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  • The Chemical Age

    How Chemists Fought Famine and Disease, Killed Millions, and Changed Our Relationship with the Earth

    This sweeping history reveals how the use of chemicals has saved lives, destroyed species, and radically changed our planet: “Remarkable . . . highly recommended.” —ChoiceIn The Chemical Age, ecologist Frank A. von Hippel explores humanity’s long and uneasy coexistence with pests, and how the battles to exterminate them have shaped our modern world. He also tells the captivating story of the ... Read more

    $1.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • What's Gotten Into You

    The Story of Your Body's Atoms, from the Big Bang Through Last Night's Dinner

    by Dan Levitt ...
    For readers of Bill Bryson, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Siddhartha Mukherjee, a wondrous, wildly ambitious, and vastly entertaining work of popular science that tells the awe-inspiring story of the elements that make up the human body, and how these building blocks of life travelled billions of miles and across billions of years to make us who we are.Every one of us contains a billion times more atoms ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $12.99 USD

  • A Man on the Moon

    The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

    "The authoritative masterpiece" (L. A. Times) on the Apollo space program and NASA's journey to the moonThis acclaimed portrait of heroism and ingenuity captures a watershed moment in human history. The astronauts themselves have called it the definitive account of their missions. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity (The Norton History of Science)

    by Roy Porter ...
    Book 0 - The Norton History of Science
    **Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize"A panoramic and perfectly magnificent intellectual history of medicine…This is the book that delivers it all." —Sherwin Nuland, author of How We Die**Hailed as "a remarkable achievement" (Boston Globe) and as "a triumph: simultaneously entertaining and instructive, witty and thought-provoking…a splendid and thoroughly engrossing book" (Los Angeles Times ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • Turing's Cathedral

    The Origins of the Digital Universe

    by George Dyson ...
    “It is possible to invent a single machine which can be used to compute any computable sequence,” twenty-four-year-old Alan Turing announced in 1936. In Turing’s Cathedral, George Dyson focuses on a small group of men and women, led by John von Neumann at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, who built one of the first computers to realize Alan Turing’s vision of a Universal ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $10.99 USD

  • Before Galileo

    The Birth of Modern Science in Medieval Europe

    by John Freely ...
    A physicist and historian sheds light on scientific minds, breakthroughs, and innovations that paved the way for the Scientific Revolution.Histories of modern science often begin with the heroic battle between Galileo and the Catholic Church, a conflict which ignited the Scientific Revolution and led to the world-changing discoveries of Isaac Newton. As a consequence of this narrative frame, ... Read more

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  • The Strangest Man

    The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom

    Paul Dirac was among the greatest scientific geniuses of the modern age. One of Einstein's most admired colleagues, he helped discover quantum mechanics, and his prediction of antimatter was one of the greatest triumphs in the history of physics. In 1933 he became the youngest theoretician ever to win the Nobel Prize in Physics. Dirac's personality, like his achievements, is legendary. The ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • Control: The Dark History and Troubling Present of Eugenics

    How did an obscure academic idea pave the way to the Holocaust within just fifty years?Control is a book about eugenics, what geneticist Adam Rutherford calls “a defining idea of the twentieth century.” Inspired by Darwin’s ideas about evolution, eugenics arose in Victorian England as a theory for improving the British population, and quickly spread to America, where it was embraced by presidents, ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • An Ocean of Air

    Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere

    The science and history of what lies between us and space: “I never knew air could be so interesting.” —Bill Bryson, New York Times bestselling author of The Body: A Guide for OccupantsA flamboyant Renaissance Italian discovers how heavy our air really is (the air filling Carnegie Hall, for example, weighs seventy thousand pounds). A one-eyed barnstorming pilot finds a set of winds that constantly ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Scientists

    A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors

    by John Gribbin ...
    A wonderfully readable account of scientific development over the past five hundred years, focusing on the lives and achievements of individual scientists, by the bestselling author of In Search of Schrödinger’s CatIn this ambitious new book, John Gribbin tells the stories of the people who have made science, and of the times in which they lived and worked. He begins with Copernicus, during the ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $4.99 USD

  • The Jesuit and the Skull

    by Amir Aczel ...
    From the New York Times bestselling author of Fermat?s Last Theorem, ?an extraordinary story?( Philadelphia Inquirer) of discovery, evolution, science, and faith.In 1929, French Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a part of a group of scientists that uncovered a skull that became known as Peking Man, a key evolutionary link that left Teilhard torn between science and his ancient faith, ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • The Cancer Chronicles

    Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery

    When the woman he loved was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, science writer George Johnson embarked on a journey to learn everything he could about the disease and the people who dedicate their lives to understanding and combating it. What he discovered is a revolution under way—an explosion of new ideas about what cancer really is and where it comes from. In a provocative and intellectually ... Read more

    $6.99 USD

  • The Age of Wonder

    How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science

    The Age of Wonder is a colorful and utterly absorbing history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science.When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover Paradise. Inspired by the scientific ferment sweeping through Britain, the botanist had sailed with Captain Cook in ... Read more

    $7.99 USD $6.99 USD

  • Scientific Explanation and the Causal Structure of the World

    The philosophical theory of scientific explanation proposed here involves a radically new treatment of causality that accords with the pervasively statistical character of contemporary science. Wesley C. Salmon describes three fundamental conceptions of scientific explanation--the epistemic, modal, and ontic. He argues that the prevailing view (a version of the epistemic conception) is untenable ... Read more

    $21.99 USD

  • The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks

    Tales of Important Geological Puzzles and the People Who Solved Them

    Every rock is a tangible trace of the earth’s past. The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks tells the fascinating stories behind the discoveries that shook the foundations of geology. In twenty-five chapters—each about a particular rock, outcrop, or geologic phenomenon—Donald R. Prothero recounts the scientific detective work that shaped our understanding of geology, from the unearthing of exemplary ... Read more

    $22.99 USD

  • Falling Upwards

    How We Took to the Air

    **Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)****Time Magazine 10 Top Nonfiction Books of 2013****The New Republic Best Books of 2013**In this heart-lifting chronicle, Richard Holmes, author of the best-selling The Age of Wonder, follows the pioneer generation of balloon aeronauts, the daring and enigmatic men and women who risked their lives to take to the air (or fall into the sky). Why they did it, ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $12.99 USD

  • The Invention of Clouds

    How an Amateur Meteorologist Forged the Language of the Skies

    An extraordinary yet little-known scientific advance occurred in the opening years of the nineteenth century when a young amateur meteorologist, Luke Howard, gave the clouds the names by which they are known to this day. By creating a language to define structures that had, up to then, been considered random and unknowable, Howard revolutionized the science of meteorology and earned the admiration ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • The Most Powerful Idea in the World

    A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention

    by William Rosen ...
    The sweeping true story of how the steam engine changed the world, from the acclaimed author of Miracle CureIf all measures of human advancement in the last hundred centuries were plotted on a graph, they would show an almost perfectly flat line—until the eighteenth century, when the Industrial Revolution would cause the line to shoot straight up, beginning an almost uninterrupted march of ... Read more

    $9.99 USD $7.99 USD

  • Tales from the Ant World

    Edward O. Wilson recalls his lifetime with ants, from his first boyhood encounters in the woods of Alabama to perilous journeys into the Brazilian rainforest.“Ants are the most warlike of all animals, with colony pitted against colony,” writes E.O. Wilson, one of the world’s most beloved scientists, “their clashes dwarf Waterloo and Gettysburg.” In Tales from the Ant World, two-time Pulitzer Prize ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Science After Babel

    Polymath and raconteur David Berlinski is at it again, challenging the shibboleths of contemporary science with his inimitable blend of deep learning, close reasoning, and rapier wit. In Science After Babel he reflects on everything from Newton, Einstein, and Gödel to catastrophe theory, information theory, and the morass that is modern Darwinism. The scientific enterprise is unarguably ... Read more

    $9.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • To Explain the World

    The Discovery of Modern Science

    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 history, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg takes us across centuries from ancient Miletus to medieval ... Read more

    $14.49 USD

  • The Great Influenza

    The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

    by John M. Barry ...
    **#1 New York Times bestseller“Barry will teach you almost everything you need to know about one of the deadliest outbreaks in human history.”—Bill Gates"Monumental... an authoritative and disturbing morality tale."—Chicago Tribune**The strongest weapon against pandemic is the truth. Read why in the definitive account of the 1918 Flu Epidemic.Magisterial in its breadth of perspective and depth of ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Neutrino Hunters

    The Thrilling Chase for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

    Winner of the Canadian Science Writers Association Science in Society Book AwardOne of the Best Physics Books of 2013, Cocktail Party Physics Blog, Scientific AmericanDetective thriller meets astrophysics in this adventure into neutrinos and the scientists who pursue themThe incredibly small bits of matter we call neutrinos may hold the secret to why antimatter is so rare, how mighty stars explode ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Freedom's Laboratory

    The Cold War Struggle for the Soul of Science

    The Cold War ended long ago, but the language of science and freedom continues to shape public debates over the relationship between science and politics in the United States.Scientists like to proclaim that science knows no borders. Scientific researchers follow the evidence where it leads, their conclusions free of prejudice or ideology. But is that really the case? In Freedom's Laboratory, ... Read more

    $18.99 USD