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  • The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introductionby Lawrence M. Principe

    OUP Oxford 2011; US$ 7.99

    Lawrence M. Principe takes a fresh approach to the story of the scientific revolution, emphasising the historical context of the society and its world view at the time. From astronomy to alchemy and medicine to geology, he tells this fascinating story from the perspective of the historical characters involved. more...

  • Cosmic Imageryby John D. Barrow

    Random House 2011; US$ 36.65

    * Certain key images embody our understanding of life and the universe we inhabit. Some, like Robert Hooke's first microscopic views of the natural world, or the stunning images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope , were made possible by our new technical capabilities. * Others, like the first graph , were breathtakingly simple but perennially... more...

  • Science: A Historyby John Gribbin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 16.91

    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...

  • Curiosityby Philip Ball

    Random House 2012; US$ 15.50

    There was a time when curiosity was condemned. Through curiosity, our innocence was said to be lost. Yet this hasn't deterred us. Today we spend vast sums trying to recreate the first instants of creation in particle accelerators, out of pure desire to know. There seems now to be no question too vast or too trivial. No longer reviled, curiosity... more...

  • The Origins of CSIROby George Currie; John Graham

    CSIRO Publishing 1966; US$ 24.95

    March 16th, 1966, marked the jubilee of Commonwealth sponsored scientific research in Australia and this book is an account of the origins of CSIRO. more...

  • Repositioning Victorian Sciencesby David Clifford; Elisabeth Wadge; Alex Warwick; Martin Willis

    Anthem Press 2006; US$ 85.00

    An intriguing look at the marginal sciences of the nineteenth century and their influence on the culture of the period. more...

  • Early Greek Scienceby G E R Lloyd

    Random House 2012; US$ 7.04

    In this new series leading classical scholars interpret afresh the ancient world for the modern reader. They stress those questions and institutions that most concern us today: the interplay between economic factors and politics, the struggle to find a balance between the state and the individual, the role of the intellectual. Most of the books in... more...

  • The Undergrowth of Scienceby Walter Gratzer

    Oxford University Press 2001; US$ 13.99

    Walter Gratzer's themes in the stories he relates in this book are collective delusion and human folly. Science is generally seen as a process bound by rigorous rules, which its practitioners must not transgress. Deliberate fraud occasionally intrudes, but it is soon detected, the perpetrators cast out and the course of discovery barely disturbed.... more...

  • Scienceby Patricia Fara

    OUP Oxford 2010; US$ 12.99

    A groundbreaking new history of science, from ancient Babylon right up to the latest hi-tech experiments in genetics and particle physics, illuminating the financial interests, imperial ambitions, and publishing enterprises that have made science the powerful global phenomenon that it is today. more...

  • David Rivettby Rohan Rivett

    CSIRO Publishing 2013; US$ 14.95

    Sir David Rivett was an Australian chemist and Chief Executive Officer of CSIR between 1927 and 1945. more...