Book cover of Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control by Stuart Russell
Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control

A leading artificial intelligence researcher lays out a new approach to AI that will enable us to coexist successfully with increasingly intelligent machines

In the popular imagination, superhuman artificial intelligence is an approaching tidal wave that threatens not just jobs and human relationships, but civilization itself. Conflict between humans and machines is seen as inevitable and its outcome all too predictable. […Learn More]

Fiction

Rodham: A Novel

In 1971, Hillary Rodham is a young woman full of promise: Life magazine has covered her Wellesley commencement speech, she’s attending Yale Law School, and she’s on the forefront of student activism and the women’s rights movement. And then she meets Bill Clinton. A handsome, charismatic southerner and fellow law student, Bill is already planning his political career. In each other, the two find a profound intellectual, emotional, and physical connection that neither has previously experienced. […Learn More]

Book cover of Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez
Engineering & Transportation

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, where in a car accident you are 47% more likely to be seriously injured, where every week the countless hours of work you do are not recognised or valued.

If any of this sounds familiar, chances are that you’re a woman. […Learn More]

Earth Sciences

We Are The Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

In We Are the Weather, Jonathan Safran Foer explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal, and urgent new way.

Some people reject the fact, overwhelmingly supported by scientists, that our planet is warming because of human activity. But do those of us who accept the reality of human-caused climate change truly believe it? […Learn More]

Biography & Autobiography

Agent Sonya: Moscow’s Most Daring Wartime Spy

The “master storyteller” (San Francisco Chronicle) behind the New York Times bestseller The Spy and the Traitor uncovers the true story behind the Cold War’s most intrepid female spy.

In 1942, in a quiet village in the leafy English Cotswolds, a thin, elegant woman lived in a small cottage with her three children and her husband, who worked as a machinist nearby. Ursula Burton was friendly but reserved, and spoke English with a slight foreign accent. By all accounts, she seemed to be living a simple, unassuming life. Her neighbors in the village knew little about her. […Learn More]

Engineering & Transportation

Humble Pi: A Comedy of Math Errors

**The First Ever Maths Book to be a No.1 Bestseller**’Wonderful … superb’ Daily MailWhat makes a bridge wobble when it’s not meant to Billions of dollars mysteriously vanish into thin air A building rock when its resonant frequency matches a gym class leaping to Snap’s 1990 hit I’ve Got The Power The answer is maths. Or, to be precise, what happens when maths goes wrong in the real world. […Learn More]

Fiction

Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel

Bernardine Evaristo is the winner of the 2019 Booker Prize and the first black woman to receive this highest literary honor in the English language. Girl, Woman, Other is a magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity and a moving and hopeful story of an interconnected group of Black British women that paints a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and looks back to the legacy of Britain’s colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean […Learn More]

Book Cover of Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life by Rory Sutherland
Business & Money

Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life

Why is Red Bull so popular, though everyone—everyone!—hates the taste? Humans are, in a word, irrational, basing decisions as much on subtle external signals (that little blue can) as on objective qualities (flavor, price, quality). The surrounding world, meanwhile, is irreducibly complex and random. This means future success can’t be projected on any accounting spreadsheet. To strike gold, you must master the dark art and curious science of conjuring irresistible ideas: alchemy. […Learn More]