October Sky
Originally published under the title Rocket Boys, this is the memoir of a young boy from a West Virginia coal mining town in 1957 who dreamed of sending rockets into space. He and a small group of fr…
author: Homer H. Hickam, Jr.
On Growth and Form: The Complete Revised Edition
A classic of biology. Describes the Thompson’s theory of transformation – species evolution by large-scale bodily transformations rather than successive minor changes.
author: D

Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Jocelyn Hubbell
On the Origin of Species – The Illustrated Edition
This illustrated edition marks the 150th anniversary of the first publication of On the Origin of Species. Using hundreds of excerpts and historical images from The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, Th…
author: Charles Darwin; David Quammen, general editor
On the Wing – To the Edge of the Earth With the Peregrine Falcon
Recounts the author’s efforts to radio-track the peregrine falcon on its transcontinental migration. Flying a Cessna with partner George Vose, his travels take him from a Texas barrier island north t…
author: Alan Tennant
On the Wings of the Monarch (DVD)
An in-depth look at the monarch butterfly’s fascinating life cycle, its habitats, and its North American migration. Hosted by Libby Graham.
author: Oktay Ortabasi
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by American Scientist 100+ List, 1999
One Two Three…Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science
This is George Gamow’s classic look at science. Topics: Numbers; Space, Time & Einstein; Microcosmos; Macrocosmos. Includes black & white illustrations by the author.
author: George Gamow
One Universe At Home in the Cosmos
Using the starting points of motion, matter, and energy, this fascinating volume shows how the physical principles that operate in our kitchens and backyards are actually down-to-Earth versions of cos…
author: Neil de Grasse Tyson, Charles Liu, & Robert Irion

One with Nineveh: Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future
Scientists Paul and Anne Ehrlich provide a timely warning and a call to action in hope of steering our civilization from a fall so like that of the Mesopotamians. They address overpopulation, over con…
author: Paul Ehrlich & Anne Ehrlich
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Lee Grodzins
Origin of Species
The landmark work that set forth Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection. Based largely on the observations from his five year voyage on the HMS Beagle, the book challenged the beliefs of …
author: Charles Darwin
Other Worlds: The Search for Life in the Universe
A glimpse into the daily lives and the observatories and listening posts of the scientists who are searching the universe for extraterresrials.
author: Michael D. Lemonick
Our Final Hour – A Scientist’s Warning: How Terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind’s Future in this Century – On Earth and Beyond
Rees warns of the danger of twenty-first century technology and increased human pressure upon the environment. He predicts that humankind has only a fifty-fifty chance of surviving into the next centu…
author: Martin Rees
Our Living Earth – A Story of People, Ecology, and Preservation
Aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s photos fill this beautiful coffee table-sized book. Large full-color photos combine with statistics, eye-catching facts and informative text about each them…
author: Isabelle Delannoy

Our Own Devices: The Past and Future of Body Technology
Tenner looks at how inventions of everyday items affect how we use our bodies. With chapters on athletic shoes, posture chairs, helmets, bottle feeding and more, he explores how these inventions hav…
author: Edward Tenner
Over the Coasts – An Aerial Vivew of Geology
Stunning aerial photographs accompany vivid text and clear captions to show how the action of waves, tides, wind and weather produce startling transformations along the coast of the North American con…
author: Michael Collier
Over the Mountains – An Aerial View of Geology
Stunning aerial photographs are used to show how mountains form, evolve, deteriorate, and then die. Glaciers, erosion, alluvial fans, fault zones, plateaus, and volcanoes are all explained in readable…
author: Michael Collier
Over the Rivers – An Aerial View of Geology
Geologist and photographer Michael Collier has combined stunning aerial photographs with clear, vivid text to give the reader a broad sense of how rivers flow, erode and shape the landscape, and how t…
author: Michael Collier