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God's Equation
Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe
Written by Amir D. Aczel

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: November 28, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33485-3 (0-385-33485-0)

"[Einstein's] field equation remains the closest thing we have to a divine blueprint for the universe...Aczel gives a very readable account of the science and the scientists involved." --Kirkus Reviews

In a work that is at once lucid and profound, renowned mathematician Dr. Amir Aczel, critically acclaimed author of Fermat's Last... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download.

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Buddhist Practice on Western Ground
Reconciling Eastern Ideals and Western Psychology
Written by Harvey Aronson

Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-093-0 (1-59030-093-9)

This is the first book to offer Buddhist meditators a comprehensive and sympathetic examination of the differences between Asian and Western cultural and spiritual values. Harvey B. Aronson, a psychotherapist in private practice and a Buddhist meditation teacher, presents a constructive and practical assessment of common conflicts experiences by Westerners who... Read more >

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The Advancement of Learning

Written by Francis Bacon
Series edited by Stephen Jay Gould

Format: Trade Paperback, 254 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 2, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75846-1 (0-375-75846-1)

Francis Bacon, lawyer, statesman, and philosopher, remains one of the most effectual thinkers in European intellectual history. We can trace his influence from Kant in the 1700s to Darwin a century later. The Advancement of Learning, first published in 1605, contains an unprecedented and thorough systematization of the whole range of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Medication Generation Grows Up
Written by Kaitlin Bell Barnett

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 10, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0134-9 (0-8070-0134-1)

Over the last two decades, we have seen a dramatic spike in the number of young people taking psychiatric medication--but, despite a heated debate on the issue, we haven’t heard directly from the “medicated kids” themselves. In Dosed, Kaitlin Bell Barnett, who was diagnosed with depression as a teenager, weaves together... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers
An Essential Guide to Managing Prostate Cancer for Patients and their Families
Written by Ralph Blum and Mark M.D. Scholz

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-515-0 (1-59051-515-3)

Every year almost a quarter of a million confused and frightened American men are tossed into a prostate cancer cauldron stirred by salespeople representing a multibillion-dollar industry. In this flourishing business, the radical prostatectomy is still the most widely recommended treatment option. Yet a recent and definitive study in the New... Read more >

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The Tao of Physics
An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism
Written by Fritjof Capra

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-835-6 (1-59030-835-2)

Here is the book that brought the mystical implications of subatomic physics to popular consciousness for the very first time–way back in 1975. This special edition celebrates the thirty-fifth anniversary of this a classic. It includes a new preface by the author, in which he reflects on the further discoveries and... Read more >

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Life After Death
The Burden of Proof
Written by Deepak Chopra

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 16, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5235-6 (1-4000-5235-1)

What happens to the spirit after the body dies?

In Life After Death, Deepak Chopra draws on cutting-edge scientific discoveries and the great wisdom traditions to provide a map of the afterlife. He tells us there is abundant evidence that “the world beyond” is not separated from this world by an impassable... Read more >

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The Foucault Reader

Written by Michel Foucault

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 1984
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71340-3 (0-394-71340-0)

Edited by Paul Rainbow.  Michel Foucault was one of the most influential thinkers in the contemporary world, someone whose work has affected the teaching of half a dozen disciplines ranging from literary criticism to the history of criminology. The Foucault Reader contains selections from each area of Foucault's work as well as... Read more >

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The Order of Things
An Archaeology of Human Sciences
Written by Michel Foucault

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 29, 1994
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75335-3 (0-679-75335-4)

Foucault offers startling evidence that "man"--man as a subject of scientific knowledge--is at best a recent invention, the result of a fundamental mutation in our culture.  He cuts across disciplines and reaches back into the seventeenth century to show how classical systems of knowledge, which linked all of nature within a great... Read more >
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Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972-1977
Written by Michel Foucault

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 1980
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-73954-0 (0-394-73954-X)

Edited and with an afterword by Colin Gordon.  In this set of essays and interviews, Foucault interprets his writings on such themes as sexuality, politics, and punishment, stressing the contribution of each to the magnificent--and terrifying--portrait of society that he is compiling.  As Foucault shows, what he has always been describing is the... Read more >

Enlightenment Volume 1

Written by Peter Gay

Format: eBook, 560 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 26, 2013
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83137-8 (0-307-83137-X)

The eighteenth century Enlightenment marks the beginning of the modern age when the scientific method and belief in reason and progress came to hold sway over the Western world. In the twentieth century, however, the Enlightenment has often been judged harshly for its apparently simplistic optimism. Here a master historian goes... Read more >

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Back to Normal
Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior Is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Written by Enrico Gnaulati, PhD

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7334-6 (0-8070-7334-2)

A veteran clinical psychologist exposes why doctors, teachers, and parents incorrectly diagnose healthy American children with serious psychiatric conditions.
In recent years there has been an alarming rise in the number of American children and youth assigned a mental health diagnosis. Current data from the Centers for Disease Control reveal a 41... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Rocks of Ages
Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life
Written by Stephen Jay Gould

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 26, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45040-1 (0-345-45040-X)

"People of good will wish to see science and religion at peace. . . . I do not see how science and religion could be unified, or even synthesized, under any common scheme of explanation or analysis; but I also do not understand why the two enterprises should experience any conflict."... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Scientists
A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors
Written by John Gribbin
Illustrated by Adam Hook

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6788-3 (0-8129-6788-7)

In this new and landmark history of modern science, author and trained astrophysicist John Gribbin recounts the development of science over the past five-hundred years—as seen specifically through the lives and achievements of individual scientists.

John Gribbin has written extensively before on scientific subjects such as the theory of everything, the existence... Read more >

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Species, Gender, and Identity
Written by Richard Grossinger
Illustrated by Phoebe Gloeckner and Jillian O'Malley

Format: Hardcover, 952 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: April 28, 2000
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-1-55643-359-7 (1-55643-359-X)

Embryogenesis completes an ethnographer's 22-year study of the origins and boundaries of the universe. Echoing Sheldon Nuland's How We Die, Sogyal Rinpoche's Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, and many other sources, this book makes the vital link between science and religion as it discusses the evolution of the species. Touching... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Grand Design

Written by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow

Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-80537-6 (0-553-80537-1)

The first major work in nearly a decade by one of the world's great thinkers, The Grand Design is a marvelously concise book with new answers to the ultimate questions of life.

When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? Why is there something rather than nothing? What is... Read more >

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Endgame, Volume 1
The Problem of Civilization
Written by Derrick Jensen

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $20.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-730-5 (1-58322-730-X)

The long-awaited companion piece to Derrick Jensen’s immensely popular and highly acclaimed works A Language Older Than Words and The Culture of Make Believe.

Accepting the increasingly widespread belief that industrialized culture inevitably erodes the natural world, Endgame sets out to explore how this relationship impels us towards a revolutionary and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Transcendental Temptation
A Critique of Religion and the Paranormal
Written by Paul Kurtz

Format: Trade Paperback, 516 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-827-0 (1-61614-827-6)

In this widely acclaimed and highly controversial book, Paul Kurtz examines the reasons why people accept supernatural and paranormal belief systems in spite of substantial evidence to the contrary.

According to the Kurtz, it is because there is within the human species a deeply rooted tendency toward magical thinking - the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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You Are Not a Gadget
A Manifesto
Written by Jaron Lanier

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38997-8 (0-307-38997-9)

A programmer, musician, and father of virtual reality technology, Jaron Lanier was a pioneer in digital media, and among the first to predict the revolutionary changes it would bring to our commerce and culture. Now, with the Web influencing virtually every aspect of our lives, he offers this provocative critique of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory
Written by Edward J. Larson

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 8, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6849-1 (0-8129-6849-2)

In this lively, deeply erudite work, Pulitzer Prize–winning science historian Edward J. Larson takes us on a guided tour of Darwin’s “dangerous idea,” from its theoretical antecedents in the early nineteenth century to the brilliant breakthroughs of Darwin and Wallace, to Watson and Crick’s stunning discovery of the DNA double helix... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Why Us?
How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves
Written by James Le Fanu

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3054-5 (1-4000-3054-4)

In this daring treatise on the current state of scientific inquiry, James Le Fanu challenges the common assumption that further progress in genetic research and neuroscience must ultimately explain all there is to know about life and man’s place in the world. On the contrary, he argues, the most recent scientific... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Eros and Civilization
A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud
Written by Herbert Marcuse

Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 15, 1974
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1555-1 (0-8070-1555-5)

In this classic work, Herbert Marcuse takes as his starting point Freud’s statement that civilization is based on the permanent subjugation of the human instincts, his reconstruction of the prehistory of mankind - to an interpretation of the basic trends of western civilization, stressing the philosophical and sociological implications.

“A philosophical critique... Read more >

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The Happy Atheist

Written by PZ Myers

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73980-3 (0-307-73980-5)

On his popular science blog, Pharyngula, PZ Myers has entertained millions of readers with his infectious love of evolutionary science and his equally infectious disdain for creationism, biblical literalism, intelligent design theory, and other products of godly illogic. This funny and fearless book collects and expands on some of his most... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Birth of Tragedy & The Genealogy of Morals

Written by Friedrich Nietzsche

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 7, 1956
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-09210-4 (0-385-09210-5)

Two of Nietzsche's essential works explore the conflict between the moral and aesthetic approaches to life, the impact of Christianity on human values, the meaning of science, and the contrast between the Apollonian and Dionysian spirits. Although the Greeks, according to Nietzsche in The Birth of Tragedy, knew very well that... Read more >

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Ethics on the Ark
Zoos, Animal Welfare, and Wildlife Conservation
Edited by Bryan G. Norton, Michael Hutchins, Terry Maple and Elizabeth Stevens

Format: Trade Paperback, 360 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 17, 1996
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-689-8 (1-56098-689-1)

Ethics on the Ark presents a passionate, multivocal discussion–among zoo professionals, activists, conservation biologists, and philosophers–about the future of zoos and aquariums, the treatment of animals in captivity, and the question of whether the individual, the species, or the ecosystem is the most important focus in conservation efforts. Contributors represent all... Read more >
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