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Capturing the Light

by Helen Rappaport & Roger Watson

An intimate look at the journeys of two men—a gentleman scientist and a visionary artist—as they struggled to capture the world around them, and in the process invented modern photography

During the 1830s,...


Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game that Changed Everything

by Daniel Goldberg, Linus Larsson & Jennifer Hawkins

Three years ago, 32-year-old Markus "Notch" Persson of Stockholm was an unknown and bored computer programmer. Today, he is a multi-millionaire international icon. Minecraft, the "virtual Lego" game Markus crafted...


Dragon Songs: Love and Adventure Among Crocodiles, Alligators, and Other Dinosaur Relations

by Vladimir Dinets

A born naturalist and a fearless traveler, Vladimir Dinets wrote travel guides, conducted field research, and lived a couple of lives before he was accepted into the PhD program in zoology at the University...


Einstein on the Road

by Josef Eisinger

At the height of his fame, Albert Einstein traveled throughout the world, from Japan to South America and many places in between. During these voyages, between 1922 and 1933, he was in the habit of keeping travel...


A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life

by J. Craig Venter

The triumphant memoir of the man behind one of the greatest feats in scientific history

Of all the scientific achievements of the past century, perhaps none can match the deciphering of the human genetic code,...


Haunted Empire

by Yukari Iwatani Kane

Former Wall Street Journal technology reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane delves deep inside Apple in the two years since Steve Jobs's death, revealing the tensions and challenges CEO Tim Cook and his team face as...


The Bite in the Apple

by Chrisann Brennan

An intimate look at the life of Steve Jobs by the mother of his first child providing rare insight into Jobs's formative, lesser-known years

Steve Jobs was a remarkable man who wanted to unify the world through...


Albert Einstein, The Human Side: Glimpses from His Archives

by Albert Einstein, Helen Dukas & Banesh Hoffmann

Modesty, humor, compassion, and wisdom are the traits most evident in this illuminating selection of personal papers from the Albert Einstein Archives. The illustrious physicist wrote as thoughtfully to an Ohio...


Tuxedo Park: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos

by Jennet Conant

The untold story of an eccentric Wall Street tycoon and the circle of scientific geniuses he assembled before World War II to develop the science for radar and the atomic bomb. Together they changed the course...


Anatomy of a Scientific Discovery: The Race to Find the Body's Own Morphine

by Jeff Goldberg

In late 1973, scientists John Hughes and Hans Kosterlitz spent the majority of their time in an underfunded, obscure, and cramped laboratory in Aberdeen, Sweden. While working on the brains of pigs, the duo...


Undiluted Hocus-Pocus: The Autobiography of Martin Gardner

by Martin Gardner, Persi Diaconis & James Randi

Martin Gardner wrote the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American for twenty-five years and published more than seventy books on topics as diverse as magic, philosophy, religion, pseudoscience, and...


Science Fair Season: Twelve Kids, a Robot Named Scorch . . . and What It Takes to Win

by Judy Dutton

This is the engaging true story of kids competing in the high-stakes, high-drama world of international science fairs. Every year the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair brings together 1,500 high...


Einstein

by Philipp Frank

Much has been written about Albert Einstein, technical and biographical, but very little remains as valuable as this unique hybrid of a book written by Einstein’s colleague and contemporary. Both rich in personal...


The Everything Einstein Book: From Matter and Energy to Space and Time, All You Need to Understand the Man and His Theories

by Shana Priwer

Albert Einstein was the most famous and influential thinker of his time. His theories of relativity, quantum mechanics, and statistical physics gave birth to a new era in scientific thought and changed the ay...


Einstein on Politics: His Private Thoughts and Public Stands on Nationalism, Zionism, War, Peace, and the Bomb

by Albert Einstein, David E. Rowe & Robert Schulmann

The most famous scientist of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein was also one of the century's most outspoken political activists. Deeply engaged with the events of his tumultuous times, from the two world...


Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention

by Charlotte Gray

The popular image of Alexander Graham Bell is that of an elderly American patriarch, memorable only for his paunch, his Santa Claus beard, and the invention of the telephone. In this magisterial reassessment...


No Better Time: The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin, the Genius Who Transformed the Internet

by Molly Knight Raskin

Based on extensive original research and interviews, a riveting personal and high-tech story, with a heartbreaking 9/11 coda


Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel (Great Discoveries)

by Rebecca Goldstein

"A gem. . . . An unforgettable account of one of the great moments in the history of human thought." -Steven PinkerProbing the life and work of Kurt Gödel, Incompleteness indelibly portrays the tortured genius...


Penicillin Man: Alexander Fleming and the Antibiotic Revolution

by Kevin Brown

A history of penicillin and the man who invented it, Alexander Fleming.


Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets: A Real-Life Scottish Fairy Tale

by Jessica A. Fox

Jessica Fox was living in Hollywood, an ambitious 26-year-old film-maker with a high-stress job at NASA. Working late one night, craving another life, she was seized by a moment of inspiration and tapped “second...