Warped Passages – Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions
An overview of the arc of discovery from early 20th century physics to today’s particle physics and string theory. Randall doesn’t assume scientific expertise on the reader’s part, but rather leads us…
author: Lisa Randall
Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource
An award-winning account of the planet’s most under appreciated and vital resource. Includes ecological, historical, and cultural perspectives from around the globe.
author: Marq De Villiers
Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean
A gripping account of the largest ocean waves ever documented and the scientists and extreme surfers who chase them. An SOS by a British research vessel trapped in the North Atlantic by gigantic waves…
author: Susan Casey
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by National Book Award 1965
We Are Not Alone: The Search for Intelligent Life in Other Worlds
A history of human attempts to find and communicate with life on other planets, and a discussion of the likelihood that we are not alone in the universe.
author: Walter Sullivan

Weird Nature – An Astonishing Exploration of Nature’s Strangest Behavior
Illustrated with large, stunning photos, this book looks at the incredible and sometimes bizarre animal behaviors that are used as defenses, camouflages, in attracting a mate and in breeding, and in j…
author: John Downer
Welcome to Your Brain – Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life
Two prominent neuroscientists have come together to explain the research behind many issues surrounding the brain ? both myths and facts ? in this incredibly readable and engaging book. Full of illust…
author: Sandra Aamodt, PhD and Sam Wang, PhD
Well-Dressed Ape: A Natural History of Myself
Engaging and informative, Holmes’ book compares and contrasts the biology and behavior of humans with that of other creatures. With chapter headings including “Blind as a Bat (Perception)”, “Loose as …
author: Hannah Holmes
Well-Ordered Thing: Dmitrii Mendeleev and the Shadow of the Periodic Table
A powerful biography of the creator of the periodic table of elements and journey into the world of Imperial Russia. Includes black & white photos and illustrations.
author: Michael D. Gordin
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by LA Times Book Prize for Science & Technology 2004
Whale and the Supercomputer – On the Northern Front of Climate Change
Climate change has altered the way of life for Native people of the Arctic who live off the land and sea. It has also lured scientists north to study and try and understand the process of global warm…
author: Charles Wohlforth

Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Lee Grodzins
What Do YOU Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character
Picks up where “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” left off in providing the reader with glimpses into the mind and thought process of Richard Feynman. The second half of the book is Feynman’s behind…
author: Richard P. Feynman as told to Ralph Leighton
What is Life?: The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell; and includes Mind and Matter & Autobiographical Sketches
Called one of the most influential of scientific writings of the twentieth century because, though written for the layman, it helped to bring about the birth of molecular biology. Together with “Mind …
author: Erwin Schrödinger
What on Earth Happened? The Complete Story of the Planet, Life, and People from the Big Bang to the Present Day
Covering 13.7 billion years in 400 pages, this book combines the history of earth science and the history of human civilization and shows the complex interconnectedness of all things, from ecosystems,…
author: Christopher Lloyd
What the World Eats
D’Aluisio and photographer Peter Menzel travel to 21 countries and visit 25 families, photographing a week’s worth of food at each household. There is engaging text about each family, the community i…
author: Faith D’Aluisio, Peter Menzel
What We Leave Behind
The authors argue passionately that industrial civilization is not sustainable as it currently exists. They put forth their idea of genuine sustainability and make a distinction between real solutions…
author: Derrick Jenson, Aric McBay

White Death – A History of Tuberculosis
An engrossing account of the complex social, artistic, and natural history of turberculosis, as well as a chronicle of the medical profession as it struggled to deal with this ever-present killer. Inc…
author: Thomas Dormandy
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by American Scientist 100+ List 1999
Whole Shebang: A State of the Universe(s) Report
Tells the story of the creation and evolution of the universe and the state of modern cosmology.
author: Timothy Ferris
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Morrison Long List
Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture
This is the story of the functional structure of architecture – the science behind the art of building design – through a biography of the world’s most significant architecture, from pyramids to brid…
author: Mario Salvadori
Winged Migration (DVD)
Amazing videography allows the viewer to migrate with the birds. Depicts the perils, manmade and natural, of this long-distance journey. Three years of shooting were needed by five teams in order to…
Wings of Madness: Alberto Santos-Dumont and the Invention of Flight
A captivating account of the life of Alberto Santos-Dumont and his successful quest for flight.
author: Paul Hoffman

Winter: An Ecological Handbook
An indepth exploration of winter ecology including the history of the science of winter ecology, winter defined, animal and plant adaptation to winter, how humans cope with the cold, and winter resear…
author: James C. Halfpenny & Roy Douglas Ozanne
Wisdom of the Bones: In Search of Human Origins
A firsthand account of Walker’s discovery of the best specimen of Homo erectus, the evolutionary link between primates and humans, an his investigation of the nature of the species.
author: Alan Walker & Pat Shipman
Nominated to be a Cornerstone by Lee Grodzins
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History
In the words of Lewis Thomas, the Burgess Shale “is surely one of nature’s best stories” told here with fervor and intelligence by a great scientist and science writer.
author: Stephen Jay Gould
Work of Nature: How the Diversity of Life Sustains Us
An exploration of the importance of biological diversity to the survival of all life.
author: Yvonne Baskin
World Through Maps: A History of Cartography
A history of maps and mapmakers from around the world and through time; includes cultural attitudes, scientific development, and colonization. Includes hundreds of stunning color illustrations & repro…
author: John Rennie Short