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Felicia Day and Marcie Sillman
YouFrom online entertainment mogul, actress, and 'queen of the geeks' Felicia Day comes a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood. The Internet isn't all cat videos. There's also Felicia Day - violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world... or at least...
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Date: 26 August 2015
Duration: 00:43:44
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
John Scalzi
The End of All ThingsA science fiction icon returns to his best-selling Old Man's War universe with a new book: The End of All Things. Humans expanded into space...only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. The Colonial Union was formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement...for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more. Now the Colonial Union is living...
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Date: 19 August 2015
Duration: 00:57:27
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Charles Stross
The Annihilation Score, Book A of the Laundry FilesDominique O'Brien - her friends call her Mo - lives a curious double life with her husband, Bob Howard. To the average civilian, they’re boring middle-aged civil servants. But within the labyrinthian secret circles of Her Majesty's government, they're operatives working for the nation's occult security service known as the Laundry, charged with defending Britain against dark supernatural forces threatening humanity. Her latest assignment is assisting the police in containing an unusual outbreak: ordinary...
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Date: 12 August 2015
Duration: 00:57:32
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Tony Hey
The Computing Universe: A Journey through a RevolutionComputers now impact almost every aspect of our lives, from our social interactions to the safety and performance of our cars. How did this happen in such a short time? And this is just the beginning. . . . In this book, Tony Hey and Gyuri Pápay lead us on a journey from the early days of computers in the 1930s to the cutting-edge research of the present day that will shape computing in the coming decades. Along the way, they explain the ideas behind hardware, software, algorithms, Moore's Law, the birth...
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Date: 25 June 2015
Duration: 00:56:59
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Kentaro Toyama
Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of TechnologyAfter a decade designing technologies meant to address education, health, and global poverty, award-winning computer scientist Kentaro Toyama came to a difficult conclusion: Even in an age of amazing technology, social progress depends on human changes that gadgets can’t deliver.Computers in Bangalore are locked away in dusty cabinets because teachers don't know what to do with them. Mobile phone apps meant to spread hygiene practices in Africa fail to improve health. Executives in Silicon Valley...
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Date: 23 June 2015
Duration: 00:54:10
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Bob Mankoff
How About Never – Is Never Good For You?: My Life in CartoonsThe New Yorker receives around 1,000 cartoons each week; it only publishes ~17 of them. The magazine's longstanding cartoon editor and self-proclaimed 'humor analyst' dissects the comedy within just some of the 'idea drawings' featured in the magazine, explaining what works, what doesn't, and why. With the help of myriad images and his funniest, most beloved cartoons, he traces his love of the craft all the way back to his childhood, when he started doing funny drawings at the age of eight. More than...
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Date: 4 June 2015
Duration: 00:56:30
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Richard Thaler and Tren Griffin
In conversation about: Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral EconomicsWhether buying a new car, selling baseball tickets, or applying for a mortgage, we all succumb to biases and make decisions that deviate from the standards of rationality assumed by economists. In other words, we misbehave. More importantly, our misbehavior has serious consequences. Dismissed at first by economists as an amusing sideshow, the study of human miscalculations and their effects on markets now drives efforts to make better decisions in our lives, our businesses, and our governments. Coupling...
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Date: 28 May 2015
Duration: 01:08:04
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Kathleen Eisenhardt
Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex WorldLife gets more complicated every day. Whether you're struggling with information overload, attempting to act effectively with limited resources or trying to change bad habits – Kathleen can help. She and her co-author Don Sulls (MIT) have spent the last decade working with businesses around the world, and have developed a set of highly effective, tried-and-tested rules to help tackle complex problems, whatever they are. So, how do we make the best decisions when deluged with data? How do we solve problems...
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Date: 20 May 2015
Duration: 00:46:37
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Leonard Mlodinow
The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the CosmosA few million years ago, our ancestors came down from the trees and began to stand upright, freeing our hands to create tools and our minds to grapple with the world around us. The Upright Thinkers takes us on a passionate and inspiring tour through the exciting history of human progress and the key events in the development of science. In the process, the book provides a fascinating new look at the unique characteristics of our species and our society that helped propel us from stone tools to written...
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Date: 12 May 2015
Duration: 00:58:21
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Dorie Clark
Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around ItToo many people believe that if they keep their heads down and work hard, they'll be recognized as experts on the merits of their work. But as Dorie Clark points out, 'with more than a million books published each year and 500 million tweets sent each day' you have to capitalize on your unique perspective and knowledge to inspire and lead. Becoming a 'thought leader' is a mysterious process. Where do the ideas come from, and how do they get noticed? Stand Out explains how to identify the ideas that set...
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Date: 6 May 2015
Duration: 00:55:49
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Sydney Padua
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First ComputerLord Byron’s daughter Ada Lovelace was, according to some, instrumental in creating the blueprint for the first computer in collaboration with Charles Babbage. Unfortunately, both Lovelace and Babbage died before their proposed Analytical Engine became a reality. Here is the imagined world where they lived to build their fabled machine–and use it to fight crime. Filled with the “spirit of genuine inventiveness” (Publisher’s Weekly) Padua’s expertly researched webcomic-turned-graphic novel sheds light on...
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Date: 4 May 2015
Duration: 00:39:53
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Joe Plumeri
The Power of Being Yourself: A Game Plan for Success by Putting Passion into Your Life and WorkEveryone imagines top CEOs as larger–than–life figures who do things no one else could. But deep down, a good business leader is an everyman who combines vision and high energy with the ability to connect with and learn from all types of people. In The Power of Being Yourself, renowned business leader Joe Plumeri offers simple yet profound guidance on how to stay positive, motivate yourself and others, and achieve success in your life and work.By sharing his own experiences—and candidly exploring...
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Date: 29 April 2015
Duration: 01:04:53
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Eric Brechner
Agile Project Management with KanbanThere's a way to organize your work, stay focused, avoid mistakes, and be hyper-productive that you can learn in five minutes using sticky notes and markers. It's been used by Toyota to make cars, by Xbox to build software, and by individuals to maintain sanity. It’s called Kanban, and Eric Brechner, an Xbox development manager, has been using it with multiple teams for the past four years. Agile Project Management with Kanban, has a quick start guide, with illustrations and online spreadsheets to get you...
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Date: 21 April 2015
Duration: 01:07:15
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Jeffrey Bennett
What is Relativity?: An Intuitive Introduction to EinsteinIt is commonly assumed that if the Sun suddenly turned into a black hole, it would suck Earth and the rest of the planets into oblivion. Yet, as prominent author and astrophysicist Jeffrey Bennett points out, black holes don't suck. With that simple idea in mind, Bennett begins an entertaining introduction to Einstein's theories of relativity, describing the amazing phenomena readers would actually experience if they took a trip to a black hole. The theory of relativity also reveals the speed of light as...
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Date: 16 April 2015
Duration: 00:54:35
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Dave Zobel
The Science of TVThe highest-rated scripted show on TV, The Big Bang Theory often features Sheldon, Howard, Leonard, and Raj wisecracking about scientific principles as if Penny and the rest of us should know exactly what they’re talking about. The Science of TV’s The Big Bang Theory lets all of us in on the punchline by breaking down the show’s scientific conversations. From an explanation of why Sheldon would think 73 is the best number, to an experiment involving the physical stature of Wolowitz women, to an argument...
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Date: 8 April 2015
Duration: 00:46:27
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Linda Hill
Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading InnovationGreat leaders of innovation don't fit the conventional mold of 'good' leadership. They're not visionaries who set direction and inspire others to follow. Instead, they create the context in which others are both willing and able to innovate. As one leader said, 'My job is to set the stage, not to perform on it.' 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...
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Date: 31 March 2015
Duration: 01:01:19
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Ben Parr
Captivology: The Science of Capturing PeopleWhy are we captivated by sites like Facebook and Instagram, but couldn't care less about MySpace? Why do some musicians grow as popular as Beyonce, while others never make the charts? Why do some nonprofits, such as Charity: Water, succeed in getting our donations, while other charities are ineffective?Whether you're an artist or a salesperson, a teacher or an engineer, a marketer or a parent - putting the spotlight on your ideas, insights, projects and products requires a deep understanding of the science...
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Date: 18 March 2015
Duration: 00:52:02
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Amy Wilkinson
The CreatorHow do some people turn ideas into enterprises or initiatives that endure? Why do some people succeed when so many others fail? The Creator's Code unlocks the six essential skills that turn small notions into big companies or successful efforts within established companies. Over the course of five years, Amy Wilkinson conducted rigorous interviews and analyzed research across many different fields. From the creators of the companies ranging from Yelp to Chobani to Zipcar, she found that entrepreneurial...
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Date: 24 February 2015
Duration: 00:56:54
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Ron Lieber
The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About MoneyIn the spirit of Wendy Mogel's The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman's Nurture Shock, New York Times 'Your Money' columnist Ron Lieber delivers a taboo-shattering manifesto that explains how talking openly to children about money can help parents raise modest, patient, grounded young adults who are financially wise beyond their years.For Ron Lieber, a personal finance columnist and father, good parenting means talking about money with our kids. Children are hyper-aware of money,...
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Date: 9 February 2015
Duration: 01:08:35
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
William Ury
Getting to Yes With Yourself: and Other Worthy OpponentsHow might we expect to get to 'yes' with others if we haven’t first gotten to 'yes' with ourselves? Over the years, William Ury has discovered that the greatest obstacle to successful agreements and satisfying relationships is not the other side. The biggest obstacle is ourselves—our natural tendency to react in ways that do not serve our true interests.Getting to Yes with Yourself explores the concept of understanding and influencing ourselves first, followed by laying the groundwork for understanding and...
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Date: 5 February 2015
Duration: 01:05:02
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Jaeyoung Park
Polywell Fusion: Electrostatic Fusion in a Magnetic CuspNuclear fusion power is considered the ultimate energy source because of its nearly inexhaustible supply of cheap fuels, intrinsic safety, zero emissions and lack of long-lived radioactive waste. Despite tremendous progress in science and technology of fusion reactors, the general consensus has been, and still is, “fusion is always 20 years away”. In this talk, I will introduce the Polywell fusion concept that may offer a low cost and rapid development path to power the world economically and...
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Date: 22 January 2015
Duration: 01:33:38
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
James Whittaker
James Whittaker teaches "The Art of Stage Presence"Every hour of every day in every country where business is conducted the same scene plays out: dozens of well-paid people sitting in a conference room being bored senseless. Death by a thousand slides. This mind numbing, soul crushing, grotesquely expensive experience ends here. James Whittaker reveals the secrets to conceiving, building and delivering a great presentation. Whatever your level of presentation skills, this course offers to hone them. You’ll learn how to build a compelling story from the...
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Date: 15 December 2014
Duration: 03:31:18
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Lynn Brunelle
Mama Gone Geek: Calling on My Inner Science Nerd to Help Navigate the Ups and Downs of ParenthoodHow do you connect the artsy, science-nerd mom with the art and science of parenting? Mama Gone Geek reads like a field trip through pregnancy and parenting, sprinkled with the sparkle of science, wrapped in a hilarious and awe-inspiring memoir. With great enthusiasm, Lynn shows how she shares her inner geek—the part of her that is gleefully curious and wide-eyed with wonderment—with her children. If science is the stardust that makes common things glow, why not pass that magic along to the kids? When she...
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Date: 9 December 2014
Duration: 00:41:35
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Colin Adams
Zombies and CalculusHow can calculus help you survive the zombie apocalypse? Colin Adams, one of today's most entertaining math writers, demonstrates how in this zombie adventure novel. Zombies and Calculus is the account of Craig Williams, a math professor at a small, New England liberal arts college, who, in the middle of a calculus class, finds himself suddenly confronted by a late-arriving student whose hunger is not for knowledge. As the zombie virus spreads, Williams uses calculus to help his small band of survivors...
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Date: 20 November 2014
Duration: 00:42:22
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Matt Parker
Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A MathematicianFor starters, take out paper and pencil, compass, straight edge, maybe a balloon or a bag of oranges, because the author will challenge you to tackle puzzles, whether it's cutting a pizza in equal slices so some pieces never touch the center or passing a quarter through a nickel-size hole. Parker begins with the easier elements like number systems, primes and the polygons of Euclidean geometry. But his approach has the acceleration of a Ferrari, so readers are quickly racing into higher dimensional space....
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Date: 17 November 2014
Duration: 00:53:34
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
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