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by Bill Nye & Corey S. Powell St. Martin's Press (November 04, 2014)

"Evolution is one of the most powerful and important ideas ever developed in the history of science. Every question it raises leads to new answers, new discoveries, and new smarter questions. The science of...

When We Die

by Prof. Cedric Mims St. Martin's Press (October 21, 2014)

An unusually comprehensive study of death as both a social and scientific phenomenon, When We Die is as frank as it is informed. This far-reaching discussion considers mortality from the personal and the universal...

Your Atomic Self

by Curt Stager St. Martin's Press (October 14, 2014)

What do atoms have to do with your life? In Your Atomic Self, scientist Curt Stager reveals how they connect you to some of the most amazing things in the universe.

You will follow your oxygen atoms through fire...

Virtually Human

by Martine Rothblatt, PhD, Ralph Steadman & Ray Kurzweil St. Martin's Press (September 09, 2014)

Virtually Human explores what the not-too-distant future will look like when cyberconsciousness—simulation of the human brain via software and computer technology—becomes part of our daily lives. Meet Bina48,...

Final Frontier

by Brian Clegg St. Martin's Press (August 19, 2014)

Star Trek was right — there is only one final frontier, and that is space...

Human beings are natural explorers, and nowhere is this frontier spirit stronger than in the United States of America. It almost...

Neil Armstrong

by Jay Barbree & John Glenn St. Martin's Press (July 08, 2014)

Much has been written about Neil Armstrong, America's modern hero and history's most famous space traveler. Yet shy of fame and never one to steal the spotlight Armstrong was always reluctant to discuss his...

Mendeleyev's Dream

by Paul Strathern St. Martin's Press (June 10, 2014)

In this elegant, erudite, but entertaining book, Paul Strathern, the award-winning novelist and expositor of complex ideas, unravels the dramatic history of chemistry through the quest for the elements.


In Utopia

by J. C. Hallman St. Martin's Press (June 10, 2014)

In 2005, J.C. Hallman came across a scientific paper about "Pleistocene Rewilding," a peculiar idea from conservation biology that suggested repopulating bereft ecosystems with endangered "megafauna." The plan...

The Civilized Engineer

by Samuel C. Florman St. Martin's Press (April 22, 2014)

Civil engineer Samuel C. Florman's The Civilized Engineer is aimed at both those observing and commenting externally on engineering, and the practicing engineer—to reveal something of the art behind great...

Organizing from the Right Side of the Brain

by Lee Silber St. Martin's Press (January 14, 2014)

Almost all the organizing books on the market today target the "left-brainer" - people who are generally disciplined, neat, and analytical. But for those who are more creative and spontaneous rather than logical...


by Jeremy Shere St. Martin's Press (November 26, 2013)

Where does the energy we use come from? It's absolutely vital to every single thing we do every day, but for most people, it is utterly invisible. Flick a switch and the lights go on. It might as well be magic....

The Parrot's Theorem

by Denis Guedj & Frank Wynne St. Martin's Press (August 20, 2013)

Mr. Ruche, a Parisian bookseller, receives a bequest from a long lost friend in the Amazon of a vast library of math books, which propels him into a great exploration of the story of mathematics. Meanwhile Max,...

Bankrupting Physics

by Alexander Unzicker & Sheilla Jones St. Martin's Press (July 30, 2013)

The recently celebrated discovery of the Higgs boson has captivated the public's imagination with the promise that it can explain the origins of everything in the universe. It's no wonder that the media refers...

The Abacus

by Jesse Dilson St. Martin's Press (July 30, 2013)

The abacus is as useful and effecient a machine today as it was when it was first created centures ago. Whether you're an expert in the latest computer technology or you're mastering arithmetic and word problems...

The Introspective Engineer

by Samuel C. Florman St. Martin's Press (September 24, 2013)

The profession of engineering is rarely the topic of serious public discussion. Multimedia, virtual reality, information superhighway-these are the buzzwords of the day. But real engineers, the people who conceive...

The End of Plagues

by John Rhodes St. Martin's Press (September 24, 2013)

At the turn of the twentieth century, smallpox claimed the lives of two million people per year. By 1979, the disease had been eradicated and victory was declared across the globe. Yet the story of smallpox...

Maggots, Murder, and Men

by Zakaria ErzinClioglu St. Martin's Press (August 27, 2013)

The science of forensic entomology-the application of insect biology to the investigation of crime-is extremely specialized, combining as it does an expert knowledge of entomology with keen powers of observation...

Caught in the Current

by Jay Bookman St. Martin's Press (August 13, 2013)

Science tells us what is. Technology tells us what can be. But neither can tell us what ought to be.

As a science and technology journalist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jay Bookman has witnessed some...

The Ageless Generation

by Alex Zhavoronkov St. Martin's Press (July 02, 2013)

Over the past 20 years, the biomedical research community has been delivering hundreds of breakthroughs expected to extend human lifespan beyond thresholds imaginable today. However, much of this research has...

Against Their Will

by Allen M. Hornblum, Judith L. Newman & Gregory J. Dober St. Martin's Press (June 25, 2013)

During the Cold War, an alliance between American scientists, pharmaceutical companies, and the US military pushed the medical establishment into ethically fraught territory. Doctors and scientists at prestigious...

The Existential Pleasures of Engineering

by Samuel C. Florman St. Martin's Press (February 15, 1996)

Humans have always sought to change their environment--building houses, monuments, temples, and roads. In the process, they have remade the fabric of the world into newly functional objects that are also works...

The End of Big

by Nicco Mele St. Martin's Press (April 23, 2013)

How seemingly innocuous technologies are unsettling the balance of power by putting it in the hands of the masses - and what a world without "big" will mean for all of us.

In The End of Big, social media pioneer,...

Chasing Doctor Dolittle

by Con Slobodchikoff, PhD St. Martin's Press (November 27, 2012)

"Slobodchikoff's ground-breaking research" (Jonathan Balcombe) shows us that animals have much to teach us about language

Groundbreaking research has been done teaching animals human language, but what about...

Strong in the Rain

by Lucy Birmingham & David McNeill St. Martin's Press (October 30, 2012)

Blending history, science, and gripping storytelling, Strong in the Rain brings the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan in 2011 and its immediate aftermath to life through the eyes of the men and women...

The Million Death Quake

by Roger Musson St. Martin's Press (October 16, 2012)

For centuries, Californians and the Japanese have known that they were at risk of catastrophic earthquakes, and prepared accordingly. But when a violent 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti in 2010, hardly anyone knew...

Prize Fight

by Morton Meyers, M.D. St. Martin's Press (June 05, 2012)

We often think of scientists as dispassionate and detached, nobly laboring without any expectation of reward. But scientific research is much more complicated and messy than this ideal, and scientists can be...

Brain Gain

by Marc Prensky St. Martin's Press (August 07, 2012)

"In an age where the answer to every question is at your fingertips, where does the human brain fit in?"

In one hand-held object, we are able to manage all of our calendars, documents, and interpersonal relationships...

Masters of the Planet

by Ian Tattersall St. Martin's Press (March 27, 2012)

50,000 years ago – merely a blip in evolutionary time – our Homo sapiens ancestors were competing for existence with several other human species, just as their own precursors had been doing for millions...


by Brian Clegg St. Martin's Press (May 22, 2012)

A history of gravity, and a study of its importance and relevance to our lives, as well as its influence on other areas of science.

Physicists will tell you that four forces control the universe. Of these, gravity...

The Guardian of All Things

by Michael S. Malone St. Martin's Press (August 21, 2012)

A fascinating exploration of the history of memory and human civilization

Memory makes us human. No other animal carries in its brain so many memories of such complexity nor so regularly revisits those memories...

Calls Beyond Our Hearing

by Holly Menino St. Martin's Press (April 10, 2012)

A worldwide journey through the mystery and science of animal communication.

Calls Beyond Our Hearing is a fascinating exploration of animals, their voices, and their survival. Traveling from Panama to England,...

The Song of the Ape

by Andrew R. Halloran St. Martin's Press (February 28, 2012)

An absorbing investigation of chimpanzee language and communication by a young primatologist

While working as a zookeeper with a group of semi-wild chimpanzees living on an island, primatologist Andrew Halloran...

The Forever Fix

by Ricki Lewis St. Martin's Press (March 13, 2012)

Fascinating narrative science that explores the next frontier in medicine and genetics through the very personal prism of the children and families gene therapy has touched.

Eight-year-old Corey Haas was nearly...

How to Build a Time Machine

by Brian Clegg St. Martin's Press (December 06, 2011)

A pop science look at time travel technology, from Einstein to Ronald Mallett to present day experiments. Forget fiction: time travel is real.

In How to Build a Time Machine, Brian Clegg provides an understanding...

The Number Mysteries

by Marcus du Sautoy St. Martin's Press (May 24, 2011)

Every time we download music, take a flight across the Atlantic or talk on our cell phones, we are relying on great mathematical inventions. In The Number Mysteries, one of our generation's foremost mathematicians...

The Green Workplace

by Leigh Stringer St. Martin's Press (September 28, 2010)

As 21st-century companies realize they'll need to be green to compete, sustainable ideas are spreading like wildfire throughout all fields of modern business. In The Green Workplace, Leigh Stringer, an expert...

The Vertical Farm

by Dr. Dickson Despommier & Majora Carter St. Martin's Press (October 12, 2010)

"The vertical farm is a world-changing innovation whose time has come. Dickson Despommier's visionary book provides a blueprint for securing the world's food supply and at the same time solving one of the gravest...

Big Brain

by Gary Lynch & Richard Granger St. Martin's Press (March 04, 2008)

Our big brains, our language ability, and our intelligence make us uniquely human.

But barely 10,000 years ago (a mere blip in evolutionary time) human-like creatures called "Boskops" flourished in South Africa....

The End

by Marq De Villiers St. Martin's Press (March 30, 2010)

What is the fate of the world as we know it?

Tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, pandemics, cosmic radiation, gamma bursts from space, colliding comets, and asteroids—these things used to worry us...

To Engineer Is Human

by Henry Petroski St. Martin's Press (October 16, 2018)

“Though ours is an age of high technology, the essence of what engineering is and what engineers do is not common knowledge. Even the most elementary of principles upon which great bridges, jumbo jets, or...

The Last Lobster

by Christopher White St. Martin's Press (June 05, 2018)

From the author of Skipjack & The Melting World comes a mystery: the curious boom in America’s beloved lobster industry and its probable crash

Maine lobstermen have happened upon a bonanza along their rugged,...


by Nick Polson & James Scott St. Martin's Press (May 15, 2018)

“There comes a time in the life of a subject when someone steps up and writes the book about it. AIQ explores the fascinating history of the ideas that drive this technology of the future and demystifies the...


by Nina Shapiro, Md & Kristin Loberg St. Martin's Press (May 01, 2018)

A Publisher's Weekly Best Book of 2018

A straightforward appraisal of why health myths exist, dispelling many of them, and teaching readers how to navigate the labyrinth of health advice and the science and...

The Telescope in the Ice

by Mark Bowen St. Martin's Press (November 14, 2017)

IceCube Observatory, a South Pole instrument making the first actual observations of high-energy neutrinos, has been called the “weirdest” of the seven wonders of modern astronomy by Scientific American....


by Henry Marsh St. Martin's Press (October 03, 2017)

The 2017 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Finalist, International Bestseller, and a Kirkus Best Nonfiction Book of 2017!

“Marsh has retired, which means he’s taking a thorough inventory of his life. His...

It's All a Game

by Tristan Donovan St. Martin's Press (May 30, 2017)

"[A] timely book...It’s All a Game provides a wonderfully entertaining trip around the board, through 4,000 years of game history." —The Wall Street Journal

Board games have been with us longer than even...

The Fish Market

by Lee van der Voo St. Martin's Press (November 15, 2016)

**Winner of the Oregon Book Award**

Gulf Wild — the first seafood brand in America to trace each fish from the sea to the table — emerged after grouper, the star of fried fish sandwiches, fell off menus due...

Hell Creek, Montana

by Dr. Lowell Dingus St. Martin's Press (August 04, 2015)

"Given its wide range, this book should attract readers of history and lovers of the American West in addition to dinosaur junkies. " - Publishers Weekly

Hell Creek, Montana, is one of the most windswept, hardscrabble...

A Million Years in a Day

by Greg Jenner St. Martin's Press (June 21, 2016)

Who invented beds? When did we start cleaning our teeth? How old are wine and beer? Which came first: the toilet seat or toilet paper? What was the first clock?

Every day, from the moment our alarm clock wakes...

Fire and Ice: Soot, Solidarity, and Survival on the Roof of the World

by Jonathan Mingle St. Martin's Press (March 24, 2015)

High in the Himalayan valley of Zanskar in northwest India sits a village as isolated as the legendary Shangri-La. Long fed by runoff from glaciers and lofty snowfields, Kumik—a settlement of thirty nine mud...