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  • 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...

  • Life's Greatest Secretby Matthew Cobb

    Basic Books 2015; US$ 29.99

    Everyone has heard of the story of DNA as the story of Watson and Crick and Rosalind Franklin, but knowing the structure of DNA was only a part of a greater struggle to understand life?s secrets. Life?s Greatest Secret is the story of the discovery and cracking of the genetic code, the thing that ultimately enables a spiraling molecule to give... more...

  • Reading Clocks, Alla Turcaby Avner Wishnitzer

    University of Chicago Press 2015; US$ 44.00

    Up until the end of the eighteenth century, the way Ottomans used their clocks conformed to the inner logic of their own temporal culture. However, this began to change rather dramatically during the nineteenth century, as the Ottoman Empire was increasingly assimilated into the European-dominated global economy and the project of modern state building... more...

  • Nature, Human Nature, and Human Differenceby Justin E. H. Smith

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 39.95

    People have always been xenophobic, but an explicit philosophical and scientific view of human racial difference only began to emerge during the modern period. Why and how did this happen? Surveying a range of philosophical and natural-scientific texts, dating from the Spanish Renaissance to the German Enlightenment, Nature, Human Nature, and Human... more...

  • Relativityby Albert Einstein; Hanoch Gutfreund; Jürgen Renn

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 26.95

    After completing the final version of his general theory of relativity in November 1915, Albert Einstein wrote a book about relativity for a popular audience. His intention was ?to give an exact insight into the theory of relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who... more...

  • A History of Science in World Culturesby Scott L. Montgomery; Alok Kumar

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 44.95

    To understand modern science, it is essential to recognize that many of the most fundamental scientific principles are drawn from the knowledge of ancient civilizations. Taking a global yet comprehensive approach to this complex topic, A History of Science in World Cultures uses a broad range of case studies and examples to demonstrate that the... more...

  • The Physicist and the Philosopherby Jimena Canales

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 35.00

    On April 6, 1922, in Paris, Albert Einstein and Henri Bergson publicly debated the nature of time. Einstein considered Bergson?s theory of time to be a soft, psychological notion, irreconcilable with the quantitative realities of physics. Bergson, who gained fame as a philosopher by arguing that time should not be understood exclusively through the... more...

  • Hermann Lotzeby William R. Woodward

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 96.00

    The first full-length historical study of the intellectual origins and institutional context of the nineteenth-century German thinker Hermann Lotze. more...

  • 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...

  • Darwin on Evolutionby Charles Darwin

    Skyhorse Publishing 2015; US$ 12.99

    The father of evolution imbibed history with his controversial book On the Origin of Species . As a young scientist studying natural history, Charles Darwin set out on the HMS Beagle for a five-year voyage that would bring him in contact with animal species, plant species, and rock formations all over the world. This voyage established him as an... more...