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Science & Nature from the 2012 Winter Newsletter

The Where, the Why, and the How

I flunked high school chemistry—hard—and was completely lost in biology and physics. I didn’t care much back then, but now I sometimes wish I could go back and reclaim that knowledge. Luckily, I have this collection of gorgeous, intricate illustrations and essays about the most awe-inspiring discoveries and mysteries of our time. For the scientifically curious who wish they were a bit more scientifically literate.
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ISBN: 9781452108223
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 26th, 2012

Planetfall by Michael Benson

If you are one of those people who couldn’t sleep until the Curiosity rover landed safely on Mars, this is the book for you. It’s an exquisite and revealing collection that takes full advantage of the new, powerful cameras roaming our solar system. We’ve always known that Saturn has rings, Jupiter many moons, and Mars a rocky red surface, but I guarantee you’ve never seen them like this before.
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Kat
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ISBN: 9781419704222
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 1st, 2012

Skulls by Simon Winchester

Centering around British collector Alan Dudley’s vast collection of animal skulls, possibly the largest private collection in the world, renowned author Simon Winchester (The Professor and the Madman) explores every facet of the skull. This is a rich examination of an essential part of animal biology, exploring everything from history to culture. Centering the book are photos of the collection, with detailed descriptions of each skull and the creature from which it came. A truly fascinating, informative book.
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Flannery
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By Nick Mann (By (photographer)), Simon Winchester
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ISBN: 9781579129125
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 9th, 2012

The Power of Trees by Gretchen Daily & Charles Katz

With broad and subtle strokes that link scientific observation with poetic insight, The Power of Trees urgently reminds us of the connection between the environment and our human story, and how and why trees sustain our planet and our imagination. This book offers a graphical, musical score that instills a sense of stewardship. What better way for us to come to this than to bridge the gap between our intellect and our instincts?
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Johansson
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By Gretchen Daily (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Charles Katz (Photographer)
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ISBN: 9781595341327
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Published: Trinity University Press - October 2nd, 2012

More than Human by Tim Flach

Photographer Tim Flach (best known for his other photo books, Equus and Dogs) has yet again created a photo compilation of animals that astounds. The book is filled with animal portraits of all kinds, from the panda to the chicken. The picture of the chimpanzees had me weeping; the chicken made me want to break into a free and wild dance; and the bats made me nervous, with their darkened hidden plots. There are grand schemes and pure emotion suggested in each of these photographs. Flach captures the animal world in a way that I have never seen before; he offers a felt sense of connection between animal and human.
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S.M.C.
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By Tim Flach (By (photographer)), Lewis Blackwell (Text by)
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ISBN: 9781419705526
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 1st, 2012

Spillover by David Quammen

“This is a frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story. David Quammen (Song of the Dodo) takes us on a quest to understand AIDS, Ebola, and other diseases that share a frightening commonality: they all jumped from wild animals to humans. By explaining this growing trend, Quammen not only provides a warning about the diseases we will face in the future, he also causes us to reflect on our place as humans in the earth’s ecosystem.” —Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs
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ISBN: 9780393066807
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 1st, 2012

The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs by Malcolm Gladwell

Dog lovers won’t want to miss this extensive collection of articles, poems, drawings, and short stories from the New Yorker’s archives. The roster of contributors includes such greats as Roald Dahl, John Updike, Arthur Miller, E. B. White, Anne Sexton, and John Cheever. Fetch a copy for yourself or as a gift for your favorite canine-obsessed friend.
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By The New Yorker Magazine, Malcolm Gladwell (Foreword by), Susan Orlean (Contributions by), John Updike (Contributions by), James Thurber (Contributions by)
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ISBN: 9780679644750
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Published: Random House - October 30th, 2012

Apocalyptic Planet by Craig Childs

The earth has died many times, and it always comes back looking different. In an exhilarating exploration of our planet, Craig Childs takes readers on a firsthand journey through apocalypse, touching the truth behind the speculation. “An elegant and absorbing account of just how violently the earth can change—this is a very good book to read as we start to watch global warming provide a new shock on this scale.” —Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth. Intrigued? Don’t miss our event with Childs on Friday, October 26th, at 7:30.
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ISBN: 9780307379092
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Published: Pantheon - October 2nd, 2012

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