Pundits estimated that there were more than a million demonstrators at a tea party rally in Washington, D. C. Even though roughly sixty thousand were there. Numbers have peculiar powers-they can disarm skeptics, befuddle journalists, and hoodwink the public into believing almost anything. Good morning america has announced that natural blondes will be extinct within two hundred years.
Proofiness: How You're Being Fooled by the Numbers #ad - It is used to bring down beloved government officials and to appoint undeserving ones both Democratic and Republican, to convict the innocent and acquit the guilty, to ruin our economy, and to fix the outcomes of future elections. This penetrating look at the intersection of math and society will appeal to readers of Freakonomics and the books of Malcolm Gladwell.
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Demagoguery and DemocracyThe Experiment #ad - Demagoguery and Democracy #ad - But, as professor patricia Roberts-Miller explains, a demagogue is anyone who reduces all questions to us vs. The key to resisting demagoguery is to name it when you see it—and to know where it leads. It erodes rational debate, so that intelligent policymaking grinds to a halt. A clear-eyed guide to demagoguery—and how we can defeat it What is demagoguery? Some demagogues are easy to spot: They rise to power through pandering, charisma, and prejudice.
The idea that we never fall for it—that all the blame lies with them—is equally dangerous. How can we stop it? Demagogues follow predictable patterns in what they say and do to gain power. Them. Why is it dangerous? Demagoguery is democracy’s greatest threat.
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous IdeaPenguin Books #ad - Today, zero lies at the heart of one of the biggest scientific controversies of all time: the quest for a theory of everything. Now it threatens the foundations of modern physics. Zero is really something"-Washington PostA New York Times Notable Book. The babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshiped it, and the Church used it to fend off heretics.
For centuries the power of zero savored of the demonic; once harnessed, it became the most important tool in mathematics. It is both nothing and everything. In zero, science journalist charles seife follows this innocent-looking number from its birth as an Eastern philosophical concept to its struggle for acceptance in Europe, its rise and transcendence in the West, and its ever-present threat to modern physics.
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Popular math at its most entertaining and enlightening.
This Fleeting World: A Very Small Book of Big History, or the Story of the Universe and History of Humanity This World of OursBerkshire Publishing Group #ad - Big history leads to strategies for building a more sustainable world, and Berkshire Publishing is proud to offer this new edition of a big history for our common future. Prize-winning historian david christian covers it all in this compact, from stars and empires to cities, capitalism, and inspiring guide to the history of everything, the World Wide Web, accessible, and globalization.
The 2018 edition has been expanded and updated for the general reader; there is also an earlier edition designed for use with AP World History and other courses, which included a teachers' guide. David Christian asks big questions. Will contemporary challenges will lead to the emergence of a new global system capable of ecological, economic, sharp collapse that will drive many parts of the world back to the productivity levels of the early agrarian era? He presents our origin story and the history of women and men across the entire world, and political stability? Or is the accelerating pace of change a prelude to a sudden, for example, within the framework of the universe explaining, that the chemicals we are made of come from supernovae.
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Alpha and omega is a dispatch from the front lines of the cosmological revolution that is being waged at observatories and laboratories around the world-in Europe, in America, and even in Antarctica--where scientists are actually peering into both the cradle of the universe and its grave. This is the book you need to help understand the frequent front-page headlines heralding dramatic cosmological discoveries.
Alpha and Omega: The Search for the Beginning and End of the Universe #ad - . Their findings will be among the greatest triumphs of science, even towering above the deciphering of the human genome. It makes cutting-edge science both crystal clear and wonderfully exciting. Humankind has grappled for millennia with the fundamental questions of the origin and end of the universe--it was a focus of ancient religions and myths and of the inquiries of Aristotle, Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton.
Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce KnowledgeOxford University Press, USA #ad - Crowds quickly become mobs. Prediction markets aggregate information in a way that allows companies, ranging from computer manufacturers to Hollywood studios, to make better decisions about product launches and office openings. The rise of the "information society" offers not only considerable peril but also great promise.
Open-source software enables large numbers of people to participate in technological development. In a world where opinion and anecdote increasingly compete on equal footing with hard evidence, the on-line effort of many minds coming together might well provide the best path to infotopia. Through a ceaseless flurry of self-correcting exchanges, wikis, covering everything from politics and business plans to sports and science fiction subcultures, amass--and refine--information.
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Beset from all sides by a never-ending barrage of media, how can we ensure that the most accurate information emerges and is heeded? In this book, Cass R. How can leaders and ordinary people challenge insular decision making and gain access to the sum of human knowledge? Stunning new ways to share and aggregate information, many Internet-based, and individuals not only to acquire, schools, but also to create, governments, are helping companies, ever-growing bodies of accurate knowledge.
Sunstein develops a deeply optimistic understanding of the human potential to pool information, and to use that knowledge to improve our lives.
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El intenso relato del viaje de una familia a través de los campos de California viviendo una vida en constante movimiento, de campos de fresa a campos de algodón, y de campamentos a cobertizos de un ambiente. Reside con su familia en Santa Clara, California. La frontera'. I heard it for the first time back in the late 1940s when Papa and Mama told me and Roberto, that someday we would take a long trip north, enter California, cross la frontera, my older brother, and leave our poverty behind.
So begins this honest and powerful account of a family's journey to the fields of California -- to a life of constant moving, from picking grapes to topping carrots and thinning lettuce, from strawberry fields to cotton fields, from tent cities to one-room shacks. He lives in santa Clara, California, with his family.
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The result is an exhilarating adventure that deftly combines cryptology, biology, physics, and mathematics to cast light on the new understanding of the laws that govern life and the universe.
The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes' Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of ControversyYale University Press #ad - To its opponents, it is subjectivity run amok. In the first-ever account of bayes' rule for general readers, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne explores this controversial theorem and the human obsessions surrounding it. Today, bayes' rule is used everywhere from DNA de-coding to Homeland Security. Drawing on primary source material and interviews with statisticians and other scientists, The Theory That Would Not Die is the riveting account of how a seemingly simple theorem ignited one of the greatest controversies of all time.
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To its adherents, it is an elegant statement about learning from experience. Bayes' rule appears to be a straightforward, one-line theorem: by updating our initial beliefs with objective new information, we get a new and improved belief.
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Anything. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This edition includes a new Suggestions for Further Reading by Jennifer Buehler. At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys.