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Hidden Wonders: The Subtle Dialogue Between Physics and Elegance

Etienne Guyon · The MIT Press; Illustrated edition
Format: Paperback

Hidden Wonders focuses on the objects that populate our everyday life--crumpled paper, woven fabric, a sand pile--but looks at them with a physicist's eye, revealing a hidden elegance in mundane physical mechanisms. In six chapters--Builders, Creating Shapes, Building with Threads,...
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Viruses, Pandemics, and Immunity

Arup K. Chakraborty
Format: Paperback

Throughout history, humans have contended with pandemics. History is replete with references to plagues, pestilence, and contagion, but the devastation wrought by pandemics had been largely forgotten by the twenty-first century. Now, the enormous human and economic toll of the rapidly spreading...
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What Is Life?: Five Great Ideas in Biology

Paul Nurse
Format: Hardcover

The renowned Nobel Prize-winning scientist's elegant and concise explanation of the fundamental ideas in biology and their uses today.Hailed by Philip Pullman as "a great communicator" who is also "as distinguished a scientist as there could be," Paul Nurse writes...
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Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

Elizabeth Kolbert · Crown
Format: Hardcover

That man should have dominion "over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth" is a prophecy that has hardened into fact. So pervasive are human impacts on the planet that it's said we live in a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. In Under...
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The Problem of Alzheimer's: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It

Jason Karlawish · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

In 2019, 5.8 million Americans had Alzheimer's, and more than half a million will die of Alzheimer's disease dementia. 16 million caregivers are responsible for paying as much as half of the $226 billion annual costs of their care. As more people live beyond their seventies and eighties,...
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Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal

Mark Bittman · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

The history of Homo sapiens is usually told as a story of technology or economics. But there is a more fundamental driver: food. How we hunted and gathered explains our emergence as a new species and our earliest technology; our first food systems, from fire to agriculture, tell where we settled...
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This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyber Weapons Arms Race

Nicole Perlroth · Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 528
Format: Hardcover

Zero day: a software bug that allows a hacker to break in and scamper through the world's computer networks invisibly until discovered. One of the most coveted tools in a spy's arsenal, a zero day has the power to tap into any iPhone, dismantle safety controls at a chemical plant,...
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The New Long Life: A Framework for Flourishing in a Changing World

Andrew J Scott
Format: Hardcover

Smart new technologies. Longer, healthier lives. Human progress has risen to great heights, but at the same time it has prompted anxiety about where we're heading. Are our jobs under threat? If we live to 100, will we ever really stop working? And how will this change the way we love,...
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