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When Computers Were Human

by David Alan Grier

Before Palm Pilots and iPods, PCs and laptops, the term "computer" referred to the people who did scientific calculations by hand. These workers were neither calculating geniuses nor idiot savants but knowledgeable...


Doing the Right Thing

by Scientific American Editors

Most of us have probably had those discussions, either in a classroom setting or otherwise, where a hypothetical situation is given and you’re asked to choose between two or more unsatisfying options. If you...


Bosnia's Million Bones

by Christian Jennings

The extraordinary story of how a team of international forensic scientists pioneered ground-breaking DNA technology to identify the bodies of thousands of victims of the Yugoslav Wars, and how their work is...


Learning from Leonardo: Decoding the Notebooks of a Genius

by Fritjof Capra

Bestselling and world-renowned author Fritjof Capra presents the first in-depth and full description of Leonardo da Vinci's amazing scientific work and discoveries in geology, anatomy, flight, mechanics, botany,...


The Princeton Guide to Evolution

by Jonathan B. Losos, David A. Baum & Douglas J. Futuyma

The Princeton Guide to Evolution is a comprehensive, concise, and authoritative reference to the major subjects and key concepts in evolutionary biology, from genes to mass extinctions. Edited by a distinguished...


A Machine to Make a Future: Biotech Chronicles

by Paul Rabinow & Talia Dan-Cohen

A Machine to Make a Future represents a remarkably original look at the present and possible future of biotechnology research in the wake of the mapping of the human genome. The central tenet of Celera Diagnostics--the...


Greek and Roman Calendars

by Robert Hannah

The smooth functioning of an ordered society depends on the possession of a means of regularising its activities over time. That means is a calendar, and its regularity is a function of how well it models the...


In the Shadow of the Bomb: Oppenheimer, Bethe, and the Moral Responsibility of the Scientist

by Silvan S. Schweber

In the Shadow of the Bomb narrates how two charismatic, exceptionally talented physicists--J. Robert Oppenheimer and Hans A. Bethe--came to terms with the nuclear weapons they helped to create. In 1945, the...


How to Build a Hovercraft: Air Cannons, Magnetic Motors, and 21 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects

by Stephen Voltz & Fritz Grobe

From the Coke and Mentos fountain makers who found initial fame via Maker Faire and YouTube (more than 150 million views!) comes this collection of DIY science projects guaranteed to inspire a love of experimentation....


Philosophy of Science: An Introduction (Second Edition)

by Thomas J. Hickey

This concise and accessible book is a synthesis of the basic principles of the contemporary pragmatist philosophy of science.

It discusses the aim of basic science, the methods of scientific discovery, the criteria...


Hippocratic Writings

by Various & G. Lloyd

The origins of Western medicine and the ideal of ethical practice, as well as the origin of the scientific method are revealed in these writings by Hippocrates and other medical pioneers.


A Taste of Molecules: In Search of the Secrets of Flavor

by Diane Fresquez

A spirited food writer on the trail of obsessive scientists and entrepreneurs who want to titillate our taste buds.


Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air

by Richard Holmes

**Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)**

**Time Magazine 10 Top Nonfiction Books of 2013**

**The New Republic Best Books of 2013**

In this heart-lifting chronicle, Richard Holmes, author of the best-selling The...


The Mind's Sky: Human Intelligence in a Cosmic Context

by Timothy Ferris

His style as playful as ever, Timothy Ferris explores inner as well as outer space in these essays on the human mind, the search for extraterrestrial (and thus nonhuman) intelligence, and their intersection....


Think: Why You Should Question Everything

by Guy P. Harrison

Think more critically, learn to question everything, and don't let your own brain trip you up.

  

This fresh and exciting approach to science, skepticism, and critical thinking will enlighten and inspire readers...


Analyzing Art and Aesthetics

by Anne Collins Goodyear & Margaret A. Weitekamp

This ninth volume of the Artefacts series explores how artists have responded to developments in science and technology, past and present. Rather than limiting the discussion to art alone, editors Anne Collins...


The Enlightenment Vision: Science, Reason, and the Promise of a Better Future

by Stuart Jordan

This thought-provoking analysis evaluates the progress that global society has made since the Enlightenment. The author begins by pointing out features of present-day society that are the direct descendants...


Science in a Democratic Society

by Philip Kitcher

Are ghosts real? Are there truly haunted places, only haunted people, or both? And how can we know? Taking neither a credulous nor a dismissive approach, this first-of-its-kind book solves those perplexing mysteries...


The Turbulent Universe

by Paul Kurtz

In his final book, the late Paul Kurtz outlines his personal vision for a planetary ethics inspired by scientific wisdom. Blending realism and optimism, he lays out the basic principles of an ethical approach...


A Professor, A President, and A Meteor: The Birth of American Science

by Cathryn J. Prince

When a fiery meteor crash in 1807 lit up the dark early-morning sky in Weston, Connecticut, it did more than startle the few farmers in the sleepy village. More importantly, it sparked the curiosity of Benjamin...