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Life by the Numbers

by Keith Devlin Wiley (March 17, 1999)

Why do leopards grow spots when tigers grow stripes? Is the universe round, square, or some other shape? How do the dimples in a golf ball give it greater lift? Is there such a thing as a public mood? If so,...

Ozone Crisis: The 15-Year Evolution of a Sudden Global Emergency

by Sharon Roan Wiley (August 01, 1990)

The real story behind the Ozone Crisis

Straight from today's headlines, award-winning science writer Sharon Roan offers an incisive look at one of the planet's most pressing ecological concerns. Ozone Crisis...

Touring the Universe Through Binoculars: A Complete Astronomer's Guidebook

by Phillip S. Harrington Wiley (October 01, 1990)

This comprehensive work takes you on a personal tour of the universe using nothing more than a pair of binoculars. More comprehensive than any book currently available, it starts with Earth's nearest neighbor,...

The 13th Element: The Sordid Tale of Murder, Fire, and Phosphorus

by John Emsley Wiley (January 01, 2002)

The incredible "glowing" history of the "Devil's element "phosphorus

Discovered by alchemists, prescribed by apothecaries, exploited by ninth-century industrialists, and abused by twentieth-century combatants,...

The Evolution of Wired Life: From the Alphabet to the Soul-Catcher Chip -- How Information Technologies Change Our World

by Charles Jonscher Wiley (August 01, 2000)

"Thoughtful and erudite... Intelligent and readable...Will appeal to people who enjoyed Longitude by Dava Sobel or Fermat's Enigma by Simon Singh." -The San Diego Union Tribune

"Most engaging."-The Boston Globe...

Scientific American The Amateur Biologist

by Shawn Carlson Wiley (January 01, 2002)

Are you a passionate amateur naturalist?

Would you like to record videos of the microscopic world?

Detect an insect's heartbeat? Separate molecules with electricity?

Extract and purify DNA . . . in your kitchen?...

The Noble Lie: When Scientists Give the Right Answers for the Wrong Reasons

by Gary Greenberg Wiley (September 01, 2008)

Is drug addiction really a disease? Is sexuality inborn and fixed or mutable? Science is where we often turn when we can't achieve moral clarity. In The Noble Lie, acclaimed and controversial science writer...

Skywatchers, Shamans & Kings: Astronomy and the Archaeology of Power

by E.C. Krupp Wiley (February 26, 1999)

Discover the celestial myths and cosmic rituals of ancient priests and kings . . .

Drawing on intimate knowledge of the more than 1,300 ancient sites he has visited, E. C. Krupp, acclaimed writer and preeminent...

The Science of Stephen King: From Carrie to Cell, the Terrifying Truth Behind the Horror Masters Fiction

by Lois H. Gresh Wiley (August 01, 2007)

Advance Praise

"What a treasure house is this book! Robots, space aliens, Einstein, black holes, time travel--these themes, and much more, from Stephen King's amazing books are opened up like toy chests. It's...

Why Did It Have To Be Snakes: From Science to the Supernatural, The Many Mysteries of Indiana Jones

by Lois H. Gresh Wiley (April 01, 2008)

Could you really use a bullwhip to swing across a chasm? Or rip out a man's heart without killing him? At last, here is the book that finally answers the Indiana Jones-related questions that have troubled you...

Why Do Buses Come in Threes: The Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life

by Jeremy Wyndham, Robert Eastaway & Tim Rice Wiley (February 24, 2000)

"Deals in a very entertaining way with problems in normal life related to mathematics, luck, coincidence, gambling." - The Independent (London)

Why do your chances of winning the lottery increase if you buy your...

Who Gives a Gigabyte?: A Survival Guide for the Technologically Perplexed

by Gary Stix & Miriam Lacob Wiley (March 15, 1999)

An exhilarating chronicle of the most revolutionary advancements in recent-and future-technology

Which new technologies are bound to have the biggest impact on our lives in the years ahead? This groundbreaking...

Precalculus: A Self-Teaching Guide

by Steve Slavin & Ginny Crisonino Wiley (January 12, 2001)

The fastest, easiest way to master precalculus . . . by doing it!

Do logarithmic functions throw you for a loop? Does the challenge of finding an inverse function leave you overwhelmed? Does the Law of Cosines...

The Scientific Companion: Exploring the Physical World with Facts, Figures, and Formulas

by Cesare Emiliani Wiley (April 21, 2008)

". . . infuses into the reader the conviction that science is exciting and can be understood by everyone." --American Scientist

This new edition of the critically acclaimed Scientific Companion offers a comprehensive...

What Is Death?: A Scientist Looks at the Cycle of Life

by Tyler Volk Wiley (August 17, 2007)

what is death?

A Scientist Looks at the Cycle of Life

Answering the question "What is death?" by focusing on the individual is blinkered. It restricts attention to a narrow zone around the individual body of a...

Instability Rules: The Ten Most Amazing Ideas of Modern Science

by Charles Flowers Wiley (April 21, 2008)

World-altering discoveries that reveal a universe of uncertainty and constant change

Whether probing the farthest reaches of the vast universe or exploring the microscopic world of genetics and the subatomic...

The Weather Companion: An Album of Meteorological History, Science, and Folklore

by Gary Lockhart Wiley (May 02, 2008)

The Weather Companion An Album of Meteorological History, Science, Legend, and Folklore Throughout history, as farmer, sailor, hunter, and artist, humans have watched and worried about the weather. We have devised...

Scientific American Science Desk Reference

by The Editors of Scientific American Wiley (May 02, 2008)

Who names newly discovered planets? What exactly are black holes? Where are there the most earthquakes? When did the first Homo sapiens walk the earth? Why is the night sky dark? How does the fluoride in toothpaste...

Strength in Numbers: Discovering the Joy and Power of Mathematics in Everyday Life

by Sherman K. Stein Wiley (May 02, 2008)

An Easygoing, Highly Entertaining Refresher on all the Math You'll Ever Need.

What do two goats and a car have to do with making good decisions? Was the golden ratio used to build the Great Pyramid of Khufu?...

A Short History of Planet Earth: Mountains, Mammals, Fire, and Ice

by J. D. MacDougall Wiley (May 02, 2008)

"A splendid introduction to geology and paleontology for the lay reader. To compress Earth's history into a single, lucidly written volume is a major achievement."--Publishers Weekly, starred review.

"Few people...

Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century

by Howard Bloom Wiley (April 21, 2008)

"As someone who has spent forty years in psychology with a long-standing interest in evolution, I'll just assimilate Howard Bloom's accomplishment and my amazement."-DAVID SMILLIE, Visiting Professor of Zoology,...

The Magical Maze: Seeing the World Through Mathematical Eyes

by Ian Stewart Wiley (March 11, 1998)

Enter the magical maze of mathematics and explore the surprising passageways of a fantastical world where logic and imagination converge. For mathematics is a maze-a maze in your head-a maze of ideas, a maze...

Fragments of Infinity: A Kaleidoscope of Math and Art

by Ivars Peterson Wiley (May 02, 2008)

A visual journey to the intersection of math and imagination, guided by an award-winning author

Mathematics is right brain work, art left brain, right? Not so. This intriguing book shows how intertwined the disciplines...

The Secret Life of Dust: From the Cosmos to the Kitchen Counter, the Big Consequences of Little Things

by Hannah Holmes Wiley (August 18, 2009)

Hannah Holmes A mesmerizing expedition around our dusty world

Some see dust as dull and useless stuff. But in the hands of author Hannah Holmes, it becomes a dazzling and mysterious force; Dust, we discover,...

It Doesn't Take a Rocket Scientist: Great Amateurs of Science

by John Malone Wiley (May 02, 2008)

Did you know. . .

. . . that the woman who discovered the largest and most complete T. rex fossil on record was a high-school dropout who became one of the world's greatest fossil hunters? . . . that the great...

Unsolved Mysteries of Science: A Mind-Expanding Journey Through a Universe of Big Bangs, Particle Waves, and Other Perplexing Concepts

by John Malone Wiley (May 02, 2008)


How Did the Universe Begin?

The Big Bang has been the accepted theory for decades, but does it explain everything?

How Did Life on Earth Get Started?


The Bit and the Pendulum: From Quantum Computing to M Theory--The New Physics of Information

by Tom Siegfried Wiley (May 02, 2008)

"Funny, clear, deep, and right on target. [Siegfried] lets us get a handle on ideas that are essential for understanding the evolving world."

-K. C. Cole, author of The Universe and the Teacup

"An eager, ambitious...

Scientific American The Amateur Astronomer

by Shawn Carlson & Scientific American Wiley (May 02, 2008)

From the longest running column in Scientific American's history comes this collection of fascinating projects for amateur astronomers

For over seventy years, "The Amateur Scientist" column in Scientific American...

The Five Biggest Unsolved Problems in Science

by Arthur W. Wiggins, Charles M. Wynn & Sidney Harris Wiley (May 02, 2008)

An in-depth look at the theories behind the most intriguing puzzles in physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, and astronomy

In The Five Biggest Ideas in Science, authors Arthur W. Wiggins and Charles M....

Everything's Relative: And Other Fables from Science and Technology

by Tony Rothman Wiley (May 02, 2008)

The surprising truth behind many of the most cherished "facts" in science history

Morse invented the telegraph, Bell the telephone, Edison the light bulb, and Marconi the radio . . . right? Well . . . the truth...

The Great Beyond: Higher Dimensions, Parallel Universes and the Extraordinary Search for a Theory of Everything

by Paul Halpern Wiley (April 21, 2008)

The concept of multiple unperceived dimensions in the universe is one of the hottest topics in contemporary physics. It is essential to current attempts to explain gravity and the underlying structure of the...

The Science of James Bond: From Bullets to Bowler Hats to Boat Jumps, the Real Technology Behind 007's Fabulous Films

by Lois H. Gresh & Robert Weinberg Wiley (April 21, 2008)

The science behind the gadgets, exploits, and enemies of the world's greatest spy

From the sleek Aston Martin that spits out bullets, nails, and passengers at the push of a button to the microjet that makes hairpin...

Star Watch: The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to Finding, Observing, and Learning about Over 125 Celestial Objects

by Philip S. Harrington Wiley (April 21, 2008)

Your Passport to the Universe

The night sky is alive with many wonders--distant planets, vast star clusters, glowing nebulae, and expansive galaxies, all waiting to be explored. Let respected astronomy writer...

Medical Firsts: From Hippocrates to the Human Genome

by Robert E. Adler Wiley (April 21, 2008)

An exploration of medical discoveries-from the ancient Greeks to the present

"Always help, or at least do no harm." Following this simple yet revolutionary idea, Hippocrates laid the foundation for modern medicine...

The Universal Book of Mathematics: From Abracadabra to Zeno's Paradoxes

by David Darling Wiley (April 21, 2008)

Praise for David Darling

The Universal Book of Astronomy

"A first-rate resource for readers and students of popular astronomy and general science. . . . Highly recommended."

-Library Journal

"A comprehensive survey...

The Complete Book of Spaceflight: From Apollo 1 to Zero Gravity

by David Darling Wiley (April 21, 2008)

A commanding encyclopedia of the history and principles of spaceflight-from earliest conceptions to faster-than-light galaxy-hopping

Here is the first truly comprehensive guide to space exploration and propulsion,...

Scientific American Inventions and Discoveries: All the Milestones in Ingenuity--From the Discovery of Fire to the Invention of the Microwave Oven

by Rodney Carlisle & Scientific American Wiley (April 21, 2008)

A unique A-to-Z reference of brilliance in innovation and invention

Combining engagingly written, well-researched history with the respected imprimatur of Scientific American magazine, this authoritative, accessible...

The Theory of Evolution: What It Is, Where It Came From, and Why It Works

by Cynthia L. Mills Wiley (August 24, 2007)

Everything mammals ever wanted to know about the theory of evolution-but were afraid to ask

This important new book by award-winning science writer Cynthia Mills clearly explains one of the most crucial, and...

Where the Germs Are: A Scientific Safari

by Nicholas Bakalar Wiley (August 17, 2007)

A guided tour through the strange and sometimes dangerous microscopic world

Germs are everywhere--in our intestines and on our skin as well as on kitchen counters, public toilets, doorknobs, and just about everything...

Mad about Modern Physics: Braintwisters, Paradoxes, and Curiosities

by Franklin Potter & Christopher Jargodzki Wiley (May 02, 2008)

More mind-bending fun in physics

The sequel to the popular Mad About Physics, Mad About Modern Physics promises endless hours of entertaining, challenging fun. With detailed answers to hundreds of questions ("Are...

Planetary Dreams: The Quest to Discover Life Beyond Earth

by Robert Shapiro Wiley (May 02, 2008)

The Quest To Discover Life Beyond Earth.

"The 'dreams' that I write of are not the usual ones, the images that come up in our minds involuntarily during certain stages of sleep, but rather the hopes and expectations...

The Big Splat, or How Our Moon Came to Be

by Dana Mackenzie Wiley (May 02, 2008)

The first popular book to explain the dramatic theory behind the Moon's genesis

This lively science history relates one of the great recent breakthroughs in planetary astronomy-a successful theory of the birth...

The Science of Supervillains

by Robert Weinberg, Lois H. Gresh & Chris Claremont Wiley (August 15, 2007)

The authors of The Science of Superheroes now reveal the real genius of the most evil geniuses

Ever wonder why comic book villains, such as Spiderman's bionic archenemy Dr. Octopus or the X-Men's eternal rival...

The Science of Superheroes

by Lois H. Gresh & Robert Weinberg Wiley (August 15, 2007)

The truth about superpowers . . . science fact or science fiction?

"An entertaining and informative guide to comic book wonders bound to come."

-Julius Schwartz, Editor Emeritus, DC Comics

Superman, Batman, The...

Teleportation: The Impossible Leap

by David Darling Wiley (August 17, 2007)

An authoritative, entertaining examination of the ultimate thrill ride

Until recently the stuff of sci-fi fiction and Star Trek reruns, teleportation has become a reality-for subatomic particles at least. In...

Marking Time: The Epic Quest to Invent the Perfect Calendar

by Duncan Steel Wiley (August 03, 2007)

"If you lie awake worrying about the overnight transition from December 31, 1 b.c., to January 1, a.d. 1 (there is no year zero), then you will enjoy Duncan Steel's Marking Time."--American Scientist"No book...

What Does a Martian Look Like?: The Science of Extraterrestrial Life

by Jack Cohen & Ian Stewart Wiley (August 17, 2007)

"A fascinating and useful handbook to both the science and science fiction of extraterrestrial life. Cohen and Stewart are amusing, opinionated, and expert guides. I found it a terrific and informative piece...

Great Feuds in Medicine: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever

by Hal Hellman Wiley (July 27, 2007)

"An exciting, well-researched work, which should appeal to anyone with an interest in the nature and progress of the human race."

-American Scientist

The cataclysmic clash of medical ideas and personalities comes...

Light Years and Time Travel: An Exploration of Mankind's Enduring Fascination with Light

by Brian Clegg Wiley (August 03, 2007)


"This immensely likeable work of pop science traces 'man's enduring fascination with light,' from Aristotle's plans for a death ray (burning enemy ships with a giant array...

Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet Is Unique

by John Gribbin Wiley (November 01, 2011)

The acclaimed author of In Search of Schrödinger's Cat searches for life on other planets

Are we alone in the universe? Surely amidst the immensity of the cosmos there must be other intelligent life out there....