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  • How to Solve It by Georg Polya
    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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  • Fearful Symmetry by Anthony Zee
    Fearful Symmetry (English, Paperback) Anthony Zee

    The concept of symmetry has widespread manifestations and many diverse applications?from architecture to mathematics to science. Yet, as twentieth-century physics has revealed, symmetry has a special, central role in nature, one that is occasionally and enigmatically violated. Fearful Symmetry brings the incredible discoveries of the juxtaposition of symmetry and asymmetry in contemporary physics...

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  • Dr. Euler's Fabulous Formula by Paul J. Nahin
    Dr. Euler's Fabulous Formula (English, Paperback) Paul J. Nahin

    In the mid-eighteenth century, Swiss-born mathematician Leonhard Euler developed a formula so innovative and complex that it continues to inspire research, discussion, and even the occasional limerick. Dr. Euler's Fabulous Formula shares the fascinating story of this groundbreaking formula?long regarded as the gold standard for mathematical beauty?and shows why it still lies at the heart of...

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  • Life on a Young Planet by Andrew H. Knoll
    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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  • Four Colors Suffice by Robin Wilson
    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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  • Extinction by Douglas H. Erwin
    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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  • e: The Story of a Number by Eli Maor
    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 number e. 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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  • Primates and Philosophers by Franz De Waal
    Primates and Philosophers (English, Paperback) Franz De Waal

    Can virtuous behavior be explained by nature, and not by human rational choice? "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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  • Flatland by Edwin Abbott Abbott
    Flatland (English, Paperback) Edwin Abbott Abbott

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

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  • Adaptation and Natural Selection by George Christopher Williams
    Adaptation and Natural Selection (English, Paperback) George Christopher Williams

    Biological evolution is a fact - but the many conflicting theories of evolution remain controversial even today. This title includes essay in defense of Darwinism; its suggestions for developing effective principles for dealing with the evolution debate and its relevance to many fields outside biology ensure the timelessness of this critical work.

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  • Braintrust by Patricia S. Churchland
    Braintrust (English, Paperback) Patricia S. Churchland

    What is morality? Where does it come from? And why do most of us heed its call most of the time? In Braintrust, neurophilosophy pioneer Patricia Churchland argues that morality originates in the biology of the brain. She describes the "neurobiological platform of bonding" that, modified by evolutionary pressures and cultural values, has led to human styles of moral behavior. The result is a...

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  • Our Cosmic Habitat by Martin Rees
    Our Cosmic Habitat (English, Paperback) Martin Rees

    Our universe seems strangely ''biophilic,'' or hospitable to life. Is this happenstance, providence, or coincidence? According to cosmologist Martin Rees, the answer depends on the answer to another question, the one posed by Einstein's famous remark: ''What interests me most is whether God could have made the world differently.'' This highly engaging book explores the fascinating consequences of...

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  • QED by Richard P. Feynman
    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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  • Gamma by Julian Havil
    Gamma (English, Paperback) Julian Havil

    Among the many constants that appear in mathematics, p, e, and i are the most familiar. Following closely behind is y, or gamma, a constant that arises in many mathematical areas yet maintains a profound sense of mystery....

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  • Symmetry by Hermann Weyl
    Symmetry (English, Paperback) Hermann Weyl

    Symmetry is a classic study of symmetry in mathematics, the sciences, nature, and art from one of the twentieth century's greatest mathematicians. Hermann Weyl explores the concept of symmetry beginning with the idea that it represents a harmony of proportions, and gradually departs to examine its more abstract varieties and manifestations?as bilateral, translatory, rotational, ornamental, and...

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  • An Imaginary Tale by Paul J. Nahin
    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 by Richard B. Alley
    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. In The 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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  • The Quantum World by John Charlton Polkinghorne
    The Quantum World (English, Paperback) John Charlton Polkinghorne

    Reprint of a volume first published in 1984 (Longman), presenting quantum mechanics for the general reader. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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  • Designing the Molecular World by Philip Ball
    Designing the Molecular World (English, Paperback) Philip Ball

    Chemists have created superconducting ceramics for brain scanners, designed liquid crystal flat screens for televisions and watch displays, and made fabrics that change color while you wear them. This book lets the lay reader into the world of modern chemistry.

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  • Colour by Hazel Rossotti
    Colour (English, Paperback) Hazel Rossotti

    Discusses the colors of the natural world, the mechanism of color vision, uses of color in technology, and the psychological effects of color.

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