The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality
Scientists have discovered that only 4 percent of the universe consists of the matter that makes up people, planets, stars, and galaxies. The rest is ... who knows? In-depth, on-site reporting captures an intimate portrait of the eureka moments and blind alleys that have redefined science and reinvented the universe.
The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum
(by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek)
The world’s foremost expert on autism teams up with a leading interpreter of the history and philosophy of science to explore and explain what we know and don’t know about the human brain.
Seeing and Believing: How the Telescope Opened Our Eyes and Minds to the Heavens
When Galileo looked through a new instrument and discovered the universe was not what we'd always assumed it to be, he began a centuries-long search for new worlds, new stars, new galaxies--and a new understanding of what it means to be us.
The Invisible Century: Einstein, Freud, and the Search for Hidden Universes
In the early twentieth century, Einstein and Freud were the foremost figures in search of the next level of scientific knowledge—evidence we can’t see—and their investigations reached unprecedented realms—relativity and the unconscious. Their parallel journeys of discovery forever altered our understanding of the very nature of reality.
Waterloo Diamonds: A Midwestern Town and Its Minor League Team
The true story of a struggling industrial Iowa town, its minor league baseball franchise, and how they combined to battle Major League forces in a fight for survival.
The Last Word on Nothing
Serious and silly musings on modern science...or whatever: http://www.lastwordonnothing.com/category/richard/