Backyard Bugs
Forty common backyard bugs revealed through stunning close-up photography. Includes a chapter about the scientific classifications within the phylum Arthropoda and a glossary.
author: Robin Kittrell Laughlin
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Pulitzer Prize, non-fiction 1992
Basin and Range
The first volume in McPhee’s “Annals of the Former World” collection, this book documents the geologic history of the region from eastern Utah to eastern California. McPhee travels on and off Inters…
author: John McPhee
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by 100+ List; Pulitzer Prize 1995
Beak of the Finch
Weiner introduces us to the work of Peter and Rosemary Grant, evolutionary biologists who have spent the last 20 years on an island in the Galapagos studying the finches there. Because the islands ar…
author: Jonathan Weiner

Beast in the Garden: A Modern Parable of Man and Nature
Explores the inceasing interactions between mountain lions and people along the urban interface in Boulder, Colorado.
author: David Baron
Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines with Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service
An exciting inside look into the Center for Disease Control’s team of elite doctors who make up the Epidemic Intelligence Service. The disease detectives are ready at a moments notice to travel the wo…
author: Maryn McKenna
Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors
A narrative of the evolution of humans, their spread from Africa to the rest of the world, and the influence of the last ice age on human social development.
author: Nicholas Wade
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by LA Times SciTech Winner 2005
Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima
A chronicle of the history, science, and lives behind the development of the atomic bomb, including scientists, world leaders and citizens, from Marie Curie’s 1898 discovery of radium to the bombing…
author: Diana Preston
Being Human: Readings From the President’s Council on Bioethics
A collection of writings – essays, poems, stories… – that instill an appreciation of what it is to be human. Ten themes: The Search for Perfection; Scientific Aspirations; To Heal Sometimes, To Com…
author: Compiled by President

Best American Science and Nature Writing 2006
The 2006 edition of this annual series. Series editor Tim Folger and editor Brian Greene bring together 25 diverse and fascinating articles by leading scientists and writers. Topics of interest to an…
author: Brian Greene, editor
Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007
Contains 28 essays from 20 different periodicals. Articles range in topic from the farthest reaches of space to the everyday world around us to the secrets hidden in our own bodies. The mix of hard…
author: Richard Preston, editor
Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008
The 2008 edition of this annual series. Series editor Tim Folger and editor Jerome Groopman, M.D. bring together 24 diverse and fascinating articles by leading scientists.
author: Jerome Groopman, M.D., editor
Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009
Twenty-one articles from a wide assortment of scientific fields, chosen by editor Elizabeth Kolbert and series editor Tim Folger.
author: Elizabeth Kolbert, editor
Best American Science and Nature Writing, 2004
The 2004 edition of an annual collection of essays by American science and nature writers. Topics include neuroscience, cloning, genetics, bird food myths and bird watching, and the qualities of intr…
author: Steven Pinker, editor Tim Folger series editor

Best American Science and Nature Writing, 2005
The 2005 edition of the annual series. Includes essays on NASA and space exploration, psychology, global warming, medicine and medical research, and a computer hacker.
author: Jonathan Weiner, editor & Tim Folger series editor
Best American Science and Nature Writing, 2010
A collection of twenty-eight articles arranged under six headings: Visions of Space, Neurology Displacing Molecular Biology, Natural Beauty, The Environment: Gloom and Doom, The Environment: Small Ble…
author: Freeman Dyson, editor & Tim Folger, series ed.
Best American Science Writing 2004
The 2004 edition, edited by Dava Sobel, of this annual compliation of essays by the best of American science writers. Topics include space flight, physics, medicine and organ transplants, dark matter,…
author: Dava Sobel, editor & Jesse Cohen series editor
Best American Science Writing 2006
The 2006 edition of this annual series. Series editor Jesse Cohen and editor Atul Gawande bring together 21 diverse and fascinating articles by leading scientists. Topics of interest to and accessib…
author: Atul Gawande, editor
Best American Science Writing 2007
Twenty essays from notable authors selected as the best picks of 2007 by Gina Kolata, award winning science and medicine reporter for the New York Times and author of “Flu: The Story of the Great Infl…
author: Gina Kolata, editor

Best American Science Writing 2008
The 2008 edition of this annual series. Nineteen articles on diverse scientific topics, chosen by edicot Sylvia Nasar and series editor Jesse Cohen.
author: Sylvia Nasar, editor; Jesse Cohen, series editor
Best American Science Writing 2009
This year’s edition contains 24 essays on contemporary science issues, written by new as well as established authors. Topics include animal language and intelligence, evolutionary biology, computer sc…
author: Jesse Cohen, series editor
Best American Science Writing, 2005
Twenty-six essays from notable authors selected by Alan Lightman, author, physicist, and MIT professor of humanities, as his best picks of 2005. Authors include Diane Ackerman, Natalie Angier, K.C. Co…
author: Alan Lightman, editor
Best American Science Writing, 2010
A collection of twenty-two articles spanning topic areas of astronomy, botany, environmental health, evolution, health & wellness, and psychology. Contributing authors include Pam Belluck, Cornelia De…
author: Jerome Groopman, editor / Jesse Cohen, series ed.
Beyond Innocence: An Autobiography in Letters: The Later Years.
Sequel to Africa in My Blood and story of Jane Goodall’s most important discoveries, her greatest tradgedies and her rise to crusader for chimpanzees.
author: Jane Goodall

Beyond the Stony Mountains: Nature in the American West from Lewis and Clark to Today
A thrilling armchair travel along Lewis & Clark’s expedition, then and now.
author: Daniel B. Botkin
Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes
A visual journey of the planets as recorded by space robots and probes since the 1970s.
author: Michael Benson
Big Book of Brain Games – 1000 PlayThinks of Art, Mathematics & Science
A revised and updated version of Moscovich’s earlier compilation of challenges, puzzles, riddles, and illusions. Full-color illustration for each entry. Twelve basic categories include Geometry, Patte…
author: Ivan Moscovich
Big Splat; or, How Our Moon Came to Be
An historical and scientific account about how the Moon came to be. Includes black & white phots and illustrations.
author: Dana Mackenzie
Biotech Century: Harnessing the Gene and Remaking the World
An illumination of the real and potential benefits and dangers of the products of biotechnology and a discussion of the ethical questions that will have to be answered.
author: Jeremy Rifkin

Bird, an Eyewitness Book
A photo essay on the world of birds examining such topics as body construction, feathers and flight, the adaptation of beaks and feet, feeding habits, courtship, nests and eggs, and bird watching.
author: David Burnie
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Jonathan Jenkins
Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy
Reveals the science of the cosmos through the scientists that study it, the thrilling scientific discoveries, historical account and personal insight.
author: Kip S. Thorne
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by American Book Award 1981
Black Holes: The Edge of Space, The End of Time
A journey through the scientific speculation and discovery about black holes by one America’s best known science writers.
author: Walter Sullivan
Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design
Considered by scientists and non-scientists as a classic read about evolution, it is very accessible, intriguing, and written in clear language. Illustrations and diagrams in black & white.
author: Richard Dawkins
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by LA Times - Science 1999
Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce
A fascinating historical account of the medical use of human blood and its worldwide commerce; from the first documented transfusion in mid 17th century France to the AIDS epidemic.
author: Douglas Starr

Nominated to be a Cornerstone by National Book Award - Science 1972
Blue Whale
An historical account of the ignorance and indifference that led to the slaughter and almost extinction of the Blue Whale. A classic case study of the exploitation of natural resources.
author: George L. Small
Body – The Complete Human
A great resource for anyone who wants to learn more about how the human body works and how to keep it healthy. Organized by system (circulatory, digestive, etc.), each chapter is written in clear, app…
author: published by National Geographic
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by National Book Award - Science 1971
BodyHas a Head
An owners manual to the human body – a thorough discussion of the organ systems and how they work and what happens when things go wrong. Also an historical account of the study of the human body.
author: Gustav Eckstein
Book of Nothing: Vacuums, Voids, and the Latest Ideas About the Origins of the Universe
Barrow explores the latest theories about the origin of the universe. (year. published, 2000)
author: John D. Barrow
Botany of Desire – A Plant’s-Eye View of the World [DVD]
This PBS documentary, narrated by Frances McDormand and featuring author Michael Pollan, is based on the best-selling book of the same title. It explores the human relationship with the plant world, f…
author: PBS

Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World
Pollan explores the relationship between humans and four different plants: apples, tulips, marijuana, and potatoes. The cultural significance of each is explored, in addition to the history of manipul…
author: Michael Pollan
Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change
Clavin takes the reader back in time and around the world travelogue fashion to explore the progress of evolution and its historic and on-going impact on the development of the human brain.
author: William H. Calvin
Brief History of the Future: From Radio Days to Internet Years in a Lifetime
A history and celebration of the scientists and engineers whose vision and determination led to the Internet.
author: John Naughton
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Philip Morrison: 100-plus list
Brief History of Time – From the Big Bang to Black Holes
The story of the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Written for those who prefer words to equations.
author: Stephen W. Hawking
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by CML Staff
Briefer History of Time
Hawking’s book A Brief History of Time addressed such subjects as the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, the history and future of the universe, but it did so in a way that was dif…
author: Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow

Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light
A cultural and scientific history of the development and use of artificial light. The history begins during the Ice Age at Lascaux Caves in France and follows humans’ quest to light up the night. The …
author: Jane Brox
Bringing Nature Home – How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens
When native plant species disappear from an area, so do the native insects, which in turn affects the food source for birds and animals. Tallamy explores these vital connections and their effect on b…
author: Douglas W. Tallamy
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by American Book Award 1981
Broca’s Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science
A look at how humans seek to answer the fundamental questions of life and the universe through philosophy, religion, pseudoscience, and science.
author: Carl Sagan
Brotherhood of the Bomb: The Tangled Lives and Loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller
An engaging history of the scientists of the dawn of the nuclear age and the making of the atomic bomb. Includes black & white photos and illustrations.
author: Gregg Herken
Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
Enchanting tale of a fifteenth-century clockmaker and goldsmith who, despite the cries that he was a madman, persisted in his design for the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore and in doing so changed the e…
author: Ross King

Nominated to be a Cornerstone by CML Staff
Bugs, Insects, Spiders, Centipedes, Millipedes, and Other Closely Related Arthropods
A visual introduction to insects and other arthropods. Large glossy photos with brief facts on each page. Although its large size and numerous pictures might lead one to think it’s a children?s book…
author: Frank Lowenstein & Sheryl Lechner
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by American Book Award 1980
Bumblebee Economics
A highly readable and rewarding look into the ecology of the bumblebee; its economy of energy through physiology, behavior, and ecological interaction. Includes full color guide to field ID.
author: Bernd Heinrich
Bumper Book of Nature – A User’s Guide to the Great Outdoors
Concerned about the lack of connection to the natural world for many of today’s children, Moss has written a fun, user-friendly guide to enjoying the out-of-doors. Divided into sections for each of th…
author: Stephen Moss
Butterflies of the East Coast – An Observer’s Guide
Offers 234 full-page species accounts with color photos and range maps. Also contains photo-illustrated information on the host plants favored by particular species. Introduction contains general info…
author: Rick Ceck, Guy Tudor
Buzz – The Intimate Bond Between Humans and Insects
Astonishing electron microscope photographs and vivid, informative text introduce the reader to a world that largely escapes the naked eye ? the insects and other arthropods that share our world and s…
author: Josie Glausiusz