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  Exposes America's burgeoning new cyber warfare capability and its vulnerabilities and documents the first skirmishes that have taken place in cyberspace.       Explores how computer algorithms can be applied to everyday life, drawing on myriad disciplines to explain how computers have proven adept at making decisions and taking chances.       An eye-opening adventure deep inside the everyday materials that surround us, packed with surprising stories and fascinating science <br> <br> Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? Why does any material look and behave the way it does?      Explores the role mathematics plays in life science from cellular organization to human behavior. Studies mathematical patterns in a variety of living creatures to understand the human genome, viruses, evolution, and organisms in the ecosystem.       rawing on the lives of five great scientists -- Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle and Albert Einstein -- scientist/author Mario Livio shows how even the greatest scientists made major mistakes and how science built on these errors to achieve breakthroughs, especially into the evolution of life and the universe.         Tyson (astrophysicist and director, Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History) employs his ability to provide understanding and insights into complex concepts and humor to explain why NASA and the U.S. space program are as important as they ever were. He offers an overview of space exploration past, present, and future as well as an eloquent argument for maintaining America's lead as a global leader and technological innovator.       

Explores the reality that the universe is comprised of only four percent normal matter, while the other ninety-six percent consists of dark matter and dark energy. Details efforts to understand these unknown aspects of our universe and outlines the...

       

The host, creator, and executive producer of ESPN's "Sports Science" uses statistics, physics, and physiology to examine the limits of what is possible for a variety of sports, answering questions about the fastest runs and heaviest bench-presses.

        This autobiographical memoir by one of the world's most successful computer hackers presents a thrilling narrative of evasion and pursuit, relating the story of the FBI manhunt that eventually brought down Kevin Mitnick. The work highlights the author's hacking forays into the computer systems of some of the world's most powerful corporations                          
  Traces the pivotal achievements of the elite female science recruits at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where in the mid-20th century they transformed rocket design and enabled the creations of the first American satellites. 50,000 first printing.     In this astonishing book from the author of the bestselling memoir The Good Good Pig , Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus-a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature-and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.     Explores the scope of dolphin intelligence and details the extent to which they are mistreated and exploited by humans. Examines how this mistreatment can be brought to an end and includes black-and-white photographs.       Explores the nature of the universe and humanity from conception to the eventual end. Offers a philosophical and historical perspective on science.                 The first major bioterror event in the U.S. -the anthrax attacks in 2001-was a clarion call for scientists who work with "hot" agents to find ways of protecting civilian populations against biological weapons. In The Demon in the Freezer, his first  book since The Hot Zone, Richard Preston takes us into the heart of the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases  once the headquarters of the U.S. biological weapons program and now the epicenter of national biodefense.         Elon Musk is the most daring entrepreneur of our time.  There are few industrialists in history who could match Elon Musk's relentless drive and ingenious vision. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family, and his friends, the book traces his journey from his difficult upbringing in South Africa to his ascent to the pinnacle of the global business world.         

A controversial scientific vision predicts a time in which humans and machines will merge and create a new form of non-biological intelligence, explaining how the occurrence will solve such issues as pollution, hunger, and aging.

Explores intriguing tales about every element of the periodic table, sharing their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, evil, love, the arts, and the lives of the colorful scientists who discovered them.


Provides insights on how randomness, chance, and probability impact our daily lives and offers wisdom on making decisions based on what is meaningful.

  The first-ever inside look at DARPA—the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—the maverick and controversial group whose futuristic work has had amazing civilian and military applications, from the Internet to GPS to driverless cars America's greatest idea factory isn't Bell Labs, Silicon Valley, or MIT's Media Lab. It's the secretive, Pentagon-led agency known as DARPA.
  Traces the oceanic changes that have taken place in the last half-century and why they are posing a global catastrophe, in a cautionary photographic report that conveys the author's impassioned call for responsible and renewable strategies to safeguard the planet's natural systems.       From the speed of light to moving mountains--and everything in between--ZOOM explores how the universe and its objects move.         Draws upon case studies and various branches of science to uncover what animals can teach us about the human body and mind. Describes new information gleaned from animals in regards to cancer, fainting, sexually transmitted diseases, and depression among other topics.    

Demonstrates how mathematical misinformation pervades--and shapes--people's daily lives and is used to bring down government officials, convict the innocent, and ruin the U.S. economy.


  A science journalist examines the physiology of fear while sharing adventure stories about people who have survived against the odds, offering insight into the chemical process of the fear experience and how to optimize one's mental abilities under pressure.

The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshiped it, and the Church used it to fend off heretics.  In Zero , Science Journalist Charles Seife follows this innocent-looking number from its birth as an Eastern philosophical concept to its struggle for acceptance in Europe, its rise in the West, and its present threat to modern physics

   Dust built the planet we walk upon. And it tinkers with the weather and spices the air we breathe. Billions of tons of it rise annually into the air--the dust of deserts and forgotten kings mixing with volcanic ash, sea salt, scales from butterfly wings, shreds of T-shirts, and soot. The story of  dust begins among exploding stars, then treks through the dinosaur beds of the Gobi Desert, drills into Antarctic glaciers, filters living dusts from the wind, and probes the dark underbelly of the living-room couch.      

A study of what would happen to Earth if the human presence was removed examines our legacy for the planet, from the objects that would vanish without human intervention to those that would be long-lasting remnants of humankind.

    Explores the role of science in helping us genetically alter or clone various types of pets and discusses how this technology is transforming the future of the pet industry and how people view and interact with these animals. Considers the positive benefits of such technology and what the future holds for its application.         Other Science Book Lists

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