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  1. 8.8 hrs • 11/3/2015 • Unabridged

    A sterling roster of natural and social scientists in conversation with top-flight journalist Stefan Klein—shedding new light on their work, their lives, and what they still hope to discover When acclaimed science writer Stefan Klein asks Nobel Prize–winning chemist Roald Hoffmann what sets scientists apart, Hoffmann says, “First and foremost, curiosity.” In this collection of intimate conversations with nineteen of the world’s best-known scientists (including three Nobel Laureates), Klein lets us listen in as today’s leading minds reveal what they still hope to discover—and how their paradigm-changing work entwines with their lives outside the lab. From the sports car that physicist Steven Weinberg says helped him on his quest for “the theory of everything” to the jazz musicians who gave psychologist Alison Gopnik new insight into raising children, these scientists explain how they find inspiration everywhere. Hear from renowned scientists including: evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins on selfishness,anthropologist Sarah Hrdy on motherhood,primatologist Jane Goodall on animal behavior,neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran on consciousness,geographer Jared Diamond on chance in history, andmany other luminaries.

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    We Are All Stardust by Stefan Klein

    We Are All Stardust

    Translated by Ross Benjamin
    8.8 hrs • 11/3/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 15.0 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    As the world becomes ever more dominated by technology, John Brockman’s latest addition to the acclaimed and bestselling Edge Question series asks more than 175 leading scientists, philosophers, and artists: What do you think about machines that think? The development of artificial intelligence has been a source of fascination and anxiety ever since Alan Turing formalized the concept in 1950. Today, Stephen Hawking believes that AI “could spell the end of the human race.” At the very least, its development raises complicated moral issues with powerful real-world implications—for us and for our machines. In this volume, recording artist Brian Eno proposes that we’re already part of an AI: global civilization, or what TED curator Chris Anderson elsewhere calls the hive mind. And author Pamela McCorduck considers what drives us to pursue AI in the first place. On the existential threat posed by superintelligent machines, Steven Pinker questions the likelihood of a robot uprising. Douglas Coupland traces discomfort with human-programmed AI to deeper fears about what constitutes “humanness.” Martin Rees predicts the end of organic thinking, while Daniel C. Dennett explains why he believes the Singularity might be an urban legend. Provocative, enriching, and accessible, What to Think about Machines That Think may just be a practical guide to the not-so-distant future.

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    What to Think about Machines That Think

    Edited by John Brockman
    15.0 hrs • 10/6/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 9.7 hrs • 6/24/2014 • Unabridged

    From the speed of light to moving mountains—and everything in between—Zoom explores how the universe and its objects move. If you sit as still as you can in a quiet room, you might be able to convince yourself that nothing is moving. But air currents are still wafting around you. Blood rushes through your veins. The atoms in your chair jiggle furiously. In fact, the planet you are sitting on is whizzing through space thirty-five times faster than the speed of sound. Natural motion dominates our lives and the intricate mechanics of the world around us. In Zoom, Bob Berman explores how motion shapes every aspect of the universe, literally from the ground up. With an informative and entertaining style and a knack for distilling the wondrous, Berman spans astronomy, geology, biology, meteorology, and the history of science, uncovering how clouds stay aloft, how the earth’s rotation curves a home run’s flight, and why a mosquito’s familiar whine resembles a telephone’s dial tone.

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    Zoom

    Read by Dan Woren
    9.7 hrs • 6/24/14 • Unabridged
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  4. 12.1 hrs • 2/5/2014 • Unabridged

    In This Explains Everything, John Brockman, founder and publisher of Edge.org, asked experts in numerous fields and disciplines to come up with their favorite explanations for everyday occurrences. Why do we recognize patterns? Is there such a thing as positive stress? Are we genetically programmed to be in conflict with each other? Those are just some of the 150 questions that the world’s best scientific minds answer with elegant simplicity. With contributions from Jared Diamond, Richard Dawkins, Nassim Taleb, Brian Eno, Steven Pinker, and more, everything is explained in fun, uncomplicated terms that make the most complex concepts easy to comprehend.

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    12.1 hrs • 4/8/2013 • Unabridged

    What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit? This is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, posed to the world’s most influential thinkers. Their visionary answers flow from the frontiers of psychology, philosophy, economics, physics, sociology, and more. Surprising and enlightening, these insights will revolutionize the way you think about yourself and the world. This Will Make You Smarter features Daniel Kahneman on the “focusing illusion”, Jonah Lehrer on controlling attention, Richard Dawkins on experimentation, Aubrey De Grey on conquering our fear of the unknown, Martin Seligman on the ingredients of well-being, Nicholas Carr on managing “cognitive load”, Steven Pinker on win-win negotiating, Daniel C. Dennett on benefiting from cycles, Jaron Lanier on resisting delusion, Frank Wilczek on the brain’s hidden layers, Clay Shirky on the “80/20 rule”, Daniel Goleman on understanding our connection to the natural world, V. S. Ramachandran on paradigm shifts, Matt Ridley on tapping collective intelligence, John McWhorter on path dependence, Lisa Randall on effective theorizing, Brian Eno on “ecological vision”, Richard Thaler on rooting out false concepts, J. Craig Venter on the multiple possible origins of life, Helen Fisher on temperament, Sam Harris on the flow of thought, and Lawrence Krauss on living with uncertainty.

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    This Will Make You Smarter

    Edited by John Brockman
    Foreword by David Brooks
    12.1 hrs • 4/8/13 • Unabridged
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    12.1 hrs • 8/1/2007 • Unabridged

    Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. Here, Tyson compiles his favorite essays that he wrote for Natural History magazine across a myriad of cosmic topics, from astral life at the frontiers of astrobiology to the movie industry’s feeble efforts to get its night skies right. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining the gory details of what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one, examining the needless friction between science and religion in the context of historical conflicts, and noting Earth’s progression to “an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos.” Renowned for his ability to blend content, accessibility, and humor, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies some of the most complex concepts in astrophysics while sharing his infectious excitement for our universe.

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    Death by Black Hole, and Other Cosmic Quandaries

    12.1 hrs • 8/1/07 • Unabridged
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  7. 3.2 hrs • 5/21/2002 • Abridged

    Where the science of black holes, gravitational waves, and time travel will likely lead us, as reported by spacetime’s most important theoreticians and observers Our minds tell us that some things in the universe must be true. The new physics tells us that they are not and, in the process, blurs the line between science and science fiction. These essays by those who walk that line, moving ever further out in discovering the patterns of nature, are aimed at readers who share their fascination with the deepest mysteries of the universe. The basic concepts of the new notion of space and time, those of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, are introduced by theoretical physicist Richard Price and are the unifying theme of the five essays that follow: “An Introduction to Spacetime Physics” by Richard Price“Chronology Protection” by Stephen Hawking“Can We Change the Past?” by Igor Novikov“Speculations about the Future” by Kip S. Thorne“On the Popularization of Science”by Timothy Ferris“The Physicist as Novelist” by Alan Lightman

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    The Future of Spacetime

    By Stephen Hawking, Kip Thorne, and others
    3.2 hrs • 5/21/02 • Abridged
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  8. 8.6 hrs • 5/14/2002 • Abridged

    A brilliant ensemble of the world’s most visionary scientists provides twenty-five original never-before-published essays about the advances in science and technology that we may see within our lifetimes. Theoretical physicist and bestselling author Paul Davies examines the likelihood that by the year 2050 we will be able to establish a continuing human presence on Mars. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi investigates the ramifications of engineering high-IQ, genetically happy babies. Psychiatrist Nancy Etcoff explains current research into the creation of emotion-sensing jewelry that could gauge our moods and tell us when to take an anti-depressant pill. And evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explores the probability that we will soon be able to obtain a genome printout that predicts our natural end for the same cost as a chest x-ray. (Will we want to read it? And will insurance companies and governments have access to it?) This fascinating and unprecedented book explores not only the practical possibilities of the near future, but also the social and political ramifications of the developments of the strange new world to come. Also includes original essays by: Lee SmolinMartin ReesIan StewartBrian GoodwinMarc D. HauserAlison GopnikPaul BloomGeoffrey MillerRobert M. SapolskySteven StrogatzStuart KauffmanJohn H. HollandRodney BrooksPeter AtkinsRoger C. SchankJaron LanierDavid GelernterJoseph LeDouxJudith Rich HarrisSamuel BarondesPaul W. Ewald

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    The Next Fifty Years

    8.6 hrs • 5/14/02 • Abridged
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