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  • How to Solve It
    How to Solve It (English, Paperback) Georg Polya

    A perennial bestseller by eminent mathematician G. Polya, How to Solve It will show anyone in any field how to think straight. In lucid and appealing prose, Polya reveals how the mathematical method of demonstrating a proof or finding an unknown can be of help in attacking any problem that can be "reasoned" out--from building a bridge to winning a game of anagrams. Generations of readers have...

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  • QED
    QED (English, Paperback) Richard P. Feynman

    Provides an introduction to QED (quantum electrodynamics), that part of quantum field theory describing the interactions of light with charged particles. Using everyday language, spatial concepts, visualizations, and his renowned "Feynman diagrams" instead of advanced mathematics, the author communicates both the substance and spirit of QED to the layperson.

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  • Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum
    Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum (English, Paperback) William F. Ruddiman

    The description for this book, Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate, will be forthcoming.

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  • Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved
    Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved (English, Paperback) Franz De Waal

    "It's the animal in us," we often hear when we've been bad. But why not when we're good?Primates and Philosophers tackles this question by exploring the biological foundations of one of humanity's most valued traits: morality....

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  • Symmetry
    Symmetry (English, Paperback) Hermann Weyl

    Symmetry is one of the ideas by which man through the ages has tried to comprehend and create order, beauty, and perfection. Starting from the view thatsymmetry = harmony of proportions, this book gradually develops first the geometric concept of symmetry in its several forms as bilateral, translatory, rotational, ornamental, and crystallographic symmetry, and finally rises to the general abstract...

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  • Life on a Young Planet
    Life on a Young Planet (English, Paperback) Andrew H. Knoll

    Knoll explores the deep history of life from its origins on a young planet to the incredible Cambrian explosion, with the very latest discoveries in paleontology integrated with emerging insights from molecular biology and earth system science. 100 illustrations.

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  • An Imaginary Tale
    An Imaginary Tale (English, Paperback) Paul J. Nahin

    In the title, "[the square root of minus one]" appears as a radical over "-1."

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  • The Two-Mile Time Machine
    The Two-Mile Time Machine (English, Paperback) Richard B. Alley

    In the 1990s Richard B. Alley and his colleagues made headlines with the discovery that the last ice age came to an abrupt end over a period of only three years. InThe Two-Mile Time Machine, Alley tells the fascinating history of global climate changes as revealed by reading the annual rings of ice from cores drilled in Greenland. He explains that humans have experienced an unusually temperate...

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  • Four Colors Suffice
    Four Colors Suffice (English, Paperback) Robin Wilson

    On October 23, 1852, Professor Augustus De Morgan wrote a letter to a colleague, unaware that he was launching one of the most famous mathematical conundrums in history - one that would confound thousands of puzzlers for more than a century. This book tells the amazing story of how the "map problem" was solved.

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  • The Nature of Space and Time
    The Nature of Space and Time (English, Paperback) Stephen Hawking, Roger Penrose

    Einstein said that the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible. But was he right? Can the quantum theory of fields and Einstein's general theory of relativity, the two most accurate and successful theories in all of physics, be united into a single quantum theory of gravity? Can quantum and cosmos ever be combined? In The Nature of Space and Time, two of the...

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  • Why Stock Markets Crash
    Why Stock Markets Crash (English, Paperback) Didier Sornette

    The description for this book, Why Stock Markets Crash: Critical Events in Complex Financial Systems, will be forthcoming.

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  • "e:" The Story of a Number
    "e:" The Story of a Number (English, Paperback) Eli Maor

    The interest earned on a bank account, the arrangement of seeds in a sunflower, and the shape of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis are all intimately connected with the mysterious numbere. In this informal and engaging history, Eli Maor portrays the curious characters and the elegant mathematics that lie behind the number. Designed for a reader with only a modest mathematical background, this...

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  • The Meaning of Relativity
    The Meaning of Relativity (English, Paperback) Albert Einstein

    In 1921, five years after the appearance of his comprehensive paper on general relativity and twelve years before he left Europe permanently to join the Institute for Advanced Study, Albert Einstein visited Princeton University, where he delivered the Stafford Little Lectures for that year. These four lectures constituted an overview of his then-controversial theory of relativity. Princeton...

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  • Extinction
    Extinction (English, Paperback) Douglas H. Erwin

    Some 250 million years ago, the earth suffered the greatest biological crisis in its history. Around 95 percent of all living species died out--a global catastrophe far greater than the dinosaurs' demise 185 million years later. How this happened remains a mystery. But there are many competing theories. Some blame huge volcanic eruptions that covered an area as large as the continental United...

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  • Trigonometric Delights
    Trigonometric Delights (English, Paperback) Eli Maor

    Trigonometry has always been an underappreciated branch of mathematics. It has a reputation as a dry and difficult subject, a glorified form of geometry complicated by tedious computation. In this book, Eli Maor draws on his remarkable talents as a guide to the world of numbers to dispel that view. Rejecting the usual arid descriptions of sine, cosine, and their trigonometric relatives, he brings...

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  • Fearful Symmetry
    Fearful Symmetry (English, Paperback) Anthony Zee

    The description for this book, Fearful Symmetry: The Search for Beauty in Modern Physics, will be forthcoming.

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  • "T. rex" and the Crater of Doom
    "T. rex" and the Crater of Doom (English, Paperback) Walter Alvarez

    Sixty-five million years ago, a comet or asteroid larger than Mount Everest slammed into the Earth, inducing an explosion equivalent to the detonation of a hundred million hydrogen bombs. Vaporized detritus blasted through the atmosphere upon impact, falling back to Earth around the globe. Disastrous environmental consequences ensued: a giant tsunami, continent-scale wildfires, darkness, and cold,...

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  • Eye and Brain
    Eye and Brain (English, Paperback) Richard L. Gregory

    Since the publication of the first edition in 1966, Eye and Brain has established itself worldwide as an essential introduction to the basic phenomena of visual perception. Richard Gregory offers clear explanations of how we see brightness, movement, color, and objects, and he explores the phenomena of visual illusions to establish principles about how perception normally works and why it...

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  • The Journey of Man
    The Journey of Man (English, Paperback) Spencer Wells

    Around 200,000 years ago, a man--identical to us in all important respects--lived in Africa. Every person alive today is descended from him. How did this real-life Adam wind up father of us all? What happened to the descendants of other men who lived at the same time? And why, if modern humans share a single prehistoric ancestor, do we come in so many sizes, shapes, and races?...

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  • Flatland
    Flatland (English, Paperback) Edwin Abbott Abbott

    Reprint. Originally published: 6th ed. New York: Dover Publications, 1953.

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