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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.

Neutrino Hunters

by Ray Jayawardhana Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 10, 2013)

Winner of the Canadian Science Writers Association 2014 Science in Society Book Award

A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Science Book of the Season

A Book to Watch Out For, The New Yorker's Page-Turner Blog

A Los Angeles...

The End of Plagues

by John Rhodes St. Martin's Press (September 24, 2013)

At the turn of the twentieth century, smallpox claimed the lives of two million people per year. By 1979, the disease had been eradicated and victory was declared across the globe. Yet the story of smallpox...

Against Their Will

by Allen M. Hornblum, Judith L. Newman & Gregory J. Dober St. Martin's Press (June 25, 2013)

During the Cold War, an alliance between American scientists, pharmaceutical companies, and the US military pushed the medical establishment into ethically fraught territory. Doctors and scientists at prestigious...

Prize Fight

by Morton Meyers, M.D. St. Martin's Press (June 05, 2012)

We often think of scientists as dispassionate and detached, nobly laboring without any expectation of reward. But scientific research is much more complicated and messy than this ideal, and scientists can be...


by Brian Clegg St. Martin's Press (May 22, 2012)

A history of gravity, and a study of its importance and relevance to our lives, as well as its influence on other areas of science.

Physicists will tell you that four forces control the universe. Of these, gravity...

The Guardian of All Things

by Michael S. Malone St. Martin's Press (August 21, 2012)

A fascinating exploration of the history of memory and human civilization

Memory makes us human. No other animal carries in its brain so many memories of such complexity nor so regularly revisits those memories...

The Spike

by Damien Broderick Tom Doherty Associates (February 10, 2001)

The rate at which technology is changing our world--not just on a global level like space travel and instant worldwide communications but on the level of what we choose to wear, where we live, and what we eat--is...

Losing Earth

by Nathaniel Rich Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 09, 2019)

By 1979, we knew nearly everything we understand today about climate change—including how to stop it. Over the next decade, a handful of scientists, politicians, and strategists, led by two unlikely heroes,...


by Jim al-Khalili Picador (May 09, 2017)

In these lively and fascinating essays, scientists from around the world weigh in on the latest advances in the search for intelligent life in the universe and discuss just what that might look like. Since 2000,...

Diving Deeper into SCUBA... Science

by Costantino Balestra & Peter Germonpré Acrodacrolivres (April 04, 2017)

You will find in this book some valuable and reliable lessons about safe diving

The editors of and authors of this book are a cadre of scientists and physicians with broad experience and knowledge of diving physiology...

Isaac Newton

by 50MINUTES.Com (February 28, 2017)

Keen to learn but short on time? Get to grips with the life and career of Isaac Newton in next to no time with this concise guide. provides a clear and engaging analysis of the life and work of...


by 50 minutes (January 30, 2017)

Keen to learn but short on time? Get to grips with the life and discoveries of Copernicus in next to no time with this concise guide. provides a clear and engaging analysis of Copernicus and his...

Smart Medicine

by Dr. William Hanson, M.D. St. Martin's Press (June 07, 2011)

We're a nation in love with the drama of the medical world—from fast-paced hospital life to the race to discover cures for diseases. In Smart Medicine, William Hanson brings to life the fascinating true world...

Newton's Clock

by Ivars Peterson Henry Holt and Co. (July 15, 1993)

With his critically acclaimed best-sellers The Mathematical Toursist and Islands of Truth, Ivars Peterson took readers to the frontiers of modern mathematics. His new book provides an up-to-date look at one...


by Sonia Shah Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 16, 2016)

Scientists agree that a pathogen is likely to cause a global pandemic in the near future. But which one? And how?

Over the past fifty years, more than three hundred infectious diseases have either newly emerged...

Achilles In the Quantum Universe

by Richard Morris Henry Holt and Co. (July 14, 2015)

Centuries ago, when the ancient philosopher Zeno proposedhis famous paradox involving Achilles and the Tortoise, he struck at the heart of one of science's most enduring and intractable problems: How do we define...

The Fossil Hunter

by Shelley Emling St. Martin's Press (October 13, 2009)

At a time when women were excluded from science, a young girl made a discovery that marked the birth of paleontology and continues to feed the debate about evolution to this day.

Mary Anning was only twelve years...


by Gail Bell St. Martin's Press (October 11, 2002)

"Readers with a strong stomach will enjoy this unusual memoir laced with a natural history of poison." - Publishers Weekly

Years after Dr. William Macbeth died, his ornate medicine case passed to his estranged...

Bosnia's Million Bones

by Christian Jennings St. Martin's Press (November 26, 2013)

The extraordinary story of how a team of international forensic scientists pioneered ground-breaking DNA technology to identify the bodies of thousands of victims of the Yugoslav Wars, and how their work is...

The Artificial Ape

by Timothy Taylor St. Martin's Press (July 20, 2010)

A breakthrough theory that tools and technology are the real drivers of human evolution

Although humans are one of the great apes, along with chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans, we are remarkably different...

Plastic Fantastic

by Eugenie Samuel Reich St. Martin's Press (May 12, 2009)

This is the story of wunderkind physicist Jan Hendrik Schön who faked the discovery of a new superconductor made from plastic. A star researcher at the world-renowned Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, he claimed...


by Andrea Sutcliffe St. Martin's Press (March 24, 2015)

In 1807, Robert Fulton, using an English mail-order steam engine, chugged four miles an hour up the Hudson River, passing into popular folklore as the inventor of the steamboat. However, the true first passenger...

The Poisoner

by Gail Bell St. Martin's Press (October 14, 2003)

"Readers with a strong stomach will enjoy this unusual memoir laced with a natural history of poison." - Publishers Weekly

Years after Dr. William Macbeth died, his ornate medicine case passed to his estranged...

Coal Wars

by Richard Martin St. Martin's Press (April 14, 2015)

Since the late 18th century, when it emerged as a source of heating and, later, steam power, coal has brought untold benefits to mankind. Even today, coal generates almost 45 percent of the world's power. Our...

Age of Discovery

by Ian Goldin & Chris Kutarna St. Martin's Press (May 24, 2016)

The present is a contest between the bright and dark sides of discovery. To avoid being torn apart by its stresses, we need to recognize the fact—and gain courage and wisdom from the past. Age of Discovery...


by Michael Shermer Henry Holt and Co. (January 12, 2016)

Collected essays from bestselling author Michael Shermer's celebrated columns in Scientific American

For fifteen years, bestselling author Michael Shermer has written a column in Scientific American magazine...

Spooky Action at a Distance

by George Musser Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 03, 2015)

Long-listed for the 2016 PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

“An important book that provides insight into key new developments in our understanding of the nature of space, time and the universe....

The Moral Arc

by Michael Shermer Henry Holt and Co. (January 20, 2015)

Bestselling author Michael Shermer's exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral

From Galileo and Newton to Thomas...

Finding Zero

by Amir D. Aczel St. Martin's Press (January 06, 2015)

The invention of numerals is perhaps the greatest abstraction the human mind has ever created. Virtually everything in our lives is digital, numerical, or quantified. The story of how and where we got these...