20 books you won’t regret buying from the book fair
With the huge, and of course wonderful, boom in electronic and paper-based sources of knowledge provided in the Arabic language during the past decade, many readers who are eager to learn have been left in a state of great confusion. .
As usual, our conditions for selecting books are simple and clear, which is that the book be simplified and presented to the general public. We also take into account the diversity in the ranges of books, and that they be available in the markets, especially in Arab book fairs, such as the Cairo International Book Fair, which is currently undergoing its 53rd session, and is accepted by more It attracts two million people annually, making it one of the largest book fairs in the world.
Tesla..the inventor of the electric age
Well, let’s start together from Al Arabiya Publishing House, a Saudi platform that released last year one of the most important biographies of a character who has long stirred controversy and conspiracy theories among those interested in science and the arts alike, Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-American inventor and engineer. The book does not stop at reviewing his many and important accomplishments, but it strikes a long-awaited balance between both celebrating and criticizing Tesla. (At the Cairo International Book Fair, you can find the house in Hall No. 3, which is dedicated to Arab publishers.)
Reality is not what it seems
In this book, the famous Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli explains the journey into quantum gravity, one of its most famous theorists, in a wonderful style. The book starts from the history of physics up to the modern era where relativity and quantum theory, then the conflict between them and the problems facing their agreement, and finally, beginning with the fifth chapter, the talk begins about quantum gravity and proceeds from a different view of the universe, its history and its strange black holes. (At the Cairo International Book Fair, you can find Bookmania House in Hall No. 1).
Good reasons for bad feelings
This book takes a different view of mental illness, as it asks an indirect question: If mental disorders are so harmful, why did they persist with humans throughout their history during hundreds of thousands of years? From the point of view of evolutionary psychology, there must be an adaptive utility for these disorders. Could negative emotions be beneficial in certain contexts? Could depression be a withdrawal mechanism to avert a major catastrophe? Does worry save you from going into potentially harmful domains? (In the Cairo International Book Fair, you can find Dar Al-Tanweer in Hall No. 2).
Legends we live by
In this book, famous mythologist Joseph Campbell explores the power of world myths that still influence our daily lives in perhaps unimaginable ways. Can myths really ease our contemporary anxiety, or do they intensify it? What are the myths? How did it originate and extend over thousands of years to our time? (At the Cairo International Book Fair, you can find Dar Fasel in Hall No. 3, which is dedicated to Arab publishers.)
fabric of the universe
The Fabric of the Universe can be considered the second part of a previous book that gained a lot of fame, The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene himself. If you haven’t read the first book, start with it, and then move on to “The Fabric of the Universe”, both of which are a solid introduction to recent developments in the field of theoretical physics, in a relatively large number of pages (500 pages on average), so you may need to make the effort with them, but the result is really worth That effort. (At the Cairo International Book Fair, find the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences in Hall No. 2).
The Ten Quantum Greats
This book combines scientific knowledge with an introduction to the lives of 10 quantum theory lords such as Heisenberg, Dirac, Schrödinger and others, each presented to him in a chapter similar to a long article. same time. (At the Cairo International Book Fair, you can find the book in the General Book Organization, Hall No. 1).
Social psychology is important because it answers the same questions you have in mind: Why do people act this way? Why do they like this person and not the other? And why do they sometimes look so stupid? And how are the relationships between human beings, love, friendship and work relationships formed? He proceeds from that to also answer your questions about yourself, and your behavior that sometimes seems strange even to you. This book is an important introduction for fans of the study of psychology, and is a first step after that to delve deeper. (In the Cairo International Book Fair, you can find the book in Dar Al-Farouk, Hall No. 2).
The fly – natural and cultural history
This type of book is really exciting, as it combines science, arts and humanities in one point, which is the fly, one of the very few insects that is hated by almost everyone in the world, so that it was denied the sympathy of the Church in the Middle Ages, and was invoked in horror novels and films like the Joker. This book joins a series on many living creatures, such as crows, horses, bees, and ants, all of which present history in an interesting way combined with science. (At the Cairo International Book Fair, you will find the book in the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Hall No. 2).
One of the most important simplified books that explain a wide part of the basics of the sciences of complexity, and although it was published in translation a long time ago, and was suggested on more than one scientific occasion, it is still one of the brightest sources in this range for beginners, as it swims in various ranges in these sciences, Sometimes he talks about chaos theory, then moves on to dissipative structures of energy, branching theory and Feigenbaun shapes related to it, then fractals (fractals) and their relations to the generation of complex systems, and a wonderful chapter on the complexity of the relationship with the evolution of life on this planet. (At the Cairo International Book Fair, you can find the book at the General Book Organization, Hall No. 1).
Positive Psychology Handbook
In about 1600 pages, this book is different from the general outlines of our choices in the nominations for the exhibition, it is heavy than its predecessors, but it is necessary when we talk about positive psychology, which is a relatively new and promising field, no doubt, but what is spread about it is usually in the areas of development Humanity and its myths, so this book, which is the Arabic version of the Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology, comes to fill that gap in the Arabic library, and gives you everything you want to know about positive psychology in the most sedate manner. (In the Cairo International Book Fair, you can find the book in the National Center for Translation, Hall No. 2).
Because man is mortal
When a doctor talks about extending life, you expect him to explain to you, for example, the latest techniques that helped us humans understand the causes of aging and attempts to delay it, but he does not do that, but rather asks the exact opposite: What if the patient does not want that? What if medicine does not leave him enough space to act as he sees in his life? What if what people desire is more than just preserving life? The book accompanies you on an enjoyable journey that revolves around unconventional questions, in an attractive and wonderful narrative style. (At the Cairo International Book Fair, you can usually find books from the World of Knowledge series in Azbakiya Wall, Hall No. 4).
The author of this book, an American professor of anthropology, tells about ten primitive techniques that made the human race dismantle the restrictions that have long controlled all living creatures, starting with the creation of tools, then the harnessing of fire, through the use of clothing and the development of symbolic communication, to the emergence of agriculture The emergence of precise machines, and the end of the era of the digital revolution that we live in today, but he does not miss to talk about the negative aspects of all stages of this enormous journey. (At the Cairo International Book Fair, you can find the book in the Hendawy Foundation, Hall No. 2).
Linguistics – Introduction to Introductions
The field of linguistics is interesting if you decide to get to know it more comprehensively and simply, here comes the role of Jane Eichsen in her most famous book “Linguistics”, which is a simplified introduction in this field for beginners from scratch, explaining its aspects, history and its many and extended controversies, the translation may be somewhat concave , but you will get used to it quickly, as for the material of the book, it is rich, but simple and well organized. (In the Cairo International Book Fair, you can find the book in the National Center for Translation, Hall No. 2).
Consciousness – a very short introduction
What consciousness? And what does it mean to be you? In this book, Susan Blackmore attempts to present the answers of scientists and philosophers so far to this question in a very simple and smooth way. Oh really? Can human perception be deceived? Can we tamper with his consciousness? (At the Cairo International Book Fair, you can find the book in the Hendawy Foundation, Hall No. 2).
Article in our life
In this book, Mark Meowdownk, Professor of Materials Science from University College London, introduces the ordinary matter we all know, the paper you read on, the iron in the legs of your table, the concrete in the walls of your house, the plastic in your toothbrush, but with Mewdown you learn that it is a deep world Indeed, as it takes you at one time to the historical role of a material, then in another chapter to its technical role, and in another chapter to its relationship to our culture, in the end you discover that all those cold, rigid things that you may not care about are not at all. (At the Cairo International Book Fair, you can find Dar Al-Saqi in Hall No. 3, which is dedicated to Arab publishers.)
Algorithms to live according to
This book has a dual purpose. On the one hand, you will learn about algorithms and computer science, and on the other hand, more importantly, you will learn to look at a group of algorithms as practical ways that you can personally use to solve your problems, starting with simple questions like “How do you arrange your desk?”, to more questions Significances such as “How do I occupy my time?”, and “How do I balance trying new things with what I know.” (At the Cairo International Book Fair, find the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences in Hall No. 2).
Why would it be interesting to read this book? There are actually two reasons for this. The first relates to the author, one of the most famous science writers with a very simple and distinctive style. With David Koamen, it is as if you are reading a detective novel filled with a generous amount of knowledge that he narrates through his travels between the five continents of the world, but with greater interest in the scientific aspects about Those microorganisms that cause epidemics, against which we were defeated at times, and we were victorious at other times, and this is the second reason that may prompt you to read the book. (At the Cairo International Book Fair, you can usually find books from the World of Knowledge series in Azbakiya Wall, Hall No. 4).
In this book, the famous astronomer James Treville provides a set of detailed maps of the universe and beyond. This book is very interested in teaching you the basics of astronomy or how to observe the sky, but the goal of the book is basically a simple presentation of the entire universe, starting with the solar system, passing through a map of each planet in it, Then an interesting illustrated tour of nebulae, planets outside the solar system, and finally a huge section related to cosmology. The book is not for beginners in astronomy, but for those who love it. (At the Cairo International Book Fair, find the Nahdet Misr Foundation in Hall No. 1).
Elgin – an intimate history
This book is one of the most important contemporary works in the field of biology, which presents this world to the non-specialist in an easy way, written by Siddhartha Mukherjee, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for his previous book entitled “The Emperor of Tragedies”. In this book, Mukerji tells us about the history of genetics from Darwin and Mendel to the contemporary definition of the gene, after which he moves to talk about the future, and how can our contemporary knowledge about genes shape the future of medicine? Can our bodies be re-engineered? (In the Cairo International Book Fair, you can find Dar Al-Tanweer in Hall No. 2).
This is the only novel in our list, but it is not a novel in the understandable sense. Rather, it is one of the best and easiest introductions to philosophy and its history for beginners from scratch. Justin Gaarder, the author of the novel, which gained wide fame and sold millions of copies, was able to explain the important foundations of philosophical schools throughout our history. Lovely narrative style. The book is easy despite its bulk, and tells philosophy in a very interesting dialogue style, you will never find anything easier than it. (At the Cairo International Book Fair, you can find the book in several places, including Dar Al-Shorouk, Hall No. 1).