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Astronomy in India, 1784-1876

by Joydeep Sen

Covering the period from the foundation of the Asiatick Society in 1784 to the establishment of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science in 1876, Sen explores the relationship between Indian astronomers...


The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery

by Sam Kean

The author of the bestseller The Disappearing Spoon reveals the secret inner workings of the brain through strange but true stories.

Early studies of the human brain used a simple method: wait for misfortune...


Voyaging in Strange Seas: The Great Revolution in Science

by David Knight

In 1492 Columbus set out across the Atlantic; in 1776 American colonists declared their independence. Between these two events old authorities collapsed—Luther’s Reformation divided churches, and various...


You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves

by Hiawatha Bray

The story of the rise of modern navigation technology, from radio location to GPS—and the consequent decline of privacy

What does it mean to never get lost? You Are Here examines the rise of our technologically...


The Oldest Enigma of Humanity: The Key to the Mystery of the Paleolithic Cave Paintings

by Bertrand David & Jean-Jacques Lefrère

Thirty thousand years ago our prehistoric ancestors painted perfect images of animals on walls of tortuous caves, most often without any light. How was this possible? What meaning and messages did the cavemen...


Francis Watkins and the Dollond Telescope Patent Controversy

by Brian Gee, Anita McConnell & A.D. Morrison-Low

Working from original documents consulted for the first time, Brian Gee has uncovered the life and times of an eighteenth-century mathematical and optical instrument maker, Francis Watkins, who played an important...


Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda

by Kristie Macrakis

Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies is a book about concealing and revealing secret communications. It is the first history of invisible writing, uncovered through stories about scoundrels and heroes. Spies were imprisoned...


Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin

by Tim Birkhead, Jo Wimpenny & Bob Montgomerie

Ten Thousand Birds provides a thoroughly engaging and authoritative history of modern ornithology, tracing how the study of birds has been shaped by a succession of visionary and often-controversial personalities,...


The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity

by Pedro G. Ferreira

On the eve of the theory's 100th birthday, here is the first complete biography of Einstein’s theory of general relativity, revealing the personal feuds and ideological battles, the decades of neglect, the...


A History of Astronomy (Routledge Revivals)

by Walter W. Bryant

A History of Astronomy, first published in 1907, offers a comprehensive introduction to the steady development of the science since its inception in the ancient world up to the momentous progress of the nineteenth...


The Monkey's Voyage: How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of Life

by Alan de Queiroz

How did species wind up where they are today? Scientists have long conjectured that plants and animals dispersed throughout the world by drifting on large landmasses as they broke up, but in The Monkey’s Voyage...


Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field: How Two Men Revolutionized Physics

by Nancy Forbes & Basil Mahon

The story of two brilliant nineteenth-century scientists who discovered the electromagnetic field, laying the groundwork for the amazing technological and theoretical breakthroughs of the twentieth century

Two...


Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture

by Erez Aiden & Jean-Baptiste Michel

"One of the most exciting developments from the world of ideas in decades, presented with panache by two frighteningly brilliant, endearingly unpretentious, and endlessly creative young scientists." - Steven...


Neutrino Hunters

by Ray Jayawardhana

A Publishers Weekly Best Science Book of the Season

A Book to Watch Out For in December, The New Yorker’s Page-Turner Blog

A Los Angeles Times Gift Guide Selection

One of the Best Physics Books of 2013, Cocktail...


Greek and Roman Calendars

by Robert Hannah

The smooth functioning of an ordered society depends on the possession of a means of regularising its activities over time. That means is a calendar, and its regularity is a function of how well it models the...


From Dust to Life: The Origin and Evolution of Our Solar System

by John Chambers & Jacqueline Mitton

The birth and evolution of our solar system is a tantalizing mystery that may one day provide answers to the question of human origins. This book tells the remarkable story of how the celestial objects that...


Physics and Our World: Reissue of the Proceedings of a Symposium in Honor of Victor F Weisskopf

by KERSON HUANG

As the proceedings of a symposium in honor of Victor Weisskopf at MIT, this volume contains papers by leaders of physics at the time, including M Delbrück, M Gell-Mann, H Bethe, T D Lee, B R Mottelson, W K...


Romantic Biology, 1890-1945

by Maurizio Esposito

Organismal biology is an established scholarly discipline, yet its origins have been obscured by Darwinian histories of biology. Esposito presents a historiography of organicist and holistic thought through...


The Physics of War: From Arrows to Atoms

by Barry Parker

This fascinating blend of popular science and military history examines the science of war, demonstrating the close connection between the discovery of basic physical principles and the development of weaponry...


Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air

by Richard Holmes

**Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)**

**Time Magazine 10 Top Nonfiction Books of 2013**

**The New Republic Best Books of 2013**

In this heart-lifting chronicle, Richard Holmes, author of the best-selling The...