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Brief History of Time
From the Big Bang to Black Holes
Stephen Hawking - 1998-09-01 (first published in 1988)
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Explore the mysteries of the universe with this acclaimed masterpiece by a celebrated physicist. From the origins of time to the boundaries of the universe, delve into the secrets of space and time. Discover the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, and explore the wonders of the Big Bang, black holes, and more. Written in clear and concise language, this book offers a fascinating and accessible introduction to the universe and its wonders. This new edition includes exciting updates from the author, along with a companion app, Stephen Hawking's Pocket Universe.
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Cosmos
Carl Sagan - 2002-01-01 (first published in 1980)
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Explore the universe and the evolution of our existence in this iconic science book. Written with poetic prose, discover the vastness of space and the incredible journey of life on Earth. With stunning illustrations and contributions from astrophysicists, this must-read covers topics such as the origin of life, the human brain, technology advancements, and the forces that shaped modern science. Let Cosmos take you on a thrilling journey through time and space.
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Richard Branson
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A Short History of Nearly Everything
Bill Bryson - 2004-09-14 (first published in 2003)
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Explore the universe and the human experience with one of Bill Bryson's biggest books. From the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to answer the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about ourselves and the world around us. Join him on an adventure to understand how we got from there being nothing to there being us, as he learns from some of the world's most advanced archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians. A Short History of Nearly Everything is a profoundly clear and entertaining journey through the depths of human knowledge.
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The Selfish Gene
40th Anniversary Edition (Oxford Landmark Science)
Richard Dawkins - 2006-01-01 (first published in 1976)
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Explore the fascinating world of evolutionary thought with this classic exposition. The author offers a gene’s eye view of evolution, placing the importance on the units of information that persist, and viewing organisms as vehicles for their replication. This powerful and stylistically brilliant work galvanized the biology community, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research. This 40th anniversary edition includes a new epilogue from the author discussing the continuing relevance of these ideas in evolutionary biology today, as well as the original prefaces and foreword. Join the millions of readers worldwide who have fallen in love with The Selfish Gene.
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Gödel, Escher, Bach
An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter - 1999-01-01 (first published in 1979)
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This inquisitive book by Douglas R. Hofstadter delves into the very essence of cognitive science - the intricate links between formal systems. Hofstadter explains how the system behind mental activity goes beyond its support system, and questions whether machines may one day attain human-level intelligence. Gödel, Escher, Bach covers a range of captivating topics from reduction to recursion, offering readers an intriguing exploration of the intricacies of meaning.
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The Demon-Haunted World
Science as a Candle in the Dark
Carl Sagan - 1997-02-25 (first published in 1996)
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Exploring the importance of scientific thinking in our technology-driven world, this Pulitzer Prize-winning book by acclaimed astronomer Carl Sagan dismantles the myths of pseudoscience and highlights its threat to our democracy. Using examples from history and contemporary culture, Sagan debunks popular fallacies like witchcraft and demon possession, while warning against the growing allure of conspiracy theories and unreason that threaten our fundamental freedoms. A must-read for anyone seeking to make informed decisions in a world awash with misinformation.
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Pale Blue Dot
A Vision of the Human Future in Space
Carl Sagan - 1997-09-08 (first published in 1994)
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Explore the vastness of space with this Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Through stunning photos and insightful prose, the author shows how our understanding of the universe has shaped our own sense of identity. But perhaps even more importantly, he reminds us that our future may depend on learning to use other worlds wisely. Join the journey into the final frontier!
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Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman - 2011-10-25
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Explore the inner workings of the mind in this groundbreaking book that explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, emotional, and intuitive while System 2 is slower, more analytical, and logical. Discover the benefits and drawbacks of both systems and learn how to tap into the benefits of slow thinking. With practical insights into decision-making in both our personal and professional lives, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to guard against mental pitfalls and gain a deeper understanding of the way we think.
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What If?
Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
Randall Munroe - 2014-09-02
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Explore some of the most absurd hypothetical questions in science and learn the laws of science in action with a touch of humor in this book. Follow Randall Munroe, the creator of the extremely popular webcomic XKCD, as he answers questions like, "What if the moon went away?" and "How dangerous is it to be in a swimming pool in a thunderstorm?" Using computer simulations, declassified military research memos, and other scientific methods, Munroe presents his hilarious and clever responses, leaving readers entertained and enlightened.
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Silent Spring
Rachel Carson - 2022-02-01 (first published in 1962)
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This influential book was published in 1962 and sparked a movement to protect the environment. Written by Rachel Carson, it exposes the harmful effects of DDT and led to changes in laws regarding our air, land, and water. Carson's powerful words and concern for the future of our planet launched the environmental movement, making it a landmark book of the twentieth century.
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Ramachandra Guha
Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez
The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Bottle of Lies by Katherine Eban
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" by Richard P. Feynman
She Has Her Mother's Laugh by Carl Zimmer
The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen William Hawking
The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins
The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins
Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku
Good to Go by Christie Aschwanden
The Science of Shakespeare by Dan Falk
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky
Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham
Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch
The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett
Superior by Angela Saini
Six Easy Pieces by Richard P. Feynman
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
The Book of Why by Judea Pearl
Science Encyclopedia by National Geographic Kids
The Second Kind of Impossible by Paul Steinhardt
The Science Book by National Geographic
The Book of Trees by Manuel Lima
The Accidental Universe by Alan Lightman
Nothing by New Scientist
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Archaeology from Space by Sarah Parcak
The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard P. Feynman
Spillover by David Quammen
The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
Wilding by Isabella Tree
The Body by Bill Bryson
Elements by Theodore Gray
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
Phantoms in the Brain by V. S. Ramachandran
Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip S. Thorne
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean
What the Eyes Don't See by Mona Hanna-Attisha
Wonderful Life by Stephen Jay Gould
Encounters with the Archdruid by John McPhee
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn
The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould
Undeniable by Bill Nye
Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik
Origins by Neil Degrasse Tyson
Hyperspace by Michio Kaku
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures by Julia Finley Mosca
A Sting in the Tale by Dave Goulson
What is Life? by Erwin Schrodinger/penrose
The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins
The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book by Tom Robinson
The Bastard Brigade by Sam Kean
Deep Medicine by Eric Topol
The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart
Rising by Elizabeth Rush
Sociobiology by Edward O. Wilson
A Nest Is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston
The Science Book by
Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift
Death from the Skies! by Philip Plait
Lost in Math by Sabine Hossenfelder
Basher Science by Adrian Dingle
Heart by Sandeep Jauhar
Future Shock by Alvin Toffler
The Ice at the End of the World by Jon Gertner
The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments by Holly Homer
Superheavy by Kit Chapman
Volume Control by David Owen
Losing the Nobel Prize by Brian Keating
Cece Loves Science by Kimberly Derting
Moths by David Lees
Dispatches from Planet 3 by Marcia Bartusiak
First in Fly by Stephanie Elizabeth Mohr
The Snow Leopard Project by Alex Dehgan
In Search of the Canary Tree by Lauren E. Oakes
Fables and Futures by George Estreich
The Women of the Moon by Daniel R. Altschuler
The Universe by John Brockman
Broad Band by Claire L. Evans
Eaarth by Bill McKibben
The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson
The Technology of Orgasm by Rachel P. Maines
The Sakura Obsession by Naoko Abe
Gender and Our Brains by Gina Rippon