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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...


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 Pinker Probing the life and work of Kurt Gödel, Incompleteness indelibly portrays the tortured...


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

by Jessica A. Fox

In this inspiring, delightful memoir, a young woman decides to escape the daily grind and turn her “what if” fantasy into a reality, only to find work—and a man—she loves in one fell swoop, all in a...


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...


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...


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 is a biography of the Rev. Dr. Charles McEwen Hyde, one of the most influential Americans in 19th century Hawaii.

What manner of man was this Dr. Hyde? He was a truly good example of...


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

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JEREMY IRONS AND DEV PATEL!

In 1913, a young unschooled Indian clerk wrote a letter to G H Hardy, begging the preeminent English mathematician's opinion on several ideas...


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...


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...