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Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives
Liquid Rules
The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives
Hardcover      ISBN: 054485019x
"Entertaining...From the physics of ballpoint pens to the origin of jet-aircraft contrails, the book rewards the reader with fascinating facts and insights. Every day, millions of people travel on an airplane. Fortunately, Mark Miodownik was recently one of them." --Wall Street Journal

Sometimes explosive, often delicious, occasionally poisonous, but always interesting: the New York Times-bestselling author of Stuff Matters shows us the secret lives of liquids: the shadow counterpart of our solid "stuff."

We all know that without water we couldn't survive, and that sometimes a cup of coffee or a glass of wine feels just as vital. But do we really understand how much we rely on liquids, or the destructive power they hold?

Set over the course of a flight from London to San Francisco, Liquid Rules offers readers a fascinating tour of these formless substances, told through the language of molecules, droplets, heartbeats, and ocean waves. Throughout the trip, we encounter fluids within the plane--from a seemingly ordinary cup of tea to a liquid crystal display screen--and without, in the volcanoes of Iceland, the frozen expanse of Greenland, and the marvelous California coastline. We come to see liquids as substances of wonder and fascination, and to understand their potential for death and destruction. Just as in Stuff Matters, Mark Miodownik's unique brand of scientific storytelling brings liquids and their mysterious properties to life in a captivating new way.
Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve And/Or Ruin Everything
Soonish
Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve And/Or Ruin Everything
Paperback      ISBN: 0399563849
The instant New York Times bestseller

A Wall Street Journal Best Science Book of the Year

A Popular Science Best Science Book of the Year

From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a hilariously illustrated investigation into future technologies -- from how to fling a ship into deep space on the cheap to 3D organ printing

What will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why do we not have a lunar colony already? What is the hold-up?

In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what's coming next -- from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research, interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, and Zach's trademark comics, the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way.

New technologies are almost never the work of isolated geniuses with a neat idea. A given future technology may need any number of intermediate technologies to develop first, and many of these critical advances may appear to be irrelevant when they are first discovered. The journey to progress is full of strange detours and blind alleys that tell us so much about the human mind and the march of civilization.

To this end, Soonish investigates ten different emerging fields, from programmable matter to augmented reality, from space elevators to robotic construction, to show us the amazing world we will have, you know, soonish.

Soonish is the perfect gift for science lovers for the holidays
Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve And/Or Ruin Everything
Soonish
Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve And/Or Ruin Everything
Hardcover      ISBN: 0399563822
The instant New York Times bestseller

A Wall Street Journal Best Science Book of the Year

A Popular Science Best Science Book of the Year

From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a hilariously illustrated investigation into future technologies -- from how to fling a ship into deep space on the cheap to 3D organ printing

What will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why do we not have a lunar colony already? What is the hold-up?

In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what's coming next -- from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research, interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, and Zach's trademark comics, the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way.

New technologies are almost never the work of isolated geniuses with a neat idea. A given future technology may need any number of intermediate technologies to develop first, and many of these critical advances may appear to be irrelevant when they are first discovered. The journey to progress is full of strange detours and blind alleys that tell us so much about the human mind and the march of civilization.

To this end, Soonish investigates ten different emerging fields, from programmable matter to augmented reality, from space elevators to robotic construction, to show us the amazing world we will have, you know, soonish.

Soonish is the perfect gift for science lovers for the holidays
21st Century Chemistry
21st Century Chemistry
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 131910617x

Waldron 21st Century Chemistry promotes scientific literacy and helps students understand chemistry applications in everyday life. With an exceptionally clear and fresh writing style, Waldron engages non-science majors and provides a focus on environmental topics with Naturebox and Green Beat features. Recurring Themes help students remember fundamental, take-away ideas and concepts so they can apply their knowledge of chemistry as they make choices as consumers, voters and overall informed citizens.
The new second edition of 21st Century Chemistry includes:


  • new content featuring fresh stories for roughly four of the Naturebox features and roughly three of the GreenBeats features.

  • refreshed end-of-chapter content, including questions encouraging students to research their local environment using web resources.

  • media tools focused on a few key resources that address engagement and reading support, including videos of current events and real-world applications, and LearningCurve reading quizzes.

  • VitalSource eBook.
Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives
Liquid Rules
The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives
Paperback      ISBN: 0358108454
Sometimes explosive, often delicious, occasionally poisonous, but always interesting: the New York Times best-selling author of Stuff Matters show us the secret lives of liquids: the shadow counterpart of our solid "stuff."

We know that we need water to survive, and that a cup of coffee or a glass of wine can feel just as vital. But do we understand how much we rely on liquids, or their destructive power?

Set on a transatlantic flight, Liquid Rules offers readers a tour of these formless substances, told through the language of molecules, droplets, heartbeats, and ocean waves. We encounter fluids within the plane--from hand soap to liquid crystal display screens--and without: in the volcanoes of Iceland, the frozen expanse of Greenland, and the marvelous California coastline. We come to see liquids with wonder and fascination, and to understand their potential for death and destruction. Just as in Stuff Matters, Mark Miodownik's unique brand of scientific storytelling brings liquids to life in a captivating new way.
The Science of Monsters: The Truth about Zombies, Witches, Werewolves, Vampires, and Other Legendary Creatures
The Science of Monsters
The Truth about Zombies, Witches, Werewolves, Vampires, and Other Legendary Creatures
Paperback      ISBN: 151074715x
A must-have for any fan of horror and fantasy movies--Night of the Living Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Shining (Stephen King), and so many more

If you love film that scares, and want to believe that zombies, vampires, and other deadly and terrifying creatures could be real, let Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence, the women behind the Horror Rewind podcast called "the best horror film podcast out there" by Film Daddy, take you to the world where horror and science meet.
  • How would a zombie really decompose in Night of the Living Dead?
  • Are there instances of shape shifting in nature like in The Wolf Man?
  • What is the science behind the night terrors that inspired the creation of Freddy Krueger?
  • Is there scientific data supporting ghost detection like the tools used in Poltergeist?
  • What is the psychological drive that compels cannibals like Hannibal Lecter?
  • How does modern medicine and therapy differ from what would have been offered to Norman Bates in 1960?
  • How are subliminal messages related to propaganda or brainwashing like in The Ring?
  • What would the scientific explanation be for witches possessing people like in Carrie?
  • Was The Blair Witch Project based on any real or imagined creature that came before?"
  • And so much more
Gothic media moguls Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence revisit the films from their childhood to discover the science behind the fear. Join Kelly and Meg as they unravel the medical mysteries and scientific marvels that inspired the creation of famous monsters like Nosferatu, Norman Bates, Dracula, Frankenstein, and many more.

An approachable and frightfully fun examination of what goes bump in the night, The Science of Monsters will thrill every horror fan.