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A Natural History of the Senses

Written by Diane Ackerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 10, 1991
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73566-3 (0-679-73566-6)

Diane Ackerman's lusciously written grand tour of the realm of the senses includes conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a professional nose in New York, along with dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic cuisine and the music played by the planet Earth.

PRAISE FOR A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SENSES

"Delightful... Read more >
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The Mercury 13
The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight
Written by Martha Ackmann
Foreword by Lynn Sherr


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75893-5 (0-375-75893-3)

In 1961, just as NASA launched its first man into space, a group of women underwent secret testing in the hopes of becoming America’s first female astronauts. They passed the same battery of tests at the legendary Lovelace Foundation as did the Mercury 7 astronauts, but they were summarily dismissed by... Read more >
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Present at the Creation
Discovering the Higgs Boson
Written by Amir D. Aczel


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: November 27, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59182-1 (0-307-59182-4)

The Large Hadron Collider is the biggest, and by far the most powerful, machine ever built. A project of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, its audacious purpose is to re-create, in a 16.5-mile-long circular tunnel under the French-Swiss countryside, the immensely hot and dense conditions that existed some 13.7... Read more >
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Mission to Mars
My Vision for Space Exploration
Written by Buzz Aldrin and Leonard David


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1017-4 (1-4262-1017-5)

Legendary “space statesman” Buzz Aldrin speaks out as a vital advocate for the continuing quest to push the boundaries of the universe as we know it. As a pioneering astronaut who first set foot on the moon during mankind’s first landing of Apollo 11--and as an aerospace engineer who designed an... Read more >
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Biohazard
The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World--Told from the Inside by the Man Who Ran It
Written by Ken Alibek and Stephen Handelman


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: April 11, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33496-9 (0-385-33496-6)

For two decades, while a fearful world prepared for nuclear winter, an elite team of Russian bioweaponeers began to till a new killing field: a bleak tract sown with powerful seeds of mass destruction--by doctors who had committed themselves to creating a biological Armageddon. Biohazard is the never-before-told story of Russia's... Read more >
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Genetics in the Wild

Written by John C. Avise


Format: Trade Paperback, 270 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-293-5 (1-58834-293-X)

Award-winning geneticist John C. Avise guides us on a voyage around the planet in search of answers to nature’s mysteries. He demonstrates how scientists directly examine DNA to address long-standing questions about wild animals, plants, and microbes. Through dozens of stories that span the world, nature emerges as a realm where... Read more >
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Design in Nature
How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organizations
Written by Adrian Bejan and J. Peder Zane


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74434-0 (0-307-74434-5)

In this groundbreaking book, Adrian Bejan takes the recurring patterns in nature—trees, tributaries, air passages, neural networks, and lightning bolts—and reveals how a single principle of physics, the constructal law, accounts for the evolution of these and many other designs in our world.

Everything—from biological life to inanimate systems—generates shape and structure... Read more >
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Design in Nature
How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organization
Written by Adrian Bejan and J. Peder Zane


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53461-1 (0-385-53461-2)

In this groundbreaking book, Adrian Bejan takes the recurring patterns in nature—trees, tributaries, air passages, neural networks, and lightning bolts—and reveals how a single principle of physics, the Constructal Law, accounts for the evolution of these and all other designs in our world.

Everything—from biological life to inanimate systems—generates shape and structure... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Autism Puzzle
Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates
Written by Brita Belli


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-391-9 (1-60980-391-4)

Belli moves beyond the distractions of the vaccine debate and presents compelling evidence that exposure to heavy metals and other chemicals, when paired with genetic susceptibilities, impacts the brain development of children.

The alarming spike in autism in recent years has sent doctors and parents on a search for answers. And while... Read more >
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Secrets of Mental Math
The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks
Written by Arthur Benjamin and Michael Shermer


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: August 8, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-33840-2 (0-307-33840-1)

These simple math secrets and tricks will forever change how you look at the world of numbers.

Secrets of Mental Math will have you thinking like a math genius in no time. Get ready to amaze your friends—and yourself—with incredible calculations you never thought you could master, as renowned “mathemagician” Arthur Benjamin... Read more >
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Time Lord
Sir Sandford Fleming and the Creation of Standard Time
Written by Clark Blaise


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72752-8 (0-375-72752-3)

It is difficult today to imagine life before standard time was established in 1884. In the middle of the nineteenth century, for example, there were 144 official time zones in North America alone. The confusion that ensued, especially among the burgeoning railroad companies, was an hourly comedy of errors that ultimately... Read more >
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The God Problem
How a Godless Cosmos Creates
Written by Howard Bloom


Format: Hardcover, 708 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: August 24, 2012
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-551-4 (1-61614-551-X)

A Choice 2013 Outstanding Academic Title
 
God’s war crimes, Aristotle’s sneaky tricks, Einstein’s pajamas, information theory’s blind spot, Stephen Wolfram’s new kind of science, and six monkeys at six typewriters getting it wrong. What do these have to do with the birth of a universe and with your need for meaning? Everything...

Read more >
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Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Written by Alan B. Bolten and Blair E. Witherington


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2003
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-136-5 (1-58834-136-4)

Sea turtles have been the focus of research and intense conservation efforts for decades and the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, currently listed as a threatened species, is arguably one of the best studied of the seven species. Loggerhead Sea Turtles brings together, for the first time, international experts to synthesize the knowledge... Read more >

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Fishes of Alabama

Written by Herbert T. Boschung
Illustrated by Joseph Tomelleri
Foreword by Edward O. Wilson


Format: Hardcover, 960 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 17, 2004
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-004-7 (1-58834-004-X)

An enormous, superbly illustrated book that reveals the astounding diversity of Alabama’s fishes through brilliant color plates by Joseph Tomelleri and incredibly detailed information from the authors. These two leading scientists have dedicated years to documenting the diets, growth rates, reproduction, sizes, distribution, and status of Alabama’s fishes, and they present... Read more >

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Curious Minds
How a Child Becomes a Scientist
Edited by John Brockman


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7686-4 (1-4000-7686-2)

A fascinating collection of essays from twenty-seven of the world’s most interesting scientists about the moments and events in their childhoods that set them on the paths that would define their lives.

What makes a child decide to become a scientist?

• For Robert Sapolsky—Stanford professor of biology—it was an argument with a... Read more >
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Future Science
Essays from the Cutting Edge
Written by Max Brockman


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 9, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74191-2 (0-307-74191-5)

Editor Max Brockman introduces the work of some of today’s brightest and most innovative young scientists in this fascinating and exciting collection of writings that describe the very boundaries of our knowledge.

Future Science features nineteen young scientists, most of whom are presenting their innovative work and ideas to a general audience... Read more >
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What's Next
Dispatches on the Future of Science
Written by Max Brockman


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 26, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38931-2 (0-307-38931-6)

Will climate change force a massive human migration to the Northern Rim?

How does our sense of morality arise from the structure of the brain?

What does the latest research in language acquisition tells us about the role of culture in the way we think?

What does current neurological research tell... Read more >
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13 Things that Don't Make Sense
The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time
Written by Michael Brooks


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27881-4 (0-307-27881-6)

Spanning disciplines from biology to cosmology, chemistry to psychology to physics, Michael Brooks thrillingly captures the excitement of scientific discovery.

Science’ s best-kept secret is this: even today, ther eare experimental results that the most brilliant scientists cannot explain. In the past, similar “anomalies” have revolutionized our world. If history is any... Read more >

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Dragonflies

Written by Steve Brooks


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-064-1 (1-58834-064-3)

Dragonflies and damselflies have lived on earth for hundreds of millions of years, and there are thousands of different species living in watery environments throughout the world. But few people will have looked beyond the flash of blue, red, green or yellow to consider the lives of dragonflies.

These masters of aerial... Read more >

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How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

Written by Mike Brown


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-53110-8 (0-385-53110-9)

The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a tenth planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of adding one more planet... Read more >
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Composition of Scientific Words

Written by Roland Wilbur Brown


Format: Trade Paperback, 882 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 17, 2000
Price: $37.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-848-9 (1-56098-848-7)

Born of the linguistic fascination of a noted paleontologist, Composition of Scientific Words includes a brief introduction to the history and elementary structure of English, Greek, and Latin, followed by a guide for the formulation of technical terms. The main selection, the lexicon, is an alphabetical list of key words. It... Read more >

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A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition

Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88515-9 (0-307-88515-1)

This new edition of the acclaimed bestseller is lavishly illustrated to convey, in pictures as in words, Bill Bryson’s exciting, informative journey into the world of science.

In A Short History of Nearly Everything, beloved author Bill Bryson confronts his greatest challenge yet: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we... Read more >
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Ubiquity
Why Catastrophes Happen
Written by Mark Buchanan


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: November 5, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80998-3 (0-609-80998-9)

Why do catastrophes happen? What sets off earthquakes, for example? What about mass extinctions of species? The outbreak of major wars? Massive traffic jams that seem to appear out of nowhere? Why does the stock market periodically suffer dramatic crashes? Why do some forest fires become superheated infernos that rage totally... Read more >
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Letters from the Hive
An Intimate History of Bees, Honey, and Humankind
Written by Stephen Buchmann and Banning Repplier


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 30, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38266-2 (0-553-38266-7)

They work hard, are devoted to family, love sex, and know the importance of a good piece of real estate. Honey bees, and the daily workings of their close-knit colonies, are one of nature's great miracles. And they produce one of nature's greatest edible bounties: honey. More than just a palate... Read more >
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The Parrot Who Owns Me
The Story of a Relationship
Written by Joanna Burger


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76025-9 (0-375-76025-3)

Seventeen years ago, when she adopted a neglected, orphaned thirty-year-old parrot named Tiko, the internationally renowned ornithologist Joanna Burger entered one of the most complex relationships of her life. Sullen and hostile when he entered Dr. Burger’s home, Tiko gradually warmed up, courting her during mating season, nursing her vigilantly through... Read more >
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