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  • 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...

  • Newton and the Origin of Civilizationby Jed Z. Buchwald; Mordechai Feingold

    Princeton University Press 2012; US$ 49.50

    Isaac Newton's Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended , published in 1728, one year after the great man's death, unleashed a storm of controversy. And for good reason. The book presents a drastically revised timeline for ancient civilizations, contracting Greek history by five hundred years and Egypt's by a millennium. Newton and the Origin of Civilization... more...

  • Astrology and Cosmology in Early Chinaby David W. Pankenier

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 108.00

    Drawing on a vast array of scholarship, this pioneering text illustrates how profoundly astronomical phenomena shaped ancient Chinese civilization. more...

  • Surgery, Science and Industryby Dr Thomas Schlich

    Palgrave Macmillan 2002; US$ 142.00

    This book charts the history of the worldwide introduction of an operative treatment method for broken bones, osteosynthesis, by a Swiss-based association, called AO. The success of the close cooperation between the AO's surgeons, scientists and manufacturers in establishing a complicated and risky technique as a standard treatment sheds light on the... more...

  • Physical Relativityby Harvey R. Brown

    Clarendon Press 2005; US$ 44.99

    Physical Relativity explores the nature of the distinction at the heart of Einstein's 1905 formulation of his special theory of relativity: that between kinematics and dynamics. Einstein himself became increasingly uncomfortable with this distinction, and with the limitations of what he called the 'principle theory' approach inspired by... more...

  • The Ultimate Quotable Einsteinby Albert Einstein; Alice Calaprice; Freeman Dyson

    Princeton University Press 2010; US$ 24.95

    Here is the definitive new edition of the hugely popular collection of Einstein quotations that has sold tens of thousands of copies worldwide and been translated into twenty-five languages. The Ultimate Quotable Einstein features 400 additional quotes, bringing the total to roughly 1,600 in all. This ultimate edition includes new sections--"On... more...

  • The Confinement of the Insaneby Roy Porter; David Wright

    Cambridge University Press 2003; US$ 43.00

    2003 collection of international essays exploring the rise of the lunatic asylum in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. more...

  • Utopia's Gardenby E. C. Spary

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 30.00

    The royal Parisian botanical garden, the Jardin du Roi, was a jewel in the crown of the French Old Regime, praised by both rulers and scientific practitioners. Yet unlike many such institutions, the Jardin not only survived the French Revolution but by 1800 had become the world's leading public establishment of natural history: the Muséum d'Histoire... more...

  • Selected Scientific Works of Hans Christian Orstedby Karen Jelved; Andrew Wilson; Hans Christian ěrsted; Andrew D. Jackson; Ole Knudsen.

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 110.00

    Hans Christian ěrsted (1777-1851) was one of the leading scientists of the nineteenth century, having played a crucial role in founding electromagnetism. Unfortunately for the English-speaking world, almost all of his research was published in other languages, particularly his native Danish. This book will help to elevate ěrsted to his rightful place... 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...