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The New York Times Book of Science Questions & Answers
200 of the best, most intriguing and just plain bizarre inquiries into everyday scientific mysteries
Written by C. Claiborne Ray


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 19, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48660-6 (0-385-48660-X)

Why is glass transparent? Why do cats purr? Why do men have nipples? These are but a handful of the thousands of questions that over the years have been asked and answered in The New York Times "Science Q&A" column. At last, the best and most interesting questions—and their replies—have been... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prehistory
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 >
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Body
The Complete Human
Written by Patricia S. Daniels, Lisa Stein and Trisha Gura
Foreword by Richard Restak


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0449-4 (1-4262-0449-3)

Body: The Complete Human explains each of a person’s working systems in a practical, interactive way. In over 400 images, diagrams and illustrations, the amazing diversity of the body is shown in rich visuals, such as the highly magnified view of a cancer cell, or blood platelets. Well-organized into 13 chapters... Read more >

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Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot
Unleashing Your Brain's Potential
Written by Richard Restak, M.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: October 22, 2002
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-609-81005-7 (0-609-81005-7)

In Mozart’s Brain and the Fighter Pilot, eminent neuropsychiatrist and bestselling author Richard Restak, M.D., combines the latest research in neurology and psychology to show us how to get our brain up to speed for managing every aspect of our busy lives.

Everything we think and everything we choose to do alters... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Quantum and the Lotus
A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet
Written by Matthieu Ricard and Trinh Xuan Thuan


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 26, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-8079-3 (1-4000-8079-7)

In The Quantum and the Lotus, Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk who trained as a molecular biologist and once worked in the lab of a Nobel prize-winning scientist, and Trinh Thuan, an acclaimed astrophysicist, offer an incisive account of the many remarkable connections between the teachings of Buddhism and the findings... Read more >
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The Discovery of Jeanne Baret
A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe
Written by Glynis Ridley


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-46353-1 (0-307-46353-2)

The year was 1765. Eminent botanist Philibert Commerson had just been appointed to a grand new expedition: the first French circumnavigation of the world. As the ships’ official naturalist, Commerson would seek out resources—medicines, spices, timber, food—that could give the French an edge in the ever-accelerating race for empire.

Jeanne Baret, Commerson’s... Read more >
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Rattlesnake
Portrait of a Predator
Written by Manny Rubio


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 1998
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-808-3 (1-56098-808-8)

Illustrated with more than 250 dramatic original color photographs depicting not only fangs and rattles but also intricate patterns and extraordinary camouflage, Rattlesnake traces the evolution and behavior of the more than eighty living species and subspecies of rattlesnakes–from East Coast timber rattlesnakes to California’s desert-dwelling sidewinders to South America’s neotropical... Read more >

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The Great Partnership
Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning
Written by Jonathan Sacks


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 11, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4301-7 (0-8052-4301-1)

An impassioned, erudite, thoroughly researched, and beautifully reasoned book from one of the most admired religious thinkers of our time that 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 Rabbi Jonathan... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Billions & Billions
Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium
Written by Carl Sagan


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 12, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-37918-4 (0-345-37918-7)

In this book, his last, Carl Sagan shows once again his extraordinary ability to interpret the mysteries of life and the majesty of the universe for the general reader. Brilliant, eloquent, and imbued with Sagan's uniquely childlike sense of awe, this entertaining collection of essays captures the authors spirit at its... Read more >
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Broca's Brain
Reflections on the Romance of Science
Written by Carl Sagan


Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 12, 1986
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-33689-7 (0-345-33689-5)

"A message of tremendous hope for humanity--While ever conscious that human folly can terminate man's march into the future, Sagan nonetheless paints for us a mindboggling future: intelligent robots, the discovery of extraterrestrial life and its consequences, and above all the challenge and pursuit of the mystery of the universe." -... Read more >
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Comet, Revised

Written by Carl Sagan


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 25, 1997
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-41222-5 (0-345-41222-2)

What is a comet? Where does it come from? What is it made of, and how long does it last? Are comets the building blocks from which the planets were formed? Were the fates of the dinosaurs and the origins of humans tied to the wanderings of a comet? Will we... Read more >
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Cosmos

Written by Carl Sagan
Foreword by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Introduction by Ann Druyan


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: December 10, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-53943-4 (0-345-53943-5)

RETURNING TO TELEVISION AS AN ALL-NEW MINISERIES ON FOX

Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Demon-Haunted World
Science as a Candle in the Dark
Written by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 25, 1997
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40946-1 (0-345-40946-9)

Are we on the brink of a new Dark Age of irrationality and superstition? Sagan decries the current popularity of various "New Age" philosophies and healing practices and argues forcefully that scientific thinking is necessary to safeguard our democratic institutions and our technological civilization.  

Rich with moving human stories, including his own... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dragons of Eden
Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence
Written by Carl Sagan


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: December 12, 1986
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-34629-2 (0-345-34629-7)

Carl Sagan takes on a great reading adventure, offering his vivid and startling insight into the brain of man and beast, the origin of human intelligence, the function of our most haunted legends - and their amazing links to recent discoveries.  

"Never have I read anything on the subject of human intelligence... Read more >
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Pale Blue Dot
A Vision of the Human Future in Space
Written by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 8, 1997
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-37659-6 (0-345-37659-5)

This is the sequel to Sagan's highly acclaimed Cosmos.

A thousand years from now, our epoch will be remembered as the time when we first left the Earth and saw it from beyond the outermost planet as a pale blue dot, almost lost against the backdrop of the stars. Now, the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Infinite Potential
What Quantum Physics Reveals About How We Should Live
Written by Lothar Schafer


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Deepak Chopra
On Sale: April 2, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98595-8 (0-307-98595-4)

A hopeful and controversial view of the universe and ourselves based on the principles of quantum physics, offering a way of making our lives and the world better, with a foreword by Deepak Chopra. In Infinite Potential, physical chemist Lothar Schäfer presents a stunning view of the universe as interconnected, nonmaterial... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Genesis and the Big Bang Theory
The Discovery Of Harmony Between Modern Science And The Bible
Written by Gerald Schroeder


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: December 1, 1991
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-35413-3 (0-553-35413-2)

In this groundbreaking book, physicist Gerald Schroeder takes on skeptics from both sides of the cosmological debate, arguing that science and the Bible are not at odds concerning the origin of the universe. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cats in Question
The Smithsonian Answer Book
Written by John Seidensticker and Susan Lumpkin
Photographed by Art Wolfe


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-126-6 (1-58834-126-7)

What are cats? How do cats hunt? Do wild cats like catnip? Do cats dream? Cats in Question, a new book in Smithsonian’s highly successful “In Question” series, offers authoritative and engaging answers to the thousands of questions about cats that Smithsonian scientists receive annually. All of the world’s cats are... Read more >

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Amphibian Conservation

Written by Raymond D. Semlitsch
Foreword by David B. Wake


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2003
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-119-8 (1-58834-119-4)

From deep in the rain forests of Central America to the backyard ponds of Minnesota, alarming accounts of disappearing and deformed populations of amphibians keep surfacing in the media. The amphibian crisis has been headline news from New York to Europe to Australia, featuring pictures of grotesque frogs and reports from... Read more >

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The Necessary Revolution
Working Together to Create a Sustainable World
Written by Peter M. Senge, Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur and Sara Schley


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-51904-5 (0-385-51904-4)

Imagine a world in which the excess energy from one business would be used to heat another. Where buildings need less and less energy around the world, and where “regenerative” commercial buildings – ones that create more energy than they use – are being designed. A world in which environmentally sound... Read more >

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Science Set Free
10 Paths to New Discovery
Written by Rupert Sheldrake


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Deepak Chopra
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3672-8 (0-7704-3672-2)

In Science Set Free (originally published to acclaim in the UK as The Science Delusion), Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world's most innovative scientists, shows the ways in which science is being constricted by assumptions that have, over the years, hardened into dogmas. Such dogmas are not only limiting, but... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Genius in All of Us
New Insights into Genetics, Talent, and IQ
Written by David Shenk


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38730-1 (0-307-38730-5)

 DNA does not make us who we are. “Forget everything you think you know about genes, talent, and intelligence,” he writes. “In recent years, a mountain of scientific evidence has emerged suggesting a completely new paradigm: not talent scarcity, but latent talent abundance.”

Integrating cutting-edge research from a wide swath of disciplines–cognitive... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Primates in Question
The Smithsonian Answer Book
Written by Robert W. Shumaker and Benjamin B. Beck
Photographed by Gerry Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 17, 2003
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-176-1 (1-58834-176-3)

The mysterious and often unpredictable world of primates is explained by Smithsonian scientists in a question-and-answer format. Primates in Question, part of the Smithsonian’s popular “In Question” series, is a comprehensive response to the many thousands of calls and letters the Smithsonian receives regarding questions related to monkeys, apes, lemurs, tamarins... Read more >

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The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition

Written by David Allen Sibley


Format: Hardcover, 624 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95790-0 (0-307-95790-X)

“Undoubtedly the finest guide to North American birds.”—Guy McCaskie, Birding

The publication of The Sibley Guide to Birds in 2000 quickly established David Allen Sibley as the author and illustrator of the nation’s supreme and most comprehensive guide to birds. Used by millions of birders from novices to the most expert, The... Read more >
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