The Philosophical Baby - Alison Gopnik

What is it like to be a baby? By looking at recent research studies in children’s cognition, Alison Gopnik explores the nature of children’s consciousness, imagination, memory, moral reasoning, and sense of ‘self’. She demonstrates that recent findings refute old claims that children are irrational creatures, incapable of making moral judgments. Gopnik also suggests that human babies need the long time of dependency on their parents in order to learn as much as they can about the world and the minds of others. It is not a how-to parenting book, but it would certainly make a great read for any new parent who wants to know how children’s minds work.
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ISBN: 9780312429843
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Published: Picador - July 6th, 2010

The Quantum Thief - Hannu Rajaniemi

Hannu Rajaniemi has written what is definitely one of the best debuts in the genre. Jean de Flambeur is rescued from a prison where he plays Prisoner’s Dilemma games against endless copies of himself. He is transported to the city of Oubliette, where all personal interactions are encrypted and where time is literally money. The Quantum Thief is a great novel of ideas that immerses the reader in the world from page one and begs for a re-read.
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ISBN: 9780765367662
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Published: Tor Science Fiction - January 31st, 2012

Storm Front - Jim Butcher

Meet Harry, a wizard. No, not that one. Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, tries to make ends meet by consulting the Chicago Police Department on matters weird and supernatural. If you've shunned urban fantasy until now, here is where you should begin. The series has some of the best characters in the genre, and it only gets better with each subsequent volume. So pick up the first book, Storm Front, and meet Harry, a wizard.
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ISBN: 9780451457813
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Published: Roc - April 1st, 2000