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The Quantum Moment: how Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg taught us to love uncertainty. Robert P. Crease. Audio, Braille. Discusses the lasting legacy of the research into quantum physics in the early 1900s. Presents material from their cross-disciplinary course that explores how science and human behavior meet in the definition of "quantum." Describes the impact of quantum research on science and popular culture.
The Sound Book: the science of the sonic wonders of the World. Trevor Cox. Audio, Braille. Acoustic engineer details his search for sounds after having an epiphany about unusual noises while listening to the acoustics of a Victorian-era sewer. Explains mechanics of sounds like ice melting on a Siberian lake and singing sands in the Mojave Desert.
The Sixth Extinction: an unnatural history. Elizabeth Kolbert. Audio, Braille. Examines the causes of the five prehistoric mass extinctions and compares previous conditions with those existing in the twenty-first century. Posits that humanity is on the brink of the sixth mass extinction and is the primary cause of it.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Audio, Large Print, Braille. Tyson, one of America's most celebrated astrophysicists, invites young readers to explore the mysteries of the universe, from communication with aliens to dark matter to why the world is round. For grades 3-6 and older readers.
The End of Plenty: the race to feed a crowded World. Joel K. Bourne. Audio. Takes on the question of how we feed the world as population growth outstrips food production. Looks at agriculture in the past and the future of food production in the face of climate change.
The Sea Around Us. Rachel Carson. Audio, Large Print, Braille. A revised edition of an award-winning classic. An eminent marine biologist reveals the science and poetry of the sea from its primeval beginnings billions of years ago to scientific probings of its tantalizing mysteries.
Earth System Science: a very short introduction. Tim Lenton. Audio. Overviews the young research field of Earth system science, which combines elements of geology, biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics to understand how the planet regulates itself and sustains life. Discusses human activities on the Earth's functioning.
Tools and Weapons: the promise and peril of the digital age.Brad Smith. Audio. President of Microsoft presents an analysis of the ethical responsibilities of the technology sector regarding the ways the innovations they develop impact the world. Topics covered include surveillance, privacy, cybersecurity, digital diplomacy, broadband access in rural areas, artificial intelligence, and democratic access to data.
Hands on Science, Math, and Technology: integrated activities that promote critical thinking. David Thurlo. Braille. Science, Mathematics and technology activity programs. Grades 5-8.
The Glass Cage: automation and us. Nicholas G. Carr. Audio. Digs behind the headlines about factory robots and self-driving cars, wearable computers and digitized medicine, as he explores the hidden costs of granting software dominion over our work and our leisure and reveals something we already suspect: shifting our attention to computer screens can leave us disengaged and discontented.