A sweeping, in-depth history of NSA, whose famous “cult of
silence” has left the agency shrouded in mystery for
The National Security Agency was born out of the legendary
codebreaking programs of World War II that cracked the famed Enigma
machine and other German and Japanese codes, thereby turning the
tide of Allied victory.
Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past,
present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and
mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly
his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical
structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse.
One ofWall Street
Journal'sBest Ten Works
of Nonfiction in 2012 New York Times Bestseller
“Not so different in spirit from the way public intellectuals
like John Kenneth Galbraith once shaped discussions of economic
policy and public figures like Walter Cronkite helped sway opinion
on the Vietnam War…could turn out to be one of the
more momentous books of the decade.
In Scorecasting, University of Chicago behavioral economist Tobias
Moskowitz teams up with veteran Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon
Wertheim to overturn some of the most cherished truisms of sports,
and reveal the hidden forces that shape how basketball, baseball,
football, and hockey games are played, won and lost.
No number has captured the attention and imagination of people
throughout the ages as much as the ratio of a circle's
circumference to its diameter. Pi—or . as it is symbolically
known—is infinite and, in The Joy of pi, it proves to
be infinitely intriguing.
E=mc2 was born in 1905, the brainchild of Albert Einstein.
In this lucid and brilliant book, one of the best popularizers of
science illuminates one of science's most complex concepts. Ranging
widely from Exit signs in theatres to the future fate of the earth,
from smoke detectors to black holes and the structure of the atom,
David Bodanis delivers a scintillating and colourful account of the
real meaning of E=mc2.
From the end of the 19th century until his death, one of history's
most brilliant mathematicians languished in an asylum. The
Mystery of the Aleph tells the story of Georg Cantor
(1845-1918), a Russian-born German who created set theory, the
concept of infinite numbers, and the "continuum hypothesis," which
challenged the very foundations of mathematics.