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A Short History of Nearly Everything

by Bill Bryson

One of the world’s most beloved writers and bestselling author of One Summer takes his ultimate journey—into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer.

In A Walk in the Woods...


The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011: The Best American Series

by Mary Roach & Tim Folger

Popular columnist and science writer Mary Roach selects the year's best science and nature writing.


Beyond the Pale

by Emily Urquhart

Like any new mother, Emily is thrilled when her first child, a daughter, is born. The baby, Sadie, is healthy and stunningly beautiful, with snow white hair and fair skin. Even the doctors and nurses can’t...


A Place to Read: Life and Books

by Michael Cohen

In this essay collection, Michael Cohen tells us about his surprise encounter with the remains of Frida Kahlo, about his father's murder, and about his son's close shave with death on the highway. His subjects...


The Scientist as Rebel

by Freeman J. Dyson

From Galileo to today’s amateur astronomers, scientists have been rebels, writes Freeman Dyson. Like artists and poets, they are free spirits who resist the restrictions their cultures impose on them. In their...


Zoom: From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees: How Everything Moves

by Bob Berman

From the speed of light to moving mountains--and everything in between--ZOOM explores how the universe and its objects move.

If you sit as still as you can in a quiet room, you might be able to convince yourself...


Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science Is Redefining Contemporary Art

by Arthur I. Miller

A dazzling look at the artists working on the frontiers of science. In recent decades, an exciting new art movement has emerged in which artists utilize and illuminate the latest advances in science. Some of...


Nothing: Surprising Insights Everywhere from Zero to Oblivion

by New Scientist & Jeremy Webb

Incredible discoveries from the fringes of the universe to the inner workings of our minds-all from nothing!

It turns out that almost nothing is as curious-or as enlightening-as, well, nothing. What is nothingness?...


Micropatterning in Cell Biology Part A: Methods in Cell Biology

by Matthieu Piel & Manuel Théry

This new volume of Methods in Cell Biology looks at micropatterning in cell biology and includes chapters on protein photo-patterning on PEG with benzophenone, laser-directed cell printing and dip pen nanolithography....


No-Math Theoretical Physics, Essay I - The Time and Motion Relationship

by Thomas Garcia

I offer basic logical analysis of several well-accepted conclusions by certified heroes of science whose logic seems to have gone awry on some of their work, and note that the problem in cosmology seems to stem...


Death & Sex

by Tyler Volk & Dorion Sagan

On DEATH . . .

What is shared by spawning Pacific salmon, towering trees, and suicidal bacteria? In his lucid and concise exploration of how and why things die, Tyler Volk explains the intriguing ways creatures-including...


Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature

by Dorion Sagan, Lynn Margulis & Roald Hoffman

At the crossroads of philosophy and science, the sometimes-dry topics of evolution and ecology come alive in this new collection of essays--many never before anthologized. Learn how technology may be a sort...


Mind, Life and Universe: Conversations with Great Scientists of Our Time

by Eduardo Punset, Lynn Margulis & David Suzuki

Nearly forty of the world's most esteemed scientists discuss the big questions that drive their illustrious careers. Co-editor Eduardo Punset—one of Spain's most loved personages for his popularization of...


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...


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.


The Origin of Species: (A Modern Library E-Book)

by Charles Darwin & Edward J. Larson

Introduction by Edward J. Larson

 

Perhaps the most readable and accessible of the great works of scientific inquiry, The Origin of Species sold out its first printing on the very day it was published in...


The Science Class You Wish You Had (Revised Edition): The Seven Greatest Scientific Discoveries in History and the People Who Made Them

by D. Brody & A. Brody

What does E=mc2 really mean? What is DNA? What was the big bang? These scientific concepts have changed our perception of the world…but for many of us they remain mysteries, bits and pieces of information...


When Science Goes Wrong

by Simon LeVay

Brilliant scientific successes have helped shape our world, and are always celebrated. However, for every victory, there are no doubt numerous little-known blunders. Neuroscientist Simon LeVay brings together...


Perspectives in Bioethics, Science, and Public Policy

by Jonathan Beever & Nicolae C. Morar

In this book, nine thought-leaders engage with some of the hottest moral issues in science and ethics. Based on talks originally given at the annual "Purdue Lectures in Ethics, Policy, and Science," the chapters...


Letters to a Young Scientist

by Edward O. Wilson

Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson imparts the wisdom of his storied career to the next generation. Edward O. Wilson has distilled sixty years of teaching into a book for students, young and...