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Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen

Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen

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By Philip Ball

Synopsis: The invisible is one of the most enduringly seductive ideas in human history. This is its biography.

If you could be invisible, what would you do? The chances are that it would have something to do with power, wealth or sex. Perhaps all three.

But there’s no need to feel guilty. Impulses like these have always been at the heart of our fascination with invisibility: it…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Tony Angell and John Marzluff

Science Book a Day Interviews Tony Angell and John Marzluff

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Special thanks to Tony Angell and John Marzluff for answering 5 questions about their recently featured book – Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans

Author, illustrator and sculptor, Angell has won numerous writing and artistic awards for his work on behalf of nature including the prestigious Master Artist Award of the Leigh Yawkey Art…

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In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected History of Carnivore America

In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected History of Carnivore America

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By Maureen Ogle

Synopsis: The untold story of how meat made America: a tale of the self-made magnates, pragmatic farmers, and impassioned activists who shaped us into the greatest eaters and providers of meat in history.

“Ogle is a terrific writer, and she takes us on a brisk romp through two centuries of history, full of deft portraits of entrepreneurs, inventors, promoters and charlatans…. Ms.…

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Floating Gold: A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris

Floating Gold: A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris

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By Christopher Kemp

Synopsis: “Preternaturally hardened whale dung” is not the first image that comes to mind when we think of perfume, otherwise a symbol of glamour and allure. But the key ingredient that makes the sophisticated scent linger on the skin is precisely this bizarre digestive by-product—ambergris. Despite being one of the world’s most expensive substances (its value is nearly that…

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Planet of the Bugs: Evolution and the Rise of Insects

Planet of the Bugs: Evolution and the Rise of Insects

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By Scott Richard Shaw

Synopsis: Dinosaurs, however toothy, did not rule the earth—and neither do humans. But what were and are the true potentates of our planet? Insects, says Scott Richard Shaw—millions and millions of insect species. Starting in the shallow oceans of ancient Earth and ending in the far reaches of outer space—where, Shaw proposes, insect-like aliens may have achieved similar…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Sarah Dry

Science Book a Day Interviews Sarah Dry

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Special thanks to Sarah Dry for answering 5 questions about her recently featured book – The Newton Papers: The Strange and True Odyssey of Isaac Newton’s Manuscripts

I am an independent scholar with a weakness for the history of science. I have written about Victorian fishermen and risk, epidemics and global health policy, the life and loves of Marie Curie, and, most recently, the history of…

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#flashbackfriday Storm Kings: The Untold History of America’s First Tornado Chasers

#flashbackfriday this week was featured on September 16, 2013. Storm Kings: The Untold History of America’s First Tornado Chasers…

#flashbackfriday Storm Kings: The Untold History of America’s First Tornado Chasers

#flashbackfriday this week was featured on September 16, 2013. Storm Kings: The Untold History of America’s First Tornado Chasers…

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Seventeen Equations that Changed the World

Seventeen Equations that Changed the World

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By Ian Stewart

Other title: In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World

Synopsis: 

From Newton’s Law of Gravity to the Black-Scholes model used by bankers to predict the markets, equations, are everywhere – and they are fundamental to everyday life.

In Seventeen Equations that Changed the World, acclaimed mathematician Ian Stewart sets out seventeen groundbreaking equations…

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Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

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By Gillian Butler and Freda McManus

Synopsis: Psychology is part of everyone’s experience: it influences the way we think about everything from education and intelligence, to relationships and emotions, advertising and criminality. People readily behave as amateur psychologists, offering explanations for what people think, feel, and do. But what exactly are psychologists trying to do? This Very…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Rebecca Stefoff

Science Book a Day Interviews Rebecca Stefoff

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Special thanks to Rebecca Stefoff for answering 5 questions about her recently featured book – The Third Chimpanzee for Young People: On the Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

I’m Rebecca Stefoff, the author of a ton of books for young readers. I’ve written about animals, exploration, famous people, geography and history, science and inventions, and more. – From Rebecca’s Homepage

Rebecca’…

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Science Book a Day Celebrates its 500th Book!

Science Book a Day Celebrates its 500th Book!

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Congratulations to Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, for becoming the 500th book featured on Science Book a Day!

Doing Science Book a Day, you get to see the numbers of the books you’ve covered go up over time. It’s been a great challenge in discipline, ensuring that the posts go online and that interviews are done. But it’s one thing to imagine what it will be like to get to…

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A Short History of Nearly Everything

A Short History of Nearly Everything

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By Bill Bryson

Synopsis: One of the world’s most beloved writers and bestselling author of One Summer takes his ultimate journey—into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer.

In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trailwell, most of it. In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in…

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The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

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By Walter Isaacson

Synopsis: Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.

What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Ian and Joel Gold

Science Book a Day Interviews Ian and Joel Gold

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Special thanks to Ian and Joel Gold for answering 5 questions about their recently featured book – Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness

Ian Gold is the Canada Research Chair in Philosophy and Psychiatry at McGill University. He earned a BA and MA in philosophy from McGill University and a PhD in philosophy from Princeton University. – Adapted from Simon & Schuster Canada

Joel Gold is…

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Contact: A Novel
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By Carl Sagan

Synopsis: In December, 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who — or what — is out there?

In Cosmos, Carl Sagan explained the universe. In Contact, he predicts its future — and our own.

Published: September 1985

Author’s Hompage: http://www.carlsagan.com

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