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Star Trek the Next Generation: The Complete Season 2 (Blu-ray disc): Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael... Star Trek the Next Generation: The Complete Season 2 (Blu-ray disc)
Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, … 1
R115 Discovery Miles 1 150 Ships in 20 - 25 working days

The entire second series of the first 'Star Trek' spin-off. In 'The Child' Troi is impregnated by an unseen alien while sleeping and soon gives birth to a rapidly-ageing child. 'Where Silence Has Lease' sees the Enterprise trapped in a hole in space by an alien entity wishing to conduct experiments on it. 'Elementary, Dear Data' has Data and Geordi play at Holmes and Watson on the holodeck, but their holographic Moriarty assumes its own identity and threatens to take over the ship. 'The Outrageous Okona' finds the Enterprise playing host to the larger-than-life Captain Okona. 'Loud as a Whisper' sees Troi helping deaf mute mediator Riva to end an age-old galactic conflict when his three assistants, without whom he is unable to communicate, are killed. In 'The Schizoid Man' Data takes on characteristics of brilliant cyberneticist Dr Ira Graves after witnessing his death on an away mission. 'Unnatural Selection' has the Enterprise attempt to warn a genetic research station of the outbreak of a rapid ageing disease. 'A Matter of Honour' finds Riker forced to serve as first officer on a Klingon vessel as part of an exchange scheme. In 'The Measure of a Man' Riker is forced to prosecute Data in a court of law when the latter attempts to resign from Starfleet. 'The Dauphin' sees Wes Crusher get into trouble after falling in love with Salia, a young alien woman who is soon to become Dauphin and thus end civil war on her home planet. 'Contagion' has the Enterprise cross the Romulan Neutral Zone in order to aid the USS Yamato, whose computer systems have failed mysteriously. 'The Royale' finds Riker, Data and Worf exploring an apparently barren planet and discovering a casino. In 'Time Squared' Picard doubts the safety of the Enterprise when they pick up a Federation shuttle containing... Picard, sent back in time from six hours in the future to warn of a catastrophe that has yet to occur. 'The Icarus Factor' sees Riker shaken by a reunion with his father, whom he has not seen for fifteen years. 'Pen Pals' has Data reveal that he has broken the Prime Directive after befriending an alien girl. 'Q-Who?' finds the Enterprise transported to a far-flung Universe, where they encounter the relentless part-human cybernetic beings known as the Borg. 'Samaritan Snare' sees both Picard and Wesley travelling to starbase Scylla 515 - the former for cardiac surgery, the latter to sit his Starfleet exams. In 'Up the Long Ladder' the Enterprise crew are forced to mediate in a conflict between the Bringloidis, whose planet is on the verge of destruction, and the Marisposans, a clone race who wish to copy Riker and Pulaski's DNA. 'Manhunt' has Troi's mother Lwaxana arrive on the Enterprise and sets her sights on Picard, who seeks refuge in his holodeck Dixon Hill programme. 'The Emissary' finds Worf reunited with former lover K'Ehleyr when she arrives as ambassador to a shipful of Klingons who are not aware that the war with the Federation is over. In 'Peak Performance' Riker takes charge of an old Starfleet vessel, the Hathaway, in a war game against Picard and the Enterprise. Finally, in 'Shades of Gray', Riker has to fight for his life when his nervous system comes under attack from an alien organism.

Stephen Hawking - A Memoir of Friendship and Physics (Paperback): Leonard Mlodinow Stephen Hawking - A Memoir of Friendship and Physics (Paperback)
Leonard Mlodinow 1
R350 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R70 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

An icon of the last fifty years, Stephen Hawking seems to encapsulate genius: not since Albert Einstein has a scientific figure held such a position in popular consciousness. In this enthralling memoir, writer and physicist Leonard Mlodinow tells the story of his friend and their friendship, offering an intimate account of this giant of science. The two met in 2003, when Stephen asked Leonard if he would consider writing a book with him, the follow up to the bestselling A Brief History of Time. As they spent years working on a second book, The Grand Design, they forged a deep connection and Leonard gained a much better understanding of Stephen's daily life and struggles - as well as his compassion and good humour. Together they obsessed over the perfect sentence, debated the physics, and occasionally punted on Cambridge's waterways with champagne and strawberries. In time, Leonard was able to finish Stephen's jokes, chide his sporadic mischief, and learn how the hardships of his illness helped forge that unique perspective on the universe. By weaving together their shared story with a clear-sighted portrayal of Hawking's scientific achievements, Mlodinow creates a beautiful portrait of Stephen Hawking as a brilliant, impish and generous man whose life was not only exceptional but also genuinely inspiring.

Stephen Hawking - A Memoir of Friendship and Physics (Hardcover): Leonard Mlodinow Stephen Hawking - A Memoir of Friendship and Physics (Hardcover)
Leonard Mlodinow
R546 R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Save R98 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Grand Design (Paperback): Leonard Mlodinow, Stephen Hawking The Grand Design (Paperback)
Leonard Mlodinow, Stephen Hawking 1
R240 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R48 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? Is the apparent 'grand design' of our universe evidence for a benevolent creator who set things in motion? Or does science offer another explanation? In The Grand Design, the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe is presented in language marked by both brilliance and simplicity. Model dependent realism, the multiverse, the top-down theory of cosmology, and the unified M-theory - all are revealed here. This is the first major work in nearly a decade by one of the world's greatest thinkers. A succinct, startling and lavishly illustrated guide to discoveries that are altering our understanding and threatening some of our most cherished belief systems, The Grand Design is a book that will inform - and provoke - like no other.

The Drunkard's Walk - How Randomness Rules Our Lives (Paperback): Leonard Mlodinow The Drunkard's Walk - How Randomness Rules Our Lives (Paperback)
Leonard Mlodinow 1
R262 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R34 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Leonard Mlodinow's The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives is an exhilarating, eye-opening guide to understanding our random world. Randomness and uncertainty surround everything we do. So why are we so bad at understanding them? The same tools that help us understand the random paths of molecules can be applied to the randomness that governs so many aspects of our everyday lives, from winning the lottery to road safety, and reveals the truth about the success of sporting heroes and film stars, and even how to make sense of a blood test. The Drunkard's Walk reveals the psychological illusions that prevent us understanding everything from stock-picking to wine-tasting - read it, or risk becoming another victim of chance. 'A wonderfully readable guide to how the mathematical laws of randomness affect our lives' Stephen Hawking, author of A Brief History of Time

The Drunkard's Walk - How Randomness Rules Our Lives (Standard format, CD): Leonard Mlodinow The Drunkard's Walk - How Randomness Rules Our Lives (Standard format, CD)
Leonard Mlodinow; Narrated by Sean Pratt
R794 R616 Discovery Miles 6 160 Save R178 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this irreverent and illuminating audio book, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.
The rise and fall of your favorite movie star or the most reviled CEO-in fact, all our destinies-reflects chance as much as planning and innate abilities. Even Roger Maris, who beat Babe Ruth's single season home run record, was in all likelihood not great, but just lucky.
How could it have happened that a wine was given five out of five stars by one journal and called the worst wine of the decade by another? Wine ratings, school grades, political polls, and many other things in daily life are less reliable than we believe. By showing us the true nature of chance and revealing the psychological illusions that cause us to misjudge the world around us, Mlodinow gives fresh insight into what is really meaningful and how we can make decisions based on a deeper truth. From the classroom to the courtroom, from financial markets to supermarkets, from the doctor's office to the Oval Office, Mlodinow's insights will intrigue, awe, and inspire.
Offering listeners not only a tour of randomness, chance and probability but also a new way of looking at the world, this original, unexpected journey reminds us that much in our lives is about as predictable as the steps of a stumbling man afresh from a night at a bar.

The Drunkard's Walk - How Randomness Rules Our Lives (Paperback): Leonard Mlodinow The Drunkard's Walk - How Randomness Rules Our Lives (Paperback)
Leonard Mlodinow
R412 R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Save R137 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An intriguing and illuminating look at how randomness, chance, and probability affect our daily lives.
Successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear causes, when actually they are profoundly influenced by randomness and chance. Here, with the sense of narrative and imaginative approach of a storyteller, Leonard Mlodinow vividly demonstrates how wine ratings, corporate success, school grades, and political polls are less reliable than we believe. Showing us the true nature of chance and revealing the psychological illusions that cause us to misjudge the world around us, Mlodinow provides the tools we need for more informed decision making. From the classroom to the courtroom and from financial markets to supermarkets, Mlodinow's insights will intrigue, awe, and inspire.

Elastic - The Power of Flexible Thinking (Paperback): Leonard Mlodinow Elastic - The Power of Flexible Thinking (Paperback)
Leonard Mlodinow 1
R303 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R76 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The bestselling author of The Drunkard's Walk unlocks the secrets of flexible thinking What do Pokemon Go and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein have in common? Why do some businesses survive, and others fail at the first sign of change? What gives the human brain the edge over computers? The answer: Elastic Thinking. It's an ability we all possess, and one that we can all learn to hone in order to succeed, at work and in our everyday lives. Here Leonard Mlodinow, whose own flexible thinking has taken him from physics professor to TV scriptwriter and bestselling author, takes us on a revelatory exploration of how elasticity works. He draws on cutting-edge neuroscience to show how, millennia ago, our brains developed an affinity for novelty, idea generation and exploration. He discovers how flexible thinking enabled some of the greatest artists, writers, musicians and innovators to create paradigm shifts. He investigates the organisations that have demonstrated an elastic ability to adapt to new technologies. And he reveals how you can test your own brain power and increase your capacity for elastic thinking. By uncovering the secrets of our flexible minds, Elastic explains how to thrive in an endlessly dynamic world, at a time when an ability to adapt is more important than ever before.

Subliminal - How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior (Paperback): Leonard Mlodinow Subliminal - How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior (Paperback)
Leonard Mlodinow 1
R378 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R114 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Winner of the 2013 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
Over the past two decades of neurological research, it has become increasingly clear that the way we experience the world--our perception, behavior, memory, and social judgment--is largely driven by the mind's subliminal processes and not by the conscious ones, as we have long believed. As in the bestselling "The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives," Leonard Mlodinow employs his signature concise, accessible explanations of the most obscure scientific subjects to unravel the complexities of the subliminal mind. In the process he shows the many ways it influences how we misperceive our relationships with family, friends, and business associates; how we misunderstand the reasons for our investment decisions; and how we misremember important events--along the way, changing our view of ourselves and the world around us.

A Briefer History of Time (Paperback): Leonard Mlodinow, Stephen Hawking A Briefer History of Time (Paperback)
Leonard Mlodinow, Stephen Hawking 2
R317 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R75 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Stephen Hawking's worldwide bestseller, A Brief History of Time, has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. Its author's engaging voice is one reason, and the compelling subjects he addresses is another: the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, the history and future of the universe. But it is also true that in the years since its publication, readers have repeatedly told Professor Hawking of their great difficulty in understanding some of the book's most important concepts. This is the origin of and the reason for A Briefer History of Time: its author's wish to make its content accessible to readers - as well as to bring it up-to-date with the latest scientific observations and findings. Although this book is literally somewhat 'briefer', it actually expands on the great subjects of the original. Purely technical concepts, such as the mathematics of chaotic boundary conditions, are gone. Conversely, subjects of wide interest that were difficult to follow because they were interspersed throughout the book have now been given entire chapters of their own, including relativity, curved space, and quantum theory. This reorganization has allowed the authors to expand areas of special interest and recent progress, from the latest developments in string theory to exciting developments in the search for a complete, unified theory of all the forces of physics. Like prior editions of the book-but even more so - A Briefer History of Time will guide nonscientists everywhere in the ongoing search for the tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space. Thirty-eight full-colour illustrations enhance the text and make A Briefer History of Time an exhilarating addition in its own right to the literature of science.

Elastic - Unlocking Your Brain's Ability to Embrace Change (Paperback): Leonard Mlodinow Elastic - Unlocking Your Brain's Ability to Embrace Change (Paperback)
Leonard Mlodinow 1
R319 R226 Discovery Miles 2 260 Save R93 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Subliminal - The New Unconscious and What it Teaches Us (Paperback): Leonard Mlodinow Subliminal - The New Unconscious and What it Teaches Us (Paperback)
Leonard Mlodinow 1
R261 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R34 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Leonard Mlodinow, the best-selling author of The Drunkard's Walk and coauthor of The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking) and War of the Worldviews (with Deepak Chopra) here examines how the unconscious mind shapes our experience of the world, and how, for instance, we often misperceive everything from our relationships with family, friends and business associates, the reasons for our investment decisions, to our own past. Your preference in politicians, the amount of tip you give the waiter-all our judgments and perceptions-reflect the workings of our mind on two levels, the conscious, of which we are aware, and the unconscious, which is hidden from us. The latter has long been the subject of speculation, but over the past two decades scientific researchers have developed remarkable new tools for probing the hidden, or subliminal, workings of the mind. The result of this explosion of research is a new science of the unconscious, and a sea change in our understanding of how the mind affects the way we live. These cutting-edge discoveries have revealed that the way we experience life-our perception, behavior, memory, and social judgment-is largely driven by the mind's subliminal processes and not by the conscious ones, as we have long believed. Employing his trademark wit and his lucid, accessible explanations of the most obscure scientific subjects, Leonard Mlodinow takes us on a tour of this research, unraveling the complexities of the subliminal self, increasing our understanding of how the human mind works, and how we interact with friends, strangers, spouses and coworkers. In the process he changes our view of ourselves and the world around us. Leonard Mlodinow received his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of California, Berkeley, was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute, and now teaches at the California Institute of Technology. His previous books include War of the Worldviews (with Deepak Chopra); the two national best sellers The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking) and The Drunkard's Walk (a New York Times Notable Book and short-listed for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books); Feynman's Rainbow; and Euclid's Window. He also wrote for the television series MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Euclid's Window - The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace (Paperback, New Ed): Leonard Mlodinow Euclid's Window - The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace (Paperback, New Ed)
Leonard Mlodinow 1
R263 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R34 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Euclid’s Window takes us on a brilliantly entertaining journey through 3,000 years of genius and geometry, introducing the people who revolutionized the way we see the world around us.

Ever since Pythagorus hatched a ‘little scheme’ to invent a set of rules describing the entire universe, scientists and mathematicians have tried to seek order in the cosmos: Euclid, who in 300BC defined the nature of space; Descartes, a fourteenth-century gambler and idler who invented the graph; Gauss, the fifteen-year-old genius who discovered that space is curved; Einstein, who added time to the equation; and Witten, who ushered in today’s weird new world of extra, twisted dimensions. They all show how geometry is the key to understanding the universe. Once you have viewed life through Euclid’s Window, it will never be the same again.

The Upright Thinkers - The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos (Paperback): Leonard Mlodinow The Upright Thinkers - The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos (Paperback)
Leonard Mlodinow 1
R335 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R98 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Upright Thinkers - The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos (Paperback): Leonard Mlodinow The Upright Thinkers - The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos (Paperback)
Leonard Mlodinow 1
R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From the bestselling author of The Drunkard's Walk and Subliminal, this is the inspiring and illuminating story of how we have come to understand the world, from the invention of the very first tools to the mind-bending theories of quantum physics. Leonard Mlodinow guides us through the critical eras and events in the development of science, all of which, he demonstrates, were propelled forward by humankind's collective struggle to know. From the birth of reasoning and culture to the formation of the studies of physics, chemistry, biology, and modern-day quantum physics, we come to see that much of our progress can be attributed to simple questions - why? how? - bravely asked. Mlodinow profiles some of the great philosophers, scientists, and thinkers who explored these questions - Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Einstein and Lavoisier among them - and makes clear that just as science has played a key role in shaping the patterns of human thought, human subjectivity has played a key role in the evolution of science. At once authoritative and accessible, and infused with the author's trademark wit, this deeply insightful book is a stunning tribute to humanity's intellectual curiosity.

The Grand Design (Paperback): Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow The Grand Design (Paperback)
Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow 1
R446 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R137 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

#1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? What is the nature of reality? Is the apparent "grand design" of our universe evidence of a benevolent creator who set things in motion--or does science offer another explanation? In this startling and lavishly illustrated book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about these and other abiding mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by brilliance and simplicity.
According to quantum theory, the cosmos does not have just a single existence or history. The authors explain that we ourselves are the product of quantum fluctuations in the early universe, and show how quantum theory predicts the "multiverse"--the idea that ours is just one of many universes that appeared spontaneously out of nothing, each with different laws of nature. They conclude with a riveting assessment of M-theory, an explanation of the laws governing our universe that is currently the "only" viable candidate for a "theory of everything" the unified theory that Einstein was looking for, which, if confirmed, would represent the ultimate triumph of human reason.

The Upright Thinkers - The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos (Hardcover): Leonard Mlodinow The Upright Thinkers - The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos (Hardcover)
Leonard Mlodinow 1
R485 Discovery Miles 4 850 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this fascinating and illuminating work, Leonard Mlodinow guides us through the critical eras and events in the development of science, all of which, he demonstrates, were propelled forward by humankind's collective struggle to know. From the birth of reasoning and culture to the formation of the studies of physics, chemistry, biology, and modern-day quantum physics, we come to see that much of our progress can be attributed to simple questions-why? how?-bravely asked. Mlodinow profiles some of the great philosophers, scientists, and thinkers who explored these questions-Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Einstein and Lavoisier among them-and makes clear that just as science has played a key role in shaping the patterns of human thought, human subjectivity has played a key role in the evolution of science. At once authoritative and accessible, and infused with the author's trademark wit, this deeply insightful book is a stunning tribute to humanity's intellectual curiosity.

A Briefer History of Time - The Science Classic Made More Accessible (Paperback): Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow A Briefer History of Time - The Science Classic Made More Accessible (Paperback)
Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
R483 R401 Discovery Miles 4 010 Save R82 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From One of the Most Brilliant Minds of Our Time
Comes a Book that Clarifies His Most Important Ideas
Stephen Hawking's worldwide bestseller, A Brief History of Time," " remains one of the landmark volumes in scientific writing of our time. But for years readers have asked for a more accessible formulation of its key concepts--the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, and the history and future of the universe.
Professor Hawking's response is this new work that will guide nonscientists everywhere in the ongoing search for the tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space....
Although "briefer," this book is much more than a mere explanation of Hawking's earlier work. A Briefer History of Time both clarifies and expands on the great subjects of the original, and records the latest developments in the field--from string theory to the search for a unified theory of all the forces of physics. Thirty-seven full-color illustrations enhance the text and make A Briefer History of Time an exhilarating and must-have addition in its own right to the great literature of science and ideas.
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Feynman's Rainbow - A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life (Paperback): Leonard Mlodinow Feynman's Rainbow - A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life (Paperback)
Leonard Mlodinow
R338 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R60 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Some of the brightest minds in science have passed through the halls of the California Institute of Technology. In the early 1980s, Leonard Mlodinow joined their ranks to begin a postdoctoral fellowship. Afraid he was not smart enough to be there, despite his groundbreaking Ph.D. thesis, he took his insecurities to Richard Feynman, Caltech's intimidating resident genius and iconoclast. So began a pivotal year in a young man's life. Though a series of fascinating exchanges, Mlodinow and Feynman delve into the nature of science, creativity, love mathematics, happiness, God, art, pleasures and ambition, producing a moving portrait of a friendship and an affecting account of Feynman's final creative years.

Elastic Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change (Chinese, Paperback): Leonard Mlodinow Elastic Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change (Chinese, Paperback)
Leonard Mlodinow
R880 Discovery Miles 8 800 Out of stock
War of the Worldviews - Where Science and Spirituality Meet - And Do Not (Paperback): Deepak Chopra, Leonard Mlodinow War of the Worldviews - Where Science and Spirituality Meet - And Do Not (Paperback)
Deepak Chopra, Leonard Mlodinow
R350 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R19 (5%) Out of stock

Two bestselling authors first met in a televised Caltech debate on "the future of God," one an articulate advocate for spirituality, the other a prominent physicist. This remarkable book is the product of that serendipitous encounter and the contentious--but respectful--clash of worldviews that grew along with their friendship.
In "War of the Worldviews" these two great thinkers battle over the cosmos, evolution and life, the human brain, and God, probing the fundamental questions that define the human experience.
How did the universe emerge?
What is the nature of time?
What is life?
Did Darwin go wrong?
What makes us human?
What is the connection between mind and brain?
Is God an illusion?
This extraordinary book will fascinate millions of readers of science and spirituality alike, as well as anyone who has ever asked themselves, What does it mean that I am alive?

"From the Hardcover edition."

Is God an Illusion? - The Great Debate Between Science and Spirituality (Paperback): Deepak Chopra, Leonard Mlodinow Is God an Illusion? - The Great Debate Between Science and Spirituality (Paperback)
Deepak Chopra, Leonard Mlodinow 1
R240 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R48 (20%) Out of stock

Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Hawking have had a major impact on the loud and popular debate between 'aggressive atheists' and religion. The huge sales of their bestselling books show just how much interest people have in their ideas. Now Deepak Chopra is entering this debate, sparring with leading physicist, Professor Leonard Mlodinow (the co-author, with Stephen Hawking, of The Grand Design). In Is God an Illusion?, Chopra argues that there is design in our universe and a deep intelligence behind life. Without defending organised religion, he debunks randomness as an explanation for how Nature evolves and shows how consciousness comes first and matter second. On the other side, Mlodinow argues the viewpoint of science, specifically what modern quantum physics can tell us about our world. In his view, physics, genetics and cosmology will shed far more light on the big questions than rethinking ancient spiritual concepts can ever do. A major work of our time, Is God an Illusion? will not only offer more food for thought for those fascinated by the two sides of this modern conundrum - it will also place Deepak Chopra firmly in the ring of some of the most remarkable, and bestselling, thinkers of our era.

A Briefer History of Time - A Special Edition of the Science Classic (Hardcover): Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow A Briefer History of Time - A Special Edition of the Science Classic (Hardcover)
Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
R605 R497 Discovery Miles 4 970 Save R108 (18%) Out of stock

In the ten years since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking's classic work has become a landmark volume in scientific writing, with more than nine million copies in forty languages sold worldwide. That edition was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the origins and nature of the universe. But the intervening years have seen extraordinary advances in the technology of observing both the micro- and the macrocosmic worlds. These observations have confirmed many of Professor Hawking's theoretical predictions in the first edition of his book, including the recent discoveries of the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite (COBE), which probed back in time to within 300,000 years of the universe's beginning and revealed wrinkles in the fabric of space-time that he had projected. Eager to bring to his original text the new knowledge revealed by these observations, as well as his own recent research, Professor Hawking has prepared a new introduction to the book, written an entirely new chapter on wormholes and time travel, and updated the chapters throughout.

The Grand Design (Hardcover, New): Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow The Grand Design (Hardcover, New)
Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow 1
R633 R582 Discovery Miles 5 820 Save R51 (8%) Out of stock

THE FIRST MAJOR WORK IN NEARLY A DECADE BY ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT THINKERS--A MARVELOUSLY CONCISE BOOK WITH NEW ANSWERS TO THE ULTIMATE QUESTIONS OF LIFE
When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? Why is there something rather than nothing? What is the nature of reality? Why are the laws of nature so finely tuned as to allow for the existence of beings like ourselves? And, finally, is the apparent "grand design" of our universe evidence of a benevolent creator who set things in motion--or does science offer another explanation?
The most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and of life itself, once the province of philosophy, now occupy the territory where scientists, philosophers, and theologians meet--if only to disagree. In their new book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by both brilliance and simplicity.
In The Grand Design they explain that according to quantum theory, the cosmos does not have just a single existence or history, but rather that every possible history of the universe exists simultaneously. When applied to the universe as a whole, this idea calls into question the very notion of cause and effect. But the "top-down" approach to cosmology that Hawking and
Mlodinow describe would say that the fact that the past takes no definite form means that we create history by observing it, rather than that history creates us. The authors further explain that we ourselves are the product of quantum fluctuations in the very early universe, and show how quantum theory predicts the "multiverse"--the idea that ours is just one of many universes that appeared spontaneously out of nothing, each with different laws of nature.
Along the way Hawking and Mlodinow question the conventional concept of reality, posing a "model-dependent" theory of reality as the best we can hope to find. And they conclude with a riveting assessment of M-theory, an explanation of the laws governing us and our universe that is currently the only viable candidate for a complete "theory of everything." If confirmed, they write, it will be the unified theory that Einstein was looking for, and the ultimate triumph of human reason.
A succinct, startling, and lavishly illustrated guide to discoveries that are altering our understanding and threatening some of our most cherished belief systems, The Grand Design is a book that will inform--and provoke--like no other.

Elastic - Flexible Thinking in a Constantly Changing World (Paperback): Leonard Mlodinow Elastic - Flexible Thinking in a Constantly Changing World (Paperback)
Leonard Mlodinow 1
R350 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R70 (20%) Out of stock

The bestselling author of The Drunkard's Walk and Subliminal unlocks the secrets of flexible thinking. What do Pokemon Go and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein have in common? Why do some businesses survive, and others fail at the first sign of change? What gives the human brain the edge over computers? The answer: Elastic Thinking. It's an ability we all possess, and one that we can all learn to hone in order to succeed, at work and in our everyday lives. Here Leonard Mlodinow, whose own flexible thinking has taken him from physics professor to TV scriptwriter and bestselling author, takes us on a revelatory exploration of how elasticity works. He draws on cutting-edge neuroscience to show how, millennia ago, our brains developed an affinity for novelty, idea generation and exploration. He discovers how flexible thinking enabled some of the greatest artists, writers, musicians and innovators to create paradigm shifts. He investigates the organisations that have demonstrated an elastic ability to adapt to new technologies. And he reveals how you can test your own brain power and increase your capacity for elastic thinking. By uncovering the secrets of our flexible minds, Elastic explains how to thrive in an endlessly dynamic world, at a time when an ability to adapt is more important than ever before.

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