Author: Kat Arney
What is a genetic superhero and could you be one? Is all your DNA important or is a load of it just junk? Can genetics inform your love life, your mental health and your ability to grow a tail? How to Code a Human takes you on a mind-bending journey through the world of the double helix, examining how our DNA encodes our genes and makes us unique. Covering all aspects of modern genetics from the evolution of our species to inherited diseases, "junk" DNA, genetic engineering and the intricacies of the molecular processes inside our cells, this is a beautiful, visual guide to the code of life.
Author: Tony Jenkins,Graham Hardman
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
A humorous and friendly introduction to programming for undergraduate students meeting the subject for the first time. Using Java as a running example, the authors outline the principles of programming that will serve as a valuable foundation in good practice for when students meet other languages in later courses. Packed with cartoons and entertaining examples, this book is an accessible, student-friendly guide to programming for beginners.
Author: Victor Senchenko
Revelations of a Human Space Navigator provides explanations of who and what humans actually are and why they behave as they do, as well as, explaining from what everything is physically made of, and why the physical behavior of all this physical existence makes it impossible for 'time' and gods to physically exist.
Author: Christopher Potter
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
A startling investigation of what it means to be human.
Author: Bob Frissell
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Too many people allow themselves to be limited by their ideas about themselves and the world around them. Bob Frissell reminds readers that they create their own reality through their consciousness and that improving this reality and living a fuller life is simply a matter of broadening one's perspectives. In this book, he shows people how to reconnect with their multidimensional selves and remake their lives. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation
Author: Hayden White
Publisher: JHU Press
Category: Literary Criticism
The secret of the process by which consciousness invests history with meaning resides in "the content of the form,in the way our narrative capacities transform the present into a fulfillment of a past from which we would wish to have descended.
A Disabled Man's Quest for Independence
Author: Mark O'Brien,Gillian Kendall
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
September 1955. Six-year-old Mark O'Brien moved his arms and legs for the last time. He came out of a thirty-day coma to find himself enclosed from the neck down in an iron lung, the machine in which he would live for much of the rest of his life. How I Became a Human Being is Mark O'Brien's account of his struggles to lead an independent life despite a lifelong disability. In 1955, he contracted polio and became permanently paralyzed from the neck down. O'Brien describes growing up without the use of his limbs, his adolescence struggling with physical rehabilitation and suffering the bureaucracy of hospitals and institutions, and his adult life as an independent student and writer. Despite his weak physical state, O'Brien attended graduate school, explored his sexuality, fell in love, published poetry, and worked as a journalist. A determined writer, O'Brien used a mouthstick to type each word. O'Brien's story does not beg for sympathy. It is rather a day-to-day account of his reality—the life he crafted and maintained with a good mind, hired attendants, decent legislation for disabled people in California, and support from the University of California at Berkeley. He describes the ways in which a paralyzed person takes care of the body, mind, and heart. What mattered most was his writing, the people he loved, his belief in God, and his belief in himself.
Author: Tom Jackson
Category: Human biology
From the team who created the award-winning title How to Make a Universe from 92 Ingredients (9781407117911) and How to Change the Worlds with a Ball of String (9781407121543), HOW TO BUILD A HUMAN BODY makes human biology fun! Covering all the major body organs and systems, and featuring 'experiments' to help children to understand how their bodies work - this is a fascinating and entertaining approach to the science of our bodies.
How Algorithms Are Shaping Our Lives and How We Can Stay in Control
Author: Kartik Hosanagar
Category: Business & Economics
A Wharton professor and tech entrepreneur examines how algorithms and artificial intelligence are starting to run every aspect of our lives, and how we can shape the way they impact us Through the technology embedded in almost every major tech platform and every web-enabled device, algorithms and the artificial intelligence that underlies them make a staggering number of everyday decisions for us, from what products we buy, to where we decide to eat, to how we consume our news, to whom we date, and how we find a job. We've even delegated life-and-death decisions to algorithms--decisions once made by doctors, pilots, and judges. In his new book, Kartik Hosanagar surveys the brave new world of algorithmic decision-making and reveals the potentially dangerous biases they can give rise to as they increasingly run our lives. He makes the compelling case that we need to arm ourselves with a better, deeper, more nuanced understanding of the phenomenon of algorithmic thinking. And he gives us a route in, pointing out that algorithms often think a lot like their creators--that is, like you and me. Hosanagar draws on his experiences designing algorithms professionally--as well as on history, computer science, and psychology--to explore how algorithms work and why they occasionally go rogue, what drives our trust in them, and the many ramifications of algorithmic decision-making. He examines episodes like Microsoft's chatbot Tay, which was designed to converse on social media like a teenage girl, but instead turned sexist and racist; the fatal accidents of self-driving cars; and even our own common, and often frustrating, experiences on services like Netflix and Amazon. A Human's Guide to Machine Intelligence is an entertaining and provocative look at one of the most important developments of our time and a practical user's guide to this first wave of practical artificial intelligence.
Technical Proficiency Matters
Author: Karen Evans,Franklin Reeder
Category: Political Science
Evidence continues to build showing our information infrastructure is vulnerable to threats not just from nation states but also from individuals and small groups who seek to do us harm or who wish to exploit our weaknesses for personal gain. A critical element of a robust cybersecurity strategy is having the right people at every level to identify, build and staff the defenses and responses. And that is, by many accounts, the area where we are the weakest.