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Science -> General

New and used books on mathematics at Powell's
A Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash. Jr.


The life of a mathematical genius whose brilliant career was cut short by schizophrenia and who, after three decades of devastating mental illness, was honored with a Nobel Prize

Site: Learn.co.uk.: Science - Key Stage 2

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.Learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=7199

18 interactive lessons cover some basic concepts of physical and biological sciences for middle-grade children.

Tip: Click a linked word to get a pop-up definition

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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New and used books on science at Powell's
The Evolution of Useful Things


An extended discussion of knives, forks, spoons, and other common devices, plus the social and technical factors affects the development and use of such things as plastic bags, fast-food packaging, push-button telephones, and other modern conveniences

New and used books on Richard Feynman at Powell's
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character


Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard P. Feynman recounts his adventures trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr, accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums - and much else of an eyebrow-raising and hilarious nature. Photos

Site: Learn.co.uk: Science - Key Stage 3

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.Learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=3964

17 interactive lessons on life sciences, complete with short self-tests, and 13 on physical sciences. Lots and lots of interactivity.

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

This site is a winner of Dr. Brain's Big Brain Award

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Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universe, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension


Kaku, a physicist, paints a vivid portrait of the groundbreaking theory of hyperspace and its newest wrinkle, superstring theory

New and used books on science at Powell's
Faster: The Acceleration of Just about Everything


From our growing obsession with speed and multi-tasking to our paradoxical perceptions of success, Gleick analyzes, dissects, and confounds our zeal for making, wasting, killing, buying, and spending time

Site: Learn.co.uk: Science - Key Stage 4 (Foundation)

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=19152

26 interactive lessons on pysical, materials, and biological science. Written for middle-grade children, they're also a wonderful way to introduce yourself to science, or just brush up on all you've forgotten since school.

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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New and used books on genetics at Powell's
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters


Arguably the most significant scientific discovery of the new century, the mapping of the human genome raises questions that will profoundly impact the way we think about disease, about longevity, and about free will - questions that will affect the rest of your life

New and used books on physics at Powell's
A Brief History of Time


Marking the tenth anniversary of a worldwide science classic, this fully updated edition is enriched with a new Introduction by Professor Hawking and an entirely new chapter on wormholes and time travel

Site: Learn.co.uk: Science - Key Stage 4 (Higher)

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=34209

27 lessons on the biological and physical sciences, with tests. Uses knowledge gained in the three Learn.co.uk tutorials above.

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin


Gould challenges his readers to examine the deep and underlying meanings of the Darwinian revolution and its influences on the nature of human thought and perception - popular science at its best by a true hero of science


Science -> Anatomy

New and used books on anatomy at Powell's
Anatomy Coloring Book 2ND Edition


This comprehensive new edition is clearer and easier to use, with 29 all-new color plates, a glossary, and an expanded index - 163 color plates

Site: Learn About Anatomy

URL: http://www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html

This site is just full of interactive diagrams and just enough descriptive information, as well as animations various body systems in action.

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New and used books on anatomy at Powell's
The Human Brain Coloring Book


A coloring book that teaches about the structures and functions of the human brain

New and used books on anatomy at Powell's
Grays Anatomy: A Fact Filled Coloring Book


Learn about what makes the body work and just how intricate human beings are--both inside and out. Sixty detailed drawings, designed for coloring, are enhanced by detailed text describing each illustration

Site: CyberAnatomy Tutorials

URL: http://numedsun.ncl.ac.uk/~nds4/tutorials/index.html

Lots of tutorials, but not all are interactive. Check out Facial nerves and muscles for starters.

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New and used books on physiology at Powell's
Physiology Coloring Book 2ND Edition


Study the fine points of human physiology using this terrific study aid

New and used books on the brain at Powell's
Anatomy of the Brain


A Colorful Introduction to the Anatomy of the Brain: A Brain and Psychology Coloring Book

Site: The Heart

Author: The Franklin Institute WebTeam

URL: http://sln.fi.edu/biosci/heart.html

Interlinked lessons on the structure, function, and development of the human heart. 3-D heart models and a beating heart animation (Dr. Brain says, "Awww....") to liven up the otherwise sort of plain pages.

Tip: Lots of extra info available through clicking linked words. Just don't lose your way.

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Science -> Astronomy

New and used books on Richard Feynman at Powell's
Tuva or Bust!: Richard Feynman's Last Journey


Richard Feynman's last adventure - a journey of the mind and spirit to the lost country of Tannu Tuva, a mysterious land recalled from his childhood stamp collecting

Site: Free-ed.net: Modern Astronomy

URL: http://www.free-ed.net/fr08/lfc/course0802_01/300AN/coursemain.asp

A college-level Astronomy self-study course in 17 units. Includes lesson outline, lists of principles and terms, self-evaluation tests, and suggested online study resources. Quizzes and essay question tests for each unit included.

Tip: Applicable units include an online collection of instructional images to illustrate the course.

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New and used books on science at Powell's
Almost Everyone's Guide to Science: The Universe, Life and Everything


John Gribbin speaks to those who are interested in science but are scared off by the technical detail, in a broad picture of scientific achievement at the end of the 20th century

New and used books on science at Powell's
Why Aren't Black Holes Black?: The Unanswered Questions at the Frontiers of Space


Two renowned scientists take readers behind the scenes, into the worlds of chemistry, physics, earth science, and biochemistry, to explore the unanswered questions of science

Site: Introduction to the Nine Planets

Author: Bill Arnett

URL: http://www.seds.org/billa/tnp/intro.html

A wealth of info on each of the nine planets of our solar system.

Tip: The links to the individual planets are in the illustration at the top of the page. Links to other info occur in the text of the pages.

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The Collapse of Chaos: Discovering Simplicity in a Complex World


A biologist and a mathematician (Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart) create a new scientific outlook for the 21st century. Don't miss this one!

New and used books on science at Powell's
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love


The story of Galileo Galilei and his daughter Virginia, a nun, told in part through their letters. By the Author of the best-selling Longitude

Site: STARGZR: a Free Astronomy Course

Author: Jack C. Troeger

URL: http://darkskyinstitute.org/astronomy.html

An easy-to-absorb astronomical overview in 14 units, with a glossary and lots of links to other resources. The design isn't sophisticated, but the content is worthwhile.

Tip: Menu leading to course units is at the bottom of the page linked here.

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Figments of Reality: The Evolution of the Curious Mind


A biologist and a mathematician (Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart) present bold outlooks on the coevolution of mind and culture, free will, and the essence of humanity. Not to be missed!


Science -> Biology

New and used books on science at Powell's
Climbing Mount Improbable


Richard Dawkins (The Selfish Gene and "The Blind Watchmaker") builds a carefully reasoned and lovingly illustrated argument for evolutionary adaptation as the mechanism for life on Earth

Site: Learn.co.uk - Biology: AS Level

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=32295

36 excellent interactive lessons, with numerous sub-units, illustrated with clear and sometimes interactive graphics. These were designed for upper-grade students, so they make an excellent introduction or brush-up course for adults, also.

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms: Essays on Natural History


The first essay collection that consciously formulates a humanistic natural history - popular science at its best from a true hero of science

New and used books on science at Powell's
What Einstein Didn't Know: Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions


A fun, fascinating guide to everyday science for those who never wore a slide rule or a pocket protector

Site: Biology Tutorials

Author: BiologyOnline

URL: http://biology-online.org/tutorials/home.htm

Nine detailed tutorials on such subjects as Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution, Regulation of Biological Systems, Freshwater Ecology, Human Neurology, and four more. Each consists of numerous sub-units. There are nice, clear illustrations where needed, and a linked biology dictionary.

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Illustrated Dictionary of Science


7000 scientific terms defined - easy-to-read definitions are accompanied by beautiful illustrations that serve to enhance the reader's understanding of the text


Science -> Chemistry

New and used books on science at Powell's
Science Desk Reference: Everything You Need to Know about Science-From the Origins of Life to the Ends of the Universe


Scientific American presents an accessible, one-volume reference covering all the sciences

Site: Learn.co.uk - Chemistry: AS Level

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=23135

30 interactive lessons with sub-units covering Physical, Inorganic, and Organic Chemistry for upper-grade students and curious adults. Excellent illustrations, and lots of glossary definitions.

Tip: Click on a linked word for a pop-up definition

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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New and used books on science at Powell's
When Things Start to Think


An important story about why and how computers will disappear, when and where your things will think


Science -> Genetics

New and used books on genetics at Powell's
The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA


The story of how it all began - a scientific detective story about the discovery of the secrets of DNA by co-discoverer Dr. James Watson

Site: Learn About DNA

URL: http://gslc.genetics.utah.edu/basic/howto/index.html

Okay, it's not interactive, but it's very easy, and it does have an animated blender full of pea soup. Check it out!

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New and used books on genetics at Powell's
The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry


How the identification of a particular strand of DNA that passes unbroken through the maternal line allows scientists to trace our genetic makeup all the way back to prehistoric times, to seven primeval women

New and used books on biology at Powell's
Penguin Dictionary of Biology (10 ed)


The definitive one-volume source includes the latest information on the ever-expanding language of biology and contains more than 400 brand new entries

Tool: Molecular Genetics 3.O (Demo)

URL: http://www.ftriepmultimedia.nl/molerf/eng/

Author: Fred Triep

This demo version only includes two chapters, 2 and 6, but Chapter 2 was enough to teach Doctor Brain's guinea pigs how to construct a neucleotide! What's a neucleotide? That's for Doctor Brain to know, and you to find out!

Tip: On the page linked above, click the "Demo" link in the left-hand menu, then click "download" in the right-hand frame.

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New and used books on evolution at Powell's
Scientists Confront Creationism


A fascinating and timely book which demonstrates once and for all why 'scientific' creationism is not only bad science but also bad theology


Science -> Geology

New and used books on geology at Powell's
1000 Photos of Minerals and Fossils


A gorgeous visual guide to fossils, rocks, and crystals

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals

Site: Geology Tutorials

URL: http://www.hill.anorak.org.uk/dhtml/glgindex.html

A Basic and simple overview of Geology, from "What is a rock?" to Plate Tectonics, with illustrations, and a quiz at the end of each of the eight units.

Tip: A Frames-only site.

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New and used books on science at Powell's
Amber


How amber is formed, its properties, and its uses - how to differentiate between fake and real amber

The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Fossils


Science -> Health

New and used books on health and nutrition at Powell's
100 Super Supplements for a Longer Life


Although humans can't live forever, life can be prolonged by paying more attention to diet, lifestyle, exercise, and the supplements that are the cornerstone of today's modern medicine

Site: How Cells Work

Author: Marshall Brain

URL: http://www.howstuffworks.com/cell1.htm

Marshall Brain (if that's really his name...) has created a fabulous learning experience here. All the basics about what cells are and how they work, including reproduction, poisons, viruses, and so much more. Great color illustrations and good, clear text. The stuff that school report dreams are made of.

Tip: Each lesson has a printable version if you'd rather study offline.

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New and used books on health and nutrition at Powell's
10 Essential Herbs


A comprehensive, intelligent, readable book on basic herbal remedies

New and used books on health and nutrition at Powell's
Absolute Beauty: Radiant Skin and Inner Harmony Through the Ancient Secrets of Ayurveda


The first beauty and skin care guide to reveal the secret to lasting radiance through the principles of Ayurveda

Site: How Artificial Hearts Work

Author: Marshall Brain

URL: http://www.howstuffworks.com/artificial-heart.htm

Marshall Brain (no relation) explains all about how artificial hearts are used, and how they work inside the body. Great color illustrations and good, clear text. The stuff that school report dreams are made of.

Tip: Each lesson has a printable version if you'd rather study offline.

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New and used books health and nutrition at Powell's
Eat Fat, Lose Weight: How the Right Fats Can Make You Thin for Life


With many of us practicing a low fat diet why are we still gaining weight? It's not too much fat in our diets, but too little of the right kind of fat


Science -> Physics

New and used books on Richard Feynman at Powell's
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman


Feynman in his own spontaneous words - modest, entertaining, and always penetratingly perceptive

Site: Learn.co.uk - Physics: AS Level

Author: Learn.co.uk

URL: http://www.learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Topic&WCU=33620

26 excellent interactive lessons and sub-units for upper-grade students and adults in need of a quick physics fix, covering Physical Quantities and Units, Kinematics and Dynamics, Mechanics, Circular Motion, Phases of Matter, Thermodynamics, Oscillations and Waves, Elecricity and Magnetism, and Nuclear Physics. Animations illustrate various physical laws.

Tip: Learn.co.uk tutorials were designed to prepare students for the U.K.'s National Curriculum tests, but are super learning tools for anyone, anywhere.

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New and used books at Powell's
The Next Fifty Years: Science in the First Half of the Twenty-First Century


25 never-before-published essays by the world's most visionary scientists - original ideas about scientific advances people may see within their lifetimes


Science -> Psychology

New and used books at Powell's
A General Theory of Love


The author explains not the outward indicators of physical attraction but the less-explored biological development of emotional bonds, and why we need a culture attuned to the ways of the heart

Site: The Joy of Visual Perception: A Web Book

Author: Peter K. Kaiser

URL: http://www.yorku.ca/eye/

Tons and tons of information on how and why we see, presented in 24 units, each broken down into tasty bites, often with clear and understandable illustrations. From "Fun Things in Vision," through perception of color, space, and distance, right on to Fourier Analysis and physiological response to color. You can even ask the author questions. Includes a section on the anatomy of the eye. Many links to additional resources.

Tip: You might prefer to select NO FRAMES from the page above, especially as there are a few frame errors.

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Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports from My Life with Autism


Temple Grandin, Ph.D. writes from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person about how she managed to breach the boundaries of autism to function in the outside world

New and used books at Powell's
King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine


Mature masculinity is not abusive or domineering, but generative, creative, and empowering of the self and others - the psychological foundations of a revitalized masculinity

Site: Sensation and Perception Tutorials

Author: John H. Krantz, Ph.D.

URL: http://psych.hanover.edu/Krantz/sen_tut.html

An entertaining and informative collection of mini-tutorials/demonstrations concerning visual perception, including size, motion, color, depth, and more.

Tip: Some of the demos require you to install the PowerPoint Viewer, which is a free download from Microsoft© Corporation

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How to Stubbornly Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable about Anything--Yes, Anything!


"Not only are anger, anxiety and depression unnecessary, they are unethical - for when one allows emotional disturbances, he or she is being unfair and unjust to his/herself"




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