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The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design
The Blind Watchmaker
Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design
Paperback      ISBN: 0393315703
Clarifies the seemingly implausible aspects of Darwin's theory, drawing on the famous watch comparison argued by William Paley, the eighteenth-century theologian
Thread of the Silkworm
Thread of the Silkworm
Paperback      ISBN: 0465006787
"The definitive biography of Tsien Hsue-Shen, the pioneer of the American space age who was mysteriously accused of being a communist, deported, and became—to America’s continuing chagrin—the father of"
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.
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Guns, Germs, and Steel
The Fates of Human Societies
Paperback      ISBN: 0393317552
An intriguing study of the rise of civilization argues that human development is not based on race or ethnic differences but rather is linked to biological diversity, discussing the evolution of agriculture, technology, writing, political systems, and religious belief. Reprint.
The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics
The Dancing Wu Li Masters
An Overview of the New Physics
Paperback      ISBN: 055326382x
The history and concepts of physics, including quantum mechanics and relativity theory, are viewed within the framework of Eastern thought to unravel the mysteries of the physical universe
The Copernican Revolution: Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought
The Copernican Revolution
Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought
Paperback      ISBN: 0674171039
The significance of the plurality of the Copernican Revolution is the main thrust of this undergraduate text
Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
Genius
The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
Paperback      ISBN: 0679747044
A biography of the flamboyant Nobel Prize-winning scientist describes how Feynman cracked safes, played the bongos, studied the behavior of Jell-O, and conducted experiments in seduction, all in the name of science
The Serpent and the Rainbow
The Serpent and the Rainbow
Paperback      ISBN: 0684839296
In April 1982, ethnobotanist Wade Davis arrived in Haiti to investigate two documented cases of zombis -- people who had reappeared in Haitian society years after they had been officially declared dead and had been buried. Drawn into a netherworld of rituals and celebrations, Davis penetrated the vodoun mystique deeply enough to place zombification in its proper context within vodoun culture. In the course of his investigation, Davis came to realize that the story of vodoun is the history of Haiti -- from the African origins of its people to the successful Haitian independence movement, down to the present day, where vodoun culture is, in effect, the government of Haiti's countryside. The Serpent and the Rainbow combines anthropological investigation with a remarkable personal adventure to illuminate and finally explain a phenomenon that has long fascinated Americans.
The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures
The Man Who Counted
A Collection of Mathematical Adventures
Paperback      ISBN: 0393309347
A collection of famous mathematical puzzles, taken from a popular newspaper column, features the "writings" of the fictional author, Malba Tahan, who describes different mathematical puzzles and solutions applied to real situations. Simultaneous.