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  • The Weather Experimentby Peter Moore

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2015; US$ 30.99

    A history of weather forecasting, and an animated portrait of the nineteenth-century pioneers who made it possible By the 1800s, a century of feverish discovery had launched the major branches of science. Physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy made the natural world explicable through experiment, observation, and categorization.... more...

  • Science, Technology & Society in the Time of Alfred Nobelby Carl Gustaf Bernhard; E. Crawford; P. Sörbom

    Elsevier Science 2013; US$ 72.95

    The papers contained in this volume were presented at the Nobel Symposium which marked the eightieth anniversary of the first award of the Nobel prizes in 1901. Leading scholars from many different fields of science and technology exchange viewpoints across interdisciplinary boundaries. Participants were chosen for their special knowledge of science... more...

  • To Explain the Worldby Steven Weinberg

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 32.00

    In To Explain the World , pre-eminent theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg offers a rich and irreverent history of science from a unique perspective - that of a scientist. Moving from ancient Miletus to medieval Baghdad to Oxford, and from the Museum of Alexandria to the Royal Society of London, he shows that the scientists of the past not only did... more...

  • The Cambridge Concise History of Astronomyby Michael Hoskin

    Cambridge University Press 1999; US$ 64.00

    This is a textbook on the history of astronomy focusing on the topics of prime importance. more...

  • Making 20th Century Science: How Theories Became Knowledgeby Stephen G. Brush

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 39.99

    Historically, the scientific method has been said to require proposing a theory, making a prediction of something not already known, testing the prediction, and giving up the theory (or substantially changing it) if it fails the test. A theory that leads to several successful predictions is more likely to be accepted than one that only explains what... more...

  • The Helmholtz Curves: Tracing Lost Timeby Henning Schmidgen; Nils F. Schot

    Fordham University Press 2014; US$ 22.99

    This book reconstructs the emergence of the phenomenon of "lost time" by engaging with two of the most significant time experts of the nineteenth century: the German physiologist Hermann von Helmholtz and the French writer Marcel Proust. Its starting point is the archival discovery of curve images that Helmholtz produced in the context of... more...

  • Geschichte der Naturwissenschaftenby Olaf Breidbach

    Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2014; US$ 29.99

    Die Grundlagen und Voraussetzungen unserer modernen Wissenschafts- und Wissenskonzeptionen wurden in der Antike gelegt. Dieser erste Band einer Geschichte der Naturwissenschaft macht das Gefüge der uns heute leitenden, uns ausrichtenden und auch der von uns verdrängten Konzeptionen in seinen wesentlichen historischen Schritten erkennbar. Stufen der... more...

  • Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Scienceby Martin Gardner

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 15.95

    This fair and witty appraisal examines some of the crazes and quackeries that have masqueraded as science. Discussions include hollow earth theories; Charles Fort and the Fortean Society; Wilhelm Reich and orgone sex energy; dianetics; flying saucers; food and medical fads; much more. "A very able and even-tempered presentation." ? The New Yorker.... more...

  • The Scientific Renaissance 1450-1630by Marie Boas Hall

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 22.95

    While scientific inquiry has its roots in both Far Eastern and Indo-European cultures, the revolutionary ideas that made modern scientific achievements possible occurred initially in Europe. This stimulating, illuminating, and thoughtfully presented work explores the early stages of this scientific revolution, beginning with the rediscovery of... more...

  • Ancient Science Through the Golden Age of Greeceby George Sarton

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 22.95

    "There are few scholars or scientists today who write as beautifully or as interestingly as [Sarton] . . . [his] book is magnificent." ? Ashley Montagu, S aturday Review Although science did not begin in ancient Greece (millennia of work in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and other regions preceded Greek efforts) it is nevertheless true that methodic, rational... more...