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The Man Who Deciphered Linear B: The Story of Michael Ventris

by Andrew Robinson

“Highly readable . . . a fitting tribute to the quiet outsider who taught the professionals their business and increased our knowledge of the human past.”—Archaeology Odyssey

More than a century ago, in...


Dr. Space: The Life of Wernher von Braun

by Bob Ward

Written by veteran aerospace journalist Bob Ward, who spent years investigating his subject, this biography presents a revealing but even-handed portrait of the father of modern rocketry. As he chronicles Wernher...


Revealing New Worlds: Three Victorian Women Naturalists

by Suzanne Le-May Sheffield

The story of nineteenth-century science often tells a tale of a masculinized professionalizing domain. Scientific man increasingly pushed women out, marginalized them and constructed them as naturally feminine...


Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist

by George D. Morgan & Ashley Phd Stroupe

AN UNSUNG HEROINE OF THE SPACE AGE—HER STORY FINALLY TOLD.

     This is the extraordinary true story of America's first female rocket scientist. Told by her son, it describes Mary Sherman Morgan's crucial...


The Scientific 100

by John Simmons & Lynda Simmons

Who are the great scientists throughout the ages, and what exactly did they do to earn their importance? From Archimedes to Newton to Einstein to Hawking, The Scientific 100 provides the fascinating answers....


George & Robert Stephenson: A Passion for Success

by David Ross

From poverty to immense wealth, from humble beginnings to international celebrity, George and Robert Stephenson's was an extraordinary joint career. Together they overshadow all other engineers, with the possible...


The Nature of 'A Work': Implications for the Organization of Knowledge

by Richard P. Smiraglia

Living legend Smiraglia has written the first book devoted exclusively to exploring the concept that is commonly referred to as a bibliographic 'Work.' In bringing together material from both inside and outside...


Wind Wizard: Alan G. Davenport and the Art of Wind Engineering

by Siobhan Roberts

With Wind Wizard, Siobhan Roberts brings us the story of Alan Davenport (1932-2009), the father of modern wind engineering, who investigated how wind navigates the obstacle course of the earth's natural and...


From Bouncing Bombs to Concorde: The Authorised Biography of Aviation Pioneer George Edwards OM

by Robert Gardner

For a quarter of a century from 1950, George Edwards was the dominant figure in British aviation, both civil and military. His successes included the VC 10 airliner and the legendary Anglo-French Concorde. Edwards's...


Jurassic Mary: Mary Anning and the Primeval Monsters

by Patricia Pierce

Mary Anning (1799-1847) was one of the pioneers of the emerging science of geology - the first woman palaeontologist to make important discoveries. After her death, many of her discoveries were credited to the...


The Man Who Invented the Computer

by Jane Smiley

From one of our most acclaimed novelists, a  David-and-Goliath biography for the digital age.

One night in the late 1930s, in a bar on the Illinois–Iowa border, John Vincent Atanasoff, a professor of physics...


Evolution's Captain: NF abt Capt. FitzRoy & Chas Darwin

by Peter Nichols

This is the story of the man without whom the name Charles Darwin might be unknown to us today. That man was Captain Robert FitzRoy, who invited the 22-year-old Darwin to be his companion on board the Beagle...


Unlocking The Sky

by Seth Shulman

Unlocking the Sky tells the extraordinary tale of the race to design, refine, and manufacture a manned flying machine, a race that took place in the air, on the ground, and in the courtrooms of America. While...


Madame Curie

by Eve Curie

Marie Sklodowska Curie (1867–1934) was the first woman scientist to win worldwide acclaim and was, indeed, one of the great scientists of the twentieth century. Written by Curie’s daughter, the renowned...


Dr. Hyde and Mr. Stevenson: The Life of the Rev. Dr. Charles McEwen Hyde including a discussion of the Open Letter of Robert Louis Stevenson

by Harold Winfield Kent

Dr. Hyde and Mr. Stevenson: the life of the Rev. Dr. Charles McEwen Hyde, including a discussion of the open letter of Robert Louis Stevenson.


William Dargan (1799-1867): An Honourable Life

by Fergus Mulligan

THIS IS THE FIRST FULL-LENGTH BIOGRAPHY OF THE GREAT RAILWAy ENGINEER WILLIAM DARGAN (1799-1867), WHO CHANGED THE FACE OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY IRELAND. The son of a County Carlow farmer, he began his career in...


Everest - The First Ascent: How a Champion of Science Helped to Conquer the Mountain

by Harriet Tuckey

Winner:

Banff Award for Mountain and Wilderness Literature

The British Sportsbook Award for Outstanding General Sports Writing

The Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature

Finalist for the HW Fisher Biographer's...


Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center

by Ray Monk

Robert Oppenheimer was among the most brilliant and divisive of men. As head of the Los Alamos Laboratory, he oversaw the successful effort to beat the Nazis in the race to develop the first atomic bomb—a...


The Man Who Knew Infinity

by Robert Kanigel

In 1913, a young unschooled Indian clerk wrote a letter to G H Hardy, begging the preeminent English mathematician's opinion on several ideas he had about numbers. Realizing the letter was the work of a genius,...


George Stephenson: The Remarkable Life of the Founder of the Railway

by Hunter Davies

Much is known about the achievements of George Stephenson and of his infamous creation, the Rocket, yet little is known of the man himself. This volume is a profile of the self-taught and often testy Geordie,...