An intimate and inspirational exploration of Stephen Hawking--the man, the friend, and the physicist. One of the most influential physicists of our time, Stephen Hawking touched the lives of millions. Recalling his nearly two decades as Hawkings collaborator and friends, Leonard Mlodinow brings this complex man into focus in a unique and deeply personal portrayal. We meet Hawking the genius, who ours his mind into uncovering the mysteries of the universe--ultimately formulating a pathbreaking theory of black holes that reignites the discipline of cosmology and paves the way for physicists to investigate the origins of the universe in completely new ways. We meet Hawking the colleagues, a man whose illness leaves him able to communicate at only six words per minute but who expends the effort to punctuate his conversations with humor. And we meet Hawking the friend, who can convey volumes with a frown, a smile, or simply a raised eyebrow. Modinow puts us in the room as Hawking indulges his passion for wine and curry; shares his feelings on love, death, and disability; and grapples with deep questions of philosophy and physics. Whether depicting Hawkings devotion to his work or demonstrating how he would make spur of the moment choices, such as punting on the River Cam (despite the risk the jaunt to posed), or spinning tales of Hawking defiantly urinating in the hedges outside a restaurant that doesnt have a wheelchair accessible toilet, Mlodinow captures his indomitable spirit. This deeply affecting account of a friendship teaches us not just about the nature and practice of physics but also about life and the human capacity to overcome daunting obstacles.
'Timely and engrossing. . . a fascinating exploration of one of the most important topics: how the human mind deals with change' - Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit 'A book of sparkling intelligence, written with humour and grace. If you read only one book of accessible science this year, let this be the one' - Mark Williams, author of Mindfulness 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.
The best-selling author of Subliminal and The Drunkards Walk teaches you how to tap into the hidden power of your brain. Elastic is a book that will help you survive the whirlwind. --Daniel H. Pink, author of When and A Whole New Mind Named to the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards Longlist In this startling and provocative look at how the human mind deals with change, Leonard Mlodinow shows us to unleash the natural abilities we all possess so we can thrive in dynamic and troubled times. Truly original minds capitalize when everyone else struggles. And most of us assume that these abilities are innate, reserved for a select few. But Mlodinow reveals that we all possess them, that we all have encoded in our brains a skill he terms elastic thinking--and he guides us in how to harness it. Drawing on groundbreaking research, Mlodinow outlines how we can learn to let go of comfortable ideas and become accustomed to ambiguity and contradiction; how we can rise above conventional mindsets and reframe the questions we ask; and how we can improve our ability to solve problems and generate new ideas--critical skills for achieving professional and personal success in our quickly morphing world.
Leonard Mlodinow, the best-selling author of The Drunkards Walk and coauthor of The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking), gives us a startling and eye-opening examination of how the unconscious mind shapes our experience of the world and how, for instance, we often misperceive our relationships with family, friends, and business associates, misunderstand the reasons for our investment decisions, and misremember important events.
Your preference in politicians, the amount you tip your waiter--all 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 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 subliminal mind affects the way we live.
Employing his trademark wit and 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 and 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.
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Leonard Mlodinow reveals the psychological illusions that prevent us understanding everything from stock-picking to wine-tasting, 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 is an exhilarating, eye-opening guide to understanding our random world - read it, so you won't be left a victim of chance.
Through Euclid's Window, Leonard Mlondinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. This new, refreshing, alternative history of maths reveals how simple questions anyone might ask about space in the living room or in some other galaxy have been the hidden engine of science's highest achievements.
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.
From the best-selling author of Subliminal and The Drunkard’s Walk comes a groundbreaking look at the psychology and neuroscience of change, and at how tapping into elastic thinking will help us thrive in the modern world.
Drawing on cutting-edge research, Leonard Mlodinow takes us on an illuminating journey through the mechanics of our minds as we navigate the rapidly changing landscapes around us. Out of the exploratory instincts that allowed our ancestors to prosper hundreds of thousands of years ago, humans developed a cognitive style that Mlodinow terms elastic thinking, a unique set of talents that include neophilia (an affinity for novelty), schizotypy (a tendency toward unusual perception), imagination and idea generation, and divergent and integrative thinking. These are the qualities that enabled innovators from MaryShelley to Miles Davis, from the inventor of jumbo-sized popcorn to the creators of Pokémon Go, to effect paradigm shifts in our culture and society. In our age of unprecedented technological innovation and social change, it is more important than ever to encourage these abilities and traits.
How can we train our brains to be more comfortable when confronting change and more adept at innovation? How do our brains generate new ideas, and how can we nurture that process? Why can diversity and even discord be beneficial to our thought process? With his keen acumen and quick wit, Leonard Mlodinow gives us the essential tools to harness the power of elastic thinking in an endlessly dynamic world.
The bestselling author of The Drunkard's Walk and Subliminal unlocks the secrets of flexible thinking.
What do Pokémon 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.
Uma perspetiva íntima, única e inspiradora da vida e obra de uma mente brilhante.
Indubitavelmente um dos físicos mais influentes do nosso tempo, Stephen Hawking inspirou a vida de milhões de pessoas. Neste livro, o físico Leonard Mlodinow relembra as quase duas décadas de colaboração e amizade entre ambos, dando a conhecer um homem complexo, num retrato único e profundamente pessoal.
Os dois conheceram-se em 2003, quando Stephen perguntou a Leonard se ele consideraria a hipótese de escrever com ele uma continuação do bestseller Breve História do Tempo. Ao longo dos anos que passaram a escrever Brevíssima História do Tempo e, mais tarde, O Grande Desígnio, estabeleceram uma ligação profunda e Leonard passou a compreender melhor a vida diária e as lutas de Stephen, bem como a sua compaixão e bom humor.
Ao entrelaçar a sua história com um retrato perspicaz do alcance científico de Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow apresenta-nos um homem brilhante, travesso e generoso, cuja vida foi não apenas excecional mas também genuinamente inspiradora.
«Um retrato fulgurante de perseverança e determinação.» - Kirkus
«Mlodinow é exímio em tornar a ciência acessível.» - Stephen Hawking
How did a near-extinct species, eking out a meager existence with stone axes, become the dominant power on earth, able to harness a knowledge of nature ranging from tiny atoms to the vast structures of the universe? Leonard Mlodinow takes us on an enthralling tour of the history of human progress, from our time on the African savannah through the invention of written language, all the way to modern quantum physics. Along the way, he explores the colorful personalities of the great philosophers, scientists, and thinkers, and traces the cultural conditions--and the elements of chance--that influenced scientific discovery. Deeply informed, accessible, and infused with the authors trademark humor and insight, The Upright Thinkers is a stunning tribute to humanitys intellectual curiosity and an important book for any reader with an interest in the scientific issues of our day.
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.
An examination of the ways in which the unconscious mind shapes everyday life traces recent scientific advances to reveal the pivotal role of the subliminal mind in influencing experiences and relationships. By the author of The Drunkard's Walk . 100,000 first printing.
Reveals the psychological illusions that prevent us understanding things from stock-picking to wine-tasting, winning the lottery to road safety, as well as the truth about the success of sporting heroes and film stars, and how to make sense of a blood test. This guide helps to understanding our random world.
Il existe déjà La vie rêvée des maths, de David Berlinski...
Voici enfin, grâce à Leonard Mlodinow, le premier livre lumineux sur la géométrie et son histoire.
Quel est notre rapport au temps, à l'espace ? Sommes-nous capables d'expliquer les phénomènes les plus anodins que nous côtoyons quotidiennement, la gravité, la vitesse, l'univers, en bref, tout ce qui rend possible notre civilisation moderne ? L'auteur commence avec Euclide et nous entraîne dans la fabuleuse histoire de la géométrie. Les trajectoires sont multiples et les destins se croisent, de Descartes à Einstein.
Peu de temps suffira au lecteur pour s'exclamer " Eurêka ! " tant les exemples concrets choisis par Mlodinow rendent la lecture stimulante.
Et nul besoin d'être le premier de la classe ! Avec Dans l'oeil du compas, Leonard Mlodinow atteint sa cible, en rendant limpides les concepts et les théories les plus complexes et les plus révolutionnaires.
This is the story of Leonard Mlodinow's first year on the Caltech Faculty in the winter of 1981. It is the narrative of himself as a young physicist trying to find his place in the world, and the wisdom of an old, and dying physicist who helped him - the legendary Richard Feynman.
Pourquoi et comment l'Univers a-t-il commencé ? Pourquoi y a-t-il quelque chose plutôt que rien ? Quelle est la nature de la réalité ? Comment expliquer que les lois naturelles soient aussi finement ajustées ? Et nous, pourquoi donc existons-nous ?
Longtemps réservées aux philosophes et aux théologiens, ces interrogations relèvent désormais aussi de la science. C'est ce que montrent ici avec brio et simplicité Stephen Hawking et Leonard Mlodinow, s'appuyant sur les découvertes et les théories les plus récentes, qui ébranlent nos croyances les plus anciennes.
Pour eux, inutile d'imaginer un plan, un dessein, un créateur derrière la nature. La science explique bel et bien à elle seule les mystères de l'Univers.
Des réponses nouvelles aux questions les plus élémentaires : lumineux et provocateur !
Le premier ouvrage important de Stephen Hawking depuis dix ans.
L'univers est-il conscient ? Quelle est la nature de la connexion entre le cerveau et l'esprit ? Dieu existe-t-il ou est-ce une illusion ? Deux experts remarquables, Deepak Chopra, médecin, et Léonard Moldinow, physicien, co-auteur avec Stephen Hawking de Y-a-t-il un grand architecte dans l'univers ?, se sont lancés dans un débat passionnant et enflammé. Dans Qui détient la clé de l'univers ?, Chopra soutient qu'une intelligence est à l'oeuvre dans un univers qui a du sens. À l'opposé, Mlodinow se sert de la physique, de la génétique et de la cosmologie pour expliquer rationnellement notre univers. Deux visions s'affrontent, l'une spirituelle, l'autre matérialiste, pour la plus grande fascination des lecteurs en quête de vérités.
Presents scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe. This title reveals the Model dependent realism, the multi verse, the top-down theory of cosmology, and the unified M-theory. It also includes discoveries that are altering our understanding and threatening some of our most cherished belief systems.
Addresses the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, the history and future of the universe. This book guides nonscientists in the search for the tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space.
In this title, the author 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.