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* The Fabric of the Cosmos (Knopf, 2004) by Brian Greene

Abstract: A string theorist explores space and time from every possible angle.
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* A Short History of Nearly Everything (Broadway Books, 2003) by Bill Bryson

Abstract: An experienced non-fiction writer gets curious about the world, asks a few intriguing questions and becomes hooked on discovering the answers. The result is a very simple, very readable, entertaining book on science.
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* Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud (Oxford University Press, 2000) by Robert Park and Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction (Joseph Henry Press, 2001) by Charles Wynn and Aurthur Wiggins

Abstract: How do you know if extensive use of your cell phone causes brain cancer? Have aliens visited the Earth? Should you call a psychic hot line for help? Two books analyze commonly subscribed-to nonsense and the misuse of science in a modern society.
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* Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth (Alfred A. Knopf, 1998) by Richard Fortey

Abstract: Richard Fortey presents the prevailing picture of how life began, evolved and arrived at its present state. The book is punctuated with delightful historical anecdotes and interesting personal accounts. It has no prevailing theme, but this is expected: The history of life is written in the rocks and cannot be modified. When the fossils, however, are "bought to life," an awe-inspiring, fascinating, true story springs forth.
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*The Inflationary Universe: The Quest for a New Theory of Cosmic Origins (Addison-Wesley, 1997) by Alan Guth

Abstract: Dr. Alan Guth tells us how he came to discover his revolutionary theory of cosmic inflation. The hypothesis is that the very fabric of space stretched by more than a trillion-trillion-trillion-trillion times when the Universe was just a tiny, tiny, tiny fraction of a second old. Because this simple idea explains three outstanding problems in cosmology, most scientist accept it as part of the Big Bang theory. If confirmed, it will radically change the way we view the world.
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* Life of the Cosmos (Oxford University Press, 1997) by Lee Smolin

Abstract: Dr. Lee Smolin presents his speculative, all-encompassing theory of how our Universe with its special properties came to be. It is a radical proposal that challenges the current thinking of cosmologists. He assumes that certain processes allow the production of offspring universes and permit the laws of Nature to evolve. If true, our Universe may be the product of a historical sequence of progressive steps similar in character to organic evolution. If over millions and millions of years, Nature can mold the mammal from a microbe then can She also create the stars and planets from a microscopic black hole bounce?
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* Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History (W. W. Norton & Company, 1989) by Stephen Jay Gould

Abstract: Dr. Stephen Jay Gould dispels some important misconceptions about evolution. In particular, he examines how scientists misinterpreted certain ancient Cambrian animal remains. Gould uses the Cambrian fauna to introduce his ideas on the importance of random factors on evolutionary processes. Although it was published some time ago in 1989, Wonderful Life is still a great book to learn some natural history. Here is your chance to relive one of the most important periods in bio-history and to witness some of the most unusual marine creatures ever to appear on Earth.
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*A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes (Bantum, 1988) by Stephen W. Hawking

Abstract: From his wheel chair and with the use of a computer, Stephen Hawking has written a book that provides us with his insights into cosmology, quantum mechanics, particle physics, gravity, black holes, and the very nature of space and time. And then he continues with a conjectural proposition about the origin of the Universe, a speculation that would eliminate the need for intervention by a supreme being during the moment of creation.
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