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Primo Levi on the Spiritual Value of Science and How Space Exploration Brings Humanity Closer Together
Primo Levi on the Spiritual Value of Science and How Space Exploration Brings Humanity Closer Together

“For good or evil, we are a single people: the more we become conscious of this, the less difficult and long will be humanity’s progress toward justice and peace.”

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Pioneering Astronomer Vera Rubin on Women in Science, Dark Matter, and Our Never-Ending Quest to Know the Universe
Pioneering Astronomer Vera Rubin on Women in Science, Dark Matter, and Our Never-Ending Quest to Know the Universe

“We’re still groping for the truth… Science consists of continually making better and better what has been usable in the past.”

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Trailblazing Astronomer Vera Rubin on Obsessiveness, Minimizing Obstacles, and How the Thrill of Accidental Discovery Redeems the Terror of Uncertainty
Trailblazing Astronomer Vera Rubin on Obsessiveness, Minimizing Obstacles, and How the Thrill of Accidental Discovery Redeems the Terror of Uncertainty

Why all creative endeavor is a matter of “getting hung up on little interesting things.”

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The Rebellious and Revolutionary Life of Galileo, Illustrated
The Rebellious and Revolutionary Life of Galileo, Illustrated

How a college dropout reordered the heavens and forever changed our understanding of our place in the universe.

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The Illustrated Story of Persian Polymath Ibn Sina and How He Shaped the Course of Medicine
The Illustrated Story of Persian Polymath Ibn Sina and How He Shaped the Course of Medicine

How a voraciously curious little boy became one of the world’s greatest healers.

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A Madman Dreams of Tuning Machines: The Story of Joseph Weber, the Tragic Hero of Science Who Followed Einstein’s Vision and Pioneered the Sound of Spacetime
A Madman Dreams of Tuning Machines: The Story of Joseph Weber, the Tragic Hero of Science Who Followed Einstein’s Vision and Pioneered the Sound of Spacetime

…and a remarkable letter from Freeman Dyson on the difficult, necessary art of changing one’s mind.

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The Rise of Rocket Girls: The Untold Story of the Remarkable Women Who Powered Space Exploration
The Rise of Rocket Girls: The Untold Story of the Remarkable Women Who Powered Space Exploration

How a small group of “human computers” upended the gender norms of their day to conquer the cosmos.

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Galileo on Critical Thinking and the Folly of Believing Our Preconceptions
Galileo on Critical Thinking and the Folly of Believing Our Preconceptions

“To divine that wonderful arts lie hid behind trivial and childish things is a conception for superhuman talents.”

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Bright Sky, Starry City: An Illustrated Love Letter to Our Communion with the Cosmos, Celebrating Women Astronomers
Bright Sky, Starry City: An Illustrated Love Letter to Our Communion with the Cosmos, Celebrating Women Astronomers

A warm and wonderful ode to the universe for the modern urban astronomer.

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Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time in 4,000 Years of Mapping the Universe
Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time in 4,000 Years of Mapping the Universe

A visual catalog of our quintessential quest to understand the cosmos and our place in it.

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