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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013 (Best American)
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013 (Best American)
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee, a leading cancer physician and researcher, selects the years top science and nature writing from journalists who dive into their fields with curiosity and passion, delivering ... (read more)

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Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet
Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet
by Andrew Blum
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Design Observer Best Book of the Year Tubes looks behind the scenes of our digital lives at the physical heart of the Internet itself. This is a book about real places on the map: their sounds and smells, their storied pasts, their physical details, and... (read more)

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Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines
Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines
by Richard A. Muller
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The near meltdown of Fukushima, the upheavals in the Middle East, the BP oil spill, and the looming reality of global warming have reminded the president and all U.S. citizens that nothing has more impact on our lives than the supply and demand for... (read more)

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Probably Approximately Correct: Nature's Algorithms for Learning and Prospering in a Complex World
Probably Approximately Correct: Nature's Algorithms for Learning and Prospering in a Complex World
by Leslie Valiant
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From a leading computer scientist, a unifying theory that will revolutionize our understanding of how life evolves and learns. How does life prosper in a complex and erratic world? While we know that nature follows patterns—such as the law of... (read more)

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Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization
Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization
by K Eric Drexler
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K. Eric Drexler is the founding father of nanotechnology—the science of engineering on a molecular level. In Radical Abundance, he shows how rapid scientific progress is about to change our world. Thanks to atomically precise manufacturing, we will... (read more)

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Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
by Michael Pollan
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In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things... (read more)

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What Is Your Dangerous Idea?: Today's Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable
What Is Your Dangerous Idea?: Today's Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable
by John Brockman
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The history of science is replete with discoveries that were considered socially, morally, or emotionally dangerous in their time; the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions are the most obvious examples. Here, leading thinkers discuss ideas - whether they... (read more)

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Enough: Genetic Engineering and the End of Human Nature
Enough: Genetic Engineering and the End of Human Nature
by Bill McKibben
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Imagine a future where lab workers can reprogram human embryos to make children "smarter" or "more sociable". Some researchers are doing more than imagining. This text examines such possibilities and explains how we can avoid their worst consequences... (read more)

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The Seven Mysteries of Life: An Exploration of Science and Philosophy
The Seven Mysteries of Life: An Exploration of Science and Philosophy
by Guy Murchie
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"All life in all worlds" -this was the object of the author's seventeen-year quest for knowledge and discovery, culminating in this book. In a manner unmistakably his own, Murchie delves into the interconnectedness of all life on the planet and of such... (read more)

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Culture: Leading Scientists Explore Societies, Art, Power, and Technology
Culture: Leading Scientists Explore Societies, Art, Power, and Technology
by John Brockman
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Why do civilizations rise and fall?What are the origins and purpose of art?How does technology shape society? Did culture direct human evolution?Is the Internet an agent of democracy or dictatorships? An immensely powerful but little-understood force... (read more)

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A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love
A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love
by Richard Dawkins
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The first collection of essays from renowned scientist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins.   Richard Dawkins's essays are an enthusiastic testament to the power of rigorous, scientific examination, and they span many different corners of his... (read more)

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The Carbon Age: How Life's Core Element Has Become Civilization's Greatest Threat
The Carbon Age: How Life's Core Element Has Become Civilization's Greatest Threat
by Eric Roston
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The story of carbon—the building block of life that is, ironically, humanitys great threat . It could be said that all of us are a little alien—our bodies carbon atoms first shot forth from supernovas billions of years ago and far, far away... (read more)

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Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back
Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back
by Andrew Zolli
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Discover a powerful new lens for viewing the world with fascinating implications for our companies, economies, societies, and planet as a whole. In this time of turbulence, people are asking the same basic question: What causes one system to break down... (read more)

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Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software
Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software
by Steven Johnson
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK A VOICE LITERARY SUPPLEMENT TOP 25 FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR AN ESQUIRE MAGAZINE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR In the tradition of Being Digital and The Tipping Point, Steven Johnson, acclaimed as a "cultural critic with a poet's... (read more)

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Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
by Naomi Oreskes
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"Merchants of Doubt should finally put to rest the question of whether the science of climate change is settled. It is, and we ignore this message at our peril."-Elizabeth Kolbert "Brilliantly reported andwritten with brutal clarity."... (read more)

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Far Out: 101 Strange Tales from Science's Outer Edge
Far Out: 101 Strange Tales from Science's Outer Edge
by Mark Pilkington
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Mark Pilkington charts some of the more curious byways, scenic detours, and inspired failures of scientists, inventors, and, yes, crackpots, over the past few hundred years. From the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis to zero-point energy, via the Hieronymous... (read more)

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Learning from Leonardo: Decoding the Notebooks of a Genius (BK Currents)
Learning from Leonardo: Decoding the Notebooks of a Genius (BK Currents)
by Fritjof Capra
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Leonardo da Vinci was a brilliant artist, scientist, engineer, mathematician, architect, inventor, and even musician — the archetypal Renaissance man. But he was also a profoundly modern man. Not only did Leonardo invent the empirical scientific... (read more)

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Proust Was a Neuroscientist
Proust Was a Neuroscientist
by Jonah Lehrer
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The young Lehrer's keen portraits make for a winning read. Using Woolf, Stravinsky, Cézanne, Whitman, and a handful of others, he shows how art has given us as much insight into the human mind as science has.... (read more)

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Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organization
Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organization
by Adrian Bejan
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In this groundbreaking book, Adrian Bejan takes the recurring patterns in nature—trees, tributaries, air passages, neural networks, and lightning bolts—and reveals how a single principle of physics, the Constructal Law, accounts for the... (read more)

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Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed
Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed
by Carl Zimmer
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Body art meets popular science in this elegant, mind-blowing collection, written by renowned science writer Carl Zimmer. Showcasing hundreds of eye-catching tattoos that pay tribute to various scientific disciplines, from evolutionary biology and... (read more)

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