Barons of the Sea: And their Race to Build the World's Fastest Clipper Ship
by Steven Ujifusa
published by Simon & Schuster
There was a time, back when the United States was young and the robber barons were just starting to come into their own, when fortunes were made and lost importing luxury goods from China. It was a secretive, glamorous, often brutal business—one where teas and silks and porcelain were purchased with profits from the opium trade.
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: Relating to and Communicating with Others, from the Boardroom to the Bedroom
by Alan Alda
published by Random House
Alan Alda has been on a decades-long journey to discover new ways to help people communicate and relate to one another more effectively. If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? is the warm, witty, and informative chronicle of how Alda found inspiration in everything from cutting-edge science to classic acting methods.
Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean
by Jonathan White
published by Trinity University Press
In Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides.
Ninth City Burning
by J. Patrick Black
published by Ace Books
We never saw them coming.
Entire cities disappeared in the blink of an eye, leaving nothing but dust and rubble. When an alien race came to make Earth theirs, they brought with them a weapon we had no way to fight, a universe-altering force known as thelemity. It seemed nothing could stop it—until we discovered we could wield the power too.
Data Smart: Using Data Science to Transform Information into Insight
by John W. Foreman
published by Wiley
Most people are approaching data science all wrong. Here's how to do it right. Data science is little more than using straight-forward steps to process raw data into actionable insight. And in Data Smart, author and data scientist John Foreman will show you how that's done within the familiar environment of a spreadsheet.
Simplexity: Why Simple Things Become Complex (And How Complex Things Can Be Made Simple)
by Jeffrey Kluger
published by Hyperion
Complexity, as any scientist will tell you, is a slippery idea. Things that seem complicated can be astoundingly simple; things that seem simple can be dizzyingly complex. As simplexity moves from the research lab into popular consciousness it will challenge our models for modern living.
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
by Norman Doidge MD
published by Penguin
The discovery that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains -- even into old age -- is the most important breakthrough in neuroscience in four centuries. In this revolutionary look at the brain, bestselling author, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., introduces both the brilliant scientists championing this new science of neuroplasticity and the astonishing progress of the people whose lives they've transformed.
The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better
by Sandra and Matthew Blakeslee
published by Random House
In this compelling, cutting-edge book, two generations of science writers explore the exciting science of "body maps" in the brain -- and how startling new discoveries about the mind-body connection can change and improve our lives.
An Ocean of Air: Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere
by Gabrielle Walker
published by Harcourt
In 1960 Captain Joseph Kittinger fell to earth from the edge of space and lived. He jumped from the basket of a gigantic helium balloon into an appalling, hostile environment that, without the protection of a pressure suit, would have simultaneously frozen his body and boiled away his blood. But the air that Kittinger fell through is what makes our lives on earth possible.
The Physics of the Buffyverse
by Jennifer Ouellette
published by Penguin
Through examples from the hit TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel -- and the vampires, demons, witches and interdimensional portals therein -- acclaimed science writer Jennifer Ouellette explains complicated principles of biology, chemistry, and theoretical physics.
Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness
by Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner
published by Oxford University Press
The most successful theory in all of science -- and the basis of one-third of our economy -- says the strangest things about the world and about us. Can you believe that physical reality is created by our observation of it?
Fantastic Voyage: The Science Behind Radical Life Extension
by Ray Kurzweil, Ph.D., and Terry Grossman, M.D.
published by Rodale
One of the most respected scientists and futurists in America teams up with an expert on human longevity, to show how we can tap today's revolution in biotechnology and nanotechnology to virtually live forever.
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