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  • Modern Deathby Haider Warraich

    Gerald Duckworth & Co 2018; US$ 8.99

    Nothing is more certain in life than death. Yet recent advances in medicine and technology have dramatically increased our life expectancy, and everything about when, where, how and why we die has changed. The result is that dying is today a more prolonged and harrowing experience than ever before. In Modern Death , the physician and clinical researcher... more...

  • How to Be Human: The Manualby Ruby Wax

    Penguin Books Ltd 2018; US$ 21.14

    * FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FRAZZLED * A three way encounter between a Monk, a neuroscientist and Ruby Wax sounds like the set up for a joke. Instead it's produced one of the most fascinating, intriguing and informative books about minds and bodies and brains and mindfulness I've ever encountered. A triangulation on what it means... more...

  • The Heroic Ageby Robert D. Purrington

    Oxford University Press 2018; US$ 67.99

    Presents a detailed look at the period between 1925 and leading up to WWII, in which quantum theory was created and then quickly applied to nuclear, atomic, molecular, and solid state physics. The book includes a heavy emphasis on the scientific literature rather than a breezy overview of this period focusing on personalities or personal stories of... more...

  • The Laser Inventorby Theodore H. Maiman

    Springer International Publishing 2018; US$ 36.69

    In these engaging memoirs of a maverick, Theodore H. Maiman describes the life events leading to his invention of the laser in 1960. Maiman succeeded using his expertise in physics and engineering along with an ingenious and elegant design not anticipated by others. His pink ruby laser produced mankind’s first-ever coherent light and has provided transformational... more...

  • Visualizing Diseaseby Domenico Bertoloni Meli

    University of Chicago Press 2018; US$ 55.00 US$ 46.75

    Visual anatomy books have been a staple of medical practice and study since the mid-sixteenth century. But the visual representation of diseased states followed a very different pattern from anatomy, one we are only now beginning to investigate and understand. With Visualizing Disease , Domenico Bertoloni Meli explores key questions in this domain,... more...

  • Making Timeby Yulia Frumer

    University of Chicago Press 2018; US$ 45.00 US$ 38.25

    What is time made of? We might balk at such a question, and reply that time is not made of anything—it is an abstract and universal phenomenon. In Making Time, Yulia Frumer upends this assumption, using changes in the conceptualization of time in Japan to show that humans perceive time as constructed and concrete. In the mid-sixteenth century,... more...

  • The History of Science and the New Humanismby Michael Novak

    Taylor and Francis 2018; US$ 44.95

    In this classic work, the foremost historian of science in our time, George Sarton, sums up his reflections on the role of science and of the humanities in our culture. Voicing his opposition to the old-fashioned humanists on the one hand, and to the 'uneducated' men of science and technicians on the other, Sarton points out to the former that the... more...

  • Revival: The History of Biology (1929)by Erik Nordenskiold

    Taylor and Francis 2018; US$ 92.95

    This work, which is here present in the English language, is based on a course of lectures given at the University of Helsingfors, Finland, during the academic year 1916-17. It is the author's intention to present a picture of the development of biological science throughout the ages, viewed in conjunction with the general cultural development of mankind.... more...

  • Jean Le Rond D'Alembert: A New Theory of the Resistance of Fluidsby Julián Simón Calero

    Springer International Publishing 2018; US$ 106.44

    In the commentaries to this book we try to understand d’Alembert thoughts and how he contrives to translate his ideas on mechanics to the fluid realm with a new and radical point of view; how he arrives at the first two fundamental differential equations among the velocity components; and how he tries to reduce the resistance of a moving body, which... more...

  • The History of Physics: A Very Short Introductionby J. L. Heilbron

    OUP Oxford 2018; US$ 7.99

    How does the physics we know today - a highly professionalised enterprise, inextricably linked to government and industry - link back to its origins as a liberal art in Ancient Greece? John Heilbron's crisp and witty book tells the 2500-year story and highlights the implications for humankind's self-understanding. more...