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The Polymath: A Cultural History from Leonardo da Vinci to Susan Sontag

Peter Burke
Format: Hardcover

From Leonardo Da Vinci to John Dee and Comenius, from George Eliot to Oliver Sacks and Susan Sontag, polymaths have moved the frontiers of knowledge in countless ways. But history can be unkind to scholars with such encyclopaedic interests. All too often these individuals are remembered...
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Magdalena: River of Dreams

Wade Davis · Knopf
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover

A captivating new book from Wade Davis that brings vividly to life the story of the great Río Magdalena, illuminating Colombia's complex past, present, and futureTravelers often become enchanted with the first country that captures their hearts and gives them license to be free. For Wade...
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The Human Cosmos: Civilization and the Stars

Jo Marchant · Dutton
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

An historically unprecedented disconnect between humanity and the heavens has opened. Jo Marchant's book can begin to heal it. For at least 20,000 years, we have led not just an earthly existence but a cosmic one. Celestial cycles drove every aspect of our daily lives. Our innate relationship...
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Great Adaptations: Star-Nosed Moles, Electric Eels, and Other Tales of Evolution's Mysteries Solved

Kenneth Catania · Princeton University Press
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

From star-nosed moles that have super-sensing snouts to electric eels that paralyze their prey, animals possess unique and extraordinary abilities. In Great Adaptations, Kenneth Catania presents an entertaining and engaging look at some of nature's most remarkable creatures. Telling...
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Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains

Kerri Arsenault · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. For over 100 years the community orbited around a paper mill that employs most townspeople, including three generations of Arsenault's own family. Years after she moved away, Arsenault realized the price she paid...
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How to Astronaut: An Insider's Guide to Leaving Planet Earth

Terry Virts · Workman Publishing Company
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

A wildly entertaining account of the rules, lessons, procedures, and experiences of space travel, How to Astronaut is a book that will appeal to anyone - male or female, young or old - with even a passing interest in space. Written by Col. Terry Virts, a former astronaut, space shuttle...
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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments

Aimee Nezhukumatathil · Milkweed Editions
Pages: 184
Format: Hardcover

As a child, Nezhukumatathil called many places home: the grounds of a Kansas mental institution, where her Filipina mother was a doctor; the open skies and tall mountains of Arizona, where she hiked with her Indian father; and the chillier climes of western New York and Ohio. But no matter...
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The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations

Daniel Yergin · Penguin Press
Pages: 512
Format: Hardcover

The world is being shaken by the collision of energy, climate change, and the clashing power of nations in a time of global crisis. The "shale revolution" in oil and gas--made possible by fracking technology, but not without controversy--has transformed the American economy, ending the "era...
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If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future

Jill Lepore · Liveright
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover

A brilliant, revelatory account of the Cold War origins of the data-mad, algorithmic twenty-first century, from the author of the acclaimed international bestseller These Truths.The Simulmatics Corporation, founded in 1959, mined data, targeted voters, accelerated news, manipulated consumers,...
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Breath from Salt: A Deadly Genetic Disease, a New Era in Science, and the Patients and Families Who Changed Medicine Forever

Bijal P. Trivedi · BenBella Books
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

"Elaborating on the science as well as the business behind the fight against cystic fibrosis, Trivedi captures the emotions of the families, doctors, and scientists involved in the clinical trials and their 'weeping with joy' as new drugs are approved, and shows how cystic...
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