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AN ASTRONAUT'S UNLIKELY JOURNEY TO UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE
Written by MIKE MASSIMINO

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Crown Archetype

On Sale: 10/04/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90354-4

Mike Massimino’s childhood space dreams were born the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, but his journey to realizing those dreams is as unlikely as it is captivating. In his new memoir Spaceman Massimino invites readers into a rare, wonderful world where hard science meets the most thrilling adventure, and pulls back the curtain on just what having “the right stuff” really means.

“Every generation of astronauts needs a storyteller -- a person with wit, humor, and passion who has lived...

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A HISTORY
Written by JAMES GLEICK

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 09/27/2016

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-90879-7

From the acclaimed author of The Information and Chaos, here is a mind-bending exploration of time travel: its subversive origins, its evolution in literature and science, and its influence on our understanding of time itself.

The story begins at the turn of the previous century, with the young H. G. Wells writing and rewriting the fantastic tale that became his first book and an international sensation: The Time Machine. It was an era when a host of forces were converging to transmute the...

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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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Written by JANNA LEVIN

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/29/2016

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95819-8

The authoritative story of the headline-making discovery of gravitational waves—by an eminent theoretical astrophysicist and award-winning writer.

From the author of How the Universe Got Its Spots and A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, the epic story of the scientific campaign to record the soundtrack of our universe.
 
Black holes are dark. That is their essence. When black holes collide, they will do so unilluminated. Yet the black hole collision is an event more powerful than any since the...

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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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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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AN INSIDE ACCOUNT FROM CURIOSITY'S CHIEF ENGINEER

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 10/21/2014

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-588-34473-1

In the course of our enduring quest for knowledge about ourselves and our universe, we haven't found answers to one of our most fundamental questions: Does life exist anywhere else in the universe? Ten years and billions of dollars in the making, the Mars Rover Curiosity is poised to answer this all-important question.

In Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer, Rob Manning, the project's chief engineer, tells of bringing the groundbreaking spacecraft to life....

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THE WORLD YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW
Written by ALAN LIGHTMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/07/2014

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80595-9

Alan Lightman brings a light touch to heavy questions. Here is a book about nesting ospreys, multiple universes, atheism, spiritualism, and the arrow of time. Throughout, Lightman takes us back and forth between ordinary occurrences—old shoes and entropy, sailing far out at sea and the infinite expanse of space.
 
“In this slight volume, Lightman looks toward the universe and captures aspects of it in a series of beautifully written essays, each offering a glimpse at the whole from a different...

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HUMANITY'S EXPANDING VIEW OF THE COSMOS
Written by VICTOR J. STENGER

Format: Hardcover, 447 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 09/09/2014

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-14970-3

Cosmologists have reasons to believe that the vast universe in which we live is just one of an endless number of other universes within a multiverse—a mind-boggling array that may extend indefinitely in space and endlessly in both the past and the future. Victor Stenger reviews the key developments in the history of science that led to the current consensus view of astrophysicists, taking pains to explain essential concepts and discoveries in accessible terminology. The author shows that...

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HOW AMERICA'S SHALE GAS BOOM IS THREATENING OUR FAMILIES, PETS, AND FOOD

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 08/05/2014

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-08493-9

Across the country, fracking—the extraction of natural gas by hydraulic fracturing—is being touted as the nation’s answer to energy independence and a fix for a flagging economy. Drilling companies assure us that the process is safe, politicians push through drilling legislation without a serious public-health debate, and those who speak out are marginalized, their silence purchased by gas companies and their warnings about the dangers of fracking stifled.
 
The Real Cost of Fracking pulls...

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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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FROM DRAGON'S BLOOD TO DONKEY DUNG, HOW CHEMISTRY WAS FORGED

Format: Hardcover, 364 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 07/01/2014

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-616-14915-4

In this exploration of the ancient art of alchemy, three veteran chemists show that the alchemists' quest involved real science and they recount fascinating stories of the sages who performed these strange experiments.

Why waste more words on this weird deviation in the evolution of chemistry? As the authors show, the writings of medieval alchemists may seem like the ravings of brain-addled fools, but there is more to the story than that.

Recent scholarship has shown that some seemingly...

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