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Warped Passages

by Lisa Randall

The universe has many secrets. It may hide additional dimensions of space other than the familier three we recognize. There might even be another universe adjacent to ours, invisible and unattainable . . . for...


Quick Arithmetic: A Self-Teaching Guide

by Robert A. Carman & Marilyn J. Carman

Master math at your own pace!

Does working with numbers often frustrate you? Do you need to brush up on your basic math skills? Do you feel math stands between you and your career goals, or a better grade at...


The Brightest Stars: Discovering the Universe through the Sky's Most Brilliant Stars

by Fred Schaaf

"Fred Schaaf is one of the most experienced astronomical observers of our time. For more than two decades, his view of the sky-what will be visible, when it will be visible, and what it will look like-has encouraged...


Who Turned Out the Lights?

by Scott Bittle & Jean Johnson

From the editors of PublicAgenda.org, an entertaining, irreverent, and absolutely essential nonpartisan guide to the energy crisis

Energy: It's a problem that never goes away (despite our best efforts as a nation...


Lousy Sex: Creating Self in an Infectious World

by Gerald N. Callahan

In Lousy Sex, Gerald Callahan explores the science of self, illustrating the immune system’s role in forming individual identity. Blending the scientific essay with deeply personal narratives, these poignant...


The Secret Life of Dust: From the Cosmos to the Kitchen Counter, the Big Consequences of Little Things

by Hannah Holmes

Hannah Holmes A mesmerizing expedition around our dusty world

Some see dust as dull and useless stuff. But in the hands of author Hannah Holmes, it becomes a dazzling and mysterious force; Dust, we discover,...


It Doesn't Take a Rocket Scientist: Great Amateurs of Science

by John Malone

Did you know. . .

. . . that the woman who discovered the largest and most complete T. rex fossil on record was a high-school dropout who became one of the world's greatest fossil hunters? . . . that the great...


Unsolved Mysteries of Science: A Mind-Expanding Journey Through a Universe of Big Bangs, Particle Waves, and Other Perplexing Concepts

by John Malone

A LIVELY EXPLORATION OF THE BIGGEST QUESTIONS IN SCIENCE

How Did the Universe Begin?

The Big Bang has been the accepted theory for decades, but does it explain everything?

How Did Life on Earth Get Started?

What...


The Bit and the Pendulum: From Quantum Computing to M Theory--The New Physics of Information

by Tom Siegfried

"Funny, clear, deep, and right on target. [Siegfried] lets us get a handle on ideas that are essential for understanding the evolving world."

-K. C. Cole, author of The Universe and the Teacup

"An eager, ambitious...


Scientific American The Amateur Astronomer

by Scientific American & Shawn Carlson

From the longest running column in Scientific American's history comes this collection of fascinating projects for amateur astronomers

For over seventy years, "The Amateur Scientist" column in Scientific American...


The Five Biggest Unsolved Problems in Science

by Arthur W. Wiggins & Charles M. Wynn

An in-depth look at the theories behind the most intriguing puzzles in physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, and astronomy

In The Five Biggest Ideas in Science, authors Arthur W. Wiggins and Charles M....


The Great Beyond: Higher Dimensions, Parallel Universes and the Extraordinary Search for a Theory of Everything

by Paul Halpern

The concept of multiple unperceived dimensions in the universe is one of the hottest topics in contemporary physics. It is essential to current attempts to explain gravity and the underlying structure of the...


The Science of James Bond: From Bullets to Bowler Hats to Boat Jumps, the Real Technology Behind 007's Fabulous Films

by Lois H. Gresh & Robert Weinberg

The science behind the gadgets, exploits, and enemies of the world's greatest spy

From the sleek Aston Martin that spits out bullets, nails, and passengers at the push of a button to the microjet that makes hairpin...


Star Watch: The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to Finding, Observing, and Learning about Over 125 Celestial Objects

by Philip S. Harrington

Your Passport to the Universe

The night sky is alive with many wonders--distant planets, vast star clusters, glowing nebulae, and expansive galaxies, all waiting to be explored. Let respected astronomy writer...


Medical Firsts: From Hippocrates to the Human Genome

by Robert E. Adler

An exploration of medical discoveries-from the ancient Greeks to the present

"Always help, or at least do no harm." Following this simple yet revolutionary idea, Hippocrates laid the foundation for modern medicine...


The Universal Book of Mathematics: From Abracadabra to Zeno's Paradoxes

by David Darling

Praise for David Darling

The Universal Book of Astronomy

"A first-rate resource for readers and students of popular astronomy and general science. . . . Highly recommended."

-Library Journal

"A comprehensive survey...


The Complete Book of Spaceflight: From Apollo 1 to Zero Gravity

by David Darling

A commanding encyclopedia of the history and principles of spaceflight-from earliest conceptions to faster-than-light galaxy-hopping

Here is the first truly comprehensive guide to space exploration and propulsion,...


Scientific American Inventions and Discoveries: All the Milestones in Ingenuity--From the Discovery of Fire to the Invention of the Microwave Oven

by Rodney Carlisle & Scientific American

A unique A-to-Z reference of brilliance in innovation and invention

Combining engagingly written, well-researched history with the respected imprimatur of Scientific American magazine, this authoritative, accessible...


The Theory of Evolution: What It Is, Where It Came From, and Why It Works

by Cynthia Mills

Everything mammals ever wanted to know about the theory of evolution-but were afraid to ask

This important new book by award-winning science writer Cynthia Mills clearly explains one of the most crucial, and...


Where the Germs Are: A Scientific Safari

by Nicholas Bakalar

A guided tour through the strange and sometimes dangerous microscopic world

Germs are everywhere--in our intestines and on our skin as well as on kitchen counters, public toilets, doorknobs, and just about everything...