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  • God and the Folly of Faithby Victor J. Stenger

    Prometheus Books 2012; US$ 11.99

    A thorough and hard-hitting critique that is a must read for anyone interested in the interaction between religion and science. It has become the prevalent view among sociologists, historians, and some theistic scientists that religion and science have never been in serious conflict. Some even claim that Christianity was responsible for the development... more...

  • The Lost Elementsby Marco Fontani; Mariagrazia Costa; Mary Virginia Orna

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 29.99

    The Periodic Table of Elements hasn't always looked like it does now, a well-organized chart arranged by atomic number. In the mid-nineteenth century, chemists were of the belief that the elements should be sorted by atomic weight. However, the weights of many elements were calculated incorrectly, and over time it became clear that not only did... more...

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacksby Rebecca Skloot

    Crown Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.00

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells?taken without her knowledge in 1951?became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by... more...

  • The Disappearing Spoonby Sam Kean

    Little, Brown and Company 2010; US$ 11.99

    From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes incredible stories of science, history, finance, mythology, the arts, medicine, and more, as told by the Periodic Table. Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why is gallium (Ga, 31) the go-to element for laboratory pranksters?*... more...

  • The Challenger Launch Decisionby Diane Vaughan

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 18.00

    When the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on January 28, 1986, millions of Americans became bound together in a single, historic moment. Many still vividly remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard about the tragedy. In The Challenger Launch Decision, Diane Vaughan recreates the steps leading up to that fateful decision,... more...

  • Toms Riverby Dan Fagin

    Random House Publishing Group 2013; US$ 28.00

    WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE ?  Winner of The New York Public Library?s Helen Bernstein Book Award ? ?A new classic of science reporting.?? The New York Times The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable... more...

  • Minds Behind the Brainby Stanley Finger

    Oxford University Press, USA 2004; US$ 22.99

    Preface. 1. Introduction: A Voyage Across Time. 2. An Ancient Egyptian Physician: The Dawn of Neurology. 3. Hippocrates: The Brain as the Organ of the Mind. 4. Galen: The Birth of Experimentation. 5. Andreas Vesalius: The New "Human" Neuroanatomy. 6. Rene Descartes: The Mind-Body Problem. 7. Thomas Willis: The Functional Organization of the... more...

  • Mr. Wilson's Cabinet Of Wonderby Lawrence Weschler

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 14.95

    Pronged ants, horned humans, a landscape carved on a fruit pit--some of the displays in David Wilson's Museum of Jurassic Technology are hoaxes. But which ones? As he guides readers through an intellectual hall of mirrors, Lawrence Weschler revisits the 16th-century "wonder cabinets" that were the first museums and compels readers to examine the imaginative... more...

  • "Live from Cape Canaveral"by Jay Barbree

    HarperCollins 2007; US$ 12.99

    Some fifty years ago as a cub reporter, Barbree caught space fever the night that Sputnik passed over Albany, Georgia. On a double date where the couples actually did some star gazing, Barbree recognized that exploring space would become one of the most important stories of the century. Convinced that one day astronauts would walk on the moon, Barbree... more...

  • Science and Polity in Franceby Charles Coulston Gillispie

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 125.00

    From the 1770s through the 1820s the French scientific community predominated in the world to a degree that no other scientific establishment did in any period prior to the Second World War. In his classic Science and Polity in France: The End of the Old Regime , Charles Gillispie analyzed the cultural, political, and technical factors that encouraged... more...