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  • Playing with Reality

    How Games Have Shaped Our World

    by Kelly Clancy ...
    A wide-ranging intellectual history that reveals how important games have been to human progress, and what’s at stake when we forget what games we’re really playing.We play games to learn about the world, to understand our minds and the minds of others, and to make predictions about the future. Games are an essential aspect of humanity and a powerful tool for modeling reality. They’re also a lot ... Read more

    $14.99 USD


  • The Age of Wood

    Our Most Useful Material and the Construction of Civilization

    by Roland Ennos ...
    A “smart and surprising” (Booklist) “expansive history” (Publishers Weekly) detailing the role that wood and trees have played in our global ecosystem—including human evolution and the rise and fall of empires—in the bestselling tradition of Yuval Harari’s Sapiens and Mark Kurlansky’s Salt.As the dominant species on Earth, humans have made astonishing progress since our ancestors came down from ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $3.99 USD

  • Hidden Valley Road

    Inside the Mind of an American Family

    by Robert Kolker ...
    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • ONE OF GQ's TOP 50 BOOKS OF LITERARY JOURNALISM IN THE 21st CENTURY • The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease."Reads like a medical detective journey and sheds light on a topic so many of us ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • From One Cell: A Journey into Life's Origins and the Future of Medicine

    by Ben Stanger ...
    **Shortlisted for the 2023 Athenaeum of Philadelphia Literary AwardInside the quest to unlock the mysteries of development—and find the key to transforming our future.**Each of us began life as a single cell. From this humble origin, we embarked on a risky journey fraught with opportunities for disaster. Yet, amazingly, we reached our destination intact, emerging as dazzlingly complex, exquisitely ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Beyond the Secret Elephants

    Of Mysterious Relict Hominoids and Elusive Legendary Elephants

    Gareth Patterson rediscovered the most southerly elephants in the world, the highly endangered and secretive Knysna elephants of the southern Cape, South Africa. It was during this time that he also made the startling discovery of a being even more mysterious than the Knysna elephants – a relict hominoid known to the Knysna forest people as the ‘Otang’.Gareth was at first reluctant to blur the ... Read more

    $9.99 USD $4.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • A Brief History of Intelligence

    Evolution, AI, and the Five Breakthroughs That Made Our Brains

    by Max Bennett ...
    “I found this book amazing. I read it through quickly because it was so interesting, then turned around and read much of it again.”—Daniel Kahneman, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics and bestselling author of Thinking Fast & Slow“I've been recommending A Brief History of Intelligence to everyone I know. A truly novel, beautifully crafted thesis on what intelligence is and how it has developed ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • Gory Details

    Adventures From the Dark Side of Science

    Infused with Mary Roach-style humor and science, this narrative illuminates the gross, strange, morbid, and outright absurd realities of our bodies, the Earth, and universe.Filled to the brim with far-out facts, this wickedly informative narrative from the author of National Geographic's popular Gory Details blog takes us on a fascinating journey through an astonishing new reality. Blending humor ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Tales from Both Sides of the Brain

    A Life in Neuroscience

    Michael S. Gazzaniga, one of the most important neuroscientists of the twentieth century, gives us an exciting behind-the-scenes look at his seminal work on that unlikely couple, the right and left brain. Foreword by Steven Pinker.In the mid-twentieth century, Michael S. Gazzaniga, “the father of cognitive neuroscience,” was part of a team of pioneering neuroscientists who developed the now ... Read more

    $15.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Cull of the Wild

    Killing in the Name of Conservation

    by Hugh Warwick ...
    Investigating the ethical and practical challenges of one of the greatest threats to biodiversity: invasive species.Across the world, invasive species pose a danger to ecosystems. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity ranks them as a major threat to biodiversity on par with habitat loss, climate change and pollution.Tackling this isn't easy, and no one knows this better than Hugh Warwick, a ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • Naming Nature: The Clash Between Instinct and Science

    Finalist for the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science and Technology: the surprising, untold story about the poetic and deeply human (cognitive) capacity to name the natural world.Two hundred and fifty years ago, the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus set out to order and name the entire living world and ended up founding a science: the field of scientific classification, or taxonomy. Yet, in ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Forever Witness

    How DNA and Genealogy Solved a Cold Case Double Murder

    by Edward Humes ...
    “Thought-provoking true-crime thriller…the book raises urgent questions of balancing public and private good that we’ll likely be dealing with as long as the title implies.”—Wall Street JournalA relentless detective and a civilian genealogist solve a haunting cold case—and launch a crime-fighting revolution that tests the fragile line between justice and privacy.In November 1987, a young couple ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $4.99 USD

  • The Things We Make

    The Unknown History of Invention from Cathedrals to Soda Cans

    Discover the secret method used to build the world…For millennia, humans have used one simple method to solve problems. Whether it's planting crops, building skyscrapers, developing photographs, or designing the first microchip, all creators follow the same steps to engineer progress. But this powerful method, the "engineering method", is an all but hidden process that few of us have heard of—let ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • What If Fungi Win?

    Series series Johns Hopkins Wavelengths
    Could fungal pathogens outsmart us before we find ways to combat them?Humans and fungi share nearly 50 percent of the same DNA. Because we're related, designing drugs to combat the varieties that attack us is a challenge. Meanwhile, in an ever hotter, wetter world, fungi may be finding new ways to thrive, queueing up global outbreak potentials for which no vaccine and woefully few medications ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Infectious Disease: A Very Short Introduction

    Series series Very Short Introductions
    As doctors and biologists have learned, to their dismay, infectious disease is a moving target: new diseases emerge every year, old diseases evolve into new forms, and ecological and socioeconomic upheavals change the transmission pathways by which disease spread. By taking an approach focused on the general evolutionary and ecological dynamics of disease, this Very Short Introduction provides a ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • Panarchy

    Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems

    Creating institutions to meet the challenge of sustainability is arguably the most important task confronting society; it is also dauntingly complex. Ecological, economic, and social elements all play a role, but despite ongoing efforts, researchers have yet to succeed in integrating the various disciplines in a way that gives adequate representation to the insights of each.Panarchy, a term ... Read more

    $42.99 USD

  • The Dawn of Everything

    A New History of Humanity

    INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA dramatically new understanding of human history, challenging our most fundamental assumptions about social evolution—from the development of agriculture and cities to the origins of the state, democracy, and inequality—and revealing new possibilities for human emancipation.For generations, our remote ancestors have been cast as primitive and childlike—either free ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Braiding Sweetgrass

    Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

    As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Fathoms

    The World in the Whale

    by Rebecca Giggs ...
    Winner of the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction * Finalist for the 2020 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction * Finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing AwardA “delving, haunted, and poetic debut” (The New York Times Book Review) about the awe-inspiring lives of whales, revealing what they can teach us about ourselves, our planet, and our relationship with other ... Read more

    $1.99 USD

  • Determined

    A Science of Life without Free Will

    **The instant New York Times bestseller“Excellent…Outstanding for its breadth of research, the liveliness of the writing, and the depth of humanity it conveys.” – Wall Street JournalOne of our great behavioral scientists, the bestselling author of Behave, plumbs the depths of the science and philosophy of decision-making to mount a devastating case against free will, an argument with profound ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • Woman

    An Intimate Geography

    National Book Award Finalist: This look at the science of the female body is “a tour de force . . . wonderful, entertaining and informative” (*TheNew York Times Book Review*).**From a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who covers science for the New York Times, Woman is an essential guide to everything from organs to orgasms and hormones to hysterectomies. With her characteristic clarity and ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Nature's Best Hope

    A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard

    “Tallamy lays out all you need to know to participate in one of the great conservation projects of our time. Read it and get started!” —Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth ExtinctionDouglas W. Tallamy’s first book, Bringing Nature Home, awakened thousands of readers to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Play

    How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

    From a leading expert, a groundbreaking book on the science of play, and its essential role in fueling our happiness and intelligence throughout our livesWe've all seen the happiness on the face of a child while playing in the school yard. Or the blissful abandon of a golden retriever racing across a lawn. This is the joy of play. By definition, play is purposeless, all-consuming, and fun. But as ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Red Queen

    Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

    by Matt Ridley ...
    “A terrific book, witty and lucid, and brimming with provocative conjectures.” (Wall Street Journal) from the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller GenomeBrilliantly written, The Red Queen compels us to rethink everything from the persistence of sexism to the endurance of romantic love.Referring to Lewis Carroll's Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass, a character who has ... ... Read more

    $15.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • An Immense World

    How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us

    by Ed Yong ...
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A “thrilling” (The New York Times), “dazzling” (The Wall Street Journal) tour of the radically different ways that animals perceive the world that will fill you with wonder and forever alter your perspective, by Pulitzer Prize–winning science journalist Ed Yong“One of this year’s finest works of narrative nonfiction.”—Oprah DailyONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: <e ... Read more

    $14.99 USD