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Electricity in your French house

by Thomas Malcolm Editions Eyrolles (July 07, 2011)

If you own a house in France or if you are thinking of buying one, an understanding of the French domestic electrical rules and regulations is invaluable.

Whether you wish to reassure yourself that the electrical...


How the Body Knows Its Mind

by Sian Beilock Atria Books (January 06, 2015)

“Beilock reveals one intriguing secret after another...That Beilock is supercharged with enthusiasm about her topic is evident and infectious” (Booklist, starred review).

The human body is not just a passive...


10% Human

by Alanna Collen Harper (May 05, 2015)

You are just 10% human. For every one of the cells that make up the vessel that you call your body, there are nine impostor cells hitching a ride. You are not just flesh and blood, muscle and bone, brain and...


Life

by John Brockman Harper Perennial (April 19, 2016)

The newest addition to John Brockman’s Edge.org series explores life itself, bringing together the world’s leading biologists, geneticists, and evolutionary theorists—including Richard Dawkins, Edward...


Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart's Green Revolution

by Edward Humes HarperBusiness (May 10, 2011)

What happens when a renowned river guide teams up with the CEO of one of the largest and least Earth-friendly corporations in the world? When it's former Wal-Mart CEO H. Lee Scott and white-water expert turned...


Machines of Loving Grace

by John Markoff Ecco (August 25, 2015)

As robots are increasingly integrated into modern society—on the battlefield and the road, in business, education, and health—Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times science writer John Markoff searches for...


Tropical Nature

by Adrian Forsyth & Ken Miyata Touchstone (May 24, 2011)

Seventeen marvelous essays introducing the habitats, ecology, plants, and animals of the Central and South American rainforest.

A lively, lucid portrait of the tropics as seen by two uncommonly observant and...


Lost World

by Tom Koppel Atria Books (May 11, 2010)

For decades the issue seemed moot. The first settlers, we were told, were big-game hunters who arrived from Asia at the end of the Ice Age some 12,000 years ago, crossing a land bridge at the Bering Strait and...


Ravens in Winter

by Bernd Heinrich Simon & Schuster (October 07, 2014)

“One of the most interesting discoveries I’ve seen in animal sociobiology in years.” E.O. Wilson

Why do ravens, generally understood to be solitary creatures, share food between each other during winter?...


Irrationally Yours

by Dr. Dan Ariely & William Haefeli Harper Perennial (May 19, 2015)

Three-time New York Times bestselling author Dan Ariely teams up with legendary The New Yorker cartoonist William Haefeli to present an expanded, illustrated collection of his immensely popularWall Street...


For the Love of Physics

by Walter Lewin & Warren Goldstein Free Press (May 03, 2011)

“YOU HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE” is a common refrain in the emails Walter Lewin receives daily from fans who have been enthralled by his world-famous video lectures about the wonders of physics. “I walk with...


On The Origin Of Species

by Charles Darwin HarperTorch (July 22, 2014)

Published in 1859, The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin introduced the theory of natural selection to a newly-receptive public. As a young naturalist on the second voyage of HMS Beagle (1831-36), Darwin collected...


Beyond The Pale

by Emily Urquhart HarperAvenue (March 31, 2015)

Like any new mother, Emily is thrilled when her first child, a daughter, is born. The baby, Sadie, is healthy and stunningly beautiful, with snow white hair and fair skin. Even the doctors and nurses can’t...


On The Origin Of Species

by Charles Darwin HarperPerennial Classics (July 22, 2014)

Published in 1859, The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin introduced the theory of natural selection to a newly-receptive public. As a young naturalist on the second voyage of HMS Beagle (1831-36), Darwin collected...


This Idea Must Die

by John Brockman Harper Perennial (February 17, 2015)

The bestselling editor of This Explains Everything brings together 175 of the world’s most brilliant minds to tackle Edge.org’s 2014 question: What scientific idea has become a relic blocking human progress?...


Healthy Brain, Happy Life

by Wendy Suzuki & Billie Fitzpatrick Dey Street Books (May 19, 2015)

A neuroscientist transforms the way we think about our brain, our health, and our personal happiness in this clear, informative, and inspiring guide—a blend of personal memoir, science narrative, and immediately...


To Explain the World

by Steven Weinberg Harper (February 17, 2015)

A masterful commentary on the history of science from the Greeks to modern times, by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg—a thought-provoking and important book by one of the most distinguished scientists...


Tales from Both Sides of the Brain

by Michael S. Gazzaniga Ecco (February 03, 2015)

Michael S. Gazzaniga, one of the most important neuroscientists of the twentieth century, gives us an exciting behind-the-scenes look at his seminal work on that unlikely couple, the right and left brain. Foreword...


The Invention of Science

by David Wootton Harper (December 08, 2015)

A companion to such acclaimed works as The Age of Wonder, A Clockwork Universe, and Darwin’s Ghosts—a groundbreaking examination of the greatest event in history, the Scientific Revolution, and how it came...


At the Water's Edge

by Carl Zimmer Atria Books (August 26, 2014)

Everybody Out of the Pond

At the Water's Edge will change the way you think about your place in the world. The awesome journey of life's transformation from the first microbes 4 billion years ago to Homo sapiens...


Soul Made Flesh

by Carl Zimmer Atria Books (August 26, 2014)

In this unprecedented history of a scientific revolution, award-winning author and journalist Carl Zimmer tells the definitive story of the dawn of the age of the brain and modern consciousness. Told here for...


Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution

by Jim Blascovich & Jeremy Bailenson HarperCollins e-books (April 05, 2011)

“Enough with speculation about our digital future. Infinite Reality is the straight dope on what is and isn’t happening to us right now, from two of the only scientists working on the boundaries between...


Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc

by Hugh Aldersey-Williams HarperCollins e-books (March 29, 2011)

In the spirit of A Short History of Nearly Everything comes Periodic Tales. Award-winning science writer Hugh Andersey-Williams offers readers a captivating look at the elements—and the amazing, little-known...


Beyond Star Trek: From Alien Invasions to the End of Time

by Lawrence M. Krauss HarperCollins e-books (April 05, 2011)

In the bestselling The Physics of Star Trek, the renowned theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss took readers on an entertaining and eye-opening tour of the Star Trek universe to see how it stacked up against...


The Measure of All Things

by Ken Alder Free Press (July 29, 2014)

In June 1792, amidst the chaos of the French Revolution, two intrepid astronomers set out in opposite directions on an extraordinary journey. Starting in Paris, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre would make his way...


The Bond: How to Fix Your Falling-Down World

by Lynne McTaggart Atria Books (February 22, 2011)

For centuries, Western science and many Western cultures have taught us to think of ourselves as individuals. But today, a revolutionary new understanding is emerging from the laboratories of the most cutting-edge...


Darwin's Dangerous Idea

by Daniel C. Dennett Simon & Schuster (July 01, 2014)

In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet," focuses his unerringly logical mind on...


A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea

by Joel Achenbach Simon & Schuster (February 23, 2011)

It was a technological crisis in an alien realm: a blown-out oil well in mile-deep water in the Gulf of Mexico. For the engineers who had to kill the well, this was like Apollo 13, a crisis no one saw coming,...


The Big Thirst

by Charles Fishman Free Press (February 14, 2011)

Praised as “an entertaining and torrential flow of a book” by Nature magazine, The Big Thirst is a startling examination of the passing of the golden age of water and the shocking facts about how water scarcity...


The Grapes of Math

by Alex Bellos Simon & Schuster (June 10, 2014)

From triangles, rotations and power laws, to cones, curves and the dreaded calculus, Alex takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit and limitless enthusiasm. He sifts through over...


Animal Madness

by Laurel Braitman Simon & Schuster (June 10, 2014)

**“Science Friday” Summer Reading Pick**

**Discover magazine Top 5 Summer Reads**

**People magazine Best Summer Reads**

“A lovely, big-hearted book…brimming with compassion and the tales of the many,...


The GMO Deception

by Jeremy Gruber, Sheldon Krimsky & Ralph Nader Skyhorse (June 03, 2014)

Seventy-five percent of processed foods on supermarket shelves—from soda to soup, crackers to condiments—contain genetically engineered ingredients. The long-term effects of these foods on human health and...


The Big Fat Surprise

by Nina Teicholz Simon & Schuster (April 02, 2014)

A New York Times bestseller

Named one of The Economist’s Books of the Year 2014

Named one of The Wall Street Journal’s Top Ten Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

Forbes’s...


Opening Heaven's Door

by Patricia Pearson Atria Books (May 13, 2014)

The first book by a respected journalist on Nearing Death Awareness—similar to Near-Death Experience—this “fascinating” (Kirkus Reviews) exploration brings “humor, sympathy, and keen critical intelligence...


The Modern Mind

by Peter Watson HarperCollins e-books (March 22, 2011)

From Freud to Babbitt, from Animal Farm to Sartre to the Great Society, from the Theory of Relativity to counterculture to Kosovo, The Modern Mind is encyclopedic, covering the major writers, artists, scientists,...


Sensation

by Thalma Lobel Atria Books (April 29, 2014)

Like the revolutionary bestsellers Predictably Irrational and Emotional Intelligence, Sensation is an exciting, completely new view of human behavior—a new psychology of physical intelligence (or embodied...


The Boom

by Russell Gold Simon & Schuster (April 08, 2014)

The “best all-around book yet on fracking” (San Francisco Chronicle) from a Pulitzer Prize finalist: “Gold's work is a tour de force of contemporary journalism” (Booklist).

First invented in 1947, hydraulic...


Men of Mathematics

by E.T. Bell Touchstone (March 31, 2014)

From one of the greatest minds in contemporary mathematics, Professor E.T. Bell, comes a witty, accessible, and fascinating look at the beautiful craft and enthralling history of mathematics.

Men of Mathematics...


Biotechnology in Our Lives

by Jeremy Gruber & Sheldon Krimsky Skyhorse (June 01, 2013)

For a quarter of a century, the Council for Responsible Genetics has provided a unique historical lens into the modern history, science, ethics, and politics of genetic technologies. Since 1983 the Council has...


The Age of Radiance

by Craig Nelson Scribner (March 25, 2014)

“A thrilling, intense, and disturbing account of the atomic era, from the discovery of X-rays to the tragic meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant…Rich with powerful images and fraught...


A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe

by Michael S. Schneider Harper (April 01, 2014)

The Universe May Be a Mystery,

But It's No Secret

Michael Schneider leads us on a spectacular, lavishly illustrated journey along the numbers one through ten to explore the mathematical principles made visible...


World Wide Mind

by Michael Chorost Free Press (December 17, 2010)

What if digital communication felt as real as being touched?

This question led Michael Chorost to explore profound new ideas triggered by lab research around the world, and the result is the book you now hold....


I Wish I Knew That: Math

by Goldsmith, Michael Reader's Digest (May 10, 2012)

Math, so often a mystery to children, is simply explained in I Wish I Knew That Math. With clear, commonsense explanations of mathematical concepts and fun and interesting applications, this book is a great...


Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You

by Dan Riskin Touchstone (March 04, 2014)

This “fact-filled and amusing trek through nature’s dark side” (Kirkus Reviews) reveals the fascinating, weird, and often perverted ways that Mother Nature fends only for herself.

It may be a wonderful...


A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World

by Charles Darwin Skyhorse (March 11, 2014)

When On the Origin of Species came out in 1859, it changed the understanding of life and was the foundation of evolutionary biology. All the material that he received for this book was from the famous expeditions...


Science of Desire

by Dean Hamer Touchstone (January 11, 2011)

A compelling behind-the-scenes look at cutting-edge scientific inquiry, as well as a brilliant examination of the ramifications of genetic research, The Science of Desire is a lasting resource in the increasingly...


Inside of a Dog

by Alexandra Horowitz Scribner (September 15, 2009)

The bestselling book that asks what dogs know and how they think. The answers will surprise and delight you as Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist, explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other,...


The Sacred Promise

by Gary E. Schwartz & John Edward Atria Books/Beyond Words (January 11, 2011)

The Sacred Promise offers scientific proof of Spirit’s existence—be it the deceased, angels, or spirit guides—and shows Spirit’s willingness and promise to offer guidance and help with the challenges...


The Greatest Show on Earth

by Richard Dawkins Free Press (September 22, 2009)

Richard Dawkins transformed our view of God in his blockbuster, The God Delusion, which sold more than 2 million copies in English alone. He revolutionized the way we see natural selection in the seminal bestseller...


Here's Looking at Euclid

by Alex Bellos Free Press (June 15, 2010)

Too often math gets a bad rap, characterized as dry and difficult. But, Alex Bellos says, "math can be inspiring and brilliantly creative. Mathematical thought is one of the great achievements of the human race,...