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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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The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning

Marcelo Gleiser · Basic Books; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

Do all questions have answers? How much can we know about the world? Is there such a thing as an ultimate truth? To be human is to want to know, but what we are able to observe is only a tiny portion of whats out there. In The Island of Knowledge, physicist Marcelo Gleiser traces our search...
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Goldilocks and the Water Bears: The Search for Life in the Universe

Louisa Preston · Bloomsbury Sigma
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

Astrobiology is the study of life in the universe from its origins to its evolution into intelligent sentient beings. All life as we know it is carbon-based, reliant on sources of liquid water and energy for its survival, and as far as we are aware, exists only on Earth. Our planet occupies...
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The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson, and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time

Jimena Canales · Princeton University Press
Format: Hardcover

On April 6, 1922, in Paris, Albert Einstein and Henri Bergson publicly debated the nature of time. Einstein considered Bergsons theory of time to be a soft, psychological notion, irreconcilable with the quantitative realities of physics. Bergson, who gained fame as a philosopher by arguing...
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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 222
Format: Hardcover

The #1 New York Times Bestseller: The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than...
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A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History

Nicholas Wade · Penguin Press
Pages: 278
Format: Hardcover

Drawing on startling new evidence from the mapping of the genome, an explosive new account of the genetic basis of race and its role in the human story Fewer ideas have been more toxic or harmful than the idea of the biological reality of race, and with it the idea that humans of different...
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Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story

John Bloom · Atlantic Monthly Press
Pages: 496
Format: Print book

In the early 1990s, Motorola, the legendary American technology company developed a revolutionary satellite system called Iridium that promised to be its crowning achievement. Light years ahead of anything previously put into space, and built on technology developed for Ronald Reagan's...
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Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson · Bloomsbury
Pages: 213
Format: Print book

In his previous bestsellers, Masson has showed us that animals can teach us much about our own emotions -- love (dogs) , contentment (cats) , and grief (elephants) , among others. In Beasts, he demonstrates that the violence we perceive in the "wild" is a matter of projection.Animals...
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Ocean Worlds: The story of seas on Earth and other planets

Jan Zalasiewicz · Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover

Oceans make up most of the surface of our blue planet They may form just a sliver on the outside of the Earth but they are very important not only in hosting life including the fish and other animals on which many humans depend but in terms of their role in the Earth system in regulating...
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Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel

Jason Padgett · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

"No one sees the world as Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns, numbers call to mind distinct geometric shapes, and intricate fractal patterns emerge from the movement of tree branches, revealing the intrinsic mathematical designs hidden in the objects...
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Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos

Brian Cox · Da Capo
Pages: 320
Format: Book

In Universal, bestselling physicists Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw (Why Does E=mc2?) take us on an inspirational journey of scientific exploration. They show that, by asking questions about the world around us, anyone can think like a physicist and grasp the breath-taking grandeur of the cosmos.Universal...
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The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day

David J. Hand · Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 269
Format: Hardcover

In The Improbability Principle, the renowned statistician David J. Hand argues that extraordinarily rare events are anything but. In fact, they're commonplace. Not only that, we should all expect to experience a miracle roughly once every month. But Hand is no believer in superstitions,...
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The Edge of the Sky: All You Need to Know About the All-There-Is

Roberto Trotta · Basic Books (AZ)
Pages: 85
Format: Hardcover

From the big bang to black holes, from dark matter to dark energy, from the origins of the universe to its ultimate destiny, The Edge of the Sky tells the story of the most important discoveries and mysteries in modern cosmology - with a twist. The book's lexicon is limited to the thousand...
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The Kingdom of Speech

Tom Wolfe · Little Brown and Company
Pages: 192
Format: Print book

The maestro storyteller and reporter provocatively argues that what we think we know about speech and human evolution is wrong.Tom Wolfe, whose legend began in journalism, takes us on an eye-opening journey that is sure to arouse widespread debate. THE KINGDOM OF SPEECH is a captivating,...
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