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Visions
How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century
Written by Michio Kaku


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 15, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48499-2 (0-385-48499-2)

Now in Paperback. A Library Journal Best Scientific & Technical Book.

In Visions, Michio Kaku examines the great scientific revolutions that have reshaped the 20th century-quantum mechanics, biogenetics, and artificial intelligence-and shows how they will change science and society in the 21st century.  In Section I, Kaku explores the evolution and development... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

THE PHYSICISTS

Written by Daniel J. Kevles


Format: eBook, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 5, 2013
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83148-4 (0-307-83148-5)

This magnificent account of the coming of age of physics in America has been heralded as the best introduction to the history of science in the United States. Unsurpassed in its breadth and literary style, Kevles's account portrays the brilliant scientists who became a powerful force in bringing the world into... Read more >

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Beyond the God Particle

Written by Leon M. Lederman and Christopher T. Hill


Format: Hardcover, 340 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-801-0 (1-61614-801-2)

On July 4, 2012, the long-sought Higgs Boson--aka “the God Particle”--was discovered at the world’s largest particle accelerator, the LHC, in Geneva, Switzerland. On March 14, 2013, physicists at CERN confirmed it. This elusive subatomic particle forms a field that permeates the entire universe, creating the masses of the elementary particles... 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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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 and a hardcover.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
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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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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In the Light of Science
Our Ancient Quest for Knowledge and the Measure of Modern Physics
Written by Demetris Nicolaides


Format: Trade Paperback, 266 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-61592-225-3 (1-61592-225-3)

The birth of science in ancient Greece had a historical impact that is still being felt today. Physicist Demetris Nicolaides examines the epochal shift in thinking that led pre-Socratic philosophers of the sixth and fifth centuries BCE to abandon the prevailing mythologies of the age and, for the first time, to... 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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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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God and the Multiverse
Humanity's Expanding View of the Cosmos
Written by Victor J. Stenger


Format: Hardcover, 447 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-970-3 (1-61614-970-1)

Cosmologists have reasons to believe that the vast universe in which we live is just one of an endless number of other universes within a multiverse—a mind-boggling array that may extend indefinitely in space and endlessly in both the past and the future. Victor Stenger reviews the key developments in the... 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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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, eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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