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How the World Works

Books about science.


Dangerous planet : natural disasters that changed history
Dangerous planet : natural disasters that changed history

Find out how occurences of natural disasters such as meteor impacts, landslides, typhoons, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes changed the course of human history.


The museum of hoaxes : a collection of pranks, stunts, deceptions, and other wonderful stories contrived for the public from the Middle Ages to the new millennium
The museum of hoaxes : a collection of pranks, stunts, deceptions, and other wonderful stories contrived for the public from the Middle Ages to the new millennium

You'll read about the curiosities and cons of the most notorious hornswogglers and flimflam men of the nineteenth century; you'll be astounded at the imposters, pretenders, carnies, and tricksters of the twentieth.


Why pandas do handstands : and other curious truths about animals
Why pandas do handstands : and other curious truths about animals

Gathered here are hundreds of the funniest, most fascinating, and just plain bizarre things that have been discovered about the non-human world.


Something out of nothing : Marie Curie and radium
Something out of nothing : Marie Curie and radium

Meet Manya Sklodowska, better known as Marie Curie, the co-discover of radium and the first woman awarded the Nobel prize.


An American plague : the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793
An American plague : the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793

It's 1793, and there's an invisible killer roaming the streets of Philadelphia. The city's residents are fleeing in fear. This killer has a name -- yellow fever -- but everything else about it is a mystery.


The great brain book : an inside look at the inside of your head
The great brain book : an inside look at the inside of your head

Newquist peels back the layers of the brain to explore what it's made of, how it works, and how to make your brain work for you.


Tigers in red weather : a quest for the last wild tigers
Tigers in red weather : a quest for the last wild tigers

Searching for the roots and reasons for the near extinction of tigers is more complicated than the author ever imagines as she travels the Asian continent.


Bury the dead : tombs, corpses, mummies, skeletons, & rituals
Bury the dead : tombs, corpses, mummies, skeletons, & rituals

This book examines the customs and practices related to burial that have existed from ancient times to the present.


Rats : observations on the history and habitat of the city's most unwanted inhabitants
Rats : observations on the history and habitat of the city's most unwanted inhabitants

While dispensing gruesomely fascinating rat facts and strangely entertaining rat stories, Sullivan gets to know not just the beast but its friends and foes.


Dr. Art's guide to science : connecting atoms, galaxies, and everything in between
Dr. Art's guide to science : connecting atoms, galaxies, and everything in between

Venture beyond the Milky Way with Dr. Art to discover the vastness of space, the depths of time, and how ancient explosions in our galaxy generated stardust that infuses our planet -- and our bodies -- to this day.