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

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 Trouble with Physics
by Lee Smolin

"[Smolin] possesses a talent for presenting physics from a novel and interesting perspective." — Seed Magazine
Rebuilt
by Michael Chorost

"Funny and thoughtful, the book is an extended meditation on the nature of perception, the human brain, and the relationship between technology and humanity." — Los Angeles Times

Nature Noir
by Jordan Fisher Smith

An eye-opening look at the dangers and risks that were a daily part of this Sierra Nevada park ranger's life, this story does for rangering what Thomas Lynch did for undertaking.

The Ancestor's Tale
by Richard Dawkins

"One of Dawkins's best: a big, almost encyclopedic compendium bursting with information and ideas." — Kirkus Reviews

The Seven Sins of Memory
by Daniel L. Schacter

"Compelling in its science and its probing examination of everyday life." — Floyd Skloot, Chicago Tribune

Time Travel in Einstein's Universe
by J. Richard Gott

A renowned physicist's new theory on the possibilities of time travel

Learning to Speak Alzheimer's
by Joanne Koenig Coste

"This gem of a book will surely become the classic resource on care-giving for people with Alzheimer's disease." — Sue Levkoff, coauthor of Aging Well

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How to Read a French Fry
by Russ Parsons

"Fascinating to read and totally useful in the kitchen . . . Parsons's scientific explanations are very satisfying." — Jeffrey Steingarten

Empire of the Stars
by Arthur I. Miller

"Weaves two stories into one, making this scientific chronicle read like a novel." — Scientific American

A Land of Ghosts
by David G. Campbell

A beautifully written book by an acclaimed writer and scientist about his life among the people who inhabit the Amazonian rain forest, watching them and the forest itself disappear.

Wolves and Honey
by Susan Brind Morrow

"One seeks for words worthy of the authenticity and intimacy of this beautiful book. It is a treasury of perceptions, tender and unsparing, of our planetary existence, [and has] a sensual affinity with all that grows, flourishes, and dies — conveyed in a clear voice unlike any other." — Shirley Hazzard

Count Down
by Steve Olson

"Steve Olson masterfully interweaves an account of the quirky yet universal concerns of six teenage mathematicians with an insightful exploration of the nature of genius." — John Allen Paulos, author of Innumeracy

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Mapping Human History
by Steve Olson

National Book Award finalist! Now available in paperback

Fat Land
by Greg Critser

A Boston Globe bestseller

"A medical wake-up call for the nation . . . a must-read for every American parent." — Francine Kaufman, M.D., president, American Diabetes Association

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Coyote
by Catherine Reid

"A biologist friend once told me, 'When the last human dies, there will be a coyote howling over his grave.' This beautifully written book explains why that would be a fine eulogy indeed, from a creature as resourceful and as resilient as ourselves." — Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age

The Tapir's Morning Bath
by Elizabeth Royte

A study of life in the rain forest on Panama's Barro Colorado Island

Y:  The Descent of Men
by Steve Jones

"A delightful, witty, insightful analysis of the state of maleness." — Robin Mackie, Observer

A conversation with Steve Jones

Shrinking the Cat
by Sue Hubbell

Hubbell traces the roots of genetic engineering.

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