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This Explains Everything : Deep, Beautiful, And Elegant Theories Of How The World Works (2013)
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Adult Nonfiction500/THISDue 09-26-14
Published: New York : Harper Perennial, C2013
Edition:  1st ed
Description:  xx, 411 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 9780062230171 (pbk.), 0062230174 (pbk.),
Language:  English


"Drawn from the cutting-edge frontiers of science, This Explains Everything presents 150 of the most deep, surprising, and brilliant explanations of how the world works, with contributions by Jared Diamond, Richard Dawkins, Nassim Taleb, Brian Eno, Steven Pinker, and more"--



Evolution by means of natural selection / Life is a digital code / Redundancy reduction and pattern recognition / The power of absurdity / How apparent finality can emerge / The overdue demise of monogamy / Boltzmann's explanation of the second law of thermodynamics / The dark matter of the mind / "There are more things in heaven and earth...than are dreamt of in your philosophy." / An unresolved (and therefore unbeautiful) reaction to the edge question / Ptolemy's universe / Quasi-elegance / Mathematical object or natural object? / Simplicity / Simplicity itself / Einstein explains why gravity is universal / Evolutionary genetics and the conflicts of human social life / The Faurie-Raymond hypothesis / Group polarization / The price equation / Unconscious inferences / Snowflakes and the multiverse / Einstein's photons / Go small / Why is our world comprehensible? / Alfvén's cosmos / Our universe grew like a baby / Kepler et al. and the nonexistent problem / How incompatible worldviews can coexist / Impossible inexactness / The next level of fundamental matter? / Observers observing / Genes, claustrum, and consciousness / Overlapping solutions / Our bounded rationality / Swarm intelligence / Language and natural selection / Commitment / Tit for tat / True or false : beauty is truth / Eratosthenes and the modular mind / Dan Sperber's explanation of culture / Metarepresentations explain human uniqueness / Why the human mind may seem to have an elegant explanation even if it doesn't / Fitness landscapes / On oceans and airport security / Plate tectonics elegantly validates continental drift / Why some sea turtles migrate / A hot young earth : unquestionably beautiful and stunningly wrong / Sexual-conflict theory / The seeds of historical dominance / The importance of individuals / Subjective environment / My favorite annoying elegant explanation : quantum theory / Einstein's revenge : the new geometric quantum / What time is it? / Realism and other metaphysical half-truths / All we need is help / In the beginning is the theory / Thompson on development / How do you get from a lobster to a cat? / Germs cause disease / Dirt is matter out of place / Information is the resolution of uncertainty / Everything is the way it is because it got that way / The idea of emergence / Frames of reference / Epigenetics-- the missing link / Flocking behavior in birds / Lemons are fast / Falling into place : entropy and the desperate ingenuity of life / Why things happen / Why we feel pressed for time / Why the sun still shines / Boscovich's explanation of atomic forces / Birds are the direct descendants of dinosaurs / Complexity out of simplicity / Russell's theory of descriptions / Feynman's lifeguard / The limits of intuition / The Higgs mechanism / The mind thinks in embodied metaphors / Metaphors are in the mind / The pigeonhole principle / Why programs have bugs / Cagepatterns / The true rotational symmetry of space / The pigeonhole principle revisited / Moore's Law / Cosmic complexity / The Gaia hypothesis / The continuity equations / Pascal's wager / Evolutionarily stable strategies / The Collingridge dilemma / Trusting trust / It just is? / Subverting biology / Sex at your fingertips / Why do movies move? / Would you like blue cheese with it? / Mother nature's laws / The Oklo pyramid / Kitty Genovese and group apathy / The wizard of I / One coincidence; two déjà vus / Occam's razor / Deep time / Placing psychotherapy on a scientific basis : five easy lessons / Transitional objects / Natural selection is simple but the systems it shapes are unimaginably complex / How to have a good idea / Out of the mouths of babes / The beauty in a sunrise / The origin of money / The precession of the simulacra / Time perspective theory / Developmental timing explains the woes of adolescence / Implications of Ivan Pavlov's great discovery / Nature is cleverer than we are / Imposing randomness / The unification of electricity and magnetism / Furry rubber bands / The principle of inertia / Seeing is believing : from placebos to movies in our brain / The discontinuity of science and culture / Hormesis is redundancy / The beautiful law of unintended consequences / We are what we do / Personality differences : the importance of chance / Metabolic syndrome : cell energy adaptations in a toxic world? / Death is the final repayment / Denumerable infinities and mental states / Inverse power laws / How the leopard got his spots / The universal algorithm for human decision making / Lord Acton's dilemma / Fact, fiction, and our probabilitic world / Elegance=complex / Tinbergen's questions / The universal turing machine / A matter of poetics / The origins of biological electricity / Why the Greeks painted red people on black pots / Language as an adaptive system / The mechanism of mediocrity / The principle of empiricism, or see for yourself / We are stardust /



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