BACK

Inspired by Science

  • Details about Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas

    Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas

    Jim Ottaviani

    A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birut#65533; Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology--and to our own understanding of ourselves. Tackling Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas in turn, and covering the highlights of their respective careers, Primates is an access……more

  • Details about Make: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery

    Make: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery

    Charles Platt

    "This is teaching at its best!"--Hans Camenzind, inventor of the 555 timer (the world's most successful integrated circuit), and author of Much Ado About Almost Nothing: Man's Encounter with the Electron (Booklocker.com) "A fabulous book: well written, well paced, fun, and informative. I also love the sense of humor. It's very good at disarming the fear. And it's gorgeous . I'll be recommending this book highly."--Tom Igoe, author of Physical Computing and Making Things Talk A "magnificent and……more

  • Details about Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

    Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

    Carlo Rovelli; Simon Carnell (Translator); Erica Segre (Translator)

    Instant New York Times Bestseller "Short and resonant. . . . The essays in Seven Brief Lessons on Physics arrive like shots of espresso." -- The New York Times "A startling and illustrative distillation of centuries of science."-- The Economist   "Lean, lucid and enchanting."-- New Scientist   The international bestseller that reveals all the beauty of modern physics in seven short and enlightening lessons   Seven Brief Lessons on Physics is a book about the joy of discover……more

  • Details about Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA

    Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA

    Bridget Heos

    Blood, Bullets, and Bones provides young readers with a fresh and fascinating look at the ever-evolving science of forensics. Since the introduction of DNA testing, forensic science has been in the forefront of the public's imagination, thanks especially to popular television shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. But forensic analysis has been practiced for thousands of years. Ancient Chinese detectives studied dead bodies for signs of foul play, and in Victorian England, officials used cr……more

  • Details about Time Travel: A History

    Time Travel: A History

    James Gleick

    Best Books of 2016 BOSTON GLOBE * THE ATLANTIC From the acclaimed bestselling author of The Information and Chaos comes this enthralling history of time travel--a concept that has preoccupied physicists and storytellers over the course of the last century. James Gleick delivers a mind-bending exploration of time travel--from its origins in literature and science to its influence on our understanding of time itself. Gleick vividly explores physics, technology, philosophy, and art as each rel……more

  • Details about Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

    Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

    Mary Roach

    Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries--panic, exhaustion, heat, noise--and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Ma……more

  • Details about Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II

    Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II

    Liza Mundy

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER "Prodigiously researched and engrossing."--- New York Times Book Review "Fascinating.... Addictively readable."--- Boston Globe " Code Girls reveals a hidden army of female cryptographers, whose work played a crucial role in ending World War II.... Mundy has rescued a piece of forgotten history, and given these American heroes the recognition they deserve."---Nathalia Holt, bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small to……more

  • Details about Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

    Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

    Peter Godfrey-Smith

    Named a Top Ten Science Book of Fall 2016 by Publishers Weekly Although mammals and birds are widely regarded as the smartest creatures on earth, it has lately become clear that a very distant branch of the tree of life has also sprouted higher intelligence: the cephalopods, consisting of the squid, the cuttlefish, and above all the octopus. In captivity, octopuses have been known to identify individual human keepers, raid neighboring tanks for food, turn off lightbulbs by spouting jets of wate……more

  • Details about The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer

    The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer

    Sydney Padua

    THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE . . . in which Sydney Padua transforms one of the most compelling scientific collaborations into a hilarious series of adventures. Meet Victorian London's most dynamic duo: Charles Babbage, the unrealized inventor of the computer, and his accomplice, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, the peculiar protoprogrammer and daughter of Lord Byron. When Lovelace translated a description of Babbage's plans for an enormous mechanical calculating machine in 1842, s……more

  • Details about Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

    Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

    Steve Sheinkin

    In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hiddenaway……more