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  • The Dingo Debateby Bradley Smith

    CSIRO Publishing 2015; US$ 31.95

    Explores the intriguing and relatively unknown story of Australia's most controversial animal, the dingo. more...

  • Jesuit Science and the End of Nature?s Secretsby Dr Mark A Waddell

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 119.95

    Jesuit Science and the End of Nature?s Secrets explores how several prominent Jesuit naturalists - including Niccolò Cabeo, Athanasius Kircher, and Gaspar Schott - tackled the problem of occult or insensible causation in the seventeenth century. The search for hidden causes lay at the heart of the early modern study of nature, and included phenomena... more...

  • Soviet Space Mythologiesby Slava Gerovitch

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2015; US$ 27.95

    From the start, the Soviet human space program had an identity crisis. Were cosmonauts heroic pilots steering their craft through the dangers of space, or were they mere passengers riding safely aboard fully automated machines? Tensions between Soviet cosmonauts and space engineers were reflected not only in the internal development of the space program... more...

  • Failureby Stuart Firestein

    Oxford University Press 2015; Not Available

    The general public has a glorified view of the pursuit of scientific research. However, the idealized perception of science as a rule-based, methodical system for accumulating facts could not be further from the truth. Modern science involves the idiosyncratic, often bumbling search for understanding in uncharted territories, full of wrong turns, false... more...

  • Ockham's Razorsby Elliott Sober

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 24.00

    This book uses philosophy, science and probability to analyse why simpler theories are better than theories that are more complex. more...

  • The Knowledge of Nature and the Nature of Knowledge in Early Modern Japanby Federico Marcon

    University of Chicago Press 2015; US$ 36.00

    Between the early seventeenth and the mid-nineteenth century, the field of natural history in Japan separated itself from the discipline of medicine, produced knowledge that questioned the traditional religious and philosophical understandings of the world, developed into a system (called honz ogaku ) that rivaled Western science in complexity?and... more...

  • Chilledby Tom Jackson

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2015; US$ 19.99

    The refrigerator. This white box that sits in the kitchen may seem mundane nowadays, but it is one of the wonders of 20th century science – life-saver, food-preserver and social liberator, while the science of refrigeration is crucial, not just in transporting food around the globe but in a host of branches on the scientific tree. Refrigerators,... more...

  • Achilles In the Quantum Universeby Richard Morris

    Henry Holt and Co. 2015; US$ 8.99

    Centuries ago, when the ancient philosopher Zeno proposedhis famous paradox involving Achilles and the Tortoise, he struck at the heart of one of science's most enduring and intractable problems: How do we define the infinite? From then on, our greatest natural philosophers, logicians, mathematicians, and scientists, from Aristotle to Stephen Hawking,... more...

  • A Beautiful Questionby Frank Wilczek

    Penguin Publishing Group 2015; US$ 29.95

    Does the universe embody beautiful ideas? Artists as well as scientists throughout human history have pondered this ?beautiful question.? With Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek as your guide, embark on a voyage of related discoveries, from Plato and Pythagoras up to the present. Wilczek?s groundbreaking work in quantum physics was inspired by his intuition... more...

  • Vital Minimumby Dana Simmons

    University of Chicago Press 2015; US$ 36.00

    What constitutes a need? Who gets to decide what people do or do not need? In modern France, scientists, both amateur and professional, were engaged in defining and measuring human needs. These scientists did not trust in a providential economy to distribute the fruits of labor and uphold the social order. Rather, they believed that social organization... more...