Top Books/Videos for SHANANNAREEFERS

(updated December 4, 2009)


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057. McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science
and Technology (Sixth Edition), by McGraw-Hill
"[sixth edition, released in 2009]

... 7100 concise articles covering disciplines of
science and technology from acoustics to zoology

... Extensively revised content with new and re-
written articles

... Current and critical advances in fast-developing
fields such as biomedical science, chemistry, com-
puting and information technology, cosmology,  environmental science, nanotechnology, telecom-
munications, and physics

... More than 1600 two-color illustrations, 75 full-
color plates, Hundreds of tables and charts, 1300
biographical sketches of famous scientists ..."

056. International Encyclopedia of Science and Technology,
by Oxford
"... covers more than 6,500 items of science and
technology ... Some entries, such as the one for
DNA, feature a full page of illustrations and explan-
atory text, detailing structure and purpose. ... tells
you what you need to know to comprehend the
gist of the concept or term, or to learn the signifi-
cant contributions of over 850 scientists. ..."

055. The Encyclopedia of Science and Technology,
by James Trefil
"... defines key concepts in nearly 1000 entries,
arranged alphabetically and color-coded to indi-
cate whether the topic is related to life science,
physical science, or technology. ... articles range
widely from AIDS and artificial intelligence to
welding and the Zeeman effect.

The excellent cross references direct the reader
to related articles that cover either more funda-
mental or more advanced information. Color is
used to striking effect not only in the 750 high-
quality illustrations but also in headings, highlighted
definitions, and sidebars. ..."

054. Theories for Everything : An Illustrated
History of Science , by John Langone,
Bruce Stutz, Andrea Gianopoulos
"... Written by seasoned popular-science authors,
this typically colorful National Geographic produc-
tion is a basic introduction to the historical process
of science. ... concisely introduces the concept of
a theory, emphasizing that it is a general truth about
the natural world and not, as in common parlance,
a supposition. ... With its profusion of illustrations,
this is an inviting orientation to the fascinations of

... highlights the rich, compelling stories behind
science's greatest discoveries and the minds and
methods that made them possible. Authoritative,
entertaining, and easy to follow, it provides indis-
pensable information on our current theories about
the natural and physical world as well as a concise
overview of how those ideas evolved.

... provides readers with a thorough examination
of each set of related theories as they are tested
and refined and introduces all the major figures in
the history of science ... The lives of more than 45
scientists are captured in special time lines that
add depth and detail to the running narrative.

Each discovery is presented as a detective story:
the narrative focuses on how inquisitive investiga-
tors posit, revise, and improve upon their descrip-
tions of nature. ... theories for everything have
unraveled nature's riddles and reshaped how we
see our world. ..."

053. The Science Book : Everything You Need to Know
About the World and How It Works (National Geographic) ,
by National Geographic, Marshall Brain (foreward)
"... encapsulates centuries of scientific thought in
one richly illustrated volume. Natural phenomena,
revolutionary inventions, and the most up-to-date
investigations are explained in detailed text, and
2,000 vivid  illustrations — including 3-D graphics
and pictograms — make the information even more
accessible and amazing to discover.

... offers both a general overview of topics for the
browsing reader and more specific information for
those seeking deeper insight into a particular subject.

Six major sections, ranging from the universe and
planet Earth to biology, chemistry, physics, and
mathematics, encompass everything from micro-
scopic life to nuclear power — with particular
attention given to subjects in the news today, like
climate change and genetic engineering.

The innovative organization allows for quick refer-
ence, while numerous fact boxes and cross-refer-
ences emphasize the many links among modern
scientific fields. ..."

052. The Science Book, by Peter Tallack, Susan
Greenfield (preface), Simon Singh (foreward)
"... From the world's greatest scientists comes the
world's greatest science book -- now in a smaller
format at a great new affordable price. With a
foreword written by critically acclaimed author
Simon Singh (Fermat's Last Theorem), and
essays by such major writers as Richard Dawkins,
Susan Greenfield, and John Gribbin, it presents
250 of the most significant milestones in the
history of scientific discovery.

Accompanying this unique perspective on our
ever-evolving view of the universe are some of
the most visually dramatic illustrations you'll ever
see. Short, lucid articles focus on everything from
the speculations of the ancient Greeks to today's
Nobel Prize winners ...

"... describes 250 scientific and mathematical ad-
vances, one per double-page spread. Arranged
in chronological order, each advance includes
who discovered it, the year of discovery, and
an easy to understand (well, as far as possible,
some advances are just more complicated than
others) description.

... The breadth of subjects is enormous and it
spans the history of thought from 35,000 years
ago to the present. ...."

051. Dire Predictions : Understanding Global
Warming - The illustrated guide to the findings
of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change), by Michael E. Mann, Lee R. Kump
"... The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC)
has been issuing the essential
facts and figures on climate change for nearly
two decades. But the hundreds of pages of
scientific evidence quoted for accuracy by the
media and scientists alike, remain inscrutable
to the general public who may still question the
validity of climate change.

Esteemed climate scientists Michael E. Mann
and Lee R. Kump, have partnered with DK
Publishing to present Dire Predictions - an im-
portant book in this time of global need.

Dire Predictions presents the information docu-
mented by the IPCC in an illustrated, visually
stunning, and undeniably powerful way to the
lay reader. The scientific findings that provide
validity to the implications of climate change are
presented in clear-cut graphic elements, striking
images, and understandable analogies. ..."

050. Global Warming : The Complete Briefing,
by John Houghton
"... Sir John Houghton, in this Fourth Edition of his
book: 'Global Warming: The Complete Briefing',
has written what should be the last word in this
magisterial presentation of the latest science based
very much on the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change] Assessments

The book, almost seductively, leads the reader
through the essential science behind the issue of
climate change. ...[it] treats the science in a bal-
anced, understandable and rigorous manner.  ..."

049. The Elements : A Visual Exploration of
Every Known Atom in the Universe,
by Theodore Gray (author/photographer),
Nick Mann (photographer)
"... An eye-opening, original collection of gorgeous,
never-before-seen photographic representations of
the 118 elements in the periodic table.

The elements are what we, and everything around
us, are made of. But how many elements has anyone
actually seen in pure, uncombined form? The Ele-
ments provides this rare opportunity.

Based on five years of research and photography,
the pictures in this book make up the most complete,
and visually arresting, representation available to the
naked eye of every atom in the universe. Organized
in order of appearance on the periodic table, each
element is represented by a spread that includes a
stunning, full-page, full-color photograph that most
closely represents it in its purest form. For example,
at -183˚C, oxygen turns from a colorless gas to a
beautiful pale blue liquid.

... Several additional photographs show each ele-
ment in slightly altered forms or as used in various
practical ways. The element's position on the periodic
table is pinpointed on a mini rendering of the table
and an illustrated scale of the element's boiling and/or
melting points appears on each page along with a
density scale that runs along the bottom.

Packed with interesting information, this combination
of solid science and stunning artistic photographs is
the perfect gift book for every sentient creature in the
universe ..."

048. The Human Brain Book, by Rita Carter
"... combines the latest findings from the field of
neuroscience with expert text and state-of-the-art illustrations and imaging techniques to provide an
incomparable insight into every facet of the brain.

Layer by layer, it reveals the fascinating details of
this remarkable structure, covering all the key anat-
omy and delving into the inner workings of the mind,
unlocking its many mysteries, and helping you to
understand what's going on in those millions of little
gray and white cells.

... looks at how the brain sends messages to the rest
of the body, how we think and feel, how we perform
unconscious actions (for example breathing), explores
the nature of genius, asks why we behave the way we
do, explains how we see and hear things, and how
and why we dream.

Physical and psychological disorders affecting the
brain and nervous system are clearly illustrated and
summarized in easy-to-understand terms.

The unique DVD brings the subject to life with inter-
active elements. These include a clickable model of
the brain's structure that allows the user to zoom in
and discover deeper layers of detail, while complex
processes, such as the journey of a nerve impulse,
are broken down and simplified through intuitive
animations.  ..."

047. The Quantum World : Quantum Physics
for Everyone, by Kenneth W. Ford, Dianne
Goldstein (contributor)
"... 33 photos, 52 line illus., 6 tables. ...This is the
best book on quantum physics that I've ever read.

... The problem is not so much that the quantum
world is complicated or that the math is difficult.
The problem is that the 'reality' of QM is funda-
mentally at odds with our everyday experience.

Some of the ideas such as superposition, entangle-
ment, fundamental probability, exclusion, and the
famous uncertainty principle discovered by Werner
Heisenberg, to mention just a few, are completely
alien to our experience as human beings.

... Implicit in Ford's presentation is the idea that
quantum mechanics is not complete. He writes,
'Many physicists believe that some reason for
quantum mechanics awaits discovery.' (p. 99)

... Facile ideas of gods that talk to humans only
through the words of ancient books, or of gods
that cannot do their will in the world except through
the work (sometimes malicious) of humans, or gods
that communicate with no inkling of anything beyond
the Age of Bronze, dissipate like fairy tales when
one contemplates the world of the very large and
the very small. ...

046. Minding Animals : Awareness, Emotions,
and Heart, by Marc Bekoff, Jane Goodall
"... In Minding Animals, Marc Bekoff takes us on
an exhilarating tour of the emotional and mental
world of animals, where we meet creatures who
do amazing things and whose lives are filled with

... Bekoff has spent the last 30 years studying ani-
mals of every stripe -- from coyotes in Wyoming
to penguins in Antarctica. He draws on this vast
experience, as well as on the observations of other
naturalists, to offer readers fascinating stories of
animal behavior, including grooming and gossip,
feeding patterns, dreaming, dominance, and mat-
ing behavior.

He offers a thought-provoking look at animal cog-
nition, intelligence, and consciousness and he pre-
sents vivid examples of animal passions, highlight-
ing the deep emotional lives of our animal kin. All
this serves as background for his thoughtful con-
clusions about humility and animal protection and
animal well-being, where he urges a new paradigm
of respect, grace, compassion, and love for all

Minding Animals is an important contribution to
our understanding of animal consciousness, a major
work that will be a must read for anyone who loves
nature. ..."

Non-Human Intelligence

045. Inside the Animal Mind : A Groundbreaking
Exploration of Animal Intelligence, by George Page
"... Do cats get depressed? 'Does the beaver have
the dam in mind?' Can we say animals think and feel
as we do? If so, which animals? If not, why not?

Such questions, and the relations among them,
prompt the wide-ranging essays in this volume,
which condense and synthesize... research on intel-
lection, emotion and learning in species from pigeons
to porpoises to people. ... some animals (not just
chimps, either) deserve to be considered conscious
beings. ..."

044. Wikipedia (The Free Encyclopedia)
Science Portal, by User Contributions
"... The Science Portal - Science, in the broadest sense
of the term, refers to any system of knowledge attained
by verifiable means. In a more restricted sense, science
refers to a system of acquiring knowledge based on
empiricism, experimentation, and methodological natur-
alism, as well as to the organized body of knowledge
humans have gained by such qualified research.

Scientists maintain that scientific investigation must ad-
here to the scientific method, a rigorous process for
properly developing and evaluating natural explana-
tions for observable phenomena based on reliable
empirical evidence and neutral, unbiased independent
verification, and not on arguments from authority or
popular preferences. Science therefore bypasses
supernatural explanations, it instead only considers
natural explanations that may be falsifiable. ..."

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043. DVD : An Inconvenient Truth

042. DVD : The Truth About Climate Change
(David Attenborough)

041. DVD : Nature's Most Amazing Events
(David Attenborough)

040. DVD : Planet Earth

039. DVD : Ape Genius

038. Pro-Humanist FREELOVER Posts which
include videos pertaining to Science/General
(as of December 4, 2009)

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037. The Running Press Cyclopedia : The Ultimate
Visual Reference Tool, by The Diagram Group
"... [Updated July, 2006] ... completely updated
edition is not only slightly larger than the original,
but it also contains the equivalent of 32 pages of
brand new material, including brand new illustrations.

The additional material covers the post 9-11 world,
especially new developments in world and national
politics and culture. Divided into twenty-one sec-
tions, The Running Press Cyclopedia includes more
than 200,000 facts on such topics as world history,
science, arts, and the environment.

Over one thousand illustrations, including charts,
diagrams, drawings, and maps, help the reader
visualize information and understand the impact
of statistics, geography, and other aspects of our
modern world.

... More than 1,000 full-color and black and white
illustrations. ..."

036. The Time Almanac 2010* : With Information
Please, by Borgna Brunner (Editor)
"[*Latest update to book titled 'Time Almanac
2001' on the 2000 version of this post]

... includes coverage that ranges from global trends
to national events ... outer space to cyber-space ...
the past to the present ... all the comprehensive up-
to- the-minute facts, statistics, dates and information
you'll ever need or want.

Highlights include world statistics and countries,
astronomy and space, calendar and holidays, health
and nutrition, sports results, business, economy, per-
sonal finance, the Internet, web-site guide, e-mail
addresses and so much more! ..."

035. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2010*
"[*Latest update to book titled 'The World Almanac
and Book of Facts 2001' on the 2000 version of this

... The World Almanac® and Book of Facts is Amer-
ica's top-selling reference book of all time, with more
than 80 million copies sold. Published annually since
1868 ... Labeled a 'treasure trove of political, eco-
nomic, scientific and educational statistics and infor-
mation' by the Wall Street Journal, the almanac con-
tains thousands of facts that are unavailable publicly
elsewhere ..."

034. The New York Public Library Science Desk
Reference, by Patricia Barnes-Svarney
"... Considering this volume is a mere 668 pages, it
does a remarkable job of covering the major con-
cepts and facts of biology, human anatomy, chem-
istry, physics, astronomy, Earth sciences, meteorol-
ogy, environmental sciences, and engineering. Not
surprising, as it was written by the New York Public
Library staff who know what questions are most
frequently asked by a knowledge-hungry public. ..."

033. Almost Everyone's Guide to Science : The
Universe, Life and Everything,
by Mary Gribbin (Contributor), John R. Gribbin
"... Gribbin demystifies the process through which
scientists come to know what they know, explaining
with lucid examples the scientific method for con-
structing and testing new theories. ... Selected as
one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 1999 by Library

... He begins by paying attention to the work of physi-
cists and their view of the atom, moving sequentially
to chemists, biologists, geologists, meteorologists,
astronomers and cosmologists.

Topics as diverse as the nature of chemical bonds,
the structure of biological molecules, evolution, plate
tectonics, the greenhouse effect, stellar evolution and
the big bang all touched on. Throughout, Gribbin em-
phasizes fundamentals of science and of the scientific method. ...

... Clearly and elegantly written. If you're going to
own just one general science book, you'd do well
to make it this one. ..."

032. Scientific American Science Desk Reference
"... This comprehensive, useful reference provides
the most commonly sought science information in
a lively, accessible format. It is arranged thematic-
ally in sixteen sections that cover everything from
astronomy and earth science to the human body
and technology. Also provided are over 500
biographies of key science figures, chronologies
of scientific developments, thousands of glossary
terms, and hundreds of useful Web sites. ..."

031. The Human Brain : A Guided Tour, by Susan Greenfield
"... A renowned brain researcher takes readers on a
guided tour of the brain to show what today's cutting-
edge scientists now know about how that mysterious
and fascinating organ works. Readers gain an up-
close and personal view of the human brain -- what
it is, how it works, how mood-modifying drugs find
their targets, and more. ..."

030. Mapping the Mind,
by Rita Carter, Christopher Frith
"... Drawing on the latest imaging technology and
the expertise of distinguished scientists, Rita Carter
explores the geography of the human brain. Her
writing is clear, accessible, witty, and the book's
150 illustrations, most in color, present an illustrated
guide to that wondrous, coconut-sized, wrinkled
gray mass we carry inside our heads. Mapping the
Mind charts the way human behavior and culture
have been molded by the landscape of the brain. ..."

029. Cartoon Guide to Physics,
by Larry Gonick, Art Huffman (Contributor)
"... I have a degree in Physics from 37 years ago
and picked this book up after browsing for a few
minutes. The book is great ... and explains a lot
about the every day physics we live in. This book
is a must for students interested in learning more
about physics. ..."

028. Living Planet : Preserving Edens of the Earth,
by Frans Lanting, Galen Rowell (Photographer),
David Doubilet, Walter Cronkite
"... Shot by renowned nature photographers Frans
Lanting, Galen Rowell and David Doubilet, the
images in Living Planet serve as a call to arms
to save what is left of the natural world. It's also
an arresting reminder of what will be lost if we
don't. ..."

027. Rainforests of the World : Water, Fire,
Earth & Air,
by Art Wolfe (Photographer), Ghillean T. Prance
"... More than 200 beautiful color images by one of
the world's most renowned photographers enhance
appreciation for the biological diversity of the rain-
forests, the fascinating plants and creatures they
harbor, and the intricacy and delicacy of the inter-
actions that bind the entire rainforest into one uni-
fied system.

026. Wildlife, by Mitsuaki Iwago (Photographer),
Isao Tezuka (Translator)
"... Short, insightful captions accompany over 450
full-color photographs arranged by region. ... All
of Iwago's photos are of almost perfect technical
quality and go beyond the action, somehow cap-
turing sounds and scents and enabling the reader
to enter the picture.

025. The Variety of Life : A Survey and a
Celebration of All the Creatures That Have
Ever Lived, by Colin Tudge
"... As the scientific specialty that traces the living
threads linking the world's species, classification
has undergone a revolution in recent decades,
with cladistics supplying new principles; molecular
biology, new data; and computers, new tools.

As Tudge initiates general readers into the secrets
of the revolution (the making of cladograms, for
instance), he emboldens us for the challenge of
technical literature. He also enlarges our sense of
wonder at the multitudinous miracle of life, so nur-
turing the emotions that will sustain efforts to pro-
tect our natural heritage. ..."

024. Parasite Rex : Inside the Bizarre World
of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures,
by Carl Zimmer
"... Repulsive they may be to us, but Mother
Nature cares not a whit for our feelings about
parasites. She's concerned only with how suc-
cessful those deadly freeloaders are in the evo-
lutionary struggle, and, by any measure, para-
sites are thriving winners.

... This is the field Zimmer unblinkingly explores,
replete with scenes of dissections that expose
the worms, flukes, and single-celled organisms
that invade a host. Gross! But as Zimmer esti-
mably explains how tough life is from the para-
site's perspective, such as the relentless battle
with the host's immune system, the reader be-
gins to concede parasites their niche in the eco-
logical system. ..."

023. The Cichlid Fishes: Nature's Grand
Experiment in Evolution,
by George W. Barlow, George C. Williams
"... A charming, authoritative look at one of nature's
most spectacular animals. Cichlid fishes are amazing
creatures. In terms of sheer number of species, they
are the most successful of all families of vertebrate
animals, and the extent and speed with which they
have evolved in some African lakes has made them
the darlings of evolutionary biologists.

But what truly captivates biologists like George Bar-
low -- not to mention thousands of aquarists the
world over -- is the complexity of their social lives
and their devotion to family (most species of cichlids
are monogamous and many pairs share the responsi-
bility of raising offspring). ...

The Cichlid Fishes is also a marvelous exploration
of how these unique animals might help resolve the
age-old puzzle of how species arise and evolve.

022. Silent Thunder : In the Presence of Elephants,
by Katy Payne
"... Payne offers the opportunity for a rare experience
and awakening that will change our view of ourselves,
elephants and all living things. Her approach is new
and less delusional than is typically taken by human

021. Bonobo : The Forgotten Ape,
by Frans De Waal, Frans Lanting (Photographer)
"... Beautiful and psychologically revealing, it may
remind us in this era of sexual scandal, why so
many millions of people can't get enough of a
good thing, no matter how many social or moral
taboos surround it. ... This is a mature book, with
equally mature implications for the human race - it
will perhaps shed some light on why we as a spe-
cies are so sexually preoccupied, even though we
try to deny it.

020. Chimpanzee Politics : Power and Sex
Among Apes, by Frans De Waal
[Updated September, 2007 -- 25th anniversary

"... Offers a detailed account of the alliances,
sexual rivalries, and power coalitions of chimpan-
zees in a large zoo colony in Arnhem, Netherlands.

... This edition features new color photos and a
new introduction and epilogue, updating the story
of the colony's political upheavals. Includes many
b&w photos.

019. The Dark Side of Man : Tracing
the Origins of Male Violence,
by Michael Ghiglieri
"... Michael Ghiglieri studies the roots of male vio-
lence from a unique vantage: he's a former combat
soldier and longtime primate researcher, a protégé
of Jane Goodall. ... Central to Ghiglieri's argument
is that violence is a deeply entrenched behavioral
strategy -- especially among males -- that simply
emerges when other strategies fail, a thesis he rein-
forces convincingly with both anecdotes and hard
numbers. ..."

018. Demonic Males : Apes and the Origins
of Human Violence,
by Richard Wrangham, Dale Peterson
"... If you harbor a sneaking suspicion that men are
a herd of ignoble savages, then this book is for
you. Authors Wrangham and Peterson will confirm
your instincts.

It turns out that hyperviolent social behavior is
deeply rooted in male human genes and common
among our closest male primate relatives. Rapes,
beatings and killings are as much a part of life
among the great apes as they are among us. ...

The heroes of this fascinating account of primate
behavior and evolution are bonobos, members of
a species closely related to both humans and
chimpanzees but distinguished by its comparatively
nonviolent and relatively egalitarian social structure.
Wrangham and Peterson look to studies of bonobo
social organization and behavior for insight into
social mechanisms to control human violence.

017. Stronger Sex: Understanding and Resolving
the Eternal Power Struggles Between Men and
Women, by Richard Driscoll
"... If you think women are the weaker sex, think
again. When it comes to relationships, women
wield the real power -- and always have, evolu-
tionary psychologist Dr. Richard Driscoll asserts
in this provocative and absorbing book.

016. The Evolution of Desire : Strategies of
Human Mating, by David M. Buss
"... In the pursuit of a mate, women prefer men who
possess money, resources, power and high social
status, while men tend to seek attractive, youthful
women who will remain sexually faithful. This finding
emerged from a global survey by Buss and colleagues
of 10,047 persons in 37 cultures, from Australia to

Women and men are often at cross-purposes in mate
selection, sexual relations and affairs. In a provocat-
ive study, Buss, a University of Michigan psychology
professor, attributes these differences to ingrained
psychological mechanisms which he argues are uni-
versal across cultures and rooted in each gender's
adaptive responses over millennia of human evolution.

One area, however, where Buss finds common ground
between men and women is in their ruthless use of de-
ception, sexual display and denigration of rivals in the
pursuit of a partner. ..."

015. Why Sex Matters, by Bobbi S. Low
"... Sex differences, Low says, are central to our lives.
Are they genetically programmed or the result of
social traditions? New research ... supports the
perhaps unsettling view that men and women have
indeed evolved to behave differently.

The differences arise from the fundamental principle
of evolutionary biology, that all living organisms have
evolved to seek and use resources to enhance their reproductive success. ..."

014. Why People Believe Weird Things :
Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other
Confusions of Our Time, by Michael Shermer
"... Covers Holocaust denial and creationism in
considerable detail, and has chapters on abductions,
Satanism, Afrocentrism, near-death experiences,
Randian positivism, and psychics. ... Throughout,
Shermer emphasizes that skepticism (in his sense)
does not need to be cynicism: 'Rationality tied to
moral decency is the most powerful joint instrument
for good that our planet has ever known.' ..."

013. Altered Egos : How the Brain Creates the Self,
by Todd E. Feinberg
"... Feinberg first introduces the reader to dozens
of intriguing cases of patients whose disorders
have resulted in what he calls 'altered egos': a
change in the brain that transforms the boundaries
of the self.

... Drawing on his own and other evidence, Fein-
berg explains how the unified self, while not located
in one or another brain region, arises out of the
staggering complexity and number of the brain's
component parts.

012. The Infinite Journey : Eyewitness Accounts
of NASA and the Age of Space,
by William E. Burrows, Walter Cronkite
"... Gives us a view of the conquest of space not only
from the point of view of astronauts, but also from
so many other people who participated in this grand
... Burrows's book is an excellent combin-
ation of science, human insights, and the beauty and
terror of space: truly inspirational. ... enlivened by
richly reproduced photographs ..."

011. Earth from Above,
by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (Photographer),
Sophie Bessis, David Baker (Translator)
"... Renowned aerial photographer Yann Arthus-
Bertrand presents nearly 200 striking color images
that put our home planet in a whole new perspec-
tive. Produced under the sponsorship of UNESCO,
the book is also a unique documentary record of
the earth's fragile ecosystems at the dawn of the
new millennium. ..."

010. Full Moon, by Michael Light,
Andrew Chaikin (Contributor)
"... Graced by five 45-inch-wide gatefolds that
display the lunar landscape, from above the
surface and at eye level, in unprecedented detail
and clarity, Full Moon conveys on each page
the excitement, disorientation, and awe that the
astronauts themselves felt as they were shot
into space and then as they explored an alien
landscape and looked back at their home planet
from hundreds of thousands of miles away.

009. Mars : Uncovering the Secrets of the Red
Planet, by Paul Raeburn, foreward & comments
by Matt Golombek (National Geographic Society)
"...Presents an abundantly illustrated glimpse of the
faraway place that has beckoned to us since ancient
times and promises to be our first step onto another
planet. About 125 color photographs and a panor-
amic 3-D image (viewer included) are accompanied
by text that explores the long history of our curiosity
about Mars, the most recent discoveries, and the
future of Martian exploration. ..."

008. Magnificent Universe, by Ken Croswell
"... These spectacular photographs of our primordial
home hopefully will invoke a nostalgia in the deepest
core of our collective unconscious and remind us that
we human beings are 'astounding, lucid confusions' 
who live together on one beautiful, small blue ball in
a glorious universe which abounds with mystery and
awe. ..."

007. Other Worlds: Images of the Cosmos from
Earth and Space,
by James S. Trefil, Foreword by David H. Levy
"... This lavishly illustrated, visually stunning book on
the cosmos melds together the very best imagery
available from the Hubble Space Telescope and
other sources, with lucid and timely text by award-
winning science writer Trefil. 175 full-color photos.

006. DK Pockets: Encyclopedia
by John Farndon
"... The Pockets Encyclopedia -- which must be the
world's smallest one-volume encyclopedia -- gives
new meaning to the idea of ready reference. This
heavily illustrated mini-encyclopedia with maximum
answer potential would make a thoughtful gift for
just about anyone, especially students and trivia

005. DK Pockets: Science Encyclopedia
by Deni Bown
"... Packed with facts, figures, and statistics in four
key areas -- chemistry and physics, the living world,
the Earth and weather, and space -- this indispensable
school and homework aid includes more than 1,000
full-color maps, photographs, diagrams, charts, and
illustrations. An amazingly compact encyclopedia
of scientific knowledge.

004. DK Pockets: Science Facts
by Steve Setford
"... Filled with charts, tables, and diagrams, Pockets:
Science Facts is designed to make science accessible
to readers of all ages. Annotated photographs clearly
illustrate key experiments and processes, while
quick-reference boxes explain scientific laws and

003. DK Pockets: Nature Facts
by Scarlett O'Hara
"... A fascinating guide to all aspects of the natural
world. Packed with superb full-color photographs,
explanatory diagrams, and charts, with classification
tables and a special section on ecology.

002. DK Pockets: Earth Facts
by Cally Hall (Editor)
"... How do mountains form? Where is the deepest
trench on Earth? Why do volcanoes erupt? The
answers to these questions and many more are
packed within the pages of Pockets: Earth Facts. ..."

001. Visions : How Science Will Revolutionize
the 21st Century, by Michio Kaku (Preface)
"... Michio Kaku's book Visions makes a bunch of
forecasts about the shape of human life in the 21st
century and well beyond. Kaku ... attempts to divine
the fate not only of human minds and bodies but
also of computers, robots and man-machine blends,
along with the fates of the sun and all of its planets
and their moons from now until the heat death of
the universe.