The Grand Design - Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow

In A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking investigated the mysteries of where the universe came from and where it is going.  In THE GRAND DESIGN (Bantam, $28) he and co-author Leonard Mlodinow go farther and enter territory where science usually fears to tread.  Why does the universe work the way it does?  Why does it exist at all? Why do we exist? Despite the book’s initial claim that philosophy is dead, the questions it seeks to answer are philosophical ones; they are simply approached from a scientific perspective.  The book begins with a whirlwind tour of the history of science; then discusses quantum physics, the multiverse, and M-theory; and along the way questions free will, a creator, and the very concept of reality. Hawking’s well-chosen examples and endearing humor make even the most difficult concepts engaging and clear.  He is the consummate physics teacher you never had.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780553805376
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Published: Bantam - September 7th, 2010

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ISBN: 9780553384666
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Published: Bantam - February 21st, 2012

Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist - Thomas Levenson

The first part of David Levenson’s Newton And The Counterfeiter (Mariner, $14.95) is worth the price of the book by itself. Newton, known for his larger-than-life discoveries, is revealed by Levenson as simply human: brilliant, driven, reclusive, and strange. The second part of the book is a bonus, pitting an older Newton, now Warden of His Majesty’s Mint, against William Chaloner, London’s greatest counterfeiter. From the dirty streets of London, where secrets are betrayed, to the Tower of London, where information is sometimes obtained by torture, Newton always gets his man.

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$20.99
ISBN: 9780547336046
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Published: Mariner Books - April 12th, 2010

Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home - But Probably Shouldn't - Theodore W. Gray

For Theo Gray’s Mad Science (Black Dog & Leventhal, $24.95), Theodore Gray, the man behind the “Gray Matter” column in Popular Science magazine, has selected some 55 of his favorite electric or chemical experiments. He performed these when he was growing up, and thereby discovered the sense of fun and adventure that scientific experiments can bring.  Gray would let his ten-year-old son do some of these experiments unsupervised, but this is not a kid’s book.  One of the more flamboyant exercises involves mixing hydrogen peroxide with chlorine to create a vivid orange-red glow. Like most of the experiments described here, Gray’s scientific directions require an adult and common sense.

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781579127916
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - March 25th, 2009

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