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Houghton Mifflin's Science in Literature Series Houghton Mifflin's Science in Literature series combines cutting-edge science with fine writing by some of the most accomplished and celebrated scientists in the world. We are the proud publishers of the best-selling authors Richard Dawkins, Jane Goodall, and Natalie Angier, among others; the National Book Award finalist Steve Olson; and the Best American Science and Nature Writing series.

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The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next The Trouble with Physics:   The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next
by Lee Smolin

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2006 The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2006
edited by Brian Greene
series edited by Tim Folger

In this groundbreaking book, the renowned theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that physics — the basis for all other sciences — has lost its way. For more than two centuries, our understanding of the laws of nature expanded rapidly. But today, despite our best efforts, we know nothing more about these laws than we knew in the 1970s. Why is physics suddenly in trouble? And what can we do about it?


The twenty-five pieces in this year's collection take you on a scientific adventure. Natalie Angier probes the origins of language, Paul Raffaele describes a remote Amazonian tribe untouched by the modern world, and Frans B. M. de Waal explains what a new breed of economists is learning from monkeys. Drake Bennett profiles the creator of Ecstasy and more than two hundred other psychedelic compounds — a man hailed by some as one of the twentieth century's most important scientists.
The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question? The God Particle:  If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question?
by Dick Teresi and Leon Lederman

Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future Big Coal:  The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future
by Jeff Goodell

In this extraordinarily accessible and enormously witty book, the Nobel Prize–winning physicist Leon Lederman guides us on a fascinating tour of the history of particle physics. The book takes us from the Greeks' earliest scientific observations through Einstein and beyond in an inspiring celebration of human curiosity. The God Particle will leave you marveling at our continuing pursuit of the infinitesimal.

"A compelling indictment of one of the country's biggest, most powerful, and most antiquated industries . . . well-written, timely, and powerful." — New York Times

"Big Coal gives its readers a clear sense of the trade-offs we face in our feverish quest for inexpensive energy." — Washington Post Book World
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