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It Started with Copernicus
Vital Questions about Science
Written by Keith Parsons

Format: Trade Paperback, 429 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: August 5, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-929-1 (1-61614-929-9)

Is science more rational or objective than any other intellectual endeavor? Are scientific theories accurate depictions of reality or just useful devices for manipulating the environment? These core questions are the focus of this unique approach to the philosophy of science. Unlike standard textbooks, this book does not attempt a comprehensive... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Land Grabbers
The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth
Written by Fred Pearce

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 29, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0324-4 (0-8070-0324-7)

An unprecedented land grab is taking place around the world. Fearing future food shortages or eager to profit from them, the world’s wealthiest and most acquisitive countries, corporations, and individuals have been buying and leasing vast tracts of land around the world. The scale is astounding: parcels the size of small... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Labyrinths of Reason
Paradox, Puzzles, and the Frailty of Knowledge
Edited by William Poundstone

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1989
Price: $12.76
ISBN: 978-0-385-24271-4 (0-385-24271-9)

This sharply intelligent, consistently provocative book takes the reader on an astonishing, thought-provoking voyage into the realm of delightful uncertainty--a world of paradox in which logical argument leads to contradiction and common sense is seemingly rendered irrelevant. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Making of the Human Mind
Written by Colin Renfrew

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7661-8 (0-8129-7661-4)

In Prehistory, the award-winning archaeologist and renowned scholar Colin Renfrew covers human existence before the advent of written records–the overwhelming majority of our time here on earth–and gives an incisive, concise, and lively survey of the past, and of how scholars and scientists labor to bring it to light.

Renfrew begins... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Dr. Joe's Health Lab
164 Amazing Insights into the Science of Medicine, Nutrition and Well-being
Written by Joe Schwarcz

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-67156-9 (0-385-67156-3)

Health Lab’s theme is the most popular of Dr Joe’s specialties. There are riveting and sometimes hair-raising vignettes from the history of medicine and food production. There are reports aimed at equipping readers to recognize and beware muddled thinking, misunderstandings and deceptions in media stories about health and nutrition and in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Arithmetic of Life and Death

Written by George Shaffner

Format: Trade Paperback, 220 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42645-1 (0-345-42645-2)

In this thought-provoking primer, Shaffner cuts to the heart of real-life dilemmas great and small-whether it's the risks of smoking or the advantages of teamwork-and shows how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide your way to deeper understanding. 224 pp.

"Shaffner believes in living life by the numbers...Life not adding up? Try... Read more >
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Second Nature
Environmental Enrichment for Captive Animals
Edited by David J. Shepherdson, Jill D. Mellen and Michael Hutchins

Format: Trade Paperback, 376 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 14, 1999
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-397-2 (1-56098-397-3)

Growing recognition of the complexity of animals’ physical, social, and psychological lives in the wild has led both zookeepers and the zoo-going public to call for higher environmental standards for animals in captivity.

Bringing together the work of animal behaviorists, zoo biologists, and psychologists, Second Nature explores a range of innovative strategies... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Philosophical Breakfast Club
Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World
Written by Laura J. Snyder

Format: Trade Paperback, 456 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3049-9 (0-7679-3049-5)

The Philosophical Breakfast Club recounts the life and work of four men who met as students at Cambridge University: Charles Babbage, John Herschel, William Whewell, and Richard Jones. Recognizing that they shared a love of science (as well as good food and drink) they began to meet on Sunday mornings to... Read more >
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God and the Multiverse
Humanity's Expanding View of the Cosmos
Written by Victor J. Stenger

Format: Hardcover, 447 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-970-3 (1-61614-970-1)

Cosmologists have reasons to believe that the vast universe in which we live is just one of an endless number of other universes within a multiverse—a mind-boggling array that may extend indefinitely in space and endlessly in both the past and the future. Victor Stenger reviews the key developments in the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Things That Gain from Disorder
Written by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 27, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6782-4 (1-4000-6782-0)

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestselling author of The Black Swan and one of the foremost thinkers of our time, reveals how to thrive in an uncertain world.

Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension, and rumors or riots intensify when someone tries to repress them, many things... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health
Written by H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz and Steve Woloshin

Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 3, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2199-6 (0-8070-2199-7)

From a nationally recognized expert, an exposé of the worst excesses of our zeal for medical testing

Going against the conventional wisdom reinforced by the medical establishment and Big Pharma that more screening is the best preventative medicine, Dr. Gilbert Welch builds a compelling counterargument that what we need are fewer, not... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Science Delusion
Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy Answers
Written by Curtis White

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: May 28, 2013
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-200-0 (1-61219-200-9)

One of our most brilliant social critics–author of The Middle Mind–presents a scathing critique of the “delusions” of science alongside a rousing defense of the tradition of Romanticism and the “big” questions.

With the rise of religion critics such as Richard Dawkins, and of pseudo-science advocates such as Malcolm Gladwell and Jonah... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Evolution for Everyone
How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives
Written by David Sloan Wilson

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: December 26, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34092-2 (0-385-34092-3)

2007 Outstanding Academic Title, CHOICE Magazine (American Library Association)

"This is a book of tall claims about evolution: that it can be uncontroversial; that the basic principles are easy to learn; that everyone should want to learn them, once their implications are understood; that evolution and religion...can be brought harmoniously together."--From Evolution... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Invisible Nature
Healing the Destructive Divide Between People and the Environment
Written by Kenneth Worthy

Format: Trade Paperback, 396 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-763-1 (1-61614-763-6)

Amidst all the wondrous luxuries of the modern world–smartphones, fast intercontinental travel, Internet movies, fully stocked refrigerators–lies an unnerving fact that may be even more disturbing than all the environmental and social costs of our lifestyles. The fragmentations of our modern lives, our disconnections from nature and from the consequences of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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