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A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science

Barbara Oakley · Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Pages: 316
Format: Print book

The companion book to COURSERA®'s wildly popular massive open online course "Learning How to Learn"Whether you are a student struggling to fulfill a math or science requirement, or you are embarking on a career change that requires a new skill set, A Mind for Numbers offers...
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The Cradle of Humanity: How the Changing Landscape of Africa Made Us So Smart

Mark Maslin · Oxford University Press
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

One of the fundamental questions of our existence is why we are so smart. There are lots of drawbacks to having a large brain, including the huge food intake needed to keep the organ running, the frequency with which it goes wrong, and our very high infant and mother mortality rates compared...
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Naming Nature: The Clash Between Instinct and Science

Carol Kaesuk Yoon · W.W. Norton
Pages: 344
Format: Hardcover

Finalist for the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science and Technology: the surprising, untold story about the poetic and deeply human (cognitive) capacity to name the natural world.Two hundred and fifty years ago, the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus set out to order and name the entire...
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Technical Career Survival Handbook: 100 Things You Need To Know

Peter Y Burke · Elsevier
Pages: 267
Format: Print book

Technical Career Survival Handbook: 100 Things You Need To Know provides the information needed to survive a technical career, enabling prospective technical career candidates and those currently in technical careers to explore all technical education possibilities, industries, disciplines,...
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Behind the Curve: Science and the Politics of Global Warming

Joshua P. Howe · University of Washington Press
Format: Hardcover

In 1958, Charles David Keeling began measuring the concentration of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. His project kicked off a half century of research that has expanded our knowledge of climate change. Despite more than fifty years of research,...
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Lucy's Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins

Donald C Johanson · Harmony Books
Pages: 320
Format: Book

"Lucy is a 3.2-million-year-old skeleton who has become the spokeswoman for human evolution. She is perhaps the best known and most studied fossil hominid of the twentieth century, the benchmark by which other discoveries of human ancestors are judged."-From Lucy's LegacyIn...
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Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled On by Hawking Became Loved

Marcia Bartusiak · Yale University Press
Pages: 237
Format: Print book

For more than half a century, physicists and astronomers engaged in heated dispute over the possibility of black holes in the universe. The weirdly alien notion of a space-time abyss from which nothing escapes - not even light - seemed to confound all logic. This engrossing book tells the story...
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Basic Math and Pre-Algebra for Dummies

Mark Zegarelli · For Dummies
Pages: 386
Format: Hardcover

Tips for simplifying tricky basic math and pre-algebra operations Whether you're a student preparing to take algebra or a parent who wants or needs to brush up on basic math, this fun, friendly guide has the tools you need to get in gear. From positive, negative, and whole numbers to fractions,...
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In Pursuit of the Gene: From Darwin to DNA

James Schwartz · Harvard University Press
Pages: 370
Format: Print book

The mystery of inheritance has captivated thinkers since antiquity, and the unlocking of this mystery - the development of classical genetics - is one of humanity's greatest achievements. This great scientific and human drama is the story told fully and for the first time in this book....
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Once Before Time: A Whole Story of the Universe

Martin Bojowald · Knopf; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

In 2000, Martin Bojowald, then a twenty-seven-year-old post-doc at Pennsylvania State University, used a relatively new theory called loop quantum gravity—a cunning combination of Einstein’s theory of gravity with quantum mechanics—to create a simple model of the universe....
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Miracle Cure: The Creation of Antibiotics and the Birth of Modern Medicine

William Rosen · Viking
Pages: 368
Format: Print book

The epic history of how antibiotics were born, saving millions of lives and creating a vast new industry known as Big Pharma.As late as the 1930s, virtually no drug intended for sickness did any good; doctors could set bones, deliver babies, and offer palliative care. That all changed in less...
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Gravity: How the Weakest Force in the Universe Shaped Our Lives

Brian Clegg · St. Martin's Press
Format: Hardcover

A history of gravity, and a study of its importance and relevance to our lives, as well as its influence on other areas of science. Physicists will tell you that four forces control the universe. Of these, gravity may the most obvious, but it is also the most mysterious. Newton managed...
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Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World

Lisa Randall · Ecco; 1st edition
Format: Audiobook

The latest developments in physics have the potential to radically revise our understanding of the universe: its make-up, its evolution and the fundamental forces that determine its operation. This work is an overview of these developments and a defense of the role of science in our lives....
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Killer Apes, Naked Apes, and Just Plain Nasty People: The Misuse and Abuse of Science in Political Discourse

Richard J. Perry · Johns Hopkins University Press
Format: Hardcover

We like to think that science always illuminates. But the disturbing persistence of the concept of biological determinism -- the false idea that human behavior is genetically fixed or inherently programmed and therefore is not susceptible to rapid change -- shows that scientific research...
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The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity

Steven Strogatz · Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Hardcover

A world-class mathematician and regular contributor to the New York Times hosts a delightful tour of the greatest ideas of math, revealing how it connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, even pop culture in ways we never imaginedDid O.J. do it? How should you flip...
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