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  1. Book ImageJourney Into Space: The First Three Decades of Space Exploration

    Bruce C. Murray

    “A compelling, highly personal account of both the excitement of discovery and the frustration of dealing with misguided policies. Murray remains an optimist, proposing productive initiatives for the American space program that should be must reading for those shaping U.S. space policy.” —John M. Logsdon, director, Space Policy InstituteMore

  2. Book ImageAlmost Human: A Journey Into the World of Baboons

    Shirley C. Strum, George Schaller

    “An entertaining and readable account of what life is like, not only for baboons, but those who watch them….Fascinating and compelling reading.” —New York TimesMore

  3. Book ImageWonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    Stephen Jay Gould

    "[An] extraordinary book. . . . Mr. Gould is an exceptional combination of scientist and science writer. . . . He is thus exceptionally well placed to tell these stories, and he tells them with fervor and intelligence."—James Gleick, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  4. Book ImageMission to the Planets: The Illustrated Story of Man's Exploration of the Solar System

    Patrick Moore

    The first successful probe to another world was Luna 1, sent to the Moon by the Russians in 1959. Since then many other probes have been launched, and by August 1989 all the planets in the Sun's family had been studied from close range, with the exception of Pluto. This is the illustrated story of man's exploration of the Solar System-a story which is no more than three decades old so far, but which has told us more than we could have dared to hope in the early days of the Space Age.More

  5. Book ImageRelatively Speaking

    Eric Chaisson, Lola Judith Chaisson

    "Beginning with a clear, nontechnical discussion of both the ‘special’ and ‘general’ theories of relativity, astrophysicist Chaisson explores their theoretical and experimental bases and what these say about the origin and structure of the universe. He examines very large issues: cosmological foundations of the universe, the various ‘models’ of the universe, and black holes….An integrated, coherent discussion. Lively, readable, and informed." —Library JournalMore

  6. Book ImageLonging for the Harmonies: Themes and Variations from Modern Physics

    Frank Wilczek, Betsy Devine

    "Occasionally, there comes along a popular science book that both scientists and non-scientist can read with pleasure and profit, and this is one."—The New YorkerMore

  7. Book ImageIdeas and Information: Managing in a High-Tech World

    Arno Penzias

    Ideas and Information is extremely pleasant to read. It is full of fascinating and enlightening stories told brilliantly by a Nobel laureate who not only excels as a scientist but also is outstanding as a research manager.” —Hiroshi Inose, Director General, National Center for Science Information System, Tokyo, JapanMore

  8. Book ImageThorn in the Starfish: The Immune System and How It Works

    Robert S. Desowitz

    “Gives the reader the feeling of being granted a ringside seat to an exciting series of events. . . .This eminent scientist and writer conveys his enthusiasm for the subject. . . .He has managed to entertain, educate, and enthuse without either trivializing the complexity of the subject or underestimating the intelligence of the reader.” —British Medical JournalMore

  9. Book ImageAn Urchin in the Storm: Essays about Books and Ideas

    Stephen Jay Gould

    "What pleasure to see the dishonest, the inept, and the misguided deftly given their due, while praise is lavished on the deserving—for reasons well and truly stated."—Kirkus ReviewsMore

  10. Book ImageCelestial Navigation

    Jeff Toghill

    To the uninitiated, celestial navigation appears to be a somewhat frightening exercise in mathematics.More

  11. Book ImageCoastal Navigation

    Jeff Toghill

    Knowing how to navigate is vital for every sailor, whether he is a round-the-world mariner or a weekend yachtsman or woman.More

  12. Book ImageThe Battle for Human Nature: Science, Morality and Modern Life

    Barry Schwartz

    “Provocative and richly textured. . . .Schwartz’s analyses of the inadequacies of contemporary scientific views of human nature are compelling, but the consequences are even more worthy of note.” —Los Angeles TimesMore

  13. Book ImageThe Flamingo's Smile: Reflections in Natural History

    Stephen Jay Gould

    "Gould himself is a rare and wonderful animal—a member of the endangered species known as the ruby-throated polymath. . . . [He] is a leading theorist on large-scale patterns in evolution . . . [and] one of the sharpest and most humane thinkers in the sciences." --David Quammen, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  14. Book ImagePlaying God in the Nursery

    Jeff Lyon

    “The power of Lyon’s book is that he has successfully returned the issue of newborn intensive care from the political or ethical to the profoundly, disturbingly personal. . . . A moving, impressive book.” —Robin Marantz Henig, Washington PostMore

  15. Book ImageCommon LISPcraft

    Robert Wilensky

    First there was LISPcraft, a tutorial introduction to Franz LISP, the most widely available real dialect of LISP. Now Robert Wilensky introduces students, teachers, and professionals to Common LISP.More

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