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Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood

Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood

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By Oliver Sacks

Synopsis: From his earliest days, Oliver Sacks, the distinguished neurologist who is also one of the most remarkable storytellers of our time, was irresistibly drawn to understanding the natural world. Born into a large family of doctors, metallurgists, chemists, physicists, and teachers, his curiosity was encouraged and abetted by aunts, uncles, parents, and older brothers. But…

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Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food

Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food

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By Paul Greenberg

Synopsis: Writer and life-long fisherman Paul Greenberg takes us on a journey, examining the four fish that dominate our menus: salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna. Investigating the forces that get fish to our dinner tables, Greenberg reveals our damaged relationship with the ocean and its inhabitants. Just three decades ago, nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild. Today,…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Philip Ball

Science Book a Day Interviews Philip Ball

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Special thanks to Philips Ball for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics under Hitler

Philip Ball is a freelance science writer. He worked previously at Nature for over 20 years, first as an editor for physical sciences (for which his brief extended from biochemistry to quantum physics and materials science) and then as a…

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Cult of Personality: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves by Annie Murphy Paul

Cult of Personality: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves by Annie Murphy Paul

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By Annie Murphy Paul

Other Title: The Cult of Personality Testing: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves

Synopsis: Millions of people worldwide take personality tests each year to direct their education, to decide on a career, to determine if they’ll be hired, to join the armed forces, and to settle legal disputes.…

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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

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By Randall Munroe

Synopsis: From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.

Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following.

Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Balazs Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai and Istvan Hargittai

Science Book a Day Interviews Balazs Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai and Istvan Hargittai

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Special thanks to Balazs Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai, and Istvan Hargittai for answering 7 questions about their recently featured book – Great Minds: Reflections of 111 Top Scientists

#1 – What was the impetus for Great Minds?

Mostly in the 1990s and the early 2000s, we recorded hundreds of conversations with famous scientist and published them in magazines, and especially in our six-volume

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How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method

How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method

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By George Polya

Synopsis: A perennial bestseller by eminent mathematician G. Polya, How to Solve It will show anyone in any field how to think straight. In lucid and appealing prose, Polya reveals how the mathematical method of demonstrating a proof or finding an unknown can be of help in attacking any problem that can be “reasoned” out–from building a bridge to winning a game of anagrams.…

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Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed

Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed

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By Carl Zimmer

Synopsis: Body art meets popular science in this elegant, mind-blowing collection, written by renowned science writer Carl Zimmer. This fascinating book showcases hundreds of eye-catching tattoos that pay tribute to various scientific disciplines, from evolutionary biology and neuroscience to mathematics and astrophysics, and reveals the stories of the individuals who chose to…

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Nature’s Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the Elements

Nature’s Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the Elements

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By John Emsley

Synopsis: What is the most common element in the universe? Can you name the noble gases? Everything we see around us is made of chemical elements, but most of us know little about them.

Penned by award-winning science writer John Emsley, Nature’s Building Blocks explains the what, why and wherefore of the chemical elements. Arranged alphabetically, from Actinium to Zirconium, it is…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Robert Twigger

Science Book a Day Interviews Robert Twigger

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Special thanks to Robert Twigger for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Red Nile: The Biography of the World’s Greatest River

Robert’s Homepage/Blog: http://www.roberttwigger.com
Robert’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/roberttwigger

#1 – What was the impetus for Red Nile?

I was living in Cairo by the Nile and one day I thought- why Not? at the time I was writing about deserts…

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#flashbackfriday Far From The Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

#flashbackfriday this week is from March 22, 2014. Far From The Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity…

#flashbackfriday Far From The Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

#flashbackfriday this week is from March 22, 2014. Far From The Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity…

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Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans

Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans

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By John Marzluff and Tony Angell 

Synopsis: Crows are mischievous, playful, social, and passionate. They have brains that are huge for their body size and exhibit an avian kind of eloquence. They mate for life and associate with relatives and neighbors for years. And because they often live near people—in our gardens, parks, and cities—they are also keenly aware of our peculiarities, staying away…

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Anthill: A Novel
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By Edward O Wilson

Synopsis: Winner of the 2010 Heartland Prize, Anthill follows the thrilling adventures of a modern-day Huck Finn, enthralled with the “strange, beautiful, and elegant” world of his native Nokobee County. But as developers begin to threaten the endangered marshlands around which he lives, the book’s hero decides to take decisive action. Edward O. Wilson—the world’s greatest…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Brian Clegg

Science Book a Day Interviews Brian Clegg

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Special thanks to Brian Clegg for answering 6 questions about his recently featured book – Dice World: Science and Life in a Random Universe

Born in Rochdale, Lancashire, UK, Brian attended the Manchester Grammar School, then read Natural Sciences (specializing in experimental physics) at Cambridge University. After graduating, he spent a year at Lancaster University where he gained a second MA…

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Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You

Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You

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By Christine McKinley

Synopsis: From the host of the History channel’s Brad Meltzer’s Decoded: the laws of the universe like you’ve never experienced them before. 

This approachable book explains the world of physics with clarity, humor, and a dash of adventure. Physics for Rock Stars is not a weighty treatise on science, but a personal tour of physics from a quirky friend.

Anyone who’s ever…

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