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  • Science: A Historyby John Gribbin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 23.98

    In this book, John Gribbin tells the story of the people who made science and the turbulent times they lived in. As well as famous figures such as Copernicus, Darwin and Einstein, there are also the obscure, the eccentric, even the mad. This diversecast includes, among others, Andreas Vesalius, landmark 16th-century anatomist and secret grave-robber;... more...

  • Finding Zeroby Amir D. Aczel

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 26.99

    The story of how we got our numbers--told through one mathematician's journey to find zero more...

  • Is God a Mathematician?by Mario Livio

    Simon & Schuster 2011; US$ 16.00

    Bestselling author and astrophysicist Mario Livio examines the lives and theories of history?s greatest mathematicians to ask how?if mathematics is an abstract construction of the human mind?it can so perfectly explain the physical world. Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner once wondered about ?the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics? in the formulation... more...

  • Tears of the Treeby John Loadman

    Oxford University Press, UK 2005; US$ 49.99

    This unique book tells the fascinating story of four thousand years of rubber as seen through the lives of the adventurers and scientists who promoted it, lusted after it and eventually tamed it into the ubiquitous, yet crucial material of our lives today. - ;Imagine a world without rubber - neither tyres for motoring or flying, nor bouncing balls... more...

  • Historical Eclipses and Earth's Rotationby F. Richard Stephenson

    Cambridge University Press 1997; US$ 72.00

    A scientist who has studied eclipses for many years tells their story and explains their importance today. more...

  • Making of the Atomic Bombby Richard Rhodes

    Simon & Schuster 2012; Not Available

    Twenty-five years after its initial publication, The Making of the Atomic Bomb remains the definitive history of nuclear weapons and the Manhattan Project. From the turn-of-the-century discovery of nuclear energy to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan, Richard Rhodes?s Pulitzer Prize-winning book details the science, the people, and the socio-political... more...

  • The Demon Under the Microscopeby Thomas Hager

    Crown/Archetype 2006; US$ 15.00

    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic. In The Demon Under the Microscope , Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine. Sulfa saved millions... more...

  • The Black Hole Warby Leonard Susskind

    Little, Brown and Company 2008; US$ 9.99

    What happens when something is sucked into a black hole? Does it disappear? Three decades ago, a young physicist named Stephen Hawking claimed it did-and in doing so put at risk everything we know about physics and the fundamental laws of the universe. Most scientists didn't recognize the import of Hawking's claims, but Leonard Susskind and Gerard... more...

  • Medieval Cosmologyby Pierre Duhem; Roger Ariew

    University of Chicago Press 2011; US$ 43.00

    These selections from Le système du monde , the classic ten-volume history of the physical sciences written by the great French physicist Pierre Duhem (1861-1916), focus on cosmology, Duhem's greatest interest. By reconsidering the work of such Arab and Christian scholars as Averroes, Avicenna, Gregory of Rimini, Albert of Saxony, Nicole Oresme,... more...

  • Flooded Forest and Desert Creekby Matthew Colloff

    CSIRO Publishing 2014; US$ 69.95

    The ecology and life history of the most widely distributed species of Eucalyptus in Australia ? the river red gum. more...