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Triumph Over Darkness

by Lennard Bickel Bloomsbury Publishing (January 27, 2015)

Born in France in 1809, Louis Braille was the fourth child of a village saddler. At the age of three, he stabbed himself in the eye with a pointed tool taken from his father's work bench.

Some thirteen years...


My Notebook of Questions : Inventions

by QA international Collectif Les Éditions Québec Amérique (September 18, 2012)

The objects that surround us are so much a part of our daily lives that we often forget they have not always been around.


Dorothy Hodgkin

by Georgina Ferry Bloomsbury Publishing (September 11, 2014)

Dorothy Hodgkin (1910-1994) was renowned for her medically-important work on penicillin, vitamin B12 and insulin. Fully engaged with the political and social currents of her time, she participated in some of...


Einstein

by Ronald Clark Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

First published in 1972, Ronald W. Clark's definitive biography of Einstein, the Promethean figure of our age, goes behind the phenomenal intellect to reveal the human side of the legendary absent-minded professor....


J.B.S

by Ronald Clark Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

J. B. S. Haldane (1892-1964) was one of the most brilliant of British scientists - and one of the most controversial. A trail-blazing geneticist and physiologist, who used himself as his own guinea-pig, he was...


The Life of Ernst Chain

by Ronald Clark Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

A Jew who left Germany when Hitler came to power, Sir Ernst Chain was a winner, with Sir Alexander Fleming and Lord Florey, of the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 1945. Later he was a significant...


Edison

by Ronald Clark Bloomsbury Publishing (December 17, 2012)

It is almost a century since Thomas Alva Edison, the world's greatest inventor, gave the world electric light - and exactly one hundred years since he built the first successful phonograph (forerunner of the...


The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

by Walter Isaacson Simon & Schuster (October 07, 2014)

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson’s New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed The Innovators is a “riveting, propulsive, and at times deeply moving” (The Atlantic...


Elon Musk

by Ashlee Vance Ecco (May 19, 2015)

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs—a...


Carl Sagan: A Life

by Keay Davidson Wiley (September 01, 2000)

A penetrating, mesmerizing biography of a scientific icon

"Absolutely fascinating . . . Davidson has done a remarkable job."-Sir Arthur C. Clarke

"Engaging . . . accessible, carefully documented . . . sophisticated."-Dr....


The Curies: A Biography of the Most Controversial Family in Science

by Denis Brian Wiley (April 21, 2008)

Focusing on the lives and relationships behind their magnificent careers, The Curies is the first biography to trace the entire Curie dynasty, from Pierre and Marie's fruitful union and achievements to the lives...


Pierre Curie: With Autobiographical Notes by Marie Curie

by Marie Curie Dover Publications (July 25, 2013)

Intimate memoir of the Nobel laureate, written by his wife and lab partner, analyzes the nature and significance of the Curies' experiments. In addition, the author reconstructs her own work with radiation.


From Galileo to Newton

by A. Rupert Hall Dover Publications (June 08, 2012)

Tracing the revolution in physics initiated by Galileo and culminating in Newton's achievements, this book surveys the work of Huygens, Leeuwenhoek, Boyle, Descartes, and others. 35 illustrations.


Wilbur and Orville: A Biography of the Wright Brothers

by Fred Howard Dover Publications (March 29, 2013)

Definitive, crisply written study tells the full story of the brothers' lives and work — from their early childhood and initial fascination with flight, the historic first flight at Kitty Hawk, more.


Gravity

by George Gamow Dover Publications (March 12, 2013)

A distinguished physicist and teacher takes reader-friendly look at three scientists whose work unlocked many of the mysteries behind the laws of physics: Galileo, Newton, and Einstein.


Galileo and the Scientific Revolution

by Laura Fermi & Gilberto Bernardini Dover Publications (January 24, 2013)

An absorbing account of the origins of modern science as well as a biography, this book places particular emphasis on Galileo's experiments with telescopes and his observations of the sky.


Einstein's Essays in Science

by Albert Einstein & Alan Harris Dover Publications (December 12, 2012)

Speeches and essays in accessible, everyday language profile influential physicists such as Niels Bohr and Isaac Newton. They also explore areas of physics to which the author made major contributions.


From X-rays to Quarks: Modern Physicists and Their Discoveries

by Emilio Segrè Dover Publications (April 05, 2012)

A Nobel Laureate offers impressions of the development of modern physics, emphasizing complex but less familiar personalities. Offers fascinating scientific background and compelling treatments of topics of...


Famous Problems of Geometry and How to Solve Them

by Benjamin Bold Dover Publications (April 13, 2012)

Delve into the development of modern mathematics and match wits with Euclid, Newton, Descartes, and others. Each chapter explores an individual type of challenge, with commentary and practice problems. Solutions....


The Great Physicists from Galileo to Einstein

by George Gamow Dover Publications (June 14, 2012)

The distinguished scientist and author traces the development of physics from the age of the ancient Greeks to modern particle physics, offering fascinating biographical and historical data. 136 illustrations....


Lynn Margulis: The Life and Legacy of a Scientific Rebel

by Dorion Sagan Chelsea Green Publishing (October 19, 2012)

Tireless, controversial, and hugely inspirational to those who knew her or encountered her work, Lynn Margulis was a scientist whose intellectual energy and interests knew no bounds. Best known for her work...


Golden Lads: Sir Francis Bacon, Anthony Bacon, and Their Friends

by Daphné Du Maurier Little, Brown and Company (December 17, 2013)

"Daphne du Maurier has no equal." --Sunday Telegraph

Prior to the publication of Golden Lads, Anthony Bacon was viewed as a footnote in the history of his younger brother, Francis. A fascinating historical figure...


The Winding Stair: Francis Bacon, His Rise and Fall

by Daphné Du Maurier Little, Brown and Company (December 17, 2013)

"Unlike many authors of popular historical biographies, du Maurier resembled Antonia Fraser in being an indefatigable researcher." --Francis King

Many accounts of the life of Francis Bacon have been written...


The Explorer Gene

by Tom Cheshire & James Cameron Atria Books/Marble Arch Press (December 03, 2013)

The remarkable account of an extraordinary family of explorers who spurred innovation and accomplished incredible feats—even when the popular consensus was against them.

On May 27, 1931, Auguste Piccard became...


Benjamin Rush

by Alyn Brodsky St. Martin's Press (December 10, 2013)

The only full biography of Benjamin Rush, an extraordinary Founding Father and America's leading physician of the Colonial era

While Benjamin Rush appears often and meaningfully in biographies about John Adams,...


Capturing the Light

by Roger Watson & Helen Rappaport St. Martin's Press (November 26, 2013)

An intimate look at the journeys of two men—a gentleman scientist and a visionary artist—as they struggled to capture the world around them, and in the process invented modern photography

During the 1830s,...


Haunted Empire

by Yukari Iwatani Kane HarperBusiness (March 18, 2014)

Former Wall Street Journal technology reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane delves deep inside Apple in the two years since Steve Jobs’s death, revealing the tensions and challenges CEO Tim Cook and his team face as...


The Bite in the Apple

by Chrisann Brennan St. Martin's Press (October 29, 2013)

An intimate look at the life of Steve Jobs by the mother of his first child providing rare insight into Jobs's formative, lesser-known years

Steve Jobs was a remarkable man who wanted to unify the world through...


Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II

by Jennet Conant Simon & Schuster (October 15, 2013)

The untold story of an eccentric Wall Street tycoon and the circle of scientific geniuses he assembled before World War II to develop the science for radar and the atomic bomb. Together they changed the course...


Science Fair Season: Twelve Kids, a Robot Named Scorch . . . and What It Takes to Win

by Judy Dutton Hachette Books (April 19, 2011)

This is the engaging true story of kids competing in the high-stakes, high-drama world of international science fairs. Every year the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair brings together 1,500 high...


Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets

by Jessica A. Fox Atria Books/Marble Arch Press (August 27, 2013)

In this inspiring, delightful memoir, a young woman decides to escape the daily grind and turn her “what if” fantasy into a reality, only to find work—and a man—she loves in one fell swoop, all in a...


Evolution's Captain: NF abt Capt. FitzRoy & Chas Darwin

by Peter Nichols HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

This is the story of the man without whom the name Charles Darwin might be unknown to us today. That man was Captain Robert FitzRoy, who invited the 22-year-old Darwin to be his companion on board the Beagle...


Unlocking The Sky

by Seth Shulman HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Unlocking the Sky tells the extraordinary tale of the race to design, refine, and manufacture a manned flying machine, a race that took place in the air, on the ground, and in the courtrooms of America. While...


The Man Who Knew Infinity

by Robert Kanigel Washington Square Press (May 07, 2013)

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JEREMY IRONS AND DEV PATEL!

In 1913, a young unschooled Indian clerk wrote a letter to G H Hardy, begging the preeminent English mathematician's opinion on several ideas he...


Galloping on Wings with the P-51 Mustang: Diary of an Air Race Pilot

by Howie Keefe Aviation Supplies and Academics, Inc. (April 01, 2007)

The famed P-51 Mustang, one of the most recognizable aircrafts of the World War II era, is at the heart of this enthralling memoir. After making extreme modifications to a surplus P-51 dubbed “Miss America”—installing...


An Appetite for Wonder

by Richard Dawkins Ecco (September 24, 2013)

With the 2006 publication of The God Delusion, the name Richard Dawkins became a byword for ruthless skepticism and "brilliant, impassioned, articulate, impolite" debate (San Francisco Chronicle). his first...


Noble Savages

by Napoleon A. Chagnon Simon & Schuster (February 19, 2013)

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC MEMOIRS OF OUR TIME

When Napoleon Chagnon arrived in Venezuela’s Amazon region in 1964 to study the Yanomamö Indians, one of the last large tribal groups still living...


Rosalind Franklin

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2002

by Brenda Maddox Harper Perennial (February 26, 2013)

In 1962, Maurice Wilkins, Francis Crick, and James Watson received the Nobel Prize, but it was Rosalind Franklin's data and photographs of DNA that led to their discovery.

Brenda Maddox tells a powerful story...


Research Is a Passion With Me: The Autobiography of a Bird Lover

by Margaret Morse Nice & Konrad Lorenz Natural Heritage (June 30, 1979)

In her incredibly productive lifetime (1883-1974), American-born ornithologist Margaret Morse Nice earned the admiration of ornithologists and naturalists in far distant lands.


Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed

by Ben R. Rich & Leo Janos Little, Brown and Company (February 26, 2013)

From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America's high-stakes quest to dominate the skies Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret and successful...


One Giant Leap

by Leon Wagener Tom Doherty Associates (January 01, 2005)

On July 20, 1969 the whole world stopped. It was a day in which a man who grew up on a farm without electricity would announce, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

In this, the first ever biography...


Marie Curie and Her Daughters

by Shelley Emling St. Martin's Press (August 21, 2012)

A new portrait of the two-time Nobel winner and her two daughters

Focusing on the first family in science, this biography of Marie Curie plumbs the recesses of her relationships with her two daughters, extraordinary...


Stephen Hawking: An Unfettered Mind

by Kitty Ferguson St. Martin's Press (January 17, 2012)

Kitty Ferguson, the award-winning and international bestselling author of Stephen Hawking’s biography, presents an even deeper portrait of the legendary physicist’s life and scientific theories.

This updated...


Deke!

by Donald K. Slayton & Michael Cassutt Tom Doherty Associates (June 15, 1995)

Deke Slayton was one of the first seven Mercury astronauts--and he might have been the first American in space. Instead, he became the first chief of American Astronaut Corps. It was Deke Slayton who selected...


A Most Damnable Invention

by Stephen R. Bown St. Martin's Press (October 01, 2005)

Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel's discovery of dynamite made possible the famous industrial megaprojects that transformed the countryside and defined the era, including the St. Gothard rail tunnel through the Alps,...


Einstein

by Jürgen Neffe & Shelley Frisch Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 17, 2007)

Albert Einstein is an icon of the twentieth century. Born in Ulm, Germany, in 1879, he is most famous for his theory of relativity. He also made enormous contributions to quantum mechanics and cosmology, and...


We Are All Stardust

by Stefan Klein & Ross Benjamin The Experiment (November 05, 2015)

“What distinguishes scientists, in your eyes?”—Stefan Klein

“First and foremost, curiosity.”—Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Prize–winning chemist

When Stefan Klein, an acclaimed journalist, sits down to talk...


Pioneering Physician

by Max Blythe Words by Design (March 01, 2016)

Charles Fletcher had exceptional influence on healthcare and health education in Britain. He wrote the original report of the Royal College of Physicians on smoking and health, the first report by any national...


The Cryotron Files

by Douglas Buck & Iain Dey Icon Books Ltd (September 13, 2018)

Dudley Buck was a brilliant scientist who developed or invented several early pieces of now-common technology (e.g. microchips, flash drives)in the 1950s. Like his Nobel-winning colleagues, he might have benefitted...


Marie Curie

by 50MINUTES.Com 50Minutes.com (May 30, 2018)

Keen to learn but short on time? Get to grips with the life and career of Marie Curie in next to no time with this concise guide.

50Minutes.com provides a clear and engaging analysis of the life and work of Marie...