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Cosmos
Carl Sagan - Dec 10, 2013 (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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Invisible Women
Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
Caroline Criado Perez - Mar 12, 2019
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Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, where in a car accident you are 47% more likely to be seriously injured, where every week the countless hours of work you do are not recognised or valued. If any of this sounds familiar, chances are that you're a woman.Invisib...
How to Change Your Mind
What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
Michael Pollan - May 14, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018 A New York Times Notable BookThe #1 New York Times bestseller.A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiencesWhen Michael Pollan set out to research how L...
She Has Her Mother's Laugh
The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity
Carl Zimmer - Jun 04, 2019
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Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force set to shape our future even more radically.She Has Her Mother's Laugh presents a profoundly original perspective on what we pass along from generation to generation. Charles Darwin played a crucial par...
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What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery
Christie Aschwanden - Feb 18, 2020
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Acclaimed science journalist Christie Aschwanden takes readers on an entertaining and enlightening tour through the latest science on sports and fitness recovery. She investigates claims about sports drinks, chocolate milk, and “recovery” beer; examines the latest recovery trends; and even tests some for herself, including cryotherapy, foam rolling...
Sapiens
A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari - May 15, 2018 (first published in 2011)
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100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be ens...
Bad Blood
Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
John Carreyrou - Jan 28, 2020 (first published in 2018)
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In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the next Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with its breakthrough device, which performed the whole range of laboratory tests from a single drop of blood. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Ti...
The Gene
An Intimate History
Siddhartha Mukherjee - May 02, 2017
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The #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller The basis for the PBS Ken Burns Documentary The Gene: An Intimate History From the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of The Emperor of All Maladiesa fascinating history of the gene and a magisterial account of how human minds have laboriously, ingeniously picked apart what makes us tick (Elle). "Sid Mukherjee has the un...
Gödel, Escher, Bach
An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter - Feb 05, 1999 (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...
The Emperor of All Maladies
A Biography of Cancer
Siddhartha Mukherjee - Aug 09, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence...
Women in Science
50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
Rachel Ignotofsky - Jul 26, 2016
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It’s a scientific fact: Women rock!   A charmingly illustrated and educational book, Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this fascinating collection also contains infograph...
The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan
Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan
Bottle of Lies by Katherine Eban
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte
Science Encyclopedia by National Geographic Kids
The Science Book by National Geographic
The Second Kind of Impossible by Paul Steinhardt
The Book of Why by Judea Pearl
Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham
Spillover by David Quammen
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" by Richard P. Feynman
The Body by Bill Bryson
Elements by Theodore Gray
The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett
Wilding by Isabella Tree
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
Six Easy Pieces by Richard P. Feynman
Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch
What the Eyes Don't See by Mona Hanna-Attisha
Superior by Angela Saini
Undeniable by Bill Nye
Origins by Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures by Julia Finley Mosca
Rising by Elizabeth Rush
The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments by Holly Homer
The Book of Trees by Manuel Lima
Losing the Nobel Prize by Brian Keating
Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift
First in Fly by Stephanie Elizabeth Mohr
Dispatches from Planet 3 by Marcia Bartusiak
The Snow Leopard Project by Alex Dehgan
Lost in Math by Sabine Hossenfelder
The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart
Behave by Robert M. Sapolsky
The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard P. Feynman
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
There's No Place Like Space by Tish Rabe
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf
The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
5,000 Awesome Facts by National Geographic Kids
The Man Who Solved the Market by Gregory Zuckerman
The Code Book by Simon Singh
Citizen by Claudia Rankine
American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee
Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking
Neurotribes by Steve Silberman
The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall
Phantoms in the Brain by V. S. Ramachandran
Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff
The Principia by Sir Isaac Newton
The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard P. Feynman
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean
Awesome Science Experiments for Kids by Crystal Chatterton
The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen
The Science of Interstellar by Kip Thorne
Encounters with the Archdruid by John McPhee
Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip S. Thorne
On Fire by Naomi Klein
Underland by Robert Macfarlane
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy a Degruy
Infinite Powers by Steven Strogatz
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
Rocket Men by Robert Kurson
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte
The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch
Unnatural Causes by Richard Shepherd
The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why by Amy Shields
Peak by Anders Ericsson
Lifespan by David A. Sinclair
AI Superpowers by Kai-Fu Lee
Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams
A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin
Into the Magic Shop by James R. Doty MD
Code by Charles Petzold
Abundance by Peter H. Diamandis