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We'd warn you not to try this at home, but these books invite you to do exactly that, in fascinating journeys from the origins of the universe to the human genome with some do-it-yourself experiments along the way.

 

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

by Edwin Abbott Abbott

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is an 1884 science fiction novella by the English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott Abbott. As a satire, Flatland offered pointed observations on the social hierarchy of Victorian...

The Nature of Space and Time

by Stephen Hawking & Roger Penrose

Einstein said that the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible. But was he right? Can the quantum theory of fields and Einstein's general theory of relativity, the two most...


Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization

by Spencer Wells

Ten thousand years ago, our species made a radical shift in its way of life: We became farmers rather than hunter-gatherers. Although this decision propelled us into the modern world, renowned geneticist and...


The Truth About Santa: Wormholes, Robots, and What Really Happens on Christmas Eve

by Gregory Mone

The How to Survive a Robot Uprising of Christmas: a dynamically illustrated, futuristic case for the scientific possibility that Santa Claus really exists.


The Science of Harry Potter: How Magic Really Works

by Roger Highfield

Can Fluffy the three-headed dog be explained by advances in molecular biology? Could the discovery of cosmic "gravity-shielding effects" unlock the secret to the Nimbus 2000 broomstick's ability to fly? Is the...


Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code

by Matt Ridley

Francis Crick—the quiet genius who led a revolution in biology by discovering, quite literally, the secret of life—will be bracketed with Galileo, Darwin, and Einstein as one of the greatest scientists of...


101 Things Everyone Should Know About Math

by Marc Zev, Kevin B Segal & Nathan Levy

Using an accessible question-and-answer approach, 101 Things Everyone Should Know About Math expands a reader's knowledge using entertaining, real-life connections.


The Cloudspotter's Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds

by Gavin Pretor-Pinney

Now in paperback: the runaway British bestseller that has cloudspotters everywhere looking up.

Where do clouds come from? Why do they look the way they do? And why have they captured the imagination of timeless...


The Wave Watcher's Companion: Ocean Waves, Stadium Waves, and All the Rest of Life's Undulations

by Gavin Pretor-Pinney

A lively, revealing look at waves of all kinds from the bestselling author of The Cloudspotter's Guide

Get ready for a global journey like no other-a passionate enthusiast's exploration of waves that begins...


Plan Bee: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Hardest-Working Creatures on thePlanet

by Susan Brackney

A guided tour inside the world of bees

Overtaxed and underrecognized-and now disappearing in alarming numbers- bees are the unsung heroes of the food chain, essential for the pollination of more than ninety...


The Curious World of Bugs: The Bugman's Guide to the Mysterious and Remarkable Lives of Things That Crawl

by Daniel Marlos

If you've ever wondered what that leggy, buzzing creature was in your bathroom (or backyard, bed, or pantry), perhaps you've come across WhatsThatBug.com, where people around the world go to ask "What's that...


Sweetness and Light: The Mysterious History of the Honeybee

by Hattie Ellis

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln and Muhammad Ali both consumed bee pollen to boost energy, or that beekeepers in nineteenth-century Europe viewed their bees as part of the family? Or that after man, the honeybee,...


Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, and the End of the World

by Sidney Perkowitz

In this book, a scientist and dedicated film enthusiast discusses the portrayal of science in more than one hundred films, including science fiction, scientific biographies, and documentaries. Beginning with...


The Shape of Inner Space: String Theory and the Geometry of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions

by Shing-Tung Yau

The leading mind behind the mathematics of string theory discusses how geometry explains the universe we see


Wizard: The Life And Times Of Nikola Tesla

by Marc Seifer

"[Wizard] brings the many complex facets of [Tesla's] personal and technical life together in to a cohesive whole.... I highly recommend this biography of a great technologist." --A.A. Mullin, U.S. Army Space...


The Electric Life of Michael Faraday

by Alan Hirshfeld

In The Electric Life of Michael Faraday, Alan Hirshfeld presents a portrait of an icon of science.


The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book - Special eBook Edition

by Tom Robinson

Science has never been so easy-or so much fun! With The Everything Kids Science Experiments Book, all you need to do is gather a few household items and you can recreate dozens of mind-blowing, kid-tested science...


The Physics of Christmas: From the Aerodynamics of Reindeer to the Thermodynamics of Turkey

by Roger Highfield

Why might Rudolph's nose have been red? Why do we actually give Christmas gifts? Why has smell become an important component in the Christmas shopping experience? Roger Highfield, science editor of London's...


101 Spy Gadgets for the Evil Genius 2/E

by Brad Graham & Kathy McGowan

CREATE FIENDISHLY FUN SPY TOOLS AND COUNTERMEASURES

Fully updated throughout, this wickedly inventive guide is packed with a wide variety of stealthy sleuthing contraptions you can build yourself. 101 Spy Gadgets...


Anatomy of a Robot

by Charles Bergren

Here's a unique "head to toe" examination of all of the major disciplines involved in building robots and control systems--offering both practical theory and philosophy in a technical yet entertaining way.

...


Warped Passages

by Lisa Randall

The universe has many secrets. It may hide additional dimensions of space other than the familier three we recognize. There might even be another universe adjacent to ours, invisible and unattainable . . . for...


The Mind's Eye

by Oliver Sacks

In The Mind’s Eye, Oliver Sacks tells the stories of people who are able to navigate the world and communicate with others despite losing what many of us consider indispensable senses and abilities: the power...


Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

by Ken Jennings

It comes as no surprise that, as a kid, Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings slept with a bulky Hammond world atlas by his pillow every night. Maphead recounts his lifelong love affair with geography and explores why...


Day the Universe Changed

by James Burke

In The Day the Universe Changed, James Burke examines eight periods in history when our view of the world shifted dramatically: in the eleventh century, when extraordinary discoveries were made by Spanish crusaders;...


Adventures among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions

by Mark W. Moffett

Intrepid international explorer, biologist, and photographer Mark W. Moffett, "the Indiana Jones of entomology," takes us around the globe on a strange and colorful journey in search of the hidden world of ants....


Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music

by Mark Katz

There is more to sound recording than just recording sound. Far from being simply a tool for the preservation of music, the technology is a catalyst. In this award-winning text, Mark Katz provides a wide-ranging,...


Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy

by Robert M. Hazen & James Trefil

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...


Thieves, Deceivers, and Killers: Tales of Chemistry in Nature

by William Agosta

The tobacco plant synthesizes nicotine to protect itself from herbivores. The female moth broadcasts sex pheromones to attract a mate, while a soldier ant deploys an alarm pheromone to call for help. The carbon...


Optics Demystified

by Stan Gibilisco

An enlightening guide to optics

Are you in the dark when it comes to understanding the science of optics? Now there's a glimmer in the gloom! Optics Demystified brings this challenging topic into focus.

Written...


Calculus Know-It-ALL: Beginner to Advanced, and Everything in Between

by Stan Gibilisco

Master calculus from the comfort of home!

Want to "know it ALL" when it comes to calculus? This book gives you the expert, one-on-one instruction you need, whether you're new to calculus or you're looking to...


The Language of Mathematics: Utilizing Math in Practice

by Robert L. Baber

A new and unique way of understanding the translation of concepts and natural language into mathematical expressions

Transforming a body of text into corresponding mathematical expressions and models is traditionally...


The Physics of Superheroes

by James Kakalios

James Kakalios explores the scientific plausibility of the powers and feats of the most famous superheroes — and discovers that in many cases the comic writers got their science surprisingly right. Along the...


Einstein's Dreams

by Alan Lightman

Now available:  New signed, boxed edition!

An imaginary re-creation of Einstein's discovery of the nature of time, this novel takes us through the young patent clerk's many dreams depicting compelling conceptions...


Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life

by Sam Wang & Sandra Aamodt

An instant hit in hardcover, this book is a You: The Owner's Manual for the brain, written by two engaging, well-connected neuroscientists.


The Snoring Bird

by Bernd Heinrich

Although Gerd Heinrich, a devoted naturalist, specialized in wasps, Bernd Heinrich tried to distance himself from his "old-fashioned" father, becoming a hybrid: a modern, experimental biologist with a naturalist's...


The Prism and the Pendulum: The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments in Science

by Robert Crease

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...


Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory

by Edward J. Larson

“I often said before starting, that I had no doubt I should frequently repent of the whole undertaking.” So wrote Charles Darwin aboard The Beagle, bound for the Galapagos Islands and what would arguably...


The Grand Design

by Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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...


Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays: And Other Essays

by Stephen Hawking

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

THIRTEEN EXTRAORDINARY ESSAYS SHED NEW LIGHT ON THE MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE—AND ON ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT THINKERS OF OUR TIME.

 

In his phenomenal bestseller A Brief History of...


Euclid's Window

by Leonard Mlodinow

Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace....


A Briefer History of Time

by Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHORS

The science classic made more accessible

• More concise • Illustrated

FROM ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT MINDS OF OUR TIME COMES A BOOK THAT CLARIFIES HIS MOST IMPORTANT IDEAS...


The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug

by Thomas Hager

The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic. In...


Merlin's Tour of the Universe

by Neil De Grasse Tyson

Merlin, a fictional visitor from the Andromeda Galaxy, Planet Omniscia, has been friends with many of the most important scientific figures of the past including Kepler, da Vinci, Magellan, Doppler, Einstein...


The Tree: A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter

by Colin Tudge

There are redwoods in California that were ancient by the time Columbus first landed, and pines still alive that germinated around the time humans invented writing. There are Douglas firs as tall as skyscrapers,...


The Bird: A Natural History of Who Birds Are, Where They Came From, and How They Live

by Colin Tudge

• How are birds so good at flying and navigating?

• Why are birds so like mammals– and yet so very different?

• Did birds descend from dinosaurs, and if so, does that mean birds are dinosaurs?

• How...


Defining the Wind: The Beaufort Scale and How a 19th-Century Admiral Turned Science into Poetry

by Scott Huler

“Nature, rightly questioned, never lies.” —A Manual of Scientific Enquiry, Third Edition, 1859

Scott Huler was working as a copy editor for a small publisher when he stumbled across the Beaufort Wind Scale...


Feeding the Fire: The Lost History and Uncertain Future of Mankind's Energy Addiction

by Mark Eberhart

From the first spark created by human hands thousands of years ago, mankind has grown dependent on nature’s vast stores of energy to build, explore, and experiment. Our expanding knowledge and technologies...


Why Things Break: Understanding the World By the Way It Comes Apart

by Mark Eberhart

Did you know—

• It took more than an iceberg to sink the Titanic.

• The Challenger disaster was predicted.

• Unbreakable glass dinnerware had its origin in railroad lanterns.

• A football team cannot lose...


The Ultimate Quotable Einstein

by Albert Einstein, Alice Calaprice & Freeman Dyson

Here is the definitive new edition of the hugely popular collection of Einstein quotations that has sold tens of thousands of copies worldwide and been translated into twenty-five languages.

The Ultimate Quotable...


Color: A Natural History of the Palette

by Victoria Finlay

In this vivid and captivating journey through the colors of an artist’s palette, Victoria Finlay takes us on an enthralling adventure around the world and through the ages, illuminating how the colors we choose...


Ancient Mysteries: Discover the latest intriguiging, Scientifically sound explinations to Age-old puzzles

by Peter James & Nick Thorpe

What was the Minotaur? Did a Welsh prince discover America? Did Robin Hood really exist? How does the Star of Bethlehem fit into the science of astronomy? Is the Vinland Map a fake? Can archaeologists use spirit...


The New Cool: A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts

by Neal Bascomb

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...


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Wellcome Book Prize 2010

by Rebecca Skloot

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important...


Your Flying Car Awaits: Robot Butlers, Lunar Vacations, and Other Dead-Wrong Predictions of the Twentieth Century

by Paul Milo

Talking dolphins . . . Underwater cities . . . Two-hundred-year life spans . . . Welcome to the present!

People have always imagined what life would be like in the future. Most of the time they've been wrong....


How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything

by Mike Berners-Lee

Part green-lifestyle guide, part popular science, How Bad Are Bananas? is the first book to provide the information we need to make carbon-savvy purchases and informed lifestyle choices and to build carbon considerations...


The Big Picture: Reflections on Science, Humanity, and a Quickly Changing Planet

by David Suzuki & David Taylor

Whether he's discussing how to reconcile economy with ecology, why a warmer world will result in more poison ivy, why Britney Spears gets more hits on Google than global warming does, or why we might need to...


Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

by Albert Einstein

Robert Geroch builds on Einstein's work with commentary that addresses the ideas at the heart of the theory, bringing a modern understanding of relativity to the text. He elucidates how special relativity is...


Electric Universe: The Shocking True Story of Electricity

by David Bodanis

In his bestselling E=mc2, David Bodanis led us, with astonishing ease, through the world’s most famous equation. Now, in Electric Universe, he illuminates the wondrous yet invisible force that permeates our...


Bursts: The Hidden Patterns Behind Everything We Do, from Your E-mail to Bloody Crusades

by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi

The bestselling author of Linked returns with a ground breaking new theory that will enthrall fans of The Tipping Point

Can we scientifically predict our future? It's a mystery that has nagged scientists...


Linked: The New Science Of Networks Science Of Networks

by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi & Jennifer Frangos

The first book to explore the hot new science of networks and their impact on nature, business, medicine, and everyday life


A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics From the Bottom Down

by Robert B. Laughlin

A Different Universe is a truly mind-bending book that shows us why everything we think about fundamental physical laws needs to change.


The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution

by Gregory Cochran & Henry Harpending

Resistance to malaria. Blue eyes. Lactose tolerance. What do all of these traits have in common? Every one of them has emerged in the last 10,000 years. Scientists have long believed that the “great leap...


Why Geology Matters: Decoding the Past, Anticipating the Future

by Doug Macdougall

Volcanic dust, climate change, tsunamis, earthquakes-geoscience explores phenomena that profoundly affect our lives. But more than that, as Doug Macdougall makes clear, the science also provides important clues...


Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Unsettling, Witty Answers to Questions You Never Thought You Wanted to Ask

by New Scientist

  • How fat do you have to be to become bulletproof?

  • Why do people have eyebrows?

  • Why do pineapples have spines?

  • How much does a head weigh?

  • What affects the color of earwax?

  • How quickly could I turn into a fossil?...

Number Freak: From 1 to 200- The Hidden Language of Numbers Revealed

by Derrick Niederman

A compulsively readable look at the secret language of numbers- their role in nature, movies, science, and everything in between.

What do Fight Club, wallpaper patterns, George Balanchine's Serenade, and Italian...


The Canon: The

by Natalie Angier

'Delightful and witty ... Angier proves that our lives are enriched when we start understanding what science is all about.' Michael Taube, Financial Times An inspiring and imaginative tour through the basics...


Run Your Diesel Vehicle on Biofuels: A Do-It-Yourself Manual: A Do-It-Yourself Manual

by Jon Starbuck & Gavin D J Harper

CONVERT TO BIODIESEL FOR A MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY RIDE Run Your Diesel Vehicle on Biofuels has everything you need to make the switch from expensive, environment-damaging carbon fuel to cheap (and, in...


Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle

by Carl Vogel

A step-by-step guide to building an electric motorcycle from the ground up

Written by alternative fuel expert Carl Vogel, this hands-on guide gives you the latest technical information and easy-to-follow instructions...


The Tab Battery Book: An In-Depth Guide to Construction, Design, and Use

by Michael Root

Supercharge your understanding of battery technologyIdeal for hobbyists and engineers alike, The TAB Battery Book: An In-Depth Guide to Construction Design and Use offers comprehensive coverage of these portable...


Lost World: Rewriting Prehistory---How New Science Is Tracing

by Tom Koppel

For decades the issue seemed moot. The first settlers, we were told, were big-game hunters who arrived from Asia at the end of the Ice Age some 12,000 years ago, crossing a land bridge at the Bering Strait and...


The Tiger That Isn't: Seeing Through a World of Numbers

by Michael Blastland & Andrew Dilnot

Mathematics scares and depresses most of us, but politicians, journalists and everyone in power use numbers all the time to bamboozle us. Most maths is really simple - as easy as 2+2 in fact. Better still it...


Digital Dice

by Paul J. Nahin

Some probability problems are so difficult that they stump the smartest mathematicians. But even the hardest of these problems can often be solved with a computer and a Monte Carlo simulation, in which a random-number...


101 Things Everyone Should Know About Science

by Dia Michels & Nathan Levy

Using an accessible question-and-answer approach, 101 Things Everyone Should Know About Science expands a reader's knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and general science.


Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc

by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Like the alphabet, the calendar, or the zodiac, the periodic table of the chemical elements has a permanent place in our imagination. But aside from the handful of common ones (iron, carbon, copper, gold), the...


Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution

by Jim Blascovich & Jeremy Bailenson

How do The Matrix, Avatar, and Tron reveal the future of existence? can our brains recognize where "reality" ends and "virtual" begins? What would it mean to live eternally in a digital universe? Where will...


The Math Gene: How Mathematical Thinking Evolved And Why Numbers Are Like Gossip

by Keith Devlin

A groundbreaking book about math and language, from the well-known NPR commentator Keith Devlin.


Curious Folks Ask 2: Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and Beyond, Portable Documents

by Sherry Seethaler

Why do lizards do pushups? What will happen if the Earth’s magnetic field reverses? How does water get from the roots to the tops of trees? Why and how do stars die? Is there really such a thing as the green...


With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change

by Fred Pearce

Nature is fragile, environmentalists often tell us. But the lesson of this book is that it is not so. The truth is far more worrying. Nature is strong and packs a serious counterpunch . . . Global warming will...


Quantum Shift in the Global Brain: How the New Scientific Reality Can Change Us and Our World

by Ervin Laszlo

"Ervin Laszlo provides the most brilliant, comprehensive, and intellectually satisfying integral theory of everything that I have ever read. . . . His work transcends the vision of Darwin, Newton, Einstein,...


50 Green Projects for the Evil Genius

by Jamil Shariff

50 Ways to Be a Green Evil Genius!

Who knew being environmentally conscious would ever be considered evil? With 50 Green Projects for the Evil Genius, you'll have wicked fun while reducing your impact on the...


Making Things Move DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists

by Dustyn Roberts

Get Your Move On!

In Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists, you'll learn how to successfully build moving mechanisms through non-technical explanations, examples, and do-it-yourself...


PICAXE Microcontroller Projects for the Evil Genius

by Ron Hackett

WHIP UP SOME FIENDISHLY FUN PICAXE MICROCONTROLLER DEVICES

"Ron has worked hard to explain how the PICAXE system operates through simple examples, and I'm sure his easy-to-read style will help many people progress...


Mythematics: Solving the Twelve Labors of Hercules

by Michael R. Huber

How might Hercules, the most famous of the Greek heroes, have used mathematics to complete his astonishing Twelve Labors? From conquering the Nemean Lion and cleaning out the Augean Stables, to capturing the...


The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World's Most Endangered Languages

by K. David Harrison

Part travelogue and part scientist's notebook, The Last Speakers is the poignant chronicle of author K. David Harrison's expeditions around the world to meet with last speakers of vanishing languages. The speakers'...


Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

by Albert Einstein

According to Einstein himself, this book is intended "to give an exact insight into the theory of Relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in...


Imagining Mars: A Literary History

by Robert Crossley

Mars in the human imagination from the invention of the telescope to the present


The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song

by Elena Mannes

A pathbreaking exploration into how and why the human organism-and the ebb and flow of the cosmos-is moved by the undeniable effect of music.


Electricity Experiments You Can Do At Home

by Stan Gibilisco

Amp up your understanding of electricity and magnetism with DOZENS OF DO-IT-YOURSELF EXPERIMENTS

Electricity Experiments You Can Do At Home is a hands-on guide that helps you master the principles of electrical...


The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor

by Colin Tudge & , Josh Young

For more than a century, scientists have raced to unravel the human family tree and have grappled with its complications. Now, with an astonishing new discovery, everything we thought we knew about primate origins...


Why Is Sex Fun?: The Evolution of Human Sexuality

by Denis Avey

Why are humans one of the few species to have sex in private? Why do humans have sex any day of the month or year—including when the female is pregnant, beyond her reproductive years, or between her fertile...


Lost in Wonder

by Colette Brooks

How do we make sense of the modern world? Science is a profoundly affecting aspect of contemporary life, and yet the gulf between experts and everyone else is widening. Colette Brooks bridges the gap by playing...


Deep Ancestry: The Landmark DNA Quest to Decipher Our Distant Past

by Spencer Wells

Travel backward through time from today's scattered billions to the handful of early humans who lived in Africa 60,000 years ago and are ancestors to us all.

In Deep Ancestry, scientist and National Geographic...


Why Do Pirates Love Parrots?

by David Feldman

Are you the type of person who stays up nights wondering how they get the paper tag into Hershey's Kisses? Or why portholes are round?

Even if you don't lose sleep over such matters, you have to admit that such...


The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It

by Jonathan Zittrain

This extraordinary book explains the engine that has catapulted the Internet from backwater to ubiquity—and reveals that it is sputtering precisely because of its runaway success. With the unwitting help of...


What Are You Optimistic About?

by John Brockman & Mr. John Brockman

The nightly news and conventional wisdom tell us that things are bad and getting worse. Yet despite dire predictions, scientists see many good things on the horizon. John Brockman, publisher of Edge (www.edge.org),...


The Map That Changed the World

by Simon Winchester

In 1793, a canal digger named William Smith made a startling discovery. He found that by tracing the placement of fossils, which he uncovered in his excavations, one could follow layers of rocks as they dipped...


Do Polar Bears Get Lonely?: And 101 Other Intriguing Science Questions

by New Scientist

Do Polar Bears Get Lonely? is the third compilation of readers' answers to the questions in the 'Last Word' column of New Scientist, the world's best-selling science weekly. Following the phenomenal success...


Where Good Ideas Come From

by Steven Johnson

The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery--these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate...


Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions

by New Scientist

Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? is the latest compilation of readers' answers to the questions in the 'Last Word' column of New Scientist , the world's best-selling science weekly. Following the phenomenal...


Mrs. Perkins's Electric Quilt: And Other Intriguing Stories of Mathematical Physics

by Paul J. Nahin

What does quilting have to do with electric circuit theory? The answer is just one of the fascinating ways that best-selling popular math writer Paul Nahin illustrates the deep interplay of math and physics...


Physics DeMYSTiFieD, Second Edition

by Stan Gibilisco

Understanding PHYSICS just got a whole lot EASIER!

Stumped trying to make sense of physics? Here's your solution. Physics Demystified, Second Edition helps you grasp the essential concepts with ease.

Written...


Apollo's Fire: A Journey Through the Extraordinary Wonders of an Ordinary Day

by Michael Sims

It?s the oldest story on Earth. You relive it every day.

So much of our shared daily experience in the world is shaped by the sometimes dramatic, sometimes subtle effects of the Earth?s spin, its tilt on its...


Think Smart: A Neuroscientist's Prescription for Improving Your Brain's Performance

by M.D., Richard Restak

From a renowned neuroscientist and bestselling author comes a book that shows readers how to improve and tone the brain.

In the last five years, there have been exciting new scientific discoveries about the...


Man vs. Weather: Be Your Own Weatherman

by Dennis DiClaudio

A humorous and practical guide to the history and science of understanding the weather?plus, how to build your own barometer!

For as long as man has walked upon this earth, he has been forced to survive under...


This Will Change Everything

by John Brockman & Mr. John Brockman

"What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?"

This is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, posed to more than 100 of the world's most influential minds. Exhilarating,...


Don't Know Much About the Universe: Everything You Need to Know About Outer Space but Never Learned

by Kenneth C. Davis

Who dug those canals on Mars? What was the biblical Star of Bethlehem? Were the pyramids built by extraterrestrials?

From the ancients who charted the heavens to Star Trek, The X-Files, and Apollo 13, outer space...


The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason, and the Laws of Nature

by Timothy Ferris

In his most important book to date, award-winning author Timothy Ferris—"the best popular science writer in the English language today" (Christian Science Monitor)—makes a passionate case for science as...


The Mind and the Brain

by Jeffrey M. Schwartz & Sharon Begley

A groundbreaking work of science that confirms, for the first time, the independent existence of the mind–and demonstrates the possibilities for human control over the workings of the brain.

Conventional...


Science Is Culture: Conversations at the New Intersection of Science + Society

by Adam Bly

Seed magazine brings together a unique gathering of prominent scientists, artists, novelists, philosophers + other thinkers who are tearing down the wall between science + culture.

We are on the cusp of a twenty-first-century...


Long for This World

by Jonathan Weiner

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Jonathan Weiner comes a fast-paced and astonishing scientific adventure story: has the long-sought secret of eternal youth at last been found?

In recent years, the...


Love and Sex with Robots

by David Levy

Love, marriage, and sex with robots? Not in a million years? Maybe a whole lot sooner!

A leading expert in artificial intelligence, David Levy argues that the entities we once deemed cold and mechanical will...


The Numbers Behind NUMB3RS: Solving Crime with Mathematics

by Keith Devlin & Gary Lorden

The companion to the hit CBS crime series Numb3rs presents the fascinating way mathematics is used to fight real-life crime

Using the popular CBS prime-time TV crime series Numb3rs as a springboard, Keith Devlin...


For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge Of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics

by Walter Lewin & Warren Goldstein

“YOU HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE” is a common refrain in the emails Walter Lewin receives daily from fans who have been enthralled by his world-famous video lectures about the wonders of physics. “I walk with...


Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution

by Nick Lane

Powerful new research methods are providing fresh and vivid insights into the makeup of life. Comparing gene sequences, examining the atomic structure of proteins and looking into the geochemistry of rocks have...


Human

by Michael S. Gazzaniga

What happened along the evolutionary trail that made humans so unique? In his accessible style, Michael Gazzaniga pinpoints the change that made us thinking, sentient humans different from our predecessors....


Feynman's Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life

by Leonard Mlodinow

For a young physicist struggling to find his place in the world, the relationship that would most profoundly influence his life was with his mentor, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman.


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The world's leading scientific thinkers explore bold, remarkable, perilous ideas that could change our lives—for better . . . or for worse . . .

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The Brain and the Inner World is an eagerly-awaited account of a momentous revolution. Subjective mental states like consciousness, emotion, and dreaming were once confined to the realm of...


Conversations on the Dark Secrets of Physics

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Science tells us grand things about the universe: how fast light travels, and why stones fall to earth. But scientific endeavour goes far beyond these obvious foundations. There are some fields we don't often...


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Well, why not? Is it because elephants are too large or heavy (after all, they say hippos and rhinos can play hopscotch)? Or is it because their knees face the wrong way? Or do they just wait until no one's...


Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs: Soft Tissues and Hard Science

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Many of us have seen dinosaur bones and skeletons, maybe even dinosaur eggs...but what did those fearsome animals really look like in the flesh? Soft-tissue fossils give tantalizing clues about the appearance...


George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt

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The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

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