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Tom Vanderbilt · Alfred A. Knopf
Format: Print book

Why do we get so embarrassed when a colleague wears the same shirt? Why do we eat the same thing for breakfast every day, but seek out novelty at lunch and dinner? How has streaming changed the way Netflix makes recommendations? Why do people think the music of their youth is the best?...
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The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day

JAMES KAKALIOS · Crown
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

Physics professor, bestselling author, and dynamic storyteller James Kakalios reveals the mind-bending science behind the seemingly basic things that keep our daily lives running, from our smart phones and digital "clouds" to x-ray machines and hybrid vehicles.

Most...
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Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions

Richard F Harris · Basic Books
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

An award-winning science journalist pulls the alarm on the dysfunction plaguing scientific research--with lethal consequences for us all
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The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration

Bernd Heinrich · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 352
Format: Print book

"A noted naturalist explores the centrality of home in the lives of humans and other animals . . . A special treat for readers of natural history." - Kirkus Reviews

Every year, many species make the journey from one place to another, following the same paths...
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Mask of the Sun: The Science, History and Forgotten Lore of Eclipses

John Dvorak · Tantor Audio
Format: Audiobook

Eclipses have stunned, frightened, emboldened, and mesmerized people for thousands of years. They were recorded on ancient turtle shells discovered in the Wastes of Yin in China, on clay tablets from Mesopotamia and on the Mayan "Dresden Codex." They are mentioned in Homer's Iliad...
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50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

Guy P. Harrison · Prometheus Books
Format: Print book

Maybe you know someone who swears by the reliability of psychics or who is in regular contact with angels. Or perhaps you're trying to find a nice way of dissuading someone from wasting money on a homeopathy cure. Or you met someone at a party who insisted the Holocaust never happened...
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How to Raise Kind Kids: And Get Respect, Gratitude, and a Happier Family in the Bargain

Thomas Lickona · Penguin Books
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback

Can you teach your child to be kind?

This vital question is taking on a new urgency as our culture grows ever more abrasive and divided.

We all want our kids to be kind. But recognizing that abstractly is not the same as knowing what to do when your son tunes you out or you catch...
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Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids

Daniel Loxton · Columbia University Press
Format: Hardcover

Throughout our history, humans have been captivated by mythic beasts and legendary creatures. Tales of Bigfoot, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness monster are part of our collective experience. Now comes a book from two dedicated investigators that explores and elucidates the fascinating world...
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Strange New Worlds: The Search for Alien Planets and Life beyond Our Solar System

Robert P. Kirshner · Princeton University Press; 1ST edition
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

Soon astronomers expect to find alien Earths by the dozens in orbit around distant suns. Before the decade is out, telltale signs that they harbor life may be found. If they are, the ramifications for all areas of human thought and endeavor--from religion and philosophy to art and biology--will...
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Mathematics 1001: Absolutely Everything That Matters About Mathematics in 1001 Bite-Sized Explanations

Dr. Richard Elwes · Firefly Books
Pages: 415
Format: Book

A comprehensive study of math principles in one volume for the general reader.

This practical reference provides clear and concise explanations of the most fascinating fundamental mathematical concepts. Distilled into 1001 mini-essays arranged thematically, this unique book...

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101 Quantum Questions: What You Need to Know About the World You Can't See

Kenneth W. Ford · Harvard University Press
Format: Hardcover

Ken Ford’s mission is to help us understand the “great ideas” of quantum physics—ideas such as wave-particle duality, the uncertainty principle, superposition, and conservation. These fundamental concepts provide the structure for 101 Quantum Questions, an authoritative...
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Planet of the Bugs: Evolution and the Rise of Insects

Scott Richard Shaw · University Of Chicago Press
Format: Hardcover

Dinosaurs, however toothy, did not rule the earth - and neither do humans. But what were and are the true potentates of our planet? Insects, says Scott Richard Shaw - millions and millions of insect species. Starting in the shallow oceans of ancient Earth and ending in the far reaches of outer...
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Planet of Microbes: The Perils and Potential of Earth's Essential Life Forms

TED ANTON · University Of Chicago Press
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

We live in a time of unprecedented scientific knowledge about the origins of life on Earth. But if we want to grasp the big picture, we have to start small - very small. That's because the real heroes of the story of life on Earth are microbes, the tiny living organisms we cannot see with...
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Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat

Bee Wilson · Basic Books; 1ST edition
Format: Hardcover

Since prehistory, humans have braved sharp knives, fire, and grindstones to transform raw ingredients into something delicious—or at least edible. Tools shape what we eat, but they have also transformed how we consume, and how we think about, our food. Technology in the kitchen does...
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