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How the Bit Was Born: Claude Shannon and the Invention of Information
How the Bit Was Born: Claude Shannon and the Invention of Information

“Information is what our world runs on: the blood and the fuel, the vital principle … transforming every branch of knowledge.”

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How Horses Civilized Humanity, Shrank the Distance of Love, and Shaped the Way We Conduct Our Romantic Relationships
How Horses Civilized Humanity, Shrank the Distance of Love, and Shaped the Way We Conduct Our Romantic Relationships

“People no longer conducted romances as they did before… The horse revamped the limits of our personal freedom.”

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Oliver Sacks on Death, Destiny, and the Redemptive Radiance of a Life Fully Lived
Oliver Sacks on Death, Destiny, and the Redemptive Radiance of a Life Fully Lived

“It is the fate — the genetic and neural fate — of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death.”

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It from Bit: Pioneering Physicist John Archibald Wheeler on Information, the Nature of Reality, and Why We Live in a Participatory Universe
It from Bit: Pioneering Physicist John Archibald Wheeler on Information, the Nature of Reality, and Why We Live in a Participatory Universe

“All things physical are information-theoretic in origin and this is a participatory universe… Observer-participancy gives rise to information.”

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The Nature of Love: How Harry Harlow’s Seminal 1958 Research Shaped the Science of Affection and Changed Modern Parenting
The Nature of Love: How Harry Harlow’s Seminal 1958 Research Shaped the Science of Affection and Changed Modern Parenting

“Love is a wondrous state, deep, tender, and rewarding… But… the little we know about love does not transcend simple observation, and the little we write about it has been written better by poets and novelists.”

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Aristotle’s Aperture: An Animated History of Photography, from the Camera Obscura to the Camera Phone
Aristotle’s Aperture: An Animated History of Photography, from the Camera Obscura to the Camera Phone

…and how a greedy attitude to intellectual property made the camera’s primary competitor perish.

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