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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
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This is an absolutely fascinating account of a line of cells that would proliferate to such a degree that they became immortal. Shaved from a tumor in a poor black woman in the 1950s, cultured without her knowledge, and grown to amazing proportions... (read more)

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Last Train To Paradise
Last Train To Paradise
by Les Standiford
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Last Train to Paradise is acclaimed novelist Les Standiford’s fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad—one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken... (read more)

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the tale of a woman whose cells were used — without her knowledge — in breakthrough medical research after her 1951 death. Skloot's moving story of faith, family, and science uses the past to teach us about... (read more)

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Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time
Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time
by Michael Shermer
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Revised and Expanded Edition. In this age of supposed scientific enlightenment, many people still believe in mind reading, past-life regression theory, New Age hokum, and alien abduction. A no-holds-barred assault on popular superstitions and prejudices,... (read more)

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Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived
Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived
by Daniel H. Wilson and Richard Horne
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If you are like me, the Roomba just does not cut it when what I expect is the domestic help of the robot maid featured on The Jetsons. In this highly entertaining look at futuristic inventions once envisioned, but never fully realized, Daniel Wilson... (read more)

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The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution
The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution
by Carolyn Merchant
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**** Original edition (1980) cited in BCL3. This reprint carries a new preface. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)... (read more)

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The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
by Sam Kean
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Sam Kean proves that chemistry makes for great storytelling with this entertaining look at the human stories behind the elements found in the periodic table. A delightful history of science, The Disappearing Spoon makes for both an engaging and... (read more)

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Stairways To the Stars : Skywatching in Three Great Ancient Cultures (97 Edition)
Stairways To the Stars : Skywatching in Three Great Ancient Cultures (97 Edition)
by Anthony Aveni
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In this work, Tony Aveni, a leading archaeoastronomer from Colgate University, has written a marvelous book about how the celestial rhythms influenced the cultures of the past...fascinating reading.—Science Books and Films "Clearly, if we can know... (read more)

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Lady Tasting Tea : How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century (01 Edition)
Lady Tasting Tea : How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century (01 Edition)
by David Salsburg
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An insightful, revealing history of the magical mathematics that transformed our world. At a summer tea party in Cambridge, England, a guest states that tea poured into milk tastes different from milk poured into tea. Her notion is shouted down by the... (read more)

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Culture of Time and Space, 1880-1918 - With New Preface (04 Edition)
Culture of Time and Space, 1880-1918 - With New Preface (04 Edition)
by Stephen Kern
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A brilliant, gutsy essay in intellectual history [on] how thought, technology, art, and politics smashed objective time and bourgeois hierarchies of space. The... (read more)

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God and Nature : Historical Essays on the Encounter Between Christianity and Science (86 Edition)
God and Nature : Historical Essays on the Encounter Between Christianity and Science (86 Edition)
by David C. Lindberg
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Since the publication in 1896 of Andrew Dickson White's classic History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom, no comprehensive history of the subject has appeared in the English language. Although many twentieth-century historians have... (read more)

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The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself
The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself
by Daniel J. Boorstin
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An original history of man's greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him." A remarkable narrative of the grand intellectual venture of humankind, rich in fascinating, often dramatic details"-- (The Wall Street Journal) "... (read more)

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Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow : the Epic Story of Thetranscontinental Railroads (01 Edition)
Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow : the Epic Story of Thetranscontinental Railroads (01 Edition)
by Dee Brown
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"Once again Dee Brown is telling us one of the great American stories.... I can't think of a better way to tell our history than to follow the path of the lonesome whistle." --Tony Hiss, The New York Times Book Review... (read more)

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Galileo Connection (86 Edition)
Galileo Connection (86 Edition)
by Charles F. Hummel
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The church disagreed with Galileo. That set off a controversy that rages on today. The passion remains but the issues have changed and the arguments have become more complex. Do miracles conflict with scientific laws? How did the universe begin? Does the... (read more)

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Science and Society
Science and Society
by Richard W Grinnell
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Part of Longman’s successful Topic’s Reader series, Science and Society is a brief thematic reader that touches on the nature of science and various scientific issues and controversies.... (read more)

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Crucibles the Story of Chemistry 4TH Edition
Crucibles the Story of Chemistry 4TH Edition
by Bernard Jaffe
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This book is a classic in the field of popular science. Standard reading since the 1930s, it is one of the few historeis of chemistry to concentrate on the lives of the great chemists. Through these dramatic and human stories, it gives an authoritative... (read more)

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Gramophone, Film Typewriter (99 Edition)
Gramophone, Film Typewriter (99 Edition)
by Friedrich Kittler
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Almost thirty years ago, W. J. T. Mitchellandrsquo;sand#160;Iconologyand#160;helped launch the interdisciplinary study of visual media, now a central feature of the modern humanities. Along with his subsequentand#160;Picture Theoryand#160;andand#160;What... (read more)

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Cats' Paws and Catapults: Mechanical Worlds of Nature and People
Cats' Paws and Catapults: Mechanical Worlds of Nature and People
by Steven Vogel
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Nature and humans build their devices with the same earthly materials and use them in the same air and water, pulled by the same gravity. Why, then, do their designs diverge so sharply? Humans, for instance, love right angles, while nature's angles are... (read more)

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Epitome of Copernican Astronomy and Harmonies of the World (95 Edition)
Epitome of Copernican Astronomy and Harmonies of the World (95 Edition)
by Johannes Kepler
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What Science Is and How It Works
What Science Is and How It Works
by Gregory Derry
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"An outstanding book by a very fine writer. What Science Is and How It Works delves into the nature of science and along the way meanders into many interesting subjects. It represents a significant contribution in making science more accessible to the... (read more)

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