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Our Mathematical Universe

70 ratings

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Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy, and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist. Fascinating from first to last - this is a book that has already prompted the attention and admiration of some of the most prominent scientists and mathematicians. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2014 Max Tegmark (P)2013 Random House Audio

Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
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Something Deeply Hidden

107 ratings

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Instant New York Times best seller A Science News Favorite Science Book of 2019 As you listen to these words, copies of you are being created. Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist and one of this world’s most celebrated writers on science, rewrites the history of 20th-century physics. Already hailed as a masterpiece, Something Deeply Hidden shows for the first time that facing up to the essential puzzle of quantum mechanics utterly transforms how we think about space and time. His reconciling of quantum mechanics with Einstein’s theory of relativity changes, well, everything. Most physicists haven’t even recognized the uncomfortable truth: Physics has been in crisis since 1927. Quantum mechanics has always had obvious gaps - which have come to be simply ignored. Science popularizers keep telling us how weird it is, how impossible it is to understand. Academics discourage students from working on the "dead end" of quantum foundations. Putting his professional reputation on the line with this audacious yet entirely reasonable audiobook, Carroll says that the crisis can now come to an end. We just have to accept that there is more than one of us in the universe. There are many, many Sean Carrolls. Many of every one of us. Copies of you are generated thousands of times per second. The Many Worlds Theory of quantum behavior says that every time there is a quantum event, a world splits off with everything in it the same, except in that other world, the quantum event didn't happen. Step-by-step in Carroll's uniquely lucid way, he tackles the major objections to this otherworldly revelation until his case is inescapably established. Rarely does a book so fully reorganize how we think about our place in the universe. We are on the threshold of a new understanding - of where we are in the cosmos, and what we are made of.

©2019 Sean Carroll (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
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Until the End of Time

69 ratings

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Instant New York Times Best Seller "A splendid and invigorating read." (Maria Popova, Brain Pickings) From the world-renowned physicist and best-selling author of The Elegant Universe comes a captivating exploration of deep time and humanity's search for purpose.  Until the End of Time is Brian Greene's breathtaking new exploration of the cosmos and our quest to find meaning in the face of this vast expanse. Greene takes us on a journey from the big bang to the end of time, exploring how lasting structures formed, how life and mind emerged, and how we grapple with our existence through narrative, myth, religion, creative expression, science, the quest for truth, and a deep longing for the eternal.  From particles to planets, consciousness to creativity, matter to meaning - Brian Greene allows us all to grasp and appreciate our fleeting but utterly exquisite moment in the cosmos.

©2020 Brian Greene (P)2020 Random House Audio

Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
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The Selfish Gene

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Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life. In his internationally best-selling, now classic, volume, The Selfish Gene, Dawkins explains how the selfish gene can also be a subtle gene. The world of the selfish gene revolves around savage competition, ruthless exploitation, and deceit, and yet, Dawkins argues, acts of apparent altruism do exist in nature. Bees, for example, will commit suicide when they sting to protect the hive, and birds will risk their lives to warn the flock of an approaching hawk.

©1989 Richard Dawkins (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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The Higgs Boson and Beyond

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The discovery of the Higgs boson is a triumph of modern physics. The hunt for the Higgs was the subject of wide media attention due to the cost of the project, the complexity of the experiment, and the importance of its result. And, when it was announced with great fanfare in 2012 that physicists has succeeded in creating and identifying this all-important new particle, the discovery was celebrated around the world. And yet, virtually no one who read that news could tell you what, exactly, the Higgs boson was, and why its discovery was so important that we had to spend 10 billion dollars and build the single largest and most complex device in the history of mankind in order to find it. When you understand the details, this story ranks as one of the most thrilling in the history of modern science. Award-winning theoretical physicist Sean Carroll, a brilliant researcher as well as a gifted speaker who excels in explaining scientific concepts to the public, is perfectly positioned to tell this story. In this 12-lecture masterpiece of scientific reporting, you'll learn everything you need to know to fully grasp the significance of this discovery, including the basics of quantum mechanics; the four forces that comprise the Standard Model of particle physics; how these forces are transmitted by fields and particles; and the importance of symmetry in physics. You also get an in-depth view of the Large Hadron Collider - the largest machine ever built, and the device responsible for finally revealing the concept of the Higgs boson as reality. By the end, you'll understand how the Higgs boson verifies the final piece in the Standard Model of particle physics, and how its discovery validates and deepens our understanding of the universe. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2015 The Great Courses (P)2015 The Teaching Company, LLC

Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
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Origins

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A thrilling and accessible tour of the cosmos Our true origins are not just human, or even terrestrial, but in fact cosmic. Drawing on scientific breakthroughs and the current cross-pollination among geology, biology, astrophysics, and cosmology, Origins explains the soul-stirring leaps in our understanding of the cosmos. From the first image of a galaxy birth to Spirit rover's exploration of Mars, to the discovery of water on one of Jupiter's moons, coauthors Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith conduct a galvanizing tour of the cosmos with clarity and exuberance.

©2004 Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

1463 ratings

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What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While waiting for your morning coffee to brew, or while waiting for the bus, the train, or the plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the big bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

©2017 Neil DeGrasse Tyson (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
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The Greatest Show on Earth

43 ratings

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In 2008, a Gallup poll showed that 44 percent of Americans believed God had created man in his present form within the last 10,000 years. In a Pew Forum poll in the same year, 42 percent believed that all life on earth has existed in its present form since the beginning of time.

In 1859 Charles Darwin's masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, shook society to its core. Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke. But he surely would have raised an incredulous eyebrow at the controversy still raging a century and a half later.

Evolution is accepted as scientific fact by all reputable scientists and indeed theologians, yet millions of people continue to question its veracity. Now the author of the iconic work The God Delusion takes them to task.

The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design", explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics. Combining these elements and many more, he makes the airtight case that "we find ourselves perched on one tiny twig in the midst of a blossoming and flourishing tree of life and it is no accident, but the direct consequence of evolution by non-random selection."

The Greatest Show on Earth comes at a critical time: systematic opposition to the fact of evolution is menacing as never before. In American schools, and in schools around the world, insidious attempts are made to undermine the status of science in the classroom. Dawkins wields a devastating argument against this ignorance, but his unjaded passion for the natural world turns what might have been a negative argument into a positive offering to the reader: nothing less than a master's vision of life, in all its splendor.

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©2009 Richard Dawkins (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
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Cosmos

580 ratings

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Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Featuring a new Introduction by Sagan's collaborator, Ann Druyan, and a new Foreword by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science. Includes introductory music: Heaven and Hell by Vangelis from Cosmos: A Personal Voyage used with permission from Druyan-Sagan Associates, Inc. All rights reserved.

©1980 Carl Sagan Productions, Inc (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Foreword © 2013 by Ann Druyan. “Reflections on Carl Sagan’s Cosmos” essay © 2013 by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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Gathering Moss

60 ratings

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Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering Moss is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites listeners to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses.   Robin Wall Kimmerer's audiobook is not an identification guide, nor is it a scientific treatise. Rather, it is a series of linked personal essays that will lead general listeners and scientists alike to an understanding of how mosses live and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of countless other beings, from salmon and hummingbirds to redwoods and rednecks. Kimmerer clearly and artfully explains the biology of mosses, while at the same time reflecting on what these fascinating organisms have to teach us.   Drawing on her diverse experiences as a scientist, mother, teacher, and writer of Native American heritage, Kimmerer explains the stories of mosses in scientific terms as well as in the framework of indigenous ways of knowing. In her audiobook, the natural history and cultural relationships of mosses become a powerful metaphor for ways of living in the world.

©2003 Robin Wall Kimmerer (P)2018 Tantor

Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
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Entangled Life

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"Merlin Sheldrake’s marvelous tour of these diverse and extraordinary life forms is eye-opening on why humans should consider fungi among the greatest of earth’s marvels.... Wondrous." (Time) A mind-bending journey into the hidden universe of fungi, “one of those rare books that can truly change the way you see the world around you” (Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk). Named one of the Best Books of the Year by Time • New Statesman • London Evening Standard • Science Friday When we think of fungi, we likely think of mushrooms. But mushrooms are only fruiting bodies, analogous to apples on a tree. Most fungi live out of sight, yet make up a massively diverse kingdom of organisms that supports and sustains nearly all living systems. Fungi provide a key to understanding the planet on which we live, and the ways we think, feel, and behave. In Entangled Life, the brilliant young biologist Merlin Sheldrake shows us the world from a fungal point of view, providing an exhilarating change of perspective. Sheldrake’s vivid exploration takes us from yeast to psychedelics, to the fungi that range for miles underground and are the largest organisms on the planet, to those that link plants together in complex networks known as the "Wood Wide Web", to those that infiltrate and manipulate insect bodies with devastating precision. Fungi throw our concepts of individuality and even intelligence into question. They are metabolic masters, earth makers, and key players in most of life’s processes. They can change our minds, heal our bodies, and even help us remediate environmental disaster. By examining fungi on their own terms, Sheldrake reveals how these extraordinary organisms - and our relationships with them - are changing our understanding of how life works. Praise for Entangled Life "Entangled Life is a gorgeous book of literary nature writing in the tradition of [Robert] Macfarlane and John Fowles, ripe with insight and erudition.... Food for the soul." (Eugenia Bone, Wall Street Journal) "[An] ebullient and ambitious exploration... This book may not be a psychedelic - and unlike Sheldrake, I haven’t dared to consume my copy (yet) - but reading it left me not just moved but altered, eager to disseminate its message of what fungi can do." (Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times)

©2020 Merlin Sheldrake (P)2020 Random House Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
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Chemistry and Our Universe

23 ratings

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Our world is ruled by chemistry. It is the study of matter and energy at the scale of atoms and molecules. As the most all-embracing discipline there is, it should be at the top of everyone’s list of must-learn subjects.  Chemistry and Our Universe: How It All Works is your in-depth introduction to this vital field, taught through 60 engaging half-hour lectures that are suitable for any background or none at all. Covering a year’s worth of introductory general chemistry at the college level, plus intriguing topics that are rarely discussed in the classroom, this amazingly comprehensive course requires nothing more advanced than high-school math. Your guide is Professor Ron B. Davis, Jr., a research chemist and award-winning teacher at Georgetown University.  With passion and humor, Professor Davis guides you through the fascinating world of atoms, molecules, and their remarkable interactions, showing you how to think, analyze problems, and predict outcomes like a true expert in the field.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2016 The Great Courses (P)2016 The Teaching Company, LLC

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The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

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A sweeping and groundbreaking history of the age of dinosaurs, from one of our finest young scientists. The dinosaurs. 66 million years ago, the Earth's most fearsome and spectacular creatures vanished. Today their extraordinary true story remains one of our planet's great mysteries. In this stunning narrative spanning more than 200 million years, Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field - discovering 10 new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldwork - masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy. Captivating and revelatory, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a book for the ages. Brusatte traces the evolution of dinosaurs from their inauspicious start as small shadow dwellers - themselves the beneficiaries of a mass extinction caused by volcanic eruptions at the beginning of the Triassic period - into the dominant array of species every wide-eyed child memorizes today, T. rex, Triceratops, Brontosaurus, and more. This gifted scientist and writer re-creates the dinosaurs' peak during the Jurassic and Cretaceous, when thousands of species thrived, and winged and feathered dinosaurs, the prehistoric ancestors of modern birds, emerged. The story continues to the end of the Cretaceous period, when a giant asteroid or comet struck the planet and nearly every dinosaur species (but not all) died out, in the most extraordinary extinction event in earth's history, one full of lessons for today as we confront a "sixth extinction". Brusatte also recalls compelling stories from his globe-trotting expeditions during one of the most exciting eras in dinosaur research - which he calls "a new golden age of discovery" - and offers thrilling accounts of some of the remarkable findings he and his colleagues have made, including primitive human-sized tyrannosaurs; monstrous carnivores even larger than T. rex; and paradigm-shifting feathered raptors from China. An electrifying scientific history that unearths the dinosaurs' epic saga, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs will be a definitive and treasured account for decades to come.

©2018 Stephen Brusatte (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
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The Theory of Everything

39 ratings

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In physicist Stephen Hawking's brilliant opus, A Brief History of Time, he presented us with a bold new look at our universe, how it began, and how our old views of physics and tired theories about the creation of the universe were no longer relevant. In other words, Hawking gave us a new look at our world, our universe, and ourselves. Now, Hawking presents an even more comprehensive look at our universe, its creation, and how we see ourselves within it. Imagine sitting in a comfortable room listening to Hawking discuss his latest theories and place them in historical context with science's other great achievements--it would be like hearing Christopher Columbus deliver the news about the new world. Hawking presents a series of seven lectures in which he describes, more clearly than ever, the history of the universe as we know it. He begins with the history of ideas about the universe, from Aristotle's idea that the Earth is round to Hubble's discovery two millennium later that our universe is growing. Using this history as a launching pad, Hawking takes us on a fascinating journey through the telescopic lens of modern physics to gain a new glimpse of the universe--the nature of black holes, the space-time continuum, and new information about the origin of the universe. He uses this scientific basis to come up with a "unified theory of everything" that the author claims will be "the ultimate triumph of human reason."

©2007 Stephen Hawking (P)2009 Phoenix

Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
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Cosmos: Possible Worlds

8 ratings

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This new and long-awaited sequel to Carl Sagan's international best seller continues the electrifying journey through space and time, linking worlds within and worlds billions of miles away and envisioning a future of science tempered with wisdom. Based on National Geographic's internationally renowned television series, this groundbreaking and visually stunning book explores how science and civilization grew up together. From the emergence of life at deep-sea vents to solar-powered starships sailing through the galaxy, from the Big Bang to the intricacies of intelligence in many life forms, acclaimed author Ann Druyan documents where humanity has been and where it is going, using her unique gift of bringing complex scientific concepts to life. With evocative photographs and vivid illustrations, she recounts momentous discoveries, from the Voyager missions in which she and her husband, Carl Sagan, participated to Cassini-Huygens's recent insights into Saturn's moons. This breathtaking sequel to Sagan's masterpiece explains how we humans can glean a new understanding of consciousness here on Earth and out in the cosmos - again reminding us that our planet is a pale blue dot in an immense universe of possibility. 

©2019 Ann Druyan (P)2019 Recorded Books

Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
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Life on a Young Planet

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Australopithecines, dinosaurs, trilobites - such fossils conjure up images of lost worlds filled with vanished organisms. But in the full history of life, ancient animals, even the trilobites, form only the half-billion-year tip of a nearly four-billion-year iceberg. Andrew Knoll explores the deep history of life from its origins on a young planet to the incredible Cambrian explosion, presenting a compelling new explanation for the emergence of biological novelty.  The very latest discoveries in paleontology - many of them made by the author and his students - are integrated with emerging insights from molecular biology and earth system science to forge a broad understanding of how the biological diversity that surrounds us came to be. Moving from Siberia to Namibia to the Bahamas, Knoll shows how life and environment have evolved together through Earth's history.  Listeners go into the field to confront fossils, enter the lab to discern the inner workings of cells, and alight on Mars to ask how our terrestrial experience can guide exploration for life beyond our planet. Along the way, Knoll brings us up-to-date on some of science's hottest questions, from the oldest fossils and claims of life beyond the Earth to the hypothesis of global glaciation and Knoll's own unifying concept of "permissive ecology."  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2003 Princeton University Press (P)2019 Tantor

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The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality

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At the end of his career, Albert Einstein was pursuing a dream far more ambitious than the theory of relativity. He was trying to find an equation that explained all physical reality - a theory of everything. He failed, but others have taken up the challenge in a remarkable quest that is shedding light on unsuspected secrets of the cosmos. Experimental physicist and award-winning educator Dr. Don Lincoln of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory takes you on this exciting journey in The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality. Suitable for the intellectually curious at all levels and assuming no background beyond basic high-school math, these 24 half-hour lectures cover recent developments at the forefront of particle physics and cosmology, while delving into the history of the centuries-long search for this holy grail of science. You trace the dream of a theory of everything through Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, Bohr, Schrödinger, Feynman, Gell-Mann, Weinberg, and other great physicists, charting their progress toward an all-embracing, unifying theory. Their resulting equations are the masterpieces of physics, which Dr. Lincoln explains in fascinating and accessible detail. Studying them is like touring a museum of great works of art - works that are progressing toward an ultimate, as-yet-unfinished masterpiece. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2017 The Great Courses (P)2017 The Teaching Company, LLC

Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
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Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time

31 ratings

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Time rules our lives, woven into the very fabric of the universe - from the rising and setting of the sun to the cycles of nature, the thought processes in our brains, and the biorhythms in our day. Nothing so pervades our existence and yet is so difficult to explain. But now, in a series of 24 riveting lectures, you can grasp exactly why - as you take a mind-expanding journey through the past, present, and future, guided by a noted author and scientist. Designed for nonscientists as well as those with a background in physics, the lectures show how a feature of the world that we all experience - a process known as entropy - connects us to the instant of the formation of the universe, and possibly to a multiverse that is unimaginably larger and more varied than the known cosmos. Drawing on such exciting ideas as black holes, cosmic inflation, and dark energy, the lectures also address a momentous question that until recently was considered unanswerable: What happened before the big bang? And while the focus is on physics, Professor Carroll also examines philosophical views on time, how we perceive and misperceive time, the workings of memory, and serious proposals for time travel, as well as imaginative ways that time has been disrupted in fiction. "What is time?" asked Saint Augustine 1,600 years ago. "If no one asks me, I know. But if I wish to explain it to someone who asks, I know not." These lectures will move you much closer to an answer. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
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Fundamentals

4 ratings

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One of our great contemporary scientists reveals the 10 profound insights that illuminate what everyone should know about the physical world In Fundamentals, Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek offers the listener a simple yet profound exploration of reality based on the deep revelations of modern science. With clarity and an infectious sense of joy, he guides us through the essential concepts that form our understanding of what the world is and how it works. Through this audiobook, we come to see our reality in a new way - bigger, fuller, and stranger than it looked before. Synthesizing basic questions, facts, and dazzling speculations, Wilczek investigates the ideas that form our understanding of the universe: time, space, matter, energy, complexity, and complementarity. He excavates the history of fundamental science, exploring what we know and how we know it, while journeying to the horizons of the scientific world to give us a glimpse of what we may soon discover. Brilliant, lucid, and accessible, this celebration of human ingenuity and imagination will expand your world and your mind.  This audiobook includes a PDF of tables from the book.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Frank Wilczek (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Exercised

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If exercise is healthy (so good for you!), why do many people dislike or avoid it? These engaging stories and explanations will revolutionize the way you think about exercising - not to mention sitting, sleeping, sprinting, weight lifting, playing, fighting, walking, jogging, and even dancing. “Strikes a perfect balance of scholarship, wit, and enthusiasm.” (Bill Bryson, New York Times best-selling author of The Body) If we are born to walk and run, why do most of us take it easy whenever possible? Does running ruin your knees? Should we do weights, cardio, or high-intensity training? Is sitting really the new smoking? Can you lose weight by walking? And how do we make sense of the conflicting, anxiety-inducing information about rest, physical activity, and exercise with which we are bombarded? In this myth-busting book, Daniel Lieberman, professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a pioneering researcher on the evolution of human physical activity, tells the story of how we never evolved to exercise - to do voluntary physical activity for the sake of health. Using his own research and experiences throughout the world, Lieberman recounts without jargon how and why humans evolved to walk, run, dig, and do other necessary and rewarding physical activities while avoiding needless exertion. His engaging stories and explanations will revolutionize the way you think about exercising - not to mention sitting, sleeping, sprinting, weight lifting, playing, fighting, walking, jogging, and even dancing. Exercised is entertaining and enlightening but also constructive. As our increasingly sedentary lifestyles have contributed to skyrocketing rates of obesity and diseases such as diabetes, Lieberman audaciously argues that to become more active we need to do more than medicalize and commodify exercise. Drawing on insights from evolutionary biology and anthropology, Lieberman suggests how we can make exercise more enjoyable, rather than shaming and blaming people for avoiding it. He also tackles the question of whether you can exercise too much, even as he explains why exercise can reduce our vulnerability to the diseases most likely to make us sick and kill us.

©2021 Daniel Lieberman (P)2021 Random House Audio

Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
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The End of Everything

20 ratings

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A New York Times Notable Book of 2020 Named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, The Economist, New Scientist, Publishers Weekly, The Guardian "A thrilling tour of potential cosmic doomsdays.... Mack’s infectious enthusiasm for communicating the finer points of cosmological doom elevates The End of Everything over any other book on the topic.” (The Wall Street Journal) “[A] pleasure...I found it helpful - not reassuring, certainly, but mind-expanding - to be reminded of our place in a vast cosmos.” (James Gleick, The New York Times Book Review) From one of the most dynamic rising stars in astrophysics, an accessible and eye-opening look at five ways the universe could end and the mind-blowing lessons each scenario reveals about the most important concepts in cosmology.  We know the universe had a beginning. With the big bang, it expanded from a state of unimaginable density to an all-encompassing cosmic fireball to a simmering fluid of matter and energy, laying down the seeds for everything from black holes to one rocky planet orbiting a star near the edge of a spiral galaxy that happened to develop life as we know it. But what happens to the universe at the end of the story? And what does it mean for us now?  Dr. Katie Mack has been contemplating these questions since she was a young student, when her astronomy professor informed her the universe could end at any moment, in an instant. This revelation set her on the path toward theoretical astrophysics. Now, with lively wit and humor, she takes us on a mind-bending tour through five of the cosmos' possible finales: The Big Crunch, Heat Death, the Big Rip, Vacuum Decay (the one that could happen at any moment!), and the Bounce. Guiding us through cutting-edge science and major concepts in quantum mechanics, cosmology, string theory, and much more, The End of Everything is a wildly fun, surprisingly upbeat ride to the farthest reaches of all that we know.

©2020 Dr. Katie Mack. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
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False Alarm

40 ratings

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The New York Times best-selling "skeptical environmentalist" argues that panic over climate change is causing more harm than good Hurricanes batter our coasts. Wildfires rage across the American West. Glaciers collapse in the Artic. Politicians, activists, and the media espouse a common message: climate change is destroying the planet, and we must take drastic action immediately to stop it. Children panic about their future, and adults wonder if it is even ethical to bring new life into the world.  Enough, argues best-selling author Bjorn Lomborg. Climate change is real, but it's not the apocalyptic threat that we've been told it is. Projections of Earth's imminent demise are based on bad science and even worse economics. In panic, world leaders have committed to wildly expensive but largely ineffective policies that hamper growth and crowd out more pressing investments in human capital, from immunization to education.  False Alarm will convince you that everything you think about climate change is wrong - and points the way toward making the world a vastly better, if slightly warmer, place for us all.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2020 Bjorn Lomborg (P)2020 Hachette Audio

Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
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The Origin and Evolution of Earth

14 ratings

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This course chronicles the history of Earth and life on Earth from the point of view of the minerals that made it all happen. A major theme is how minerals and life coevolved, leading to the unprecedented mineral diversity on our world compared to the other planets in the solar system. Professor Hazen tells this epic story in 48 action-packed lectures that take you from the big bang to the formation of the solar system to the major milestones that marked the evolution of Earth and life. He also looks ahead at what to expect millions to billions of years in the future. It's easy to think that the green Earth dominated by life that we experience today is just as it's always been. But Professor Hazen introduces you to a succession of starkly different Earths, starting with the black, basalt-covered planet of 4.5 billion years ago, and progressing through blue, gray, red, and white phases as Earth, minerals, and life developed in concert. Major episodes covered in these lectures include the formation of the moon from the collision of a Mars-sized body with the early Earth; the Great Oxidation Event, which was sparked by the earliest photosynthetic life and is responsible for Earth's iron and other important mineral deposits; the formation of the first continents; the start of plate tectonics more than 3 billion years ago; the repeating cycles of supercontinent formation; the Cambrian explosion of life, resulting in the first animal shells, bones, and teeth; the great episodes of mass extinction, including the dinosaurs; and the rise of humans - along with much else. Most impressively, Professor Hazen is a pioneer in the study of mineral evolution, which is a unique lens through which to view the development of Earth. He tells the story with authority and with a rare gift for making you see the world in a new, intriguing way. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2013 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2013 The Great Courses

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The Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates

6 ratings

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Trying to understand our human origins has always been a fundamental part of who we are. Today, with the help of dramatic archaeological discoveries and groundbreaking advancements in technology and scientific understanding, we are closer than we've ever been to learning the true story. In recent decades, it has been the science of paleoanthropology that has led the investigation, helping us make sense of this controversial subject and providing us with a richer understanding of our origins. It's also sparked continued debate about key issues in human evolution. Did early humans evolve in Africa alone, or in regions throughout the world? Did Neandertals play an important role in our genetic heritage and, if so, how? Why did prehistoric humans form cooperative communities and create art? Now you can complete your own understanding of these issues in a fascinating 24-lecture series from an expert paleoanthropologist, who surveys both the questions that continue to rile the world's greatest minds in anthropology and the cutting-edge science responsible for them. The result is this expert guide to the wide-ranging debates over the most profound questions we can ask. Each lecture focuses on a single one of these questions and the sometimes surprising, sometimes fierce, and always illuminating debates surrounding them, including whether it was Africa or Asia that was more central to human origins, what prehistoric cultural groups were really like, and when humans actually reached the New World.

©2011 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2011 The Great Courses

Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
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Einstein's Unfinished Revolution

16 ratings

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A daring new vision of quantum theory from one of the leading minds of contemporary physics. Quantum physics is the golden child of modern science. It is the basis of our understanding of atoms, radiation, and so much else, from elementary particles and basic forces to the behavior of materials. But for a century, it has also been the problem child of science: It has been plagued by intense disagreements between its inventors, strange paradoxes, and implications that seem like the stuff of fantasy. Whether it's Schrödinger's cat - a creature that is simultaneously dead and alive - or a belief that the world does not exist independently of our observations of it, quantum theory challenges our fundamental assumptions about reality.  In Einstein's Unfinished Revolution, theoretical physicist Lee Smolin provocatively argues that the problems that have bedeviled quantum physics since its inception are unsolved and unsolvable, for the simple reason that the theory is incomplete. There is more to quantum physics, waiting to be discovered. Our task - if we are to have simple answers to our simple questions about the universe we live in - must be to go beyond quantum mechanics to a description of the world on an atomic scale that makes sense.  In this vibrant and accessible audiobook, Smolin takes us on a journey through the basics of quantum physics, introducing the stories of the experiments and figures that have transformed our understanding of the universe, before wrestling with the puzzles and conundrums that the quantum world presents. Along the way, he illuminates the existing theories that might solve these problems, guiding us toward a vision of the quantum that embraces common-sense realism.  If we are to have any hope of completing the revolution that Einstein began nearly a century ago, we must go beyond quantum mechanics to find a theory that will give us a complete description of nature. In Einstein's Unfinished Revolution, Lee Smolin brings us a step closer to resolving one of the greatest scientific controversies of our age.

©2019 Lee Smolin (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Great Heroes and Discoveries of Astronomy

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When it comes to the heroes of astronomy, we tend to think of lone men persevering in the face of daunting odds. Think of the titans of astronomy and you’re likely to think of names like Edwin Hubble, Albert Einstein, and Carl Sagan. And while these individuals revolutionized our understanding of the visible and invisible universe, they, too, were standing on the shoulders of other scientists and engineers without whom none of their groundbreaking ideas would have been possible.  Great Heroes and Discoveries of Astronomy takes you around the world and across time in search of the unsung heroes who, in many ways, are just as important to the story of astronomy as Hubble, Einstein, and Sagan. Whether they stood on the shoulders of giants or themselves offered shoulders for giants to stand on, the heroes of astronomy you’ll meet in these 24 lessons are a collective of the brightest and most daring minds in science.  Other influential astronomers you’ll meet include Annie Jump Cannon, who revolutionized the way astronomers classified the stars; Grote Reber, who designed what we recognize today as radio telescopes; Vera Rubin, who identified the first observational evidence of dark matter; and so many others. From groundbreaking new theories to serendipitous observations, from engineering the world’s largest telescopes to designing bold new ways to detect gravitational waves, you’ll witness the evolution of astronomical knowledge in small steps and incredible leaps. This is an incomparable window into why we’ve always found the stars so fascinating. And why we always will. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 The Great Courses (P)2021 The Teaching Company, LLC

Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
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Welcome to the Universe

35 ratings

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Welcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today's leading astrophysicists. Inspired by the enormously popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott taught together at Princeton, this book covers it all - from planets, stars, and galaxies to black holes, wormholes, and time travel. Describing the latest discoveries in astrophysics, the informative and entertaining narrative propels you from our home solar system to the outermost frontiers of space. How do stars live and die? Why did Pluto lose its planetary status? What are the prospects of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? How did the universe begin? Why is it expanding, and why is its expansion accelerating? Is our universe alone or part of an infinite multiverse? Answering these and many other questions, the authors open your eyes to the wonders of the cosmos, sharing their knowledge of how the universe works. Breathtaking in scope, Welcome to the Universe is for those who hunger for insights into our evolving universe that only world-class astrophysicists can provide. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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The Future of Humanity

108 ratings

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New York Times best seller

The number-one best-selling author of The Future of the Mind traverses the frontiers of astrophysics, artificial intelligence, and technology to offer a stunning vision of man's future in space, from settling Mars to traveling to distant galaxies.

We are entering a new Golden Age of space exploration. With irrepressible enthusiasm and a deep understanding of the cutting-edge research in space travel, world-renowned physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku presents a compelling vision of how humanity may develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. He reveals the developments in robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology that may allow us to terraform and build habitable cities on Mars and beyond. He then journeys out of our solar system and discusses how new technologies such as nanoships, laser sails, and fusion rockets may actually make interstellar travel a possibility. 

We travel beyond our galaxy, and even beyond our universe, as Kaku investigates some of the hottest topics in science today, including warp drive, wormholes, hyperspace, parallel universes, and the multiverse. Ultimately, he shows us how humans may someday achieve a form of immortality and be able to leave our bodies entirely, laser porting to new havens in space. 

©2018 Michio Kaku (P)2018 Random House Audio

Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
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Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe

7 ratings

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Nothing has had a more profound impact on the development of modern civilization than thermodynamics. Thermodynamic processes are at the heart of everything that involves heat, energy, and work, making an understanding of the subject indispensable for careers in engineering, physical science, biology, meteorology, and even nutrition and culinary arts. Get an in-depth tour of this vital and fascinating science in 24 enthralling lectures suitable for everyone from science novices to experts who wish to review elementary concepts and formulas. Professor Jeffrey Grossman of MIT uses the four laws of thermodynamics as a launching point to discuss foundational concepts that are critical pillars of science and engineering - ideas such as entropy, chemical potential, Gibbs free energy, enthalpy, osmotic pressure, heat capacity, eutectic melting, and the Carnot cycle. These and other ideas shed light on many phenomena in the natural world, and they are the analytical tools that engineers use to create new devices and technologies. At the end of these lectures, you'll truly appreciate the elegance and importance of thermodynamic principles. Also, you'll have unlocked the secrets to a fascinating aspect of our universe. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2014 The Great Courses (P)2014 The Teaching Company, LLC

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The New Climate War

7 ratings

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A renowned climate scientist shows how fossil fuel companies have waged a 30-year campaign to deflect blame and responsibility and delay action on climate change, and offers a battle plan for how we can save the planet. Recycle. Fly less. Eat less meat. These are some of the ways that we've been told can slow climate change. But the inordinate emphasis on individual behavior is the result of a marketing campaign that has succeeded in placing the responsibility for fixing climate change squarely on the shoulders of individuals.  Fossil fuel companies have followed the example of other industries deflecting blame (think "guns don't kill people, people kill people") or greenwashing (think of the beverage industry's "Crying Indian" commercials of the 1970s). Meanwhile, they've blocked efforts to regulate or price carbon emissions, run PR campaigns aimed at discrediting viable alternatives, and have abdicated their responsibility in fixing the problem they've created. The result has been disastrous for our planet.  In The New Climate War, Mann argues that all is not lost. He draws the battle lines between the people and the polluters - fossil fuel companies, right-wing plutocrats, and petrostates. And he outlines a plan for forcing our governments and corporations to wake up and make real change, including:   A common-sense, attainable approach to carbon pricing - and a revision of the well-intentioned but flawed currently proposed version of the Green New Deal;  Allowing renewable energy to compete fairly against fossil fuels  Debunking the false narratives and arguments that have worked their way into the climate debate and driven a wedge between even those who support climate change solutions  Combatting climate doomism and despair-mongering  With immensely powerful vested interests aligned in defense of the fossil fuel status quo, the societal tipping point won't happen without the active participation of citizens everywhere aiding in the collective push forward. This book will reach, inform, and enable citizens everywhere to join this battle for our planet.

©2021 Michael E. Mann (P)2021 Hachette Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
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Earth's Changing Climate

6 ratings

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In 2007 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change-representing a global consensus of hundreds of scientists-concluded that "warming of the climate system is unequivocal," citing observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global mean sea level. And they noted that human activity is "very likely" the cause. Whatever your views on climate change, it's important to understand how the current scientific consensus on global warming evolved out of basic physical principles and a broad range of observations. This lucid series of twelve lectures is designed to do exactly that-reviewing the most up-to-date research and explaining the concepts, tools, data, and analysis that have led an overwhelming number of climate scientists to conclude that Earth is indeed warming and that we humans are in great part responsible. In clear and accessible lectures designed for nonscientists, you'll learn about the "fingerprints" of global climate change-ranging from borehole temperatures to melting glaciers to the altered behavior of plant and animal species and other indicators-that convince scientists that our Earth has been warming at an unprecedented rate in recent decades. The lectures address only scientific issues and make no policy recommendations. Instead, they have been designed to serve as your personal scientific briefing to equip you to engage knowledgeably in one of the most important environmental issues of our time. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2007 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2007 The Great Courses

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Tree

11 ratings

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Now with a new foreword by Peter Wohlleben, the international best-selling author of The Hidden Life of Trees and The Inner Life of Animals. The story of a single tree, from the moment the seed is released from its cone until, more than 500 years later, it lies on the forest floor as a nurse log, giving life to ferns, mosses, and hemlocks, even as its own life is ending. This new edition has been updated and revised to reflect the effects of climate change on forests.

©2019 David Suzuki and Wayne Grady (P)2019 Greystone Books

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My Favorite Universe

45 ratings

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What forces molded the universe? Are those forces still at work, removing, changing, or adding heavenly bodies even as we gaze upward? Will humanity, and Earth itself, one day be gone? Are we alone? In an era when science journalism is perhaps more thorough and ambitious than ever before, fascinating explorations of questions like these seem available to us almost every day - provided we have a working understanding of the scientific theories on which they're based. Discover the answers to these and other startling questions about the cosmos with My Favorite Universe, a spirited and intellectually engaging journey through the cosmos and its history, from before the big bang to the likely ways in which Earth, and perhaps the entire universe, might end. In this lecture series, Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist who directs the nation's most famous planetarium, makes that understanding available to anyone. Explore how black holes are formed, how asteroids move through space, why the odds seem overwhelmingly in favor of extraterrestrial life, and much more. With the foundation provided by this magnificent course, the realities of the universe will be revealed in stark - and often violent - beauty. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2003 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2003 The Great Courses

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Breath

593 ratings

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A New York Times Best Seller A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020  Named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR “A fascinating scientific, cultural, spiritual and evolutionary history of the way humans breathe - and how we’ve all been doing it wrong for a long, long time.” (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic and Eat Pray Love) No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or wise you are, none of it matters if you’re not breathing properly. There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: Take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. Journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers aren’t found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe. Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance; rejuvenate internal organs; halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease; and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is. Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again.

©2020 James Nestor (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
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Le soleil d'Austerlitz

3 ratings

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Napoléon a trente ans en ce mois de noembre 1799. Il est Premier consul. Dans cinq ans, il sera Empereur des Français. "Joseph, si notre père nous voyait", murmurera-t-il à son frère aîné lors du sacre. Un an encore et il s'écriera : "Soldats, je suis content de vous !" Voilà la course légendaire. À la suivre jour après jour, on mesure la tension, la lucidité, la volonté, l'énergie, le génie, qu'il a fallu à Napoléon pour franchir les obstacles. Cadoudal le royaliste veut le tuer. L'Angleterre, l'Autriche, la Russie veulent l'abattre. Il faut l'emporter, sinon tout s'effondre. C'est à chaque fois quitte ou double. Au désastre de Trafalgar répond la victoire d'Austerlitz. Et demain ? Max Gallo suit Napoléon pas à pas. De cet homme dévoré par l'action, il ne dissimule rien. Multiple fascinant, brutal et séducteur, conquérant, Napoléon apparaît proche, lucide, humain. "Il remue les âmes", disait de lui de Gaulle. Et le livre de Max Gallo rend à l'épopée ce tremblement de la vie. Napoléon cesse d'être une statue. Il redevient cet homme jeune qui s'élance à cheval, pour vaincre ou périr. >> Ce livre audio en version intégrale vous est proposé en exclusivité par Audible et est uniquement disponible en téléchargement.

©1997 Éditions Robert Laffont (P)2011 Éditions VDB

Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
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Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

21 ratings

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How is it possible for the disciplines of cosmology, geology, anthropology, biology, and history to fit together? These 48 lectures answer that question by weaving a single story from accounts of the past developed by a variety of scholarly disciplines. The result is a story stretching from the origins of the universe to the present day and beyond, in which human history is seen as part of the history of our Earth and biosphere, and the Earth's history, in turn, is seen as part of the history of the universe. Like traditional creation stories told by the world's great religions and mythologies, this lecture series provides a map of our place in space and time. But it does so using the insights and knowledge of modern science, as synthesized by a renowned historian. While you may have heard parts of this story before in courses on geology, history, anthropology, biology, cosmology, and other scholarly disciplines, Professor Christian provides more than just a recap of those disciplines. "Because of the scale on which we look at the past, you should not expect to find in it many of the familiar details, names, and personalities that you'll find in other types of historical teaching and writing," he explains. "For example, the French Revolution and the Renaissance will barely get a mention. They'll zoom past in a blur. You'll barely see them. Instead, what we're going to see are some less familiar aspects of the past. We'll be looking, above all, for the very large patterns, the shape of the past. "Prepare yourself for a journey through time and across space, from the first moments of existence to the distant reaches of the far future." PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2008 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2008 The Great Courses

Length: 24 hrs and 26 mins
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The Planets

15 ratings

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A companion book to the critically acclaimed BBC series.  The best-selling authors of Wonders of the Universe are back with another blockbuster, a groundbreaking exploration of our Solar System as it has never been seen before.  Mercury, a lifeless victim of the Sun’s expanding power. Venus, once thought to be lush and fertile, now known to be trapped within a toxic and boiling atmosphere. Mars, the red planet, doomed by the loss of its atmosphere. Jupiter, twice the size of all the other planets combined, but insubstantial. Saturn, a stunning celestial beauty, the jewel of our Solar System. Uranus, the sideways planet and the first ice giant. Neptune, dark, cold and whipped by supersonic winds. Pluto, the dwarf planet, a frozen rock. Andrew Cohen and Professor Brian Cox take listeners on a voyage of discovery, from the fiery heart of our Solar System, to its mysterious outer reaches. They touch on the latest discoveries that have expanded our knowledge of the planets, their moons and how they come to be, alongside recent stunning and mind-boggling NASA photography.

©2019 Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

28 ratings

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The New York Times best seller from the author of The Order of Time and Reality Is Not What It Seems “One of the year’s most entrancing books about science.” (The Wall Street Journal) “Clear, elegant...a whirlwind tour of some of the biggest ideas in physics.” (The New York Times Book Review) This playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics briskly explains Einstein's general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, and the role humans play in this weird and wonderful world. Carlo Rovelli, a renowned theoretical physicist, is a delightfully poetic and philosophical scientific guide. He takes us to the frontiers of our knowledge: to the most minute reaches of the fabric of space, back to the origins of the cosmos, and into the workings of our minds. The book celebrates the joy of discovery.  “Here, on the edge of what we know, in contact with the ocean of the unknown, shines the mystery and the beauty of the world,” Rovelli writes. “And it’s breathtaking.”

©2016 Carlo Rovelli (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
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Chemistry

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Pick up two best-selling audiobooks in one bundle.  Organic chemistry is a difficult subject. There are many topics that are overviewed in your textbook as if you are wading through mud. To help you understand the subject with ease, Organic Chemistry, a guide to help you ace and survive the course, is available.  This study aid will help you explore biochemistry in more straightforward terms to help you succeed in your course. You may not need every chapter in this audio textbook depending on when you pick it up. However, it is encouraged that you use it for a review as your final edges closer to help you re-examine concepts that may have been tough in the beginning weeks of class.  Each chapter will overview relevant terms, explain the concept in easy-to-understand words, and have questions for you to answer.

©2017 Northern Press (P)2019 Northern Press

Narrator: Frank Phillips
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
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Crystal Healing: 5 in 1 Bundle: Expand Mind Power, Enhance Psychic Awareness, Achieve Higher Consciousness, Increase Spiritual Energy, Gain Enlightenment with the Power of Crystals and Healing Stones

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Crystal Healing is the number one audio guide that will teach you the basic properties of crystals and how to unlock your hidden potential. Discover the gentle, healing powers of crystals and learn how to use these natural earth element stones that connect us to our higher selves and higher beings, in order to activate our inner healing abilities. This audiobook will help you create positive changes and live a more spiritual and meaningful life - the life that you deserve. This five-in-one bundle series includes the following five audiobooks:   Healing Crystals: Beginner's Guide to Understanding the Healing Power of Crystals and Healing Stones Crystals: Beginner's Guide to Crystal Healing and How to Heal the Human Energy Field through the Power of Crystals and Healing Stones Crystals for Beginners: Discover the Healing Power of Crystals and Healing Stones Crystal Healing Bible: Ultimate Guide to Gain Enlightenment and Awaken Your Energetic Potential with the Healing Powers of Crystals Crystal Healing for Beginners: Introduction to Crystal Healing, Learn how to Achieve Higher Consciousness and Enhance your Spiritual Balance with the Power of Crystals and Healing Stones Some key concepts discussed in this audiobook bundle: Basics and understanding of crystal healing How to tap into crystal energy Over 200+ crystals you need to know Chakra healing and chakra balancing Aura clearing, cleansing, and protecting Reiki healing with crystals How to make a crystal grid How to start your own crystal collection And so much more Get your copy of Crystal Healing: 5 in 1 Bundle today!

©2019 Crystal Lee (P)2019 Crystal Lee

Author: Crystal Lee
Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
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Time Reborn

4 ratings

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What is time? This deceptively simple question is the single most important problem facing science as we probe more deeply into the fundamentals of the universe. All of the mysteries physicists and cosmologists face - from the Big Bang to the future of the universe, from the puzzles of quantum physics to the unification of forces and particles - come down to the nature of time. The fact that time is real may seem obvious. You experience it passing every day when you watch clocks tick, bread toast, and children grow. But most physicists, from Newton to Einstein to today's quantum theorists, have seen things differently. The scientific case for time being an illusion is formidable. That is why the consequences of adopting the view that time is real are revolutionary. Lee Smolin, author of the controversial best seller The Trouble with Physics, argues that a limited notion of time is holding physics back. It's time for a major revolution in scientific thought. The reality of time could be the key to the next big breakthrough in theoretical physics. What if the laws of physics themselves were not timeless? What if they could evolve? Time Reborn offers a radical new approach to cosmology that embraces the reality of time and opens up a whole new universe of possibilities. There are few ideas that, like our notion of time, shape our thinking about literally everything, with huge implications for physics and beyond - from climate change to the economic crisis. Smolin explains in lively and lucid prose how the true nature of time impacts our world.

©2013 Spin Networks, Ltd. (P)2013 Tantor

Narrator: Sean Pratt
Author: Lee Smolin
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
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The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

49 ratings

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Everything we now know about the universe - from the behavior of quarks to the birth of galaxies - has come from people who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. And with the advent of modern science, great minds have turned to testing and experimentation rather than mere thought as a way of grappling with some of the universe's most vexing dilemmas. So what is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered and explored by today's scientists? "We know a lot about the universe. But there's even more that we don't know," says astrophysicist and professor Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, an award-winning lecturer, and one of the world's foremost experts on the secrets of the universe. This course, which has been honored with a 2013 Telly Award for Outstanding Educational Program, features six self-contained lectures that transport you on a marvelous journey to the frontiers of the known (and unknown) universe and introduce you to tantalizing questions being addressed by the world's top scientists. Engaging and fascinating, this lecture series is a wonderful entrée to scientific pursuits that lie at the very heart of the history and nature of our universe. Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
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Fossil Men

7 ratings

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"A rip-roaring tale, Fossil Men is one of those rare books that can be a prism through which to view the world, exposing the fabric of the Earth and illuminating the Tree of Life." (New York Times best-selling author Peter Nichols) A behind-the-scenes account of the discovery of the oldest skeleton of a human ancestor, named “Ardi” - a human ancestor far older than Lucy - a find that shook the world of paleoanthropology and radically altered our understanding of human evolution.  In 1994, a team led by fossil-hunting legend Tim White - ”the Steve Jobs of paleoanthropology” - uncovered the bones of a human ancestor in Ethiopia’s Afar region. Radiometric dating of nearby rocks indicated the skeleton, classified as Ardipithecus ramidus, was 4.4 million years old, more than a million years older than “Lucy”, then the oldest known human ancestor. The findings challenged many assumptions about human evolution - how we started walking upright, how we evolved our nimble hands, and, most significantly, whether we were descended from an ancestor that resembled today’s chimpanzee - and repudiated a half-century of paleoanthropological orthodoxy. Fossil Men is the first full-length exploration of Ardi, the fossil men who found her, and her impact on what we know about the origins of the human species. It is a scientific detective story played out in anatomy and the natural history of the human body. Kermit Pattison brings into focus a cast of eccentric, obsessive scientists, including one of the world’s greatest fossil hunters, Tim White - an exacting and unforgiving fossil hunter whose virtuoso skills in the field were matched only by his propensity for making enemies; Gen Suwa, a Japanese savant who sometimes didn’t bother going home at night to devote more hours to science; Owen Lovejoy, a onetime creationist-turned-paleoanthropologist; Berhane Asfaw, who survived imprisonment and torture to become Ethiopia’s most senior paleoanthropologist and who fought for African scientists to gain equal footing in the study of human origins; and the Leakeys, for decades the most famous family in paloanthropology. An intriguing tale of scientific discovery, obsession, and rivalry that moves from the sun-baked desert of Africa and a nation caught in a brutal civil war, to modern high-tech labs and academic lecture halls, Fossil Men is popular science at its best, and a must-listen for fans of Jared Diamond, Richard Dawkins, and Edward O. Wilson. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Kermit Pattison (P)2020 HarperAudio

Narrator: Roger Wayne
Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
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The Life and Death of Stars

5 ratings

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Long ago, the magnificence of the star-filled sky and its clock-like motions inspired people to invent myths to explain this impressive feature of nature. Now we understand the stars at a much deeper level, not as legendary figures connected with constellations, but as engines of matter, energy, and the raw material of life itself. And thanks to powerful telescopes, our view of the stars is more stunning than ever. The Life and Death of Stars introduces you to this spectacular story in 24 half-hour lectures that lead you through the essential ideas of astrophysics - the science of stars. Your guide is Professor Stassun, an award-winning teacher and noted astrophysicist. He provides lively, eloquent, and authoritative explanations at a level suitable for science novices as well as for those who already know their way around the starry sky. The Life and Death of Stars takes you to some otherworldly destinations, including stellar nurseries, planetary nebulae, the core of the sun, and protoplanetary systems. You also become familiar with the periodic table of elements, discovering how fusion reactions inside stars forge successively heavier atoms, producing some in abundance, temporarily skipping others, and creating everything heavier than iron. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2014 The Great Courses (P)2014 The Teaching Company, LLC

Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
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The Hidden Reality

22 ratings

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There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in physics and cosmology have led a number of scientists to conclude that our universe may be one among many. With crystal-clear prose and inspired use of analogy, Brian Greene shows how a range of different “multiverse” proposals emerges from theories developed to explain the most refined observations of both subatomic particles and the dark depths of space: a multiverse in which you have an infinite number of doppelgängers, each reading this sentence in a distant universe; a multiverse comprising a vast ocean of bubble universes, of which ours is but one; a multiverse that endlessly cycles through time, or one that might be hovering millimeters away yet remains invisible; another in which every possibility allowed by quantum physics is brought to life. Or, perhaps strangest of all, a multiverse made purely of mathematics. Greene, one of our foremost physicists and science writers, takes us on a captivating exploration of these parallel worlds and reveals how much of reality’s true nature may be deeply hidden within them.

©2011 Brian Greene (P)2011 Random House Audio

Narrator: Brian Greene
Author: Brian Greene
Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
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Science Fictions

9 ratings

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An insider’s view of science reveals why many scientific results cannot be relied upon - and how the system can be reformed. Science is how we understand the world. Yet failures in peer review and mistakes in statistics have rendered a shocking number of scientific studies useless - or, worse, badly misleading. Such errors have distorted our knowledge in fields as wide-ranging as medicine, physics, nutrition, education, genetics, economics, and the search for extraterrestrial life. As Science Fictions makes clear, the current system of research funding and publication not only fails to safeguard us from blunders but actively encourages bad science - with sometimes deadly consequences. Stuart Ritchie’s own work challenging an infamous psychology experiment helped spark what is now widely known as the "replication crisis", the realization that supposed scientific truths are often just plain wrong. Now, he reveals the very human biases, misunderstandings, and deceptions that undermine the scientific endeavor: from contamination in science labs to the secret vaults of failed studies that nobody gets to see; from outright cheating with fake data to the more common, but still ruinous, temptation to exaggerate mediocre results for a shot at scientific fame. Yet Science Fictions is far from a counsel of despair. Rather, it’s a defense of the scientific method against the pressures and perverse incentives that lead scientists to bend the rules. By illustrating the many ways that scientists go wrong, Ritchie gives us the knowledge we need to spot dubious research and points the way to reforms that could make science trustworthy once again.

©2020 Stuart Ritchie (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Stuart Ritchie
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
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Evolution

3 ratings

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Over the past 20 years, paleontologists have made tremendous fossil discoveries, including fossils that mark the growth of whales, manatees, and seals from land mammals and the origins of elephants, horses, and rhinos. Today there exists an amazing diversity of fossil humans, suggesting we walked upright long before we acquired large brains, and new evidence from molecules that enable scientists to decipher the tree of life as never before. The fossil record is now one of the strongest lines of evidence for evolution. In this engaging audiobook, Donald R. Prothero weaves an entertaining though intellectually rigorous history out of the transitional forms and series that dot the fossil record. Beginning with a brief discussion of the nature of science and the "monkey business of creationism". Prothero tackles subjects ranging from flood geology and rock dating to neo-Darwinism and macroevolution. He covers the ingredients of the primordial soup, the effects of communal living, invertebrate transitions, the development of the backbone, the reign of the dinosaurs, the mammalian explosion, and the leap from chimpanzee to human. Prothero pays particular attention to the recent discovery of "missing links" that complete the fossil timeline and details the debate between biologists over the mechanisms driving the evolutionary process. Evolution is an absorbing combination of firsthand observation, scientific discovery, and trenchant analysis. With the teaching of evolution still an issue, there couldn't be a better moment for a book clarifying the nature and value of fossil evidence. Widely recognized as a leading expert in his field, Prothero demonstrates that the transformation of life on this planet is far more awe inspiring than the narrow view of extremists. This captivating downloadable audio version of Evolution has been specially adapted from the print version by the author.

©2007 Columbia University Press (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: John Bishop
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
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Biochemistry: The University Student Survival Guide to Ace Biochemistry

1 rating

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With the help of this guide, you will easily pass your post-secondary course on biochemistry. Mr. Donelly has 17 years experience as a university professor. It is possible to break science into different specialties like biochemistry, chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, anatomy, and physiology. Biochemistry brings biology and chemistry together by allowing chemical knowledge and techniques to help explain biological issues. Biochemistry is best described by stating that biochemists assess processes on a molecule level. They examine cells, such as proteins and organelles, looking for the way cells communicate, grow, or stop illness. If you think about it, there is very little that separates one organism from another; it is just how the units stack up that determines the nature of it. The difference between cellulose and starch is all that determines the difference between a tree and a potato. In biochemistry, you will study the chemistry of living organisms on a molecular level. Organic chemistry is often required in colleges and universities before biochemistry because living organisms are based on carbon. Organic chemistry studies the relationship of carbon to living organisms, as well as other molecules required to live. Biochemists study processes of digestion at a cellular level, or they may study an individual electron transport within a particular cell. This study aid will help you explore biochemistry in more straightforward terms to help you succeed in your course. You may not need every chapter in this resource depending on when you pick it up. However, it is encouraged that you use it for a review as your final edges closer to help you re-examine concepts that may have been tough in the beginning weeks of class. Each chapter will overview relevant terms, explain the concept in easy-to-understand words, and have questions for you to answer.

©2017 Theodore Katsoulis (P)2017 Theodore Katsoulis

Narrator: Joseph Wosik
Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
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Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

1 rating

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Vor 100.000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen.   Vor 70.000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herrn des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. 

©2013 Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt (P)2013 Der Hörverlag

Narrator: Jürgen Holdorf
Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
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Comet

2 ratings

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Comet begins with a breathtaking journey through space astride a comet. Pulitzer Prize-winning astronomer Carl Sagan, author of Cosmos and Contact, and writer Ann Druyan explore the origin, nature, and future of comets, and the exotic myths and portents attached to them. The authors show how comets have spurred some of the great discoveries in the history of science and raise intriguing questions about these brilliant visitors from the interstellar dark. Were the fates of the dinosaurs and the origins of humans tied to the wanderings of a comet? Are comets the building blocks from which worlds are formed? Comet is an enthralling adventure, indispensable for anyone who has ever gazed up at the heavens and wondered why. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©1997 Ann Druyan and the Estate of Carl Sagan. © 1985 by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan. (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
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The Technological Society

1 rating

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As insightful and wise today as it was when originally published in France in 1954, Jacques Ellul’s The Technological Society has become a classic in its field, laying the groundwork for all other studies of technology and society that have followed. Ellul offers a penetrating analysis of our technological civilization, showing how technology - which began innocuously enough as a servant of humankind - threatens to overthrow humanity itself in its ongoing creation of an environment that meets its own ends. No conversation about the dangers of technology and its unavoidable effects on society can begin without a careful listening of this book.

©1964 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (P)2021 by Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Arthur Morey
Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins
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Desert Solitaire

11 ratings

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When Desert Solitaire was first published in 1968, it became the focus of a nationwide cult. Rude and sensitive. Thought-provoking and mystical. Angry and loving. Both Abbey and this book are all of these and more. Here, the legendary author of The Monkey Wrench Gang, Abbey's Road and many other critically acclaimed books vividly captures the essence of his life during three seasons as a park ranger in southeastern Utah. This is a rare view of a quest to experience nature in its purest form -- the silence, the struggle, the overwhelming beauty. But this is also the gripping, anguished cry of a man of character who challenges the growing exploitation of the wilderness by oil and mining interests, as well as by the tourist industry. Abbey's observations and challenges remain as relevant now as the day he wrote them. Today, Desert Solitaire asks if any of our incalculable natural treasures can be saved before the bulldozers strike again.

©1968 Edward Abbey (P)2011 Tantor

Narrator: Michael Kramer
Author: Edward Abbey
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
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Growing a Revolution

14 ratings

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The problem of agriculture is as old as civilization. Throughout history, great societies that abused their land withered into poverty or disappeared entirely. Now we risk repeating this ancient story on a global scale due to ongoing soil degradation, a changing climate, and a rising population. But there is reason for hope. David R. Montgomery introduces us to farmers around the world at the heart of a brewing soil health revolution that could bring humanity's ailing soil back to life remarkably fast. Growing a Revolution draws on visits to farms in the industrialized world and developing world to show that a new combination of farming practices can deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions to problems farmers face today. Montgomery explores why practices based on the principles of conservation agriculture help restore soil health and fertility. In addition, he discusses how these practices translate into farms that use less water, generate less pollution, and lower carbon emissions. Combining ancient wisdom with modern science, Growing a Revolution lays out a solid case for an inspiring vision where agriculture becomes the solution to environmental problems.

©2017 David R. Montgomery (P)2017 Tantor

Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
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36 Big Ideas

3 ratings

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As the home to big ideas, The Great Courses has produced thousands of lectures that have introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest ideas out there. Now, enjoy 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get a fresh learning experience in a wide range of disciplines. How does electromagnetic radiation traveling at 186,000 miles per second tell us everything we need to know about the distant stars? Why do we prefer random rejection over always getting what we want? How does science explain our subjective experience - if it even can? These are just a few of the many scintillating questions whose answers you'll get in this lecture series. Scientists, historians, linguists, psychologists, archaeologists, and other experts guide you through topics, concepts, and events that are sure to amaze you. You'll learn how the world's largest untranslated written language was made with strings and knots. You'll explore the idea of time's arrow, which offers stirring insights into the one-way direction of time. You'll focus on a strange (but true) sensory phenomenon in which people associate letters with colors. You'll investigate the fascinating cultural universality hidden inside heroic journeys by characters such as Little Red Riding Hood and Arjuna in the Mahabharata. And much more. Profound topics, deep insights, great professors - this lecture series is the perfect introduction to some of our most popular courses, and to some of the many ways in which our courses explain the seemingly unexplainable. The complete list of contributors includes Professors Edwin Barnhart, Grant L. Voth, H. Craig Heller, Indre Viskontas, John McWhorter, and John R. Hale. Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2014 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2014 The Great Courses

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Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime

29 ratings

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It all started with Newton’s apple. Or did it? Gravity controls everything from the falling of an apple to the rising of ocean’s tides to the motions of the heavens above. If you’ve ever wondered how this most puzzling force works across our entire universe, you will be delighted by this 24-part course that is accessible to any curious person, regardless of your science education. No other product on the market presents the subject of gravity in as much detail as this course, which will follow the past 400 years of research and experimentation in the field. Your guide is Professor Schumacher, an award-winning educator, prominent theoretical physicist, and protégé of John Archibald Wheeler, the distinguished gravity theorist who first coined the term “black hole”.   • Explore the intriguing features of gravity, including: why a hammer does not fall faster than a feather (neglecting air resistance, of course!); how astronauts float in space when they are still within reach of Earth’s gravitational pull; and how gravity shapes the four-dimensional fabric of the universe. • Become immersed in the fascinating study of gravity, experiencing the scientific breakthroughs alongside the great minds of physics: Galileo, Newton, Cavendish, Einstein, Hubble, Hawking, and more. • Examine a recent discovery: that the expansion of our universe is accelerating due to an as-yet-unexplained cosmic antigravity known as dark energy. • Delve into the Holy Grail of contemporary physics: the search for a theory that encompasses both gravity, which extends its reach across the cosmos, and quantum mechanics, which governs events at the smallest possible scale. In Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime, you will travel to the very edges of modern physics to explore several revolutionary theories and discover that physics is just as exciting today as it was when Newton sat by that fateful apple tree. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2013 The Great Courses (P)2013 The Teaching Company, LLC

Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
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The Field

1 rating

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Based on interviews with today's cutting-edge scientists, investigative journalist Lynne McTaggart wrote The Field, a compelling presentation of the theory that there is a measurable "life force" in the universe. Now, in this original audio adaptation by the author, McTaggart takes listeners on a journey into this exciting arena of science, called the "Zero-Point Field", that could be the key to understanding "supernatural" forces, healing energy, and the nature of consciousness. Offering a challenging new vision of the future, and insights on how this science can immediately affect our own lives, here is a unique opportunity to hear Lynne McTaggart as she unveils the mysteries, discoveries, and wonder of The Field.

©2007 Lynne McTaggart (P)2007 Sounds True

Narrator: Lynne McTaggart
Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
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Unstoppable

26 ratings

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Just as World War II called an earlier generation to greatness, so the climate crisis is calling today's rising youth to action: to create a better future. In Unstoppable, Bill Nye crystallizes and expands the message for which he is best known and beloved. That message is that with a combination of optimism and scientific curiosity, all obstacles become opportunities, and the possibilities of our world become limitless. With a scientist's thirst for knowledge and an engineer's vision of what can be, Bill Nye sees today's environmental issues not as insurmountable, depressing problems but as chances for our society to rise to the challenge and create a cleaner, healthier, smarter world. We need not accept that transportation consumes half our energy and that two-thirds of the energy you put into your car is immediately thrown away out the tailpipe. We need not accept that dangerous emissions are the price we must pay for a vibrant economy and a comfortable life. Above all, we need not accept that we will leave our children a planet that is dirty, overheated, and depleted of resources. As Bill shares his vision, he debunks some of the most persistent myths and misunderstandings about global warming. When you are done listening, you'll be enlightened and empowered. Chances are you'll be smiling, too, ready to join Bill and change the world.

©2015 William S. Nye (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Bill Nye
Author: Bill Nye
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
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The Secret Life of Plants

2 ratings

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Explore the inner world of plants and its fascinating relation to mankind, as uncovered by the latest discoveries of science. A perennial best seller!  In this truly revolutionary and beloved work, drawn from remarkable research, Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird cast light on the rich psychic universe of plants. Now available in a new edition, The Secret Life of Plants explores plants' response to human care and nurturing, their ability to communicate with man, plants' surprising reaction to music, their lie-detection abilities, their creative powers, and much more.  Tompkins and Bird's classic book affirms the depth of humanity's relationship with nature and adds special urgency to the cause of protecting the environment that nourishes us.

©2018 Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: D. Michael Hope
Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
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The Hidden Life of Trees

433 ratings

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How do trees live? Do they feel pain or have awareness of their surroundings? Research is now suggesting trees are capable of much more than we have ever known. In The Hidden Life of Trees, forester Peter Wohlleben puts groundbreaking scientific discoveries into a language everyone can relate to. In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders, of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group. Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown lives of trees and their communication abilities; he describes how these discoveries have informed his own practices in the forest around him. As he says, a happy forest is a healthy forest, and he believes that ecofriendly practices not only are economically sustainable but also benefit the health of our planet and the mental and physical health of all who live on Earth. After a walk through the woods with Wohlleben, you'll never look at trees the same way again.

©2015, 2016 Ludwig Verlag, Munich, part of the Random House GmbH publishing group. Jane Billinghurst. Tim Flannery. “Note from a Forest Scientist” by Dr. Suzanne Simard. (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Mike Grady
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
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The Science of Why

38 ratings

Summary

Ever wonder why onions make you cry? Or why lizards do pushups? Or why leaves change color in the fall? Don't worry, you're not alone. Acclaimed science writer and broadcaster Jay Ingram wonders the same things. After a long career of asking important questions (does time speed up as we age? How much Neanderthal is in me? Why do some animals throw their feces?), he's here to put our scientific quandaries to rest. In this insightful, witty book for curious listeners of all ages, Jay shares his favorite head scratchers and mind benders, settling pressing questions, such as.... What is déjà vu? Why were Tyrannosaurus rex's arms so short? Why are you plagued by mosquitoes while your friends aren't? Does your cat actually like you? What is déjà vu? ...along with everything you ever wondered about human echolocation, Bigfoot, and farts (though not all at once). Chock-full of fun science facts (and fictions), this book will delight and surprise your inner science geek. Spoiler: She actually thinks you're a larger, dumber version of her mother.

©2016 Mr. Science Productions Inc. (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jay Ingram
Author: Jay Ingram
Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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18 Miles

35 ratings

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We live at the bottom of an ocean of air - 5,200 million million tons, to be exact. It sounds like a lot, but Earth’s atmosphere is smeared onto its surface in an alarmingly thin layer - 99 percent contained within 18 miles. Yet, within this fragile margin lies a magnificent realm - at once gorgeous, terrifying, capricious, and elusive. With his keen eye for identifying and uniting seemingly unrelated events, Chris Dewdney reveals to us the invisible rivers in the sky that affect how our weather works and the structure of clouds and storms and seasons, the rollercoaster of climate. Dewdney details the history of weather forecasting and introduces us to the eccentric and determined pioneers of science and observation whose efforts gave us the understanding of weather we have today.    18 Miles is a kaleidoscopic and fact-filled journey that uncovers our obsession with the atmosphere and weather - as both evocative metaphor and physical reality. From the roaring winds of Katrina to Palladio’s architectural triumph, La Rotonda, Dewdney entertains as he gives listeners a long overdue look at the very air we breathe.

©2018 Christopher Dewdney (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
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The Reality Bubble

91 ratings

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Shortlisted for the 2020 RBC Taylor Prize

From one of the world's most engaging science journalists, a groundbreaking and wonder-filled look at the hidden things that shape our lives in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways.

Our naked eyes see only a thin sliver of reality.

We are blind in comparison to the X-rays that peer through skin, the mass spectrometers that detect the dead inside the living, or the high-tech surveillance systems that see with artificial intelligence.

And we are blind compared to the animals that can see in infrared, or ultraviolet, or in 360-degree vision. These animals live in the same world we do, but they see something quite different when they look around.

With all of the curiosity and flair that drives her broadcasting, Ziya Tong illuminates this hidden world and takes us on a journey to examine 10 of humanity's biggest blind spots.

First, we are introduced to the blind spots we are all born with, to see how technology reveals an astonishing world that exists beyond our human senses. It is with these new ways of seeing that today's scientists can image everything from an atom to a black hole.

In section two, our collective blind spots are exposed. It's not that we can't see, Tong reminds us. It's that we don't. In the 21st century, there are cameras everywhere, except where our food comes from, where our energy comes from, and where our waste goes. Being in the dark when it comes to how we survive makes it impossible to navigate our future.

Lastly, the scope widens to our civilizational blind spots. Here, the blurred lens of history reveals how we inherit ways of thinking about the world that seem natural or inevitable but are in fact little more than traditions, ways of seeing the world that have come to harm it.

This vitally important new book shows how science, and the curiosity that drives it, can help civilization flourish by opening our eyes to the landscape laid out before us. Fast-paced, utterly fascinating, and deeply humane, The Reality Bubble gives voice to the sense we've all had - that there is more to the world than meets the eye.

©2019 Ziya Tong (P)2019 Allen Lane

Narrator: Ziya Tong
Author: Ziya Tong
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
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A Brief History of Time

180 ratings

Summary

This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Its author, Stephen W. Hawking, is arguably the greatest mind since Einstein. From the vantage point of the wheelchair, where he has spent the last 20 years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. A Brief History of Time is Hawking's classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas about the cosmos. It is read here by the Emmy Award-winning host of The Michael Jackson Show on KABC-TV.

©1988 Stephen W. Hawking (P)2005 Phoenix Books, Inc.

Narrator: Michael Jackson
Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
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The Universe in a Nutshell

13 ratings

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One of the most influential thinkers of our time, Stephen Hawking is an intellectual icon, known not only for the adventurousness of his ideas, but for the clarity and wit with which he expresses them. In this new work, Hawking brings us to the cutting edge of theoretical physics, where truth is often stranger than fiction, to explain in layman's terms the principles that control our universe. Like many in the community of theoretical physics, Professor Hawking is seeking to uncover the grail of science - the elusive Theory of Everything that lies at the heart of the cosmos. In his accessable and often playful style, he guides us on his search to uncover the secrets of the universe - from supergravity to supersymmetry, from quantum theory to M-theory, from holography to duality. And he lets us behind the scenes of one of his most exciting intellectual adventures as he seeks "to combine Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and Richard Feynman's idea of multiple histories into one complete unified theory that will describe everything that happens in the universe." With characteristic exuberance, Professor Hawking invites us to be fellow travelers on this extraordinary voyage through spacetime. The Universe in a Nutshell is essential listening for all of us who want to understand the universe in which we live.

©2001 Stephen Hawking (P)2001 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

Narrator: Simon Prebble
Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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An Introduction to Infectious Diseases

11 ratings

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Infectious diseases touch the lives of everyone on the planet. Whether it's something as minor as a brush with the common cold or as serious as Ebola, we all have grappled with infections and will continue to encounter them as we age. On a worldwide scale, infectious diseases account for 26 percent of all deaths, second only to cardiovascular diseases. And unlike chronic diseases, infectious diseases are unique in their potential for explosive global impacts. Now, in the 24 engaging lectures of Introduction to Infectious Diseases, you can get a comprehensive overview of diseases from the mundane to the fatal from renowned physician and award-winning professor Dr. Barry Fox. Begin with an overview of the microscopic particles responsible for disease: bacteria, fungi, hybrid germs, and viruses. You will see how they invade the body; look through the microscope at pathogens to identify their inner components; follow germs through to different body systems and see what effects they have; and learn why we may be losing the battle against some germs. Cut through the medical myths and get a solidly scientific guide to keeping yourself and your loved ones as protected as possible from pathogens, including a no-nonsense guide to vaccinations, tips on keeping a healthier home environment, and valuable advice for world travelers. Whether you have a love for biology, a curiosity about the world's many infectious diseases, or a certain amount of trepidation about what the future holds, you will enjoy Dr. Fox's impeccable bedside manner, insider knowledge, and humorous personal stories. And, most importantly, you will be empowered to make the best choices for yourself, your loved ones, and future generations. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 The Great Courses (P)2015 The Teaching Company, LLC

Narrator: Barry C. Fox
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
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The Science of Why 2

29 ratings

Summary

An all-new volume of science questions to delight, entertain, and inform listeners of all ages, from best-selling author Jay Ingram. Jay takes listeners on a tour of the universe, exploring wonders big and small. From the farthest reaches of space to the most perplexing historical riddles to the marvels of who we are and what we're made of, Jay answers the important questions, such as: What's inside a black hole? Will machines ever learn to feel? How much pee is in the average swimming pool? Because who hasn't wondered whether we're living in a computer simulation? Or whether Atlantis existed? Or why cats always land on their feet? With wit and wisdom, The Science of Why 2 will delight listeners of all ages with the answers to all these questions and more. Full of fun science facts (and fictions), this is the book that everyone's inner science geek needs to hear.

©2017 Mr. Science Productions Inc. (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jay Ingram
Author: Jay Ingram
Length: 4 hrs
Available on Audible
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Inventions Helping Fix the Climate Crisis

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Scientific research and data show that the Earth doesn't have much time before climate change becomes irreversible. Listen to how scientists, researchers, and everyday people around the world are creating new methods and inventions to conserve energy, reduce waste and recycle. You'll learn about: The plastic scientists developed that infinitely recyclable How plastic bags can be turned into fuel How mini-nuclear reactors could reinvent the energy industry And more!

©2021 Seeker (P)2021 Audiogems by Findaway

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How to Save the World One Animal Species at a Time

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There are more than 40,000 animals species that are vulnerable, endangered, and critically endangered. Conservationists, scientists, and organizations all over the world are exploring ways to help stop these endangered animals from going extinct. Listen in to how lab-grown super corals could save the ocean, an unusual way to save bluefin tuna, how close we are to saving the bees, and more!

©2021 Seeker (P)2021 Audiogems by Findaway

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Sue Perkins Earpedia: Animals

34 ratings

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Former Bake Off host, passionate animal lover and comedian Sue Perkins, is our indispensable guide to the animal kingdom. Join her on a comical, insightful and, at times, shocking nature trail around the world.  In this mad-cap adventure, she introduces us to the amazing, surprising and hysterical truth about all creatures great and small. From the African lungfish to the kangaroo, get ready for an irreverent, funny and often furry journey of discovery.  This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 13 episodes to your Library now.

©2016 Audible, Ltd. (P)2016 Audible, Ltd.

Author: Sue Perkins
Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
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The Greatest Story Ever Told - So Far

59 ratings

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From award-winning physicist, public intellectual, and the bestselling author of A Universe from Nothing Lawrence Krauss, comes “a masterful blend of history, modern physics, and cosmic perspective that empowers the reader to not only embrace our understanding of the universe, but also revel in what remains to be discovered” (Neil deGrasse Tyson, American Museum of Natural History). In this grand poetic vision of the universe, Lawrence Krauss tells the dramatic story of the discovery of the hidden world that underlies reality - and our place within it. Reality is not what you think or sense - it’s weird, wild, and counterintuitive, and its inner workings seem at least as implausible as the idea that something can come from nothing. With his trademark wit and accessible style, Krauss leads us to realms so small that they are invisible to microscopes, to the birth and rebirth of light, and into the natural forces that govern our existence. His unique blend of rigorous research and engaging storytelling invites us into the lives and minds of remarkable scientists who have helped unravel the unexpected fabric of reality with reasoning rather than superstition and dogma, and to explain how everything we see - and can’t see - came about. A passionate advocate for reason, Krauss gives the rationale for the seemingly irrational - and the mysteries and apparent contradictions of quantum physics, and explores what that means for our lives here on Earth - and beyond. At its core, The Greatest Story Ever Told - So Far is about the best of what it means to be human - an epic history of our ultimately purposeless universe that addresses the question, “Why are we here?”

©2017 Lawrence Krauss (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

Narrator: Lawrence Krauss
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
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The Elephant Whisperer

185 ratings

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Audie Award Winner, Biography/Memoir, 2014 When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom. The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad account of Anthony's experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, it is a delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.

©2009, 2012 Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence (P)2012 Tantor

Narrator: Simon Vance
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
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The Grand Design

28 ratings

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THE FIRST MAJOR WORK IN NEARLY A DECADE BY ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREAT THINKERS—A MARVELOUSLY CONCISE BOOK WITH NEW ANSWERS TO THE ULTIMATE QUESTIONS OF LIFE When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? Why is there something rather than nothing? What is the nature of reality? Why are the laws of nature so finely tuned as to allow for the existence of beings like ourselves? And, finally, is the apparent “grand design” of our universe evidence of a benevolent creator who set things in motion—or does science offer another explanation? The most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and of life itself, once the province of philosophy, now occupy the territory where scientists, philosophers, and theologians meet—if only to disagree. In their new book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by both brilliance and simplicity. In The Grand Design they explain that according to quantum theory, the cosmos does not have just a single existence or history, but rather that every possible history of the universe exists simultaneously. When applied to the universe as a whole, this idea calls into question the very notion of cause and effect. But the “top-down” approach to cosmology that Hawking and Mlodinow describe would say that the fact that the past takes no definite form means that we create history by observing it, rather than that history creates us. The authors further explain that we ourselves are the product of quantum fluctuations in the very early universe, and show how quantum theory predicts the “multiverse”—the idea that ours is just one of many universes that appeared spontaneously out of nothing, each with different laws of nature. Along the way Hawking and Mlodinow question the conventional concept of reality, posing a “model-dependent” theory of reality as the best we can hope to find. And they conclude with a riveting assessment of M-theory, an explanation of the laws governing us and our universe that is currently the only viable candidate for a complete “theory of everything.” If confirmed, they write, it will be the unified theory that Einstein was looking for, and the ultimate triumph of human reason. A succinct, startling, and lavishly illustrated guide to discoveries that are altering our understanding and threatening some of our most cherished belief systems, The Grand Design is a book that will inform—and provoke—like no other.

©2010 Steven Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow (P)2010 Random House Audio

Narrator: Steve West
Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
Available on Audible
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10% Human

1 rating

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You are just 10% human. For every one of the cells that make up the vessel that you call your body, there are nine impostor cells hitching a ride. You are not just flesh and blood, muscle and bone, brain and skin, but also bacteria and fungi. Over your lifetime, you will carry the equivalent weight of five African elephants in microbes. You are not an individual but a colony. Until recently, we had thought our microbes hardly mattered, but science is revealing a different story, one in which microbes run our bodies and becoming a healthy human is impossible without them. In this riveting, shocking, and beautifully written book, biologist Alanna Collen draws on the latest scientific research to show how our personal colony of microbes influences our weight, our immune system, our mental health, and even our choice of partner. She argues that so many of our modern diseases - obesity, autism, mental illness, digestive disorders, allergies, autoimmunity afflictions, and even cancer - have their root in our failure to cherish our most fundamental and enduring relationship: that with our personal colony of microbes.

©2015 Nycteris, Ltd. (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Cat Gould
Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
Available on Audible
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Einstein's Fridge

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An entertaining, eye-opening account of the extraordinary team of innovators who discovered the laws of thermodynamics essential to understanding the world today - from refrigeration and jet engines to calorie counting and global warming - for fans of How We Got to Now and A Brief History of Nearly Everything. Einstein’s Fridge tells the incredible epic story of the scientists who, over two centuries, harnessed the power of heat and ice and formulated a theory essential to comprehending our universe. Thermodynamics - the branch of physics that deals with energy and entropy - is the least known and yet most consequential of all the sciences. It governs everything from the behavior of living cells to the black hole at the center of our galaxy. Not only that, but thermodynamics explains why we must eat and breathe, how lights turn on, the limits of computing, and how the universe will end.  The brilliant people who decoded its laws came from every branch of the sciences; they were engineers, physicists, chemists, biologists, cosmologists, and mathematicians. From French military engineer and physicist Sadi Carnot to Lord Kelvin, James Joule, Albert Einstein, Emmy Noether, Alan Turing, and Stephen Hawking, author Paul Sen introduces us to all of the players who passed the baton of scientific progress through time and across nations. Incredibly driven and idealistic, these brave pioneers performed groundbreaking work often in the face of torment and tragedy. Their discoveries helped create the modern world and transformed every branch of science, from biology to cosmology.  Einstein’s Fridge brings to life one of the most important scientific revolutions of all time and captures the thrill of discovery and the power of scientific progress to shape the course of history.

©2021 Furnace Limited. All rights reserved. (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Malk Williams
Author: Paul Sen
Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
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The Bears of Brooks Falls

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A natural history and celebration of the famous bears and salmon of Brooks River. On the Alaska Peninsula, where exceptional landscapes are commonplace, a small river attracts attention far beyond its scale. Each year, from summer to early fall, brown bears and salmon gather at Brooks River to create one of North America's greatest wildlife spectacles. As the salmon leap from the cascade, dozens of bears are there to catch them (with as many as 43 bears sighted in a single day), and thousands of people come to watch in person or on the National Park Service's popular Brooks Falls Bearcam. The Bears of Brooks Falls tells the story of this region and the bears that made it famous in three parts. The first forms an ecological history of the region, from its dormancy 30,000 years ago to the volcanic events that transformed it into the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. The central and longest section is a deep dive into the lives of the wildlife along the Brooks River, especially the bears and salmon. Listeners will learn about the bears' winter hibernation, mating season, hunting rituals, migration patterns, and their relationship with Alaska's changing environment. Finally, the book explores the human impact, both positive and negative, on this special region and its wild population.

©2021 Michael Fitz (P)2021 Tantor

Narrator: John Pruden
Author: Michael Fitz
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
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Une histoire de tout, ou presque...

29 ratings

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Posez une question, Bryson y répond dans ce livre, clair, synthétique, vivant, truffé d'anecdotes, qui conjugue avec bonheur science et sourire. Vous y apprendrez sans efforts par quels hasards, traits de génie, intuitions, déductions, expérimentations, débats, les hommes en sont arrivés à connaître le monde tel qu'ils le connaissent aujourd'hui. Tout y est (ou presque) de l'histoire des sciences, de notre planète et de l'univers. Un merveilleux compagnon, dont la lecture devrait être recommandée à tous les collégiens… et à leurs parents ! Ce livre a été un best-seller en France et dans le monde entier. Il a reçu le prestigieux prix Aventis du meilleur livre de vulgarisation scientifique et l'Union européenne lui a décerné le prix Descartes pour la communication scientifique.

©2011 PAYOT & RIVAGES. Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Françoise Bouillot (P)2020 Audible Studios

Narrator: Emmanuel Lemire
Author: Bill Bryson
Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
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What Happens Next? Conversations from MARS

42 ratings

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The most innovative minds in science and technology reveal a vision for the future of life on Earth - and beyond. Every year, 200 experts across machine learning, automation, robotics, and space arrive in Palm Springs for MARS - the yearly, invitation-only event hosted by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos - to share new ideas about how these four fields will shape our future. In What Happens Next: Conversations from MARS, TV host and maker of things Adam Savage (MythBusters) takes listeners deep inside the MARS conference. In interviews with more than a dozen leading scientists and thinkers - including former astronaut Mike Massimino, iRobot co-founder Rodney Brooks, Dava Newman (former deputy administrator of NASA), Oren Etzioni (CEO, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence), futurist Kate Compton, and Caleb Harper (director of the Open Agriculture initiative at MIT) - Savage explores the mind-blowing and often misunderstood ways in which science and innovation are transforming the way we live, work, and play. Full of wonder, optimism, and plain old awesomeness, What Happens Next will be a revelation for anyone who’s ever wondered about what our future will look like and how we’ll get there.    

©2018 Audible Originals LLC (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Adam Savage
Author: Adam Savage
Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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Tout le monde ment... (et vous aussi !)

36 ratings

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Les parents favorisent-ils les garçons plutôt que les filles ? L'école que l'on fréquente influence-t-elle réellement notre réussite ? Mentons-nous souvent sur notre sexualité ? En ce début de XXIe siècle, nos navigations Internet génèrent huit millions de giga-octets de données chaque jour. Une quantité stupéfiante d'informations qui en disent long sur chacun d'entre nous, car c'est à notre moteur de recherche que nous confions nos questions et nos pensées les plus intimes. S'appuyant sur les recherches Google de millions d'Américains, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz nous livre des révélations fascinantes sur des sujets aussi divers que la politique, le racisme, la violence, notre sexualité, nos relations familiales, le sport... À la lumière de ce "sérum de vérité numérique" qu'est le Big Data, il nous invite à lever le voile sur nous-mêmes et à prendre conscience de nos préjugés... pour mieux changer. Lorsque vous achetez ce titre, le fichier PDF qui l'accompagne sera disponible dans votre confirmation d'achat envoyée par mail ainsi que dans votre bibliothèque, depuis votre ordinateur.   >> Ce livre audio en version intégrale vous est proposé en exclusivité par Audible et est uniquement disponible en téléchargement.

©2018 Leduc.s. Traduit de l'anglais américain par Michel Le Séac'h (P)2018 Audible Studios

Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
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Six Easy Pieces

8 ratings

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Designed for non-scientists, Six Easy Pieces is an unparalleled introduction to the world of physics by one of the greatest teachers of all time. The late Richard P. Feynman was Richard Chace Tolman Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He was awarded the 1965 Nobel Prize for his work on the development of quantum field theory. He was also one of the most famous and beloved figures of the 20th century, both in physics and in the public arena.

©1963, 1989, 1995 The California Institute of Technology (P)2005 Perseus Publishing

Narrator: uncredited
Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
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Pale Blue Dot

103 ratings

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"FASCINATING . . . MEMORABLE . . . REVEALING . . . PERHAPS THE BEST OF CARL SAGAN''S BOOKS." --The Washington Post Book World (front page review) In Cosmos, the late astronomer Carl Sagan cast his gaze over the magnificent mystery of the Universe and made it accessible to millions of people around the world. Now in this stunning sequel, Carl Sagan completes his revolutionary journey through space and time. Future generations will look back on our epoch as the time when the human race finally broke into a radically new frontier--space. In Pale Blue Dot Sagan traces the spellbinding history of our launch into the cosmos and assesses the future that looms before us as we move out into our own solar system and on to distant galaxies beyond. The exploration and eventual settlement of other worlds is neither a fantasy nor luxury, insists Sagan, but rather a necessary condition for the survival of the human race. "TAKES READERS FAR BEYOND Cosmos . . . Sagan sees humanity''s future in the stars." --Chicago Tribune Introductory music from the original score for COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey composed by Alan Silvestri, used with permission from Cosmos Studios, Inc. and Chappers Music. All rights reserved. Special thanks to Fuzzy Planets, Inc.

©1994 Carl Sagan (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Author: Carl Sagan
Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
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Vertige du Cosmos

3 ratings

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Frappé par la splendeur de la nuit, l'homme n'a cessé de lever les yeux vers le ciel pour tenter de l'ordonner. Observant la régularité de certains cycles - phases de la Lune, saisons, solstices, éclipses, etc. -, il a forgé une conception mouvante du cosmos, appuyée sur deux notions indispensables pour décrire le tissu de la réalité : l'espace et le temps. C'est ce grand récit que nous propose Trinh Xuan Thuan, entre l'archéoastronomie et l'astrophysique la plus actuelle. Dans ce texte très illustré, il nous conte les prouesses astronomiques de nos ancêtres : Stonehenge, Carnac, Gizeh, etc., sans oublier les calendriers cosmiques des Amérindiens et les mystérieux alignements de Chichén Itzá. Vulgarisateur hors pair, il décrit l'irruption de la science moderne, des intuitions de Copernic jusqu'aux fulgurances d'Einstein qui consacra l'espace-temps. Chemin faisant, il détaille les obstacles sur lesquels butent les chercheurs aujourd'hui : l'Univers est-il fini ou infini ? Existe-t-il un instant zéro ? Et pourquoi le cosmos est-il si ordonné ? Cette brève histoire du Ciel ne se contente pas d'éclairer ces questions vertigineuses, elle célèbre aussi une union enfouie au plus profond de notre mémoire : l'alliance éternelle entre l'homme et le cosmos. Lorsque vous achetez ce titre, le fichier PDF qui l'accompagne sera disponible dans votre confirmation d'achat envoyée par mail ainsi que dans votre bibliothèque, depuis votre ordinateur.

©2019 Flammarion (P)2019 Audible Studios

Narrator: Laurent Jacquet
Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
Available on Audible
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How the Earth Works

13 ratings

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How the Earth Works takes you on an astonishing journey through time and space. In 48 lectures, you will look at what went into making our planet - from the big bang, to the formation of the solar system, to the subsequent evolution of Earth.  You will travel to the center of our planet and out again, charting the geologic forces that churn beneath our feet to push the continents and seafloor around like froth on the surface of soup. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis are byproducts of our planet’s ceaseless activity, and you will focus on specific examples of each to learn why and when they occur. Volcanic activity has produced the atmosphere as a side effect, and you will learn how this sea of air functions at the global scale. Earth’s surface is mostly water, and you will explore the cycling of this vital substance throughout the planet, along with its role in climate, erosion, plate tectonics, and biology.  Not only are humans at the mercy of our planet’s natural forces, but we ourselves have also become agents of change. We are altering the Earth’s land, water, and air faster than any other geologic process. This will be another theme of your journey: how humans have transformed watersheds, leveled mountains, changed the balance of gases in the atmosphere, and caused the extinction of enough species to hasten the end of the 65-million-year-old Cenozoic era. It is vitally important that we understand the nature of our geologic powers if we are to have any hope of controlling them.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2008 The Great Courses (P)2008 The Teaching Company, LLC

Length: 24 hrs and 31 mins
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The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy

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From a noted Cambridge zoologist, a wildly fun and scientifically sound exploration of what alien life must be like, using universal laws that govern life on Earth and in space. Scientists are confident that life exists elsewhere in the universe. Yet rather than taking a realistic approach to what aliens might be like, we imagine that life on other planets is the stuff of science fiction. The time has come to abandon our fantasies of space invaders and movie monsters and place our expectations on solid scientific footing. But short of aliens landing in New York City, how do we know what they are like? Using his own expert understanding of life on Earth and Darwin's theory of evolution - which applies throughout the universe - Cambridge zoologist Dr. Arik Kershenbaum explains what alien life must be like: how these creatures will move, socialize, and communicate. For example, by observing fish whose electrical pulses indicate social status, we can see that other planets might allow for communication by electricity. As there was evolutionary pressure to wriggle along a sea floor, Earthling animals tend to have left/right symmetry; on planets where creatures evolved in midair or in soupy tar, they might be lacking any symmetry at all. Might there be an alien planet with supersonic animals? A moon where creatures have a language composed of smells? Will aliens scream with fear, act honestly, or have technology? The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy answers these questions using the latest science to tell the story of how life really works, on Earth and in space.

©2021 Arik Kershenbaum (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Samuel West
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
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Immunity: The Science of Staying Well

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Strengthen your immunity for good. In this groundbreaking audiobook, expert immunologist Dr. Jenna Macciochi unravels the new science around immunity and decodes exactly what it takes to be well in the modern day. Offering simple, clear and educated advice, debunking popular myths along the way, Immunity explores the secrets of people who never seem to get ill, why autoimmune disease is more prevalent than ever and how germs are actually good for us. Covering nutrition, exercise, sleep and even mental health, this fascinating book shows us the importance of cultivating long-term health and how to do it.

©2020 Dr. Jenna Macciochi (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
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The Big Thirst

2 ratings

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The water coming out of your tap is four billion years old and might have been slurped by a Tyrannosaurus Rex. We will always have exactly as much water on Earth as we have ever had. Water cannot be destroyed, and it can always be made clean enough for drinking again. In fact, water can be made so clean that it actually becomes toxic. As Charles Fishman brings vibrantly to life in this delightful narrative excursion, water runs our world in a host of awe-inspiring ways, which is both the promise and the peril of our unexplored connections to it. Taking listeners from the wet moons of Saturn to the water-obsessed hotels of Las Vegas, and from a rice farm in the Australian outback to a glimpse into giant vats of soup at Campbell's largest factory, he reveals that our relationship to water is conflicted and irrational, neglected and mismanaged. Whether we will face a water scarcity crisis has little to do with water and everything to do with how we think about water - how we use it, connect with it, and understand it. Portraying and explaining both the dangers - in 2008, Atlanta came just 90 days from running completely out of drinking water - and the opportunities, such as advances in rainwater harvesting and businesses that are making huge breakthroughs in water productivity, The Big Thirst will forever change the way we think about water, our crucial relationship to it, and the creativity we can bring to ensuring we always have plenty of it.

©2011 Charles Fishman (P)2011 Tantor

Narrator: Stephen Hoye
Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
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Human Anatomy

4 ratings

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AudioLearn's Medical School Crash Courses presents Human Anatomy Written by experts and authorities in the field and professionally narrated for easy listening, this crash course is a valuable tool both during school and when preparing for the USMLE, or if you're simply interested in the subject. The audio is focused and high-yield, covering the most important topics you might expect to learn in a typical medical school Human Anatomy course. Included are both capsule and detailed explanations of critical issues and topics you must know to master the course. The material is accurate, up-to-date, and broken down into bite-sized sections. There is a "Q&A" and "key takeaways" section following each topic to review questions commonly tested and drive home key points. Also included is a comprehensive test containing the top 100 most commonly tested questions in Human Anatomy with the correct answers. In this course, we'll cover the following topics: Introduction to Anatomy Organization of the Human Body Skin and Body Membranes Skeletal System Muscular System Nervous System Special Senses Endocrine System Blood and the Circulatory System Respiratory System Digestive System Urinary System Reproductive System AudioLearn's Medical School Crash Courses support your studies, help with USMLE preparation and provide a comprehensive audio review of the topic matter for anyone interested in what medical students are taught in a typical medical school Human Anatomy course.

©2017 AudioLearn (P)2017 AudioLearn

Narrator: Kevin Charles
Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
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Great Ideas of Classical Physics

1 rating

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Classical physics is about how things move, why they move, and how they work. It's about making sense of motion, gravity, light, heat, sound, electricity, and magnetism, and seeing how these phenomena interweave to create the rich tapestry of everyday experience. It is, in short, the hidden order of the universe. And if it sounds complicated to you, Professor Pollock hopes you will think again - because you already know more physics than you think, In this mind-expanding series of 24 lectures, Professor Steven Pollock takes you step by step through the great ideas of classical physics, demonstrating that its landmark concepts - such as Newton's laws of motion - are intuitively understood by anyone who has ever ridden a bike, thrown a ball, slid across ice, or simply picked up an object and set it down. Created over the course of three centuries by a series of brilliant thinkers, including Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday, and James Clerk Maxwell, classical physics is an elegant system of ideas that connect a range of seemingly unrelated phenomena - everything from the acceleration of a car, to the orbit of a planet, to the deflection of a compass needle, to the baking of a cake, to the flow of electricity through the light bulb illuminating these words. All these - and much more - are linked by the basic principles you will learn in these lectures - presented largely without math. Instead, Professor Pollock relies on metaphor, life experience, ordinary logic, and common sense to present the discoveries, theories, insights, methods, and philosophical points of view at the heart of classical physics. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2006 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2006 The Great Courses

Narrator: Steven Pollock
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
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The Physics of Climate Change

7 ratings

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Audiobook includes a special 30-minute interview with the author. The first book to briefly and clearly present the science of climate change in a way that is accessible to laypeople, providing the perspective needed to understand and assess the foundations and predictions of climate change.  “Brilliant and fundamental, this is the necessary book about our prime global emergency. Here you’ll find the facts, the processes, the physics of our complex and changing climate, but delivered with eloquence and urgency. Lawrence Krauss writes with a clarity that transcends mere politics. Prose and poetry were never better bedfellows.” (Ian McEwan, Booker Prize-winning author of Solar and Machines Like Me) "The ideal book for understanding the science of global warming..at once elegant, rigorous, and timely." (Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction) “A brief, brilliant, and charming summary of what physicists know about climate change and how they learned it.” (Sheldon Glashow, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Metcalf Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Boston University) “The distinguished scientist Lawrence Krauss turns his penetrating gaze on the most pressing existential threat facing our world: climate change. It is brimming with information lucidly analysed. Such hope as there is lies in science, and a physicist of Dr. Krauss’s imaginative versatility is unusually qualified to offer it.” (Richard Dawkins, author of The Blind Watchmaker and Science in the Soul) “Lucid and gripping, this study of the most severe challenge humans have ever faced leads the reader from the basic physics of climate change to recognition of the damage that humans have already caused and on to the prospects that lie ahead if we do not change course soon.” (Noam Chomsky, Laureate Professor, University of Arizona, author of Internationalism or Extinction?) “Lawrence Krauss tells the story of climate change with erudition, urgency, and passion. It is our great good luck that one of our most brilliant scientists is also such a gifted writer. This book will change the way we think about the future.” (Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of Good Boy and She’s Not There) “Everything on climate change that I’ve seen is either dumbed down and bossy or written for other climate scientists. I’ve been looking for a book that can let me, a layperson, understand the science. This book does just what I was looking for. It is important.” (Penn Jillette, Magician, author of Presto! and God, No!) “The renowned physicist Lawrence Krauss makes the science behind one of the most important issues of our time accessible to all.” (Richard C. J. Somerville, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego) “Lawrence Krauss is a fine physicist, a talented writer, and a scientist deeply engaged with public affairs. His book deserves wide readership. The book’s eloquent exposition of the science and the threats should enlighten all readers and motivate them to an urgent concern about our planet’s future.” (Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, former president of the Royal Society, author of On the Future: Prospects for Humanity) PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Lawrence M. Krauss (P)2020 Lawrence M. Krauss

Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
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How To

62 ratings

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The world's most entertaining and useless self-help guide, from the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the number one New York Times best sellers What If? and Thing Explainer For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach. It's full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole.  Best-selling author and cartoonist Randall Munroe explains how to predict the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos. He teaches you how to tell if you're a baby boomer or a '90s kid by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and powering your house by destroying the fabric of space-time. And if you want to get rid of a book once you're done with it, he walks you through your options for proper disposal, including dissolving it in the ocean, converting it to a vapor, using tectonic plates to subduct it into the earth's mantle, or launching it into the Sun. By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe doesn't just make things difficult for himself and his listeners. As he did so brilliantly in What If?, Munroe invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible. How To is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.

©2019 Randall Munroe (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Wil Wheaton
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science

9 ratings

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Understanding our humanity - the essence of who we are - is one of the deepest mysteries and biggest challenges in modern science. Why do we have bad moods? Why are we capable of having such strange dreams? How can metaphors in our language hold such sway on our actions? As we learn more about the mechanisms of human behavior through evolutionary biology, neuroscience, anthropology, and other related fields, we're discovering just how intriguing the human species is. And while scientists are continually uncovering similarities between our behavior and that of other animals, they're also finding insights into everything that makes us unique from any other species. Join an acclaimed neurobiologist, award-winning teacher, and MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" recipient in a series of 12 invigorating lectures that offer a surprising and undeniably fascinating study of what makes you you, journeying to the front lines of scientific research to gain a new perspective on the quirky nature of being ourselves. Professor Sapolsky explores our humanity by investigating mysterious and sometimes even mundane aspects of human behavior, including bad moods, nostalgia, and dreams, packing the lectures with stories of bold experiments and case studies that illuminate the intricacies of our behavior. Thought-provoking, witty, and sometimes myth-shattering, this course is sure to have you thinking about and appreciating your life in novel ways. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Deep

107 ratings

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A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. An Amazon Best Science Book of 2014. A Scientific American Recommended Read. Deep is a voyage from the ocean's surface to its darkest trenches, the most mysterious places on Earth. Fascinated by the sport of freediving - in which competitors descend to great depths on a single breath - James Nestor embeds with a gang of oceangoing extreme athletes and renegade researchers. He finds whales that communicate with other whales hundreds of miles away, sharks that swim in unerringly straight lines through pitch-black waters, and other strange phenomena. Most illuminating of all, he learns that these abilities are reflected in our own remarkable and often hidden potential - including echolocation, directional sense, and the profound bodily changes humans undergo when underwater. Along the way Nestor unlocks his own freediving skills as he communes with the pioneers who are expanding our definition of what is possible in the natural world - and in ourselves.

©2014 James Nestor (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: James Nestor
Author: James Nestor
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
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Magic Mushrooms World

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If you want to experience the effect and healing power of psilocybin mushrooms in total safety, then keep reading....  While most people think a mushroom is only a vegetable, they have been an integral part of medicine from a long time. The so-called “Magic Mushrooms” have been used for healing patients in the ancient times, even before modern medicine started considering them as an option. There has always been a great skepticism against mushrooms, as with marijuana a few years ago. However, a lot of scientific research proved the healing properties of these mushrooms, with powerful and therapeutic effects treating chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular problems, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental issues. Recently, studies by researchers have found that psilocybin mushrooms have a high affinity for several serotonin receptors, located in numerous areas of the brain, including the cerebral cortex and thalamus. This proves that psilocybin mushrooms can be an effective cure for mental health diseases. The goal of this audiobook is simple: It is a guide to give you all the information you need to know about psilocybin mushrooms and how you can grow them. With the help of this audiobook, you will learn: Identification of special types of psilocybin mushrooms Some of their benefits and some standard ways to achieve them Outdoor or large-scale mushroom production Domestication of mushroom production at home This includes the pasteurization and sterilization of the substrate discussed and usable Some of the key assets that contribute to the development of mushrooms Preparation and harvesting of mushrooms How to make money from mushroom self-cultivation Its uses, basic facts, and benefits Common problems encountered during mushroom production and production Now, it is your turn to take action. So, forget everything you’ve heard about magic mushrooms, and let this audiobook open your eyes to many healing properties of Mother Nature’s incredible gift! Click on "Buy Now" and enter now to Magic Mushrooms World!

©2020 Paul Harrison (P)2020 Paul Harrison

Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
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Life on Earth

60 ratings

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A new edition of David Attenborough’s groundbreaking Life on Earth. Winner of Best Non-Fiction Audiobook at the New York Radio Awards 2019.    Shortlisted for Best Audiobook at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018.    Shortlisted for Futurebook of the Year at the Futurebook Awards 2018.   The nation’s greatest voice, David Attenborough, reads a brand-new edition of Life on Earth, now available as an audiobook for the first time. David Attenborough’s unforgettable meeting with gorillas became an iconic moment for millions of television viewers. Life on Earth, the series and accompanying book, fundamentally changed the way we view and interact with the natural world, setting a new benchmark of quality, influencing a generation of nature lovers. Told through an examination of animal and plant life, this is an astonishing celebration of the evolution of life on earth, with a cast of characters drawn from the whole range of organisms that have ever lived on this planet. Attenborough’s perceptive, dynamic approach to the evolution of millions of species of living organisms takes the reader on an unforgettable journey of discovery from the very first spark of life to the blue and green wonder we know today. Now, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the book’s first publication, David Attenborough has revisited Life on Earth, completely updating and adding to the original text, taking account of modern scientific discoveries from around the globe. This special anniversary edition provides a fitting tribute to an enduring wildlife classic, destined to enthral the generation who saw it when first published and bring it alive for a whole new generation. This audiobook includes wildlife sounds from BAFTA Award winning sound recordist, Chris Watson, who has worked extensively with David Attenborough on his BBC projects. A soundscape appears at the beginning of each chapter to provide a fully immersive experience of the habitat and some of the species described. A full list of the tracks, as they appear in the audiobook, is available below. Prologue - Acacia scrubland dawn chorus in the Masai Mara, Kenya, featuring White-browed Robin-chat.  Chapter One, The Infinite Variety - Tropical rain forest in Panama with the calls of Montezuma oropendola. Chapter Two, Building Bodies - Fish and crustaceans recorded underwater on a coral reef off Seligan island, Borneo. Chapter Three, The First Forests - Geysir and geothermal activity at Haukadalur hot springs in Iceland. This track also features the Strokkur geysir erupting.  Chapter Four, The Swarming Hordes - Evening insect chorus in the Conkouati forest reserve, Republic of Congo. Chapter Five, The Conquest of The Waters - Ocean currents through sea kelp recorded at a depth of 8m, Moray Firth, Scotland. Chapter Six, Invasion of The Land - Reed frog chorus at sunset, Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Chapter Seven, A Watertight Skin - Seawash around basking marine iguanas, Isla San Cristóbal, Galapagos. Chapter Eight, Lords of The Air - Springtime dawn chorus with nightingale, Hambleton wood, Rutland Water nature reserve, UK. Chapter Nine, Eggs, Pouches and Placentas - forest chorus along riverside platypus territory, Queensland, Australia. Chapter Ten, Theme and Variation - Common Pipistrelle bats echolocating after sunset, Holystone woodland, Northumberland. Chapter Eleven, The Hunters and The Hunted - Spotted hyena contact calls at midnight in the Masai Mara, Kenya. Chapter Twelve, A Life in The Trees - Black howler monkeys calling across the tree canopy at sunrise in Belize. Chapter Thirteen, The Compulsive Communicators - Street market, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, Northern India. Epilogue - Beach habitat in mangroves with Great frigatebirds and red footed boobies, Isla Genovesa, Galapagos.

©2018 David Attenborough (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
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Life on the Edge

10 ratings

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Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how did it come to be? Even in an age of cloning and artificial biology, the remarkable truth remains: Nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we still missing a vital ingredient in its creation? Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe Macfadden reveal the hitherto missing ingredient to be quantum mechanics and the strange phenomena that lie at the heart of this most mysterious of sciences. As they brilliantly demonstrate here, life lives on the quantum edge.

©2014 Johnjoe McFadden and Jim Al-Khalili (P)2015 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Pete Cross
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
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Light Falls

14 ratings

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Best-selling author, superstar physicist, and cofounder of the World Science Festival Brian Greene (The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos) and an ensemble cast led by award-winning actor Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) perform this dramatic story tracing Albert Einstein's discovery of the general theory of relativity. Featuring an original score by composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards, Pollock), Einstein’s electrifying journey toward his greatest achievement is brought vividly to life. The theatrical version of Light Falls was first performed at the World Science Festival in New York City. Full list of narrators includes Graeme Malcolm.

©2015 Brian Greene (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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The Fourth Phase of Water

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World renowned scientist, Dr. Gerald Pollack, takes us on a fantastic voyage through water, showing us a hidden universe teeming with physical activity - providing simple explanations for common everyday phenomena, which you have inevitably seen but not really understood. For instance, have you ever wondered... How do clouds made up of dense water droplets manage to float in the sky? Why don't your joints squeak as they rub together? Why do you sink in dry sand, but not in wet sand? How does capillary action manage to raise water up a 100 foot tree? Why does warm water freeze quicker than cool water? Pollack uses a recent and fundamental scientific finding - EZ water - to help explain these and many other head-scratchers. When touching most surfaces, water transforms itself into so-called EZ (Exclusion Zone) water, also known as structured water or fourth phase water. EZ water, whose formula is H3O2, differs dramatically from H2O. And, there is a lot of it, everywhere.   This award-winning book provides ample evidence for the existence of EZ water. Pollack writes in a clear, eloquent style. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2013 Gerald H. Pollack (P)2019 Tantor

Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
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The Story of More

5 ratings

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“Hope Jahren is the voice that science has been waiting for.” (Nature) “A superb account of the deadly struggle between humanity and what may prove the only life-bearing planet within 10 light years, written in a brilliantly sardonic and conversational style.” (E. O. Wilson)  “Hope Jahren asks the central question of our time: how can we learn to live on a finite planet? The Story of More is thoughtful, informative, and - above all - essential.” (Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction)  Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist, a brilliant writer, a passionate teacher, and one of the seven billion people with whom we share this earth. In The Story of More, she illuminates the link between human habits and our imperiled planet. In concise, highly understandable chapters, she takes us through the science behind the key inventions - from electric power to large-scale farming to automobiles - that, even as they help us, release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere like never before. She explains the current and projected consequences of global warming - from superstorms to rising sea levels - and the actions that we all can take to fight back.  At once an explainer on the mechanisms of global change and a lively, personal narrative given to us in Jahren’s inimitable voice, The Story of More is the essential pocket primer on climate change that will leave an indelible impact on everyone who reads it.

©2020 Hope Jahren (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: Hope Jahren
Author: Hope Jahren
Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
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50 Things to Know About Mushroom Hunting

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Have you ever looked at a yard full of mushrooms that popped up overnight and wondered if they were poisonous? Have you taken a walk in the woods and stumbled on a mushroom you’ve never seen before? Does the idea of tasting amazing new flavors you found yourself appeal to you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is for you. 50 Things About Mushroom Hunting by author Rebecca Wescott offers an approach to understanding, locating, identifying, and eating these delicious wild fungi. While other books focus on identification or complex science, this book will recommend some quality identification guides and focus on the mystery and enjoyment of pursuing elusive mushroom surprises.  With this book, you will be off into the woods with your boots and bug spray, ready to start your mushroom-hunting experience. By the time you finish this book, you will know what mushrooms are, where they grow, which ones are edible, and how to enjoy them. So, buy the audiobook today. You'll be glad you did.

©2020 CZYK Publishing (P)2021 CZYK Publishing

Narrator: Khai Lannor
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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The Reality Bubble

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Our naked eyes see only a thin sliver of reality. We are blind in comparison to the X-rays that peer through skin, the mass spectrometers that detect the dead inside the living or the high-tech surveillance systems that see with artificial intelligence.    And we are blind compared to the animals that can see in infrared, or ultraviolet, or in 360-degree vision. These animals live in the same world we do, but they see something quite different when they look around.   With all of the curiosity and flair that drives her broadcasting, Ziya Tong illuminates this hidden world and takes us on a journey to examine ten of humanity's biggest blind spots. What she reveals is not on the things we didn't evolve to see but, more dangerously, the blindness of modern society. This vitally important new book shows how sciences, and the wonder and courage that drive it, can help civilisation flourish by opening our eyes.  Fast-paced, utterly fascinating and deeply humane, The Reality Bubble gives voice to the sense we've all had - that there is more to the world than meets the eye.

©2019 Ziya Tong (P)2019 Canongate Books Ltd

Narrator: Ziya Tong
Author: Ziya Tong
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
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Nonsense on Stilts

1 rating

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Recent polls suggest that fewer than 40 per cent of Americans believe in Darwin's theory of evolution, despite it being one of science's best-established findings. More and more parents are refusing to vaccinate their children for fear it causes autism, though this link has been consistently disproved. And about 40 per cent of Americans believe that the threat of global warming is exaggerated, despite near consensus in the scientific community that manmade climate change is real. Why do people believe bunk? And what causes them to embrace such pseudoscientific beliefs and practices? Noted skeptic Massimo Pigliucci sets out to separate the fact from the fantasy in this entertaining exploration of the nature of science, the borderlands of fringe science, and - borrowing a famous phrase from philosopher Jeremy Bentham - the nonsense on stilts. Presenting case studies on a number of controversial topics, Pigliucci cuts through the ambiguity surrounding science to look more closely at how science is conducted, how it is disseminated, how it is interpreted, and what it means to our society. The result is in many ways a "taxonomy of bunk" that explores the intersection of science and culture at large. No one - not the public intellectuals in the culture wars between defenders and detractors of science nor the believers of pseudoscience themselves - is spared Pigliucci's incisive analysis. In the end, Nonsense on Stilts is a timely reminder of the need to maintain a line between expertise and assumption. Broad in scope and implication, it is also ultimately a captivating guide for the intelligent citizen who wishes to make up her own mind while navigating the perilous debates that will affect the future of our planet.NOTE: Some editorial changes to the original text have been made with the author’s approval.

©2010 The University of Chicago (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jay Russell
Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
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The Elements We Live By

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An around-the-world journey to discover where in the wild we can find the elements of life and the surprising ways they're essential to our survival We all know that we depend on elements for survival - from the oxygen in the air we breathe to the carbon in the molecular structures of all living things. But we don't often stop to appreciate how, say, phosphorous holds our DNA together or how potassium powers our optic nerves so that we can see.   In The Elements We Live By, physicist and award-winning author Anja Røyne takes us on an astonishing journey through chemistry and physics, introducing the building blocks from which we humans - and the world - are made. Not only does Røyne explain why our bodies need iron, phosphorus, silicon, potassium, and many more elements in just the right amounts in order to function, she also leads us around the world to where these precious elements are found (some of them in ever-shrinking quantities).   You'll understand how precariously balanced our lives - and ways of life - really are, and you'll see these unsung heroes of the periodic table in an entirely new light.

©2018, 2020 Anja Røyne; translation copyright 2020 by The Experiment, LLC (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Donna Postel
Author: Anja Røyne
Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
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The Internet of Money

70 ratings

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While many books explain the how of bitcoin, The Internet of Money delves into the why of bitcoin. Acclaimed information-security expert and author of Mastering Bitcoin, Andreas M. Antonopoulos examines and contextualizes the significance of bitcoin through a series of essays spanning the exhilarating maturation of this technology. Bitcoin, a technological breakthrough quietly introduced to the world in 2008, is transforming much more than finance. Bitcoin is disrupting antiquated industries to bring financial independence to billions worldwide. In this book, Andreas explains why bitcoin is a financial and technological evolution with potential far exceeding the label "digital currency." Andreas goes beyond exploring the technical functioning of the bitcoin network by illuminating bitcoin's philosophical, social, and historical implications. As the Internet has essentially transformed how people around the world interact and has permanently impacted our lives in ways we never could have imagined, bitcoin - the Internet of money - is fundamentally changing our approach to solving social, political, and economic problems through decentralized technology.

©2016 Merkle Bloom LLC (P)2017 Merkle Bloom LLC

Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
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Atomic Awakening

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"Persuasive and based on deep research. Atomic Awakening taught me a great deal." (Nature) The American public's introduction to nuclear technology was manifested in destruction and death. With Hiroshima and the Cold War still ringing in our ears, our perception of all things nuclear is seen through the lens of weapons development. Nuclear power is full of mind-bending theories, deep secrets, and the misdirection of public consciousness - some deliberate, some accidental. The result of this fixation on bombs and fallout is that the development of a non-polluting, renewable energy source stands frozen in time. Outlining nuclear energy's discovery and applications throughout history, Mahaffey's brilliant and accessible book is essential to understanding the astounding phenomenon of nuclear power in an age where renewable energy and climate change have become the defining concerns of the twenty-first century.

©2009 James Mahaffey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: John McLain
Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
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The Deep History of Ourselves

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A leading neuroscientist offers a history of the evolution of the brain from unicellular organisms to the complexity of animals and human beings today Renowned neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux digs into the natural history of life on earth to provide a new perspective on the similarities between us and our ancestors in deep time. This pause-resisting survey of the whole of terrestrial evolution sheds new light on how nervous systems evolved in animals, how the brain developed, and what it means to be human.  In The Deep History of Ourselves, LeDoux argues that the key to understanding human behavior lies in viewing evolution through the prism of the first living organisms. By tracking the chain of the evolutionary timeline he shows how even the earliest single-cell organisms had to solve the same problems we and our cells have to solve each day. Along the way, LeDoux explores our place in nature, how the evolution of nervous systems enhanced the ability of organisms to survive and thrive, and how the emergence of what we humans understand as consciousness made our greatest and most horrendous achievements as a species possible. *Includes a PDF of original reference illustrations from the text PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Joseph LeDoux (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Fred Sanders
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
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The Fabric of the Cosmos

19 ratings

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From Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading physicists, comes a grand tour of the universe that makes us look at reality in a completely different way. Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past? Greene uses these questions to guide us toward modern science’s new and deeper understanding of the universe.  From Newton’s unchanging realm in which space and time are absolute, to Einstein’s fluid conception of spacetime, to quantum mechanics’ entangled arena where vastly distant objects can bridge their spatial separation to instantaneously coordinate their behavior or even undergo teleportation, Greene reveals our world to be very different from what common experience leads us to believe.  Focusing on the enigma of time, Greene establishes that nothing in the laws of physics insists that it run in any particular direction and that “time’s arrow” is a relic of the universe’s condition at the moment of the big bang. And in explaining the big bang itself, Greene shows how recent cutting-edge developments in superstring and M-theory may reconcile the behavior of everything from the smallest particle to the largest black hole. This startling vision culminates in a vibrant eleven-dimensional “multiverse,” pulsating with ever-changing textures, where space and time themselves may dissolve into subtler, more fundamental entities.  Sparked by the trademark wit, humor, and brilliant use of analogy that have made The Elegant Universe a modern classic, Brian Greene takes us all, regardless of our scientific backgrounds, on an irresistible and revelatory journey to the new layers of reality that modern physics has discovered lying just beneath the surface of our everyday world. 

©2004 Brian Greene (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

Author: Brian Greene
Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
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The End of Ice

5 ratings

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The author who Jeremy Scahill calls the “quintessential unembedded reporter” visits “hot spots” around the world in a global quest to discover how we will cope with our planet’s changing ecosystems

After nearly a decade overseas as a war reporter, the acclaimed journalist Dahr Jamail returned to America to renew his passion for mountaineering, only to find that the slopes he had once climbed have been irrevocably changed by climate disruption. In response, Jamail embarks on a journey to the geographical front lines of this crisis - from Alaska to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, via the Amazon rainforest - in order to discover the consequences to nature and to humans of the loss of ice.

In The End of Ice, we follow Jamail as he scales Denali, the highest peak in North America, dives in the warm crystal waters of the Pacific only to find ghostly coral reefs, and explores the tundra of St. Paul Island where he meets the last subsistence seal hunters of the Bering Sea and witnesses its melting glaciers. Accompanied by climate scientists and people whose families have fished, farmed, and lived in the areas he visits for centuries, Jamail begins to accept the fact that Earth, most likely, is in a hospice situation. Ironically, this allows him to renew his passion for the planet’s wild places, cherishing Earth in a way he has never been able to before.

Like no other book, The End of Ice offers a firsthand chronicle of the catastrophic reality of our situation and the incalculable necessity of relishing this vulnerable, fragile planet while we still can.

©2019 Dahr Jamail (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc. Published by arrangement with The New Press (www.thenewpress.com).

Narrator: Tom Parks
Author: Dahr Jamail
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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A Beautiful Question

3 ratings

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Does the universe embody beautiful ideas?  Artists as well as scientists throughout human history have pondered this "beautiful question". With Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek as your guide, embark on a voyage of related discoveries, from Plato and Pythagoras up to the present. Wilczek's groundbreaking work in quantum physics was inspired by his intuition to look for a deeper order of beauty in nature. In fact, every major advance in his career came from this intuition: to assume that the universe embodies beautiful forms, forms whose hallmarks are symmetry - harmony, balance, proportion - and economy. There are other meanings of "beauty", but this is the deep logic of the universe - and it is no accident that it is also at the heart of what we find aesthetically pleasing and inspiring.  Wilczek is hardly alone among great scientists in charting his course using beauty as his compass. As he reveals in A Beautiful Question, this has been the heart of scientific pursuit from Pythagoras, the ancient Greek who was the first to argue that "all things are number", to Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, and into the deep waters of 20th century physics. Though the ancients weren't right about everything, their ardent belief in the music of the spheres has proved true down to the quantum level. Indeed, Wilczek explores just how intertwined our ideas about beauty and art are with our scientific understanding of the cosmos.  Wilczek brings us right to the edge of knowledge today, where the core insights of even the craziest quantum ideas apply principles we all understand. The equations for atoms and light are almost literally the same equations that govern musical instruments and sound; the subatomic particles that are responsible for most of our mass are determined by simple geometric symmetries. The universe itself, suggests Wilczek, seems to want to embody beautiful and elegant forms.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2015 Frank Wilczek (P)2015 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Frank Wilczek
Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
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AsapSCIENCE

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From the creators of the wildly popular and seriously scientific YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE comes entertaining, irreverent, and totally accessible answers to the questions you never got to ask in science class. Why do we get hungover? What would happen if you stopped sleeping? Is binge watching TV actually bad for you? Why should I take a power nap? In their first-ever audiobook, Mitchell Moffit and Greg Brown, the geniuses behind YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE, explain the true science of how things work in their trademark hilarious and fascinating fashion. Applying the fun format of their addictive videos to topics ranging from brain freeze to hiccups to the science of the snooze button, AsapSCIENCE takes the underpinnings of biology, chemistry, physics, and other hard sciences and applies them to everyday life through quirky and relatable examples that will appeal to both science nerds and those who didn't ace chemistry. This is the science that people actually want to learn, shared in a friendly, engaging style. And in the spirit of science, no subject is taboo. Amid the humor is great information and cocktail conversation fodder, all thoughtfully presented. Whether you're a total newbie or the next Albert Einstein, this guide is sure to educate and entertain...ASAP.

©2015 ASAPScience, Inc. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
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Parallel Worlds

20 ratings

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Is our universe dying? Could there be other universes? In Parallel Worlds, world-renowned physicist and best-selling author Michio Kaku - an author who "has a knack for bringing the most ethereal ideas down to earth" (Wall Street Journal) - takes listeners on a fascinating tour of cosmology, M-theory, and its implications for the fate of the universe. In his first book of physics since Hyperspace, Michio Kaku begins by describing the extraordinary advances that have transformed cosmology over the last century and particularly over the last decade, forcing scientists around the world to rethink our understanding of the birth of the universe and its ultimate fate. In Dr. Kaku's eyes, we are living in a golden age of physics, as new discoveries from the WMAP and COBE satellites and the Hubble space telescope have given us unprecedented pictures of our universe in its infancy. As astronomers wade through the avalanche of data from the WMAP satellite, a new cosmological picture is emerging. So far the leading theory about the birth of the universe is the "inflationary universe theory", a major refinement on the big bang theory. In this theory our universe may be but one in a multiverse, floating like a bubble in an infinite sea of bubble universes, with new universes being created all the time. A parallel universe may well hover a mere millimeter from our own. The very idea of parallel universes and the string theory that can explain their existence was once viewed with suspicion by scientists, seen as the province of mystics, charlatans, and cranks. But today physicists overwhelmingly support string theory and its latest iteration, M-theory, as it is this one theory that, if proven correct, would reconcile the four forces of the universe simply and elegantly and answer the question "what happened before the big bang?" Already, Kaku explains, the world's foremost physicists and astronomers are searching for ways to test the theory of the multiverse using highly sophisticated wave detectors, gravity lenses, satellites, and telescopes. The implications of M-theory are fascinating and endless. If parallel worlds do exist, Kaku speculates, in time - perhaps a trillion years or more from now, as appears likely - when our universe grows cold and dark in what scientists describe as a big freeze, advanced civilizations may well find a way to escape our universe in a kind of "interdimensional lifeboat". An unforgettable journey into black holes and time machines, alternate universes, and multidimensional space, Parallel Worlds gives us a compelling portrait of the revolution sweeping the world of cosmology.

©2006 Michio Kaku (P)2016 Random House Audio

Narrator: Marc Vietor
Author: Michio Kaku
Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
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Dark Matter and Dark Energy

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All the matter and light we can see in the universe makes up a trivial five per cent of everything. The rest is hidden. This could be the biggest puzzle that science has ever faced.  Since the 1970s, astronomers have been aware that galaxies have far too little matter in them to account for the way they spin around: they should fly apart, but something concealed holds them together.  That ’something' is dark matter - invisible material in five times the quantity of the familiar stuff of stars and planets. By the 1990s we also knew that the expansion of the universe was accelerating. Something, named dark energy, is pushing it to expand faster and faster.  Across the universe, this requires enough energy that the equivalent mass would be nearly 14 times greater than all the visible material in existence. Brian Clegg explains this major conundrum in modern science and looks at how scientists are beginning to find solutions to it.

©2019 Brian Clegg (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Mark Cameron
Author: Brian Clegg
Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
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Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

104 ratings

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"It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these twenty-four lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics. After that, you'll follow along as Professor Wolfson outlines the logic that led to Einstein's profound theory of special relativity and the simple yet far-reaching insight on which it rests. With that insight in mind, you'll move on to consider Einstein's theory of general relativity and its interpretation of gravitation in terms of the curvature of space and time. From there, you'll embark on a dazzling exploration of how inquiry into matter at the atomic and subatomic scales led to quandaries that are resolved-or at least clarified-by quantum mechanics, a vision of physical reality so profound and so at odds with our experience that it nearly defies language. By bringing relativity and quantum mechanics into the same picture, you'll chart the development of fascinating hypotheses about the origin, development, and possible futures of the entire universe, as well as the possibility that physics can produce a "theory of everything" to account for all aspects of the physical world. But the goal throughout these lectures remains the same: to present the key ideas of modern physics in a way that makes them clear to the interested layperson. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2000 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2000 The Great Courses

Narrator: Richard Wolfson
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
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Start Your Farm

14 ratings

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Do you dream of starting your own farm but wonder where to begin? Or do you already have a farm but wish to become more sustainable to compete in today's market? Start Your Farm, the first comprehensive business guide of its kind, covers these essential questions and more: Why be a farmer in the 21st century? Do you have what it takes? What does sustainable really mean, and how can a small (as little as one acre) to midsize farm survive alongside commodity-scale agriculture? How do you access education, land, and other needs with limited capital? How can you reap an actual profit, including a return on land investment? How do you build connections with employees, colleagues, and customers? At the end of the day, how do you measure success? (Hint: Cash your lifestyle paycheck.)   More than a practical guide, Start Your Farm is a hopeful call to action for anyone who aspires to grow wholesome, environmentally sustainable food for a living. Take it from Forrest Pritchard and Ellen Polishuk: Making this dream a reality is not for the faint of heart, but it's well within reach - and there's no greater satisfaction under the sun! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Forrest Pritchard and Ellen Polishuk (P)2018 Tantor

Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
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Worlds Within Worlds: The Story of Nuclear Energy

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In this 1972 treatise, Isaac Asimov takes the listener on an historic journey through the development of man's understanding of electricity, chemistry, and - ultimately - nuclear energy. Asimov's incomparable ability to simplify the complex is apparent as he guides you through the milestones of scientific thought that connected ideas about electricity and magnetism to the nature of matter, and led to the advances in discovery through the first half of the 20th century that resulted in the harnessing of previously unknown energy directly from the heart of the atom.

Public Domain (P)2019 Stuart Gauffi

Narrator: Stuart Gauffi
Author: Isaac Asimov
Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
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In Search of Mycotopia

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From ecology to fermentation, in pop culture and in medicine - mushrooms are everywhere and In Search of Mycotopia is a listener's expert guide through the weird, wonderful world of fungi and the amazing modern mycological movement. The book introduces us to an incredible, essential, and oft-overlooked kingdom of life - fungi - and all the potential it holds for our future, through the work and research being done by an unforgettable community of mushroom-mad citizen scientists and microbe devotees. This entertaining and mind-expanding journey will captivate listeners who are curious about the hidden worlds and networks that make up our planet. Author Doug Bierend uncovers a vanguard of mycologists; growers, independent researchers, ecologists, entrepreneurs, and amateur enthusiasts exploring and advocating for fungi’s capacity to improve and heal. From decontaminating landscapes and waterways to achieving food security, In Search of Mycotopia demonstrates how humans can work with fungi to better live with nature—and with one another.

©2021 Doug Bierend (P)2021 Chelsea Green Publishing

Narrator: René Ruiz
Author: Doug Bierend
Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers

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One of the great mysteries of science is that its fundamental laws are written in the language of mathematics. Graham Farmelo's thrilling new book shows how modern maths has helped physicists to rethink gravity, space, and time.  The Universe Speaks in Numbers takes us on an adventure from the Enlightenment to the present with a vibrant cast of characters, illuminating the most exciting and controversial developments in contemporary thought. Always lively and authoritative, Farmelo navigates the listener through the huge imaginative leaps that are edging us towards a radically new conception of the nature of our universe. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our Desktop Site.

©2019 Graham Farmelo (P)2019 Faber Audio

Narrator: Hugh Kermode
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
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The Science of Information: From Language to Black Holes

6 ratings

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The science of information is the most influential, yet perhaps least appreciated field in science today. Never before in history have we been able to acquire, record, communicate, and use information in so many different forms. This revolution goes far beyond the limitless content that fills our lives, because information also underlies our understanding of ourselves, the natural world, and the universe. Little wonder that an entirely new science has arisen that is devoted to deepening our understanding of information and our ability to use it. The study and acquisition of information has been around a long time. In human terms, spoken language, writing, art, music, and mathematics are perfect examples; so are Morse code, Mendelian genetics, and radio signals - all understood and used before 1900. But a series of conceptual breakthroughs in the 20th century united what seemed like unrelated phenomena and led to a dramatic new way of looking at reality. Called information theory, this field has been responsible for path-breaking insights. The Science of Information: From Language to Black Holes covers the exciting concepts, history, and applications of information theory in 24 challenging and eye-opening half-hour lectures taught by Professor Benjamin Schumacher of Kenyon College. A prominent physicist and award-winning educator at one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, Professor Schumacher is also a pioneer in the field of quantum information, which is the latest exciting development in this dynamic scientific field. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2016 The Great Courses (P)2016 The Teaching Company, LLC

Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
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Seeds of Hope

2 ratings

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Renowned naturalist and best-selling author Jane Goodall examines the critical role that trees and plants play in our world. In her wise and elegant new audiobook, Jane Goodall blends her experience in nature with her enthusiasm for botany to give listeners a deeper understanding of the world around us. Long before her work with chimpanzees, Goodall's passion for the natural world sprouted in the backyard of her childhood home in England, where she climbed her beech tree and made elderberry wine with her grandmother. The garden her family began then, she continues to enjoy today. Seeds of Hope takes us from England to Goodall's home-away-from-home in Africa, deep inside the Gombe forest, where she and the chimpanzees are enchanted by the fig and plum trees they encounter. She introduces us to botanists around the world, as well as places where hope for plants can be found, such as The Millennium Seed Bank, where one billion seeds are preserved. She shows us the secret world of plants with all their mysteries and potential for healing our bodies as well as planet Earth. Looking at the world as an adventurer, scientist, and devotee of sustainable foods and gardening - and setting forth simple goals we can all take to protect the plants around us - Jane Goodall delivers an enlightening story of the wonders we can find in our own backyards.

©2013 Jane Goodall (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Chancing It

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Over the years, some very smart people have thought they understood the rules of chance - only to fail dismally. Whether you call it probability, risk, or uncertainty, the workings of chance often defy common sense. Fortunately, advances in math and science have revealed the laws of chance, and understanding those laws can help in your everyday life. In Chancing It, award-winning scientist and writer Robert Matthews shows how to understand the laws of probability and use them to your advantage. He gives you access to some of the most potent intellectual tools ever developed and explains how to use them to guide your judgments and decisions. By the end of the book, you will know: How to understand and even predict coincidences When an insurance policy is worth having Why "expert" predictions are often misleading How to tell when a scientific claim is a breakthrough or baloney When it makes sense to place a bet on anything from sports to stock markets A groundbreaking introduction to the power of probability, Chancing It will sharpen your decision-making and maximize your luck.

©2016, 2017 Robert Matthews (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Foreword © 2017 by Larry Gonick.

Narrator: Jeff Cummings
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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How To - Wie man's hinkriegt

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xkcd-Fans aufgepasst: Nach "What if?" jetzt der weltoriginellste "Self-Help-Guide" von Randall Munroe! Für jede Aufgabe, die sich uns stellt, gibt es einen richtigen Weg, einen falschen, und einen, der so offensichtlich absurd ist, dass man ihn niemals in Betracht ziehen würde. "How to" ist eine Anleitung zu diesem dritten Ansatz. Es zeigt uns, wie wir digitale Daten versenden, indem wir USB-Sticks an Zugvögeln befestigen. Wie wir unserem Auto Starthilfe geben, indem wir elf Jahre auf eine Sonneneruption warten. Und wir erfahren, wie wir endlich pünktlich zu Verabredungen kommen: indem wir mal eben den Mond zerstören. Wie schon "What if?" ist "How to" witzig und horizonterweiternd und hilft uns zu verstehen, welche wissenschaftlichen und technischen Phänomene unserem Alltag zugrunde liegen. In deiner Audible-Bibliothek findest du für dieses Hörerlebnis eine PDF-Datei mit zusätzlichem Material.

©2019 Penguin Verlag. Übersetzung von Ralf Pannowitsch (P)2019 der Hörverlag

Narrator: Norman Matt
Length: 8 hrs
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Losing Earth

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2019 Choice Outstanding Academic Title By 1979, we knew nearly everything we understand today about climate change - including how to stop it. Over the next decade, a handful of scientists, politicians, and strategists, led by two unlikely heroes, risked their careers in a desperate, escalating campaign to convince the world to act before it was too late. Losing Earth is their story and ours.   The New York Times Magazine devoted an entire issue to Nathaniel Rich’s groundbreaking chronicle of that decade, which became an instant journalistic phenomenon - the subject of news coverage, editorials, and conversations all over the world. In its emphasis on the lives of the people who grappled with the great existential threat of our age, it made vivid the moral dimensions of our shared plight.   Now expanded into audiobook form, Losing Earth tells the human story of climate change in even richer, more intimate terms. It reveals, in previously unreported detail, the birth of climate denialism and the genesis of the fossil-fuel industry’s coordinated effort to thwart climate policy through misinformation propaganda and political influence. The audiobook carries the story into the present day, wrestling with the long shadow of our past failures and asking crucial questions about how we make sense of our past, our future, and ourselves.    Like John Hersey’s Hiroshima and Jonathan Schell’s The Fate of the Earth, Losing Earth is the rarest of achievements: a riveting work of dramatic history that articulates a moral framework for understanding how we got here and how we must go forward.

©2019 Nathaniel Rich (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Matt Godfrey
Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
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Human Physiology: Medical School Crash Course

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AudioLearn's Medical School Crash Courses presents Human Physiology: Written by experts and authorities in the field and professionally narrated for easy listening, this crash course is a valuable tool both during school and when preparing for the USMLE, or if you're simply interested in the subject. The audio is focused and high-yield, covering the most important topics you might expect to learn in a typical medical school human physiology course. Included are both capsule and detailed explanations of critical issues and topics you must know to master this topic. The material is accurate, up to date, and broken down into bite-sized sections. There is a "Q&A" and "key takeaways" section following each topic to review questions commonly tested and drive home key points. In this course, we'll cover the following topics: Basic cell processes Metabolic physiology Endocrine system physiology Central nervous system physiology Autonomic nervous system physiology Musculoskeletal physiology Cardiovascular system physiology Respiratory system physiology Immune system physiology Kidney physiology Digestive system physiology Reproductive system physiology Skeletal system Acid-base regulation Also included is a comprehensive test containing the top 100 most commonly tested questions in human physiology with the correct answers. AudioLearn's Medical School Crash Courses support your studies, help with USMLE preparation, and provide a comprehensive audio review of the topic matter for anyone interested in what medical students are taught in a typical medical school human physiology course.

©2017 AudioLearn (P)2017 AudioLearn

Narrator: Bhama Roget
Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
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Plant Science: An Introduction to Botany

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In Plant Science: An Introduction to Botany, Dr. Catherine Kleier invites us to open our eyes to the phenomenal world of plant life and to the process she calls “Natura Revelata”, the joy of celebrating and learning from the secrets of nature. As Dr. Kleier shares her knowledge with contagious excitement for her subject, she emphasizes the middle ground: Instead of focusing on cell microbiology or the study of ecosystems and habitats, she stresses the basic biology, function, and the amazing adaptations of the plants we see all around us. Dr. Kleier proposes and establishes that there is pleasure to be found in being able to identify and understand the workings of that tree outside the window. With almost 400,000 known species and thousands more identified every year, the variety of plant life is almost overwhelming - from the microscopic to the largest organism on Earth. In this course, you will learn about the fascinating adaptations that have allowed plants to thrive in almost every corner of the world and the unique plants that have evolved as a result. You’ll learn about the latest discoveries regarding plant communication, the myriad ways they manage and shape their own environments, and why botanists are still debating what it really means to be a unique species.

©2017 The Great Courses (P)2017 The Teaching Company, LLC

Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
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Billions & Billions

7 ratings

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In the final book of his astonishing career, Carl Sagan brilliantly examines the burning questions of our lives, our world, and the universe around us. These luminous, entertaining essays travel both the vastness of the cosmos and the intimacy of the human mind, posing such fascinating questions as how did the universe originate and how will it end, and how can we meld science and compassion to meet the challenges of the coming century? Here, too, is a rare, private glimpse of Sagan's thoughts about love, death, and God as he struggled with fatal disease. Ever forward-looking and vibrant with the sparkle of his unquenchable curiosity, Billions & Billions is a testament to one of the great scientific minds of our day. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©1997 The Estate of Carl Sagan (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Author: Carl Sagan
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
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The Systems Thinker: Analytical Skills

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Enhance your logic, reason, judgment, and wisdom. Increase your ability to create concise and reasoned arguments using data and evidence to get a genuine conclusion. The Systems Thinker: Analytical Skills aims to raise the level of your mental performance by focusing on the fundamentals of how to use your mind effectively. This audiobook will show you how to: Increase your ability to analyze problems and to comprehend what you read, hear, and experience in a logical manner. Examine the logical structure of good and bad reasoning. Look at what type of evidence decisions are commonly based on. Detect common fallacies and rhetorical and psychological factors that can influence your thinking. The audiobook presents the methods that good problem-solvers use in understanding complex ideas. It provides practice in applying these methods to a variety of comprehension, analytical, and reasoning questions. It also includes a number of logical thinking problems to hone your logical thinking skills. Use these intellectual skills to analyze anything you might think about - questions, problems, disciplines. The most widely used forms of analysis Guidance and practice to monitor your thoughts with the help of intellectual tools Learn to question purposes, problems, information, and concepts Interdisciplinary analytical tools to understand and assess your own reasoning, be it about a highly technical question or your everyday life The Systems Thinker: Analytical Skills helps you to find the most fundamental logic of any discipline, problem, or thesis. Transfer your knowledge between and among subjects and fields of observation. Learn four types of profound analysis. Learn to read and create statistical charts. Learn and correct the most frequent errors in reasoning. Learn to complement your analytical thinking tools with synthetic, systemic, critical, and creative thinking tools. Good analytical thinking skills are deeply necessary if you are working in business, education, law, politics, and economics. Understanding the underlying structure of a problem can help you come up with the best solution. Adopt analytical thinking skills to make better decisions, assess situations more accurately, and persuade other people with more success to consider your point of view. This audiobook serves as a springboard toward analytic proficiency. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Albert Rutherford (P)2019 Albert Rutherford

Narrator: Russell Newton
Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
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A Universe from Nothing

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Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing? Krauss’ answers to these and other timeless questions, in a wildly popular lecture on YouTube, has attracted almost a million viewers. The last of these questions in particular has been at the center of religious and philosophical debates about the existence of God, and it’s the supposed counterargument to anyone who questions the need for God. Scientists have, however, historically focused on more pressing issues—such as figuring out how the universe actually functions, which could help us to improve our quality of life. In this cosmological story that rivets as it enlightens, pioneering theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss explains groundbreaking scientific advances that turn the most basic philosophical questions on their head. One of the few prominent scientists to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is indeed addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing—with surprising and fascinating results. The beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending theories are all described accessibly, and they suggest that not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing. With his characteristic wry humor and clear explanations, Krauss takes us back to the beginning of the beginning, presenting recent evidence for how our universe evolved—and the implications for how it will end. It will provoke, challenge, and delight listeners as it looks at the most basic underpinnings of existence in a whole new way. And this knowledge that our universe will be quite different in the future has profound consequences and directly affects how we live in the present. As Richard Dawkins described it, this could potentially be the most important scientific book with implications for supernaturalism since Darwin.

©2012 Lawrence M. Krauss (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
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Brief Answers to the Big Questions

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Number-one New York Times best seller The world-famous cosmologist and author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the biggest questions facing humankind. "Hawking’s parting gift to humanity...a book every thinking person worried about humanity’s future should read." (NPR) Named one of the best books of the year by The Guardian and Wired Stephen Hawking was the most renowned scientist since Einstein, known both for his groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology and for his mischievous sense of humor. He educated millions of readers about the origins of the universe and the nature of black holes, and inspired millions more by defying a terrifying early prognosis of ALS, which originally gave him only two years to live. In later life he could communicate only by using a few facial muscles, but he continued to advance his field and serve as a revered voice on social and humanitarian issues. Hawking not only unraveled some of the universe's greatest mysteries but also believed science plays a critical role in fixing problems here on Earth. Now, as we face immense challenges on our planet - including climate change, the threat of nuclear war, and the development of artificial intelligence - he turns his attention to the most urgent issues facing us. Will humanity survive? Should we colonize space? Does God exist? These are just a few of the questions Hawking addresses in this wide-ranging, passionately argued final book from one of the greatest minds in history. Featuring a foreword by Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar playing Stephen Hawking, an introduction by Nobel Laureate Kip Thorne, and an afterword from Hawking's daughter, Lucy, Brief Answers to the Big Questions is a brilliant last message to the world. Praise for Brief Answers to the Big Questions: "[Hawking is] a symbol of the soaring power of the human mind." (The Washington Post) "Hawking's final message to readers...is a hopeful one." (CNN) "Brisk, lucid peeks into the future of science and of humanity." (The Wall Street Journal) "Hawking pulls no punches on subjects like machines taking over, the biggest threat to Earth, and the possibilities of intelligent life in space." (Quartz) "Effortlessly instructive, absorbing, up to the minute and - where it matters - witty." (The Guardian)  "This beautiful little book is a fitting last twinkle from a new star in the firmament above." (The Telegraph) 

©2018 Stephen Hawking (P)2018 Random House Audio

Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
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Origins of the Human Mind

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For thousands of years, the human mind has been shrouded in mystery. But with the latest advancements in both our understanding of the brain and the technology we use to look inside it, scientists have vastly improved their grasp of the human mind. Now, more than at any other point in human history, we can better explain and describe how the human mind has evolved; how our genes and environments work together to mold the people we become; and the sources, symptoms, and potential treatment methods for debilitating mental disorders like depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, and many others. The human mind and its complexities lie at the heart of who we are as human beings. And grasping its origins, no matter how mysterious they can sometimes be, is essential to a well-rounded understanding of answers to questions that have fascinated and perplexed humanity throughout history. This 24-lecture series is your guide to the latest information and viewpoints on what scientists know about this fascinating subject. Taught by an award-winning teacher whose training as a clinical psychologist straddles both the science of the mind and its impact on individual lives, their comprehensive approach reveals how that science applies to the life of our species - and to your own life as well. The lectures explore theories about how the mind works on both an evolutionary and individual scale. Each offers its own fascinating insights. But by examining them both individually and together, Professor Hinshaw reveals similarities and differences in viewpoints and approaches that wouldn't be apparent from a focus on just one - providing you with the best possible picture about what the mind truly is. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2010 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2010 The Great Courses

Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
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A Feast of Science

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An entertaining and digestible volume that demystifies science, from the author of 16 best-selling popular science books Crave answers? A Feast of Science demystifies the chemistry of everyday life, serving up practical knowledge to both inform and entertain. Guaranteed to satiate your hunger for palatable and relevant scientific information, Dr. Joe Schwarcz proves that "chemical" is not necessarily synonymous with "toxic". Are there fish genes in tomatoes? Can snail-slime cream and bone broth really make your wrinkles disappear? What's the problem with sugar, resistant starch, hops in beer, microbeads, and "secret" cancer cures? Are "natural" products the key to good health? And what is "fake news" all about? Dr. Joe answers these questions and more. Cutting through the fat of story, suggestion, and social-media speculation, A Feast of Science gets to the meat of the chemical reactions that make up our daily lives.

©2018 Joe Schwarcz (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
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When the Earth Had Two Moons

3 ratings

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An astonishing exploration of planet formation and the origins of life by one of the world’s most innovative planetary geologists. In 1959, the Soviet probe Luna 3 took the first photos of the far side of the Moon. Even in their poor resolution, the images stunned scientists: The far side is an enormous mountainous expanse, not the vast lava plains seen from Earth. Subsequent missions have confirmed this in much greater detail. How could this be, and what might it tell us about our own place in the universe? As it turns out, quite a lot. Fourteen billion years ago, the universe exploded into being, creating galaxies and stars. Planets formed out of the leftover dust and gas that coalesced into larger and larger bodies orbiting around each star. In a sort of heavenly survival of the fittest, planetary bodies smashed into each other until solar systems emerged. Curiously, instead of being relatively similar in terms of composition, the planets in our solar system, and the comets, asteroids, satellites, and rings, are bewitchingly distinct. So, too, the halves of our Moon. In When the Earth Had Two Moons, esteemed planetary geologist Erik Asphaug takes us on an exhilarating tour through the farthest reaches of time and our galaxy to find out why. Beautifully written and provocatively argued, When the Earth Had Two Moons is not only a mind-blowing astronomical tour, but a profound inquiry into the nature of life here - and billions of miles from home. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Erik Asphaug (P)2019 HarperAudio

Narrator: Adam Verner
Author: Erik Asphaug
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
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Yardwork

3 ratings

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Short-listed: 2018 RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction  How can you truly belong to a place? What does being at home mean in a society that has always celebrated the search for greener pastures? And can a newcomer ever acquire the deep understanding of the land that comes from being part of a culture that has lived there for centuries?  When Daniel Coleman came to Hamilton to take a position at McMaster University, he began to ask himself these kinds of questions, and Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place is his answer. In this exploration of his garden - which Coleman deftly situates in the complicated history of Cootes Paradise, off of Hamilton Harbour - the author pays close attention to his small plot of land sheltered by the Niagara Escarpment. Coleman chronicles enchanting omnivorous deer, the secret life of water, and the ongoing tension between human needs and the environment. These, along with his careful attention to the perspectives and history of the Six Nations, create a beguiling portrait of a beloved space.

©2017 Daniel Coleman (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Mike Kirby
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
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Monkeys, Myths, and Molecules

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A healthy dose of scientific skepticism in the information age, from best-selling author Dr. Joe Schwarz. The internet is a powerful beast; no matter what question you may have, the answer is just a few keystrokes away. But with so many sources available, and so many conflicting answers, how do you know what information is reliable? In Monkeys, Myths, and Molecules, Dr. Joe Schwarcz takes a critical look at how scientific facts are misconstrued in the media, debunking myths surrounding canned food, artificial dyes, SPF, homeopathy, cancer, chemicals, and much more. Unafraid to expose the sheer nonsense people are led to believe about health, food, drugs, and our environment, Dr. Joe confronts pseudoscience and convincingly and entertainingly advocates for a scientific approach to everyday life.

©2015 Dr. Joe Schwarcz (P)2020 ECW Press

Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
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The Weather Detective

14 ratings

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The internationally best-selling author of The Hidden Life of Trees shows how we can decipher nature's secret signs by studying the weather. In this first-ever English translation of The Weather Detective, Peter Wohlleben uses his long experience and deep love of nature to help decipher the weather and our local environments in a completely new and compelling way. Analyzing the explanations for everyday questions and mysteries surrounding weather and natural phenomena, he delves into a new and intriguing world of scientific investigation. At what temperature do bees stay home? Why do southerly winds in winter often bring storms? How can birdsong or flower scents help you tell the time? These are among the many questions Wohlleben poses in his newly translated book. Full of the very latest discoveries, combined with ancient now-forgotten lore, The Weather Detective helps you read nature's secret signs and discover a rich new layer of meaning in the world around you.

©2018 Peter Wohlleben (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
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The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men

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The complexity of mathematics - its abstract rules and obscure symbols - can seem very distant from the everyday. There are those things that are real and present, it is supposed, and then there are mathematical concepts: creations of our mind, mysterious tools for those unengaged with the world. Yet, from its most remote history and deepest purpose, mathematics has served not just as a way to understand and order, but also as a foundation for the reality it describes. In this elegant book, mathematician and philosopher Paolo Zellini offers a brief cultural and intellectual history of mathematics, ranging widely from the paradoxes of ancient Greece to the sacred altars of India, from Mesopotamian calculus to our own contemporary obsession with algorithms. Masterful and illuminating, The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men transforms our understanding of mathematical thinking, showing that it is inextricably linked with the philosophical and the religious as well as the mundane - and, indeed, with our own very human experience of the universe.

©2020 Paolo Zellini (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Mark Elstob
Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
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The Moth Snowstorm

2 ratings

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Michael McCarthy, one of Britain's leading writers on the environment, proposes this joy as a defence of a natural world which is ever more threatened and which, he argues, is inadequately served by the two defences put forward hitherto: sustainable development and the recognition of ecosystem services. Drawing on a wealth of memorable experiences from a lifetime of watching and thinking about wildlife and natural landscapes, McCarthy presents a new way of looking at the world.

©2015 Michael McCarthy (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Narrator: Gordon Griffin
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
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That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles

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Interesting anecdotes and engaging tales make science fun, meaningful, and accessible. Separating sense from nonsense and fact from myth, these essays cover everything from the ups of helium to the downs of drain cleaners and provide answers to numerous mysteries, such as why bug juice is used to color ice cream and how spies used secret inks. Mercury in teeth, arsenic in water, lead in the environment, and aspartame in food are discussed. Mythbusters include the fact that Edison did not invent the light bulb and that walking on hot coals does not require paranormal powers. The secret life of bagels is revealed, and airbags, beer, and soap yield their mysteries. These and many more surprising, educational, and entertaining commentaries show the relevance of science to everyday life.

©2002 ECW Press (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Walter Dixon
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
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Anatomy and Physiology

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Anatomy and physiology help you understand the complex systems that make up the human body. To understand the form and function of your body and anyone else’s, it is imperative you learn gross anatomy, histology, and much more. Inside, you will discover: A review of salient points from early biology and chemistry courses Review on anatomy and physiology classes Skeletal and muscle systems Cell biology Much, much more This guide is meant to help you solve your questions that arise in your high school or entry-level university course. It is as comprehensive as it can be to help you through your questions. You will still need to use flash cards, diagrams, and other materials to help you learn the terminology that unfolds during your course. Take the time to study all the terms outlined in the chapters, explore the information, and use the figures to help you continue learning the parts of the body. At the end of each chapter are mini test questions designed to keep the information fresh in your mind.

©2019 Northern Press (P)2019 Northern Press

Narrator: Dave Wright
Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
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A Briefer History of Time

33 ratings

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From one of the most brilliant minds of our time comes an audiobook that clarifies his most important ideas. Stephen Hawking’s worldwide best seller A Brief History of Time remains a landmark volume in scientific writing. But for those who have asked for a more accessible formulation of its key concepts - the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, and the history and future of the universe - A Briefer History of Time is Professor Hawking’s response.    Although “briefer”, this audiobook is much more than a mere explanation of Hawking’s earlier work. A Briefer History of Time both clarifies and expands on the great subjects of the original and records the latest developments in the field - from string theory to the search for a unified theory of all the forces of physics. Thirty-seven full-color illustrations enhance the text and make A Briefer History of Time an exhilarating and must-have addition in its own right to the great literature of science and ideas. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2005 Stephen Hawking (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Erik Davies
Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
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Coyote America

56 ratings

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With its uncanny night howls, unrivaled ingenuity, and amazing resilience, the coyote is the stuff of legends. In Indian folktales it often appears as a deceptive trickster or a sly genius. But legends don't come close to capturing the incredible survival story of the coyote. As soon as Americans - especially white Americans - began ranching and herding in the West, they began working to destroy the coyote. Despite campaigns of annihilation employing poisons, gases, helicopters, and engineered epidemics, coyotes didn't just survive, they thrived, expanding across the continent from Anchorage, Alaska, to New York's Central Park. In the war between humans and coyotes, coyotes have won hands down. Coyote America is both an environmental and a deep natural history of the coyote. It traces both the five-million-year-long biological story of an animal that has become the "wolf" in our backyards and its cultural evolution from a preeminent spot in Native American religions to the hapless foil of the Road Runner. A deeply American tale, the story of the coyote in the American West and beyond is a sort of Manifest Destiny in reverse, with a pioneering hero whose career holds up an uncanny mirror to the successes and failures of American expansionism. An illuminating biography of this extraordinary animal, Coyote America isn't just the story of an animal's survival - it is one of the great epics of our time.

©2016 Dan Flores (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Author: Dan Flores
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
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Atomic Accidents

15 ratings

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From the moment radiation was discovered in the late nineteenth century, nuclear science has had a rich history of innovative scientific exploration and discovery, coupled with mistakes, accidents, and downright disasters. Mahaffey, a long-time advocate of continued nuclear research and nuclear energy, looks at each incident in turn and analyzes what happened and why, often discovering where scientists went wrong when analyzing past meltdowns. Every incident has lead to new facets in understanding about the mighty atom - and Mahaffey puts forth what the future should be for this final frontier of science that still holds so much promise. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2014 James Mahaffey (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

Narrator: Tom Weiner
Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
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Biology: The Science of Life

32 ratings

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One of the greatest scientific feats of our era is the astonishing progress made in understanding biology-the intricate machinery of life-a progress to which the period we are living in right now has contributed the most. As you read these words, researchers are delving ever deeper into the workings of living systems, turning their discoveries into new medical treatments, improved methods of growing food, and innovative products that are already changing the world. The 72 lectures in this comprehensive exploration of living systems at all levels-from biological molecules to global ecosystems-will give you all the information you need to grasp this fascinating field and its impact on both our own lives and our understanding of the life that surrounds us. Professor Nowicki presents his subject in a conceptual format, emphasizing the importance of broad principles. Though facts and details are offered in abundance, it is always in the context of developing a context listeners can readily absorb. Your newfound mastery of the fundamentals of biology will serve you in many ways-whether you want to read the headlines with greater insight, update a subject you studied long ago, view the natural world with new appreciation, become a better-informed voter and consumer, or gain the intellectual stimulation of understanding the basic principles that unite all living things. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2004 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2004 The Great Courses

Narrator: Stephen Nowicki
Length: 36 hrs and 38 mins
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Theory and Reality

7 ratings

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How does science work? Does it tell us what the world is "really" like? What makes it different from other ways of understanding the universe? In Theory and Reality, Peter Godfrey-Smith addresses these questions by taking the listener on a grand tour of 100 years of debate about science. The result is a completely accessible introduction to the main themes of the philosophy of science. Intended for undergraduates and general audiences with no prior background in philosophy, Theory and Reality covers logical positivism; the problems of induction and confirmation; Karl Popper's theory of science; Thomas Kuhn and "scientific revolutions"; the views of Imre Lakatos, Larry Laudan, and Paul Feyerabend; and challenges to the field from sociology of science, feminism, and science studies. The book then looks in more detail at some specific problems and theories, including scientific realism, the theory-ladeness of observation, scientific explanation, and Bayesianism. Finally, Godfrey-Smith defends a form of philosophical naturalism as the best way to solve the main problems in the field.

©2003 The University of Chicago (P)2017 Tantor

Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
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The Human Brain and Its Inner Workings

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Human brains are the powerhouse of the body - complex, intricate, and reactive. Explore fascinating features of our brains including how they're organized, how different sicknesses, and feelings affect them, and more!

©2021 Seeker (P)2021 Audiogems by Findaway

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From Darwin to Derrida

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How the meaningless process of natural selection produces purposeful beings who find meaning in the world. In From Darwin to Derrida, evolutionary biologist David Haig explains how a physical world of matter in motion gave rise to a living world of purpose and meaning. Natural selection, a process without purpose, gives rise to purposeful beings who find meaning in the world. The key to this, Haig proposes, is the origin of mutable “texts”?genes?that preserve a record of what has worked in the world. These texts become the specifications for the intricate mechanisms of living beings. Haig draws on a wide range of sources?from Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy to Immanuel Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment to the work of Jacques Derrida to the latest findings on gene transmission, duplication, and expression?to make his argument. Genes and their effects, he explains, are like eggs and chickens. Eggs exist for the sake of becoming chickens and chickens for the sake of laying eggs. A gene's effects have a causal role in determining which genes are copied. A gene (considered as a lineage of material copies) persists if its lineage has been consistently associated with survival and reproduction. Organisms can be understood as interpreters that link information from the environment to meaningful action in the environment. Meaning, Haig argues, is the output of a process of interpretation; there is a continuum from the very simplest forms of interpretation, instantiated in single RNA molecules near the origins of life, to the most sophisticated. Life is interpretation?the use of information in choice.

©2020 David Haig (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Peter Noble
Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
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What Do You Think You Are?

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"Gets right to the heart of what makes us what we are. Read it!" --Angela Saini, author of Inferior and Superior: The Return of Race Science Popular science master Brian Clegg’s new book is an entertaining tour through the science of what makes you you. From the atomic level, through life and energy to genetics and personality, it explores how the billions of particles which make up you - your DNA, your skin, your memories - have come to be. It starts with the present-day reader and follows a number of trails to discover their origins: how the atoms in your body were created and how they got to you in space and time, the sources of things you consume, how the living cells of your body developed, where your massive brain and consciousness originated, how human beings evolved and, ultimately, what your personal genetic history reveals. 

©2020 Brian Clegg (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: James Langton
Author: Brian Clegg
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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What Is Life?

10 ratings

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Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger's What is Life? is one of the great science classics of the 20th century. A distinguished physicist's exploration of the question which lies at the heart of biology, it was written for the layman but proved one of the spurs to the birth of molecular biology and the subsequent discovery of the structure of DNA. The philosopher Karl Popper hailed it as a "beautiful and important book" by "a great man to whom I owe a personal debt for many exciting discussions."  It appears here together with "Mind and Matter", his essay investigating a relationship which has eluded and puzzled philosophers since the earliest times. Schrödinger asks what place consciousness occupies in the evolution of life and what part the state of development of the human mind plays in moral questions.  Brought together with these two classics are Schrödinger's autobiographical sketches. They offer a fascinating fragmentary account of his life as a background to his scientific writings, making this volume a valuable addition to the shelves of scientist and layman alike.

©1967 Cambridge University Press (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Bob Souer
Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
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The Grand Biocentric Design

5 ratings

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What if life isn't just a part of the universe? What if it determines the very structure of the universe itself? The theory that blew your mind in Biocentrism and Beyond Biocentrism is back, with brand-new research revealing the startling truth about our existence. What is consciousness? Why are we here? Where did it all come from - the laws of nature, the stars, the universe? Humans have been asking these questions forever, but science hasn't succeeded in providing many answers - until now. In The Grand Biocentric Design, Robert Lanza, one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People", is joined by theoretical physicist Matej Pavšic and astronomer Bob Berman to shed light on the big picture that has long eluded philosophers and scientists alike.  This engaging, mind-stretching exposition of how the history of physics has led us to biocentrism - the idea that life creates reality - takes listeners on a step-by-step adventure into the great science breakthroughs of the past centuries, from Newton to the weirdness of quantum theory, culminating in recent revelations that will challenge everything you think you know about our role in the universe. This book offers the most complete explanation of the science behind biocentrism to date, delving into the origins of the memorable principles introduced in previous books in this series, as well as introducing new principles that complete the theory. The authors dive deep into topics including consciousness, time, and the evidence that our observations - or even knowledge in our minds - can affect how physical objects behave. The Grand Biocentric Design is a one-of-a-kind, groundbreaking explanation of how the universe works and an exploration of the science behind the astounding fact that time, space, and reality itself all ultimately depend upon us.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2020 Robert Lanza and Matej Pavšic (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Peter Ganim
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
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What Can I Do?

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A call to action from Jane Fonda, one of the most inspiring activists of our time, urging us to wake up to the looming disaster of climate change and equipping us with the tools we need to join her in protest. "This is the last possible moment in history when changing course can mean saving lives and species on an unimaginable scale. It's too late for moderation." In the fall of 2019, frustrated with the obvious inaction of politicians and inspired by Greta Thunberg, Naomi Klein, and student climate strikers, Jane Fonda moved to Washington, DC, to lead weekly climate change demonstrations on Capitol Hill. On October 11, she launched Fire Drill Fridays and has since led thousands of people in nonviolent civil disobedience, risking arrest to protest for action. In What Can I Do?, Fonda weaves her deeply personal journey as an activist alongside conversations with and speeches by leading climate scientists and inspiring community organizers, and she dives deep into the issues, such as water, migration, and human rights, to emphasize what is at stake. Most significantly, Fonda equips us all with the tools we need to join her in protest so that everyone can work to combat the climate crisis.  No stranger to protest, Fonda's life has been famously shaped by activism. And now she is once again galvanizing the public to take to the streets. Many are already aware of the looming disaster of climate change and realize that a moral responsibility rests on our shoulders. In 2019, we saw atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases hit the highest level ever recorded in human history, and our window of opportunity to act is quickly closing. We are facing a climate crisis, but we're also facing an empathy crisis and an inequality crisis; the surge of protests over police violence against Black Americans has once again highlighted the links between racism and environmental degradation in our country. It isn't only earth's life-support systems that are unraveling. So too is our social fabric. This is going to take an all-out war on drilling, fracking, deregulation, racism, misogyny, colonialism, and despair all at the same time.  As Annie Leonard, executive director of Greenpeace USA and Fonda's partner in developing Fire Drill Fridays, has declared, "Change is inevitable; by design, or by disaster." Together, we can commandeer change for the positive - but it will require collective actions taken by social movements on an unprecedented scale. The problems we face now require every one of us to join the fight. The fight for not only our immediate future, but for the future of generations to come.  One hundred percent of the author's net proceeds from What Can I Do? will go to Greenpeace This audiobook program includes a PDF of photographs and graphs.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Jane Fonda (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Author: Jane Fonda
Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
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Magic Mushrooms

1 rating

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Become a psilocybin mushrooms expert, get rid of anxiety and depression, and go on a spiritual, psychedelic journey! Do you remember the time when people thought marijuana was nothing else but a hallucinogenic drug? Now, components of the marijuana plant are being used with great success in treating chronic diseases.  Magic mushrooms are currently going through the same public opinion metamorphosis. A recent study by King’s College in London concluded that psilocybin, an active ingredient in magic mushrooms, could be used safely to treat various mental illnesses, such as depression, PTSD, and anxiety.  But why aren’t we hearing more about this incredible discovery? Unfortunately, psilocybin still carries a certain stigma. Some people abuse it, and those cases are usually what the media presents.  The word “psychedelic” often accompanies psilocybin and instantly triggers a negative attitude. But psychedelic is a term that describes experiences in which our state of consciousness is broadened. You’ve probably heard about another thing that strives to achieve that. It’s called yoga. Nothing negative comes to mind when you heard that, right?  Forget everything you’ve heard about psilocybin mushrooms, and turn to this comprehensive guide to find out how to use magic mushrooms the right way, and how to grow and identify them.  Here’s what else you’ll learn from this audiobook:  The scientific story behind psilocybin, it's healing, and psychedelic properties Ways to use magic mushrooms as a medicine The right dosage of mushrooms for different effects Common mistakes and accidents to avoid Myths and false news about magic mushrooms Techniques for cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms And much more! There is a safe way to use psilocybin mushrooms for both spiritual and medical benefits. However, accidents do happen, but this audiobook will make sure you avoid that and only get a pleasant and healthful experience.

©2020 William Griffiths (P)2020 William Griffiths

Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
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Evolution

1 rating

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The complex story of human evolution is a tale seven million years in the making. Each new discovery adds to or revises our story and our understanding of how we came to be the way we are. In this audiobook, The Human Odyssey, we explore the evolution of those characteristics that make us human. The first section looks at our family tree and why some branches survived and not others. Swings in climate are emerging as a factor in what traits succeeded and failed; meanwhile, DNA analyses show that Homo sapiens interbred with other human species, which played a key role in our survival.  Section two examines those traits that separate us from other primates. Recent data indicate that our hairless skin was important to the rise of other human features, and other research is getting closer to illuminating how humans became monogamous. In the final section we speculate on the future of human evolution in a world where advances in technology, medicine, and other areas protect us from harmful factors like disease, causing some scientists to claim that humans are no longer subject to natural selection and our evolution has ceased.  But, like us, our story will continue to evolve.

©2017 by Scientific American, a division of Nature America, Inc. Scientific American is a registered trademark of Nature America, Inc. (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Kate Mulligan
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
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Organic Chemistry: The University Student Survival Guide to Ace Organic Chemistry

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Organic chemistry is a difficult subject. There are many topics that are overviewed in your textbook as if you are wading through mud. To help you understand the subject with ease, Organic Chemistry, a guide to help you ace and survive the course, is available. With the information, you should be able to navigate your case a little easier. You are going to build on the knowledge as you would through your organic chemistry class. This audiobook shows you an easier way to understand the topics.  Often in class, you are given several topics all in one day that are building on each part but leave you with many questions. The audiobook attempts to answer the questions of relevancy, how one thing leads to another, and how to read the nomenclature/structures to understand compounds better. 

©2018 Northern Press (P)2019 Northern Press

Narrator: Nathan McMillan
Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
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The Unnatural World

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The Unnatural World chronicles a disparate band of unlikely heroes: an effervescent mad scientist who would fertilize the seas, a pigeon obsessive bent on bringing back the extinct; a low-level government functionary in China doing his best to clean up his city, and more. These scientists, billionaires, and ordinary people are all working toward saving the best home humanity is likely to ever have. What is the threat? It is us. In a time when a species dies out every 10 minutes, when summers are getting hotter, winters colder, and oceans higher, some people still deny mankind's effect on the Earth. But all of our impacts on the planet have ushered in what qualifies as a new geologic epoch, thanks to global warming, mass extinction, and such technologies as nuclear weapons and plastics. The Unnatural World examines the world we have created and analyzes the glimmers of hope emerging from the efforts of incredible individuals seeking to change our future. Instead of a world without us, this history of the future shows how to become good gardeners, helping people thrive along with an abundance of plants, animals, and all the exuberant profusion of life on Earth - a better world with us.

©2016 David Biello (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Peter Berkrot
Author: David Biello
Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
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Time Travel

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What do you know about traveling through time and space? Are you keen to learn about it? This book will tell you about space and time and it will explain vital terms in a simple yet factual way that does not blind the listener with science. It will tell you about the vitally important topics of the solar system, flight, and light. It will introduce you to the fascinating topics of black holes, dark matter, and wormholes, which are so important to anyone with an interest in space and time. The book finishes with chapters about UFOs, both modern and ancient, who we believe carry those who have already mastered space and time, and a light-hearted look at those who see them as a threat.

©2017 KIV Books (P)2017 KIV Books

Narrator: Sangita Chauhan
Author: KIV Books
Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
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Die unbewohnbare Erde

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Die heute schon spürbaren und die schlimmstmöglichen Folgen der Klimaerwärmung sind das Thema des Journalisten David Wallace-Wells in diesem spektakulären Report. Wie kann und wird das Leben auf der Erde in nur 40, 50, 60 Jahren aussehen? Sicher ist: Heutige Teenager und Kinder werden noch erleben, wie sich die Bedingungen für die Menschheit auf der Erde dramatisch verschlechtern, sie werden erleben, wie sie in Teilen unbewohnbar wird. Wallace-Wells macht die vielen wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisse, die die Mehrheit der Menschen oft gar nicht erreichen, begreifbar, ja fühlbar. Und am Ende steht die drängende Frage: Haben wir überhaupt noch eine Chance, das Unheil abzuwenden? Ein polarisierendes, aufrüttelndes und fesselndes Debattenbuch zu einem Thema, das der Menschheit zunehmend unter den Nägeln brennt.

©2019 Ludwig Buchverlag (P)2019 Rubikon Audioverlag

Narrator: Mark Bremer
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
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Quantum Physics and the Power of the Mind

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Do you want to understand something more about the world around you? Do you want to discover the secrets and theories of quantum physics, but do they seem impossible to understand? Does the law of attraction really work? Quantum physics is an integral part of our lives, and it is extremely important for us to have at least the basic knowledge on the subject. Most people struggle with it as there are scarcely any books on the topic that is compatible with the needs and demands of people who are just starting out as physicists and need a simple guide to understand the concepts. Here’s some of the information included in the book: Quantum Origins of the Universe Fundamentals of Quantum Physics The Photoelectric Effect How Is Radiation Absorbed? The Role of Photons in Photoelectric Photoelectric Effect: Einstein’s Theory Quantum Physics and the Law of Attraction How Quantum Physics Affects You What Is The Law Of Attraction? And How To Use It Effectively And much more.... Learn concepts worthy of an excellent mind without effort, understand the most revolutionary and mysterious rules that govern the universe in which you live. Do you want to know more? Then scroll up, click on "Buy", and get your copy now!

©2020 Nancy Patterson (P)2021 Nancy Patterson

Narrator: Samantha Novak
Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
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The Fabric of Reality

11 ratings

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Author of the New York Times best seller The Beginning of Infinity, David Deutsch, explores the four most fundamental strands of human knowledge: quantum physics, and the theories of knowledge, computation, and evolution - and their unexpected connections. Taken together, these four strands reveal a deeply integrated, rational, and optimistic worldview. It describes a unified fabric of reality that is objective and comprehensible, in which human action and thought are central.  With new preface exclusive to the audiobook, read by the author.

©1997, 1998 David Deutsch (P)2018 David Deutsch

Narrator: Walter Dixon
Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
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River out of Eden

13 ratings

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How did the replication bomb we call "life" begin, and where in the world, or rather, in the universe, is it heading? Writing with characteristic wit and an ability to clarify complex phenomena (the New York Times described his style as "[T]he sort of science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius"), Richard Dawkins confronts this ancient mystery.

©1995 Richard Dawkins (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group

Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
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The Tree

2 ratings

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There are redwoods in California that were ancient by the time Columbus first landed and pines still alive that germinated around the time humans invented writing. There are Douglas firs as tall as skyscrapers and a banyan tree in Calcutta as big as a football field. From the tallest to the smallest, trees inspire wonder in all of us, and in The Tree, Colin Tudge travels around the world - throughout the United States, the Costa Rican rain forest, Panama and Brazil, India, New Zealand, China, and most of Europe - bringing to life stories and facts about the trees around us: how they grow old, how they eat and reproduce, how they talk to one another (and they do), and why they came to exist in the first place. He considers the pitfalls of being tall; the things that trees produce, from nuts and rubber to wood; and even the complicated debt that we as humans owe them. Tudge takes us to the Amazon in flood, when the water is deep enough to submerge the forest entirely and fish feed on fruit while river dolphins race through the canopy. He explains the "memory" of trees: how those that have been shaken by wind grow thicker and sturdier while those attacked by pests grow smaller leaves the following year; and reveals how it is that the same trees found in the United States are also native to China (but not Europe). From tiny saplings to centuries-old redwoods and desert palms, from the backyards of the American heartland to the rain forests of the Amazon and the bamboo forests, Colin Tudge takes the listener on a journey through history and illuminates our ever-present but often ignored companions. A blend of history, science, philosophy, and environmentalism, The Tree is an engaging and elegant look at the life of trees and what modern research tells us about their future.

©2006 Colin Tudge (P)2016 Random House Audio

Narrator: Enn Reitel
Author: Colin Tudge
Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
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Dirt to Soil

90 ratings

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Gabe Brown didn’t set out to change the world when he first started working alongside his father-in-law on the family farm in North Dakota. But as a series of weather-related crop disasters put Brown and his wife, Shelly, in desperate financial straits, they started making bold changes to their farm.  Brown - in an effort to simply survive - began experimenting with new practices he’d learned about from reading and talking with innovative researchers and ranchers. As he and his family struggled to keep the farm viable, they found themselves on an amazing journey into a new type of farming: regenerative agriculture. Brown dropped the use of most of the herbicides, insecticides, and synthetic fertilizers that are a standard part of conventional agriculture. He switched to no-till planting, started planting diverse cover crops mixes, and changed his grazing practices. In doing so, Brown transformed a degraded farm ecosystem into one full of life - starting with the soil and working his way up, one plant and one animal at a time.  In Dirt to Soil, Gabe Brown tells the story of that amazing journey and offers a wealth of innovative solutions to our most pressing and complex contemporary agricultural challenge - restoring the soil. The Brown’s Ranch model, developed over 20 years of experimentation and refinement, focuses on regenerating resources by continuously enhancing the living biology in the soil.  Using regenerative agricultural principles, Brown’s 5,000-acre ranch has grown several inches of new topsoil in only 20 years! The key is how we think, Brown says. In the industrial agricultural model, all thoughts are focused on killing things. But that mind-set was also killing diversity, soil, and profit, Brown realized. Now, he channels his creative thinking toward how he can get more life on the land - more plants, animals, and beneficial insects.  “The greatest roadblock to solving a problem,” Brown says, “is the human mind."

©2018 Gabe Brown (P)2018 Chelsea Green Publishing

Narrator: Gabe Brown
Author: Gabe Brown
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
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The First Three Minutes

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Now updated with a major new afterword that incorporates the latest cosmological research, this classic of contemporary science writing by a Nobel prize-winning physicist explains to general readers what happened when the Universe began, and how we know.

©1988 Steven Weinberg (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

Narrator: Raymond Todd
Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
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Exploring Creation with Physical Science

1 rating

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This course is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high school biology. The course discusses such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the Earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton's Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. There are many hands-on experiments to do, and they all use household chemicals and supplies.

©2007 Apologia Educational Ministries (P)2007 Apologia Educational Ministries

Narrator: Kathleen Wile
Author: Jay Wile
Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
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The Tiger

53 ratings

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It’s December 1997, and a man-eating tiger is on the prowl outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s annihilating them, and a team of men and their dogs must hunt it on foot through the forest in the brutal cold. As the trackers sift through the gruesome remains of the victims, they discover that these attacks aren’t random: the tiger is apparently engaged in a vendetta. Injured, starving, and extremely dangerous, the tiger must be found before it strikes again. As he re-creates these extraordinary events, John Vaillant gives us an unforgettable portrait of this spectacularly beautiful and mysterious region. We meet the native tribes who for centuries have worshipped and lived alongside tigers, even sharing their kills with them. We witness the arrival of Russian settlers in the 19th and early 20th centuries, soldiers and hunters who greatly diminished the tiger populations. And we come to know their descendants, who, crushed by poverty, have turned to poaching and further upset the natural balance of the region. This ancient, tenuous relationship between man and predator is at the very heart of this remarkable book. Throughout, we encounter surprising theories of how humans and tigers may have evolved to coexist, how we may have developed as scavengers rather than hunters, and how early Homo sapiens may have fit seamlessly into the tiger’s ecosystem. Above all, we come to understand the endangered Siberian tiger, a highly intelligent super-predator that can grow to 10 feet long, weigh more than 600 pounds, and range daily over vast territories of forest and mountain. Beautifully written and deeply informative, The Tiger circles around three main characters: Vladimir Markov, a poacher killed by the tiger; Yuri Trush, the lead tracker; and the tiger himself. It is an absolutely gripping tale of man and nature that leads inexorably to a final showdown in a clearing deep in the taiga.

©2010 John Vaillant (P)2010 Random House

Narrator: John Vaillant
Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
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The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries

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The theory of evolution unites the past, present, and future of living things. It puts humanity's place in the universe into necessary perspective. Despite a history of controversy, the evidence for evolution continues to accumulate as a result of many separate strands of incredible scientific sleuthing. In The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries, Donald R. Prothero explores the most fascinating breakthroughs in piecing together the evidence for evolution. In 25 vignettes, he recounts the dramatic stories of the people who made crucial discoveries, placing each moment in the context of what it represented for the progress of science. He tackles topics like what it means to see evolution in action and the distance between species in space and time, following figures from Darwin to lesser-known researchers as they unlock the mysteries of the fossil record, the earth, and the universe. The book also features the stories of animal species strange and familiar, including humans - and our ties to some of our closest relatives and more distant cousins. Brisk and entertaining while firmly grounded in fundamental science, The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries is a captivating listen for anyone curious about the evidence for evolution and what it means for humanity.

©2020 Donald R. Prothero (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Tom Parks
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
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E=mc2

3 ratings

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Generations have grown up knowing that the equation E=mc2 changed the shape of our world, but never understanding what it actually means and why it was so significant. Here, Bodanis writes the "biography" of this great discovery and turns a seemingly impenetrable theory into a dramatic and accessible human achievement. Bodanis begins by introducing the science and scientists forming the backdrop to Einstein's discovery. Having demystified the equation, he explains its science and brings it to life; making clear the astonishing array of discoveries and consequences it made possible and its impact on our daily lives. At last, the masses can understand that Einstein did nothing less than open the door to the inner structure of the universe.

©2000 David Bodanis (P)2002 Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Dan Cashman
Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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Physics of the Impossible

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One hundred years ago, scientists would have said that lasers, televisions, and the atomic bomb were beyond the realm of physical possibility. In Physics of the Impossible, the renowned physicist Michio Kaku explores to what extent the technologies and devices of science fiction (such as phasers, force fields, teleportation, and time travel) that are deemed equally impossible today might well become commonplace in the future. From teleportation to telekinesis, Kaku uses the world of science fiction to explore the fundamentals - and the limits - of the laws of physics as we know them today. In a compelling and thought-provoking narrative, he explains: How the science of optics and electromagnetism may one day enable us to bend light around an object, like a stream flowing around a boulder, making the object invisible to observers downstream How ramjet rockets, laser sails, antimatter engines, and nanorockets may one day take us to the nearby stars How telepathy and psychokinesis, once considered pseudoscience, may one day be possible using advances in MRI, computers, superconductivity, and nanotechnology Why a time machine is apparently consistent with the known laws of quantum physics, although it would take an unbelievably advanced civilization to actually build oneKaku uses his discussion of each technology as a jumping-off point to explain the science behind it. An extraordinary scientific adventure, Physics of the Impossible takes listeners on an unforgettable, mesmerizing journey into the world of science that both enlightens and entertains.

©2008 Michio Kaku (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Feodor Chin
Author: Michio Kaku
Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
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The Elegant Universe

40 ratings

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In a rare blend of scientific insight and writing as elegant as the theories it explains, one of the world's leading string theorists peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of 11 dimensions where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter-from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas-is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy. Brian Greene uses everything from an amusement park ride to ants on a garden hose to illustrate the beautiful yet bizarre realities that modern physics is unveiling. Dazzling in its brilliance, unprecedented in its ability to both illuminate and entertain, The Elegant Universe is a tour de force of science writing-a delightful, lucid voyage through modern physics that brings us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.

©2003 Brian Greene (P)2008 Random House Audio

Narrator: Erik Davies
Author: Brian Greene
Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
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Landmarks

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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Landmarks, a fascinating exploration of the relationship between language and landscapes by Robert Macfarlane, read by Roy McMillan. Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place. It is a field guide to the literature of nature and a glossary containing thousands of remarkable words used in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales to describe land, nature, and weather. Travelling from Cumbria to the Cairngorms and exploring the landscapes of Roger Deakin, J. A. Baker, Nan Shepherd, and others, Robert Macfarlane shows that language, well used, is a keen way of knowing landscape and a vital means of coming to love it. The audiobook version contains an exclusive bonus chapter - a recording of Finlay MacLeod (novelist, historian, broadcaster, archivist, and one of the dedicatees of Landmarks) reading words and definitions from his Peat Glossary for the Isle of Lewis. This hoard of rare and evocative terms was one of the inspiring documents for the book. Finlay's voice is also used as a divider between chapters, and the other glossaries in the text are bracketed with appropriate sound effects.

©2015 Robert Macfarlane (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

Narrator: Roy McMillan
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
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Vagus Nerve: The Ultimate Guide to Activate the Healing Power of Vagus Nerve

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You finally have the power to unlock an inner sense of peace, to take full control of your emotions once and for all.  Even if you’re just a beginner, we cut through all of the jargon and complexities to get you to a new level of peace, serenity, and bliss, within all aspects of your life. Unlike other untested and questionable techniques on managing your emotions. This audiobook guide will be your guide to a new, streamlined and uncomplicated approach to emotional management by offering step-by-step instructions and beginner-friendly guide, which you can use to begin to transform your life today.  What you get access to today: Comprehensive understanding of how the vagus nerve can change your life The exact scientific reason why you experience overwhelming emotions. what exactly you need to do to overcome inflammation of the vagus nerve How you can begin your journey to overcoming depression and anxiety, whilst finding true satisfaction. How the vagus nerve can help tackle PTSD Practical and functional self-help activities for the Vagus Nerve How the vagus nerve affects your immune system. Will this guide be “jargon-filled”? No. We have complied the most dependable, laboratory-tested methods, explanations and therapeutical methods from the most authoritative researchers, coated in beginner-friendly, clear instructions on how you can take control of your emotions, meaning you won’t have to be a biology expert to uncover a happier and more fulfilling life. Will this audiobook work for me? Truly, it has no relevance whether you are male, female, young or old. It does not matter what country you come from. As long as you are willing to put in the effort to change the compass direction if your life, and place an unwavering faith into the effectiveness of these techniques, then our inclusive guide to the vagus nerve truly has the power to turn your life around.  Is this guide easy-to-follow? Absolutely, in our guide, you will receive uncomplicated, straightforward, and beginner-friendly techniques, such as the included exercises to overcoming trauma. These strategies take the hassle and stress out of unlocking your inner potential. So you can focus on what matters the most, which is your own personal development. Today, your journey has reached a crossroads. At this moment, you have the power to change your direction. You may have been struggling on the same path before with the same old results, seeking change from depression, anxiety and other emotions before. But today, you have the power to change that, once and for all, you can change the direction of your journey. We want you to look back on this day, as the day your life changed for the better. Get this audiobook now, and begin to open your path, to a happier, and more fulfilling destiny.

©2020 Dan James (P)2020 Dan James

Author: Dan James
Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
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Underland

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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Underland by Robert Macfarlane.  Shortlisted for the Best Nonfiction Audiobook at the New York Festival Radio Awards 2020. A Guardian Best Book of the 21st Century. The highly anticipated new book from the internationally best-selling, prize-winning author of Landmarks, The Lost Words and The Old Ways. Discover the hidden worlds beneath our feet.... In Underland, Robert Macfarlane takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet. From the ice-blue depths of Greenland's glaciers, to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea-caves, this is a deep-time voyage into the planet's past and future. Global in its geography, gripping in its voice and haunting in its implications, Underland is a work of huge range and power and a remarkable new chapter in Macfarlane's long-term exploration of landscape and the human heart.

©2018 Robert Macfarlane (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Narrator: Roy McMillan
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
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Colors of Nature

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From African American to Asian American, indigenous to immigrant, "multiracial" to "mixedblood," the diversity of cultures in this world is matched only by the diversity of stories explaining our cultural origins: stories of creation and destruction, displacement and heartbreak, hope and mystery. With writing from Jamaica Kincaid on the fallacies of national myths, Yusef Komunyakaa connects the toxic legacy of his hometown, Bogalusa, LA, to a blind faith in capitalism, and bell hooks relating the quashing of multiculturalism to the destruction of nature that is considered "unpredictable" - amongst more than 35 other examinations of the relationship between culture and nature - this collection points toward the trouble of ignoring our cultural heritage, but also reveals how opening our eyes and our minds might provide a more livable future.

©2011 Selection, arrangement, and introduction by Alison H. Deming and Lauret E. Savoy. Individual contributions are protected by copyright and gratefully reprinted with permission. 'Birth Witness,' by Ofelia Zepeda, reprinted with permission from 'Where Clouds Are Formed.' 2009 by the University of Arizona Press. 'In History,' 1997 by Jamaica Kincaid, reprinted with permission of the Wylie Agency, Inc. 'Burning the Shelter' by Louis Owens, reprinted with permission from 'Mixedblood Messages: Literature, Film, Family, Place.' 1998 by the University of Oklahoma Press. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Naissance et destin de l'univers

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Naissance et destin de l'univers, c'est toute l'histoire de notre univers telle qu'on la comprend aujourd'hui : du néant, à la naissance de l'univers, et jusqu'à son destin final. Figure d'autorité des plus captivantes, Paul Parsons nous entraine dans un voyage palpitant à travers des milliards d'années lumières pour nous raconter l'histoire du big bang, du début à la fin.    Quelque chose d'incroyable est arrivé il y a 13,8 milliards d'années. La matière, l'énergie, l'espace et le temps sont tous soudainement apparus au cours d'un évènement cataclysmique que l'on connait désormais comme le big bang. C'était la naissance de notre univers. Après avoir formé la vie au cœur de la plus petite particule subatomique, il est désormais incroyablement vaste et est constitué des millions de galaxies. La théorie du big bang offre un récit qui combine certains des concepts les plus pointus de physique fondamentale et des observations toutes aussi profondes à propos du cosmos.   Après avoir compris que nous vivons sur une planète qui est en orbite d'une étoile dans l'une des nombreuses galaxies, avoir découvert que notre univers s'étend sans cesse et avoir accepté les théories révolutionnaires d'Einstein qui ont inspiré la cosmologie actuelle et sa manière d'étudier le big bang, nous avons désormais une meilleure compréhension des origines de notre univers. Chaque découverte à ce sujet nous permet d'avoir une idée plus claire de la manière dont notre univers s'éteindra. Allons-nous nous consumer ou nous éteindre ? La fin pourrait-elle simplement être synonyme de nouveau commencement, avec l'univers qui entrerait à nouveau dans une phase d'expansion ? Et notre big bang n'était-il qu'un parmi tant d'autres, reléguant notre cosmos au rang d'infime partie d'un multivers composé de nombreux univers parallèles ?

©2019 Michael O'Mara. Audible France pour la traduction francaise. Traduit de l'anglais par Charles Frankel (P)2019 Audible Studios

Author: Paul Parsons
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
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The Lightness of Being

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Our understanding of nature's deepest reality has changed radically, but almost without our noticing, over the past 25 years. Transcending the clash of older ideas about matter and space, acclaimed physicist Frank Wilczek explains a remarkable new discovery: matter is built from almost weightless units, and pure energy is the ultimate source of mass. He calls it "The Lightness of Being." Space is no mere container, empty and passive. It is a dynamic grid, modern ether, and its spontaneous activity creates and destroys particles. This new understanding of mass explains the puzzling feebleness of gravity, and a gorgeous unification of all the forces comes sharply into focus. The Lightness of Being is the first book to explore the implications of these revolutionary ideas about mass, energy, and the nature of empty space. In it, Wilczek masterfully presents new perspectives on our incredible universe and envisions a new golden age of fundamental physics.

©2010 Frank Wilczek (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC

Narrator: Walter Dixon
Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
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The Order of Time

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One of TIME’s 10 best nonfiction books of the decade 

"Meet the new Stephen Hawking...The Order of Time is a dazzling book." (The Sunday Times)

From the best-selling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, comes a concise, elegant exploration of time.

Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike.

For most listeners, this is unfamiliar terrain. We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it remains. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where at the most fundamental level time disappears. He explains how the theory of quantum gravity attempts to understand and give meaning to the resulting extreme landscape of this timeless world. Weaving together ideas from philosophy, science, and literature, he suggests that our perception of the flow of time depends on our perspective, better understood starting from the structure of our brain and emotions than from the physical universe.

Already a best seller in Italy, and written with the poetic vitality that made Seven Brief Lessons on Physics so appealing, The Order of Time offers a profoundly intelligent, culturally rich, novel appreciation of the mysteries of time.

©2018 Carlo Rovelli (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
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Six Not-So-Easy Pieces

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No 20th-century American scientist is better known to a wider spectrum of people than Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988), physicist, teacher, author, and cultural icon. His autobiographies and biographies have been read and enjoyed by millions of readers around the world, while his wit and eccentricities have made him the subject of TV specials and even a theatrical film. The spectacular reception of the book and audio versions of Feynman's Six Easy Pieces resulted in a worldwide clamor for "More Feynman! More Feynman!" The outcome is these six additional lectures, drawn from the celebrated three-volume Lectures on Physics. Though slightly more challenging than the first six, these lectures are more focused, delving into the most revolutionary discovery in 20-century physics: Einstein's Theory of Relativity. No single breakthrough in 20-century physics (with the possible exception of quantum mechanics) changed our view of the world more than that of Einstein's discovery of relativity. The notions that the flow of time is not a constant, that the mass of an object depends on its velocity, and that the speed of light is a constant no matter what the motion of the observer, at first seemed shocking to scientists and laymen alike. But, as Feynman shows so clearly and so entertainingly in the lectures chosen for this volume, these crazy notions are no mere dry principles of physics, but are things of beauty and elegance. No one, not even Einstein himself, explained these difficult, anti-intuitive concepts more clearly, or with more verve and gusto, than Richard Feynman.

©1963, 1989, 1997 The California Institute of Technology (P)2005 Perseus Publishing

Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
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Dinosaurs Rediscovered

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Over the past 20 years, the study of dinosaurs has transformed into a true scientific discipline. New technologies have revealed secrets locked in prehistoric bones that no one could have previously predicted. We can now work out the color of dinosaurs, the force of their bite, their top speeds, and even how they cared for their young. Remarkable new fossil discoveries - giant sauropod dinosaur skeletons in Patagonia, dinosaurs with feathers in China, and a tiny dinosaur tail in Burmese amber - remain the lifeblood of modern paleobiology. Thanks to advances in technologies and methods, however, there has been a recent revolution in the scope of new information gleaned from such fossil finds. In Dinosaurs Rediscovered, leading paleontologist Michael J. Benton gathers together all the latest paleontological evidence, tracing the transformation of dinosaur study from its roots in antiquated natural history to an indisputably scientific field. Among other things, the book explores how dinosaur remains are found and excavated, and especially how paleontologists read the details of dinosaurs' lives from their fossils - their colors, their growth, and even whether we will ever be able to bring them back to life. Benton's account shows that, though extinct, dinosaurs are still very much a part of our world. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Michael J. Benton (P)2020 Tantor

Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
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Worlds in Collision

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With this book Immanuel Velikovsky first presented the revolutionary results of his 10-year-long interdisciplinary research to the public, founded modern catastrophism - based on eyewitness reports by our ancestors-shook the doctrine of uniformity of geology as well as Darwin's theory of evolution, put our view of the history of our solar system, of the Earth and of humanity on a completely new basis - and caused an uproar that is still going on today.    Worlds in Collision - written in a brilliant, easily understandable, and entertaining style and full to the brim with precise information-can be considered one of the most important and most challenging books in the history of science. Not without reason was this book found open on Einstein's desk after his death. For all those who have ever wondered about the evolution of the earth, the history of mankind, traditions, religions, mythology or just the world as it is today, Worlds in Collision is an absolute must-listen!

©2009 Shulamit V. Kogan and Ruth V. Sharon (P)2020 Tantor

Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
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Fear of Physics

10 ratings

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Fear of Physics is a lively, irreverent, and informative look at everything from the physics of boiling water to cutting-edge research at the observable limits of the universe. Rich with anecdotes and accessible examples, it nimbly ranges over the tools and thought behind the world of modern physics, taking the mystery out of what is essentially a very human intellectual endeavor.

©2007 Lawrence M. Krauss (P)2014 Dogma Debate, LLC

Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
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The Fragile Earth

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A New York Times New & Noteworthy Book One of the Daily Beast’s 5 Essential Books to Read Before the Election A collection of The New Yorker’s groundbreaking reporting from the front lines of climate change - including writing from Bill McKibben, Elizabeth Kolbert, Ian Frazier, Kathryn Schulz, and more Just one year after climatologist James Hansen first came before a Senate committee and testified that the Earth was now warmer than it had ever been in recorded history, thanks to humankind’s heedless consumption of fossil fuels, New Yorker writer Bill McKibben published a deeply reported and considered piece on climate change and what it could mean for the planet.  At the time, the piece was to some speculative to the point of alarmist; read now, McKibben’s work is heroically prescient. Since then, the New Yorker has devoted enormous attention to climate change, describing the causes of the crisis, the political and ecological conditions we now find ourselves in, and the scenarios and solutions we face.  The Fragile Earth tells the story of climate change - its past, present, and future - taking listeners from Greenland to the Great Plains, and into both laboratories and rain forests. It features some of the best writing on global warming from the last three decades, including Bill McKibben’s seminal essay “The End of Nature”, the first piece to popularize both the science and politics of climate change for a general audience, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning work of Elizabeth Kolbert, as well as Kathryn Schulz, Dexter Filkins, Jonathan Franzen, Ian Frazier, Eric Klinenberg, and others. The result, in its range, depth, and passion, promises to bring light, and sometimes heat, to the great emergency of our age.

©2020 The New Yorker (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Defending Beef

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For decades, it has been nearly universal dogma among environmentalists and health advocates that cattle and beef are public enemy number one. But is the matter really so clear cut? Hardly, argues environmental lawyer turned rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman in her new book, Defending Beef.  The public has long been led to believe that livestock, especially cattle, erode soils, pollute air and water, damage riparian areas, and decimate wildlife populations. In Defending Beef, Hahn Niman argues that cattle are not inherently bad for either the Earth or our own nutritional health. In fact, properly managed livestock play an essential role in maintaining grassland ecosystems by functioning as surrogates for herds of wild ruminants that once covered the globe.  Hahn Niman argues that dispersed, grass-fed, small-scale farms can and should become the basis for American food production, replacing the factory farms that harm animals and the environment. The author - a longtime vegetarian - goes on to dispel popular myths about how eating beef is bad for our bodies. She methodically evaluates health claims made against beef, demonstrating that such claims have proven false. She shows how foods from cattle - milk and meat, particularly when raised entirely on grass - are healthful, extremely nutritious, and an irreplaceable part of the world’s food system.  Grounded in empirical scientific data and with living examples from around the world, Defending Beef builds a comprehensive argument that cattle can help to build carbon-sequestering soils to mitigate climate change, enhance biodiversity, help prevent desertification, and provide invaluable nutrition. Defending Beef is simultaneously a book about big ideas and the author’s own personal tale - she starts out as a skeptical vegetarian and eventually becomes an enthusiastic participant in environmentally sustainable ranching.  While no single book can definitively answer the thorny question of how to feed the Earth’s growing population, Defending Beef makes the case that, whatever the world’s future food system looks like, cattle and beef can and must be part of the solution.

©2015 Nicolette Hahn Niman (P)2017 Novel Audio Inc.

Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
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The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

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The Pleasure of Finding Things Out is a magnificent treasury of the best short works of Richard P. Feynman, from interviews and speeches to lectures and printed articles. A sweeping, wide-ranging collection, it presents an intimate and fascinating view of a life in science - a life like no other. From his ruminations on science in our culture to his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, this book will delight anyone interested in the world of ideas. "From the irregular trivia of ordinary life mixed with a bit of scientific doodling and failure to the intense dramatic concentration as one closes in on the truth and the final elation (plus, with gradually decreasing frequency, the sudden sharp pangs of doubt) - that is how science is done." (Richard P. Feynman to James D. Watson)

©1999 Michelle Feynman and Carl Feynman (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Sean Runnette
Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
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Synchronicity

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From Aristotle's Physics to quantum teleportation, learn about the scientific pursuit of instantaneous connections in this insightful examination of our world. For millennia, scientists have puzzled over a simple question: Does the universe have a speed limit? If not, some effects could happen at the same instant as the actions that caused them - and some effects, ludicrously, might even happen before their causes. By 100 years ago, it seemed clear that the speed of light was the fastest possible speed. Causality was safe. And then quantum mechanics happened, introducing spooky connections that seemed to circumvent the law of cause and effect. Inspired by the new physics, psychologist Carl Jung and physicist Wolfgang Pauli explored a concept called synchronicity, a weird phenomenon they thought could link events without causes. Synchronicity tells that sprawling tale of insight and creativity, and asks where these ideas - some plain crazy, and others crazy powerful - are taking the human story next. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Paul Halpern (P)2020 Basic Books

Narrator: Jeff Hoyt
Author: Paul Halpern
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
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Quantum Physics for Beginners

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The truth is: When you look at it from an external point of view, the term Quantum Physics can be quite intimidating. It is very complex and sometimes even professional physicists have a hard time trying to find their way around quantum physics, as it can seem quite counter intuitive. But even if it is difficult and complex to understand, it is nowhere close to being incomprehensible. There are a few key concepts of Quantum Physics, around which the whole subject revolves. If you know and understand these concepts, then you’ll find that it is very easy to understand how quantum physics functions. First of all, you need to know that everything within the universe is made up of waves and particles. Yes, both of them at the same time. This is called the dual nature of substances. This seems quite crazy, and hard to believe, but both of these conclusions have been derived from numerous scientific experiments. The second thing that you must understand, and accept is that when it comes to quantum physics, it is almost impossible to predict the exact result of an experiment on a quantum system. There can only probability, no certainty, leading us to the conclusion that quantum physics is probabilistic. And last, but not the least, you must understand that quantum physics is very small, more often than not. This means that the study of quantum mechanics is well observed when the subject particles are extremely small. This is due the fact that quantum effects that are involved in the processes get smaller as the objects increase in size. As a result, quantum behaviors are hard to find. Buy: Quantum Physics for Beginners, a beginner’s guide to unravel the basic mysteries of quantum physics, and a comprehensive course to help people understand it better. Quantum Physics is an integral part of our lives and it is extremely important for us to have at least the basic knowledge on the subject. Most of the people struggle with it as there are scarcely any books on the topic that is compatible with the needs and demands of people who are just starting out as physicists, and need a simple guide to understand the concepts. The goal of the audiobook is simple: To help people have a better understanding of quantum physics in the most simplest of ways possible. You will also learn: Relation between waves and particles Why Max Planck is called the father of Quantum Physics Laws of quantum physics Quantum field theory Einstein’s theory of relativity Importance of the Hydrogen atom Basics on angular momentum on a quantum level Would you like to know more? Buy the audiobook, Quantum Physics for Beginners by Brad Olsson to have a good knowledge of quantum physics and mechanics.

©2020 Brad Olsson (P)2020 Brad Olsson

Narrator: Aaron Miller
Author: Brad Olsson
Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
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Applied Predictive Modeling: An Overview

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Predictive modeling uses statistics in order to predict outcomes. However, predictive modeling can be applied to events regardless of time of occurrence. When it comes to the applications of predictive modeling, techniques are used in various fields including algorithmic trading, uplift modeling, archaeology, health care, customer relationship management, and many others. This book covers the predictive modeling process with fundamental steps of the process, data preprocessing, data splitting and crucial steps of model tuning and improving model performance. Further, the book will introduce you to the most common classification and regression techniques including logistic regression which is widely used when it comes to the finding the probability of event success or event failure. You will get to know the common predictive modeling techniques as well such as stepwise regression, polynomial regression, and ridge regression which will help you when you are dealing with the data that suffers from very common multicollinearity where independent variables are highly correlated. What you will learn in Applied Predictive Modeling: Most common predictive modeling techniques Types of regression models The overall predictive modeling process Fundamental steps to effective and highly accurate predictive modeling How to build predictive model with logistic regression with code listings How to build predictive model using Python How to enhance your model performance Parameters for increasing the overall predictive power How to handle class imbalance Common causes of poor model performance Listen to this book now and learn more about applied predictive modeling!

©2017 Steven Taylor (P)2017 Steven Taylor

Narrator: William Bahl
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
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A Series of Fortunate Events

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"Fascinating and exhilarating - Sean B. Carroll at his very best." (Bill Bryson, author of The Body: A Guide for Occupants) In this audiobook, acclaimed writer and biologist Sean B. Carroll narrates the rollicking, awe-inspiring story of the surprising power of chance in our lives and the world. Why is the world the way it is? How did we get here? Does everything happen for a reason, or are some things left to chance? Philosophers and theologians have pondered these questions for millennia, but startling scientific discoveries over the past half century are revealing that we live in a world driven by chance. A Series of Fortunate Events tells the story of the awesome power of chance and how it is the surprising source of all the beauty and diversity in the living world. Like every other species, we humans are here by accident. But it is shocking just how many things - any of which might never have occurred - had to happen in certain ways for any of us to exist. From an extremely improbable asteroid impact, to the wild gyrations of the Ice Age, to invisible accidents in our parents' gonads, we are all here through an astonishing series of fortunate events. And chance continues to reign every day over the razor-thin line between our life and death. This is a relatively small work about a really big idea. It is also a spirited tale. Drawing inspiration from Monty Python, Kurt Vonnegut, and other great thinkers, and crafted by one of today's most accomplished science storytellers, A Series of Fortunate Events is an irresistibly entertaining and thought-provoking account of one of the most important but least appreciated facts of life. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Sean B. Carroll (P)2020 Princeton University Press

Narrator: Sean B. Carroll
Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
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College Level Chemistry

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AudioLearn's college-level courses presents College Level Chemistry! Developed by experienced professors and professionally narrated for easy listening, this course is a great way to explore the subject of college-level chemistry. The audio is focused and high-yield, covering the most important topics you might expect to learn in a typical undergraduate chemistry course. The material is accurate, up-to-date, and broken down into bite-sized chapters. There are quizzes and key takeaways following each chapter to review questions commonly tested and drive home key points. Here are the main topics we’ll be covering: Atoms and molar mass Atomic structure and the Periodic Law Gases - Gas laws, volume and pressures, partial pressures Ideal Gas Law and Kinetic Theory Thermochemistry Chemical bonding and molecular structure Chemical formulas Solids and liquids Solutions Oxidation-reduction reactions Thermodynamics Acids and bases Electrochemistry Organic chemistry and biochemistry We will conclude the course with a 200 question practice test. Also included, is a follow-along PDF manual containing the entire text of this audio course as well as all images, figures and charts we’ll be discussing. To get the most out of this course, we recommend that you listen to the entire audio once while following along in your PDF manual, then go back and listen to areas you found challenging. Now, let’s get started! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 AudioLearn (P)2019 AudioLearn

Narrator: Lisa Stroth
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
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The Trees in My Forest

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In a book destined to become a classic, biologist and acclaimed nature writer Bernd Heinrich takes listeners on an eye-opening journey through the hidden life of a forest.   A lifetime observer of the natural world shares his vast knowledge and reflections on the trees of the Northeast woodlands and the rhythms of their seasons, from the DNA contained in an apple seed to the great branches beyond reach.

©1997 Bernd Heinrich (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Tom Perkins
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
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Why Trust Science?

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Why the social character of scientific knowledge makes it trustworthy Do doctors really know what they are talking about when they tell us vaccines are safe? Should we take climate experts at their word when they warn us about the perils of global warming? Why should we trust science when our own politicians don't? In this landmark book, Naomi Oreskes offers a bold and compelling defense of science, revealing why the social character of scientific knowledge is its greatest strength - and the greatest reason we can trust it.  Tracing the history and philosophy of science from the late 19th century to today, Oreskes explains that, contrary to popular belief, there is no single scientific method. Rather, the trustworthiness of scientific claims derives from the social process by which they are rigorously vetted. This process is not perfect - nothing ever is when humans are involved - but she draws vital lessons from cases where scientists got it wrong. Oreskes shows how consensus is a crucial indicator of when a scientific matter has been settled, and when the knowledge produced is likely to be trustworthy.  Based on the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Princeton University, this timely and provocative book features critical responses by climate experts Ottmar Edenhofer and Martin Kowarsch, political scientist Jon Krosnick, philosopher of science Marc Lange, and science historian Susan Lindee, as well as a foreword by political theorist Stephen Macedo.

©2019 Naomi Oreskes (P)2019 Princeton University Press

Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
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Friendship

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The bonds of friendship are universal and elemental. In Friendship, journalist Lydia Denworth visits the front lines of the science of friendship in search of its biological, psychological, and evolutionary foundations. Finding it to be as old as life on the African savannas, she also discovers that friendship is reflected in our brain waves, detectable in our genomes, and capable of strengthening our cardiovascular and immune systems. Its opposite, loneliness, can kill. As a result, social connection is finally being recognized as critical to our physical and emotional well-being. With warmth and compassion, Denworth weaves together past and present, field biology and cutting-edge neuroscience, to show how our bodies and minds are designed to make friends, the process by which social bonds develop, and how a drive for friendship underpins human (and nonhuman) society. With its refreshingly optimistic vision of the evolution of human nature, this book puts friendship at the center of our lives.

©2020 Lydia Denworth (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Tiffany Morgan
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
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Dirt

14 ratings

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Dirt, soil, call it what you want, it's everywhere we go. It is the root of our existence, supporting our feet, our farms, our cities. This fascinating yet disquieting book finds, however, that we are running out of dirt, and it's no laughing matter. An engaging natural and cultural history of soil that sweeps from ancient civilizations to modern times, Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations explores the compelling idea that we are, and have long been, using up Earth's soil. Once bare of protective vegetation and exposed to wind and rain, cultivated soils erode bit by bit, slowly enough to be ignored in a single lifetime but fast enough over centuries to limit the lifespan of civilizations. 

A rich mix of history, archaeology and geology, Dirt traces the role of soil use and abuse in the history of Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, China, European colonialism, Central America, and the American push westward. We see how soil has shaped us and we have shaped soil?as society after society has risen, prospered, and plowed through a natural endowment of fertile dirt. David R. Montgomery sees in the recent rise of organic and no-till farming the hope for a new agricultural revolution that might help us avoid the fate of previous civilizations.

©2012 David R. Montgomery (P)2018 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

Narrator: Tim Lundeen
Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
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Periodic Tales

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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Periodic Tales by Hugh Aldersey-Williams, read by John Sackville.  Everything in the universe is made of them, including you. Like you, the elements have personalities, attitudes, talents, shortcomings, stories rich with meaning. Here you'll meet iron that rains from the heavens and noble gases that light the way to vice. You'll learn how lead can tell your future while zinc may one day line your coffin. You'll discover what connects the bones in your body with the Whitehouse in Washington, the glow of a streetlamp with the salt on your dinner table. Unlocking their astonishing secrets and colourful pasts, Periodic Tales is a voyage of wonder and discovery, showing that their stories are our stories, and their lives are inextricable from our own.

©2018 Hugh Aldersey-Williams (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Narrator: John Sackville
Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
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Six Impossible Things

1 rating

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Rules of the quantum world seem to say that a cat can be both alive and dead at the same time and a particle can be in two places at once. And that particle is also a wave; everything in the quantum world can described in terms of waves - or entirely in terms of particles. These interpretations were all established by the end of the 1920s, by Erwin Schrödinger, Werner Heisenberg, Paul Dirac, and others. But no one has yet come up with a common sense explanation of what is going on. In this concise and engaging book, astrophysicist John Gribbin offers an overview of six of the leading interpretations of quantum mechanics.   Gribbin calls his account "agnostic", explaining that none of these interpretations is any better - or any worse - than any of the others. Gribbin presents the Copenhagen Interpretation, promoted by Niels Bohr and named by Heisenberg; the Pilot-Wave Interpretation, developed by Louis de Broglie; the Many Worlds Interpretation (termed "excess baggage" by Gribbin); the Decoherence Interpretation ("incoherent"); the Ensemble "Non-Interpretation"; and the Timeless Transactional Interpretation (which theorized waves going both forward and backward in time). All of these interpretations are crazy, Gribbin warns, and some are more crazy than others - but in the quantum world, being more crazy does not necessarily mean more wrong.

©2019 John Gribbin (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Author: John Gribbin
Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
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The Modern Scholar: Geology

11 ratings

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Geology is often thought of as simply the study of rocks. In reality, geology is the study of our planet on all scales, from microscopic to planet-wide, and ranging in time from almost instantaneous events, like earthquakes, to the glacially slow motion of the tectonic plates. Everything we know about our world from a geologic perspective is based on information locked into the rock record and the job of a geologist is to tease out that story through a wide variety of observations. This insightful course explores a range of topics that help to tell the story of Earth and to explain the discipline of Geology and the role of the geologist. Individual lectures explore subjects such as minerals, the three different rock types and how they relate through the rock cycle, as well as how the interior of the earth is divided and the processes that occur there. Further lectures explore geologic time and how we sort out the history of any given sequence of rocks, how rocks deform and how plate tectonics works, and many processes related to surface water and groundwater. Geology has grown to become a very broad field with numerous areas of specialization, but this course provides a substantial overview of some of the most important features and processes that affect us as we interact with our planet and as it interacts with us.

©2013 Kate Zeigler (P)2013 Crescite Group, LLC

Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
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Quantum

3 ratings

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From Schrodinger's cat to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, this book untangles the weirdness of the quantum world. Quantum mechanics underpins modern science and provides us with a blueprint for reality itself. And yet it has been said that if you're not shocked by it, you don't understand it. But is quantum physics really so unknowable? Is reality really so strange? And just how can cats be half alive and half dead at the same time? Our journey into the quantum begins with nature's own conjuring trick, in which we discover that atoms - contrary to the rules of everyday experience - can exist in two locations at once. To understand this we travel back to the dawn of the 20th century and witness the birth of quantum theory, which over the next 100 years was to overthrow so many of our deeply held notions about the nature of our universe. Scientists and philosophers have been left grappling with its implications ever since. Read by Hugh Kermode.

©2003 Jim Al-Khalili (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

Narrator: Hugh Kermode
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
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The Genius Life

27 ratings

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The author of the New York Times best-selling Genius Foods is back with a lifestyle program for resetting your brain and body to its "factory settings", to help fight fatigue, anxiety, and depression and to optimize cognitive health for a longer and healthier life. The human body was honed under unique conditions that no longer exist. The modern world has changed dramatically since our days as hunter gatherers, and it has caused widespread anxiety, stress, and disease, leaving our brains in disrepair. But science proves that the body and brain can be healed with the intervention of lifestyle protocols that help us to regain our cognitive birthright. In the Genius Life, Lugavere expands the Genius Foods plan, which focused on nutrition and how it affects brain health, and expands it to encompass a full lifestyle protocol. We know now that the health of our brains - including our cognitive function and emotional wellness - depend on the health of our gut, endocrine, cardiac, and nervous systems as there is a constant feedback loop between all systems. Drawing on globe-spanning research into circadian biology, psychology, dementia prevention, cognitive optimization, and exercise physiology, the Genius Life shows how to integrate healthy choices in all aspects of our daily routines: eating, exercising, sleeping, detoxing, and more to create a healthy foundation for optimal cognitive health and performance. Among Max’s groundbreaking findings, you will discover: A trick that gives you the equivalent of a "marathon" workout, in 10 minutes How to get the benefits of an extra one to two extra servings of veggies daily without eating them The hidden everyday chemicals that could be making you fat and sick How to boost melatonin levels by up to 60 percent for deeper sleep without supplements The book features an achievable prescriptive 21-day plan for Genius Living that includes daily workouts, meal plans, and meal prep tips, and accompanied with helpful suggestions for healthy swaps and snacks. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Max Lugavere (P)2020 HarperAudio

Narrator: Max Lugavere
Author: Max Lugavere
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
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The Canon

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Buckle up for a joy ride through physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. Drawing on conversations with hundreds of the world's top scientists and her own work as an award-winning science writer, Natalie Angier does the impossible: she makes science fascinating and seriously fun, even for those of us who, in Angier's words, "still can't tell the difference between a proton, a photon, and a moron". Most of the profound questions we will explore in our lives (such as those involving evolution, global warming, or stem cells) have to do with science. So do a lot of everyday things, like our ice-cream melting, our coffee getting cold, and our vacuum cleaner running (or not). What does our liver do when we eat a caramel? How does the horse demonstrate evolution at work? Are we really made of stardust? (Yes we are.) In The Canon, Lewis Thomas meets Lewis Carroll in a book destined to become a modern classic, because it quenches our curiosity, sparks our interest in the world around us, reignites our childhood delight in discovering how things work, and instantly makes us smarter. This is a playful, passionate, ebullient guide to the science all around us by a Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author.

©2007 Natalie Angier (P)2007 HighBridge Company

Narrator: Nike Doukas
Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
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Forces of Nature

21 ratings

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A Sunday Times best seller. A breathtaking and beautiful exploration of our planet, this groundbreaking audiobook accompanies the BBC One TV series, providing the deepest answers to the simplest questions. 'What is motion?' 'Why is every snowflake different?' 'Why is life symmetrical?' To answer these and many other questions, Professor Brian Cox uncovers some of the most extraordinary natural events on Earth and in the universe and beyond. From the immensity of the universe and the roundness of Earth to the form of every single snowflake, the forces of nature shape everything we see. Pushed to extremes, the results are astonishing. In seeking to understand the everyday world, the colours, structure, behaviour and history of our home, we develop the knowledge and techniques necessary to step beyond the everyday and approach the universe beyond. Forces of Nature takes you to the great plains of the Serengeti, the volcanoes of Indonesia and the precipitous cliffs in Nepal to the humpback whales of the Caribbean and the northern lights of the Arctic. Brian will answer questions on Earth that will illuminate our understanding of the universe. Think you know our planet? Think again.

©2017 Professor Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Samuel West
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
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Beekeeping

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Use this guide to learn how to raise your first bee colonies in your backyard! Have you always wanted to make your own honey? If yes, read on! This audiobook will teach you how to become a beekeeper! Producing your own food is always a good idea. And beekeeping can become a wonderful and useful hobby! Making your own ethically sourced honey will definitely make you proud. Maybe you could even sell some honey. The first step? Learning all there is to know about beekeeping. In this audiobook, you will learn about: What you need to know about bees and honey production How to protect and help your bees What equipment and tools you need How to set up your own beehive How and when to harvest the honey  Keeping bees is not a walk in the park, but it’s not impossible, either. With a proper guide and some serious study, you can set up your beehive and harvest some great honey, right in your backyard. Ready to become a beekeeper? Scroll up and buy the audiobook.

©2020 Morris Saturday (P)2020 Morris Saturday

Narrator: Sam Riley
Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
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The Science of Sci-Fi

5 ratings

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Science fiction allows us to go places we can only dream of seeing - other worlds, distant stars, entirely different galaxies. While not every story is concerned with the hard science behind space travel and other futuristic ventures, fiction can give us amazing insight into what we could be capable of and what we dream of doing.  In the 10 lectures of The Science of Sci-Fi: From Warp Speed to Interstellar Travel, Professor Erin Macdonald interweaves real science and the achievements of the imagination to reveal the truth that underlies our favorite stories and sheds light on what the future may hold. From faster-than-light travel to journeys through time itself, science fiction makes humanity seem limitless. So, what scientific boundaries are we pushing against as we seek to fly among the stars?  Beginning with an overview of the physics of time and space as we know them, Professor Macdonald shows how stories extrapolate current knowledge to create visions of the future and how likely - or unlikely - these fictional journeys could be. What would happen if a spaceship flew into a wormhole, as it does in the film Galaxy Quest? Or, if you prefer video games, what would happen if you fired a rocket launcher on the Moon like the soldiers of Mass Effect? Could we ever break the bounds of light speed as they do in Star Wars and move across the universe without spending decades trying to make it to a distant exoplanet? Is the transporter technology of Star Trek really possible?  As you look closely at artificial gravity, inertial dampeners, tachyons, red matter, time dilation, and other sci-fi mainstays through the theories of some of science’s greatest thinkers, you will find that your favorite science fiction stories become even more astonishing.

©2019 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

Narrator: Erin Macdonald
Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
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The Systems Thinker

3 ratings

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Find the optimal solutions to your problems. Gain a deep understanding of the “what, why, how, when, how much” questions of your life. Become a systems thinker and discover how to approach your life from a completely new perspective. What is systems thinking? Put simply, it is thinking about how things interact with one another.  Why should this matter to you? Because you are a system. You are a part of smaller and larger systems - your community, your country, your species. Understanding your role within these systems and how these systems affect, hinder, or aid the fulfillment of your life can lead you to better answers about yourself and the world. Information is the most precious asset these days. Evaluating that information correctly is almost priceless. Systems thinkers are some of the bests in collecting and assessing information, as well as creating impactful solutions in any context. The Systems Thinker will help you to implement systems thinking at your workplace, human relations, and everyday thinking habits.  Boost your observation and analytical skills to find the real triggers and influencing forces behind contemporary politics, economics, health, and education changes.  Systems thinking clears your vision by teaching you not only to find the differences between the elements but also the similarities. This bidirectional analyzing ability will give you a more complex worldview, deeper understanding of problems, and thus better solutions. The car stopped because its tank is empty - so it needs gas. Easy problem, easy solution, right? But could you explain just as easily why the price of gas rose five percent the past month? After becoming a systems thinker, you’ll be able to answer that question just as easily. Change your thoughts, change your results.  What are the main elements, questions, and methods of thinking in systems? The most widely used systems archetypes, maps, models, and analytical methods. Learn to identify and provide solutions even the most complex system problems. Deepen your understanding about human motivation with systems thinking. The past 50 years brought so many changes in our lives. The world has become more interconnected than ever. Old rules can’t explain the new world anymore. But systems thinking can. Embrace systems thinking and become a master of analytical, critical, and creative thinking. 

©2018 Albert Rutherford (P)2018 Albert Rutherford

Narrator: Russell Newton
Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
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Owls of the Eastern Ice

2 ratings

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A field scientist and conservationist tracks the elusive Blakiston's fish owl in the forbidding reaches of Eastern Russia. When he was just a fledgling birdwatcher, Jonathan C. Slaght had a chance encounter with one of the most mysterious birds on Earth. Bigger than any owl he knew, it looked like a small bear with decorative feathers. He snapped a quick photo and shared it with experts. Soon he was on a five-year journey, searching for this enormous, enigmatic creature in the lush, remote forests of Eastern Russia. That first sighting set his calling as a scientist. Despite a wingspan of six feet and a height of more than two feet, the Blakiston's fish owl is highly elusive. They are easiest to find in winter, when their tracks mark the snowy banks of the rivers where they feed. They are also endangered. And so, as Slaght and his devoted team set out to locate the owls, they aim to craft a conservation plan that helps ensure the species' survival. This quest sends them on all-night monitoring missions in freezing tents, mad dashes across thawing rivers, and free-climbs up rotting trees to check nests for precious eggs. At the heart of Slaght's story are the fish owls themselves: cunning hunters, devoted parents, singers of eerie duets, and survivors in a harsh and shrinking habitat.

©2020 Jonathan C. Slaght (P)2020 Tantor

Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
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Epigenetics Explained

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You are about to develop a comprehensive understanding of the concept of epigenetics, its place in modern-day medicine and health optimization, and why it is literally changing how we approach the treatment of various health problems! Modern research has now confirmed that the behavior of your genes doesn’t always depend on their DNA sequence, but also on factors referred to epigenetics, and that changes in these factors can play a critical role in disease, life structures, behavior, and all aspects of life. And that’s not all; research also shows that therapies based on these factors have proven effective in reversing some conditions, boosting the immune system, optimizing psychology, and human adaptation. Epigenetics have thus taken the center stage in understanding human biology at a deeper level, life, and evolution. But what are epigenetics, and how to they work? How does the environment affect them, and how is this “remembered” in the body? How does epigenetic therapy work? What does it treat? Isn’t it risky? What is the relationship between epigenetics and the human psychology? How can we benefit from the discovery and understanding of epigenetics? If you have these and other related questions, this two-in-one audiobook is for you, so keep reading. Here is a bit of what you’ll learn from this two in one audiobook: What epigenetics are, why they’re important, and how they work How epigenetics relate with our experiences How cells divide, and how genes control the growth and division of cells The difference between the DNA, gene, and chromosomes  The existing evidence of epigenetic changes, including in transgenerational epigenetic inheritance The ins and outs of epigenetics mechanisms  The types of epigenetic therapies available today, including their risks, benefits, and research on them The effect of epigenetic control in transcriptional regulation in pluripotency and early differentiation, DNA methylation and demethylation, nucleosome remodeling, and chromatin looping How epigenetics work at the molecular level and the effect of DNA damage in epigenetic change The functions of epigenetics, and how they boost mindfulness training, healthy eating, and exercise How epigenetic therapy and modifications affects diabetic retinopathy, emotional disorders, cardiac dysfunction, cancer and schizophrenia, mesothelioma, and many more How epigenetic modifications are used in understanding plant and animal evolution How epigenetic mechanisms are used in understanding human adaptation, boosting memory formation, growth, and reinforcing infant neurobehavior. The role of epigenetic mechanisms in maternal care The role of environmental chemicals in epigenetics How epigenetics are involved in neurodegenerative diseases, drug formation, human development, the development of Hox genes, and many more The role of environmental exposures in pathophysiology of IPF Modulation of epigenetic marks by environmental exposures And so much more!

©2020 Frank Brown (P)2020 Eleanor Webb and D.Wolf

Author: Frank Brown
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
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Black Hole Survival Guide

2 ratings

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From the acclaimed author of Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space - an authoritative and accessible guide to the most alluring and challenging phenomena of contemporary science. Through her writing, astrophysicist Janna Levin has focused on making the science she studies not just comprehensible but also, and perhaps more important, intriguing to the nonscientist. In this book, she helps us to understand and find delight in the black hole - perhaps the most opaque theoretical construct ever imagined by physicists.  Levin takes us on an evocative exploration of black holes, provoking us to imagine the visceral experience of a black hole encounter. She reveals the influence of black holes as they populate the universe, sculpt galaxies, and even infuse the whole expanse of reality that we inhabit. Lively, engaging, and utterly unique, Black Hole Survival Guide is not just informative - it is, as well, a wonderful listen from first to last. 

©2020 Janna Levin (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: Janna Levin
Author: Janna Levin
Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
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Silent Spring

12 ratings

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Conservationist Rachel Carson spent over six years documenting the effects on DDT, a synthetic organic compound used as an insecticide, on numerous communities. Her analysis revealed that such powerful, persistent chemical pesticides have been used without a full understanding of the extent of their potential harm to the whole biota, including the damage they've caused to wildlife, birds, bees, agricultural animals, domestic pets, and even humans. In this book, Carson discusses her findings and expresses passionate concern for the future of the planet and all the life inhabiting it, calling on us all to act responsibly, carefully, and as stewards of the living earth. Additionally, she suggests that all democracies and liberal societies must operate in a way that allows individuals and groups to question what their governments have permitted to be put into the environment. An instant best seller that was read by President Kennedy during the summer of 1962, this classic remains one of the best introductions to the complicated and controversial subject.

©1962, 2002 Rachel Carson (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Susie Berneis
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
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The World According to Physics

6 ratings

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Quantum physicist, New York Times best-selling author, and BBC host Jim Al-Khalili offers a fascinating and illuminating look at what physics reveals about the world. Shining a light on the most profound insights revealed by modern physics, Jim Al-Khalili invites us all to understand what this crucially important science tells us about the universe and the nature of reality itself. Al-Khalili begins by introducing the fundamental concepts of space, time, energy, and matter, and then describes the three pillars of modern physics - quantum theory, relativity, and thermodynamics - showing how all three must come together if we are ever to have a full understanding of reality. Using wonderful examples and thought-provoking analogies, Al-Khalili illuminates the physics of the extreme cosmic and quantum scales, the speculative frontiers of the field, and the physics that underpins our everyday experiences and technologies, bringing the listener up to speed with the biggest ideas in physics in just a few sittings. Physics is revealed as an intrepid human quest for ever more foundational principles that accurately explain the natural world we see around us, an undertaking guided by core values such as honesty and doubt. The knowledge discovered by physics both empowers and humbles us, and still, physics continues to delve valiantly into the unknown. Making even the most enigmatic scientific ideas accessible and captivating, this deeply insightful audiobook illuminates why physics matters to everyone and calls one and all to share in the profound adventure of seeking truth in the world around us.

©2020 Jim Al-Khalili (P)2020 Princeton University Press

Narrator: Jim Al-Khalili
Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
Available on Audible
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Der Konsumkompass

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Das Handbuch für Fridays for Future und umsetzbaren Klimaschutz! Ist der Bio-Apfel aus Neuseeland ökologischer als der konventionelle vom Bodensee? Sind waschbare Windeln mit Abhol- und Bringservice nachhaltiger, als Öko-Wegwerfwindeln? Und was ist eigentlich mit meinem alten Kühlschrank? Jeden Tag stehen wir vor Fragen wie diesen und finden keine Antwort. Studien wälzen, mit Forschern sprechen, Recyclinghöfe besuchen - das alles können wir als Konsumenten gar nicht leisten und überblicken. Katarina Schickling beantwortet ganz persönlich und nachvollziehbar diese Fragen. Wie wir leben und konsumieren, entscheiden wir selbst. "Der Konsumkompass" zeigt uns, welche Auswirkungen unsere Entscheidungen wirklich haben und was wir selbst für den Umweltschutz tun können. In deiner Audible-Bibliothek findest du für dieses Hörerlebnis eine PDF-Datei mit zusätzlichem Material. >> Diese ungekürzte Hörbuch-Fassung genießt du exklusiv nur bei Audible.

©2020 Mosaik Verlag (P)2020 der Hörverlag

Narrator: Cordula Senfft
Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
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Fermat's Last Theorem

11 ratings

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'I have a truly marvellous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.' It was with these words, written in the 1630s, that Pierre de Fermat intrigued and infuriated the mathematics community. For over 350 years, proving Fermat's Last Theorem was the most notorious unsolved mathematical problem, a puzzle whose basics most children could grasp but whose solution eluded the greatest minds in the world. In 1993, after years of secret toil, Englishman Andrew Wiles announced to an astounded audience that he had cracked Fermat's Last Theorem. He had no idea of the nightmare that lay ahead. In Fermat's Last Theorem Simon Singh has crafted a remarkable tale of intellectual endeavour spanning three centuries, and a moving testament to the obsession, sacrifice and extraordinary determination of Andrew Wiles: one man against all the odds.

©2012 Simon Singh (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: David Rintoul
Author: Simon Singh
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs

361 ratings

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We're living through a golden age of paleontological research that, in the last couple of decades, has radically changed our understanding of dinosaurs. Through candid interviews with the world’s top paleontologists, Professor Ben Garrod reveals new dinosaur facts from cutting edge research into the greatest animals ever to walk the planet. When we're young, we all have a favourite dinosaur but, as time passes, other aspects of life get in the way. This is ultimate guide for grown-ups who have lost touch with their favourite childhood dinosaurs. From the earliest cat-sized dinosaurs to enormous, feathered dinosaurs, there have been many significant discoveries in only the last 30 years. Every day we are learning more about the way the dinosaurs behaved and ultimately what happened to them at the very end. Produced by Wisebuddah for Audible Originals. This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 6 episodes to your Library now.

©2019 Audible, Ltd. (P)2019 Audible, Ltd.

Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
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Holistic Management: A Commonsense Revolution to Restore Our Environment

12 ratings

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Fossil fuels and livestock grazing are often targeted as major culprits behind climate change and desertification. But Allan Savory, cofounder of the Savory Institute, begs to differ. The bigger problem, he warns, is our mismanagement of resources. Livestock grazing is not the problem; it's how we graze livestock. If we don't change the way we approach land management, irreparable harm from climate change could continue long after we replace fossil fuels with environmentally benign energy sources. Holistic management is a systems-thinking approach for managing resources, developed by Savory decades ago after observing the devastation of desertification in his native Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Properly managed livestock are key to restoring the world's grassland soils, the major sink for atmospheric carbon, and minimizing the most damaging impacts on humans and the natural world. This audiobook updates Savory's paradigm-changing vision for reversing desertification, stemming the loss of biodiversity, eliminating fundamental causes of human impoverishment throughout the world, and climate change. Reorganized chapters make it easier for listeners to understand the framework for holistic management and the four key insights that underlie it. This long-anticipated new edition is written for new generations of ranchers, farmers, ecological and social entrepreneurs, and development professionals working to address global environmental and social degradation. It offers new hope that a sustainable future for humankind and the world we depend on is within reach. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Allan Savory and Jody Butterfield (P)2017 Allan Savory and Jody Butterfield

Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
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Rising

2 ratings

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Harvey. Maria. Irma. Sandy. Katrina. We live in a time of unprecedented hurricanes and catastrophic weather events, a time when it is increasingly clear that climate change is neither imagined nor distant - and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways.

In this highly original work of lyrical reportage, Elizabeth Rush guides listeners through some of the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area. For many of the plants, animals, and humans in these places, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place. Weaving firsthand accounts from those facing this choice - a Staten Islander who lost her father during Sandy, the remaining holdouts of a Native American community on a drowning Isle de Jean Charles, a neighborhood in Pensacola settled by escaped slaves hundreds of years ago - with profiles of wildlife biologists, activists, and other members of the communities both currently at risk and already displaced, Rising privileges the voices of those usually kept at the margins.

At once polyphonic and precise, Rising is a shimmering meditation on vulnerability and on vulnerable communities, both human and more than human, and on how to let go of the places we love.

©2018 Elizabeth Rush. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Coleen Marlo
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
Available on Audible
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Dr. Joe & What You Didn't Know

2 ratings

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From Beethoven's connection to plumbing to why rotten eggs smell like sulfur, the technical explanations included in this scientific primer tackle 99 chemistry-related questions and provide answers designed to inform and entertain. What jewelry metal is prohibited in some European countries? What does Miss Piggy have to do with the World Cup? How can a cockroach be removed from a human ear? The quirky information offered incorporates scientific savvy, practical advice, and amusing anecdotes.

©2003 ECW PRESS (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Nick Hahn
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Outwitting Squirrels

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Bird-loving Americans share a common problem: squirrels! These fast, greedy, incredibly crafty, fluffy-tailed rodents pillage birdfeeders before owners' very eyes. For 25 years Outwitting Squirrels has been leading the charge to help bird lovers defend their feeders. This classic defense manual for the besieged birder has been fully updated to deal with the more tech-savvy 21st-century squirrel. It provides 101 cunning strategies, both serious and hilarious, for outsmarting these furry but not so cute creatures. Adler discusses the different bird personalities and the best seed to attract them. He rates birdfeeders based upon how squirrel-proof or squirrel-vexing they are and discusses creative antisquirrel structures and devices. Spooker poles, Perrier bottles, baffled fishing line, Teflon spray, Vaseline, water bombs, cayenne pepper, and Nixalite - the author has tried them all, and here he regales intrepid bird feeders with his squirrel-thwarting adventures and misadventures. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Bill Adler Jr. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Brian Troxell
Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
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The Science Book

5 ratings

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Exploring more than 80 of the world's most scientific theories and big ideas across the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, geology, and math, this audiobook offers a fascinating look at the history of science. Discover how Galileo worked out his scientific theories of motion and inertia, why Isaac Newton gets the credit for them, and what the discovery of DNA meant. All the big scientific ideas are brought to life with pithy quotes and step-by-step "mind maps" - from evolution and continental drift to black holes and genetic engineering, showing how the ideas of famous scientists have affected our understanding of the world. Whether you are a science student, a historian, or just have an interest in scientific ideas, The Science Book, narrated by Leughton Pugh, is a perfect way to explore this fascinating subject.

©2014 Dorling Kindersley Ltd (P)2019 DK Audio

Narrator: Leighton Pugh
Author: DK
Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
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Arctic Dreams

3 ratings

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Winner of the National Book Award This best-selling, groundbreaking exploration of the Far North is a classic of natural history, anthropology, and travel writing. The Arctic is a perilous place. Only a few species of wild animals can survive its harsh climate. In this modern classic, Barry Lopez explores the many-faceted wonders of the Far North: its strangely stunted forest, its mesmerizing aurora borealis, its frozen seas. Musk oxen, polar bears, narwhal, and other exotic beasts of the region come alive through Lopez’s passionate and nuanced observations. And, as he examines the history and culture of the indigenous people, along with parallel narratives of intrepid, often underprepared and subsequently doomed polar explorers, Lopez drives to the heart of why the austere and formidable Arctic is also a constant source of breathtaking beauty, beguilement, and wonder.  Written in prose as memorably pure as the land it describes, Arctic Dreams is a timeless mediation on the ability of the landscape to shape our dreams and to haunt our imaginations.  Look for Barry Lopez's new book, Horizon, available now. 

©2013 Barry Lopez (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: James Naughton
Author: Barry Lopez
Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
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The Rise of Wolf 8

18 ratings

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The astonishing true story of one of the first wolves to roam Yellowstone in more than 60 years. Book One in The Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone: A Trilogy Yellowstone National Park was once home to an abundance of wild wolves - but park rangers killed the last of their kind in the 1920s. Decades later, the rangers brought them back, with the first wolves arriving from Canada in 1995.  This is the incredible true story of one of those wolves.  Wolf 8 struggles at first - he is smaller than the other pups, and often bullied - but soon he bonds with an alpha female whose mate was shot. An unusually young alpha male, barely a teenager in human years, Wolf 8 rises to the occasion, hunting skillfully, and even defending his family from the wolf who killed his father. But soon he faces a new opponent: his adopted son, who mates with a violent alpha female. Can Wolf 8 protect his valley without harming his prote´ge´?  Authored by a renowned wolf researcher and gifted storyteller, The Rise of Wolf 8 marks the beginning of an original and bold new trilogy, which will transform our view of wolves forever.

©2019 Rick McIntyre (P)2019 ECW Press

Narrator: Geoff Sugiyama
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
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A Psychedelic Trip

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Embark on the ultimate psychedelic voyage with ayahuasca and magic mushrooms! The word “psychedelic” instantly triggers a negative attitude in most people. We have been trained by media to treat psychedelic compounds as just harmful drugs. But "psychedelic" is a term that describes experiences in which our state of consciousness is broadened. You’ve probably heard about another thing that strives to achieve that. It’s called yoga. Nothing negative comes to mind when you heard that, right? Psilocybin mushrooms and ayahuasca both contain a psychoactive compound that changes perspectives and make you perceive the world around you in a different way. They have been used for millenniums, not as drugs, but as healing substances. Mushrooms are even depicted in some Stone Age cave paintings, and the ayahuasca brew or tea is still popular among Amazon tribes and shamans.  But the real magic lies in their healing properties. According to scientific research, psychedelic compounds can be used to treat mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and many others. This bundle is the ultimate guide on these two incredible nature’s gifts and the only thing you need to embark on a quest to self-discovery. Here’s what you’ll learn:  The scientific stories behind psilocybin and ayahuasca The healing and therapeutic properties of both substances Steps to determine the right dosage for different effects The legality of mushrooms and ayahuasca Ways to use them to treat anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues Techniques for getting into a meditative trance  Common mistakes and accidents to avoid Techniques for cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms And much more! There is a safe way to use psilocybin mushrooms and ayahuasca for both spiritual and medical benefits. However, accidents do happen, and we do not recommend the use of these substances!  To start this journey, scroll up and click on the "buy now" button. Disclaimer: Ayahuasca and psilocybin are two potentially illegal substance, and we do not promote the use of legal or illegal psychoactive substances. This audiobook has the only purpose of being informative.

©2020 William Griffiths (P)2020 William Griffiths

Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
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The Hunt for Vulcan

2 ratings

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The captivating, all-but-forgotten story of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and the search for a planet that never existed For more than 50 years, the world's top scientists searched for the "missing" planet Vulcan, whose existence was mandated by Isaac Newton's theories of gravity. Countless hours were spent on the hunt for the elusive orb, and some of the era's most skilled astronomers even claimed to have found it. There was just one problem: It was never there. In The Hunt for Vulcan, Thomas Levenson follows the visionary scientists who inhabit the story of the phantom planet, starting with Isaac Newton, who, in 1687, provided an explanation for all matter in motion throughout the universe, leading to Urbain-Jean-Joseph Le Verrier, who, almost two centuries later, built on Newton's theories and discovered Neptune, becoming the most famous scientist in the world. Le Verrier attempted to surpass that triumph by predicting the existence of yet another planet in our solar system: Vulcan. It took Albert Einstein to discern that the mystery of the missing planet was a problem not of measurements or math but of Newton's theory of gravity itself. Einstein's general theory of relativity proved that Vulcan did not and could not exist and that the search for it had merely been a quirk of operating under the wrong set of assumptions about the universe. Levenson tells the previously untold tale of how the "discovery" of Vulcan in the 19th century set the stage for Einstein's monumental breakthrough, the greatest individual intellectual achievement of the 20th century. A dramatic human story of an epic quest, The Hunt for Vulcan offers insight into how science really advances (as opposed to the way we're taught about it in school) and how the best work of the greatest scientists reveals an artist's sensibility. Opening a new window onto our world, Levenson illuminates some of our most iconic ideas as he recounts one of the strangest episodes in the history of science.

©2015 Thomas Levenson (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Kevin Pariseau
Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
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The Reign of Wolf 21

6 ratings

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The breathtaking firsthand account of two Yellowstone wolves and their remarkable bond. Wolf 21 and Wolf 42 were attracted to each other the moment they met in Yellowstone Park - but Wolf 42’s jealous sister hindered their relationship. After an explosive insurrection within the pack, the two wolves came together at last as alpha male and alpha female of the Druids, the most successful wolf pack in Yellowstone history. Rick McIntyre recounts their fascinating love story with compassion and a keen eye for detail, drawing on his many years of experience observing Yellowstone wolves in the wild. This remarkable work of science writing offers unparalleled insight into wolf behavior and Yellowstone’s famed wolf reintroduction project.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Rick McIntyre (P)2020 Greystone Books

Narrator: Geoff Sugiyama
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
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Microbe Hunters

1 rating

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This science classic by Paul de Kruif chronicles the pioneering bacteriological work of the first scientists to see and learn from the microscopic world. Paul de Kruif's Microbe Hunters is a timeless dramatization of the scientists, bacteriologists, doctors, and medical technicians who discovered microbes and invented the vaccines to counter them. De Kruif reveals the now seemingly simple but really fundamental discoveries of science - for instance, how a microbe was first viewed in a clear drop of rain water, and when, for the first time ever, Louis Pasteur discovered that a simple vaccine could save a man from the ravages of rabies by attacking the microbes that cause it.

©1926 Paul de Kruif; renewed 1954 Paul de Kruif (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Michael Quinlan
Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
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All Things Bright and Beautiful

2 ratings

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This program is read by Nicholas Ralph, star of the new PBS Masterpiece series. A tie-in to the upcoming PBS Masterpiece series and Christmas special. The second volume in the multimillion-copy best-selling series. Millions of readers and listeners have delighted in the wonderful storytelling and everyday miracles of James Herriot in the 50 years since his animal stories were first introduced to the world. All Things Bright and Beautiful is the beloved sequel to Herriot's first collection, All Creatures Great and Small, and picks up as Herriot, now newly married, journeys among the remote hillside farms and valley towns of the Yorkshire Dales, caring for their inhabitants - both two- and four-legged. Throughout, Herriot's deep compassion, humor, and love of life shine as we laugh, cry, and delight in the portraits of his many varied animal patients and their equally varied owners. A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press Masterpiece® is a registered trademark of the WGBH Educational Foundation. Used with permission. A Playground production for Masterpiece and Channel 5 in association with All3Media and Screen Yorkshire. Cover photo © Playground Television UK Ltd / Photographer: Ed Miller 

©1973 James Herriot (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Nicholas Ralph
Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
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Cathedral of the Wild

9 ratings

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“This is a gorgeous, lyrical, hilarious, important book.... Read this and you may find yourself instinctively beginning to heal old wounds: in yourself, in others, and just maybe in the cathedral of the wild that is our true home.” (Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Own North Star) Boyd Varty had an unconventional upbringing. He grew up on Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa, a place where man and nature strive for balance, where perils exist alongside wonders. Founded more than 80 years ago as a hunting ground, Londolozi was transformed into a nature reserve beginning in 1973 by Varty’s father and uncle, visionaries of the restoration movement. But it wasn’t just a sanctuary for the animals; it was also a place for ravaged land to flourish again and for the human spirit to be restored. When Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years of imprisonment, he came to the reserve to recover.  Cathedral of the Wild is Varty’s memoir of his life in this exquisite and vast refuge. At Londolozi, Varty gained the confidence that emerges from living in Africa. "We came out strong and largely unafraid of life," he writes, "with the full knowledge of its dangers." It was there that young Boyd and his equally adventurous sister learned to track animals, raised leopard and lion cubs, followed their larger-than-life uncle on his many adventures filming wildlife, and became one with the land. Varty survived a harrowing black mamba encounter, a debilitating bout with malaria, even a vicious crocodile attack, but his biggest challenge was a personal crisis of purpose. An intense spiritual quest takes him across the globe and back again - to reconnect with nature and "rediscover the track".  Cathedral of the Wild is a story of transformation that inspires a great appreciation for the beauty and order of the natural world. With conviction, hope, and humor, Varty makes a passionate claim for the power of the wild to restore the human spirit. Praise for Cathedral of the Wild  “Extremely touching... a book about growth and hope.” (The New York Times) “It made me cry with its hard-won truths about human and animal nature.... Both funny and deeply moving, this book belongs on the shelf of everyone who seeks healing in wilderness.” (BookPage)

©2014 Boyd Varty (P)2014 Random House Audio

Narrator: Boyd Varty
Author: Boyd Varty
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
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The Ultimate John Muir Collection: Our National Parks, Stickeen, My First Summer in the Sierra, The Yosemite, Travels in Alaska, & A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf

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The pioneering advocate of wilderness preservation, John Muir (1838-1914) was influential in the creation of many national parks.  The Ultimate John Muir Collection includes: Book one: Our National Parks, (1901), comprising 10 essays that previously appeared as articles in the Atlantic Monthly. The text is devoted to Yosemite in the heart of the Sierra Nevada.  Book two: Stickeen (1880) is Muir's account of what happened on an Alaskan glacier with a dog named Stickeen. First published in Century Magazine (1897) this compelling story remains on of the author’s most popular works.  Book three: My First Summer in the Sierra is based on a diary Muir kept while tending sheep in Yosemite country and is filled with the author’s awe for the divine and enduring wealth of the natural world. It remains a classic of environmental literature that continues to inspire people.  Book four: The Yosemite, in which Muir chronicled his experiences of the beautiful wilderness in appealingly descriptive prose. It portrays the shifting phases of the year in Yosemite - flood-time with its waterfalls, Indian summer, the brooding fall, and the sublime darkness of storm nights.  Book five: Travels in Alaska describes the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness and its inhabitants as observed during Muir’s travels between 1879 and 1890. In poetic prose he describes the area’s magnificent glaciers and its animals like bears, bald eagles, wolves, and whales.  Book six: A Thousand-Mile Walk To The Gulf. In 1867, Muir left Indiana and walked 1,000 miles to the Gulf Coast, carrying only a compass, a map, a brush, and some soap. Taken from his earliest journals, the text chronicles his impressions of the South in the wake of the Civil War. Studying the flora and fauna along the way, Muir records his journey on foot across Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and his trip to California by boat.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Author: John Muir
Length: 36 hrs and 13 mins
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Raising Beef Cattle

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If you want to learn how to raise beef cattle successfully, then pay attention.... Have you been looking for a resource that will take you through the ins and outs of raising cattle from start to finish?  Have you been wondering how you can handle something as daunting as a cattle rearing facility?  If so, then you’ve come to the right place. This audiobook, Raising Beef Cattle: An Essential Guide to Raising Cows, Calves, Bulls, Steers, and Heifers in Your Backyard or on a Small Farm is exactly what you need. In this audiobook, you will: Learn why raising beef cattle is a profitable venture. Discover 12 things you’ll be shocked to learn about cows. Be exposed to the facilities and equipment you'll need to run a beef cattle outfit. Learn the breeds and how to choose the best cattle for your herd. Discover why cattle behave the way they do and how you can make that work to your advantage. Learn how to keep your herd healthy and happy. Learn the techniques required to handle the members of your cattle family. Master the art of milking your beef cows (yes, beef cattle produce milk).  Learn what you need to know about successful breeding and calving. Learn how to care for pregnant members of the herd and their newborn calves. Get loads of tips on how to run a successful cattle rearing business. This audiobook is an important tool for you if you are looking to start a cattle rearing business. Even if you've been in the business for a while, you'll still find gems in this audiobook that will help you overcome unforeseen obstacles. Get this audiobook now and start (or continue) your journey to successful beef cattle rearing!

©2020 Dion Rosser (P)2021 Dion Rosser

Narrator: Ivan Busenius
Author: Dion Rosser
Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
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Reality Is Not What It Seems

62 ratings

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From the New York Times best-selling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, a closer look at the mind-bending nature of the universe. What are time and space made of? Where does matter come from? And what exactly is reality? Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli has spent his whole life exploring these questions and pushing the boundaries of what we know. Here he explains how our image of the world has changed over the last few dozen centuries. In elegant and accessible prose, Rovelli takes us on a wondrous journey from Aristotle to Albert Einstein, from Michael Faraday to the Higgs boson, and from classical physics to his own work in quantum gravity. As he shows us how the idea of reality has evolved over time, Rovelli offers listeners a deeper understanding of the theories he introduced so concisely in Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. His evocative explanations invite us to imagine, beyond our ever-changing idea of reality, a whole new world that has yet to be discovered.

©2017 Carlo Rovelli (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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L'ordre du temps

12 ratings

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Dans ses Sept brèves leçons de physique, Carlo Rovelli confiait : qu'une question avait guidé sa vie de chercheur : la nature du temps. Se hissant sur les épaules d'Isaac Newton, d'Albert Einstein, de Stephen Hawking et de bien d'autres, il nous livre enfin ses découvertes dans ce livre majeur. Le temps est au cœur d'un étrange mystère. Tel un flocon de neige qui fond lorsqu'on s'en saisit, il s'est progressivement délité sous les assauts de la science : on sait dorénavant que le temps s'écoule plus lentement en plaine qu'en altitude ; qu'à l'échelle des étoiles et des planètes, il varie d'un point à l'autre, tandis qu'il ne "passe" pas au niveau microscopique. Que reste-t-il de tangible dans ces décombres ? Et comment construire une théorie du temps qui colle à notre perception, mais aussi à l'analyse des philosophes et aux fulgurances des poètes ? Voilà le défi brillamment relevé par Carlo Rovelli au fil des pages. Emerge alors un paysage d'une beauté inouïe où, pour la première fois, le temps retrouvé surgit de façon naturelle...  Lorsque vous achetez ce titre, le fichier PDF qui l'accompagne sera disponible dans votre confirmation d'achat envoyée par mail ainsi que dans votre bibliothèque, depuis votre ordinateur.

©2017 / 2018 Adelphi Edizioni S.P.A. Milano / Flammarion pour la traduction française. Traduit de l'italien par Sophie Lem (P)2019 Audible Studios

Narrator: Laurent Jacquet
Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
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Chasing New Horizons

11 ratings

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This audiobook is the up-close inside story of the greatest space exploration project of our time, New Horizons’ mission to Pluto, as shared with David Grinspoon by mission leader Alan Stern and other key players.  On July 14, 2015, something amazing happened. More than three billion miles from Earth, a small NASA spacecraft called New Horizons screamed past Pluto at more than 32,000 miles per hour, focusing its instruments on the long-mysterious icy worlds of the Pluto system, and then, just as quickly, continued on its journey out into the beyond. Nothing like this has occurred in a generation - a raw exploration of new worlds unparalleled since NASA’s Voyager missions to Uranus and Neptune - and nothing quite like it is planned to happen ever again.  The photos that New Horizons sent back to Earth graced the front pages of newspapers on all seven continents, and NASA’s website for the mission received more than two billion hits in the days surrounding the flyby. At a time when so many think that our most historic achievements are in the past, the most distant planetary exploration ever attempted not only succeeded in 2015 but made history and captured the world’s imagination. How did this happen?  Chasing New Horizons is the story of the men and women behind this amazing mission: of their decades-long commitment and persistence; of the political fights within and outside of NASA; of the sheer human ingenuity it took to design, build, and fly the mission; and of the plans for New Horizons’ next encounter, one billion miles past Pluto in 2019. Told from the insider’s perspective of mission leader Dr. Alan Stern and others on New Horizons, Chasing New Horizons is a riveting story of scientific discovery and of how much we humans can achieve when people focused on a dream work together toward their incredible goal.

©2018 Alan Stern and David Grinspooon (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
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Three Roads to Quantum Gravity

6 ratings

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In Three Roads to Quantum Gravity, Lee Smolin provides an accessible overview of the attempts to build a final "theory of everything." He explains in simple terms what scientists are talking about when they say the world is made from exotic entities such as loops, strings, and black holes and tells the fascinating stories behind these discoveries: the rivalries, epiphanies, and intrigues he witnessed firsthand. Written with exceptional style and clarity, Three Roads to Quantum Gravity confronts the deepest questions of the nature of the universe and provides a preview of some of the remarkable scientific developments we can look forward to in the 21st century.

©2001 Lee Smolin; Postscript © 2002 by Lee Smolin; Postscript to the 2017 Edition © 2017 by Lee Smolin (P)2018 Recorded Books

Narrator: L. J. Ganser
Author: Lee Smolin
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
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Human Errors

10 ratings

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We humans like to think of ourselves as highly evolved creatures. But if we are supposedly evolution's greatest creation, why do we have such bad knees? Why do we catch head colds so often - 200 times more often than a dog does? How come our wrists have so many useless bones? Why is the vast majority of our genetic code pointless? And are we really supposed to swallow and breathe through the same narrow tube? Surely there's been some kind of mistake. As professor of biology Nathan H. Lents explains in Human Errors, our evolutionary history is nothing if not a litany of mistakes, each more entertaining and enlightening than the last. The human body is one big pile of compromises. But that is also a testament to our greatness: as Lents shows, humans have so many design flaws precisely because we are very, very good at getting around them. A rollicking, deeply informative tour of humans' four billion year-long evolutionary saga, Human Errors both celebrates our imperfections and offers an unconventional accounting of the cost of our success.

©2018 Nathan H. Lents (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: L.J. Ganser
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
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Raising Chickens in Your Backyard

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Fresh eggs, tasty meat, and the joy of watching life develop in your own backyard...Why wouldn't you keep chickens? Ninety-three percent of the most densely populated cities in the US allow backyard chicken rearing, and the number of households choosing to rear their own hens grows year after year. It’s little wonder, when you consider the benefits: Once you’ve tasted eggs from your own coop, you’ll never want a store-bought egg again...especially when you learn how much healthier they are. Did you know, for instance, that backyard eggs contain approximately 20 times as much omega-3 as factory farmed eggs? They also contain about 25 percent more Vitamin E... Raising chickens comes with surprising benefits for the whole family, from encouraging healthier living, to entertaining the kids, to fertilizing the garden. What’s more, it’s refreshingly easy to do, and once you know the ins and outs, chickens are surprisingly low maintenance. Jack Snyder is an experienced chicken raiser and has built up a wealth of knowledge that makes chicken rearing a doddle - even for a novice. In Raising Chickens in Your Backyard, you’ll find everything you need to know about raising chickens broken down into easy-to-understand steps. You’ll discover: The secret to productive and stress-free poultry farming The only 7 questions you’ll ever need to ask yourself in order to become a successful chicken parent The number 1 way to guarantee flavorful eggs every time Pro tips the poultry industry doesn’t want you to know Top ways to monetize your brood The real reason backyard eggs taste better than store-bought eggs A frank, no-nonsense guide to expenses How to narrow over 400 breeds of chicken down to the one that’s perfect for you The 12 top breeds for the best eggs Red flags to watch out for when you’re buying your chickens How to avoid the most common chicken diseases and predators And much more

©2020 Jack Snyder (P)2020 Jack Snyder

Narrator: Chris Reilly
Author: Jack Snyder
Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
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How to Use Vegetable Oil as Fuel for Your Diesel Engine

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The increasing need for cleaner and sustainable energies provoked by the contamination emitted to the atmosphere made by petrol sources had made biodiesel an option to reduce those emissions by using a renewable, clean product as vegetable to impulse diesel engines.  There are some main advantages of biodiesel is that it can be used in existing engines, vehicles and infrastructure with practically no changes. Biodiesel can be pumped, stored, and burned just like petroleum diesel fuel, and can be used pure, or in blends with petroleum diesel fuel in any proportion. Power and fuel economy using biodiesel is practically identical to petroleum diesel fuel, and year round operation can be achieved by blending with diesel fuel. When producing biodiesel you can virtually take advantage of 100% of the oil used in other forms of raw materials (for example glycerol to make soaps).  In this book we will try to expose the chemistry behind the processing of vegetable oil (waste or clean), the equipment, safety measures, and setup for the area to process a batch of biodiesel at home.

©2019 Alan Adrian Delfin Cota (P)2019 Alan Adrian Delfin Cota

Narrator: Sally Sharpe
Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
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The Character of Physical Law

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In these Messenger Lectures, originally delivered at Cornell University and recorded for television by the BBC, Richard Feynman offers an overview of selected physical laws and gathers their common features into one broad principle of invariance. He maintains at the outset that the importance of a physical law is not "how clever we are to have foundit out but…how clever nature is to pay attention to it" and steers his discussions toward a final exposition of the elegance and simplicity of all scientific laws. Rather than an essay on the most significant achievements in modern science, The Character of Physical Lawis a statement of what is most remarkable in nature. Feynman’s enlightened approach, his wit, and his enthusiasm make this a memorable exposition of the scientist’s craft. The law of gravitation is the author’s principal example. Relating the details of its discovery and stressing its mathematical character, he uses it to demonstrate the essential interaction of mathematics and physics. He views mathematics as the key to any system of scientific laws, suggesting that if it were possible to fill out the structure of scientific theory completely, the result would be an integrated set of mathematical axioms. The principles of conservation, symmetry, and time irreversibility are then considered in relation to developments in classical and modern physics, and in his final lecture, Feynman develops his own analysis of the process and future of scientific discovery. Like any set of oral reflections, The Character of Physical Law has special value as a demonstration of the mind in action. The reader is particularly lucky in Richard Feynman - one of the most eminent and imaginative modern physicists.

©1965 Richard Feynman (P)2013 Blackstone Audio

Narrator: Sean Runnette
Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
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The Systems Thinker - Mental Models

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Regain focus. Select relevant information. Make quick and clear decisions. We are dealing with too many options, too much information, conflicting advice on general choices like what diet to choose, or who to choose as a mate. It’s hard to maintain focus and be confident in our decisions under such conditions.  The Systems Thinker - Mental Models helps you make decisions based on your relevant thought patterns and true values. Finding the most relevant information to you, the best decision to you is a matter of exploring your thoughts and wants.  Mental models are cognitive frameworks that you can use to make order in your head, tune out the noise, and focus on what’s important - without getting overwhelmed. Mental models provide transparency, order, deeper understanding, context, and most importantly, a clear solution or conclusion about problems. Using systems thinking as your leading cognitive tool will provide depth and width to your mental analysis.  Learn how corporate executives, economists, and policy makers analyze big data and make decisions based on it. Discover 12 powerful thinking tools to facilitate your though processes  Understanding and model dynamic systems  Learn to use mental models through real-life examples  Mental models are so much more than a cognitive tool; they help with productivity, enhance understanding, boost critical thinking, and analytical skills.  Understand how corporations make multidimensional decisions  Learn to design your own mental models to map out your real priorities  Learn to include soft variables such as emotions into your analysis  Shift your mindset from blaming to accountability and resolve conflicts easier PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Albert Rutherford (P)2020 Albert Rutherford

Narrator: Russell Newton
Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
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Ten Short Lessons in Space Travel

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In an era of rapidly developing technology and renewed ambition, the 21st century has ushered in an exciting new age of space flight. But what has brought us to this point in our exploration of the universe? And what does the future of space travel hold?  From the amazing technology that has enabled us to look beyond the clouds to the possibilities of space tourism, 10 Short Lessons in Space Travel takes a timely look at the essential lessons learned from our voyages into outer space.

©2020 Paul Parsons (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: David Vickery
Author: Paul Parsons
Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
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12 Essential Scientific Concepts

4 ratings

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Science is such a vast arena of knowledge that people looking for a better grasp of its secrets often wonder where to begin. The answer: with the essentials. Now, finally satisfy your desire for scientific inquiry in a way that makes this enormous field accessible, understandable, and undeniably captivating. Professor Viskontas boils down the scientific world into 12 key concepts every educated person should know. Devoting two lectures to each concept to give you more time to engage with it, her 24-lecture series is an engaging and enlightening introduction to everything from the behavior of subatomic particles to the latest theories about the Big Bang. Throughout, you'll get accessible looks at key building blocks of scientific knowledge, including brain plasticity, fluid mechanics, electromagnetism, genetics, quantum theory, emergence, evolution, thermodynamics, the Big Bang, and the nature of matter. Each concept is presented in a clear, concise way that will inform and delight you, and that will give you the opportunity to probe the invisible life of living cells, visit the universe seconds after its birth, and much more. Concepts that may have eluded you in school, that you may not be familiar with, or that you simply never appreciated for their intricate beauty are now brought to vivid life in a way that sticks. Welcome to the world of science - reduced to its powerful essence. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2014 The Great Courses (P)2014 The Teaching Company, LLC

Narrator: Indre Viskontas
Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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On the Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection

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On the Origin of Species (1859) by Charles Darwin is a work of scientific literature considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. The book introduced the theory that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural selection, backed by a body of evidence that the diversity of life arose by common descent through a branching pattern of evolution. The evidence was gathered on the Beagle expedition in the 1830s and the author’s subsequent findings from research, correspondence, and experimentation. Darwin’s theory that species derive from other species by a gradual evolutionary process and that the average level of each species is heightened by the “survival of the fittest” stirred controversy and opposition. Darwin's concept of evolutionary adaptation through natural selection has become the unifying concept of the life sciences.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Joel Allen
Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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Under a White Sky

3 ratings

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The New York Times best-selling author of The Sixth Extinction and Field Notes from a Catastrophe returns to humanity’s transformative impact on the environment in Under a White Sky.  That man should have dominion “over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” is a prophecy that has hardened into fact. So pervasive are human impacts on the planet that it’s said we live in a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene.  The question we now face is: Can we change nature, this time in order to save it? Elizabeth Kolbert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction, takes a hard look at the new world we are creating. Along the way, she meets scientists who are trying to preserve the world’s rarest fish, which lives in a single, tiny pool in the middle of the Mojave; engineers who are turning carbon emissions to stone in Iceland; Australian researchers who are trying to develop a “super coral” that can survive on a hotter globe; and physicists who are contemplating shooting tiny diamonds into the stratosphere to cool the earth.  One way to look at human civilization, says Kolbert, is as a 10,000-year exercise in defying nature. In The Sixth Extinction, she explored the ways in which our capacity for destruction has reshaped the natural world. Now she examines how the very sorts of interventions that have imperiled our planet are increasingly seen as the only hope for its salvation. By turns inspiring, terrifying, and darkly comic, Under a White Sky is an utterly original examination of the challenges we face.

©2021 Elizabeth Kolbert (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Audio

Narrator: Rebecca Lowman
Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
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Borrowed Time

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The question of how and why organisms age has teased scientists for centuries. There are myriad competing theories, from the idea that ageing is a simple wear and tear process, like the rusting of a car, to the belief that ageing and death are genetically programmed and controlled. In fact, there is no clearly defined limit to life and no single, predictable program playing itself out: different things are happening within and between tissues, and each system or organ accumulates damage at its own pace, according to the kind of insults imposed on it by daily living.  Sometime before 2020, the number of people over 65 worldwide will, for the first time, be greater than the number of 0-4 year olds; and by 2050 there are likely to be 2.5 times as many older people in the world as toddlers. Sue Armstrong tells the story of society's quest to understand ageing through the eyes of the scientists themselves as well as through the 'ordinary' people who exemplify the mysteries of ageing - from those who suffer from the premature ageing condition, Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome, to people still running marathons in their 80s.  Borrowed Time investigates such mind-boggling experiments as transfusing young blood into old rodents and research into transplanting the first human head, among many others. It explores where science is taking us and what issues are being raised from a psychological, philosophical and ethical perspective, through interviews with, and profiles of, key scientists in the field and the people who represent interesting and important aspects of ageing.

©2018 Sue Armstrong (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Rachel Atkins
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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L'ordine del tempo

1 rating

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Mistero per profani e scienziati, la natura del tempo è l'oggetto di questo libro sorprendente. Un racconto delle diverse strade intraprese nel corso dei secoli per comprendere ciò di cui tutti facciamo esperienza in ogni istante. Un viaggio illuminante a partire da Anassimandro, passando per Newton e Einstein, fino ad arrivare alle più recenti teorie sulla gravità a loop e ad affacciarsi sul "grande oceano notturno e stellato di quello che ancora non sappiamo".

©2017 Carlo Rovelli (P)2018 Emons Italia S.r.l.

Narrator: Carlo Rovelli
Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
Available on Audible
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Sue Perkins Earpedia: Plants

10 ratings

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Following on from her examination of the weird and wonderful animal kingdom, this second season of Earpedia sees comedian Sue Perkins presenting a series of audio guides to the planet's most useful, bizarre and interesting plants.  Join Sue as she explores the truly horrible welwitschia mirabilis, which looks like a gateway into the pit of hell, the stony lithops plant, which resembles a dog's testicles, the technically poisonous cocoa plant, the caveman's discovery of rubber, and how much of the Venus flytrap's diet is actually flies.  This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 13 episodes to your Library now.

©2018 Audible, Ltd. (P)2018 Audible, Ltd.

Author: Sue Perkins
Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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Farm City

3 ratings

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Novella Carpenter loves cities - the culture, the crowds, the energy. At the same time, she can't shake the fact that she is the daughter of two back-to-the-land hippies who taught her to love nature and eat vegetables. Ambivalent about repeating her parents' disastrous mistakes, yet drawn to the idea of backyard self-sufficiency, Carpenter decided that it might be possible to have it both ways: a homegrown vegetable plot as well as museums, bars, concerts, and a 24-hour convenience mart mere minutes away - especially when she moved to a ramshackle house in inner-city Oakland and discovered a weed-choked, garbage-strewn abandoned lot next door. She closed her eyes and pictured heirloom tomatoes, a beehive, and a chicken coop. What started out as a few egg-laying chickens led to turkeys, geese, and ducks. Soon, some rabbits joined the fun, then two 300-pound pigs. And no, these charming and eccentric animals weren't pets; she was a farmer, not a zookeeper. Novella was raising these animals for dinner. Novella Carpenter's corner of downtown Oakland is populated by unforgettable characters. Lana (anal spelled backward, she reminds us) runs a speakeasy across the street and refuses to hurt even a fly, let alone condone raising turkeys for Thanksgiving. Bobby, the homeless man who collects cars and car parts just outside the farm, is an invaluable neighborhood concierge. The turkeys, Harold and Maude, tend to escape on a daily basis to cavort with the prostitutes hanging around just off the highway nearby. Every day on this strange and beautiful farm, urban meets rural in the most surprising ways. For anyone who has ever grown herbs on their windowsill or tomatoes on their fire escape, or who has obsessed over the offerings at the local farmers' market, Carpenter's story will capture your heart.

©2009 Novella Carpenter (P)2009 Tantor

Narrator: Karen White
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Quantum Physics for Beginners

3 ratings

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If are you looking for expand your knowledge to the outermost limits of the universe and beyond, even if you are afraid it will be too difficult to understand, then this is the definitely right place for you. You don’t need to be a genius or an academic to uncover the secrets of quantum mechanics, you just need a curious and open mind.  “If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet”. Niels Bohr How can we disagree with Bohr? The laws of quantum physics are compelling, mysterious and at the same time govern our daily life: From superconductors to the internet, from medical imaging to computers; our technology is based on theories we don’t yet fully understand. The fascinating laws of quantum mechanics are even the basis for the plot of our favorite movies and TV series. But even if they had such a huge impact on our technology and pop culture they are still an unresolved mystery. Even famous physicists who contributed to quantum mechanics refuted the idea at first and some of them did not accept it at all. It is a weird, incomplete, widely discussed, and differently interpreted theory that never the less shapes our reality. Listening to this audiobook, will not only give you an insight into the mysteries of the universe, but will shatter your preconceptions about reality. You might be afraid that you have to be a prodigy, or at least a math wizard to understand such a complex subject, but with this audiobook, you will only need your curiosity and thirst for knowledge. I will guide through the most advanced and mind-blowing theories with easy explanations and relatable examples, without trivializing the subject and without any math! In Quantum Physics for Beginners, you will discover: The discovery that broke classical physics, aka Planck’s work on black body radiations The laws that govern the probabilistic nature of the quantum world An easy and complete explanation of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle The revolutionary discoveries in quantum mechanics of Bohr, De Broglie, Einstein, Heisenberg, and many others The ongoing debate between Bohr and Einstein and the weird and wonderful implications of the EPR paradox The experiment that scientifically demolished materialism If Schrödinger’s cat is dead or alive or both and the incredible implications of a simple mind experiment for quantum physics and our understanding of reality The strange and fascinating rules of the law of attraction The theory of relativity and the many worlds interpretation The quantum fields and how empty space doesn’t exist How quantum tunneling is the first step towards teleportation The impact of quantum mechanics on our daily life and the future of science and technology And much, much, more... This audiobook aims to make quantum physics a fun and rewarding experience for anybody and to shatter any preconceptions that it is an “arid” and purely mathematical subject: Even a basic knowledge of quantum physics will broaden your horizon and make you look at the world in new and fascinating ways! If are you ready to embark on whirlwind journey to the craziest corners of the universe then buy this audiobook today!

©2020 Elliot Berg (P)2020 Elliot Berg

Narrator: Chris Reilly
Author: Elliot Berg
Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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1001 Amazing Facts About Animals

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Did you know that in medieval times dogs were known to have accompanied their masters into battle wearing suits of armour? Or that cows from different regions moo in different accents? Were you aware that the courtship dance of some seahorses can last eight hours? Or that an albatross flies much further in a lifetime than the Apollo astronauts did on their moon missions?  In this collection, narrators Jason Zenobia, Charles King and Lawrence Keefe talk us through over 1,000 facts about birds, cats, dogs, fish, horses, insects, lizards, sharks, snakes and spiders. Each of the 10 individual audiobooks in this collection are further split into 10 chapters, with each one having a theme such as ‘record breakers’ or ‘myths’. So, if you want to know what the wagometer was invented for, which fish the Romans used as a recreational drug or what the offspring of a donkey and a zebra is called, then this is the perfect audiobook collection for you!

©2018 Jack Goldstein Books (P)2018 Jack Goldstein Books

Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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Metazoa

3 ratings

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This program is read by Peter Godfrey-Smith with Mitch Riley. The scuba-diving philosopher who wrote Other Minds explores the origins of animal consciousness. Dip below the ocean’s surface and you are soon confronted by forms of life that could not seem more foreign to our own: sea sponges, soft corals, and serpulid worms, whose rooted bodies, intricate geometry, and flower-like appendages are more reminiscent of plant life or even architecture than anything recognizably animal. Yet these creatures are our cousins. As fellow members of the animal kingdom — the Metazoa— they can teach us much about the evolutionary origins of not only our bodies, but also our minds. In his acclaimed 2016 book, Other Minds, the philosopher and scuba diver Peter Godfrey-Smith explored the mind of the octopus — the closest thing to an intelligent alien on Earth. In Metazoa, Godfrey-Smith expands his inquiry to animals at large, investigating the evolution of subjective experience with the assistance of far-flung species. As he delves into what it feels like to perceive and interact with the world as other life-forms do, Godfrey-Smith shows that the appearance of the animal body well over half a billion years ago was a profound innovation that set life upon a new path. In accessible, riveting prose, he charts the ways that subsequent evolutionary developments — eyes that track, for example, and bodies that move through and manipulate the environment — shaped the subjective lives of animals. Following the evolutionary paths of a glass sponge, soft coral, banded shrimp, octopus, and fish, then moving onto land and the world of insects, birds, and primates like ourselves, Metazoa gathers their stories together in a way that bridges the gap between mind and matter, addressing one of the most vexing philosophical problems: that of consciousness. Combining vivid animal encounters with philosophical reflections and the latest news from biology, Metazoa reveals that even in our high-tech, AI-driven times, there is no understanding our minds without understanding nerves, muscles, and active bodies. The story that results is as rich and vibrant as life itself.  A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux 

©2020 Peter Godfrey-Smith (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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Rewild Yourself

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We're not just losing the wild world. We're forgetting it. We're no longer noticing it. We've lost the habit of looking and seeing and listening and hearing. But we can make hidden things visible, and this audiobook features 23 spellbinding ways to bring the magic of nature much closer to home.  Mammals you never knew existed will enter your world. Birds hidden in treetops will shed their cloak of anonymity. With a single movement of your hand you can make reptiles appear before you. Butterflies you never saw before will bring joy to every sunny day. Creatures of the darkness will enter your consciousness. And as you take on new techniques and a little new equipment, you will discover new creatures and, with them, new areas of yourself that had gone dormant. Once put to use, they wake up and start working again. You become wilder in your mind and in your heart. Once you know the tricks, the wild world begins to appear before you.  For anyone who wants to get closer to the nature all around them and bring it back into focus, this is the perfect listen.

©2020 Simon Barnes (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK

Narrator: Simon Mattacks
Author: Simon Barnes
Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Overboard!

3 ratings

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In early May of 2005, Captain Tom Tighe and first mate, Loch Reidy, of the sailboat Almeisan welcomed three new crew members, two men and a woman, for a five-day voyage from Connecticut to Bermuda. While Tighe and Reidy had made the journey countless times, the rest of the crew were paying passengers learning about offshore sailing—and looking for adventure. Four days into their voyage, they got adventure but nothing that they had expected or had any training to handle. A massive storm struck, sweeping Tighe and Reidy from the boat. The remaining crew members somehow managed to stay aboard the vessel as it was torn apart by wind and water. Overboard! follows the simultaneous desperate struggles of boat passengers and the captain and first mate fighting for their lives in the sea.

©2010 Michael J. Tougias (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Raising Chickens and Goats

2 ratings

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Discover the only homesteading guide you'll ever need to raise your own goats and chickens, right in your own backyard! Are you considering raising your own pen filled with healthy, productive goats and chickens, but have no idea where to start? Do you want to reduce your dependence on "big agriculture" and learn how to get fresh dairy and poultry products without fuss? If yes, then you've come to the right place. In this special bundle, you're going to learn everything you need to know about raising your own goats and chickens - for sustenance and even profits - from purchasing healthy animals to keeping them productive. This bundle contains everything you need to set up a self-sufficient homestead. It contains the following books: Raising Chickens: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners Raising Goats:  A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Healthy Goats for Beginners In Raising Chickens, you're going to learn: Three essential steps you must take before you begin raising chickens Seven surefire tips to help you protect your chickens from predators Six important questions to ask yourself before choosing to buy a coop or build one yourself The 20 critical features your chicken coop must-have if you want to raise healthy, robust chickens The five-step technique to help you choose the best chicken breed for your budget and needs Nine easy and effective ways to check the health of the chicken before purchasing it The 15 necessary tools you need to help you take care of your chickens Ways to make your own chicken feed without breaking a sweat And much more! Here's what you're going to discover in Raising Goats: The four absolute best places to purchase your first or next healthy goat Three factors you need to consider before purchasing goats for your herd Steps to buy registered goats and why it's important The nine extremely important things you need to look out for when purchasing a goat Common mistakes homesteaders make when trying to purchase a goat Housing and shelter instructions for both baby goats (kids) and young goats The eight surefire ways to keep your goats safe from diseases and predators Proven ways to effectively train your goats without losing your sanity And much more! Designed with complete beginners in mind, this special bundle will get you up to speed with everything you need to raise and maintain your own backyard of healthy chickens and goats that will provide you with fresh organic dairy and poultry goods. Scroll to the top of the page and click the "buy now" button to get started today!

©2020 Jason Howard (P)2020 Jason Howard

Narrator: Matyas J.
Author: Jason Howard
Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
Available on Audible
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Foraging Guide

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Knowledge puts you on the way to new frontiers. Discover a whole new world of wonderful plants and mushrooms without compromising your safety. In this book Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms, you learn how to identify toxin-containing mushrooms and poisonous plants. Learn the details of poisons in plants:  Listen to descriptions of the different plants and mushrooms and what their distinguishing characteristics are and use the information for your reference. Understand exactly what you can and cannot eat! This audiobook explains to you: Toxins present in plants and mushrooms How to destroy toxins by cooking Poisonous plants and mushrooms to watch out for How to identify toxins Sample recipes for exotic dishes Which dangerous mushrooms to avoid Group your plants: Learn how to forage the forests for mushrooms safely by learning the identity of poisonous mushrooms and plants and classify them with ease. You can enrich your life by learning how to forage in the nearby woods for new mushrooms and plants. Scroll up and click on the "buy now" button to get started on an exciting new journey!

©2020 Mona Greeny (P)2020 Mona Greeny

Narrator: Kevin Liang
Author: Mona Greeny
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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The Bird Way

5 ratings

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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Genius of Birds, a radical investigation into the bird way of being, and the recent scientific research that is dramatically shifting our understanding of birds - how they live and how they think. "There is the mammal way and there is the bird way." But the bird way is much more than a unique pattern of brain wiring, and lately, scientists have taken a new look at bird behaviors they have, for years, dismissed as anomalies or mysteries - what they are finding is upending the traditional view of how birds conduct their lives, how they communicate, forage, court, breed, survive. They are also revealing the remarkable intelligence underlying these activities, abilities we once considered uniquely our own: deception, manipulation, cheating, kidnapping, infanticide, but also ingenious communication between species, cooperation, collaboration, altruism, culture, and play.  Some of these extraordinary behaviors are biological conundrums that seem to push the edges of, well, birdness: a mother bird that kills her own infant sons, and another that selflessly tends to the young of other birds as if they were her own; a bird that collaborates in an extraordinary way with one species - ours - but parasitizes another in gruesome fashion; birds that give gifts and birds that steal; birds that dance or drum, that paint their creations or paint themselves; birds that build walls of sound to keep out intruders and birds that summon playmates with a special call - and may hold the secret to our own penchant for playfulness and the evolution of laughter.  Drawing on personal observations, the latest science, and her bird-related travel around the world, from the tropical rainforests of eastern Australia and the remote woodlands of northern Japan, to the rolling hills of lower Austria and the islands of Alaska's Kachemak Bay, Jennifer Ackerman shows there is clearly no single bird way of being. In every respect, in plumage, form, song, flight, lifestyle, niche, and behavior, birds vary. It is what we love about them. As E.O Wilson once said, when you have seen one bird, you have not seen them all.

©2020 Jennifer Ackerman (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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Origins

2 ratings

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What is the nature of the material world? How does it work? What is the universe and how was it formed? What is life? Where do we come from and how did we evolve? How and why do we think? What does it mean to be human? How do we know? There are many different versions of our creation story. This book tells the version according to modern science. It is a unique account, starting at the Big Bang and travelling right up to the emergence of humans as conscious intelligent beings, 13.8 billion years later. Chapter by chapter, it sets out the current state of scientific knowledge: the origins of space and time; energy, mass, and light; galaxies, stars, and our sun; the habitable earth, and complex life itself. Drawing together the physical and biological sciences, Baggott recounts what we currently know of our history, highlighting the questions science has yet to answer. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Jim Baggott (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Author: Jim Baggott
Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
Available on Audible
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Water for Any Farm

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New from best-selling author Mark Shepard! Written as a companion to the best seller Restoration Agriculture, this book will help farmers capture water in areas they want to and avoid having water flow immediately to the low point. The result? Less water expense, healthier crops and livestock, and less erosion...just to name a few.  What you will listen to in this audiobook is a distillation of more than 25 years of on-the-ground experience working with and modifying the Yeomans Keyline Plan. From the backyard suburbs to 10,000-acre ranches and everywhere in between, from permafrost mountainsides just shy of the Arctic Circle, to equatorial boulder fields of East Africa, areas with 300 inches of rain per year to those with less than three inches, I have personally installed systems based on the Keyline design methodology and its modified forms. What you will listen to in this audiobook is tried and true. It is intended to give a sufficient background to any landowner so they can optimize their water resource for higher site productivity, have greater drought resistance, and just as importantly, to know deep in their heart that they have made even one little piece of earth a little more life-filled, livable, and green.

©2020 Mark Shepard (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Matthew Boston
Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Liquid Rules

7 ratings

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Sometimes explosive, often delicious, occasionally poisonous, but always interesting: The New York Times best-selling author of Stuff Matters reveal 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 listeners 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.

©2019 Mark Miodownik (P)2019 Recorded Books

Narrator: Michael Page
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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For the Love of Soil

18 ratings

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Learn a road map to healthy soil and revitalized food systems for powerfully addressing these times of challenge. This audiobook equips producers with knowledge, skills, and insights to regenerate ecosystem health and grow farm/ranch profits.  This audiobook will show you how to: Triage soil health and act to fast-track soil and plant health Build healthy resilient soil systems Develop a deeper understanding of microbial and mineral synergies Read what weeds and diseases are communicating about soil and plant health Create healthy, productive and profitable landscapes Globally recognized soil advocate and agroecologist Nicole Masters delivers the solution to rewind the clock on this increasingly critical soil crisis in her first book For the Love of Soil. She argues we can no longer treat soil like dirt. Instead, we must take a soil-first approach to regenerate landscapes, restore natural cycles, and bring vitality back to ecosystems.  This book translates the often complex and technical know-how of soil into more digestible terms through case studies from regenerative farmers, growers, and ranchers in Australasia and North America. Along with sharing key soil health principles and restoration tools, For the Love of Soil provides land managers with an action plan to kick-start their soil resource’s well-being, no matter the scale. Praise for the book: “For years, many of us involved in regenerative agriculture have been touting the soil health - plant health - animal health - human health connection but no one has tied them all together like Nicole does in For the Love of Soil!" (Gabe Brown, Browns Ranch, Nourished by Nature)  “William Gibson once said that "the future is here - it is just not evenly distributed. Nicole modestly claims that the information in the book is not new thinking, but her resynthesis of the lessons she has learned and refined in collaboration with regenerative land-managers is new, and it is powerful. She lucidly shares lessons learned from the deep topsoil futures she and her farming and ranching partners manage for and achieve. The case studies, science, and examples presented a compelling testament to the global, rapidly growing soil health movement." (Abe Collins, cofounder of LandStream and founder of Collins Grazing) “Our global agricultural production systems are frequently at war with ecosystem health and Mother Nature. In this book, Nicole is declaring peace with nature and provides us with the science and guidelines to join the regenerative agriculture movement while increasing profits.” (Terry McCosker of Resource Consulting Services in Australia) “These food producers are taking actions to imitate natural systems more closely,” says Masters. “[T]hey are rewarded with more efficient nutrient, carbon, and water cycles, improved plant and animal health, nutrient density, reduced stress, and ultimately, profitability.”  In spite of the challenges food producers face, Masters’ book shows even incredibly degraded landscapes can be regenerated through mimicking natural systems and focusing on the soil first. Buy this book today to take your farm or ranch to the next level! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Nicole Masters (P)2019 Nicole Masters

Narrator: Nicole Masters
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Empires of the Sky

2 ratings

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The Golden Age of Aviation is brought to life in this story of the giant Zeppelin airships that once roamed the sky - a story that ended with the fiery destruction of the Hindenburg. “[An] exhilarating history of the dawn of modern air travel.” (Publishers Weekly) At the dawn of the 20th century, when human flight was still considered an impossibility, Germany’s Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin vied with the Wright Brothers to build the world’s first successful flying machine. As the Wrights labored to invent the airplane, Zeppelin fathered the remarkable airship, sparking a bitter rivalry between the two types of aircraft and their innovators that would last for decades, in the quest to control one of humanity’s most inspiring achievements.  And it was the airship - not the airplane - that led the way. In the glittery 1920s, the count’s brilliant protégé, Hugo Eckener, achieved undreamed-of feats of daring and skill, including the extraordinary round-the-world voyage of the Graf Zeppelin. At a time when America’s airplanes - rickety deathtraps held together by glue, screws, and luck - could barely make it from New York to Washington, D.C., Eckener’s airships serenely traversed oceans without a single crash, fatality, or injury. What Charles Lindbergh almost died doing - crossing the Atlantic in 1927 - Eckener had effortlessly accomplished three years before the Spirit of St. Louis even took off.  Even as the Nazis sought to exploit Zeppelins for their own nefarious purposes, Eckener built his masterwork, the behemoth Hindenburg - a marvel of design and engineering. Determined to forge an airline empire under the new flagship, Eckener met his match in Juan Trippe, the ruthlessly ambitious king of Pan American Airways, who believed his fleet of next-generation planes would vanquish Eckener’s coming airship armada.  It was a fight only one man - and one technology - could win. Countering each other’s moves on the global chessboard, each seeking to wrest the advantage from his rival, the struggle for mastery of the air was a clash not only of technologies but of business, diplomacy, politics, personalities, and the two men’s vastly different dreams of the future.  Empires of the Sky is the sweeping, untold tale of the duel that transfixed the world and helped create our modern age.

©2020 Alexander Rose (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: Jason Culp
Length: 22 hrs and 43 mins
Available on Audible
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The Aye-Aye and I

1 rating

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Gerald Durrell's last book, The Aye-Aye and I, records his final animal-collecting expedition, a trip to Madagascar in 1990, and his efforts to save the elusive and mythical lemuroid known as the Aye-Aye. Prompted by the country's radical deforestation and slash-and-burn agriculture, Durrell, his wife, and their team of zoologists embark on a mission to capture and conserve the species - distinguished by its "giant, chisel-like teeth", "round, hypnotic eyes", and large "spoon-like ears".  During the course of their journey, they encounter golden river snakes, flat-tailed tortoises, the gentle lemurs of Lac Alaotra, and the Malagasy chameleons. Durrell's exuberant descriptions of the island, its people, and ecology are among his best. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2016 Gerald Durrell (P)2019 Naxos Audiobooks

Narrator: Rupert Degas
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Energy: Bolinda Beginner Guides

5 ratings

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In this user-friendly and informative audiobook, prolific author and academic Vaclav Smil provides an introduction to this far-reaching term and gives the reader a greater understanding of energy's place in both past and present society. Starting with an explanation of the concept, he goes on to cover such exciting topics as the inner workings of the human body and the race for more efficient and environmentally friendly fuels. Whether you're after insight or dinner-table conversation, Energy will amaze and inform, uncovering the science behind one of the most important concepts in our universe.

©2006 Vaclav Smil (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Dave Ferguson
Author: Vaclav Smil
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Psilocybin Mushrooms

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Growing Psilocybin Mushrooms So, now that you know the extensive benefits of fungi and their mushrooms, are you ready to grow some? The following technique works for most types of mushroom strains, but the focus of this book is on psilocybin (magic mushroom) cultivation. More and more people are growing psilocybin mushrooms at home. As well as providing a reliable, year-round supply, home cultivation eliminates the risk of misidentifying mushrooms in the wild. For many growers, it’s also a fun, low-cost hobby. Growing at home is more accessible than ever! With the different cultivation methods available, it might be good to ask yourself: "Which cultivation method fits me the best?" To help you answer this question, we made a pros and cons overview of each magic mushroom cultivation option. At the end you'll have clear vision on how you want grow magic mushrooms at home! At this point, you’re probably wondering how long this process takes. That’s a terrific question. Here’s an approximate timeline: Spore inoculation to spore germination - within a week Spore germination to complete colonization of the cake - about two to four weeks. Start of fruiting cycle - approx. two weeks. After two or so, the cakes will begin to turn blue, and no more mushrooms will form. All in all, the process takes from four to six weeks from spore inoculation to fruiting. How many times have you heard someone mention magic mushrooms? Have you ever tried to find some to study, with no luck? Buy this book now, and start today.

©2021 De Rong Yang (P)2021 De Rong Yang

Narrator: Michelle Savage
Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Follow Your Gut

1 rating

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Allergies, asthma, obesity, stomachaches, acne: These are just a few of the conditions that may be caused - and cured - by the microscopic life inside us. Understand how to use groundbreaking science to improve your health, mood, and more. In just the last few years, scientists have shown how the microscopic ecosystems within our bodies - particularly within our intestines - have astonishing impacts on our lives. Pioneering scientist Rob Knight and award-winning science journalist Brendan Buhler explain - with humor and witty metaphors - why these new findings matter to everyone. You are mostly not you. The human gut is host to trillions of microbes, and evidence shows that small changes in these microbes (altered by antibiotics, diet, geographic region, and so on) may affect weight, likelihood of disease, and even psychological factors like risk-taking behavior. The evidence for their influence is astonishing. Rob Knight is one of the key figures driving forward this new science. His work demonstrates the startling connection between the presence of certain harmless bacteria and the health benefits we all seek - for ourselves and our children. In Follow Your Gut, Knight pairs with Brendan Buhler, an award-winning science writer, to explore the previously unseen world inside our bodies. With a practical eye toward deeper knowledge and better decisions, they lead a detailed tour of our "microbiome" as well as an exploration of the known effects of antibiotics, probiotics, diet choices, birth method, and access to livestock on our children's lifelong health. Ultimately this pioneering audiobook explains how to learn about your own microbiome and take steps toward understanding and improving your health, using the latest research as a guide.

©2015 Rob Knight (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Rob Knight
Author: Rob Knight
Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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How to Astronaut

3 ratings

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A wildly entertaining account of the rules, lessons, procedures, and experiences of space travel, How to Astronaut is an audiobook that will appeal to anyone - male or female, young or old - with even a passing interest in space. Written by Col. Terry Virts, a former astronaut, space shuttle pilot, and International Space Station commander who spent 200 consecutive days in space, it answers all of our curious questions and much more: Here’s how to survive that first brush with weightlessness (in the so-called vomit comet); the nearly indescribable thrill of a first blastoff; managing the daily tasks - eating, bathing, doing chores, going to the bathroom - that are anything but ordinary when you’re orbiting the earth at 17,000 miles per hour; how to don your space suit and head out to work on a spacewalk (“alone in the vacuum”); how to prepare for emergencies of all kinds, from managing “space brain” to dealing with a dead crew member; and what it’s like to return to Earth, including something as seemingly simple as walking after spending six months in zero-g. A born storyteller, Virts reveals the often-untold side of space travel in 51 short chapters filled with a mix of you-are-there detail, a dose of science made simple, and the inherent drama of describing something few will ever know firsthand.

©2020 Terry Virts (P)2020 Workman Publishing

Narrator: Terry Virts
Author: Terry Virts
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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A Soil Owner's Manual

3 ratings

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A Soil Owner's Manual: How to Restore and Maintain Soil Health is about restoring the capacity of your soil to perform all the functions it was intended to perform. This book is not another fanciful guide on how to continuously manipulate and amend your soil to try and keep it productive. This book will change the way you think about and manage your soil. It may even change your life. If you are interested in solving the problem of dysfunctional soil and successfully addressing the symptoms of soil erosion, water runoff, nutrient deficiencies, compaction, soil crusting, weeds, insect pests, plant diseases, and water pollution, or simply wish to grow healthy vegetables in your family garden, then this book is for you. Soil health pioneer Jon Stika describes in simple terms how you can bring your soil back to its full productive potential by understanding and applying the principles that built your soil in the first place. Understanding how the soil functions is critical to reducing the reliance on expensive inputs to maintain yields. Working with, instead of against, the processes that naturally govern the soil can increase profitability and restore the soil to health. Restoring soil health can proactively solve natural resource issues before regulations are imposed that will merely address the symptoms. This book will lead you through the basic biology and guiding principles that will allow you to assess and restore your soil. It is part of a movement currently underway in agriculture that is working to restore what has been lost. A Soil Owner's Manual: How to Restore and Maintain Soil Health will give you the opportunity to be part of this movement. Restoring soil health is restoring hope in the future of agriculture, from large farm fields and pastures, down to your own vegetable or flower garden.

©2016 Jon Stika (P)2017 Jon Stika

Narrator: Greg Young
Author: Jon Stika
Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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The Perfect Theory

3 ratings

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How did one elegant theory incite a scientific revolution? Physicists have been exploring, debating, and questioning the general theory of relativity ever since Albert Einstein first presented it in 1915. Their work has uncovered a number of the universe's more surprising secrets, and many believe further wonders remain hidden within the theory's tangle of equations, waiting to be exposed. In this sweeping narrative of science and culture, astrophysicist Pedro Ferreira brings general relativity to life through the story of the brilliant physicists, mathematicians, and astronomers who have taken up its challenge. For these scientists, the theory has been both a treasure trove and an enigma, fueling a century of intellectual struggle and triumph. Einstein's theory, which explains the relationships among gravity, space, and time, is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement of modern physics, yet studying it has always been a controversial endeavor. Relativists were the target of persecution in Hitler's Germany, hounded in Stalin's Russia, and disdained in 1950s America. Even today, doctorate students are warned that specializing in general relativity will make them unemployable. Despite these pitfalls, general relativity has flourished, delivering key insights into our understanding of the origin of time and the evolution of all the stars and galaxies in the cosmos. Its adherents have revealed what lies at the farthest reaches of the universe, shed light on the smallest scales of existence, and explained how the fabric of reality emerges. Dark matter, dark energy, black holes, and string theory are all progeny of Einstein's theory. We are in the midst of a momentous transformation in modern physics. As scientists look farther and more clearly into space than ever before, The Perfect Theory reveals the greater relevance of general relativity, showing us where it started, where it has led, and where it can still take us.

©2014 Pedro G. Ferreira (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Sean Runnette
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Chicken Coops

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There are many types of chicken coop designs. A poultry farmer will select the perfect chicken coop depending on their personal needs, such as the number of chickens, the amount of capital, the space available, and the form of the product being sought from the chickens. Choosing the correct coop is important. A chicken coop for chicken layers (chickens that lay eggs) must have certain features that the primary broiler chicken coop can do without. For example, chicken layers must have a nesting box that will make the conditions conducive for the chickens to lay the eggs and for the farmer to easily collect the eggs. Therefore, the perfect chicken coop will depend on the needs of the farmer. Chicken coop manufacturers have come up with numerous chicken coop designs to meet different needs. These chicken coop designs have undergone numerous redesigns to promote the overall welfare of the chickens and meet the vast needs of the poultry farmer. Many factors determine whether a chicken coop in worth investing in, such as the material used in building it. Therefore, research is crucial before purchasing or building a chicken coop. Despite farmers having different needs, there are basic requirements that every chicken coop ought to have for many reasons such as cleanliness, comfortability of the chickens, ventilation, security, among others. Therefore, a chicken coop design that doesn't meet the basic needs of the chickens can be hazardous to their health. In this audiobook, you’ll discover:  Reasons to become a poultry farmer How to protect your chickens from disease, pests, and predators Should you build a chicken coop or buy a coop? Factors to consider when buying or building a coop, including design, size, ventilation, materials, type of chicken the coop caters to, etc. How to care for a nesting box Best ventilation systems to consider The best coop for your needs and where to buy it The top 50 best chicken coop designs And much more!  Poultry farmers have the option to build their own coop or to purchase one. Thankfully, we have provided step-by-step instructions to guide farmers who wish to build their own. Most importantly, there are also chicken coop designs that consider the beginner poultry farmer and make it easier with a premade structure; however, most of them do not accommodate a large number of chickens at once. In this book, we shall look into the top 50 chicken coop designs for both large-scale and small-scale poultry farming. If you’ve always been interested in raising chickens for meat, eggs, or just entertainment, this book has everything you need to know to provide your chicks with a nice, healthy home to live in. Click the "buy now" button to get started.

©2020 Catherine Xavier (P)2020 Catherine Xavier

Narrator: William Bahl
Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Underland

12 ratings

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Hailed as "the great nature writer of this generation" (Wall Street Journal), Robert Macfarlane is the celebrated author of books about the intersections of the human and the natural realms. In Underland, he delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth's underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself.  In this highly anticipated sequel to The Old Ways, Macfarlane takes us on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness, burial, and what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind. Traveling through "deep time" - the dizzying expanses of geologic time that stretch away from the present - he moves from the birth of the universe to a post-human future, from the prehistoric art of Norwegian sea caves to the blue depths of the Greenland ice cap, from Bronze Age funeral chambers to the catacomb labyrinth below Paris, and from the underground fungal networks through which trees communicate to a deep-sunk "hiding place" where nuclear waste will be stored for 100,000 years to come. Woven through Macfarlane's own travels are the unforgettable stories of descents into the underland made across history by explorers, artists, cavers, divers, mourners, dreamers, and murderers, all of whom have been drawn for different reasons to seek what Cormac McCarthy calls "the awful darkness within the world."

©2019 Robert Macfarlane (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Magic Mushrooms: 2 Books in 1: The Definitive Guide to Psilocybin Mushrooms

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You Are About To Discover The Limitless Power Of Magic Mushrooms, Including How To Cultivate And Use Them Safely To Improve Your Life In Ways You Probably Didn’t Know!  It’s no secret that today is the best time to be a fan of magic mushrooms. Back in the 60s, hallucinogens were used to treat a range of medical conditions but this line of treatment was ended in 1970. But today, after decades of research and great advances in brain imaging, hallucinogens are being taken even more seriously, and psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushroom is particularly making great strides in countless therapeutic ways, including reducing anxiety in cancer patients. It is no wonder that some states are considering legalizing them thanks to the piling scientific studies that have been done on magic mushrooms. In other words, you’d never make a mistake choosing to cultivate or use magic mushrooms today.  And you know what? This might be your lucky day because this 2 in 1 book is here to teach any beginner, intermediate or advanced psilocybin cultivator/user everything there is to know about this plant. It is aimed at helping you: Understand the meaning, uses and benefits of magic mushrooms Understand how to cultivate them properly Understand how to select, obtain, and prepare them Understand their effects, implications and legality of their use So if questions like: How exactly do magic mushrooms bring all the benefits they are known for? Which scientific studies have been done to back up the use and cultivation of magic mushrooms? How do you prepare them for use? How exactly do you use them – in what doses? How do you store them? Are there any side-effects you should be aware of? And many others are going through your mind, this book is for you! More precisely, this book will cover the following topics:  The basics of magic mushrooms, including what they are, what they do, their history, how they are used, legality of use and cultivation and more Spiritual significance of psilocybin  Interesting facts about magic mushrooms you need to know The herbal benefits of magic mushrooms How to safely heal your body with magic mushrooms How to use magic mushrooms for stress and depression Facts about addiction to magic mushrooms The mistakes to avoid when using magic mushrooms The basics of psilocybin mushroom cultivation Psilocybin mushroom production process including making of the compost, spawning, selecting the right nutrients and mushrooms and the setting the right environmental conditions The cultivation techniques for magic mushrooms Harvesting and storage of the mushrooms Distinguishing edible mushrooms from poisonous species Powerful tips and tricks for growing/cultivating mushrooms The production systems for magic mushrooms Plagues and diseases you should be aware of and how to deal with them An many more... So if you’ve been having a desire to dip your feet into the world of magic mushrooms, you will find this book handy, whether you’re a beginner, advanced user, or cultivator! Are you ready to join the happy team of psilocybin producers and consumers with more confidence and knowledge? Buy now to get started!

©2020 Terence Leary (P)2020 Terence Leary

Narrator:
Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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The Search for Exoplanets: What Astronomers Know

13 ratings

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As recently as 1990, it seemed plausible that the solar system was a unique phenomenon in our galaxy. Thanks to advances in technology and clever new uses of existing data, now we know that planetary systems and possibly even a new Earth can be found throughout galaxies near and far.  We are living during a new golden age of planetary discovery, with the prospect of finding many worlds like Earth. Most of the thousands of planets we've detected can't be imaged directly, but researchers are able to use subtle clues obtained in ingenious ways to assemble an astonishing picture of planetary systems far different from our own. We are in the midst of an astronomical revolution, comparable to the Copernican revolution that established our current view of the solar system - and we invite you to take part.  Embark on this unrivaled adventure in 24 lectures by a veteran planet hunter. Designed for everyone from armchair explorers to serious skywatchers, The Search for Exoplanets follows the numerous twists and turns in the hunt for exoplanets - the false starts, the sudden breakthroughs, and the extraordinary discoveries. Explore systems containing super-Earths, mini-Neptunes, lava worlds, and even stranger worlds. You also get behind-the-scenes information on the techniques astronomers used to find evidence of planets at mind-boggling distances from our home base. Learn how astronomers determine how many planets are in a system as well as how large they are and the characteristics of their atmospheres. You will feel like Dr. Watson in the presence of Sherlock Holmes as Professor Winn extracts a wealth of information from a spectrum, a light graph, a diffraction pattern, and other subtle clues. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2015 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2015 The Great Courses

Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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Broca's Brain

8 ratings

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Carl Sagan, writer and scientist, returns from the frontier to tell us about how the world works. In his delightfully down-to-earth style, he explores and explains a mind-boggling future of intelligent robots, extraterrestrial life and its consequences, and other provocative, fascinating quandaries of the future that we want to see today.

©1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 Carl Sagan (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following for permission to reprint previously published material: Cornell University Press: "An Analysis of 'Worlds in Collision'" by Carl Sagan, in Scientists Confront Velikovsky, edited by D. Goldsmith. © 1976 by Cornell University Press. Encyclopedia Americana: "UFO's." © 1975 by Americana Corporation. Field Enterprises: "The Climates of Planets" in Science Year 1975. © 1975 by Field Enterprises Educational Corporation. William Morrow & Company, Inc.: Excerpts from The Planets by Diane Ackerman. © 1975, 1976 by Diane Ackerman. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow & Company, Inc.

Narrator: Dion Graham
Author: Carl Sagan
Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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The Prime Number Conspiracy

2 ratings

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These stories from Quanta Magazine map the routes of mathematical exploration, showing listeners how cutting-edge research is done, while illuminating the productive tension between conjecture and proof, theory and intuition. Listeners of The Prime Number Conspiracy are headed on "breathtaking intellectual journeys to the bleeding edge of discovery strapped to the narrative rocket of humanity's never-ending pursuit of knowledge," says Quanta editor-in-chief Thomas Lin. Quanta is the only popular publication that offers in-depth coverage of the latest breakthroughs in understanding our mathematical universe. It communicates mathematics by taking it seriously, wrestling with difficult concepts and clearly explaining them in a way that speaks to our innate curiosity about our world and ourselves.  Listeners of this volume will learn that prime numbers have decided preferences about the final digits of the primes that immediately follow them (the "conspiracy" of the title); consider whether math is the universal language of nature (allowing for "a unified theory of randomness"); discover surprising solutions (including a pentagon tiling proof that solves a century-old math problem); ponder the limits of computation; measure infinity; and explore the eternal question: "Is mathematics good for you?"

©2018 The Simons Foundation, Inc. (P)2019 Tantor

Available on Audible
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Chicken Coops

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If you've always wanted to learn how to build a great chicken coop and start raising chickens but never knew how to do it, then keep listening.... Are you sick and tired of fragile, ready-made, and expensive chicken coops?  Have you tried to build a chicken coop before without much success?  Do you finally want to build a great chicken coop by yourself and start raising a happy flock of backyard chickens?  If so, then you've come to the right place. Building a great chicken coop doesn't have to be difficult. Even if you've made a few attempts and failed before.  In fact, it's easier than you think.  A great chicken coop can be built by clearly understanding the reasons chickens need shelter and how to satisfy those needs.  This means you can learn how to make a great chicken coop without having to be a professional carpenter.  Here's just a tiny fraction of what you'll discover:  Learn about backyard chickens and which breed is best for you.  Enlighten yourself with the benefits of raising backyard chickens. Learn the drawbacks of raising chickens in your backyard. Find out about the essential needs of chickens. Learn the various types of shelter that chickens need and how to provide it. Discover the key characteristics of an efficient chicken coop. Discover the different types of chicken coop designs available. Learn the most common chicken coop design mistakes. Powerful tips to help you build a great chicken coop all by yourself  Tips and tricks on how to maintain a disease-free chicken coop  Clear pointers on how to build chicken coops for different climates  Learn how to raise free-range chickens. Learn the best chicken feeders and waterers available. Learn ways to make your chicken coop eco-friendly.  And much, much more!  Take a second to imagine how you'll feel once you finish building your own chicken coop, and how your family and friends will react when they see your happy flock of backyard chickens living in it.  Even if you're new to raising backyard chickens, you can successfully build a great chicken coop and have an amazing flock of healthy, happy fowl. If you’re ready to get started, scroll up and click "Buy Now" button today! 

©2020 Catherine Xavier (P)2020 Catherine Xavier

Narrator: William Bahl
Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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Hope for Animals and Their World

4 ratings

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At a time when animal species are becoming extinct on every continent and we are confronted with bad news about the environment nearly every day, Jane Goodall, one of the world's most renowned scientists, brings us inspiring news about the future of the animal kingdom. With the insatiable curiosity and conversational prose that have made her a best-selling author, Goodall - along with Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard - shares fascinating survival stories about the American crocodile, the California condor, the black-footed ferret, and more - all formerly endangered species and species once on the verge of extinction whose populations are now being regenerated. Interweaving her own first-hand experiences in the field with the compelling research of premier scientists, Goodall illuminates the heroic efforts of dedicated environmentalists and the truly critical need to protect the habitats of these beloved species. At once a celebration of the animal kingdom and a passionate call to arms, Hope for Animals and Their World presents an uplifting, hopeful message for the future of animal-human coexistence.

©2009 Dr. Jane Goodall (P)2009 Hachette

Narrator: Jane Goodall
Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
Available on Audible
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College Level Biology

1 rating

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AudioLearn's college level courses presents Biology. Developed by experienced professors and professionally narrated for easy listening, this course is a great way to explore the subject of college level Biology.    The audio is focused and high-yield, covering the most important topics you might expect to learn in a typical undergraduate Biology course.    The material is accurate, up-to-date, and broken down into bite-sized chapters. There are key takeaways following each chapter to drive home key points and quizzes to review commonly tested questions.   Here are the topics we’ll be covering:  Biochemistry of Living Organisms - characteristics of life, organic molecules, water and biology Viruses - viral structure, virus replication, viruses, and viral diseases  Bacteria - prokaryote structure, bacterial physiology, prokaryote cell division, motility Animal Cell Biology - animal cell structure, plant cell structure, cell cycle, meiosis Cellular Metabolism - cellular respiration, fermentation, photosynthesis Genetics - mendelian genetics, DNA, chromosomes, and genes, regulation of gene expression Evolution - Darwinian evolution, natural selection, history of evolution on earth, the origin of species Biological Diversity - the five kingdoms, invertebrates, vertebrates Plant Form and Function - anatomy, reproduction, soil utilization, plant biotechnology Fungi Form and Function - anatomy, physiology, fungal reproduction Animal Form and Function - circulatory systems, nervous systems, digestive systems, respiratory systems, immune systems, endocrine systems Ecology - the biosphere, ecosystems, population ecology, global change We will conclude the course with a 200 question practice test. Also included, is a follow-along PDF manual containing the entire text of this audio course as well all the images, figures, and charts we’ll be discussing. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 AudioLearn (P)2019 AudioLearn

Narrator: Lisa Stroth
Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Finding the Mother Tree

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From the world's leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest - a moving, deeply personal journey of discovery Suzanne Simard is a pioneer on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence; she's been compared to Rachel Carson, hailed as a scientist who conveys complex, technical ideas in a way that is dazzling and profound. Her work has influenced filmmakers (the Tree of Souls of James Cameron's Avatar) and her TED talks have been viewed by more than 10 million people worldwide.  Now, in her first book, Simard brings us into her world, the intimate world of the trees, in which she brilliantly illuminates the fascinating and vital truths - that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are a complicated, interdependent circle of life; that forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through underground networks by which trees communicate their vitality and vulnerabilities with communal lives not that different from our own.   Simard writes - in inspiring, illuminating, and accessible ways - how trees, living side by side for hundreds of years, have evolved, how they perceive one another, learn and adapt their behaviors, recognize neighbors, and remember the past; how they have agency about the future; elicit warnings and mount defenses, compete and cooperate with one another with sophistication, characteristics ascribed to human intelligence, traits that are the essence of civil societies - and at the center of it all, the Mother Trees: the mysterious, powerful forces that connect and sustain the others that surround them.  Simard writes of her own life, born and raised into a logging world in the rainforests of British Columbia, of her days as a child spent cataloging the trees from the forest and how she came to love and respect them - embarking on a journey of discovery, and struggle. And as she writes of her scientific quest, she writes of her own journey - of love and loss, of observation and change, of risk and reward, making us understand how deeply human scientific inquiry exists beyond data and technology, that it is about understanding who we are and our place in the world, and, in writing of her own life, we come to see the true connectedness of the Mother Tree that nurtures the forest in the profound ways that families and human societies do, and how these inseparable bonds enable all our survival. 

©2021 Suzanne Simard (P)2021 Random House Audio

Narrator: Suzanne Simard
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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Raising Chickens for Dummies, 2nd Edition

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Thinking about raising chickens? You've come to the right place! This new edition of Raising Chickens for Dummies provides the most up-to-date, thorough information on the many aspects of keeping chickens in your backyard. You'll hear hands-on, easy-to-follow instructions on choosing and purchasing chickens, constructing housing for your birds, feeding your chickens for optimal health, combating laying issues, controlling pests and predators, optimizing egg production, and much more.   Raising chickens on a small scale is a popular - and growing - pastime. If you're interested in keeping chickens as pets or as a source for eggs, Raising Chickens for Dummies gives you plain-English explanations of everything you need to know to about caring for chickens. You'll learn about basic chicken biology, breeds, and behavior, which chicken breed is best for you, how many you need, ways to spot healthy chickens, how to build a chicken coop, best practices for mating your chickens, how to incubate eggs, how to hatch and nurture chicks, manage laying hens, collect and store eggs, and butcher meat birds.   Whether you're a first-time poulterer or you've been raising chickens for years, this comprehensive guide provides practical how-to advice for keeping chickens in virtually any backyard.

©2015 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Tanya Eby
Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
Available on Audible
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Two Owls at Eton

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Two Owls at Eton - a classic British tale of eccentricity, education and owls. Witty, poignant and nostalgic, this best-selling memoir continues to find new fans and delight young and old alike. Now available for the first time in audiobook.  When Jonathan Franklin takes two baby tawny owls back to Eton, he has no idea how chaotic the following months will be. The birds show no respect for Etonian routine and tradition. They trash his room and rule his daily life and are known throughout the school as 'Dum' and 'Dee'. Although a keen naturalist, Jonathan struggles to understand his charges and to find the right food for them: at first meat and feathers, soon mice and rats. Even so, they nearly die of malnutrition on two occasions.  Frantic, he searches for natural food. How to keep them alive is a constant worry. He watches them grow from ugly balls of fluff into beautiful adults, every change of plumage and behaviour noted. They play truant; they shock others and lead Jonathan into hilarious adventures. They charm his housemaster and everybody who meets them. Best of all is seeing them flying about over those famous playing fields.  All the time, Jonathan works to train them for eventual return to the wild. Will that be possible? He is never sure whether he will succeed.

©1960 Jonathan Franklin (P)2018 Bonnier

Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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Proving Einstein Right

1 rating

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A thrilling adventure story chronicling the perilous journey of the scientists who set out to prove the theory of relativity - the results of which catapulted Albert Einstein to fame and forever changed our understanding of the universe. In 1911, a relatively unknown physicist named Albert Einstein published his preliminary theory of gravity. But it hadn't been tested. To do that, he needed a photograph of starlight as it passed the sun during a total solar eclipse. So began a nearly decade-long quest by seven determined astronomers from observatories in four countries, who traveled the world during five eclipses to capture the elusive sight. Over the years, they faced thunderstorms, the ravages of a world war, lost equipment, and local superstitions. Finally, in May of 1919, British expeditions to northern Brazil and the island of Príncipe managed to photograph the stars, confirming Einstein's theory. At its heart, this is a story of frustration, faith, and ultimate victory - and of the scientists whose efforts helped build the framework for the big bang theory, catapulted Einstein to international fame, and shook the foundation of physics.

©2019 S. James Gates and Cathie Pelletier (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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Astronomy for Beginners: The Introduction Guide to Space, Cosmos, Galaxies and Celestial Bodies

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Astronomy is inherently more observational rather than an elemental study of science. All measurements are performed at a greater distance from the object of interest, with no control of quantities such as chemical composition, pressure, or temperature. You will also understand the study of the solar system with relation to the gravitational attraction that holds the planets in their elliptical orbits around the Sun.  An early study of the universe was done through the naked eyes. This method led to the categorization of the celestial bodies and assigned constellations. Constellation has been a very important navigational tool since the beginning of the world. Various disciplines of Astronomy will also be discussed.  Examples of such disciplines include: Astrophysics Galactic astronomy Galaxy Formation Cosmology Astrometry Extragalactic astronomy Stellar astronomy Planetary sciences Astrobiology Formation of stars

©2019 Bluesource and Friends (P)2019 Bluesource and Friends

Narrator: Al M. Rocca
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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The Gulf Stream

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Coursing through the Atlantic Ocean is a powerful current with a force 300 times that of the mighty Amazon. Ulanski explores the fascinating science and history of this sea highway known as the Gulf Stream, a watery wilderness that stretches from the Caribbean to the North Atlantic. Spanning both distance and time, Ulanski's investigation reveals how the Gulf Stream affects and is affected by every living thing that encounters it--from tiny planktonic organisms to giant bluefin tuna, from ancient mariners to big-game anglers. He examines the scientific discovery of ocean circulation, the role of ocean currents in the settlement of the New World, and the biological life teeming in the stream.

©2008 The University of North Carolina Press (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Ray Grover
Author: Stan Ulanski
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
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Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos

15 ratings

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Would you like to know how the universe works? Scientists have been asking that question for a long time and have found that many of the answers can be found in the study of particle physics, the field that focuses on those impossibly tiny particles with unbelievably strange names - the hadrons and leptons, baryons and mesons, muons and gluons - so mystifying to the rest of us. And now, in a fascinating and accessible series of 24 lectures, you can take the mystery out of the remarkable field that in only 100 years has unlocked the secrets of the basic forces of nature. Professor Pollock will make you familiar with the fundamental particles that make up all matter, from the tiniest microbe to the sun and stars. And you'll also learn the "rules of the game" - the forces that drive those particles and the ways in which they interact - that underlie the workings of the universe. The lectures have been designed to be enriching for everyone, regardless of scientific background or mathematical ability. Virtually all you'll need as you enter this fascinating world are your curiosity, common sense, and, as Professor Pollock notes, "an open mind for the occasional quantum weirdness." As you move through the lectures, you'll also gain a knowledge of how those particles fit into perhaps the greatest scientific theory of all time: the Standard Model of particle physics; a grasp of key terms like "gauge symmetry," "quantum chromodynamics," and "unified quantum field Theory;" and an appreciation of how particle physics fits in with other branches of physics - including cosmology and quantum mechanics - to create our overall understanding of nature. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2003 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2003 The Great Courses

Narrator: Steven Pollock
Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
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Quantum Space

2 ratings

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Today we are blessed with two extraordinarily successful theories of physics. The first is Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, which describes the large-scale behavior of matter in a curved spacetime. The second is quantum mechanics. This theory describes the properties and behavior of matter and radiation at their smallest scales.    But, while they are both highly successful, these two structures leave a lot of important questions unanswered. They are also based on two different interpretations of space and time, and are, therefore, fundamentally incompatible. We have two descriptions, but as far as we know, we've only ever had one universe. What we need is a quantum theory of gravity.   Approaches to formulating such a theory have primarily followed two paths. One leads to String Theory, which has for long been fashionable, and about which much has been written. But String Theory has become mired in problems. Combining clear discussions of both quantum theory and general relativity, this book offers one of the first efforts to explain the new quantum theory of space and time. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Jim Baggott (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Nigel Patterson
Author: Jim Baggott
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
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Raising Chickens

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Are you interested in raising your own chickens, but have no idea where to start? Then keep reading!  Raising chickens in your own backyard can be a wonderful way to make extra food or income for you and your family. Getting started, however, can pose some unique problems that might make it difficult to hit the ground running. One needs to know what breeds of chicken to get, how to select a coop, and more in order to breed happy, healthy, productive chickens. When it comes to raising chickens, or any animals for that matter, you want to make sure that you understand the unique challenges that come with that territory. Raising Chickens is the ultimate beginner’s guide that features tips, tricks, and tools of the art of raising healthy chickens for whatever your purposes may be. In this guide, you will find the best tips on: Raising happy chickens that lay lots of eggs Boosting your income and profit with chickens  Building the ideal coop for your home Raising free-range chickens for profit Taking care of your chickens and keeping them at peak health Understanding what it’s really like to raise your own chickens  And much more! FAQs I live in the city, can I still raise chickens? You bet! Whether you have a back yard, a small farm, or a place in the city, you can raise your own chickens! This book has tips that can help you to construct a coop and a space for your chickens to roam, without needing acres and acres of farmland. I’m on a budget. Is raising chickens something I can do? Absolutely! With the information in these chapters, you’ll find helpful guidance on the right places to trim down on costs, without compromising on the quality or comfort of your chickens. You’ll find information on how those who started out on a budget, made simple changes that allowed them to maximize their profits, and exceed their previous income constraints.  Don’t wait! Buy the audiobook today and get started!

©2019 James Barley (P)2020 James Barley

Narrator: Debbie Fisher
Author: James Barley
Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
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Ingredients

2 ratings

Summary

Cheese puffs. Coffee. Sunscreen. Vapes. George Zaidan reveals what will kill you, what won’t, and why - explained with high-octane hilarity, hysterical hijinks, and other things that don’t begin with the letter H. Ingredients offers the perspective of a chemist on the stuff we eat, drink, inhale, and smear on ourselves. Apart from the burning question of whether you should eat that Cheeto, Zaidan explores a range of topics. Here’s a helpful guide:  Stuff in this book: How bad is processed food? How sure are we? Is sunscreen safe? Should you use it? Is coffee good or bad for you? What’s your disease horoscope? What is that public pool smell made of? What happens when you overdose on fentanyl in the sun What do cassava plants and Soviet spies have in common? When will you die?  Stuff in other books: Your carbon footprint Food sustainability GMOs  CEO pay  Science funding  Politics  Football  Baseball  Any kind of ball really  Zaidan, an MIT-trained chemist who cohosted CNBC’s hit Make Me a Millionaire Inventor and wrote and voiced several TED-Ed viral videos, makes chemistry more fun than Hogwarts as he reveals exactly what science can (and can’t) tell us about the packaged ingredients sold to us every day. Sugar, spinach, formaldehyde, cyanide, the ingredients of life and death, and how we know if something is good or bad for us - as well as the genius of aphids and their butts - are all discussed in exquisite detail at breakneck speed.  Includes a PDF of the author’s illustrations as well as the appendix about prayer and death. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 George Zaidan (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: George Zaidan
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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The Very Best of Charles Darwin

Summary

The Very Best of Charles Darwin comprises On the Origin of Species and The Voyage of the Beagle. The first introduced the theory that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural selection. The evidence was gathered on the Beagle expedition in the 1830s, recounted in The Voyage of the Beagle, which is both a travel memoir and a scientific field journal of anthropological, biological, and geological interest. The Beagle sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and carried out hydrographical surveys along the coast of Southern South America. After circumnavigating the globe, the ship returned home via Tahiti and Australia. Soon after this journey, Darwin began to formulate the theories of evolution and natural selection that would become the unifying concept of the life sciences.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Length: 34 hrs and 50 mins
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Foraging

Summary

This book includes:  Recognizing toxic and poisonous wild plants and mushrooms Toxins present in plants and mushrooms How to destroy toxins by cooking  Poisonous plants and mushrooms to watch out for  How to identify toxins  Try out sample recipes for exotic dishes. Learn which dangerous mushrooms to avoid. The best edible wild foods recipes The basics of foraging Wild plants tea recipes Wild plants jam and jelly recipes Wild plants preserve recipes Wild plants condiment recipes Wild plants pickle recipes Wild plants spreads and dips recipes Wild plants beverages recipes Wild plants beverages recipes Wild plants smoothies recipes Wild plants breakfast recipes Wild plants bread recipes Wild plants soup recipes Wild plants salad recipes Wild plants beverages recipes Wild plants snack recipes Wild plants appetizer recipes Wild plants pasta recipes Wild plants rice recipes Wild plants side-dishes recipes Wild plants lunch recipes Wild plants dinner recipes Wild plants dessert recipes Eating for free while on hiking and camping The basics of foraging The best foraging tools Common edible and medicinal plants How to forage in the wild Tips for winter and fall foraging Common edible and medicinal plants Editable trees, shrubs, roots, and fungi Editable weeds and herbs Tips on how to identify and avoid poisonous plants And much more!

©2020 Mona Greeny (P)2020 Mona Greeny

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Author: Mona Greeny
Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
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Une autre fin du monde est possible. Vivre l'effondrement (et pas seulement y survivre)

2 ratings

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La situation critique dans laquelle se trouve la planète n'est plus à démontrer. Des effondrements sont déjà en cours tandis que d'autres s'amorcent, faisant grandir la possibilité d'un emballement global qui signifierait la fin du monde tel que nous le connaissons. Le choix de notre génération est cornélien : soit nous attendons de subir de plein fouet la violence des cataclysmes à venir, soit, pour en éviter certains, nous prenons un virage si serré qu'il déclencherait notre propre fin-du-monde-industriel. L'horizon se trouve désormais au-delà : imaginer la suite, tout en se préparant à vivre des années de désorganisation et d'incertitude. En toute honnêteté, qui est prêt à cela ? Peut-on simplement se contenter de vouloir survivre ? Comment se projeter au-delà, voir plus grand, et trouver des manières de vivre ces effondrements ? Dans ce nouvel opus, après Comment tout peut s'effondrer, les auteurs montrent qu'un changement de cap ouvrant vers de nouveaux horizons passe nécessairement par un cheminement intérieur et par une remise en question radicale de notre vision du monde. Trois scientifiques spécialistes des questions de collapsologie nous offrent une véritable philosophie humaniste, au service d'un futur plein de possibles et d'espoir.

©2018 Éditions du Seuil (P)2019 Audiolib

Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
Available on Audible
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Life's Edge

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“Carl Zimmer is one of the best science writers we have today.” (Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) We all assume we know what life is, but the more scientists learn about the living world - from protocells to brains, from zygotes to pandemic viruses - the harder they find it is to locate life’s edge.    Carl Zimmer investigates one of the biggest questions of all: What is life? The answer seems obvious until you try to seriously answer it. Is the apple sitting on your kitchen counter alive, or is only the apple tree it came from deserving of the word? If we can’t answer that question here on Earth, how will we know when and if we discover alien life on other worlds? The question hangs over some of society’s most charged conflicts - whether a fertilized egg is a living person, for example, and when we ought to declare a person legally dead.    Life's Edge is an utterly fascinating investigation that no one but one of the most celebrated science writers of our generation could craft. Zimmer journeys through the strange experiments that have attempted to recreate life. Literally hundreds of definitions of what that should look like now exist, but none has yet emerged as an obvious winner. Lists of what living things have in common do not add up to a theory of life. It's never clear why some items on the list are essential and others not. Coronaviruses have altered the course of history, and yet many scientists maintain they are not alive. Chemists are creating droplets that can swarm, sense their environment, and multiply. Have they made life in the lab?    Whether he is handling pythons in Alabama or searching for hibernating bats in the Adirondacks, Zimmer revels in astounding examples of life at its most bizarre. He tries his own hand at evolving life in a test tube with unnerving results. Charting the obsession with Dr. Frankenstein's monster and how Coleridge came to believe the whole universe was alive, Zimmer leads us all the way into the labs and minds of researchers working on engineering life from the ground up.  Cover image Courtesy of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. © MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology/Madeline Lancaster 

©2021 Carl Zimmer (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Joe Ochman
Author: Carl Zimmer
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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College Level Organic Chemistry

Summary

AudioLearn's college-level courses presents organic chemistry. Developed by experienced professors and professionally narrated for easy listening, this course is a great way to explore the subject of college-level organic chemistry.   The audiobook is focused and high-yield, covering the most important topics you might expect to learn in a typical undergraduate organic chemistry course. The material is accurate, up-to-date, and broken down into bite-sized chapters. There are key takeaways following each chapter to drive home key points and quizzes to review commonly tested questions. Here are the main topics we’ll be covering:  Chemical Bonding in Organic Chemistry Basic Organic Molecular Structures Organic Solvent Chemistry Alkanes, Alkenes, and Alkynes Aldehydes, Carboxylic Acids, and Ketones Cyclic Organic Compounds Aromatic Compounds Alcohols, Alkyl Halides Ethers, Epoxides, and Esters Enols and Enolates Thiols and Sulfides Nitrogen-containing Organic Molecules Substitution Reactions Elimination Reactions Addition Reactions Oxidation and Reduction Reactions in Organic Chemistry   We will conclude the course with a 200-question practice test. Also included is a follow-along PDF manual containing the entire text of this audio course as well as all images, figures, and charts we’ll be discussing. To get the most out of this course, we recommend that you listen to the entire audio once while following along in your PDF manual, then go back and listen to areas you found challenging. Now, let’s get started! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 AudioLearn (P)2019 AudioLearn

Narrator: Lisa Stroth
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
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Everything You Know About Dinosaurs Might Be Wrong

Summary

What do we really know about dinosaurs? As our knowledge of the prehistoric creatures has evolved, there are quite a few myths, legends, and interesting facts that have come to light. Explore how early civilizations created monsters from dinosaur bones, what experts think dinosaurs really sounded like, and more!

©2021 Seeker (P)2021 Audiogems by Findaway

Author: Seeker
Length: 43 mins
Available on Audible
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Parasite Rex

6 ratings

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For centuries, parasites have lived in nightmares, horror stories, and the darkest shadows of science. In Parasite Rex, Carl Zimmer takes listeners on a fantastic voyage into the secret universe of these extraordinary life forms that are not only among the most highly evolved on Earth, but make up the majority of life's diversity. Traveling from the steamy jungles of Costa Rica to the parasite-riddled war zone of southern Sudan, Zimmer introduces an array of amazing creatures that invade their hosts, prey on them from within, and control their behavior. He also vividly describes parasites that can change DNA, rewire the brain, make men more distrustful and women more outgoing, and turn hosts into the living dead. This comprehensive audiobook brings parasites out into the open and uncovers what they can teach us all about the most fundamental survival tactics in the universe - the laws of Parasite Rex.

©2000 Carl Zimmer (P)2018 Tantor

Author: Carl Zimmer
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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Collapsus

1 rating

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Réchauffement climatique, extinction de centaines de milliers d'espèces, pollutions globales, guerres de l'eau et d'autres ressources, migrations massives... tous ces dangers convergent et se démultiplient en un péril unique que certains ont commencé à envisager : celui d'un effondrement global de la civilisation, voire de la biosphère elle-même, engagée dans une tragique "sixième extinction". Première grande synthèse sur cette question d'urgence, quarante spécialistes de toutes disciplines nous livrent ici le fruit de leurs travaux : les philosophes Dominique Bourg et Christian Godin, l'agronome Pablo Servigne, les historiens Jean-Baptiste Fressoz et Valérie Chansigaud, le militante écologiste Lamya Essemlali et la femme politique Delphine Batho, l'ingénieur Philippe Bihouix, la juriste Valérie Cabanes, le biologiste Pierre-Henri Gouyon, le journaliste Stéphane Foucart, l'économiste Gaël Giraud et tant d'autres. Sous la direction du journaliste Laurent Testot et de l'expert en risques Laurent Aillet, Collapsus dresse un état des lieux et nous aide à comprendre les dynamiques en cours afin d'engager nos choix citoyens.

©2020 Albin Michel (P)2020 Audible Studios

Narrator: Rémi Pedevilla
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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The Secret Language of Cells

1 rating

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Your cells are talking about you. Right now, both your inner and outer worlds are abuzz with chatter among living cells of every possible kind - from those in your body and brain to those in the environment around you. From electrical alerts to chemical codes, the greatest secret of modern biology, hiding in plain sight, is that all of life’s activity boils down to one thing: conversation. While cells are commonly considered the building block of living things, it is actually the communication between cells that brings us to life, controlling our bodies and brains, determining whether we are healthy or sick, and directly influencing how we think, feel, and behave. In The Secret Language of Cells, doctor and neuroscientist Jon Lieff lets us listen in on these conversations, and reveals their significance for everything from mental health to cancer. He explains the surprising science of how very different cells - bacteria and brain cells, blood cells and viruses - all speak the same language. This overarching principle has been long overlooked because scientific journals use impenetrable jargon that makes it hard to be understood across disciplines, much less by the general public. Lieff presents a fascinating and accessible look into cellular communication science - a groundbreaking and comprehensive exploration of this biological phenomenon. In these pages, discover the intriguing lives of cells as they ask questions, get answers, give feedback, gather information, call for each other, and make complex decisions. During infections, immune T-cells tell brain cells that we should “feel sick” and lie down. Cancer cells warn their community about immune and microbe attacks. Gut cells talk with microbes to determine which are friends and which are enemies, and microbes talk with each other and with much more complicated human cells in ways that determine which medicines work and which will fail. With applications for immunity, chronic pain, weight loss, depression, cancer treatment, and virtually every aspect of health and biology, cellular communication is revolutionizing our understanding not just of disease, but of life itself. The Secret Language of Cells is required listening for anyone interested in following the conversation.

©2020 Jon Lieff. Published by arrangement with BenBella Books. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: George Newbern
Author: Jon Lieff MD
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
Available on Audible
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A Sand County Almanac

5 ratings

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First published in 1949 and praised in the New York Times Book Review as "full of beauty and vigor and bite", A Sand County Almanac combines some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America's relationship to the land. As the forerunner to such important books as Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire, and Robert Finch's The Primal Place, this classic work remains as relevant today as it was more than 70 years ago.

©1949 Oxford University Press, Inc. (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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The Ends of the World

22 ratings

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As new groundbreaking research suggests that climate change played a major role in the most extreme catastrophes in the planet's history, award-winning science journalist Peter Brannen takes us on a wild ride through the planet's five mass extinctions and, in the process, offers us a glimpse of our increasingly dangerous future. Our world has ended five times: It has been broiled, frozen, poison gassed, smothered, and pelted by asteroids. In The Ends of the World, Peter Brannen dives into deep time, exploring Earth's past dead ends, and in the process offers us a glimpse of our possible future. Many scientists now believe that the climate shifts of the 21st century have analogs in these five extinctions. Using the visible clues these devastations have left behind in the fossil record, The Ends of the World takes us inside "scenes of the crime", from South Africa to the New York Palisades, to tell the story of each extinction. Brannen examines the fossil record - which is rife with creatures like dragonflies the size of sea gulls and guillotine-mouthed fish - and introduces us to the researchers on the front lines who, using the forensic tools of modern science, are piecing together what really happened at the crime scenes of the Earth's biggest whodunits. Part road trip, part history, and part cautionary tale, The Ends of the World takes us on a tour of the ways that our planet has clawed itself back from the grave and casts our future in a completely new light.

©2017 Peter Brannen (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Adam Verner
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
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Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality

Summary

Science and technology are, without a doubt, two forces that will change the way you live your life in the coming months, years, and decades. And in recent decades, these forces have evolved and developed at a lightning-fast pace.  Explore the many possibilities of what your future may look like with these 24 lectures: a scientifically accurate and enlightening survey of today's most advanced research in fields such as engineering, biology, chemistry, and theoretical physics.  You'll see firsthand how recent developments in science and technology can potentially fulfill this need in a range of modern-day, real-world areas like transportation, computing, medicine, and energy. The lectures are filled with intriguing sneak peeks at the latest developments and technologies in a range of scientific fields, including nanorobots that could identify and destroy cancer cells, personalized medicine that could be customized to an individual’s specific genome, and biofuels that could be created from food industry waste.  In discussing these and other eye-opening topics, Professor Grossman always makes a point to emphasize fact and truth over fiction and hype. By the final lecture, you'll have a stronger sense of some important fundamental scientific principles being used right this moment to innovate your life. You'll also find yourself filled with a sense of excitement and wonder for both how, and how quickly, science and technology are working to make your world a better place.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2012 The Great Courses (P)2012 The Teaching Company, LLC

Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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The Wild Life of Our Bodies

Summary

Biologist Rob Dunn reveals the crucial influence that other species have upon our health, our well-being, and our world in The Wild Life of Our Bodies - a fascinating tour through the hidden truths of nature and codependence. Dunn illuminates the nuanced, often imperceptible relationships that exist between homo sapiens and other species, relationships that underpin humanity's ability to thrive and prosper in every circumstance. Fans of Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma will be enthralled by Dunn's powerful, lucid exploration of the role that humankind plays within the greater web of life on Earth.

©2011 Rob R. Dunn (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: David Stifel
Author: Rob Dunn
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Stuff Matters

67 ratings

Summary

Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world. From the teacup to the jet engine, the silicon chip to the paper clip, the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, our lives are overflowing with materials. Full of enthralling tales of the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives, Stuff Matters will make you see stuff in a whole new way.

©2014 Mark Miodownik (P)2014 Tantor

Narrator: Michael Page
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
Available on Audible
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The Planets

Summary

With her blockbuster New York Times best sellers Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, Dava Sobel used her rare and luminous gift for weaving difficult scientific concepts into a compelling story to garner rave reviews and attract readers from across the literary spectrum. Now, in The Planets, Sobel brings her full talents to bear on what is perhaps her most ambitious subject to date: the planets of our solar system. The sun's family of planets become a familiar place in this personal account of the lives of other worlds. Sobel explores the planets' origins and oddities through the lens of popular culture, from astrology, mythology, and science fiction to art, music, poetry, biography, and history. Whether revealing what lies behind Venus' cocoon of acid clouds or capturing firsthand the excitement at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory when pictures from Cassini at Saturn are beamed to Earth, this intimate account is filled with fascination, beauty, and surprise. Written in Dava Sobel's characteristically graceful prose, The Planets is a distinctive view of our place in the universe. It is that rare book that will delight the experienced astronomer and, at the same time, engage someone eager to get to know the planets.

©2005 Dava Sobel (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Lorna Raver
Author: Dava Sobel
Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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The Feynman Lectures on Physics: Volume 2, Advanced Quantum Mechanics

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For more than 30 years, Richard P. Feynman's three-volume Lectures on Physics has been known worldwide as the classic resource for students and professionals alike. Ranging from the most basic principles of Newtonian physics through such formidable theories as Einstein's general relativity, superconductivity, and quantum mechanics, Feynman's lectures stand as a monument of clear exposition and deep insight. This timeless audio serves as a comprehensive library of essential physics by a legend in science. Volume 2 makes up a course in Advanced Quantum Mechanics and includes chapters on symmetry in physical laws, identical particles, symmetry and conservation laws, the hydrogen atom and the periodic table, and the Schrödinger equation in a classical context (this chapter also includes a seminar on superconductivity).

Public Domain (P)1998 Perseus Publishing

Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
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The Quantum Story

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Utterly beautiful. Profoundly disconcerting. Quantum theory is quite simply the most successful account of the physical universe ever devised. Its concepts underpin much of the 21st-century technology that we now take for granted. But at the same time it has completely undermined our ability to make sense of the world at its most fundamental level. Niels Bohr claimed that anybody who is not shocked by the theory has not understood it. The American physicist Richard Feynman went further: he claimed that nobody understands it. The Quantum Story begins in 1900, tracing a century of game-changing science. Popular science writer Jim Baggott first shows how, over the space of three decades, Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, and others formulated and refined the theory--and opened the floodgates. Indeed, since then, a torrent of ideas has flowed from the world's leading physicists, as they explore and apply the theory's bizarre implications. To take us from the story's beginning to the present day, Baggott organizes his narrative around 40 turning-point moments of discovery. Many of these are inextricably bound up with the characters involved--their rivalries and their collaborations, their arguments and, not least, their excitement as they sense that they are redefining what reality means. Through the mix of story and science, we experience their breathtaking leaps of theory and experiment, as they uncover such undreamed of and mind-boggling phenomenon as black holes, multiple universes, quantum entanglement, the Higgs boson, and much more. Brisk, clear, and compelling, The Quantum Story is science writing at its best. A compelling look at the 100-year history of quantum theory, it illuminates the idea as it reveals how generations of physicists have grappled with this monster ever since.

©2011 Jim Baggott (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Mike Pollock
Author: Jim Baggott
Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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Den fjerde industrielle revolution

Summary

Den fjerde industrielle revolution er mere betydningsfuld og mere omfattende end noget, menneskeheden før har været vidne til. Nye teknologier forener de fysiske, digitale og biologiske verdener og resulterer i kunstig intelligens, 3D-printning, DNA-sekvensering og bærbar teknologi indbygget i tøj eller gadgets. Disse teknologier er først og fremmest designet til at forbedre vores liv, men med dette væld af muligheder kommer også udfordringer og potentielle risikoelementer. Det tvinger os til at genoverveje, hvordan vi bruger teknologien og endda, hvad det betyder at være et menneske. Schwab forsøger med denne bog at skitsere, hvordan vi i fællesskab kan forme denne revolution, så vi skaber en fremtid, hvor innovation og teknologi tjener folket og gavner os alle sammen.

©2018 Gyldendal (P)2018 Gyldendal

Narrator: Tobias Hertz
Author: Klaus Schwab
Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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L'infini au creux de votre main

5 ratings

Summary

Les énormes progrès technologiques récents ont révélé un univers bien plus étrange que nous n'aurions pu l'imaginer. L'infini au creux de votre main est un voyage époustouflant à travers 50 observations scientifiques parmi les plus insolites et les plus merveilleuses de notre univers. Lorsque vous achetez ce titre, le fichier PDF qui l'accompagne sera disponible dans votre confirmation d'achat envoyée par mail ainsi que dans votre bibliothèque, depuis votre ordinateur.

©2019 Michael O'Mara (P)2019 Audible Studios

Narrator: Florent Cheippe
Author: Marcus Chown
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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How Dogs Think

Summary

What dogs see, smell, and know. H?v? ??u ?v?r w?nd?r?d, "Wh?t d? dogs think ?b?ut?" Wh?l? you m?? not be ?bl? t? pinpoint ?r?????l? wh?t ??ur pooch is th?nk?ng at any given m?m?nt, ??u ??n get to kn?w its ??r??n?l?t? ?nd b?h?v??r?, wh??h will h?l? ??u ?nt?r?r?t what it m?? b? ??n??d?r?ng ?r feeling thr?ugh?ut th? d??. It'? u? to ??u and ??ur ?m?g?n?t??n to dr??m u? th? d?t??l?! H?w Dogs Th?nk answers ?u??t??n? ?b?ut ?ur ??n?n? ??m??n??n? th?t have ?uzzl?d many. C?n d?g? count? C?n a d?g l??rn h?w to d? ??m?th?ng ju?t by w?t?h?ng another dog or even a person do ?t? D? dogs dr??m? Wh?t ?? th? n?tur? ?f dog ??r??n?l?t?? And, ??n dogs sense future ??rth?u?k?? ?r detect ??n??r? Th? ?u??t??n of wh?t a d?g is thinking ?? ??tu?ll? ?n old m?t??h?????l d?b?t?. Ph?t?n? m?? strike our r?t?n??, but it ?? ?nl? thr?ugh th? ??t?v?t? of ?ur brains th?t w? have the subjective ?x??r??n?? ?f ????ng a r??nb?w or th? ?ubl?m? b??ut? ?f a ?un??t over th? ????n. Does a d?g ??? th??? th?ng?? Of ??ur??. D? th?? experience them the same w??? Absolutely n?t.  With ??und b?h?v??r?l science ?nd num?r?u? funn?, ?nf?rm?t?v? anecdotes, ?x??r?m?nt?, ?nd f?r?th?nd ?b??rv?t??n?, How D?g? Th?nk ?h?tt?r? many ??mm?n myths and m????n???t??n? about ?ur four-legged fr??nd? and r?v??l? a w??lth of surprises ?b?ut their m?nt?l ?b?l?t??? ?nd ??t?nt??l. It w?ll make ??u l?v? ?nd ???r????t? ?ll d?g? - ?n?lud?ng your own - in w?nd?rful n?w w???. In How D?g? Think, you will discover: Th? mind ?f the d?g Wh?t the world looks l?k? to a d?g Wh?t w?uld ?t be l?k? t? be a dog Human t? dog: dog ??m?l?t?s th? man Getting information ?nt? the m?nd D?g’? h??r?ng Dog's ?n?ff?ng Taste ?f th? dogs T?u?h w?th th? w?rld The sixth sense ?f the dogs S?gn?ng ?nd t???ng Dog t?lk?ng to ??t? Wh?l? ?m?g?ng a d?g'? brain, scientists l?t d?g? ?m?ll the ?r?m? ?f their owners, and it activated the "reward center" of th??r brains. So ju?t the ?m?ll ?f their hum?n? makes d?g? giddy. Our d?g? ?l?? think a l?t about how w?'r? feeling. In f??t, th??r brains ?r? in tune with th? inflections of ?m?t??n ?n our voice ?n a ??m?l?r w?? to hum?n?. Their br??n? ?r? ??n?t?ntl? ?n tun? w?th th??r hum?n?, which ?x?l??n? wh? th??'r? so g??d ?t ??mf?rt?ng u?. If all of this sounds like your ideal audiobook, then hop on over and hit that "Buy Now" button! Stress no more! Buy this audiobook and also learn all...and download it now!

©2010 Peter Collar (P)2020 Peter Collar

Narrator: Jason Belvill
Author: Peter Collar
Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
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Zoo Story

2 ratings

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Welcome to the savage and surprising world of Zoo Story, an unprecedented account of the secret life of a zoo and its inhabitants, both animal and human. Based on six years of research, the book follows a handful of unforgettable characters at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo: an alpha chimp with a weakness for blondes, a ferocious tiger who revels in Obsession perfume, and a brilliant but tyrannical CEO known as El Diablo Blanco. Zoo Story crackles with issues of global urgency: the shadow of extinction, humanity's role in the destruction or survival of other species. More than anything else, though, it's a dramatic and moving true story of seduction and betrayal, exile and loss, and the limits of freedom on an overcrowded planet - all framed inside one zoo reinventing itself for the 21st century. Thomas French, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, chronicles the action with vivid power: Wild elephants soaring above the Atlantic on their way to captivity. Predators circling each other in a lethal mating dance. Primates plotting the overthrow of their king. The sweeping narrative takes the listener from the African savannah to the forests of Panama and deep into the inner workings of a place some describe as a sanctuary and others condemn as a prison. All of it comes to life in the book's four-legged characters. Zoo Story shows us how these remarkable individuals live, how some die, and what their experiences reveal about the human desire to both exalt and control nature.

©2010 Thomas French (P)2010 Tantor

Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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Bee Time

5 ratings

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Being among bees is a full-body experience, Mark Winston writes. Bee Time presents his reflections on three decades spent studying these remarkable creatures, and on the lessons they can teach about how humans might better interact with one another and the natural world, from the boardroom to urban design to agricultural ecosystems.

©2014 The President and Fellows of Harvard College (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Fajer Al-Kaisi
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
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The Evolution of Beauty

3 ratings

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A major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences - what Darwin termed "the taste for the beautiful" - create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world. In the great halls of science, dogma holds that Darwin's theory of natural selection explains every branch on the tree of life: which species thrive, which wither away to extinction, and what features each evolves. But can adaptation by natural selection really account for everything we see in nature? Yale University ornithologist Richard Prum - reviving Darwin's own views - thinks not. Deep in tropical jungles around the world are birds with a dizzying array of appearances and mating displays: club-winged manakins who sing with their wings, great argus pheasants who dazzle prospective mates with a four-foot-wide cone of feathers covered in golden 3-D spheres, red-capped manakins who moonwalk. In 30 years of fieldwork, Prum has seen numerous display traits that seem disconnected from, if not outright contrary to, selection for individual survival. To explain this, he dusts off Darwin's long-neglected theory of sexual selection, in which the act of choosing a mate for purely aesthetic reasons - for the mere pleasure of it - is an independent engine of evolutionary change. Mate choice can drive ornamental traits from the constraints of adaptive evolution, allowing them to grow ever more elaborate. It also sets the stakes for sexual conflict, in which the sexual autonomy of the female evolves in response to male sexual control. Most crucially, this framework provides important insights into the evolution of human sexuality, particularly the ways in which female preferences have changed male bodies, and even maleness itself, through evolutionary time. The Evolution of Beauty presents a unique scientific vision for how nature's splendor contributes to a more complete understanding of evolution and of ourselves.

©2017 Richard O. Prum (P)2017 Random House Audio

Narrator: Dan Woren
Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
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Rusty Wilson's Canadian Bigfoot Campfire Stories

7 ratings

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Ready for some stories from the vast wilderness of Canada? It's home to the sasquatch: a creature that's revered and feared by the natives there since before time was recorded. Settle back with a cup of hot chocolate, lock the doors, and be ready to call your best friend in case you start seeing big hairy faces in the window (but be aware that your friend may also be listening to these stories, so have a backup plan). These 12 all-new and original stories from Rusty Wilson, the world's greatest Bigfoot storyteller, will keep you intrigued, hanging on to the edge of your seat, or wishing you could travel up north and see what all the excitement's about for yourself. Come hear about a young man who finally gets his wish to visit one of the world's wildest places, where he quickly realizes that maybe his parents were right after all. Then hear about the strange case where a sasquatch discovers a rare fossilized dinosaur skeleton. And then, if you dare, hear about a woman who stops for a break on a remote Canadian back road and ends up taking something home with her that she really doesn't want. And there's the sasquatch that ends up saving peoples' lives by stealing all their food in the dead of winter. Listen to a tale of a sasquatch that brings a couple together through its death, one that decides it wants to be in a painting, or perhaps another who likes the taste of loons, or even a man who discovers a secret Bigfoot food source. These campfire tales are guaranteed to make you happy you're safe and sound in your house instead of listening to a sasquatch screaming in the darkness from inside your thin nylon tent, deep in the Canadian wilds. Or, if you're truly the adventurous type, maybe you'll want to buy a thin nylon tent and head to British Columbia or Alberta.

©2014 Yellow Cat Publishing/Marjorie Miller or Maya Kurtz (P)2015 Yellow Cat Publishing/Marjorie Miller or Maya Kurtz

Narrator: Richard Henzel
Author: Rusty Wilson
Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
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Rusty Wilson's Alaskan Bigfoot Campfire Stories

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Always wanted to go see Alaska, the 49th state, but never could work it out? Well, never fear, because after these stories, you'll probably change your mind and decide to instead visit someplace safe and predictable. In this baker's dozen of all new and original stories from Rusty Wilson, the World's Greatest Bigfoot Storyteller, you'll see an Alaska that few see, an Alaska that maybe even fewer want to see, and an Alaska that puts all the other states to shame for mysterious places and happenings, as well as having the highest number per capita of people who go missing without a trace.

©2015 Yellow Cat Publishing/Marjorie Miller/Maya Kurtz (P)2015 Yellow Cat Publishing/Marjorie Miller/Maya Kurtz

Narrator: Richard Henzel
Author: Rusty Wilson
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
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The Man-Eaters of Eden

1 rating

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It was the winter of 1902; South African park ranger Harry Wolhuter was on horseback, patrolling the area for poachers at Kruger National Park. Little did he know, he was also being stalked. Out of nowhere, two huge male lions pounced on Harry's horse, knocking the man to the ground. The horse ran off, leaving Harry to fend for himself. One of the lions lunged at him - piercing deep into his flesh and bones - and began to drag him far into the jungle to finish him off. Harry's only hope for survival was the small sheath he carried on his right hip, and he could not reach it easily. With a few quick stabs to the massive beast's chest, he waited and prayed for the best. Miraculously, after spending hours in a tree - drifting in and out of consciousness - with only his terrier standing between him and the second lion, he survived the attack and lived to tell his story. But others have not been so lucky at Kruger National Park. Today, Mozambican refugees are being eaten alive in great numbers as they attempt to walk the Kruger, yet no one seems to know about these massacres, and nothing is being done to stop them. More lion attacks have been documented in the past year than ever before. And so begins the investigative journey of journalist Robert Frump. In July of 2002, his plane touched down on the airfields west of Kruger, and what he discovered was beyond belief. The Man-Eaters of Edenuncovers the simple truth, that more people are eaten by lions today, than ever before.

©2006 Lyons Press (P)2013 Race Point Production (Robert R. Frump, author)

Narrator: John Skinner
Author: Robert Frump
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
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How to Clone a Mammoth

4 ratings

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Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. In How to Clone a Mammoth, Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in ancient-DNA research, walks listeners through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored to sequencing their genomes to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro vividly explores the extraordinary, cutting-edge science that is being used - today - to resurrect the past. Journeying to far-flung Siberian locales in search of ice-age bones and delving into her own research - as well as those of fellow experts such as Svante Pääbo, George Church, and Craig Venter - Shapiro considers de-extinction's practical benefits and ethical challenges. Would de-extinction change the way we live? Is this really cloning? What are the costs and risks? And what is the ultimate goal?Using DNA collected from remains as a genetic blueprint, scientists aim to engineer extinct traits - traits that evolved by natural selection over thousands of years - into living organisms. But rather than viewing de-extinction as a way to restore one particular species, Shapiro argues that the overarching goal should be the revitalization and stabilization of contemporary ecosystems. For example, elephants with genes modified to express mammoth traits could expand into the Arctic, reestablishing lost productivity to the tundra ecosystem. Looking at the very real and compelling science behind an idea once seen as science fiction, How to Clone a Mammoth demonstrates how de-extinction will redefine conservation's future.

©2015 Princeton University Press (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Coleen Marlo
Author: Beth Shapiro
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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The Tyrannosaur Chronicles

5 ratings

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Adored by children and adults alike, tyrannosaurus is the most famous dinosaur in the world, one that pops up again and again in pop culture, often battling other beasts such as King Kong, triceratops, or velociraptors in Jurassic Park. But despite the hype, tyrannosaurus and the other tyrannosaurs are fascinating animals in their own right and are among the best-studied of all dinosaurs. Tyrannosaurs started small but over the course of 100 million years evolved into the giant carnivorous bone crushers that continue to inspire awe in palaeontologists, screenplay writers, sci-fi novelists and the general public alike. Tyrannosaurus itself was truly impressive; it topped six tons, was more than 12 meters (40 feet) long and had the largest head and most powerful bite of any land animal in history. The Tyrannosaur Chronicles tracks the rise of these dinosaurs and presents the latest research into their biology, showing off more than just their impressive statistics - tyrannosaurs had feathers and fought and even ate each other. This audiobook presents the science behind this research; it tells the story of the group through their anatomy, ecology and behaviour, exploring how they came to be the dominant terrestrial predators of the Mesozoic era and, in more recent times, one of the great icons of biology. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 David Hone (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Gavin Osborn
Author: David Hone
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
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The Forager's Calendar

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Winner of the Guild of Food Writers Award for Food Book of the Year 2020 A month by month handbook for foraging in the woods, fields and seashores of Great Britain. Look out of your window, walk down a country path or go to the beach in Great Britain and you are sure to see many wild species that you can take home and eat. From dandelions in spring to sloe berries in autumn, via wild garlic, samphire, chanterelles and even grasshoppers, our countryside is full of edible delights in any season. John Wright is the country's foremost expert in foraging and brings decades of experience, including as forager at the River Cottage, to this seasonal guide. Month by month, he shows us what species can be found and where, how to identify them and how to store, use and cook them. You'll learn the stories behind the Latin names, the best way to tap a Birch tree, and how to fry an ant, make rosehip syrup and cook a hop omelette. With tips on kit, conservation advice and what to avoid, this is an indispensable guide for everyone interested in wild food, whether you want to explore the great outdoors or are happiest foraging from your armchair.

©2020 John Wright (P)2020 W F Howes

Narrator: John Wright
Author: John Wright
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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You Must Be Very Intelligent

1 rating

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When Karin enters a high-ranked university to start her PhD she is brimming with hope and positively overflowing with grit determination to prove she is worthy. After all, she knows that only the extraordinarily learned and the astonishingly intelligent ever hold chairs and professorships. She knows researchers are idealists yearning to enrich the stock of human knowledge. She knows university is the apotheosis of civilised culture... She knows very little...

©2019 Karin Bodewits (P)2019 Karin Bodewits

Narrator: Victoria Riley
Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
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Off Grid Solar

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Your desire may be to get your energy bill lowered or be independent of the payment all together. If this is you, then this book is all you need. Solar energy is the answer to all your expensive energy consumption. Solar power is the most abundant of all renewable resources available. It is essentially a source of achieving safe energy for home use. It takes free power from the sun and uses it to power electrical equipment. More importantly, solar power does not harm the earth. Of course, it's not that simple. But solar power alone is a powerful resource with applications and benefits around the world. But how does it work? What is it suitable for? How much does it cost? How do I install it? This best-selling book answers all these questions and shows you how to use the power of the Sun to generate electricity yourself. This amazing step-by-step guide on solar energy book is a practical and straightforward guide to using photovoltaic solar panels and all you will need to get it installed. In this book, you will learn: How to know what solar power system to buy How to avoid the common mistakes, tricks, and traps that salesmen will try to feed you How to size your solar power system so it will fit perfectly on your roof A step-by-step guide to installing your solar power systems and panels How to determine how many watts your house needs How solar power/panel works Listen to this amazing book to discover all about solar energy, its benefit, and how to get it working for you.

©2019 Turgon Annárë (P)2020 Turgon Annárë

Narrator: Damian Kemper
Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
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Understanding Coyotes

1 rating

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The most comprehensive book about coyotes ever. This best book award winner is easy to understand and a very enjoyable listen. The author invested years studying current coyote research and has thousands of hours observing coyotes in the wild. He is a rare expert on this very elusive and complex animal. Listening to this book will give you a deep understanding and appreciation of the most intelligent and adaptable animal on earth. Whether you are a coyote hunter, deer hunter, photographer, wildlife observer, or predator enthusiast, you will find this book fascinating and beneficial. It will give you a true appreciation of the coyote and teach you how to better understand and get closer to coyotes in the wild.

©2015 MPH-LLC (P)2018 MPH-LLC

Narrator: Cliff Weldon
Author: Michael Huff
Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
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How We Learn

4 ratings

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“There are words that are so familiar they obscure rather than illuminate the thing they mean, and ‘learning’ is such a word. It seems so ordinary, everyone does it. Actually it’s more of a black box, which Dehaene cracks open to reveal the awesome secrets within.” (The New York Times Book Review) An illuminating dive into the latest science on our brain's remarkable learning abilities and the potential of the machines we program to imitate them. The human brain is an extraordinary learning machine. Its ability to reprogram itself is unparalleled, and it remains the best source of inspiration for recent developments in artificial intelligence. But how do we learn? What innate biological foundations underlie our ability to acquire new information, and what principles modulate their efficiency? In How We Learn, Stanislas Dehaene finds the boundary of computer science, neurobiology, and cognitive psychology to explain how learning really works and how to make the best use of the brain’s learning algorithms in our schools and universities, as well as in everyday life and at any age. 

©2020 Stanislas Dehaene (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Kaleo Griffith
Length: 10 hrs
Available on Audible
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Elemental

4 ratings

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Selected as one of the best books of 2018 by the Daily Mail. In 2016, with the addition of four final elements - nihonium, moscovium, tennessine and oganesson - to make a total of 118 elements, the periodic table was finally complete, rendering any pre-existing books on the subject obsolete. Tim James, the secondary-school science teacher we all wish we'd had, provides an accessible and wonderfully entertaining 'biography of chemistry' that uses stories to explain the positions and patterns of elements in the periodic table. Many popular science titles tend to tell the history of scientific developments, leaving the actual science largely unexplained; James, however, makes use of stories to explain the principles of chemistry within the table, showing its relevance to everyday life. Filled with humour, this is the perfect audiobook for students wanting to learn chemistry or for parents wanting to help, but it is also for anyone who wants to understand how our world works at a fundamental level. The periodic table, that abstract and seemingly jumbled graphic, holds (nearly) all the answers.     As James puts it, elements are 'the building blocks nature uses for cosmic cookery; the purest substances making up everything from beetroot to bicycles.' Whether you're studying the periodic table for the first time or are simply interested in the fundamental building blocks of the universe - from the core of the sun to the networks in our brains - Elemental is the perfect guide.

©2018 Tim James (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Narrator: Roger Davis
Author: Tim James
Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
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Chaos

45 ratings

Summary

James Gleick explains the theories behind the fascinating new science called chaos. Alongside relativity and quantum mechanics, it is being hailed as the 20th century's third revolution.

©1998 James Gleick (P)2011 Random House

Narrator: Rob Shapiro
Author: James Gleick
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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I Contain Multitudes

44 ratings

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Joining the ranks of popular science classics like The Botany of Desire and The Selfish Gene, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin - a "microbe's-eye view" of the world that reveals a marvelous, radically reconceived picture of life on Earth. Every animal, whether human, squid, or wasp, is home to millions of bacteria and other microbes. Ed Yong, whose humor is as evident as his erudition, prompts us to look at ourselves and our animal companions in a new light - less as individuals and more as the interconnected, interdependent multitudes we assuredly are. The microbes in our bodies are part of our immune systems and protect us from disease. In the deep oceans, mysterious creatures without mouths or guts depend on microbes for all their energy. Bacteria provide squid with invisibility cloaks, help beetles to bring down forests, and allow worms to cause diseases that afflict millions of people. Many people think of microbes as germs to be eradicated, but those that live with us - the microbiome - build our bodies, protect our health, shape our identities, and grant us incredible abilities. In this astonishing book, Ed Yong takes us on a grand tour through our microbial partners and introduces us to the scientists on the front lines of discovery. It will change both our view of nature and our sense of where we belong in it.

©2016 Ed Yong (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Charlie Anson
Author: Ed Yong
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
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Domestic Science: Series 1 and 2

2 ratings

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Get ready to enjoy both series 1 and 2 of the heady combination of maths, science and comedy that is Domestic Science.  Featuring Matt Parker, Steve Mould and Helen Arney as Festival of the Spoken Nerd, these eight episodes use stand-up, songs and experiments to investigate the world around us with a level of scientific accuracy not normally found in your average comedy series.   If you've ever pondered where the mint in your toothpaste really comes from or wondered what The Hot Chocolate Effect is, then come explore and play along at home. The team also investigate everything from radioactive bananas and musical bicycle tyres to assisting you with mathematically efficient sock storage and how to host your very own static electricity party. UK science comedy phenomenon Festival of the Spoken Nerd created this truly experimental radio show for BBC Radio 4, alongside appearances on BBC2’s QI and sharing stages at the Hammersmith Apollo and Royal Albert Hall with comedian Robin Ince, Professor Brian Cox and Commander Chris Hadfield. They toured their most recent stand-up science show to over 50,000 curious nerds (and non-nerds) and have accumulated millions of views on YouTube for their stand-up maths, songs and science explanations.

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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Psilocybin Mushrooms: The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide to Art of Cultivation Growing Psychedelic Mushrooms, Safe Use and Full Effects

1 rating

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Do you want growing magic mushrooms in your garden's home? This audiobook is for you! Two recent studies show magic mushrooms or the psychedelic medicinal psilocybin, which can have important advantages.... As we know, magic mushrooms naturally occur, which are usually dried raw or dried and drunk in tea or coffee, and which have hallucinological effects. There are many different types and varieties of magic mushroom with different strengths. This guide on psilocybin mushrooms simplifies the cultivation process and gives some suggestions for making safe use of them. You will come across interesting chapters: The Potential Benefits of Psilocybin Step-By-Step Process of Growing Psilocybin Mushrooms Cultivating Psilocybe Cubensis in Locations Where It’s Legal Common Problems in Growing Magic Mushrooms Magic Mushrooms Chemical Composition Variability Psilocybin Mushrooms Use And lots more… With this book in hand, you will be able to keep growing your own mushrooms, whether, for personal or commercial use, you will never need to buy your own again. Happy growing! This book serves as an introduction to growing magic mushrooms for beginners. It covers the basic steps necessary to learn how to grow and use them effectively. Scroll up and click the "Buy Now" button to get started today!

©2019 Bert Harrison (P)2019 Aaron Miller

Narrator: Aaron Miller
Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
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A World Beyond Physics

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Among the estimated 100 billion solar systems in the known universe, evolving life is surely abundant. That evolution is a process of "becoming" in each case. Since Newton, we have turned to physics to assess reality. But physics alone cannot tell us where we came from, how we arrived, and why our world has evolved past the point of unicellular organisms to an extremely complex biosphere. Building on concepts from his work at the Santa Fe Institute, Kauffman focuses in particular on the idea of cells constructing themselves and introduces concepts such as "constraint closure". Living systems are defined by the concept of "organization" which has not been focused on in enough in previous works. Cells are autopoetic systems that build themselves: They literally construct their own constraints on the release of energy into a few degrees of freedom that constitutes the very thermodynamic work by which they build their own self creating constraints. Living cells are "machines" that construct and assemble their own working parts. The emergence of such systems - the origin-of-life problem - was probably a spontaneous phase transition to self-reproduction in complex enough prebiotic systems. The resulting protocells were capable of Darwin's heritable variation, hence open-ended evolution by natural selection.

©2019 Oxford University Press (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Bob Souer
Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
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Science Matters

3 ratings

Summary

These 18 lucid essays on chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy and biology will help listeners comprehend today's science news.

©2009 James Trefil and Robert M. Hazen (P)2009 Random House

Narrator: Fred Sanders
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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The Naturalists

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This collection of nine performance pieces by naturalists is inspired by the words of Margaret Mead, who said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful individuals can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Together, these individuals provide a diverse story that memorializes the diversity, beauty, and fragility of our planet. Poet Terry Temptest Williams talks about the peregrine falcon; Larry Cox of the Rainforest Foundation talks about the rainforests; poet Diane Ackerman reads from her The Whale in Moonlight; scientist Dr. David Suzuki lectures on a sense of place; muralist Wyland talks about whales and art; urban environmentalist Gerald Lordhal talks about community gardens in New York City; author Peter Matthiessen reads from his Sand Rivers; biologist Sharon Matola talks about the Belize Zoo; and nine-year-old Annie Olson talks about her two little friends. Full list of narrators includes Terry Tempest Williams, Larry Cox, and Annie Olson.

©1993 Terry Tempest Williams, Larry Cox, Diane Ackerman, David Suzuki, Gerald Lordhal, Peter Mathiessen, Sharon Matola, Annie Olson (P)1993, 1997, 2017 Gang of Seven-BMG / Audio Literature / Phoenix Books

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The Big Picture

82 ratings

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Does human purpose and meaning fit into a scientific worldview? Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest humanist thinkers of his generation as he brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on the Higgs boson and extra dimensions but now also on our deepest personal questions. Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void? In short chapters filled with intriguing historical anecdotes, personal asides, and rigorous exposition, listeners learn the difference between how the world works at the quantum level, the cosmic level, and the human level - and then how each connects to the other. Carroll's presentation of the principles that have guided the scientific revolution - from Darwin and Einstein to the origins of life, consciousness, and the universe - is dazzlingly unique. Carroll shows how an avalanche of discoveries in the past few hundred years has changed our world and what really matters to us. Our lives are dwarfed like never before by the immensity of space and time, but they are redeemed by our capacity to comprehend it and give it meaning. The Big Picture is an unprecedented scientific worldview, a tour de force that will be listened to alongside the works of Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan, Daniel Dennett, and E. O. Wilson for years to come. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Sean Carroll (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Sean Carroll
Author: Sean Carroll
Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
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52 Blue

Summary

At a remote military base in the Pacific Northwest, Navy sonar technicians hear a confounding sound. It is the voice of a whale, but one that sings at a frequency - 52 hertz - never before heard by scientists, and inaudible to other members of its species. The whale seems to be alone in the Pacific Ocean, unable to communicate with its kind. Three thousand miles away, in an apartment in Harlem, a sudden illness plunges a 48-year-old woman named Leonora into a coma. She wakes up in a hospital room, barely able to speak, adrift in the world. Wandering the Internet late one night she discovers the saga of the whale - and finds her life transformed by the power of its story. In 52 Blue, Leslie Jamison, best-selling author of The Empathy Exams, weaves together these stories in a boldly original exploration of scientific discovery refracted through the lens of human longing. Venturing into the community of people gathering in a mysterious animal’s wake - a brilliant marine biologist, a lovelorn photographer covered in whale tattoos, an obsessed filmmaker, and finally Leonora - Jamison comes away with an absorbing meditation on what it means to be alone, and how we seek meaning from the natural world.

©2014 Leslie Jamison, The Atavist (P)2014 Leslie Jamison, The Atavist

Narrator: Leslie Jamison
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
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The Quantum Revelation

2 ratings

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To say that quantum physics is the greatest scientific discovery of all time is not an exaggeration. In their discovery of the quantum realm, the physics community stumbled upon a genuine multifaceted revelation that can be likened to a profound spiritual treasure - a heretofore undreamed of creative power - hidden within our own mind. Quantum physics unequivocally points out that the study of the universe and the study of consciousness are inseparably linked, which is to say that ultimate progress in the one will be impossible without progress in the other. Written for those with no physics background, Paul Levy's latest book, The Quantum Revelation: A Radical Synthesis of Science and Spirituality, is for those who have heard that quantum physics is a fascinating subject but don't quite understand how or why. Levy contemplates the deeper philosophical underpinnings of quantum physics, exploring the fundamental questions it provokes: What does it mean that quantum theory has discovered that there is no such thing as "objective reality?" How are we participating - via our consciousness - in creating our experience of a reality that quantum theory itself describes as "dreamlike"? What are the implications for us in our day-to-day lives that - as quantum theory reveals - what we call reality is more like a dream than we had previously imagined?

©2018 Paul Levy (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Paul Brion
Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
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The Science of Energy

40 ratings

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Energy is, without a doubt, the very foundation of the universe. It's the engine that powers life and fuels the evolution of human civilization. To better put into perspective the various issues surrounding energy in the 21st century, you need to understand the essential science behind how energy works. And you need a reliable source whose focus is on giving you the facts you need to form your own educated opinions. In the 24 riveting lectures of The Science of Energy: Resources and Power Explained, expert geophysicist Professor Wysession presents an unbiased investigation into the energy sources that power our world. With clear and easy-to-follow explanations that make scientific and mathematical concepts approachable and understandable, this course is a marvelous window into the inner workings of energy that will keep you constantly engaged. You'll examine a wide portfolio of energy sources, how these sources work, the engineering marvels that adapt them to human needs, the economic and environmental consequences of using them, and more. Whatever exciting changes await us in the coming decades (from food production to public transportation to industrial manufacturing), they'll most certainly require lots of power. For this reason and many more, this course imparts essential information for any well-informed citizen of the world - whether you're powering a major city or simply turning on the light. The world-spanning civilizations that we have built rely on a vast, dependable, and lasting supply of energy. The choices we make have profound consequences for how the world will continue to develop. Get the facts you need to choose well. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2016 The Great Courses

Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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On the Origin of Species

16 ratings

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Perhaps the most influential science book ever written, On the Origin of Species has continued to fascinate for more than a century after its initial publication. Its controversial theory that populations evolve and adapt through a process known as natural selection led to heated scientific, philosophical, and religious debate, revolutionizing every discipline in its wake. With its clear, concise, and surprisingly enjoyable prose, On the Origin of Species is both captivating and edifying. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

Public Domain (P)2016 Naxos AudioBooks

Narrator: Peter Wickham
Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
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Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You

1 rating

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Did you know that there’s so much empty space inside matter that the entire human race could be squeezed into the volume of a sugar cube? Or that you grow old more quickly on the top floor of a building than on the ground floor? The two towering achievements of modern physics are quantum theory and Einstein’s general theory of relativity. But, almost a century after their advent, most people haven’t the slightest clue what either is about. Get set for the most entertaining science book of the year.

©2007 Marcus Chown (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Clive Mantle
Author: Marcus Chown
Length: 6 hrs
Available on Audible
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Life in Our Universe

3 ratings

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Are we alone in the universe? This is one of the most profound issues facing mankind - and one of the unresolved questions that science may finally be able to answer in this century.  These 24 mind-expanding lectures reveal the cutting-edge research leading scientists to believe that life is not exclusively the domain of Earth. Professor Close offers an unparalleled look at the subject of life and the mysteries that remain. You'll examine the remarkable coincidences that created our planet and sustained its habitability for 3.5 billion years. And you'll join the hunt for microbial life elsewhere in our solar system and Earth-like planets in alien solar systems.  With Professor Close's expert guidance, you'll delve into some of the biggest questions facing science today. What can the Earth and its current and past life tell us about life in our universe? Where else in our solar system can there be life? Are there habitable planets and life around other stars? Is there other intelligent life in our universe? Is there a new home for mankind? If so, how can we find it?  Suited for the scientifically inclined and curious alike, these lectures make even the most complex content highly accessible. And they’ll give you the essential context necessary to make sense of the news on emerging discoveries and their implications.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2013 The Great Courses (P)2013 The Teaching Company, LLC

Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible