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Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story
Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story
by Jim Holt
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Tackling the “darkest question in all of philosophy” with “raffish erudition” (Dwight Garner, New York Times), author Jim Holt explores the greatest metaphysical mystery of all: why is there something rather than nothing? This... (read more)

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The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light
The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light
by Paul Bogard
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A deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left. A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans' eyes never switch to night... (read more)

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A Brief History of Time: The Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition
A Brief History of Time: The Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition
by Stephen W Hawking
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always... (read more)

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Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space
Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space
by Lynn Sherr
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The definitive biography of Sally Ride, Americaand#8217;s first woman in space, with exclusive insights from Rideand#8217;s family and partner, by the ABC reporter who covered NASA during its transformation from a test-pilot boysand#8217; club to a more... (read more)

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The Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, and Future of the Cosmos
The Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, and Future of the Cosmos
by John (edt) Brockman
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John Brockman brings together the worlds best-known physicists and science writers—including Brian Greene, Walter Isaacson, Nobel Prize-winners Murray Gell-Mann and Frank Wilczek, and Brian Cox—to explain the universe in all wondrous... (read more)

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Cosmos
Cosmos
by Carl Sagan
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The best-selling science book ever published in the England language, COSMOS is a magnificent overview of the past, present, and future of science. Brilliant and provocative, it traces today's knowledge and scientific methods to their historical roots... (read more)

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The Right Stuff
The Right Stuff
by Tom Wolfe
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From "Americas nerviest journalist" (Newsweek)--a breath-taking epic, a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into the true heroism and courage of the first Americans to conquer space. "Tom Wolfe at his very best" (The New York Times Book... (read more)

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The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew
The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew
by Alan Lightman
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From the acclaimed author of Einstein's Dreams and Mr g, a meditation on the unexpected ways in which recent scientific findings have shaped our understanding of ourselves and our place in the cosmos. With all the passion, curiosity, and precise yet... (read more)

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Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe
Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe
by Alan Hirshfeld
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“With this highly readable and cosmically accessible book, Alan Hirshfeld has done for the measurement of the cosmos what Dava Sobel did for the measurement of longitude. . . . Readers will never again look into the night sky the same way.”... (read more)

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One Two Three Infinity Rev Edition
One Two Three Infinity Rev Edition
by George Gamow
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" . .. full of intellectual treats and tricks, of whimsy and deep scientific philosophy. It is highbrow entertainment at its best, a teasing challenge to all who aspire to think about the universe." — New York Herald Tribune One of the world's... (read more)

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The Grand Design
The Grand Design
by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
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#1 New York Times Bestseller When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? What is the nature of reality? Is the apparent “grand design” of our universe evidence of a benevolent creator who set things in motion — or does science... (read more)

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The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
by Brian Greene
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Using Simpsons and X-Files examples, Brian Greene explains our current understanding of the universe. Whereas The Elegant Universe was primarily about the obscure, largely theoretical world of susperstring theory, Fabric of the Cosmos holds to more solid... (read more)

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The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
by Brian Greene
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In the first chapter of The Hidden Reality, Brian Greene writes, "There was a time when 'universe' meant 'all there is.' Everything. The whole shebang." Well, those days are over. From string theory to the Inflationary Multiverse scenario to artificial... (read more)

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Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos
Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos
by Michio Kaku
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In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, bestselling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes... (read more)

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Astrophotography
Astrophotography
by Thierry Legault
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Today's photographic equipment allows amateurs to take pictures of the stars that far surpass images taken just a few decades ago by the largest observatories-and this book will teach you how. Author and world-renowned astrophotographer Thierry Legault... (read more)

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The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos
The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos
by Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams
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In this strikingly original book, a world-renowned cosmologist and an innovative writer of the history and philosophy of science uncover an astonishing truth: Humans actually are central to the universe. What does this mean for our culture and our... (read more)

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A Little Book of Coincidence
A Little Book of Coincidence
by John Martineau
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A most unusual guide to the solar system, A Little Book of Coincidence suggests that there may be fundamental relationships between space, time, and life that have not yet been fully understood. From the observations of Ptolemy and Kepler to the Harmony... (read more)

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Lost Moon The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13
Lost Moon The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13
by Jim Lovell
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In April 1970, during the glory days of the Apollo space program, NASA sent Navy Captain Jim Lovell and two other astronauts on America's fifth mission to the moon. Only fifty-five hours into the flight of Apollo 13, disaster struck: a mysterious... (read more)

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Cosmic Perspective : Stars / Galaxies / Cosmology (6TH 10 - Old Edition)
Cosmic Perspective : Stars / Galaxies / Cosmology (6TH 10 - Old Edition)
by Jeffrey O. Bennett
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Building on a long tradition of effective pedagogy and comprehensive coverage, The Cosmic Perspective: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology , Sixth Edition provides the most engaging and up-to-date introduction to astronomy for non-science majors. The... (read more)

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Life in the Universe -with Access (3RD 12 Edition)
Life in the Universe -with Access (3RD 12 Edition)
by Jeffrey O. Bennett
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Life in the Universe takes non-science majors on a journey through the solar system and beyond, using a rigorous yet accessible introduction to astronomy, biology, and geology to explain natural phenomena and to explore profound scientific questions... (read more)

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