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The Science of How Clouds Actually Stay Up in the Sky
The Science of How Clouds Actually Stay Up in the Sky

How to keep the weight of 100 elephants in the air.

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The Best Science Books of 2014
The Best Science Books of 2014

The math of soul mates, the psychology of nothing, the physics of faith, and more illuminating insights on the universe and our place in it.

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The Fluid Dynamics of “The Starry Night”: How Vincent Van Gogh’s Masterpiece Explains the Scientific Mysteries of Movement and Light
The Fluid Dynamics of “The Starry Night”: How Vincent Van Gogh’s Masterpiece Explains the Scientific Mysteries of Movement and Light

“In a period of intense suffering, Van Gogh was somehow able to perceive and represent one of the most supremely difficult concepts nature has ever brought before mankind.”

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Maria Merian’s Butterflies: The Illustrated Story of How a 17th-Century Woman Forever Changed the Course of Science Through Art
Maria Merian’s Butterflies: The Illustrated Story of How a 17th-Century Woman Forever Changed the Course of Science Through Art

A heartening homage to a courageous woman who fought superstition with science and love.

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Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous Brain Scan Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity
Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous Brain Scan Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity

How the most creative human who ever lived was able to access a different state of consciousness.

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Bill Nye Reads a Brilliant, Creationism-Busting Passage from His New Book on Evolution
Bill Nye Reads a Brilliant, Creationism-Busting Passage from His New Book on Evolution

An intelligent antidote to propaganda’s chronic line of unreasonable reasoning.

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