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Genius on the Edge

Genius on the Edge

The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted

  • Author: Gerald Imber
  • Publisher: Kaplan Trade
  • ISBN: 9781607148586
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 400
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Now in paperback, the groundbreaking biography of the most influential surgeon in American history. “Gerald Imber’s new biography is the first retelling of Halstead’s story in many decades and a particularly expert and thoughtprovoking narrative makes the intense strangeness of Halstead’s subsequent career a gripping story.” —Abigail Zuger, New York Times Science Section Dr. William Stewart Halsted’s life was fascinating and complex. Halsted, perhaps the most important surgeon America has ever produced, battled a lifelong cocaine addiction and maintained numerous secret relationships while simultaneously devising revolutionary medical innovations. Yet the story of Halsted’s life, one of seemingly irreconcilable extremes, is in many ways the story of modern medicine. Before Halsted, poorly-trained doctors performed surgery without anesthesia in unsanitary conditions and patients were rarely expected to survive. Halstead transformed the medical practice by inventing local and spinal anesthesia; introducing the use of rubber gloves during surgery; pioneering the use of fine silk thread for sutures; developing techniques for stabilizing blood pressure during surgery; and inventing the radical mastectomy, blood transfusions, and surgical cures for hernias. Genius on the Edge is an illuminating biography of a complex and troubled man whose brilliance we continue to benefit from today.

Genius in the Shadows

Genius in the Shadows

A Biography of Leo Szilard, the Man Behind the Bomb

  • Author: William Lanouette,Bela Silard
  • Publisher: Skyhorse
  • ISBN: 1628734779
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 641
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Well-known names such as Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Edward Teller are usually those that surround the creation of the atom bomb. One name that is rarely mentioned is Leo Szilard, known in scientific circles as “father of the atom bomb.” The man who first developed the idea of harnessing energy from nuclear chain reactions, he is curiously buried with barely a trace in the history of this well-known and controversial topic. Born in Hungary and educated in Berlin, he escaped Hitler’s Germany in 1933 and that first year developed his concept of nuclear chain reactions. In order to prevent Nazi scientists from stealing his ideas, he kept his theories secret, until he and Albert Einstein pressed the US government to research atomic reactions and designed the first nuclear reactor. Though he started his career out lobbying for civilian control of atomic energy, he concluded it with founding, in 1962, the first political action committee for arms control, the Council for a Livable World. Besides his career in atomic energy, he also studied biology and sparked ideas that won others the Nobel Prize. The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, where Szilard spent his final days, was developed from his concepts to blend science and social issues.

The Works of Samuel Johnson: Essay on the life and genius of Dr. Johnson [by Arthur Murphy] Poems, and tales

The Works of Samuel Johnson: Essay on the life and genius of Dr. Johnson [by Arthur Murphy] Poems, and tales

  • Author: Samuel Johnson
  • Publisher: N.A
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Consulting the Genius of the Place

Consulting the Genius of the Place

An Ecological Approach to a New Agriculture

  • Author: Wes Jackson
  • Publisher: Catapult
  • ISBN: 158243848X
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 284
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A call to agricultural revolution from a locavore and author who is one of “the most prominent and effective advocates of American environmental thought” (Prairie Fire Newspaper). For years, Wes Jackson has made it his mission to raise Americans’ awareness about where their food comes from. Focusing on locally grown and produced food, the locavore movement—joined by food experts and enthusiasts including Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, and Barbara Kingsolver—strives to return agriculture to a more community-based endeavor. This would not only improve the quality of the meals we eat, but protect the land from agricultural processes we’ve grown too dependent on. In this volume, ranging in topic from the history of the earth to the use of modern chemicals and pesticides to the effects of global warming, Jackson outlines a plan that highlights natural ecosystems in the future of farming and food production. An eloquent manifesto for our age, Jackson’s analysis explores the way our agricultural methods have affected everything from the soil to the health of the US population to the danger of monoculture grains. Join the author in a look at how we can change not only the food we eat, but the future of our land.

The Cinema of Takeshi Kitano

The Cinema of Takeshi Kitano

Flowering Blood

  • Author: Sean Redmond
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231850239
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 256
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The Cinema of Takeshi Kitano: Flowering Blood is a detailed aesthetic, Deleuzian, and phenomenological exploration of Japan's finest currently-working film director, performer, and celebrity. The volume uniquely explores Kitano's oeuvre through the tropes of stillness and movement, becoming animal, melancholy and loss, intensity, schizophrenia, and radical alterity; and through the aesthetic temperatures of color, light, camera movement, performance and urban and oceanic space. In this highly original monograph, all of Kitano's films are given due consideration, including A Scene at the Sea (1991), Sonatine (1993), Dolls (2002), and Outrage (2010).

Collective Genius

Collective Genius

The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation

  • Author: Linda A. Hill,Greg Brandeau,Emily Truelove,Kent Lineback
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • ISBN: 1422187594
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 272
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Why can some organizations innovate time and again, while most cannot? You might think the key to innovation is attracting exceptional creative talent. Or making the right investments. Or breaking down organizational silos. All of these things may help—but there’s only one way to ensure sustained innovation: you need to lead it—and with a special kind of leadership. Collective Genius shows you how. Preeminent leadership scholar Linda Hill, along with former Pixar tech wizard Greg Brandeau, MIT researcher Emily Truelove, and Being the Boss coauthor Kent Lineback, found among leaders a widely shared, and mistaken, assumption: that a “good” leader in all other respects would also be an effective leader of innovation. The truth is, leading innovation takes a distinctive kind of leadership, one that unleashes and harnesses the “collective genius” of the people in the organization. Using vivid stories of individual leaders at companies like Volkswagen, Google, eBay, and Pfizer, as well as nonprofits and international government agencies, the authors show how successful leaders of innovation don’t create a vision and try to make innovation happen themselves. Rather, they create and sustain a culture where innovation is allowed to happen again and again—an environment where people are both willing and able to do the hard work that innovative problem solving requires. Collective Genius will not only inspire you; it will give you the concrete, practical guidance you need to build innovation into the fabric of your business.

Trading on the Edge

Trading on the Edge

Neural, Genetic, and Fuzzy Systems for Chaotic Financial Markets

  • Author: Guido J. Deboeck
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 9780471311003
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 416
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Experts from the world's major financial institutions contributed to this work and have already used the newest technologies. Gives proven strategies for using neural networks, algorithms, fuzzy logic and nonlinear data analysis techniques to enhance profitability. The latest analytical breakthroughs, the impact on modern finance theory and practice, including the best ways for profitably applying them to any trading and portfolio management system, are all covered.

The Genius of America

The Genius of America

How the Constitution Saved Our Country--and Why It Can Again

  • Author: Eric Lane,Michael Oreskes
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 9781596918399
  • Category: History
  • Page: 304
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Due to a combination of heightened frustration, moves to skirt the constitutional process, and a widespread disconnect between the people and their constitutional "conscience," Lane and Oreskes warn us our longstanding Democracy is at risk. Together, they examine the Constitution's history relative to this current crisis, from its framing to its centuries-long success, including during some of the country's most turbulent and contentious times, and challenge us to let this great document work as it was designed-valuing political process over product. They hold our leaders accountable, calling on them to stop fanning the flames of division and to respect their institutional roles. In the final assessment, The Genius of America asks us to lean on the framers and their experience to secure our country's wellbeing.

Simple Genius

Simple Genius

  • Author: David Baldacci
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 0330506870
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 400
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In Simple Genius, David Baldacci returns to the main characters from bestsellers Split Second and Hour Game. Former secret service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell must overcome their personal demons to solve two new mysteries. Scarred by the past. Realizing that Maxwell is teetering on the brink of self-destruction, King arranges therapy for his reluctant partner. But is the hospital hiding its own disturbing secrets? A mysterious death. When a physicist dies near a secret compound of scientists and cartographers, funded by an anonymous but powerful group, a down-on-his-luck King takes the case. A larger conspiracy? The body was found opposite the compound, directly across the York River, near Camp Peary – a sinister CIA training ground. And they’re watching King’s investigation. Is Maxwell right in her suspicions of foul play in the hospital? And with both the FBI and CIA breathing down King’s neck, can he discover the truth in time? Simple Genius is followed by First Family, The Sixth Man and King and Maxwell.

Borders iPhone 4 Pocket Genius

Borders iPhone 4 Pocket Genius

  • Author: Paul McFedries
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
  • ISBN: 111803564X
  • Category: Computers
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Get a taste of the complete iPhone 4 Portable Genius with this handy, info-packed, e-book starter that gives you plenty to get up and running with your new iPhone 4. Want to customize your screen to suit your style? Connect your iPhone to a network and monitor data usage? Chat face to face using FaceTime? Buy and download this Pocket Genius today and find colorful screenshots, savvy tips, and great shortcuts that save you time and help you enjoy your iPhone 4 to the max.