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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari · Harper
Format: Hardcover

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations...
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Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality

Jonathan Weiner · Ecco; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover

“[A] searching and surprisingly witty look at the scientific odds against tomorrow.”—Timothy FerrisJonathan Weiner—winner of the  Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and one of the most distinguished...
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Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End . . .

Philip C Plait · Viking Penguin
Pages: 326
Format: Print book

A lively astronomy primer that uses cataclysmic scenarios to explain the universe?s most fascinating events.According to astronomer Philip Plait, the universe is an apocalypse waiting to happen But how much do we really need to fear from things like black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and supernovae?...
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Newton's Apple and Other Myths about Science

Ronald L Numbers · Harvard University Press
Pages: 287
Format: Print book

A falling apple inspired Isaac Newton's insight into the law of gravity -- or so the story goes. Is it true? Perhaps not. But the more intriguing question is why such stories endure as explanations of how science happens. Newton's Apple and Other Myths about Science brushes away popular...
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Wrong: Why experts* keep failing us--and how to know when not to trust them *Scientists, finance wizards, doctors, relationship gurus, celebrity CEOs, ... consultants, health officials and more

David H. Freedman · Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

Our investments are devastated, obesity is epidemic, test scores are in decline, blue-chip companies circle the drain, and popular medications turn out to be ineffective and even dangerous. What happened? Didn't we listen to the scientists, economists and other experts who promised...
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Darwin's On the Origin of Species: A Modern Rendition

Daniel Duzdevich · Indiana University Press
Format: Book

Charles Darwin’s most famous book On the Origin of Species is without question, one of the most important books ever written. While even the grandest works of Victorian English can prove difficult to modern readers, Darwin wrote his text in haste and under intense pressure. For an era in which...
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The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture

Mary Pipher · Riverhead Trade; 1 edition
Format: Paperback

Mary Pipher takes on our planets greatest problems with the skills of a truly gifted therapist. She knows why we avoid and deny the truth and she knows how we can heal ourselves and our communities even as we try to heal the earth. This book is a deep and true gift.—Bill McKibben, author...
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Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey to Mars

Scott Kelly · Knopf
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station--a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years.The veteran of four space flights and the American...
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Magnificent Mistakes in Mathematics

Alfred S. Posamentier · Prometheus Books
Format: Print book

Two veteran math educators demonstrate how some "magnificent mistakes" had profound consequences for our understanding of mathematics' key concepts. In the nineteenth century, English mathematician William Shanks spent fifteen years calculating the value of pi, setting a record...
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The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

Jennifer Ouellette · Penguin Books; Reprint edition
Format: Paperback

Kiss My Math meets A Tour of the Calculus Jennifer Ouellette never took math in college, mostly because she-like most people-assumed that she wouldn't need it in real life. But then the English-major-turned-award-winning-science-writer had a change of heart and decided to revisit...
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Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You

Christine McKinley · Perigee
Pages: 248
Format: Paperback

From the host of the History channel's Brad Meltzer's Decoded: the laws of the universe like you've never experienced them before. This approachable book explains the world of physics with clarity, humor, and a dash of adventure. Physics for Rock Stars is not a weighty treatise...
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See What I'm Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses

Lawrence D. Rosenblum · W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

An in-depth look at the science that explains the hidden powers of the five senses and how to harness their potential.  In this revealing romp through the mysteries of human perception, University of California psychologist and researcher Lawrence Rosenblum explores the astonishing...
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Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind

Mark Pagel · W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

A fascinating, far-reaching study of how our species' innate capacity for culture altered the course of our social and evolutionary history.A unique trait of the human species is that our personalities, lifestyles, and worldviews are shaped by an accident of birth -- namely, the culture...
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The Infinite Monkey Cage – How to Build a Universe

Brian Cox · William Collins
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

The Infinite Monkey Cage, the legendary BBC Radio 4 programme, brings you this irreverent celebration of scientific marvels. Join us on a hectic leap through the grand and bizarre ideas conjured up by human imagination, from dark matter to consciousness via neutrinos and earthworms.Professor...
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Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking

Douglas Hofstadter · Basic Books
Format: Hardcover

Analogy is the core of all thinking. This is the simple but unorthodox premise that Pulitzer Prizewinning author Douglas Hofstadter and French psychologist Emmanuel Sander defend in their new work. Hofstadter has been grappling with the mysteries of human thought for over thirty years....
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