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  • The Ten Most Beautiful Experimentsby George Johnson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 15.95

    A dazzling, irresistible collection of the ten most ground-breaking and beautiful experiments in scientific history. With the attention to detail of a historian and the story-telling ability of a novelist, New York Times science writer George Johnson celebrates these groundbreaking experiments and re-creates a time when the world seemed filled... more...

  • Positioning the History of Scienceby Jurgen Renn; Kostas Gavroglu

    Springer 2007; US$ 189.00

    Compiled in honor of an outstanding historian of science, physicist and exceptional human being, Sam Schweber, this book assembles a broad spectrum of positions on the history of science by some of its leading representatives. It presents a comprehensive survey reflecting the strong influence Sam Schweber has exerted on the history of science. more...

  • When Science Goes Wrongby Simon LeVay

    Penguin Group US 2008; US$ 15.00

    Brilliant scientific successes have helped shape our world, and are always celebrated. However, for every victory, there are no doubt numerous little-known blunders. Neuroscientist Simon LeVay brings together a collection of fascinating, yet shocking, stories of failure from recent scientific history in When Science Goes Wrong . From the fields... more...

  • Scientific Progressby Craig Dilworth

    Springer 2007; US$ 79.99

    Answers questions raised by the incommensurability thesis. This book provides a conception of science in which scientific progress is based on both rational and empirical considerations. 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...

  • Aladdin's Lampby John Freely

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 17.00

    Aladdin?s Lamp is the fascinating story of how ancient Greek philosophy and science began in the sixth century B.C. and, during the next millennium, spread across the Greco-Roman world, producing the remarkable discoveries and theories of Thales, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Archimedes, Galen, Ptolemy, and many others. John... more...

  • Leaps in the Darkby John Waller

    Oxford University Press, UK 2004; US$ 45.99

    In Leaps in the Dark, John Waller presents another collection of revelations from the world of science. He considers experiments in which scientists' perceptions were not perhaps as keen as they might have claimed in retrospect; he investigates the jealousy and opposition that scientific ideas can provoke; he celebrates the scientists who were... more...

  • The Discoveriesby Alan Lightman

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 21.00

    In this captivating and lucid book, novelist and science writer Alan Lightman chronicles twenty-four great discoveries of twentieth-century science--everything from the theory of relativity to mapping the structure of DNA.These discoveries radically changed our notions of the world and our place in it. Here are Einstein, Fleming, Bohr, McClintock,... more...

  • Encyclopedia of World Scientistsby Elizabeth H. Oakes

    Infobase Publishing 2007; US$ 204.00

    Encyclopedia of World Scientists, Revised Edition is a diverse and comprehensive two-volume collection of biographies of scientists. This essential work contains fascinating stories of nearly 1,000 scientists - almost half of whom are female - who have contributed significantly to their fields. All scientific disciplines are represented, as well as... more...