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The Fractalist
Memoir of a Scientific Maverick
Written by Benoit Mandelbrot


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38991-6 (0-307-38991-X)

A fascinating memoir from the man who revitalized visual geometry, and whose ideas about fractals have changed how we look at both the natural world and the financial world.

Benoit Mandelbrot, the creator of fractal geometry, has significantly improved our understanding of, among other things, financial variability and erratic physical phenomena. In... 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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The Drunkard's Walk
How Randomness Rules Our Lives
Written by Leonard Mlodinow


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27517-2 (0-307-27517-5)

With the born storyteller's command of narrative and imaginative approach, Leonard Mlodinow vividly demonstrates how our lives are profoundly informed by chance and randomness and how everything from wine ratings and corporate success to school grades and political polls are less reliable than we believe.

By showing us the true nature... Read more >
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What the Numbers Say
A Field Guide to Mastering Our Numerical World
Written by Derrick Niederman and David Boyum


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0999-0 (0-7679-0999-2)

“This is a superb book—important and fun to read. We live in an age in which all people need to be fluent in two languages—words and numbers. Yet our schools do not teach and our students do not learn to be quantitatively literate. This book demonstrates what traditionally is not taught... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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What the Numbers Say
A Field Guide to Mastering Our Numerical World
Written by Derrick Niederman and David Boyum


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: June 10, 2003
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0998-3 (0-7679-0998-4)

“This is a superb book—important and fun to read. We live in an age in which all people need to be fluent in two languages—words and numbers. Yet our schools do not teach and our students do not learn to be quantitatively literate. This book demonstrates what traditionally is not taught... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Poetry of the Universe

Written by Robert Osserman


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 15, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47429-0 (0-385-47429-6)

Poetry of the Universe is a delightful and compelling narrative charting the evolution of mathematical ideas that have helped to illuminate the nature of the observable universe. In a richly anecdotal fashion, the book explores the leaps of imagination and vision in mathematics that have helped pioneer our understanding of the... 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 >
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Magnificent Principia
Exploring Isaac Newton's Masterpiece
Written by Colin Pask


Format: Hardcover, 500 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-745-7 (1-61614-745-8)

Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg has written that "all that has happened since 1687 is a gloss on the Principia." Now, students too can appreciate the significance of this stellar work, regarded by many as the greatest scientific contribution of all time. Despite its dazzling reputation, Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica... Read more >
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Beyond Numeracy

Written by John Allen Paulos


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 7, 1992
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73807-7 (0-679-73807-X)

By the author of Innumeracy, this work is an enriching exploration of the beauty and fascination of mathematics. Paulos presents in an engrossing fashion a broad range of mathematical concepts that have transformed our world, including algebra, calculus, probability theory, and new areas such as chaos, fractals, recursion, and complexity. Read more >
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Cycles of Time
An Extraordinary New View of the Universe
Written by Roger Penrose


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27846-3 (0-307-27846-8)

This groundbreaking book presents a new perspective on three of cosmology’s essential questions: What came before the Big Bang? What is the source of order in our universe? And what cosmic future awaits us?

Penrose shows how the expected fate of our ever-accelerating and expanding universe—heat death or ultimate entropy—can actually... Read more >

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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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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 Value of Science
Essential Writings of Henri Poincare
Written by Henri Poincare


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 2, 2001
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75848-5 (0-375-75848-8)

More than any other writer of the twentieth century, Henri Poincaré brought the elegant, but often complicated, ideas about science and mathematics to the general reader. A genius who throughout his life solved complex mathematical calculations in his head, and a writer gifted with an inimitable style, Poincaré rose to the... Read more >
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Mathematical Curiosities
A Treasure Trove of Unexpected Entertainments
Written by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 382 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-931-4 (1-61614-931-0)

Most people agree that math is important, but few would say it's fun. As veteran math educators Posamentier and Lehmann demonstrate, when you realize that doing math can be enjoyable, you open a door into a world of unexpected insights while learning an important skill.

The authors illustrate the point with many... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Secrets of Triangles
A Mathematical Journey
Written by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann


Format: Hardcover, 387 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: August 24, 2012
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-587-3 (1-61614-587-0)

A Choice 2013 Outstanding Academic Title
 
Everyone knows what a triangle is, yet very few people appreciate that the common three-sided figure holds many intriguing “secrets.” For example, if a circle is inscribed in any random triangle and then three lines are drawn from the three points of tangency to the opposite... Read more >
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Labyrinths of Reason
Paradox, Puzzles, and the Frailty of Knowledge
Edited by William Poundstone


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1989
Price: $12.76
ISBN: 978-0-385-24271-4 (0-385-24271-9)

This sharply intelligent, consistently provocative book takes the reader on an astonishing, thought-provoking voyage into the realm of delightful uncertainty--a world of paradox in which logical argument leads to contradiction and common sense is seemingly rendered irrelevant. Read more >
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Prisoner's Dilemma

Written by William Poundstone


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 1, 1993
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-41580-4 (0-385-41580-X)

"Both a fascinating biography of von Neumann, the Hungarian exile whose mathematical theories were building blocks for the A-bomb and the digital computer, and a brilliant social history of game theory and its role in the Cold War and nuclear arms race."--San Francisco Chronicle Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stalking the Riemann Hypothesis
The Quest to Find the Hidden Law of Prime Numbers
Written by Dan Rockmore


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 9, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72772-6 (0-375-72772-8)

In 1859 a German professor named Bernhard Riemann postulated a law capable of describing with an amazing degree of accuracy the baffling occurrence of prime numbers; coming up with its proof has been the holy grail of mathematicians ever since. In Stalking the Riemann Hypothesis, Dan Rockmore, a prominent mathematician in... 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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The Code Book
The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Written by Simon Singh


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 29, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49532-5 (0-385-49532-3)

In his first book since the bestselling Fermat's Enigma, Simon Singh offers the first sweeping history of encryption, tracing its evolution and revealing the dramatic effects codes have had on wars, nations, and individual lives. From Mary, Queen of Scots, trapped by her own code, to the Navajo Code Talkers who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fermat's Enigma
The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem
Written by Simon Singh
Foreword by John Lynch


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 8, 1998
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49362-8 (0-385-49362-2)

"I have discovered a truly marvelous proof, which this margin is too narrow to contain." With these words, the seventeenth-century French mathematician Pierre de Fermat threw down the gauntlet to future generations. What came to be known as Fermat's Last Theorem looked simple, yet proving it would baffle the finest minds... 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, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Probability of God
A Simple Calculation That Proves the Ultimate Truth
Written by Dr. Stephen D. Unwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: October 26, 2004
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5478-7 (1-4000-5478-8)

Does God exist?

This is probably the most debated question in the history of mankind. Scholars, scientists, and philosophers have spent their lifetimes trying to prove or disprove the existence of God, only to have their theories crucified by other scholars, scientists, and philosophers. Where the debate breaks down is in the... Read more >
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