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Beginning Number Theory (USED)

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Can capitalism and citizenship co-exist? Advocates of the third way have championed the idea of public-spirited capitalism as the antidote to the many problems confronting the modern world. This book develops a multi-disciplinary theory of citizenship, exploring the human abilities needed for its practice. It then argues that capitalism impedes the nurturing of these abilities. In advancing these arguments, Kathryn Dean draws on the work of a wide range of thinkers including Freud, Marx, Lacan, Habermas and Castells.

Beginnings of Modern Science: Scientific Writings of the 16th,17th and 18th Centuries (USED)

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Best American Science and Nature Writing (USED)

Best American Science and Nature Writing (USED)

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"Science is about not knowing and wanting badly to know. Science is about flawed and complicated human beings trying to use whatever tools they've got, along with their minds, to see something strange and new. In that sense, writing about science is just another way of writing about the human condition." -- from the introduction by Richard Preston

The twenty-eight pieces in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007 span a wide range of topics, from the farthest reaches of space to the everyday world around us to the secrets hiddin in our own bodies. Michael Lemonick travels to an extinct volcano in Hawaii, where telescopes at the summit are providing researchers with a glimpse of the most distant galaxy ever seen -- and profound new insights into the creation of the universe. Neil deGrasse Tyson takes a sharp, witty look at Americans' delirium over space travel. And with surgical precision Michael Perry describes how a medical autopsy is performed. Dead men can tell tales.

Here we also see examinations of the sometimes harmful impact of science on the natural world. Susan Casey gives an alarming portrait of plastic waste pollution in the world's oceans, including a dead zone in the mid-Pacific that's twice the size of Texas. Michael Shnayerson heads to West Virginia, where the Appalachians are being blasted at the rate of several ridgetops a week, all in the pursuit of ever-elusive coal. And Paul Bennett goes deep beneath Rome's streets, where cutting-edge excavation techniques are revealing newfound treasures in one of the world's oldest cities.

A profile of a late, distinguished British ornithologist by John Seabrook reveals that the man's personal collection of bird skins, now in the British Natural History Museum, was largely stolen or bought and intentionally mislabeled. Richard Conniff visits a former Brooklyn social worker turned primatologist who has become a fierce advocate of the lemur. And Patricia Gadsby takes us into the kitchens of Europe's finest chefs to explain how the new field of molecular gastronomy is revolutionizing fine cuisine.

Biology as Ideaology: The Doctrine of DNA (USED)

Biology as Ideaology: The Doctrine of DNA (USED)

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Following in the fashion of Stephen Jay Gould and Peter Medawar, one of the world's leading scientists examines how pure science is in fact shaped and guided by social and political needs and assumptions.
Body (The)

Body (The)

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A New York Times Bestseller

Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body--with a new afterword for this edition.

Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Brysonesque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular.

As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for every body.

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Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water (USED)

Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water (USED)

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Peter Gleick knows water. A world-renowned scientist and freshwater expert, Gleick is a MacArthur Foundation "genius," and according to the BBC, an environmental visionary. And he drinks from the tap. Why don't the rest of us?

Bottled and Sold shows how water went from being a free natural resource to one of the most successful commercial products of the last one hundred years--and why we are poorer for it. It's a big story and water is big business. Every second of every day in the United States, a thousand people buy a plastic bottle of water, and every second of every day a thousand more throw one of those bottles away. That adds up to more than thirty billion bottles a year and tens of billions of dollars of sales.

Are there legitimate reasons to buy all those bottles? With a scientist's eye and a natural storyteller's wit, Gleick investigates whether industry claims about the relative safety, convenience, and taste of bottled versus tap hold water. And he exposes the true reasons we've turned to the bottle, from fearmongering by business interests and our own vanity to the breakdown of public systems and global inequities.

"Designer" H2O may be laughable, but the debate over commodifying water is deadly serious. It comes down to society's choices about human rights, the role of government and free markets, the importance of being "green," and fundamental values. Gleick gets to the heart of the bottled water craze, exploring what it means for us to bottle and sell our most basic necessity.

Building Large Knowledge-Based Systems: Representation and Inference in the Cyc Project (USED)

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Care and Feeding of the Brain (USED)

Care and Feeding of the Brain (USED)

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This fundamental and fun-filled manual for the mind offers a clear and concise explanation of the body's most extraordinary organ: the brain.

We've learned more about the brain in the last thirty years than in the rest of human history; and the result has been an explosive growth in our understanding of how to use food, drugs, education, training, and even machinery to make the most of our brain's potential. Care and Feeding of the Brain is designed to introduce you to this exciting new frontier of brain science and to help you capitalize on its discoveries:

- How the Brain Works an intriguing explanation of the mind's abstract as well as physiological workings
- Consciousness our mental awareness, and the effects environment, food, and drugs can have on it
- Memory ways to strengthen and sharpen recall; aspects of déjà vu and amnesia
- Intelligence ways to measure and increase it, and tap creative potential
- Emotions how the brain functions affectively, and the scientific bases of fear, love, and sexual attraction
- The Mind-Body Connection the relation of the mental to the physical, and how the mind can overcome stress and infirmity

Extensively illustrated and written with keen insight and humor, Care and Feeding of the Brain is an essential examination of the hows and whys of the human mind.

Catastrophic Events (Student Guide and Source Book) (USED)

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Cayman Turtle Farm (USED)

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