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The Man Who Lied to His Laptop: What We Can Learn About Ourselves from Our Machines

by Clifford Nass & Corina Yen

Counterintuitive insights about building successful relationships- based on research into human-computer interaction.

Books like Predictably Irrational and Sway have revolutionized how we view human behavior....


The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

by David Epstein

The New York Times bestseller - with a new afterword about early specialization in youth sports.

The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic...


Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation

by Gabriele Oettingen

"The solution isn't to do away with dreaming and positive thinking. Rather, it's making the most of our fantasies by brushing them up against the very thing most of us are taught to ignore or diminish: the obstacles...


Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle

by Andreas Wagner

"Natural selection can preserve innovations, but it cannot create them. Nature's many innovations-some uncannily perfect-call for natural principles that accelerate life's ability to innovate."

Darwin's theory...


The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection

by Michael Harris

"Every revolution in communication technology-from papyrus to the printing press to Twitter-is as much an opportunity to be drawn away from something as it is to be drawn toward something. And yet, as we embrace...


Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead

by David Casarett

Not too long ago, there was no coming back from death. But now, with revolutionary medical advances, death has become just another serious complication.

As a young medical student, Dr. David Casarett was inspired...


Reach for the Skies: Ballooning, Birdmen, and Blasting into Space

by Richard Branson

One of the world's most famous business leaders (and a well-known avian fanatic) explores the pioneers of flight.

Bestselling author and billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has always been obsessed...


Biopunk: Solving Biotech's Biggest Problems in Kitchens and Garages

by Marcus Wohlsen

Bill Gates recently told Wired that if he were a teenager today, he would be hacking biology. "If you want to change the world in some big way," he says, "that's where you should start-biological molecules."...


The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move?

by Patrick Tucker

"Where I saw a thrilling and historic transformation in the world's oldest idea-the future-other people saw only Target, Facebook, Google, and the government using their data to surveil, track, and trick them...


A Million First Dates: Solving the Puzzle of Online Dating

by Dan Slater

** Previously published in hardcover as Love in the Time of Algorithms **

Once considered the realm of the lonely and desperate, sites like eHarmony, Match, OkCupid, and Plenty of Fish have been embraced by...


Octopus!: The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea

by Katherine Harmon Courage

"A pleasant, chatty book on a fascinating subject." - Kirkus Reviews

Octopuses have been captivating humans for as long as we have been catching them. Yet for all of our ancient fascination and modern research,...


The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain

by James Fallon

"Compelling, essential reading for understanding the underpinnings of psychopathy." - M. E. Thomas, author of Confessions of a Sociopath

For his first fifty-eight years, James Fallon was by all appearances a...


Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars

by Lee Billings

"A definitive guide to astronomy's hottest field." -The Economist

Since its formation nearly five billion years ago, our planet has been the sole living world in a vast and silent universe. But over the past...


The Youth Pill: Scientists at the Brink of an Anti-Aging Revolution

by David Stipp

Living longer is closer than we think.

 

Even before the first person set off to find the Fountain of Youth, we were searching for a way to live longer. But promises of life extension have long reeked of snake...


What Makes a Hero?: The Surprising Science of Selflessness

by Elizabeth Svoboda

Recent breakthroughs in biology and neuroscience reveal that the human brain is primed for selflessness. But how do biology, upbringing, and outside influences intersect to produce altruistic and heroic behavior?...


Creation: How Science Is Reinventing Life Itself

by Adam Rutherford

Today's scientists are radically exceeding the boundaries of evolution and engineering entirely novel creatures. Cutting edge "synthetic biology" may lead to solutions to some of the world's most pressing crises...


Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now

by Douglas Rushkoff

People spent the twentieth century obsessed with the future. We created technologies that would help connect us faster, gather news, map the planet, and compile knowledge. We strove for an instantaneous network...


Love in the Time of Algorithms: What Technology Does to Meeting and Mating

by Dan Slater

“If online dating can blunt the emotional pain of separation, if adults can afford to be increasingly demanding about what they want from a relationship, the effect of online dating seems positive. But what...


Mind Over Mind: The Surprising Power of Expectations

by Chris Berdik

How our fast-forward minds make something out of nothing

We all know expectations matter-in school, in sports, in the stock market. From a healing placebo to a run on the bank, hints of their self-fulfilling...


The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date

by Samuel Arbesman

New insights from the science of science

Facts change all the time. Smoking has gone from doctor recommended to deadly. We used to think the Earth was the center of the universe and that the brontosaurus was...