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Coal Wars

by Richard Martin

Since the late 18th century, when it emerged as a source of heating and, later, steam power, coal has brought untold benefits to mankind. Even today, coal generates almost 45 percent of the world's power. Our...


Secret Warriors: The Spies, Scientists and Code Breakers of World War I

by Taylor Downing

A startling and vivid account of World War I that uncovers how wartime code-breaking, aeronautics, and scientific research that laid the foundation for much of the innovations of the twentieth century. World...


Beyond the Pale

by Emily Urquhart

Like any new mother, Emily is thrilled when her first child, a daughter, is born. The baby, Sadie, is healthy and stunningly beautiful, with snow white hair and fair skin. Even the doctors and nurses can’t...


The Hubble Space Telescope: A Universe of New Discovery

by The Associated Press

On April 24, 1990, after years of planning and delays, the Space Shuttle Discovery lifted the Hubble Space Telescope into an orbit 350 miles above Earth. Celebrate 35 years of discovery with the AP's in-depth...


Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality

by Theodore Dalrymple

In Admirable Evasions, Theodore Dalrymple explains why human self-understanding has not been bettered by the false promises of the different schools of psychological thought. Most psychological explanations...


Running On Air

by Simon Hazlitt

This is a book about the importance of information to the modern business and the right way to manage it. Done properly, Direct Computing will slash its technology costs and transform its ability to keep up...


Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth

by Juan Enriquez & Steve Gullans

“We are the primary drivers of change. We will directly and indirectly determine what lives, what dies, where, and when. We are in a different phase of evolution; the future of life is now in our hands.”...


Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science

by Alice Dreger

New York Times Book Review

"[S]mart, delightful... a splendidly entertaining education in ethics, activism and science.”

An impassioned defense of intellectual freedom and a clarion call to intellectual responsibility,...


Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing

by Laura J. Snyder

The remarkable story of how an artist and a scientist in seventeenth-century Holland transformed the way we see the world.

On a summer day in 1674, in the small Dutch city of Delft, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek—a...


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

by Niles Eldredge

One of evolution’s fundamental questions is how the skein of life on Earth remains unbroken yet is constantly renewed by new species. What accounts for the scientific paradox that all organisms and species...


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...


Health and Healing from the Medieval Garden

by Peter Dendle & Alain Touwaide

The important and ever-shifting role of medicinal plants in medieval science, art, culture, and thought, both in the Latin Western medical tradition and in Byzantine and medieval Arabic medicine, is the focus...


Know It All: 132 Head-Scratching Questions About the Science All Around Us

by New Scientist & Mick O'Hare

A joy for science lovers, Know It All is your ticket to a grand meeting of curious minds!

New Scientist magazine’s beloved “Last Word” column is a rare forum for “un-Google-able” queries: Readers write...


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...