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The Devil's Cormorant: A Natural History

Richard J. King · New Hampshire; 1ST edition
Format: Book

Behold the cormorant: silent, still, cruciform, and brooding; flashing, soaring, quick as a snake. Evolution has crafted the only creature on Earth that can migrate the length of a continent, dive and hunt deep underwater, perch comfortably on a branch or a wire, walk on land, climb up cliff...
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The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science

Armand Marie Leroi · Viking; Tra edition
Format: Hardcover

A brilliant study of Aristotle as biologist The philosophical classics of Aristotle loom large over the history of Western thought, but the subject he most loved was biology. He wrote vast volumes about animals. He described them, classified them, told us where and how they live and how they...
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DNA Is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship between You and Your Genes

Steven J Heine · W W Norton
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

One of the world's leading cultural psychologists debunks the hype surrounding DNA testing and puts to rest our mistaken anxieties about our genes.

Do you fear what might be lurking in your DNA?

Well, now you can find out, and you most likely will. Scientists expect one billion...

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Elements of Surprise: Our Mental Limits and the Satisfactions of Plot

Vera Tobin · Harvard University Press
Pages: 332
Format: Hardcover

Why do some surprises delight -- the endings of Agatha Christie novels, films like The Sixth Sense, the flash awareness that Pip's benefactor is not (and never was!) Miss Havisham? Writing at the intersection of cognitive science and narrative pleasure, Vera Tobin explains how our brains...
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The Weil Conjectures: On Math and the Pursuit of the Unknown

Karen Olsson · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

An eloquent blend of memoir and biography exploring the Weil siblings, math, and creative inspirationKaren Olsson always had an aptitude for math but wasn't exactly a prodigy. And yet when she entered Harvard as an undergraduate she was drawn to it, forcing herself into a discipline...
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Think Tank: Forty Neuroscientists Explore the Biological Roots of Human Experience

David J. Linden · Yale University Press
Pages: 312
Format: Hardcover

A spirited collection of essays by cutting-edge neuroscientists that irreverently explores the quirky and counterintuitive aspects of brain function Neuroscientist David J. Linden approached leading brain researchers and asked each the same question: "What idea about brain function...
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The Genius of Birds

Jennifer Ackerman · Penguin Press
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. According to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence.

In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores the newly discovered brilliance...
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Zoom: How Everything Moves: From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees

Bob Berman · Little Brown & Co
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

From the speed of light to moving mountains--and everything in between--ZOOM explores how the universe and its objects move.If you sit as still as you can in a quiet room, you might be able to convince yourself that nothing is moving. But air currents are still wafting around you. Blood...
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Dragonflies: Magnificent Creatures of Water, Air, and Land

Pieter van Dokkum · Yale University Press
Pages: 176
Format: Print book

Almost without our noticing, dragonflies dart through our world, flying, seeing, hunting, mating. Their lives are as mysterious as their gossamer wings are beautiful. In this book Pieter van Dokkum reveals many of the dragonfly's secrets, capturing the stages of this striking insect's...
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Systematic: How Systems Biology Is Transforming Modern Medicine

James R Valcourt · Bloomsbury
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

SYSTEMATIC is the first book to introduce general readers to systems biology, which is improving medical treatments and our understanding of living things. In traditional bottom-up biology, a biologist might spend years studying how a single protein works, but systems biology studies how networks...
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Riding Home: The Power of Horses to Heal

Tim Hayes · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 292
Format: Print book

Riding Home:The Power of Horses to Heal is the first and only book to scientifically and experientially explain why horses have the extraordinary ability to emotionally transform the lives of thousands of men, women and children, whether they are horse lovers, or suffering from deep...

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Monkeytalk: Inside the Worlds and Minds of Primates

Julia Fischer · The University of Chicago Press
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

Monkey see, monkey do - or does she? Can the behavior of non-human primates - their sociality, their intelligence, their communication - really be chalked up to simple mimicry? Emphatically, absolutely: no. And as famed primatologist Julia Fischer reveals, the human bias inherent in this...
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Breakfast with Einstein: The Exotic Physics of Everyday Objects

Chad Orzel · BenBella Books
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback

Your alarm goes off, and you head to the kitchen to make yourself some toast and a cup of coffee. Little do you know, as you savor the aroma of the steam rising from your cup, that your ordinary morning routine depends on some of the weirdest phenomena ever discovered. The world of quantum...
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The Brilliant History of Color in Art

Victoria Finlay · J Paul Getty Museum
Pages: 128
Format: Hardcover

The history of art is inseparable from the history of color. And what a fascinating story they tell together: one that brims with an all-star cast of characters, eye-opening details, and unexpected detours through the annals of human civilization and scientific discovery. Enter critically...
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Wolves

Leonard Lee III Rue · New Line Books
Format: Hardcover

An informative series that provides, in a concise format, better understanding of animals and their habitats. Fascinating in its diversity, the natural world comes to life on the pages of these spec tacularly illustrated volumes.
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