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  • The Measure of All Thingsby Ken Alder

    Free Press 2014; US$ 13.99

    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 north to Dunkirk, while Pierre-François-André Méchain voyaged south to Barcelona. Their mission was to measure the world, and their findings... more...

  • Seven Elements That Have Changed the Worldby John Browne

    Pegasus Books 2014; US$ 24.99

    With carbon we access heat, light and mobility at the flick of a switch, while silicon enables us to communicate across the globe in an instant. Yet our use of the Earth?s mineral resources is not always for the benefit of humankind?our relationship with the elements is one of great ambivalence. Uranium is both productive (nuclear power) and destructive... more...

  • A Century of Natureby Laura Garwin; Tim Lincoln

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 30.00

    Many of the scientific breakthroughs of the twentieth century were first reported in the journal Nature . A Century of Nature brings together in one volume Nature 's greatest hits—reproductions of seminal contributions that changed science and the world, accompanied by essays written by leading scientists (including four Nobel laureates)... more...

  • Coal Warsby Richard Martin

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 27.99

    A searching examination of the worldwide effort to shut down big coal even as the industry struggles to remain the dominant source of energy more...

  • The Spirit Of Russian Scienceby M Levinshtein

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2002; US$ 68.00

    The Spirit of Russian Science comprises dozens of short and funny true stories about the relations between people working in science, the ways people of science interacted, and their attitudes towards life. On the one hand, these stories are very Russian. On the other hand, the spirit of science displayed is very international. One cannot help feeling... more...

  • Christmas at the Royal Institutionby Frank James

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2007; US$ 193.00

    Since the mid-1820s, a series of lectures has been delivered each year over the Christmas period in the world-famous Faraday Lecture Theatre at The Royal Institution of Great Britain by prominent scientists, addressed specifically to an audience of children. Initially made accessible in book form, the lectures have been nationally televised throughout... more...

  • Science: A Historyby John Gribbin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; Not Available

    In this book, John Gribbin tells the story of the people who made science and the turbulent times they lived in. As well as famous figures such as Copernicus, Darwin and Einstein, there are also the obscure, the eccentric, even the mad. This diversecast includes, among others, Andreas Vesalius, landmark 16th-century anatomist and secret grave-robber;... more...

  • A Fragile Powerby Chandra Mukerji

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 42.95

    When the National Science Foundation funds research about the earth's crust and the Department of Energy supports studies on the disposal of nuclear wastes, what do they expect for their money? Most scientists believe that in such cases the government wants information for immediate use or directions for seeking future benefits from nature. Challenging... more...

  • Descentby Brad Matsen

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 14.95

    In Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss, Brad Matsen brings to vivid life the famous deep-sea expeditions of Otis Barton and William Beebe. Beebe was a very well-connected and internationally acclaimed naturalist, with the power to generate media attention. Barton was an engineer and heir to a considerable fortune, who had long dreamed of making... more...

  • Shadowsby Roberto Casati

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.00

    In this original, wide-ranging, and endlessly thought-provoking work of popular nonfiction, a leading science writer uncovers the pervasive presence of shadows in our world. For Plato, shadows were the symbol of our limitations. For Galileo, they knocked the Earth from the center of the cosmos. They are a source of fear and a symbol of ignorance,... more...