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  • The Experimental Selfby Jan Golinski

    University of Chicago Press 2016; US$ 30.00

    What did it mean to be a scientist before the profession itself existed? Jan Golinski finds an answer in the remarkable career of Humphry Davy, the foremost chemist of his day and one of the most distinguished British men of science of the nineteenth century. Originally a country boy from a modest background, Davy was propelled by his scientific accomplishments... more...

  • Einstein at Homeby Friedrich Herneck; Josef Eisinger; Alice Calaprice

    Prometheus Books 2016; US$ 11.99

    These intimate, candid descriptions of the private life of Albert Einstein come from a series of interviews with Herta Waldow, a housekeeper who lived with Einstein and his wife and daughter from 1927 to 1933 at their residence in Berlin. After World War II, science historian Friedrich Herneck interviewed Ms. Waldow and published the conversations... more...

  • Entropic Creationby Helge S. Kragh

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Entropic Creation is the first English-language book to consider the cultural and religious responses to the second law of thermodynamics, from around 1860 to 1920. According to the second law of thermodynamics, as formulated by the German physicist Rudolf Clausius, the entropy of any closed system will inevitably increase in time, meaning that the... more...

  • 365 curiosidades asombrosas de la Historia, la Ciencia y las Religionesby Javier Martín Serrano

    Primento Digital Publishing 2016; US$ 8.99

    ¿Sabías que la palabra ?trabajo? proviene del término latino tripalium, que designaba el caballete utilizado para torturar y azotar a los acusados? Sorprendente, ¿verdad? ¿O que un kilogramo de plomo y uno de paja puestos en dos básculas iguales no van a marcar lo mismo? Y es que, querido lector, el motor de cualquier ciencia es la curiosidad... more...

  • The Value of the Moonby Paul D. Spudis

    Smithsonian 2016; US$ 27.95

    While the Moon was once thought to hold the key to space exploration, in recent decades, the U.S. has largely turned its sights toward Mars and other celestial bodies instead. In The Value of the Moon , lunar scientist Paul Spudis argues that the U.S. can and should return to the moon in order to remain a world leader in space utilization and... more...

  • The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Wayby Joy Hakim

    Smithsonian 2016; US$ 23.99

    Readers will travel back in time to ancient Babylonia, Egypt, and Greece. They will meet the world's first astronomers, mathematicians, and physicists and explore the lives and ideas of such famous people as Pythagoras, Archimedes, Brahmagupta, al-Khwarizmi, Fibonacci, Ptolemy, St. Augustine, and St. Thomas Aquinas. Hakim will introduce them to Aristotle?one... more...

  • The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimensionby Joy Hakim

    Smithsonian 2016; US$ 26.99

    In volume three, students will look over Albert Einstein's shoulder as he and his colleagues develop a new kind of physics. It leads in two directions: to knowledge of the vast universe and its future (insights build on Einstein's theories of relativity), and to an understanding of the astonishingly small subatomic world (the realm of quantum physics).... more...

  • The Story of Science: Newton at the Centerby Joy Hakim

    Smithsonian 2016; US$ 26.99

    In volume two, students will watch as Copernicus's systematic observations place the sun at the center of our universe?to the dismay of establishment thinkers. After students follow the achievements and frustrations of Galileo, Kepler, and Descartes, they will appreciate the amazing Isaac Newton, whose discoveries about gravity, motion, colors, calculus,... more...

  • Asteroidsby Curtis Peebles

    Smithsonian 2016; US$ 19.95

    Asteroids suggest images of a catastrophic impact with Earth, triggering infernos, tidal waves, famine, and death -- but these scenarios have obscured the larger story of how asteroids have been discovered and studied. During the past two centuries, the quest for knowledge about asteroids has involved eminent scientists and amateur astronomers, patient... more...

  • Darwin's Theory of Evolutionby 50MINUTES.COM

    Primento Digital 2016; US$ 4.99

    After setting sail aboard the Beagle to carry out a scientific expedition, Charles Darwin made some surprising discoveries: using the example of finches on the Galapagos Islands, he concluded that each of the 13 species he found must have evolved from one common ancestor and adapted to best suit their environment. This led to him developing his theory... more...