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  • The Master Algorithmby Pedro Domingos

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 14.09

    A spell-binding quest for the one algorithm capable of deriving all knowledge from data, including a cure for cancer Society is changing, one learning algorithm at a time, from search engines to online dating, personalized medicine to predicting the stock market. But learning algorithms are not just about Big Data - these algorithms take raw data... more...

  • The Great Workby Thomas Berry

    Crown/Archetype 2011; US$ 14.99

    Thomas Berry is one of the most eminent cultural historians of our time. Here he presents the culmination of his ideas and urges us to move from being a disrupting force on the Earth to a benign presence. This transition is the Great Work -- the most necessary and most ennobling work we will ever undertake. Berry's message is not one of doom but of... more...

  • Philosophical Devicesby David Papineau

    OUP Oxford 2012; US$ 21.99

    Philosophical Devices introduces the technical ideas that are taken for granted in contemporary philosophical writing. It offers simple explanations and covers a wealth of material that is normally available only to specialists. This original, distinctive book will appeal to anyone who is curious about the technical infrastructure of philosophy. more...

  • Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introductionby Samir Okasha

    OUP Oxford 2002; US$ 7.99

    This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. Beginning with a short history of science to set the scene, Samir Okasha goes on to investigate the nature of scientific reasoning, scientific explanation, revolutions in science, and theories such as realism and anti-realism. He also... more...

  • Skepticby Michael Shermer

    Henry Holt and Co. 2016; US$ 12.59

    Collected essays from bestselling author Michael Shermer's celebrated columns in Scientific American For fifteen years, bestselling author Michael Shermer has written a column in Scientific American magazine that synthesizes scientific concepts and theory for a general audience. His trademark combination of deep scientific understanding and... more...

  • The Greatest Show on Earthby Richard Dawkins

    Transworld 2009; US$ 14.09

    Charles Darwin's masterpiece, On the Origin of Species , shook society to its core on publication in 1859. Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke but he would surely have raised an incredulous eyebrow at the controversy still raging a century and a half later. Evolution is accepted as scientific fact by all reputable... more...

  • The Quantum and the Lotusby Matthieu Ricard; Trinh Xuan Thuan

    Crown/Archetype 2009; US$ 16.00

    Matthieu Ricard trained as a molecular biologist, working in the lab of a Nobel prize—winning scientist, but when he read some Buddhist philosophy, he became drawn to Buddhism. Eventually he left his life in science to study with Tibetan teachers, and he is now a Buddhist monk and translator for the Dalai Lama, living in the Shechen monastery near... more...

  • Genetics and Philosophyby Paul Griffiths; Karola Stotz

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 28.00

    This book integrates the work of philosophers of science seeking to make sense of genetics with an accessible introduction to the science. more...

  • 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are Trueby Guy P. Harrison

    Prometheus Books 2012; US$ 11.99

    Maybe you know someone who swears by the reliability of psychics or who is in regular contact with angels. Or perhaps you're trying to find a nice way of dissuading someone from wasting money on a homeopathy cure. Or you met someone at a party who insisted the Holocaust never happened or that no one ever walked on the moon. How do you find a gently... more...

  • A Deadly Wanderingby Matt Richtel

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 12.01

    From Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Matt Richtel, a brilliant, narrative-driven exploration of technology’s vast influence on the human mind and society, dramatically-told through the lens of a tragic “texting-while-driving” car crash that claimed the lives of two rocket scientists in 2006. In this ambitious, compelling, and beautifully written... more...