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  • The Covid-19 Catastrophe

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    The Covid-19 Catastrophe

    The global response to the Covid-19 pandemic is the greatest science policy failure in a generation. We knew this was coming. Warnings about the threat of a new pandemic have been made repeatedly since the 1980s and it was clear in January that a dangerous new virus was causing a devastating human tragedy in China. And yet the world ignored the warnings. Why? In this short and hard-hitting book, Richard Horton, editor of the medical journal The Lancet, scrutinizes the actions that governments around the world took – and failed to take – as the virus spread from its origins in Wuhan to the global pandemic that it is today.

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  • The Rules of Contagion

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    The Rules of Contagion

    Why do some ideas take off – and others fail to spread? Why are some diseases predictable, and others swamped in uncertainty? And what about the outbreaks that never happen at all? We live in a world that’s more connected than ever before. But even as we see our lives being shaped by the spread of ideas, trends – and even diseases – we sometimes struggle to grasp how it actually works. Outbreaks seem to be driven by randomness and hidden laws, and in order to understand them, we need to start thinking like mathematicians. Here, epidemiologist Adam Kucharski reveals how new mathematical approaches are transforming what we know about contagion – from the revolutionary initiatives that helped tackle gun violence in Chicago to the truth behind the spread of fake news.

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  • There Is No Planet B

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    There Is No Planet B

    Completely updated edition brings the reader even more handy tips on how to help combat the climate emergency and other environmental problems. For anyone who yearns for a realistic alternative to the destructive path the world is on, and wants practical advice on how they can make things better.

    £9.99
  • How We Learn

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    How We Learn

    The human brain is an extraordinary machine. Its ability to process information and adapt to circumstances by reprogramming itself is unparalleled and it remains the best source of inspiration for recent developments in artificial intelligence. In this book, Stanislas Dehaene decodes the brain’s biological mechanisms, delving into the neuronal, synaptic, and molecular processes taking place. He explains why youth is such a sensitive period, during which brain plasticity is maximal, but assures us that our abilities continue into adulthood and that we can enhance our learning and memory at any age. We can all learn to learn by taking maximal advantage of the four pillars of the brain’s learning algorithm: attention, active engagement, error feedback, and consolidation.

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  • Chatter

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    Chatter

    Tell a stranger that you talk to yourself, and you’re likely to get written off as eccentric. But the truth is that we all have a voice in our head. Our inner voice helps steer us towards our goals, avoid mistakes and reflect on happy moments. Yet, just as quickly, it can become our enemy, chewing over our mis-steps and replaying our daily embarrassments. Before we know it, our thoughts are being hijacked by constant, negative ‘chatter’. So how does this inner voice, so powerful and wise, turn into our biggest critic? And how can we take back control? Ethan Kross reveals the sheer power of the inner voice, and shows the tools we can all use to harness it.

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  • Think Again

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    Think Again

    Intelligence is usually seen as the ability to think and learn, but in a rapidly changing world, there’s another set of cognitive skills that might matter more: the ability to rethink and unlearn. In recent months, the pandemic has forced us all to reevaluate our assumptions about health and safety and multiple acts of police brutality have challenged most of us to reconsider our responsibility for fighting racism. Yet in our daily lives, too many of us still favor the comfort of conviction over the discomfort of doubt. We listen to opinions that make us feel good, instead of ideas that make us think hard. ‘Think Again’ reveals that we don’t have to believe everything we think or internalize everything we feel. It’s an invitation to let go of views that are no longer serving us well and prize mental flexibility, humility, and curiosity over foolish consistency.

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  • Feeding Britain

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    Feeding Britain

    The British were once famous worldwide for being uninterested in food and our food being brown. This is no longer the case. UK food has changed remarkably in the last half century. Our food has Europeanized (pizza is children’s favourite food) and internationalized (we eat the world’s cuisines), yet the food culture is fragmented, a mix of mass ‘ultra-processed’ foods (high in salt, sugar, and fat) alongside food as varied and good as anywhere else on the planet. This is partly the effect of Europeanization, but mainly because the UK has got wealthier, allowing aspirations and tastes to flower. This book takes stock of the UK food system: where it comes from, what we eat, its impact, its fragilities and strengths.

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  • The Dance of Life

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    The Dance of Life

    How does life begin? What drives a newly fertilised egg to keep dividing and growing until it becomes 40 trillion cells, a greater number than stars in the galaxy? How do these cells know how to make a human, from lips to heart to toes? How does your body build itself? Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz was pregnant at 42 when a routine genetic test came back with that dreaded word: abnormal. 25% of sampled cells contained abnormalities and she was warned her baby had an increased risk of being miscarried or born with birth defects. Six months later she gave birth to a healthy baby boy and her research on mice embryos went on to prove that the embryo has an amazing and previously unknown ability to correct abnormal cells at an early stage of its development. This book will take you inside the world of life just as it begins and reveal the wonder of the earliest and most profound moments in how we become human.

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  • The Precipice

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    The Precipice

    We stand at a precipice – a point where the future is at stake. Humanity has come so far: ten thousand generations, each building on the work of their ancestors to reach the heights of culture and technology we see today. If we choose, we can continue this grand project, with enough time to end disease, poverty and injustice, and to fulfil our potential. But this future is at risk: for the first time, our power has grown so great that we have the ability to destroy ourselves. ‘The Precipice’ is a clear-eyed look at the risks that we face, from the familiar, such as nuclear war and climate change, to the emerging, such as biotechnology and advanced artificial intelligence. It argues that ending these risks has become one of the most important moral issues of our time.

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  • How To Avoid A Climate Disaster

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    How To Avoid A Climate Disaster

    Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, shares what he has learnt in over a decade of studying climate change and investing in innovations to address climate problems. He explains how the world can work to build the tools it needs to get to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions – investing in research, inventing new technologies and deploying them quickly at a large scale. Gates is optimistic that the world can prevent the worst impacts of the climate crisis. This is a visionary and inspiring book by one of the world’s most celebrated public figures.

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  • Becoming Human

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    Becoming Human

    Virtually all theories of how humans have become a distinctive species focus on evolution. Here, Michael Tomasello proposes a complementary theory focused on ontogenetic processes. Built on the essential ideas of Vygotsky, his data-driven model explains how those things that make us most human are constructed during the first six years of life.

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  • The Road To Conscious Machines

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    The Road To Conscious Machines

    The ultimate dream of artificial intelligence is to build machines that are like us: conscious and self-aware. While this remains a remote possibility, rapid progress on AI in this century is already profoundly changing our world. Yet the public debate and media hype is still largely centred on unlikely prospects from sentient machines to dystopian robot takeovers. In this lively and clear-headed guide, Michael Wooldridge brings a healthy injection of humility to an overhyped field and changes the prevailing narrative on AI, revealing how these anxieties distract us from the more immediate risks that this transformative technology poses – from algorithmic bias to fake news.

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