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Chimpanzee Politics

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Acclaimed not only by primatologists for its scientific achievement but also by politicians, business leaders, and social psychologists for its remarkable insights into the most basic human needs and behaviors, this book is considered a classic. De Waal dwells into a detailed and thoroughly engrossing account of rivalries and coalitions-actions governed by intelligence rather than instinct. As we watch the chimpanzees behave in ways we recognize from Machiavelli (and from the nightly news), de Waal reminds us again that the roots of politics are older than humanity.

Chimpanzee Politics

by Frans de Waal
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Acclaimed not only by primatologists for its scientific achievement but also by politicians, business leaders, and social psychologists for its remarkable insights into the most basic human needs and behaviors, this book is considered a classic. De Waal dwells into a detailed and thoroughly engrossing account of rivalries and coalitions-actions governed by intelligence rather than instinct. As we watch the chimpanzees behave in ways we recognize from Machiavelli (and from the nightly news), de Waal reminds us again that the roots of politics are older than humanity.
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What Jim Collins says

Even more enlightening than Machiavelli’s The Prince, this book describes power takeovers and social organizations in a chimpanzee colony and argues that power politics is part of the evolutionary heritage that we share with our closest nonhuman relatives. I’ll never look at academic or corporate politics the same way, and I understand their machinations much better for having read this book. Chimps, unlike humans, do not cloak their political pretenses in rhetoric, so we can see more clearly the process at work and thereby learn much about ourselves.

The Birdwatcher’s Handbook

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The Birdwatcher's Handbook provides a marvelous compendium of information about European birds that will be a delight to armchair readers and vacationers alike. The authors provide in-depth information about British and Northern European birds not found in standard guides. For the dedicated birdwatcher on the go, this information will constitute invaluable help for locating and following different birds, and for identifying them by their behavior as well as their appearance.

The Birdwatcher’s Handbook

by Paul R. Ehrlich, David S. Dobkin, Darryl Wheye
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The Birdwatcher's Handbook provides a marvelous compendium of information about European birds that will be a delight to armchair readers and vacationers alike. The authors provide in-depth information about British and Northern European birds not found in standard guides. For the dedicated birdwatcher on the go, this information will constitute invaluable help for locating and following different birds, and for identifying them by their behavior as well as their appearance.
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What Jared Diamond says

What bird watchers enjoy, second only to watching birds, is to read books about watching birds. My favourites here begin with this remarkable book, which tells you, in masterfully condensed form, what is interesting about each species – how it breeds, displays, nests, eats and much else.

Chase, Chance and Creativity

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This book examines the role of chance in the creative process. James Austin tells a personal story of the ways in which persistence, chance, and creativity interact in biomedical research or any creative endeavour, drawing on his own research and examples from the history of science.

Chase, Chance and Creativity

by James H. Austin
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This book examines the role of chance in the creative process. James Austin tells a personal story of the ways in which persistence, chance, and creativity interact in biomedical research or any creative endeavour, drawing on his own research and examples from the history of science.
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What Marc Andreessen says

Originally written in 1978, and updated in 2003, this is the best book I’ve read on the role of luck, chance, and serendipity in medical research – or, for that matter, any creative endeavour. And because the author’s a neurologist, he has a grounding in how the brain actually exerts itself creatively.

The Panda’s Thumb

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The Panda's Thumb is a collection of Gould's monthly columns from Natural History Magazine. The essays cover not just biology and evolution but also "geology, history of science, gender and race relations, and the ever lasting debate between science and religion."

The Panda’s Thumb

by Stephen Jay Gould
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The Panda's Thumb is a collection of Gould's monthly columns from Natural History Magazine. The essays cover not just biology and evolution but also "geology, history of science, gender and race relations, and the ever lasting debate between science and religion."
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What Jim Collins says

We cannot understand our complex world without grasping the basic elements of evolutionary theory. All of Gould’s books on evolution and natural history are superb, but Panda’s Thumb is my favourite and is a good place to start.

How We Got To Now

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In this illustrated history, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes, here is a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas.

How We Got To Now

by Steven Johnson
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In this illustrated history, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes, here is a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas.
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What Chris Dixon says

I really enjoyed this book. I read a lot of history and science books, but this stood out because 1) the anecdotes were entertaining and relevant, and 2) it got the process of innovation right. Highly Recommended.

100 Plus

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Humanity is on the cusp of an exciting longevity revolution. The first person to live to 150 years has probably already been born. What will your life look like when you live to be over 100? Will the world become overpopulated? How will living longer affect your finances, your family life, and your views on religion and the afterlife? In 100 Plus, futurist Sonia Arrison brings together over a decade of experience researching and writing about cutting-edge advances in science and technology to paint a vivid picture of a future that only recently seemed like science fiction, but is now very real. The first book to give readers a comprehensive understanding of how life-extending discoveries will change our social and economic worlds, 100 Plus is an illuminating and indispensable text that will help us navigate the thrilling journey of life beyond 100 years.

100 Plus

by Sonia Arrison
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Humanity is on the cusp of an exciting longevity revolution. The first person to live to 150 years has probably already been born. What will your life look like when you live to be over 100? Will the world become overpopulated? How will living longer affect your finances, your family life, and your views on religion and the afterlife? In 100 Plus, futurist Sonia Arrison brings together over a decade of experience researching and writing about cutting-edge advances in science and technology to paint a vivid picture of a future that only recently seemed like science fiction, but is now very real. The first book to give readers a comprehensive understanding of how life-extending discoveries will change our social and economic worlds, 100 Plus is an illuminating and indispensable text that will help us navigate the thrilling journey of life beyond 100 years.
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What Peter Thiel says

Sonia Arrison’s ‘100 Plus’ was first published in 2011, but its message is evergreen: how scientists are directly attacking the problem of aging and death and why we should fight for life instead of accepting decay as inevitable. The goal of longer life doesn’t just mean more years at the margin; it means a healthier old age. There is nothing to fear but our own complacency.

The Lives of a Cell

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Elegant, suggestive, and clarifying, Lewis Thomas's profoundly humane vision explores the world around us and examines the complex interdependence of all things. The result is a provocative book explores in personal, poetic essays topics such as computers, germs, language, music, death, insects, and medicine.

The Lives of a Cell

by Lewis Thomas
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Elegant, suggestive, and clarifying, Lewis Thomas's profoundly humane vision explores the world around us and examines the complex interdependence of all things. The result is a provocative book explores in personal, poetic essays topics such as computers, germs, language, music, death, insects, and medicine.
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What Atul Gawande says

I never thought I’d become a doctor / writer. I read Lewis Thomas’s ‘Lives of a Cell’ as an undergraduate and was completely captivated by Thomas’s way of thinking in completely literary terms about science.

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For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don't collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back-or give way under-thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions, JE Gordon strips engineering of its confusing technical terms, communicating its founding principles in accessible, witty prose.
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For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don't collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back-or give way under-thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions, JE Gordon strips engineering of its confusing technical terms, communicating its founding principles in accessible, witty prose.
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What Elon Musk says

It is really, really good if you want a primer on structural design.