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Stem Cells in Birth Defects Research and Developmental Toxicology

by Theodore P. Rasmussen

This book contains material contributed by forward-looking scientists who work at the interface of stem cell research and applied science with the aim to improve human fetal safety and the understanding of human...

Climate-Wise Landscaping

by Sue Reed & Ginny Stibolt

  • Sue Reed has 30 years experience as an ecological landscape architect, Ginny Stibolt is a botanist, science advocate and garden writer.
  • Ginny Stibolt blogs at
  • Contains hundreds...

Extended Heredity

by Russell Bonduriansky & Troy Day

How genes are not the only basis of heredity—and what this means for evolution, human life, and disease

For much of the twentieth century it was assumed that genes alone mediate the transmission of biological...

Hubble in Space

by Amherst Media

Hubble Images from Space: a Virtual Tour is a curated book of images from the Hubble telescope collected using space-based instruments from 1990 to 2017. This amazing selection contains new images of space and...


by Maxine F. Singer

How do plants, even if still buried underground, know that it's their time to bloom? What signals them to begin the challenging task of making flowers, and how do they make the variety of flower shapes, colours,...

The Theory of Relativity and its Influence on Scientific Thought

by Arthur Eddington

"Every one now admits that the Ptolemaic system, which regarded the earth as the centre of all things, belongs to the dark ages. But to our dismay we have discovered that the same geocentric outlook still permeates...

Miracles and Medicine

by Andrew D. White

Nothing in the evolution of human thought appears more inevitable than the idea of supernatural intervention in producing and curing disease. The causes of disease are so intricate that they are reached only...

A Short History of Scientific Instruction

by Joseph N. Lockyer

"It is perhaps the more necessary to insist upon stern necessity as being the origin of learning, because it is so difficult for us now to put ourselves in the place of those early representatives of our race...

Algebraic Art

by Andrea K. Henderson

Algebraic Art explores the invention of a peculiarly Victorian account of the nature and value of aesthetic form, and it traces that account to a surprising source: mathematics. The nineteenth century was a...

The Emergence of the Fourth Dimension

by Mark Blacklock

The Emergence of the Fourth Dimension describes the development and proliferation of the idea of higher dimensional space in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries. An idea from mathematics that...

The Mosaic Theory of Natural Complexity

by Georges Chapouthier

What is complexity? The present work will offer a description of complex systems based on two general principles: juxtaposition of similar units and then integration of these units, once modified, into structures...


by Sandra Kahn & Paul R. Ehrlich

There's a silent epidemic in western civilization, and it is right under our noses. Our jaws are getting smaller and our teeth crooked and crowded, creating not only aesthetic challenges but also difficulties...

Brave New Arctic

by Mark C. Serreze

An insider account of how researchers unraveled the mystery of the thawing Arctic

In the 1990s, researchers in the Arctic noticed that floating summer sea ice had begun receding. This was accompanied by shifts...

Science at the Crossroads

by Herbert Dingle

Science at the Crossroads was published by Herbert Dingle in 1972 at the end of a gruelling controversy with the English scientific world about the clock paradox in Einstein’s special relativity. It is still...

A Practical Approach to Using Statistics in Health Research

by Adam Mackridge & Philip Rowe

A hands-on guide to using statistics in health research, from planning, through analysis, and on to reporting

A Practical Approach to Using Statistics in Health Research offers an easy to use, step-by-step guide...

The Energy Security Paradox

by Jonna Nyman

The decisions we make about energy shape our present and our future. From geopolitical tension to environmental degradation and an increasingly unstable climate, these choices infiltrate the very air we breathe....

The Tectonic Plates are Moving!

by Roy Livermore

Plate tectonics is a revolutionary theory on a par with modern genetics. Yet, apart from the frequent use of clichés such as 'tectonic shift' by economists, journalists, and politicians, the science itself...

Introducing Mind and Brain

by Angus Gellatly & Oscar Zarate

How do emotions affect your basic decision making? Why do certain smells prompt long-forgotten memories, and what makes us suddenly self-conscious?

How does the biological organ, the brain, give rise to all of...

Microbiological Guidelines

by Collective

Food plays an essential part in everyday life.

Food should be tasty, healthy, sustainable and preferably not too expensive. But food should also be safe and with sufficient guarantees on maintaining good quality...

Emergence of infectious diseases

by Serge Morand & Muriel Figuié

From SARS to avian influenza, Ebola virus and MERS-CoV, infectious diseases have received increasing attention in recent decades from scientists, risk managers, the media and the general public. What explains...