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The Monkey's Voyage: How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of Life

Alan de Queiroz · Perseus Books Group
Pages: 360
Format: Hardcover

Throughout the world, closely related species are found on landmasses separated by wide stretches of ocean. What explains these far-flung distributions? Why are such species found where they are across the Earth? Since the discovery of plate tectonics, scientists have conjectured that plants...
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The Truth About Tesla: The Myth of the Lone Genius in the History of Innovation

Christopher Cooper · Race Point Publishing
Pages: 200
Format: Hardcover

Everything you think you know about Nikola Tesla is wrong.Nikola Tesla was one of the greatest electrical inventors who ever lived. For years, the engineering genius was relegated to relative obscurity, his contributions to humanity (we are told) obscured by a number of nineteenth-century...
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Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed: The Fascinating Science of Animal Intelligence, Emotions, Friendship, and Conservation

Ph.D. Marc Bekoff · New World Library

In 2009, Marc Bekoff was asked to write on animal emotions for Psychology Today. Some 500 popular, jargon-free essays later, the field of anthrozoology — the study of human-animal relationships — has grown exponentially, as have scientific data showing how smart and emotional...
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Arctic Autumn: A Journey to Season's Edge

Pete Dunne · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Hardcover

The Arctic doesn't spring to mind when most people think about autumn. Yet in his continuing effort to invite readers' curiosity through unpredictability, Pete Dunne chose to pair the transitional season of autumn with this fragile environment in flux.The book begins on Bylot Island...
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The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World

Trevor J Cox · W. W. Norton & Company, 2014.
Pages: 331
Format: Print book

"A lucid and passionate case for a more mindful way of listening. . . . Anyone who has ever clapped, hollered or yodeled at an echo will delight in [Cox's] zestful curiosity." -- New York Times Trevor Cox is on a hunt for the sonic wonders of the world. A renowned expert who engineers...
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Anatomies: A Cultural History of the Human Body

Hugh Aldersey-Williams · W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

An eye-opening, spine-tingling, heartwarming tour through the extraordinary history and secrets of the human body. The human body is the most fraught and fascinating, talked-about and taboo, unique yet universal fact of our lives. It is the inspiration for art, the subject of science, and the source...
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The Inheritor's Powder: A Tale of Arsenic, Murder, and the New Forensic Science

Sandra Hempel · W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

An infamous murder investigation that changed forever the way poisoners were brought to justice. In the first half of the nineteenth century, an epidemic swept Europe arsenic poisoning. Available at any corner shop for a few pence, arsenic was so frequently used by potential beneficiaries...
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Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution

MENNO SCHILTHUIZEN · Picador
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

From evolutionary biologist Menno Schilthuizen comes a book that will make you see yourself and the world around you in an entirely new way.For a long time, biologists thought evolution was a necessarily slow process, too incremental to be observed in a lifetime. In Darwin Comes to Town,...
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Atoms Under the Floorboards: The Surprising Science Hidden in Your Home

Chris Woodford · Bloomsbury Sigma, 2015. ©2015
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

Using the modern home as a springboard, Atoms Under the Floorboards presents the fascinating and surprising scientific explanations behind a variety of common (and often entertainingly mundane) household phenomena, from gurgling drains and squeaky floorboards to rubbery custard and shiny...
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How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens

Benedict Carey · Random House
Format: Hardcover

In the tradition of The Power of Habit and Thinking, Fast and Slow comes a practical, playful, and endlessly fascinating guide to what we really know about learning and memory today - and how we can apply it to our own lives. From an early age, it is drilled into our heads: Restlessness,...
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Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

Sally Satel · Basic Books; 5.5.2013 edition
Format: Hardcover

FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE IN SCIENCEWhat can’t neuroscience tell us about ourselves? Since fMRI—functional magnetic resonance imaging—was introduced in the early 1990s, brain scans have been used to help politicians understand and manipulate voters,...
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Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel

Jason Padgett · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

"No one sees the world as Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns, numbers call to mind distinct geometric shapes, and intricate fractal patterns emerge from the movement of tree branches, revealing the intrinsic mathematical designs hidden in the objects...
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The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos

Leonard Mlodinow · Pantheon
Format: Hardcover

A few million years ago, our ancestors came down from the trees and began to stand upright, freeing our hands to create tools and our minds to grapple with the world around us. Leonard Mlodinow takes us on a passionate and inspiring tour through the exciting history of human progress...
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Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures

Virginia Morell · Crown Publishers; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover

Noted science writer Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion, offering a surprising and moving exploration into the hearts and minds of wild and domesticated animals. Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a fish? Or a parrot, dolphin,...
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All the Right Angles: From Gear Ratios to Calculating Odds: Mathematics in the World of Sports

Joel Levy · Firefly Books; 1st Edition edition
Format: Book

A visual reference to the mathematics of sports. Any definition of sport begins with the term physical. Motion, power, energy and momentum are the driving forces of physics, and numbers govern all sports. People and objects move in lines and curves, geometry determines progress, times...
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