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The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos
The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos
by Leonard Mlodinow
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LEONARD MLODINOW received his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of California, Berkeley, was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute, and now teaches at the California Institute of Technology. His previous books include... (read more)

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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
by Randall Munroe
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From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure... (read more)

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Rust: The Longest War
Rust: The Longest War
by Jonathan Waldman
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An unexpected pleasure, this is a fascinating look at the story of corrosion and our history to delay it. Waldman's fresh and frequently funny book offers engaging insight into our connection with a process that impacts us all.... (read more)

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Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World
by Mark Miodownik
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New York Times Notable Book 2014 Winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books and#160; andldquo;Miodownik, a materials scientist, explains the history and science behind things such as paper, glass, chocolate, and concrete with an... (read more)

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Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science -- And the World
Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science -- And the World
by Rachel Swaby
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Rachel Swaby is a freelance science journalist. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Wired, O, The Oprah Magazine, Afar, Pacific Standard, Outside, and others. She is a senior editor at Longshot magazine, the editor in chief of The Connective... (read more)

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This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress
This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress
by John (edt) Brockman
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Reporting from the cutting edge of scientific discovery, today's visionary thinkers target the greatest roadblocks to innovation. Few truly new ideas are developed without first abandoning old ones. In the past, discoveries often had to wait for the rise... (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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One River
One River
by Wade Davis
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The story of two generations of scientific explorers in South Americaand#8212;Richard Evans Schultes and his protand#233;gand#233; Wade Davisand#8212;an epic tale of adventure and a compelling work of natural history.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In 1941... (read more)

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Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science
Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science
by Alice Dreger
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Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and The World until Yesterday:  “Alice Dreger would win a prize for this years most gripping novel, except for one thing: her stories are true, and this isnt a novel.  Instead, its an... (read more)

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Atoms Under the Floorboards: The Surprising Science Hidden in Your Home
Atoms Under the Floorboards: The Surprising Science Hidden in Your Home
by Chris Woodford
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Using the modern home as a springboard, Atoms Under the Floorboards presents the fascinating and surprising scientific explanations behind a variety of common (and often entertainingly mundane) household phenomena, from gurgling drains and squeaky... (read more)

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Best American Science and Nature Writing (14 Edition)
Best American Science and Nature Writing (14 Edition)
by Deborah Blum
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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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The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
by Leonard Mlodinow
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In this irreverent and illuminating book, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, change, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a... (read more)

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The Knowledge Book: Everything You Need to Know to Get by in the 21st Century
The Knowledge Book: Everything You Need to Know to Get by in the 21st Century
by National Geographic
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A Field Guide for Science Writers: The Official Guide of the National Association of Scienc Writers
A Field Guide for Science Writers: The Official Guide of the National Association of Scienc Writers
by Deborah Blum
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This is the official text for the National Association of Science Writers. In the eight years since the publication of the first edition of A Field Guide for Science Writing, much about the world has changed. Some of the leading issues in today's... (read more)

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The Ultimate Book of Science
The Ultimate Book of Science
by Oxford Univ Pr (cor)
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This ultimate guide provides a fact-filled introduction to science, its basic concepts, principles, and practices. Perfect for children beginning their journey into learning science. Covering plants animals, space, climate, materials and more young... (read more)

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Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rain Forest of Central and South America
Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rain Forest of Central and South America
by Adrian Forsyth
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Scientific American In 17 chapters, each a brief essay on tropical nature observed, these two young field biologists have made a model of contemporary natural history, cheerfully speculative, concerned as much with large pattern as with diversity... (read more)

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Earth (07 Edition)
Earth (07 Edition)
by James F. Luhr
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From space, Earth is a magnificent sight, splashed with vivid colors, patterns, textures, and abstract forms. Views from above can also provide telling information about the health of our planet. To help us understand the more than 150 breathtaking... (read more)

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Earth: Portrait of a Planet
Earth: Portrait of a Planet
by Stephen Marshak
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The Fourth Edition of provides the perfect balance between an authoritative, yet accessible text and a stunning narrative art program. This makes it the book of choice for instructors and students, who all have their own diverse styles of both teaching... (read more)

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Seven Elements That Changed the World: An Adventure of Ingenuity and Discovery
Seven Elements That Changed the World: An Adventure of Ingenuity and Discovery
by John Browne
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The fascinating story of how seven elements--iron, carbon, gold, silver, uranium, titanium, and silicon--have changed modern life, for good and ill.... (read more)

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Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
by Dava Sobel
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While Galileo Galilei was under house arrest, accused of heresy for his claim that the earth revolved around the sun, his daughter Virginia, a cloistered nun, proved to be her father's greatest source of strength through the difficult years of his trial... (read more)

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