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Going to Extremes: How Like Minds Unite and Divide
Going to Extremes: How Like Minds Unite and Divide
Why do people become extremists? What makes people become so dismissive of opposing views? Why is political and cultural polarization so pervasive in America? Why do groups of teenagers, investors, and corporations take unnecessary risks? What leads groups to engage in such destructive acts as terrorism and ethic cleansing?

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Technology: A World History (New Oxford World History)
Technology: A World History (New Oxford World History)
Today technology has created a world of dazzling progress, growing disparities of wealth and poverty, and looming threats to the environment. Technology: A World History offers an illuminating backdrop to our present moment--a brilliant history of invention around the globe. Historian Daniel R. Headrick ranges from the Stone Age and the beginnings...
Scientology
Scientology
Scientology is arguably the most persistently controversial of all contemporary New Religious Movements. The Church of Scientology has been involved in battles over tax issues, a ten-year conflict with the Food and Drug Administration, extended turmoil with a number of European governments, and has even been subjected to FBI raids in Washington,...
Why Evolution Is True
Why Evolution Is True
For all the discussion in the media about creationism and 'Intelligent Design', virtually nothing has been said about the evidence in question - the evidence for evolution by natural selection. Yet, as this succinct and important book shows, that evidence is vast, varied, and magnificent, and drawn from many disparate fields of science. The very...
Imposing Values: Liberalism and Regulation (Oxford Pllitical Philosophy)
Imposing Values: Liberalism and Regulation (Oxford Pllitical Philosophy)
A major question for liberal politics and liberal political theory concerns the proper scope of government. Liberalism has always favored limited government, but there has been wide-ranging dispute among liberals about just how extensive the scope of government should be. Included in this dispute are questions about the extent of state ownership of...
Thomas Hardy's 'Poetical Matter' Notebook
Thomas Hardy's 'Poetical Matter' Notebook
...the notebook offers a rich and vivid demonstration of the ways in which Hardy, astonishingly creative even into his mid-80s, worked persistently with ideas towards so many of the poems which were gathered into the remarkable final volume, Winter Words. With particular value from a biographical standpoint, we can catch tantalising glimpses of the...
The World Heroin Market: Can Supply Be Cut? (Studies in Crime and Public Policy)
The World Heroin Market: Can Supply Be Cut? (Studies in Crime and Public Policy)
Heroin is universally considered the world's most harmful illegal drug. This is due not only to the damaging effects of the drug itself, but also to the spread of AIDS tied to its use. Burgeoning illegal mass consumption in the 1960s and 1970s has given rise to a global market for heroin and other opiates of nearly 16 million users. The production...
A Primer for Mathematics Competitions
A Primer for Mathematics Competitions
The importance of mathematics competitions has been widely recognized for three reasons: they help to develop imaginative capacity and thinking skills whose value far transcends mathematics; they constitute the most effective way of discovering and nurturing mathematical talent; and they provide a means to combat the prevalent false image of...
Albion and Jerusalem: The Anglo-Jewish Community in the Post-Emancipation Era (Oxford Historical Monographs)
Albion and Jerusalem: The Anglo-Jewish Community in the Post-Emancipation Era (Oxford Historical Monographs)
Lionel de Rothschild's hard-fought entry into Parliament in 1858 marked the emancipation of Jews in Britain--the symbolic conclusion of Jews' campaign for equal rights and their inclusion as citizens after centuries of discrimination. Jewish life entered a new phase: the post-emancipation era. But what did this mean for the Jewish community and...
Alan Turing's Automatic Computing Engine: The Master Codebreaker's Struggle to Build the Modern Computer
Alan Turing's Automatic Computing Engine: The Master Codebreaker's Struggle to Build the Modern Computer
the amount of information collected by the editor is huge and it offers interesting reading for anybody with a deep interest in computer history. EMS Newsletter Wonderful...The Essential Turing is a must. J. Bowen, The Times Higher Education Supplement This book (and the related website of the Turing Archive) will be an invaluable reference for...
The Tao of Chemistry and Life: A Scientific Journey
The Tao of Chemistry and Life: A Scientific Journey

As most writers will testify, writing a book entails a fair amount of hard work. It follows that one needs a reason for undertaking the task in the first place. The easiest motivation to understand for writing a book, and perhaps the most common one, is the desire for monetary reward. I do not know what inspired J. K. Rowling to write her...

Credit and Community: Working-Class Debt in the UK since 1880
Credit and Community: Working-Class Debt in the UK since 1880
Credit's centrality to the current economic crisis makes the publication of Sean O'Connell's social history of working-class credit consumption particularly timely. Although the credit crunch came too late to be included in this book, the portrait of a complex relationship between lenders and borrowers over the past 120 years should be required...
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