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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 Atom: A Visual Tour

Jack Challoner · The MIT Press
Pages: 192
Format: Hardcover

An accessible and engaging guide to the atom, the smallest, most fundamental constituent of matter.Until now, popular science has relegated the atom to a supporting role in defining the different chemical elements of the periodic table. In this book, Jack Challoner places the atom at center...
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Your Place in the Universe: Understanding Our Big, Messy Existence

Paul M. Sutter · Prometheus Books
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

An astrophysicist presents an in-depth yet accessible tour of the universe for lay readers, while conveying the excitement of astronomy.How is a galaxy billions of lightyears away connected to us? Is our home nothing more than a tiny speck of blue in an ocean of night? In this exciting...
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End of the Megafauna: The Fate of the World's Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals

RDE MacPhee · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

The fascinating lives and puzzling demise of some of the largest animals on earth.Until a few thousand years ago, creatures that could have been from a sci-fi thriller -- including gorilla-sized lemurs, 500-pound birds, and crocodiles that weighed a ton or more -- roamed the earth. These...
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A Year with Nature: An Almanac

Marty Crump · University of Chicago Press
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

A Year with Nature is an almanac like none you've ever seen: combining science and aesthetics, it is a daily affirmation of the extraordinary richness of biodiversity and our enduring beguilement by its beauty. With a text by herpetologist and natural history writer Marty Crump and a cornucopia...
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The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job

Emily Lakdawalla · Springer
Pages: 394
Format: Paperback

This book describes the most complex machine ever sent to another planet: Curiosity. It is a one-ton robot with two brains, seventeen cameras, six wheels, nuclear power, and a laser beam on its head. No one human understands how all of its systems and instruments work. This essential reference...
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