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Significant Figures: The Lives and Work of Great Mathematicians

Best appreciated and understood by advanced students of mathematics.

Darwin's Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory

For students or teachers of biology or for readers looking for another side of Darwin.

Atomic Adventures: Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder: A Journey into the Wild World of Nuclear Science

Though this title has some drawbacks, it is unlikely that those with a serious interest in nuclear history or physics will find these events described more clearly elsewhere, particularly the parts about the Georgia Tech Research Institute cold fusion experiments.

The Seeds of Life: From Aristotle to da Vinci, from Sharks' Teeth to Frogs' Pants, the Long and Strange Quest To Discover Where Babies Come From

An enlightening and quick read that delves into the details of a topic that readers might think they know all about. Those interested in the early modern period and the history of science in Europe will particularly appreciate this title.

My European Family: The First 54,000 Years

Overall, a thoughtful and personal story for readers with an interest in early European history, genealogy, or archaeology.

Revolutionary Science: Transformation and Turmoil in the Age of the Guillotine

Best for those with some familiarity with the period or early modern science generally.

The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter

Readers who eschew Kindles and iPods or who want to "unplug" will relish this title.

Now: The Physics of Time

This volume is best for those who are already familiar with physics and who want to jump straight into the problem of studying time. Novices would do better to read some of the works of Neil deGrasse Tyson, such as Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries.

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

A must-read for fans of Roach and for those who relish learning about the secret histories of everyday things.

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