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Proofiness: How You're Being Fooled by the Numbers

by Charles Seife

From the author of Zero, comes this "admirable salvo against quantitative bamboozlement by the media and the government" (The Boston Globe)

In Zero, Charles Seife presented readers with a thrilling account of...


Physics of the Soul: The Quantum Book of Living, Dying, Reincarnation, and Immortality

by Amit Goswami

At last, science and the soul shake hands. Writing in a style that is both lucid and charming, mischievous and profound, Dr. Amit Goswami uses the language and concepts of quantum physics to explore and scientifically...


The Real Story of Risk: Adventures in a Hazardous World

by Glenn Croston

We live in a world of risk. It waits for us in our refrigerator and surrounds us on the freeway. It's lurking in our arteries and sitting in our 401(k) accounts. Given that we deal with risk on a constant basis,...


Einstein on the Road

by Josef Eisinger

At the height of his fame, Albert Einstein traveled throughout the world, from Japan to South America and many places in between. During these voyages, between 1922 and 1933, he was in the habit of keeping travel...


The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us

by Victor J. Stenger

A number of authors have noted that if some physical parameters were slightly changed, the universe could no longer support life, as we know it. This implies that life depends sensitively on the physics of our...


The Enlightenment Vision: Science, Reason, and the Promise of a Better Future

by Stuart Jordan

This thought-provoking analysis evaluates the progress that global society has made since the Enlightenment. The author begins by pointing out features of present-day society that are the direct descendants...


Concrete Planet: The Strange and Fascinating Story of the World's Most Common Man-Made Material

by Robert Courland

Concrete: We use it for our buildings, bridges, dams, and roads. We walk on it, drive on it, and many of us live and work within its walls. But very few of us know what it is. We take for granted this ubiquitous...


Tribal Science: Brains, Beliefs, and Bad Ideas

by Mike McRae

Human beings evolved in a tribal environment. Over the millennia, our brains have become adept at fostering social networks that are the basis of group cohesion, from the primary family unit to the extended...


The Fairness Instinct: The Robin Hood Mentality and Our Biological Nature

by L. Sun

Combining research from the social sciences, hard sciences, and the humanities, this accessible cross-disciplinary book offers fascinating insights into a key component of human nature and society.

 

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Evolving: The Human Effect and Why It Matters

by Daniel J. Fairbanks

This persuasive, elegantly written book argues that understanding evolution has never mattered more in human history. The author uses evidence from archaeology, geography, anatomy, biochemistry, radiometric...


Head Shot: The Science Behind the JFK Assassination

by G. Paul Chambers

After more than four decades and scores of books, documentaries, and films on the subject, what more can be said about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy? A great deal, according to the author. This...


Marvelous Learning Animal: What Makes Human Nature Unique

by Arthur W. Staats

What makes us human? In recent decades, researchers have focused on innate tendencies and inherited traits as explanations for human behavior, especially in light of groundbreaking human genome research. The...


Drive and Curiosity: What Fuels the Passion for Science

by Istvan Hargittai

What motivates those few scientists who rise above their peers to achieve breakthrough discoveries? This book examines the careers of fifteen eminent scientists who achieved some of the most notable discoveries...


Science in a Democratic Society

by Philip Kitcher

Are ghosts real? Are there truly haunted places, only haunted people, or both? And how can we know? Taking neither a credulous nor a dismissive approach, this first-of-its-kind book solves those perplexing mysteries...


Forces of Nature: Our Quest to Conquer the Planet

by Barry A. Vann

As long as the human species has existed, men and women have had to contend with the unpredictable forces of nature. Geographer Barry A. Vann brings a unique perspective to this age-old struggle in this illuminating...


The Turbulent Universe

by Paul Kurtz

In his final book, the late Paul Kurtz outlines his personal vision for a planetary ethics inspired by scientific wisdom. Blending realism and optimism, he lays out the basic principles of an ethical approach...


Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards?: Philosophical Essays on Darwin's Theory

by Elliott Sober

Is it accurate to label Darwin’s theory "the theory of evolution by natural selection," given that the concept of common ancestry is at least as central to Darwin’s theory? Did Darwin reject the idea that...


A Professor, A President, and A Meteor: The Birth of American Science

by Cathryn J. Prince

When a fiery meteor crash in 1807 lit up the dark early-morning sky in Weston, Connecticut, it did more than startle the few farmers in the sleepy village. More importantly, it sparked the curiosity of Benjamin...


Relics of Eden: The Powerful Evidence of Evolution in Human DNA

by Daniel J. Fairbanks

Since the publication in 1859 of Darwin’s Origin of Species, debate over the theory of evolution has been continuous and often impassioned. In recent years, opponents of "Darwin’s dangerous idea" have mounted...


Population Geography: Progress and Prospect

by Michael Pacione

First published in 1986, this book presents a comprehensive overview of the contemporary state of knowledge in the field of population geography. It discusses the contemporary state of the art and surveys new...