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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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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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The Discoveries
Great Breakthroughs in 20th-Century Science, Including the Original Papers
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: Trade Paperback, 594 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71345-3 (0-375-71345-X)

In this captivating and lucid book, novelist and science writer Alan Lightman chronicles twenty-four great discoveries of twentieth-century science--everything from the theory of relativity to mapping the structure of DNA.

These discoveries radically changed our notions of the world and our place in it. Here are Einstein, Fleming, Bohr, McClintock, Paul ing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Uncertainty
Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science
Written by David Lindley


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7996-4 (1-4000-7996-9)

Werner Heisenberg’s “uncertainty principle” challenged centuries of scientific understanding, placed him in direct opposition to Albert Einstein, and put Niels Bohr in the middle of one of the most heated debates in scientific history. Heisenberg’s theorem stated that there were physical limits to what we could know about sub-atomic particles; this... Read more >
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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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Programming the Universe
A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos
Written by Seth Lloyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3386-7 (1-4000-3386-1)

Is the universe actually a giant quantum computer? According to Seth Lloyd, the answer is yes.

All interactions between particles in the universe, Lloyd explains, convey not only energy but also information–in other words, particles not only collide, they compute. What is the entire universe computing, ultimately? “Its own dynamical evolution,”... Read more >
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Feynman's Rainbow
A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life
Written by Leonard Mlodinow


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94649-2 (0-307-94649-5)

Some of the brightest minds in science have passed through the halls of the California Institute of Technology. In the early 1980s, Leonard Mlodinow joined their ranks to begin a postdoctoral fellowship. Afraid he was not smart enough to be there, despite his groundbreaking Ph.D. thesis, he took his insecurities to... Read more >

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Dancing Naked in the Mind Field

Written by Kary Mullis


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77400-6 (0-679-77400-9)

Here is a multidimensional playland of ideas from the world's most eccentric Nobel-Prize winning scientist. Kary Mullis is legendary for his invention of PCR, which redefined the world of DNA, genetics, and forensic science. He is also a surfer, a veteran of Berkeley in the sixties, and perhaps the only Nobel... 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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The Road to Reality
A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
Written by Roger Penrose


Format: Trade Paperback, 1136 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77631-4 (0-679-77631-1)

From one of our greatest living scientists, a magnificent book that provides, for the serious lay reader, the most comprehensive and sophisticated account we have yet had of the physical universe and the essentials of its underlying mathematical theory.

Since the earliest efforts of the ancient Greeks to find order amid the... Read more >

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Universal Foam
Exploring the Science of Nature's Most Mysterious Substance
Written by SIDNEY PERKOWITZ


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 16, 2001
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72070-0 (0-385-72070-X)

Physicist Sidney Perkowitz, whom the Washington Post calls "a gloriously lucid science writer," exposes the full dimensions of foam in our lives, from cappuccino to the cosmos.

Foam affects the taste of beer, makes shaving easier, insulates take-out coffee cups and NASA space shuttles, controls bleeding in trauma victims, aids in... Read more >

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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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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Herbal Lore of Wise Women and Wortcunners
The Healing Power of Medicinal Plants
Written by Wolf D. Storl
Foreword by Rosemary Gladstar


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-358-8 (1-58394-358-7)

Traditional herbalists or wise women were not only good botanists or pharmacologists; they were also shamanic practitioners and keepers of occult knowledge about the powerful properties of plants. Traveling back to the healing arts of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, The Herbal Lore of Wise Women and Wortcunners takes readers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Curie and Radioactivity
The Big Idea
Written by Paul Strathern


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 17, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49246-1 (0-385-49246-4)

A detailed and fascinating account of the tulmultuous, passionate life and works of Marie Curie, one of the most exceptional--and most misunderstood--scientists of the twentieth century.

Long upheld as a standard of independence and achievement in a time of extreme chauvinism within the scientific community, Marie Curie has often been cast as... Read more >

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Einstein and Relativity
The Big Idea
Written by Paul Strathern


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 20, 1999
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49244-7 (0-385-49244-8)

A brilliant elucidation of the theory of relativity and a fascinating look at the man who changed the face of the twentieth century.

E=mc²  Few equations have entered our consciousness with the speed and impact of Einstein's cosmos-changing formula.  And from the moment he published his revolutionary papers on the theory of relativity from... Read more >

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Hawking and Black Holes
The Big Idea
Written by Paul Strathern


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 13, 1998
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49242-3 (0-385-49242-1)

Stephen Hawking is arguably the most famous scientist in the world, and many of us may know that black holes are his forte, but do we really have any idea what a black hole is? In this remarkably engaging book, Paul Strathern not only demystifies Hawking's universe-expanding theories, but helps readers... Read more >

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Newton and Gravity
The Big Idea
Written by Paul Strathern


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 13, 1998
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49241-6 (0-385-49241-3)

A good case can be made for Isaac Newton being the finest mind humanity has yet produced. His theory of gravity offered his contemporaries their first glimpse of how the universe actually works, and his mathematics enabled later generations to walk on the moon. Today, we know that gravity keeps our... Read more >

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Our Mathematical Universe
My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
Written by Max Tegmark


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59980-3 (0-307-59980-9)

Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Physics of Immortality
Modern Cosmology, God and the Resurrection of the Dead
Written by Frank J. Tipler


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 18, 1997
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-46799-5 (0-385-46799-0)

Is there a higher power in the universe? What happens to us when we die? Leading physicist Frank J. Tipler tackles these questions and more in an astonishing and profoundly important book that scientifically proves the existence of God and the physical resurrection of the dead.

"A doozy of a book..... Read more >

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The Dark Side of the Universe
A Scientist Explores the Mysteries of the Cosmos
Written by James Trefil


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 28, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-26212-5 (0-385-26212-4)

Award-winning writer James Trefil takes readers on a tantalizing journey to the outer reaches of the universe. Along the way he discusses scientific questions such as; How did the universe begin and what is its ultimate fate? He also explores such phenomena as the Big Bang theory, "Hubble bubbles," and "Wimps."... Read more >

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Warmth Disperses and Time Passes
The History of Heat
Written by Hans Christian Von Baeyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 15, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75372-5 (0-375-75372-9)

If you want to know what's happening in the world, follow the heat.

Why can't your coffee "steal" heat from the air to stay piping hot? Why can't Detroit make a car that's 100 percent efficient? Why can't some genius make a perpetual motion machine? The answers lie in the field of... Read more >

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Dreams of a Final Theory
The Scientist's Search for the Ultimate Laws of Nature
Written by Steven Weinberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 1, 1994
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74408-5 (0-679-74408-8)

In this book the Nobel Prize-winning physicist describes the grand quest for a unifying theory of nature--one that can explain forces as different as the cohesion inside the atom and the gravitational tug between the sun and earth. Writing with dazzling elegance and clarity, Weinberg traces the steps that have led... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Scorched Earth
Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam
Written by Fred A. Wilcox
Introduction by Noam Chomsky


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 13, 2011
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-138-0 (1-60980-138-5)

Scorched Earth is the first book to chronicle the effects of chemical warfare on the Vietnamese people and their environment, where, even today, more than 3 million people–including 500,000 children–are sick and dying from birth defects, cancer, and other illnesses that can be directly traced to Agent Orange/dioxin exposure. Weaving first-person... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Waiting for an Army to Die
The Tragedy of Agent Orange
Written by Fred A. Wilcox


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 13, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-136-6 (1-60980-136-9)

“I died in Vietnam, but I didn’t even know it,” said a young Vietnam vet on the Today Show one morning in 1978, shocking viewers across the country. Waiting for an Army to Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange–the first book ever written on the effects of Agent Orange–tells this young... Read more >
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