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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
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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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Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall
Written by Meg Greene
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ISBN: 9781591026112
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Jane Goodall
A Biography
Written by Meg Greene


Format: Trade Paperback, 146 pages
On Sale: April 1, 2008
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Recent polls identify Jane Goodall to be the most recognizable living scientist in the Western world. Her work with chimpanzees at the Gombe Stream Reserve in Tanzania has been renowned as one of the great achievements of scientific research. Her approach to field study, once ridiculed and challenged by the scientific... Read more >
The Wizard of Menlo Park
The Wizard of Menlo Park
Written by Randall E. Stross
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How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World
Written by Randall E. Stross


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
On Sale: March 25, 2008
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Thomas Edison’s greatest invention?
His own fame.

Starting with the first public demonstrations of the phonograph in 1878 and extending through the development of incandescent light and the first motion-picture cameras, Thomas Edison’s name became emblematic of all the wonder and promise of the emerging age of technological marvels. But this critical... Read more >
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American Prometheus
American Prometheus
Written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
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ISBN: 9780307424730
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American Prometheus
The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
Written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin


Format: eBook, 784 pages
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $15.99

J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war, and who later found himself confronting the moral consequences of scientific progress. In this magisterial, acclaimed biography twenty-five... Read more >
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Isaac Newton
Isaac Newton
Written by James Gleick
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ISBN: 9780307426437
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Isaac Newton

Written by James Gleick


Format: eBook, 288 pages
On Sale: December 18, 2007
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Isaac Newton was born in a stone farmhouse in 1642, fatherless and unwanted by his mother. When he died in London in 1727 he was so renowned he was given a state funeral—an unheard-of honor for a subject whose achievements were in the realm of the intellect. During the years he... Read more >
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Light This Candle
Light This Candle
Written by Neal Thompson
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ISBN: 9780307421197
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Light This Candle
The Life and Times of Alan Shepard
Written by Neal Thompson


Format: eBook, 560 pages
On Sale: December 18, 2007
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lan Shepard was the brashest, cockiest, and most flamboyant of America’s original Mercury Seven, but he was also regarded as the best. Intense, colorful, and dramatic—the man who hit a golf ball on the moon—he was among the most private of America’s public figures and, until his death in 1998, he... Read more >
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The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights
Written by Lucy Jago
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ISBN: 9780307429094
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The Northern Lights

Written by Lucy Jago


Format: eBook, 320 pages
On Sale: December 18, 2007
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  Science, biography, and arctic exploration coverage in this extraordinary true story of the life and work of Norwegian scientist Kristian Birkeland, the troubled genius who solved the mysteries of one of nature’s most spectacular displays.  
   Captivated by the otherworldly lights of the aurora borealis, Birkeland embarked on a lifelong quest to...

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Paperboy
Paperboy
Written by Henry Petroski
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ISBN: 9780307427205
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Paperboy
Confessions of a Future Engineer
Written by Henry Petroski


Format: eBook, 384 pages
On Sale: December 18, 2007
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Anyone wondering what sort of experience prepares one for a future as an engineer may be surprised to learn that it includes delivering newspapers. But as Henry Petroski recounts his youth in 1950s Queens, New York–a borough of handball games and inexplicably numbered streets–he winningly shows how his after-school job amounted... Read more >
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Scott of the  Antarctic
Scott of the Antarctic
Written by David Crane
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ISBN: 9781400031412
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Scott of the Antarctic
A Biography
Written by David Crane


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
On Sale: November 6, 2007
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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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Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking
Written by Kristine Larsen
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ISBN: 9781591025740
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Stephen Hawking
A Biography
Written by Kristine Larsen


Format: Trade Paperback, 215 pages
On Sale: October 31, 2007
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"His devilishly complex cosmological theories are handled engagingly in accessible language for the lay reader.… [T]his is a touching portrait that will grace any bookshelf." –Astronomy Now

Stephen Hawking is arguably the most famous physicist since Albert Einstein. His decades-long struggle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), combined with his singular brilliance... Read more >
The Science of Leonardo
The Science of Leonardo
Written by Fritjof Capra
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ISBN: 9780385524117
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The Science of Leonardo
Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance
Written by Fritjof Capra


Format: eBook, 272 pages
On Sale: October 30, 2007
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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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Hypatia of Alexandria
Hypatia of Alexandria
Written by Michael Deakin
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ISBN: 9781591025207
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Hypatia of Alexandria
Mathematician and Martyr
Written by Michael Deakin


Format: Hardcover, 222 pages
On Sale: May 1, 2007
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In the late fourth and early fifth centuries of our era, Hypatia of Alexandria was the world’s greatest living mathematician and astronomer. A strikingly beautiful woman and a devoted celibate, she lived in a city as turbulent and troubled as Baghdad or Beirut is today. She achieved fame not only in... Read more >
The Wizard of Menlo Park
The Wizard of Menlo Park
Written by Randall E. Stross
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How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World
Written by Randall E. Stross


Format: eBook
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $11.99

At the height of his fame Thomas Alva Edison was hailed as “the Napoleon of invention” and blazed in the public imagination as a virtual demigod. Newspapers proclaimed his genius in glowing personal profiles and quipped that “the doctor has been called” because the great man “has not invented anything since... Read more >
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Thomas Telford
Thomas Telford
Written by Rhoda M. Pearce
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ISBN: 9780852634103
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Thomas Telford
An Illustrated Life
Written by Rhoda M. Pearce


Format: Trade Paperback, 48 pages
On Sale: February 1, 2007
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Thomas Telford's genius is reflected in the variety and great technical skill of his constructions, most of which are still in use today. The 'colossus of roads' built or improved hundreds of miles of durable, fast roads in Scotland, England, and Wales, but it is perhaps Telford's work on canals in... Read more >
The Scientist as Rebel
The Scientist as Rebel
Written by Freeman Dyson
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ISBN: 9781590172162
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The Scientist as Rebel

Written by Freeman Dyson


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $27.95

An illuminating collection of essays by an award-winning scientist whom the London Times calls “one of the world’s most original minds.”

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... Read more >
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Descartes's Secret Notebook
Descartes's Secret Notebook
Written by Amir D. Aczel
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ISBN: 9780767920346
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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: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
On Sale: October 10, 2006
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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 have made our physical and intellectual conquest of physical space possible.

But Descartes had a mysterious and... Read more >
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American Prometheus
American Prometheus
Written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
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ISBN: 9780375726262
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American Prometheus
The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
Written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $20.00

J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war, and who later found himself confronting the moral consequences of scientific progress. In this magisterial, acclaimed biography twenty-five... Read more >
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Five Quarts
Five Quarts
Written by Bill Hayes
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ISBN: 9780345456885
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Five Quarts
A Personal and Natural History of Blood
Written by Bill Hayes


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $14.95

“This beguiling brew of fascinating scientific facts and illuminating, poignant anecdotes makes Five Quarts something like blood itself: vital and pulsing with energy.”
–Entertainment Weekly

From ancient Rome, where gladiators drank the blood of vanquished foes to gain strength and courage, to modern-day laboratories, where machines test blood for diseases and scientists search... Read more >
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Galileo's Daughter
Galileo's Daughter
Written by Dava Sobel, Read by Fritz Weaver
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ISBN: 9780739322925
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Galileo's Daughter
A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love
Written by Dava Sobel
Read by Fritz Weaver


Format: Abridged Audiobook Download
On Sale: October 4, 2005
Price: $7.50

Galileo Galilei was the foremost scientist of his day. Though he never left Italy, his inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world. His telescopes allowed him to reveal the heavens and enforce the astounding argument that the earth moves around the sun. For this belief, he was brought before the... Read more >
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Curious Minds
Curious Minds
Edited by John Brockman
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Curious Minds
How a Child Becomes a Scientist
Edited by John Brockman


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
On Sale: September 13, 2005
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What makes a child decide to become a scientist?

•For Robert Sapolsky–Stanford professor of biology–it was an argument with a rabbi over a passage in the Bible.
•Physicist Lee Smolin traces his inspiration to a volume of Einstein’s work, picked up as a diversion from heartbreak.
•Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a psychologist and the author of... Read more >
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Galileo's Daughter
Galileo's Daughter
Written by Dava Sobel, Read by George Guidall
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ISBN: 9780739322932
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Galileo's Daughter
A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love
Written by Dava Sobel
Read by George Guidall


Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download
On Sale: May 3, 2005
Price: $12.98

Galileo Galilei was the foremost scientist of his day. Though he never left Italy, his inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world. His telescopes allowed him to reveal the heavens and enforce the astounding argument that the earth moves around the sun. For this belief, he was brought before the... Read more >
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No One Loved Gorillas More
No One Loved Gorillas More
Written by Camilla De La Bedoyere, Photographed by Bob Campbell
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780792293446
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No One Loved Gorillas More

Written by Camilla De La Bedoyere
Photographed by Bob Campbell


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
On Sale: April 5, 2005
Price: $30.00

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Light This Candle
Light This Candle
Written by Neal Thompson
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ISBN: 9781400081226
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Light This Candle
The Life and Times of Alan Shepard
Written by Neal Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
On Sale: March 22, 2005
Price: $27.00

Alan Shepard was the brashest, cockiest, and most flamboyant of America’s original Mercury Seven, but he was also regarded as the best. Intense, colorful, and dramatic, he was among the most private of America’s public figures and, until his death in 1998, he guarded the story of his life zealously.
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