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A Short History of Nearly Everything
A Short History of Nearly Everything
by Bill Bryson
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This learned and amusing work covers the origin of the universe to the human genome. A welcome journey with Bryson in typical wise and witty fashion.... (read more)

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The Visual Display of Quantitative Information 2nd Edition
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information 2nd Edition
by Edward R. Tufte
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The classic book on statistical graphics, charts, tables. Theory and practice in the design of data graphics, 250 illustrations of the best (and a few of the worst) statistical graphics, with detailed analysis of how to display data for precise... (read more)

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Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (Vintage)
Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (Vintage)
by Neil Shubin
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Details on a Major New Discovery included in a New AfterwordWhy do we look the way we do? Neil Shubin, the paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the “fish with hands,” tells the story of our bodies as you've... (read more)

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Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs
by Walter Isaacson
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FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING BIOGRAPHIES OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND ALBERT EINSTEIN, THIS IS THE EXCLUSIVE BIOGRAPHY OF STEVE JOBS. Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than... (read more)

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The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch
The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch
by Lewis Dartnell
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How would you go about rebuilding a technological society from scratch? If our technological society collapsed tomorrow, perhaps from a viral pandemic or catastrophic asteroid impact, what would be the one book you would want to press into the hands of... (read more)

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Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
by Erik Larson
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National Bestseller September 8, 1900, began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that... (read more)

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Q.E.D.: Beauty in Mathematical Proof
Q.E.D.: Beauty in Mathematical Proof
by Burkard Polster
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Q.E.D. presents some of the most famous mathematical proofs in a charming book that will appeal to nonmathematicians and math experts alike. Grasp in an instant why Pythagorass theorem must be correct. Follow the ancient Chinese proof of the volume... (read more)

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The Manhattan Project: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators, Eyewitnesses, and Historians
The Manhattan Project: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators, Eyewitnesses, and Historians
by Cynthia C Kelly
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The first collection ever of the writings and insights of the original creators of the atomic bomb, along with pieces by the most important historians and interpreters of the subject, is now in paperback. Born out of a small research program begun in... (read more)

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The Straw Bale House (Real Goods Independent Living Book)
The Straw Bale House (Real Goods Independent Living Book)
by Athena Swentzell Steen
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Imagine building a house with superior seismic stability, fire resistance, and thermal insulation, using an annually renewable resource, for half the cost of a comparable conventional home. Welcome to the straw bale house! Whether you build an entire... (read more)

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The Holographic Universe
The Holographic Universe
by Michael Talbot
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The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot is one of my favorite books. Fascinating. Amazing! Physics, swamis, waves, and particles. Extremely readable.... (read more)

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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Dover Thrift Editions)
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Edwin A Abbott
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This masterpiece of science (and mathematical) fiction is a delightfully unique and highly entertaining satire that has charmed readers for more than 100 years. The work of English clergyman, educator and Shakespearean scholar Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926),... (read more)

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150 Years of J.I. Case
150 Years of J.I. Case
by Ch Wendel
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An American Workhorse Inventor Jerome Increase Case founded Case in Racine in 1842 to build threshing machines. It was a humble beginning for a company that would eventually become the first builder of steam engines for agricultural use, and eventually... (read more)

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Chemistry Concepts & Problems 2ND Edition a Self
Chemistry Concepts & Problems 2ND Edition a Self
by Clifford C Houk
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CHEMISTRY SECOND EDITION The fast, easy way to master the fundamentals of chemistry Have you ever wondered about the differences between liquids, gases, and solids? Or what actually happens when something burns? What exactly is a solution? An acid? A... (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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The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
by Nicholas Carr
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“Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates... (read more)

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Wholeness and the Implicate Order (Routledge Classics)
Wholeness and the Implicate Order (Routledge Classics)
by David Bohm
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David Bohm was one of the foremost scientific thinkers and philosophers of our time. Although deeply influenced by Einstein, he was also, more unusually for a scientist, inspired by mysticism. Indeed, in the 1970s and 1980s he made contact with both J... (read more)

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History of Mathematics 2ND Edition
History of Mathematics 2ND Edition
by Carl Boyer
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"Boyer and Merzbach distill thousands of years of mathematics into this fascinating chronicle. From the Greeks to Godel, the mathematics is brilliant; the cast of characters is distinguished; the ebb and flow of ideas is everywhere evident. And, while... (read more)

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You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto (Vintage)
You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto (Vintage)
by Jaron Lanier
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Proceed carefully. Reading this book is like biting into a jalapeño jelly bean that you thought was pear flavored. Startling, eye-opening, and a bit unnerving, Lanier's manifesto could be the key to preserving autonomy as increased technological... (read more)

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The Man Who Walked Through Time: The Story of the First Trip Afoot Through the Grand Canyon
The Man Who Walked Through Time: The Story of the First Trip Afoot Through the Grand Canyon
by Colin Fletcher
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The remarkable classic of nature writing by the first man ever to have walked the entire length of the Grand Canyon.... (read more)

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Hamlet's Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age
Hamlet's Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age
by William Powers
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A crisp, passionately argued answer to the question that everyone who's grown dependent on digital devices is asking: "Where's the rest of my life?" At a time when we're all trying to make sense of our relentlessly connected lives, this revelatory book... (read more)

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