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Researching Sustainability: A Guide to Social Science Methods, Practice and Engagement

by Alex Franklin & Paul Blyton

This book is for students and researchers across the social sciences who are planning, conducting and disseminating research on sustainability-related issues. Real-world sustainability problems cross many boundaries,...


Murder & Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for Mystery Writers

by MD, D. P. Lyle

In Murder and Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for Mystery Writers, Dr. D. P. Lyle culls the best of his popular "The Doctor Is In" question-and-answer column for the Mystery Writers of...


Soda-Pop Rockets: 20 Sensational Rockets to Make from Plastic Bottles

by Paul Jarvis

Anyone can recycle a plastic bottle by tossing it into a bin, but it takes a bit of skill to propel it into a bin from 500 feet away, and this fun guide features 20 different easy-to-launch rockets that can...


From Dust to Life: The Origin and Evolution of Our Solar System

by John Chambers & Jacqueline Mitton

The birth and evolution of our solar system is a tantalizing mystery that may one day provide answers to the question of human origins. This book tells the remarkable story of how the celestial objects that...


Doing the Right Thing

by Scientific American Editors

Doing the Right Thing: Ethics in Science by the Editors of Scientific American

Most of us have probably had those discussions, either in a classroom setting or otherwise, where a hypothetical situation is given...


Decoding the Universe: How the New Science of Information Is Explaining Everythingin the Cosmos, fromOu r Brains to Black Holes

by Charles Seife

The author of Zero explains the scientific revolution that is transforming the way we understand our world

Previously the domain of philosophers and linguists, information theory has now moved beyond the province...


Companion Encyclopedia of Science in the Twentieth Century

by John Krige & Dominique Pestre

With over forty chapters, written by leading scholars, this comprehensive volume represents the best work in America, Europe and Asia. Geographical diversity of the authors is reflected in the different perspectives...


AN Optimist's Tour of the Future: One Curious Man Sets Out to Answer "What's Next?"

by Mark Stevenson

In the tradition of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, a smart and entertaining guide to the future of civilization

When unexpectedly confronted with his own mortality, Mark Stevenson-a writer,...


The Fly in the Ointment: 70 Fascinating Commentaries on the Science of Everyday Life

by Dr. Joe Schwarcz

This entertaining examination of everyday science from the fanciful to the factual covers topics ranging from pesticides and environmental estrogens to lipsticks and garlic. Readers are alerted to the shenanigans...


When Computers Were Human

by David Alan Grier

Before Palm Pilots and iPods, PCs and laptops, the term "computer" referred to the people who did scientific calculations by hand. These workers were neither calculating geniuses nor idiot savants but knowledgeable...


Bosnia's Million Bones

by Christian Jennings

The extraordinary story of how a team of international forensic scientists pioneered ground-breaking DNA technology to identify the bodies of thousands of victims of the Yugoslav Wars, and how their work is...


Learning from Leonardo: Decoding the Notebooks of a Genius

by Fritjof Capra

Bestselling and world-renowned author Fritjof Capra presents the first in-depth and full description of Leonardo da Vinci's amazing scientific work and discoveries in geology, anatomy, flight, mechanics, botany,...


The Princeton Guide to Evolution

by Jonathan B. Losos, David A. Baum & Douglas J. Futuyma

The Princeton Guide to Evolution is a comprehensive, concise, and authoritative reference to the major subjects and key concepts in evolutionary biology, from genes to mass extinctions. Edited by a distinguished...


A Machine to Make a Future: Biotech Chronicles

by Paul Rabinow & Talia Dan-Cohen

A Machine to Make a Future represents a remarkably original look at the present and possible future of biotechnology research in the wake of the mapping of the human genome. The central tenet of Celera Diagnostics--the...


In the Shadow of the Bomb: Oppenheimer, Bethe, and the Moral Responsibility of the Scientist

by Silvan S. Schweber

In the Shadow of the Bomb narrates how two charismatic, exceptionally talented physicists--J. Robert Oppenheimer and Hans A. Bethe--came to terms with the nuclear weapons they helped to create. In 1945, the...


How to Build a Hovercraft: Air Cannons, Magnetic Motors, and 25 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects

by Stephen Voltz & Fritz Grobe

From the Coke and Mentos fountain makers who found initial fame via Maker Faire and YouTube (more than 150 million views!) comes this collection of DIY science projects guaranteed to inspire a love of experimentation....


Philosophy of Science: An Introduction (Second Edition)

by Thomas J. Hickey

This concise and accessible book is a synthesis of the basic principles of the contemporary pragmatist philosophy of science.

It discusses the aim of basic science, the methods of scientific discovery, the criteria...


A Taste of Molecules: In Search of the Secrets of Flavor

by Diane Fresquez

A spirited food writer on the trail of obsessive scientists and entrepreneurs who want to titillate our taste buds.


Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air

by Richard Holmes

**Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)**

**Time Magazine 10 Top Nonfiction Books of 2013**

**The New Republic Best Books of 2013**

In this heart-lifting chronicle, Richard Holmes, author of the best-selling The...


Science and Ideology: A Comparative History

by Mark Walker

Does science work best in a democracy? Were 'Soviet' or 'Nazi' science fundamentally different from science in the USA? These questions have been passionately debated in the recent past. Particular developments...