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A Journey to the End of the World: Tracing Polar Explorer Shackleton’s Footsteps a Century Later
A Journey to the End of the World: Tracing Polar Explorer Shackleton’s Footsteps a Century Later

What a seal bodyguard and 2,200-year-old moss have to do with a watershed moment in exploration history.

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How Muybridge Changed Science Through Art: A Fascinating Vintage Short Film by the U.S. Department of Defense
How Muybridge Changed Science Through Art: A Fascinating Vintage Short Film by the U.S. Department of Defense

What galloping horses have to do with nuclear reactors and supersonic missiles.

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Joel Robison’s Whimsical Photographic Abstractions of the Joy of Reading
Joel Robison’s Whimsical Photographic Abstractions of the Joy of Reading

Imaginative visual vocabulary for that feeling you can’t put your finger on.

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William Gottlieb’s Beautiful Vintage Photographs of Jazz Legends, from Billie Holiday to Louis Armstrong
William Gottlieb’s Beautiful Vintage Photographs of Jazz Legends, from Billie Holiday to Louis Armstrong

Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gilespie, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mister, Billie Holiday’s dog, too.

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27 of Humanity’s Strangest Inventions
27 of Humanity’s Strangest Inventions

If you can’t deliver the newspaper on your amphibious bicycle, you can always fax it.

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The Geometry of God: The Striking Kaleidoscopic Patterns of European Cathedral Ceilings
The Geometry of God: The Striking Kaleidoscopic Patterns of European Cathedral Ceilings

Photographer David Stephenson captures architectural triumphs at the intersection of art and mathematics.

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A Glorious Enterprise: The Making of American Science
A Glorious Enterprise: The Making of American Science

Rare glimpses of strange specimens and obscure images, laced with tales of scientific rivalry and boundless inspiration, with cameos by Thomas Jefferson, Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemingway, and James Bond.

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Beautiful Vintage Cross-Sections of Trees, Many Rare or Extinct Today
Beautiful Vintage Cross-Sections of Trees, Many Rare or Extinct Today

A bittersweet masterpiece of design and natural history.

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The Magic of Seeds and the Science of Insuring Earth’s Future
The Magic of Seeds and the Science of Insuring Earth’s Future

What tiny parachutes and a man named Wolfgang have to do with the future of all living species.

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The Smiley Book of Colors
The Smiley Book of Colors

The basics of optimism and color theory, with a nod to neuroscience.

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