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A Brief History of Time

Written by Stephen Hawking


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: September 1, 1998
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38016-3 (0-553-38016-8)

Introduction by Carl Sagan. Hawking's classic A Brief History of Time expertly guides students to the supreme questions of the nature of physics, time and the universe: Was there a beginning of time? Will there be an end? Is the universe infinite? Is it possible to unite all branches of physics?... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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A Brief History of Time
And Other Essays
Written by Stephen Hawking


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: September 1, 1998
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-10953-5 (0-553-10953-7)

Introduction by Carl Sagan. Hawking's classic A Brief History of Time expertly guides students to the supreme questions of the nature of physics, time and the universe: Was there a beginning of time? Will there be an end? Is the universe infinite? Is it possible to unite all branches of physics?... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Grand Design

Written by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38466-6 (0-553-38466-X)

When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? What is the nature of reality? Is the apparent “grand design” of our universe evidence of a benevolent creator who set things in motion—or does science offer another explanation? In this startling and lavishly illustrated book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard... Read more >

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Science Matters
Achieving Scientific Literacy
Written by Robert M. Hazen and James Trefil


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45458-4 (0-307-45458-4)

Knowledge of the basic ideas and principles of science is fundamental to cultural literacy. But most books on science are often too obscure or too specialized to do the general reader much good.

Science Matters is a rare exception-a science book for the general reader that is informative enough to be a... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Red Fox
The Catlike Canine
Written by J. David Henry


Format: Trade Paperback, 174 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-635-5 (1-56098-635-2)

In this engaging introduction to the red fox (Vulpes vulpes), J. David Henry recounts his years of field research on this flame-colored predator. With its catlike whiskers, teeth, and paws, as well as vertical-slit pupils, the North American red fox not only resembles but often behaves like a feline, especially when... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Measuring and Monitoring Biological Diversity
Standard Methods for Amphibians
Edited by Ronald Heyer, Maureen A. Donnelly, Mercedes Foster and Roy Mcdiarmid


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 17, 1994
Price: $36.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-284-5 (1-56098-284-5)

Measuring and Monitoring Biological Diversity is the first book to provide comprehensive coverage of standard methods for biodiversity sampling of amphibians, with information on analyzing and using data that will interest biologists in general.

In this manual, nearly fifty herpetologists recommend ten standard sampling procedures for measuring and monitoring amphibian and many... Read more >

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The Ingenuity Gap
Facing the Economic, Environmental, and Other Challenges of an Increasingly Complex and Unpredictable Future
Written by Thomas Homer-Dixon


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71328-6 (0-375-71328-X)

Despite all of society’s advances, our problems proliferate. Wars abound, environmental degradation accelerates, economies topple overnight, and pandemics such as AIDS and tuberculosis continue to spread. The Internet and other media help to disseminate knowledge, but they’ve also created an “info-glut” and left us too little time to process it. What’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mother Nature
Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species
Written by Sarah Hrdy


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 5, 2000
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-40893-8 (0-345-40893-4)

~Library Journal Best Book of 1999~

Maternal instinct--the all-consuming, utterly selfless love that mothers lavish on their children--has long been assumed to be an innate, indeed defining element of a woman's nature. But is it? In this provocative, groundbreaking book, renowned anthropologist (and mother) Sarah Blaffer Hrdy shares a radical new vision... Read more >

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The GigaLaw Guide to Internet Law
The One-Stop Legal Resource for Conducting Business Online
Written by Doug Isenberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 22, 2002
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9198-7 (0-8129-9198-2)

Advance praise for The GigaLaw Guide to Internet Law

"An excellent introduction for beginner and expert alike."—Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law School

“I read this book from cover to cover. The examples of case law are of enormous illustrative value. Some of them will raise your blood pressure (well, mine went up several... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Full Body Burden
Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats
Written by Kristen Iversen


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95563-0 (0-307-95563-X)

Chosen one of the Best Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association and 2012 Best Book about Justice by The Atlantic
Finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence
Selected for Common Reading at:
Virginia Commonwealth University
St. Bonaventure University
Fort Lewis College
California State University... Read more >

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The White Death
Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone
Written by Mckay Jenkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72077-9 (0-385-72077-7)

In 1969, five young men from Montana set out to accomplish what no one had before: to scale the sheer north face of Mt. Cleveland, Glacier National Park's tallest mountain, in winter. Two days later tragedy struck: they were buried in an avalanche so deep that their bodies would not be... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lucy's Legacy
The Quest for Human Origins
Written by Dr. Donald Johanson and Kate Wong


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39640-2 (0-307-39640-1)

“Lucy is a 3.2-million-year-old skeleton who has become the spokeswoman for human evolution. She is perhaps the best known and most studied fossil hominid of the twentieth century, the benchmark by which other discoveries of human ancestors are judged.” From Lucy’s Legacy

In his New York Times bestseller, Lucy: The Beginnings of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Student's Quest Guide: Aristotle Leads the Way
Aristotle Leads the Way
Written by Johns Hopkins University


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 1, 2007
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-254-6 (1-58834-254-9)

This rich, multidisciplinary curriculum to accompany Joy Hakim’s The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way covers astronomy, physics, and chemistry from Mesopotamia to the Middle Ages. The course of study is divided into five units. Each unit includes an introduction (with background information, a materials list, and standards correlated to... Read more >

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Student's Quest Guide: Newton at the Center
Newton at the Center
Written by Johns Hopkins University


Format: Trade Paperback, 246 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 1, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-255-3 (1-58834-255-7)

This rich, multidisciplinary curriculum to accompany Joy Hakim’s The Story of Science: Newton at the Center covers astronomy, physics, and chemistry from Copernicus to the Curies, from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries. The course of study is divided into seven units. Each unit includes an introduction (with background, materials list... Read more >

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Teacher's Quest Guide: Aristotle Leads the Way
Aristotle Leads the Way
Written by Johns Hopkins University


Format: Trade Paperback, 440 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 1, 2007
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-251-5 (1-58834-251-4)

This rich, multidisciplinary curriculum to accompany Joy Hakim’s The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way covers astronomy, physics, and chemistry from Mesopotamia to the Middle Ages. The course of study is divided into five units. Each unit includes an introduction (with background information, a materials list, and standards correlated to... Read more >

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Teacher's Quest Guide: Newton at the Center
Newton at the Center
Written by Johns Hopkins University


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 1, 2008
Price: $59.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-252-2 (1-58834-252-2)

This rich, multidisciplinary curriculum to accompany Joy Hakim’s The Story of Science: Newton at the Center covers astronomy, physics, and chemistry from Copernicus to the Curies, from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries. The course of study is divided into seven units. Each unit includes an introduction (with background, materials list... Read more >

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The Pheasants of the World
Biology and Natural History, Second Edition
Written by Paul Johnsgard


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 1999
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 978-1-56098-839-7 (1-56098-839-8)

Among the most important of all bird groups, pheasants account for the most abundant domesticated species (the domestic fowl), the most extensively hunted upland game bird (the common pheasant), and some of the most spectacularly beautiful of all large birds (the giant argus). This lavishly illustrated volume gives up-to-date information on... Read more >

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Cycads of the World
Ancient Plants in Today's Landscape, Second Edition
Written by David L. Jones


Format: Hardcover, 456 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $70.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-043-6 (1-58834-043-0)

Cycads superficially resemble palms and are often misidentified as such. However, cycads are actually a unique assemblage of primitive plants that have been around for at least 250 million years. They have become highly sought after for gardens, both private and public, and their present status as endangered plants has engendered... Read more >

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Palms Throughout the World

Written by David L. Jones


Format: Hardcover, 410 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 17, 1995
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-56098-616-4 (1-56098-616-6)

Presenting an up-to-date introduction to this complex group of plants, Palms Throughout the World describes 800 species in 123 genera and discusses the distribution, biology, propagation, cultivation, and economic importance of palms. The individual species descriptions are arranged in alphabetical order and include common synonyms and references to origin and distribution... Read more >

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American Bamboos

Written by Emmet J. Judziewicz, Lynn G. Clark, Ximena Londono and Margaret Stern


Format: Hardcover, 392 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: January 17, 1999
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-569-3 (1-56098-569-0)

Drawing on two decades of fieldwork in the United States and fifteen Latin American countries, the authors bring together current knowledge of the structure, ecology, human uses, conservation value, evolution, and diversity of the forty-one genera of American woody and herbaceous bamboos. They also discuss three genera of basal grasses that... Read more >

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Physics of the Future
How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100
Written by Michio Kaku


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: March 15, 2011
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53080-4 (0-385-53080-3)

The New York Times bestselling author of Physics of the Impossible gives us a stunning and provocative vision of the future.

Based on interviews with over three hundred of the world’s top scientists, who are already inventing the future in their labs, Kaku—in a lucid and engaging fashion—presents the revolutionary developments... Read more >

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Visions
How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century
Written by Michio Kaku


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 15, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48499-2 (0-385-48499-2)

Now in Paperback. A Library Journal Best Scientific & Technical Book.

In Visions, Michio Kaku examines the great scientific revolutions that have reshaped the 20th century-quantum mechanics, biogenetics, and artificial intelligence-and shows how they will change science and society in the 21st century.  In Section I, Kaku explores the evolution and development... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Age of Insight
The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present
Written by Eric Kandel


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6871-5 (1-4000-6871-1)

A brilliant book by Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel, The Age of Insight takes us to Vienna 1900, where leaders in science, medicine, and art began a revolution that changed forever how we think about the human mind—our conscious and unconscious thoughts and emotions—and how mind and brain relate to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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UFOs
Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record
Written by Leslie Kean


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Crown Archetype
On Sale: August 10, 2010
Price: $25.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-71684-2 (0-307-71684-8)

In this impeccably researched and fascinating book, veteran investigative journalist and leading expert Leslie Kean explores the controversial history of UFOs and the people who study them. She has interviewed U.S. Air Force generals, senior NASA officials, and government investigators from around the world, and also has collected information from hundreds... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Engineers of Victory
The Problem Solvers Who Turned The Tide in the Second World War
Written by Paul Kennedy


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6761-9 (1-4000-6761-8)

Paul Kennedy, award-winning author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers and one of today’s most renowned historians, now provides a new and unique look at how World War II was won. Engineers of Victory is a fascinating nuts-and-bolts account of the strategic factors that led to Allied victory... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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