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


Format: Hardcover, 716 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 12, 1980
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-50760-6 (0-394-50760-6)

This guide includes 993 color photographs of significant details of virtually all native trees and many cultivated species as you see them in their natural habitat. The guide also includes four identification keys. Arrangement by leaf, shape, flowers, fruit, and fall leaves--plus drawings of tree silhouettes as they appear in winter--makes... Read more >

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


Format: Hardcover, 640 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 12, 1980
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-50761-3 (0-394-50761-4)

This all-photographic field guide includes 855 full-color identification photos of virtually all native trees and many cultivated species as you see them in their natural habitat. The guide is organized with a visual key. Arrangement by leaf, shape, flowers, cones and fruit--plus drawings of tree silhouettes as they appear in winter--makes... Read more >

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National Audubon Society Regional Guide to California

Written by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 26, 1998
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-44678-1 (0-679-44678-8)

Filled with concise descriptions and stunning photographs, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to California belongs in the home of every California resident and in the suitcase or backpack of every visitor.  This compact volume contains:

An easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the state's wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses, fishes, amphibians, reptiles... Read more >

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National Audubon Society Regional Guide to Florida

Written by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 26, 1998
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-44677-4 (0-679-44677-X)

Filled with concise descriptions and stunning photographs, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida belongs in the home of every Florida resident and in the suitcase or backpack of every visitor.  This compact volume contains:

*An easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the state's wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses, fishes, amphibians, reptiles... Read more >

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National Audubon Society Regional Guide to New England

Written by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 26, 1998
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-44676-7 (0-679-44676-1)

Filled with concise descriptions and stunning photographs, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England belongs in the home of every New England resident and in the suitcase or backpack of every visitor.  This compact volume contains:

*An easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the region's wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses, fishes... Read more >

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National Audubon Society Regional Guide to the Pacific Northwest

Written by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 26, 1998
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-44679-8 (0-679-44679-6)

Filled with concise descriptions and stunning photographs, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest belongs in the home of every Pacific Northwest resident and in the suitcase or backpack of every visitor.  This compact volume contains:

*An easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the region's wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses... Read more >

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The Big Idea
How Breakthroughs of the Past Shape the Future
Written by National Geographic
Foreword by Timothy Ferris


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0810-2 (1-4262-0810-3)

From the Pythagorean Theorem to DNA’s double helix, from the discovery of microscopic life-forms to the theory of relativity–the big ideas of science and technology shape an era’s worldview. Open this book, grasp the newest ideas from thought leaders of today, then spring off from them to move back through the... Read more >

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The Science Book
Everything You Need to Know About the World and How It Works
Written by National Geographic
Foreword by Marshall Brain


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0808-9 (1-4262-0808-1)

The Science Book: Everything You Need to Know About the World and How It Works encapsulates centuries of scientific thought in one volume. Natural phenomena, revolutionary inventions, scientific facts, and the most up-to-date questions are all explained in detailed text that is complemented by visually arresting graphics.

Six major sections ranging... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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The Science of Ghosts
Searching for Spirits of the Dead
Written by Joe Nickell


Format: Trade Paperback, 412 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: June 26, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-585-9 (1-61614-585-4)

Winner of 2013 The Robert Balles Prize for Critical Thinking

Are ghosts real? Are there truly haunted places, only haunted people, or both? And how can we know? Taking neither a credulous nor a dismissive approach, this first-of-its-kind book solves those perplexing mysteries and more-even answering the question of why we care... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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From the Ground Up
A Food Grower's Education in Life, Love, and the Movement That's Changing the Nation
Written by Jeanne Nolan
Foreword by Alice Waters


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: July 16, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9299-1 (0-8129-9299-7)

When Jeanne Nolan, a teenager in search of a less materialistic, more authentic existence, left Chicago in 1987 to join a communal farm, she had no idea that her decades-long journey would lead her to the heart of a movement that is currently changing our nation’s relationship to food. Now a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Living Terrors
What America Needs to Know to Survive the Coming Bioterrorist Catastrophe
Written by Michael T. Osterholm Phd., M.P.H. and John Schwartz


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33481-5 (0-385-33481-8)

The United States is at great risk of attack. According to Michael Osterholm, a leading epidemiologist, and John Schwartz, the major danger is from biological warfare. In this highly informative book, Osterholm and Schwartz expose the advanced bio-weaponry programs of foreign nations, the organizations that may unleash an epidemic on a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Physics of War
From Arrows to Atoms
Written by Barry Parker


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-803-4 (1-61614-803-9)

     Physics has played a critical role in warfare since the earliest times. Author Barry Parker highlights famous battles of the past as well as renowned scientists and inventors such as Leonardo, Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, and Einstein whose work had an impact on the technology of combat. Mechanics and the laws of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Magnificent Principia
Exploring Isaac Newton's Masterpiece
Written by Colin Pask


Format: Hardcover, 500 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-745-7 (1-61614-745-8)

Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg has written that "all that has happened since 1687 is a gloss on the Principia." Now, students too can appreciate the significance of this stellar work, regarded by many as the greatest scientific contribution of all time. Despite its dazzling reputation, Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Coming Population Crash
and Our Planet's Surprising Future
Written by Fred Pearce


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0122-6 (0-8070-0122-8)

A leading environmental writer looks at the unexpected effects–and possible benefits–of a shrinking, graying population

Over the last century, the world’s population quadrupled and fears of overpopulation flared, with baby booms blamed for genocide and terrorism, and overpopulation singled out as the primary factor driving global warming. Yet, surprisingly, it appears... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Whole Story of Climate
What Science Reveals About the Nature of Endless Change
Written by E. Kirsten Peters


Format: Hardcover, 290 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-672-6 (1-61614-672-9)

A Choice 2013 Outstanding Academic Title
 
Accessible and engagingly written, this book is essential reading for anyone looking to understand one of our most important contemporary debates. In the publicity surrounding global warming, climate scientists are usually the experts consulted by the media. We rarely hear from geologists, who for almost two... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Paperboy
Confessions of a Future Engineer
Written by Henry Petroski


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71898-4 (0-375-71898-2)

Anyone wondering what sort of experience prepares one for a future as an engineer may be surprised to learn that it includes delivering newspapers. But as Henry Petroski recounts his youth in 1950s Queens, New York–a borough of handball games and inexplicably numbered streets–he winningly shows how his after-school job amounted... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage
A Mystery with Hoverbots, Bristle Bots, and Other Robots You Can Build Yourself
Written by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59474-649-9 (1-59474-649-4)

In this second novel of the Nick and Tesla series, the precocious brother-and-sister duo find themselves solving another baffling mystery. As the story opens, their Uncle Newt takes a consulting gig at a cut-rate amusement park, engineering animatronic figures for a cheap Hall of Presidents knockoff. One perk of the job... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Nick and Tesla's Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove
A Mystery with a Blinking, Beeping, Voice-Recording Gadget Glove You Can Build Yourself
Written by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59474-729-8 (1-59474-729-6)

Bright siblings—and amateur inventors—Nick and Tesla Holt are back in this fourth installment of their whiz-bang middle-grade series. This time, the twins are out to save science itself, as they race against the clock to figure out why a robotic assortment of history’s greatest scientists and inventors keeps going haywire. Is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Technopoly
The Surrender of Culture to Technology
Written by Neil Postman


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 31, 1993
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74540-2 (0-679-74540-8)

Postman examines the American fixation with technology and argues that the United States is in danger of becoming a  technopoly,  a system in which technology of every kind is cheerfully granted sovereignty over social institutions and national life, and becomes self-justifying, self-perpetuating, and omnipresent.  Postman traces the historical movement of technology from being a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Science of Discworld
A Novel
Written by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-6894-6 (0-8041-6894-6)

Not just another science book and not just another Discworld novella, The Science of Discworld is a creative, mind-bending mash-up of fiction and fact, that offers a wizard’s-eye view of our world that will forever change how you look at the universe.

Can Unseen University’s eccentric wizards and orangutan Librarian possibly shed any useful... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Don't Shoot the Dog!
The New Art of Teaching and Training
Written by Karen Pryor


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: August 3, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38039-2 (0-553-38039-7)

A groundbreaking behavioral scientist and dynamic animal trainer, Karen Pryor is a powerful proponent of the principles and practical uses of positive reinforcement in teaching new behaviors. Here are the secrets of changing behavior in panimals and humans, without cajoling, threats, force, punishment or, ultimately, 'shooting the dog'.

This revised edition presents... Read more >

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Lichens

Written by William Purvis


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-879-3 (1-56098-879-7)

From the rain forests of Costa Rica to the frozen deserts of Antarctica, lichens are a familiar part of the landscape. Widespread and long-lived, yet vulnerable to environmental disturbance, lichens are useful to scientists in assessing the effects of air pollution, ozone depletion, and metal contamination. Illustrated with more than 150... Read more >

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A Woman of Science
An Extraordinary Journey of Love, Discovery, and the Sex Life of Mushrooms
Written by Cardy Raper
Foreword by Remeline Damasco, M.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
On Sale: May 28, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-57826-442-1 (1-57826-442-1)

A Woman of Science catalogues a decades-long journey of inspirational hardship and success that serves as a model for what women can do in a field largely dominated by men.

Cardy Raper succeeded in becoming what she dreamed of as a young girl: a scientist. This beautifully written memoir details her struggles... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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