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Time Travel

James Gleick · Pantheon Books
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

From the acclaimed author of The Information and Chaos, here is a mind-bending exploration of time travel: its subversive origins, its evolution in literature and science, and its influence on our understanding of time itself. The story begins at the turn of the previous century, with the young...
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Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies

Alastair Bonnett · Houghton Mifflin
Pages: 270
Format: Hardcover

A tour of the world's hidden geographies - from disappearing islands to forbidden deserts - and a stunning testament to how mysterious the world remains today
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The Great Acceleration: How the World is Getting Faster, Faster

Robert Colvile · Bloomsbury USA
Pages: 390
Format: Print book

In this revelatory study of modern living, Robert Colvile inspects the various ways in which the pace of life in our society is increasing and examines the evolutionary science behind our rapidly accelerating need for change, as well as why it's unlikely we'll be able to slow down . . . or even...
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Astronomy 101: From the Sun and Moon to Wormholes and Warp Drive, Key Theories, Discoveries, and Facts about the Universe

Carolyn Collins Petersen · Adams Media
Format: Hardcover

Explore the curiosities of the cosmos in this engaging book! Too often, textbooks go into more detail than readers have in mind when they want to learn a little something about astronomy. This is where Astronomy 101 comes in. It takes you out to the stars and planets and galaxies and discusses...
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Why?: What Makes Us Curious

Mario Livio · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio investigates perhaps the most human of all our characteristics - curiosity - as he explores our innate desire to know why.Experiments demonstrate that people are more distracted when they overhear a phone conversation - where they can know only one side...
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And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind: A Natural History of Moving Air

Bill Streever · Little Brown and Company
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

A thrilling exploration of the science and history of wind from the bestselling author of Cold.Scientist and bestselling nature writer Bill Streever goes to any extreme to explore wind--the winds that built empires, the storms that wreck them--by traveling right through it. Narrating from...
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The Boy Who Played with Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Make a Star

Tom Clynes · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

How an American teenager became the youngest person ever to build a working nuclear fusion reactor By the age of nine, Taylor Wilson had mastered the science of rocket propulsion. At eleven, his grandmother's cancer diagnosis drove him to investigate new ways to produce medical isotopes....
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Life Breaks In: A Mood Almanack

Mary Cappello · The University of Chicago Press
Pages: 408
Format: Print book

Some books start at point A, take you by the hand, and carefully walk you to point B, and on and on. This is not one of those books. This book is about mood, and how it works in and with us as complicated, imperfectly self-knowing beings existing in a world that impinges and infringes...
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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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What the Luck?: The Surprising Role of Chance in Our Everyday Lives

Gary Smith · Overlook Press
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

The newest book by the acclaimed author of Standard Deviations takes on luck, and all the mischief the idea of luck can cause in our lives.In Israel, pilot trainees who were praised for doing well subsequently performed worse, while trainees who were yelled at for doing poorly performed...
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Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products

Stephen Leahy · Firefly Books
Format: Paperback

The average American lifestyle is kept afloat by about 2,000 gallons of H2O a day. The numbers are shocking. Your Water Footprint reveals the true cost of our lifestyle. A water footprint is the amount of fresh water used to produce the goods and services we consume, including growing,...
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We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe

Jorge Cham · Riverhead Books
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

Prepare to learn everything we still don't know about our strange, mostly mysterious universe. PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson have teamed up to spelunk through the enormous gaps in our cosmological knowledge, armed with their popular infographics, cartoons,...
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The Next Species: The Future of Evolution in the Aftermath of Man

Michael Tennesen · Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover

While examining the history of our planet and actively exploring our present environment, science journalist Michael Tennesen describes what life on earth could look like after the next mass extinction.A growing number of scientists agree we are headed toward a mass extinction, perhaps...
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Cosmos: The Infographic Book of Space

Stuart Lowe · Aurum Press Ltd
Pages: 224
Format: Print book

In this truly mind-blowing book, we use cutting edge infographics to illuminate - in a new and unique way - the most amazing places and objects that modern science has laid bare.
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Rare: The High-Stakes Race to Satisfy Our Need for the Scarcest Metals on Earth

Keith Veronese · Prometheus Books
Format: Hardcover

How will your life change when the supply of tantalum dries up? You may have never heard of this unusual metal, but without it smartphones would be instantly less omniscient, video game systems would falter, and laptops fail.  Tantalum is not alone.  Rhodium. Osmium. Niobium. Such refugees...
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