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The Mystery of Flight 427
Inside a Crash Investigation
Written by Bill Adair


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: January 17, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-089-4 (1-58834-089-9)

The immediate human toll of the 1994 Flight 427 disaster was staggering: all 132 people aboard died on a Pennsylvania hillside. The subsequent investigation was a maze of politics, bizarre theories, and shrouded answers. Bill Adair, an award-winning journalist, was granted special access to the five-year inquiry by the National Transportation... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America

Written by Edwin Tappan Adney and Howard Chappelle


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 1983
Price: $32.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-296-8 (1-56098-296-9)

The bark canoes of the North American Indians, particularly those of birchbark, were among the most highly developed manually propelled primitive watercraft. They could be used to carry heavy loads in shallow streams but were light enough to be hauled long distances over land. Built with Stone Age tools from available... Read more >

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Magnificent Desolation
The Long Journey Home from the Moon
Written by Buzz Aldrin and Ken Abraham


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46346-3 (0-307-46346-X)

Forty years ago, Buzz Aldrin became the second human, minutes after Neil Armstrong, to set foot on a celestial body other than the Earth. The event remains one of mankind’s greatest achievements and was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history. In the years since, millions more have had... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Mission to Mars
My Vision for Space Exploration
Written by Buzz Aldrin and Leonard David


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1017-4 (1-4262-1017-5)

Legendary “space statesman” Buzz Aldrin speaks out as a vital advocate for the continuing quest to push the boundaries of the universe as we know it. As a pioneering astronaut who first set foot on the moon during mankind’s first landing of Apollo 11--and as an aerospace engineer who designed an... Read more >
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The New Cool
A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts
Written by Neal Bascomb


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-58890-6 (0-307-58890-4)

That Monday afternoon, in high-school gyms across America, kids were battling for the only glory American culture seems to want to dispense to the young these days: sports glory. But at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California, in a gear-cluttered classroom, a different type of “cool” was brewing. A physics... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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The New Cool
A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts
Written by Neal Bascomb


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: March 1, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-58889-0 (0-307-58889-0)

THE NEW COOL is the astonishing and inspiring story of a team of high school seniors and their mentor, who come together–not to play a sport or exercise their athletic prowess–but rather to build a machine that will compete in the most heated, sophisticated robotics competition in the world. The FIRST... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Design in Nature
How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organizations
Written by Adrian Bejan and J. Peder Zane


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74434-0 (0-307-74434-5)

In this groundbreaking book, Adrian Bejan takes the recurring patterns in nature—trees, tributaries, air passages, neural networks, and lightning bolts—and reveals how a single principle of physics, the constructal law, accounts for the evolution of these and many other designs in our world.

Everything—from biological life to inanimate systems—generates shape and structure... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Time Lord
Sir Sandford Fleming and the Creation of Standard Time
Written by Clark Blaise


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72752-8 (0-375-72752-3)

It is difficult today to imagine life before standard time was established in 1884. In the middle of the nineteenth century, for example, there were 144 official time zones in North America alone. The confusion that ensued, especially among the burgeoning railroad companies, was an hourly comedy of errors that ultimately... Read more >
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Electric Universe
How Electricity Switched on the Modern World
Written by David Bodanis


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 28, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-33598-2 (0-307-33598-4)

Winner, 2006 Aventis General Prize, which celebrates the very best in popular science writing for adult readers.

In Electric Universe, David Bodanis weaves tales of romance, divine inspiration, and fraud through a lucid account of the invisible force that permeates our universe. In these pages the virtuoso scientists who plumbed the secrets... Read more >

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Future Science
Essays from the Cutting Edge
Written by Max Brockman


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 9, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74191-2 (0-307-74191-5)

Editor Max Brockman introduces the work of some of today’s brightest and most innovative young scientists in this fascinating and exciting collection of writings that describe the very boundaries of our knowledge.

Future Science features nineteen young scientists, most of whom are presenting their innovative work and ideas to a general audience... Read more >
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Flesh and Machines
How Robots Will Change Us
Written by Rodney Brooks


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72527-2 (0-375-72527-X)

Rodney A. Brooks, director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory believes we are. In this lucid and accessible book, Brooks vividly depicts the history of robots and explores the ever-changing relationships between humans and their technological brethren, speculating on the growing role that robots will play in our existence. Knowing the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Asteroid Threat
Defending Our Planet from Deadly Near-Earth Objects
Written by William E. Burrows


Format: Trade Paperback, 282 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: June 10, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-913-0 (1-61614-913-2)

The explosion of a large meteor over Chelyabinsk, Siberia, in February 2013 is just the latest reminder that planet Earth is vulnerable to damaging and potentially catastrophic collisions with space debris of various kinds. In this informative and forward-looking book, veteran aerospace writer William E. Burrows explains what we can do... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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This New Ocean
The Story of the First Space Age
Written by William E. Burrows


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 5, 1999
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75485-2 (0-375-75485-7)

It was all part of man's greatest adventure--landing men on the Moon and sending a rover to Mars, finally seeing the edge of the universe and the birth of stars, and launching planetary explorers across the solar system to Neptune and beyond.
        
The ancient dream of breaking gravity's hold and taking to... Read more >
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The Science of Leonardo
Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance
Written by Fritjof Capra


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 2, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7883-7 (1-4000-7883-0)

Leonardo da Vinci's scientific explorations were virtually unknown during his lifetime, despite their extraordinarily wide range. He studied the flight patterns of birds to create some of the first human flying machines; designed military weapons and defenses; studied optics, hydraulics, and the workings of the human circulatory system; and created designs... Read more >
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A Wasp Among Eagles
A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II
Written by Ann Carl


Format: Trade Paperback, 152 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 22, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-870-0 (1-56098-870-3)

Before World War II most Americans did not believe that the average woman could fly professionally, but during the war more than a thousand women pilots proved them wrong. These were the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), who served as military flyers on the home front. In March 1944 one of... Read more >
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The God Machine
From Boomerangs to Black Hawks: The Story of the Helicopter
Written by James R. Chiles


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38352-2 (0-553-38352-3)

From transforming the ways of war to offering godlike views of inaccessible spots, revolutionizing rescues worldwide, and providing some of our most-watched TV moments—including the cloud of newscopters that trailed O. J. Simpson’s Bronco—the helicopter is far more capable than early inventors expected. Now James Chiles profiles the many helicoptrians who... Read more >
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The Hunt for Zero Point
Inside the Classified World of Antigravity Technology
Written by Nick Cook


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0628-9 (0-7679-0628-4)

The atomic bomb was not the only project to occupy government scientists in the 1940s. Antigravity technology, originally spearheaded by scientists in Nazi Germany, was another high priority. Drawn from interviews with those involved in the research and who visited the labs in Europe and the U.S., The Hunt for Zero... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Power to Save the World
The Truth About Nuclear Energy
Written by Gwyneth Cravens
Introduction by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38587-1 (0-307-38587-6)

An informed look at the myths and fears surrounding nuclear energy, and a practical, politically realistic solution to global warming and our energy needs. Faced by the world's oil shortages and curious about alternative energy sources, Gwyneth Cravens skeptically sets out to find the truth about nuclear energy. Her conclusion: it... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Prism and the Pendulum
The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments in Science
Written by Robert Crease


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7062-3 (0-8129-7062-4)

Is science beautiful? Yes, argues acclaimed philosopher and historian of science Robert P. Crease in this engaging exploration of history’s most beautiful experiments. The result is an engrossing journey through nearly 2,500 years of scientific innovation. Along the way, he encounters the personalities and creative thinking of some of the field’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hap Arnold and the Evolution of American Airpower

Written by Dik Alan Daso
Foreword by Richard Overy


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2001
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-949-3 (1-56098-949-1)

Winner of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics History Manuscript Award

From 1938 to 1946, as the first Commanding General of the US Army Air Forces–the largest, most powerful air armada that has ever been assembled–Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold fought World War II not in the field but in Congress, on... Read more >

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Gene Wars
The Politics of Biotechnology
Written by Kristin Dawkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 3, 2002
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-420-5 (1-58322-420-3)

Despite technological advances, an alarming number of people in the world go hungry. Even more chilling is the fact that in the future that number will likely increase. In this book, Kristin Dawkins discusses the international policies that are shaping this future, including those that govern the genetic engineering of plants... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Eye in the Sky
The Story of the CORONA Spy Satellites
Written by Dwayne Day


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 1999
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-773-4 (1-56098-773-1)

Presenting the full story of the CORONA spy satellites’ origins, Eye in the Sky explores the Cold War technology and far-reaching effects of the satellites on foreign policy and national security. Arguing that satellite reconnaissance was key to shaping the course of the Cold War, the book documents breakthroughs in intelligence... Read more >

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Black Code
Inside the Battle for Cyberspace
Written by Ronald J. Deibert


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Signal
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $29.99
ISBN: 978-0-7710-2533-4 (0-7710-2533-5)

Cyberspace is all around us. We depend on it for everything we do. We have reengineered our business, governance, and social relations around a planetary network unlike any before it. But there are dangers looming, and malign forces are threatening to transform this extraordinary domain.

In Black Code, Ronald J. Deibert, a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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How to Read Bridges
A Crash Course In Engineering and Architecture
Written by Edward Denison and Ian Stewart


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-7893-2491-7 (0-7893-2491-1)

This accessible book is a visual guide to understanding and identifying architectural styles and engineering techniques of all types of bridges, from ancient Roman arch bridges and nineteenth-century truss bridges prevalent in the United States, to the latest high-design cantilever and suspension bridges of the moment. It explores the elegant and... Read more >

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The Golden Age of the Great Passenger Airships
Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg
Written by Harold Dick and Douglas Robinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 226 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 17, 1992
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-219-7 (1-56098-219-5)

Drawing on the extensive photographs, notes, diaries, reports, recorded data, and manuals he collected during his five years at the Zeppelin Company in Germany, from 1934 through 1938, Harold G. Dick tells the story of the two great passenger Zeppelins. Against the background of German secretiveness, especially during the Nazi period... Read more >
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