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  • Popularizing Scienceby Krishna Dronamraju

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 23.99 US$ 21.59

    Evaluates Haldane's social and political background, as well as his scientific creativity and accomplishments. more...

  • Flora Unveiledby Lincoln Taiz; Lee Taiz

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 67.99 US$ 61.19

    This book focuses on how the the scientific discovery of "plant sex" unfolded due to cultural biases, beliefs, and perceptions about plant reproduction. "Flora Unveiled" is a deep history of perceptions about plant gender and sexuality, from the Paleolithic to the nineteenth century. The evidence suggests that a plants-as-female gender bias both prevented... more...

  • The Perfect Shapeby ěyvind Hammer

    Springer International Publishing 2016; US$ 18.12

    This book uses the spiral shape as a key to a multitude of strange and seemingly disparate stories about art, nature, science, mathematics, and the human endeavour. In a way, the book is itself organized as a spiral, with almost disconnected chapters circling around and closing in on the common theme. A particular strength of the book is its extremely... more...

  • Reckoning with Matterby Matthew L. Jones

    University of Chicago Press 2016; US$ 35.00

    From Blaise Pascal in the 1600s to Charles Babbage in the first half of the nineteenth century, inventors struggled to create the first calculating machines. All failed?but that does not mean we cannot learn from the trail of ideas, correspondence, machines, and arguments they left behind.   In Reckoning with Matter , Matthew L. Jones draws... more...

  • Deinstitutionalisation and Afterby Despo Kritsotaki; Vicky Long; Matthew Smith

    Springer International Publishing 2016; US$ 85.32

    The book relates the history of post-war psychiatry, focusing on deinstitutionalisation, namely the shift from asylum to community in the second part of the twentieth century. After the Second World War, psychiatry and mental health care were reshaped by deinstitutionalisation. But what exactly was involved in this process? What were the origins... more...

  • Spaceplane HERMESby Luc van den Abeelen

    Springer International Publishing 2016; US$ 42.66

    This is the first comprehensive book on the European Hermes program. It tells the fascinating story of how Europe aimed for an independent manned spaceflight capability which was to complement US and Soviet/Russian space activities. In 1975, France decided to expand its plans for automated satellites for materials processing to include the development... more...

  • Charles Olivier and the Rise of Meteor Scienceby Richard Taibi

    Springer International Publishing 2016; US$ 92.79

    This fascinating portrait of an amateur astronomy movement tells the story of how Charles Olivier recruited a hard-working cadre of citizen scientists to rehabilitate the study of meteors. By 1936, Olivier and members of his American Meteor Society had succeeded in disproving an erroneous idea about meteor showers. Using careful observations,... more...

  • Starry Reckoning: Reference and Analysis in Mathematics and Cosmologyby Emily Rolfe Grosholz

    Springer International Publishing 2016; US$ 85.32

    This book deals with a topic that has been largely neglected by philosophers of science to date: the ability to refer and analyze in tandem. On the basis of a set of philosophical case studies involving both problems in number theory and issues concerning time and cosmology from the era of Galileo, Newton and Leibniz up through the present day, the... more...

  • Observatories and Telescopes of Modern Timesby David Leverington

    Cambridge University Press 2016; US$ 140.00

    An historical overview of the development of professional optical and radio observatories from 1945 to today. more...

  • Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Directionby Charles M. Wynn; Arthur W. Wiggins; Sidney Harris

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 23.99 US$ 21.59

    "Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction" carefully destructs five examples of pseudoscience--UFOs, out-of-body experiences, astrology, creationism, and ESP-- and gives easy recipes to test other dubious notions so that the reader can ascertain what lies in the realm of real science and what more properly deserves the tag of pseudoscience. more...