary adventures of a new kid in school finding his niche. Hand this one to fans of Rick Riordan´s Kane Chronicles or Kenneth Oppel´s Airborne.´´-- Booklist 2014 VOYA Magazine Top Shelf Honoree A Junior Library Guild Selection
Who is the real Dr. Stephen Hawking? Is he a detached spectator seeking a mathematical description of a deterministic, objective reality out there? Or is he an embodied participant in the universe seeking to bring about a more desirable future? The timeline of the book is a four-city lecture tour the author organized for Hawking in the early 1990s (Portland, Eugene, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC). Hawking´s powerful meetings with students with disabilities, officially collateral events, were remarkable. However, the greater significance of these stories of the road is better appreciated in the context of the central narrative question of the book: the nature of the universe and our place/role in it. The author, a philosopher of science (Berkeley, London), engages Hawking, his graduate assistants and eventually his nurses in what starts as a critical review of the new physics of Einstein, Bohr, and Heisenberg. The question of the limits of classical science expands to questions of the limits of all supposedly objectivist, one-right-answer ideologies in biological, socio-economic, and political realms. Is everyone really selfish? Is the world objectively competitive or cooperative? In a parallel critical review of the new philosophy of science the contributions of the author´s mentors, Feyerabend, Lakatos, Kuhn, and Popper mark a parallel path to complementarity, undermining the Spectator representation of detached objective inquiry. Through his personal interactions, Hawking reveals himself as a participant, concerned with how we should live. He steers us toward a more desirable, moral future. The new post-scientific participant understanding of the universe requires a paradigm shift to a more general theory that can both explain the successes of science and yet understand them in a new way. In the more general theory, our embodied participant inquiry is understood in a new way wherein the sciences and the humanities are necessarily reunified.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joseph Cronin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059489/bk_acx0_059489_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´It´s been a long time since any book has given me the excitement I remember from reading Hawking and Feynman in my teens. This book does exactly that. It reminds me why I love computer science. MacCormick´s explanations are easy to understand yet they tell the real story of how these algorithms actually work. This is a book that deserves not just to be admired, but celebrated.´´--Andrew Fitzgibbon, creator of Emmy-winning camera software and consultant for the Xbox 360 Kinect´´This book is for those who have wondered, ´What actually goes on in my computer?´ MacCormick clearly explains some of the algorithms used by hundreds of millions of people daily. Not the simple algorithms like arithmetic and sorting, but more complex things such as how to determine the importance of web pages, if and when we are justified in trusting a computer-mediated conversation with another person, and the puzzling issue of what cannot be computed. I recommend it highly.´´--Chuck Thacker, winner of the 2010 Turing Award´´This is a delightful exploration, in layman´s terms, of nine beautiful algorithms that are essential to today´s computers. Using clever analogies, MacCormick gives readers a greater knowledge of both the technology they use every day and the intellectual underpinnings of computing. He combines a mathematician´s appreciation of powerful ideas and an educator´s skill at explaining them in an engaging way.´´--Sharon Perl, Google´´MacCormick picks nine algorithms for his version of ´genius awards,´ and they are good ones. The reader comes away with a new sense of what genius in computer science looks like. And MacCormick leaves room for a future genius, perhaps inspired by this book, to someday make it a top ten list.´´--William H. Press, coauthor of Numerical Recipes´´John MacCormick has taken many of the algorithms that we rely on every day and explained them in a way that you can understand even if you have a meager mathematical background. I particularly like how he explains public-key cryptography by analogy to mixing paint.´´--Thomas H. Cormen, Dartmouth College´´MacCormick does a great job of explaining sophisticated ideas in a simple way, and his analogies are wonderful. I particularly enjoyed the thoughtful and detailed historical asides.´´--Amy N. Langville, coauthor of Google´s PageRank and Beyond: The Science of Search Engine Rankings
George and his best friend, Annie have been selected as junior astronauts - part of a programme that trains up young people for a trip to Mars in the future. This is everything they´ve ever wanted - they get to be a part of up-to-the minute space discoveries and meet a bunch of new friends who are as fascinated by the universe as they are. But when they arrive at space camp, George and Annie quickly learn that strange things are happening - on Earth as well as up in our skies. Mysterious space missions are happening in secret, and the astronaut training they´re undertaking gets scarier and scarier . . . The fifth adventure in this series by Lucy and Stephen Hawking - also containing up-to-the-minute scientific facts and information by the world´s leading scientists.
We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler. Since the dawn of humanity, a privileged few have lived in stark contrast to the hardscrabble majority. Conventional wisdom says this gap cannot be closed. But it is closing - fast. The authors document how four forces - exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the technophilanthropist, and the rising billion - are conspiring to solve our biggest problems. Abundance establishes hard targets for change and lays out a strategic road map for governments, industry, and entrepreneurs, giving us plenty of reason for optimism. Examining human need by category - water, food, energy, health care, education, and freedom - Diamandis and Kotler introduce dozens of innovators making great strides in each area: Larry Page, Stephen Hawking, Dean Kamen, Daniel Kahneman, Elon Musk, Bill Joy, Stewart Brand, Jeff Skoll, Ray Kurzweil, Ratan Tata, Craig Venter, and many, many others. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Morey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/002461/bk_tant_002461_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Stephen Hawking´s worldwide bestseller, A Brief History of Time, has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. Its author´s engaging voice is one reason, and the compelling subjects he addresses is another: the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, the history and future of the universe. But it is also true that in the years since its publication, readers have repeatedly told Professor Hawking of their great difficulty in understanding some of the book´s most important concepts. This is the origin of and the reason for A Briefer History of Time: its author´s wish to make its content accessible to readers - as well as to bring it up-to-date with the latest scientific observations and findings. Although this book is literally somewhat ´briefer´, it actually expands on the great subjects of the original. Purely technical concepts, such as the mathematics of chaotic boundary conditions, are gone. Conversely, subjects of wide interest that were difficult to follow because they were interspersed throughout the book have now been given entire chapters of their own, including relativity, curved space, and quantum theory.
THE No.1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ´A beautiful little book by a brilliant mind´ DAILY TELEGRAPH ´Effortlessly instructive, absorbing, up to the minute and - where it matters - witty´ GUARDIAN The world-famous cosmologist and #1 bestselling author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe´s biggest questions in this brilliant posthumous work. Is there a God? How did it all begin? Can we predict the future? What is inside a black hole? Is there other intelligent life in the universe? Will artificial intelligence outsmart us? How do we shape the future? Will we survive on Earth? Should we colonise space? Is time travel possible? Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen Hawking expanded our understanding of the universe and unravelled some of its greatest mysteries. But even as his theoretical work on black holes, imaginary time and multiple histories took his mind to the furthest reaches of space, Hawking always believed that science could also be used to fix the problems on our planet. And now, as we face potentially catastrophic changes here on Earth - from climate change to dwindling natural resources to the threat of artificial super-intelligence - Stephen Hawking turns his attention to the most urgent issues for humankind. Wide-ranging, intellectually stimulating, passionately argued, and infused with his characteristic humour, BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS, the final book from one of the greatest minds in history, is a personal view on the challenges we face as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next. A percentage of all royalties will go to charity.
Readers worldwide have come to know the work of Stephen Hawking through his phenomenal million-copy hardcover best-seller ´´A Brief History of Time. Bantam is proud to present the paperback edition of Dr. Hawking´s first new book since that event, a collection of fascinating and illuminating essays, and a remarkable interview broadcast by the BBC on Christmas Day, 1992. These fourteen pieces reveal Hawking variously as the scientist, the man, the concerned world citizen, and-always-the rigorous and imaginative thinker. Hawking´s wit, directness of style, and absence of pomp characterize all of them, whether he is remembering his first experience at nursery school; calling for adequate education in science that will enable the public to play its part in making informed decisions on matters such as nuclear disarmament; exploring the origins of the future of the universe; or reflecting on the history of ´´A Brief History of Time. Black Holes and Baby Universes is an important work from one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? Thirteen extraordinary essays shed new light on the mystery of the universe-and on one of the most brilliant thinkers of our time. In his phenomenal bestseller A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking literally transformed the way we think about physics, the universe, reality itself. In these thirteen essays and one remarkable extended interview, the man widely regarded as the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Einstein returns to reveal an amazing array of possibilities for understanding our universe. Building on his earlier work, Hawking discusses imaginary time, how black holes can give birth to baby universes, and scientists´ efforts to find a complete unified theory that would predict everything in the universe. With his characteristic mastery of language, his sense of humor and commitment to plain speaking, Stephen Hawking invites us to know him better-and to share his passion for the voyage of intellect and imagination that has opened new ways to understanding the very nature of the cosmos.
Disclaimer: This is not the original book. Time is an extremely complex subject that has given birth to countless interesting questions; Stephen Hawking answers a lot of them. A Brief History of Time is a book written by one of the most brilliant scientists in the world, reviewing great theories of widely known scientists and following it with his own work which reveals many secrets about time and black holes. Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time is definitely a must for any person curious enough about the universe surrounding him. Note: This summary is wholly written and published by readtrepreneur.com It is not affiliated with the original author in any way. ´´If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?´´ (Stephen Hawking) Time is one of the most discussed topics by person within and outside of the scientific community - time travel, its beginning, and if it should be considered like another dimension. Time has always been a phenom that sparks our curiosity, and with this book, you will feel more satisfied with your knowledge of the universe. Stephen Hawking has such a wide domain of this topic that he manages to explain it so anyone could comprehend it without much effort. P. S. - A Brief History of Time is an incredibly informative book that will make you extremely knowledgeable about one of the most mysterious and interesting topics of all time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Nolan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/110769/bk_acx0_110769_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.