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Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes

by Svante Pääbo

A preeminent geneticist hunts the Neanderthal genome to answer the biggest question of them all: what does it mean to be human?

What can we learn from the genes of our closest evolutionary relatives? Neanderthal...


Amelia Earhart: Challenging the Skies Great Lives Series

by Susan Sloate

The Great Lives Series

Witness history in the making as you turn the pages of time and discover the fascinating lives of famous explorers, leaders of 20th century politics and government, and great Americans....


C. P. Snow and the Struggle of Modernity

by John de la Mothe

The condition of modernity springs from that tension between science and the humanities that had its roots in the Enlightenment but reached its full flowering with the rise of twentieth-century technology. It...


Roger Tory Peterson: A Biography

by Douglas Carlson

Beginning with his 1934 Field Guide to the Birds, Roger Tory Peterson introduced literally millions of people to the pleasures of observing birds in the wild. His field guide, which has gone through five editions...


Herschel at the Cape: Diaries and Correspondence of Sir John Herschel, 1834-1838

by David S. Evans, Terence J. Deeming & Betty Hall Evans

Sir John Herschel, one of the founders of Southern Hemisphere astronomy, was a man of extraordinarily wide interests. He made contributions to botany, geology, and ornithology, as well as to astronomy, chemistry,...


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...


No Ordinary Man: George Mercer Dawson 1849-1901

by Lois Winslow-Spragge & Bradley Lockner

George Mercer Dawson, famed geologist, includes the surveying of the Yukon and being head of the Geological Survey of Canada among his incredible legacies.


Pierre Curie: With Autobiographical Notes by Marie Curie

by Marie Curie

Intimate memoir of the Nobel laureate, written by his wife and lab partner, analyzes the nature and significance of the Curies' experiments. In addition, the author reconstructs her own work with radiation.


The Murder of Nikolai Vavilov: The Story of Stalin's Persecution of One of the Great Scientists of the Twentieth Century

by Peter Pringle

In The Murder of Nikolai Vavilov, acclaimed journalist and author Peter Pringle recreates the extraordinary life and tragic end of one of the great scientists of the twentieth century.

In a drama of love, revolution,...


Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut

by Mike Mullane

On February 1, 1978, the first group of space shuttle astronauts, twenty-nine men and six women, were introduced to the world. Among them would be history makers, including the first American woman and the first...


Saddam's Bombmaker: The Terrifiying Inside Story of the Iraqi Nuclear and Biological Weapons

by Khidhir Hamza & Jeff Stein

The Iraqi scientist who designed Baghdad's nuclear bomb tells how he did it in secret with the cynical help of U.S., French, German, and British suppliers and experts, and kept it hidden from U.N. inspectors...


Food for Africa: The Life and Work of a Scientist in GM Crops

by Jennifer Thomson

Tracing through anecdote and science the development of a hotly contended area of research, this account expounds the dawn of genetic engineering in the United States in 1974, through the early stages of its...


From Galileo to Newton

by A. Rupert Hall

Tracing the revolution in physics initiated by Galileo and culminating in Newton's achievements, this book surveys the work of Huygens, Leeuwenhoek, Boyle, Descartes, and others. 35 illustrations.


Wilbur and Orville: A Biography of the Wright Brothers

by Fred Howard

Definitive, crisply written study tells the full story of the brothers' lives and work — from their early childhood and initial fascination with flight, the historic first flight at Kitty Hawk, more.


Gravity

by George Gamow

A distinguished physicist and teacher takes reader-friendly look at three scientists whose work unlocked many of the mysteries behind the laws of physics: Galileo, Newton, and Einstein.


Galileo and the Scientific Revolution

by Laura Fermi & Gilberto Bernardini

An absorbing account of the origins of modern science as well as a biography, this book places particular emphasis on Galileo's experiments with telescopes and his observations of the sky.


Einstein's Essays in Science

by Albert Einstein & Alan Harris

Speeches and essays in accessible, everyday language profile influential physicists such as Niels Bohr and Isaac Newton. They also explore areas of physics to which the author made major contributions.


From X-rays to Quarks: Modern Physicists and Their Discoveries

by Emilio Segrè

A Nobel Laureate offers impressions of the development of modern physics, emphasizing complex but less familiar personalities. Offers fascinating scientific background and compelling treatments of topics of...


Famous Problems of Geometry and How to Solve Them

by Benjamin Bold

Delve into the development of modern mathematics and match wits with Euclid, Newton, Descartes, and others. Each chapter explores an individual type of challenge, with commentary and practice problems. Solutions....


The Great Physicists from Galileo to Einstein

by George Gamow

The distinguished scientist and author traces the development of physics from the age of the ancient Greeks to modern particle physics, offering fascinating biographical and historical data. 136 illustrations....