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Distracted

by James M. Lang Basic Books (October 20, 2020)

Keeping students focused can be difficult in a world filled with distractions -- which is why a renowned educator created a scientific solution to one of every teacher's biggest problems.

Why is it so hard to...


A Place for Everything

by Judith Flanders Basic Books (October 20, 2020)

From a New York Times-bestselling historian comes the story of how the alphabet ordered our world.

A Place for Everything is the first-ever history of alphabetization, from the Library of Alexandria to Wikipedia....


Do Dice Play God?

by Ian Stewart Basic Books (September 03, 2019)

A celebrated mathematician explores how math helps us make sense of an unpredictable world

We would like to believe we can know things for certain. We want to be able to figure out who will win an election, if...


What We Talk About When We Talk About Books

by Leah Price Basic Books (August 19, 2019)

Reports of the death of reading are greatly exaggerated

Do you worry that you've lost patience for anything longer than a tweet? If so, you're not alone. Digital-age pundits warn that as our appetite for books...


Bleeding Out

by Thomas Abt Basic Books (June 25, 2019)

From a Harvard scholar and former Obama official, a powerful proposal for curtailing violent crime in America

Urban violence is one of the most divisive and allegedly intractable issues of our time, but in...


Life Finds a Way

by Andreas Wagner Basic Books (June 11, 2019)

How the principles of biological innovation can help us overcome creative challenges in art, business, and science

In Life Finds a Way, biologist Andreas Wagner reveals the deep symmetry between innovation in...


Children of the Dream

by Rucker C. Johnson Basic Books (April 15, 2019)

An acclaimed economist reveals that school integration efforts in the 1970s and 1980s were overwhelmingly successful -- and argues that we must renew our commitment to integration for the sake of all Americans...


Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

by Beverly Daniel Tatum Basic Books (September 04, 2017)

The classic, bestselling book on the psychology of racism -- now fully revised and updated

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups....


The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups

by Léonard Sax Basic Books (December 29, 2015)

"One of the premier experts on parenting, Dr. Leonard Sax brilliantly articulates the problems parents experience with their children, then gives solutions. If you have time to read only one book this year,...


Special Relativity and Classical Field Theory

by Leonard Susskind & Art Friedman Basic Books (September 25, 2017)

The third volume in the bestselling physics series cracks open Einstein's special relativity and field theory

Physicist Leonard Susskind and data engineer Art Friedman are back. This time, they introduce readers...


Quantum Mechanics

by Leonard Susskind & Art Friedman Basic Books (February 24, 2014)

First he taught you classical mechanics. Now, physicist Leonard Susskind has teamed up with data engineer Art Friedman to present the theory and associated mathematics of the strange world of quantum mechanics....


Language at the Speed of Sight

by Mark Seidenberg Basic Books (January 02, 2017)

In this "important and alarming" book, see why so many American students are falling behind in their reading skills while others around the world excel (New York Times).

In 2011, when an international survey...


Language at the Speed of Sight

by Mark Seidenberg Basic Books (January 03, 2017)

According to a leading cognitive scientist, we've been teaching reading wrong. The latest science reveals how we can do it right.

In 2011, when an international survey reported that students in Shanghai dramatically...


Alone Together

by Sherry Turkle Basic Books (November 06, 2017)

A groundbreaking book by one of the most important thinkers of our time shows how technology is warping our social lives and our inner ones

Technology has become the architect of our intimacies. Online, we fall...


The New Education

by Cathy N. Davidson Basic Books (September 04, 2017)

A leading educational thinker argues that the American university is stuck in the past -- and shows how we can revolutionize it for our era of constant change

Our current system of higher education dates to...


The New Education

by Cathy N. Davidson Basic Books (September 05, 2017)

Our current system of higher education dates to the period from 1865 to 1925, when the nation's new universities created grades and departments, majors and minors in an attempt to prepare young people for a...