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The Copernicus Complex

by Caleb Scharf

A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Science Book of Fall 2014

In the sixteenth century, Nicolaus Copernicus dared to go against the establishment by proposing that Earth rotates around the Sun. Having demoted Earth from...


The Reef: A Passionate History: The Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change

by Iain McCalman

Stretching 1,400 miles along the Australian coast and visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef is home to three thousand individual reefs, more than nine hundred islands, and thousands of marine species, and...


Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World

by Amir Alexander

Pulsing with drama and excitement, Infinitesimal celebrates the spirit of discovery,

innovation, and intellectual achievement—and it will forever change the way you look at a simple line.

On August 10, 1632,...


Neutrino Hunters

by Ray Jayawardhana

Winner of the Canadian Science Writers Association 2014 Science in Society Book Award

A Publishers Weekly Best Science Book of the Season

A Book to Watch Out For, The New Yorker’s Page-Turner Blog

A Los Angeles...


Telling Our Way to the Sea

by Aaron Hirsh

A luminous and revelatory journey into the science of life and the depths of the human experience

By turns epic and intimate, Telling Our Way to the Sea is both a staggering revelation of unraveling ecosystems...


Listen, Little Man!

by Wilhelm Reich, William Steig & Ralph Manheim

Listen, Little Man! is a great physician's quiet talk to each one of us, the average human being, the Little Man. Written in 1946 in answer to the gossip and defamation that plagued his remarkable career, it...


The Upcycle

by Michael Braungart, William McDonough & President Bill Clinton

From the authors of Cradle to Cradle, we learn what’s next: The Upcycle

The Upcycle is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Cradle to Cradle, one of the most consequential ecological manifestoes of our time....


Frankenstein's Cat

by Emily Anthes

Winner of 2014 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Best Young Adult Science Book

Longlisted for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

One of Nature’s Summer Book Picks

One of Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten...


Gravity's Engines

by Caleb Scharf

One of The Barnes and Noble Review Editors’ Picks: Best Nonfiction of 2012

Selected by The Christian Science Monitor as one of “21 smart nonfiction titles we think you'll enjoy this summer”

Selected by...


Bottled Lightning

by Seth Fletcher

The sleek electronic tools that have become so ubiquitous—laptops, iPods, eReaders, and smart phones—are all powered by lithium batteries. Chances are you’ve got some lithium on your person right now....


What Darwin Got Wrong

by Jerry Fodor & Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini

What Darwin Got Wrong is a remarkable book, one that dares to challenge the theory of natural selection as an explanation for how evolution works---a devastating critique not in the name of religion but in the...


Dance of the Photons

by Anton Zeilinger

Einstein’s steadfast refusal to accept certain aspects of quantum theory was rooted in his insistence that physics has to be about reality. Accordingly, he once derided as “spooky action at a distance”...


Terra

by Michael Novacek

A paleontologist awakens us to the "extinction event" that human activity is bringing about today The natural world as humans have always known it evolved close to 100 million years ago, with the appearance...


Competition

by James Case

The Mathematical Theory of Games Sheds Light On A Wide Range of Competitive Activities

 

What do chess-playing computer programs, biological evolution, competitive sports, gambling, alternative voting systems,...


What Is Life?

by Ed Regis

In 1944, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Erwin Schrödinger published a groundbreaking little book called What Is Life? In fewer than one hundred pages, he argued that life was not a mysterious or inexplicable...


Coal River

by Michael Shnayerson

One of America's most dramatic environmental battles is unfolding in southern West Virginia. Coal companies are blasting the mountains, decapitating them for coal. The forested ridge tops and valley streams...


Wildfire and Americans

by Roger G. Kennedy

Three years after Roger Kennedy retired as director of the National Park Service, from his Santa Fe home he watched as the Cerro Grande Fire moved across the Pajarito Plateau and into Los Alamos. Two hundred...


The Whale and the Supercomputer

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2004

by Charles Wohlforth

Scientists and natives wrestle with our changing climate in the land where it has hit first--and hardest

A traditional Eskimo whale-hunting party races to shore near Barrow, Alaska--their comrades trapped on...


Imagining Numbers

by Barry Mazur

How the elusive imaginary number was first imagined, and how to imagine it yourself

Imagining Numbers (particularly the square root of minus fifteen) is Barry Mazur's invitation to those who take delight in the...


Time Traveler

by Michael Novacek

Hunting for fossils with a preeminent guide and teacher

Michael Novacek, a world-renowned paleontologist who has discovered important fossils on virtually every continent, is an authority on patterns of evolution...