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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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An Anatomy of Addiction
Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug, Cocaine
Written by Howard Markel


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 3, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7879-0 (1-4000-7879-2)

Acclaimed medical historian Howard Markel traces the careers of two brilliant young doctors—Sigmund Freud, neurologist, and William Halsted, surgeon--showing how their powerful addictions to cocaine shaped their enormous contributions to psychology and medicine.

When Freud and Halsted began their experiments with cocaine in the 1880s, neither they, nor their colleagues, had any... Read more >
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Descent
The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss
Written by Brad Matsen


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7501-0 (1-4000-7501-7)

In Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss, Brad Matsen brings to vivid life the famous deep-sea expeditions of Otis Barton and William Beebe. At a time when no one had traveled deeper than a few hundred feet, they took the world to a half mile down. At the height of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Battlefield Angels
Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire From Valley Forge to Afghanistan
Written by Scott McGaugh


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 19, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-515-1 (1-84908-515-3)

In Battlefield Angels, Scott McGaugh pays homage to the cadre of medics, corpsmen, nurses, doctors, surgeons, and medical technicians who have provided succor and healing to the more than 40 million warriors who have served in America’s armed forces since the nation’s founding.

McGaugh tells the story of Jonathan Letterman, a Union... 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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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 >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Drunkard's Walk
How Randomness Rules Our Lives
Written by Leonard Mlodinow


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: May 13, 2008
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-42404-5 (0-375-42404-0)

In this irreverent and illuminating book, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, change, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Robert Oppenheimer
A Life Inside the Center
Written by Ray Monk


Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72204-9 (0-385-72204-4)

An unforgettable story of discovery and unimaginable destruction and a major biography of one of America’s most brilliant—and most divisive—scientists, Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center vividly illuminates the man who would go down in history as “the father of the atomic bomb.” Oppenheimer’s talent and drive secured him a... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Robert Oppenheimer
A Life Inside the Center
Written by Ray Monk


Format: Hardcover, 848 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $37.50
ISBN: 978-0-385-50407-2 (0-385-50407-1)

Robert Oppenheimer was among the most brilliant and divisive of men. As head of the Los Alamos Laboratory, he oversaw the successful effort to beat the Nazis in the race to develop the first atomic bomb—a breakthrough that was to have eternal ramifications for mankind and that made Oppenheimer the “Father... Read more >
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The Knife Man
Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern Surgery
Written by Wendy Moore


Format: Trade Paperback, 354 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1653-0 (0-7679-1653-0)

In an era when bloodletting was considered a cure for everything from colds to smallpox, surgeon John Hunter was a medical innovator, an eccentric, and the person to whom anyone who has ever had surgery probably owes his or her life. In this sensational and macabre story, we meet the surgeon... Read more >
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Rocket Girl
The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist
Written by George D. Morgan
Foreword by Ashley Stroupe, PHD


Format: Trade Paperback, 310 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-739-6 (1-61614-739-3)

This is the extraordinary true story of America’ s first female rocket scientist. Told by her son, it describes Mary Sherman Morgan’s crucial contribution to launching America’s first satellite and the author’s labyrinthine journey to uncover his mother’s lost legacy--one buried deep under a lifetime of secrets political, technological, and personal. 

In... Read more >
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Lost History
The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists
Written by Michael H. Morgan


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: June 19, 2007
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0092-2 (1-4262-0092-7)

In an era when the relationship between Islam and the West seems mainly defined by mistrust and misunderstanding, we often forget that for centuries Muslim civilization was the envy of the world. Essential reading for any student seeking to understand the major role played by the early Muslim world in influencing... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Platypus
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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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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Early Home Computers

Written by Kevin Murrell


Format: Trade Paperback, 48 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: February 19, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1216-6 (0-7478-1216-0)

This is the story of the people and machines that revolutionized the world and made personal computers an integral part of every home. For the typical family in the 1960s and 1970s, computers were both fascinating and frightening, but largely a mystery. Developments in microelectronics in the early 1970s meant that... Read more >

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The Happy Atheist

Written by PZ Myers


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73980-3 (0-307-73980-5)

On his popular science blog, Pharyngula, PZ Myers has entertained millions of readers with his infectious love of evolutionary science and his equally infectious disdain for creationism, biblical literalism, intelligent design theory, and other products of godly illogic. This funny and fearless book collects and expands on some of his most... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Happy Atheist

Written by PZ Myers


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: August 13, 2013
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-37934-4 (0-307-37934-5)

“I’m an atheist swimming in a sea of superstition, surrounded by well-meaning, good people with whom I share a culture and similar concerns, and there’s only one thing I can do. I have to laugh.” —PZ Myers

Through his popular science blog, Pharyngula, PZ Myers has entertained millions of readers with his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Big Idea
How Breakthroughs of the Past Shape the Future
Written by National Geographic
Foreword by Timothy Ferris


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0810-2 (1-4262-0810-3)

From the Pythagorean Theorem to DNA’s double helix, from the discovery of microscopic life-forms to the theory of relativity–the big ideas of science and technology shape an era’s worldview. Open this book, grasp the newest ideas from thought leaders of today, then spring off from them to move back through the... Read more >

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The Science Book
Everything You Need to Know About the World and How It Works
Written by National Geographic
Foreword by Marshall Brain


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0808-9 (1-4262-0808-1)

The Science Book: Everything You Need to Know About the World and How It Works encapsulates centuries of scientific thought in one volume. Natural phenomena, revolutionary inventions, scientific facts, and the most up-to-date questions are all explained in detailed text that is complemented by visually arresting graphics.

Six major sections ranging... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Von Braun
Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War
Written by Michael Neufeld


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38937-4 (0-307-38937-5)

Michael J. Neufeld, curator and space historian at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, delivers a brilliantly nuanced biography of Wernher von Braun.

Chief rocket engineer of the Third Reich and one of the fathers of the U.S. space program, Wernher von Braun is a source of consistent fascination. Glorified... Read more >

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Scatter, Adapt, and Remember
How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
Written by Annalee Newitz


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53591-5 (0-385-53591-0)

In its 4.5 billion–year history, life on Earth has been almost erased at least half a dozen times: shattered by asteroid impacts, entombed in ice, smothered by methane, and torn apart by unfathomably powerful megavolcanoes. And we know that another global disaster is eventually headed our way. Can we survive it?... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Doctors
The Biography of Medicine
Written by Sherwin B. Nuland


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76009-2 (0-679-76009-1)

How does medical science advance? Popular historians would have us believe that a few heroic individuals, possessing superhuman talents, lead an unselfish quest to better the human condition. But as renowned Yale surgeon and medical historian Sherwin B. Nuland shows in this brilliant collection of linked life portraits, the theory bears... Read more >
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Medicine in Translation
Journeys with My Patients
Written by Danielle Ofri


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 12, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0126-4 (0-8070-0126-0)

From a doctor Oliver Sacks has called a “born storyteller,” a riveting account of practicing medicine at a fast-paced urban hospital

For two decades, Dr. Danielle Ofri has cared for patients at Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the country and a crossroads for the world’s cultures. In Medicine in Translation... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
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