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  • The Scientist as Rebelby Freeman Dyson

    New York Review Books 2014; US$ 19.95

    From Galileo to today?s amateur astronomers, scientists have been rebels, writes Freeman Dyson. Like artists and poets, they are free spirits who resist the restrictions their cultures impose on them. In their pursuit of nature?s truths, they are guided as much by imagination as by reason, and their greatest theories have the uniqueness and beauty... more...

  • The Map That Changed the Worldby Simon Winchester

    Penguin Books Ltd 2002; US$ 15.50

    The extraordinary tale of the father of modern geology. Hidden behind velvet curtains above a stairway in a house in London's Piccadilly is an enormous and beautiful hand-coloured map - the first geological map of anywhere in the world. Its maker was a farmer's son named William Smith. Born in 1769 his life was beset by troubles: he was imprisoned... more...

  • Elon Muskby Ashlee Vance

    HarperCollins 2015; US$ 18.99

    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 real-life Tony Stark?and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new ?makers.? Elon Musk spotlights the... more...

  • Elon Muskby Ashlee Vance

    Ebury Publishing 2015; US$ 14.09

    South African born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man... more...

  • The Inventor and the Tycoonby Edward Ball

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 16.95

    From the National Book Award-winning author of Slaves in the Family , a riveting true life/true crime narrative of the partnership between the murderer who invented the movies and the robber baron who built the railroads.   One hundred and thirty years ago Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography, anticipating and making possible motion... more...

  • Candid Science Vby Balazs Hargittai; István Hargittai

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2005; US$ 82.00 US$ 74.62

    Candid Science V: Conversations with Famous Scientists contains 36 interviews with well-known scientists, including 19 Nobel laureates, Wolf Prize winners, and other luminaries. These in-depth conversations provide a glimpse into the greatest achievements in science during the past few decades, featuring stories of the discoveries, and showing the... more...

  • They All Laughed at Christopher Columbusby Elizabeth Weil

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 13.95

    This is a classic American tale of dreams and obsession--the suspenseful, brilliantly written account of one eccentric man?s hunger to open space travel to us all: to let us rocket into orbit, return to earth, and soar yet again--thus transforming space travel forever. They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus Gary Hudson was seven years old when... more...

  • A Life in Twilightby Mark Wolverton

    St. Martin's Press 2008; US$ 6.79

    A Life in Twilight reveals the least-known and most enigmatic period of J. Robert Oppenheimer's life, from the public humiliation he endured after the 1954 Atomic Energy Commission's investigation into his alleged communist leanings and connections to his death in 1967. It covers Oppenheimer's continued work as a scientist and philosopher and head... more...

  • Einsteinby Jürgen Neffe; Shelley Frisch

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007; US$ 6.79

    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 for his work he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1921. A self-pronounced pacifist, humanist, and, late in his life, democratic socialist, Einstein... more...

  • How Steve Jobs Changed Our Worldby Alan Deutschman

    St. Martin's Press 2011; US$ 2.54

    "One to one, no one is as compelling, as charismatic, as seductive as Steve Jobs. It's just magic." ? Alan Deutschman on " Bloomberg West " in August 2011 In this original e-essay, part of the forthcoming book Why Steve Jobs Matters , veteran Silicon Valley journalist Alan Deutschman describes how Jobs changed the world we live in forever. ... more...