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Science Books

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A Beautiful Question - Frank Wilczek
ISBN: 9781594205262
Publication Date: 2015-07-14

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Why Are We Waiting? - Nicholas Stern
ISBN: 9780262029186
Publication Date: 2015-04-17

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P53 - Sue Armstrong
ISBN: 9781472910516
Publication Date: 2015-02-24

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Rocks and Minerals - Chris Pellant; Helen Pellant
ISBN: 9781472909930
Publication Date: 2015-02-03

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Domesticated - Richard C. Francis
ISBN: 9780393064605
Publication Date: 2015-05-25

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Adventures in Human Being - Gavin Francis
ISBN: 9780465079681
Publication Date: 2015-10-13

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Big Science - Michael Hiltzik
ISBN: 9781451675757
Publication Date: 2015-07-07

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The Jane Effect - Dale Peterson (Editor); Marc Bekoff (Editor)
ISBN: 9781595342539
Publication Date: 2015-01-27

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The Story of Science - Susan Wise Bauer
ISBN: 9780393243260
Publication Date: 2015-05-11

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While Glaciers Slept - M. Jackson; Bill McKibben (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780996087261
Publication Date: 2015-08-21


Science DVDs

Brain games. Season 2
Publication Date: 2013
2 videodiscs (264 min.)

Ben Franklin's balloons.
Publication Date: 2014
Nova program. 1 video disc (60 min.)

Meteor strike.
Publication Date: 2013
1 videodisc (60 min.)

Decoding Neanderthals.
Publication Date: 2013
1 videodisc (60 min.)


What You'll Find Here

Become engaged in science. Browse our selected science resources and attend one of our presentations by experts in various science fields.  Science for adults!

Discover a BIG IDEA at the

San Antonio Public Library.  


There's real poetry in the real world. Science is the poetry of reality.

                                                          Richard Dawkins 


What is Scientific Literacy Anyway?

Scientific literacy means that a person can ask, find, or determine answers to questions derived  from curiosity about everyday experiences.

It means that a person has the ability to describe, explain, and predict natural  phenomena. Scientific literacy entails being able to read with understanding articles about science in the popular press and to engage in social conversation about the validity of the conclusions. Scientific literacy implies that a person can identify scientific issues underlying national and local decisions and express positions that are scientifically and technologically informed.

National Science Education Standards:



SciShow discusses science news and history and concepts.

With equal parts skepticism and enthusiasm, they go a little deeper...without going off the deep end.

Most of the time, anyway.



Numbery goodness every week!

Videos by Brady Haran



Our World is Amazing.

Vsauce was created by Michael Stevens in the summer of 2010.


Minute Physics

Simply put: cool physics and other sweet science.

Created by Henry Reich


Birth of a Theorem

Where does a mathematician’s inspiration come from? Fields Medal winner Cédric Villani takes us on a fantastical adventure through the beautiful, mysterious world of mathematics.



TED Talk with Wendy Freedman

When and how did the universe begin? A global group of astronomers wants to answer that question by peering as far back in time as a large new telescope will let us see. Wendy Freedman headed the creation of the Giant Magellan Telescope, under construction in South America; at TEDGlobal in Rio, she shares a bold vision of the discoveries about our universe that the GMT could make possible.

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