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How Dangerous Is Lightning?

by Christian Bouquegneau & Vladimir Rakov

This highly readable survey explores the history of lightning, from ancient myth to modern times. Topics include sources of lightning, physical effects, protection of structures and power lines, and current...


Famous Problems of Geometry and How to Solve Them

by Benjamin Bold

Delve into the development of modern mathematics and match wits with Euclid, Newton, Descartes, and others. Each chapter explores an individual type of challenge, with commentary and practice problems. Solutions....


An Introduction to Scientific Research

by E. Bright Wilson

Exceptionally useful guide to pragmatic scientific method: design of experiments and apparatus, analysis of data, sampling and measurement, numerical computation, much more. Broad applications. References. Illustrations....


From Falling Bodies to Radio Waves: Classical Physicists and Their Discoveries

by Emilio Segrè

This chronicle by a renowned physicist traces the development of scientific thought from the works of Galileo, Huygens, and Newton to discoveries by Maxwell, Boltzmann, and Gibbs. 1984 edition.


The Great Physicists from Galileo to Einstein

by George Gamow

The distinguished scientist and author traces the development of physics from the age of the ancient Greeks to modern particle physics, offering fascinating biographical and historical data. 136 illustrations....


Adventures with a Microscope

by Richard Headstrom

Embark on 59 adventures in the natural world: the structures of numerous microscopic animals; what everyday objects really look like at the cellular level; preparing specimens and slides. 142 illustrations.


Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science

by Martin Gardner

Fair, witty appraisal of cranks, quacks, and quackeries of science and pseudoscience: hollow earth, Velikovsky, orgone energy, Dianetics, flying saucers, Bridey Murphy, food and medical fads, and much more....


Einstein on Cosmic Religion and Other Opinions and Aphorisms

by Albert Einstein & George Bernard Shaw

Einstein's essays explore science as the basis for a "cosmic" religion, embraced by all who share a sense of wonder in the universe. Additional topics include pacifism, disarmament, and Zionism.


Biosociology: Bridging the Biology-Sociology Divide

by Anthony Walsh

In this volume, Anthony Walsh bridges the divide separating sociology from biology, arguing that sociology has nothing to fear and a wealth of riches to gain if it pays attention to the theories, concepts, and...


Computer Simulation, Rhetoric, and the Scientific Imagination: How Virtual Evidence Shapes Science in the Making and in the News

by Aimee Kendall Roundtree

The book investigates the rhetorical nature of scientific computer simulations, and it discusses the implications of those rhetorical strategies for how we understand, use and evaluate simulated evidence in...


Animate Earth: Science, Intuition, and Gaia

by Stephan Harding & Lynn Margulis

Modern science and western culture both teach that the planet we inhabit is a dead and passive lump of matter, but as Stephan Harding points out, this wasn't always the prevailing sentiment and in Animate Earth...


The Sixth Wave: How to Succeed in a Resource-Limited World

by James Bradfield Moody & Bianca Nogrady

How to succeed in a resource limited world. Making predictions about the future is a dangerous game, particularly when that future has never looked more uncertain. Natural resources are dwindling and we are...


Elementary Science Teacher Education: International Perspectives on Contemporary Issues and Practice

by Ken Appleton

Co-Published with the Association For Science Teacher Education.

Reflecting recent policy and standards initiatives, emerging research agendas, and key innovations, this volume provides a contemporary overview...


Did Adam and Eve Have Navels?: Debunking Pseudoscience

by Martin Gardner

"[Gardner] zaps his targets with laserlike precision and wit."—Entertainment Weekly Martin Gardner is perhaps the wittiest, most devastating unmasker of scientific fraud and intellectual chicanery of our time....


The Complete Guide to Poultry Breeds: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

by Melissa Nelson

With more than 500 breeds recognized by the American Poultry Association, there are different feed necessities, housing requirements, incubation times, egg information, and costs of raising just about any of...


Head First Physics: A learner's companion to mechanics and practical physics (AP Physics B - Advanced Placement)

by Heather Lang

Wouldn't it be great if there were a physics book that showed you how things work instead of telling you how? Finally, with Head First Physics, there is. This comprehensive book takes the stress out of learning...


The Aliveness of Plants: The Darwins at the Dawn of Plant Science

by Peter Ayres

The Darwin family was instrumental in the history of botany. Their experiences illustrate the growing specialization and professionalization of science in the nineteenth century. The author shows how botany...


Death & Sex

by Tyler Volk & Dorion Sagan

On DEATH . . . What is shared by spawning Pacific salmon, towering trees, and suicidal bacteria? In his lucid and concise exploration of how and why things die, Tyler Volk explains the intriguing ways creatures-including...


Wind Power: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, and Business, 2nd Edition

by Paul Gipe

In the wake of mass blackouts and energy crises, wind power remains a largely untapped resource of renewable energy. It is a booming worldwide industry whose technology, under the collective wing of aficionados...


Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature

by Dorion Sagan, Lynn Margulis & Roald Hoffman

At the crossroads of philosophy and science, the sometimes-dry topics of evolution and ecology come alive in this new collection of essays--many never before anthologized. Learn how technology may be a sort...