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Reconsidering Sputnik: Forty Years Since the Soviet Satellite

by Roger D. Lanius, John M. Logsdon & Robert W. Smith

This book explores Russia's stunning success of ushering in the space age by launching Sputnik and beating the United States into space. It also examines the formation of NASA, the race for human exploration...


Culture and Global Change

by Tim Allen & Tracey Skelton

Culture and Global Change presents a comprehensive introduction to the cultural aspects of third world development. It contains 25 chapters from leading writers in the field who each explore a particular aspect...


Environment and Philosophy

by Emily Brady, with Jane Howarth & Vernon Pratt

Environment and Philosophy provides an accessible introduction to the radical challenges that environmentalism poses to concepts that have become almost second nature in the modern world. These include:

* the...


Health Ecology: Health, Culture and Human-Environment Interaction

by Thomas Boleyn & Morteza Honari

This ground-breaking study offers new challenges to those teaching, studying or developing strategies and policies in health and the environment.Bringing together a variety of approaches from different perspectives...


European Integration and Housing Policy

by Mark Kleinman, Walter Matznetter & Mark Stephens

This book presents a series of debates arising from the housing needs of different EU countries. The authors address key issues by examining in turn:

* the consequences of European integration for different...


Global Trade and Global Social Issues

by Annie Taylor Nfa, Annie Taylor & Caroline Thomas

In Global Trade and Social Issues leading academics and NGO workers offer a much-needed counterweight to the liberal consensus. A critical reflection on the whole project of restructuring world trade, this is...


Architects' Guide to Fee Bidding

by M. Paul Nicholson

Fee bidding still generates emotive reactions from within many sections of the architectural profession. Fee bidding is not taught in most schools of architecture, so practitioners generally rely on hunches...


Interpretation in Architecture: Design as Way of Thinking

by Adrian Snodgrass & Richard Coyne

Drawing on cultural theory, phenomenology and concepts from Asian art and philosophy, this book reflects on the role of interpretation in the act of architectural creation, bringing an intellectual and scholarly...


Science Firsts: From the Creation of Science to the Science of Creation

by Robert E. Adler

Be on hand to witness some of the most monumental scientific discoveries of the past three millennia

This engaging collection offers readers the unique experience of being on hand to witness some of the most...


Mad about Modern Physics: Braintwisters, Paradoxes, and Curiosities

by Franklin Potter & Christopher Jargodzki

More mind-bending fun in physics

The sequel to the popular Mad About Physics, Mad About Modern Physics promises endless hours of entertaining, challenging fun. With detailed answers to hundreds of questions ("Are...


Planetary Dreams: The Quest to Discover Life Beyond Earth

by Robert Shapiro

The Quest To Discover Life Beyond Earth.

"The 'dreams' that I write of are not the usual ones, the images that come up in our minds involuntarily during certain stages of sleep, but rather the hopes and expectations...


The Big Splat, or How Our Moon Came to Be

by Dana Mackenzie

The first popular book to explain the dramatic theory behind the Moon's genesis

This lively science history relates one of the great recent breakthroughs in planetary astronomy-a successful theory of the birth...


Great Feuds in Science: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever

by Hal Hellman

The dramatic stories of ten historic feuds: How they altered the course of discovery-and shaped the modern world

Hall Hellman tells the lively stories of ten of the most outrageous and intriguing disputes from...


Landscape Architecture, Fifth Edition: A Manual of Environmental Planning and Design

by Barry Starke & John Ormsbee Simonds

The most comprehensive, current guide to the theory and practice of landscape architecture

For more than 50 years, this pioneering guide has served as the foremost resource on the principles and practices of...


Whose Urban Renaissance?: An international comparison of urban regeneration strategies

by Libby Porter & Kate Shaw

The desire of governments for a 'renaissance' of their cities is a defining feature of contemporary urban policy. From Melbourne and Toronto to Johannesburg and Istanbul, government policies are successfully...


The Science of Supervillains

by Lois H. Gresh & Robert Weinberg

The authors of The Science of Superheroes now reveal the real genius of the most evil geniuses

Ever wonder why comic book villains, such as Spiderman's bionic archenemy Dr. Octopus or the X-Men's eternal rival...


The Science of Superheroes

by Lois H. Gresh & Robert Weinberg

The truth about superpowers . . . science fact or science fiction?

"An entertaining and informative guide to comic book wonders bound to come."

-Julius Schwartz, Editor Emeritus, DC Comics

Superman, Batman, The...


Teleportation: The Impossible Leap

by David Darling

An authoritative, entertaining examination of the ultimate thrill ride

Until recently the stuff of sci-fi fiction and Star Trek reruns, teleportation has become a reality-for subatomic particles at least. In...


Marking Time: The Epic Quest to Invent the Perfect Calendar

by Duncan Steel

"If you lie awake worrying about the overnight transition from December 31, 1 b.c., to January 1, a.d. 1 (there is no year zero), then you will enjoy Duncan Steel's Marking Time."--American Scientist

"No book...


What Does a Martian Look Like?: The Science of Extraterrestrial Life

by Jack Cohen & Ian Stewart

"A fascinating and useful handbook to both the science and science fiction of extraterrestrial life. Cohen and Stewart are amusing, opinionated, and expert guides. I found it a terrific and informative piece...