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Brief History of Time
From the Big Bang to Black Holes
Stephen Hawking - 2011-08-01 (first published in 1988)
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Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries?These are just some of the questions considered in the internationally acclaimed masterpiece by the world renowned physicist - generally considered to have been one of the world's greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories ...
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Richard Branson
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Carl Sagan - 2013-12-10 (first published in 1980)
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Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Featuring a new Introduction by Sagan’s collaborator, Ann Druyan, full color illustrations, and a new Forewor...
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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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In Bryson's biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To ...
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The Selfish Gene
40th Anniversary Edition (Oxford Landmark Science)
Richard Dawkins - 2016-07-31 (first published in 1976)
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The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. As influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of i...
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Gödel, Escher, Bach
An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter - 1999-02-05 (first published in 1979)
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Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal syste...
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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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How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we dont understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to...
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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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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Sagan traces our exploration of space and suggests that our very survival may depend on the wise use of other worlds. This stirring book reveals how scientific discovery has altered our perception of who we are and where we stand, and challenges us to weigh what we will do with that knowledge. Photos, many in colo...
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Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman - 2013-04-02
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In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fas...
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What If?
Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
Randall Munroe - 2014-09-02
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Randall Munroe left NASA in 2005 to start up his hugely popular site XKCD 'a web comic of romance, sarcasm, math and language' which offers a witty take on the world of science and geeks. It now has 600,000 to a million page hits daily. Every now and then, Munroe would get emails asking him to arbitrate a science debate. 'My friend and I were argui...
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Silent Spring
Rachel Carson - 2002-10-21 (first published in 1962)
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Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in June of 1962. The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carson’s passionate concern for the fut...
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Invisible Women
Caroline Criado Perez - 2019-03-12
How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" by Richard P. Feynman
The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Bottle of Lies by Katherine Eban
She Has Her Mother's Laugh by Carl Zimmer
The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins
The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins
The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen William Hawking
Good to Go by Christie Aschwanden
Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku
The Science of Shakespeare by Dan Falk
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky
Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch
The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett
Six Easy Pieces by Richard P. Feynman
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte
Superior by Angela Saini
The Book of Why by Judea Pearl
The Science Book by National Geographic
The Second Kind of Impossible by Paul Steinhardt
The Book of Trees by Manuel Lima
Science Encyclopedia by National Geographic Kids
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The Accidental Universe by Alan Lightman
Archaeology from Space by Sarah Parcak
Nothing by New Scientist
The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard P. Feynman
The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
Spillover by David Quammen
The Body by Bill Bryson
Wilding by Isabella Tree
Phantoms in the Brain by V. S. Ramachandran
Elements by Theodore Gray
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean
What the Eyes Don't See by Mona Hanna-Attisha
Encounters with the Archdruid by John McPhee
Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip S. Thorne
Wonderful Life by Stephen Jay Gould
Undeniable by Bill Nye
Origins by Neil Degrasse Tyson
The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould
A Sting in the Tale by Dave Goulson
Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik
Hyperspace by Michio Kaku
What is Life? by Erwin Schrodinger/penrose
The Bastard Brigade by Sam Kean
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures by Julia Finley Mosca
A Nest Is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston
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Rising by Elizabeth Rush
Basher Science by Adrian Dingle
The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments by Holly Homer
The Ice at the End of the World by Jon Gertner
Volume Control by David Owen
Superheavy by Kit Chapman
Losing the Nobel Prize by Brian Keating
Moths by David Lees
First in Fly by Stephanie Elizabeth Mohr
Dispatches from Planet 3 by Marcia Bartusiak
The Snow Leopard Project by Alex Dehgan
Fables and Futures by George Estreich
The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins
The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book by Tom Robinson
Deep Medicine by Eric Topol
The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart
Sociobiology by Edward O. Wilson
Death from the Skies! by Philip Plait
Heart by Sandeep Jauhar
The Women of the Moon by Daniel R. Altschuler
Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift
Future Shock by Alvin Toffler
Lost in Math by Sabine Hossenfelder
Cece Loves Science by Kimberly Derting
In Search of the Canary Tree by Lauren E. Oakes
Broad Band by Claire L. Evans
The Universe by John Brockman
The Technology of Orgasm by Rachel P. Maines
Eaarth by Bill McKibben
The Sakura Obsession by Naoko Abe
Gender and Our Brains by Gina Rippon
The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson