The Millennium Problems: The Seven Greatest Unsolved Mathematical Puzzles of Our Time (Nov., $26) by Keith Devlin. The "math guy" from NPR's Weekend Edition describes seven unsolved mathematical puzzles and what their solution will mean for the future. 50,000 first printing. Advertising. Author tour. Radio satellite tour.
Our Final Flour: The Threat to Humanity's Survival (Jan., $26) by Sir Martin Rees. A renowned astrophysicist posits that the odds are no better than 50/50 that the human species will survive to the end of the 21st century. 100,000 first printing. Advertising. Author tour. Radio satellite tour.
COLUMBIA UNIV. PRESS
Water from Heaven: The Story of Water from the Big Bang to the Rise of Civilization, and Beyond (Jan., $27.95) by Robert Kandel looks at this precious resource from the formation of the solar system to modern issues such as global warming, pollution and hydropolitics.
From Conception to Birth: A Life Unfolds (Oct., $50) by Alexander Tsiaras and Barry Werth details the development of a baby, tracing the growth of individual body parts and systems.
The Backyard Astronomer's Guide: Second Edition (Oct., $49.95) by Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer is for the amateur astronomer. 50,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo.
FOUR WALLS EIGHT WINDOWS
Entanglement: The Greatest Mystery in Physics (Sept., $25) by Amir Aczel brings together the latest theories of quantum mechanics, investigating the phenomenon known as "entanglement." $30,000 ad/promo.
The Neanderthal's Necklace: In Search of the First Thinkers (Oct., $24.95) by Juan Luis Arsuaga, trans. by Andy Klatt, looks into the lives of Neanderthals and the reasons that they disappeared 50,000 years ago.
Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Human Brain (Jan., $28) by Antonio Damasio explains the processes that maintain and improve human life. 75,000 first printing. Advertising. Author tour.
HARVARD UNIV. PRESS
Right Hand, Left Hand: The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms, and Cultures (Sept., $27.95) by Chris McManus explores the role of handedness in nature and culture.
The Shark Chronicles: A Scientist Tracks the Consummate Predator (Sept., $26) by John Musick and Beverly McMillan narrates the adventure of chasing sharks.
The Ends of the World: A Narrative History of the Second Half of Our Planet's Life (Oct., $26) by Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee forecasts Earth's evolution over the coming millennia.
Rational Mysticism: Dispatches from the Border Between Science and Spirituality (Jan., $25) by John Horgan examines mystical experiences. 6-city author tour. Advertising.
JOSEPH HENRY PRESS
Strange Matters: Undiscovered Ideas at the Frontiers of Space and Time (Sept., $24.95) by Tom Siegfried tells the story of theoretical physicists perceiving strange features of the universe in advance of the actual discoveries. Advertising. Author tour.
The Common Thread: A Story of Science, Politics, Ethics, and the Human Genome (Oct., $24.95) by John Sulston and Georgina Ferry provides a behind-the-scenes look at the Human Genome Project. Advertising. Author tour.
The Killers Within: The Deadly Rise of Drug-Resistant Bacteria (Sept., $24.95) by Michael Shnayerson and Mark Plotkin documents the disturbing increase of bacteria that do not respond to drug treatment.
NAVAL INSTITUTE PRESS
Latitude: How American Astronomers Solved the Mystery of Variation (Nov., $24.95) by Bill Carter and Merri Sue Carter recounts detection of an elusive variation in latitude by an amateur astronomer.
Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age (Jan., $27.95) by Duncan J. Watts. A principal architect of network theory explains the research that he and other scientists are spearheading to create a blueprint of the connected planet. Author tour.
OXFORD UNIV. PRESS
Life Evolving (Oct., $30) by Christian De Duve. A Nobel laureate studies the nature of life and our place in the universe.
Faster Than the Speed of Light: The Story of Scientific Speculation (Jan., $26) by Joao Magueijo. A theoretical physicist presents ideas that challenge Einstein and may change our perception of the universe.
Heaven & Earth: Unseen by the Naked Eye (Oct., $49.95) by David Malin. Artistic photographs reveal the biological world as seen under a microscope or through the shaft of a telescope.
Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination, and the Birth of a World (Sept., $30) by Oliver Morton. The New Yorker contributor conjures up a future world and the people who will guide us there.
Dear Professor Einstein: Albert Einstein's Letters to and from Children (Sept., $24), edited by Alice Calaprice, compiles more than 60 previously unpublished letters.
Perfect Planet, Clever Species: How Unique Are We? (Sept., $29) by William C. Burger theorizes that planet Earth and its inhabitants may be unique in our galaxy.
PRINCETON UNIV. PRESS
The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos (Oct., $29.95) by Robert P. Kirshner discusses the theory that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate.
The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt (Sept., $29.95) by William Nothdurft with Josh Smith. In 1999, scientists retrace Dr. Ernst Stromer's historic 1911 expedition and unearth a new genus of dinosaur, Paralititan stromeri. Advertising. 5-city author tour. Radio satellite tour.
The Demon in the Freezer (Oct., $29.95) by Richard Preston. The author of The Hot Zone recounts three doctors' crusade to find the mastermind behind the October 2001 anthrax attacks. Advertising. Author publicity. 5-city author tour. Radio satellite tour.
The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force (Oct., $34.95) by Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D., and Sharon Begley proposes that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the physical brain. Advertising. Author publicity. 15-city TV satellite tour.
On the Shoulders of Giants (Oct., $29.95) by Stephen Hawking compiles and analyzes classic works of physics and astronomy by Copernicus, Newton, Einstein, Galileo and others. 100,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.
RUTGERS UNIV. PRESS
The Body Electric: An Anatomy of the New Bionic Sciences (Sept., $27) by James Geary looks at the convergence of technology and biology and its impact on what it means to be human.
Sparing Nature: The Conflict Between Human Population Growth and Earth's Biodiversity (Feb., $23) by Jeffrey McKee examines the complex relationship.
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION PRESS
We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race (Oct., $29.95) by Thomas P. Stafford describes how Apollo commander Stafford defused the Cold War in space with unprecedented Soviet/U.S. cooperation.
The Smithsonian Book of Mars (Nov., $37.95) by Joseph M. Boyce provides a comprehensive reference on what we know about Mars.