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Butterfly People
An American Encounter with the Beauty of the World
Written by William R. Leach


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7692-5 (1-4000-7692-7)

With 32 pages of full-color inserts and black-and-white illustrations throughout.

From one of our most highly regarded historians, here is an original and engrossing chronicle of nineteenth-century America's infatuation with butterflies—“flying flowers”—and the story of the naturalists who unveiled the mysteries of their existence. A product of William Leach's lifelong love of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Butterfly People
An American Encounter with the Beauty of the World
Written by William R. Leach


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $32.50
ISBN: 978-0-375-42293-5 (0-375-42293-5)

With 32 pages of full-color inserts and black-and-white illustrations throughout.

From one of our most highly regarded historians, here is an original and engrossing chronicle of nineteenth-century America’s infatuation with butterflies, and the story of the naturalists who unveiled the mysteries of their existence.

A product of William Leach’s lifelong love of butterflies... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Beyond the God Particle

Written by Leon M. Lederman and Christopher T. Hill


Format: Hardcover, 340 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-801-0 (1-61614-801-2)

On July 4, 2012, the long-sought Higgs Boson--aka “the God Particle”--was discovered at the world’s largest particle accelerator, the LHC, in Geneva, Switzerland. On March 14, 2013, physicists at CERN confirmed it. This elusive subatomic particle forms a field that permeates the entire universe, creating the masses of the elementary particles... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Accidental Universe
The World You Thought You Knew
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-90858-2 (0-307-90858-5)

From the acclaimed author of Einstein's Dreams and Mr g, a meditation on the unexpected ways in which recent scientific findings have shaped our understanding of ourselves and our place in the cosmos.

With all the passion, curiosity, and precise yet lyrical prose that have marked his previous books, Alan... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Einstein's Dreams

Written by Alan Lightman


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7780-9 (1-4000-7780-X)

A modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland. As the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible worlds. In one... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Sense of the Mysterious
Science and the Human Spirit
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7819-6 (1-4000-7819-9)

Unusually gifted as both a physicist and a novelist, Alan Lightman has lived in the dual worlds of science and art for much of his life. In these brilliant essays, the two worlds meet. In A Sense of the Mysterious, Lightman records his personal struggles to reconcile certainty with uncertainty, logic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Lost Art of Healing
Practicing Compassion in Medicine
Written by Bernard Lown


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 2, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42597-3 (0-345-42597-9)

The real crisis in medicine today is not about economics, insurance, or managed care--it's about the loss of the fundamental human relationship between doctor and patient. In this wise and passionate book, one of our most eminent physicians reacquaints us with a classic notion often overlooked in modern medicine: health care... Read more >

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Molecular Systematics and Phylogeography of Mollusks

Written by Charles Lydeard and David Lindberg
Foreword by Geerat Vermeij


Format: Hardcover, 328 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 17, 2003
Price: $80.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-148-8 (1-58834-148-8)

Leading scientists provide the most up-to-date information. This richly detailed book is the first complete review of molecular systematics and phylogeography of mollusks. Ten chapters cover a full range of issues such as research opportunities, molecules and evolution, bivalve evolution, gastropod evolution, and how mollusks have evolved into so many species.

The... Read more >

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The God Species
Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans
Written by Mark Lynas


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0891-1 (1-4262-0891-X)

We humans are the God species, both the creators and destroyers of life on this planet. As we enter a new geological era - the Anthropocene - our collective power now overwhelms and dominates the major forces of nature.

But from the water cycle to the circulation of nitrogen and carbon through... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Believing
The Neuroscience of Fantasies, Fears, and Convictions
Written by Michael McGuire


Format: Trade Paperback, 275 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-829-4 (1-61614-829-2)

A new book about brain chemistry, neural systems, and the formation of beliefs from the scientist who brought to light serotonin's many crucial roles in human behavior.
     
Combining personal anecdotes and the latest research, Dr. McGuire, a leading neuroscientists and expert in brain-behavior research, takes the novel approach of focusing on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Whales and Dolphins in Question
The Smithsonian Answer Book
Written by James G. Mead and Joy P. Gold


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 17, 2002
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-980-6 (1-56098-980-7)

How many fingers do whales have? Why do whales strand on beaches? Do dolphins protect humans from sharks? What does DNA reveal about the ancestry of cetaceans? This comprehensive book is a collective response to thousands of letters and phone calls received annually by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History... Read more >

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The Fossils of Florissant

Written by Herbert W. Meyer


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 2003
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-107-5 (1-58834-107-0)

The most diverse fossil bed in the United States provides a unique picture of what life was like 34 million years ago. In the rocks of Florissant, Colorado, lying in the shadow of Pike’s Peak, is the evidence of a long-lost world. Encased by the ash of volcanoes that erupted tens... Read more >

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King of Hearts
The True Story of the Maverick Who Pioneered Open Heart Surgery
Written by G. Wayne Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 1, 2000
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80724-8 (0-609-80724-2)

Few of the great stories of medicine are as palpably dramatic as the invention of open-heart surgery, yet, until now, no journalist has ever brought all of the thrilling specifics of this triumph to life.

This is the story of the surgeon many call the father of open-heart surgery, Dr. C. Walton... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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African Predators

Written by Gus Mills
Photographed by Martin Harvey


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2001
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-096-4 (1-56098-096-6)

Awarded AAUP’s 2002 Best of the Best: Books You Should Know About

From the sleek cheetah and the majestic lion to the oft-maligned hyena and opportunistic jackal, large carnivores reign supreme in the African wild. In African Predators, award-winning photographer Martin Harvey’s dramatic images complement biologist Gus Mills’s extensive field research to... Read more >

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Subliminal
How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior
Written by Leonard Mlodinow


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 24, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37821-7 (0-307-37821-7)

Leonard Mlodinow, the best-selling author of The Drunkard’s Walk and coauthor of The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking), gives us a startling and eye-opening examination of how the unconscious mind shapes our experience of the world and how, for instance, we often misperceive our relationships with family, friends, and business associates... Read more >

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Ammonites

Written by Neale Monks and Philip Palmer


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2002
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-047-4 (1-58834-047-3)

The beautiful spiral shells of these long-extinct marine invertebrates are among the most sought after and recognizable of fossils, yet little has been published about ammonites outside of geological journals. Neale Monks and Philip Palmer look at the latest ideas on ammonite biology and ecology to present this detailed picture of... Read more >

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Animal Wise
How We Know Animals Think and Feel
Written by Virginia Morell


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-46145-2 (0-307-46145-9)

An ALA Notable Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013
A Scientific American Best Summer Science Book

Noted science writer Virginia Morell provides an engaging and surprisingly moving overview of the latest research on animal cognition and emotion, which confirms that the inner lives of animals are far richer than... Read more >

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Animal Wise
The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures
Written by Virginia Morell


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46144-5 (0-307-46144-0)

Noted science writer Virginia Morell provides an engaging and surprisingly moving overview of the latest research on animal cognition and emotion, which confirms that the inner lives of animals are far richer than previously understood. As recent studies convincingly show, insects, birds, and mammals carry out actions such as planning and... Read more >

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Lost History
The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists
Written by Michael H. Morgan


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: June 19, 2007
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0092-2 (1-4262-0092-7)

In an era when the relationship between Islam and the West seems mainly defined by mistrust and misunderstanding, we often forget that for centuries Muslim civilization was the envy of the world. Essential reading for any student seeking to understand the major role played by the early Muslim world in influencing... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Platypus
The Extraordinary Story of How a Curious Creature Baffled the World
Written by Ann Moyal


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 17, 2001
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-977-6 (1-56098-977-7)

This is the enigmatic story of a biological riddle that confounded scientists for nearly ninety years, challenging theories of creationism, evolution, and classification of species along the way. Secretive, elusive, and beguiling, the platypus has continued to captivate public and scientific attention to the present day.

When the first platypus specimen reached... Read more >

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Healing and the Mind

Written by Bill Moyers


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 1, 1995
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47687-4 (0-385-47687-6)

Journalist and PBS commentator Bill Moyers traveled around the globe investigating medical treatments that rely on the power of the mind rather than on modern medicine's high-tech miracles. In this intriguing companion volume to the PBS TV series, Moyers explores the roles of thoughts and emotions in illness and health through... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Komodo Dragons
Biology and Conservation
Edited by James B. Murphy


Format: Hardcover, 324 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-073-3 (1-58834-073-2)

More than twenty years have passed since Walter Auffenberg’s monumental The Behavioral Ecology of the Komodo Monitor. In the intervening years the populations of Komodo dragons–native only to a handful of islands in southeast Indonesia–have dwindled, sparking intensive conservation efforts. During the last two decades new information about these formidable predators... Read more >

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies

Written by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY


Format: Hardcover, 928 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 12, 1981
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-51914-2 (0-394-51914-0)

This guide includes over one thousand color identification photographs of living butterflies, caterpillars, and chrysalises in their natural habitats. Arrangement by shape and by color makes identification quick and easy. Six-hundred species are covered in full detail; notes are provided on seventy others. Read more >

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds--E
Eastern Region - Revised Edition
Written by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY


Format: Hardcover, 800 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 27, 1994
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-42852-7 (0-679-42852-6)

This guide includes descriptions of 508 eastern species, and has been brought up to date with the most recent American Ornithologists' Union listing, and keyed to 646 full-color nature photographs. The guide groups all birds by color and shape to make identification simple and accurate. Read more >

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds--W
Western Region - Revised Edition
Written by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY


Format: Hardcover, 832 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 27, 1994
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-42851-0 (0-679-42851-8)

Introduced in 1977 and completely revised in 1994, these bestselling photographic field guides have become the birding bibles of more than four million enthusiasts. Virtually every bird found in North America is brought to life in a full-color photograph and with textual information on the bird's voice, nesting habits, habitat, range... Read more >
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