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Half-Life: The Divided Life of Bruno Pontecorvo, Physicist or Spy

by Frank Close

It was at the height of the Cold War, in the summer of 1950, when Bruno Pontecorvo mysteriously vanished behind the Iron Curtain. Who was he, and what caused him to disappear? Was he simply a physicist, or also...


A Scientist in Wonderland: A Memoir of Searching for Truth and Finding Trouble

by Edzard Ernst

This is the story of the author's life as a doctor and a scientist. Despite a youthful ambition to become a jazz musician, he studied medicine and eventually became a medical research scientist, taking up appointments...


The Headache Godfather: The Story of Dr. Seymour Diamond and How He Revolutionized the Treatment of Headaches

by Seymour Diamond & Charlie Morey

Learn the story of a man who lived the American dream and improved the quality of life for thousands of headache sufferers.

The Headache Godfather traces the life of Seymour Diamond, MD, who was born in 1925,...


Brilliant!: Shuji Nakamura And the Revolution in Lighting Technology (Updated Edition)

by Bob Johnstone

A revolution in the way we use artificial lighting is underway, one that is every bit as sweeping and significant as Edison’s invention of the light bulb. The technology of light emitting diodes (LEDs) is...


Sunita Williams: A Star in Space

by Aravinda Anatharaman

An Adventure of Intergalactic Proportions! Sunita Williams’s story is one of having to settle for second choices. She grew up wishing to be a professional swimmer. Then she wanted to train as a vet. Instead...


Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age

by James Essinger

“[Ada Lovelace], like Steve Jobs, stands at the intersection of arts and technology."—Walter Isaacson, author of The Innovators

Over 150 years after her death, a widely-used scientific computer program was...


The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

by Walter Isaacson

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of...


Michael Faraday

by Walter Jerrold

"Tyndall, I must remain plain Michael Faraday to the last." In these words, with which he replied to Professor Tyndall's urgent appeal to him to accept the Presidency of the Royal Society, we have a key-note...


Dorothy Hodgkin

by Georgina Ferry

Dorothy Hodgkin (1910-1994) was renowned for her medically-important work on penicillin, vitamin B12 and insulin. Fully engaged with the political and social currents of her time, she participated in some of...


The Scientist as Rebel

by Freeman J. Dyson

From Galileo to today’s amateur astronomers, scientists have been rebels, writes Freeman Dyson. Like artists and poets, they are free spirits who resist the restrictions their cultures impose on them. In their...


From Lysander to Lightning: Teddy Petter, Aircraft Designer

by Glyn Davies

The Lysander, Canberra, Lightning and Folland Gnat are massive names in the world of aviation, but not so their designer, 'Teddy' Petter. Only three aspects bound together these top-clas aircraft: they were...


Time, Love , Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior

by Jonathan Weiner

"A fascinating history--. Literate and authoritative--.Marvelously exciting." --The New York Times Book Review

Jonathan Weiner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Beak of the Finch, brings his brilliant reporting...


The Self-Made Anthropologist: A Life of A. P. Elkin

by Tigger Wise

This is an account of the remarkable life of Australia's first professor of anthropology, whose national and international reputation as a champion of the Aboriginal people is now the subject of considerable...


My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla

by Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla has been called the most important man of the twentieth century. Certainly he contributed more to the field of electricity, radio, and television than any other person living or dead. Ultimately...


Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel

by Jason Padgett & Maureen Ann Seaberg

The remarkable story of an ordinary man whose world was transformed when a traumatic brain injury left him with an extraordinary mathematical gift.


Charles Darwin: Destroyer of Myths

by Andrew Norman

Charles Darwin did not deliberately set out to be the “destroyer of mythical beliefs,” some of which, in his early days as a young Christian, he had previously espoused. He was a modest man who liked to avoid...


Darwin's Apprentice: An Archaeological Biography of John Lubbock

by Janet Owen

Darwin's Apprentice is a unique book telling the story of an important yet often forgotten Darwinist, Sir John Lubbock, through the eyes of his archaeological and ethnographic collection. Both man and collection...


Haunted Empire

by Yukari Iwatani Kane

Former Wall Street Journal technology reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane delves deep inside Apple in the two years since Steve Jobs's death, revealing the tensions and challenges CEO Tim Cook and his team face as...


Darwin's Dogs: How Darwin's Pets Helped Form a World-Changing Theory of Evolution

by Emma Townshend

If you have ever looked at a dog waiting to go for a walk and thought there was something age-old and almost human about his sad expression, you're not alone; Charles Darwin did exactly the same. But Darwin...


Homage to Gaia: The Life of an Independent Scientist

by James Lovelock

James Lovelock describes how he became of the world’s greatest thinkers. From his childhood in south London to his first steps as a scientist, his work with organisations as diverse as NASA, Shell and the...