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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...


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 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,...


Galloping on Wings with the P-51 Mustang: Diary of an Air Race Pilot

by Howie Keefe

The famed P-51 Mustang, one of the most recognizable aircrafts of the World War II era, is at the heart of this enthralling memoir. After making extreme modifications to a surplus P-51 dubbed “Miss America”—installing...


Henry Winstanley and the Eddystone Lighthouse

by Adam Hart-Davis & Emily Troscianko

On 26 November 1703, during the worst storm that Britain had ever seen, Henry Winstanley died in his pioneering lighthouse as it was blown apart. He had defied incredible odds to build the first Eddystone Lighthouse...


Eiffel: The Genius Who Reinvented Himself

by David I Harvie

This is the story of Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923) and of the conception, and controversial construction of the tower that bears his name, perhaps the most famous tall building in the world. The Eiffel Tower was...


Humphry Davy: Life Beyond the Lamp

by T E Thorpe

Born in Penzance in 1778, Humphry Davy's scientific reputation grew with his pioneering discoveries of nitrous oxide (laughing gas), sodium, calcium and the invention of the miners' Davy lamp.


Robert Hooke and the Rebuilding of London

by Michael Cooper

Robert Hooke was one of the most gifted men of his age, but because he worked in the sphere of two remarkable men - Issasc Newton and Christopher Wren - his contribution has remained largely overlooked. Michael...


Spitfire's Forgotten Designer: The Career of Supermarine's Joe Smith

by Mike Roussel

Whenever the Spitfire is mentioned the name of its famous designer R J Mitchell comes to mind. However, Mitchell died in June 1937 and never saw his prototype design progress into becoming one of the most famous...


Erasmus Darwin: A Life of Unequalled Achievement

by Desmond King-Hele

It has been said of Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802) that no one from his day to ours has ever rivalled him in his achievements in such a wide range of fields. He was a far-sighted scientific genius, fertile in theory...


Blindness and the Visionary: The Life and Work of John Wilson

by John Coles

John Wilson did more than anyone else to prevent and cure blindness, and help blind people, throughout the world between the 1940s and his death in 1999. In addition, he made a significant contribution to the...


An Appetite for Wonder

by Richard Dawkins

With the 2006 publication of The God Delusion, the name Richard Dawkins became a byword for ruthless skepticism and "brilliant, impassioned, articulate, impolite" debate (San Francisco Chronicle). his first...


Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA's Record-Setting Frequent Flyer

by Jerry L. Ross & John Norberg

From the age of ten, looking up at the stars, Jerry Ross knew that he wanted to journey into space. This autobiography tells the story of how he came not only to achieve that goal, but to become the most-launched...


Sally Ride: Shooting for the Stars Great Lives Series

by Sue Hurwitz

Sally Ride

Shooting for the Stars

Astronaut Dr. Sally Ride took a deep breath and nervously waited as the powerful engines of the Space Shuttle Challenger roared to life. This was the most frightening, yet exciting...


Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science

by Christoph Irmscher

A provocative new life restoring Agassiz--America's most famous natural scientist of the nineteenth century, inventor of the Ice Age, stubborn anti-Darwinist--to his glorious, troubling place in science and...