This is the story of a grand scientific quest: the quest for a unifying theory of nature. Writing with dazzling elegance and clarity, Nobel Prize - winning physicist Steven Weinberg retraces the steps that have led modern scientists from relativity theory and quantum mechanics to the notion of superstrings and the idea that our universe may coexist with others. Along the way, he voices the questions that are always present: Why does each explanation of the way nature works point to other, deeper explanations? Why are the best theories not only logical but beautiful? And what implications will a final theory have for our philosophy and religious faith? Intellectually daring, rich in anecdote and aphorism, Dreams of a Final Theory launches us into a new cosmos and helps us make sense of what we find there. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stuart Langton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/003131/bk_blak_003131_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ryan Richmond has dreamed about going to space since the age of seven. Reading space updates-and seeing pictures of Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface in National Geographic-was the ignition of this dream. At nineteen he sold his first company and employed the remnants of the Russian Space Program, three of the best space brains in the world. In his twenties he founded and sold two more companies and hired the most outstanding scientists and engineers from the European Space Authority. During his thirties, after selling his third company, he invested heavily in Internet start-ups, like Google, netting billions. Then he patiently waited until NASA´s shuttle program came to an end and contracted the best brains in the U.S. Space program. Now, Ryan Richmond is in his forties, and still wants to go to space. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Carlson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/013919/bk_acx0_013919_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The race to the moon was won spectacularly by Apollo 11 on 20 July 1969. This title presents an account of the heroic Apollo programme - from the tragedy of the fire in Apollo 1 during a simulated launch, through the euphoria of the first moonwalk, to the discoveries made by the first scientist in space aboard Apollo 17.
Starhopper was humanity´s first interstellar probe. It was designed to search for intelligent life beyond the solar system. Before it could be launched, however, intelligent life found Earth. The discovery of an alien light sail inbound at the edge of the solar system generated considerable excitement in scientific circles. With the interstellar probe nearing completion, it gave scientists the opportunity to launch an expedition to meet the aliens while they were still in space. The second surprise came when Starhopper´s crew boarded the alien craft. They found beings who, despite their alien physiques, were surprisingly compatible with humans. That two species so similar could have evolved a mere 12 light years from one another seemed too coincidental to be true. One human being soon discovered that coincidence had nothing to do with it.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vanessa Hart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/007840/bk_adbl_007840_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The New York Times best-selling author and master of the medical thriller returns with another crackling tale of unchecked greed and medical malfeasance. Behind the prim gates of the Greenwich, Connecticut, McMansions, Wall Street whizzes turn their attentions from mortgages to another possible profit source: the $25 trillion life-insurance industry. By securitizing the policies of the old and sick, they hope to make another financial killing. At the same time, Natalie Savondnik and Ronald Goodall - two exceptional yet aloof medical residents - are working closely with their medical center´s premier scientist on cutting-edge diabetes research. When their mentor dies suddenly, they launch a quiet investigation. As they dig deeper, it becomes clear that the scientist´s death was not from natural causes. Is it possible someone is manipulating private life insurance information to allow investors to benefit from the deaths of others? 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Guidall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/001826/bk_peng_001826_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, born on 15 October 1931, is one of the India´s most distinguished scientists. He is held credited for the development of India´s first satellite launch vehicle, the SLV-3. As Chairman of The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), he prepared the document on Technology Vision 2020 to make India a developed country. APJ Abdul Kalam held various positions in Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and became Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India. He has the unique honour of receiving honorary Doctorates from more than 30 universities as well as the country´s three highest civilian awards - Padma Bhushan (1981), Padma Vibhushan (1990) and Bharat Ratna (1997). He has met more than 500,000 children from all over the country to share his vision of India. He is the eleventh President of the Republic of India. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nadir Khan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/033881/bk_adbl_033881_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner! The Starchild Compact is an epic tale of beginnings, roots, what might have been, and what might be. It is an adventure of heroic proportions, commencing 500 light years away, arriving here just a few years from now, and ending in the distant expanses of the Universe. Jon Stock takes his international exploration team to Saturn´s moon, Iapetus, which Earth scientists have determined may be an artifact. Following launch, they discover Saeed Ismail, a Jihadist stowaway, who hopes to sabotage the mission. They arrive at Iapetus, determine it is a derelict starship, and eventually meet with the Founders, descendants of the starship builders. Their revelations impact the entire Solar System with momentous implications going backward and forward in time, paving the way for a joint push to the distant reaches of the Galaxy. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Trenton Bennett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/081699/bk_acx0_081699_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
No study in the philosophy of science created such controversy in the seventies as Paul Feyerabend?s Against Method. In this work, Feyerabend reviews that controversy, and extends his critique beyond the problem of scientific rules and methods, to the social function and direction of science today.In the first part of the book, he launches a sustained and irreverent attack on the prestige of science in the West. The lofty authority of the ?expert? claimed by scientists is, he argues, incompatible with any genuine democracy, and often merely serves to conceal entrenched prejudices and divided opinions with the scientific community itself. Feyerabend insists that these can and should be subjected to the arbitration of the lay population, whose closes interests they constantly affect?as struggles over atomic energy programs so powerfully attest.Calling for far greater diversity in the content of education to facilitate democratic decisions over such issues, Feyerabend recounts the origin and development of his own ideas?successively engaged by Brecht, Ehrenhaft, Popper, Mill and Lakatos?in a spirited intellectual self-portrait.Science in a Free Society is a striking intervention into one of the most topical debates in contemporary culture and politics.
Connectional intelligence unlocks the 21st-century secret to getting ´´big things done´´ regardless of who you are, where you live, or what you do. We typically associate success and leadership with smarts, passion, and luck. But in today´s hypercompetitive world, even those gifts aren´t enough. Get Big Things Done argues that the game changer is a thoroughly modern skill called connectional intelligence. Virtually anyone can maximize his or her potential and achieve breakthrough performance by developing this crucial ability. So, what is it? Put simply, Connectional Intelligence is the ability to combine knowledge, ambition, and human capital, forging connections on a global scale that create unprecedented value and meaning. As radical a concept as emotional intelligence was in the ´90s, connectional intelligence is changing everything from business and sports to academics, health, and politics by quickly, efficiently, and creatively helping people enlist supporters, drive innovation, develop strategies, and implement solutions to big problems. Can a small-town pumpkin grower affect the global food crisis? A Fortune 500 executive change her company´s outdated culture through video storytelling? A hip-hop artist launch an international happiness movement? Or a scientist use virtual reality games to lower pain for burn victims? The answer, you´ll hear, is a resounding yes. Each of these individuals is using connectional intelligence to become a power player to get big things done. Erica Dhawan and Saj-nicole Joni´s Get Big Things Done unlocks the secrets of how the world´s movers and shakers use connectional intelligence to achieve their personal and professional goals - no matter how ambitious. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christina Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/008407/bk_reco_008407_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Response launches us into a terrifying biblical prophecy. Set in 2015, it introduces Devin Kerry, a brilliant entomologist who is confronted with an unexplained global uprising of ten thousand trillion ants, bees, and wasps. With insect swarms devastating our cities and populations, and our scientists and military powerless to stop them, Devin discovers the attacks have been triggered by an uncanny event occurring 30 years earlier - and the stage is set for humanity´s greatest battle. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Foley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/000815/bk_bimo_000815_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.