Weighing the Soul: Scientific Discovery from the Brilliant to the Bizarre (Oct., $25) by Len Fisher surveys the science of the weird, the peculiar and the downright nutty.


Five Quarts: A Personal and Natural History of Blood (Feb., $23.95) by Bill Hayes combines a scientific history of blood from ancient Rome to the present with a personal memoir of how AIDS has affected the author's life. Advertising.


The Real Mars (Nov., $35) by Michael Hanlon covers all of the speculations about Mars from ancient stargazers to the explorations by Spirit and Opportunity.


Life at the Zoo: Behind the Scenes with Animal Doctors (Oct., $27.95) by Phillip T. Robinson focuses on the complexities of working with animals and people, based on 15 years of work at the San Diego Zoo.


Defining the Wind: The Beaufort Scale, and How a 19th-Century Admiral Turned Science into Poetry (Sept., $23) by Scott Huler explains the scale as gradations of wind strength, and includes an additional excursion through science and nature, British history and Beaufort's life. Advertising.

Electric Universe: The Shocking True Story of Electricity (Feb., $24) by David Bodanis traces the discovery of electricity and how it is used in technology today.


DNA and Tradition: The Genetic to the Ancient Hebrews (Sept.; $21.95, paper $14.95) by Yaakov Kleiman describes the discovery of the "Cohen (Priestly) gene," with analyses of Abraham's chromosome signature.


The Architecture and Design of Man and Woman: The Marvel of the Human Body (Oct., $50) by Barry Werth. Alexander Tsiaras creator of From Conception to Birth offers more than 500 images of the body's intricately constructed systems. Advertising.


The Firefly Encyclopedia of Astronomy (Sept., $59.95), edited by Paul Murdin and Margaret Penston, includes 1,750 entries by 650 astronomers.

Earth from Space: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Oct., $49.95) by Andrew K. Johnson examines how satellite imaging works and showcases 300 color photographs of Earth.


Big Bang (Jan., $26.95) by Simon Singh. The author of Fermat's Enigma and The Code Book offers a brief history of the universe. 100,000 first printing.


Poe's Heart and the Mountain Climber: Exploring the Effect of Anxiety on Our Brains and Our Culture (Nov., $22) by Richard Restak, M.D. The author of Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot provides an in-depth look at the science of anxiety.


Futures: 50 Years in Space: The Challenge of the Stars (Sept., $24.95) by David A. Hardy and Patrick Moore. An author/artist team reveals the wonders of the cosmos.


Cooking in Mendel's Kitchen: A Scientist's View of Genetically Modified Food (Oct., $24.95) by Nina V. Federoff and Nancy Marie Brown argues that the careful use of genetic engineering and plant biotechnology can help us become better stewards of the earth. Advertising. Author tour.

Schrödinger's Rabbits: The Many Worlds of Quantum (Oct., $24.95) by Colin Bruce recounts the discovery of stem cells and their potential for the future of medicine. Advertising. Author tour.


On Intelligence (Oct., $25) by Jeff Hawkins with Sandra Blakeslee. The inventor of the Palm Pilot offers a new theory of intelligence, brain function and the future of intelligent machines. Advertising. Author tour.

Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown (Jan., $26) by Michael Shermer. The publisher of Skeptic magazine and author of Why People Believe Weird Things explores the personal barriers and biases that plague and propel science.


Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet (Dec., $24.95) by Steve Squyres. The principal scientist of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission reveals what it took to land on the red planet in January 2004. 75,000 first printing.


Dinosaurs of Italy (Jan., $35) by Cristiano Dal Sasso describes the prehistoric animals of Italy and the discovery that helped unlock the secret of their demise.


Why Some Like It Hot: Food, Genes, and Cultural Diversity (Sept., $24) by Gary Paul Nabham studies genes, diets, ethnicity and place to determine their impact on human health and cultural diversity. $10,000 ad/promo. Author tour.


The Einstein Almanac (Oct., $24.95) by Alice Calaprice is an illustrated chronicle of Einstein's career as a scientist and humanitarian.


Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution (Oct., $27.95) by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith. An astrophysicist and an astronomy writer give new insights about the formation and evolution of the universe; tie-in to a Nova series. 6-city author tour.


Obsessive Genius: Marie Curie: A Life in Science (Nov., $23.95) by Barbara Goldsmith traces Curie's discovery of radium. Advertising. Author tour.

Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel (Feb., $22.95) by Rebecca Goldstein reveals the life of the brilliant 20th-century mathematician. Advertising. 5-city author tour.


Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist (Sept., $23.95), edited by John Brockman. Scientists reveal the moment when they knew what their chosen profession would be. Advertising.


Human Bones: A Scientific and Pictorial Investigation (Sept., $37.50) by R. McNeill Alexander combines a discussion of the function and design of human bones with 115 color photographs by Aaron Diskin.


Brain Trust: The Hidden Connection Between Mad Cow and Alzheimer's (Oct., $22) by Colm A. Kelleher suggests that government-funded research contaminated the beef industry and created an epidemic.


Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe (Oct., $29) by Leon M. Lederman and Christopher T. Hill. A Nobel laureate explains the concept of symmetry and its ramifications in art, music and life.

The Joy of Chemistry: The Amazing Science of Familiar Things (Feb., $26) by Cathy Cobb and Monty L. Fetterolf illustrates the everyday experience of chemistry through demonstrations using common materials.


Fantastic Voyage (Nov., $24.95) by Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, M.D., investigates cutting-edge science on diet, metabolism, genetics, toxins and hormones involved with aging.


The Illustrated On the Shoulders of Giants (Oct., $35), edited by Stephen Hawking, uses images to show theoretical models of major works, such as Isaac Newton's Principia and Albert Einstein's The Principle of Relativity. 100,000 first printing.


Many Skies: Alternative Histories of the Sun, Moon, Planets, and Stars (Jan., $24.95) by Arthur Upgren explores the Earth's placement in the universe.


Best of the National Air and Space Museum (Oct., $24.95), edited by Robert Van der Linden, showcases aircraft and spacecraft from the popular Smithsonian museum.

Smithsonian Story of Science: Volume One: Einstein Leads the Way (Nov., $21.95) by Joy Hakim shows the originators of modern science, from Thales to Roger Bacon, and their discoveries in astronomy, math and physics.


Chance: A Guide to Gambling, Love, the Stock Market and Just About Everything Else (Sept., $23) by Amir D. Aczel explores probability theory and its daily practical applications.

Green Fire: The Life Force from the Atom to the Mind (Sept., $25.95) by Ignacio Martinez and Juan Luis Arsuaga, trans. by Michael B. Miller, is a freewheeling tour through history, touching on the work of Charles Darwin, Rudyard Kipling and others to link the origin of life with the development of the human brain.


Not by Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution (Nov., $30) by Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd argues that Darwin's theory of evolution not only includes biological, but also cultural development.


Mike Lynch's Minnesota StarWatch: The Essential Guide to Our Night Sky (Oct., $24.95) by Mike Lynch. A radio and newspaper meteorologist and astronomer explains stars, nebulae, galaxies, basic equipment and more.

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Invisible Worlds: Exploring the Unseen (Sept., $34.95) by Piers Bizony conducts a visual voyage of worlds invisible to the naked eye.

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