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by Alice Dreger
A powerful defense of intellectual freedom told through the ordeals of contem…more
A powerful defense of intellectual freedom told through the ordeals of contemporary scientists attacked for exploring controversial ideas, by a noted science historian and medical activist.
An investigation of some of the most contentious debates of our time, Galileo’s Middle Finger describes Alice Dreger’s experiences on the front lines of scientific controversy, where for two decades she has worked as an advocate for victims of unethical research while also defending the right of scientists to pursue challenging research into human identities.
Dreger’s own attempts to reconcile academic freedom with the pursuit of justice grew out of her research into the treatment of people born intersex (formerly called hermaphrodites). The shocking history of surgical mutilation and ethical abuses conducted in the name of “normalizing” intersex children moved her to become a patient rights’ activist. By bringing evidence to physicians and the public, she helped change the medical system.
But even as she worked to correct these injustices, Dreger began to witness how some fellow liberal activists, motivated by identity politics, were employing lies and personal attacks to silence scientists whose data revealed inconvenient truths. Troubled, she traveled around the country digging up sources and interviewing the targets of these politically motivated campaigns. Among the subjects she covers in the book are the anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon, falsely accused in a bestselling book of committing genocide against a South American tribe; the psychologist Michael Bailey, accused of abusing transgender women; and the evolutionary biologist E. O. Wilson, accused of fomenting rightwing ideas about human nature. Galileo’s Middle Finger describes Dreger’s long and harrowing journey back and forth between the two camps for which she felt equal empathy: social justice warriors and researchers determined to put truth before politics.
As scientific discoveries increasingly complicate our traditional ideas about human identity and behavior, Dreger poses an urgent question: How do we balance social justice and scientific freedom when these ideals seem to be in open conflict? As she shows was the case with Galileo, in spite of how scientists and activists may think their values differ, justice and truth are inextricably bound up. Galileo’s Middle Finger ultimately makes the case for treating the quest for evidence as essentially sacred, and doing so specifically to advance justice. [close]
by Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs
Science fact meets science fiction as the adventures of inventor Frank Einst…more
Science fact meets science fiction as the adventures of inventor Frank Einstein and his robots continue.
In this second book in the series, Frank Einstein (kid-genius scientist and inventor) and his best friend, Watson, along with Klink (a self-assembled artificial-intelligence entity) and Klank (a mostly self-assembled artificial almost intelligence entity), once again find themselves in competition with T. Edison, their classmate and archrival—this time in the quest to unlock the power behind the science of energy. Frank is working on a revamped version of one of Nikola Tesla’s inventions, the “Electro-Finger,” a device that can tap into energy anywhere and allow all of Midville to live off the grid, with free wireless and solar energy. But this puts Frank in direct conflict with Edison’s quest to control all the power and light in Midville, monopolize its energy resources, and get “rich rich rich.” Time is running out, and only Frank, Watson, Klink, and Klank can stop Edison and his sentient ape, Mr. Chimp! [close]
by Olive Thorne Miller
by D.S. Arnauld (Goodreads Author)
Do you think it would be fun to discover a dinosaur? What would you do if you found one? Sam Walker has a…more
Do you think it would be fun to discover a dinosaur? What would you do if you found one? Sam Walker has always loved playing in the dirt. But one day he discovers something that will change his life forever. Sam’s determination is tested when the job of digging up his dinosaur proves harder than he thought. But the rewards are greater than he could have imagined. Early readers are sure to love this story of family and wonder. Because what Sam finds in his backyard is a treasure of learning and adventure! [close]
by Kelly McGonigal (Goodreads Author)
More than for…more
More than forty-four percent of Americans admit to losing sleep over stress. And while most of us do everything we can to reduce it, Stanford psychologist and bestselling author Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., delivers a startling message: Stress isn’t bad. In The Upside of Stress, McGonigal highlights new research indicating that stress can, in fact, make us stronger, smarter, and happier—if we learn how to embrace it.
The Upside of Stress is the first book to bring together cutting-edge discoveries on the correlation between resilience—the human capacity for stress-related growth—and mind-set, the power of beliefs to shape reality. As she did in The Willpower Instinct, McGonigal combines science, stories, and exercises into an engaging and practical book that is both entertaining and life-changing, showing you:how to cultivate a mind-set to embrace stress; how stress can provide focus and energy; how stress can help people connect and strengthen close relationships; why your brain is built to learn from stress, and how to increase its ability to learn from challenging experiences
McGonigal’s TED talk on the subject has already received more than 7 million views. Her message resonates with people who know they can’t eliminate the stress in their lives and want to learn to take advantage of it. The Upside of Stress is not a guide to getting rid of stress, but a guide to getting better at stress, by understanding it, embracing it, and using it. [close]
by Paul Halpern (Goodreads Author)
In Einstein’s Dice and Schrödinger’s Cat, physicist Paul Halpern tells the story of how Einstein and Schrödinger searched, first as collaborators and then as competitors, for a Grand Unified Theory that would eliminate quantum weirdness and make the universe seem sensible again. This story of their quest—which ultimately failed—provides readers with new insights into the history of physics and the lives and work of two scientists whose obsessions drove its progress.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul Halpern is a professor of physics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and the author of thirteen popular science books. He lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.
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by Mitchell Moffit, Greg Brown
by C. Frazier Jones (Goodreads Author)
by Bonnie Ferrante (Goodreads Author)
by Rachel Swaby
In March 2013, the New York Times published an…more
In March 2013, the New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. It began: "She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three children." It wasn't until the second paragraph that readers discovered why the Times had devoted several hundred words to her life: Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to keep communications satellites in orbit, and had recently been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The obituary--and consequent outcry in response--highlighted not only that women in science are often treated with less respect than their male counterparts, but also that there are still so few women in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and medicine). This is in part because they are lacking the critical encouragement and support they need to help them advance.
Headstrong delivers a powerful and entertaining response to the question: Who are the role models for today's female scientists? Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, these engaging profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each subject's ideas developed, from their first moment of engagement with science through the research and discovery for which they're best known. Finally, it gives these 52 lives the attention and respect they deserve--with the aim to encourage and inspire a new generation of girls to put on their lab coats. [close]
by Cynthia Barnett (Goodreads Author)
It is elemental, mysterious, precious, destructiv…more
It is elemental, mysterious, precious, destructive. It is the subject of countless poems and paintings; the top of the weather report; the source of all the world's water. Yet this is the first book to tell the story of rain.
Cynthia Barnett's Rain begins four billion years ago with the torrents that filled the oceans, and builds to the storms of climate change. It weaves together science—the true shape of a raindrop, the mysteries of colored rains—with the human story of our attempts to control rain, from ancient rain dances to the 2,203 miles of levees that attempt to straitjacket the Mississippi River. It offers a glimpse of our "founding forecaster," Thomas Jefferson, who measured every drizzle long before modern meteorology. Two centuries later, rainy skies would help inspire Morrissey’s mopes and Kurt Cobain’s grunge. Rain is also a travelogue, taking readers to Scotland to tell the surprising story of the mackintosh raincoat, and to India, where villagers extract the scent of rain from the monsoon-drenched earth and turn it into perfume.
Now, after thousands of years spent praying for rain or worshiping it; burning witches at the stake to stop rain or sacrificing small children to bring it; mocking rain with irrigated agriculture and cities built in floodplains; even trying to blast rain out of the sky with mortars meant for war, humanity has finally managed to change the rain. Only not in ways we intended. As climate change upends rainfall patterns and unleashes increasingly severe storms and drought, Barnett shows rain to be a unifying force in a fractured world. Too much and not nearly enough, rain is a conversation we share, and this is a book for everyone who has ever experienced it. [close]
by Matt McCarthy (Goodreads Author)
This funny, candid memoir of McCarthy’s intern year at a New York hospital provides a scorchingly frank look at how doctors are made, taking readers into patients' rooms and doctors' conferences to see a physician's journey from ineptitude to competence. McCarthy's one stroke of luck paired him with a brilliant second-year adviser he called "Baio" (owing to his resemblance to a Charles in Charge-era Scott Baio), who proved to a remarkable teacher with a wicked sense of humor. He would learn even more from the people he cared for, including a man named Benny, who was living in the hospital for months at a time while waiting for a heart transplant. But no amount of teaching could help McCarthy when an accident put his own health at risk, and showed him all too painfully the thin line between doctor and patient.
Mixing the tense drama of ER with the screwball humor of Scrubs, The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly offers a window on to hospital life that dispenses with sanctimony and self-seriousness while emphasizing the black-comic paradox of becoming a doctor: How do you learn how to save lives in a job where there is no practice? [close]
by Asher Price (Goodreads Author)
We all like to think that with a little practice we could run faster, pick up another language, or cook a soufflé. But few of us have ever put those hopes to the test. Asher Price seizes on the dunk, richly freighted with distinctly American ideas of culture, race, and upward mobility, as a gauge to determine his own hidden potential. In this highly readable, humorous, and often poignant journey into the pleasures and perils of exertion, Asher introduces the reader to a memorable cast of characters who help him understand the complexity of the human body and the individual drama at the heart of sports.
The dunk mesmerized Asher Price as a child, but even with his height (six-foot-plus) and impressive wingspan, he never really pushed himself to try it. Asher spends a year remaking his body and testing his mind as he wonders, like most adults, what untapped talent he still possesses. Throughout, Asher recalls an earlier test of his physical limits. Drawing on his experience of being diagnosed with cancer as a young man, Asher asks: How much of our story do we control?
In the tradition of the best books that pit men and women against their own abilities—such as Joshua Foer's Moonwalking with Einstein and George Plimpton's Paper Lion—Year of the Dunk takes the reader from hot Texas training sessions with an Olympic gold medal high jumper to a Cambridge, England, lab devoted to the study of leaping insects as Asher meets with athletes, scientists, and physiotherapists in this exploration of potential. Along the way he dives into the history and science of one of sport's most exuberant acts, examining everything from our genetic predisposition towards jumping to the cultural role of the slam dunk. The yearlong effort forces him to ask some fundamental questions about human ability and the degree to which, even with great determination, we can actually improve ourselves. [close]
by Leonard Mlodinow
by Kent A. Kiehl
Kent A. Kiehl, who created the Mind Mobile MRI System to study psychopaths in prison populations, has collected the world's largest repository of forensic neuroscience, with scans of more than five hundred psychopaths and three thousand criminal offenders at eight facilities in several states. Kiehl's research has shown that the brains of psychopaths are structurally different from normal brains, offering new clues to how to predict and treat the disease.
“A lucid and closely observed portrait of what psychopaths are actually like, with their chilling combination of moral apathy and charm, by one of the leading researchers and innovators in the field. A Fascinating and terrifying book, and a potential life saver.” –John Seabrook, The New Yorker [close]
by Jonathan Mingle (Goodreads Author)
Fire and Ice weaves together the story of Kumik's inspiring response to this calamity with the story of black carbon. Black carbon from inefficient fires - the particulate residue that makes soot dark - is the second largest contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide. It's also a key ingredient of the air pollution that public health experts regard as humanity's greatest environmental health risk worldwide: soot-laden smoke from household hearth fires and outdoor sources combine to kill over seven million people around the world every year.
Jonathan Mingle describes the joys and struggles of daily life in the Zanskar Valley, where villagers are buffeted by powerful environmental and economic forces, while also tracing black carbon's dark fingerprints outward from Kumik and around the world. Mingle investigates its impacts on snow, ice, and water from Mt. Everest to California, and the silent health epidemic it fuels from New York to New Delhi. Combining cultural history, detailed reportage, climate and energy science and dramatic storytelling, Fire and Ice is a profound examination of the global challenges of averting climate chaos and lifting billions out of energy poverty and water scarcity.
Can Kumik's people come together to reinvent fire, harness what remains of their life-sustaining ice, and reinvigorate their traditions of solidarity, in time to save themselves? Can the rest of us rise to the same challenge? Fire and Ice connects these questions with the work of enterprising scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and activists around the world, in a narrative that combines mythology, reason, humor, persistence, and hope in a race against a global clock.
by Roger Di Pietro (Goodreads Author)
by Cybèle Young
After a power outage at the Queen’s Ball, the miffed monarch r…more
After a power outage at the Queen’s Ball, the miffed monarch realizes her shadow is missing. And so begins a most unusual investigation as Mantis Shrimp, the Royal Detective, questions each guest: Sir Chameleon, Captain Shark, Lancehead Snake,
Goat, Dragonfly, Colossal Squid, Dr. Pigeon and the young sea urchins, Romanoff and Echino. Each suspect pleads his or her case, illuminating fascinating facts about how each creature sees. A highly original and visually arresting book from Governor General’s Award–winner Cybèle Young.
Ages: 7 to 11 [close]
by M.. (Goodreads Author)
The meaning of life used to be simpler. But it turns out we were wrong about a lot of the details. Some of the things biology has discovered recently still fit the original contours, allowing us to understand how once mysterious life processes actually work, often in surprising and ingenious ways that are more awe inspiring than the miracles they replace. Some of these discoveries render old meanings of life completely incoherent. And some will require us to re-imagine the meaning of life in yet to be determined ways.
“If one is looking for a thoughtful, provocative read, this book is all that and more.”
— Portland Book Review
“the kind of book that should be read by senators and congressmen … A highly relatable, accessible popular-science book.”
— Kirkus Reviews
Runner-up for General Non-fiction:
2014 Great Midwest Book Festival
Honorable Mention for General Non-fiction:
2014 Southern California Book Festival
2014 New England Book Festival
2014 London Book Festival
by Elisabeth Brown, Anne Elisabeth Stengl (Goodreads Author) , Stephanie Ricker (Goodreads Author), Rachel Heffington (Goodreads Author), Emma Clifton (Goodreads Author), Clara Diane Thompson (Goodreads Author)
What happens when Cinderella is so painfully shy that she cannot…more
What happens when Cinderella is so painfully shy that she cannot bear the idea of attending the royal ball? Or when the slipper fits . . . but on the wrong girl? What happens when Cinderella is determined to oust an imposter prince from her rightful throne? Or when she is a cendrillon miner working from a space station orbiting a cthonian planet? What happens when Cinderella, a humble housemaid, is sent with a message for a prisoner trapped in a frightening fairy circus? Here is Cinderella as you have never met her before, wearing glass slippers and off on unforgettable adventures! [close]
by Rick DeDonato (Goodreads Author), Tracy Bishop (Goodreads Author)
Bursting with personality, this engaging story introduces a spunky new girl detective, a scooter-driving turtle who loves to eat, and a string of simple scientific clues that will keep kids turning the pages until the mystery is solved. Two pages of nature fun facts at the end of the story offer even more information for young nature detectives. [close]
by Mike Frosolono (Goodreads Author), M.F. Frosolono
by Adrienne Body (Goodreads Author)
"The completely partially scientifically accurate alphabet book for the children of science and cartoon dinosaur enthusiasts everywhere."
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by Dave Zobel (Goodreads Author)
Reveals the hard facts behind the laughter on TV’s most popular sitcom
The highest-rated scripted show on TV, The Bi…more
Reveals the hard facts behind the laughter on TV’s most popular sitcom
The highest-rated scripted show on TV, The Big Bang Theory often features Sheldon, Howard, Leonard, and Raj wisecracking about scientific principles as if Penny and the rest of us should know exactly what they’re talking about.
The Science of TV’s The Big Bang Theory lets all of us in on the punchline by breaking down the show’s scientific conversations. From an explanation of why Sheldon would think 73 is the best number, to an experiment involving the physical stature of Wolowitz women, to an argument refuting Sheldon’s assertion that engineers are the Oompa-Loompas of science, author Dave Zobel maintains a humorous and informative approach and gives readers enough knowledge to make them welcome on Sheldon’s couch. [close]
by Freeman Hrabowski III
When Freeman Hrabowski was twelve years old, a civil rights leader visited his Birmingham, Alabama, church and spoke about a children’s march for civil rights and opportunity. That leader was the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., and that march changed Hrabowski’s life. Until then, he was a kid who loved math but never expected that the world might change and that students of all races would one day study together. A teenaged Hrabowski convinced his parents that he needed to answer this call, and he participated in the Children’s Crusade, spending five terrifying nights in jail. The experience taught Hrabowski that the world of tomorrow could be different and motivated him to make his life’s work inspiring high academic achievement among students of all races in science and engineering. It also brought him from Birmingham to Baltimore, where he has been president of the University of Maryland–Baltimore County for more than two decades. In Holding Fast to Dreams, Hrabowski recounts his journey as an educator, a university president, and a pioneer in developing successful programs for high-achieving students of all races. [close]
by Michael Levy
They say pre armed is pre warned ... Are you ready to look in the mirror and face your logic and reasoning to find out how valid it is? If so, open the first page and walk the road least traveled...The road that leads to truth. [close]
by Steven Mars (Goodreads Author)
the baseball player Babe Ruth, scientist Pythagoras, and poet Carl Sandburg. The articles on mathematics include the topics algebra, geometry, integers, and fractions. There are articles on unsolved problems in mathematics and articles on time travel theory. The articles on chess include how to make good moves by each chess piece. [close]
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