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Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies

Cesar Hidalgo · Basic Books (AZ)
Pages: 256

What is economic growth? And why, historically, has it occurred in only a few places? Previous efforts to answer these questions have focused on institutions, geography, finances, and psychology. But according to MIT's antidisciplinarian César Hidalgo, understanding the nature of economic...
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Fastest Things on Wings: Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood

Terry Masear · Houghton Mifflin
Pages: 320

A heartwarming account of the trials and triumphs a hummingbird rehabber encounters while caring for her tiny, fragile patients Before he collided with a limousine, Gabriel, an Anna's hummingbird with a head and throat cloaked in iridescent magenta feathers, could spiral 130 feet in the air,...
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The Road to Relativity: The History and Meaning of Einstein's "The Foundation of General Relativity" Featuring the Original Manuscript of Einstein's Masterpiece

Hanoch Gutfreund · Princeton University Press

This richly annotated facsimile edition of "The Foundation of General Relativity" introduces a new generation of readers to Albert Einstein's theory of gravitation. Written in 1915, this remarkable document is a watershed in the history of physics and an enduring testament...
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Field guide to the neighborhood birds of New York city

Leslie Day; Trudy Smoke; Beth Bergman · Johns Hopkins University Press
Pages: 384

Look around New York, and you'll probably see birds: wood ducks swimming in Queens, a stalking black-crowned night-heron in Brooklyn, great horned owls perching in the Bronx, warblers feeding in Central Park, or Staten Island's purple martins flying to and fro. You might spot hawks...
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The Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells

Helen Scales · Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Pages: 304

Seashells are the sculpted homes of a remarkable group of animals: the molluscs. These are some of the most ancient and successful animals on the planet. But watch out. Some molluscs can kill you if you eat them. Some will kill you if you stand too close. That hasn't stopped people...
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On a Wing and a Prayer: One Woman's Adventure into the Heart of the Rainforest

Sarah Woods · Bloomsbury USA
Pages: 272

When writer and intrepid traveler Sarah Woods set about discovering the jungles of Central and South America, her quest took her into some of the most remote tangles of vine-knotted jungles on the planet. In Panama's rain-soaked Chiriquí highlands, she navigated seemingly impassable...

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