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The Golden Ratio
The Story of PHI, the World's Most Astonishing Number
Written by Mario Livio

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 23, 2003
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0816-0 (0-7679-0816-3)

Winner, 2004 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice Magazine

"An enlightening, fascinating, well-illustrated, literate and (usefully) opinionated discussion. Covers historical, mathematical, and real-world appearances of the famous number. Of special interest are debunkings of some hoary myths (e.g., about the Parthenon) and connections to crystals, fractals, and music." —The American Mathematical Monthly

Throughout history, thinkers... Read more >
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National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs
The World's Most Effective Healing Plants
Written by Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., Rebecca L. Johnson, Steven Foster and David Kiefer, M.D.
Foreword by Andrew Weil

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0700-6 (1-4262-0700-X)

There is a world of health and healing all around you--in your spice rack, your backyard, and on the shelves of health food and grocery stores. This informative guide is a reference book that shows the connections between 72 of the world’s most common and useful medicinal herbs with the body... 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 >
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Jacques Cousteau
The Sea King
Written by Brad Matsen

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27542-4 (0-307-27542-6)

An unprecedented and masterfully told biography of Jacques Cousteau that reveals for the first time the fascinating and compelling individual behind this famous television personality.

Inventor of the aqualung and fearless scuba diver, Jacques Cousteau opened up the ocean to a mass audience for the first time. Here, with the cooperation of... Read more >
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101 Theory Drive
The Discovery of Memory
Written by Terry McDermott

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38833-9 (0-307-38833-6)

A riveting narrative account of a brilliant, rebel scientist and his notorious lab as they unlock the mystery of memory.

For decades Gary Lynch sought to uncover what physically happens in the brain when we form a memory. Luckily award-winning journalist Terry McDermott was with Lynch in his lab as his staff... Read more >
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A Chance for Lasting Survival
Ecology and Behavior of Wild Giant Pandas
Written by Pan Wenshi
Edited by William J. Mcshea, David Garshelis and Wang Dajun
Translated by Richard B. Harris

Format: Hardcover, 370 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-935623-17-5 (1-935623-17-6)

From 1984 through 1995 a small band of ecologists led by Pan Wenshi from Peking University conducted a study of wild giant pandas in the Qinling Mountains of Shaanxi Province. This project was the first Chinese-led conservation project in China and was conducted during a significant transition period in Chinese history... Read more >
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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 Mating Mind
How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature
Written by Geoffrey Miller

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 17, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49517-2 (0-385-49517-X)

At once a pioneering study of evolution and an accessible and lively reading experience, The Mating Mind marks the arrival of a prescient and provocative new science writer.

Consciousness, morality, creativity, language, and art: these are the traits that make us human. Scientists have traditionally explained these qualities as merely a... Read more >
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Darwin for Beginners

Written by Jonathan Miller and Borin Van Loon

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: July 15, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71458-0 (0-375-71458-8)

The Beginner Books—”Their cartoon format and irreverent wit make difficult ideas accessible and entertaining.” —Newsday

Taking us through the upheavals in biological thought which made The Origins of Species possible, Jonathan Miller introduces us to that odd revolutionary, Charles Darwin—a remarkably timid man who spent most of his life in seclusion; a... Read more >

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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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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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Listening to Whales
What the Orcas Have Taught Us
Written by Alexandra Morton

Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 1, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44288-8 (0-345-44288-1)

In Listening to Whales, Alexandra Morton shares spellbinding stories about her career in whale and dolphin research and what she has learned from and about these magnificent mammals. In the late 1970s, while working at Marineland in California, Alexandra pioneered the recording of orca sounds by dropping a hydrophone into the... Read more >
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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, 288 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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The Language of Cells
A Doctor and His Patients
Written by Spencer Nadler

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70869-5 (0-375-70869-3)

As a surgical pathologist for more than twenty-five years, Spencer Nadler was not content with the distance between his lab and the patient. Meeting with those whose diseased cells he has diagnosed, he offers them a rare understanding.

Hanna Baylan is a woman as determined as he is to confront the cancer... Read more >
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National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World

Illustrated by Pieter Folkens

Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 2, 2002
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-41141-0 (0-375-41141-0)

The National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World describes in fascinating detail all 120 species of the world's whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions, manatees, Marine and Sea Otters, and the Polar Bear. Written by a team of experts and featuring more than 320 illustrations, 418 photographs... Read more >

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The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health
Written by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47743-9 (0-307-47743-6)

A Discover Magazine Best Book of 2012
Finalist, 2013 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books

Do animals overeat? Get breast cancer? Have fainting spells?

Inspired by an eye-opening consultation at the Los Angeles Zoo, which revealed that a monkey experienced the same symptoms of heart failure as her human patients, cardiologist Barbara... Read more >

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What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing
Written by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59348-1 (0-307-59348-7)

In the spring of 2005, cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz was called to consult on an unusual patient: an Emperor tamarin at the Los Angeles Zoo. While examining the tiny monkey’s sick heart, she learned that wild animals can die of a form of cardiac arrest brought on by extreme emotional stress. It... Read more >

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Why We Get Sick
The New Science of Darwinian Medicine
Written by Randolph M. Nesse and George C. Williams

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74674-4 (0-679-74674-9)

Why We Get Sick outlines a new theory of--and approach to--disease based on recent paradigm-shattering breakthroughs in evolutionary theory. This is the new world of Darwinian medicine, and in their book, Nesse, a Darwinian physician, and Williams, an evolutionary biologist, apply the principles of evolutionary biology to answer the great questions... Read more >
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Ethics on the Ark
Zoos, Animal Welfare, and Wildlife Conservation
Edited by Bryan G. Norton, Michael Hutchins, Terry Maple and Elizabeth Stevens

Format: Trade Paperback, 360 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 17, 1996
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-689-8 (1-56098-689-1)

Ethics on the Ark presents a passionate, multivocal discussion–among zoo professionals, activists, conservation biologists, and philosophers–about the future of zoos and aquariums, the treatment of animals in captivity, and the question of whether the individual, the species, or the ecosystem is the most important focus in conservation efforts. Contributors represent all... Read more >
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How We Live

Written by Sherwin B. Nuland

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 26, 1998
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78140-0 (0-679-78140-4)

Having won the National Book Award for How We Die, his best-selling inquiry into the causes and modes of death, Sherwin Nuland now turns his attention to the miraculous resiliency of human life. For this lucid, wonderful, and wonder-filled new book explores the body's mysterious capacity to marshal disparate organs and... Read more >

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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 >
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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 >
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