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The Men Who Made the SAS: The History of the Long Range Desert Group

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The Men Who Made the SAS: The History of the Long Range Desert Group

Gavin Mortimer, "The Men Who Made the SAS: The History of the Long Range Desert Group"
English | 2016 | ISBN: 1472122097, 1472116852 | 288 pages | EPUB | 1 MB

The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics (Oxford Landmark Science)

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The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics (Oxford Landmark Science)

The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics (Oxford Landmark Science) by Roger Penrose
English | April 28th, 2016 | ISBN: 0198784929 | 640 pages | EPUB | 23.84 MB

For many decades, the proponents of 'artificial intelligence' have maintained that computers will soon be able to do everything that a human can do. In his bestselling work of popular science, Sir Roger Penrose takes us on a fascinating tour through the basic principles of physics, cosmology, mathematics, and philosophy to show that human thinking can never be emulated by a machine. Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.

The Emerald Planet: How plants changed Earth's history (Oxford Landmark Science)

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The Emerald Planet: How plants changed Earth's history (Oxford Landmark Science)

The Emerald Planet: How plants changed Earth's history (Oxford Landmark Science) by David Beerling
English | May 12th, 2017 | ISBN: 0198798326 | 406 pages | EPUB | 7.03 MB

Plants have profoundly moulded the Earth's climate and the evolutionary trajectory of life. Far from being 'silent witnesses to the passage of time', plants are dynamic components of our world, shaping the environment throughout history as much as that environment has shaped them. In The Emerald Planet, David Beerling puts plants centre stage, revealing the crucial role they have played in driving global changes in the environment, in recording hidden facets of Earth's history, and in helping us to predict its future. His account draws together evidence from fossil plants, from experiments with their living counterparts, and from computer models of the 'Earth System', to illuminate the history of our planet and its biodiversity.

Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information (Oxford Landmark Science)

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Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information (Oxford Landmark Science)

Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information (Oxford Landmark Science) by Vlatko Vedral
English | April 8th, 2018 | ISBN: 0199237697, 0198815433 | 240 pages | EPUB | 0.44 MB

For a physicist, all the world is information. The Universe and its workings are the ebb and flow of information. We are all transient patterns of information, passing on the recipe for our basic forms to future generations using a four-letter digital code called DNA. In this engaging and mind-stretching account, Vlatko Vedral considers some of the deepest questions about the Universe and considers the implications of interpreting it in terms of information. He explains the nature of information, the idea of entropy, and the roots of this thinking in thermodynamics.

Antimatter (Oxford Landmark Science), 2nd Edition

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Antimatter (Oxford Landmark Science), 2nd Edition

Antimatter (Oxford Landmark Science), 2nd Edition by Frank Close
English | October 18th, 2018 | ISBN: 0198831919 | 176 pages | EPUB | 16.69 MB

Antimatter explores a strange mirror world, where particles have identical yet opposite properties to those that make up the familiar matter we encounter everyday; where left becomes right, positive becomes negative; and where, should matter and antimatter meet, the two annihilate in a blinding flash of energy that makes even thermonuclear explosions look feeble by comparison. It is an idea long beloved of science-fiction stories—but here, renowned science writer Frank Close shows that the reality of antimatter is even more fascinating than the fiction itself. We know that once, antimatter and matter existed in perfect counterbalance, and that antimatter then perpetrated a vanishing act on a cosmic scale that remains one of the greatest mysteries of the universe.

The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene (Oxford Landmark Science)

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The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene (Oxford Landmark Science)

The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene (Oxford Landmark Science) by Richard Dawkins
English | October 1st, 2016 | ISBN: 0198788916 | 440 pages | EPUB | 0.48 MB

In The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins crystallized the gene's eye view of evolution developed by W.D. Hamilton and others. The book provoked widespread and heated debate. Written in part as a response, The Extended Phenotype gave a deeper clarification of the central concept of the gene as the unit of selection; but it did much more besides. In it, Dawkins extended the gene's eye view to argue that the genes that sit within an organism have an influence that reaches out beyond the visible traits in that body - the phenotype - to the wider environment, which can include other individuals.

Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension (Oxford Landmark Science)

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Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension (Oxford Landmark Science)

Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension (Oxford Landmark Science) by Michio Kaku
English | February 23rd, 2018 | ISBN: 0910315906, 0198785038 | 384 pages | EPUB | 4.01 MB

Already thoroughly familiar to the seasoned science fiction fan, hyperspace is that realm which enables a spaceship captain to take his ship on a physics-defying shortcut (or "wormhole") to the outer shores of the Galaxy in less time than it takes a 747 to fly from New York to Tokyo. But might such notions be more than science fiction? Some physicists suggest a 10-dimensional hyperspace may actually exist, albeit at a scale almost too small to comprehend, smaller even than a quark; and that in spite of its tiny size, it may be the basis on which all the forces of nature will be united.

Deadly Companions: How Microbes Shaped our History (Oxford Landmark Science)

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Deadly Companions: How Microbes Shaped our History (Oxford Landmark Science)

Deadly Companions: How Microbes Shaped our History (Oxford Landmark Science) by Dorothy H. Crawford
English | April 8th, 2018 | ISBN: 0198815441 | 288 pages | EPUB | 5.08 MB

Ever since we started huddling together in communities, the story of human history has been inextricably entwined with the story of microbes. They have evolved and spread amongst us, shaping our culture through infection, disease, and pandemic. At the same time, our changing human culture has itself influenced the evolutionary path of microbes. Dorothy H. Crawford here shows that one cannot be truly understood without the other.