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The Future of Scientific Practice: 'Bio-Techno-Logos'

by Marta Bertolaso

Focusing on cell dynamics, molecular medicine and robotics, contributors explore the interplay between biological, technological and theoretical ways of thinking. The collection makes a strong contribution to...


Eternal Ephemera: Adaptation and the Origin of Species from the Nineteenth Century Through Punctuated Equilibria and Beyond

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...


The Man Who Touched His Own Heart: True Tales of Science, Surgery, and Mystery

by Rob Dunn

The secret history of our most vital organ--the human heart

The Man Who Touched His Own Heart tells the raucous, gory, mesmerizing story of the heart, from the first "explorers" who dug up cadavers and plumbed...


Popular Science: The Big Book of Hacks: 264 Amazing DIY Tech Projects

by Doug Cantor

The ingenious and hilarious projects in The Big Book of Hacks are perfect for aspiring makers. And it's all brought to you by the DIY masters at Popular Science magazine. GEEK TOYS Be the life of any party with...


Knowing Nature in Early Modern Europe

by David Beck

Today we are used to clear divisions between science and the arts. But early modern thinkers had no such distinctions, with 'knowledge' being a truly interdisciplinary pursuit. Each chapter of this collection...


The Moral Arc

by Michael Shermer

Bestselling author Michael Shermer’s exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral

From Galileo and Newton to Thomas...


Finding Zero

by Amir D. Aczel

The invention of numerals is perhaps the greatest abstraction the human mind has ever created. Virtually everything in our lives is digital, numerical, or quantified. The story of how and where we got these...


Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity

by R.U. Sirius & Jay Cornell

Transhumanism is an international movement that advocates the use of science and technology to overcome the “natural” limitations experienced by humanity, through such developments as:

  • the Singularity—the...


Eureka: Discovering Your Inner Scientist

by Chad Orzel

Even in the twenty-first century the popular image of a scientist is a reclusive genius in a lab coat, mixing formulas or working out equations inaccessible to all but the initiated few. The idea that scientists...


Most Wanted Particle: The Inside Story of the Hunt for the Higgs, the Heart of the Future of Physics

by Jon Butterworth

“A vivid account of what the process of discovery was really like for an insider.”—Peter Higgs

The discovery of the Higgs boson has brought us a giant step closer to understanding the fabric of our universe....


Spaceship Earth in the Environmental Age, 1960-1990

by Sabine Höhler

The idea of the earth as a vessel in space came of age in an era shaped by space travel and the Cold War. Höhler's study brings together technology, science and ecology to explore the way this latter-day ark...


Clarity and Confusion in Social Theory: Taking Concepts Seriously

by Leonidas Tsilipakos

Making use of the insights and practice of Ordinary Language Philosophy, understood as encompassing the work of Wittgenstein, Ryle, Austin and their followers, Clarity and Confusion in Social Theory reveals...


Scientism: The New Orthodoxy

by Richard N. Williams & Daniel N. Robinson

Scientism: The New Orthodoxy is a comprehensive philosophical overview of the question of scientism, discussing the role and place of science in the humanities, religion, and the social sciences.

Clarifying and...


The Soul Fallacy: What Science Shows We Gain From Letting Go of Our Soul Beliefs

by Julien Musolino & Victor J. Stenger

Most Americans believe they possess an immaterial soul that will survive the death of the body. In sharp contrast, the current scientific consensus rejects the traditional soul, although this conclusion is rarely...


Rapid Qualitative Inquiry: A Field Guide to Team-Based Assessment

by James Beebe

An accessible field guide to Rapid Qualitative Inquiry (RQI)—a team-based, applied research method designed to quickly develop an insider’s perspective on and preliminary understanding of complicated situations....


History of Technology, Volume 32

by Ian Inkster

This volume provides an overview of current research in the history of Italian technology in the long run, from the early Middle Ages to the 20th century. The contributors focus on different aspects of Italian...


Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth: A Celebration of Scientific Eccentricity and Self-Experimentation

by Trevor Norton

A witty celebration of the great eccentrics who have performed dangerous scientific experiments on themselves for the benefit of humankind.

Many scientists have followed the advice of the great Victorian doctor...


Conquering the Electron: The Geniuses, Visionaries, Egomaniacs, and Scoundrels Who Built Our Electronic Age

by Derek Cheung & Eric Brach

Conquering the Electron offers readers a true and engaging history of the world of electronics, beginning with the discoveries of friction and magnetism and ending with the creation of the smartphone and the...


Works in Progress: Plans and Realities on Soviet Farms, 1930-1963

by Jenny Leigh Smith

This book is the first to investigate the gap between the plans and the reality of the Soviet Union's mid-twentieth-century project to industrialize and modernize its agricultural system. Historians agree that...