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  • The Newton Papersby Sarah Dry

    Oxford University Press, USA 2014; US$ 21.99

    When Isaac Newton died in 1727 without a will, he left behind a wealth of papers that, when examined, gave his followers and his family a deep sense of unease. Some of what they contained was wildly heretical and alchemically obsessed, hinting at a Newton altogether stranger and less palatable than the one enshrined in Westminster Abbey as the paragon... more...

  • The Easter Computus and the Origins of the Christian Eraby Alden A. Mosshammer

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 149.99

    The system of numbering the years AD (Anni Domini, Years of the Lord) originated with Dionysius Exiguus. Dionysius drafted a 95-year table of dates for Easter beginning with the year 532 AD. Why Dionysius chose the year that he did to number as '1' has been a source of controversy and speculation for almost 1500 years. According to the Gospel... more...

  • Merdeby Ralph A. Lewin

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 15.00

    Merde is an unusual (very unusual) and witty investigation into a subject you may always have wondered about--but didn't know quite what to ask.          History, biology, anthropology, culture, animal behavior--all of these are the real subjects of Merde. Why can some animals do it on the run, and others can't? Why does camel dung make good fires?... more...

  • A Natural History of Timeby Pascal Richet; John Venerella

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 18.00

    The quest to pinpoint the age of the Earth is nearly as old as humanity itself. For most of history, people trusted mythology or religion to provide the answer, even though nature abounds with clues to the past of the Earth and the stars. In A Natural History of Time , geophysicist Pascal Richet tells the fascinating story of how scientists and... more...

  • When Computers Were Humanby David Alan Grier

    Princeton University Press 2013; US$ 35.00

    Before Palm Pilots and iPods, PCs and laptops, the term "computer" referred to the people who did scientific calculations by hand. These workers were neither calculating geniuses nor idiot savants but knowledgeable people who, in other circumstances, might have become scientists in their own right. When Computers Were Human represents the first... more...

  • Encyclopedia of the History of Astronomy and Astrophysicsby David Leverington

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 60.00

    This Encyclopedia offers a comprehensive guide to the history of astronomy and astrophysics from ancient times to the present day. more...

  • You Are Hereby Hiawatha Bray

    Basic Books 2014; US$ 27.99

    The story of the rise of modern navigation technology, from radio location to GPS—and the consequent decline of privacy What does it mean to never get lost? You Are Here examines the rise of our technologically aided era of navigational omniscience—or how we came to know exactly where we are at all times. In a sweeping history of the development... more...

  • Understanding Relativityby Leo Sartori

    University of California Press 1996; US$ 36.95

    Nonspecialists with no prior knowledge of physics and only reasonable proficiency with algebra can now understand Einstein's special theory of relativity. Effectively diagrammed and with an emphasis on logical structure, Leo Sartori's rigorous but simple presentation will guide interested readers through concepts of relative time and relative space.... more...

  • Measuring the Universeby Albert Van Helden

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 27.50

    Measuring the Universe is the first history of the evolution of cosmic dimensions, from the work of Eratosthenes and Aristarchus in the third century B.C. to the efforts of Edmond Halley (1656—1742). "Van Helden's authoritative treatment is concise and informative; he refers to numerous sources of information, draws on the discoveries of... more...

  • Critical Assemblyby Lillian Hoddeson; Paul W. Henriksen; Roger A. Meade; Catherine L. Westfall; Gordon Baym; Richard Hewlett; Alison Kerr; Robert Penneman; Leslie Redman; Robert Seidel

    Cambridge University Press 1993; US$ 60.00

    This 1993 book explores how the 'critical assembly' of scientists at Los Alamos created the first atomic bombs. more...