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Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices

by William Gurstelle

This bestselling DIY handbook now features new and expanded projects, enabling ordinary folks to construct 16 awesome ballistic devices in their garage or basement workshops using inexpensive household or hardware...


The God Delusion

by Richard Dawkins

A preeminent scientist—and the world's most prominent atheist—asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11.


The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011: The Best American Series

by Mary Roach & Tim Folger

Popular columnist and science writer Mary Roach selects the year's best science and nature writing.


The Genome War: How Craig Venter Tried to Capture the Code of Life and Save the World

by James Shreeve

The long-awaited story of the science, the business, the politics, the intrigue behind the scenes of the most ferocious competition in the history of modern science—the race to map the human genome.

On May...


Unscrewed: Salvage and Reuse Motors, Gears, Switches, and More from Your Old Electronics

by Ed Sobey

Perfect for the do-it-yourselfer, this handy guide to household electronics gives the weekend workbench enthusiast a multitude of ideas on how to salvage valuable parts from old electronics and turn them into...


A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing

by Lawrence M. Krauss & Richard Dawkins

Bestselling author and acclaimed physicist Lawrence Krauss offers a paradigm-shifting view of how everything that exists came to be in the first place.

“Where did the universe come from? What was there before...


Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence

by Carl Sagan

Dr. Carl Sagan takes us on a great reading adventure, offering his vivid and startling insight into the brain of man and beast, the origin of human intelligence, the function of our most haunting legends--and...


The Trouble with Science

by Professor Robin Dunbar

The 'trouble' with science began in 1632, when Galileo demolished the belief that the earth is the centre of the universe. Yet despite the bewildering success of the scientific revolution, many continue to hanker...


The Mathematics of Life

by Ian Stewart

A wonderful and engaging introduction to the role of mathematics in life sciences, from cellular organization to the behavior and evolution of entire organisms


Launching Europe: An Ethnography of European Cooperation in Space Science

by Stacia E. Zabusky

In this first ethnographic study of the European Space Agency, Stacia Zabusky explores the complex processes involved in cooperation on space science missions in the contemporary context of European integration....


Lost World: Rewriting Prehistory---How New Science Is Tracing

by Tom Koppel

For decades the issue seemed moot. The first settlers, we were told, were big-game hunters who arrived from Asia at the end of the Ice Age some 12,000 years ago, crossing a land bridge at the Bering Strait and...


Discoverers of the Universe: William and Caroline Herschel

by Michael Hoskin

Discoverers of the Universe tells the gripping story of William Herschel, the brilliant, fiercely ambitious, emotionally complex musician and composer who became court astronomer to Britain's King George III,...


The Darwin Archipelago: The Naturalist's Career Beyond Origin of Species

by Steve Jones

Charles Darwin is of course best known for The Voyage of the Beagle and The Origin of Species. But he produced many other books over his long career, exploring specific aspects of the theory of evolution by...


The Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Fun: Cool Hacks, Cutting-Edge Games, and More Awesome Projects for the Whole Family

by Ken Denmead

The wildly popular DIY dad follows up his instant New York Times bestseller with a fresh batch of geeky weekend science projects for the whole family to enjoy.

Ken Denmead struck a chord with parents and kids...


The Science Quest: Using Inquiry/Discovery to Enhance Student Learning, Grades 7-12

by Frank X. Sutman, Joseph S. Schmuckler & Joyce D. Woodfield

The Science Quest introduces the Inquiry/Discovery instructional framework, an innovative method for captivating students? interest in science, for building their skills in scientific thinking, and for dramatically...


In Defense of Science: Why Scientific Literacy Matters

by Frank R. Spellman

Today, only a few people outside of the scientific community are conversant with the tradition of science and its many breakthroughs. The rest are scientifically illiterate. So say Frank R. Spellman and Joni...


Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking

by Michael Keevak

In their earliest encounters with Asia, Europeans almost uniformly characterized the people of China and Japan as white. This was a means of describing their wealth and sophistication, their willingness to trade...


The Blind Spot: Science and the Crisis of Uncertainty

by William Byers

In today's unpredictable and chaotic world, we look to science to provide certainty and answers--and often blame it when things go wrong. The Blind Spot reveals why our faith in scientific certainty is a dangerous...


Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life

by Justin E. H. Smith

Though it did not yet exist as a discrete field of scientific inquiry, biology was at the heart of many of the most important debates in seventeenth-century philosophy. Nowhere is this more apparent than in...


The Modern Mind

by Peter Watson

From Freud to Babbitt, from Animal Farm to Sartre to the Great Society, from the Theory of Relativity to counterculture to Kosovo, The Modern Mind is encyclopedic, covering the major writers, artists, scientists,...