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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Our Cosmic Habitat
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Extravagant Universe
    The Extravagant Universe (English, Paperback) Robert P. Kirshner

    The description for this book, The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos, will be forthcoming.

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  • Adaptation and Natural Selection
    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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  • 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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  • The Long Thaw
    The Long Thaw (English, Paperback) David Archer

    If you think that global warming means slightly hotter weather and a modest rise in sea levels that will persist only so long as fossil fuels hold out (or until we decide to stop burning them), think again. InThe Long Thaw, David Archer, one of the world's leading climatologists, predicts that if we continue to emit carbon dioxide we may eventually cancel the next ice age and raise the oceans by...

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

    The description for this book, Dr. Euler`s Fabulous Formula: Cures Many Mathematical Ills, 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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  • 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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  • Flatland
    Flatland (English, Paperback) Edwin Abbott Abbott

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

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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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  • The Pythagorean Theorem
    The Pythagorean Theorem (English, Paperback) Eli Maor

    By any measure, the Pythagorean theorem is the most famous statement in all of mathematics. In this book, the author reveals the full story of this ubiquitous geometric theorem. It shows that the theorem, although attributed to Pythagoras, was known to the Babylonians more than a thousand years earlier.

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