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Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution
Darwin's Black Box
The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution
Paperback      ISBN: 0684834936
Questioning how evolution can explain the complex chemical processes scientists are finding in humans using new technology, the author presents an argument for creation by either God or another higher intelligence
The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe
The First Three Minutes
A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe
Paperback      ISBN: 0465024378
"<>This classic of contemporary science writing by a Nobel Prize-winning physicist explains to general readers what happened when the universe began, and how we know.<>"
No Ordinary Genius: The Illustrated Richard Feynman
No Ordinary Genius
The Illustrated Richard Feynman
Paperback      ISBN: 039331393x
A life of the late Nobel Prize-winning physicist features more than a hundred photographs and interviews with family, friends, and Feynman himself, offering insight into the mind of a great creative scientist at work and play. Reprint.
Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge
Consilience
The Unity of Knowledge
Paperback      ISBN: 067976867x
The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning expert on sociobiology and biodiversity argues for the fundamental unity of all knowledge in the face of the increasing fragmentation and specialization of knowledge over the past two centuries. Reprint. 75,000 first printing. NYT.
Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the Theory of the Universe
Beyond Einstein
The Cosmic Quest for the Theory of the Universe
Paperback      ISBN: 0385477813
A revised and updated edition of an introduction to the most cutting-edge field in physics, superstring theory, explains how scientists have been able to join the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics to approach a theory of the universe. Reprint.
Fallout: J. Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, and the Political Science of the Atomic Bomb
Fallout
J. Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, and the Political Science of the Atomic Bomb
Paperback      ISBN: 0966010639
So, you've always wanted to learn how to build an atomic bomb? You're in luck: Jim Ottaviani is not only a comics writer...he also has a master's degree in nuclear engineering! But even though it's not a complete do-it-yourself manual (assembly required, and plutonium is definitely not included), Fallout will bring you up to speed on the science and politics of the first nuclear gadgets. Like its companion volumes, the focus of Fallout is on the scientists themselves -- in particular J. Robert Oppenheimer and Leo Szilard, whose lives offer a cautionary tale about the uneasy alliance between the military, the government, and the beginnings of "big science."
Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences
Why Things Bite Back
Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences
Paperback      ISBN: 0679747567
A scientific historian takes a close-up look at the unexpected ramifications of technological development, examining the paradoxical, ironic consequences of the things we do to supposedly improve our lives. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Godel, Escher, Bach
An Eternal Golden Braid
Paperback      ISBN: 0465026567
A scientist and mathematician explores the mystery and complexity of human thought processes from an interdisciplinary point of view
Complexification: Explaining a Paradoxical World Through the Science of Surprise
Complexification
Explaining a Paradoxical World Through the Science of Surprise
Paperback      ISBN: 0060925876
A renowned mathematician shows how the "science of surprise" can help explain some of the most inexplicable phenomena in science, nature, the arts, the economy, and more.
A Brief History of Time: And Other Essays
A Brief History of Time
And Other Essays
Paperback      ISBN: 0553380168
An anniversary edition of a now-classic survey of the origin and nature of the universe features a new introduction by the author and a new chapter on the possibility of time travel and "wormholes" in space