The Violinist's Thumb - Sam Kean

Sam Kean ‘s clever and engaging biography of DNA covers far more than biology; it explores how one elegant molecule structures our bodies and lives, and it captures the complex discoveries of scientists—and their equally complex personalities—in an entertaining narrative style. The Violinist’s Thumb (Little, Brown, $15.99) is full of amazing facts (did you know that there’s enough DNA in our bodies to stretch to the moon?) and illuminating analogies (the nimble, ever-shifting RNA is compared to ancient oral storytelling, while sturdy, consistent DNA is like writing). The book’s broad range makes it ideal for readers of history, biology, psychology, and politics; the many tales of A, T, C, and G reveal what our genes mean to us and how they have shaped us as a culture, a species, and as individuals.
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$21.99
ISBN: 9780316182331
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 16th, 2013

What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World - Jon Young

What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World (Mariner, $14.95) is a fascinating new instructional guide as perfect for the experienced birdwatcher as it is for the aspiring naturalist. Jon Young shares decades of experience and scores of anecdotes to explain how learning to observe carefully and to understand the language and behavior of both unusual and ordinary birds can help us see and appreciate the complexity of the natural world, even in an urban environment like Washington, D.C. Descriptions of flight patterns, distinct bird calls, and avian reactions to disruptions in territory are fundamental aspects of the book; throughout, Young provides online links so readers can listen to the songs, chatter, and warning calls he mentions.
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$15.99
ISBN: 9780544002302
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Published: Mariner Books - May 21st, 2013

Letters to a Young Scientist - Edward Osborne Wilson

Edward O. Wilson’s Letters to a Young Scientist (Liveright, $21.95) might be subtitled “letters from a young scientist,” so fresh and exuberant is this eminent biologist about his work, even after sixty years in the field and nearly thirty books. Wilson’s twenty letters blend practical advice about choosing a specialty, navigating the demands of academia, and functioning in science without being a math whiz, with examples—adventure stories, really—of the scientific method in action as he guides readers to the world in a rotting tree stump and tracks down elusive species in places as far flung as Vanuatu, Sri Lanka, and, when he truly was a young scientist, Rock Creek Park. As much as hard work, knowledge, and talented colleagues matter to a solid scientific career, Wilson believes that “the ideal scientist thinks like a poet and only later works like a bookkeeper.” Emphasizing the creative side of science, Wilson extols passion, dreams, and a spirit of play—scientists of all ages should set up the odd experiment for the sheer delight in seeing what will happen.

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$21.95
ISBN: 9780871403773
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Published: Liveright - April 15th, 2013

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780871403858
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Published: Liveright - April 7th, 2014

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