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Extreme Ice Now
Vanishing Glaciers and Changing Climate: A Progress Report
Written by James Balog


Format: Hardcover, 120 pages
Publisher: Focal Point
On Sale: March 24, 2009
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0401-2 (1-4262-0401-9)

Using both time-lapse and conventional photography as well as digital video, the Extreme Ice Survey is the most extensive visual study ever conducted to illustrate the catastrophic melting of glacial ice. The result is a dramatic and timely demonstration of global warming’s dangerous consequences from Alaska to Iceland to the Alps... Read more >

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The Real Cost of Fracking
How America's Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food
Written by Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald
Foreword by Sandra Steingraber


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 5, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8493-9 (0-8070-8493-X)

Across the country, fracking—the extraction of natural gas by hydraulic fracturing—is being touted as the nation’s answer to energy independence and a fix for a flagging economy. Drilling companies assure us that the process is safe, politicians push through drilling legislation without a serious public-health debate, and those who speak out... Read more >
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The Constants of Nature
The Numbers That Encode the Deepest Secrets of the Universe
Written by John Barrow


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3225-9 (1-4000-3225-3)

A major contribution to our understanding of the basic laws of the universe—from the author of The Book of Nothing.

The constants of nature are the fundamental laws of physics that apply throughout the universe: gravity, velocity of light, electromagnetism and quantum mechanics. They encode the deepest secrets of the universe, and... Read more >
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The Infinite Book
A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless
Written by John D. Barrow


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3224-2 (1-4000-3224-5)

For a thousand years, infinity has proven to be a difficult and illuminating challenge for mathematicians and theologians. It certainly is the strangest idea that humans have ever thought. Where did it come from and what is it telling us about our Universe? Can there actually be infinities? Is matter infinitely... Read more >
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The Day We Found the Universe

Written by Marcia Bartusiak


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-42429-8 (0-375-42429-6)

From one of our most acclaimed science writers: a dramatic narrative of the discovery of the true nature and startling size of the universe, delving back past the moment of revelation to trace the decades of work--by a select group of scientists--that made it possible.

On January 1, 1925, thity-five-year-old Edwin Hubble... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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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Once Before Time
A Whole Story of the Universe
Written by Martin Bojowald


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47455-1 (0-307-47455-0)

In his introduction to a revolutionary theory of the cosmos, Martin Bojowald shows how the big bang theory may give way to the big bounce theory, which describes our universe as an eternal series of expansions and contractions, with no beginning and no end.

In 2000, Bojowald, then a twenty-seven-year-old postdoctoral student... Read more >
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My Einstein

Written by John Brockman


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7950-6 (1-4000-7950-0)

In this fascinating volume, today’s foremost scientists discuss their own versions and visions of Einstein: how he has influenced their worldviews, their ideas, their science, and their professional and personal lives. These twenty-four essays are a testament to the power of scientific legacy and are essential reading for scientist and layperson... 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 >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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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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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Asteroid Threat
Defending Our Planet from Deadly Near-Earth Objects
Written by William E. Burrows


Format: Trade Paperback, 282 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: June 10, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-913-0 (1-61614-913-2)

The explosion of a large meteor over Chelyabinsk, Siberia, in February 2013 is just the latest reminder that planet Earth is vulnerable to damaging and potentially catastrophic collisions with space debris of various kinds. In this informative and forward-looking book, veteran aerospace writer William E. Burrows explains what we can do... Read more >
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The Chemistry of Alchemy
From Dragon's Blood to Donkey Dung, How Chemistry Was Forged
Written by Cathy Cobb, Monty Fetterolf and Harold Goldwhite


Format: Hardcover, 364 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: July 1, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-915-4 (1-61614-915-9)

In this exploration of the ancient art of alchemy, three veteran chemists show that the alchemists' quest involved real science and they recount fascinating stories of the sages who performed these strange experiments.

Why waste more words on this weird deviation in the evolution of chemistry? As the authors show, the... Read more >
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The Hunt for Zero Point
Inside the Classified World of Antigravity Technology
Written by Nick Cook


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0628-9 (0-7679-0628-4)

The atomic bomb was not the only project to occupy government scientists in the 1940s. Antigravity technology, originally spearheaded by scientists in Nazi Germany, was another high priority. Drawn from interviews with those involved in the research and who visited the labs in Europe and the U.S., The Hunt for Zero... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Prism and the Pendulum
The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments in Science
Written by Robert Crease


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7062-3 (0-8129-7062-4)

Is science beautiful? Yes, argues acclaimed philosopher and historian of science Robert P. Crease in this engaging exploration of history’s most beautiful experiments. The result is an engrossing journey through nearly 2,500 years of scientific innovation. Along the way, he encounters the personalities and creative thinking of some of the field’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Why Things Break
Understanding the World By the Way It Comes Apart
Written by Mark Eberhart


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4883-0 (1-4000-4883-4)

Why Things Break explores the fascinating question of what holds things together (for a while), what breaks them apart, and why the answers have a direct bearing on our everyday lives.

When Mark Eberhart was growing up in the 1960s, he learned that splitting an atom leads to a terrible explosion—which prompted... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ideas And Opinions

Written by Albert Einstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 6, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-517-88440-9 (0-517-88440-2)

Countless volumes have been written about Einstein's contributions, but few works depict such a comprehensive and personal portrait. Gathered under the supervision of Einstein himself, Ideas and Opinions contains essays from early in his career until his last writing of 1954, the year before his death. In the first part of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Relativity
The Special and the General Theory
Written by Albert Einstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 6, 1995
Price: $8.95
ISBN: 978-0-517-88441-6 (0-517-88441-0)

Relativity is an elaborate but comprehensible explanation of Einstein's Special theory of Relativity (1905) and his General Theory of Relativity (1916). Redesigned inside and out to provide a fresh, modern look, Relativity includes both explanatory illustrations and mathematical derivations of Einstein's theories. Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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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
ISBN: 978-0-679-60127-2 (0-679-60127-9)

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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Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field
How Two Men Revolutionized Physics
Written by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-942-0 (1-61614-942-6)

Two of the boldest and most creative scientists of all time were Michael Faraday (1791-1867) and James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879). This is the story of how these two men - separated in age by forty years - discovered the existence of the electromagnetic field and devised a radically new theory which... Read more >
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Out of the Blue
A History of Lightning: Science, Superstition, and Amazing Stories of Survival
Written by John Friedman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: May 19, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34116-5 (0-385-34116-4)

The odds of being hit by lightning each year are only about 1 in 750,000 in the U.S. And yet this rare phenomenon has inspired both fear and fascination for thousands of years.

Herman Melville called it “God’s burning finger.” The ancient Romans feared it as the wrath of God. Today we... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Radiation
What It Is, What You Need to Know
Written by Robert Peter Gale and Eric Lax


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95020-8 (0-307-95020-4)

The universe was born in a nuclear explosion. We live on a radioactive planet. Without radiation there would be not life. And yet radiation remains deeply misunderstood and often mistakenly feared. Now Dr. Robert Peter Gale—one of the world’s leading experts on the subject—and Eric Lax set the record straight about... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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The Age of Entanglement
When Quantum Physics Was Reborn
Written by Louisa Gilder


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 10, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9526-1 (1-4000-9526-3)

In The Age of Entanglement, Louisa Gilder brings to life one of the pivotal debates in twentieth century physics. In 1935, Albert Einstein famously showed that, according to the quantum theory, separated particles could act as if intimately connected–a phenomenon which he derisively described as “spooky action at a distance.” In... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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
ISBN: 978-0-679-74704-8 (0-679-74704-4)

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 >
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