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Gods & Goddesses of the Inca, Maya, and Aztec Civilizations

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Sharing many common beliefs, deities, and rituals, the religion of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca was rooted in both the earth and the sky, the rhythms of the seasons, and the movements of the sun, moon,…
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Socialism and Communism

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The story of socialism and communism is a saga of idealism and cynicism, revolution and repression, power and powerlessness. The entire political and economic history of the modern era is contained in…
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Physics

Understanding the Properties of Matter and Energy
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Without physics, modern life would not exist. Instead of electric light, we would read by the light of candles. We couldn't build skyscrapers. We could not possibly bridge rivers, much less build a…
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What Is an Object in the Sky?

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When people think of objects in the sky, they may think of planets, the sun, moon, and constellations. Many other bodies orbit Earth and the sun, however. The sky below Earth's atmosphere holds many…
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Bill and Hillary Clinton

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Few political figures are as polarizing as Bill and Hillary Clinton. This power couple has generated fiercely mixed reactions since their first appearance on the political stage. A new Clinton era may…
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How Do I Use a Thesaurus?

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The greatest remedy for writer's block--and an effective way to expand one's vocabulary--is the use of the writer's go-to resource: a thesaurus. Thesauri are easier to use than ever before, thanks to…
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What Is a Planet?

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The wide range of planets in our small solar system alone is remarkable--giant planets; dwarf planets; rocky, watery, and gaseous planets; frigid planets and blazing-hot planets; and planets…
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The Mesozoic Era

Age of Dinosaurs
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Dinosaurs have captured the imagitions of children and adults alike since the first fossil discoveries mapped them onto our general body of knowledge. This book journeys to an era long before humans,…
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Geochronology, Dating, and Precambrian Time

The Beginning of the World as We Know It
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Though it encompasses the majority of the Earth’s history, much about Precambrian time still remains unknown to us. With its climate extremes and unstable surfaces, Precambrian Earth hardly…
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Oceans and Oceanography

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Constituting more than 70 percent of Earth’s surface, the world’s oceans are so vast as to remain something of an enigma to this day.
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Climate and Climate Change

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As a fixture in recent headlines, the Earth’s climate has commanded much attention.
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Storms, Violent Winds, and Earth's Atmosphere

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Whether ruining a commute or devastating entire countries, inclement weather has the power to capture attention and headlines. This book examines the science that gives us a greater understanding of…
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Glaciers, Sea Ice, and Ice Formation

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Glaciers and sea ice are vital to sustaining aquatic ecosystems and regulating ocean water temperature. Permafrost, a type of ground ice, dramatically affects the infrastructure and agricultural…
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