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  • The Man in the Monkeynut Coatby Kersten T. Hall

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 23.99

    Sir Isaac Newton once declared that his momentous discoveries were only made thanks to having 'stood on the shoulders of giants'. The same might also be said of the scientists James Watson and Francis Crick. Their discovery of the structure of DNA was, without doubt, one of the biggest scientific landmarks in history and, thanks largely to... more...

  • Finding Zeroby Amir D. Aczel

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 26.99

    The story of how we got our numbers--told through one mathematician's journey to find zero more...

  • A Short History of Nearly Everythingby Bill Bryson

    Crown/Archetype 2003; US$ 16.99

    One of the world?s most beloved writers and bestselling author of One Summer takes his ultimate journey?into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer. In A Walk in the Woods , Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail ? well, most of it. In A Sunburned Country , he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife... more...

  • Historical Eclipses and Earth's Rotationby F. Richard Stephenson

    Cambridge University Press 1997; US$ 72.00

    A scientist who has studied eclipses for many years tells their story and explains their importance today. more...

  • The Code Bookby Simon Singh

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 17.00

    In his first book since the bestselling Fermat's Enigma , Simon Singh offers the first sweeping history of encryption, tracing its evolution and revealing the dramatic effects codes have had on wars, nations, and individual lives. From Mary, Queen of Scots, trapped by her own code, to the Navajo Code Talkers who helped the Allies win World War II,... more...

  • The Ghost Mapby Steven Johnson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 15.98

    In Ghost Map Steven Johnson tells the story of the terrifying cholera epidemic that engulfed London in 1854, and the two unlikely heroes ? anaesthetist Doctor John Snow and affable clergyman Reverend Henry Whitehead ? who defeated the disease through a combination of local knowledge, scientific research and map-making. In telling their extraordinary... more...

  • Under the Banyan Treeby Sheldon J. Segal

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 21.99

    This analysis of human affairs affected by population growth lays out the problems and suggests the solutions. In topics ranging from global food supply, to environmental problems, to urbanization, he gives us his take on the importance of moving a society from high fertility to low fertility. more...

  • The Black Hole Warby Leonard Susskind

    Little, Brown and Company 2008; US$ 9.99

    What happens when something is sucked into a black hole? Does it disappear? Three decades ago, a young physicist named Stephen Hawking claimed it did-and in doing so put at risk everything we know about physics and the fundamental laws of the universe. Most scientists didn't recognize the import of Hawking's claims, but Leonard Susskind and Gerard... more...

  • Medieval Cosmologyby Pierre Duhem; Roger Ariew

    University of Chicago Press 2011; US$ 43.00

    These selections from Le système du monde , the classic ten-volume history of the physical sciences written by the great French physicist Pierre Duhem (1861-1916), focus on cosmology, Duhem's greatest interest. By reconsidering the work of such Arab and Christian scholars as Averroes, Avicenna, Gregory of Rimini, Albert of Saxony, Nicole Oresme,... more...

  • The Ghost Mapby Steven Johnson

    Penguin Publishing Group 2006; US$ 16.00

    From the dynamic thinker routinely compared to Malcolm Gladwell, E. O. Wilson, and James Gleick, The Ghost Map is a riveting page-turner with a real-life historical hero that brilliantly illuminates the intertwined histories of the spread of viruses, rise of cities, and the nature of scientific inquiry. These are topics that have long obsessed Steven... more...