Science

Not gonna’ lie, some of the math in this book was a little over my head and at times it felt like I was reading an assignment for school, but this book is a lot of fun if you’re into this sort of thing (which, evidently, I am). What I’m trying to say is you don’t need to be a math whiz to enjoy this book, so don’t let that discourage you.  —Andrés

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Fluke: The Math and Myth of Coincidence Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780465060955
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Published: Basic Books - March 29th, 2016

Eruption chronicles the 1980 explosion of Mt. St. Helens and documents the days, months, and even centuries leading up to it. It is an engaging read about not just volcanoes, but also the American logging industry, environmentalism, and people’s staggering ability to ignore what’s right in front of them. Olson offers up the deeply personal experiences of the people near the volcano when it burst, those who survived, and those who didn’t.  —Jade

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Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393242799
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 7th, 2016

Fracking, extinctions, pollution, we've put our world through hell, and it's not an understatement to say that it’s in trouble. While efforts are being made to make amends, Wilson proposes an inspiring (and daunting) solution: put aside half the Earth to biosphere conservation.  —Rachel

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Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631490828
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - March 7th, 2016

This latest work from one of the world’s leading astrophysicists explores the decades-long search for gravitational waves. The interactions of these waves create an eerie symphony among the spheres, and these songs have allowed scientists like Levin to better understand the dynamics of the universe. Levin recounts the fifty-year struggle to detect gravitational waves with a humanness and humor that makes Black Holes and other Love Songs from Outer Space a pleasant read.  —Aric

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Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307958198
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 29th, 2016

This lovely little book takes excerpts of John Muir’s writing on animals and presents them with absolutely beautiful illustrations. Muir’s writing is some of the best nature writing ever, and the watercolor paintings are a lovely homage. This is the perfect book for anyone who loves animals, the wild, or John Muir. –Flan

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John Muir's Book of Animals Cover Image
By John Muir, Lisel Ashlock (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781597143189
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Published: Heyday Books - October 2015

This is such a charming little book! It’s perfect for lovers of tidepool or really anyone who is fond of lovely illustrations paired with science. I love the local aspect, and that all of the creatures described herein can be found as close as Natural Bridges. Take a peek, who knows what you might find! –Jax

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Fylling's Illustrated Guide to Pacific Coast Tidal Pools Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781597143028
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Published: Heyday Books - June 12th, 2015

DK Publishing has done it again, pairing up with the Smithsonian and cramming all the awesome nature into one massive book. As a child I would’ve sold my Barbie dream house for a book like this. Perfect for dreamers and seekers and the aimlessly curious. –Rachel

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Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth Cover Image
By Becky Alexander (Editor), Ann Baggaley (Editor), Kim Dennis-Bryan (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780756667528
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Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - October 4th, 2010

This history of oral contraception is carried along by its engaging cast of characters. The Birth of the Pill is timely, important, and sure to spark conversation.—Rachel

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The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393351897
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 19th, 2015

This is the first work of theoretical physics I’ve read and I loved it! In Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, Randall artfully introduces her theory in ways that are accessible to an amateur audience. A disk of dark matter, she argues, may have been responsible for rerouting that infamous meteor toward Earth, resulting in the extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. If you’re not already one, Randall will leave you feeling like a physicist!  --Ashley

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Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062328472
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Published: Ecco Press - October 27th, 2015

I LOVED this book! It was completely fascinating, and made me think about rain in a completely different way. It touches on everything from the role rain played in the creation of our planet and continues to play in its survival, to the invention of the Macintosh raincoat to a tiny town in India that bottles the scent of rain. It talks about our future in this changing climate, and about how we have altered areas of the planet to create the problems happening today (I'm talking about you, Southern Florida!). Engaging and thorough, this is a fantastic book.

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Rain: A Natural and Cultural History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804137096
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - April 21st, 2015

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