Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
An accessible tour of the universe with a focus on time and its relationship to space. Greene explores many questions including, Can we travel to the past? Why does time have a direction? Does time fl…
author: Brian Greene
Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science
A witty look at the strange and curious beliefs that have masqueraded as science.
author: Martin Gardner

Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Morrison Review
Family Math
A book for parents and children working together, learning to like math, and doing activities that make math fun for children from five to 18 years old. It covers important mathematics topics like wo…
author: Jean Kerr Stenmark, Virginia Thompson, Ruth Cossey
Faster Than the Speed of Light: The Story of a Scientific Speculation
Magueijo puts forth his theory that though the speed of light is now considered a constant, it might not have always been so. His speculation is that it once traveled faster.
author: João Magueijo
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by American Book Award 1983
Fate of the Earth
Schell defines the predicament of nuclear warfare and describes what a full-scale nuclear holocaust would do to Earth, including the extinction of humans.
author: Jonathan Schell
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Lee Grodzins
Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock
“A brilliant and convincing book” Science 83
author: Evelyn Fox Keller
Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness
A look into the mystery of consciousness, exploring both neurological and emotional elements. Damasio shows how ?consciousness is the key to a life examined, our beginner?s permit to the experiences t…
author: Antonio R. Damasio

Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Staff
Fermat’s Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World’s Greatest Mathamatical Problem
The amazing story of the Holy Grail of Mathematics and the 356 years of struggle to find the proof, and of Andrew Wiles, the man who did.
author: Simon Singh
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Lee Grodzins
Feynman Lectures on Physics: Volumes I – III
Three volumes based upon a course of introductory physics taught by Richard Feynman at Caltech in the early 1960’s. Volume I focuses on mechanics, radiation and heat; Volume II on electromagnetism and…
author: Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, Matthew Sa
Field Guide to Mammal Tracking in North America
A wealth of information written in a compact format by one of America’s premier tracking experts; includes tracking techniques, a guide to mammal classification, a anatomical guide to the major foot t…
author: James Halfpenny
Field Notes from a Catastrophe – Man, Nature, and Climate Change
Kolbert spoke to some of the world’s leading climate scientists and visited some of the areas most affected by climate change – Alaska, Iceland, Greenland – before writing this book. Clear and underst…
author: Elizabeth Kolbert
Films of Charles and Ray Eames (DVD)
Volume 1 – Powers of Ten: An adventure in magnitudes, from without and within. Journey from a picnic in Chicago to the outer edges of the universe and back again. Also included is the original 1968 …
author: Charles Eames, Ray Eames

Fire in the Turtle House – The Green Sea Turtle and the Fate of the Ocean
Davidson writes about a scientific mystery: finding the cause and cure for fibropappilomatosis (FP), a serious epidemic disease currently devastating the green sea turtle population worldwide. The se…
author: Osha Gray Davidson
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Morrison Long Look
First Contact: New Guinea’s Highlanders Encounter the Outside World
Chronicle of the “first contact” experience of Australian explorer Michael Leahy who, in 1930, went looking for gold in Papua New Guinea and found a civilization of almost 1 million people who had ha…
author: Bob Connolly & Robin Anderson
First Scientific American – Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius
A biography of Benjamin Franklin that focuses on his scientific achievements and contributions, and how his success in the physical sciences led to his role as politician and statesman. Black and whit…
author: Joyce E. Chaplin
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Lee Grodzins
First Three Minutes – A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe
First published in 1977, Weinberg?s book was ?written for one who is willing to puzzle through some detailed arguments, but who is not at home in either mathematics or physics.? Written a decade aft…
author: Steven Weinberg
Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth
The tale of the coelacanth, an ancient fish thought to be the direct ancestor of reptiles, its presumed extinction and resurrection.
Includes black & white photographs and illustrations.
author: Samantha Weinberg

Fixing Climate: What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threat – and How to Counter It
Both a biography of geoscientist Broecker, as well as a summary of what climate has done to the earth over 1000’s of years. Final chapters deal with the authors’ idea of extracting CO2 from the atmosp…
author: Wallace S. Broecker, Robert Kunzig
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
A physics classic that explores the fourth dimension. The narrator exists in Flatland (two dimensions) but is able to visit Pointland (no dimensions), Lineland (one dimension) and Spaceland (three d…
author: Edwin A. Abbott
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Staff: Melissa Orth, Linda Oliver: CDC sites
Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It
A dramatic account and globe trotting adventure that relates the mystery surrounding the cause of the flu epidemic of 1918 and the current (1998)race to recover a live sample of the pathogen. Includes…
author: Gina Kolata
Fly in the Cathedral: How a Group of Cambridge Scientists Won the International Race to Split the Atom
Written for the non-scientist by London author, former reporter and self-acclaimed non-scientist Brian Cathcart, “The Fly in the Cathedral” is an accessible account of the lives and work of the scient…
author: Brian Cathcart
Food as Foe – Nutrition and Eating Disorders
An interesting and informative look at food, nutrition, and eating disorders. Aimed at young people, this book examines the social aspects of eating, the distorted body image presented by the media, t…
author: Lesli J. Favor

For Love of Insects
Exciting and humorous tales of insect life and scientific discovery combined with beautiful photographs. Forward by E. O. Wilson.
author: Thomas Eisner
Forest Trees of Maine
An excellent field guide to the trees of Maine. With a two-page spread and multiple clear photos for each species, it is extremely user-friendly. Also contains a glossary, information on tree parts an…
author: Maine Forest Service
Forgery: Crime-Solving Science Experiments
You will learn to detect document forgery through thirteen projects, ten cases, and project analysis. Includes a glossary, index and a list of suggested books and websites.
author: Kenneth G. Rainis
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Staff, LA Times, Science 1997
Forgotten Pollinators
A beautiful story of the relationship between plants and their pollinators and a reminder of the interconnectedness of all life.
author: Stephen L. Buchmann & Gary Paul Nabhan
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Lee Grodzins
Fragile Species
A collection of essays about medicine, microbes, language, and humans among others, that all point to the conclusion that cooperation and communication are key to our survival.
author: Lewis Thomas

From Lucy to Language
An exploration of human origins; our development from the apes that began standing upright between 6 and 7 million years ago; and the significant adaptive advantage that led to our success as the only…
author: Donald Johanson & Blake Edgar
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Lee Grodzins
Full House – The Spread of Excellence From Plato to Darwin
Gould puts forth the argument that progress and increasing complexity are not characteristic of the evolution of life on Earth, but rather that variety is the true measure of excellence. Citing foss…
author: Stephen Jay Gould
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Walter Rosen
Future of Life
From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author comes a book that is both a loving description of our biosphere and all its diversity, and a call for quick, decisive action to save it. With our plane…
author: Edward O. Wilson
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by LA Times, Science 1993
Fuzzy Logic – The Discovery of a Revolutionary Computer Technology – and How it is Changing Our World
An introduction to fuzzy logic, a concept invented in 1964 by Lotfi Zadeh. Unlike conventional logic, which divides the world into yes and no, black and white, fuzzy logic deals in shades of gray an…
author: Daniel McNeill, Paul Freiberger