Applied Minds: How Engineers Think
By Guru Madhavan
Biomedical engineer Madhavan delivers an accessible and very human story of innovators, from Alfred Hitchcock’s thought process crafting The Birds to a father motivated by grief to improve emergency response times.
Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells
By Helen Scales
With the soul of a poet and a talent for finding the most intriguing trivia about familiar seaside sights, marine biologist Scales turns the mundane into the magical.
The Story of Life in 25 Fossils
By Donald Prothero
From the humble first fossils known as Cryptozoon to the spectacular sea monster Kronosaurus, Prothero guides readers through the history of life on our planet, weaving in entertaining tales of how the fossils were discovered — and the scientific debates they often provoked.
The Reason for Flowers: Their History, Culture, Biology, and How They Change Our Lives
By Stephen Buchmann
Our love affair with blooming plants began with the earliest human ancestors. But by then, flowers already had played a critical role on the planet for millions of years, one brought to life in careful detail by pollination ecologist Buchmann.
Lighting the World: Transforming Our Energy Future by Bringing Electricity to Everyone
By Jim Rogers
With the evangelizing feel of a TED talk, former energy exec Rogers makes his provocative case for powering up the Third World.