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Navigation: A Very Short Introduction

by Jim Bennett

From the Bronze Age mariners of the Mediterranean to contemporary sailors using satellite-based technologies, the history of navigation at sea, the art of finding a position and setting a course, is fascinating....


Animal Behaviour: A Very Short Introduction

by Tristram D. Wyatt

How animals behave is crucial to their survival and reproduction. The application of new molecular tools such as DNA fingerprinting and genomics is causing a revolution in the study of animal behaviour, while...


True Genius: The Life and Work of Richard Garwin, the Most Influential Scientist You've Never Heard of

by Joel Shurkin

Richard Garwin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama 

Called a "true genius" by Enrico Fermi, Richard Garwin has influenced modern life in far-reaching ways, yet he is hardly...


Sapiens and Homo Deus: The E-book Collection

by Yuval Noah Harari

Discover humanity’s past and its future in this in this special e-book collection featuring Sapiens—a reading pick of President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg—and its acclaimed companion...


Convergence: The Idea at the Heart of Science

by Peter Watson

A brilliant history of science over the past 150 years that offers a powerful new argument—that the many disparate scientific branches are converging on the same truths.

Convergence is a history of modern science...


Stealing Fire

by Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal

It’s the biggest revolution you’ve never heard of, and it’s hiding in plain sight. Over the past decade, Silicon Valley executives like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk, Special Operators like the Navy SEALs...


Storm Chaser

by Mike Olbinski

My storm chasing/interest in photography began back around the time my daughter was born (2008) and I started chasing storms about 7 years ago. It's hard to describe why I'm drawn to weather and storms, it's...


Writing the Earth, Darkly: Globalization, Ecocriticism, and Desire

by Isabel Hoving

To come to terms with globalization, Caribbean writers adopt unexpected strategies. They write about flowers to help us look at race and sexuality differently. They see gardening as a means to make a violent,...


While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change

by M Jackson & Bill McKibben

While Glaciers Slept weaves together the parallel stories of what happens when the climates of a family and a planet change. M Jackson, a noted scientist and National Geographic Expert, reveals how these events...


Quantum Fuzz: The Strange True Makeup of Everything Around Us

by Michael S. Walker

Quantum physics has turned our commonsense notion of reality on its head. This accessible book describes in layperson's terms the strange phenomena that exist at the quantum level--a world of tiny dimensions...


Saving Science Class: Why We Need Hands-on Science to Engage Kids, Inspire Curiosity, and Improve Education

by Christopher McGowan

Much of what our students are learning about science in school bears little resemblance to real science. That is the main theme of this critique of science education by a veteran scientist and former school...


CliffsNotes Statistics and Probability Common Core Quick Review

by Malihe Alikhani

A quick review of Statistics and Probability Common Core math


Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History

by Bill Schutt

“A masterful and compulsively readable book that challenges our preconceived notions about a behavior often sensationalized in our culture and, until just recently, misunderstood in the scientific world.”...


Arrow-Pushing in Organic Chemistry

by Daniel E. Levy

Organic chemistry is required coursework for degrees in life, food, and medical sciences.  To help the students discouraged by the belief that this topic cannot be mastered without significant memorization,...


Gravity: A Very Short Introduction

by Timothy Clifton

Gravity is one of the four fundamental interactions that exist in nature. It also has the distinction of being the oldest, weakest, and most difficult force to quantize. Understanding gravity is not only essential...


The Evolution Underground: Burrows, Bunkers, and the Marvelous Subterranean World Beneath our Feet

by Anthony J. Martin

What is the best way to survive when the going gets tough? Hiding underground. From penguins to dinosaurs, trilobites, and humans, Anthony Martin reveals the subterranean secret of survival.

Humans have “gone...


The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease

by Meredith Wadman

“This is a story about the war against disease—a war without end—and the development of enormously important vaccines, but in telling that story, in showing how science works, Meredith Wadman reveals much...


From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds

by Daniel C. Dennett

One of America’s foremost philosophers offers a major new account of the origins of the conscious mind.

How did we come to have minds?

For centuries, this question has intrigued psychologists, physicists,...


The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

by Florence Williams

An intrepid investigation into nature’s restorative benefits by a prize-winning author.

For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks...


Stalin and the Scientists

by Simon Ings

Scientists throughout history, from Galileo to today’s experts on climate change, have often had to contend with politics in their pursuit of knowledge. But in the Soviet Union, where the ruling elites embraced,...