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What If?

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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544272996
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 2nd, 2014

For people who have always wondered: What if? Now, all (or at least a few) of your questions have been answered! What if everyone in the world jumped at the same moment? How many hand-held laser would it take to destroy the moon? If you only have one soul-mate, what is the probability you two would meet? Bizarre and oddly satisfying read by the author of web comic xkcd. Great gift for a math major! ~ Reviewed by Leah Moore

The Dawn of the Deed

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The Dawn of the Deed: The Prehistoric Origins of Sex Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226143491
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Published: University of Chicago Press - April 29th, 2014

Do you like dinosaurs? Do you like sex? Well, then this book will suit you -combining the science of those two subjects in an easy to digest manner while teaching you things to liven up any conversation. ~ Reviewed by Becki Trudell

Guns, Germs, and Steel

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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393317558
Availability: Out of Print
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 1999

It's very easy to see why this book won a Pulitzer. Diamond asks the fundamental question that countless others have: Why did some cultures develop so much technology and others so little? But unlike most others who have asked, Diamond has investigated and come up with an answer. He readily dismantles arguments based on racism and suppression and gets to the heart of the matter, carefully guiding the reader along with well thought-out, fact-based explanations. There are plenty of analogies to help illustrate points and lots of personal anecdotes help maintain a human element, which is crucial. After all, the whole point of the book is to illuminate our human commonality. ~ Reviewed by Nate George

The Hot Zone

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The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385479561
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Published: Anchor - July 20th, 1995

Terrifying, terrifying, terrifying! This true story about an Ebola outbreak in the Washington DC area during the 1980's is well researched, suspenseful and an End of the World Reading Group pick. And did I mention terrifying?! Especially with the world's current crisis! ~ Reviewed by Jess Elder

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution by Neil Degrasse Tyson - Book Review

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Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393350395
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 2nd, 2014

If you've ever been curious about the attraction between "strange" and "charmed" quarks or find yourself wondering what the universe looked like just after the "birth" of atoms, then this engaging and illuminating introduction to our cosmic history is just the book for you!

Falling Upwards

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Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air: An Unconventional History of Ballooning Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307742322
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Published: Vintage - September 9th, 2014

Ballooning, from ancient China to today, concentrating on the 19th century men and women – explorers, scientists, geographers, writers, adventurers – who took to the sky. An exhilarating, marvelous book from the outstanding biographer and author of the Northshire favorite, The Age of Wonder. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones


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