Holiday Catalog: Science

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101902783
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 17th, 2017

Wolves are glorious: equal parts beautiful and frightening. In AMERICAN WOLF, Blakeslee understands this dichotomy, but his story of a Yellowstone wolf goes so much deeper than that: it taps into the story of the American West and the way we, over time, both honor and eradicate the natural world. One of the great nature books of the season!

Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality Cover Image
ISBN: 9781627794091
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - November 21st, 2017

Jaron Lanier is a visual artist, musician, composer, computer scientist, and computer philosophy writer. He's one of those elusive people who's able to write and talk cleverly about different genres. Virtual reality is his THING (he came up with the term), but he's able to bring all his interdisciplinary knowledge and creativity to DAWN OF THE NEW EVERYTHING. And despite having a lifelong relationship with VR, he's remarkably humble about our constantly changing relationship to technology. This book is a tome for the techie in your life.

The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion--Surprising Observations of a Hidden World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781771643016
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Published: Greystone Books - November 7th, 2017

You'll fall in love with this book at the first sentence of its introduction: “Roosters that deceive their hens? Mother deer that grieve? Horses that feel shame?” Because it’s what we all want to know, right? Whether animals are just, well, animals, or if, as Wohlleben indicates, “stalwart souls and lovable rascals.” Who better to research this and form that research into a spirited narrative about everything from animal intelligence to sex to thievery to lying to empathy and more than the bestselling author of THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES?

The Origins of Creativity Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631493188
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 3rd, 2017

In Wilson's profound and lyrical ORIGINS OF CREATIVITY, he examines our relationship to what he argues is a defining trait of our species: creativity. Creativity, according to Wilson, finds its niche between the sciences and the humanities. This is a lovely read for big thinkers, explorers, or creators in any field.

The River of Consciousness Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385352567
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 24th, 2017

Oliver Sacks is one of Augusta's all-time favorite writers – his essays inspired her to study cognitive sciences in college – and this collection that he was working on at the time of his death is poignant and beautiful. He has a brilliant way of discussing one of the most complex and intriguing of human processes - consciousness - by weaving in his expertise on a variety of subjects. If you are already a fan, be sure to get this for a loved one, and if you aren’t familiar with his work, we highly recommend it (and his other books!) for those interested in science, psychology, essays and interdisciplinary approaches to understand the human condition.

The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936787524
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Published: Catapult - October 10th, 2017

Eagleman and Brandt explore the human brain and its unique ability that sets us apart from other animals: CREATIVITY. As humans, we strive to be the best/perfect at a particular task or function, but creativity is what drives us to look beyond what has merely worked before. Easy to digest and anecdotal like Malcolm Gladwell. Great for science lovers and curious minds.

The Secret Lives of Color Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143131144
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Published: Penguin Books - October 24th, 2017

This incredible multi-colored book tells the story and history of seventy-five shades of colors, hues, and dyes. As you read each page you learn the importance of each color and how it has affected everything, from politics to pop culture. Every color has a history and story. Kassia St. Clair is going to take you on a thought-provoking journey.

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve And/Or Ruin Everything Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399563829
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Published: Penguin Press - October 17th, 2017

From a Rice professor, and the creator of webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, comes this tongue-in-cheek illustrated guide to all the bleeding edge technology that will soon change the world as we know it. Whether that is a good or bad thing, well... Supplemented by hilarious comic strips, this engrossing book is a sneak peak at the world of tomorrow. SOONISH is the science book of the season. A great gift idea for technophiles that is also totally accessible to general readers.

Wild Horse Country: The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393247138
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 10th, 2017

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