“Shares the author’s daily observations of nature over the course of a year, and includes explanations of natural phenomena.”
“Cosmos, the widely acclaimed book and television series by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, was about where we are in the vastness of space and time. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is an exploration of who we are. How were we shaped by life’s adventure on this planet, by a mysterious past that we are only just beginning to piece together?”
“A Pulitzer prize winning 1977 book by Carl Sagan. In it, he combines the fields of anthropology, evolutionary biology, psychology, and computer science to give a perspective of how human intelligence evolved.”
Okay, I cheated–this is the TV series, not a book. It’s the most widely watched PBS series ever, according to Wikipedia, and it’s poetically brilliant, so if you haven’t seen it, you should.
A calc textbook that “attempts to make a clear, conceptual understanding of calculus accessible to all liberal arts students. It presents mathematics as growing out of the classical liberal arts to form a natural bridge between the humanities and the sciences.”
“Speculates on the possibilities of future technological development over the next 100 years. …Kaku lays out his vision of coming developments in medicine, computing, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and energy production.”
In the early 1980s, Hofstadter wrote a meandering, pondering, puzzling column for the Scientific American; this is it, along with his commentary on each article and a few extra essays and/or speeches.
Wikipedia has a fine description of this book, but it’s quite involved. GEB is a book about how consciousness arose from very much non-conscious stuff like mud and rocks. A crude but fairly accurate summary, I think. This book is awesome fun.
“A broad introduction to the science of modern cosmology, with emphasis on its historical origins.”