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Whatever Happened to the Metric System?: How America Kept Its Feet

John Bemelmans Marciano · Bloomsbury USA
Format: Hardcover

The American standard system of measurement is a unique and odd thing to behold with its esoteric, inconsistent standards twelve inches in a foot, three feet in a yard, sixteen ounces in a pound, one hundred pennies to the dollar. For something as elemental as counting and estimating the world...
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Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World

Richard C Francis · W.W. Norton & Company
Pages: 484
Format: Print book

Without our domesticated plants and animals, human civilization as we know it would not exist.We would still be living at subsistence level as hunter-gatherers if not for domestication. It is no accident that the cradle of civilization -- the Middle East -- is where sheep, goats, pigs,...
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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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The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory

Susan Wise Bauer · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

A riveting road map to the development of modern scientific thought.In the tradition of her perennial bestseller The Well-Educated Mind, Susan Wise Bauer delivers an accessible, entertaining, and illuminating springboard into the scientific education you never had. Far too often, public...
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Lonely Planet Discover USA

Regis St Louis · Lonely Planet; 2 edition
Format: Paperback

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisherLonely Planet's Discover USA is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Be awed by the Grand Canyon, revel in the glitz and glamour of New York...
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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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The Cure for Catastrophe: How We Can Stop Manufacturing Natural Disasters

Robert Muir-Wood · Basic Books
Pages: 368
Format: Print book

Year after year, floods wreck people's homes and livelihoods, earthquakes tear communities apart, and tornadoes uproot whole towns. Natural disasters cause destruction and despair. But does it have to be this way?In The Cure for Catastrophe, global risk expert Robert Muir-Wood argues that...
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Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves

James Nestor · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 266
Format: Hardcover

An Amazon Best Book of 2014 While on assignment in Greece, journalist James Nestor witnessed something that confounded him: a man diving 300 feet below the ocean's surface on a single breath of air and returning four minutes later, unharmed and smiling. This man was a freediver, and his amphibious...
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Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

Mike Massimino · Crown
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on the earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble...
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Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West

Bryce Andrews · Atria Books
Pages: 238
Format: Hardcover

"Mine might have been a simple, pretty story, if not for the wolves. In late July, they emerged from the foothills . . ." In this gripping memoir of a young man, a wolf, their parallel lives and ultimate collision, Bryce Andrews describes life on the remote, windswept Sun Ranch...
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I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life

Ed Yong · Ecco
Pages: 357
Format: Print book

New York Times BestsellerNew York Times Notable Book of 2016NPR Great Read of 2016Economist Best Books of 2016Brain Pickings Best Science Books of 2016Smithsonian Best Books about Science of 2016Science Friday Best Science Book of 2016A Mother Jones Notable Read of 2016MPR Best Books of 2016Chicago...
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God's Planet

Owen Gingerich · Harvard University Press
Format: Hardcover

With exoplanets being discovered daily, Earth is still the only planet we know of that is home to creatures who seek a coherent explanation for the structure, origins, and fate of the universe, and of humanitys place within it. Today, science and religion are the two major cultural entities...
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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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How To Raise Horses: Everything You Need to Know

Daniel Johnson · Voyageur Press; Revised, Revised & Updated edition
Format: Paperback

Backed by the National FFA Organization, our acclaimed series of How to Raise guides has helped countless first-time animal owners across the United States confidently care for their new companions. In this freshly updated second edition of How to Raise Horses, youll find all the information...
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Everyone Is African: How Science Explodes the Myth of Race

Daniel J. Fairbanks · Prometheus Books
Format: Print book

What does science say about race? In this book a distinguished research geneticist presents abundant evidence showing that traditional notions about distinct racial differences have little scientific foundation. In short, racism is not just morally wrong; it has no basis in fact.The author...
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