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MY QUEST FOR THE ULTIMATE NATURE OF REALITY
Written by MAX TEGMARK

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74425-8

Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs...

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THE REMARKABLE ROLE OF EVOLUTION IN THE MAKING OF MATHEMATICS
Written by ZVI ARTSTEIN

Format: Hardcover, 426 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 09/02/2014

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-14091-5

In this accessible and illuminating study of how the science of mathematics developed, a veteran math researcher and educator looks at the ways in which  our evolutionary makeup is both a help and a hindrance to the study of math.

Artstein chronicles the discovery of important mathematical connections between mathematics and the real world from ancient times to the present. The author then describes some of the contemporary applications of mathematics—in probability theory, in the study of...

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A TREASURE TROVE OF UNEXPECTED ENTERTAINMENTS

Format: Trade Paperback, 382 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 08/12/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-616-14931-4

Most people agree that math is important, but few would say it's fun. As veteran math educators Posamentier and Lehmann demonstrate, when you realize that doing math can be enjoyable, you open a door into a world of unexpected insights while learning an important skill.

The authors illustrate the point with many easily understandable examples. One of these is what mathematicians call the "Ruth-Aaron pair" (714 and 715), named after the respective career home runs of Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron....

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VITAL QUESTIONS ABOUT SCIENCE
Written by KEITH PARSONS

Format: Trade Paperback, 429 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 08/05/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-616-14929-1

Is science more rational or objective than any other intellectual endeavor? Are scientific theories accurate depictions of reality or just useful devices for manipulating the environment? These core questions are the focus of this unique approach to the philosophy of science. Unlike standard textbooks, this book does not attempt a comprehensive review of the entire field, but makes a selection of the most vibrant debates and issues.

The author tackles such stimulating questions as: Can...

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SIX ESSENTIAL SKILLS TO CLEAR OUT BRAIN CLUTTER AND BECOME THE SHARPEST,SMARTEST YOU
Written by MIKE BYSTER

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Harmony

On Sale: 03/18/2014

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-98587-3

Does learning how to forget actually make someone a more efficient and effective thinker?

According to Mike Byster, the creator of the award-winning memory system Brainetics, the answer is yes! In The Power of Forgetting, Byster demonstrates how mastering this extraordinary technique—forgetting unnecessary information, sifting through brain clutter, and focusing only on important nuggets of data—will allow students to improve the quality of their work and create a more favorable school-life...

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A MYSTERY WITH HOVERBOTS, BRISTLE BOTS, AND OTHER ROBOTS YOU CAN BUILD YOURSELF

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Quirk Books

On Sale: 02/04/2014

Price: $12.95

ISBN: 978-1-594-74649-9

In this second novel of the Nick and Tesla series, the precocious brother-and-sister duo find themselves solving another baffling mystery. As the story opens, their Uncle Newt takes a consulting gig at a cut-rate amusement park, engineering animatronic figures for a cheap Hall of Presidents knockoff. One perk of the job is that Nick and Tesla have unlimited access to the amusement park all summer long—but the kids quickly discover that one of the park employees has a sinister plan. They’ll...

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MEMOIR OF A SCIENTIFIC MAVERICK
Written by BENOIT MANDELBROT

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/14/2014

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-38991-6

A fascinating memoir from the man who revitalized visual geometry, and whose ideas about fractals have changed how we look at both the natural world and the financial world.

Benoit Mandelbrot, the creator of fractal geometry, has significantly improved our understanding of, among other things, financial variability and erratic physical phenomena. In The Fractalist, Mandelbrot recounts the high points of his life with exuberance and an eloquent fluency, deepening our understanding of the...

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EXPLORING ISAAC NEWTON'S MASTERPIECE
Written by COLIN PASK

Format: Hardcover, 528 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 09/03/2013

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-14745-7

Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg has written that "all that has happened since 1687 is a gloss on the Principia." Now, students too can appreciate the significance of this stellar work, regarded by many as the greatest scientific contribution of all time. Despite its dazzling reputation, Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, or simply the Principia, remains a mystery for many people. Few of even the most intellectually curious readers, including professional scientists...

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MAKING BIOLOGY MATHEMATICAL
Written by GREGORY CHAITIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/26/2013

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-07798-4

Groundbreaking mathematician Gregory Chaitin gives us the first book to posit that we can prove how Darwin’s theory of evolution works on a mathematical level.

For years it has been received wisdom among most scientists that, just as Darwin claimed, all of the Earth’s life-forms evolved by blind chance. But does Darwin’s theory function on a purely mathematical level? Has there been enough time for evolution to produce the remarkable biological diversity we see around us? It’s a question no...

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THE CRISIS AND FUTURE OF CONSCIOUSNESS

Format: Trade Paperback, 584 pages

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

On Sale: 12/18/2012

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-583-94485-1

In books like Embyogenesis and Embryos, Galaxies, and Sentient Beings, author Richard Grossinger brought together the subjects of biological embryology and the esoteric process of human consciousness becoming embodied (“The embryo is the universe writing itself on its own body”). In Dark Pool of Light, his three-volume series of books discussing the nature of reality and consciousness, Grossinger weaves neuroscience-based behaviorism and the phenomenology of “being” and reality together with...

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A MATHEMATICAL JOURNEY

Format: Hardcover, 387 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 08/24/2012

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-14587-3

A Choice 2013 Outstanding Academic Title
 
Everyone knows what a triangle is, yet very few people appreciate that the common three-sided figure holds many intriguing “secrets.” For example, if a circle is inscribed in any random triangle and then three lines are drawn from the three points of tangency to the opposite vertices of the triangle, these lines will always meet at a common point - no matter what the shape of the triangle. This and many more interesting geometrical properties are...

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AN EXTRAORDINARY NEW VIEW OF THE UNIVERSE
Written by ROGER PENROSE

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 05/01/2012

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-27846-3

This groundbreaking book presents a new perspective on three of cosmology’s essential questions: What came before the Big Bang? What is the source of order in our universe? And what cosmic future awaits us?

Penrose shows how the expected fate of our ever-accelerating and expanding universe—heat death or ultimate entropy—can actually be reinterpreted as the conditions that will begin a new “Big Bang.” He details the basic principles beneath our universe, explaining various standard and...

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