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When Humans Nearly Vanished: The Catastrophic Explosion of the Toba Volcano

Donald R. Prothero · Smithsonian Books
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover

The fascinating true story of the explosion of the Mount Toba supervolcano--the Earth's largest eruption in the past 28 million years--and its lasting impact on Earth and human evolutionSome 73,000 years ago, the huge dome of Mount Toba, in today's Sumatra, Indonesia, began to rumble....
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Finding Zero: A Mathematician's Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers

Amir D. Aczel · Palgrave Macmillan Trade; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

The invention of numerals is perhaps the greatest abstraction the human mind has ever created. Virtually everything in our lives is digital, numerical, or quantified. The story of how and where we got these numerals, which we so depend on, has for thousands of years been shrouded in mystery....
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The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era

Craig Nelson · Scribner; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rocket Men and the award-winning biographer of Thomas Paine comes the first complete history of the Atomic Age, a brilliant, magisterial account of the men and women who uncovered the secrets of the nucleus, brought its power to America, and ignited...
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StarTalk: Everything You Ever Need to Know About Space Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race, the Universe, and Beyond

Neil Degrasse Tyson · National Geographic
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

This beautifully illustrated companion to celebrated scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson's popular podcast and National Geographic Channel TV show is an eye-opening journey for anyone curious about the complexities of our universe. For decades, beloved astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has interpreted...
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Feral Cities: Adventures with Animals in the Urban Jungle

Tristan Donovan · Chicago Review Press
Format: Print book

We tend to think of cities as a realm apart, somehow separate from nature, but nothing could be further from the truth. In Feral Cities, Tristan Donovan digs below the urban gloss to uncover the wild creatures that we share our streets and homes with, and profiles the brave and fascinating...
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Evolutions: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World

Oren Solomon Harman · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

A brilliant lyrical exploration of how modern science illuminates what it means to be human, from the award-winning author of The Price of AltruismWe don't think anymore, like the ancient Chinese did, that the world was hatched from an egg, or, like the Maori, that it came from the tearing...
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Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion

Jon Katz · Ballantine
Pages: 209
Format: Hardcover

In this heartfelt, thoughtful, and inspiring memoir, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz tells the story of his beloved rescue donkey, Simon, and the wondrous ways that animals make us wiser and kinder people. In the spring of 2011, Jon Katz received a phone call that would challenge...
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The Storm and the Tide: Tragedy, Hope and Triumph in Tuscaloosa

Lars Anderson · Time Inc
Pages: 229
Format: Print book

THE MOVING STORY OF HOW A SHARED TRAGEDY INSPIRED A COLLEGE FOOTBALL DYNASTY On April 27, 2011, a powerful tornado ripped through the heart of Tuscaloosa, Ala., leaving 53 dead and a path of unimaginable devastation. In the aftermath, Alabama coach Nick Saban and his football team went...
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Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World

Gillen D'Arcy Wood · Princeton University Press; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

When Indonesia's Mount Tambora erupted in 1815, it unleashed the most destructive wave of extreme weather the world has witnessed in thousands of years. The volcano's massive sulfate dust cloud enveloped the Earth, cooling temperatures and disrupting major weather systems for more...
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