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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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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Key to the Past
Written by Richard Fortey

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2002
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-1-58834-048-1 (1-58834-048-1)

This thorough introduction to the world of paleontology has been completely revised and updated, reflecting changes in the ways that fossils are viewed and interpreted. Using the fluid writing style that made Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution such a success, Dr. Fortey brings the study of fossils into the 21st-century.

“In this attractive... Read more >

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Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms
The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind
Written by Richard Fortey

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 11, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27553-0 (0-307-27553-1)

From one of the world’s leading natural scientists and the acclaimed author of Trilobite!, Life: A Natural History of Four Billion Years of Life on Earth and Dry Storeroom No. 1 comes a fascinating chronicle of life’s history told not through the fossil record but through the stories of organisms that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Healing Power of Meditation
Leading Experts on Buddhism, Psychology, and Medicine Explore the Health Benefits of Contemplative Practice
Written by Andy Fraser
Contribution by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sogyal Rinpoche and Clifford Saron
Foreword by Daniel Goleman

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-61180-059-3 (1-61180-059-5)

Regular meditation practice has a powerful impact on the mind and body, rewiring the brain and bringing us all kinds of benefits: contentment and well-being, resilience and focus, better mental and physical health, and greater empathy and compassion. This wide-ranging anthology brings together pioneering Tibetan Buddhist teachers, scientific researchers, and health... Read more >

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Aladdin's Lamp
How Greek Science Came to Europe Through the Islamic World
Written by John Freely

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27783-1 (0-307-27783-6)

Aladdin’s Lamp is the fascinating story of how ancient Greek philosophy and science began in the sixth century B.C. and, during the next millennium, spread across the Greco-Roman world, producing the remarkable discoveries and theories of Thales, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Archimedes, Galen, Ptolemy, and many others. John Freely explains... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95969-0 (0-307-95969-4)

The essential guide to radiation: the good, the bad, and the utterly fascinating, explained with unprecedented clarity.

Earth, born in a nuclear explosion, is a radioactive planet; without radiation, life would not exist. And while radiation can be dangerous, it is also deeply misunderstood and often mistakenly feared. Now Robert Peter Gale... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Workbook
Your Personal Companion to How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
Written by Michael J. Gelb

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: June 15, 1999
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-440-50882-3 (0-440-50882-7)

In the bestselling tradition of The Artist's Way Morning Pages Journal, The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude and The Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Workbook comes The How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Workbook--the companion volume to Michael Gelb's 1998 Delacorte hardcover bestseller.

Created to structure and motivate the reader's development... Read more >

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Bald Eagle
Haunts and Habits of a Wilderness Monarch
Written by Jon M. Gerrard and Gary R. Bortolotti

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 1988
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-87474-451-4 (0-87474-451-2)

The Bald Eagle is a comprehensive description of the morphology, behavior, flight patterns, hunting, migration, nesting, development, and growth of bald eagles.

“A gold mine of information on the bald eagle. It is well written and discusses many aspects of the bald eagle’s life lacking or barely mentioned in other works.”–Audubon Naturalist... Read more >

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'Isms & 'Ologies
All the movements, ideologies and doctrines that have shaped our world
Written by Arthur Goldwag

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27907-1 (0-307-27907-3)

From Platonism to New Historicism, humankind is constantly coming up with fresh schools of thought to help explain (or at least describe) the mysterious world around us. Here is the ultimate guide to over 450 of the most significant intellectual terms, movements, and religions that help shape the society we live... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Future
Six Drivers of Global Change
Written by Al Gore

Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8289-3 (0-8129-8289-4)


From the former vice president and #1 New York Times bestselling author comes An Inconvenient Truth for everything—a frank and clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come.

Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the... Read more >

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Sizing Up the Universe
The Cosmos in Perspective
Written by J. Richard Gott and Robert J. Vanderbei

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0651-1 (1-4262-0651-8)

Sizing Up the Universe reveals an ingenious new way to envision the outsize proportions of space, based on the work of Princeton University professors Richard Gott and Robert Vanderbei. Using scaled maps, object comparisons, and space photographs, it demonstrates the actual size of objects in the cosmos –from Buzz Aldrin’s historic... Read more >

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Computing with Quantum Cats
From Colossus to Qubits
Written by John Gribbin

Format: Hardcover, 295 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-921-5 (1-61614-921-3)

The quantum computer is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Pioneering physicists are on the brink of unlocking a new quantum universe which provides a better representation of reality than our everyday experiences and common sense ever could. The birth of quantum computers - which, like Schrödinger’s famous “dead and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Deep Simplicity
Bringing Order to Chaos and Complexity
Written by John Gribbin

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: April 5, 2005
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6256-0 (1-4000-6256-X)

Over the past two decades, no field of scientific inquiry has had a more striking impact across a wide array of disciplines–from biology to physics, computing to meteorology–than that known as chaos and complexity, the study of complex systems. Now astrophysicist John Gribbin draws on his expertise to explore, in prose... 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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Primate Taxonomy

Written by Colin Groves

Format: Hardcover, 350 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2001
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 978-1-56098-872-4 (1-56098-872-X)

In this book, Colin Groves proposes a complete taxonomy of living primates, reviewing the history and practice of their classification and providing an up-to-date synthesis of recent molecular and phylogenetic research. He contends that the taxonomic designation of individual species is the starting point for conservation, and that the taxonomy of... Read more >

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Adventures from the Technology Underground
Catapults, Pulsejets, Rail Guns, Flamethrowers, Tesla Coils, Air Cannons, and the Garage Warriors Who Love Them
Written by William Gurstelle

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Potter Style
On Sale: January 23, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35125-8 (0-307-35125-4)

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Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Whoosh Boom Splat
The Garage Warrior's Guide to Building Projectile Shooters
Written by William Gurstelle

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Potter Style
On Sale: March 27, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-33948-5 (0-307-33948-3)

Whoosh Boom Splat is the hands-on, follow-up to Adventures from the Technology Underground. From the spud gun and the larger potato cannon (both powered by air), to the ancient catapult, the Yagua Blowpipe to the Marshmallow Shooter and the always-popular Pulsejet, Gurstelle walks the reader through each machine's historical origins... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Staying Healthy with Nutrition, rev
The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine
Written by Elson Haas and Buck Levin

Format: Trade Paperback, 944 pages
Publisher: Celestial Arts
On Sale: September 1, 2006
Price: $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-58761-179-7 (1-58761-179-1)

The 21st-century edition of this groundbreaking work by Dr. Elson Haas with Dr. Buck Levin presents the most current health and nutrition information available in an easy-to-use format with a friendly, engaging tone. Decades of practical experience and scientific research are compiled into one encyclopedic volume that features newly expanded chapters... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Alchemy of Air
A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler
Written by Thomas Hager

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 18, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35179-1 (0-307-35179-3)

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Also available as an eBook.

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The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension
Einstein Adds a New Dimension
Written by Joy Hakim

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 1, 2007
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-162-4 (1-58834-162-3)

Joy Hakim’s The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension brings us to the recent past and the groundbreaking discoveries made in it: the quantum world, the theory of relativity, and nuclear physics. These discoveries created our modern world, from solar-powered calculators to cell phones to global positioning systems and... Read more >

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The Story of Science: Newton at the Center
Newton at the Center
Written by Joy Hakim

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 1, 2005
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-161-7 (1-58834-161-5)

In volume two, students will watch as Copernicus’s systematic observations place the sun at the center of our universe–to the dismay of establishment thinkers. After students follow the achievements and frustrations of Galileo, Kepler, and Descartes, they will appreciate the amazing Isaac Newton, whose discoveries about gravity, motion, colors, calculus, and... Read more >

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From Philosophy to Neuroscience
Written by Stephen S. Hall

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38968-8 (0-307-38968-5)

We all recognize wisdom, but defining it is more elusive. In this fascinating journey from philosophy to science, Stephen S. Hall gives us a penetrating history of wisdom, from its sudden emergence in the fifth century B.C. to its modern manifestations in education, politics, and the workplace. Hall’s bracing exploration of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Eating in the Dark
America's Experiment with Genetically Engineered Food
Written by Kathleen Hart

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72498-5 (0-375-72498-2)

Most Americans eat genetically modified food on a daily basis, but few of us are aware we’re eating something that has been altered. Meanwhile, consumers abroad refuse to buy our engineered crops; their groceries are labeled so that everyone knows if the contents have been modified. What’s going on here? Why... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Black Holes and Baby Universes
And Other Essays
Written by Stephen Hawking

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: September 1, 1994
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37411-7 (0-553-37411-7)

This book is a collection of fascinating and illuminating essays, and a remarkable interview broadcast by the BBC on Christmas Day, 1992. The fourteen pieces reveal Hawking variously as the scientist, the man, the concerned world citizen, and-always-the rigorous and imaginative thinker. Hawking's wit, directness of style, and absence of pomp... Read more >
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