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  • Genesis and the Big Bang Theory

    The Discovery Of Harmony Between Modern Science And The Bible

    A ground-breaking book that takes on skeptics from both sides of the cosmological debate, arguing that science and the Bible are not at odds concerning the origin of the universe.The culmination of a physicist's thirty-five-year journey from MIT to Jerusalem, Genesis and the Big Bang presents a compelling argument that the events of the billions of years that cosmologists say followed the Big Bang ... Read more

    $10.99 USD $5.99 USD

  • The Theory That Would Not Die

    How Bayes' Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, & Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of C

    "This account of how a once reviled theory, Baye’s rule, came to underpin modern life is both approachable and engrossing" (Sunday Times).A New York Times Book Review Editors’ ChoiceBayes' rule appears to be a straightforward, one-line theorem: by updating our initial beliefs with objective new information, we get a new and improved belief. To its adherents, it is an elegant statement about ... Read more

    $12.39 USD

  • The Cygnus Mystery

    Unlocking the Ancient Secret of Life's Origins in the Cosmos

    The Cygnus Constellation holds the key to proving that life originated in the heavens—and will ultimately return there. Best-selling author Andrew Collins has uncovered an astronomy that is about 17,000 years old, with standing stones, temples, and monuments across the globe oriented towards Cygnus’s stars. He also found that the use of deep caves by Palaeolithic man led to the rise of religious ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Leaving Earth

    Space Stations, Rival Superpowers, and the Quest for Interplanetary Travel

    In this definitive account of the quest to establish a human presence in lifeless outer space, award-winning space historian Robert Zimmerman reveals the great global gamesmanship between Soviet and American political leaders that drove the space efforts of both following the Apollo lunar landings in the 1960s and 1970s.Beaten to the Moon by their Cold War enemies, the Russians were intent on ... Read more

    $3.99 USD

  • What Is Real?

    The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics

    by Adam Becker ...
    "A thorough, illuminating exploration of the most consequential controversy raging in modern science." --New York Times Book ReviewAn Editor's Choice, New York Times Book ReviewLonglisted for PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science WritingLonglisted for Goodreads Choice AwardEvery physicist agrees quantum mechanics is among humanity's finest scientific achievements. But ask what it means, ... ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • A History of Global Health

    Interventions into the Lives of Other Peoples

    A sweeping history explores why people living in resource-poor areas lack access to basic health care after billions of dollars have been invested in international-health assistance.Over the past century, hundreds of billions of dollars have been invested in programs aimed at improving health on a global scale. Given the enormous scale and complexity of these lifesaving operations, why do millions ... Read more

    $31.19 USD

  • A People's History of Science

    Miners, Midwives, and Low Mechanicks

    We all know the history of science that we learned from grade school textbooks: How Galileo used his telescope to show that the earth was not the center of the universe; how Newton divined gravity from the falling apple; how Einstein unlocked the mysteries of time and space with a simple equation. This history is made up of long periods of ignorance and confusion, punctuated once an age by a ... Read more

    $2.99 USD

  • Pandora's DNA

    Tracing the Breast Cancer Genes Through History, Science, and One Family Tree

    by Lizzie Stark ...
    Would you cut out your healthy breasts and ovaries if you thought it might save your life? That’s not a theoretical question for journalist Lizzie Stark’s relatives, who grapple with the horrific legacy of cancer built into the family DNA. It is a BRCA mutation that has robbed most of her female relatives of breasts, ovaries, peace of mind, or life itself. In Pandora’s DNA, Stark uses her family’s ... Read more

    $20.89 USD

  • The First Fossil Hunters

    Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Myth in Greek and Roman Times

    Griffins, Cyclopes, Monsters, and Giants--these fabulous creatures of classical mythology continue to live in the modern imagination through the vivid accounts that have come down to us from the ancient Greeks and Romans. But what if these beings were more than merely fictions? What if monstrous creatures once roamed the earth in the very places where their legends first arose? This is the ... Read more

    $15.89 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

    $21.59 USD

  • Life on Display

    Revolutionizing U.S. Museums of Science and Natural History in the Twentieth Century

    Rich with archival detail and compelling characters, Life on Display uses the history of biological exhibitions to analyze museums’ shifting roles in twentieth-century American science and society. Karen A. Rader and Victoria E. M. Cain chronicle profound changes in these exhibitions—and the institutions that housed them—between 1910 and 1990, ultimately offering new perspectives on the history of ... Read more

    $30.29 USD

  • Asleep

    The Forgotten Epidemic that Remains One of Medicine's Greatest Mysteries

    A fascinating look at a bizarre, forgotten epidemic from the national bestselling author of The American Plague.In 1918, a world war raged, and a lethal strain of influenza circled the globe. In the midst of all this death, a bizarre disease appeared in Europe. Eventually known as encephalitis lethargica, or sleeping sickness, it spread worldwide, leaving millions dead or locked in institutions. ... Read more

    $9.99 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

    $9.99 USD

  • History of Science 3153: Since Newton

    This is a university text book offered to support a history of modern science course. ... Read more

    $19.99 USD $17.99 USD

  • Trying Leviathan

    The Nineteenth-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature

    In Moby-Dick, Ishmael declares, "Be it known that, waiving all argument, I take the good old fashioned ground that a whale is a fish, and call upon holy Jonah to back me." Few readers today know just how much argument Ishmael is waiving aside. In fact, Melville's antihero here takes sides in one of the great controversies of the early nineteenth century--one that ultimately had to be resolved in ... Read more

    $24.79 USD $22.29 USD

  • The Periodic Table: A Very Short Introduction

    series Very Short Introductions
    The periodic table of elements, first encountered by many of us at school, provides an arrangement of the chemical elements, ordered by their atomic number, electron configuration, and recurring chemical properties, and divided into periodic trends. In this Very Short Introduction Eric R. Scerri looks at the trends in properties of elements that led to the construction of the table, and shows how ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • The Glass Universe

    How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars

    by Dava Sobel ...
    From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobel, the "inspiring" (People), little-known true story of women's landmark contributions to astronomyA New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017Named one of the best books of the year by NPR, The Economist, Smithsonian, Nature, and NPR'sScience Friday**Nominated for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Litera... ... Read more

    $4.99 USD

  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    by Mary Roach ...
    "One of the funniest and most unusual books of the year....Gross, educational, and unexpectedly sidesplitting."—Entertainment WeeklyStiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France ... Read more

    $13.09 USD

  • Breaking the Chains of Gravity

    The Story of Spaceflight before NASA

    NASA's history is a familiar story, one that typically peaks with Neil Armstrong taking his small step on the Moon in 1969. But America's space agency wasn't created in a vacuum. It was assembled from pre-existing parts, drawing together some of the best minds the non-Soviet world had to offer.In the 1930s, rockets were all the rage in Germany, the focus both of scientists hoping to fly into space ... Read more

    $11.59 USD

  • Galileo's Idol

    Gianfrancesco Sagredo and the Politics of Knowledge

    by Nick Wilding ...
    Galileo’s Idol offers a vivid depiction of Galileo’s friend, student, and patron, Gianfrancesco Sagredo (1571–1620). Sagredo’s life, which has never before been studied in depth, brings to light the inextricable relationship between the production, distribution, and reception of political information and scientific knowledge.Nick Wilding uses as wide a variety of sources as possible—paintings, ... Read more

    $27.39 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

    $10.99 USD

  • Toms River

    A Story of Science and Salvation

    by Dan Fagin ...
    WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • Winner of The New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award • “A new classic of science reporting.”—The New York TimesThe riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Evolution Gone Wrong

    The Curious Reasons Why Our Bodies Work (Or Don't)

    “An unforgettable journey through this twisted miracle of evolution we call ‘our body.’” —Spike Carlsen, author of A Walk Around the BlockFrom blurry vision to crooked teeth, ACLs that tear at alarming rates and spines that seem to spend a lifetime falling apart, it’s a curious thing that human beings have beaten the odds as a species.After all, we’re the only survivors on our branch of the tree ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Discoveries

    Great Breakthroughs in 20th-Century Science, Including the Original Papers

    by Alan Lightman ...
    In this captivating and lucid book, novelist and science writer Alan Lightman chronicles twenty-four great discoveries of twentieth-century science--everything from the theory of relativity to mapping the structure of DNA.These discoveries radically changed our notions of the world and our place in it. Here are Einstein, Fleming, Bohr, McClintock, Paul ing, Watson and Crick, Heisenberg and many ... Read more

    $16.99 USD $14.99 USD