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Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History
by Stephen Jay Gould
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High in the Canadian Rockies is a small limestone quarry formed 530 million years ago called the Burgess Shale. It hold the remains of an ancient sea where dozens of strange creatures lived--a forgotten corner of evolution preserved in awesome detail. In... (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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How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space
How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space
by Janna Levin
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Started as a series of letters to her mom, How the Universe Got Its Spots turned into Janna Levin's diary of her life as a scientist out to determine the size of the cosmos. Levin poetically mixes fascinating scientific details with personal anecdotes. A... (read more)

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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
by Simon Winchester
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Krakatoa is the eloquent narrative of the cataclysmic destruction in 1883 of the volcanic island of the same name. Killing nearly 40,000 people (mostly from the resultant tsunamis), this violent eruption was "the most violent explosion ever recorded and... (read more)

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The Seashell on the Mountaintop
The Seashell on the Mountaintop
by Alan Cutler
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Seventeenth-century scientists were baffled: How did the fossils of seashells find their way to the tops of mountains? Nicolaus Steno, hailed by Stephen Jay Gould as "the founder of geology," solved the puzzle, looking directly at the clues left in the... (read more)

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Longitude the Story of a Lone Genius Who
Longitude the Story of a Lone Genius Who
by Dava Sobel
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First published in 1996, Dava Sobel's story of an epic scientific quest - how to calculate longitude. The thorniest scientific problem of the day had occupied scientists and their patrons for the better part of two centuries until John Harrison dared to... (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 Soul of a New Machine
The Soul of a New Machine
by Tracy Kidder
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Computers have changed since 1981, when Tracy Kidder memorably recorded the drama, comedy, and excitement of one companys efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market. What has not changed is the feverish pace of the high-tech industry, the go-for... (read more)

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The Algebra Survival Guide Workbook (Algebra Survival Guide)
The Algebra Survival Guide Workbook (Algebra Survival Guide)
by Josh Rappaport
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- Thousands of practice problems, and their answers, help children master the skills essential for pre-algebra and Algebra 1.- Problem sets focus on the very concepts that children have the most trouble with, thereby giving them the help they need to... (read more)

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Super Review : Pre-calculus (03 Edition)
Super Review : Pre-calculus (03 Edition)
by Research And Education Association
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Super Review Study Guides - All You Need to Know! REAs Super Review of Pre-Calculus is an excellent study guide and textbook companion for students at all learning levels who are studying Pre-Calculus. The Super Review of Pre-Calculus offers you... (read more)

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Three Roads to Quantum Gravity
Three Roads to Quantum Gravity
by Lee Smolin
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The Holy Grail of modern physics is a theory of the universe that unites two seemingly opposing pillars of modern science: Einstein's theory of general relativity, which deals with large-scale phenomena (planets, solar systems and galaxies), and quantum... (read more)

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Physics of Waves
Physics of Waves
by William C Elmore
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Because of the increasing demands and complexity of undergraduate physics courses (atomic, quantum, solid state, nuclear, etc.), it is often impossible to devote separate courses to the classic wave phenomena of optics, acoustics, and electromagnetic... (read more)

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Eric Sloane's Weather Book
Eric Sloane's Weather Book
by Eric Sloane
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"Amateur weather forecasters (which includes just about everyone) will find this volume an informative and entertaining account of the why and how of the weather." and#8212; The Nation In simple language, Eric Sloane explains the whys and wherefores of... (read more)

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The Impoverished Radio Experimenter Volume 3
The Impoverished Radio Experimenter Volume 3
by Lindsay Publications
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You can't build much of anything, mechanical or electrical, unless you have useful measuring tools. The first part of this new volume shows you how to build a simple impedance bridge that will allow you to measure inductors and capacitors to two... (read more)

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Impoverished Radio Experimenter Volume 1
Impoverished Radio Experimenter Volume 1
by Lindsay Publications
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Vacuum tubes are to the electronics industry what steam locomotives are to the railroading industry: hot, inefficient maintenance headaches. But like a steam locomotive, a tube has a simple fascinating charm that no high-tech chip can match. You must try... (read more)

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The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
by Brian Greene
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Many books have been written in an attempt to explain quantum physics to the layperson. Considering that most physicists still have problems coming to grips with the counter-intuitive implications of quantum theory, it is easy to understand why they do... (read more)

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A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash
A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash
by Sylvia Nasar
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How could you, a mathematician, believe that extraterrestrials were sending you messages?" the visitor from Harvard asked the West Virginian with the movie-star looks and Olympian manner. "Because the ideas I had about supernatural beings came to me the... (read more)

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Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos
Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos
by M Mitchell Waldrop
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Why did the stock market crash more than 500 points on a single Monday in 1987? Why do ancient species often remain stable in the fossil record for millions of years and then suddenly disappear? In a world where nice guys often finish last, why do humans... (read more)

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Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
by Charles Seife
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It is difficult to imagine being scared of a number?or the absence of a number. Yet, as Charles Seife explains at the beginning of Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea, "for ancient peoples zero was a foreign — and frightening... (read more)

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Geek Logik: Fifty Foolproof Equations for Everyday Life
Geek Logik: Fifty Foolproof Equations for Everyday Life
by Garth Sundem
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Here for the geek in all of us are fifty foolproof equations that take the guesswork out of life — and the funniest twist on an idea since Richard Smith' The Dieter's Guide to Weight Loss During Sex. Call it the algebra oracle: By plugging in the... (read more)

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