How to Dunk a Doughnut: The Science of Everyday Life (Oct., $23.95) by Len Fisher is an entertaining look at the science behind our daily activities.
112 Mercer Street: Einstein, Russell, Gödel, Pauli, and the End of Innocence in Science (Feb., $23.95) by Burton Feldman profiles four great minds of science.
BARNES & NOBLE
The New Humanists: Science at the Edge (Sept., $19.95), edited by John Brockman. Top scientists including Jared Diamond and Steven Pinker discuss their contributions to the development of modern thought.
COLUMBIA UNIV. PRESS
In the Beginning Was the Worm: Finding the Secrets of Life in a Tiny Hermaphrodite (Oct., $27.95) by Andrew Brown is the story of the three men who won the 2002 Nobel Prize for their research on the nematode worm, which led to the sequencing of the human genome.
Crossing Ancient Oceans: Voyages to the Americas Before Columbus (Nov., $25) by Stephen C. Jett presents evidence that ancient civilizations had seafaring capabilities.
Out of This World: Colliding Universes, Branes, and Other Wild Ideas of Modern Physics (Nov., $27.50) by Stephen Webb examines a new theory developed by cosmologists: the "Theory of Everything."
CORNELL UNIV. PRESS
The Biology of Death: Origins of Mortality (Nov., $29.95) by André Klarsfeld and Frédéric Revah, trans. by Lydia Brady, is a synthesis of biological aging with an exploration of current methods to postpone natural death.
The Origin of Species and The Voyage of the Beagle (Oct., $30) by Charles Darwin combines two critically important books into one volume. Advertising.
Dinosaurus: The Complete Guide to Dinosaurs (Sept., $49.95) by Steve Parker is organized into the major dinosaur families and identifies 500 species with full-color illustrations and descriptions of traits and habits.
Hubble: The Mirror on the Universe (Oct., $35) by Robin Kerrod covers the history of astronomy and development of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain—and How It Changed the World (Jan., $26) by Carl Zimmer chronicles the discovery of the brain as the seat of human consciousness. Author publicity.
Why Things Break: Understanding the World by the Way It Comes Apart (Oct., $24) by Mark Eberhart explores what holds things together, what breaks them apart and why this is important.
HARVARD UNIV. PRESS
For Love of Insects (Nov., $29.95) by Thomas Eisner celebrates the small creatures and their mastery of achievement.
JOSEPH HENRY PRESS
The Anthrax Letters: A Medical Detective Story (Oct., $24.95) by Leonard A. Cole. A leading bioterrorism scientist recounts the anthrax scare of 2001. Advertising. Author tour.
The Last Sorcerers: The Path from Alchemy to the Periodic Table (Oct., $24.95) by Richard Morris looks at the lives of those who created modern chemistry. Advertising. Author tour.
The Survival Game: How Game Theory Explains the Biology of Human Cooperation and Competition (Sept., $26) by David P. Barash. A zoologist and psychologist looks at the biological and strategic roots of humans' decisions. Advertising.
Strange Universe: An Offbeat Tour of Our World and Beyond (Oct., $25) by Bob Berman is a guidebook to bizarre moments in astronomy and surprising facts about the world around us.
INDIANA UNIV. PRESS
Wondergenes: Genetic Enhancement and the Future of Society (Sept., $24.95) by Maxwell J. Mehlman explains the complex issues of genetic enhancement, its promises and perils and the steps to control its destructive potential.
INNER OCEAN PUBLISHING
Biocosm: The New Scientific Theory of Evolution: Intelligent Life Is the Architect of the Universe (Sept., $29.95) by James N. Gardner takes the controversy of creationism versus evolution to a new level.
Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality (Feb., $27.95) by Brian Greene reveals the layers of reality that modern physics has discovered just beneath the surface of the everyday world. 250,000 first printing.
Radiant Cool: A Novel Theory of Consciousness (Dec., $24.95) by Dan Lloyd offers a theory of consciousness supported by brain-imaging, written in the form of a thriller. A Bradford Book.
Beyond Genetics (Oct., $24.95) by Glenn McGee discusses the world of genomics. 50,000 first printing.
The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childhood Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis (Oct., $21.95) by Sherwin N. Nuland. The author of How We Die recalls the doctor remembered for the now commonplace practice of washing one's hands before examining a patient. Advertising. 5-city author tour.
Everything and More: Cantor & Zeno & Math & Abstraction & Infinity (Oct., $23.95) by David Foster Wallace traces the evolution of theory surrounding infinity.
Lost in Space: The Fall of NASA and the Dream of a New Space Age (Jan., $27.95) by Greg Klerkx asks "What happened to the Space Age and how do we get it back?"
Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab—the Body Farm—Where the Dead Do Tell Tales (Oct., $24.95) by Bill Blass, M.D., and Jon Jefferson reveals secrets from the world's first and only laboratory devoted to death. Advertising. Author tour.
The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness (Jan., $24.95) by Jerome Groopman acknowledges the vital role of hope in patients' lives. Advertising. 9-city author tour.
Human Devolution: A Vedic Alternative to Darwin's Theory (Sept., $35) by Michael A. Cremo discusses human origins from modern scientific and ancient Vedic Indian perspectives. Author tour.
UNIV. PRESS OF KANSAS
Sea Dragons: Predators of the Prehistoric Oceans (Oct., $29.95) by Richard Ellis reveals the discoveries, habits and environment of the reptiles that ruled the oceans of the Mesozoic era. Author tour.
The Book Nobody Read: Chasing the Masterpiece of Nicolaus Copernicus (Jan., $25) by Owen Gingerich. The astrophysicist follows a 30-year quest to study all extant copies of the first and second printings of Copernicus's De revolutionibus (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) .
WEIDENFELD & NICHOLSON (dist. by Sterling)
Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed (Oct., $24.95) by Jim Al-Khalili. A physicist takes readers on a journey through the basics of subatomic physics.