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  • Curiosityby Philip Ball

    Random House 2012; US$ 13.55

    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... more...

  • A Most Damnable Inventionby Stephen R. Bown

    St. Martin's Press 2005; US$ 8.99

    Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel's discovery of dynamite made possible the famous industrial megaprojects that transformed the countryside and defined the era, including the St. Gothard rail tunnel through the Alps, the clearing of New York harbor, the Panama Canal, and countless others. Dynamite also caused terrible injuries and great loss of life,... more...

  • Free Radicalsby Michael Brooks

    Overlook 2012; US$ 14.99

    The thrilling exploration of the secret side of scientific discovery --proving that some rules were meant to be broken scientists have colluded in the most successful cover-up of modern times. They present themselves as cool, logical, and level-headed, when the truth is that they will do anything --take drugs, follow mystical visions, lie and even... more...

  • Science in the Age of Baroqueby Ofer Gal; Raz Chen-Morris

    Springer 2012; US$ 179.00

    This volume examines the New Science of the 17th century in the context of Baroque culture, analysing its emergence as an integral part of the high culture of the period. The collected essays explore themes common to the new practices of knowledge production and the rapidly changing culture surrounding them, as well as the obsessions, anxieties and... 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...

  • The Road to Stockholmby IstvŠn Hargittai

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 38.99

    The Nobel Prize is by far the highest recognition a scientist may receive and the only one with which the general public is familiar. Its prestige has reached improbable heights. At the same time a lot of myth surrounds the Nobel Prize, and this is compounded by the fact that people tend to view scientists with some bewilderment.This book introduces... more...

  • Scienceby Patricia Fara

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 26.99

    Science: A Four Thousand Year History rewrites science's past. Instead of focussing on difficult experiments and abstract theories, Patricia Fara shows how science has always belonged to the practical world of war, politics, and business. Rather than glorifying scientists as idealized heroes, she tells true stories about real people - men (and... more...

  • Physics and National Socialismby Klaus Hentschel; Ann M. Hentschel

    Springer 2011; US$ 59.95

    This anthology of primary sources is a collection of 121 documents in English translation portraying the role of physics, both perceived and actual, in the Nazi state. These texts were written predominantly by influential German scientists, particularly physicists, both inside and outside Germany in the period from 1933 to 1945. The semipopular articles,... more...

  • FROM EROS TO GAIAby Freeman Dyson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 25.00

    Readers of Freeman Dyson?s previous books, Disturbing the Universe, Weapons and Hope, and Infinite in All Directions, have discovered for themselves what Dyson reveals here: that he was a writer long before he became a distinguished scientist. † The aim of this new book, as Dyson says, is to open windows, to let the experts inside the temple of... more...

  • Seeing Furtherby Bill Bryson

    HarperCollins 2010; Not Available

    ?Bryson is as amusing as ever?.As a celebration of 350 years of modern science, [ Seeing Further ] it is a worthy tribute.? ? The Economist In Seeing Further, New York Times bestseller Bill Bryson takes readers on a guided tour through the great discoveries, feuds, and personalities of modern science. Already a major bestseller in the... more...