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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Wellcome Book Prize 2010

by Rebecca Skloot

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important...


"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character

by Richard P. Feynman

A New York Times bestseller—the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original. Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous...


Forever Young: A Life of Adventure in Air and Space

by John W. Young & James R. Hansen

He walked on the Moon. He flew six space missions in three different programs--more than any other human. He served with NASA for more than four decades. His peers called him the "astronaut's astronaut."

Enthusiasts...


Steve Jobs: American Genius

by Amanda Ziller

Steve Jobs revolutionized the way we work, listen to music, watch movies, and communicate. By pushing boundaries and always thinking one step ahead, Jobs became an icon, equally as famous for his advanced ideas...


Wizard: The Life And Times Of Nikola Tesla

by Marc Seifer

"[Wizard] brings the many complex facets of [Tesla's] personal and technical life together in to a cohesive whole.... I highly recommend this biography of a great technologist." --A.A. Mullin, U.S. Army Space...


Almost a Boffin: Why He Invented The Cruise Missile

by EE Vielle

intimate ; intimate relationships ; memoir ; memoir fiction biography drama ; memoir of friendship ; memoirs books ; middle age ; relationships ; romance ; romance action adventure ; romance adult fiction ;...


Einstein

by Jürgen Neffe & Shelley Frisch

Albert Einstein is an icon of the twentieth century. Born in Ulm, Germany, in 1879, he is most famous for his theory of relativity. He also made enormous contributions to quantum mechanics and cosmology, and...


Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker

by William L. Simon, Kevin Mitnick & Steve Wozniak

Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world's biggest companies--and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting...


Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey

by Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane Goodall's revolutionary study of chimpanzees in Tanzania's Gombe preserve forever altered the very, definition of humanity.Now, in a poignant and insightful memoir, Jane Goodall explores her extraordinary...


Charles Darwin: The Power of Place

National Book Critics Circle for Biography/Autobiography 2002

by Janet Browne

In 1858 Charles Darwin was forty-nine years old, a gentleman scientist living quietly at Down House in the Kent countryside, respected by fellow biologists and well liked among his wide and distinguished circle...


Me Father was the Keeper: John Smeaton and the Eddystone Light

by Anonymous

Me Father was the keeper of the Eddystone light, He married a mermaid one fine night... The Eddystone Rocks are among the most feared and romanticized rock formations in the world. Guarding the approaches to...


The Site: A Personal Odyssey

by Robert W. Nero

Birds or potsherds? This dilemma is confronted by one of Canada's top nature writers in this account of a lifetime's involvement as an avocational archaeologist.


Sir Sandford Fleming: His Early Diaries, 1845-1853

by Jean Murray Cole

Best known for his major railway-building accomplishments, Sir Sandford Fleming's origins are revealed in these early diaries that record his thoughts as an 18-year-old leaving his family home in Scotland for...


William C. Van Horne: Railway Titan

A Biography of Paul Berg: The Recombinant DNA Controversy Revisited

by Errol C Friedberg

With a Foreword by Sydney Brenner (Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2002)

This biography details the life of Paul Berg (Emeritus Professor at Stanford University), tracing Berg's life from birth, in...


Dog Days, Raven Nights

by John M. Marzluff & Colleen Marzluff

Twenty years ago, fresh out of graduate school and recently married, John and Colleen Marzluff left Arizona for a small cabin in the mountains of western Maine. Their mission: to conduct the first-ever extensive...


G. Evelyn Hutchinson and the Invention of Modern Ecology

by Nancy G. Slack & Edward O. Wilson

Stephen J. Gould declared G. Evelyn Hutchinson the most important ecologist of the twentieth century. E. O. Wilson pronounced him ";one of the few scientists who could unabashedly be called a genius."; In this...


From Lysander to Lightning: Teddy Petter, Aircraft Designer

by Glyn Davies

The Lysander, Canberra, Lightning and Folland Gnat are massive names in the world of aviation, but not so their designer, 'Teddy' Petter. Only three aspects bound together these top-clas aircraft: they were...


The Physicists

by C.P. Snow

C P Snow's sketches of famous physicists and explanation of how atomic weapons were developed gives an overview of science often lacking. This study provides us with hope for the future as well as anecdotes...


Rider of the Pale Horse: A Memoir of Los Alamos and Beyond

by McAllister Hull, Amy Bianco & John Hull

A recollection of life in the workshops where nuclear bomb components were constructed during the Manhattan Project.