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Student's Quest Guide: Aristotle Leads the Way
Aristotle Leads the Way
Written by Johns Hopkins University


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 1, 2007
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-254-6 (1-58834-254-9)

This rich, multidisciplinary curriculum to accompany Joy Hakim’s The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way covers astronomy, physics, and chemistry from Mesopotamia to the Middle Ages. The course of study is divided into five units. Each unit includes an introduction (with background information, a materials list, and standards correlated to... Read more >

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Student's Quest Guide: Newton at the Center
Newton at the Center
Written by Johns Hopkins University


Format: Trade Paperback, 246 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 1, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-255-3 (1-58834-255-7)

This rich, multidisciplinary curriculum to accompany Joy Hakim’s The Story of Science: Newton at the Center covers astronomy, physics, and chemistry from Copernicus to the Curies, from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries. The course of study is divided into seven units. Each unit includes an introduction (with background, materials list... Read more >

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Teacher's Quest Guide: Aristotle Leads the Way
Aristotle Leads the Way
Written by Johns Hopkins University


Format: Trade Paperback, 440 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 1, 2007
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-251-5 (1-58834-251-4)

This rich, multidisciplinary curriculum to accompany Joy Hakim’s The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way covers astronomy, physics, and chemistry from Mesopotamia to the Middle Ages. The course of study is divided into five units. Each unit includes an introduction (with background information, a materials list, and standards correlated to... Read more >

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Teacher's Quest Guide: Newton at the Center
Newton at the Center
Written by Johns Hopkins University


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 1, 2008
Price: $59.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-252-2 (1-58834-252-2)

This rich, multidisciplinary curriculum to accompany Joy Hakim’s The Story of Science: Newton at the Center covers astronomy, physics, and chemistry from Copernicus to the Curies, from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries. The course of study is divided into seven units. Each unit includes an introduction (with background, materials list... Read more >

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Fire in the Mind
Science, Faith, and the Search for Order
Written by George Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 402 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 17, 1996
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74021-6 (0-679-74021-X)

"A must for all those seriously interested in the key ideas at the frontier of scientific discourse."--Paul Davies

Are there really laws governing the universe? Or is the order we see a mere artifact of the way evolution wired the brain? And is what we call science only a set of myths... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Strange Beauty
Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics
Written by George Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 17, 2000
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75688-0 (0-679-75688-4)

George Johnson's informed and insightful biography of Murray Gell-Mann goes far in helping us understand the complexities of both the man and the science in which he has loomed so large.  Gell-Mann's discoveries of the quark and the Eightfold Way were cornerstones for all that has followed in particle physics, the effort... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

Written by George Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3423-9 (1-4000-3423-X)

A dazzling, irresistible collection of the ten most ground-breaking and beautiful experiments in scientific history.

With the attention to detail of a historian and the story-telling ability of a novelist, New York Times science writer George Johnson celebrates these groundbreaking experiments and re-creates a time when the world seemed filled with... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

Written by George Johnson


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4101-5 (1-4000-4101-5)

From the acclaimed New York Times science writer George Johnson, an irresistible book on the ten most fascinating experiments in the history of science—moments when a curious soul posed a particularly eloquent question to nature and received a crisp, unambiguous reply.

Johnson takes us to those times when the world seemed... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Physics of the Future
How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100
Written by Michio Kaku


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: March 15, 2011
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53080-4 (0-385-53080-3)

The New York Times bestselling author of Physics of the Impossible gives us a stunning and provocative vision of the future.

Based on interviews with over three hundred of the world’s top scientists, who are already inventing the future in their labs, Kaku—in a lucid and engaging fashion—presents the revolutionary developments... Read more >

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Physics of the Impossible
A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel
Written by Michio Kaku


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27882-1 (0-307-27882-4)

A fascinating exploration of the science of the impossible—from death rays and force fields to invisibility cloaks—revealing to what extent such technologies might be achievable decades or millennia into the future.

One hundred years ago, scientists would have said that lasers, televisions, and the atomic bomb were beyond the realm of physical... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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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.

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The Age of Insight
The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present
Written by Eric Kandel


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6871-5 (1-4000-6871-1)

A brilliant book by Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel, The Age of Insight takes us to Vienna 1900, where leaders in science, medicine, and art began a revolution that changed forever how we think about the human mind—our conscious and unconscious thoughts and emotions—and how mind and brain relate to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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.

THE PHYSICISTS

Written by Daniel J. Kevles


Format: eBook, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 5, 2013
Price: $15.99
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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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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Birdseye
The Adventures of a Curious Man
Written by Mark Kurlansky


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3030-7 (0-7679-3030-4)

While working as a fur trapper in Labrador, Canada, Clarence Birdseye encountered an age-old problem: bad food and an unappealing, unhealthy diet. However, he observed that fresh vegetables wetted and left outside in the Arctic winds froze in a way that maintained their integrity after thawing. As a result, he developed... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Managed Care Ethics
Essays on the Impact of Managed Care on Traditional Medical Ethics
Written by John LaPuma


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
On Sale: May 18, 1998
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-57826-012-6 (1-57826-012-4)

Medical ethical dilemmas in managed care look, sound, and feel different from those in fee-for-service medicine. The first book to address the new set of ethical problems facing managed care, Managed Care Ethics is written for physicians practicing in HMOs and others adjusting to the new health care environment. John La... Read more >

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Evolution
The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory
Written by Edward J. Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 8, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6849-1 (0-8129-6849-2)

In this lively, deeply erudite work, Pulitzer Prize–winning science historian Edward J. Larson takes us on a guided tour of Darwin’s “dangerous idea,” from its theoretical antecedents in the early nineteenth century to the brilliant breakthroughs of Darwin and Wallace, to Watson and Crick’s stunning discovery of the DNA double helix... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Isaac's Storm
A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Written by Erik Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 11, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70827-5 (0-375-70827-8)

At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city... Read more >

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Typhoid Mary
Captive to the Public's Health
Written by Judith Walzer Leavitt


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 31, 1997
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2103-3 (0-8070-2103-2)

She was an Irish immigrant cook. Between 1900 and 1907, she infected twenty-two New Yorkers with typhoid fever through her puddings and cakes; one of them died. Tracked down through epidemiological detective work, she was finally apprehended as she hid behind a barricade of trashcans. To protect the public’s health, authorities... 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: 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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Dance for Two
Essays
Written by Alan Lightman


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 26, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75877-8 (0-679-75877-1)

Dance for Two gathers the best of Lightman's work over the last twenty years. Here are pieces that touch on both the ethereal and the corporeal: the dependence of a ballerina on the laws of physics, the choice every scientist makes between tinkering and theorizing, the unscientific nature of discovery, the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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