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Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob
Artist/Author/Cast:
Siegel, Lee
Call Number:
303.4833 S5715a 2008
Description:

How is the internet changing our world? Does it affect how we view ourselves? This title explores the psychological, social, and emotional costs of our high-tech society.

Ah-Choo!: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold
Artist/Author/Cast:
Ackerman, Jennifer
Call Number:
616.205 A1824a 2010
Description:

In search of the truth behind the common cold, which Americans suffer up to a billion a year, Ackerman willingly infects herself for research.

Charles Darwin`s on the Origin of Species: A Graphic Adaptation
Artist/Author/Cast:
Keller, Michael; Fuller, Nicolle Rager (Illustrator)
Call Number:
GN 576.82 K2933c 2009
Description:

After five years aboard the Beagle, Darwin returns to share his discoveries and observations. Told through excerpts of Darwin’s original text this is a great introduction to the subject.

Chasing Science at Sea: Racing Hurricanes, Stalking Sharks, and Living Undersea with Ocean Experts
Artist/Author/Cast:
Prager, Ellen J.
Call Number:
551.46 P8984c 2008
Description:

Ever wonder what life is like for ocean scientists? Those Aquanauts that choose to live underwater, or aboard ship? Marine scientist Prager delves into the deep to share these experiences.

From Here to Infinity: A Vision for the Future of Science
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rees, Martin
Call Number:
500 R328f 2012
Description:

Rees urges the public to embrace science and to work with scientists to overcome planetary problems such as climate change, overpopulation, and nuclear war.

Gregor Mendel: Planting the Seeds of Genetics
Artist/Author/Cast:
Mawer, Simon
Call Number:
576.5092 M4622g 2006
Description:

The science of genetics began in a pea garden. Learn how Gregor Mendel fathered the science of genetics and how his work laid the foundation for modern advances.

How to Teach Physics to Your Dog
Artist/Author/Cast:
Orzel, Chad
Call Number:
530.12 O792h 2009
Description:

Who better to teach the magic of quantum physics than a talking dog? Sit down with Chad Orzel and his dog Emmy as he explains the laws of physics.

How to Think Like a Neandertal
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wynn, Thomas; Coolidge, Frederick L.
Call Number:
569.986 W9887h 2012
Description:

Using archaeological evidence, this book explores what it was like to be a Neandertal, theorizing about their diet, family life, symbolism and language.

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist`s Personal Journey
Artist/Author/Cast:
Taylor, Jill Bolte
Call Number:
362.19681 T24314m 2008
Description:

Brain scientist Taylor suffered a massive stroke affecting the left hemisphere of her brain. After eight years of recovery, she calls the stroke a blessing and a revelation.

Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie - A Tale of Love and Fallout
Artist/Author/Cast:
Redniss, Lauren
Call Number:
540.922 R3186r 2011
Description:

Part science, part love story, discover the history of science’s power couple, Marie and Peter Curie. Redniss reveals the tale through a collage style reminiscent of a graphic novel.

Reactions: The Private Life of Atoms
Artist/Author/Cast:
Atkins, Peter
Call Number:
541.39 A8748r 2011
Description:

Atkins introduces readers to the basic tools of chemistry and explores the miraculous properties of the one of the most basic chemical compounds, H2O.

Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Oceans` Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter
Artist/Author/Cast:
Prager, Ellen
Call Number:
591.77 P8984s 2011
Description:

Explore the oddities that lay beneath the ocean, from lobsters who seduce mates with urine to hagfishes tying themselves into knots to keep from suffocating in their own slime.

T. rex and the Crater of Doom
Artist/Author/Cast:
Alvarez, Walter
Call Number:
YP 576.84 A4736t
Description:

This scientific mystery explores how scientists established the theory that an asteroid larger than Mt. Everest crashed into earth and caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.

The Elements: An Illustrated History of the Periodic Table
Artist/Author/Cast:
Jackson, Tom
Call Number:
546.8 J144e 2012
Description:

From magic, to alchemy, to modern chemistry -- learn the history of the periodic table and of the people that discovered the elements.

The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wells, Spencer; Read, Mark (Photographer)
Call Number:
599.938 W4565j
Description:

Where did humans come from? How did we end up in Europe and North American? Using DNA and fossil evidence, Wells illustrates how modern man spread across the globe.

The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America`s Favorite Planet
Artist/Author/Cast:
Tyson, Neil deGrasse
Call Number:
523.4922 T9946p 2009
Description:

How did Pluto suddenly stop being a planet? Tyson takes readers from Pluto’s discovery to its dismissal as of one the nine planets in our solar system.

The Riddle of the Compass: The Invention That Changed the World
Artist/Author/Cast:
Aczel, Amir D.
Call Number:
0151005060
Description:

Before the compass, sailors were forced to navigate by the winds, stars or by never losing sight of land. The compass changed everything but its origins are mysterious.

The Sociopath Next Door
Artist/Author/Cast:
Stout, Martha
Call Number:
616.8582 S8895s 2005
Description:

Stout argues that as many as one in twenty-five people are sociopaths. Using composite sketches, she illustrates their traits and habits.

The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments
Artist/Author/Cast:
Johnson, George
Call Number:
507.8 J673t 2008
Description:

Johnson explores the most fascinating experiments in the history of science, including Pavlov and his dogs, Galileo exploring motion, and Newton studying light.

The Top 10 Myths about Evolution
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sullivan, Charles; Smith, Cameron; Fried, Gerald (Illustrator)
Call Number:
576.8 S6442t 2007
Description:

This book clarifies and debunks the common myths behind evolution and explains what the survival of the fittest really means.

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