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Edison S Concrete Piano

Author: Judy Wearing
Publisher: ECW/ORIM
ISBN: 1554905516
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Not even geniuses always get it right . . . An “entertaining” look at the failures of great inventors (Booklist). To achieve great things, you have to be willing to take risks—and as Edison’s Concrete Piano reveals, some of the most famous names in history experienced plenty of flops and face-plants in the course of their careers. Thomas Edison, for example, not only revolutionized the world with the light bulb, but also designed a concrete piano, a nonoperational helicopter made from box kites and piano wire, and a machine to speak to the dead. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, actually devoted most of his time to his sheep farm in Nova Scotia—devising a multi-nippled sheep somewhere along the way. You’ll also learn about Leonardo da Vinci’s walk-on-water shoes, George Washington Carver’s miracle peanut cure, and much more. The ludicrous ideas, faulty designs, and offbeat hobbies in this volume will inspire laughs—and serve as a reminder that even the very best minds make mistakes. “Captivating . . . This book is full of lessons for inventors and non-inventors alike.” —Henry Petroski, author of Success through Failure

The Runaway Species

Author: David Eagleman
Publisher: Catapult
ISBN: 1936787679
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“The authors look at art and science together to examine how innovations—from Picasso’s initially offensive paintings to Steve Jobs’s startling iPhone—build on what already exists and rely on three brain operations: bending, breaking and blending. This manifesto . . . shows how both disciplines foster creativity.” —The Wall Street Journal “The Runaway Species approach[es] creativity scientifically but sensitively, feeling its roots without pulling them out.” —The Economist The Runaway Species is a deep dive into the creative mind, a celebration of the human spirit, and a vision of how we can improve our future by understanding and embracing our ability to innovate. David Eagleman and Anthony Brandt seek to answer the question: what lies at the heart of humanity’s ability—and drive—to create? Our ability to remake our world is unique among all living things. But where does our creativity come from, how does it work, and how can we harness it to improve our lives, schools, businesses, and institutions? Eagleman and Brandt examine hundreds of examples of human creativity through dramatic storytelling and stunning images in this beautiful, full-color volume. By drawing out what creative acts have in common and viewing them through the lens of cutting-edge neuroscience, they uncover the essential elements of this critical human ability, and encourage a more creative future for all of us.

Kreativit T

Author: David Eagleman
Publisher: Siedler Verlag
ISBN: 3641224624
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Wie entsteht das Neue? Durch Biegen, Brechen und Verbinden! Wir Menschen wollen ständig Neues erschaffen - was aber macht unser Gehirn dabei so besonders? Warum erfinden Krokodile keine Speedboats? Der Neurowissenschaftler David Eagleman und der Komponist Anthony Brandt schildern, wie in unseren Köpfen Innovation entsteht. Sie erzählen Geschichten neuer Ideen von Picasso bis zur Raumfahrt und zeigen uns, dass wir die Herausforderungen der Zukunft nur meistern können, wenn wir die kreative Software unseres Gehirns verstehen lernen. Ein faszinierendes Duett von Naturwissenschaft und Kunst: Der weltbekannte Hirnforscher David Eagleman und sein Freund, der Komponist Anthony Brandt, widmen sich in ihrem Buch der Frage, wie das Neue entsteht. Dabei blicken sie auf die kreative Software des Gehirns: Wie funktioniert sie? Was machen wir damit? Wohin führt sie uns? Es erweist sich, dass der kreative Prozess vor allem von drei Fähigkeiten des Gehirns abhängt: Biegung, Brechung und Verbindung. An vielen Beispielen, von der Raumfahrt über die Wirtschaft und die Kunst bis zum Sport, demonstrieren die Autoren, wie unser Denken die Welt immer wieder neu erschafft.

The Origin Of Feces

Author: David Waltner-Toews
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 1770903976
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An entertaining and enlightening exploration of why waste matters, this cultural history explores an often ignored subject matter and makes a compelling argument for a deeper understanding of human and animal waste. Approaching the subject from a variety of perspectives--evolutionary, ecological, and cultural--this examination shows how integral excrement is to biodiversity, agriculture, public health, food production and distribution, and global ecosystems. From primordial ooze, dung beetles, bug frass, cat scats, and flush toilets to global trade, pandemics, and energy, this is the awesome, troubled, uncensored story of feces.

Boiling Point

Author: Barlow, Maude
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 1770909478
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Passionate and cogent, this could be the most important book of the year for Canadians We are complacent. We bask in the idea that Canada holds 20% of the worldÍs fresh water „ water crises face other countries, but not ours. We could not be more wrong. In Boiling Point, bestselling author and activist Maude Barlow lays bare the issues facing CanadaÍs water reserves, including long-outdated water laws, unmapped and unprotected groundwater reserves, agricultural pollution, industrial-waste dumping, boil-water advisories, and the effects of deforestation and climate change. This will be the defining issue of the coming decade, and most of us have no idea that it is on our very own doorstep. Barlow is one of the worldÍs foremost water activists and she has been on the front lines of the worldÍs water crises for the past 20 years. She has seen first-hand the scale of the water problems facing much of the world, but also many of the solutions that are being applied. In Boiling Point, she brings this wealth of experience and expertise home to craft a compelling blueprint for CanadaÍs water security.

Optimistic Environmentalist The

Author: David R. Boyd
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 1770907645
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A hopeful, inspiring, and honest take on the environment Yes, the world faces substantial environmental challenges — climate change, pollution, and extinction. But the surprisingly good news is that we have solutions to these problems. In the past 50 years, a remarkable number of environmental problems have been solved, while substantial progress is ongoing on others. The Optimistic Environmentalist chronicles these remarkable success stories. Endangered species — from bald eagles to gray whales — pulled back from the precipice of extinction. Thousands of new parks, protecting billions of hectares of land and water. The salvation of the ozone layer, vital to life on Earth. The exponential growth of renewable energy powered by wind, water, and sun. The race to be the greenest city in the world. Remarkable strides in cleaning up the air we breathe and the water we drink. The banning of dozens of the world's most toxic chemicals. A circular economy where waste is a thing of the past. Past successes pave the way for even greater achievements in the future. Providing a powerful antidote to environmental despair, this book inspires optimism, leading readers to take action and exemplifying how change can happen. A bright green future is not only possible, it's within our grasp.

Fungi

Author: Judy Wearing
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780778753759
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Looks at the fungus kingdom, providing information and examples of species from the major groups of fungi, as well as case histories involving certain fungi and how they have affected man.

Roberta Bondar

Author: Judy Wearing
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ISBN: 9780778725404
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Surveys the life and career of the Canadian neurologist and astronaut, describing how she retired from space after flying on the shuttle Discovery in 1992 to work for the environment.

In 1926

Author: Hans Ulrich GUMBRECHT
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674038045
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In this thoroughly innovative work, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht evokes the year 1926 through explorations of such things as bars, boxing, movie palaces, hunger artists, airplanes, hair gel, bullfighting, film stardom and dance crazes. From the vantage points of Berlin, Buenos Aires, and New York, the reader is allowed multiple itineraries, ultimately becoming immersed in the activities, entertainments, and thought patterns of the citizens of 1926.