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My Family and Other Animals
My Family and Other Animals
by Gerald Malcolm Durrell
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This autobiographical work takes place on the island of Corfu when Durrell was a boy. He was pretty much a wild English boy who ended up with a lot of time on his hands, a lot of rugged land to explore, and as a result, a lot of critter friends the likes... (read more)

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Bretz's Flood: The Remarkable Story of a Rebel Geologist and the World's Greatest Flood
Bretz's Flood: The Remarkable Story of a Rebel Geologist and the World's Greatest Flood
by John Soennichsen
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Conventional geologic thinking always said that the landscape between Idaho and the Cascade Mountains — a unique place characterized by gullies, coulees, and deserts — was created over millions of years by rivers that had long since gone dry... (read more)

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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character
by Richard Phillips Feynman
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In this phenomenal national bestseller, the Nobel Prize­-winning physicist Richard P. Feynman recounts in his inimitable voice his adventures trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek, painting a... (read more)

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Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel
Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel
by Jason Padgett and Maureen Ann Seaberg
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The remarkable story of an ordinary man who was transformed when a traumatic injury left him with an extraordinary gift No one sees the world as Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns, numbers call to mind distinct... (read more)

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Tihkal: A Continuation
Tihkal: A Continuation
by Alexander Shulgin
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An extraordinary work, 'Tihkal' - Tryptamines I Have Known and Loved, follows on from 'Pihkal' and is both courageous and compelling, providing a marvellous glimpse of altered states of consciousness and a unique opportunity to become acquainted with two... (read more)

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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me about Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me about Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything
by Chris Hadfield
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Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been... (read more)

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Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood
Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood
by Oliver Sacks
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After compiling my short list of unconventional memoirs, I discovered that one author was listed twice. While I loved Oaxaca Journal, I found that Uncle Tungsten takes the cake. You just can't go wrong when you read a book by Oliver Sacks.... (read more)

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The Fantastic Inventions of Nikola Tesla
The Fantastic Inventions of Nikola Tesla
by Nikola Tesla and David Hatcher Childress
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From the publishers that bring you such cherished yumminess as The Case for the Face, Who Killed Diana?, and Dark Moon comes this fine printing of some of Tesla's own writings along with additional material by David Hatcher Childress. Includes: The... (read more)

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Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie: Tale of Love and Fallout (10 Edition)
Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie: Tale of Love and Fallout (10 Edition)
by Lauren Redniss
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“Radioactive offer innumerable wonders….In this wholly original book about passion and discovery Lauren Redniss has invented her own unique form.” —Nicole Krauss, author of Great House and The History of Love “Quite... (read more)

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The Snoring Bird: My Family's Journey Through a Century of Biology (P.S.)
The Snoring Bird: My Family's Journey Through a Century of Biology (P.S.)
by Bernd Heinrich
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Although Gerd Heinrich, a devoted naturalist, specialized in wasps, Bernd Heinrich tried to distance himself from his "old-fashioned" father, becoming a hybrid: a modern, experimental biologist with a naturalist's sensibilities. In this extraordinary... (read more)

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Father Benito Vines: The 19th-Century Life and Contributions of a Cuban Hurricane Observer and Scientist
Father Benito Vines: The 19th-Century Life and Contributions of a Cuban Hurricane Observer and Scientist
by Luis E. Ramos Guadalue
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Before Doppler radar and broadcast weather reports, Spanish-born Benito Viñes (1837–1893) spent decades observing the skies at Belen Observatory in colonial Cuba, routinely issuing weather reports and forecasts to local newspapers. And... (read more)

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The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom (P.S.)
The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom (P.S.)
by Simon Winchester
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In sumptuous and illuminating detail, Simon Winchester, bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman, brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham—the brilliant Cambridge scientist, freethinking intellectual, and practicing... (read more)

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (P.S.)
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (P.S.)
by William Kamkwamba
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William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small... (read more)

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Alfred Nobel: A Biography
Alfred Nobel: A Biography
by Kenne Fant
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The only full-length biography of the founder of the Nobel Prize. Few documents have had a more enduring influence on our century than Alfred Nobels last will and testament, for these handwritten sheets established the most coveted and prestigious awards... (read more)

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An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist
An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist
by Richard Dawkins
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“Dawkins proves that today he is still an extraordinary thinker, and one who has made an enormous contribution to understanding human nature. This memoir is a fascinating account of one mans attempt to find answers to some of the most difficult... (read more)

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Einstein: His Life and Universe
Einstein: His Life and Universe
by Walter Isaacson
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In preparing this engaging biography of the world's most famous smart guy, Isaacson enlisted the aid of several physicists including Murray Gell-Mann, Brian Greene, Lawrence Krauss, and Douglas Stone. As a result, this is much more than an "Einstein... (read more)

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The Orchid Thief
The Orchid Thief
by Susan Orlean
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK A modern classic of personal journalism, The Orchid Thief is Susan Orleans wickedly funny, elegant, and captivating tale of an amazing obsession. From Floridas swamps to its courtrooms, the New Yorker writer follows one... (read more)

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The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
by Edward Dolnick
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In a world of chaos and disease, one group of driven, idiosyncratic geniuses envisioned a universe that ran like clockwork. They were the Royal Society, the men who made the modern world. At the end of the seventeenth century, sickness was divine... (read more)

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Alan Turing: The Enigma the Centenary Edition
Alan Turing: The Enigma the Centenary Edition
by Andrew Hodges
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"One of the finest scientific biographies I've ever read: authoritative, superbly researched, deeply sympathetic, and beautifully told."--Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind "A captivating, compassionate portrait of a first-rate scientist who gave... (read more)

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A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life among the Baboons
A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life among the Baboons
by Robert M. Sapolsky
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I never imagined that a book written by a primate behaviorologist would make me laugh out loud. Sapolsky is a born storyteller, and I found his experiences of twenty years in Africa studying baboons absolutely fascinating. You get to know the baboons... (read more)

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