Science & Big Ideas

Science & Big Ideas

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393609394
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 2nd, 2017

Beloved astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson brings the marvels of the universe to those too busy to gaze starward on a regular basis. This smart, thought-provoking book contains short, readable chapters on dark matter, light, gravity, the Big Bang, and the wonder of seeing Earth from a cosmic perspective. --Brynn

The River of Consciousness Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385352567
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 24th, 2017

A book that famed neurologist, naturalist, and best-selling author Oliver Sacks was working on prior to his death, this thought-provoking collection explores concepts including creativity, evolution, memory, time, and consciousness. These essays showcase Sacks’s fluid writing, love of knowledge, and unending resolve to further understand what makes us human. --Anton

Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735211261
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 7th, 2017

In this memoir and scientific study, Juli Berwald explores both her personal relationship to jellyfish as well as the relationship between jellyfish and global ecosystems--especially in light of unprecedented jellyfish blooms in recent years. Berwald’s perspectives on our changing planet and on life are fresh, inviting, and thoughtful. --Marilyn

The Origins of Creativity Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631493188
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 3rd, 2017

A new Wilson work is always cause for celebration, and his latest offers a delightfully provocative premise: creativity is the fundamental trait of being human, and the interplay between the sciences and the humanities remains vital to tackling the world's problems. It's a timely argument, served up with both lyricism and passion. --Todd

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492649359
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Published: Sourcebooks - April 18th, 2017

Fascinating, inspirational, unforgettable true story, nonfiction that reads like a novel... these are all descriptions that are often overused, but not here! Moore tells the story of women who work at factories that specialize in painting various items with radium and what happens when they begin to fall ill. --Nicole

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101902783
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 17th, 2017

American Wolf is a magnificent tale of one wolf’s struggle to survive and to care for her pups in Yellowstone Park. This dramatic, thought-provoking saga interrogates the values of the American West by revealing the war between those who want to help wolves thrive and those who want them gone. --Jenna

Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature Is Thriving in an Age of Extinction Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610397278
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Published: PublicAffairs - September 5th, 2017

In a time of massive loss of species diversity, which adaptations are keeping species alive? Thomas discusses human impact on habitats and climates and interrogates how some plants and animals are evolving to overcome these man-made challenges. --Leigh

American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631490163
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 6th, 2017

A Wild West tale of ambition and discovery in pursuit of the total solar eclipse of 1878. Astronomers James Craig Watson and Maria Mitchell, along with Thomas Edison, traveled to the path of totality in search of planets, women’s rights, and a place in history. For the eclipse enthusiast of 2017. --Amanda

Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393634020
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 19th, 2017

Fifty stunning maps and charts utilize data from satellites, cellphone networks, and camera traps to track the previously unseen paths that animals create and follow. This comprehensive guide reveals the amazing stories of animal movement in the modern world--including that of baboons, humpback whales, warblers, and pythons--for the first time. --Carolee