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  1. 7.0 hrs • 4/7/2015 • Unabridged

    Fifty-two inspiring and insightful profiles of history’s brightest female scientists In 2013 the New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. It began: “She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three children.” It wasn’t until the second paragraph that readers discovered why the Times had devoted several hundred words to her life: Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to keep communications satellites in orbit and had recently been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Among the questions the obituary—and consequent outcry—prompted were: who are the role models for today’s female scientists, and where can we find the stories that cast them in their true light? Headstrong delivers a powerful, global, and engaging response. Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby’s vibrant profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one’s ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they’re best known. This fascinating tour reveals these fifty-two women at their best—while encouraging and inspiring a new generation of girls to put on their lab coats.

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    Headstrong

    7.0 hrs • 4/7/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 12.8 hrs • 5/21/2013 • Unabridged

    From bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis comes a treasure trove of answers to questions about our world. Was there an Atlantis? What’s the smallest country in the world? What’s the difference between a jungle and a rain forest? Kenneth C. Davis, author of Don’t Know Much About® History, Don’t Know Much About® the Civil War and Don’t Know Much About® the Bible, turns his inimitable wit and wide-ranging knowledge to the subject of geography, and proves once and for all that there is a lot more to it than labeling countries on a map. From often amusing perceptions people have had through the ages about the world and the universe to the changing map of today, Davis shows how geography is really a great crossroad of many fields: biology, meteorology, astronomy, history, economics, and even politics. In this lively, entertaining, and endlessly fascinating presentation, you’ll hear about the personalities that helped shape the world and learn the answers to questions that have vexed most of us since grade school. Along the way, Davis offers an affectionate ode to the earth: a celebration of the earth, a searching investigation of the destruction of our habitat, and a practical guide to saving our home planet. For anyone who has felt geographically ignorant ever since gas stations stopped handing out free maps, Don't Know Much About® Geography is enormously informative entertainment.

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  3. 8.4 hrs • 8/27/2012 • Unabridged

    Discover how cricket chirps can tell us the temperature, why you can’t unburn a match, why ice floats, and a host of mysteries of modern living—including some riddles that maybe even Einstein couldn’t solve. From the simple (How does soap know what’s dirt? How do magnets work? Why do batteries die?) to the more complex (Why does evaporation have a cooling effect? Where does uranium get its energy?) this book makes science more understandable and fun. Author Robert Wolke provides definitive and easy-to-comprehend explanations for things that we take for granted, like the illumination behind neon signs and the mysteries of beverage carbonation. Wolke also dares readers to explore and conduct their own experiments with food, kitchen utensils, and common household products. This fifteenth anniversary edition of his bestselling popular science classic has been completely revised and expanded.

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    What Einstein Didn’t Know

    8.4 hrs • 8/27/12 • Unabridged
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  4. 4.2 hrs • 12/1/1999 • Abridged

    LET THE WORLD'S GREATEST SCIENTISTS TAKE YOU TO THE FRONTIERS OF SCIENCE TODAY. From Astronomy to Viruses, you'll find their narratives full of genius, personal insight and enlightenment. Great Minds of Science, hosted by Paul Hoffman, is a tribute to mankind's ingenuity and boundless curiosity.

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    Great Minds of Science

    4.2 hrs • 12/1/99 • Abridged
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