From So Simple A Beginning

From So Simple A Beginning

A collectible hardcover edition of From So Simple A Beginning: The Four Great Books of Charles Darwin, introduction by Edward O. Wilson, is now in stock. It comes in a nice slipcase and is in beautiful condition!

From So Simple A Beginning

Our price is $18.50. Find it in our science section or shop it online!

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Three Things (with Space Age Souvenirs)

The Nature of the Universe

  1. Vintage souvenir dish from 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, $15.00
  2. The Nature of the Universe by Fred Hoyle (vintage 1958), $5.00
  3. Apollo 11 keychain (vintage 1969), $15.00

Plus a couple of detail shots of the Apollo 11 keychain:

What If?

What If? by Randall Munroe

New on our shelves this week is a nice fresh hardcover of What if?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe. If you’re not familiar with xkcd, this is a perfect introduction to it! From the book flap:

From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, surprising answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.

Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fans’ strangest questions. The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical:

What if I took a swim in a spent nuclear fuel pool?

Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?

What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City?

What would happen if someone’s DNA vanished?

If you enjoy exploring the hypothetical in an informative yet entertaining way, xkcd and this book are for you! Our price is $8.40.

–Sharon

Steampunk

 

With a great new batch of steampunk novels in stock this week, we’ve put together a steampunk display in the front of the store! Authors include James P. Blaylock, Felix J. Palma, K. W. Jeter, David Barnett, and Lavie Tidhar.

Steampunk refers to a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery (source: Wikipedia).

The following is an excerpt from Steampunk 101 on Abe Books:

In spite of its vintage feel, steampunk as a literary genre is relatively new, with roots that barely reach back to the ‘70’s and acquiring a name only as recently as 1987. But the seeds of steampunk can be traced back to the 19th century, when Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Mary Shelley and others were writing about steampunk-ish themes, paving the way for a variety of modern incarnations.

Included in our display are related nonfiction books on steam trains, early aviation, Victorian scientists/inventors, and so on.

Our selection of steampunk novels are normally located in our Sci-Fi/Fantasy section.

 

New Arrival – ROBOTS

 

Robots: Machines in Man’s Image (1985) by Isaac Asimov and Karen A. Frenkel has arrived.

If you’re into this kind of thing…this is SUCH a cool book! It’s a pleasure to page through it as it’s packed full of illustrations and photos. It covers everything robots: the origins of robots, robots in pop culture and science fiction, industrial robots, actual research and tech, and speculation on the future of robots. It was published in 1985, so part of the fun of this book is looking at these ideas through the lens of that time.

It comes covered in a clear protective book jacket – our price is $8.00.

 

Vintage Astronomy / Science

 

We have a few new additions to our vintage science books this week.

Black Holes, Quasars, & the Universe by Harry L. Shipman (1976) – $6.60

The Larousse Guide to Astronomy by David Baker (1978) – $5.60

Telescopes for Skygazing by Dr. Henry E. Paul (1979) – $6.00

All of these are in nice condition and come covered in clear protective book jackets.

Browse our science section in-store or online!

 

The Fabric of the Cosmos

 

Currently in stock in our science section are two of Brian Greene’s The Fabric of the Cosmos, one in hardcover ($10.15) and one in paperback ($8.45).

From the Goodreads description:

From Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading physicists and author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Elegant Universe, comes a grand tour of the universe that makes us look at reality in a completely different way.

Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past? Greene has set himself a daunting task: to explain non-intuitive, mathematical concepts like String Theory, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, and Inflationary Cosmology with analogies drawn from common experience. From Newton’s unchanging realm in which space and time are absolute, to Einstein’s fluid conception of spacetime, to quantum mechanics’ entangled arena where vastly distant objects can instantaneously coordinate their behavior, Greene takes us all, regardless of our scientific backgrounds, on an irresistible and revelatory journey to the new layers of reality that modern physics has discovered lying just beneath the surface of our everyday world.

Browse through which Brian Greene books we have in stock either in-store or in our online shop.

 

New Arrival: Descartes’ Error

 

Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain by Antonio Damasio has arrived this week in our science section.

From the Goodreads description:

Since Descartes famously proclaimed, “I think, therefore I am,” science has often overlooked emotions as the source of a person’s true being. Even modern neuroscience has tended, until recently, to concentrate on the cognitive aspects of brain function, disregarding emotions. This attitude began to change with the publication of Descartes’ Error in 1995. Antonio Damasio—”one of the world’s leading neurologists” (The New York Times)—challenged traditional ideas about the connection between emotions and rationality. In this wondrously engaging book, Damasio takes the reader on a journey of scientific discovery through a series of case studies, demonstrating what many of us have long suspected: emotions are not a luxury, they are essential to rational thinking and to normal social behavior.

Our price is $7.50 – find it in-store or in our online shop.

 

New Arrivals: Vintage Science Fiction

This week we’ve added a large batch of paperbacks to our “Vintage Science Fiction/Fantasy” section!

There’s a great selection of authors represented in this batch, including quite a few Poul Anderson, Robert Heinlein, and Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Stop by and browse in-store or take a look in our online shop!

 

Vintage Astronomy Books

We recently received a number of great vintage astronomy books. They have gone fast but there are a few left as of today:

Comets: An Illustrated Introduction by Patrick Moore – $5.00

Comet by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan – $9.00

The Comet Kohoutek by Joseph F. Goodavage – $5.00

The Structure of the Universe by E. L. Schatzman – $5.00