Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History
A compelling account of seventeen molecules that have influenced the course of history. Also a telling reminder of the importance of the atom.
author: Penny Le Couteur & Jay Burreson
National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Rocks and Minderals
A good introductory field guide to rocks and minerals. Divided into four sections: The world of rocks and minerals; How to look at rocks and minerals; the field guide; and the reference section. Ov…
author: Edward Ricciuti, Margaret W. Carruthers
Natural History of the Senses
A look at the scientific, emotional and cultural aspects of each of the five senses. Includes also a chapter on synesthesia. Index, list for further reading.

author: Diane Ackerman

Natural Landscapes of Maine: A Guide to Natural Communities and Ecosystems
Well-written and laid-out in an easy-to-use format with excellent photographs. Both students and amateur naturalists/botanists will love
this book and will thank you for having it in your collection…
author: Susan C. Gawler, Andrew Cutko

Nominated to be a Cornerstone by NBCC, Biology 1995; LA Times, Science 1995
Wilson recounts his early childhood along the Gulf Coast of Florida and Alabama, his fascination with nature, and how that led to a lifelong study of evolutionary biology. Within the narrative, the r…
author: Edward O. Wilson
Nesting Season: Cuckoos, Cuckolds, and the Invention of Monogamy
An exploration of the complex courtship, mating rituals, and parenting behavior of wild birds. Includes species accounts from around the world and Heinrich’s New England home. Through the description …
author: Bernd Heinrich
New Kind of Science
The culmination of nearly 20 years of work by the author, touching on almost every existing area of science. Chapter Headings:The Foundations for a New Kind of Science; The Crucial Experiment; The Wor…
author: Stephen Wolfram
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Morrison Review
New Way Things Work
A thorough and engaging book which introduces and explains the scientific principles and workings of hundreds of machines. This updated and expanded edition describes 12 new machines and includes mor…
author: David Macaulay
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Lee Grodzins
Niels Bohr’s Times, in Physics, Philosophy, and Polity
A biography of Neils Bohr as well as a beginner’s guide to how most experts think about quantum theory. From his boyhood in Denmark to his direct involvement in the application of quantum theory to o…
author: Abraham Pais

Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Linda Oliver, Lee Grodzins
No Small Matter: Science on the Nanoscale
A stunning coffee table-style book that explores the realities and possibilities of nanoscience. Frankel’s photographs beautifully illustrate Whiteside’s essays on the science and technology of small …
author: Felice C. Frankel, George M. Whitesides
No Way Home – The Decline of the World’s Great Animal Migrations
David Wilcove documents one of nature’s great wonders – animal migration – and the threats that modern day society and global warming pose to these long-distance travelers. Fences and farms block her…
author: David S. Wilcove
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Carroll Trail
Nobel Prize Women in Science
Profiles of fifteen women scientists who either won a Nobel Prize or played a crucial role in a project that did. Looks at the disparity in the number of Nobel Prizes awarded to women (only ten out o…
author: Sharon Bertsch McGrayne