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Leonardo's Universe
The Renaissance World of Leonardo DaVinci
Written by Bulent Atalay and Keith Wamsley


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0285-8 (1-4262-0285-7)

A veritable rock star in the book world some five centuries after his birth, Leonardo Da Vinci is a man for the ages. Millions of readers hungrily ponder the mysteries behind his sketch-filled notebooks, radical inventions, and enigmatic paintings. This stunning book, like no other on the market, explores the master’s... Read more >

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Math and the Mona Lisa
The Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci
Written by Bulent Atalay


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-171-6 (1-58834-171-2)

Leonardo da Vinci was one of history’s true geniuses, equally brilliant as an artist, scientist, and mathematician. Readers of The Da Vinci Code were given a glimpse of the mysterious connections between math, science, and Leonardo’s art. Math and the Mona Lisa picks up where The Da Vinci Code left off... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Constants of Nature
The Numbers That Encode the Deepest Secrets of the Universe
Written by John Barrow


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3225-9 (1-4000-3225-3)

A major contribution to our understanding of the basic laws of the universe—from the author of The Book of Nothing.

The constants of nature are the fundamental laws of physics that apply throughout the universe: gravity, velocity of light, electromagnetism and quantum mechanics. They encode the deepest secrets of the universe, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Book of Nothing
Vacuums, Voids, and the Latest Ideas about the Origins of the Universe
Written by John D. Barrow


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72609-5 (0-375-72609-8)

What conceptual blind spot kept the ancient Greeks (unlike the Indians and Maya) from developing a concept of zero? Why did St. Augustine equate nothingness with the Devil? What tortuous means did 17th-century scientists employ in their attempts to create a vacuum? And why do contemporary quantum physicists believe that the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Infinite Book
A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless
Written by John D. Barrow


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3224-2 (1-4000-3224-5)

For a thousand years, infinity has proven to be a difficult and illuminating challenge for mathematicians and theologians. It certainly is the strangest idea that humans have ever thought. Where did it come from and what is it telling us about our Universe? Can there actually be infinities? Is matter infinitely... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Secrets of Mental Math
The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks
Written by Arthur Benjamin and Michael Shermer


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: August 8, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-33840-2 (0-307-33840-1)

These simple math secrets and tricks will forever change how you look at the world of numbers.

Secrets of Mental Math will have you thinking like a math genius in no time. Get ready to amaze your friends—and yourself—with incredible calculations you never thought you could master, as renowned “mathemagician” Arthur Benjamin... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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One, Two, Three
Absolutely Elementary Mathematics
Written by David Berlinski


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7910-0 (1-4000-7910-1)

The acclaimed author of A Tour of the Calculus and The Infinite Ascent offers an enlightening and enthralling tour of the basics of mathematics, and reveals a world of fascination in fundamental mathematical ideas.

One, Two, Three is David Berlinski’s captivating exploration of the foundation of mathematics, its fundamental ideas, and why... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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A Tour of the Calculus

Written by David Berlinski


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 28, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74788-8 (0-679-74788-5)

Were it not for the calculus, mathematicians would have no way to describe the acceleration of a motorcycle or the effect of gravity on thrown balls and distant planets, or to prove that a man could cross a room and eventually touch the opposite wall. Just how calculus makes these things... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Power of Forgetting
Six Essential Skills to Clear Out Brain Clutter and Become the Sharpest, Smartest You
Written by Mike Byster


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98587-3 (0-307-98587-3)

Does learning how to forget actually make someone a more efficient and effective thinker?

According to Mike Byster, the creator of the award-winning memory system Brainetics, the answer is yes! In The Power of Forgetting, Byster demonstrates how mastering this extraordinary technique—forgetting unnecessary information, sifting through brain clutter, and focusing only on... Read more >

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Meta Math!
The Quest for Omega
Written by Gregory Chaitin


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7797-7 (1-4000-7797-4)

Gregory Chaitin, one of the world’s foremost mathematicians, leads us on a spellbinding journey, illuminating the process by which he arrived at his groundbreaking theory.

Chaitin’s revolutionary discovery, the Omega number, is an exquisitely complex representation of unknowability in mathematics. His investigations shed light on what we can ultimately know about the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Proving Darwin
Making Biology Mathematical
Written by Gregory Chaitin


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7798-4 (1-4000-7798-2)

Groundbreaking mathematician Gregory Chaitin gives us the first book to posit that we can prove how Darwin’s theory of evolution works on a mathematical level.

For years it has been received wisdom among most scientists that, just as Darwin claimed, all of the Earth’s life-forms evolved by blind chance. But does Darwin’s... 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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Mathematics Made Simple
Sixth Edition
Written by Thomas Cusick


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: August 19, 2003
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1538-0 (0-7679-1538-0)

Featuring several overviews of a multitude of mathematical concepts, as well as detailed learning plans, Mathematics Made Simple presents the necessary information in clear, concise lessons that make math accessible. Easy-to-use features include:

* complete coverage of fractions, decimals, percents, algebra, linear equations, graphs, probability, geometry, and trigonometry;
* step-by-step solutions to every... Read more >

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Sizing Up the Universe
The Cosmos in Perspective
Written by J. Richard Gott and Robert J. Vanderbei


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0651-1 (1-4262-0651-8)

Sizing Up the Universe reveals an ingenious new way to envision the outsize proportions of space, based on the work of Princeton University professors Richard Gott and Robert Vanderbei. Using scaled maps, object comparisons, and space photographs, it demonstrates the actual size of objects in the cosmos –from Buzz Aldrin’s historic... Read more >

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Dark Pool of Light, Volume Three
The Crisis and Future of Consciousness
Written by Richard Grossinger
Foreword by Zia Inayat Khan and Curtis McCosco


Format: Trade Paperback, 584 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: December 18, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-485-1 (1-58394-485-0)

In books like Embyogenesis and Embryos, Galaxies, and Sentient Beings, author Richard Grossinger brought together the subjects of biological embryology and the esoteric process of human consciousness becoming embodied (“The embryo is the universe writing itself on its own body”). In Dark Pool of Light, his three-volume series of books discussing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way
Aristotle Leads the Way
Written by Joy Hakim


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 17, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-160-0 (1-58834-160-7)

Not too long ago, in earth time, no one thought the universe had a history. The scientific and religious experts believed that the world had been created as it is today and that nothing had changed. Those experts did their best but they were wrong--really wrong. The Story of Science: Aristotle... Read more >

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The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension
Einstein Adds a New Dimension
Written by Joy Hakim


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 1, 2007
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-162-4 (1-58834-162-3)

Joy Hakim’s The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension brings us to the recent past and the groundbreaking discoveries made in it: the quantum world, the theory of relativity, and nuclear physics. These discoveries created our modern world, from solar-powered calculators to cell phones to global positioning systems and... Read more >

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The Story of Science: Newton at the Center
Newton at the Center
Written by Joy Hakim


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 1, 2005
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-161-7 (1-58834-161-5)

In volume two, students will watch as Copernicus’s systematic observations place the sun at the center of our universe–to the dismay of establishment thinkers. After students follow the achievements and frustrations of Galileo, Kepler, and Descartes, they will appreciate the amazing Isaac Newton, whose discoveries about gravity, motion, colors, calculus, and... Read more >

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The God Gene
How Faith Is Hardwired into Our Genes
Written by Dean H. Hamer


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72031-1 (0-385-72031-9)

The overwhelming majority of Americans believe in God; this conviction has existed since the beginning of recorded time and is shared by billions around the world. In The God Gene, Dr. Dean Hamer reveals that this inclination towards religious faith is in good measure due to our genes and may even... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Universe in a Nutshell

Written by Stephen Hawking


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: November 6, 2001
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-80202-3 (0-553-80202-X)

Please Note: This book is not available at the special examination price.

Hawking returns with a lavishly illustrated sequel to his A Brief History of Time that unravels the mysteries of the major breakthroughs that have occurred in the years since the release of his acclaimed first book. The Universe in a... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audio CD and an unabridged audiobook download.

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Empires of Light
Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World
Written by Jill Jonnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75884-3 (0-375-75884-4)

In the final decades of the nineteenth century, three brilliant and visionary titans of America’s Gilded Age—Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse—battled bitterly as each vied to create a vast and powerful electrical empire. In Empires of Light, historian Jill Jonnes portrays this extraordinary trio and their riveting and ruthless... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

Written by Janna Levin


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 18, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3240-2 (1-4000-3240-7)

Winner of 2007 PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers
Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award Finalist
Winner of the Mary Shelley Award for Outstanding Fictional Work


Kurt Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems sent shivers through Vienna’s intellectual circles and directly challenged Ludwig Wittgenstein’s dominant philosophy. Alan Turing’s mathematical genius helped him break the Nazi Enigma Code during WWII... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Programming the Universe
A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos
Written by Seth Lloyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3386-7 (1-4000-3386-1)

Is the universe actually a giant quantum computer? According to Seth Lloyd, the answer is yes.

All interactions between particles in the universe, Lloyd explains, convey not only energy but also information–in other words, particles not only collide, they compute. What is the entire universe computing, ultimately? “Its own dynamical evolution,”... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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