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The Hidden Reality
Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
Written by Brian Greene


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26563-0 (0-307-26563-3)

From the best-selling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos comes his most expansive and accessible book to date—a book that takes on the grandest question: Is ours the only universe?

There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in... Read more >

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Icarus at the Edge of Time

Written by Brian Greene


Format: Hardcover, 34 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 2, 2008
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26888-4 (0-307-26888-8)

From one of America’s leading physicists—a moving and visually stunning futuristic reimagining of the Icarus fable.

The starship Proxima is on a twenty-five-trillion mile journey. Icarus was born on the ship as was his father and his father’s father, but there will be two more generations before the Proxima reaches its destination... Read more >

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The Night Sky, Updated and Expanded Edition
Soul and Cosmos: The Physics and Metaphysics of the Stars and Planets
Written by Richard Grossinger
Foreword by Bernadette Mayer


Format: Trade Paperback, 840 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: September 30, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-710-4 (1-58394-710-8)

Ever since Homo sapiens first looked up at the stars, we as a species have been looking for meaning in the mysteries of the night sky. Over the millennia, as our knowledge, science, and technology developed, the stories we told ourselves about the universe and our place in it developed as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way
Aristotle Leads the Way
Written by Joy Hakim


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 17, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-160-0 (1-58834-160-7)

Not too long ago, in earth time, no one thought the universe had a history. The scientific and religious experts believed that the world had been created as it is today and that nothing had changed. Those experts did their best but they were wrong--really wrong. The Story of Science: Aristotle... Read more >

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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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Science Matters
Achieving Scientific Literacy
Written by Robert M. Hazen and James Trefil


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45458-4 (0-307-45458-4)

Knowledge of the basic ideas and principles of science is fundamental to cultural literacy. But most books on science are often too obscure or too specialized to do the general reader much good.

Science Matters is a rare exception-a science book for the general reader that is informative enough to be a... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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History of the Space Shuttle, Volume Two
Development of the Space Shuttle, 1972-1981
Written by T. A. Heppenheimer


Format: Trade Paperback, 504 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $32.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-285-0 (1-58834-285-9)

Basing his work on virtually untapped NASA archives, T. A. Heppenheimer has produced the second volume of his definitive history of the space shuttle. Volume Two traces the development of the shuttle through a decade of engineering setbacks and breakthroughs, program-management challenges, and political strategizing, culminating in the first launch in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Age of Wonder
The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 2, 2010
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3187-0 (1-4000-3187-7)

A riveting history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science.

When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover Paradise. Inspired by the scientific ferment sweeping through Britain... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Age of Wonder
How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Hardcover, 576 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-42222-5 (0-375-42222-6)

Winner of the 2009 Royal Society Prize for Science Books

A riveting history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science.

When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Parallel Worlds
A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos
Written by Michio Kaku


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3372-0 (1-4000-3372-1)

Is our universe dying?

Could there be other universes?

In Parallel Worlds, world-renowned physicist and bestselling author Michio Kakuan author who “has a knack for bringing the most ethereal ideas down to earth” (Wall Street Journal)—takes readers on a fascinating tour of cosmology, M-theory, and its implications for the fate of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mars Up Close
Inside the Curiosity Mission
Written by Marc Kaufman
Foreword by Elon Musk


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: August 5, 2014
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1278-9 (1-4262-1278-X)

With images never published before, many with surprising colors and landscapes that make you want to spend your next vacation on Mars, this is the one and only book written in consultation with NASA scientists that explains everything, detail by detail and moment by moment, about the most ambitious space expedition... Read more >

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Moon Lander
How We Developed the Apollo Lunar Module
Written by Thomas J. Kelly


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 11, 2009
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-58834-273-7 (1-58834-273-5)

Chief engineer Thomas J. Kelly gives a firsthand account of designing, building, testing, and flying the Apollo lunar module. It was, he writes, “an aerospace engineer’s dream job of the century.” Kelly’s account begins with the imaginative process of sketching solutions to a host of technical challenges with an emphasis on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lost in Space
The Fall of NASA and the Dream of a New Space Age
Written by Greg Klerkx


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72773-3 (0-375-72773-6)

The daring, revolutionary NASA that sent Neil Armstrong to the moon has lost its meteoric vision, says journalist and space enthusiast Greg Klerkx. NASA, he contends, has devolved from a pioneer of space exploration into a factionalized bureaucracy focused primarily on its own survival. And as a result, humans haven’t ventured... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Big Bang Never Happened
A Startling Refutation of the Dominant Theory of the Origin of the Universe
Written by Eric Lerner


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 27, 1992
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74049-0 (0-679-74049-X)

A mesmerizing challenge to orthodox cosmology with powerful implications not only for cosmology itself but also for our notions of time, God, and human nature -- with a new Preface addressing the latest developments in the field.

Far-ranging and provocative, The Big Bang Never Happened is more than a critique of one... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How the Universe Got Its Spots
Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space
Written by Janna Levin


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3272-3 (1-4000-3272-5)

Is the universe infinite or just really big? With this question, the gifted young cosmologist Janna Levin not only announces the central theme of her intriguing and controversial new book but establishes herself as one of the most direct and unorthodox voices in contemporary science. For even as she sets out... Read more >

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


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80595-9 (0-345-80595-X)

Alan Lightman brings a light touch to heavy questions. Here is a book about nesting ospreys, multiple universes, atheism, spiritualism, and the arrow of time. Throughout, Lightman takes us back and forth between ordinary occurrences—old shoes and entropy, sailing far out at sea and the infinite expanse of space.
 
“In this slight... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mars Rover Curiosity
An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer
Written by Rob Manning and William L. Simon


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-473-1 (1-58834-473-8)

In the course of our enduring quest for knowledge about ourselves and our universe, we haven't found answers to one of our most fundamental questions: Does life exist anywhere else in the universe? Ten years and billions of dollars in the making, the Mars Rover Curiosity is poised to answer this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky

Written by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY


Format: Hardcover, 720 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 15, 1991
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-40852-9 (0-679-40852-5)

This comprehensive guide includes 272 full-color photographs of the solar system and deep-sky objects. The 48 Monthly sky charts and 88 constellation charts, all in full color, provide a guided tour of the heavens.

This is the first field guide to be organized with a visual key. A unique thumb-tab reference... Read more >

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National Audubon Society Pocket Guide to Constellations of the Northern Skies

Written by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77998-8 (0-679-77998-1)

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Spacefarers
Images of Astronauts and Cosmonauts in the Heroic Era of Spaceflight
Edited by Michael J. Neufeld


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-935623-19-9 (1-935623-19-2)

The recent 50th anniversaries of the first human spaceflights by the Soviet Union and the United States, and the 30th anniversary of the launching of the first U.S. Space Shuttle mission, have again brought to mind the pioneering accomplishments of the first quarter century of humans in space. Historians, political scientists... 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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Cycles of Time
An Extraordinary New View of the Universe
Written by Roger Penrose


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26590-6 (0-307-26590-0)

From the best-selling author of The Emperor’s New Mind and The Road to Reality, a groundbreaking book that provides new views on three of cosmology’s most profound questions: What, if anything, came before the Big Bang? What is the source of order in our universe? What is its ultimate future?

Current understanding... Read more >

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First Light
The Search for the Edge of the Universe
Written by Richard Preston


Format: Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 29, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9185-7 (0-8129-9185-0)

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Curiosity
An Inside Look at the Mars Rover Mission and the People Who Made It Happen
Written by Rod Pyle


Format: Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: July 15, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-933-8 (1-61614-933-7)

Award-winning science writer Rod Pyle provides a behind-the-scenes look into the recent space mission to Mars of Curiosity--the unmanned rover that is now providing researchers with unprecedented information about the red planet. Pyle follows the team of dedicated scientists whose job it is to explore new vistas on Mars. Readers will... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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