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The Sixth Element The Sixth Element: How Carbon Shapes Our World Theodore P. Snow and Don Brownlee

A cosmic perspective on carbon—its importance in the universe and our lives

The World Atlas of Rivers, Estuaries, and Deltas The World Atlas of Rivers, Estuaries, and Deltas Jim Best, Stephen Darby, Luciana Esteves, and Carol Wilson

A stunningly illustrated atlas of the world’s rivers, estuaries, and deltas, and their ecosystems

Long Problems Long Problems: Climate Change and the Challenge of Governing across Time Thomas Hale

Political strategies for tackling climate change and other “long problems” that span generations

The Empire of Climate The Empire of Climate: A History of an Idea David N. Livingstone

How the specter of climate has been used to explain history since antiquity

Slow Burn Slow Burn: The Hidden Costs of a Warming World Robert Jisung Park

How the subtle but significant consequences of a hotter planet have already begun—from lower test scores to higher crime rates—and how we might tackle them today

Elemental Elemental: How Five Elements Changed Earth’s Past and Will Shape Our Future Stephen Porder

An ecologist explores how life itself shapes Earth using the elemental constituents we all share

A Traveler’s Guide to the Stars A Traveler’s Guide to the Stars Les Johnson

A brief guide to the real science of interstellar travel

Why Size Matters Why Size Matters: From Bacteria to Blue Whales John Tyler Bonner

John Tyler Bonner, one of our most distinguished and creative biologists, here offers a completely new perspective on the role of size in biology. In his hallmark friendly style, he explores the universal impact of being the right size....

When the Sahara Was Green When the Sahara Was Green: How Our Greatest Desert Came to Be Martin Williams

The little-known history of how the Sahara was transformed from a green and fertile land into the largest hot desert in the world

Physical Oceanography of Continental Shelves Physical Oceanography of Continental Shelves K.H. Brink

An authoritative graduate textbook and professional reference on the physical dynamics of the coastal ocean

Eco-Emancipation Eco-Emancipation: An Earthly Politics of Freedom Sharon R. Krause

The case for an eco-emancipatory politics to release the Earth from human domination and free us all from lives that are both exploitative and exploited

The First Fossil Hunters The First Fossil Hunters: Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Myth in Greek and Roman Times Adrienne Mayor

The fascinating story of how the fossils of dinosaurs, mammoths, and other extinct animals influenced some of the most spectacular creatures of classical mythology

Life's Engines Life's Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable Paul G. Falkowski

The marvelous microbes that made life on Earth possible and support our very existence

Remnants of Ancient Life Remnants of Ancient Life: The New Science of Old Fossils Dale E. Greenwalt

The revolution in science that is transforming our understanding of extinct life

Back to the Moon Back to the Moon: The Next Giant Leap for Humankind Joseph Silk

A scientist’s inspiring vision of our return to the Moon as humanity’s next thrilling step in space exploration

The Deep Ocean The Deep Ocean: Life in the Abyss Michael Vecchione, Louise Allcock, Imants Priede, and Hans van Haren

An epic excursion into one of the last great frontiers on Earth

The Land Beneath the Ice The Land Beneath the Ice: The Pioneering Years of Radar Exploration in Antarctica David J. Drewry

A wondrous story of scientific endeavor—probing the great ice sheets of Antarctica

Life in the Universe, 5th Edition Life in the Universe, 5th Edition Jeffrey Bennett, Seth Shostak, Nicholas Schneider, and Meredith MacGregor

The world’s leading textbook on astrobiology—ideal for an introductory one-semester course and now fully revised and updated

Ice Rivers Ice Rivers: A Story of Glaciers, Wilderness, and Humanity Jemma Wadham

A passionate eyewitness account of the mysteries and looming demise of glaciers—and what their fate means for our shared future

The Global Circulation of the Atmosphere The Global Circulation of the Atmosphere Edited by Tapio Schneider and Adam H. Sobel

Despite major advances in the observation and numerical simulation of the atmosphere, basic features of the Earth's climate remain poorly understood. Integrating the available data and computational resources to improve our...

Geopedia Geopedia: A Brief Compendium of Geologic Curiosities Marcia Bjornerud

A garden of geologic delights for all Earthlings

The World Atlas of Trees and Forests The World Atlas of Trees and Forests: Exploring Earth's Forest Ecosystems Herman Shugart, Peter White, Sassan Saatchi, and Jérôme Chave

A marvelously illustrated look at the world’s diverse forests and their ecosystems

Gemstones Gemstones: A Concise Reference Guide Robin Hansen

A richly illustrated guide to the gemstones of the world

The Joy of Science The Joy of Science Jim Al-Khalili

Quantum physicist, New York Times bestselling author, and BBC host Jim Al-Khalili reveals how 8 lessons from the heart of science can help you get the most out of life

Horizon Work Horizon Work: At the Edges of Knowledge in an Age of Runaway Climate Change Adriana Petryna

A new way of thinking about the climate crisis as an exercise in delimiting knowable, and habitable, worlds

A Series of Fortunate Events A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You Sean B. Carroll

"Fascinating and exhilarating—Sean B. Carroll at his very best."—Bill Bryson, author of The Body: A Guide for Occupants

From acclaimed writer and biologist Sean B. Carroll, a rollicking, awe-inspiring story of the surprising power of chance in our lives and the world

Desert Edens Desert Edens: Colonial Climate Engineering in the Age of Anxiety Philipp Lehmann

How technological advances and colonial fears inspired utopian geoengineering projects during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

Global Warming Science Global Warming Science: A Quantitative Introduction to Climate Change and Its Consequences Eli Tziperman

A quantitative, broad, hands-on introduction to the cutting-edge science of global warming

Magnetic Reconnection Magnetic Reconnection: A Modern Synthesis of Theory, Experiment, and Observations Masaaki Yamada

The essential introduction to magnetic reconnection—written by a leading pioneer of the field

Paleontology Paleontology: An Illustrated History David Bainbridge

An illustrated look at the art and science of paleontology from its origins to today

Welcome to the Universe in 3D Welcome to the Universe in 3D: A Visual Tour Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, J. Richard Gott, and Robert J. Vanderbei

New York Times bestseller
Journey into the universe through the most spectacular sights in astronomy in stereoscopic 3D

The Dynamics of Partially Molten Rock The Dynamics of Partially Molten Rock Richard F. Katz

A valuable synthesis of the physics of magmatism for students and scholars

The Pivotal Generation The Pivotal Generation: Why We Have a Moral Responsibility to Slow Climate Change Right Now Henry Shue

An eminent philosopher explains why we owe it to future generations to take immediate action on global warming

Snow Crystals Snow Crystals: A Case Study in Spontaneous Structure Formation Kenneth G. Libbrecht

A definitive new investigation of the science of snowflakes by the world’s leading expert

Spark Spark: The Life of Electricity and the Electricity of Life Timothy J. Jorgensen

A fresh look at electricity and its powerful role in life on Earth

The Extreme Life of the Sea The Extreme Life of the Sea Anthony R. Palumbi and Stephen R. Palumbi

A thrilling tour of the sea's most extreme species, coauthored by one of the world's leading marine scientists

Land of Wondrous Cold Land of Wondrous Cold: The Race to Discover Antarctica and Unlock the Secrets of Its Ice Gillen D’Arcy Wood

A gripping history of the polar continent, from the great discoveries of the nineteenth century to modern scientific breakthroughs

On the Future On the Future: Prospects for Humanity Martin Rees

A provocative and inspiring look at the future of humanity and science from world-renowned scientist and bestselling author Martin Rees

A Student's Guide to Python for Physical Modeling A Student's Guide to Python for Physical Modeling: Second Edition Jesse M. Kinder and Philip Nelson

A fully updated tutorial on the basics of the Python programming language for science students

Elasticity and Fluid Dynamics Elasticity and Fluid Dynamics: Volume 3 of Modern Classical Physics Kip S. Thorne and Roger D. Blandford

A groundbreaking textbook on twenty-first-century fluids and elastic solids and their applications

Statistical Physics Statistical Physics: Volume 1 of Modern Classical Physics Kip S. Thorne and Roger D. Blandford

A groundbreaking textbook on twenty-first-century statistical physics and its applications

Optics Optics: Volume 2 of Modern Classical Physics Kip S. Thorne and Roger D. Blandford

A groundbreaking textbook on twenty-first-century waves of all sorts and their applications

Relativity and Cosmology Relativity and Cosmology: Volume 5 of Modern Classical Physics Kip S. Thorne and Roger D. Blandford

A groundbreaking textbook on twenty-first-century general relativity and cosmology

Ancient Wine Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture Patrick E. McGovern

A richly illustrated account of the story of ancient viniculture

Modern Classical Physics Modern Classical Physics: Optics, Fluids, Plasmas, Elasticity, Relativity, and Statistical Physics Kip S. Thorne and Roger D. Blandford

A groundbreaking text and reference book on twenty-first-century classical physics and its applications

The Eternal Darkness The Eternal Darkness: A Personal History of Deep-Sea Exploration Robert D. Ballard and Will Hively

Until a few decades ago, the ocean depths were almost as mysterious and inaccessible as outer space. Oceans cover two-thirds of the earth's surface with an average depth of more than two miles--yet humans had never ventured more than a...

Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate William F. Ruddiman

The impact on climate from 200 years of industrial development is an everyday fact of life, but did humankind's active involvement in climate change really begin with the industrial revolution, as commonly believed? Plows, Plagues, and...

Mathematical Methods for Geophysics and Space Physics Mathematical Methods for Geophysics and Space Physics William I. Newman

An essential textbook on the mathematical methods used in geophysics and space physics

T. rex and the Crater of Doom T. rex and the Crater of Doom Walter Alvarez

Sixty-five million years ago, a comet or asteroid larger than Mount Everest slammed into the Earth, inducing an explosion equivalent to the detonation of a hundred million hydrogen bombs. Vaporized detritus blasted through the...

Life on a Young Planet Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth - Updated Edition Andrew H. Knoll

Australopithecines, dinosaurs, trilobites--such fossils conjure up images of lost worlds filled with vanished organisms. But in the full history of life, ancient animals, even the trilobites, form only the half-billion-year tip of a...

Extinction Extinction: How Life on Earth Nearly Ended 250 Million Years Ago - Updated Edition Douglas H. Erwin

Some 250 million years ago, the earth suffered the greatest biological crisis in its history. Around 95 percent of all living species died out—a global catastrophe far greater than the dinosaurs' demise 185 million years later. How...

The Sun's Influence on Climate The Sun's Influence on Climate Joanna D. Haigh and Peter Cargill

The Earth's climate system depends entirely on the Sun for its energy. Solar radiation warms the atmosphere and is fundamental to atmospheric composition, while the distribution of solar heating across the planet produces global wind...

Modern Observational Physical Oceanography Modern Observational Physical Oceanography: Understanding the Global Ocean Carl Wunsch

The essential introduction to modern physical oceanography

An Introduction to the Global Circulation of the Atmosphere An Introduction to the Global Circulation of the Atmosphere David Randall

The most comprehensive advanced graduate-level textbook on the subject

The Two-Mile Time Machine The Two-Mile Time Machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate Change, and Our Future - Updated Edition Richard B. Alley

In the 1990s Richard B. Alley and his colleagues made headlines with the discovery that the last ice age came to an abrupt end over a period of only three years. In The Two-Mile Time Machine, Alley tells the fascinating history of...

Planetary Climates Planetary Climates Andrew Ingersoll

This concise, sophisticated introduction to planetary climates explains the global physical and chemical processes that determine climate on any planet or major planetary satellite--from Mercury to Neptune and even large moons such as...

Paleoclimate Paleoclimate Michael L. Bender

Earth's climate has undergone dramatic changes over the geologic timescale. At one extreme, Earth has been glaciated from the poles to the equator for periods that may have lasted millions of years. At another, temperatures were once so...

Climate and Ecosystems Climate and Ecosystems David Schimel

How does life on our planet respond to--and shape--climate? This question has never been more urgent than it is today, when humans are faced with the daunting task of guiding adaptation to an inexorably changing climate. This concise...

Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate David Randall

An essential primer on atmospheric processes and their important role in the climate system

How to Build a Habitable Planet How to Build a Habitable Planet: The Story of Earth from the Big Bang to Humankind - Revised and Expanded Edition Charles H. Langmuir and Wallace Broecker

A classic introduction to the story of Earth's origin and evolution—revised and expanded for the twenty-first century

Climate and the Oceans Climate and the Oceans Geoffrey K. Vallis

The oceans exert a vital moderating influence on the Earth's climate system. They provide inertia to the global climate, essentially acting as the pacemaker of climate variability and change, and they provide heat to high latitudes...

The Cryosphere The Cryosphere Shawn J. Marshall

The cryosphere encompasses the Earth's snow and ice masses. It is a critical part of our planet's climate system, one that is especially at risk from climate change and global warming. The Cryosphere provides an essential introduction...

How Fast Did T. rex Run? How Fast Did T. rex Run?: Unsolved Questions from the Frontiers of Dinosaur Science David Hone

The revolution in science that is transforming our understanding of dinosaurs

The Beauty of Falling The Beauty of Falling: A Life in Pursuit of Gravity Claudia de Rham

A world-renowned physicist seeks gravity’s true nature and finds wisdom in embracing its force in her life

Timefulness Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World Marcia Bjornerud

Why an awareness of Earth's temporal rhythms is critical to our planetary survival