Cómo la ciencia determinará el destino de la humanidad y nuestra vida cotidiana en el siglo XXII
Author: Michio Kaku
Un recorrido asombroso a través de los próximos cien años de revolución científica. El futuro ya se está inventando en los laboratorios de los científicos más punteros de todo el mundo. Con toda probabilidad, en 2100 controlaremos los ordenadores a través de diminutos sensores cerebrales y podremos mover objetos con el poder de nuestras mentes, la inteligencia artificial estará en todas partes y lentillas con conexión a internet pondrán toda la información a nuestro alcance en un simple parpadeo. La medicina molecular permitirá cultivar casi cualquier órgano y curar enfermedades genéticas. Millones de diminutos sensores de ADN y nanopartículas patrullarán nuestras células sanguíneas para detectar cualquier atisbo de enfermedad. Los rápidos avances en investigación genética nos permitirán ralentizar o incluso revertir el proceso de envejecimiento alargando la vida humana de forma espectacular. Pero estas extraordinarias revelaciones son solo la punta del iceberg. Kaku estudia robots sensibles, cohetes de antimateria, visión de rayos X, y la posibilidad de crear nuevas formas de vida. También contempla el desarrollo de la economía mundial y formula dos preguntas clave: ¿quiénes serán los ganadores y quiénes los perdedores del futuro?, ¿quiénes tendrán empleo y qué países prosperarán? Sin perder de vista los rigurosos principios científicos y examinando la velocidad a la que madurarán ciertas tecnologías y hasta dónde podrán llegar, Michio Kaku nos ofrece en La física del futuro un recorrido asombroso a través de los próximos cien años de revolución científica. Reseñas: «Accesible, entretenido e inspirador.» New Scientist «Kaku trabaja con una cantidad ingente de material... de un modo claro y muy ameno.» Los Angeles Times Book Review «Qué extraordinaria aventura es tratar de pensar lo impensable.» The New York Times Book Review «Una información fascinante que corta la respiración... Espléndido.» Philadelphia Inquirer «Hipnotizante... El lector acaba eufórico, feliz, y mirando el mundo de un modo revolucionario.» Chicago Tribune
Author: Michio Kaku
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
In paperback for the centenary of the discovery of relativity, "a fresh and highly visual tour through Einstein's astonishing legacy" (Brian Greene). The year 2005 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of the paper that launched Einstein's career, made E=mc2 famous, and ushered in a revolution in science—the paper that announced the theory of special relativity. And there's no better short book that explains just what Einstein did than Einstein's Cosmos. Keying Einstein's crucial discoveries to the simple mental images that inspired them, Michio Kaku finds a revealing new way to discuss these ideas, and delivers an appealing and always accessible introduction to Einstein's work.
Author: José Antonio Bustamante
Publisher: B DE BOOKS
Category: Business & Economics
En el libro El valor de innovar, su autor, José Antonio Bustamante, propone el modelo de Liderazgo Orquestador como metodología efectiva para convertir las oportunidades del futuro en ventajas competitivas del presente. La segunda década del siglo XXI plantea grandes desafíos para todos los profesionales, empresas y organizaciones que pretendan mantenerse vigentes en el tiempo. Hoy como nunca antes, la innovación no es una opción, es un imperativo que debe asumirse de modo real, por sobre el simple deseo de hacer las cosas de manera diferente. Innovar en este contexto es una forma de ser y de actuar que requiere de una estrategia y metodología específica, pero también y en especial, de líderes y equipos que estén dispuestos a ir más allá del alto desempeño para lograr resultados sobresalientes. Este modelo se basa en el desarrollo de cuatro competencias clave que le permitirán al líder y a su equipo realizar, paso a paso, proyectos de innovación y capitalizar luego el conocimiento adquirido en el proceso. Innovar bajo los preceptos del Liderazgo Orquestador crea valor en la medida en que se facilita la generación de nuevos productos, servicios, experiencias o modelos de negocio, fortaleciendo en los líderes la capacidad de emprender, desarrollar nuevas formas de pensar, de administrar el cambio y obtener el compromiso de los actores relevantes para sus iniciativas. Desde esta perspectiva, la innovación será una travesía, un viaje al futuro que necesitará de preparación y ejecución cuidadosa, pero que, cuando concluya, traerá mayores posibilidades de éxito y adaptación a un mundo en constante aumento de complejidad y desafío.
Author: Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
An ardent treatise for the Dignity of Man, which elevates Humanism to a truly Christian level, making this writing as pertinent today as it was in the Fifteenth Century.
Author: Anthony Giddens
Publisher: Profile Books
Category: Political Science
'Before the current global era it is impossible to imagine that comparable events [like September 11] could have occurred, reflecting as they do our new-found interdependence. The rise of global terrorism, like world-wide networks involving in money-laundering, drug-running and other forums of organised crime, are all parts of the dark side of globalisation.' From the new Preface This book is based on the highly influential BBC Reith lecture series on globalisation delivered in 1999 by Anthony Giddens. Now updated with a new chapter addressing the post-September 11th global landscape, this book remains the intellectual benchmark on how globalisation is reshaping our lives. The changes are explored in five main chapters: * Globalisation * Risk * Tradition * Family * Democracy.
How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century
Author: Michio Kaku
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
This volume collects the research of today's scientists to explore the possibilities of the science of tomorrow. Among the issues covered are how decoding DNA will allow us to alter and reshape our genetic heritage, and how quantum physicists will harness the energy of the Universe.
Author: Hannah Arendt
Publisher: Rob Shepherd
The past year has seen a resurgence of interest in the political thinker Hannah Arendt, “the theorist of beginnings,” whose work probes the logics underlying unexpected transformations—from totalitarianism to revolution. A work of striking originality, The Human Condition is in many respects more relevant now than when it first appeared in 1958. In her study of the state of modern humanity, Hannah Arendt considers humankind from the perspective of the actions of which it is capable. The problems Arendt identified then—diminishing human agency and political freedom, the paradox that as human powers increase through technological and humanistic inquiry, we are less equipped to control the consequences of our actions—continue to confront us today. This new edition, published to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of its original publication, contains Margaret Canovan’s 1998 introduction and a new foreword by Danielle Allen. A classic in political and social theory, The Human Condition is a work that has proved both timeless and perpetually timely.
Author: Gabriel García Márquez
AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN eBOOK! In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.
50th Anniversary Edition
Author: Paulo Freire
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
First published in Portuguese in 1968, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was translated and published in English in 1970. Paulo Freire's work has helped to empower countless people throughout the world and has taken on special urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and minorities in cities and urban centers is ongoing. This 50th anniversary edition includes an updated introduction by Donaldo Macedo, a new afterword by Ira Shor and interviews with Marina Aparicio Barberán, Noam Chomsky, Ramón Flecha, Gustavo Fischman, Ronald David Glass, Valerie Kinloch, Peter Mayo, Peter McLaren and Margo Okazawa-Rey to inspire a new generation of educators, students, and general readers for years to come.
Author: Nicholas Negroponte
Category: Technology & Engineering
In lively, mordantly witty prose, Negroponte decodes the mysteries--and debunks the hype--surrounding bandwidth, multimedia, virtual reality, and the Internet, and explains why such touted innovations as the fax and the CD-ROM are likely to go the way of the BetaMax. "Succinct and readable. . . . If you suffer from digital anxiety . . . here is a book that lays it all out for you."--Newsday.
Author: Stephen Hawking,Leonard Mlodinow
#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.
Author: Stephen Hawking
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends? Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.
Author: José Vasconcelos,Didier T. Jaén
Publisher: JHU Press
Category: Literary Criticism
"The days of the pure whites, the victors of today, are as numbered as were the days of their predecessors. Having fulfilled their destiny of mechanizing the world, they themselves have set, without knowing it, the basis for the new period: The period of the fusion and the mixing of all peoples." -- from The Cosmic Race In this influential 1925 essay, presented here in Spanish and English, José Vasconcelos predicted the coming of a new age, the Aesthetic Era, in which joy, love, fantasy, and creativity would prevail over the rationalism he saw as dominating the present age. In this new age, marriages would no longer be dictated by necessity or convenience, but by love and beauty; ethnic obstacles, already in the process of being broken down, especially in Latin America, would disappear altogether, giving birth to a fully mixed race, a "cosmic race," in which all the better qualities of each race would persist by the natural selection of love. "This bilingual edition of The Cosmic Race by José Vasconcelos gives the reader a clear and concise introduction to contents that have caused much critical controversy. Didier T. Jaén places this essay in perspective, discussing theories relevant to Vasconcelos's thought... [and] also provides an historical context for Vasconcelos's evolving ideas." -- Hispania
The Birth of the Prison
Author: Michel Foucault
Category: Social Science
In this brilliant work, the most influential philosopher since Sartre suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner's body to his soul.
Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Publisher: Random House
Vintage Feminism: classic feminist texts in short form WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY NATALIE HAYNES When this book was first published in 1949 it was to outrage and scandal. Never before had the case for female liberty been so forcefully and successfully argued. De Beauvoir’s belief that ‘One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman’ switched on light bulbs in the heads of a generation of women and began a fight for greater equality and economic independence. These pages contain the key passages of the book that changed perceptions of women forever. TRANSLATED BY CONSTANCE BORDE AND SHEILA MALOVANY-CHEVALLIER ANNOTATED AND INTRODUCED BY MARTINE REID
A Novel About the History of Philosophy
Author: Jostein Gaarder
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
One day Sophie comes home from school to find two questions in her mail: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" Before she knows it she is enrolled in a correspondence course with a mysterious philosopher. Thus begins Jostein Gaarder's unique novel, which is not only a mystery, but also a complete and entertaining history of philosophy.
A Handbook for Living
Author: Dalai Lama XIV Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho,Howard C. Cutler
Drawing on more that 2,500 years of Buddhist tradition and teaching, the spiritual leader demonstrates how to confront the negative emotions, stresses, and obstacles of everyday life in order to find the source of inner peace.
How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100
Author: Michio Kaku
Imagine, if you can, the world in the year 2100. In Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku—the New York Times bestselling author of Physics of the Impossible—gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over three hundred of the world’s top scientists who are already inventing the future in their labs. The result is the most authoritative and scientifically accurate description of the revolutionary developments taking place in medicine, computers, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy production, and astronautics. In all likelihood, by 2100 we will control computers via tiny brain sensors and, like magicians, move objects around with the power of our minds. Artificial intelligence will be dispersed throughout the environment, and Internet-enabled contact lenses will allow us to access the world's information base or conjure up any image we desire in the blink of an eye. Meanwhile, cars will drive themselves using GPS, and if room-temperature superconductors are discovered, vehicles will effortlessly fly on a cushion of air, coasting on powerful magnetic fields and ushering in the age of magnetism. Using molecular medicine, scientists will be able to grow almost every organ of the body and cure genetic diseases. Millions of tiny DNA sensors and nanoparticles patrolling our blood cells will silently scan our bodies for the first sign of illness, while rapid advances in genetic research will enable us to slow down or maybe even reverse the aging process, allowing human life spans to increase dramatically. In space, radically new ships—needle-sized vessels using laser propulsion—could replace the expensive chemical rockets of today and perhaps visit nearby stars. Advances in nanotechnology may lead to the fabled space elevator, which would propel humans hundreds of miles above the earth’s atmosphere at the push of a button. But these astonishing revelations are only the tip of the iceberg. Kaku also discusses emotional robots, antimatter rockets, X-ray vision, and the ability to create new life-forms, and he considers the development of the world economy. He addresses the key questions: Who are the winner and losers of the future? Who will have jobs, and which nations will prosper? All the while, Kaku illuminates the rigorous scientific principles, examining the rate at which certain technologies are likely to mature, how far they can advance, and what their ultimate limitations and hazards are. Synthesizing a vast amount of information to construct an exciting look at the years leading up to 2100, Physics of the Future is a thrilling, wondrous ride through the next 100 years of breathtaking scientific revolution. From the Hardcover edition.