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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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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 Close Encounters Man: How One Man Made the World Believe in UFOs

MARK O'CONNELL · Dey Street Books
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback

The wildly entertaining and eye-opening biography of J. Allen Hynek, the astronomer who invented the concept of "Close Encounters" with alien life, inspired Steven Spielberg's blockbuster classic science fiction epic film, and made a nation want to believe in UFOs.In June 1947,...
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Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster-in Just Two Weeks

Dave Asprey · Harperwave
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

From the creator of Bulletproof Coffee and author of the bestselling The Bulletproof Diet comes a revolutionary plan to upgrade your brainpower - in two weeks or less.For the last decade, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Asprey has worked with world-renowned doctors and scientists to uncover...
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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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Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science

Dave Levitan · W.W. Norton & Company
Pages: 208
Format: Print book

A pull-no-punches guidebook, a la How to Lie with Statistics, to the many ways our elected officials distort science to serve politics. In 1980, Ronald Reagan created one of the dumbest talking points of all time: "I'm not a scientist, but . . ." Since then, politicians have...
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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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Dreams of Earth and Sky

Freeman Dyson · New York Review Books; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

In this sequel to The Scientist as Rebel (2006), Freeman Dyson - whom The Times of London calls "one of the world's most original minds" - celebrates openness to unconventional ideas and "the spirit of joyful dreaming" in which he believes that science should be pursued....
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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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The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken

Wendell Pierce · Riverhead Books
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

From acclaimed actor and producer Wendell Pierce, an insightful and poignant portrait of family, New Orleans and the transforming power of art. On the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina barreled into New Orleans, devastating many of the city's neighborhoods, including...
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The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food

Dan Barber · Penguin Press; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Engaging, funny and delicious... I would call this The Omnivores Dilemma 2.0. --Chicago TribuneAt the heart of todays optimistic farm-to-table food culture is a dark secret the local food movement has failed to change how we eat. It has also offered a false promise for the future of food....
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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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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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The Storm of the Century: Tragedy, Heroism, Survival, and the Epic True Story of America's Deadliest Natural Disaster: The Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900

Al Roker · William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 312
Format: Print book

In this gripping narrative history, Al Roker from NBC's Today and the Weather Channel vividly examines the deadliest natural disaster in American history - a haunting and inspiring tale of tragedy, heroism, and resilience that is full of lessons for today's new age of extreme weather.On...
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Venomous Snakes of the World: A Manual for Use by U.S. Amphibious Forces

Department of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery · Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback

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