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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Brave Genius
A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize
Written by Sean B. Carroll

Format: Hardcover, 592 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95233-2 (0-307-95233-9)

In the spring of 1940, the aspiring but unknown writer Albert Camus and budding scientist Jacques Monod were quietly pursuing ordinary, separate lives in Paris. After the German invasion and occupation of France, each joined the Resistance to help liberate the country from the Nazis and ascended to prominent, dangerous roles... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Providence of a Sparrow
Lessons from a Life Gone to the Birds
Written by Chris Chester

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3385-0 (1-4000-3385-3)

“There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow.” —William Shakespeare, Hamlet

B fell twenty-five feet from his nest into the life of Chris Chester. The encounter was providential for both of them.

B and Chester spent hours together playing games like bottle-cap fetch or hide-and-seek. They learned “words” in each... Read more >

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Agnes Chase's First Book of Grasses
The Structure of Grasses Explained for Beginners, Fourth Edition
Written by Lynn G. Clark and Richard W. Pohl

Format: Trade Paperback, 152 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 1996
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-656-0 (1-56098-656-5)

For almost seventy-five years, Agnes Chase’s First Book of Grasses has been the classic guide to the structure of this complex group of plants. Clearly written and copiously illustrated with line drawings, the book is accessible to those with little or no botanical training, yet it also is respected by botanists... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bigelow and Schroeder's Fishes of the Gulf of Maine, Third Edition

Written by Bruce B. Collette and Grace Klein-Macphee

Format: Hardcover, 882 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2002
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-1-56098-951-6 (1-56098-951-3)

Fifteen years in the making, this updated edition raises the high standard of Bigelow and Schroeder’s 1953 reference by drawing from a much larger base of information. Thirty-eight experts in fisheries biology and ichthyology clearly distill the enormous amount of knowledge gained during the past fifty years, including distribution figures from... Read more >

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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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The Lady and the Panda
The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China's Most Exotic Animal
Written by Vicki Croke

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 13, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75970-3 (0-375-75970-0)

In The Lady and the Panda, Vicki Constantine Croke relates the remarkable story of Ruth Harkness and her extraordinary journey to capture a panda—a bear that had for countless centuries lived in secret in the labyrinth of lonely cold mountains. In The Lady and the Panda, Vicki Constantine Croke offers an... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Alchemy of the Heavens
Searching for Meaning in the Milky Way
Written by Ken Croswell

Format: Trade Paperback, 356 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 1, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47214-2 (0-385-47214-5)

Croswell skillfully leads students through a detailed survey of current thinking on the Milky Way. He reveals that the Milky Way probably formed as many earlier galaxies smashed together; that many of the elements on the Earth, including the iron and oxygen that course through our bodies, were cast into space... Read more >

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Science Sold Out
Does HIV Really Cause AIDS?
Written by Rebecca Culshaw
Foreword by Harvey Bialy

Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: January 2, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-642-0 (1-55643-642-4)

The HIV/AIDS hypothesis remains highly controversial, despite the best efforts of medical and insurance establishments, the government, and the media to promote its acceptance. Rebecca Culshaw spent years researching HIV for her work constructing mathematical models of its interactions with the immune system. Rarely do researchers bite the hand that funds... Read more >

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The Universe in a Single Atom
The Convergence of Science and Spirituality
Written by Dalai Lama

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2081-0 (0-7679-2081-3)

Galileo, Copernicus, Newton, Niels Bohr, Einstein. Their insights shook our perception of who we are and where we stand in the world, and in their wake have left an uneasy coexistence: science vs. religion, faith vs. empirical inquiry. Which is the keeper of truth? Which is the true path to understanding... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Living and Dying in Brick City
Stories from the Front Lines of an Inner-City E.R.
Written by Sampson Davis and Lisa Frazier Page

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8234-3 (0-8129-8234-7)

A riveting personal exploration of the healthcare crisis facing inner-city communities, written by an emergency room physician who grew up in the very neighborhood he is now serving

Sampson Davis is best known as one of three friends from inner-city Newark who made a pact in high school to become doctors. Their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Third Chimpanzee for Young People
On the Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
Written by Jared Diamond
Adapted by Rebecca Stefoff

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Triangle Square
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-522-7 (1-60980-522-4)

At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Deep Ecology Movement
An Introductory Anthology
Edited by Alan Drengson and Yuichi Inoue
Contribution by Arne Naess and Gary Snyder

Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: February 2, 1995
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-1-55643-198-2 (1-55643-198-8)

The Deep Ecology Movement, a name introduced by noted Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess, is a worldwide grassroots environmental movement that seeks to redress the shallow and piecemeal approach of technology-based ecology. Its followers share a profound respect for the Earth's interrelated natural communities and a sense of urgency about the need... Read more >

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Gold Rush in the Jungle
The Race to Discover and Defend the Rarest Animals of Vietnam's "Lost World"
Written by Dan Drollette, Jr.

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: April 16, 2013
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40704-7 (0-307-40704-7)

Deep in the jungle where the borders of Vietnam meet those of Laos and Cambodia is a region known as "the lost world." Large mammals never seen before by Western science have popped up frequently in these mountains in the last decade, including a half-goat/half-ox, a deer that barks, and a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.


Written by Freeman Dyson

Format: eBook, 384 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: July 10, 2013
Price: $22.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83102-6 (0-307-83102-7)

Readers of Freeman Dyson’s previous books, Disturbing the Universe, Weapons and Hope, and Infinite in All Directions, have discovered for themselves what Dyson reveals here: that he was a writer long before he became a distinguished scientist.

The aim of this new book, as Dyson says, is to open windows, to let... Read more >

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The Scientist as Rebel

Written by Freeman J. Dyson

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-216-2 (1-59017-216-7)

An illuminating collection of essays by an award-winning scientist whom the London Times calls “one of the world’s most original minds.”

In the view of the prize-winning physicist Freeman J. Dyson, science, wherever it practiced, is characterized by its rebellion against the restrictions of local cultures. Like art and poetry, it resists... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Forty Tales from the Afterlives
Written by David Eagleman

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38993-0 (0-307-38993-6)

At once funny, wistful and unsettling, Sum is a dazzling exploration of unexpected afterlives—each presented as a vignette that offers a stunning lens through which to see ourselves in the here and now. In one afterlife, you may find that God is the size of a microbe and unaware of your... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Immense Journey
An Imaginative Naturalist Explores the Mysteries of Man and Nature
Written by Loren Eiseley

Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1959
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-70157-8 (0-394-70157-7)

"Dr. Eiseley has written a work of true science which must surely take its place also as great literature."--London Times Literary Supplement

In an unusual blend of scientific knowledge and imaginative vision, Eiseley, anthropologist and naturalist, tells the story of man. He reveals life's endless mysteries in his own experiences, departing from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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You Are Here
Why We Can Find Our Way to the Moon, but Get Lost in the Mall
Written by Colin Ellard

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 10, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3075-8 (0-7679-3075-4)

An eye-opening exploration of the intriguing and often counter-intuitive science of human navigation and experience of place.

In the age of GPS and iPhones, human beings it would seem have mastered the art of direction, but does the need for these devices signal something else—that as a species we are actually hopelessly... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Man Who Lives with Wolves

Written by Shaun Ellis and Penny Junor

Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46470-5 (0-307-46470-9)

What would compel a man to place himself in constant danger in order to become a member of a wolf pack? To eat with them, putting his head into a carcass alongside the wolves' gnashing teeth? To play, hunt, and spar with them, suffering bruises and bites? To learn their language... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Snakes of the United States and Canada

Written by Carl H. Ernst and Evelyn M. Ernst

Format: Hardcover, 680 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2003
Price: $70.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-019-1 (1-58834-019-8)

World-renowned snake expert Carl Ernst and coauthor Evelyn Ernst reveal the unusual lifestyles of these fascinating creatures, describing every known aspect of each of the 131 species found in the United States and Canada. From the venomous rattlers to the docile garter snakes, each species is shown to display a unique... Read more >

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Toms River
A Story of Science and Salvation
Written by Dan Fagin

Format: Hardcover, 560 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-80653-3 (0-553-80653-X)

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize (General Nonfiction)

The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action, The Emperor of All... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Isaac Newton and the Transmutation of Alchemy
An Alternative View of the Scientific Revolution
Written by Philip Ashley Fanning

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: July 7, 2009
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-772-4 (1-55643-772-2)

Isaac Newton was a dedicated alchemist, a fact usually obscured as unsuited to his stature as a leader of the scientific revolution. Author Philip Ashley Fanning has diligently examined the evidence and concludes that the two major aspects of Newton’s research—conventional science and alchemy—were actually inseparable. In Isaac Newton and the... Read more >

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What Darwin Really Said

Written by Benjamin Farrington

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 2, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1062-0 (0-8052-1062-8)

To bring light where there has been much heat, What Darwin Really Said offers an excellent introduction to this great thinker's discoveries, his view of human development, and the endurance of his theories against the test of time.

"Tremendous--probably the best brief book on the subject. Farrington manages to capture the essence... Read more >
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