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Machines of Loving Grace

by John Markoff Ecco (August 25, 2015)

As robots are increasingly integrated into modern society—on the battlefield and the road, in business, education, and health—Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times science writer John Markoff searches for...


Conquering the Electron: The Geniuses, Visionaries, Egomaniacs, and Scoundrels Who Built Our Electronic Age

by Derek Cheung & Eric Brach Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 09, 2014)

Conquering the Electron offers readers a true and engaging history of the world of electronics, beginning with the discoveries of friction and magnetism and ending with the creation of the smartphone and the...


Lost World

by Tom Koppel Atria Books (May 11, 2010)

For decades the issue seemed moot. The first settlers, we were told, were big-game hunters who arrived from Asia at the end of the Ice Age some 12,000 years ago, crossing a land bridge at the Bering Strait and...


Soul Made Flesh

by Carl Zimmer Atria Books (August 26, 2014)

In this unprecedented history of a scientific revolution, award-winning author and journalist Carl Zimmer tells the definitive story of the dawn of the age of the brain and modern consciousness. Told here for...


The Measure of All Things

by Ken Alder Free Press (July 29, 2014)

In June 1792, amidst the chaos of the French Revolution, two intrepid astronomers set out in opposite directions on an extraordinary journey. Starting in Paris, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre would make his way...


Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe

by Alan Hirshfeld Bellevue Literary Press (June 16, 2014)

A wondrous tale of cosmic exploration and the colorful characters who ushered astronomy into the modern age


The Magic of Numbers

by Eric Temple Bell Dover Publications (June 10, 2014)

From one of the foremost interpreters for lay readers of the history and meaning of mathematics: a stimulating account of the origins of mathematical thought and the development of numerical theory. It probes...


The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery

by Sam Kean Little, Brown and Company (May 06, 2014)

The author of the bestseller The Disappearing Spoon reveals the secret inner workings of the brain through strange but true stories.

Early studies of the human brain used a simple method: wait for misfortune...


The Modern Mind

by Peter Watson HarperCollins e-books (March 22, 2011)

From Freud to Babbitt, from Animal Farm to Sartre to the Great Society, from the Theory of Relativity to counterculture to Kosovo, The Modern Mind is encyclopedic, covering the major writers, artists, scientists,...


Who Gives a Gigabyte?: A Survival Guide for the Technologically Perplexed

by Gary Stix & Miriam Lacob Wiley (March 15, 1999)

An exhilarating chronicle of the most revolutionary advancements in recent-and future-technology

Which new technologies are bound to have the biggest impact on our lives in the years ahead? This groundbreaking...


Ladies in the Laboratory? American and British Women in Science, 1800-1900: A Survey of Their Contributions to Research

by Mary R. S. Creese Scarecrow Press (January 01, 2000)

A systematic survey and comparison of the work of 19th-century American and British women in scientific research, this book covers the two countries in which women of the period were most active in scientific...


Biotechnology in Our Lives

by Jeremy Gruber & Sheldon Krimsky Skyhorse (June 01, 2013)

For a quarter of a century, the Council for Responsible Genetics has provided a unique historical lens into the modern history, science, ethics, and politics of genetic technologies. Since 1983 the Council has...


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.


Sundials: History, Theory, and Practice

by René R.J. Rohr Dover Publications (August 09, 2012)

Masterly account of long and colorful history of sundials, with practical instructions for building your own. Formulae, rare dials, mottoes, and much more. 104 figures. 51 plates.


Landmark Experiments in Twentieth-Century Physics

by George L. Trigg Dover Publications (February 21, 2013)

Clear, detailed explorations feature extensive quotations from original research papers in their coverage of groundbreaking research. Topics include x-rays, superconductivity, neutrinos, lasers, and many other...


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.


Relativity and Its Roots

by Banesh Hoffmann Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

Entertaining, nontechnical demonstrations of the meaning of relativity theory trace development from basis in geometrical, cosmological ideas of the ancient Greeks, plus work by Kepler, Galileo, Newton, others....


Lucifer's Legacy: The Meaning of Asymmetry

by Frank Close Dover Publications (November 26, 2013)

Popular science writer's cosmic "tour" of asymmetry ranges from development of human embryos to the mysterious Higgs boson, or "God particle," and ongoing research at the CERN laboratory. 2000 edition.


De Re Metallica

by Georgius Agricola Dover Publications (March 18, 2013)

One of the most important scientific classics, and first to offer detailed technical drawings illustrating mining techniques, field research, and the earliest scientific methods. Translated by Herbert Hoover....


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.


Theories of the World from Antiquity to the Copernican Revolution: Second Revised Edition

by Michael J. Crowe Dover Publications (March 12, 2013)

Revised edition re-creates the change from an earth- to a sun-centered conception of the solar system by focusing on an examination of the evidence available in 1615.


Newton's Philosophy of Nature: Selections from His Writings

by Sir Isaac Newton & H. S. Thayer Dover Publications (July 24, 2012)

A wide, accessible representation of the interests, problems, and philosophic issues that preoccupied the great 17th-century scientist, this collection is grouped according to methods, principles, and theological...


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.


A Short History of Science to the Nineteenth Century

by Charles Singer Dover Publications (October 01, 2013)

This fascinating and highly readable study by a noted historian uses maps, charts and diagrams to trace the development of the idea of a rational and interconnected material world across two and half millennia....


From Paracelsus to Newton: Magic and the Making of Modern Science

by Charles Webster Dover Publications (December 26, 2012)

This fascinating book highlights the worldviews of the 16th and 17th centuries with a masterly series of essays that explore three cases relating to prophecy, spiritual magic, and demonic magic.


Alchemy and Alchemists

by C. J. S. Thompson Dover Publications (June 14, 2012)

Well-researched study traces history of alchemy, chronicling search for philosopher's stone and elixir of life, alchemist's laboratory and apparatus, symbols and secret alphabets, famous practitioners, plus...


Concepts of Space: The History of Theories of Space in Physics: Third, Enlarged Edition

by Max Jammer Dover Publications (July 19, 2013)

Historical surveys consider Judeo-Christian notions of space, Newtonian absolute space, perceptions from 18th century to the present, more. Numerous quotations and references. "Admirably compact and swiftly...


The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Science

by E. A. Burtt Dover Publications (August 29, 2012)

Classic in the philosophy of science offers a fascinating analysis of the works of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Descartes, Hobbes, Gilbert, Boyle, and Newton, tracing their influence on contemporary scientific...


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.


De Magnete

by William Gilbert Dover Publications (January 03, 2013)

From the first great experimental scientist: the classic text, first published in Latin in 1600. Summarizes then-current knowledge of magnetism and electricity, offering insights into the origins of modern science....


Lost Continents

by L. Sprague de Camp Dover Publications (June 19, 2012)

Leading authority examines facts and fancies behind the Atlantis theme in history, science, and literature. Sources include Plato, Thomas More, K. T. Frost, and many other citations, both famous and lesser-known....


The Extraterrestrial Life Debate, 1750-1900

by Michael J. Crowe Dover Publications (April 06, 2012)

Detailed, scholarly study examines the ideas that developed between 1750 and 1900 regarding the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial life, including those of Kant, Herschel, Voltaire, Lowell, many others....


Ancient Science Through the Golden Age of Greece

by George Sarton Dover Publications (September 18, 2012)

Remarkably readable, thoroughly documented, and well illustrated, this fascinating book by an eminent science historian covers problems of mathematics, astronomy, physics, and biology.


The Scientific Renaissance 1450-1630

by Marie Boas Hall Dover Publications (March 05, 2013)

A noted historian of science examines the Coperican revolution, the anatomical work of Vesalius, the work of Paracelsus, Harvey's discovery of the circulatory system, the effects of Galileo's telescopic discoveries,...


Great Scientific Experiments: Twenty Experiments that Changed our View of the World

by Rom Harre Dover Publications (December 20, 2012)

Vivid, readable, accurate tales of landmark inquiries include Aristotle's work on embryology of the chick, Galileo's discovery of the law of descent, Newton's experiment on nature of colors, more.


Art and Geometry: A Study in Space Intuitions

by William M. Ivins Dover Publications (September 18, 2012)

This highly stimulating study observes many historical interrelationships between art and mathematics. It explores ancient and Renaissance painting and sculpture, the development of perspective, and advances...


Crucibles: The Story of Chemistry from Ancient Alchemy to Nuclear Fission

by Bernard Jaffe Dover Publications (June 14, 2012)

Classic popular account of the great chemists Trevisan, Paracelsus, Avogadro, Mendeléeff, the Curies, Thomson, Lavoisier, and others, up to A-bomb research and recent work with subatomic particles. 20 illustrations....


An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

by Rudolf Carnap Dover Publications (June 13, 2012)

Stimulating, thought-provoking text by one of the 20th century's most creative philosophers makes accessible such topics as probability, measurement and quantitative language, causality and determinism, theoretical...


How Dangerous Is Lightning?

by Christian Bouquegneau & Vladimir Rakov Dover Publications (January 22, 2013)

This highly readable survey explores the history of lightning, from ancient myth to modern times. Topics include sources of lightning, physical effects, protection of structures and power lines, and current...


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....


From Falling Bodies to Radio Waves: Classical Physicists and Their Discoveries

by Emilio Segrè Dover Publications (July 10, 2012)

This chronicle by a renowned physicist traces the development of scientific thought from the works of Galileo, Huygens, and Newton to discoveries by Maxwell, Boltzmann, and Gibbs. 1984 edition.


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....


Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science

by Martin Gardner Dover Publications (April 06, 2012)

Fair, witty appraisal of cranks, quacks, and quackeries of science and pseudoscience: hollow earth, Velikovsky, orgone energy, Dianetics, flying saucers, Bridey Murphy, food and medical fads, and much more....


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...


Fleet Fire

by L. J. Davis Arcade (February 28, 2012)

The electric revolution, which eclipsed the Industrial Revolution by the end of the 19th century and continues to this day, changed our world forever. FLEET FIRE tells us how it all began. In an engaging and...


The Most Defiant Devil: William Temple Hornaday and His Controversial Crusade to Save American Wildlife

by Gregory J. Dehler University of Virginia Press (August 05, 2013)

The late nineteenth and early twentieth century were a brutal time for American wildlife, with many species pushed to the brink of extinction. (Some are endangered to this day.) And yet these decades also saw...


The Battery: How Portable Power Sparked a Technological Revolution

by Henry Schlesinger HarperCollins e-books (March 16, 2010)

“Henry Schlesinger is playful and intelligent and obscenely well read.” — Richard Zacks, author of The Pirate Hunter

"Henry Schlesinger’s fascinating and superbly researched history of the battery is...


Scientific American Inventions and Discoveries: All the Milestones in Ingenuity--From the Discovery of Fire to the Invention of the Microwave Oven

by Rodney Carlisle & Scientific American Wiley (April 21, 2008)

A unique A-to-Z reference of brilliance in innovation and invention

Combining engagingly written, well-researched history with the respected imprimatur of Scientific American magazine, this authoritative, accessible...


Minerals, Collecting, and Value across the US-Mexico Border

by Elizabeth Emma Ferry Indiana University Press (June 19, 2013)

Elizabeth Emma Ferry traces the movement of minerals as they circulate from Mexican mines to markets, museums, and private collections on both sides of the US-Mexico border. She describes how and why these byproducts...