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How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

Lisa Feldman Barrett · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover

A new theory of how the brain constructs emotions that could revolutionize psychology, health care, the legal system, and our understanding of the human mind Emotions feel automatic, like uncontrollable reactions to things we think and experience. Scientists have long supported this assumption...
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Bad Singer: The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music

Tim Falconer · House of Anansi Press
Pages: 325
Format: Hardcover

Author and journalist Tim Falconer - a self-confessed "bad singer" - is one of only 2.5 percent of the population that has been afflicted with amusia, ie: he is scientifically tone-deaf. Bad Singer chronicles his quest to understand the brain science behind tone-deafness and to search...
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Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

Jonathan White · Trinity University Press
Pages: 360
Format: Hardcover

In Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, White shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind...
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Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist

Richard Dawkins · Random House
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

The legendary biologist, provocateur, and bestselling author mounts a timely and passionate defense of science and clear thinking with this career-spanning collection of essays, including twenty pieces published in the United States for the first time. For decades, Richard Dawkins has been...
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4th Rock from the Sun: The Story of Mars

Nicky Jenner · Bloomsbury Sigma
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

Mars is ingrained in our culture, from H. G. Wells's 1898 novel The War of the Worlds to Looney Tunes's hapless Marvin the Martian to David Bowie's extraterrestrial spiders. Ancient mythologies defined the planet as a violent harbinger of war, stargazers puzzled over its peculiar...
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The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone

BRIAN MERCHANT · Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

We know the iPhone as the device that transformed our world, changing everything from how we talk to each other and do business, to how we exercise, travel, shop, and watch TV. But packed within its slim profile is the fascinating, untold story of scientific, technological, and business...
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Know This: Today's Most Interesting and Important Scientific Ideas, Discoveries, and Developments

John Brockman · Harper Perennial
Pages: 608
Format: Paperback

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Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science

Dave Levitan · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback

An eye-opening tour of the political tricks that subvert scientific progress.The Butter-Up and Undercut. The Certain Uncertainty. The Straight-Up Fabrication. Dave Levitan dismantles all of these deceptive arguments, and many more, in this probing and hilarious examination of the ways our elected...
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Snooze: The Lost Art of Sleep

Michael McGirr · Pegasus Books
Pages: 311
Format: Hardcover

A profound exploration of the precious resource of sleep -- and of the causes and consequences of getting too little of it. Michael McGirr always had trouble sleeping. The arrival of baby twins, however, made him realize that he'd never before known true exhaustion. And while he celebrated...
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The Seeds of Life: From Aristotle to da Vinci, from Sharks' Teeth to Frogs' Pants, the Long and Strange Quest to Discover Where Babies Come From

Edward Dolnick · Basic Books
Pages: 309
Format: Hardcover

Why cracking the code of human conception took centuries of wild theories, misogynist blunders, and ludicrous mistakes Throughout most of human history, babies were surprises. People knew the basics: men and women had sex, and sometimes babies followed. But beyond that the origins of life...
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