Science

Full disclosure: if you were one of those kids who hated math in school this book may not be for you. However, if you had even a low tolerance for fancy number work you should check this book out. Though the book’s foreword warns it won’t make you a computer expert by the end, you’ll feel like one. Heck, you’ll feel like a computer genius. You go Mr. or Mrs. Future Bill Gates! You understand public key cryptography now; you too can rule the world!! –Molly
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Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future: The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today's Computers Cover Image
By John Maccormick, Chris Bishop (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780691158198
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Published: Princeton University Press - May 5th, 2013

This beautiful full color guide is the most comprehensive mushroom index to the huge array of fungi found in California I have found. It’s very well organized into all the major fungi families and the large color photos are an invaluable tool. It’s a perfect in-depth companion to the David Aurora field guide, All That the Rain Promises. A must for budding or seasoned mushroom hunters alike!  —Sylvie

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All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780898153880
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Published: Ten Speed Press - February 1st, 1991

“In her endearing new book, Terry Masear reveals that [hummingbirds] are not only gorgeous, smart and jaw-dropping masters of flight but also trusting souls that bring out the humanity and love in even the most hard-bitten residents. This is a book about birds that is actually a book about love, and Masear does us a favor by risking heartbreak every day.” —Los Angeles Times

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Fastest Things on Wings: Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780544705371
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Published: Mariner Books - May 3rd, 2016

I cannot think of a better person to commemorate the National Park Service on its 100th birthday. When Terry Tempest Williams writes, the personal blends with the political, the public and private meet, and truth spreads into layers of beautiful, ofttimes troubling complexity. The same can be said for the National Park Service. By exploring 12 national parks and monuments throughout the country, Williams creates both an intimate elegy to the land and a plea to see it for all its history and connection.

—Melinda

 

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The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374280093
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - May 31st, 2016

One of the things that’s so frustrating about the lack of female representation in the hard sciences is that women have actually always been there. We just haven’t heard their stories. Rise of the Rocket Girls is the perfect antidote to this phenomenon, chronicling the women who tirelessly calculated, designed, and tested the machinery that brought humans to the moon. A must-read for anyone interested in women’s history and the history of spaceflight.  —Kat

 

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Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316338929
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 5th, 2016

Founder and editor of Edge, John Brockman has brought together a dynamic team of scientific minds to talk about the latest and most compelling research in the field of biology. Some of the highlights of Life include futurist Ray Kurzweil’s exploration of the ever-expanding human lifespan; Harvard University’s Daniel Lieberman discussion of long-distance running and the evolution of the human body; and Pulitzer Prize–winner Edward O. Wilson’s in-depth look at the “superorganism” created by a colony of ants.  —Aric

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Life: The Leading Edge of Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Anthropology, and Environmental Science Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062296054
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 19th, 2016

For far too long, scientists argued against giving animals human characteristics, believing that pet owners were reading too far into their pets’ ability to say goodbye or act ashamed. This book confirms what we knew to be true all along: animals’ intelligence ranges far. A wonderful look at the abilities and behaviors of critters, from octopuses and parrots to dogs and all kinds of primates.  —Rachel 

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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393246186
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 25th, 2016

Siddhartha Mukherjee (The Emperor of All Maladies) is a scientist driven to understand the unknown, and an author who strives to share his discoveries with the common person. Here, however, he is also pulled by his personal and family history, and intertwines those stories of recurrent mental illness with the history of the study of genetics and the knowledge we have accumulated about the human gene, that biological equivalent of fate. A personable, fascinating, important book.   —Jocelyn

 

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The Gene: An Intimate History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476733500
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 17th, 2016

We tend to think about birds and their habits on the level of species, but I can’t think of any other book that looks so intimately at the lives of individual birds and what we might learn from them. Heinrich is one of the best nature writers working today, and this book in particular is such a treat. It made me look at my feathered neighbors in an entirely new way.  —Kat

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One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780544387638
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 12th, 2016

“From the perspective of a vast, seemingly indifferent cosmos,” do our lives really matter? In The Big Picture, physicist Sean Caroll, author of The Particle at the End of the Universe, gives a sweeping new perspective on how human purpose and meaning naturally fit into a scientific worldview. “A brilliantly lucid exposition of profound philosophical and scientific issues in a language accessible to lay readers.” —Kirkus, starred review

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The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525954828
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Published: Dutton Books - May 10th, 2016

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