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  • Breaking the Spell

    Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

    The New York Times bestseller – a “crystal-clear, constantly engaging” (Jared Diamond) exploration of the role that religious belief plays in our lives and our interactionsFor all the thousands of books that have been written about religion, few until this one have attempted to examine it scientifically: to ask why—and how—it has shaped so many lives so strongly. Is religion a product of blind ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $4.99 USD

  • Magisteria

    The Entangled Histories of Science & Religion

    Most things you ‘know’ about science and religion are myths or half-truths that grew up in the last years of the nineteenth century and remain widespread today.‘A deeply researched history of the interplay between the two ways of understanding the world.’ ECONOMIST, BEST BOOKS OF 2023The true history of science and religion is a human one. It’s about the role of religion in inspiring, and ... Read more

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  • Why Science Does Not Disprove God

    by Amir D. Aczel ...
    The renowned science writer, mathematician, and bestselling author of Fermat's Last Theorem masterfully refutes the overreaching claims the "New Atheists," providing millions of educated believers with a clear, engaging explanation of what science really says, how there's still much space for the Divine in the universe, and why faith in both God and empirical science are not mutually exclusive.A ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • At the Edge of Uncertainty

    11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise

    “Engaging . . . touches on advanced computing, essential differences between men and women, the power of the will to live, mysteries of the cosmos and more.” —The Washington PostThe atom. The Big Bang. DNA. Natural selection. All are ideas that revolutionized science—and all were dismissed out of hand when they first appeared. The surprises haven’t stopped in recent years, and in At the Edge of ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Blockchain Democracy

    Technology, Law and the Rule of the Crowd

    In Blockchain Democracy, William Magnuson provides a breathtaking tour of the world of blockchain and bitcoin, from their origins in the online scribblings of a shadowy figure named Satoshi Nakamoto, to their furious rise and dramatic crash in the 2010s, to their ignominious connections to the dark web and online crime. Magnuson argues that blockchain's popularity stands as a testament both to the ... Read more

    $27.99 USD

  • Colossus:The secrets of Bletchley Park's code-breaking computers

    The secrets of Bletchley Park's code-breaking computers

    At last - the secrets of Bletchley Park's powerful codebreaking computers.This is a history of Colossus, the world's first fully-functioning electronic digital computer. Colossus was used during the Second World War at the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, where it played an invaluable role cracking enemy codes. Until very recently, much about the Colossus machine was shrouded ... Read more

    $33.99 USD

  • From Smartphones to Social Media

    How Technology Affects Our Brains and Behavior

    by Mark Carrier ...
    This book examines how technology such as smartphones, computers, and the internet shape our physical health, cognitive and psychological development, and interactions with one another and the world around us.Technology has become a ubiquitous part of modern life, but its impact on our physical, psychological, and social health and development runs just as deep as does our dependence upon it. How ... Read more

    $32.99 USD

  • The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values

    **"If you’re going to read one book on artificial intelligence, this is the one." —Stephen Marche, New York TimesA jaw-dropping exploration of everything that goes wrong when we build AI systems and the movement to fix them.**Today’s “machine-learning” systems, trained by data, are so effective that we’ve invited them to see and hear for us—and to make decisions on our behalf. But alarm bells are ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Planet Remade

    How Geoengineering Could Change the World

    by Oliver Morton ...
    A fascinating look at the perils and promise of geoengineering and our potential future on a warming planetThe risks of global warming are pressing and potentially vast. The difficulty of doing without fossil fuels is daunting, possibly even insurmountable. So there is an urgent need to rethink our responses to the crisis. To meet that need, a small but increasingly influential group of scientists ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

    How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake

    An all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking from podcast host and academic neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine Steven Novella and his SGU co-hosts, which Richard Wiseman calls "the perfect primer for anyone who wants to separate fact from fiction."It is intimidating to realize that we live in a world overflowing with misinformation, bias, myths, deception, and flawed knowledge. ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Upside of Irrationality

    The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home

    New York Times Bestseller“Ariely is a genius at understanding human behavior: no economist does a better job of uncovering and explaining the hidden reasons for the weird ways we act.” — James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of CrowdsBehavioral economist and New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational Dan Ariely offers a much-needed take on the irrational decisions that influence ... Read more

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  • Making Medical Knowledge

    How is medical knowledge made? New methods for research and clinical care have reshaped the practices of medical knowledge production over the last forty years. Consensus conferences, evidence-based medicine, translational medicine, and narrative medicine are among the most prominent new methods. Making Medical Knowledge explores their origins and aims, their epistemic strengths, and their ... Read more

    $26.99 USD

  • A PhD Is Not Enough!

    A Guide to Survival in Science

    Everything you ever need to know about making it as a scientist.Despite your graduate education, brainpower, and technical prowess, your career in scientific research is far from assured. Permanent positions are scarce, science survival is rarely part of formal graduate training, and a good mentor is hard to find.In A Ph.D. Is Not Enough!, physicist Peter J. Feibelman lays out a rational path to a ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey

    **Winner of the 2023 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing AwardA Five Books "Best Literary Science Writing" Book of 2023 • A Smithsonian Best Science Book of 2022 • A Prospect Magazine Top Memoir of 2022 • A KCRW Life Examined Best Book of 2022"Keen observer [and] deft writer" (David Quammen) Florence Williams explores the fascinating, cutting-edge science of heartbreak while seeking creative ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Psychology of Totalitarianism

    The world is in the grips of mass formation—a dangerous, collective type of hypnosis—as we bear witness to loneliness, free-floating anxiety, and fear giving way to censorship, loss of privacy, and surrendered freedoms. It is all spurred by a singular, focused crisis narrative that forbids dissident views and relies on destructive groupthink.Desmet’s work on mass formation theory was brought to ... Read more

    $20.99 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

    $23.99 USD

  • The Shape of Shit to Come

    We’ve seen the future. And it’s shit.From the authors of the mega-selling Is It Just Me or Is Everything Shit?Once, we were promised a sci-fi future that never arrived. But what if it really is on its way now?The Shape of Shit to Come takes a funny tour of the future taking shape before our eyes – a future of sex robots, hotels in space, kids making their own pets with gene-splicing kits and ... Read more

    $0.99 USD

  • Burning Matters

    Life, Labor, and E-Waste Pyropolitics in Ghana

    Series series Global and Comparative Ethnography
    Global trade in electronic waste (e-waste) has led to various waste management challenges and many regions of the Global South have suffered the toxic consequences. In Burning Matters, Peter C. Little explores the complex cultural, economic, and environmental health politics of e-waste work in Ghana. He brings to light the lived experiences of Ghana's e-waste workers, as they navigate the health, ... Read more

    $27.99 USD

  • The Fabric of the Cosmos

    Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

    by Brian Greene ...
    NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From one of the world’s leading physicists and author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Elegant Universe, comes “an astonishing ride” through the universe (The New York Times) that makes us look at reality in a completely different way.Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Exposed

    Environmental Politics and Pleasures in Posthuman Times

    by Stacy Alaimo ...
    Opening with the statement “The anthropocene is no time to set things straight,” Stacy Alaimo puts forth potent arguments for a material feminist posthumanism in the chapters that follow.From trans-species art and queer animals to naked protesting and scientific accounts of fishy humans, Exposed argues for feminist posthumanism immersed in strange agencies and scale-shifting ethics. Including such ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Before the Fallout

    From Marie Curie to Hiroshima

    by Diana Preston ...
    On December 26, 1898, Marie Curie announced the discovery of radium and observed that "radioactivity seems to be an atomic property." A mere 47 years later, "Little Boy"exploded over Hiroshima. Before the Fallout is the epic story of the intervening half century, during which an exhilarating quest to unravel the secrets of the material world revealed how to destroy it, and an open, international, ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Gli immortali

    Storie del mondo che verrà

    "«Anni fa, sulle rive del lago Bajkal, in Siberia, una donna mi lesse la mano. E un paio di anni dopo un bramino della città sacra di Vrindavan, in India, guardò nel mio futuro. Entrambi mi raccontarono delle stesse gioie che mi avrebbe riservato la vita. E della morte. Prematura e violenta. Che dovrebbe cogliermi tra poco.Alcune tra le cose predette si sono avverate. Altre non saprei. Le parole ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Is Math Real?

    How Simple Questions Lead Us to Mathematics' Deepest Truths

    by Eugenia Cheng ...
    One of the world’s most creative mathematicians offers a new way to look at math—focusing on questions, not answersWhere do we learn math: From rules in a textbook? From logic and deduction? Not really, according to mathematician Eugenia Cheng: we learn it from human curiosity—most importantly, from asking questions. This may come as a surprise to those who think that math is about finding the one ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • Finding the Mother Tree

    Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest

    NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the world's leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest—a moving, deeply personal journey of discovery“Finding the Mother Tree reminds us that the world is a web of stories, connecting us to one another. [The book] carries the stories of trees, fungi, soil and ... Read more

    $14.99 USD