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North American Hummingbirds: An Identification Guide

January 21, 2016 0 Comments the_category Category:Nonfiction
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By George C. West University of New Mexico Press, $24.95, 256 pages For years the hummingbird has remained illusive. These creatures are high energy, driven birds, seldom making cameos. Many people have never even seen one. Thanks to George C. …

More Than Honey: The Survival of Bees and the Future of Our World

November 20, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Science & Nature
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By Markus Imhoof, Claus-Peter Lieckfeld Greystone Books, $19.95 , 152 pages Bees have been our allies since the dawn of man. Now their very existence is threatened, and by what? Filmmaker of the documentary More Than Honey, Markus Imhoof, and …

Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe

November 20, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Science & Nature
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By Lisa Randall Ecco, $29.99 , 256 pages Lisa Randall teaches us the secrets that dark matter holds in her new book, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs. She does this with the help of earlier astronomers and scholars who made certain …

Great Calculations: A Surprising Look Behind 50 Scientific Inquiries

September 25, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Science & Nature
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By Colin Pask Prometheus Books, $18.00, 330 pages When an author reaches too far, spreading himself or herself out too broadly, we lose sight of his or her message. Colin Pask has chosen the perfect arena to focus his arguments and …

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

July 20, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Nonfiction
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By Yuval Noah Harari Harper, $29.99, 464 pages Writers who use timelines put all the facts into perspective. Yuval Noah Harari goes a few steps beyond chronology in his new book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. He focuses this …

Final Frontier: The Pioneering Science and Technology of Exploring the Universe

January 6, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Nonfiction
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By Brian Clegg St. Martin’s Press, $26.99, 304 pages Seeing farther has always been a quest of mankind.  Recent scientific pursuits (the last 20 years) have stimulated that quest in a way we could not have imagined even half a century ago. …

Mathematical Curiosities: A Treasure Trove of Unexpected Entertainments

August 22, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Science & Nature
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By Alfred S. Posamentier, Ingmar Lehmann Prometheus Books, $19.95, 250 pages Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann have done it again! They have compiled their most intriguing collection of curiosities, anecdotes and problems to date. This book represents an inspiration that far …

Chasing Water: A Guide for Moving From Scarcity to Sustainability

August 22, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Science & Nature
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By Brian Richter Island Press, $50.00, 192 pages Sustainability is a word we hear often these days. We like to think that as a species we can sustain our existence. We are really in trouble. Brian Richter has addressed at least an …

The Tell: The Little Clues That Reveal Big Truths About Who We Are

June 20, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Science & Nature
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By Matthew Hertenstein Basic Books, $26.99, 288 pages We are seldom advised about the nature and ulterior motives that people carry around with them, but by careful observation, Matthew Hertenstein believes we can detect that information in physical cues, as suggested by …

Magnificent Mistakes in Mathematics

September 20, 2013 0 Comments the_category Category:Nature & Science
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By Alfred S. Posamentier, Ingmar Lehmann Prometheus Books, $24.00, 300 pages Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann offer a playful journey through the punctilious world of amazing mathematical concepts, from Euclid and Pythagoras to recent mathematicians, René des Cartes and Carl …

The King of Infinite Space: Euclid and His Elements

May 21, 2013 0 Comments the_category Category:Nature & Science
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By David Berlinski Basic Books, $24.00, 192 pages What amazes me about Euclid is that not only did he compose all the postulates and theorems that define Euclidian Geometry, but he literally invented geometry.  This effort also includes all the …

The Spine of the Continent: The Most Ambitious Wildlife Conservation Project Ever Undertaken

December 21, 2012 0 Comments the_category Category:Nature & Science
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By Mary Ellen Hannibal Lyons Press, $24.95, 272 pages With a superb purpose and excellent pictorial aids, Mary Ellen Hannibal depicts The Spine of the Continent, the title of which also describes this legendary region. The wildlife sanctuary, which the author outlines in …

How Children Succeed

September 21, 2012 0 Comments the_category Category:Nature & Science
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By Paul Tough Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27.00, 272 pages Through the many trials and tribulations of those he examines in his new book, Paul Tough explains what it takes to be successful in school. His use of character sketches outlines …

Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Eating

September 17, 2012 0 Comments the_category Category:Nature & Science
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By Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Kathryn Bowers Knopf, $26.95, 310 pages Zoobiquity reveals a hidden side of animal behavior few suspected ever existed. Most of the book is written in the first person narrative style with Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., holding the reins. The link between …

Destination Mars

September 17, 2012 0 Comments the_category Category:Nature & Science
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By Rod Pyle Prometheus Books, $19.00, 348 pages Rod Pyle delivers an in-depth, clear recollection of the Mars’ topology, geology and its importance in the Solar System, including similarities it shares with Earth. Pyle provides an important, rich historical background back to …