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Idea Makers: Personal Perspectives on the Lives & Ideas of Some Notable People

Stephen Wolfram · Wolfram Media
Pages: 250
Format: Print book

This book of thoroughly engaging essays from one of today's most prodigious innovators provides a uniquely personal perspective on the lives and achievements of a selection of intriguing figures from the history of science and technology. Weaving together his immersive interest in people...
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Cracking the SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M, 16th Edition: Everything You Need to Help Score a Perfect 800

Princeton Review · Princeton Review
Pages: 496
Format: Paperback

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO HELP SCORE A PERFECT 800. Equip yourself to ace the SAT Subject Test in Biology with The Princeton Review's comprehensive study guide--including 2 full-length practice tests, thorough reviews of key biology topics, and targeted strategies for every question type....
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Arithmetic

Paul Lockhart · Belknap Press
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

Because evolution endowed humans with a complement of ten fingers, a grouping size of ten seems natural to us, perhaps even ideal. But from the perspective of mathematics, groupings of ten are arbitrary, and can have serious shortcomings. Twelve would be better for divisibility, and eight...
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Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity

Edward Slingerland · Crown Publishing Group
Pages: 295
Format: Hardcover

A deeply original exploration of the power of spontaneity - an ancient Chinese ideal that cognitive scientists are only now beginning to understand - and why it is so essential to our well-being Why is it always hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or be charming...
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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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The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World

CHARLES C MANN · Knopf
Pages: 640
Format: Hardcover

From the best-selling, award-winning author of 1491 and 1493--an incisive portrait of the two little-known twentieth-century scientists, Norman Borlaug and William Vogt, whose diametrically opposed views shaped our ideas about the environment, laying the groundwork for how people in the twenty-first...
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The Math of Money: Making Mathematical Sense of Your Personal Finances

Morton D. Davis · Copernicus; 2001 edition
Format: Hardcover

This lively and practical introduction to the mathematics of money invites us to take a fresh look at the numbers that underpin our financial decisions. Morton D. Davis talks about strategies to use when we are required to bet against the odds (purchasing auto insurance) or choose to bet against...
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The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth's Rarest Creatures

William DeBuys · Little, Brown and Company
Format: Hardcover

An award-winning author's quest to find and understand a creature as rare and enigmatic as any on EarthIn 1992, in a remote mountain range, a team of scientists discovered the remains of an unusual animal with exquisite long horns. It turned out to be a living species new to Western...
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The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us

Diane Ackerman · W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover

As Diane Ackerman writes in her brilliant new book, The Human Age, "our relationship with nature has changed ... radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable." Ackerman...
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Elephant Don: The Politics of a Pachyderm Posse

Caitlin O'Connell · University Of Chicago Press
Format: Hardcover

Meet Greg. Hes a stocky guy with an outsized swagger. Hes been the intimidating yet sociable don of his posse of friends—including Abe, Keith, Mike, Kevin, Torn Trunk, and Willie. But one arid summer the tide begins to shift and the third-ranking Kevin starts to get ambitious, seeking...
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The Third Horseman: Climate Change and the Great Famine of the 14th Century

William Rosen · Viking Adult
Format: Book

How a seven-year cycle of rain, cold, disease, and warfare created the worst famine in European history   In May 1315, it started to rain. It didn’t stop anywhere in north Europe until August. Next came the four coldest winters in a millennium. Two separate animal epidemics...
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Extinction and Evolution: What Fossils Reveal About the History of Life

Niles Eldredge · Firefly Books Ltd.
Pages: 256
Format: Book

"This book is a splendidly illustrated and thoughtfully constructed account of one of the greatest ideas ever conceived by the human mind -- evolution. Eldredge has cleverly combined our knowledge of living organisms with instructive insights into the fossil record to convincingly...
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The Secret Life of the Mind: How Your Brain Thinks, Feels, and Decides

MARIANO SIGMAN · Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

From a world-renowned leader in neuroscience, a provocative, enthralling journey into the depths of the human mind.Where do our thoughts come from? How do we make choices and trust our judgments? What is the role of the unconscious? Can we manipulate our dreams? In this mind-bending international...
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