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The General Principles of Quantum Theory

by George Temple

Published in 1934, this monograph was one of the first introductory accounts of the principles which form the physical basis of the Quantum Theory, considered as a branch of mathematics. The exposition is restricted...


The Collected Papers of Lord Rutherford of Nelson Volume 3: Volume 3

by Ernest Rutherford

This is the third of three volumes which together contain the complete range of Lord Rutherford's scientific papers, incorporating in addition addresses, general lectures, letters to editors, accounts of his...


The Modern Mind

by Peter Watson

From Freud to Babbitt, from Animal Farm to Sartre to the Great Society, from the Theory of Relativity to counterculture to Kosovo, The Modern Mind is encyclopedic, covering the major writers, artists, scientists,...


The Road to Scientific Success: Inspiring Life Stories of Prominent Researchers(Volume 2)

by Deborah D L Chung

This is Volume 2 of the book series The Road to Scientific Success: Inspiring Life Stories of Prominent Researchers. Authoritative scientists describe their life experiences in relation to how success was attained,...


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,...


Madame Wu Chien-Shiung: The First Lady of Physics Research

by Tsai-Chien Chiang & Tang-Fong Wong

Narrating the well-lived life of the “Chinese Madame Curie” — a recipient of the first Wolf Prize in Physics (1978), the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate from Princeton University, as well...


Understanding Environmental Policy

by Steven Cohen

The first edition of this pragmatic course text emphasized the policy value of a "big picture" approach to the ethical, political, technological and scientific, economic, and management aspects of environmental...


Encyclopedia of Cosmology: Historical, Philosophical, and Scientific Foundations of Modern Cosmology

by Norriss S. Hetherington

The Encyclopedia of Cosmology, first published in 1993, recounts the history, philosophical assumptions, methodological ambiguities, and human struggles that have influenced the various responses to the basic...


SuperCooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed

by Martin Nowak & Roger Highfield

EVOLUTION IS OFTEN PRESENTED AS A STRICTLY COMPETITIVE ENDEAVOR. This point of view has had serious implications for the way we see the mechanics of both science and culture. But scientists have long wondered...


Henri Poincaré: A Biography Through the Daily Papers

by Jean-Marc Ginoux & Christian Gerini

On July 17, 2012, the centenary of Henri Poincaré's death was commemorated; his name being associated with so many fields of knowledge that he was considered as the Last Universalist. In Pure and Applied Mathematics,...


Homology, Genes, and Evolutionary Innovation

by Günter P. Wagner

Homology—a similar trait shared by different species and derived from common ancestry, such as a seal’s fin and a bird’s wing—is one of the most fundamental yet challenging concepts in evolutionary biology....


The Whole-Brain Path to Peace: The Role of Left- and Right-Brain Dominance in the Polarization and Reunification of America

by James Olson

We've long known that our brain's division into distinct hemispheres results in two divergent ways of responding to our world. One hemisphere's perspective always seems to rule: For example, the "holistic, compassionate"...


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...


Science after the Practice Turn in Philosophy, History, and the Social Studies of Science

by Léna Soler, Sjoerd Zwart & Michael Lynch

In the 1980s, philosophical, historical and social studies of science underwent a change which later evolved into a turn to practice. Analysts of science were asked to pay attention to scientific practices...


The Brain Snatcher

by Pere Estupinyà

In this compilation of the biggest scientific discoveries of the last decades, Pere Estupinyà clearly and thoughtfully explains to his readers the most innovative ideas sprouting from the world's top scientists'...


A History of Astronomy

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...


Biotechnology in Our Lives: What Modern Genetics Can Tell You about Assisted Reproduction, Human Behavior, and Personalized Medicine, and Much Mor

by Jeremy Gruber & Sheldon Krimsky

For a quarter of a century, the Council for Responsible Genetics has provided a unique historical lens into the modern history, science, ethics, and politics of genetic technologies. Since 1983 the Council has...


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...


Nothing: Surprising Insights Everywhere from Zero to Oblivion

by New Scientist & Jeremy Webb

Incredible discoveries from the fringes of the universe to the inner workings of our minds-all from nothing!

It turns out that almost nothing is as curious-or as enlightening-as, well, nothing. What is nothingness?...