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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

by Mary Roach

"One of the funniest and most unusual books of the year....Gross, educational, and unexpectedly sidesplitting."—Entertainment Weekly Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange...


Where Good Ideas Come From

by Steven Johnson

Look out for Johnson’s new book, Wonderland, now on sale.

The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery--these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds...


The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography

by Simon Singh

In his first book since the bestselling Fermat's Enigma, Simon Singh offers the first sweeping history of encryption, tracing its evolution and revealing the dramatic effects codes have had on wars, nations,...


The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business

by Eric Schmidt & Jared Cohen

In an unparalleled collaboration, two leading global thinkers in technology and foreign affairs give us their widely anticipated, transformational vision of the future: a world where everyone is connected—a...


Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2014

by Dan Fagin

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • Winner of The New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award • “A new classic of science reporting.”—The New York Times

The riveting true story of a small town...


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...


The Agile Gene

by Matt Ridley

Armed with extraordinary new discoveries about our genes, acclaimed science writer Matt Ridley turns his attention to the nature-versus-nurture debate in a thoughtful book about the roots of human behavior.

Ridley...


We Are All Stardust: Scientists Who Shaped Our World Talk about Their Work, Their Lives, and What They Still Want to Know

by Stefan Klein & Ross Benjamin

World-leading natural and social scientists shed light on their discoveries and lives in conversation with an award-winning science writer

When acclaimed science writer Stefan Klein asks Nobel Prize– winning...


The Moral Arc

by Michael Shermer

Bestselling author Michael Shermer's exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral

From Galileo and Newton to Thomas...


Darwin's Sacred Cause: How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin's Views on Human Evolution

by Adrian Desmond & James Moore

In this remarkable book, Adrian Desmond and James Moore restore the missing moral core of Darwin’s evolutionary universe, providing a completely new account of how he came to his shattering theories about...


Machines of Loving Grace

by John Markoff

As robots are increasingly integrated into modern society—on the battlefield and the road, in business, education, and health—Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times science writer John Markoff searches for...


Conquering the Electron: The Geniuses, Visionaries, Egomaniacs, and Scoundrels Who Built Our Electronic Age

by Derek Cheung & Eric Brach

Conquering the Electron offers readers a true and engaging history of the world of electronics, beginning with the discoveries of friction and magnetism and ending with the creation of the smartphone and the...


Works in Progress: Plans and Realities on Soviet Farms, 1930-1963

by Jenny Leigh Smith

This book is the first to investigate the gap between the plans and the reality of the Soviet Union's mid-twentieth-century project to industrialize and modernize its agricultural system. Historians agree that...


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...


Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain--and How it Changed the World

by Carl Zimmer

In this unprecedented history of a scientific revolution, award-winning author and journalist Carl Zimmer tells the definitive story of the dawn of the age of the brain and modern consciousness. Told here for...


The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution

by Jonathan Eig

A Chicago Tribune "Best Books of 2014" • A Slate "Best Books 2014: Staff Picks" • A St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Best Books of 2014"

The fascinating story of one of the most important scientific discoveries...


Seeking Truth: Roger North's Notes on Newton and Correspondence with Samuel Clarke c.1704-1713

by Jamie C. Kassler

In the early 1690s Roger North was preparing to remove from London to Rougham, Norfolk, where he planned to continue his search for truth, which for him meant knowledge of nature, including human nature. But...


The Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error That Transformed the World

by Ken Alder

In June 1792, amidst the chaos of the French Revolution, two intrepid astronomers set out in opposite directions on an extraordinary journey. Starting in Paris, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre would make his way...


Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe

by Alan Hirshfeld

A wondrous tale of cosmic exploration and the colorful characters who ushered astronomy into the modern age


The Special Theory of Relativity bound with Relativity: A Very Elementary Exposition

by Herbert Dingle & Sir Oliver Lodge

The Special Theory of Relativity:

Based on a short course of lectures delivered in the late 1930s, this short book presents the theory of Special Relativity by formulating a redefinition of the measurement of...