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James Gleick
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James Gleick is our leading chronicler of science and modern technology. His first book, Chaos, a National Book Award finalist, has been translated into twenty-five languages. His best-selling biographies, Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman and Isaac Newton, were short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize.

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The Character of Physical Law

Written by Richard P. Feynman
Introduction by James Gleick


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 8, 1994
Price: $17.95

Richard Feynman was perhpas the most brilliant, iconoclastic, and influential physicist of modern times.  The Character of Physical Law, first published in 1965, contains seven brilliant lectures, originally delivered to standing-room-only audiences at Cornell University, that demonstrate Feynman's unique ability to bring his subject to life to the non-physicist.  Beginning with a discussion... Read more >

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Faster
The Acceleration of Just About Everything
Written by James Gleick


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 5, 2000
Price: $16.95

This is the heyday of speed.

If one quality defines our modern, technocratic age, it is acceleration. We are making haste. Our computers, our movies, our sex lives, our prayers -- they all run faster now than ever before. And the more we fill our lives with time-saving devices and time-saving strategies... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download.

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Genius
The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
Written by James Gleick


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 2, 1993
Price: $17.95

To his colleagues, Richard Feynman was not so much a genius as he was a full-blown magician: someone who “does things that nobody else could do and that seem completely unexpected.” The path he cleared for twentieth-century physics led from the making of the atomic bomb to a Nobel Prize-winning theory... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download.

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The Information
A History, A Theory, A Flood
Written by James Gleick


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $16.95

A New York Times Notable Book
A Los Angeles Times and Cleveland Plain Dealer Best Book of the Year

From the bestselling author of the acclaimed Chaos and Genius comes a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the big ideas of the modern era: Information, communication, and information theory.

Acclaimed science writer James Gleick... Read more >

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The Information
A History, a Theory, a Flood
Written by James Gleick


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 1, 2011
Price: $35.00

The story of information begins in a time profoundly unlike our own, when every thought and utterance vanished as soon as it was born. From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long misunderstood “talk­ing drums” of Africa, James Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very... Read more >

The Information
A History, a Theory, a Flood
Written by James Gleick


Format: eBook, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 1, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Isaac Newton

Written by James Gleick


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $15.95

*Winner of the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science*

James Gleick has long been fascinated by the making of science—how ideas order visible appearances, how equations can give meaning to molecular and stellar phenomena, how theories can transform what we see. In Chaos, he chronicled the emergence of a new way of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Isaac Newton

Written by James Gleick


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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What Just Happened
A Chronicle from the Information Frontier
Written by James Gleick


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 10, 2003
Price: $13.00

For the past decade change seemed to happen over night, every night. Fueled by the exponential rise of technology, the digital revolution was difficult for many to make sense of, but James Gleick watched and analyzed, criticized and commended, participated in and prophesized about the instantaneous transformations of the world as... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download.
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