Science

Iguanodon's Horn (Staff Pick)

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The Iguanodon's Horn: How Artists and Scientists Put a Dinosaur Back Together Again and Again and Again By Sean Rubin, Sean Rubin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sean Rubin, Sean Rubin (Illustrator)
$17.59
ISBN: 9780063239210
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Published: Clarion Books - March 19th, 2024

Science and art come together to interpret, and reinterpret, the dinosaur we call Iguanodon.

- Robin


The Warped Side of Our Universe (Staff Pick)

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The Warped Side of Our Universe: An Odyssey through Black Holes, Wormholes, Time Travel, and Gravitational Waves By Kip Thorne, Lia Halloran (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Kip Thorne, Lia Halloran (By (artist))
$50.00
ISBN: 9781631498541
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Published: Liveright - October 31st, 2023

Science and space intimidate the heck out of me, but this gorgeous book makes me want to know more about both.

- Jane


When We Cease to Understand the World (Staff Pick)

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When We Cease to Understand the World By Benjamin Labatut, Adrian Nathan West (Translated by) Cover Image
By Benjamin Labatut, Adrian Nathan West (Translated by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681375663
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Published: New York Review Books - September 28th, 2021

A great companion to Oppenheimer, this “nonfiction novel,” a finalist for the Booker Prize, is a ghost story about science — how it haunts the minds of scientific thinkers and generally terrorizes the living. From the very real horror of chemical weapons to the disconcertion of quantum theory, these linked stories grow increasingly fictionalized as the book progresses. Lyrical and lush, the book also serves as a haphazard history of math and physics in the modern era.

- Rachael


Cats are a Liquid (Staff Pick)

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Cats Are a Liquid By Rebecca Donnelly, Misa Saburi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rebecca Donnelly, Misa Saburi (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250206596
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 8th, 2019

Have cats? Had cats? Been on the internet? Then you'll relate to this hilarious book that teaches the states of matter by employing the seemingly impossible feline theatrics that we all love.

- Stacey


Seeing Science: The Art of Making the Invisible Visible (Staff Pick)

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Seeing Science: The Art of Making the Invisible Visible By Jack Challoner Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780262544351
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Published: The MIT Press - October 11th, 2022

For the artist battling creative block, for the STEM person who appreciates the magic of science, for anyone who is in love with the beauty of the world around us -- this book is for you.

- Murphy


Hidden Systems (Staff Pick)

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Hidden Systems: Water, Electricity, the Internet, and the Secrets Behind the Systems We Use Every Day (A Graphic Novel) By Dan Nott Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984896049
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Published: Random House Graphic - March 14th, 2023

"How does the internet work?" This book has answers! Hidden Systems presents complex systems in an illustrated, understandable way. If you (or your kiddo) have a lot of how-stuff-works questions, this book will be right up your alley.

- Murphy


Oceanology

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Oceanology: The True Account of the Voyage of the Nautilus (Ologies) By Ferdinand Zoticus de Lesseps, Emily Hawkins (Editor), Various (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ferdinand Zoticus de Lesseps, Emily Hawkins (Editor), Various (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9780763642907
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Published: Candlewick - August 25th, 2009

Look at this! It's beautiful! Alternative history in the deep sea. I'm sold. (This endorsement brought to you by Stacey)

Engel


How Far the Light Reaches

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How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures By Sabrina Imbler Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316540537
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - December 6th, 2022

This is just the kind of science writing I enjoy the most - half portraits of the animals and systems, and half portraits of the author and their world. Imbler's writing is clear and rich in metaphor while still scientifically sound, and their explanations of the animals they're interested in are just as compelling as the human communities, conflicts, and loves with which they are in conversation. When Imbler writes about the queer communities they've found, their writing just soars with love. Made me cry on the train a little, I must admit!!

Piera


Planet Life

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Planet Life: The Amazing History of Earth By Aina Bestard (Illustrator), Museu de Ciències Naturals in Barcelona Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781734761870
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Published: Tra Publishing - March 1st, 2022

Come wander through this beautiful book where translucent overlays, paper flaps, and beguiling images reveal the history of our planet. What did the earth look like 300 million years ago? What was the earliest lifeform? How long did dinosaurs roam earth? When did our ancestors first appear? Inspired by an exhibit at the Museu de Ciencies Naturals in Barcelona, through art this book lets children and adults "see Earth as a delicately balanced system that is nonetheless constantly changing."

Robin


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