The Doomsday Calculation by William Poundstone

The Doomsday Calculation: How an Equation that Predicts the Future Is Transforming Everything We Know About Life and the Universe by William Poundstone
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Overview: From the author of Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?, a fascinating look at how an equation that foretells the future is transforming everything we know about life, business, and the universe.

In the 18th century, the British minister and mathematician Thomas Bayes devised a theorem that allowed him to assign probabilities to events that had never happened before. It languished in obscurity for centuries until computers came along and made it easy to crunch the numbers. Now, as the foundation of big data, Bayes’ formula has become a linchpin of the digital economy.

But here’s where things get really interesting: Bayes’ theorem can also be used to lay odds on the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence; on whether we live in a Matrix-like counterfeit of reality; on the "many worlds" interpretation of quantum theory being correct; and on the biggest question of all: how long will humanity survive?
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Three Minutes to Doomsday by Joe Navarro

Three Minutes to Doomsday: An Agent, a Traitor, and the Worst Espionage Breach in U.S. History by Joe Navarro
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Overview: An intense cat-and-mouse game played between two brilliant men in the last days of the Cold War, this shocking insider’s story shows how a massive giveaway of secret war plans and nuclear secrets threatened America with annihilation.

In 1988 Joe Navarro, one of the youngest agents ever hired by the FBI, was dividing his time between SWAT assignments, flying air reconnaissance, and working counter-intelligence. But his real expertise was “reading” body language. He possessed an uncanny ability to glean the thoughts of those he interrogated.

So it was that, on a routine assignment to interview a “person of interest”-a former American soldier named Rod Ramsay-Navarro noticed his interviewee’s hand trembling slightly when he was asked about another soldier who had recently been arrested in Germany on suspicion of espionage. That thin lead was enough for the FBI agent to insist to his bosses that an investigation be opened.

What followed is unique in the annals of espionage detection-a two-year-long battle of wits. The dueling antagonists: an FBI agent who couldn’t overtly tip to his target that he suspected him of wrongdoing lest he clam up, and a traitor whose weakness was the enjoyment he derived from sparring with his inquisitor. Navarro’s job was made even more difficult by his adversary’s brilliance: not only did Ramsay possess an authentic photographic memory as well as the second highest IQ ever recorded by the US Army, he was bored by people who couldn’t match his erudition. To ensure that the information flow would continue, Navarro had to pre-choreograph every interview, becoming a chess master plotting twenty moves in advance.

And the backdrop to this mental tug of war was the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the very real possibility that its leaders, in a last bid to alter the course of history, might launch a devastating attack. If they did, they would have Ramsay to thank, because as Navarro would learn over the course of forty-two mind-bending interviews, Ramsay had, by his stunning intelligence giveaways, handed the Soviets the ability to utterly destroy the US.

The story of a determined hero who pushed himself to jaw-dropping levels of exhaustion and who rallied his team to expose undreamed of vulnerabilities in America’s defense, Three Minutes to Doomsday will leave the reader with disturbing thoughts of the risks the country takes even today with its most protected national secrets.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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The Doomsday Machine: The High Price of Nuclear Energy, the World’s Most Dangerous Fuel [Audiobook]

The Doomsday Machine: The Excessive Value of Nuclear Power, the World’s Most Harmful Gasoline [Audiobook]

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The Doomsday Machine: The High Price Of Nuclear Energy The Worlds Most Dangerous Fuel [audiobook]

The Doomsday Machine: The Excessive Value of Nuclear Vitality The Worlds Most Harmful Gasoline [Audiobook]

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The Doomsday Machine by Martin Cohen, Andrew McKillop (.M4B)

The Doomsday Machine: The Excessive Value of Nuclear Power, the World’s Most Harmful Gas by Martin Cohen, Andrew McKillop
Necessities: .M4A/.M4B reader, 208 MB
Overview: Right now, there are over 100 nuclear reactors working in our backyards, from Indian Level in New York to Diablo Canyon in California. Proponents declare that nuclear energy is the one viable different to fossil fuels, and resulting from rising vitality consumption and the looming risk of worldwide warming, they’re pushing for an excellent larger funding.
Right here, vitality economist Andrew McKillop and social scientist Martin Cohen argue that the nuclear energy dream being bought to us is pure fantasy. Debunking the multilayered fable that nuclear vitality is affordable, clear, and protected, they reveal how landscapes are ravaged looking for the elusive yellowcake to gas the reactors, and the way vitality corporations and politicians hardly ever talk about the true prices of nuclear energy vegetation – from the subsidies that construct the infrastructure to the unstated assure that the general public will decide up the cleanup price within the occasion of a meltdown, which may simply high $100 billion {dollars}.
Style: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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The Doomsday Sheriff: The Novella Collection by Michael James Ploof

No Sleep till Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton