Lights of Mankind
L. Douglas Keeney
Panoramic images of Earth at night illustrate the story of humankind's global spread. Lyons Press, 2012, 282 p., $32.50
Roald Hoffmann Noun 1. Roald Hoffmann - United States chemist (born in Poland) who used quantum mechanics to understand chemical reactions (born in 1937)
Hoffmann on the Philosophy, Art, and Science of Chemistry
Jeffrey Kovac and Michael Weisberg, eds.
A selection of the Nobel laureate's essays reveals his thoughts on everything from the beauty of molecules to teaching strategies. Oxford Univ., 2012, 416 p., $35
The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess
Jeff Wheelwright wheel·wright
One that builds and repairs wheels.
a person whose job is to make and mend wheels
A breast-cancer gene is the thread weaving together the history of Sephardic Jews, the Spanish Inquisition and the 1999 death of a Colorado woman. Norton, 2012, 260 p., $26.95
Visit the outer reaches of space with 100 celestial tours, arranged according to the best months for viewing each one. Firefly, 2011, 320 p., $39.95
Neither Physics nor Chemistry
Kostas Gavroglu and Ana Simoes
This history of quantum chemistry shows how advances in math and physics have opened new realms of understanding chemistry on the smallest scales. MIT MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology , 2012, 368 p., $40