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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...


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

No one understands the octopus. With eight arms, three hearts, camouflaging skin, and a disarmingly sentient look behind its highly evolved eyes, how could it appear anything but utterly alien?

Octopuses have...


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

by James Fallon

"The last scan in the pile was strikingly odd. In fact it looked exactly like the most abnormal of the scans I had just been writing about, suggesting that the poor individual it belonged to was a psychopath-or...


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

by Lee Billings

An intimate history of Earth and the quest for life beyond the solar system

For 4.6 billion years our living planet has been alone in a vast and silent universe. But soon, Earth's isolation could come to an...


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...


What Makes a Hero?: The Surprising Science of Selflessness

by Elizabeth Svoboda

An entertaining investigation into the biology and psychology of why we sacrifice for other people

Researchers are now applying the lens of science to study heroism for the first time. How do biology, upbringing,...


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...


The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction

by PhD, Larry Young & Brian Alexander

How much control do we have over love? Much less than we like to think. All that mystery, all that poetry, all those complex behaviors sur­rounding human bonding leading to the most life-changing decisions...