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Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming

Mckenzie Funk · Penguin Press
Pages: 310
Format: Hardcover

A fascinating investigation into how people around the globe are cashing in on a warming worldMcKenzie Funk has spent the last six years reporting around the world on how we are preparing for a warmer planet. Funk shows us that the best way to understand the catastrophe of global warming...
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Standing Together in Troubled Times: Unpublished Letters of Pauli, Einstein, Franck and Others

Wolfgang Pauli · World Scientific Publishing Company
Pages: 337
Format: Hardcover

This captivating book is a story of the friendship between a genius physicist Wolfgang Pauli and Charlotte Houtermans whose career in physics was not as glamorous. They met in the late 1920s in Germany, at the very onset of the quantum era and personally knew all the major players in the emergent...
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National Geographic Illustrated Guide to Wildlife: From Your Back Door to the Great Outdoors

National Geographic · National Geographic
Format: Hardcover

From one of the most trusted names in field guides comes a new and lavishly illustrated guide to identifying North America's most common birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, and amphibians, plus fish and other aquatic creatures. Broad in scope and clearly organized, National Geographic...
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Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension

Samuel Arbesman · Penguin Books
Pages: 256
Format: Print book

The acclaimed author of The Half-Life of Facts explains the challenges of overly complex technology. On July 8th, 2015, something weird happened. The NYSE computers went down and trading was suspended for several hours. The culprit wasn't hackers or a rogue algorithm. It was just... a glitch....
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Atomic Adventures: Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder: A Journey into the Wild World of Nuclear Science

James A Mahaffey · Pegasus Books
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover

The latest investigation from acclaimed nuclear engineer and author James Mahaffey unearths forgotten nuclear endeavors throughout history that were sometimes hair-brained, often risky, and always fascinating. Whether you are a scientist or a poet, pro-nuclear energy or staunch opponent,...
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When Science Sheds Light on History: Forensic Science and Anthropology

PHILLIPE CHARLIER · University Press of Florida
Pages: 192
Format: Paperback

"Well written and hard to put down. For anyone with an interest in forensic science, this book is a must-read."--Nigel McCrery, author of Silent Witnesses: The Often Gruesome but Always Fascinating History of Forensic Science"This compilation is a fascinating read for the nonspecialist...
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Stargazing with a Telescope

Robin Scagell · Firefly Books; Fourth Edition, Revised and Expanded edition
Format: Paperback

Reviews for the previous editions: Because it stays focused, it succeeds. When you read Stargazing, you feel as though you have a friend who's helping you think about the world of telescopes. --Sky and Telescope A practical guide that demystifies the process of buying a telescope......
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Darwin's On the Origin of Species: A Modern Rendition

Daniel Duzdevich · Indiana University Press
Format: Paperback

Charles Darwin’s most famous book On the Origin of Species is without question, one of the most important books ever written. While even the grandest works of Victorian English can prove difficult to modern readers, Darwin wrote his text in haste and under intense pressure. For an era in which...
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Nothing: Surprising Insights Everywhere from Zero to Oblivion

Jeremy Webb · The Experiment
Pages: 266
Format: Print book

One of Brain Pickings' Best Science Books of 2014Incredible discoveries from the fringes of the universe to the inner workings of our minds - all from nothing! It turns out that almost nothing is as curious - or as enlightening - as, well, nothing. What is nothingness? Where can it be found?...
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How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens

Benedict Carey · Random House
Format: Hardcover

In the tradition of The Power of Habit and Thinking, Fast and Slow comes a practical, playful, and endlessly fascinating guide to what we really know about learning and memory today - and how we can apply it to our own lives. From an early age, it is drilled into our heads: Restlessness,...
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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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Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum

Leonard Susskind · Basic Books
Pages: 364
Format: Hardcover

First he taught you classical mechanics. Now, physicist Leonard Susskind has teamed up with data engineer Art Friedman to present the theory and associated mathematics of the strange world of quantum mechanics.In this follow-up to the New York Times best-selling The Theoretical Minimum,...
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The Bare Bones: An Unconventional Evolutionary History of the Skeleton

Matthew F. Bonnan · Indiana University Press
Pages: 528
Format: Hardcover

What can we learn about the evolution of jaws from a pair of scissors? How does the flight of a tennis ball help explain how fish overcome drag? What do a spacesuit and a chicken egg have in common? Highlighting the fascinating twists and turns of evolution across more than 540 million...
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Globes: 400 Years of Exploration, Navigation, and Power

Sylvia Sumira · The University of Chicago Press,
Pages: 224
Format: Print book

The concept of the earth as a sphere has been around for centuries, emerging around the time of Pythagoras in the sixth century BC, and eventually becoming dominant as other thinkers of the ancient world, including Plato and Aristotle, accepted the idea. The first record of an actual globe...
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