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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...


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 Big Thirst

by Charles Fishman Free Press (February 14, 2011)

The water coming out of your kitchen tap is four billion years old and might well have been sipped by a Tyrannosaurus rex. Rather than only three states of water—liquid, ice, and vapor—there is a fourth,...


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....


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,...


The Geography of Thought

by Richard Nisbett Free Press (October 26, 2010)

A “landmark book” (Robert J. Sternberg, president of the American Psychological Association) by one of the world's preeminent psychologists that proves human behavior is not “hard-wired” but a function...


The Great Penguin Rescue

by Dyan deNapoli Free Press (October 26, 2010)

ON JUNE 23, 2000, the iron-ore carrier MV Treasure, en route from Brazil to China, foundered off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, spilling 1,300 tons of oil into the ocean and contaminating the habitat...


A Grand and Bold Thing

by Ann K. Finkbeiner Free Press (August 17, 2010)

LATE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, what had been a fevered pace of discovery in astronomy for many years had slowed. The Hubble Space Telescope continued to produce an astonishing array of images, but the study...


Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?

by Jena Pincott Free Press (October 11, 2011)

Brain Candy for expectant parents!

Pregnancy is an adventure.

Lots of books tell you the basics—“the baby is the size of [insert fruit here].” But pregnant science writer Jena Pincott began to wonder just...


Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA

by Maryn McKenna Free Press (March 23, 2010)

LURKING in our homes, hospitals, schools, and farms is a terrifying pathogen that is evolving faster than the medical community can track it or drug developers can create antibiotics to quell it. That pathogen...


Origins of Existence

by Fred C. Adams & Ian Schoenherr Free Press (May 11, 2010)

In Origins of Existence astrophysicist Fred Adams takes a radically different approach from the long tradition of biologists and spiritual leaders who have tried to explain how the universe supports the development...


The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

by Richard Dawkins Free Press (September 11, 2012)

Richard Dawkins, bestselling author and the world’s most celebrated evolutionary biologist, has spent his career elucidating the many wonders of science. Here, he takes a broader approach and uses his unrivaled...


Great Projects

by James Tobin Free Press (June 12, 2012)

Since the earliest days of the republic, great engineering projects have shaped American landscapes and expressed American dreams. The ambition to build lies as close to the nation's heart as the belief in liberty....


Gifts of the Crow

by John Marzluff & Tony Angell Free Press (June 05, 2012)

CROWS ARE MISCHIEVOUS, playful, social, and passionate. They have brains that are huge for their body size and exhibit an avian kind of eloquence. They mate for life and associate with relatives and neighbors...


Case for Mars

by Richard Wagner, Robert Zubrin & Arthur C. Clarke Free Press (June 28, 2011)

Since the beginning of human history Mars has been an alluring dream—the stuff of legends, gods, and mystery. The planet most like ours, it has still been thought impossible to reach, let alone explore and...


Abundance

by Peter H. Diamandis & Steven Kotler Free Press (February 21, 2012)

Providing abundance is humanity’s grandest challenge—this is a book about how we rise to meet it.

 

We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet. Abundance...


The Five Ages of the Universe

by Fred C. Adams & Greg Laughlin Free Press (December 06, 2016)

As the twentieth century closed, Fred Adams and Greg Laughlin captured the attention of the world by identifying the five ages of time. In The Five Ages of the Universe, Adams and Laughlin demonstrate that we...


I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did

by Lori Andrews Free Press (December 19, 2011)

Hailed as “stunning” (New York Post), “authoritative” (Kirkus Reviews), and “comprehensively researched” (Shelf Awareness), a shocking exposé of the widespread abuses of our personal online data...


The Language of God

by Francis S. Collins Free Press (July 11, 2006)

Does science necessarily undermine faith in God? Or could it actually support faith? Beyond the flashpoint debates over the teaching of evolution, or stem-cell research, most of us struggle with contradictions...


The Edge of Evolution

by Michael J. Behe Free Press (June 05, 2007)

When Michael J. Behe's first book, Darwin's Black Box, was published in 1996, it launched the intelligent design movement. Critics howled, yet hundreds of thousands of readers -- and a growing number of scientists...


The Ravaging Tide

by Mike Tidwell Free Press (August 08, 2006)

If, like many Americans, you believe the ongoing tragedy of Hurricane Katrina was a once-in-a-lifetime fluke, you need to read this book. In the coming years and decades, the safety of your region, your town,...


The Lie Detectors

by Ken Alder Free Press (March 06, 2007)

The story of the lie detector takes us straight into the dark recesses of the American soul. It also leads us on a noir journey through some of the most storied episodes in American history. That is because...


Cracking the Genome

by Kevin Davies Free Press (February 21, 2001)

In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the double helix structure of DNA. The discovery was a profound, Nobel Prize-winning moment in the history of genetics, but it did not decipher the messages...


Embracing the Wide Sky

by Daniel Tammet Free Press (January 06, 2009)

Owner of "the most remarkable mind on the planet," (according to Entertainment Weekly) Daniel Tammet captivated readers and won worldwide critical acclaim with the 2007 New York Times bestselling memoir, Born...


Origins

by Annie Murphy Paul Free Press (September 28, 2010)

What makes us the way we are? Some say it’s the genes we inherit at conception. Others are sure it’s the environment we experience in childhood. But could it be that many of our individual characteristics—our...


Comm Check...

by Michael Cabbage & William Harwood Free Press (December 01, 2009)

On February 1, 2003, the unthinkable happened. The space shuttle Columbia disintegrated 37 miles above Texas, seven brave astronauts were killed and America's space program, always an eyeblink from disaster,...


The Moral Landscape

by Sam Harris Free Press (October 05, 2010)

Sam Harris’s first book, The End of Faith, ignited a worldwide debate about the validity of religion. In the aftermath, Harris discovered that most people—from religious fundamentalists to nonbelieving scientists—agree...


Telecosm

by George Gilder Free Press (October 17, 2000)

The computer age is over.

After a cataclysmic global run of thirty years, it has given birth to the age of the telecosm -- the world enabled and defined by new communications technology. Chips and software...


Atomic America

by Todd Tucker Free Press (March 03, 2009)

On January 3, 1961, nuclear reactor SL-1 exploded in rural Idaho, spreading radioactive contamination over thousands of acres and killing three men: John Byrnes, Richard McKinley, and Richard Legg. The Army...


Shadows Bright as Glass

by Amy Ellis Nutt Free Press (April 05, 2011)

On a sunny fall afternoon in 1988, Jon Sarkin was playing golf when, without a whisper of warning, his life changed forever. As he bent down to pick up his golf ball, something strange and massive happened inside...


The Nature of Technology

by W. Brian Arthur Free Press (August 11, 2009)

“More than anything else technology creates our world. It creates our wealth, our economy, our very way of being,” says W. Brian Arthur. Yet despite technology’s irrefutable importance in our daily lives,...


The Hidden Face of God

by Gerald L. Schroeder Free Press (June 24, 2001)

Gerald Schroeder, an MIT-trained scientist who has worked in both physics and biology, has emerged in recent years as one of the most popular and accessible apostles for the melding of science and religion....


The New Face of War

by Bruce D. Berkowitz Free Press (May 11, 2010)

As American and coalition troops fight the first battles of this new century -- from Afghanistan to Yemen to the Philippines to Iraq -- they do so in ways never before seen. Until recently, information war was...


Babel No More

by Michael Erard Free Press (January 10, 2012)

A “fascinating” (The Economist) dive into the world of linguistics that is “part travelogue, part science lesson, part intellectual investigation…an entertaining, informative survey of some of the most...


SuperCooperators

by Martin Nowak & Roger Highfield Free Press (March 22, 2011)

EVOLUTION IS OFTEN PRESENTED AS A STRICTLY COMPETITIVE ENDEAVOR. This point of view has had serious implications for the way we see the mechanics of both science and culture. But scientists have long wondered...


The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young & Norman Doidge Free Press (May 01, 2012)

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was born with severe learning disabilities that caused teachers to label her slow, stubborn—or worse. As a child, she read and wrote everything backward, struggled to process concepts...


Resilience

by Andrew Zolli & Ann Marie Healy Free Press (July 10, 2012)

Discover a powerful new lens for viewing the world with fascinating implications for our companies, economies, societies, and planet as a whole.

What causes one system to break down and another to rebound? Are...


About Time

by Adam Frank Free Press (September 27, 2011)

The Big Bang is all but dead, and we do not yet know what will replace it. Our universe’s “beginning” is at an end. What does this have to do with us here on Earth? Our lives are about to be dramatically...


A Tear at the Edge of Creation

by Marcelo Gleiser Free Press (April 06, 2010)

For millennia, shamans and philosophers, believers and nonbelievers, artists and scientists have tried to make sense of our existence by suggesting that everything is connected, that a mysterious Oneness binds...


BRAND sense

by Martin Lindstrom & Philip Kotler Free Press (June 16, 2008)

In perhaps the most creative and authoritative book on sensory branding ever written, international business legend Martin Lindstrom reveals what the world's most successful branding companies do differently...


This Is Your Brain On Sex

by Kayt Sukel Free Press (January 03, 2012)

Previously published as Dirty Minds: How Our Brains Influence Love, Sex, and Relationships.

PHILOSOPHERS, THEOLOGIANS, ARTISTS, AND BOY BANDS HAVE WAXED poetic for centuries about the nature of love. But what...


Darwin's Black Box

by Michael J. Behe Free Press (April 04, 2001)

The groundbreaking, "seminal work" (Time) on intelligent design that dares to ask, was Darwin wrong?

In 1996, Darwin's Black Box helped to launch the intelligent design movement: the argument that nature exhibits...


Techno-Ready Marketing

by Charles L. Colby & A. Parasuraman Free Press (October 05, 2001)

Conventional techniques for marketing technology products fail primarily because marketers do not truly understand their customers. Do you know what customers really think about your technology? Now, drawing...


The Science of God

by Gerald L. Schroeder Free Press (June 16, 2009)

For the readers of The Language of God, another instant classic from "a sophisticated and original scholar" (Kirkus Reviews) that disputes the idea that science is contrary to religion.

In The Science of God,...


Do It Smart

by Jurgen Ringback & Rolf-Dieter Kempis Free Press (December 22, 1999)

A decade ago, manufacturing companies had visions of paperless offices, automated plants, and virtual enterprises. But the euphoria quickly evaporated when these visions failed to materialize. Now, from in-depth...


Harnessing Complexity

by Michael D Cohen & Robert Axelrod Free Press (January 19, 2001)

Recent advances in the study of complexity have given scientists profound new insights into how natural innovation occurs and how its power can be exploited. Now two pioneers in the field, Robert Axelrod and...


Euclid's Window

by Leonard Mlodinow Free Press (September 28, 2010)

Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace....


The $1,000 Genome

by Kevin Davies Free Press (September 07, 2010)

In 2000, President Bill Clinton signaled the completion of the Human Genome Project at a cost in excess of $2 billion. A decade later, the price for any of us to order our own personal genome sequence—a comprehensive...


The Nurture Assumption

by Judith Rich Harris & Steven Pinker Free Press (October 25, 2011)

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

How much credit do parents deserve when their children turn out welt? How much blame when they turn out badly? Judith Rich Harris has a message that will change parents' lives: The...