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The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self

Anil Ananthaswamy

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*Nominated for the 2016 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award*
*An NBC News Notable Science Book of 2015*
*Named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2015*
*A Book of the Month for Brain HQ/Posit Science*
*Selected by Forbes as a Must Read Brain Book of 2015*
*On Life Changes Network’s list of the Top 10 Books That Could Change Your Life of 2015*


In the tradition of Oliver Sacks, a tour of the latest neuroscience of schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, ecstatic epilepsy, Cotard’s syndrome, out-of-body experiences, and other disorders—revealing the awesome power of the human sense of self from a master of science journalism.


Anil Ananthaswamy’s extensive in-depth interviews venture into the lives of individuals who offer perspectives that will change how you think about who you are. These individuals all lost some part of what we think of as our self, but they then offer remarkable, sometimes heart-wrenching insights into what remains. One man cut off his own leg. Another became one with the universe.

We are learning about the self at a level of detail that Descartes (“I think therefore I am”) could never have imagined. Recent research into Alzheimer’s illuminates how memory creates your narrative self by using the same part of your brain for your past as for your future. But wait, those afflicted with Cotard’s syndrome think they are already dead; in a way, they believe that “I think therefore I am not.” Who—or what—can say that? Neuroscience has identified specific regions of the brain that, when they misfire, can cause the self to move back and forth between the body and a doppelgänger, or to leave the body entirely. So where in the brain, or mind, or body, is the self actually located? As Ananthaswamy elegantly reports, neuroscientists themselves now see that the elusive sense of self is both everywhere and nowhere in the human brain.

The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth's Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

Anil Ananthaswamy

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In this deeply original book, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy sets out in search of the telescopes and detectors that promise to answer the biggest questions in modern cosmology. Why is the universe expanding at an ever faster rate? What is the nature of the "dark matter" that makes up almost a quarter of the universe? Why does the universe appear fine-tuned for life? Are there others besides our own?

Ananthaswamy soon finds himself at the ends of the earth—in remote and sometimes dangerous places. Take the Atacama Desert in the Chilean Andes, one of the coldest, driest places on the planet, where not even a blade of grass can survive. Its spectacularly clear skies and dry atmosphere allow astronomers to gather brilliant images of galaxies billions of light-years away. Ananthaswamy takes us inside the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope on Mount Paranal, where four massive domes open to the sky each night "like dragons waking up."

He also takes us deep inside an abandoned iron mine in Minnesota, where half-mile-thick rock shields physicists as they hunt for elusive dark matter particles. And to the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, where engineers are drilling 1.5 miles into the clearest ice on the planet. They’re building the world’s largest neutrino detector, which could finally help reconcile quantum physics with Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

The stories of the people who work at these and other dramatic research sites—from Lake Baikal in Siberia to the Indian Astronomical Observatory in the Himalayas to the subterranean lair of the Large Hadron Collider—make for a compelling new portrait of the universe and our quest to understand it. An atmospheric, engaging, and illuminating read, The Edge of Physics depicts science as a human process, bringing cosmology back down to earth in the most vivid terms.

Do No Harm: The People Who Amputate Their Perfectly Healthy Limbs, and the Doctors Who Help Them

Anil Ananthaswamy

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All his life, David has been afflicted by a strange and uncomfortable feeling: that his leg belongs to somebody else. It's left him angst-ridden, depressed and confused - and after years of torment, the only way he can think to is to get rid of it completely.

David isn't alone. In fact, thousands of people worldwide have the same compulsion to remove their own limbs, or other body parts, and now scientists think they may have identified why. But as researchers unearth the deep neurological roots of the condition, those who have already been driven towards the edge are seeking radical treatment from a few unorthodox surgeons.

In this disturbing, award-winning investigation from the science and technology publisher MATTER, acclaimed writer Anil Ananthaswamy delves accompanies one man as he travels the world to get the illicit surgery he craves. Join him on a journey that reveals what it's like to be at war with your own body.

Data Communications Using Object-Oriented Design and C++/Book and Disk (McGraw-Hill Series on Computer Communications)

Anil Ananthaswamy

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A guide to data communications software design using object-oriented techniques in C++. It shows how to address real-world programming issues largely ignored by textbooks, highlighting the power of object-oriented programming through the implementation of an end-to-end protocol. The ISO 7776 Data Link layer is developed in its entirety. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

The Edge Of Reason

Anil Ananthaswamy

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The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self by Anil Ananthaswamy (2015-08-04)

Anil Ananthaswamy

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The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth's Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Anil Ananthaswamy (2010-03-02)

Anil Ananthaswamy

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The Man Who Wasn't There: Tales from the Edge of the Self

Anil Ananthaswamy

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In the tradition of Oliver Sacks, science journalist Anil Ananthaswamy skillfully inspects the bewildering connections among brain, body, mind, self, and society by examining a range of neuropsychological ailments from autism and Alzheimer's to out-of-body experiences and body integrity identity disorder Award-winning science writer Anil Ananthaswamy smartly explores the concept of self by way of several mental conditions that eat away at patients' identities, showing we learn a lot about being human from people with a fragmented or altered sense of self. Ananthaswamy travelled the world to meet those who suffer from "maladies of the self" interviewing patients, psychiatrists, philosophers and neuroscientists along the way. He charts how the self is affected by Asperger's, autism, Alzheimer's, epilepsy, schizophrenia, among many other mental conditions, revealing how the brain constructs our sense of self. Each chapter is anchored with stories of people who experience themselves differently from the norm. Readers meet individuals in various stages of Alzheimer's disease where the loss of memory and cognition results in the loss of some aspects of the self. We meet a woman who recalls the feeling of her first major encounter with schizophrenia which she describes as an outside force controlling her. Ananthaswamy also looks at several less­ familiar conditions, such as Cotard's syndrome, in which patients believe they are dead, and those with body integrity identity disorder, where the patient seeks to have a body part amputated because it "doesn't belong to them." Moving nimbly back and forth from the individual stories to scientific analysis The Man Who Wasn't There is a wholly original exploration of the human self which raises fascinating questions about the mind-body connection.

Reisen an die Grenzen der Physik: Wie Kosmologen und Teilchenphysiker an extremen Orten die Geheimnisse des Universums entschlüsseln (German Edition)

Anil Ananthaswamy

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Dieses Buch nimmt uns mit auf eine Reise zu den größten Fragen der modernen Kosmologie – und zu den Teleskopen und Detektoren, von denen wir uns Antworten erhoffen und die oft genug in entlegenen, unwirtlichen Regionen der Erde stehen. Die Geschichten der Menschen, die dort arbeiten, vermitteln uns ein neues Bild des Universums und unseres unstillbaren Bedürfnisses, es zu verstehen. Das Neutrino im Baikalsee schildert die Wissenschaft als einen menschlichen Prozess und holt die Kosmologie in anschaulichster Form auf die Erde zurück.

Tajemnice Wszechswiata

Ananthaswamy Anil

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Proba odpowiedzi na pytania ktore stawia wspolczesna kosmologia Odkrycie ciemnej energii i ciemnej materii oraz niemoznosc eksperymentalnego potwierdzenia istnienia bozonu Higgsa daly fizykom wielka swobode w rozwazaniach teoretycznych Powstalo mnostwo pomyslow i jeszcze wiecej domyslow Czy prowadzone obecnie eksperymenty w dziedzinie kosmologii i fizyki czastek dadza nam wskazowki w ktora strona bedzie zmierzac nauka Tajemnice Wszechswiata stanowia probe znalezienia odpowiedzi na to pytanie Poszukujac jej autor wybral sie w podroz do najodleglejszych miejsc by przyjrzec sie eksperymentom ktore moga pomoc przelamac impas w fizyce teoretycznej W kopalni w Minnesocie nad jeziorem Bajkal w Chile na Hawajach w Afryce Poludniowej i wreszcie na Antarktydzie spotkal fizykow prowadzacych badania obserwowal ich prace i wraz z nimi zastanawial sie nad pytaniami ktore stawia wspolczesna kosmologia Anil Ananthaswamy wyksztalcony w Indiach i Stanach Zjednoczonych jest redaktoremkonsultantem New Scientist oraz autorem wielu artykulow popularnonaukowych W Tajemnicach Wszechswiata zabiera czytelnika w podroz do odleglych i trudno dostepnych miejsc na Ziemi gdzie fizycy za pomoca najnowoczesniejszych przyrzadow probuja odkryc tajemnice kosmosu materii i energii SPIS TRESCI Od autora Prolog 1 Mnisi i astronomowie 2 Eksperyment ktory niczego nie wykrywa 3 Male neutralne 4 Kwartet swietlny na Cerro Paranal 5 Ogien skala i lod 6 Trzy tysiace oczu w Karru 7 Antymateria nad Antarktyda 8 Einstein a fizyka kwantowa na biegunie poludniowym 9 Decydujace starcie 10 Szepty innych wszechswiatow Epilog Dodatek I Model Standardowy fizyki czastek Dodatek II Od Wielkiego Wybuchu do teraz model standardowy kosmologii Podziekowania Bibliografia Indeks