Nominated to be a Cornerstone by 100+ List; Pulitzer 1997: LA Times, Science 1998
Language Instinct – How the Mind Creates Language
One of the world?s leading scientists of language and the mind, Pinker has written a book that explains many of our questions about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how …
author: Steven Pinker
Last Human – A Guide to Twenty-Two Species of Extinct Humans
The first opportunity to meet our extinct human ancestors face-to-face, through life-size reconstructions and detailed descriptions. Beginning in Africa six to seven-million years ago, this book tells…
author: G.J. Sawyer, Esteban Sarmiento, Richard Milner
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Lee Grodzins
Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler’s Ninth Symphony
A collection of essays including thoughts about the nuclear age, altruism, dementia, humanities and science, and the artificial heart.
author: Lewis Thomas
Least of These: Wild Baby Bird Rescue Stories
Each chapter is an inspiring short story about someone who took action to help a young bird. Accompanied by stunning illustrations by the author and natural history information. Includes: Sharp-shinne…
author: Joan Harris

Life After People – DVD
Combines stunning special effects and interviews with specialists in the fields of engineering, botany, ecology, biology, geology, climatology, and archaeology to examine the state of the world in the…
author: The History Channel
Life and Death of Planet Earth – How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate of Our World
The authors bring together findings from different scientific fields to predict what the earth’s climate, and thus the earth, will look like in a few thousand years. They draw an analogy between the p…
author: Peter D. Ward, Donald Brownlee
Life in Cold Blood (DVD)
An unmissable, in-depth look at reptiles and amphibians. The last in Attenborough?s “Life” series, this one easily matches the quality of the rest. The DVD set includes bonus features that give a behi…
author: David Attenborough
Life in the Undergrowth (DVD)
Explores the world of invertebrates, detailing aspects of the life-cycles of numerous species around the world. Topics covered include their prehistoric colonization of land from the sea, winged insec…
author: David Attenborough
Life of Birds (DVD)
Originally released in 1998 as a television series of ten episodes. David Attenborough journeys across seven continents filming thousands of species of birds, revealing their patterns of behavior.
author: David Attenborough

Life of Mammals (DVD)
Introduces us to the most diverse group of animals ever to live on this planet. From the smallest to the largest, from the slowest to the fastest, from the least attractive to the most irresistible. L…
author: David Attenborough
Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth
An enticing narrative about the evolution of all forms of life on Earth. Includes thirty-two pages of back & white photos.
author: Richard Fortey
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by National Book Award 1974
Life: The Unfinished Experiment
Presents the basic facts of genetics and cellular biology while stessing their relationship to the development and evolution of organisms. Discusses the implication of this knowledge for medicine, psy…
author: S. E. Luria
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Walter Rosen
Limits to Growth
In 1970, an international team of researchers at MIT began a study of the implications of continued worldwide growth, looking at five basic factors: population increase, agricultural production, non-r…
author: Donella Meadows, Dennis Meadows, J. Randers
Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update
In 1972 the original Limits to Growth was published, to worldwide notice and acclaim. Using a computer model, the authors looked toward the future and sounded an alarm about the consequences of unche…
author: Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers, Dennis Meadows

Nominated to be a Cornerstone by 100 plus list, National Book Award 1975
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
This collection of essays won the National Book Award in 1975 and continues to find meaning today. Includes discussion of computers, probability and possibility, the technology of medicine, the Earth…
author: Lewis Thomas
Living With the Genie: Essays on Technology and the Quest for Human Mastery
A collection of essays that explores the power of technology to change society both positively and negatively. Eighteen authors and sixteen essays.
author: Alan Lightman, Daniel Sarewitz & Cristina Desser, Editors
Living Within Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos
A call to live within the carrying capacity of Earth’s resources by controlling the growth of human population.
author: Garrett Hardin
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by School Library Journal 3/1994, Jocelyn Hubbell
Lobsters: Gangsters of the Sea
Describes the physical aspects, habits, and life cycle of the American “Maine” lobster as well as the activities of New England lobstermen. Includes bibliography for adults and young readers. Excellen…
author: Mary M. Cerullo
Lonesome George – The Life and Loves of a Conservation Icon
The story of a giant tortoise found in 1971 on the island of Pinta in the Galapagos. Giant tortoises were thought to be extinct after seal hunters and whalers had hunted them out of existence. Now Geo…
author: Henry Nicholls

Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Lee Grodzins
Longitude – The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
A saga of science and invention, and an historical account of John Harrison’s struggle with the technical and political problems of longitude. His tenacity and genius led to the invention of an accura…
author: Dava Sobel
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by American Book Award, 1982
Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind
The dramatic discovery of our oldest human ancestor – and the controversial change it makes in our view of human origins.
author: Donald Johanson & Maitland Edey
Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World
A look inside the world of the scientists, artists and inventors who ushered in the Industrial Revolution.
author: Jenny Uglow