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  • The Chemistry of Alchemyby Cathy Cobb; Monty Fetterolf; Harold Goldwhite

    Prometheus Books 2014; US$ 11.99

    A unique approach to the history of science using  do-it-yourself experiments along with brief historical profiles to demonstrate how the ancient alchemists stumbled upon the science of chemistry. Be the alchemist! Explore the legend of alchemy with the science of chemistry. Enjoy over twenty hands-on demonstrations of alchemical reactions.  In... more...

  • The Music of the Heavensby Bruce Stephenson

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 43.50

    Valued today for its development of the third law of planetary motion, Harmonice mundi (1619) was intended by Kepler to expand on ancient efforts to discern a Creator's plan for the planetary system--an arrangement thought to be based on harmonic relationships. Challenging critics who characterize Kepler's theories of harmonic astronomy as "mystical,"... more...

  • The Evolution of Theodosius Dobzhanskyby Mark B. Adams

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 42.00

    This volume not only offers an intellectual biography of one of the most important biologists and social thinkers of the twentieth century but also illuminates the development of evolutionary studies in Russia and in the West. Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900-1975), a creator of the "evolutionary synthesis" and the author of its first modern statement,... more...

  • Too Hot to Handleby Frank Close

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 61.95

    Frank Close, a leading physicist and talented popular science writer, reveals the true story of the cold fusion controversy--a story ignored until now in spite of the glare of publicity surrounding Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons. On March 23, 1989, these two Utah scientists held an astonishing press conference, maintaining that they had succeeded,... more...

  • Science a la Modeby Tony Rothman

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.00

    These iconoclastic and witty essays are about what happens when scientists jump on band-wagons. Tony Rothman applies creative skepticism to contemporary fashions in science, including the "standard model" Big Bang theory, geodesic domes, the concept of nuclear winter, and sociological applications of the second law of thermodynamics. "Rothman proves... more...

  • Controversy in Victorian Geologyby James A. Secord

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 61.50

    Secord gives a dazzlingly detailed account of this scientific trench warfare and its social consequences. One ends up with a marvellous feeling for the major taxonomic enterprises in Darwin's younger day: mapping, ordering, conquering 'taming the chaos" of the strata. All of these of course had social and imperial ramifications; and Secord mentions... more...

  • Force and Geometry in Newton's "Principia"by Curtis Wilson; François De Gandt

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 49.95

    In this book François De Gandt introduces us to the reading of Newton's Principia in its own terms. The path of access that De Gandt proposes leads through the study of the geometrization of force. The result is a highly original meditation on the sources and meaning of Newton's magnum opus . In Chapter I De Gandt presents a translation of and... more...

  • Free to Be Foolishby Howard M. Leichter

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 39.00

    Each of us is, to a certain extent, dangerous to his or her own health, but how far do we want the government to curb our freedom to be "foolish"? In a look at such highly charged health issues as smoking, alcohol, road safety, and AIDS, Howard Leichter analyzes the efforts of the United States and Great Britain to confront the seemingly constant... more...

  • Newton: Philosophical Writingsby Andrew Janiak

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 24.00

    This revised edition contains a wide range of Newton's writings that have influenced the development of philosophy in modern Europe. more...

  • Soul Made Fleshby Carl Zimmer

    Atria Books 2014; US$ 15.00

    In this unprecedented history of a scientific revolution, award-winning author and journalist Carl Zimmer tells the definitive story of the dawn of the age of the brain and modern consciousness. Told here for the first time, the dramatic tale of how the secrets of the brain were discovered in seventeenth-century England unfolds against a turbulent... more...