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The Best American Science and Nature Writing (Best American Science & Nature Writing)
The Best American Science and Nature Writing (Best American Science & Nature Writing)
by Deborah (edt) Blum
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“Undeniably exquisite . . . The essays in the collection [are] meditations that reveal not only how science actually happens but also who or what propels its immutable humanity.” — Maria Popova, Brain Pickings “A... (read more)

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This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking
This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking
by John Brockman
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Featuring a foreword by David Brooks, This Will Make You Smarter presents brilliant—but accessible—ideas to expand every mind. What scientific concept would improve everybodys cognitive toolkit? This is the question John Brockman... (read more)

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Letters to a Young Scientist
Letters to a Young Scientist
by Edward O. Wilson
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Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson imparts the wisdom of his storied career to the next generation. Edward O. Wilson has distilled sixty years of teaching into a book for students, young and old. Reflecting on his coming-of-age in the... (read more)

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Letters to a Young Scientist
Letters to a Young Scientist
by Edward O. Wilson
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An inspiring work aimed primarily at those interested in pursuing a career in the sciences, Edward O. Wilson's Letters to a Young Scientist is an autobiographical glimpse into the personal life and background of one of our most eminent biologists. One... (read more)

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Scientist As Rebel (06 Edition)
Scientist As Rebel (06 Edition)
by Freeman J. Dyson
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From Galileo to todays amateur astronomers, scientists have been rebels, writes Freeman J. Dyson. Like artists and poets, they are free spirits who resist the restrictions their cultures impose on them. In their pursuit of natures truths, they are guided... (read more)

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Bad Science (10 Edition)
Bad Science (10 Edition)
by Ben Goldacre
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Have you ever wondered how one day the media can assert that alcohol is bad for us and the next unashamedly run a story touting the benefits of daily alcohol consumption? Or how a drug that is pulled off the market for causing heart attacks ever got... (read more)

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The Voyage of the Beagle: Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology of the Countriesvisited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle (Modern Library Classics)
The Voyage of the Beagle: Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology of the Countriesvisited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle (Modern Library Classics)
by Charles Darwin
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This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works
This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works
by John Brockman
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Drawn from the cutting-edge frontiers of science, This Explains Everything will revolutionize your understanding of the world. What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation? This is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org ("... (read more)

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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011
by Mary Roach
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The Best American Series® First, Best, and Best-Selling The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines... (read more)

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What Are You Optimistic About? Today's Leading Thinkers on Why Things Are Good and Getting Better
What Are You Optimistic About? Today's Leading Thinkers on Why Things Are Good and Getting Better
by John Brockman
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The nightly news and conventional wisdom tell us that things are bad and getting worse. Yet despite dire predictions, scientists see many good things on the horizon. John Brockman, publisher of Edge (www.edge.org), the influential online salon, recently... (read more)

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Best American Science Writing 2012 (12 Edition)
Best American Science Writing 2012 (12 Edition)
by Michio Kaku
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Edited by Michio Kaku, cofounder of string field theory, theoretical physicist, and New York Times bestselling author, The Best American Science Writing 2012 is the latest edition of the popular annual series dedicated to collecting the most crucial... (read more)

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Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library
Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library
by Tom Baione
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For the first time, Natural Histories allows readers a privileged glimpse of seldom-seen, fully illustrated scientific tomes from the American Museum of Natural History's Rare Book Collection. Forty essays from the museum's top experts in a variety of... (read more)

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Mad Science: Einstein's Fridge, Dewar's Flask, Mach's Speed, and 362 Other Inventions and Discoveries That Made Our World
Mad Science: Einstein's Fridge, Dewar's Flask, Mach's Speed, and 362 Other Inventions and Discoveries That Made Our World
by Randy Alfred
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365 days of inventions, discoveries, science, and technology, from the editors of Wired Magazine. On January 30, Rubik applied for a patent on his cube (1975). On the next day, 17 years earlier, the first U.S. Satellite passed through the Van Allen... (read more)

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It Ain't Necessarily So: The Dream of the Human Genome and Other Illusions
It Ain't Necessarily So: The Dream of the Human Genome and Other Illusions
by Richard C. Lewontin
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Is our nature—as individuals, as a species—determined by our evolution and encoded in our genes? If we unravel the protein sequences of our DNA, will we gain the power to cure all of our physiological and psychological afflictions and... (read more)

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Best American Science & Nature Writing #2012: The Best American Science and Nature Writing
Best American Science & Nature Writing #2012: The Best American Science and Nature Writing
by Dan Ariely
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Freeman Dyson, renowned physicist and public intellectual, edits this years volume of the finest science and nature writing.... (read more)

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The Big Picture: Reflections on Science, Humanity, and a Quickly Changing Planet
The Big Picture: Reflections on Science, Humanity, and a Quickly Changing Planet
by David Taylor
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Whether he's discussing how to reconcile economy with ecology, why a warmer world will result in more poison ivy, why Britney Spears gets more hits on Google than global warming does, or why we might need to start eating jellyfish for supper, David... (read more)

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The Best American Science and Nature Writing (Best American Science & Nature Writing)
The Best American Science and Nature Writing (Best American Science & Nature Writing)
by Elizabeth Kolbert
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Elizabeth Kolbert, one of today's leading environmental journalists, edits this year's volume of the finest science and nature writing. Bringing together promising new voices and prize-winning favorites, this collection is "a... (read more)

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Nothing: Surprising Insights Everywhere from Zero to Oblivion
Nothing: Surprising Insights Everywhere from Zero to Oblivion
by Jeremy Webb
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From New Scientist, the magazine behind the #1 international bestseller Does Anything Eat Wasps?: Leading science writers uncover surprising insights into the intangible world of nothingness It turns out that almost nothing is as curious--or holds as... (read more)

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Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs (01 Edition)
Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs (01 Edition)
by Joe Schwarcz
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Have you ever wondered about the science behind Alices strange adventures in Wonderland, Casanovas experiments with "Spanish Fly," and zombies in Haiti? In Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs, chemist and columnist Dr. Joe Schwarcz offers 67 entertaining... (read more)

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Reframing Complexity: Perspectives from the North and South
Reframing Complexity: Perspectives from the North and South
by Fritjof Capra, Phd
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Havana's Instituto de Filosofia's First Biennial International Seminar on the Philosophical, Epistemological and Methodological Implications of Complexity Theory, was held in January 2002 in Havana, Cuba's capital city. The seminar was aimed at... (read more)

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