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John Kadvany (with Baruch Fischhoff)

Daniel Kahneman

David Kaiser

James Kakalios

Michio Kaku

Lisa Kaltenegger

  • Alien Earths: planet hunting in the cosmos ****
  • Liz Kalaugher (with Matin Durrani)

    Kostas Kampourakis (with Kevin McCain)

    Nick Kanas

    Eric Kandel

    Jagmeet Kanwal (with Karen Shanor)

    Ruth Kassinger

    Wallace Kaufman (with David Deamer)

    Sam Kean

    Jonathon Keats

    Melanie Keene

    John Kelleher

  • Deep Learning (MIT Press Essential Knowledge) **
  • Laurent Keller (with Elisabeth Gordon)

    Ilan Kelman

  • Disaster by Choice: how our actions turn natural hazards into catastrophes ***
  • Dacher Keltner

    Dacher Keltner (with Jason Marsh and Jeremy Adam)

    Daniel Kennefick

    Carolyn Kennett

    Brian Kernighan

    Robin Kerrod (with Carole Stott)

    Apoorva Khare (with Anna Lachowska)

    Will Kinney

    Kate Kirk

    Kate Kirk (with Charles Cotton)

    Irving Kirsch

  • The Emperor's New Drugs: exploding the anti-depressant myth ****
  • Brian Klaas

  • Fluke: change, chaos, and why everything we do matters ****
  • Konrad Kleinknecht

  • Einstein and Heisenberg: The controversy over quantum physics ***
  • Sam Knight

  • The Premonitions Bureau: a true story ****
  • Maria Konnikova

    Cyril Kornbluth (with Frederik Pohl)

    Helge Kragh

    Lawrence Krauss

  • Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Physics ****
  • Nina Kraus

  • Of Sound Mind: how our brain constructs a meaningful sonic world ***
  • Jeffrey Kripal


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