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Ada's Algorithm
How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age
Written by James Essinger


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: October 14, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-408-0 (1-61219-408-7)

Over 150 years after her death, a widely-used scientific computer program was named “Ada,” after Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate daughter of the eighteenth century’s version of a rock star, Lord Byron. Why?

Because, after computer pioneers such as Alan Turing began to rediscover her, it slowly became apparent that she had... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Falling Upwards
How We Took to the Air: An Unconventional History of Ballooning
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74232-2 (0-307-74232-6)

Time Magazine 10 Top Nonfiction Books of 2013 
The New Republic Best Books of 2013
Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)

In a dazzling fusion of history, art, science, and biography, Falling Upwardsresurrects the daring men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air in balloons. 

Richard Holmes gives us another of his unforgettable portraits... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Future of the Mind
The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
Written by Michio Kaku


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53082-8 (0-385-53082-X)

The New York Times best-selling author of Physics of the Impossible, Physics of the Future and Hyperspace tackles the most fascinating and complex object in the known universe: the human brain.

For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high... Read more >

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The Story of the Human Body
Evolution, Health, and Disease
Written by Daniel Lieberman


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 1, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74180-6 (0-307-74180-X)

In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years. He illuminates the major transformations that contributed to key adaptations to the body: the rise of bipedalism; the shift to a non-fruit-based diet; the... Read more >

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Mars Rover Curiosity
An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer
Written by Rob Manning and William L. Simon


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-473-1 (1-58834-473-8)

In the course of our enduring quest for knowledge about ourselves and our universe, we haven't found answers to one of our most fundamental questions: Does life exist anywhere else in the universe? Ten years and billions of dollars in the making, the Mars Rover Curiosity is poised to answer this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Scatter, Adapt, and Remember
How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
Written by Annalee Newitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94942-4 (0-307-94942-7)

A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist in Science & Technology

In its 4.5 billion-year history, life on Earth has been almost erased at least half a dozen times: shattered by asteroid impacts, entombed in ice, smothered by methane, and torn apart by unfathomably powerful megavolcanoes. And we know that another global... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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In the Light of Science
Our Ancient Quest for Knowledge and the Measure of Modern Physics
Written by Demetris Nicolaides


Format: Trade Paperback, 266 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-61592-225-3 (1-61592-225-3)

The birth of science in ancient Greece had a historical impact that is still being felt today. Physicist Demetris Nicolaides examines the epochal shift in thinking that led pre-Socratic philosophers of the sixth and fifth centuries BCE to abandon the prevailing mythologies of the age and, for the first time, to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Science of Discworld
A Novel
Written by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-6894-6 (0-8041-6894-6)

Not just another science book and not just another Discworld novella, The Science of Discworld is a creative, mind-bending mash-up of fiction and fact, that offers a wizard’s-eye view of our world that will forever change how you look at the universe.

Can Unseen University’s eccentric wizards and orangutan Librarian possibly shed any useful... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Body, Revised Edition
A Complete User's Guide
Written by Patricia Daniels
Foreword by Richard Restak, M.D.


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1414-1 (1-4262-1414-6)

A comprehensive home reference for students and individuals, this fully illustrated, easy-to-understand new edition includes the most up-to-date information about the human body.

Created in collaboration with a panel of medical experts, The Body features the latest information about the inner workings of the human body and its vital systems. Packed with... Read more >

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The Great Partnership
Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning
Written by Jonathan Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1250-1 (0-8052-1250-7)

National Jewish Book Awards 2012, Finalist
Dorot Foundation Award for
Modern Jewish Thought and Experience

Impassioned, erudite, thoroughly researched, and beautifully reasoned, The Great Partnership argues not only that science and religion are compatible, but that they complement each other—and that the world needs both.

“Atheism deserves better than the new atheists,” states... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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A History of Life in 100 Fossils

Written by Paul D. Taylor and Aaron O'Dea


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 14, 2014
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-482-3 (1-58834-482-7)

A History of Life in 100 Fossils showcases 100 key fossils that together illustrate the evolution of life on earth. Iconic specimens have been selected from the renowned collections of the two premier natural history museums in the world, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, and the Natural History Museum, London. The fossils... Read more >
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