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Par Niall Ferguson. 2013
An examination of institutional dysfunction in the Western world argues that such values as a free market and representative government…are being compromised while future generations are inheriting unmanageable levels of debt. 2013.
Par Gregory Zuckerman. 2014
In five years, the United States has seen a historic burst of oil and natural gas production, easing our insatiable…hunger for energy. A new drilling process called fracking has made us the world's fastest growing energy power, on track to pass Saudi Arabia by 2020. But despite headlines and controversy, no previous book has shown how the revolution really happened. The Frackers tells the dramatic tale of how a group of ambitious and headstrong wildcatters ignored the ridicule of experts and derision of colleagues to pursue massive, long-overlooked deposits. Against all odds, they changed the world- and made astonishing fortunes in the process. Zuckerman's exclusive access enabled him to get close to men like George Mitchell, who developed a new way to drill for gas in shale rock; Harold Hamm, who discovered so much oil he's now worth more than the estate of Steve Jobs; and Aubrey McClendon, who lost more than billion on a misguided gambit. Zuckerman shows how the frackers are now using their wealth to shake up Hollywood, education, politics, sports, and other fields, much like the Rockefellers and Gettys before them. He also explores the debate over the environmental risks of fracking, and whether those risks are worth it for the United States to achieve energy independence and for the rest of the world to follow. 2014.
Par Amity Shlaes. 2007
Economics reporter analyzes the Great Depression era in the United States and posits that federal intervention in the economy lengthened…its duration. Considers economic plans from members of Franklin Roosevelt's brain trust and alternate solutions of outsiders such as African American Father Divine and Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson. 2007.
Par B Greene. 2004
String theory is a recent development in physics that, by positing that all which exists is composed of infinitesimally small…vibrating loops of energy, seeks to unify Einstein's theories and those of quantum mechanics into a so-called "theory of everything." Greene offers a view of human understanding of space and time, beginning with Newton, moving through Einstein and quantum physics, and on to string theory and its hypotheses. c2004.
Par Jeff Rubin. 2012
Economist and resource analyst Jeff Rubin is certain that the world's governments are getting it wrong - instead of moving…us toward economic recovery, measures being taken around the globe right now are digging us into a deeper hole. Both politicians and economists are missing the fact that the real engine of economic growth has always been cheap, abundant fuel and resources, but that era is over. The end of cheap oil signals the end of growth - and the end of easy answers to renewing prosperity. c2012.
Par Julian B Barbour. 1999
This text describes the coming revolution in our understanding of the cosmos: a quantum theory of the universe that brings…together Einstein's general theory of relativity - which denies the existence of a unique time - and quantum mechanics - which demands one. The author contends that only the most radical of ideas can resolve the profound conflict between these two foundational pillars of modern physics, and in this book he proposes it: there is, quite literally, no time at all. 1999.
How the amazing theories of relativity and quantum mechanics transformed our understanding of nature in the last century, and how…new ideas, developed in seeking to unify the laws of nature, probably hold the seeds of a major upheaval in physics. 1999.
Science columnist for the Los Angeles Times elucidates the mysterious concept of nothingness. Discusses the Big Bang, black holes, string…theory, vacuums, and zero while tracing their scientific history and the theories of experts in the field--from Isaac Newton to Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. 2001.
Par Paul Hawken. 1993
Provides a blueprint for a marketplace where businesses and environmentalists work together, showing companies how to redesign and manufacture products…in innovative ways, re-educate customers, and work closely with government toward a profitable, productive, and ecologically sound future. 2005, c1993.
Par Robert H Frank. 2011
Frank looks at how economic competition is actually hindering the "common good." He explains that Charles Darwin's theory on the…clash between individual and group interests is a perfect analogy for today's economic landscape. 2011.
Par Linda McQuaig. 1998
McQuaig looks into the popular belief that the Canadian economy is beyond Canada's control, held at the mercy of globalization…and technology. Instead, she argues, the international community has the tools to regulate the world financial system to everyone's benefit, as was done in the decades after World War II. 1998.
Par John Ralston Saul. 2005
Globalism, where world markets would supplant nation-states, has failed even as it succeeded, by increasing GDP or individual wealth in…some countries while allowing the paralyzing accumulation of debt in the third world. In the meantime, economies have artificially inflated and imploded. The author also faults a system where multinational corporations attempt to replace government infrastructure and "overly complex" management is mistaken for leadership. 2005.
Par Niall Ferguson. 2001
Throughout modern history, the way states have managed their money has been crucial to their survival and success. It has…been finance as much as firepower that has decided the fates of nations in the supreme test of war. The cash nexus is the crucial point where money and power meet. But does money make the political world go round? Does the success of democracy depend on economic growth? Does victory always go to the richest of the great powers? Or are financial markets the true 'masters' of the modern world? 2001.
Par Jeff Rubin. 2015
The author vehemently believes that Stephen Harper's economic vision for our country is dead wrong. Changes in energy markets in…the US - where domestic production is booming while demand for oil is shrinking - are quickly turning Harper's dream into an economic nightmare. The same trade and investment ties to oil that pushed the Canadian dollar to record highs are now pulling it down. But the very climate change that will leave much of the country's carbon unburnable could at the same time make some of Canada's other resource assets more valuable: our water and our land. Canada won't be an energy superpower, but it has the potential to be one of the world's great breadbaskets. And in the global climate that the world's carbon emissions are inexorably creating, food will soon be a lot more valuable than oil. Bestseller. 2015.
Par Natalie Angier. 2008
A cultured person, Natalie Angier argues, should know about the classic ideas of physics and evolutionary biology as well as…the classic works of Beethoven and Picasso. How was the Earth formed? How big is an atom? What is a quantum leap? Drawing on conversations with hundreds of the world's leading scientists, Angier takes us on an informative tour of this neglected canon. 2008.
Par Niall Ferguson. 2009
Niall Ferguson shows that finance is the foundation of human progress and reveals financial history as the essential back-story behind…all history. The evolution of credit and debt was as important as any technological innovation in the rise of civilization, from ancient Babylon to the silver mines of Bolivia. 2009.
Par John Kenneth Galbraith. 1977
Traces the history of ideas held by economists and social philosophers that have influenced the world in the last two…hundred years. Based on the BBC series released in 1977. 1977.
Par Donald N Thompson. 2008
Delves into the economics and psychology of the contemporary art world - artists, dealers, auction houses, and wealthy collectors. If…it's true that 85 percent of new contemporary art is bad, why were record prices achieved at auction in 2006 and 2007? Explores money, lust, and the self-aggrandizement of possession in an attempt to determine what makes a particular work of art valuable while others are ignored. 2008.
Par Carlo Rovelli, Patrick Vighetti. 2015
Avec les mots de l'écrivain, le talent du poète, Carlo Rovelli nous fait apercevoir le mystère du monde, la beauté…du monde, une beauté à couper le souffle. Ces sept leçons donnent un aperçu rapide des aspects les plus importants et fascinants de la grande révolution qui a bouleversé la physique au XXe siècle, et surtout des questions et des mystères que cette révolution a soulevés. Elles nous emmènent dans le monde enchanté des grandes idées de la physique actuelle : de la relativité générale d'Einstein à la physique quantique, des particules élémentaires à l'architecture de l'Univers, de la gravité quantique à la nature du temps et de la conscience. 2015.
Super freakonomics: global cooling, patriotic prostitutes and why suicide bombers should buy life insurance
Par Steven D Levitt, Stephen J Dubner. 2009
Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else, whether investigating a solution to global warming…or explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically. By examining how people respond to incentives, they show the world for what it really is - good, bad, ugly, and, in the final analysis, super freaky. 2009.