Sciences & Techniques

  • THE KNIFE''S EDGE

    Stephen Westaby

    • Harper collins uk
    • 4 Avril 2019

    A TIMES BEST BOOK OF 2019 An intimate and compelling exploration into the unique psyche of the heart surgeon, by one of the profession''s most eminent figures. Although Professor Stephen Westaby was born with the necessary coordination and manual dexterity, it was a head trauma sustained during university that gifted him the qualities of an exceptional heart surgeon: qualities that are frequently associated with psychopathy. His thirty-five-year career has been characterised by fearlessness and ruthless ambition; leaving empathy at the hospital door as thousands of patients put their lives in his hands. For heart surgeons, the inevitable cost of failure is death and in The Knife''s Edge, Westaby reflects on the unique mindset of those who are drawn to this exhilarating and often tragic profession. We discover the pioneers who grasped opportunities and took chances to drive innovation and save lives. Often difficult, uninhibited and fearless, theirs is a field constantly threatened by the risk of public failure. Like those before him, Westaby refuses to draw the line in his search of a lifetime solution to problems of the heart. His determination is unerring - a steadfastness underpinned by his unusual mind. But as we glimpse into the future of cardiac surgery, for all its remarkable scientific advancement, one question remains: within the confines of socialised medical healthcare systems, how can heart surgeons - individuals often hardwired with avoidance of self-doubt, a penchant for glory and a flagrant disregard for authority - truly flourish?

  • A TIMES BEST BOOK OF 2019 An intimate and compelling exploration into the unique psyche of the heart surgeon, by one of the profession''s most eminent figures. Although Professor Stephen Westaby was born with the necessary coordination and manual dexterity, it was a head trauma sustained during university that gifted him the qualities of an exceptional heart surgeon: qualities that are frequently associated with psychopathy. His thirty-five-year career has been characterised by fearlessness and ruthless ambition; leaving empathy at the hospital door as thousands of patients put their lives in his hands. For heart surgeons, the inevitable cost of failure is death and in The Knife''s Edge, Westaby reflects on the unique mindset of those who are drawn to this exhilarating and often tragic profession. We discover the pioneers who grasped opportunities and took chances to drive innovation and save lives. Often difficult, uninhibited and fearless, theirs is a field constantly threatened by the risk of public failure. Like those before him, Westaby refuses to draw the line in his search of a lifetime solution to problems of the heart. His determination is unerring - a steadfastness underpinned by his unusual mind. But as we glimpse into the future of cardiac surgery, for all its remarkable scientific advancement, one question remains: within the confines of socialised medical healthcare systems, how can heart surgeons - individuals often hardwired with avoidance of self-doubt, a penchant for glory and a flagrant disregard for authority - truly flourish?

  • Anglais The Yellow Admiral

    Patrick O'Brian

    • Harper collins uk
    • 15 Octobre 1997

    Life ashore may once again be the undoing of Jack Aubrey. But Stephen Maturin returns from a mission in France with news that the Chileans require the services of English officers. And then an urgent despatch arrives, ordering Jack to Gibraltar: Napoleon has escaped from Elba.

  • WE: A MANIFESTO FOR MODERN WOMEN

    Gillian Anderson

    • Harper collins uk
    • 8 Mars 2017

    Imagine a sisterhood across all creeds and cultures. An unspoken agreement that we, as women, will support and encourage one another. That we will remember we don't know what struggles each of us may be facing elsewhere in our lives and so we will assume that each of us is doing our best So begins WE: an inspiring, empowering and provocative manifesto for change.

  • Anglais By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept

    Paulo Coelho

    • Harper collins uk
    • 13 Juin 2005

    The story of an independent young woman whose life is changed forever by a chance encounter with a childhood friend. This exciting new edition includes exclusive content, such as an interview with the author, in-depth background information on the book, recommended books if you liked this one, and much more. Pilar is an independent and practical young woman who is feeling bored and frustrated by the daily grind of her university life. Looking for a deeper meaning to her existence, she happens to meet an old childhood friend, now a handsome, mesmerizing spiritual teacher - and a rumoured miracle worker. As he leads her on a magical journey through the Fench Pyrenees, Pilar begins to realize that this chance encounter is going to transform her life forever. With Paulo''s trademark blend of mysticism, magical realism and folklore, Pilar''s story is a poignant and deeply inspiring tale

  • From internationally syndicated fitness columnist and author, James Fell, comes a no-nonsense guide on how to get in shape, fix your finances, alleviate depression and change your life for good. The stories examine an abrupt awakening and what comes after. In an instant, the gradual steps of behavior change are bypassed and life transformation takes hold. But can an epiphany be generated? YES.

  • CROSS-GENERATIONAL MENTORING AND THE ONE MINUTE MANAGER

    Ken Blanchard

    • Harper collins uk
    • 20 Octobre 2016

    The bestselling co-author of the legendary The One Minute Manager and a former Twitter executive join forces to create the ultimate guide to creating powerful mentoring relationships.
    The past decade has seen the dramatic rise of a word now well known in corporate hallways: mentoring. But a new awareness about mentoring hasn''t necessarily meant an increased understanding of how to implement the practice.
    While most people agree that having a mentor is a good thing, they don''t know how to find one or use one. And despite widespread approval for the idea of being a mentor, most people don''t think they have the time or skills to do so.
    Positive mentoring relationships can change the way we lead and help us succeed. In One Minute Mentoring, legendary management guru Ken Blanchard and Claire Diaz-Ortiz, a former Twitter executive and early employee, combine their knowledge to provide a systematic approach to intergenerational mentoring, giving readers great insight into the power and influence of mentoring and encouraging them to pursue their own mentoring relationships.
    Using his classic parable format, Blanchard explains why developing effective communication and relationships across generations can be a tremendous opportunity for companies and individuals alike. One Minute Mentoring is the go-to source for learning why mentoring is the secret ingredient to professional and personal success.

  • In this groundbreaking and absorbing book Dr. Sharon Moalem, delves back into the evolution of man to offer a radical perspective on survival, the human body, and our understanding of disease. Survival of the Sickest will change the way you think about your body.

  • Anglais WE - A MANIFESTO FOR MODERN WOMEN

    Gillian Nadal Anderson

    • Harper collins uk
    • 8 Mars 2016

    Imagine a sisterhood - across all creeds and cultures. An unspoken agreement that we, as women, will support and encourage one another. That we will remember we don''t know what struggles each of us may be facing elsewhere in our lives and so we will assume that each of us is doing our best...
    So begins WE: an inspiring, empowering and provocative manifesto for change. Change which we can all effect, one woman at a time. Change which provides a crucial and timely antidote to the ''have-it-all'' Superwoman culture and instead focusses on what will make each and every one of us happier and more free. Change which provides an answer to the nagging sense of ''is that it?'' that almost all of us can succumb to when we wake in the dead of night.
    Written by actress Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadel - two friends who for the last decade have stumbled along together, learning, failing, crying, laughing and trying again - WE is a not a theoretical treatise but instead a rallying cry to create a life that has greater meaning and purpose. Combining tools which are practical, psychological and spiritual, it is both a process and a vision for a more fulfilling way of living. And a truly inspiring vision of a happier, more emotionally rewarding future we can all create together...

  • Anglais HUMAN UNIVERSE

    Brian Cohen Cox

    • Harper collins uk
    • 11 Septembre 2014

    The nation's favourite scientist looks at the origins of life in our Universe. For somehow the laws of nature conspired to create a naked ape that can look up at the stars and wonder where it came from.

  • An inspiring book about what it means to be human as we struggle for mastery in our various spheres.

  • Anglais The honest truth about dishonesty

    Dan Ariely

    • Harper collins uk
    • 7 Juin 2012

    Behavioral economist and New York Times bestselling author of The Upside of Irrationality examines in his usual unique way the contradictory forces that drive us to cheat and keep us honest.

    Cheating is reaching epidemic heights. The world is full of cheaters. We hear about them every day on the news from Washington to Wall Street. We see it all around us and we do it ourselves, whether it's the white lie to keep us out of trouble or that extra cookie that breaks our diet. In this book, award-winning and bestselling author Dan Ariely explores why we just can't stop cheating. He examines the forces we usually think drive us to dishonest behavior but actually don't, and how the irrational forces that we think don't matter often make a big difference in how ethical our actions are. Together these findings shed light on what spurs us to cheat as well as what keeps us honest.

    Dan investigates not only how dishonesty works in the professional and political world, but how we tend to navigate our daily lives by acting slightly dishonestly while still thinking of ourselves as individuals with high moral standards. It won't all be bad news though, as he offers ways for us to stick more closely to the straight and narrow.

    This book takes apart and examines the complex nature of cheating, and in doing so, points the way for greater honesty in ourselves and in the world.

  • Anglais The new iq

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    • Harper collins uk
    • 15 Avril 2013

    IQ tests, which measure our ability to retain information, are out-dated. In the digital era, the new IQ is not about retaining knowledge, but managing it.

  • From the ground-breaking offices of Google, 'Search Inside Yourself' is a personal growth program that focuses on developing emotional intelligence through mindfulness, making its participants more productive at work and better leaders, while becoming more peaceful, happy and compassionate individuals.

  • By the co-author of 'The One Minute Manager' and author of 'Who Moved My Cheese?', this book shows how to bring out the best in yourself in a time-starved world.

  • Anglais The Lady and the Unicorn

    Tracy Chavalier

    • Harper collins uk
    • 25 Mai 2004

    The wonderful new novel from the much loved author of Girl with a Pearl Earring and Falling Angels. The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries are a set of six medieval tapestries. Beautiful, intricate and expertly made, they are also mysterious in their origin and meaning.

  • Anglais Death in Belmont

    Sebastian Junger

    • Harper collins uk
    • 15 Mai 2006

    Offers a portrait of 1960s America that takes as its starting point the brutal events of 11 March 1963, the day on which the lives of three complete strangers - a black handyman, an Italian-American carpenter and a second-generation Jewish housewife, collided in the leafy Boston suburb of Belmont.

  • Why do smart people make irrational decisions every day? The answers will surprise you. Predictably Irrational is an intriguing, witty and utterly original look at why we all make illogical decisions.

  • Anglais Motorcycle Diaries

    Ernesto Che Guevara

    • Harper collins uk
    • 6 Février 2007

    In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on 'La Poderosa', the Powerful One: a 500cc Norton. One of them was the twenty-three-year-old Che Guevara. These are Che's diaries charting his motorcycle odyssey from Argentina through Chile and Peru ending finally in Venezuela.

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