Trinity University Press

Books about Science

Laika's Window: The Legacy of a Soviet Space Dog

Kurt Caswell (author)

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Laika began her life as a stray dog on the streets of Moscow and died in 1957 aboard the Soviet satellite Sputnik II. Initially the USSR reported that Laika, the first animal to orbit the earth, had survived in space for seven days, providing valuable data that would make future manned space flight possible. People believed that Laika died a painless death as her oxygen ran out. Only in recent decades has the real...

Caswell positions Laika as an animal astronaut rather than a lab animal and showcases the bond between Laika and the Soviet space scientists, redefining the story of Laika... — Chris Dubbs, author of Animals in Space: From Research Rockets to the Space Shuttle

The Monkey’s Bridge: Mysteries of Evolution in Central America

David Rains Wallace (author)

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The Monkey’s Bridge is the story of Central America’s role as an evolutionary link between continents. No place reflects the sweep of evolutionary change more than Central America, where northern and southern organisms mingle in ecosystems ranging from Guatemalan pine-oak forests to Panamanian rain forests. Award-winning writer David Rains Wallace artfully combines vivid travel writing, reflections on the...

Wallace has provided a new face to the history of the earth’s most recently created major land form, and new meaning to nations long associated with petty governments and...New York Times