Dynasty Foundation Popular Science Library

In 2006, the Foundation undertook its own publishing project. The Dynasty Foundation Popular Science Library publishes the best contemporary mass-market books on the natural sciences.

The Dynasty Foundation Library has three basic goals:

  • to make the natural sciences more accessible to the general public and to popularize science by bringing it to readers in a contemporary form;
  • to develop the popular science segment of the publishing business, making it a competitive sector;
  • to foster a community where people interested in the sciences—writers, experts, publishers, booksellers, and readers—can interact.

Dynasty Foundation Library Books

In 2006, Geleos Publishers released two editions of the Russian-language version of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything. In 2004, this extraordinary encyclopedia won the prestigious Aventis Prize for best general science book.

A Short History of Nearly Everything headed the 2007 bestseller list amongst popular science books.

In 2007, our imprint released James Trefil's The Nature of Science: An A-Z Guide to the Laws and Principles Governing Our Universe, which was first published in Russian on the website Elements.

James Trefil is a professor of physics at George Mason University (USA) and one of the most well-known authors of general science books.

November 2007 saw the release of Matt Ridley's Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters.

Originally published in English in 1999, the book continues to be a worldwide best seller.

Matt Ridley is a British zoologist and the author of several highly regarded popular science books.

In November 2007, we released Stephen Hawking's The Universe in a Nutshell, the second popular science book by the great theoretical physicist.

His first general science book, A Brief History of Time, has been translated into forty languages and sold almost ten million copies.

Stephen Hawking is the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.

February 2008 saw the release of The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers, by the famous American economist and historian Robert Heilbroner.

The book tells the story of the lives and ideas of the great economic thinkers. The book's tremendous sales worldwide overturned the notion that economics is boring.

In cooperation with the Liberal Mission Foundation, we have published Ella Paneiakh's Rules of the Game for Russian Entrepreneurs (Moscow: Kolibri, 2008).

This book by Petersburg sociologist Ella Paneiakh explores the relationship between business people and the machinery of the state, as well as the surprises and traps that lay in store for the novice who has decided to open his own firm and do business honestly, “by the rules.” The book also looks at the paradoxes of Russian life: after all, soon or later all of us have the idea to our own undertakings, great or small.

In August 2008, another title was added to the Dynasty Foundation Library—Philip Ball, Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another (Moscow: Geleos, 2008).

Written by a well-known British science journalist, the book explores so-called social physics and the use of natural scientific models—mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology—in describing social phenomena.

In 2005, Critical Mass won the Aventis Prize, which is awarded by the Royal Society (UK) to the best popular science book of the year.

Published in October 2008, Albert Einstein, Works on the Theory of Relativity (Moscow: Amfora, 2008) contains a number of his famous works on relativity theory as well as The Evolution of Physics, a book intended for the general reading public that Einstein wrote with Polish physicist Leopold Infeld.

Albert Einstein was one of the world's greatest scientists, a man who fundamentally changed our notions about the structure of the Universe and the nature of space and time.

The renowned English physicist Stephen Hawking wrote the introduction to this anthology.

October 2008 also saw the release of Carl Sagan, Cosmos (Moscow: Amfora, 2008). Sagan was an American astrophysicist and the most famous popularizer of science in the twentieth century.

The book examines the evolution of the Universe, the formation of the galaxies, and the emergence of life and intelligence. Sagan traces the paths that man's discovery of the Universe has taken—from the insights of the ancients and the breakthroughs of Kepler, Newton, and Einstein to today's space missions.

This book and the eponymous TV series brought Sagan international fame.

The God Delusion (Moscow: KoLibri, 2008), by the preeminent British ethologist and popular science writer Richard Dawkins, was published by the Dynasty Foundation Library in November 2008.

After the release of this book, which has now been translated into several dozen languages, Dawkins was named author of the year (2006) by Reader's Digest.

When The God Delusion was released, the American popular science magazine Discovery christened Dawkins “Darwin's Rottweiler,” thus equating him with the famous evolutionary biologist Thomas Huxley, who was dubbed “Darwin's bulldog” in the late nineteenth century. The English magazine Prospect opined that Dawkins is one of the three most visible public intellectuals in the world, along with Noam Chomsky and Umberto Eco.

In Physics of the Impossible (Moscow: Alpina non-fiction, 2009), Michio Kaku, a Japanese-American physicist and one of the originators of string theory, ranks fantastic phenomena according to the likelihood of whether they will become realities sometime in the future.

Using the language and images of science fiction—from teleportation to telekinesis—Kaku undertakes a brilliant, engaging examination of the methods and limits of contemporary physics. He predicts how likely each “impossibility” is and when it might become a reality—in the coming century, in the next millennium or (perhaps) never.

According to Dr. Kaku, even the wildest dreams of science fiction might become a reality.

Michio Kaku is the author of more than 170 scientific articles in the world's preeminent physics journals. He is also known for his popular science best sellers Beyond Einstein, Visions, Hyperspace, and Parallel Worlds.

Dr. Kaku has worked on such PBS documentaries as Einstein Revealed and Stephen Hawking's Universe as well as series on the BBC and the Discovery Channel.


The main—almost the only—work of the outstanding Polish astronomer Nicholas Copernicus, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres), has been published in Russian translation by the Dynasty Foundation (Moscow: Amfora, 2009).

This work, which first came out in 1543, became one of the greatest breakthroughs in history.

The astrophysicist and academician V. A. Ambartsumian characterized the significance of the great scientist's work thus:
“The heliocentric system, created by Copernicus, was the beginning of the profoundest revolution in exact science. Having first appeared in astronomy, this revolution spread to mechanics and all of physics. In fact, the achievements of this scientific revolution serve as the foundation for the whole edifice of modern science.”


The book by the American ornithologist, physiologist, and geographer Jared DiamondGuns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (Moscow: AST, 2010)—became an international bestseller and brought its creator the prestigious Pulitzer Prize (1997), which at once turned the academic into an A-list celebrity.

Many people ponder the question why different regions of our planet have been developing so nonuniformly. Why were the Australian aborigines not able to come out of the Stone age while Europeans learned to produce complex tools, build space ships, and pass the accumulated knowledge to succeeding generations?

Relying on the data of geography, botany, zoology, microbiology, linguistics, and other sciences, Diamond convincingly proved that the asymmetry in the development of different parts of the world is not accidental and is based on many natural factors such as living environment, climate, availability of animals and plants suitable for domestication, and even the shapes and sizes of the continents.

Diamond's solid and convincing theory allows a reader to comprehend the hidden mechanisms of the development of human civilization in a new way.


The book by Armand Marie Leroi Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body [Russian translation: Mutants: On Genetic Variability and the Human Body (Moscow: Corpus, 2010)] opens the new series Elementy—a collection of the best examples of world popular science literature of the last decade. They were selected for translation into Russian by Dynasty Foundation experts.

In his exciting and sometimes shocking book, which made a big splash in the world of popular science literature at the beginning of the 21st century, the British biologist brings us closer to answering questions about which everybody wonders:

  • How is a human body created?
  • How do we become who we are?

The author finds the most direct route to the solution—through mutations and mutants, through the histories of famous monsters.

Monsters or mutants are only a part of the spectrum of human forms for us today and studying them helps clarify the organism’s laws of development. There are mutations that make a person red-haired or fat, a dwarf or a giant... Changing the meaning of genes, mutations help us understand what these genes in fact are for the organism in the first place.


In the book Origin of Life: Science and Faith (Moscow: Corpus, 2010; translation of Science, Evolution, and Creationism), experts assembled under the aegis of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine describe the basic methods of scientific cognition and present massive evidence in support of biological evolution. They consider and critique the views of supporters of different creationist theories, including “intelligent design.”

The creators of the book tell a reader about many fascinating researches that allow using the evolution theory in treating human diseases, making new foods, and implementing various technological innovations.

One of the main goals of the book is to show that science and religion can be regarded not as two antagonistic points of view but as two mutually complementary world perceptions and that recognizing the validity of evolution theory does not exclude a deep and sincere religious feeling.

Origin of Life: Science and Faith will become a valuable source of information and arguments for all people interested in spreading and confirming sensible views of the world around us in society, based on factual scientific information.


A Day's Adventure in Math Wonderland (Мoscow, 2009) by Jin Akiyama and Mari-Jo Ruiz appeared in the Dynasty library.

The Math Wonderland—in which children, the heroes of this book, travel—really exists. This is a museum of interactive mathematical models in Hokkaido, Japan. It was founded by Jin Akiyama in 2003.

The fascinating models described in the book (many of which the author has exhibited all over Japan and around the world) are designed to help children discover amazing patterns and experience all kinds of mathematical wonders.


In his factual book Many Worlds in One: The Search for Other Universes (Moscow:Astrel, 2010), Alex Vilenkin, a physicist at Tufts University, USA, acquaints readers with the latest scientific achievements in cosmology and relates his own theory that proves the possibility and even probability that numerous parallel universes exist.

The implications of his hypothesis are mind-blowing: there are multitudes of other worlds like ours or principally different ones settled by unimaginable creatures or creatures indistinguishable from people.

Vilenkin's ideas turned out to be so clear, convincing, and simultaneously revolutionary that they instantaneously turned the modest office scientist into a popular talk show star. And his book has become an international bestseller with a huge public resonance.


In his autobiographical book Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science (Moscow:Astrel, 2010), James Watson, a famous biologist and Nobel prize winner, writes about his famous discovery of the DNA structure, about how American science functions, and about the lessons he learned from his own life experience and from observing other people.

Speaking about his life path, the author gives the reader useful and practical advice about how to make a successful scientific career and possibly one day make an outstanding scientific discovery.


The book Birth of complexity. Evolutionary Biology Today: The Unexpected Discoveries and New Questions (Мoscow: Astrel, Corpus, 2010) by Doctor of Biological Science Alexander Markov, a well-known paleontologist and popularizer of science, is an attempt to overcome the barrier of mutual nonunderstanding between serious researchers and a wider audience.

Birth of Complexity is both a captivating story about what is happening at the forefront of biological science today and a serious attempt to summarize and systematize mankind's accumulated knowledge in this area.


In his book Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (Мoscow: Astrel, Corpus, 2010), Neil Shubin, a professor of anatomy, a well-known paleontologist, and one of the discoverers of the legendary Tiktaalik (the link between fish and land animals) offers the reader an exciting tour from the beginning of evolution, following how the human body was formed and perfected in the course of three and a half million years.


The popular and witty book Prime Obsession (Moscow: Astrel, 2010) by John Derbyshire, an American mathematician and publicist, tells about numerous attempts in the last 150 years to prove (or disprove) the Riemann Hypothesis and about the destinies of people obsessed with this task.




For many centuries, symmetry has been a key concept for artists, architects, and musicians. But in the twentieth century, physicists and mathematicians also came to appreciate its deep meaning. Symmetry underlies such fundamental physical and cosmological theories as the theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, and string theory.

In the book Why Beauty is Truth: A History of Symmetry (Elementy Series, Мoscow: CORPUS, Astrel, 2010), Ian Nicholas Stewart, a world-famous British mathematician, follows the discoveries of the essential laws of symmetry from ancient Babylon to the advanced frontiers of contemporary science.

The eccentric Girolamo Cardano, a gambler and braggart of the Renaissance was the first to solve a cubic equation; Évariste Galois, a neurotic genius and a failed revolutionary, single-handedly created group theory; William Hamilton, a dipsomaniac, scribbled his greatest discovery on bridge stones; and, of course, the great Albert Einstein—the fates of these extraordinary people and brilliant scientists are the background for one of the most absorbing stories in the history of science.

Ian Nicholas Stewart—Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick, Coventry, Great Britain—is a famous popularizer of mathematics and an author of science fiction books. His scientific interests include catastrophe theory, symmetry, group theory, and bifurcation theory.

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The book Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal: A Critical Thinker's Toolkit (Moscow: Alpina non-fiction, 2011) by Jonathan C. Smith, is written for both paranormal believers and skeptics alike.

A reader will find in it an original, fascinating, and valid approach to analyzing paranormal claims and will learn how to to distinguish science from pseudoscience.

In contrast to fiction, Smith values facts above all.

Jonathan C. Smith, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and Head of the Pseudoscience and Paranormal Laboratory.
In 1984, he founded the Roosevelt University Stress Institute primarily to combat pseudoscience in the field.
He has created a special program both classroom and on-line for teaching critical thinking and the valid evaluation of extraordinary claims of the paranormal.

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Chris Turney's book Bones, Rocks, and Stars: The Science of When Things Happened (Moscow: Alpina non-fiction, 2011) has been issued in Russian.

Using the most intriguing historical riddles, the British scientist Chris Turney illustrates how written records, carbon, pollen, tree rings, and DNA sequencing, which are used in the newest dating technologies, can help archaeologists, paleontologists, and geologists “tell the time.” This book, as absorbing as a detective story, also carries a serious warning: if we want to have a decent future, then it is especially important to understand the past.

Chris Turney is a British geologist and currently holds a Chair in Physical Geography at the University of Exeter, UK.
In 2004, he did the radiocarbon dating of the “Hobbit” fossil of Flores found in Indonesia.
He has published numerous scientific papers and magazine articles and given frequent interviews that infect readers with an interest in the riddles of the ages of various artefacts.

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Christopher Frith's book Making up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World (Мoscow: Corpus, Astrel, 2010) has been issued in Russian.

The famous British neuropsychologist is well known for his skill in speaking simply about very complicated problems of psychology, such as psychic activity, social behavior, autism, and schizophrenia. Today, this sphere, along with studying how we perceive the world, act, make choices, remember, and feel, is undergoing a scientific revolution involving neuroimaging methods.
In his book Making up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World, Christopher Frith speaks about all this most easily and entertainingly.

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Paul Halpern's book Collider (Moscow: EKSMO, 2010) has been issued in the Russian translation in the EKSMO series “Discoveries That Shook The World” under the auspices of the Dynasty Foundation.

What does the Large Hadron Collider mean for science? What are scientists seeking? Why will physics possibly soon have one of the greatest breakthroughs in its history?

All these questions are discussed in Paul Halpern's book Collider.
Above all, the author proves why the appearance of mini black holes on the LHC, which many fear so much, is impossible both practically and theoretically

Paul Halpern is a Professor of Physics and Mathematics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He was the recipient of a 2002 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Award and is the author of numerous books.

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Richard Dawkins’s book The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene (Мoscow: Corpus, AST, 2010) has been published in Russian for the first time.

The book The Extended Phenotype by the well-known scientist and popularizer of science further develops the ideas in his renown book The Selfish Gene, where evolution and natural selection are considered from the standpoint of competition between genes.
These ideas, which provoked stormy disputes, have already secured their place in science, and The Extended Phenotype is rightfully considered one of the most important books in contemporary evolutionary biology.

The clarity of exposition, humor, and iron logic make even the strictly scientific works of Dawkins accessible to a wide circle of readers.
The Extended Phenotype is one of the best of Richard Dawkins.

Richard Dawkins is a leading British biologist and author of the theory of memes. His brilliant books have played an enormous role in reawakening interest in popular science literature.

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The book by Carl Zimmer Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures [in Russian translation: Parasites: The Secret World (Moscow: Alpina non-fiction, 2011)] has been published in Russian.

Carl Zimmer is one of the best science journalists of our time. He makes the most complex scientific theories understandable. His description of the life of parasites reminds readers of a science fiction novel with mysterious and ominous characters that sometimes appeal to their sympathy.

Parasites feed on the flesh and blood of their victims, influence the biological and social behavior of species and their population size, and ultimately steer the evolution of flora and fauna.
In a world where everybody feeds their own parasite, it is difficult to draw the line between the parasite and its victim. Should we destroy all parasites, or are parasites a necessary element of the ecosystem?

Carl Zimmer is a popular science writer and a blogger. He is the author of several books on biology, evolution, and parasites.

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Matt Ridley's book Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature (Moscow: Eksmo, 2011) claims to be one the most amazing books of the year.

Matt Ridley, Ph.D., is a British scientist and the author of several popular science books (including Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters published in Russian under the auspices of the Dynasty Foundation).
In the book Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature, he has tried to present his own vision of the development of human nature by connecting it to the development of gender.

The book describes a hypothesis of sexual reproduction influencing evolution. This hypothesis today remains one the most controversial in the world.

Обложка книги Cветланы Бурлак «Происхождение языка: Факты, исследования, гипотезы»

Discussions about the origin of human language have lately advanced to a scientific level.
Philosophical speculation about how language could have appeared has been replaced by a deep analysis of the types of communication systems and directions in their development, of the brain structure and genome possibilities, and of the patterns of ecology and evolution.

Svetlana Burlak's book Origin of Language: Facts, Research, and Hypotheses (Moscow: Corpus, 2011) addresses not what might have been but what in fact was, what in accordance with currently established laws must necessarily have happened.

Svetlana Anatolyevna Burlak is a Russian linguist, Indo-Europeanist, and the author of general works on comparative linguistics and the origin of human language.

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Carl Zimmer's book Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea published under the auspices of the Dynasty Foundation (Moscow: Alpina non-fiction, 2011) is a captivating history of the theory of evolution from Darwin to 21st-century science.

Carl Zimmer is one of the best science journalists of our time. With his characteristic thoroughness, clarity, and unfailing humor, he gives a complete review of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in the light of modern concepts.

What was behind the ideas of the great man agonizingly laying the path of new knowledge in a conservative society? Why have disputes about the origin of life and man on Earth not abated by now? How do evolutionary biologists advance and verify their hypotheses, and why do they categorically disagree with the arguments of creationists?

Searching for answers to these questions, a reader will make many amazing discoveries about the life of animals, birds, and insects and be compelled to start thinking about human morals and ethics and about the place and purpose of human beings in the Universe.

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Diamond's intellectual bestsellers are an interesting alloy of anthropology, history, biology, ecology, geography, and other disciplines.

In his book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (Мoscow: Astrel: CORPUS, 2011), the American scientist Jared Diamond offers a new and controversial view of the history of humanity.

A Washington Post reviewer remarked that modern society increasingly needs authors who, like Jared Diamond, are capable of wide and brave generalizations.

This book is a corrected and supplemented version of the 2008 edition published by AST.

Aleksandr Markov—The Evolution of Man

A new book by the biologist Aleksandr MarkovThe Evolution of Man (Moscow: Astrel, Corpus, 2011)—is a fascinating story about the origin and organization of man based on the latest research in anthropology, genetics, and psychology.

This edition was issued in two volumes:

  • Volume 1: Monkeys, Bones, and Genes
  • Volume 2: Monkeys, Neurons, and Soul

Aleksandr Markov, Doctor of Biological Science, is a leading researcher of the Paleontological Institute (RAS). His book about the evolution of living beings The Birth of Complexity (2010) was a notable event in the popular science literature and was well received by a wide readership.

Eric Kandel\&\#39\;s book In Search of Memory

In his book In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind, (Moscow: Astrel, CORPUS, 2011), Nobelist Eric Kandel explains revolutionary achievements of modern biology and elucidates how behaviorism, cognitive psychology, and molecular biology originated a new science.

The book begins with memories of his childhood in a Vienna occupied by Nazis and goes on to describe Kandel's scientific career from his early fascination with history and psychoanalysis to his groundbreaking discoveries in the area of cellular and molecular mechanisms of memory, discoveries for which he was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2000.

Olivia Judson\&\#39\;s international bestseller Dr.Tatiana\&\#39\;s Sex Advice to All Creation

Olivia Judson's international bestseller Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex [in Russian translation: Of All Flesh, Two of Every Sort: Sex for Survival (Moscow: Alpina non-fiction, 2011)] is a unique guidebook in the form of answers of an authority on sex-related issues to the letters of representatives of all kinds of fauna.

Grotesqueness and humor in the book do not conflict with its scientific character and even promote the readers' interest in natural science and lives in nature.

“Perhaps the most original advice manual ever written . . . Judson has pulled off the rarest coup: a science book that's actually fun to read,” is the opinion of The New Republic, a magazine about politics, culture, and the arts.

Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku

In his Physics of the Future (Moscow: Alpina non-fiction, 2011), Michio Kaku acquaints readers with his amazing, inspiring, and provocative view of the century just begun.

The book is based on interviews with over three hundred of the world’s top scientists in whose labs the future is being invented and modeled.
The result is the most authoritative and scientifically accurate description of the revolutionary developments taking place in medicine, computers, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy production, and astronautics.

cover_The book The Shape of Inner Space: String Theory and the Geometry of the Universe\&\#39\;s Hidden Dimensions

The book The Shape of Inner Space: String Theory and the Geometry of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions [Russian translation: String Theory and Hidden Dimensions of the Universe (Saint Petersburg: Peter, 2012)] by the legendary mathematician Shing-Tung Yau and the famous astronomer and science journalist Steve Nadis asserts that string theory, one of the brightest and most nonintuitive theories in modern physics, explains not only dimensions inaccessible to man but is fundamental to understanding the nature of the Universe in general.
This book changes our understanding about the way to study the Universe in all its manifestations.

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In the book The Grand Design (Saint Petersburg: Amfora, 2012), Stephen Hawking, a British astrophysicist, and Leonard Mlodinow, a specialist in quantum theory and chaos theory, answer the most important questions that almost all of us ask.
How should we understand the world where we happened to be? How does the Universe evolve? What is the essence of reality? Where did all this come from? Did the Universe need a creator?

The answers are based on the latest scientific discoveries and theoretical developments.
They present a new worldview differing significantly from the traditional worldview and from what was imaginable ten or twenty years ago. This is a unique theory that allows unraveling the grand design.

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The book Why the Sky is Dark: The Structure of the Universe by V. P. Reshetnikov (Fryazino:Vek 2, 2012) discusses the main observations underlying modern cosmology in detail and follows the history of their discovery.

Vladimir Petrovich Reshetnikov, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, is a professor in the Mathematics and Mechanics Faculty of St. Petersburg State University. His area of interest is extragalactic astronomy and observational cosmology.

This publication is addressed to those who are interested in astronomy and cosmology, from high school students to specialists in other scientific fields.

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In his book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (Moscow: Astrel: CORPUS, 2012), Richard Dawkins, a world-famous biologist, science popularizer, atheist, and rationalist christened by media as “Darwin's Rottweiler,” undertook to convince any unbiased reader that evolution is a not “just a theory” but a fact fully supported by evidence.

Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, published in 1859, shocked society. But Darwin could hardly have imagined that the storm he raised would not have subsided after even a century and a half. While serious scholars and many theologians now recognize the correctness of evolution, millions of people continue to reject it.

    Ramachandran’s book The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist\&\#39\;s Quest for What Makes Us Human

Vilayanur Subramanian Ramachandran’s book The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human (Moscow: Career Press, 2012) has been published with support from the Dynasty Foundation.
A leading neurologist and neuropsychologist shares the results of many years of research in the field of cognitive neuroscience.

In his brilliant narrative with sparkling humor, he recounts strange human behavior and attempts to unravel the “hidden connections between the brain, mind, and body.”
Examples and the results of studies of patients with brain injuries or disturbances are collected in the book.
Thanks to Ramachandran’s simple, ingenious experiments, baffling riddles find their explanation at the level of neurons of the brain.

Vilayanur Subramanian Ramachandran is the director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and a professor in the Department of Psychology and the Neurosciences Graduate Program at the University of California, San Diego.
He was recently named one of the “hundred most influential people in the world.”

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The book The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey (M.: Alpina non-fiction, 2013) by the famous geneticist Spencer Wells has been published in Russian.

Spencer Wells writes about the recent discoveries in molecular biology and population genetics that allow unraveling the most exciting mysteries of humanity—from the truth about the factual Adam and Eve to the emergence of different races. His style is scientifically exact but lively and understandable.


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The Dynasty Foundation Library has been augmented with The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Gray (Moscow: Astrel, Corpus, 2012).

Did you know that bananas are radioactive and that our nontransparent bodies are three-fifths oxygen, a colorless gas? How does antimony sing, and what is a “molybdenum cow”? How much does the kilogram standard weigh, and what does it mean, to bathe in mercury?
Theodore Gray, an American science popularizer, collector of chemical element samples, and designer of the Periodic Table Table, speaks about these and many other things. He pigeonholes the elements—the building blocks of the Universe—and discusses their history and character.

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Leonard Susskind The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics—Saint Petersburg: Piter, 2013

Leonard Susskind, the author of the book and an outstanding American physicist, had argued with Stephen Hawking about the nature of black holes for many years until in 2004 Hawking conceded his mistake.

This brilliant and enjoyable book tells the fascinating story of this many-year scientific standoff that radically changed physicists' view of reality. The new paradigm led to the stunning conclusion that all things in this world—this book, your house, and you yourself—are only peculiar holograms projected from the fringes of the Universe.

Good Germs, Bad Germs by Jessica Snyder Sachs

Jessica Snyder Sachs Good Germs, Bad Germs: Health and Survival in a Bacterial World — Moscow: AST: CORPUS, 2013.

Sanitation and antibiotics have brought about a remarkable longevity increase but have simultaneously caused new health problems and disrupted the subtle age-old balance between the microorganisms living inside us and in the environment. As a result, antibiotic resistance has become one of the major medical problems of our time.

The book Good Germs, Bad Germs: Health and Survival in a Bacterial World is also dedicated to the so-called hygiene hypothesis, which connects the current progressive outbreak of immune diseases and other disorders to our excessive concern with cleanliness.

Speaking about what went wrong in our war on germs, Jessica Snyder Sachs reveals to the readers the current notions about symbiotic relations between human organisms and their inhabiting microbes, which outnumber the human cells nine to one!

Penny Le Couteur: Napoleon\&\#39\;s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History

Penny Le Couteur: Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History/ Penny Le Couteur, Jay Burreson/ translated from English by T. Mosolova, Moscow: Astrel: CORPUS, 2013

Penny Le Couteur, a Canadian chemistry professor, and Jay Burreson, an American physicist, show the innards of world history.
The world is ruled not by gods, kings, heroes, masses, or even great ideas but by chemistry. Molecules, invisible to the eye, set in motion nations, armies, and fleets, create and annihilate cities and whole civilizations, move mountains, and impel people to great deeds, monstrous crimes, and reckless adventures.
The authors draw portraits of 17 molecules that most significantly influenced and are still influencing us and our planet.

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A. N. Petrov Gravitation: From Crystal Spheres to Wormholes, Fryazino: Vek 2, 2013, 320 p.

The book relates the development of concepts of gravitation during the whole history of science and the current state of gravitation theory. General relativity theory is mainly discussed, but other theories are also covered. The author discusses structure and formation of black holes, the generation of gravitational waves and the prospects of detecting them, and the evolution of the Universe—beginning from the Big Bang and finishing with the modern epoch and possible future scenarios. Variants of gravitation science development, both theoretical and observational, are presented in the book.
Aleksandr Nikolaevich Petrov is Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Leading Researcher, Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Moscow State University.
His scientific interests are gravitation physics, conservation laws in metric theories, and cosmology.

The book is oriented to a wide readership interested in the development of modern science.

Cover_Matt Ridley. The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation

Matt Ridley The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation, Мoscow: Eksmo, 2013

The book by the famous scientist and journalist Matt Ridley reviews and summarizes everything that has become known about human social behavior in the last 30 years.
One of its tasks is to help a person to take a detached view of our biological species with all its weaknesses and shortcomings.
Like Richard Dawkins, Ridley can recount complicated scientific questions in an easy and entertaining manner. What precisely is human behavior determined by—genes or culture? Does human consciousness really nullify results of natural selection? Does not the Darwin theory deprive us of freedom? Matt Ridley tries to answer these and similar questions in this book.

Cover_Richard Dawkins.The Selfish Gene

Richard Dawkins The Selfish Gene / Translated from English by N. Fomina—МOSCOW: АСТ: CORPUS, 2013— 512 p.

We were created by our genes. We, animals, exist in order to preserve them and serve only as their “survival machines.” The selfish gene world is a world of ruthless competition, cruel exploitation, and deceit.
But what about altruistic acts observed in nature: bees committing suicide when they sting the enemy to protect the hive, or birds risking their life when they warn the flock about a hawk approaching. Does this contradict the fundamental law about gene selfishness? Not in the least! Dawkins shows that the selfish gene is also a clever one. The author hopes that Homo sapiens, a unique species on Earth, is capable of revolting against the intentions of the selfish gene.
The translation matches the 2006 jubilee English edition.

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Manjit Kumar  Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality / Translated from English by I. Kaganova— МOSCOW: АСТ: CORPUS, 2013–592 p.

When Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein were once surrounded by a cheering crowd, Chaplin noted: “They cheer me because they all understand me, and they cheer you because no one understands you.” Since then science became even less understandable to a large audience.
The British journalist Manjit Kumar speaks about problems that concerned physicists of the first half of the 20th century. The author skillfully combines the descriptions of the human traits of the smart set members, the authors of the quantum theory, and the story about the difficult and fascinating science that they created. What was the result? This book is a biography of an idea that reads like a thriller, a guide in a paradoxical world. It is eye-opening and makes you feel almost a genius.

Cover_Carl Zimmer Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life

Carl Zimmer Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life, translated from English, Moscow: Alpina non-fiction, 2013.

The famous science popularizer tells how studying regular E. coli helps to understand the nature of man and the secrets of evolution.
Escherichia coli or the intestinal bug is a microorganism that we meet daily and is one of the most important tools in biological science. Many great discoveries in the history of biology are related to E. coli—from the discovery of DNA to the latest achievements in genetic engineering. It is the most studied living creature on Earth.
It is notable that E. coli is a social microbe. Carl Zimmer draws strange and alarming parallels between the life of E. coli and our own lives. He shows the reader how this microorganism is changing before the eyes of researchers and revealing billions of years of evolution encoded in its genome.

Cover_Richard Dawkins. A Devil\&\#39\;s Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love

Richard Dawkins A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love, translated from English by P. Petrov, Мoscow: АСТ: CORPUS, 2013.

In his essays on science, religion, and common sense, the famous naturalist and philosopher calls on the reader to abandon illusions and see miracles in what reality presents.
“The shark may outswim you, the cheetah outrun you, the swift outfly you, the capuchin outclimb you, the elephant outpower you, the redwood outlast you. But you have the biggest gifts of all: the gift of understanding the ruthlessly cruel process that gave us all existence; the gift of revulsion against its implications; the gift of foresight — something utterly foreign to the blundering short-term ways of natural selection and the gift of internalizing the very cosmos,” the author of The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion reminds us.

Cover_Nick Lane. Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution

Nick Lane Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution, translated from English by P. Petrov, Мoscow: АСТ: CORPUS, 2013.

How did life originate? Where did DNA come from? Why do we die? Scientists have elucidated these and other questions about the origin and structure of life in recent decades.
A famous British biochemist restructures the history of all living things describing the best “inventions” of evolution and tells how each of them, beginning from life itself and the genes and finishing with consciousness and death, transformed the nature of our planet and even the planet itself.
Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution was awarded the prestigious Royal Society Prize for Science Books in 2010.

Cover_M. L. Butovskaya Anthropology of Sex

M. L. Butovskaya Anthropology of Sex, Fryazino: Vek 2, 2013

The book acquaints readers with modern concepts about sexual selection and its role in forming modern species of animals and man. Sex and gender in human society is presented as a complex biosociological phenomenon.
Differences between male and female bodies, physiological and genetic particuliarities, psychological activity, and sexual and parenting strategies are considered. The specifics of male and female behavior in traditional societies are shown, and the connection of reproductive success with social and economic status is demonstrated. Reasons for the persistence of a series of gender stereotypes in modern society are discussed. Universal and culturally based beauty ideals and methods for studying them are discussed in detail.
The book is intended for anthropologists, psychologists, sociologists, historians, social workers, and a wide readership interested in questions of relations between the sexes.

Cover_Richard Fortey. Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution

Richard Fortey Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution. Translated from English. Мoscow: Alpina non-fiction, 2014

These unusual animals of the most inconceivable shapes and sizes, predatory and peaceful, mites and giants dominated land and oceans millions of years ago, and then disappeared. A world-famous British paleontologist Richard Fortey is a big connoisseur of trilobites and in love with them from childhood. He wittily speaks about mysteries of their bygone life.
The readers will receive not only substantial information about trilobites and their contemporaries. They also will feel the footsteps of the evolution that brought these creatures to life and allowed them first to stride triumphantly through the oceans and epochs and then to disappear mysteriously. The readers will also learn how to move Africa with the help of trilobites and how to read time by the trilobite clock.

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Frans De WaalThe Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates, translated from English, Moscow: Alpina non-fiction, 2014.

Frans De Waal has for many years studied the life of chimpanzees and bonobo monkeys. In the process of research, he discovered rudiments of ethical behavior in the primate society.
The author believes that morality is not a strictly human attribute and its origin should be sought in animal behavior. Empathy and other ethical aspects are innate to monkeys, dogs, elephants, and even reptiles.
Speaking about ethical forms of behavior in the world of primates, the author brings up deep philosophical questions related to science and religion. How and when did morality appear? How did religion influence the development of ethics? What happens to a society in which the role of religion decreases? And is Dostoevsky's Ivan Karamazov correct when he says, “If there is no God, then I have the right to rob my neighbor”?

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Lisa RandallKnocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World, translated from English, Moscow: Alpina non-fiction, 2014.

Humanity stands on the threshold of a new understanding of the world and of its place in the Universe; so believes the authoritative American scientist and Harvard professor Lisa Randall, inviting us on a fascinating journey into the vast history of scientific discoveries.
This informative and accessible narrative acquaints the readers with fresh scientific ideas and achievements that bring us closer to understanding the structure of the Universe.
The author focuses on the newest and most significant developments in elementary particle physics, on the story of creation and the operating principle of the Large Hadron Collider, and on discussions between competing points of view on the place of man in the Universe.

Cover_Neil Shubin, The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People

Neil Shubin, The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People, translated from English by T. Mosolova, МOSCOW: АСТ: CORPUS, 2013.

“...till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return,” the Bible reminds. “That's how it is,” agrees Neil Shubin, the author of the Inner Fish bestseller (2008, translated into Russian 2010), professor of biology at the University of Chicago and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. The author further clarifies that man is blood-related to not only all living organisms but also the ground, water, air, our planet, our galaxy, and the whole Universe. Our bodies have been woven from “star dust” for billions of years of evolution. The author narrates the history of humanity—literally on a cosmic scale, beginning at the instant of the Big Bang.

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Leonard Susskind, George HrabovskyThe Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics, Saint Petersburg: Piter, 2014

The book is intended for those who regret skipping physics lessons at school and at college but want to understand the essentials of modern science and to think like modern physicists.
The famous American scientists Leonard Susskind and George Hrabovsky offer an introductory course in physics and mathematics for inquisitive beginners in an original and nonstandard form.
Unlike other popular science authors who explain the fundamentals of physics while dexterously avoiding equations and formulas, Susskind and Hrabovsky teach the readers the classics of natural science.
The book suggests its own original method of learning complemented by video lectures, which are published on the website theoreticalminimum.com.
Leonard Susskind's bestseller, The Black Hole War, was published under the auspices of the Dynasty Foundation in 2013.

Cover_Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, translated from English, Moscow: Alpina non-fiction, 2014.

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark was written by Carl Sagan, astronomer, astrophysicist, and an outstanding science popularizer, and published after his death. This book is dedicated to one of his favorite themes—the human mind and the fight against pseudoscientific stupidity—a kind of epitome of all his work.
The Atlantis and Lemuria myths, faces on Mars, meetings with aliens, magic and reincarnation, clairvoyance and Bigfoot—Sagan consistently and pitilessly debunks the myths created by ignorance, fear, and greed.
This book is a skeptic's manifest, a textbook of common sense and scientific method. This bright and deeply personal narrative is not only a fight with pseudoscience but also an amazing picture of evolving scientific outlook, great discoveries, and heroes of science.
Another book by Carl Sagan, Cosmos (Moscow: Amfora, 2008), was published under the auspices of the Dynasty Foundation. It tells about the evolution of the Universe, the formation of the galaxy, and the origin of life and mind.

Cover_John Barrow, Cosmic Imagery: Key Images in the History of Science

John Barrow, Cosmic Imagery: Key Images in the History of Science, Moscow: EKSMO, 2014.

The book Cosmic Imagery presents pictures and diagrams that played a significant role in the development of the scientific picture of the world.
Images have an extraordinary impact, forming our picture of the world. Our sense organs interact with the environment while understanding and remembering its elements as images. Some images became milestones of our cognition of the Universe. There is a multitude of such images, from Mona Lisa to the map of the London Tube and the view of the Tower Bridge. Many images in this book are real pieces of art. And there is a story behind each illustration in the book. The story may be about the author of the picture or about a scientific insight occurring on glancing at the picture or about the technique used to create a picture. At times an ordinary picture clarified the importance of some problems, and that generated a completely new way of thinking. And, finally, the fates of some images are simply unusually engrossing stories.

Cover_Rita Carter, Mapping The Mind

Rita CarterMapping The Mind, translated from English by P. Petrov, MOSCOW: АСТ: CORPUS, 2014

Brain has remained terra incognita of the human body until recently. Back in 1986, the outstanding scientist John Maynard Smith defined the brain mystery as one of the two unsolved problems of biology (the second being how a fetus turns into an adult organism). Nevertheless, the newest methods of neurovisualization give as clear a picture of our thoughts and feelings as an X-ray of our skeleton.
This book by the journalist Rita Carter is a visual guide to the coconut-size, wrinkled, gray mass inside our heads. Readers will learn about the differences between men’s and women’s brains, about the mechanisms underlying the memory, about causes of obsessions and addictions, and many other things.
The famous English neurobiologist and neuropsychologist Christopher Donald Frith was the scientific consultant for the book.

Cover_Mark Changizi, The Vision Revolution

Mark ChangiziThe Vision Revolution: How the Latest Research Overturns Everything We Thought We Knew About Human Vision, translated from English by A. Golko, МOSCOW: АСТ: CORPUS, 2014

How did it turn out that our eyes face forward? And why are there no eyes on the back of the head? Why do we see illusions? Why does man see the world in color? How did writing originate? Why are the letters as they are? And what does natural selection have to do with it? The famous neurobiologist gives unexpected answers to these and other questions.


Aleksandr Markov, Elena Naimark, Evolution: Classical Ideas in the Light of New Discoveries, Moscow: АСТ: CORPUS, 2014

What is usefulness? How can a random mutation turn outsiders into thriving winners? Is war or cooperation more important for evolution? The book by Aleksandr Markov and Elena Naimark tells about the latest research of molecular geneticists and findings of paleontologists answering these and many other questions about changes in nature. Thousands of discoveries made since Darwin confirm the guesses of the pioneers of the theory of evolution—the new data does not destroy the foundations of the theory of evolution but only supports them.
Aleksandr Markov, Head, Department of Biological Evolution, Biology Faculty, Moscow State University, and Elena Naimark, Senior Researcher, Borisyak Paleontological Institute, are well-known scientists and science popularizers. The two volumes of Evolution of Man (2011), co-authored by them, became a reference book not only for students and biologists but also for many people outside the professional community.

Cover_N. V. Koronovskii, The Earth: Meteorites, Volcanoes, and Earthquakes

N. V. Koronovskii, The Earth: Meteorites, Volcanoes, and Earthquakes, Fryazino: Vek 2, 2014

The book tells about the inner structure of the Earth and methods for studying it, about modern geological theory—plate tectonics, about the most dangerous geological processes—earthquakes and volcanic eruptions—and the possibility of predicting them, and about meteorites falling to the ground.

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Edward Wilson, Earth Master: Humanity’s Social Conquest of the Planet, Saint Petersburg: Piter, 2014.

The author of the book, a famous biologist and sociologist, is often called the heir of the great Darwin.
The new book by a leading Harvard University scientist and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction (for The Social Conquest of Earth and Letters to a Young Scientist) summarizes the author’s previous works and investigations.
Where have we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? Edward O. Wilson has created a surprisingly strong, clear, and passionate work that answers these three fundamental questions of religion, philosophy, and science.
The work reexamines the theory of evolution and argues that kin and group selection is the main driving force of evolution. Wilson proves that history makes no sense without prehistory, and prehistory makes no sense without biology. Demonstrating the biological sources of morality, religion, and creativity, Wilson provides his clear, understandable explanation of the origin of man and the reasons leading to humanity’s mastery of Earth’s biosphere.

Cover_The Story of Earth_Robert Hazen

Robert M. Hazen, The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet, translated from English by Tamara Kazakova, Moscow: Alpina non-fiction, 2015

The book of the famous science popularizer, Robert Hazen, acquaints us with a new approach to studying the Earth in which the history of the genesis and development of life on our planet intertwines with the history of mineral formation.
The imagination of an astrobiologist, the methodology of a historian, and the sharp eye of a naturalist help the author describe the most complex scientific questions with amazing clarity. Hazen does not stop in modern times, but based on the latest scientific discoveries, he gives the reader the fascinating opportunity to glimpse the future.

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Marcus Chown. Solar System: A Visual Exploration of All the Planets, Moons and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun, translated from English by N. Okhotin, Мoscow: АСТ: CORPUS, 2014

Hundreds of amazing NASA photographs and high-class computer visualizations of the Planetary Visions Studio will give you a clear representation about the vicinity of the Earth. And the famous British astronomer and science popularizer Marcus Chown will tell you about the secrets of our closest neighbors in the Galaxy—the Sun, the planets, comets, asteroids, and other heavenly bodies.
The book first appeared as an iPad app developed by the creators of The Elementsby Theodore Gray.

Cover_The Great Mathematical Problems: Marvels and Mysteries of Mathematics by Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart, The Great Mathematical Problems: Marvels and Mysteries of Mathematics, translated from English by Natalya Lisova, Moscow: Alpina non-fiction, 2015

This book is a guide into the astounding and mysterious world of numbers, theorems, and hypotheses on the frontiers of mathematics, which is using new methods to try to solve problems that were posed thousands of years ago.
Laws of primes and Fermat's last theorem, the Poincare conjecture and the spherical symmetry of Kepler, the riddle of “pi” and the orbital chaos in celestial mechanics—many of us only vaguely heard of the mysterious and unfathomable mysteries of modern mathematics.
Despite the seeming incredibility, the fundamental objective of mathematics is to reveal the inner simplicity of the most difficult questions.
Professor Ian Stewart, English mathematician and science popularizer, helps readers overcome psychological barriers. He writes engrossingly and accessibly about the most difficult problems that baffled and continue to baffle the greatest minds, about the origins of these problems, why they are so important, and what place they occupy in the general context of mathematics and natural sciences.

Cover_The Spark of Life by Frances Mary Ashcroft

Frances Mary Ashcroft, The Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body, translated from English by Vyacheslav Ionov, Moscow: Alpina non-fiction, 2015

Everyone knows that electricity powers machines, but it is less known that the same can be said about ourselves.
The ability to read and understand the written word, to see and hear, to think and speak, to move arms and legs, and even to understand our own “I” is determined by the electrical activity of the cells. This activity is initiated by ion channels. They regulate our life processes from the moment of conception until the last breath.
The book is extremely informative for anyone interested in the nature of electricity and its role in our body.

Cover_The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design, translated from English by Anton Gopko, MOSCOW: АСТ: CORPUS, 2015.

How does natural selection work? Does it suffice to explain the complexity of living organisms? Is it possible that a blind, uncontrolled force created such complex devices as the human eye or echo-location in bats? Darwin gave convincing answers to these questions, and science provides more evidence every decade that he was right. But many people still doubt it.
Richard Dawkins' book The Blind Watchmaker defends the evolutionary view of the world and debunks the myths around Darwin's theory.
However, Dawkins never confines himself to a single problem in a particular discipline. Ultimately, he discusses the philosophical foundations of the scientific worldview as a whole.
The author's wit and broad erudition allow him to work easily with examples from many different areas, from computer programming to Shakespeare, which probably contributed to The Blind Watchmaker remaining a bestseller for nearly three decades.

Cover_Leonard Susskind, Art Friedman. Quantum Mechanics

Leonard Susskind, Art Friedman. Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum, translated from English by A. Sergeev, Saint Petersburg: Piter, 2015.

Leonard Susskind, famous American scientist, invites you on an exciting journey in the land of quantum mechanics. The basics of school physics, mathematical analysis, and linear algebra will come in handy on the way. It is also necessary to know something about the questions discussed in the first book The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics. But do not worry if this knowledge is somewhat forgotten. The authors will remind you and explain many things along the way.
Quantum mechanics is an unusual theory. For example, it states that we can know all about the system and nothing about its individual parts. Einstein and Niels Bohr argued much about this and other contradictions of quantum mechanics. If you do not fear difficulties, have an inquisitive mind, are technologically competent and deeply interested in physics, then you will certainly enjoy this course of Leonard Susskind's lectures.
The book focuses on the logical principles of quantum theory and aims not to smooth over the paradox of quantum logic but to pull it into the light of day and to try to work through the complex issues it raises.

Cover_The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary by Caspar Henderson

Caspar Henderson, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary, translated from English by Anna Shuraeva, Science Editor Elena Naimark, Мoscow: Alpina non-fiction, 2015

Real animals can be more bizarre than the most incredible fantasies and can enchant us not less than illustrations in medieval bestiaries. This idea encouraged a British writer and journalist Caspar Henderson to write a book full of tenderness and concern for our planet.
The more we learn about nature, the more amazing things we discover.
The yeti crab, which lives in almost boiling water, was discovered only in 2005. The axolotl, capable of regenerating its limbs, gives hopes to transplantologists. The mysterious sponges can tell much about the origin of animals and man.
A whole chapter is dedicated to man—in fact, the whole book, because the author looks at animals through the prism of their likeness or unlikeness to humans, explicating how the evolution and diversity of forms help to interpret human nature.

Cover_The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution by Sean B. Carroll

Sean B. Carroll, The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution, translated from English by T. Mosolova, Moscow: AST: CORPUS, 2015

In his book, American biologist and authoritative Evo-Devo specialist Sean B. Carroll speaks in an easy and entertaining manner about how evolution and natural selection are reflected in the DNA chronicles.
Carrol believes that he provides the evidence Darwin himself couldn't even dream about. Genetic research of recent years show that absolutely different species develop the same characteristics and similar species develop different characteristics. Evolution repeats itself. The icefish learned to cope without hemoglobin and colobuses learned to digest plant food like ruminants.
Carrol opposes those who use nonscientific arguments against Darwinism and warns that if we ignore the predictions of scientists and continue to relate to nature as consumers, then a joyless future awaits the planet.

Cover_Edward Frenkel, Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality

Edward Frenkel, Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality, translated from English by E. Shikareva, Saint Petersburg: Piter, 2015

Imagine that you want to become an artist, and they explain to you how to paint the fence instead of showing paintings of van Gogh, Picasso, and other great artists and even do not tell you that such exist. Sadly, studying mathematics at school often resembles watching paint dry on a wooden board.
In his book, famous mathematician Edward Frenkel reveals hitherto hidden sides of mathematics allowing us to see beauty and elegance characteristic of a work of art.
Frenkel believes that mathematics is a portal into a mysterious world, a key to understanding profound mysteries of the Universe and ourselves. The great mathematician invites us on a journey into this mysterious world.

The author of the book was born and received higher education in Russia. At the age of twenty-one, he already was a professor at Harward University.

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Sean B. Carroll, Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom, translated from English by T. Mosolova, Moscow: AST: CORPUS, 2015

How are complex creatures consisting of millions of cells formed from one cell? Humanity has been trying to solve this mystery since the time of Darwin. Scientists understood that it will help to answer another question—how today's “endless forms most beautiful” came from the first multicellular animals.

A new area of science—evolutionary developmental biology or “evo-devo”—uniting embryology, paleontology, and molecular genetics was able to explain how the subsequent forms of animals are laid down in early developmental stages.

In his book, American biologist and authoritative evo-devo specialist Sean B. Carroll writes in an easy and entertaining manner about how laws of development and evolution work in the examples of very different representatives of the Earth's fauna—from fruit flies to humans—be it several hours in which a Drosophila larva develops from an egg or a hundred million years it takes for a new taxon of animals to form.

Cover_Richard Dawkins, The Ancestor\&\#39\;s Tale

Richard Dawkins, The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution, translated from English by S. Dolotovskaya, Moscow: AST: CORPUS, 2015

The famous scientist and science popularizer invites us on a grand journey that is four billion years long to the beginning of life on Earth. As we go deeper into the past, other pilgrims seeking their ancestors join us. And then it turns out that we have a common history and ancestors shared not only with the “cicada sister” and “pheasant brother”; but also with plants, fungi, and bacteria—all the organisms on the planet.

Cover_Ray Jayawardhana, Neutrino Hunters

Ray JayawardhanaNeutrino Hunters: The Thrilling Chase for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, translated from English by O. Sivchenko, Moscow: Alpina non-fiction, 2015.

This book is an engrossing thriller whose characters are scientist-hunters and the illusive neutrino. These tiny particles called neutrinos give answers to global questions: Why is it so difficult to detect antimatter? How do stars explode and turn into supernovas? What happened in the Universe in the first seconds after its beginning? And what is happening in the depths of our planet?

The book of the renowned astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana not only is devoted to the history of neutrino research but also entertainingly tells about people who expand the horizons of human knowledge.

Readers will become acquainted with the sharp-witted theorist Wolfgang Pauli, the troubled genius Ettore Majorana, the harbinger of the atomic age Enrico Fermi, the selfless Marie and Pierre Curie, and the romantic Bruno Pontecorvo, who risked defecting to the USSR in the times of the cold war. Readers will learn why the neutrino in the next decade will change our understanding of physics, cosmology, and life on Earth.

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