Neuropolis: A Brain Science Survival Guide

Author: Robert Newman

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008228698

Category: Medical

Page: 256

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Are we our brains? How can you map the mind? Can brain scans read our minds? Based on Rob Newman’s live stand-up show and new BBC Radio 4 series, his thought-provoking new book explores the scientific breakthroughs that have turned received ideas of brain science upside down.

Neuropolis

A Brain Science Survival Guide

Author: Robert Newman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780008240752

Category: Brain

Page: 256

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Survival Guide for Scientists

Writing, Presentation, Email

Author: Ad Lagendijk

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9053565124

Category: Reference

Page: 260

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During the course of Dutch physicist and Spinoza Prize–winner Ad Lagendijk’s long and influential career, he has published more than 300 articles, supervised over thirty doctoral dissertations, and given countless presentations and conference addresses. Over the years, his incisive consultations, tips, and rules for scientific study have proven themselves so beneficial to the emerging young scientists under his watch that he has been inundated with requests for a written version. Aimed primarily at undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students in the natural sciences, Survival Guide for Scientists presents Lagendijk’s practical how-to advice on essential topics such as the foundations for writing scientific texts, presenting data and research information, and writing and reading collegial e-mails. Each section is organized by a collection of short rules, outlined and numbered in a logical order as self-explanatory pieces of information—allowing the reader the freedom to study any number of them in any desired order. These concrete guidelines are all supplemented by an extensive index that forms a reference text of its own, with easy navigation—securing a place for the Survival Guide for Scientists on the shelves of scientific scholars and students alike.

The Encyclopaedia of Evolution

Author: Robert Newman

Publisher: Cargo Publishing

ISBN: 191044961X

Category: Science

Page: 240

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In this witty, fact-packed A-Z, Newman takes the reader on a whirlwind tour from caring, sharing vampire bats to intelligent slime-mould; from pacifist baboons to Richard Dawkins wrestling naked with his postman; from the invisibility cloak of the Hawaiian bobtail squid to Francis ‘DNA’ Crick’s belief that life on earth began with alien spaceships. The only comedian ever credited in a paper published in the science journal Nature, Newman explores how stunning scientific breakthroughs have turned received ideas of evolution upsidedown. Now a BBC Radio 4 comedy series, the Entirely Accurate Encyclopaedia of Evolution is based on the stand up show Robert Newman’s New Theory of Evolution.

The Fountain at the Center of the World

Author: Robert Newman

Publisher: Soft Skull Press

ISBN: 9781932360110

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Chano Salgado, a reclusive young widower turned fugitive for destroying pipelines that were draining the local groundwater, while London PR expert Evan Hatch, dying from leukemia, searches for his long-lost brother--and potential bone-marrow donor--in Mexico, and Salgado's young son, given up for adoption, embarks on a search to find his father. Original. 30,000 first printing.

The Trade Secret

Author: Robert Newman

Publisher: Cargo Publishing

ISBN: 1908885882

Category: Fiction

Page: 380

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Elizabethean England. It is a Golden Age of trade and art; merchants and poets from across the world pack London s streets. There s a new commodity people need-oil. And young Nat Bramble knows just where to get it... Nat and Darius Nouredini, a poet in a wrestler s body, set off in search of the secret oil well under the abandoned Temple of Mithras in Persia. But their venture lights a trail of fire which ill follow Nat all the way back to England, where he becomes caught in the crossfire of a war between the crown and the first corporations of London. A swashbuckling, rolicking tale of espionage, intrigue and adventure, this beautifully written and researched novel will dazzle and delight readers as we follow Nat Bramble to the ends of the Earth and back again.

Manners

Author: Robert Newman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Police

Page: 302

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Manners has been suspended from duty for the murder of a local hood. He breaks down and starts wandering the streets in uniform. Tapping local calls, he hears a murder being plotted, what he doesn't realise is that it is his own.

Tell Me the Planets

Stories of Brain Injury and What It Means to Survive

Author: Ben Platts-Mills

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241976820

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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'Platts-Mills writes with truth and eloquence about his relationships with brain injury survivors' Julia Samuel Matthew has a meticulously logical mind. He is intelligent, compassionate and fiercely loyal. He also has a brain injury. When Matthew underwent surgery to remove a life-threatening cyst in the middle of his brain, he was left with extreme fatigue, a difficulty forming new memories and with a tendency to confabulate - to 'remember', with absolute conviction, events that have not occurred. In Tell Me the Planets, Ben Platts-Mills tells stories about his work with survivors of brain injury, offering a rare glimpse into the world as seen through their eyes: charismatic Danny, whose criminal past has left him paralysed down one side, but who now helps others worse off than himself; Sid, whose memory for the present lasts only moments; and Liah, who is caught in a battle with the care system threatening to make her homeless. But above all this is the story of the extraordinary friendship between Ben and Matthew, following their attempts to discover what has happened to Matthew's brain and how he might begin to rebuild his life. It is a journey that takes them to the frontiers of science and to the limits of human resilience: when they discover that the cyst is growing again, Matthew is left with an impossible decision to make. 'At turns heartbreaking and uplifting, this is not just a brilliant book about the survivors of brain injury, but also a vivid and unforgettable portrait of modern Britain by an extraordinarily-gifted story-teller. Ben Platts-Mills tells the stories of child-refugee Liah, ex-gangster Danny and computer geek Matthew - in hourly peril of having their sense of self annulled - with great vividness and imagination' Robert Newman, author of Neuropolis

The Rise of the Outsiders

How Mainstream Politics Lost its Way

Author: Steve Richards

Publisher: Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1786491435

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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Discover why outsiders from Trump to Corbyn are succeeding like never before - and what this means for you. In recent years, voters have deserted the political centre like never before. Whether it's Trump, Brexit, Le Pen, or Corbyn, outsiders and populists are flourishing on the far left and far right. Celebrated political commentator Steve Richards explores factors from globalization and fake news to rising immigration and stagnant wages. Richards argues that the reasons for the success of the outsider also sows the seeds of their eventual demise. If they do gain power, they inevitably become insiders themselves - and fail to live up to their extravagant promises. This landmark book examines the rapidly shifting global political landscape of the last decade, and is essential reading for anyone who has been bothered by Brexit, troubled by Trump or confused by Corbyn.

The Disappearance of Émile Zola: Love, Literature, and the Dreyfus Case

Author: Michael Rosen

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 1681775808

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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The incredible story of Émile Zola's escape to London in the aftermath of the scandalous Dreyfus Affair. It is the evening of July 18, 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Émile Zola is on the run. His crime? Taking on the highest powers in the land with his open letter "J'accuse"—and losing. Forced to leave Paris with nothing but the clothes he is standing in and a nightshirt wrapped in newspaper, Zola flees to England with no idea when he will return. This is the little-known story of Zola's time in exile. Rosen has traced Zola's footsteps from the Gare du Nord to London, examining the significance of this year. The Disappearance of Émile Zola offers an intriguing insight into the mind, the loves, and the politics of the great writer during this tumultuous era in his life.

Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications

International Conference, SIMULTECH 2013 Reykjavík, Iceland, July 29-31, 2013 Revised Selected Papers

Author: Mohammad S. Obaidat,Slawomir Koziel,Janusz Kacprzyk,Leifur Leifsson,Tuncer Ören

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319114573

Category: Computers

Page: 272

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This book includes extended and revised versions of a set of selected papers from the 3rd International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications (SIMULTECH 2013) which was co-organized by the Reykjavik University (RU) and sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC). SIMULTECH 2013 was held in cooperation with the ACM SIGSIM - Special Interest Group (SIG) on SImulation and Modeling (SIM), Movimento Italiano Modellazione e Simulazione (MIMOS) and AIS Special Interest Group on Modeling and Simulation (AIS SIGMAS) and technically co-sponsored by the Society for Modeling & Simulation International (SCS), Liophant Simulation, Simulation Team and International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). This proceedings brings together researchers, engineers, applied mathematicians and practitioners working in the advances and applications in the field of system simulation.

Deviate

The Science of Seeing Differently

Author: Beau Lotto

Publisher: Hachette Books

ISBN: 0316300179

Category: Science

Page: 352

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Beau Lotto, the world-renowned neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and two-time TED speaker, takes us on a tour of how we perceive the world, and how disrupting it leads us to create and innovate. Perception is the foundation of human experience, but few of us understand why we see what we do, much less how. By revealing the startling truths about the brain and its perceptions, Beau Lotto shows that the next big innovation is not a new technology: it is a new way of seeing. In his first major book, Lotto draws on over two decades of pioneering research to explain that our brain didn't evolve to see the world accurately. It can't! Visually stunning, with entertaining illustrations and optical illusions throughout, and with clear and comprehensive explanations of the science behind how our perceptions operate, Deviate will revolutionize the way you see yourself, others and the world. With this new understanding of how the brain functions, Deviate is not just an illuminating account of the neuroscience of thought, behavior, and creativity: it is a call to action, enlisting readers in their own journey of self-discovery.

Future Matters

Action, Knowledge, Ethics

Author: Barbara Adam,Chris Groves

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9047422597

Category: Science

Page: 236

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Future Matters concerns contemporary approaches to the future – how the future is known, created and minded. In a social world whose pace continues to accelerate the future becomes an increasingly difficult terrain. While the focus of social life is narrowing down to the present, the futures we create on a daily basis cast ever longer shadows. Future Matters addresses this paradox and its deep ethical implications.

The Knowledge Illusion

Why We Never Think Alone

Author: Steven Sloman,Philip Fernbach

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399184341

Category: Psychology

Page: 304

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“The Knowledge Illusion is filled with insights on how we should deal with our individual ignorance and collective wisdom.” —Steven Pinker We all think we know more than we actually do. Humans have built hugely complex societies and technologies, but most of us don’t even know how a pen or a toilet works. How have we achieved so much despite understanding so little? Cognitive scientists Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach argue that we survive and thrive despite our mental shortcomings because we live in a rich community of knowledge. The key to our intelligence lies in the people and things around us. We’re constantly drawing on information and expertise stored outside our heads: in our bodies, our environment, our possessions, and the community with which we interact—and usually we don’t even realize we’re doing it. The human mind is both brilliant and pathetic. We have mastered fire, created democratic institutions, stood on the moon, and sequenced our genome. And yet each of us is error prone, sometimes irrational, and often ignorant. The fundamentally communal nature of intelligence and knowledge explains why we often assume we know more than we really do, why political opinions and false beliefs are so hard to change, and why individual-oriented approaches to education and management frequently fail. But our collaborative minds also enable us to do amazing things. The Knowledge Illusion contends that true genius can be found in the ways we create intelligence using the community around us.

More Than a Vignette

Author: Nev White

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1483687694

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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This is a story of struggle, sadness, disappointments, and achievements of a young artist called Vincent, who is constantly in trouble with his graffiti in his school life. Then he meets a friend, Thomas, and both study hard for university. With Vincent’s dad lost in Bosnia, presumed dead, the social effects from conflict to happy moments in his struggle to achieve are reflected in this story. It traces the life of a young artist making good his talents and becoming involved in antiques that takes him into mainland Europe, seeking Hitler’s hidden treasurers and on to Egypt and Cairo only to be confronted with murder and mysteries of a pendant believed to be cursed that was presented to the family many years earlier. The story covers two generations that inherit intrigue and murder with strange beliefs and speaks of the lies of those in power, seeking greater powers, and the trust of employees and friends who are stretched to protect their employer in a family business. A Grandad series of books to delight children and adults alike – the author takes one through various stages of life from childhood to adulthood, through adventure and sorrows, from good times to disappointments in the world of art and antiques. The author of Paint Me a Picture, Grandad, Make Me Laugh, Grandad, Oosterbeek, Will of Austun, Tell Me a Story Grandad, and My Boy Blink, now brings you More than a Vignette The author has travelled extensively through Europe and gained a scholarship to Oxford university. With two daughters and one son, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, he is now retired adopts his time to writing and the love of art, trying to maintain satisfaction and knowledge in pursuit of happiness and achievement. His published books are called the Grandad Series, and like all his books, they are most suitable for children and adults alike. More than a Vignette is written with accepted mannerisms peppered with intrigue and disappointments of lust and greed, a story that could be true in the antique and art business world of today. Nev White A Grandad Series

The End of the World as We Know it

Social Science for the Twenty-first Century

Author: Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816633982

Category: Social Science

Page: 277

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This book is nothing short of a state-of-the-world address, delivered by a scholar uniquely suited to the task. Immanuel Wallerstein, one of the most prominent social scientists of our time, documents the profound transformations our world is undergoing. With these transformations, he argues, come equally profound changes in how we understand the world. Wallerstein begins his work with an appraisal of significant recent events -- the collapse of the Leninist states, the exhaustion of national liberation movements, the rise of East Asia, challenges to national sovereignty, dangers to the environment, debates about national identity, and the marginalization of migrant populations. Wallerstein places these events and trends in the context of the changing modern world-system as a whole and identifies the historic choices they put before us. The End of the World As We Know It concludes with a crucial analysis of the momentous intellectual challenges to social science as we know it today and suggests possible responses to them.

Neurotechnology in National Security and Defense

Practical Considerations, Neuroethical Concerns

Author: James Giordano

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1482228335

Category: Medical

Page: 315

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Neurotechnology in National Security and Defense: Practical Considerations, Neuroethical Concerns is the second volume in the Advances in Neurotechnology series. It specifically addresses the neuroethical, legal, and social issues arising from the use of neurotechnology in national security and defense agendas and applications. Of particular concern are the use of various neurotechnologies in military and intelligence operations training, acquisition of neurobiological and cognitive data for intelligence and security, military medical operations, warfighter performance augmentation, and weaponization of neuroscience and neurotechnology. The contributors discuss the neuroethical questions and problems that these applications generate as well as potential solutions that may be required and developed. The book examines how developments in neurotechnology in national security and defense agendas are impacted by and affect ethical values and constructs, legal considerations, and overall conduct of the social sphere. Presenting an integrative perspective, leading international experts lay the scientific groundwork and establish the premises necessary to appreciate the ethical aspects of neurotechnology in national security and defense. It is not a question of "if" neurotechnology will be used in such ways, but when, how, and to what extent. Therefore, it is imperative to foster a deeper understanding of neurotechnology, the problems and debates arising from its use in national security and defense, and how such issues can and should be addressed. In doing so, we can guide and govern the use of these innovative neurotechnologies in ways that uphold ethical accountability.

The Book of Forgotten Authors

Author: Christopher Fowler

Publisher: riverrun

ISBN: 9781786484901

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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'JOYOUS . . . READERS WILL LOVE THIS FASCINATING BOOK' CATHY RENTZENBRINK 'A GODSEND WITH THE PRESENT SEASON APPROACHING' IRISH INDEPENDENT 'THE PERFECT GIFT FOR A BOOK-OBSESSED FRIEND' STYLIST, 50 UNMISSABLE BOOKS FOR AUTUMN 2017 'EXCELLENT . . . SHOULD BE READ BY ANYONE WHO LOVES BOOKS' EVENING STANDARD Absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you're dead. So begins Christopher Fowler's foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from our shelves. Whether male or female, domestic or international, flash-in-the-pan or prolific, mega-seller or prize-winner - no author, it seems, can ever be fully immune from the fate of being forgotten. And Fowler, as well as remembering their careers, lifts the lid on their lives, and why they often stopped writing or disappeared from the public eye. These 99 journeys are punctuated by 12 short essays about faded once-favourites: including the now-vanished novels Walt Disney brought to the screen, the contemporary rivals of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie who did not stand the test of time, and the women who introduced us to psychological suspense many decades before it conquered the world. This is a book about books and their authors. It is for book lovers, and is written by one who could not be a more enthusiastic, enlightening and entertaining guide. 'A BIBLIOPHILE'S DREAM' FINANCIAL TIMES 'WILL HAVE READERS SCURRYING INTO SECONDHAND BOOKSHOPS' GUARDIAN