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The Courthouses of Central Texas

by Brantley Hightower

The county courthouse has long held a central place on the Texas landscape-literally, as the center of the town in which it is located, and figuratively, as the symbol of governmental authority. As a county's...


Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics

by Paul Halpern

Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger were friends and comrades-in-arms against what they considered the most preposterous aspect of quantum mechanics: its randomness. Although Einstein’s own work provided...


Coal Wars

by Richard Martin

Since the late 18th century, when it emerged as a source of heating and, later, steam power, coal has brought untold benefits to mankind. Even today, coal generates almost 45 percent of the world's power. Our...


Birth of a Theorem

by Cédric Villani & Malcolm DeBevoise

In 2010, French mathematician Cédric Villani received the Fields Medal, the most coveted prize in mathematics, in recognition of a proof which he devised with his close collaborator Clément Mouhot to explain...


The Prophet and the Astronomer: Apocalyptic Science and the End of the World

by Marcelo Gleiser

"An intellectual accomplishment that illuminates the magic and the wisdom of the heavens above."—Kirkus Reviews "Tracing our contemplation of the cosmos from the big bang to the big crunch" (The New Yorker...


The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming

Secret Warriors: The Spies, Scientists and Code Breakers of World War I

by Taylor Downing

A startling and vivid account of World War I that uncovers how wartime code-breaking, aeronautics, and scientific research that laid the foundation for much of the innovations of the twentieth century. World...


Taming the Infinite

by Ian Stewart

From ancient Babylon to the last great unsolved problems, Ian Stewart brings us his definitive history of mathematics. In his famous straightforward style, Professor Stewart explains each major development--from...


Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes

by Rob Knight & Brendan Buhler

Allergies, asthma, obesity, acne: these are just a few of the conditions that may be caused—and someday cured—by the microscopic life inside us. The key is to understand how this groundbreaking science influences...


Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers

by Ian Stewart

At its heart, mathematics is about numbers, our fundamental tools for understanding the world. In Professor Stewart’s Incredible Numbers, Ian Stewart offers a delightful introduction to the numbers that surround...


A New History of Life: The Radical New Discoveries about the Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth

by Peter Ward & Joe Kirschvink

The history of life on Earth is, in some form or another, known to us all �� or so we think. A New History of Life offers a provocative new account, based on the latest scientific research, of how modern...


The Camaro in the Pasture: Speculations on the Cultural Landscape of America

by Robert B. Riley

Robert Riley has been a renowned figure in landscape studies for over fifty years, valued for his perceptive, learned, and highly entertaining articles, reviews, and essays. Much of Riley's work originally ran...


Atheist Meditation Atheist Spirituality

by Mark W Gura

Finally, a book about meditation and meaning in life that is based on reason, not religious or supernatural explanations... Provocative and truly inspirational! One of the best books I've ever read."-Rachel...


Atheist Meditation Atheist Spirituality: Summary Version

by Mark W. Gura

Finally, a book about meditation and meaning in life that is based on reason, not religious or supernatural explanations... Provocative and truly inspirational! One of the best books I've ever read."-Rachel...


Exploring Your Life: Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Spirituality

by Mark W Gura

How to practice spirituality without religion? Neuroscience finds that spontaneous acts of mindfulness decrease stress, depression and anxiety, increasing overall well-being. But studies also show that purposeful...


BeagleBone Cookbook: Software and Hardware Problems and Solutions

by Mark A. Yoder & Jason Kridner

BeagleBone is an inexpensive web server, Linux desktop, and electronics hub that includes all the tools you need to create your own projects—whether it’s robotics, gaming, drones, or software-defined radio....


Sex by Numbers: What Statistics Can Tell Us About Sexual Behaviour

by David Spiegelhalter

Whatever society we live in, and however open-minded we like to think we are, when it comes to our sex lives we all like to keep a few secrets. But this makes the jobs of sexologists - professionals who study...


Origins: Early-life solutions to the modern health crisis

by Susan Prescott

Prevention is the ultimate approach to reducing the burden of all kinds of disease, and the greatest potential for success lies in early life. What happens during early life can determine our longevity and our...


Building with Straw Bales: A Practical Manual for Self-Builders and Architects

by Barbara Jones

Straw bale building is a radically different approach to construction, and this book explains, in straightforward and commonsense terms, the principles of the technique, which was pioneered in the United States...


Discovering Our World: Humanity's Epic Journey from Myth to Knowledge

by Paul Singh, John R. Shook & Matt DiPalma

Where did everything come from? Why are humans so biologically similar, and why do we let small differences divide us? What shall determine our destiny?  Paul Singh and John R. Shook draw on the latest findings...