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For science geeks who want to see our universe in new ways

Water by Jack Challoner

“Gem-like. . . . Explores this humble, essential, astonishing liquid through multiple facets—from history to physics to space exploration—and allows every one of them to shine with real fascination.”—Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Poison Squad
The Beauty of Chemistry

“Scintillating. . . . A paean to chemical beauty in nature and laboratories, with lavish images."—Nature

"With atomic clarity, science writer Philip Ball narrates this visual tour through the under-appreciated chemical beauty that surrounds us..."—WIRED
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"This book is a valuable contribution to popular science, providing a kaleidoscope of visuals that will appeal to readers across generational divides."—Science

Into the Anthropocosmos provides an insightful and comprehensive yet easy-to-understand summary of the complex science required to establish an interplanetary species. A compelling and informative read.”—Scott Kelly, retired NASA astronaut; author of Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery

"Sumptuous, detailed. . . . tackles issues of error and bias head-on."New Scientist

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"You'll never look at a bubble, a spider's web, or a wineglass in quite the same way again. Utterly fascinating!"—Ian Stewart, author of  The Beauty of Numbers in Nature

"How do you discuss big, hair-hurting ideas in a user friendly way? Make a graphic novel about them. . . . [An] original, creative and magical science book."—Ira Flatow, Science Friday

"A delightful read for those seeking to learn how chemistry and physics have so rapidly evolved over the last 200 years."—New York Journal of Books
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The leading international peer-reviewed journal on the use of contemporary science and technology in the arts and music and the application and influence of the arts and humanities on science and technology.

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Perspectives on Science

Publishes science studies that integrates historical, philosophical, and sociological perspectives.

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An action-adventure YA graphic novel, The Curie Society follows a team of young recruits in an elite secret society made up of the most brilliant female scientists in the world. The heroines use their smarts, gumption, and cutting-edge technology to protect the world from rogue scientists with nefarious plans. Simone, Taj, and Maya must decipher secret codes, clone extinct animals, and develop autonomous robots, if their high-stakes mission is going to succeed.

"The characterization is deft and snappy, and the visual storytelling efficient and dynamic with an expressive color palette and varied panel layout... A STEM treat for the curious."—Kirkus Reviews

"Budding scientists and fans of exciting graphic novels are in for a rollicking journey that stresses that women in STEM truly are better together."—School Library Journal

"Recommended for anyone with young people in their life who are keen to explore science."—Starburst

For creatives who seek beauty and truth in the world


"Contemporary artists from all disciplines (Khalil Joseph, Deana Lawson, Dawoud Bey) reveal the shifting role of the viewer, from onlooker to participant — engaged, even implicated in the pain and wonder of Black life."New York Times Book Review

232 pp. | 6 in x 8 in
78 color illus. | 33 b&w illus.

Is there more to Banksy than paintings on the wall?

With this generously illustrated book, artist and critic Carol Diehl is the first author to probe the depths of the Banksy mystery. The perfect gift for a year in which multiple major Banksy exhibitions took place around the world.

216 pp. | 7 in x 9 in
75 color illus.

"This is a personable, erudite memoir that ambles through a series of theoretical and historical musings linked to the author's emotional, intellectual and practical engagement with New York City."Art Review

256 pp. | 5.5 in x 8.875 in
22 b&w illus.

"Chametzky's is a welcome call to question racialized definitions of 'Germanness' and, ultimately, to redefine our surprisingly stagnant understanding of what constitutes German art today."—Lynette Roth, Daimler Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard Art Museums

360 pp. | 7 in x 9 in
108 color illus., 17 b&w illus.

"A history-in-images of the most intimate experiences of womanhood, collecting objects relied upon over decades: from the BabyBjörn to at-home pregnancy tests to birth control methods."—New York Times Book Review

344 pp. | 7 in x 10 in
125 color illus.

Cadava’s writing examines the spectacular explosion of images during the last twenty years as a prompt to discuss not simply specific images but the role and place of these images in our everyday life. 

512 pp. | 5.91 in x 9.06 in
88 color illus.

"The winner of a host of prizes, this delicately laid-out book advises students how to approach a number of design principles. Including advice on everything from 'how to draw a line' to 'how to sketch a one-point perspective of a rectangular interior space' this is a must-have for anyone starting out in the field."—The Independent

212 pp. | 7 in x 5 in

101 b&w illus.

Sex Ecologies explores pleasure, affect, and the powers of the erotic in the human and more-than-human worlds.

288 pp. | 6.7 in x 9.45 in
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African Arts

Presents original research and critical discourse on traditional, contemporary, and popular African arts and expressive cultures.

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Design Issues

The first American academic journal to examine design history, theory, and criticism, Design Issues provokes inquiry into the cultural and intellectual issues surrounding design.

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For sci-fi readers who love discovering something new


The latest collection in the Twelve Tomorrows series features outstanding hard science fiction stories and contributions from luminaries in the field like Madeline Ashby, Indrapramit Das, Cory Doctorow, Adrian Hon, Rich Larson, Ken Liu, Malka Older, Hannu Rajaniemi, Wade Roush, Karl Schroeder, D. A. Xiaolin Spires, Ytasha Womack.

After a brief overview of the genre's origins, science fiction authority Sherryl Vint considers how and why contemporary science fiction is changing.

New English translations of classic Stanislaw Lem stories and novels

"More than half a century ago, Stanislaw Lem gazed into the future and saw, rather than rockets or ray guns, the evolution of the synthetic mind and the humans creating it. Thanks to these translations, English-language readers can share in his vision—long after he first imagined the internet and its thinking machines."—The Wall Street Journal

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For music lovers who dance to their own beat


From the tango to the polka to the watusi, this is how Americans learned to dance in the 1950s and 1960s. The authors show how dance records are expressions of midcentury culture, identity, fantasy, and desire. Featuring glorious, full-color record cover art (more than 200!), this book is a delightful treat for record collectors and fans of mid-century modern design.

552 pp. | 8 in x 10 in
292 color photos

A nostalgic and beautifully illustrated look at how WBCN in Boston became the hub of the rock-and-roll, antiwar, psychedelic solar system.

"As a budding broadcaster at powerhouse WBZ-AM in the early 1970s I fell for WBCN and told my boss, who said: 'FM? It'll never last.' He was right in that there will never be another WBCN."—Robin Young, host of Here and Now (NPR)

304 pp. | 10 in x 11 in
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Guitar Talk offers interviews with many of the most creative guitarists of our time. This new book presents these conversations, between Joel Harrison and Nels Cline, Pat Metheny, Fred Frith, Bill Frisell, Julian Lage, Elliott Sharp, Michael Gregory Jackson, Ben Monder, Anthony Pirog, Henry Kaiser, Mike and Leni Stern, Vernon Reid, Mary Halvorson, Nguyên Le, Rez Abbasi, Ava Mendoza, Liberty Ellman, Brandon Ross, Wayne Krantz, Dave Fiuczynski, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Miles Okazaki, Sheryl Bailey, Rafiq Bhatia, and Ralph Towner—twenty-seven great guitarists in all.

"A startling work. Sound and rhythm are fundamental mysteries of the universe, and this book connects the dots. . . . How can we understand the power of music and why it sends a chill up our spine? As a lover of sound and the science of sound, Nina Kraus makes the case that the world is sound."—Mickey Hart, musicologist and drummer for the Grateful Dead
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PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art

Innovative work in theatre, performance art, dance, video, writing, technology, sound, and music, brings together all live arts in thoughtful cultural dialogue.

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Computer Music Journal

The leading publication about computer music, concentrating fully on digital sound technology and all musical applications of computers.

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For changemakers who want to make the world a better place


"This remarkable exploration into women leaders—and why there aren't more of them—is an indispensable guide to addressing sexism and overcoming inequities."—Ms.

"McIntyre offers tools and techniques for communicating the truth and values of science."—New Scientist

Vera Rubin (1928–2016) helped convince the scientific community of the possibility of dark matter. In Bright Galaxies, Dark Matter, and Beyond, Ashley Jean Yeager tells the story of Rubin's life and work, recounting her persistence despite early dismissals of her work and widespread sexism in science.
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"I don't think anyone else has quite so credibly laid out a realistic plan for swift action in the face of an existential crisis."—Bill McKibben, New York Review of Books
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Global Environmental Politics

Global Environmental Politics examines relationships between global political forces and environmental change, with particular attention given to the implications of local-global interactions for environmental management

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Drawing on the nation’s most prominent thinkers in the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences, as well as the professions and public life, Dædalus, Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, explores the frontiers of knowledge and issues of public importance.

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The Alchemy of Us

In the bestselling tradition of Stuff Matters and The Disappearing Spoon: The Alchemy of Us by Ainissa Ramirez is a clever and engaging look at materials, the innovations they made possible, and how these technologies changed us.

  • Winner of the 2021 AAAS/Subaru SBF Prize in the Young Adult Science Book Category
  • Best Summer Science Books of 2020 by Science Friday
  • Smithsonian Magazine's Ten Best Science Books of 2020
  • Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Science and Technology

For eclectic readers who feed their passions with new ideas


"The battle over Dungeons & Dragons was the ultimate geek war."—Wired

Mariska Van Sprundle shows the science behind popularly held beliefs about shoes, injuries, nutrition, "runner’s high," and more.

"Like the pixels that power the imagery all around us, A Biography of the Pixel is a dazzling game of connect-the-dot."—Fast Company

This lavishly illustrated volume that shows how wealthy American women—as consumers and as influencers—helped shape French couture of the late nineteenth century.
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At the forefront of art criticism and theory, October focuses critical attention on the contemporary arts—film, painting, music, media, photography, performance, sculpture, and literature—and their various contexts of interpretation.

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The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

Features substantive articles, research notes, review essays, and book reviews that combine the study of history, spanning all geographical areas and periods, with other scholarly disciplines.

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For curious readers who enjoy bite-sized reads with big impact

The Essential Knowledge Series delivers authoritative yet concise introductions to the subjects everyone is talking about.

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