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Rain: A Natural and Cultural History

by Cynthia Barnett

Rain is elemental, mysterious, precious, destructive.

 

It is the subject of countless poems and paintings; the top of the weather report; the source of the world's water. Yet this is the first book to tell...


The Perfection of the Paper Clip: Curious Tales of Invention, Accidental Genius, and Stationery Obsession

by James Ward

This wonderfully quirky book will change the way you look at your desk forever with stories of accidental genius, bitter rivalries, and an appreciation for everyday objects, like the humble but perfectly designed...


The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-term Health

by Erica Sonnenburg, Justin Sonnenburg & Andrew Weil

The groundbreaking science behind the surprising source of good health

Stanford University’s Justin and Erica Sonnenburg are pioneers in the most exciting and potentially transformative field in the entire...


On the Edge: The State and Fate of the World's Tropical Rainforests

by Claude Martin & Thomas E. Lovejoy

In 1972, The Limits to Growth introduced the idea that world resources are limited. Soon after, people became aware of the threats to the world’s rainforests, the biggest terrestrial repositories of biodiversity...


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....