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  1. Book ImageWhy Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture

    Mario Salvadori

    "Readers will rejoice... in the physical discoveries, ancient and modern, that create and govern the artifacts inside of which readers spend most of their natural lives."—New York TimesMore

  2. Book ImageWhy Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story

    Jim Holt

    2012 New York Times Top 10 Book of the Year
    Slate.com 2012 Staff Pick

    In this astonishing and profound work, an irreverent sleuth traces the riddle of existence from the ancient world to modern times.More

  3. Book ImageWhy the Earth Quakes: The Story of Earthquakes and Volcanoes

    Matthys Levy, Mario Salvadori, Michael Lilly

    “At last an inviting book on earthquakes, written by scientists whose easily understandable prose takes us on a tour not only of seismology but also of modern building technologies, volcanoes, and that California constant, the magnificent rubbing and pushing of tectonic plates beneath us.” —San Francisco Chronicle Book ReviewMore

  4. Book ImageWhy We Do It: Rethinking Sex and the Selfish Gene

    Niles Eldredge

    A major refutation of the almighty status of genes in evolution and human behavior.More

  5. Book ImageWhy You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food

    Rachel Herz

    “In this factual feast, neuroscientist Rachel Herz probes humanity’s fiendishly complex relationship with food.” —NatureMore

  6. Book ImageWired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind

    Mark Pagel

    “Does an excellent job of using evolutionary biology to discuss the origins of religion, music, art, and . . . morality.”—Publishers Weekly, starred reviewMore

  7. Book ImageThe Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS

    Elizabeth Pisani

    “[A] rollicking, eye-opening, hilarious account of the underbelly of international AIDS research.”—Carlin Romano, Philadelphia InquirerMore

  8. Book ImageWomen After All: Sex, Evolution, and the End of Male Supremacy

    Melvin Konner

    “A sparkling, thought-provoking account of sexual differences. Whether you’re a man or a woman, you’ll find his conclusions gripping.”—Jared DiamondMore

  9. 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

  10. Book ImageWorld in the Balance: The Historic Quest for an Absolute System of Measurement

    Robert P. Crease

    “Shows that the story of metrology . . . can in the right hands make for a riveting read.”—The EconomistMore

  11. Book ImageWorld on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse

    Lester R. Brown

    In this urgent time, World on the Edge calls out the pivotal environmental issues and how to solve them now.More

  12. Book ImageThe World Watch Reader on Global Environmental Issues

    The Worldwatch Institute, Lester R. Brown, Ed Ayres

    This new edition of The World Watch Reader covers the most important “mega-problems” facing humanity at the outset of the new millennium: how to produce energy for electricity, transportation, and heat without causing dangerous disruptions to climate; how to reverse declining health of the oceans, forests, and freshwater resources on which our well-being absolutely depends; and what to do about the new social instabilities—such as resurgent disease and rising refugee flows—that result from environmental distress.More

  13. Book ImageYour Brain Is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time

    Dean Buonomano

    "Beautifully written, eloquently reasoned…Mr. Buonomano takes us off and running on an edifying scientific journey." —Carol Tavris, Wall Street JournalMore

  14. Book ImageZika: The Emerging Epidemic

    Donald G. McNeil, Jr.

    A gripping narrative about the origins and spread of the Zika virus by New York Times science reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr.More

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