The Sixth Extinction

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805092998
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - February 11th, 2014

As Kolbert points out, though it seems a rather commonplace idea today the notion that a species can go extinct is a relatively modern discovery.  Science has determined that until the present there have been five mass extinctions each having dramatically altered life on our planet. Examining a dozen species from a variety of ecosystems around the planet, Kolbert explains how we may be currently at the beginning stages of another, this one likely caused by the activities of the human species.


An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me about Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316253017
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 29th, 2013

Only one man has performed David Bowie's "Space Oddity" in space -- and then he returned to earth and wrote a book. If you enjoyed Commander Hadfield's videos and pictures during his stay on the International Space Station, you'll love his take space travel, farm life, and being prepared for anything.


The Where, the Why, and the How

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The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452108223
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - September 26th, 2012

Did you know that squirrels create a mental map of their nut caches and can actively retrieve them using this memory? Turn to page 130 to learn more! Do you know why pigeons bob their heads when they walk, why each snowflake is unique, or why we blush? You will find all the answers within these wonderful pages. Scientific mysteries are explained and illustrated in unique and whimsical essays and drawings. Be sure to read the introduction in which David Macaulay explains how the artwork was paired with each question. This is an immensely readable book, fascinating to look at, and educational as well.


Floating Gold: A Natura History of Ambergris

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Floating Gold: A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226430362
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Published: University of Chicago Press - May 15th, 2012

Ambergris, a biliary secretion of sperm whales, is one of the most expensive substances on earth.   And though it has been used as everything from a perfume fixative to a seasoning, we still know remarkably little about it.  Kemp's quirky little book bobs through an ocean of information about this fragrant flotsam, picking over New Zealand beaches, whaling histories, seventeenth century newspapers, perfumer's manuals, and the latest marine research in order to bring us the weird, wandering story of this strange commodity.


The Information

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The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400096237
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Published: Vintage - March 6th, 2012

Talking drums, the difference engine, code breaking and computer software. As with Chaos, Gleick’s The Information is not just a story of science, but a story of how we think about ourselves and our world. Filled with fascinating people and eye-opening perspectives, Gleick guides us through the discovery, growth, and development of one of the most important ideas in the modern world.


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