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A Graphic Novel Biography of Richard Feynman
A Graphic Novel Biography of Richard Feynman

Safe-cracking the quantum physics way, or what the Challenger disaster has to do with bongo drums.

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7 Essential Collections of Conversations with Cultural Icons
7 Essential Collections of Conversations with Cultural Icons

Inside our era’s greatest minds, or what Nelson Mandela has to do with the fringes of the art world.

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Arthur C. Clarke Predicts the Future in 1964, Gets It Oddly Right
Arthur C. Clarke Predicts the Future in 1964, Gets It Oddly Right

How to walk the line between futurism and absurdity, or why the satellite is more important than the A-bomb.

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Pump Up The Volume: A History of House Music
Pump Up The Volume: A History of House Music

From John Travolta to Eurotrash, or what Chicago’s basements have to do with Moscow’s nightlife.

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15 Years of Cutting-Edge Thinking on Understanding the Mind
15 Years of Cutting-Edge Thinking on Understanding the Mind

What mirror neurons have to do with Abu Ghraib, the science of religion, and how happiness flourishes.

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How Radio Broadcasting Works: An Animated Explanation from 1937
How Radio Broadcasting Works: An Animated Explanation from 1937

From oscillator to audience, or how the music of the orchestra travels from the studio to your home.

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People Who Became Nouns: The Music Video
People Who Became Nouns: The Music Video

Boycott, Maverick, Guillotine, Shrapnel, Cardigan, Sandwich, Silhouette, Zeppelin, Leotard, Lamborghini.

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New York and the Dawn of Cartoons: 7 Animation Pioneers
New York and the Dawn of Cartoons: 7 Animation Pioneers

What lovable dinosaurs have to do with chalkboard, Cab Calloway and the hypocrisies of Hollywood.

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How the Aurora Borealis Works
How the Aurora Borealis Works

Demystifying the cosmic origins of one of Earth’s greatest wonders, or what solar storms have to do with snow.

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Democracy & Despotism: 1940s Encyclopedia Britannica Films
Democracy & Despotism: 1940s Encyclopedia Britannica Films

Vintage lessons in civic harmony, or how small-scale common courtesy paves the way for large-scale peace.

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