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The Topography of Tears

by William H. Frey, Ann Lauterbach & Rose-Lynn Fisher

“Looking at [Fisher’s] photographs feels like staring out a plane window at the passing landscape below.” —Studio 360

“A moving depiction of the micro and macro aspects of our emotional lives, and a beautiful...


Thoreau and the Language of Trees

by Richard Higgins

Trees were central to Henry David Thoreau’s creativity as a writer, his work as a naturalist, his thought, and his inner life. His portraits of them were so perfect, it was as if he could see the sap flowing...


Fortress Plant

by Dale Walters

The survival of plants on our planet is nothing short of miraculous. They are virtually stationary packages of food, providing sustenance for a vast array of organisms, ranging from bacteria and fungi, through...


The Water Problem

by Pat Mulroy

Building water resilience is the single biggest challenge in a changing global climate.

The United States faces a water crisis as critical as the energy crisis that once dominated headlines. Like the energy crisis,...


Why Stock Markets Crash

by Didier Sornette

The scientific study of complex systems has transformed a wide range of disciplines in recent years, enabling researchers in both the natural and social sciences to model and predict phenomena as diverse as...


Organic Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

by Graham Patrick

Organic chemistry is the chemistry of compounds of carbon. The ability of carbon to link together to form long chain molecules and ring compounds as well as bonding with many other elements has led to a vast...


Infinity: A Very Short Introduction

by Ian Stewart

Infinity is an intriguing topic, with connections to religion, philosophy, metaphysics, logic, and physics as well as mathematics. Its history goes back to ancient times, with especially important contributions...


The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction

by Paul I. Palmer

The atmosphere is the thin, diffuse fluid that envelops the Earth's surface. Despite its apparent fragility, the existence of this fluid is vital for human and other life on Earth. In this Very Short Introduction...


Circadian Rhythms: A Very Short Introduction

by Russell Foster & Leon Kreitzman

The earth's daily rotation affects just about every living creature. From dawn through to dusk, there are changes in light, temperature, humidity, and rainfall. However, these changes are regular, rhythmic and,...


The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far

by Lawrence M. Krauss

Internationally renowned, award-winning theoretical physicist, New York Times bestselling author of A Universe from Nothing, and passionate advocate for reason, Lawrence Krauss tells the dramatic story of the...


Environmental Protection

by Pamela Hill

Although climate change and pollution make near-daily appearances in the news, humans have not always recognized that the environment needs to be protected. Only after the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent...


The Surprise Attack in Mathematical Problems

by Louis A. Graham

For decades, professionals in applied mathematics and mathematical puzzle fans from all over the world supplied provocative problems to the puzzle columns of the Graham Dial. Upon the appearance of an interesting...


Moon Landing

by André Hoffmann

It was February 1966. A Saturn V rocket began a suborbital unmanned test flight with the Apollo Command Module for the first time. A Saturn Orbital test flight followed, without the Apollo Spaceship, in July...


NIPCC vs. IPCC

by S. Fred Singer

Addressing the Disparity between Climate Models and Observations: Testing the Hypothesis of Anthropogenic Global Warming, Interim Science Update Presented at Majorana Conference in Erice, Sicily, August 2011...


Reviews in Computational Chemistry

by Abby L. Parrill & Kenneth B. Lipkowitz

The Reviews in Computational Chemistry series brings together leading authorities in the field to teach the newcomer and update the expert on topics centered on molecular modeling.

•    Provides background...


Understanding Membrane Distillation and Osmotic Distillation

by Robert A. Johnson & Minh H. Nguyen

This book addresses principles and practical applications of membrane distillation and osmotic distillation, separation technologies which are gaining increasing attention due to their advantages over conventional...


Where the River Flows

by Sean W. Fleming

Rivers are essential to civilization and even life itself, yet how many of us truly understand how they work? Why do rivers run where they do? Where do their waters actually come from? How can the same river...


Finding Fibonacci

by Keith Devlin

In 2000, Keith Devlin set out to research the life and legacy of the medieval mathematician Leonardo of Pisa, popularly known as Fibonacci, whose book Liber abbaci has quite literally affected the lives of everyone...


Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing

by Ben Blatt

What are our favorite authors’ favorite words? Which bestselling writer uses the most clichés? How can we judge a book by its cover?

Data meets literature in this playful and informative look at our favorite...


The Body Builders

by Adam Piore

For millennia, humans have tried—and often failed—to master nature and transcend our limits. But this has started to change. The new scientific frontier is the human body: the greatest engineers of our generation...