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With Speed and Violence
Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change
Written by Fred Pearce


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 1, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8577-6 (0-8070-8577-4)

Nature is fragile, environmentalists often tell us. But the lesson of this book is that it is not so. The truth is far more worrying. Nature is strong and packs a serious counterpunch . . . Global warming will very probably unleash unstoppable planetary forces. And they will not be gradual... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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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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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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A Woman of Science
An Extraordinary Journey of Love, Discovery, and the Sex Life of Mushrooms
Written by Cardy Raper
Foreword by Remeline Damasco, M.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
On Sale: May 28, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-57826-442-1 (1-57826-442-1)

A Woman of Science catalogues a decades-long journey of inspirational hardship and success that serves as a model for what women can do in a field largely dominated by men.

Cardy Raper succeeded in becoming what she dreamed of as a young girl: a scientist. This beautifully written memoir details her struggles... Read more >
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Between Man and Beast
An Unlikely Explorer and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World by Storm
Written by Monte Reel


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74243-8 (0-307-74243-1)

In 1856, Paul Du Chaillu ventured into the African jungle in search of a mythic beast, the gorilla. After wild encounters with vicious cannibals, deadly snakes, and tribal kings, Du Chaillu emerged with 20 preserved gorilla skins—two of which were stuffed and brought on tour—and walked smack dab into the biggest... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Between Man and Beast
An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World by Storm
Written by Monte Reel


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53422-2 (0-385-53422-1)

The unbelievably riveting adventure of an unlikely young explorer who emerged from the jungles of Africa with evidence of a mysterious, still mythical beast—the gorilla—only to stumble straight into the center of the biggest debate of the day: Darwin’s theory of evolution

In 1856 Paul Du Chaillu marched into the equatorial wilderness... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Chip
How Two Americans Invented the Microchip and Launched a Revolution
Written by T.R. Reid


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75828-7 (0-375-75828-3)

Barely fifty years ago a computer was a gargantuan, vastly expensive thing that only a handful of scientists had ever seen. The world’s brightest engineers were stymied in their quest to make these machines small and affordable until the solution finally came from two ingenious young Americans. Jack Kilby and Robert... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prehistory
The Making of the Human Mind
Written by Colin Renfrew


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7661-8 (0-8129-7661-4)

In Prehistory, the award-winning archaeologist and renowned scholar Colin Renfrew covers human existence before the advent of written records–the overwhelming majority of our time here on earth–and gives an incisive, concise, and lively survey of the past, and of how scholars and scientists labor to bring it to light.

Renfrew begins... Read more >
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Hedy's Folly
The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74295-7 (0-307-74295-4)

What do Hedy Lamarr, avant-garde composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common? The answer is spread-spectrum radio: a revolutionary invention based on the rapid switching of communications sig­nals among a spread of different frequencies. Without this technology, we would not have the digital comforts that we take for... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and 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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Magnificent Failure
Free Fall from the Edge of Space
Written by Craig Ryan


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2003
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-141-9 (1-58834-141-0)

Locked in a desperate Cold War race against the Soviets to find out if humans could survive in space and live through a free fall from space vehicles, the Pentagon gave civilian adventurer Nick Piantanida’s Project Strato-Jump little notice until May Day, 1966. Operating in the shadows of well-funded, high-visibility Air... Read more >

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Uncle Tungsten
Memories of a Chemical Boyhood
Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70404-8 (0-375-70404-3)

From his earliest days, Oliver Sacks, the distinguished neurologist who is also one of the most remarkable storytellers of our time, was irresistibly drawn to understanding the natural world. Born into a large family of doctors, metallurgists, chemists, physicists, and teachers, his curiosity was encouraged and abetted by aunts, uncles, parents... Read more >

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Storm Kings
America's First Tornado Chasers
Written by Lee Sandlin


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47358-5 (0-307-47358-9)

With 16 pages of black-and-white illustrations

In Storm Kings, Lee Sandlin retraces America's fascination and unique relationship to tornadoes and the weather. From Ben Franklin's early experiments, to "the great storm debates" of the nineteenth century, to heartland life in the early twentieth century, Sandlin shows how tornado chasing helped foster the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Storm Kings
The Untold History of America's First Tornado Chasers
Written by Lee Sandlin


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37852-1 (0-307-37852-7)

From the acclaimed author of Wicked River comes Storm Kings, a riveting tale of supercell tornadoes and the quirky, pioneering, weather-obsessed scientists whose discoveries created the science of modern meteorology.

While tornadoes have occasionally been spotted elsewhere, only the central plains of North America have the perfect conditions for their creation. For... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Into Great Silence
A Memoir of Discovery and Loss among Vanishing Orcas
Written by Eva Saulitis


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1446-2 (0-8070-1446-X)

Science entwines with matters of the human heart as a whale researcher chronicles the lives of an endangered family of orcas.

Ever since Eva Saulitis began her whale research in Alaska in the 1980s, she has been drawn deeply into the lives of a single extended family of endangered orcas struggling to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Into Great Silence
A Memoir of Discovery and Loss among Vanishing Orcas
Written by Eva Saulitis


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 15, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1435-6 (0-8070-1435-4)

Science entwines with matters of the human heart as a whale researcher chronicles the lives of an endangered family of orcas.

Ever since Eva Saulitis began her whale research in Alaska in the 1980s, she has been drawn deeply into the lives of a single extended family of endangered orcas struggling... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Taking Charge
The Electric Automobile in America
Written by Michael Schiffer


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 22, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-076-4 (1-58834-076-7)

The tumultuous history of inventors and corporations who have tried to bring the electric car to the market.

Amazingly, in 1900 28 percent of all cars were electric. By 1920 the electric car had all but vanished and gas-powered cars dominated the market. In Taking Charge, Schiffer deftly explores how cultural factors... Read more >

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Einstein for Beginners

Written by Joseph Schwartz and Michael McGuinness


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: July 15, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71459-7 (0-375-71459-6)

Amusing, irreverent, sophisticated and highly accessible, Einstein for Beginners is the perfect introduction to Einstein’s life and thought.

Reaching back as far as Babylon (for the origins of mathematics) and the Etruscans (who thought they could handle lightning), this book takes us through the revolutions in electrical communications and technology that made... Read more >

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The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women
Exploding the Estrogen Myth
Written by Barbara Seaman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 1, 2009
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-862-3 (1-58322-862-4)

With the ardent tone of a close friend, Barbara Seaman draws on forty years of journalistic research to expose the “menopause industry” and shows how estrogen therapy often causes more problems–including breast cancer, heart attack, and stroke–than it cures. The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women tracks the well-intentioned discovery of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Voices of the Women's Health Movement, Volume 2

Edited by Barbara Seaman and Laura Eldridge


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-446-6 (1-60980-446-5)

From pioneering women’s health advocate Barbara Seaman, the most comprehensive collection of literature on women’s health and history to date

An essential collection of essays, interviews, and commentary by leading activists, writers, doctors, and sociologists on topics ranging across reproductive rights, sex and orgasm, activism, motherhood, and birth control. The more than... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Voices of the Women's Health Movement, Volume 1

Edited by Barbara Seaman and Laura Eldridge


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-444-2 (1-60980-444-9)

From pioneering women’s health advocate Barbara Seaman, the most comprehensive collection of literature on women’s health and history to date

An essential collection of essays, interviews, and commentary by leading activists, writers, doctors, and sociologists on topics ranging across reproductive rights, sex and orgasm, activism, motherhood, and birth control. The more than... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Crude
The Story of Oil
Written by Sonia Shah


Format: Trade Paperback, 246 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 2, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-723-7 (1-58322-723-7)

Crude is the unexpurgated story of oil, from the circumstances of its birth millions of years ago to the spectacle of its rise as the indispensable ingredient of modern life. In addition to fueling our SUVs and illuminating our cities, crude oil and its byproducts fertilize our produce, pave our roads... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Immortal Game
A History of Chess
Written by David Shenk


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 2, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3408-6 (1-4000-3408-6)

Chess is the most enduring and universal game in history. Here, bestselling author David Shenk chronicles its intriguing saga, from ancient Persia to medieval Europe to the dens of Benjamin Franklin and Norman Schwarzkopf. Along the way, he examines a single legendary game that took place in London in 1851 between... Read more >

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Second Nature
Environmental Enrichment for Captive Animals
Edited by David J. Shepherdson, Jill D. Mellen and Michael Hutchins


Format: Trade Paperback, 376 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 14, 1999
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-397-2 (1-56098-397-3)

Growing recognition of the complexity of animals’ physical, social, and psychological lives in the wild has led both zookeepers and the zoo-going public to call for higher environmental standards for animals in captivity.

Bringing together the work of animal behaviorists, zoo biologists, and psychologists, Second Nature explores a range of innovative strategies... Read more >
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