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    • What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions
      What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions
      Randall Munroe.
      Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last? In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website.
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    • 500 ACT science questions to know by test day
      500 ACT science questions to know by test day
      Anaxos, Inc.
      We want you to succeed on the Science section of the ACT. That's why we've selected these 500 questions to help you study more effectively, use your preparation time wisely, and get your best score. These questions aresimilar to the ones you'll find on the ACT so you will know what to expect on test day. Each question includes a concise, easy-to-follow explanation in the answer key for your full understanding of the concepts. --Publisher's description.
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    • Ada's algorithm : how Lord Byron's daughter Ada Lovelace launched the digital age
      Ada's algorithm : how Lord Byron's daughter Ada Lovelace launched the digital age
      James Essinger.
      Behind every great man, there's a great woman; no other adage more aptly describes the relationship between Charles Babbage, the man credited with thinking up the concept of the programmable computer, and mathematician Ada Lovelace, whose contributions, according to Essinger, proved indispensable to Babbage's invention. The Analytical Engine was a series of cogwheels, gear-shafts, camshafts, and power transmission rods controlled by a punch-card system based on the Jacquard loom. Lovelace, the only legitimate child of English poet Lord Byron, wrote extensive notes about the machine, including an algorithm to compute a long sequence of Bernoulli numbers, which some observers now consider to be the world's first computer program.
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    • Ohio Test Prep PARCC practice book. Mathematics, grade 3.
    • Ohio Test Prep PARCC practice book. Mathematics, grade 4.
    • Ohio Test Prep Parcc Practice Book Mathematics Grade 5: Covers the Performance-Based Assessment (Pba) and the End-Of-Year Assessment (Eoy)
    • GED test skill builder : math.
      GED test skill builder : math.

      For adult learners who wish to undertake a self-study program in preparation for the GED Mathematics exam. This guide offers a review of all tested topics on the Mathematics section of the GED and a brush up on basic study and test-taking skills. Inside is targeted instruction based on past GEDs, with practice on the basics including: number operations, measurement, geometry, data analysis, statistics, probability, algebra, functions, and more.
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    • Basic math
    • 1,001 pre-calculus practice problems for dummies
    • Life beyond Earth : the search for habitable worlds in the Universe
    • Genes, giants, monsters, and men : the surviving elites of the cosmic war and their hidden agenda.
    • Unseen cosmos : the universe in radio
    • The edge of the sky : all you need to know about the all-there-is
      The edge of the sky : all you need to know about the all-there-is
      Roberto Trotta.
      From the big bang to black holes, from dark matter to dark energy, from the origins of the universe to its ultimate destiny, The Edge of the Sky tells the story of the most important discoveries and mysteries in modern cosmology--with a twist. The book's lexicon is limited to the thousand most common words in the English language, excluding physics, energy, galaxy, or even universe. Through the eyes of a fictional scientist (Student-People) hunting for dark matter with one of the biggest telescopes (Big-Seers) on Earth (Home-World), cosmologist Roberto Trotta explores the most important ideas about our universe (All-there-is) in language simple enough for anyone to understand.
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    • Death by black hole : and other cosmic quandaries
    • Physics in minutes
      Physics in minutes
      Giles Sparrow
      "The fastest way to learn the facts of physics, from black holes to quarks and gluons"--Page 4 of cover.
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    • How big is big and how small is small : the sizes of everything and why
      How big is big and how small is small : the sizes of everything and why
      by Timothy Paul Smith.
      "This book is about how big is the universe and how small are quarks, and what are the sizes of dozens of things between these two extremes. It describes the sizes of atoms and planets, quarks and galaxies, cells and sequoias. It is a romp through forty-five orders of magnitude from the smallest sub-nuclear particles we have measured, to the edge of the observed universe. It also looks at time, from the epic age of the cosmos to the fleeting lifetimes of ethereal particles. It is a narrative that trips its way from stellar magnitudes to the clocks on GPS satellites, from the nearly logarithmic scales of a piano keyboard through a system of numbers invented by Archimedes and on to the measurement of the size of an atom."--Dust jacket.
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    • Your atomic self : the invisible elements that connect you to everything else in the universe
      Your atomic self : the invisible elements that connect you to everything else in the universe
      by Curt Stager.
      What do atoms have to do with your life? In Your Atomic Self , scientist Curt Stager reveals how they connect you to some of the most amazing things in the universe. You will follow your oxygen atoms through fire and water and from forests to your fingernails. Hydrogen atoms will wriggle into your hair and betray where you live and what you have been drinking. The carbon in your breath will become tree trunks, and the sodium in your tears will link you to long-dead oceans. The nitrogen in your muscles will help to turn the sky blue, the phosphorus in your bones will help to turn the coastal waters of North Carolina green, the calcium in your teeth will crush your food between atoms that were mined by mushrooms, and the iron in your blood will kill microbes as it once killed a star. You will also discover that much of what death must inevitably do to your body is already happening among many of your atoms at this very moment and that, nonetheless, you and everyone else you know will always exist somewhere in the fabric of the universe. You are not only made of atoms; you are atoms, and this book, in essence, is an atomic field guide to yourself.
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    • Quirky quantum concepts : physical, conceptual, geometric, and pictorial physics that didn't fit in your textbook
      Quirky quantum concepts : physical, conceptual, geometric, and pictorial physics that didn't fit in your textbook
      Eric L. Michelsen.
      "Quirky Quantum Concepts explains the more important and more difficult concepts in theoretical quantum mechanics, especially those which are consistently neglected or confusing in many common expositions. The emphasis is on physical understanding, which is necessary for the development of new, cutting edge science. In particular, this book explains the basis for many standard quantum methods, which are too often presented without sufficient motivation or interpretation. The book is not a simplification or popularization: it is real science for real scientists. Physics includes math, and this book does not shy away from it, but neither does it hide behind it. Without conceptual understanding, math is gibberish. The discussions here provide the experimental and theoretical reasoning behind some of the great discoveries, so the reader may see how discoveries arise from a rational process of thinking, a process which Quirky Quantum Concepts makes accessible to its readers. Quirky Quantum Concepts is therefore a supplement to almost any existing quantum mechanics text. Students and scientists will appreciate the combination of conversational style, which promotes understanding, with thorough scientific accuracy"--Back cover.
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    • Handbook of differential entropy
      Handbook of differential entropy
      Joseph Victor Michalowicz, Jonathan M. Nichols, Frank Bucholtz.

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    • The Large Hadron Collider : the extraordinary story of the Higgs boson and other stuff that will blow your mind
    • Climate-challenged society
      Climate-challenged society
      by John S. Dryzek, Richard B. Norgaard and David Schlosberg.
      This book is an original, accessible, and thought-provoking introduction to the severe and broad-ranging challenges that climate change presents and how societies can respond. It synthesizes and deploys cutting-edge scholarship on the range of social, economic, political, and philosophical issues surrounding climate change. The treatment is introductory, but the book is written "with attitude", for nobody has yet charted in coherent, integrative, and effective fashion a way to move societies beyond their current paralysis as they face the challenges of climate change. The coverage begins with an examination of science, public opinion, and policy making, with special attention to organized climate change denial. The book then moves to economic analysis and its limits; different kinds of policies; climate justice; governance at all levels from the local to the global; and the challenge of an emerging "Anthropocene" in which the mostly unintended consequences of human action drive the earth system into a more chaotic and unstable era. The conclusion considers the prospects for fundamental transition in ideas, movements, economics, and governance.
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    • Climate change in the Northwest : implications for our landscapes, waters, and communities
      Climate change in the Northwest : implications for our landscapes, waters, and communities
      coordinating lead editors, Meghan M. Dalton, Philip W. Mote, Amy K. Snover.
      Aimed at assessing the state of knowledge about key climate impacts and consequences to various sectors and communities in the northwest United States.
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    • National Geographic extreme weather survival guide : understand, prepare, survive, recover
      National Geographic extreme weather survival guide : understand, prepare, survive, recover
      by Thomas M. Kostigen.
      Accompanied by first-hand accounts from survivors, helps readers prepare for and respond to emergencies and survive the worst-case scenarios during such extreme weather events as hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and tornadoes.
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    • Superstorm : nine days inside Hurricane Sandy
      Superstorm : nine days inside Hurricane Sandy
      Kathryn Miles.
      "The first complete moment-by-moment account of the largest Atlantic storm system ever recorded-a hurricane like no other. The sky was lit by a full moon on October 29, 2012, but nobody on the eastern seaboard of the United States could see it. Everything had been consumed by cloud. The storm's immensity caught the attention of scientists on the International Space Station. Even from there, it seemed almost limitless: 1.8 million square feet of tightly coiled bands so huge they filled the windows of the Station. It was the largest storm anyone had ever seen. Initially a tropical storm, Sandy had grown into a hybrid monster. It charged across open ocean, picking up strength with every step, baffling meteorologists and scientists, officials and emergency managers, even the traditional maritime wisdom of sailors and seamen: What exactly was this thing? By the time anyone decided, it was too late. And then the storm made landfall. Sandy was not just enormous, it was also unprecedented. As a result, the entire nation was left flat-footed. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration couldn't issue reliable warnings; the Coast Guard didn't know what to do. In Superstorm, journalist Kathryn Miles takes readers inside the maelstrom, detailing the stories of dedicated professionals at the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service. The characters include a forecaster who risked his job to sound the alarm in New Jersey, the crew of the ill-fated tall ship Bounty, Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Christie, and countless coastal residents whose homes--and lives--were torn apart and then left to wonder. When is the next superstorm coming?"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • A political theology of climate change
      A political theology of climate change
      Michael S. Northcott.
      Much current commentary on climate change, both secular and theological, focuses on the duties of individual citizens to reduce their consumption of fossil fuels. In A Political Theology of Climate Change, however, Michael Northcott discusses nations as key agents in the climate crisis. Against the anti-national trend of contemporary political theology, Northcott renarrates the origins of the nations in the divine ordering of history. In dialogue with Giambattista Vico, Carl Schmitt, Alasdair MacIntyre, and other writers, he argues that nations have legal and moral responsibilities to rule over limited terrains and to guard a just and fair distribution of the fruits of the earth within the ecological limits of those terrains. As part of his study, Northcott brilliantly reveals how the prevalent nature-culture divide in Western culture, including its notion of nature as "private property," has contributed to the global ecological crisis. While addressing real difficulties and global controversies surrounding climate change, Northcott presents substantial and persuasive fare in his Political Theology of Climate Change. -- Publisher
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    • The last alchemist in Paris : & other curious tales from chemistry
      The last alchemist in Paris : & other curious tales from chemistry
      Lars Ohrstrom.
      "This is a book about discovery and disaster, exploitation and invention, warfare and science--and the relationship between human beings and the chemical elements that make up our planet. Lars Ohrstrom introduces us to a variety of elements from S to Pb through tales of ordinary and extraordinary people from around the globe. We meet African dictators controlling vital supplies of uranium; eighteenth-century explorers searching out sources of precious metals; industrial spies stealing the secrets of steel-making. We find out why the Hindenburg airship was tragically filled with hydrogen, not helium; why nail-varnish remover played a key part in World War I; and the real story behind the legend of tin buttons and the downfall of Napoleon. In each chapter, we find out about the distinctive properties of each element and the concepts and principles that have enabled scientists to put it to practical use."--Publisher's website.
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    • Earth's deep history : how it was discovered and why it matters
    • Returning carbon to nature : coal, carbon capture, and storage
    • A history of life in 100 fossils
    • Dodging extinction : power, food, money and the future of life on Earth
    • Outsider scientists : routes to innovation in biology
      Outsider scientists : routes to innovation in biology
      edited by Oren Harman and Michael R. Dietrich.

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    • Where do camels belong? : the story and science of invasive species
    • A world in one cubic foot : portraits in biodiversity
      A world in one cubic foot : portraits in biodiversity
      David Liittschwager
      A photographic close-up of the diversity of life found in one cubic foot across a variety of ecosystems.
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    • Caring for place : ecology, ideology, and emotion in traditional landscape management
    • Land of enchantment wildflowers : a guide to the plants of New Mexico
    • The glory of the tree : an illustrated history
    • The chemistry of plants : perfumes, pigments, and poisons
    • The evolution of plants
      The evolution of plants
      K.J. Willis, Biodiversity Institute, University of Oxford, J.C. McElwain, School of Biology & Environmental Science, University College Dublin.
      "Plants first colonized the land over 430 million years ago, having evolved from some of the most primitive forms of life. Since then, plants have played a major role in supplying the atmospheric oxygen we all need to survive. But how did plants evolve, how has their distribution and diversity been affected by changes in climate over millions of years - and how can these processes be studied? The Evolution of Plants blends evidence from the fossil record and data from biomolecular studies to tell the story of plant evolution from the earliest forms of life to the present day. Focusing on the key events during the evolution of plants - from the colonization of land to the first forests, the emergence of seed plants to the evolution of flowering plants - its straightforward explanations and clear illustrations provide the reader with the most accessible introduction to plant evolution available. With stunning biome maps illustrating the global distribution of plants during the different periods of life on Earth, the book explains how the diversity of vegetation has changed in response to climate, reinforcing the close link between climate change and the process of biological evolution." -- Publisher's description.
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    • North American amphibians : distribution and diversity
      North American amphibians : distribution and diversity
      David M. Green, Linda A. Weir, Gary S. Casper, and Michael J. Lannoo.
      "Some 300 species of amphibians inhabit North America. This volume reflects the enormous growth in interest about amphibians and the increased intensity of scientific research into their fascinating biology and continent-wide distribution that has occurred during the past two decades. This atlas presents the spectacular diversity of North American amphibians in a geographic context. It covers all formally recognized amphibian species found in the U.S. and Canada, many of which are endangered or threatened with extinction. Maps and accounts of each species provide current information about distribution, habitat and conservation. Researchers, professional herpetologists, and interested readers will value this volume as a guide and reference. Designed for portability, North American Amphibians features complete distribution maps and color photographs. "-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Rare birds of North America
      Rare birds of North America
      Steve N. G. Howell, Ian Lewington, and Will Russell.
      A comprehensive, illustrated guide to the vagrant birds that occur throughout the United States and Canada. This book covers 262 species originating from three very different regions: the Old World, the New World tropics, and the world's oceans.
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    • Among wolves : Gordon Haber's insights into Alaska's most misunderstood animal
      Among wolves : Gordon Haber's insights into Alaska's most misunderstood animal
      by Dr. Gordon Haber and Marybeth Holleman.
      Alaska's wolves lost their fiercest advocate, Gordon Haber, when his research plane crashed in Denali National Park in 2009. With the wolves at risk of being destroyed by hunting and trapping, his studies advocated for a balanced approach to wolf management. This book brings together his field notes, journals, and stories from his friends.
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    • Into the night : tales of nocturnal wildlife expeditions
    • Unlikely heroes : 37 inspiring stories of courage and heart from the animal kingdom
      Unlikely heroes : 37 inspiring stories of courage and heart from the animal kingdom
      by Jennifer S. Holland.
      Thirty-seven stories of acts of animal heroism, including a pod of dolphins that shielded a group of swimmers from a great white shark and a feral male cat who risked everything to protect a kitten in a tornado.
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    • Physiology
      Physiology
      Linda S. Costanzo.

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    • The neuroscience of human relationships : attachment and the developing social brain
    • Fragrant : the secret life of scent
      Fragrant : the secret life of scent
      Mandy Aftel.
      "The 'Alice Waters of American natural perfume' (indieperfume.com) celebrates our most potent sense, through five rock stars of the fragrant world. Mandy Aftel is widely acclaimed as a trailblazer in natural perfumery. Over two decades of sourcing the finest aromatic ingredients from all over the world and creating artisanal fragrances, she has been an evangelist for the transformative power of scent. In Fragrant, through five major players in the epic of aroma, she explores the profound connection between our sense of smell and the appetites that move us, give us pleasure, make us fully alive. Cinnamon, queen of the Spice Route, touches our hunger for the unknown, the exotic, the luxurious. Mint, homegrown the world over, speaks to our affinity for the familiar, the native, the authentic. Frankincense, an ancient incense ingredient, taps into our longing for transcendence, while ambergris embodies our unquenchable curiosity. And exquisite jasmine exemplifies our yearning for beauty, both evanescent and enduring. In addition to providing a riveting initiation into the history, natural history, and philosophy of scent, Fragrant imparts the essentials of scent literacy and includes recipes for easy-to-make fragrances and edible, drinkable, and useful concoctions that reveal the imaginative possibilities of creating with-and reveling in-aroma. Vintage line drawings make for a volume that will be a treasured gift as well as a great read"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Handbook of vitamins
      Handbook of vitamins
      edited by Janos Zempleni, John W. Suttie, Jesse F. Gregory, III, Patrick J. Stover.

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    • Case files. Microbiology
      Case files. Microbiology
      Eugene C. Toy, Cynthia DeBord, Audrey Wanger, Chris MacKenzie, Anush S. Pillai, James D. Kettering.

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    • On immunity : an inoculation
      On immunity : an inoculation
      Eula Biss.
      Upon becoming a new mother, Eula Biss addresses a chronic condition of fear: fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what is in children's food, mattresses, medicines, and vaccines. Biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding the conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. As she hears more and more fears about vaccines, Biss researches what they mean for her own child, her immediate community, America, and the world.
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