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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?...


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 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 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...


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...


The Match

by Susan Whitman Helfgot & William Novak Simon & Schuster (October 12, 2010)

Joseph Helfgot, the son of Holocaust survivors, worked his way from a Lower East Side tenement to create a successful Hollywood research company. But his heart was failing. After months of waiting for a heart...


The Antidote

by Barry Werth Simon & Schuster (February 04, 2014)

In this timely and much praised book, Barry Werth draws upon inside reporting that spans more than two decades. He provides a groundbreaking close-up of the upstart pharmaceutical company Vertex and the ferocious...


One River

by Wade Davis Simon & Schuster (May 11, 2010)

The story of two generations of scientific explorers in South America—Richard Evans Schultes and his protégé Wade Davis—an epic tale of adventure and a compelling work of natural history.

In 1941, Professor...


The Other Brain

by R. Douglas Fields Simon & Schuster (December 29, 2009)

Despite everything that has been written about the brain, a potentially critical part of this vital organ has been overlooked—until now. The Other Brain examines the growing importance of glia, which make...


And the Waters Turned to Blood

by Rodney Barker Simon & Schuster (December 03, 2013)

In this account, Rodney Barker tells the full and terrifying story of a microorganism popping up along the Eastern seaboard—far closer to home than the Ebola virus and equally frightening. In the coastal waters...


Top Brain, Bottom Brain

by Stephen Kosslyn & G. Wayne Miller Simon & Schuster (November 05, 2013)

One of the world’s leading neuroscientists teams up with an accomplished writer to debunk the popular left-brain/right-brain theory and offer an exciting new way of thinking about our minds. The second edition,...


The Electric Meme: A New Theory of How We Think

by Robert Aunger Simon & Schuster (July 30, 2013)

From biology to culture to the new new economy, the buzzword on everyone's lips is "meme." How do animals learn things? How does human culture evolve? How does viral marketing work? The answer to these disparate...


Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe

by Mario Livio Simon & Schuster (May 14, 2013)

Drawing on the lives of five great scientists, this “scholarly, insightful, and beautifully written book” (Martin Rees, author of From Here to Infinity) illuminates the path to scientific discovery.

Charles...


Seeing in the Dark

by Timothy Ferris Simon & Schuster (December 18, 2012)

In Seeing in the Dark, a poetic love letter to science and to the skies, Timothy Ferris invites us all to become stargazers. He recounts his own experiences as an enthralled lifelong amateur astronomer and reports...


The Annotated and Illustrated Double Helix

by James D. Watson, Alexander Gann & Jan Witkowski Simon & Schuster (October 15, 2012)

Published to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Nobel Prize for Watson and Crick’s discovery of the structure of DNA, an annotated and illustrated edition of this classic book gives new insights into the...


Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit

by Joyce E. Chaplin Simon & Schuster (October 30, 2012)

In this first full history of around-the-world travel, Joyce E. Chaplin brilliantly tells the story of circumnavigation. Round About the Earth is a witty, erudite, and colorful account of the outrageous ambitions...


Making of the Atomic Bomb

by Richard Rhodes Simon & Schuster (September 18, 2012)

Twenty-five years after its initial publication, The Making of the Atomic Bomb remains the definitive history of nuclear weapons and the Manhattan Project. From the turn-of-the-century discovery of nuclear energy...


Dark Sun: The Making Of The Hydrogen Bomb

by Richard Rhodes Simon & Schuster (September 18, 2012)

Here, for the first time, in a brilliant, panoramic portrait by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, is the definitive, often shocking story of the politics and the science behind...


Superhuman

by Rowan Hooper Simon & Schuster (September 04, 2018)

From evolutionary biologist Rowan Hooper, an awe-inspiring look into the extremes of human ability—and what they tell us about our own potential.

In 1997, an endurance runner named Yiannis Kouros ran 188 miles...


Energy

by Richard Rhodes Simon & Schuster (May 29, 2018)

Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author Richard Rhodes reveals the fascinating history behind energy transitions over time—wood to coal to oil to electricity and beyond.

People have lived and...


A Man and His Ship

by Steven Ujifusa Simon & Schuster (July 10, 2012)

THE STORY OF A GREAT AMERICAN BUILDER

At the peak of his power, in the 1940s and 1950s, William Francis Gibbs was considered America’s best naval architect.

His quest to build the finest, fastest, most beautiful...


The Human Instinct

by Kenneth R. Miller Simon & Schuster (April 17, 2018)

A radical, optimistic exploration of how humans evolved to develop reason, consciousness, and free will.

Lately, the most passionate advocates of the theory of evolution seem to present it as bad news. Scientists...


The Man Who Caught the Storm

by Brantley Hargrove Simon & Schuster (April 03, 2018)

The life and death saga of one of history’s greatest storm chasers: a tour-de-force tale of obsession, ingenuity, and the race to understand nature’s fiercest phenomenon—the tornado.

“An instant classic...


Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age

by Leslie Berlin Simon & Schuster (November 07, 2017)

The richly told narrative of the Silicon Valley generation that launched five major high-tech industries in seven years, laying the foundation for today’s technology-driven world.

At a time when the five most...


Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power

by Meghan L. O'Sullivan Simon & Schuster (September 12, 2017)

“A powerful argument for how America should capitalise on the 'New Energy Abundance'."—The Financial Times

“Riveting and comprehensive...a smart, deeply researched primer on the subject.”—The New York...


The Science of Why 2: Answers to Questions About the Universe, the Unknown, and Ourselves

by Jay Ingram Simon & Schuster (November 14, 2017)

An all-new volume of science questions to delight, entertain, and inform readers of all ages, from bestselling author Jay Ingram.

Bestselling author and commentator Jay Ingram is back to explain the magic and...


Connections

by James Burke Simon & Schuster (February 21, 2012)

Connections is a brilliant examination of the ideas, inventions, and coincidences that have culminated in the major technological achievements of today.

How did the popularity of underwear in the twelfth century...


The Science of Yoga

by William J Broad Simon & Schuster (February 07, 2012)

A lead science writer for The New York Times—and lifelong yoga practitioner—examines centuries of history and research to scrutinize the claims made about yoga for health, fitness, emotional wellbeing, sex,...


A Mind at Play

by Jimmy Soni & Rob Goodman Simon & Schuster (July 18, 2017)

Winner of the Neumann Prize for the History of Mathematics

**Named a best book of the year by Bloomberg and Nature**

**'Best of 2017' by The Morning Sun**

"We owe Claude Shannon a lot, and Soni & Goodman’s book...


Why?

by Mario Livio Simon & Schuster (July 11, 2017)

Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio investigates perhaps the most human of all our characteristics—curiosity—in this “lively, expert, and definitely not dumbed-down account” (Kirkus Reviews) as he...


Why Time Flies

by Alan Burdick Simon & Schuster (January 24, 2017)

“An insightful meditation on the curious nature of time…A highly illuminating intellectual investigation” (Kirkus Reviews) explaining the sometimes contradictory ways we experience time.

“Time” is the...


The Inheritance

by Niki Kapsambelis Simon & Schuster (March 07, 2017)

This gripping story of the doctors at the forefront of Alzheimer’s research and the courageous North Dakota family whose rare genetic code is helping to understand our most feared diseases is “excellent,...


Convergence

by Peter Watson Simon & Schuster (February 21, 2017)

“Those seeking a grand overview of science’s greatest hits over the past century will find it here” (The Washington Post). Peter Watson’s bold history of science offers a powerful argument—that the...


Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve

by Ben Blatt Simon & Schuster (March 14, 2017)

Data meets literature in this “enlightening” (The Wall Street Journal), “brilliant” (The Boston Globe), “Nate Silver-esque” (O, The Oprah Magazine) look at what the numbers have to say about our...


The Equation that Couldn't Be Solved

by Mario Livio Simon & Schuster (September 19, 2005)

What do Bach's compositions, Rubik's Cube, the way we choose our mates, and the physics of subatomic particles have in common? All are governed by the laws of symmetry, which elegantly unify scientific and artistic...


The Swamp

by Michael Grunwald Simon & Schuster (October 31, 2006)

The Everglades was once reviled as a liquid wasteland, and Americans dreamed of draining it. Now it is revered as a national treasure, and Americans have launched the largest environmental project in history...


The Emotion Machine

by Marvin Minsky Simon & Schuster (November 07, 2006)

In this mind-expanding book, scientific pioneer Marvin Minsky continues his groundbreaking research, offering a fascinating new model for how our minds work. He argues persuasively that emotions, intuitions,...


Failure Is Not an Option

by Gene Kranz Simon & Schuster (February 21, 2001)

This memoir of a veteran NASA flight director tells riveting stories from the early days of the Mercury program through Apollo 11 (the moon landing) and Apollo 13, for both of which Kranz was flight director....


The Path Between the Seas

by David McCullough Simon & Schuster (October 27, 2001)

The National Book Award–winning epic chronicle of the creation of the Panama Canal, a first-rate drama of the bold and brilliant engineering feat that was filled with both tragedy and triumph, told by master...


Copernicus' Secret

by Jack Repcheck Simon & Schuster (December 04, 2007)

Nicolaus Copernicus gave the world perhaps the most important scientific insight of the modern age, the theory that the earth and the other planets revolve around the sun. He was also the first to proclaim that...


The Truth About Grief

by Ruth Davis Konigsberg Simon & Schuster (January 04, 2011)

The five stages of grief are so deeply imbedded in our culture that no American can escape them. Every time we experience loss—a personal or national one—we hear them recited: denial, anger, bargaining,...


First Contact

by Marc Kaufman Simon & Schuster (April 05, 2011)

Are we alone in the universe? Almost certainly not.

In First Contact, Marc Kaufman provides a gripping tour of the magnificent new science of astrobiology that is closing in on the discovery of extraterrestrial...


A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey

by Michael D'Antonio Simon & Schuster (September 18, 2007)

A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey tells the remarkable story of America's first efforts to succeed in space, a time of exploding rockets, national space mania, Florida boomtowns, and interservice rivalries so fierce...


The Murder of Nikolai Vavilov

by Peter Pringle Simon & Schuster (May 13, 2008)

In The Murder of Nikolai Vavilov, acclaimed journalist and author Peter Pringle recreates the extraordinary life and tragic end of one of the great scientists of the twentieth century.

In a drama of love, revolution,...


109 East Palace

by Jennet Conant Simon & Schuster (November 01, 2007)

From the bestselling author of Tuxedo Park, the fascinating story of the 3,000 people who lived together in near confinement for more than two intense and conflicted years under J. Robert Oppenheimer and the...


The Fated Sky

by Benson Bobrick Simon & Schuster (November 01, 2005)

In a horoscope he cast in 1647 for Charles I, William Lilly, a noted English astrologer, made the following judgment: "Luna is with Antares, a violent fixed star, which is said to denote violent death, and Mars...


Johnstown Flood

by David McCullough Simon & Schuster (May 31, 2007)

The stunning story of one of America’s great disasters, a preventable tragedy of Gilded Age America, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.

At the end of the nineteenth century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania,...


Einstein

by Walter Isaacson Simon & Schuster (April 10, 2007)

By the author of the acclaimed bestsellers Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs, this is the definitive biography of Albert Einstein.

How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson’s biography shows how...