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Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew
Lightman, Alan

“Alan Lightman brings a light touch to heavy questions. Here is a book about nesting ospreys, multiple universes, atheism, spiritualism, and the arrow of time. Throughout, Lightman takes us back and forth between ordinary occurrences—old shoes and entropy, sailing far out at sea and the infinite ... (more)

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After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans
Minteer, Ben & Stephen J. Pyne, eds.
From John Muir to David Brower, from the creation of Yellowstone National Park to the Endangered Species Act, environmentalism in America has always had close to its core a preservationist ideal. Generations have been inspired by its ethos—to encircle nature with our protection, to keep it apar... (more)

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Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled on by Hawking Became Loved
Bartusiak, Marcia
For more than half a century, physicists and astronomers engaged in heated dispute over the possibility of black holes in the universe. The weirdly alien notion of a space-time abyss from which nothing escapes—not even light—seemed to confound all logic. This engrossing book tells the story of ... (more)

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Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet
Wagner, Gernot & Martin L. Weitzman

If you had a 10 percent chance of having a fatal car accident, you'd take necessary precautions. If your finances had a 10 percent chance of suffering a severe loss, you'd reevaluate your assets. So if we know the world is warming and there's a 10 percent chance this might eventually lead to a ca... (more)

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Earth's Deep History: Who Discovered Our Planet's Past and Why It Matters
Rudwick, Martin J. S.
Earth has been witness to mammoths and dinosaurs, global ice ages, continents colliding or splitting apart, comets and asteroids crashing catastrophically to the surface, as well as the birth of humans who are curious to understand it all. But how was it discovered? How was the evidence for it ... (more)

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Eternal Ephemera: Adaptation and the Origin of Species from the Nineteenth Century Through Punctuated Equilibria and Beyond
Eldredge, Niles

One of evolution's fundamental questions is how the skein of life on Earth remains unbroken yet is constantly renewed by new species. What accounts for the scientific paradox that all organisms and species are ephemeral, and yet life endures, yielding more advanced players in nature's eternal pla... (more)

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Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
Kolbert, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Kolbert's environmental classic Field Notes from a Catastrophe first developed out of a groundbreaking, National Magazine Award-winning three-part series in The New Yorker. She expanded it into a still-concise yet richly researched and damning book about climate change: a ... (more)

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Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
Kaku, Michio
NOW A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“Compelling….Kaku thinks with great breadth, and the vistas he presents us are worth the trip”
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best-selling author of PHYSICS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE, PHYSICS OF THE FUTUR... (more)

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Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science
Dreger, Alice
A powerful defense of intellectual freedom told through the ordeals of contemporary scientists attacked for exploring controversial ideas, by a noted science historian and medical activist
 
An investigation of some of the most contentious debates of our time, <... (more)

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Making Marie Curie: Intellectual Property and Celebrity Culture in an Age of Information
Wirtén, Eva Hemmungs
In many ways, Marie Curie represents modern science. Her considerable lifetime achievements?the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize, the only woman to be awarded the Prize in two fields, and the only person to be awarded Nobel Prizes in multiple sciences?are studied by schoolchildren across... (more)

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Maverick Genius: The Pioneering Odyssey of Freeman Dyson
Schewe, Phillip F.

Scientist. Innovator. Rebel.

For decades, Freeman Dyson has been regarded as one of the world’s most important thinkers. The Atlantic wrote, “In the range of his genius, Freeman Dyson is heir to Einstein – a visionary who has reshaped thinking in fields from math to astrophysic... (more)

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New History of Life: The Radical New Discoveries about the Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth
Kirschvink, Joe & Peter Ward
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Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Physics
al-Khalili, Jim
A fun and fascinating look at great scientific paradoxes.

   Throughout history, scientists have come up with theories and ideas that just don't seem to make sense.  These we call paradoxes.  The paradoxes Al-Khalili offers are drawn chiefly from physics and astronomy and represent tho... (more)

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Rust: The Longest War
Waldman, Jonathan
It has been called “the great destroyer” and “the evil.” The Pentagon refers to it as “the pervasive menace.” It destroys cars, fells bridges, sinks ships, sparks house fires, and nearly brought down the Statue of Liberty. Rust costs America more than $400 billion per year—more than all other natura... (more)

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”

One hundred thousand years ago, at... (more)

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Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Kolbert, Elizabeth

OVER THE LAST HALF-BILLION YEARS, there have been Five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid im... (more)

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Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat
McQuaid, John
A fascinating and deeply researched investigation into the mysteries of flavor—from the first bite taken by our ancestors to scientific advances in taste and the current “foodie” revolution.

Taste has long been considered the most basic of the five senses because its principal mission is a si... (more)

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Territories of Science and Religion
Harrison, Peter
The conflict between science and religion seems indelible, even eternal. Surely two such divergent views of the universe have always been in fierce opposition? Actually, that’s not the case, says Peter Harrison: our very concepts of science and religion are relatively recent, emerging only in t... (more)

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To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science
Weinberg, Steven

A masterful commentary on the history of science from the Greeks to modern times, by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg—a thought-provoking and important book by one of the most distinguished scientists and intellectuals of our time.

In this rich, irreverent, and compelling histo... (more)

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Visions of Science: Books and Readers at the Dawn of the Victorian Age
Secord, James A.
The first half of the nineteenth century witnessed an extraordinary transformation in British political, literary, and intellectual life. There was widespread social unrest, and debates raged regarding education, the lives of the working class, and the new industrial, machine-governed world. At... (more)

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