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The drawings of Antoine Nicolas Duchesne for his Natural History of the Gourds

by Harry S. Paris

For the first time, this book makes available to a wide readership, not only to an educated audience, high-resolution reproductions of all the 258 paintings of gourds of the genus Cucurbita, figuring about a...


Cuvier’s History of the Natural Sciences

by Georges Cuvier & Theodore Wells Pietsch

Here, for the first time in English, is Georges Cuvier’s extraordinary “History of the Natural Sciences from Its Origin to the Present Day.” Based on a series of public lectures presented by Cuvier from...


Charles Plumier (1646-1704) and His Drawings of French and Caribbean Fishes

by Theodore Wells Pietsch

Never was a man so denied a place in history than Father Charles Plumier. Craftsman, illustrator, and engraver, but best known for his work as a botanist, Plumier devoted the better part of his life to collecting...


Cuvier’s History of the Natural Sciences

by Georges Cuvier & Theodore Wells Pietsch

Here, for the first time in English, is Georges Cuvier’s extraordinary “History of the Natural Sciences from Its Origin to the Present Day.” Based on a series of public lectures presented by Cuvier from...


Cuvier’s History of the Natural Sciences

by Georges Cuvier & Theodore Wells Pietsch

Here, for the first time in English, is Georges Cuvier’s extraordinary “History of the Natural Sciences from Its Origin to the Present Day.” Based on a series of public lectures presented by Cuvier from...


The Women of the Moon

by Daniel R. Altschuler & Fernando J. Ballesteros

Philosophers and poets in times past tried to figure out why the stainless moon "smoothly polished, like a diamond" in Dante's words, had stains. The agreed solution was that, like a mirror, it reflected the...


Victorian Skin

by Pamela K. Gilbert

In Victorian Skin, Pamela K. Gilbert uses literary, philosophical, medical, and scientific discourses about skin to trace the development of a broader discussion of what it meant to be human in the nineteenth...


Apollo 11

by David Whitehouse

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, David Whitehouse brings you the inside story of the astronauts, NASA engineers and political rivals that brought an end to the Space Race. ...


When the BioMass Hits the Wind Turbine

by Jay Warmke & Annie Warmke

Ask yourself:

Do you feel that this generation, and the generations to come face a future of only limited resources – and even less hope?

Is this the last generation that will have access to millions of years...


When Death Becomes Life

by Joshua D. Mezrich

"With When Death Becomes Life, Joshua Mezrich has performed the perfect core biopsy of transplantation—a clear and compelling account of the grueling daily work, the spell-binding history and the unsettling...


The Physics and Art of Photography, Volume 3

by John Beaver

This book uses art photography as a point of departure for learning about physics, while also using physics as a point of departure for asking fundamental questions about the nature of photography as an art....


Universal Life

by Alan Boss

After decades of painstaking planning, NASA's first dedicated exoplanet detection mission, the Kepler space telescope, was launched in 2009 from Cape Canaveral. Kepler began a years-long mission of looking for...


Reading Contagion

by Annika Mann

Eighteenth-century British culture was transfixed by the threat of contagion, believing that everyday elements of the surrounding world could transmit deadly maladies from one body to the next. Physicians and...


Oil, Power, and War

by Matthieu Auzanneau & Richard Heinberg

In this sweeping, unabashed history of oil, Matthieu Auzanneau takes a fresh, thought-provoking look at the way oil interests have commandeered politics and economies, changed cultures, disrupted power balances...


18 Miles

by Christopher Dewdney

From the bestselling author of Acquainted with the Night comes a brilliant and witty look at our favourite topic — weather

We live at the bottom of an ocean of air — 5,200 million million tons, to be exact....


What are species

by Nature And Human Studies

What are Species? In its most general acceptation the word "species" signifies a kind or sort of something, which something is the genus to which the species belongs. Thus, a black stone is a species of the...


Phantasmatic Shakespeare

by Suparna Roychoudhury

Representations of the mind have a central place in Shakespeare’s artistic imagination, as we see in Bottom struggling to articulate his dream, Macbeth reaching for a dagger that is not there, and Prospero...


With and Without Galton: Vasilii Florinskii and the Fate of Eugenics in Russia

by Nikolai Krementsov

In 1865, British polymath Francis Galton published his initial thoughts about the scientific field that would become ‘eugenics.’ The same year, Russian physician Vasilii Florinskii addressed similar issues...


Laika's Window

by Kurt Caswell

Laika began her life as a stray dog on the streets of Moscow and died in 1957 aboard the Soviet satellite Sputnik II. Initially the USSR reported that Laika, the first animal to orbit the earth, had survived...


Ether and Modernity

by Jaume Navarro

Ether and Modernity offers a snapshot of the status of an epistemic object, the "ether" (or "aether"), in the early twentieth century. The contributed papers show that the ether was often regarded as one of...