Best Anil Ananthaswamy books
The Man Who Wasn't There: Tales from the Edge of the Self
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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.
The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth's Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
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Do No Harm: The People Who Amputate Their Perfectly Healthy Limbs, and the Doctors Who Help Them
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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.
Through Two Doors at Once: The Elegant Experiment That Captures the Enigma of Our Quantum Reality
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Some of the greatest minds in the history of science, even Newton himself, clashed over the simple question this experiment sought to answer: Is light a particle or a wave? And despite Albert Einstein proving that it is, in fact, both, that discovery only raised more questions. Richard Feynman thought this experiment the most beautiful ever made. Decade after decade, hypothesis after hypothesis, scientists have continued to return to the double-slit experiment to help them answer questions about the quantum mechanics of reality.
With his extraordinarly gifted eloquence, Ananthaswamy takes the reader on an exploration of the past, present, and future implications of the double-slit experiment. No longer just used to examine the nature of light, Thomas Young's simple contraption, involving a candle and some paper with two slits in it, has surpassed its humble (yet paradigm-shifting) origins; redesigned in variations that extend into the solar system and use the most minute high-tech engineering, the double-slit experiment is exposing and untangling the deepest mysteries of the universe. It is a tool that can finally show us where the quantum world ends and the familar classical world of our daily lives begins.
Through Two Doors at Once celebrates physics at its most elegantly simple and profound. Anil Ananthaswamy travels around the world and through history, introducing readers to visionary contemporary physicists such as Roger Penrose and Leonard Susskind who are still developing this experiment, as well as revolutionaries like Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr. It is a journey readers will never forget.
Data Communications Using Object-Oriented Design and C++/Book and Disk (McGraw-Hill Series on Computer Communications)
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The Man Who Wasn't There: Tales from the Edge of the Self
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Reisen an die Grenzen der Physik: Wie Kosmologen und Teilchenphysiker an extremen Orten die Geheimnisse des Universums entschlüsseln (German Edition)
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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.