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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...


Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age

by W. Bernard Carlson

Nikola Tesla was a major contributor to the electrical revolution that transformed daily life at the turn of the twentieth century. His inventions, patents, and theoretical work formed the basis of modern AC...


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...


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...


First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

by James R. Hansen

Marking the forty-fifth anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing, First Man by James Hansen offers the only authorized glimpse into the life of America’s most famous astronaut, Neil Armstrong—the man whose...


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...


No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses

by Peter Piot

The story of a microbiologist’s remarkable career, from identifying ?the Ebola virus to pioneering AIDS research and policy. When Peter Piot was in medical school, a professor warned, “There’s no future...


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

The Self-Made Anthropologist: A Life of A. P. Elkin

by Tigger Wise

This is an account of the remarkable life of Australia's first professor of anthropology, whose national and international reputation as a champion of the Aboriginal people is now the subject of considerable...


The Scientist as Rebel

by Freeman J. Dyson

From Galileo to today’s amateur astronomers, scientists have been rebels, writes Freeman Dyson. Like artists and poets, they are free spirits who resist the restrictions their cultures impose on them. In their...


Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life

by Georgina Ferry

Dorothy Hodgkin (1910-1994) was renowned for her medically-important work on penicillin, vitamin B12 and insulin. Fully engaged with the political and social currents of her time, she participated in some of...