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SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS

HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

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HOW DARWIN'S THEORY OF EVOLUTION IGNITED A NATION
Written by RANDALL FULLER

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Viking

On Sale: 01/24/2017

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-0-525-42833-6

A compelling portrait of a unique moment in American history when the ideas of Charles Darwin reshaped American notions about nature, religion, science and race

“A lively and informative history.” – The New York Times Book Review

Throughout its history America has been torn in two by debates over ideals and beliefs.  Randall Fuller takes us back to one of those turning points, in 1860, with the story of the influence of Charles Darwin’s just-published On the Origin of Species on five American...

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ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT'S NEW WORLD
Written by ANDREA WULF

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/04/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80629-1

Finalist for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 
New York Times Best Book of 2015
Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015
Winner of The Royal Geographical Society Ness Award 
Winner of Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize
Winner of the James Wright Award for Nature Writing
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Science & Technology

The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the...

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THE EVOLUTION OF THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS HUMAN FOSSILS
Written by LYDIA PYNE

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Viking

On Sale: 08/16/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-525-42985-2

An irresistible journey of discovery, science, history, and myth making, told through the lives and afterlives of seven famous human ancestors

Over the last century, the search for human ancestors has spanned four continents and resulted in the discovery of hundreds of fossils. While most of these discoveries live quietly in museum collections, there are a few that have become world-renowned celebrity personas—ambassadors of science that speak to public audiences. In Seven Skeletons,...

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THE HUMAN JOURNEY FROM LIVING IN TREES TO UNDERSTANDING THE COSMOS
Written by LEONARD MLODINOW

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/19/2016

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80443-3

How did a near-extinct species, eking out a meager existence with stone axes, become the dominant power on earth, able to harness a knowledge of nature ranging from tiny atoms to the vast structures of the universe? Leonard Mlodinow takes us on an enthralling tour of the history of human progress, from our time on the African savannah through the invention of written language, all the way to modern quantum physics. Along the way, he explores the colorful personalities of the great...

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AN UNEXPECTED HISTORY OF A REVOLUTIONARY INVENTION
Written by ALEXANDER MONRO

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-27166-2

A sweeping, richly detailed history that tells the fascinating story of how paper—the simple Chinese invention of two thousand years ago—wrapped itself around our world, humankind’s most momentous ideas imprinted on its surface.
            
The emergence of paper in the imperial court of Han China brought about a revolution in the transmission of knowledge and ideas, allowing religions, philosophies and propaganda to spread with ever greater ease. The first writing surface sufficiently cheap,...

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WEATHER PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE
Written by LAUREN REDNISS

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99317-2

From the National Book Award finalist Lauren Redniss, author ofRadioactive, comes a dazzling fusion of storytelling, visual art, and reportage that grapples with weather in all its dimensions: its danger and its beauty, why it happens and what it means.
 
Weather is the very air we breathe—it shapes our daily lives and alters the course of history. In Thunder & Lightning, Lauren Redniss tells the story of weather and humankind through the ages.
 
This wide-ranging work roams from the driest...

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ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT'S NEW WORLD
Written by ANDREA WULF

Format: Hardcover, 496 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/15/2015

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-35066-2

Finalist for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 
A New York Times Best Book of 2015
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015

The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism.

Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age....

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THE SECRET HISTORY OF CREATION, INVENTION, AND DISCOVERY
Written by KEVIN ASHTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 09/15/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17006-2

To create is human. Technology pioneer Kevin Ashton has experienced firsthand the all-consuming challenge of creating something new. Now, in a tour-de-force narrative twenty years in the making, Ashton demystifies the sacred act, leading us on a journey through humanity’s greatest creations to uncover the surprising truth behind who creates and how they do it. From the crystallographer’s laboratory where the secrets of DNA were first revealed by a long forgotten woman, to the Ohio bicycle...

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OUR ANCIENT QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE AND THE MEASURE OF MODERN PHYSICS
Written by DEMETRIS NICOLAIDES

Format: Trade Paperback, 266 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 11/04/2014

Price: $19.00

ISBN: 978-1-615-92225-3

The birth of science in ancient Greece had a historical impact that is still being felt today. Physicist Demetris Nicolaides examines the epochal shift in thinking that led pre-Socratic philosophers of the sixth and fifth centuries BCE to abandon the prevailing mythologies of the age and, for the first time, to analyze the natural world in terms of impersonal, rationally understood principles. He argues not only that their conceptual breakthroughs anticipated much of later science but that...

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Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 10/14/2014

Price: $34.95

ISBN: 978-1-588-34482-3

A History of Life in 100 Fossils showcases 100 key fossils that together illustrate the evolution of life on earth. Iconic specimens have been selected from the renowned collections of the two premier natural history museums in the world, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, and the Natural History Museum, London. The fossils have been chosen not only for their importance in the history of life, but also because of the visual story they tell. This stunning book is perfect for all readers...

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A SCIENTIST, A PHILOSOPHER, AND THEIR DARING ADVENTURES FROM THE FRENCH RESISTANCE TO THE NOBEL PRIZE
Written by SEAN B. CARROLL

Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 09/23/2014

Price: $16.99

ISBN: 978-0-307-95234-9

In the spring of 1940, the aspiring but unknown writer Albert Camus and budding scientist Jacques Monod were quietly pursuing ordinary, separate lives in Paris. After the German invasion and occupation of France, each joined the Resistance to help liberate the country from the Nazis and ascended to prominent, dangerous roles. After the war and through twists of circumstance, they became friends, and through their passionate determination and rare talent they emerged as leading voices of...

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HOW WE TOOK TO THE AIR: AN UNCONVENTIONAL HISTORY OF BALLOONING
Written by RICHARD HOLMES

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 09/09/2014

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74232-2

Time Magazine 10 Top Nonfiction Books of 2013 
The New Republic Best Books of 2013
Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)

In a dazzling fusion of history, art, science, and biography, Falling Upwardsresurrects the daring men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air in balloons. 

Richard Holmes gives us another of his unforgettable portraits of human endeavor, recklessness, and vision, weaving together exhilarating accounts of early balloon rivalries, pioneering ascents over...

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