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How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems (Hardcover)

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How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems By Randall Munroe Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780525537090
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 3rd, 2019

When I picked this one up, I knew it was gonna be a great read-and it turned out to be even better than that. A light and humorous collection of truly ABSURD ways of doing things like moving (use a rocket!) or building a pool (might be easier on Mars. No, really!). Just as absurd but wholesome as Munroe's initial webcomic, XKCD, and worth every read.

Mish


Why Fish Don't Exist

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Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life By Lulu Miller Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9781501160349
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 6th, 2021

Beautiful little book about fish, fascination, the deep and rotten roots of eugenics in this country, and the way what we know to be true changes. Fish don't exist! One half of Piera's October "Science Sure Does Change!" Special.

Piera


How To Teach Grown-Ups About Pluto

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How to Teach Grown-Ups about Pluto: The Cutting-Edge Space Science of the Solar System By Dean Regas, Aaron Blecha (Illustrator), Britannica Group Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781913750510
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Published: Britannica Books - May 24th, 2022

I was ten years old when Pluto was officially "demoted" - declared not a planet, but a dwarf planet. Being ten and a fan of underdogs, I was understandably offended on Pluto's behalf. But it's been almost twenty years since then, and some grown-ups still haven't gotten over it! This book addresses the history of Pluto, and also the way grown-ups hold onto ideas about the world even when our scientific understanding changes. One half of Piera's October "Science Sure Does Change!" Special.

Piera


How Emotions Are Made

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How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain By Lisa Feldman Barrett Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328915436
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 13th, 2018

If you've ever wanted an owner's manual for your brain, this book is for you. Barrett busts common myths about "universal" emotions that everyone experiences, and she bases her arguments in excellent critiques of classic studies, as well as her own research. For skeptics of freudian & pop psychology, her theory of human emotion is a (mindbending) breath of fresh air! This book gave me a way to love my biology and changed my life in a way that many self-help books promise but few deliver.

Murphy


The Disordered Cosmos

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The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred By Chanda Prescod-Weinstein Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781541724709
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Published: Bold Type Books - March 9th, 2021

Come for the particle physics, stay for the treatise on how racism and sexism have been as pervasive in science as in everything else. A beautiful, brilliant, necessary book.

Shana


How We Got to the Moon

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How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure By John Rocco Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780525647416
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard...” – John F. Kennedy

Robin


End of Everything

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The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking) By Katie Mack Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982103545
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Published: Scribner - August 4th, 2020

I don't think I'm alone in saying that there is something comforting about hearing about the end of the universe, and there's no one better to tell you about it than Dr. Katie Mack. This book is told with the conversational humor that can only come from someone that is not only incredibly knowledgeable, but also incredibly passionate about a subject. Dr Mack brings us through six ways the universe can end, some far off, and some that could happen at any moment. This is the perfect book for anyone with a morbid sense of curiosity who loves the stars.

Katherine


How We Got to the Moon

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How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure By John Rocco Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780525647416
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard...” – John F. Kennedy

Robin


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