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They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus
They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus
Written by Elizabeth Weil
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ISBN: 9780307767196
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They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus
An Incurable Dreamer Builds the First Civilian Spaceship
Written by Elizabeth Weil


Format: eBook, 240 pages
On Sale: October 6, 2010
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This is a classic American tale of dreams and obsession--the suspenseful, brilliantly written account of one eccentric man’s hunger to open space travel to us all: to let us rocket into orbit, return to earth, and soar yet again--thus transforming space travel forever.

They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus

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Jacques Cousteau
Jacques Cousteau
Written by Brad Matsen
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ISBN: 9780307275424
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Jacques Cousteau
The Sea King
Written by Brad Matsen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $16.95

An unprecedented and masterfully told biography of Jacques Cousteau that reveals for the first time the fascinating and compelling individual behind this famous television personality.
 
Inventor of the aqualung and fearless scuba diver, Jacques Cousteau opened up the ocean to a mass audience for the first time. Here, with the cooperation of... Read more >
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Judging Edward Teller
Judging Edward Teller
Written by Istvan Hargittai
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ISBN: 9781616142216
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Judging Edward Teller

Written by Istvan Hargittai


Format: Hardcover, 575 pages
On Sale: October 1, 2010
Price: $32.00

Many people know Edward Teller as the "Father of the H-Bomb." To his supporters he was a hero of the Cold War. To his detractors he was evil personified. Between these extremes was the life of the real man. In this definitive and comprehensive biography, a personal acquaintance of Teller’s presents... Read more >
Marie Curie
Marie Curie
Written by Marilyn Bailey Ogilvie
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ISBN: 9781616142162
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Marie Curie
A Biography
Written by Marilyn Bailey Ogilvie


Format: Trade Paperback, 189 pages
On Sale: October 1, 2010
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There is probably no woman scientist more famous than Marie Curie (1867-1934). She made one of the most important theoretical breakthroughs of the twentieth century when she postulated that radiation was an atomic rather than a chemical property, an important milestone in understanding the structure of matter. Not only did she... Read more >
Strange Beauty
Strange Beauty
Written by George Johnson
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ISBN: 9780307765451
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Strange Beauty
Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics
Written by George Johnson


Format: eBook, 448 pages
On Sale: September 29, 2010
Price: $14.99

With a New Afterword

"Our knowledge of fundamental physics contains not one fruitful idea that does not carry the name of Murray Gell-Mann."--Richard Feynman

Acclaimed science writer George Johnson brings his formidable reporting skills to the first biography of Nobel Prize-winner Murray Gell-Mann, the brilliant, irascible man who revolutionized modern particle physics with... Read more >
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Rachel Carson
Rachel Carson
Written by Arlene Rodda Quaratiello
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ISBN: 9781616141875
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Rachel Carson
A Biography
Written by Arlene Rodda Quaratiello


Format: Trade Paperback, 163 pages
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $18.00

This balanced portrait of a pioneering environmentalist will be of great interest to anyone with an interest in ecology or nature writing. Few people have had as great an impact on the modern environmental movement as has the great writer and scientist Rachel Carson. This readable and up-to-date biography traces the... Read more >
The Leakeys
The Leakeys
Written by Mary Bowman-Kruhm
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ISBN: 9781591027614
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The Leakeys
A Biography
Written by Mary Bowman-Kruhm


Format: Trade Paperback, 181 pages
On Sale: November 24, 2009
Price: $17.00

It’s hard to imagine the study of human origins without the Leakey family. Three generations of Leakeys have scratched in the baked, unfriendly soil of East Africa to unearth fossil evidence of the earliest humans and their ancient ancestors. In the process they have practically defined the field of paleoanthropology, while... Read more >
Jacques Cousteau
Jacques Cousteau
Written by Brad Matsen
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ISBN: 9780307378279
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Jacques Cousteau
The Sea King
Written by Brad Matsen


Format: eBook
On Sale: October 20, 2009
Price: $13.99

An unprecedented and masterfully told biography of Jacques Cousteau that reveals for the first time the fascinating and compelling individual behind this famous television personality.
 
Inventor of the aqualung and fearless scuba diver, Jacques Cousteau opened up the ocean to a mass audience for the first time. Here, with the cooperation of... Read more >
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The Age of Wonder
The Age of Wonder
Written by Richard Holmes
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ISBN: 9780375422225
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The Age of Wonder
How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Hardcover, 576 pages
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $40.00

A riveting history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science.

When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover Paradise. Inspired by the scientific ferment sweeping through Britain... Read more >
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The Age of Wonder
The Age of Wonder
Written by Richard Holmes
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ISBN: 9780307378323
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The Age of Wonder
How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: eBook
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $13.99

The Age of Wonder is a colorful and utterly absorbing history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science. 

When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover Paradise... Read more >
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Ernest Mandel
Ernest Mandel
Written by Jan Willem Stutje, Translated by Christopher Beck and Peter Drucker, Foreword by Tariq Ali
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781844673162
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Ernest Mandel
A Rebel's Dream Deferred
Written by Jan Willem Stutje
Translated by Christopher Beck and Peter Drucker
Foreword by Tariq Ali


Format: Hardcover, 392 pages
On Sale: May 19, 2009
Price: $34.95

Ernest Mandel (1923–1995), was one of the most prominent anti-Stalinist Marxist intellectuals of his time. A political theorist and economist, his worldview was shaped by experiences in the Second World War as an underground political activist in Occupied Belgium and during his subsequent internment in a Nazi prison camp. Mandel’s faith... Read more >
Out of the Blue
Out of the Blue
Written by John Friedman
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ISBN: 9780385341165
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Out of the Blue
A History of Lightning: Science, Superstition, and Amazing Stories of Survival
Written by John Friedman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale: May 19, 2009
Price: $16.00

The odds of being hit by lightning each year are only about 1 in 750,000 in the U.S. And yet this rare phenomenon has inspired both fear and fascination for thousands of years.

Herman Melville called it “God’s burning finger.” The ancient Romans feared it as the wrath of God. Today we... Read more >
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Confessions of an Alien Hunter
A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Written by Seth Shostak


Format: eBook, 320 pages
On Sale: March 17, 2009
Price: $27.00

Aliens are big in America. Whether they’ve arrived via rocket, flying saucer, or plain old teleportation, they’ve been invading, infiltrating, or inspiring us for decades, and they’ve fascinated moviegoers and television watchers for more than fifty years. About half of us believe that aliens really exist, and millions are convinced they’ve... Read more >
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Confessions of an Alien Hunter
Confessions of an Alien Hunter
Written by Seth Shostak
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ISBN: 9781426203923
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Confessions of an Alien Hunter
A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Written by Seth Shostak


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
On Sale: March 17, 2009
Price: $27.00

Aliens are big in America. Whether they’ve arrived via rocket, flying saucer, or plain old teleportation, they’ve been invading, infiltrating, or inspiring us for decades, and they’ve fascinated moviegoers and television watchers for more than fifty years. About half of us believe that aliens really exist, and millions are convinced they’ve... Read more >
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Loch Ness Monsters and Raining Frogs
Loch Ness Monsters and Raining Frogs
Written by Albert Jack
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ISBN: 9780812980059
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Loch Ness Monsters and Raining Frogs
The World's Most Puzzling Mysteries Solved
Written by Albert Jack


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $15.00

FOOLED BY FABLES? LED ON BY LEGENDS? MYTH-GUIDED?
WONDER NO MORE, MYSTERY-PHILES: THE TRUTH IS IN HERE!

What in the world (or out of it) made those giant crop circles? Did skydiving skyjacker D. B. Cooper really get away with it? Is Bigfoot a big fake? Are ETs just BS? If you’re tired... Read more >
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Loch Ness Monsters and Raining Frogs
Loch Ness Monsters and Raining Frogs
Written by Albert Jack
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Loch Ness Monsters and Raining Frogs
The World's Most Puzzling Mysteries Solved
Written by Albert Jack


Format: eBook
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $11.99

FOOLED BY FABLES? LED ON BY LEGENDS? MYTH-GUIDED?
WONDER NO MORE, MYSTERY-PHILES: THE TRUTH IS IN HERE!

What in the world (or out of it) made those giant crop circles? Did skydiving skyjacker D. B. Cooper really get away with it? Is Bigfoot a big fake? Are ETs just BS? If you’re tired... Read more >
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Descartes's Secret Notebook
Descartes's Secret Notebook
Written by Amir D. Aczel
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ISBN: 9780307494801
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Descartes's Secret Notebook
A True Tale of Mathematics, Mysticism, and the Quest to Understand the Universe
Written by Amir D. Aczel


Format: eBook, 288 pages
On Sale: February 19, 2009
Price: $11.99

René Descartes (1596—1650) is one of the towering and central figures in Western philosophy and mathematics. His apothegm “Cogito, ergo sum” marked the birth of the mind-body problem, while his creation of so-called Cartesian coordinates has made our intellectual conquest of physical space possible.

But Descartes had a mysterious and mystical side... Read more >
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Banquet at Delmonico's
Banquet at Delmonico's
Written by Barry Werth
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ISBN: 9781588367983
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Banquet at Delmonico's
Great Minds, the Gilded Age, and the Triumph of Evolution in America
Written by Barry Werth


Format: eBook
On Sale: January 6, 2009
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In Banquet at Delmonico’s, Barry Werth, the acclaimed author of The Scarlet Professor, draws readers inside the circle of philosophers, scientists, politicians, businessmen, clergymen, and scholars who brought Charles Darwin’s controversial ideas to America in the crucial years after the Civil War.

The United States in the 1870s and ’80s was deep... Read more >
Listening to Whales
Listening to Whales
Written by Alexandra Morton
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ISBN: 9780307487544
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Listening to Whales
What the Orcas Have Taught Us
Written by Alexandra Morton


Format: eBook, 320 pages
On Sale: December 30, 2008
Price: $11.99

In Listening to Whales, Alexandra Morton shares spellbinding stories about her career in whale and dolphin research and what she has learned from and about these magnificent mammals. In the late 1970s, while working at Marineland in California, Alexandra pioneered the recording of orca sounds by dropping a hydrophone into the... Read more >
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Scott of the  Antarctic
Scott of the Antarctic
Written by David Crane
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ISBN: 9780307490568
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Scott of the Antarctic
A Biography
Written by David Crane


Format: eBook, 608 pages
On Sale: December 10, 2008
Price: $13.99

Historian David Crane, with full access to the explorer’s papers, diaries, and expedition records, gives us an illuminating portrait of Robert Falcon Scott that is more nuanced and balanced than any we have had before.

In reassessing Scott’s life, Crane is able to provide a fresh perspective on not only the... Read more >
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The Science of Leonardo
The Science of Leonardo
Written by Fritjof Capra
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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
On Sale: December 2, 2008
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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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Von Braun
Von Braun
Written by Michael Neufeld
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Von Braun
Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War
Written by Michael Neufeld


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
On Sale: November 11, 2008
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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 >
Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan
Written by Ray Spangenburg and Kit Moser
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ISBN: 9781591026587
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Carl Sagan
A Biography
Written by Ray Spangenburg and Kit Moser


Format: Trade Paperback, 181 pages
On Sale: October 21, 2008
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Astronomer, planetary scientist, astrophysicist, exobiologist, educator, public figure, skeptic—all these hats represent important parts of Carl Sagan’s complex, multifaceted career. Perhaps best known as the host of the popular television series Cosmos, Sagan offered to the world his extraordinary gift for cross-disciplinary research, his deep well of integrated visions and fruitful... Read more >
The Scientist as Rebel
The Scientist as Rebel
Written by Freeman Dyson
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The Scientist as Rebel

Written by Freeman Dyson


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
On Sale: September 9, 2008
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From Galileo to today’s amateur astronomers, scientists have been rebels, writes Freeman Dyson. Like artists and poets, they are free spirits who resist the restrictions their cultures impose on them. In their pursuit of nature’s truths, they are guided as much by imagination as by reason, and their greatest theories have...

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Out of the Blue
Out of the Blue
Written by John Friedman
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ISBN: 9780440337829
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Out of the Blue
A History of Lightning: Science, Superstition, and Amazing Stories of Survival
Written by John Friedman


Format: eBook
On Sale: May 20, 2008
Price: $11.99

The odds of being hit by lightning each year are only about 1 in 750,000 in the U.S. And yet this rare phenomenon has inspired both fear and fascination for thousands of years. In this groundbreaking, brilliantly researched book, journalist John S. Friedman probes lightning’s scientific, spiritual, and cultural roots. Blending... Read more >
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