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  • The Man Who Knew Infinityby Robert Kanigel

    Little, Brown Book Group 2014; Not Available

    In 1913, a young unschooled Indian clerk wrote a letter to G H Hardy, begging the pre-eminent English mathematician's opinion on several ideas he had about numbers. Realising the letter was the work of a genius, Hardy arranged for Srinivasa Ramanujan to come to England. Thus began one of the most improbable and productive collaborations ever chronicled.... more...

  • Sunita Williams: A Star in Spaceby Aravinda Anantharaman

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    An Adventure of Intergalactic Proportions! Sunita Williams?s story is one of having to settle for second choices. She grew up wishing to be a professional swimmer. Then she wanted to train as a vet. Instead she went on to join the Naval Academy and serve as a pilot. Before long, however, space was calling. A new dream was born in Sunita. But it wasn?t... more...

  • Darwin's Sacred Causeby Adrian Desmond; James Moore

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014; US$ 30.00

    In this remarkable book, Adrian Desmond and James Moore restore the missing moral core of Darwin?s evolutionary universe, providing a completely new account of how he came to his shattering theories about human origins. There has always been a mystery surrounding Darwin: How did this quiet, respectable gentleman, a pillar of his parish, come to... more...

  • Curious Mindsby John Brockman

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2004; US$ 16.00

    What makes a child decide to become a scientist? ?For Robert Sapolsky?Stanford professor of biology?it was an argument with a rabbi over a passage in the Bible. ?Physicist Lee Smolin traces his inspiration to a volume of Einstein?s work, picked up as a diversion from heartbreak. ?Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a psychologist and the author of Flow ,... more...

  • Candid Science Vby Balazs Hargittai; István Hargittai

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2005; US$ 234.00

    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...

  • Paperboyby Henry Petroski

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 14.00

    Anyone wondering what sort of experience prepares one for a future as an engineer may be surprised to learn that it includes delivering newspapers. But as Henry Petroski recounts his youth in 1950s Queens, New York?a borough of handball games and inexplicably numbered streets?he winningly shows how his after-school job amounted to a prep course in... more...

  • Stories of Inventorsby Russell Doubleday

    The Floating Press 1904; US$ 5.95

    There are many thrilling incidents - all the more attractive because of their truth - in the study, the trials, the disappointments, the obstacles overcome, and the final triumph of the successful inventor. Every great invention, afterward marvelled at, was first derided. Each great inventor, after solving problems in mechanics or chemistry, had to... more...

  • The Autobiography of Charles Darwinby Charles Darwin; Francis Darwin

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 3.99

    Charles Darwin is the English naturalist whose work laid the foundation for evolutionary biology and theory. Darwin wrote his autobiography under the title Recollections of the Development of my Mind and Character in 1876. He wrote it for his family, but his son edited and published the autobiography five years after Darwin's death in 1882, removing... more...

  • A Life in Twilightby Mark Wolverton

    St. Martin's Press 2008; US$ 8.99

    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... 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...