The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who

Author: Simon Guerrier,Dr. Marek Kukula

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448142970

Category: Science

Page: 416

View: 2936

Doctor Who stories are many things: thrilling adventures, historical dramas, tales of love and war and jelly babies. They’re also science fiction – but how much of the science is actually real, and how much is really fiction? The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who is a mind-bending blend of story and science that will help you see Doctor Who in a whole new light, weaving together a series of all-new adventures, featuring every incarnation of the Doctor. With commentary that explores the possibilities of time travel, life on other planets, artificial intelligence, parallel universes and more, Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula show how Doctor Who uses science to inform its unique style of storytelling – and just how close it has often come to predicting future scientific discoveries. This book is your chance to be the Doctor's companion and explore what's out there. It will make you laugh, and think, and see the world around you differently. Because anything could be out there. And going out there is the only way to learn what it is.
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When

The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Author: Daniel H Pink

Publisher: Text Publishing

ISBN: 1925410501

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 2833

Daniel H. Pink, the bestselling author of Drive and To Sell is Human, unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school, and at home. Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don’t know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of ‘when’ decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Timing, it’s often assumed, is an art. In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Pink shows that timing is really a science. Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule? Why do certain breaks dramatically improve student test scores? How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Why should we avoid going to the hospital in the afternoon? Why is singing in time with other people as good for you as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers or get married? In When, Pink distils cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesises them into a fascinating, readable narrative packed with irresistable stories and practical takeaways that gives readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives. Daniel H. Pink is the author of five provocative books—including three long-running New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell Is Human. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. He lives in Washington DC with his wife and their three children. ‘Pink’s fourth book should be compulsory reading for bosses, educators, and schedulers, for policymakers, company executives, and performers, but there is plenty in this fascinating book that the average person will find applicable to their lives. This is a quick read that rewards time spent with some excellent insights.’ BookMooch ‘Artfully blend(s) anecdotes, insights, and studies from the social sciences into a frothy blend of utility and entertainment.’ Bloomberg on To Sell is Human ‘Full of aha! moments...timely, original, thoroughly engaging, deeply humane.’ strategy + business on To Sell is Human ‘Excellent...radical, surprising, and undeniably true.’ Harvard Business Review blog on To Sell is Human ‘An appreciation of time, some might say an obsession to the fraction of a second, seems to set humans apart from all other species...Despite the subtitle, this book is not about the scientific measurement of time, but about relative time, revealing the regular patterns of people’s lives they so often adhere to, unaware, and with no idea why.’ Otago Daily Times
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Doctor Who: the Doctor Who Book of Whoniversal Records

Author: Simon Guerrier

Publisher: BBC Books

ISBN: 9781785942198

Category:

Page: 224

View: 7196

The Doctor Who Book of Whoniversal Records is a celebration of the greatest - and strangest - achievements from the brilliant, impossible world of Doctor Who. Bursting with firsts and bests both human and alien - from the biggest explosion in the universe to the first human to time-travel; from the longest fall through space to the shortest life-form that ever lived - this book will answer all of your burning questions about the last of the Time Lords and his adventures through time and space. These are feats literally impossible to try at home - but Whoniversal Records has the photographs to prove they happened! Packed with astounding facts, figures, and fun, The Book of Whoniversal Records is the ultimate Christmas must-have for Doctor Who fans everywhere (and every-when!).
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Drive

The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Author: Daniel H. Pink

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101524381

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 8148

Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people—at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of our lives. He demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it's precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today's challenges. In Drive, he reveals the three elements of true motivation: *Autonomy—the desire to direct our own lives *Mastery—the urge to get better and better at something that matters *Purpose—the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward. Drive is bursting with big ideas—the rare book that will change how you think and transform how you live.
Posted in Business & Economics

Doctor Who Paper Dolls

Author: Simon Guerrier

Publisher: BBC Books

ISBN: 9781785942655

Category:

Page: 64

View: 1307

The Doctor has many facesa and many outfits! Take a romp through time and space with this fantastic collection of Doctor Who paper dolls. Hours of crafty, cosplay fun to be had, with 26 dolls - including all 12 Doctors and a range of companions and characters, from Rose and Donna to Missy and new companion Bill - and over 50 different outfits to change them into. Learn the secrets behind the costumes, with insights from the actors and producers, and find out how to take your own dress-up to the next level with cosplay tips from Doctor Who- The Fan Show's Christel Dee. Featuring some of the show's most iconic looks, Doctor Who Paper Dolls is fun, immersive and totally addictive.
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Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived

Amazing Tales for Future Time Lords

Author: Christel Dee,Simon Guerrier

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473531624

Category: Reference

Page: 224

View: 741

Meet the women who run the Whoniverse. From Sarah Jane Smith to Bill Potts, from Susan Foreman to the Thirteenth Doctor, women are the beating heart of Doctor Who. Whether they’re facing down Daleks or thwarting a Nestene invasion, these women don’t hang around waiting to be rescued – they roll their sleeves up and get stuck in. Scientists and soldiers, queens and canteen workers, they don’t let anything hold them back. Featuring historical women such as Agatha Christie and Queen Victoria alongside fan favourites like Rose Tyler and Missy, The Women Who Lived tells the stories of women throughout space and time. Beautifully illustrated by a team of all-female artists, this collection of inspirational tales celebrates the power of women to change the universe.
Posted in Reference

The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You

Author: Sylvia Tara

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393244849

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 288

View: 4513

A biochemist shows how we can finally control our fat—by understanding how it works. Fat is not just excess weight, but actually a dynamic, smart, and self-sustaining organ that influences everything from aging and immunity to mood and fertility. With cutting-edge research and riveting case studies—including the story of a girl who had no fat, and that of a young woman who couldn’t stop eating—Dr. Sylvia Tara reveals the surprising science behind our most misunderstood body part and its incredible ability to defend itself. Exploring the unexpected ways viruses, hormones, sleep, and genetics impact fat, Tara uncovers the true secret to losing weight: working with your fat, not against it.
Posted in Health & Fitness

Ayurveda

Author: Vasant Lad

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe

ISBN: 9788120818392

Category: Alternative medicine

Page: 175

View: 2804

For the first time a book is available which clearly explains the principles and practical applications of Ayurveda, the oldest healing system in the world. The beautifully illustrated text thoroughly explains the following: History & Philosophy--Basic Principles Diagnostic Techniques--Treatment Diet--Medicinal Usage of Kitchen Herbs & Spices First Aid--Food Antidotes--And Much More. More than 50 concise charts, diagrams and tables are included, as well as a glossary and index in order to further clarify the text. For the first time a book is available which clearly explains the principles and practical applications of Ayurveda the oldest healing system in the world. The Beautifully illustrated text thoroughly explains the following: History & Philosophy Basic Principles Diagnostic Techniques Treatment Diet Medicinal Usage of Kitchen Herbs & Spices First Aid Food Antidotes
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The Science of Emotions

Author: Dr. Fahad Basheer

Publisher: Partridge Publishing

ISBN: 1482849704

Category: Education

Page: 118

View: 3924

This book clearly explains the biochemical and biophysical process by which the human mind can influence the human body. This book brings out the reality how the disorders and diseases of human body are generated from the human mind. This book is completely capable of exposing how the human emotions and thoughts can influence the human DNA and also explains how our positive and negative emotions affect the physiology of cells of our body differently. This book clearly reveals how the psychology of the human mind can directly affect the human physiology at macroscopic and microscopic levels in the human body. It also specifically rules out how environment can affect the mind and the cells of the human body. It gives a clear cut concept on the role of perception, beliefs, and emotions in determining the health and disease of the cell. And explains how the perception, beliefs, and emotions of an individual affect the functioning of the cells in his body. This books rules out the existence of consciousness that brings life into existence in the human body. It also exposes the role of heart in becoming the seat of emotions and also projects out the truth that how the human heart can generate the strongest electromagnetic fields that can influence the functioning of each and every cells of human body. It also explains how these fields can be used to heal physical diseases and disorders. This book also exposes how the human gut can control the brain and emotions. It also explains the role of gut in creating health. This book put forth the secrets of the two independent organs in the human body that can control the human brain and that can create a powerful health in the human body. This book also introduces the role of electromagnetic fields in the creation of human body and how this field works in functioning of human body at subatomic level. This book exposes the quantum mechanical interaction of molecules in the human body which can clearly explain how the consciousness and mind can influence the DNA molecules independent of time and space. This book also explains how carbohydrates, amino acids, vitamins, and other fats are essential for the generation of positive health by increasing the raw material for the manufacturing of mood elevating neurotransmitters, neuropeptides, and neurohormones in the brain.
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The Science of Harry Potter

The Spellbinding Science Behind the Magic, Gadgets, Potions, and More!

Author: Mark Brake,Jon Chase

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1631582380

Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 697

How does magic in J. K. Rowling’s universe work? Finally, the scientific secrets are revealed! The story of the boy who lived has brought the idea of magic and sorcery into mainstream fruition more than any other book series in history. Modern muggle scientists have uncovered explanations to the seemingly impossible, including answers to such questions as: Will we ever see an invisibility cloak? How hazardous is a flying broomstick like the Nimbus 2000? How has medicine made powerful potions from peculiar plants? (Felix Felicis, anyone?) Can scientists ever demonstrate Wingardium Leviosa, or the flying power of a Golden Snitch? Is it possible to stupefy someone? And many more! Often perceived as a supernatural force, magic captivates and delights its audience because of its seeming ability to defy physics and logic. But did you ever wonder if science has any explanation for these fantastic feats? The Science of Harry Potter examines the scientific principles—behind some of your favorite characters, spells, items, scenes, and even games like Quidditch and Wizard’s Chess—from boy wizard Harry Potter’s world, providing in-depth analysis and scientific facts to support its theories. Author Mark Brake, whose The Science of Star Wars was a knockout success, has found the answers to satisfy the curious spirits of muggles everywhere... A perfect Harry Potter gift for anyone obsessed enough to stand in line to be the first to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, witches and wizards alike will be fascinated by the merging of this improbable realm and real science!
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Whographica

An Infographic Guide to Space and Time

Author: Steve O'Brien,Simon Guerrier,Ben Morris

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1785940627

Category: Doctor Who (Television program : 1963-1989)

Page: 224

View: 1271

"JUST HOW TALL IS THE MASTER? WHO WAS KILLED BY PSYCHIC SPIDER ELECTRICITY? WHAT CAN'T A SONIC SCREWDRIVER DO? More colourful than Tom Baker's scarf, and more clever than Osgood, Whographica explores the rich and peculiar history of Doctor Who through infographics, charts, maps - and more! Follow the tangled threads of the Doctor's family tree. Discover the secrets of Dalek evolution. Learn what the Doctor so desperately wants to know himself- where and when to find his home planet. Captivating, intriguing, beautiful and strange, Whographica will show you so much more than the average eye is allowed to see. Because, if you look hard, there are more wonders in this universe than you could have ever dreamed of."
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A Teaspoon and an Open Mind

What Would an Alien Look Like? Is Time Travel Possible? and Other Intergalactic Conumdrums from the World of Doctor Who

Author: Michael White

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014102481X

Category: Science

Page: 192

View: 8510

From the bestselling author of The Science of the X-Files (1996), Life Out There (1998) and Super Science (1999) comes a book for the fans and for the merely curious: a guide to the real science behind the fictional world of the Doctor, explaining in an accessible way some of the most fascinating areas of contemporary scientific enquiry. Topics covered include everything from cybernetics and regeneration to teleportation and time travel!
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Slayer Stats

The Complete Infographic Guide to All Things Buffy

Author: Steve O'Brien,Simon Guerrier

Publisher: Insight Editions

ISBN: 9781683830566

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 128

View: 556

Discover everything you ever wanted to know about the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this humorously illustrated infographic book. This one-of-a-kind infographic guide to all things Buffy blends striking illustrations with a bounty of facts and stats that shed light on just about every aspect of the hit TV show. Full of fun insights and surprising details about the lore, characters, quips, and most legendary episodes, battles, and villains, this refreshing take on the Buffy-verse will delight fans old and new.
Posted in Performing Arts

A Whole New Mind

Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

Author: Daniel H. Pink

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101157909

Category: Psychology

Page: 304

View: 7610

The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't. Drawing on research from around the world, Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are absolute essentials for professional success and personal fulfillment--and reveals how to master them. A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and a provocative and necessary new way of thinking about a future that's already here.
Posted in Psychology

Peak

Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

Author: Anders Ericsson,Robert Pool

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544456254

Category: Self-Help

Page: 336

View: 4482

“This book is a breakthrough, a lyrical, powerful, science-based narrative that actually shows us how to get better (much better) at the things we care about.”—Seth Godin, author of Linchpin “Anyone who wants to get better at anything should read [Peak]. Rest assured that the book is not mere theory. Ericsson’s research focuses on the real world, and he explains in detail, with examples, how all of us can apply the principles of great performance in our work or in any other part of our lives.”—Fortune Anders Ericsson has made a career studying chess champions, violin virtuosos, star athletes, and memory mavens. Peak distills three decades of myth-shattering research into a powerful learning strategy that is fundamentally different from the way people traditionally think about acquiring new abilities. Whether you want to stand out at work, improve your athletic or musical performance, or help your child achieve academic goals, Ericsson’s revolutionary methods will show you how to improve at almost any skill that matters to you. “The science of excellence can be divided into two eras: before Ericsson and after Ericsson. His groundbreaking work, captured in this brilliantly useful book, provides us with a blueprint for achieving the most important and life-changing work possible: to become a little bit better each day.”—Dan Coyle, author of The Talent Code “Ericsson’s research has revolutionized how we think about human achievement. If everyone would take the lessons of this book to heart, it could truly change the world.”—Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein
Posted in Self-Help

The Secret Science of Magic

Author: Keil, Melissa

Publisher: Hardie Grant Publishing

ISBN: 1743584849

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 328

View: 7026

Posted in Young Adult Fiction

The Secret World of Sleep

The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest

Author: Penelope A. Lewis

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1137386975

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 208

View: 1868

In recent years neuroscientists have uncovered the countless ways our brain trips us up in day-to-day life, from its propensity toward irrational thought to how our intuitions deceive us. The latest research on sleep, however, points in the opposite direction. Where old wives tales have long advised to "sleep on a problem," today scientists are discovering the truth behind these folk sayings,and how the busy brain radically improves our minds through sleep and dreams. In The Secret World of Sleep, neuroscientist Penny Lewis explores the latest research intothe nighttime brain to understand the real benefits of sleep. She shows how, while our body rests, the brain practices tasks it learned during the day, replays traumatic events to mollify them, and forges connections between distant concepts. By understanding the roles that the nocturnal brain plays in our waking life, we can improve the relationship between the two, and even boost creativity and become smarter. This is a fascinating exploration of one of the most surprising corners of neuroscience that shows how science may be able to harness the power of sleep to improve learning, health, and more.
Posted in Health & Fitness

Secrets From the Eating Lab

The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again

Author: Traci Mann

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006232926X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 272

View: 4089

A provocative expose of the dieting industry from one of the nation’s leading researchers in self-control and the psychology of weight loss that offers proven strategies for sustainable weight loss. From her office in the University of Minnesota’s Health and Eating Lab, professor Traci Mann researches self-control and dieting. And what she has discovered is groundbreaking. Not only do diets not work; they often result in weight gain. Americans are losing the battle of the bulge because our bodies and brains are not hardwired to resist food—the very idea of it works against our biological imperative to survive. In Secrets From the Eating Lab, Mann challenges assumptions—including those that make up the very foundation of the weight loss industry—about how diets work and why they fail. The result of more than two decades of research, it offers cutting-edge science and exciting new insights into the American obesity epidemic and our relationship with eating and food. Secrets From the Eating Lab also gives readers the practical tools they need to actually lose weight and get healthy. Mann argues that the idea of willpower is a myth—we shouldn’t waste time and money trying to combat our natural tendencies. Instead, she offers 12 simple, effective strategies that take advantage of human nature instead of fighting it—from changing the size of your plates to socializing with people with healthy habits, removing “healthy” labels that send negative messages to redefining comfort food.
Posted in Health & Fitness