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Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

Mary Roach

'What happens when we die? Does the light just go out and that's that - the million-year nap? Or will some part of my personality, my me-ness persist? What will that feel like? What will I do all day? Is there a place to plug in my la...

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Published: Oct 2005

Why Evolution is True

Jerry A. Coyne

Among the wonders that science has uncovered about the universe, no subject has sparked more fascination and fury than evolution. Yet in all the ongoing debates about creationism and its descendant, "intelligent design," one...

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Published: Jan 2010

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Neil Degrasse Tyson

[*Read by the author - Neil deGrasse Tyson] The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist. What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? The...

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Published: May 2017

Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost ...

Nicholas Wade

ased on a groundbreaking synthesis of recent scientific findings, critically acclaimed New York Times science reporter Nicholas Wade tells a bold and provocative new story of the history of our ancient ancestors and the evolution of h...

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Published: May 2006

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Ca...

Mary Roach

"America's funniest science writer" (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the ca...

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Published: Apr 2013

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science...

Mary Roach

The study of sexual physiology - what happens, and why, and how to make it happen better - has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken pl...

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Published: Apr 2008

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefelle...

Ron Chernow

[MP3CD audiobook format in Vinyl case.] John D. Rockefeller, Sr., history's first billionaire and the patriarch of America's most famous dynasty, is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow...

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Published: Jun 2013

Furnace of Creation, Cradle of Destru...

Roy Chester

Over the past few years, devastating tsunamis off the coast of the Indian Ocean have killed hundreds of thousands of people. Even more alarmingly, scientists predict that these tsunamis, as well as a series of earthquakes and volcanic...

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Published: Jul 2008

Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by ...

Marcia Bartusiak

For more than half a century, physicists and astronomers engaged in heated dispute over the possibility of black holes in the universe. The weirdly alien notion of a space-time abyss from which nothing escapes-not even light-seemed to...

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Published: Apr 2015

Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New...

Sean Carroll

For over a century, opening the black box of embryonic development was the holy grail of biology. Evo Devo -- Evolutionary Developmental Biology -- is the new science that has finally cracked open the box. Within the pages of his rich...

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Published: Aug 2009

From Eternity to Here: The Quest for ...

Sean Carroll

A rising star in theoretical physics offers his awesome vision of our universe and beyond, all beginning with a simple question: Why does time move forward?

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Published: Jan 2010

Round About the Earth: Circumnavigati...

Joyce E. Chaplin

For almost five hundred years, human beings have been finding ways to circle the Earth-by sail, steam, or liquid fuel; by cycling, driving, flying, going into orbit, even by using their own bodily power. The story begins with the firs...

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Published: Dec 2012

The Infinity Puzzle: Quantum Field Th...

Frank Close

The second half of the twentieth century witnessed a scientific gold rush as physicists raced to chart the inner workings of the atom. The stakes were high: the questions were big, and there were Nobel Prizes and everlasting glory to ...

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Published: Mar 2012

Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birt...

Brian M. Fagan

estselling author Brian Fagan brings early humans out of the deep freeze with his trademark mix of erudition, cutting-edge science, and vivid storytelling. Cro-Magnon reveals human society in its infancy, facing enormous environmental...

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Published: Mar 2010

Tyrannosaurus Sue: The Extraordinary ...

Steve Fiffer

In 1990, Peter Larson, with his team of commercial fossil hunters from the Black Hills Institute, discovered the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex specimen in history. He dubbed it "Sue" after the field paleontologist who first saw it ...

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Published: Aug 2015

About Time: Cosmology, Time and Cultu...

Adam Frank

The Big Bang is all but dead, and we do not yet know what will replace it. Our universe's "beginning" is at an end. What does this have to do with us here on Earth? Our lives are about to be dramatically shaken again-as alte...

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Published: Sep 2011

Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and th...

Joshua Greene

A pathbreaking neuroscientist reveals how our social instincts turn Me into Us, but turn Us against Them — and what we can do about it The great dilemma of our shrinking world is simple: never before have those we disagree with been...

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Published: Oct 2013

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind...

Yuval Noah Hararai

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create...

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Published: Feb 2015

The Structure of Scientific Revolutio...

Thomas S. Kuhn

A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and c...

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Published: Feb 2016

The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution...

Nick Lane

To explain the mystery of how life evolved on Earth, Nick Lane explores the deep link between energy and genes.The Earth teems with life: in its oceans, forests, skies, and cities. Yet there's a black hole at the heart of biology. We ...

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Published: Feb 2016

Imagine: How Creativity Works

Jonah Lehrer

Did you know that the most creative companies have centralized bathrooms? That brainstorming meetings are a terrible idea? That the color blue can help you double your creative output? From the best-selling author of How We Dec...

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Published: Mar 2012

Energy for Future Presidents: The Sci...

Richard A. Muller

The near-meltdown of Fukushima, the upheavals in the Middle East, the BP oil rig explosion, and the looming reality of global warming have reminded the president and all U.S. citizens that nothing has more impact on our lives than the...

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Published: Aug 2012

The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origi...

Jeremy Narby

This adventure in science and imagination, which the Medical Tribune said might herald "a Copernican revolution for the life sciences," leads the listener through unexplored jungles and uncharted aspects of mind to the heart of knowle...

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Published: Jan 2016

The Men Who Stare At Goats

Jon Ronson

Entertaining and alarming in equal parts, this is a true account of the US military's experimentation with the supernatural. In 1979 a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US army. Defying all known accepted...

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Published: May 2012

Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Ma...

Sebastian Seung

We know that each of us is unique, but science has struggled to pinpoint where, precisely, our uniqueness resides. Is it in our genes? The structure of our brains? Our genome may determine our eye color and even aspects of our persona...

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Published: Feb 2013

The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossa...

Ian Tattersall

In his new book The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack, human paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall argues that a long tradition of "human exceptionalism" in paleoanthropology has distorted the picture of human evolution. Drawing partly...

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Published: Jul 2015

The Science of Interstellar

Kip Thorne

Interstellar, from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, takes us on a fantastic voyage far beyond our solar system. Yet in The Science of Interstellar, Kip Thorne, the physicist who assisted Nolan on the scientific aspects of Inters...

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Published: Jan 2015

Welcome to the Universe

Neil Degrasse Tyson

Welcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today's leading astrophysicists. Inspired by the enormously popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard...

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Published: May 2017

Life at the Speed of Light: From the ...

J. Craig Venter

In 2010, scientists led by J. Craig Venter became the first to successfully create "synthetic life"-putting humankind at the threshold of the most important and exciting phase of biological research, one that will enable us ...

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Published: Oct 2013

Rust: The Longest War

Jonathan Waldman

A thrilling drama of man versus nature―detailing the fierce, ongoing fight against the mightiest and unlikeliest enemy: rust.It has been called “the great destroyer” and “the evil.” The Pentagon refers to it as “the pervas...

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Published: Mar 2016
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