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How to Change Your Mind

'How to Change Your Mind' explores the renaissance of psychedelic research from the lens of science, natural history, and memoir. It encapsulates Michael Pollan's journey to understand how psychedelics change consciousness and offers case studies, scientific history, and firsthand accounts.

For Blood and Money

'For Blood and Money' dives deep into the high stakes world of biotech and pharmaceuticals, following the quest for a blockbuster BTK inhibitor drug. The book unveils the messy, expensive, and often heart-breaking realities behind drug development, where brilliant ideas can languish in corporate pipelines and hard-nosed venture capitalists hold the purse strings required to make visions into reality. It gives a meticulous account of the roller-coaster journey from drug discovery to commercialization, narrating through the noticeable characters leaving indelible marks on the path.

Renewable Energies: Understanding and Joining the Conversation

In 'Renewable Energies: Understanding and Joining the Conversation', Christian Holler offers a comprehensive and detailed look at the complex world of renewable energy sources. Covering topics such as energy consumption, solar power, wind power, and other renewable resources, Holler draws on his scientific background to provide readers with an accessible and accurate understanding of these resources and their potential for future energy needs.

Erneuerbare Energien zum Verstehen und Mitreden

In "Erneuerbare Energien zum Verstehen und Mitreden" bietet Christian Holler einen umfassenden und detaillierten Einblick in die komplexe Welt der erneuerbaren Energiequellen. Er behandelt Themen wie Energieverbrauch, Solarenergie, Windenergie und andere erneuerbare Ressourcen. Mit seinem wissenschaftlichen Hintergrund vermittelt Holler den Lesern ein zugängliches und korrektes Verständnis dieser Ressourcen und ihres Potenzials für zukünftige Energiebedürfnisse.

Brain-Based Teaching in the Digital Age

A research-based book that provides insights on how digital technology is changing the brain and affect teaching methods. It encompasses understanding the digital brain, implementing technology strategies, and creating classroom environments conducive to students. It encourages educators to bind digitally evolved young brains alongside traditional teaching principles.

The Good Life

‘The Good Life‘ is a deep dive into the 83-year long Harvard Study of Adult Development - one of humanity's longest studies on happiness. It provides insights into the lives of the participants and reveals previously underlying concepts of what makes a good life.

Deep Nutrition

Deep Nutrition offers a science-backed articulation of the importance of traditional foods for our health. It details the power of diet as a strategy for optimizing health, the risks of a modern diet rich in carbohydrates and vegetable oils, and the benefits of transitioning to a wholesome, traditional way of eating.


Blackout is a gripping thriller set in a scenario where all the electricity grids in Europe collapse due to a hacker attack. Amid the ensuing chaos, Piero Manzano, a former hacker becomes a prime suspect but also the only man capable of tracking down the real culprits. As days turn into weeks, the stakes increase and so does the death toll.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

"Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" is a novel by Jules Verne that follows the underwater adventures of Professor Aronnax, his servant Conseil, and harpooner Ned Land, who are held captive by the enigmatic Captain Nemo aboard his submarine, the Nautilus. The narrative explores the marvels of the ocean, the limits of human knowledge and the destructive potential of advanced technology.

The Song of the Cell

The Song of the Cell is a book that explores the complexities of life through the lens of its simplest unit, the cell, aiming to understand its anatomy, physiology, behavior, and interactions. It chronicles the history of cellular discovery, the development of cellular technologies, and the transformation of medicine through our understanding and manipulation of cells.

The Diet Myth

"The Diet Myth" by Tim Spector is a comprehensive exploration of the science behind diet and nutrition, focusing on the role of gut microbes in determining our health and dietary responses. The book challenges traditional dieting myths and emphasizes the importance of a diverse diet for maintaining a healthy microbiome.

Cancer as a Metabolic Disease

"Cancer as a Metabolic Disease" is a comprehensive treatise that presents the argument that cancer is primarily a metabolic disease, not a genetic one. The author, a biochemical geneticist, discusses the role of energy metabolism in cancer's origin and progression, and proposes that targeting the defective energy metabolism of tumors could lead to more effective and less toxic treatment strategies.

Consciousness Beyond Life

"Consciousness Beyond Life" is a book that explores the concept of consciousness, particularly in relation to near-death experiences, and challenges the materialist scientific paradigm that consciousness is solely a product of the brain. It delves into various forms of consciousness, including nonlocal consciousness, and discusses the relationship between consciousness and the brain, raising questions about consciousness during sleep, coma, brain death, and after confirmed death.


Neurophilosophy is a book that explores the intersection of neuroscience and philosophy, aiming to develop a unified theory of how the mind-brain works. It argues that understanding the structure and organization of the nervous system is crucial to this endeavor and that such knowledge will significantly impact traditional philosophical questions about the mind.


"Lifespan" is a book by David Sinclair that explores the science of aging, questioning whether humans can overcome decay and degeneration. It provides insights into how we age, the possibility of slowing or even reversing aging, and the potential for humans to live beyond one hundred years.

The Experience Machine

The Experience Machine is a book that explores the concept of the human brain as a prediction machine, examining how our minds predict and shape our reality. It delves into the impact of these predictions on our experiences, emotions, and actions, and discusses potential ways to manipulate or "hack" our predictive minds.

Das neue Lernen heißt Verstehen

"Das neue Lernen heißt Verstehen" ist ein pädagogisches Buch, das die Bedeutung des Verstehens und der Anwendung von Wissen in der Bildung betont und neue Methoden zur Verbesserung des Lernprozesses vorstellt.

Wettlauf um die Zukunft

"Quantum Supremacy" ist ein Buch, das das Konzept und die möglichen Auswirkungen der Quantencomputertechnologie erforscht, eine Technologie, die verspricht, die Welt der Informationsverarbeitung zu revolutionieren.

Quantum Supremacy

"Quantum Supremacy" is a book that explores the concept and potential implications of quantum computing, a technology that promises to revolutionize the world of information processing.


The book "Evidence" by Howard S. Becker explores the process of scientific inquiry, focusing on how social scientists use data, evidence, and ideas to form theories and convince others of their validity. It discusses the methods of data collection, the transformation of data into evidence, and the role of ideas in interpreting evidence.

Delusions of Gender

"Delusions of Gender" is a book by Cordelia Fine that critically examines and challenges the traditional stereotypes and biases about the differences between male and female brains, arguing that they are largely influenced by societal expectations and norms.


"Superintelligence" is a book by Nick Bostrom that explores the potential consequences and challenges of creating machines more intelligent than humans, and how we might manage these risks.

The New Wild

"The New Wild" is a thought-provoking exploration of the concept of invasive species, challenging traditional views and arguing that they can actually be beneficial to ecosystems and biodiversity.

The Drunkard's Walk

"The Drunkard's Walk" is a book about the role of randomness in everyday life, exploring how our lives are greatly influenced by chance and random events.

The Code Breaker

"The Code Breaker" is a biography about Jennifer Doudna, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist, and her pioneering work in developing the gene-editing tool CRISPR, exploring the ethical implications and potential of this revolutionary technology.

How the World Really Works

"How the World Really Works" is a comprehensive guide that explores the global economic system, revealing the hidden mechanisms and influential institutions that shape our lives and govern our world.

Molecule of More

"Molecule of More" is a book that explores how dopamine influences human desires, behaviors, and experiences, and how it shapes our lives and society.

Der Stoff aus dem der Kosmos ist

"Der Stoff aus dem der Kosmos ist" von Brian Greene ist eine umfassende Erforschung des Universums und seiner Funktionsweise, gerichtet an den allgemeinen Leser mit wenig oder keiner formellen Ausbildung in den Wissenschaften. Das Buch taucht in komplexe Konzepte der Physik, Kosmologie und der Natur der Wirklichkeit ein und verwendet Metaphern, Analogien und Illustrationen, um wissenschaftliche Ideen und ihre Implikationen für unser Verständnis des Universums zu erklären.

The Fabric of the Cosmos

"The Fabric of the Cosmos" by Brian Greene is a comprehensive exploration of the universe and its workings, aimed at the general reader with little or no formal training in the sciences. The book delves into complex concepts of physics, cosmology, and the nature of reality, using metaphors, analogies, and illustrations to explain scientific ideas and their implications for our understanding of the universe.


Breath offers a scientific adventure into the lost art and science of breathing. It delves into transformation occurring inside our bodies every 3.3 seconds during the act of inhaling and exhaling, explaining how the molecules we bring in with each breath can influence our health and happiness.

Warum wir schlafen

"Warum wir schlafen" ist eine umfassende Erforschung des Zwecks, der Vorteile und der entscheidenden Bedeutung des Schlafes, gestützt auf wissenschaftliche Forschung. Es diskutiert auch die Folgen von Schlafentzug und bietet Einblicke in gängige Schlafstörungen, gesellschaftliche Auswirkungen und mögliche Lösungen für einen besseren Schlaf.

Archäologie aus dem Weltraum

Archäologie aus dem All erforscht den Einsatz von Satellitenbildern und Fernerkundungstechnologien zur Entdeckung und Analyse alter Stätten, was unser Verständnis der Vergangenheit verändert und die Beteiligung an archäologischen Forschungen erweitert.

Eine Welt auf den Flügeln

A World on the Wing (Eine Welt auf den Flügeln) erforscht den faszinierenden Stand der Zugvogelforschung und des Naturschutzes und gibt einen Einblick in die globale Odyssee der Zugvögel und die Wissenschaftler, die daran arbeiten, sie zu verstehen und zu schützen.

Astrophysik für Eilige

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry bietet eine prägnante und leicht zugängliche Einführung in die wichtigsten Ideen und Entdeckungen der Astrophysik, mit dem Ziel, dem Leser ein grundlegendes Verständnis des Universums und unseres Platzes darin zu vermitteln.

Ein Molekül vor dem Wahnsinn

A Molecule Away From Madness (Ein Molekül vor dem Wahnsinn) erforscht die Auswirkungen molekularer Bösewichte wie DNA-Mutanten, rebellische Proteine und kleine Moleküle auf das menschliche Gehirn und wie sie dessen Funktion beeinträchtigen und zu verschiedenen kognitiven Störungen und Persönlichkeitsveränderungen führen können. Das Buch erzählt Geschichten von Patienten, Wissenschaftlern und Ärzten, die daran arbeiten, die Geheimnisse dieser Moleküle und ihr Potenzial für künftige Behandlungen zu lüften.

Why We Sleep

"Why We Sleep" is a comprehensive exploration of the purpose, benefits, and critical importance of sleep, backed by scientific research. It also discusses the consequences of sleep deprivation and offers insights into common sleep disorders, societal impacts, and potential solutions for better sleep.

The God Delusion

"The God Delusion" is a critique of religion and the belief in a supernatural creator, arguing that belief in God is not only irrational, but potentially harmful to society. It advocates for the understanding of the universe through scientific discovery rather than religious belief.

A World on the Wing

A World on the Wing explores the fascinating state of migration research and conservation, delving into the global odyssey of migratory birds and the scientists working to understand and protect them.

Archaeology from Space

Archaeology from Space explores the use of satellite imagery and remote sensing technologies to discover and analyze ancient sites, transforming our understanding of the past and broadening participation in archaeological research.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry provides a concise and accessible introduction to the major ideas and discoveries in astrophysics, aiming to give readers a foundational understanding of the universe and our place in it.

A Molecule Away From Madness

A Molecule Away From Madness explores the impact of molecular villains, such as DNA mutants, rebellious proteins, and small molecules, on the human brain and how they can hijack its function, leading to various cognitive disorders and personality changes. The book shares stories of patients, scientists, and doctors working to uncover the secrets of these molecules and their potential for future treatments.

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