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Ravens in Winter

by Bernd Heinrich Simon & Schuster (October 07, 2014)

"One of the most interesting discoveries I've seen in animal sociobiology in years." --E.O. Wilson

Why do ravens, generally understood to be solitary creatures, share food between each other during winter? On...


Darwin's Dangerous Idea

by Daniel C. Dennett Simon & Schuster (July 01, 2014)

In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet," focuses his unerringly logical mind on...


A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea

by Joel Achenbach Simon & Schuster (February 23, 2011)

It was a technological crisis in an alien realm: a blown-out oil well in mile-deep water in the Gulf of Mexico. For the engineers who had to kill the well, this was like Apollo 13, a crisis no one saw coming,...


The Grapes of Math

by Alex Bellos Simon & Schuster (June 10, 2014)

From triangles, rotations and power laws, to cones, curves and the dreaded calculus, Alex takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit and limitless enthusiasm. He sifts through over...


Animal Madness

by Laurel Braitman Simon & Schuster (June 10, 2014)

**"Science Friday" Summer Reading Pick**

**Discover magazine Top 5 Summer Reads**

**People magazine Best Summer Reads**

"A lovely, big-hearted book...brimming with compassion and the tales of the many, many humans...


The Big Fat Surprise

by Nina Teicholz Simon & Schuster (April 02, 2014)

A New York Times bestseller

Named one of The Economist’s Books of the Year 2014

Named one of The Wall Street Journal’s Top Ten Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

Forbes’s...


The Boom

by Russell Gold Simon & Schuster (April 08, 2014)

The "best all-around book yet on fracking" (San Francisco Chronicle) from a Pulitzer Prize finalist: "Gold's work is a tour de force of contemporary journalism" (Booklist).

First invented in 1947, hydraulic fracturing,...


The Match

by Susan Whitman Helfgot & William Novak Simon & Schuster (October 12, 2010)

Joseph Helfgot, the son of Holocaust survivors, worked his way from a Lower East Side tenement to create a successful Hollywood research company. But his heart was failing. After months of waiting for a heart...


The Antidote

by Barry Werth Simon & Schuster (February 04, 2014)

In this timely and much praised book, Barry Werth draws upon inside reporting that spans more than two decades. He provides a groundbreaking close-up of the upstart pharmaceutical company Vertex and the ferocious...


One River

by Wade Davis Simon & Schuster (May 11, 2010)

The story of two generations of scientific explorers in South America--Richard Evans Schultes and his protégé Wade Davis--an epic tale of adventure and a compelling work of natural history.

In 1941, Professor...


The Other Brain

by R. Douglas Fields Simon & Schuster (December 29, 2009)

Despite everything that has been written about the brain, a potentially critical part of this vital organ has been overlooked--until now. The Other Brain examines the growing importance of glia, which make up...


And the Waters Turned to Blood

by Rodney Barker Simon & Schuster (December 03, 2013)

In this account, Rodney Barker tells the full and terrifying story of a microorganism popping up along the Eastern seaboard--far closer to home than the Ebola virus and equally frightening. In the coastal waters...


Top Brain, Bottom Brain

by Stephen Kosslyn & G. Wayne Miller Simon & Schuster (November 05, 2013)

One of the world's leading neuroscientists teams up with an accomplished writer to debunk the popular left-brain/right-brain theory and offer an exciting new way of thinking about our minds. The second edition,...


The Electric Meme: A New Theory of How We Think

by Robert Aunger Simon & Schuster (July 30, 2013)

From biology to culture to the new new economy, the buzzword on everyone's lips is "meme." How do animals learn things? How does human culture evolve? How does viral marketing work? The answer to these disparate...


Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe

by Mario Livio Simon & Schuster (May 14, 2013)

Drawing on the lives of five great scientists, this "scholarly, insightful, and beautifully written book" (Martin Rees, author of From Here to Infinity) illuminates the path to scientific discovery.

Charles Darwin,...


Motherhood, Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It

by Sarah Elizabeth Richards Simon & Schuster (May 07, 2013)

What would happen if we could stop time? A fascinating, inside look at five women who had their eggs frozen reveals what it’s like for them to be free of the constant ticking of their biological clocks.

How...


Seeing in the Dark

by Timothy Ferris Simon & Schuster (December 18, 2012)

In Seeing in the Dark, a poetic love letter to science and to the skies, Timothy Ferris invites us all to become stargazers. He recounts his own experiences as an enthralled lifelong amateur astronomer and reports...


The Annotated and Illustrated Double Helix

by James D. Watson, Alexander Gann & Jan Witkowski Simon & Schuster (October 15, 2012)

Published to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Nobel Prize for Watson and Crick's discovery of the structure of DNA, an annotated and illustrated edition of this classic book gives new insights into the personal...


A Lab of One's Own

by Rita Colwell & Sharon Bertsch McGrayne Simon & Schuster (August 04, 2020)

A riveting memoir-manifesto from the first female director of the National Science Foundation about the entrenched sexism in science, the elaborate detours women have taken to bypass the problem, and how to...


Horse Crazy

by Sarah Maslin Nir Simon & Schuster (August 04, 2020)


Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit

by Joyce E. Chaplin Simon & Schuster (October 30, 2012)

In this first full history of around-the-world travel, Joyce E. Chaplin brilliantly tells the story of circumnavigation. Round About the Earth is a witty, erudite, and colorful account of the outrageous ambitions...


The Sensitives

by Oliver Broudy Simon & Schuster (July 14, 2020)

A compelling exploration of the mysteries of environmental toxicity and the community of “sensitives”--people with powerful, puzzling symptoms resulting from exposure to chemicals, fragrances, and cell phone...


The Language of Butterflies

by Wendy Williams Simon & Schuster (June 02, 2020)

In this fascinating book from the New York Times bestselling author of The Horse, Wendy Williams explores the lives of one of the world’s most resilient creatures--the butterfly--shedding light on the role...


Galileo

by Mario Livio Simon & Schuster (May 05, 2020)

A fresh interpretation of the life of Galileo Galilei, one of history’s greatest and most fascinating scientists, that sheds new light on his discoveries and how he was challenged by science deniers. “We...


Making of the Atomic Bomb

by Richard Rhodes Simon & Schuster (September 18, 2012)

The definitive history of nuclear weapons and the Manhattan Project. From the turn-of-the-century discovery of nuclear energy to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan, Richard Rhodes’s Pulitzer Prize-winning...


Dark Sun: The Making Of The Hydrogen Bomb

by Richard Rhodes Simon & Schuster (September 18, 2012)

Here, for the first time, in a brilliant, panoramic portrait by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, is the definitive, often shocking story of the politics and the science behind...


The Future Is Faster Than You Think

by Peter H. Diamandis & Steven Kotler Simon & Schuster (January 28, 2020)

From the New York Times bestselling authors of Abundance and Bold comes a practical playbook for technological convergence in our modern era.

In their book Abundance, bestselling authors and futurists Peter Diamandis...


Why Fish Don't Exist

by Lulu Miller Simon & Schuster (April 14, 2020)

A “remarkable” (Los Angeles Times), “seductive” (The Wall Street Journal) debut from the new cohost of Radiolab, Why Fish Don’t Exist is a dark and astonishing tale of love, chaos, scientific obsession,...


An Earthling's Guide to Outer Space

by Bob Mcdonald Simon & Schuster (October 22, 2019)

Beloved science commentator Bob McDonald takes us on a tour of our galaxy, unraveling the mysteries of the universe and helping us navigate our place among the stars.

How big is our galaxy? Is there life on those...


The Science of Why, Volume 4

by Jay Ingram Simon & Schuster (November 19, 2019)

Back by popular demand: a brand-new volume of science queries, quirks, and quandaries in the mega-bestselling Science of Why series, sure to enlighten and entertain readers of all ages.

Have you ever wondered...


Buzz, Sting, Bite

by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson Simon & Schuster (July 02, 2019)

This enthusiastic, witty, and informative introduction to the world of insects and why we could not survive without them is “a joy” (The Times, London) and “charming...Highlighting them in all their buzzing,...


One Giant Leap

by Charles Fishman Simon & Schuster (June 11, 2019)

The remarkable story of the trailblazers and the ordinary Americans on the front lines of the epic mission to reach the moon.

President John F. Kennedy astonished the world on May 25, 1961, when he announced...


Why Do Onions Make Me Cry?

by Jay Ingram Simon & Schuster (April 02, 2019)

Discovery Channel host and acclaimed writer Jay Ingram helps you find the answers to questions you've never really settled, like “What is déjà vu?” “Why do we blink?”, “Why are yawns contagious?”...


Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator

by Gregory B. Jaczko Simon & Schuster (January 15, 2019)

A shocking exposé from the most powerful insider in nuclear regulation about how the nuclear energy industry endangers our lives--and why Congress does nothing to stop it.

Gregory Jaczko had never heard of the...


Midnight in Chernobyl

by Adam Higginbotham Simon & Schuster (February 12, 2019)

A New York Times Best Book of the Year

A Time Best Book of the Year

A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Winner

One of NPR’s Best Books of 2019

Journalist...


The Science of Why, Volume 3

by Jay Ingram Simon & Schuster (November 06, 2018)

The newest volume in the beloved Science of Why series--full of fascinating science that will amuse and astonish readers of all ages.

Have you wondered why you cringe when fingernails are scratched along a chalkboard?...


Superhuman

by Rowan Hooper Simon & Schuster (September 04, 2018)

From evolutionary biologist Rowan Hooper, an awe-inspiring look into the extremes of human ability--and what they tell us about our own potential.

In 1997, an endurance runner named Yiannis Kouros ran 188 miles...


The Tangled Tree

by David Quammen Simon & Schuster (August 14, 2018)

In this New York Times bestseller and longlist nominee for the National Book Award, “our greatest living chronicler of the natural world” (The New York Times), David Quammen explains how recent discoveries...


The Second Kind of Impossible

by Paul Steinhardt Simon & Schuster (January 08, 2019)

*Shortlisted for the 2019 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize*

One of the most fascinating scientific detective stories of the last fifty years, an exciting quest for a new form of matter. “A...


Energy

by Richard Rhodes Simon & Schuster (May 29, 2018)

A “meticulously researched” (The New York Times Book Review) examination of energy transitions over time and an exploration of the current challenges presented by global warming, a surging world population,...


A Man and His Ship

by Steven Ujifusa Simon & Schuster (July 10, 2012)

THE STORY OF A GREAT AMERICAN BUILDER

At the peak of his power, in the 1940s and 1950s, William Francis Gibbs was considered America?s best naval architect.

His quest to build the finest, fastest, most beautiful...


The Human Instinct

by Kenneth R. Miller Simon & Schuster (April 17, 2018)

From one of America’s best-known biologists, a revolutionary new way of thinking about evolution that shows “why, in light of our origins, humans are still special” (Edward J. Larson, Pulitzer Prize?winning...


Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age

by Leslie Berlin Simon & Schuster (November 07, 2017)

Acclaimed historian Leslie Berlin’s “deeply researched and dramatic narrative of Silicon Valley’s early years…is a meticulously told…compelling history” (The New York Times) of the men and women...


Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power

by Meghan L. O'Sullivan Simon & Schuster (September 12, 2017)

Windfall is the boldest profile of the world’s energy resources since Daniel Yergin’s The Quest, asserting that the new energy abundance--due to oil and gas resources once deemed too expensive--is transforming...


The Science of Why 2: Answers to Questions About the Universe, the Unknown, and Ourselves

by Jay Ingram Simon & Schuster (November 14, 2017)

An all-new volume of science questions to delight, entertain, and inform readers of all ages, from bestselling author Jay Ingram.

Bestselling author and commentator Jay Ingram is back to explain the magic and...


Connections

by James Burke Simon & Schuster (February 21, 2012)

Connections is a brilliant examination of the ideas, inventions, and coincidences that have culminated in the major technological achievements of today.

How did the popularity of underwear in the twelfth century...


The Science of Yoga

by William J Broad Simon & Schuster (February 07, 2012)

A lead science writer for The New York Times--and lifelong yoga practitioner--examines centuries of history and research to scrutinize the claims made about yoga for health, fitness, emotional wellbeing, sex,...


Why?

by Mario Livio Simon & Schuster (July 11, 2017)

Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio investigates perhaps the most human of all our characteristics--curiosity--in this “lively, expert, and definitely not dumbed-down account” (Kirkus Reviews) as he explores...


Why Time Flies

by Alan Burdick Simon & Schuster (January 24, 2017)

“An insightful meditation on the curious nature of time…A highly illuminating intellectual investigation” (Kirkus Reviews) explaining the sometimes contradictory ways we experience time.

“Time” is the...


Convergence

by Peter Watson Simon & Schuster (February 21, 2017)

“Those seeking a grand overview of science’s greatest hits over the past century will find it here” (The Washington Post). Peter Watson’s bold history of science offers a powerful argument--that the...