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Machines of Loving Grace

by John Markoff

As robots are increasingly integrated into modern society—on the battlefield and the road, in business, education, and health—Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times science writer John Markoff searches for...


Launching Europe: An Ethnography of European Cooperation in Space Science

by Stacia E. Zabusky

In this first ethnographic study of the European Space Agency, Stacia Zabusky explores the complex processes involved in cooperation on space science missions in the contemporary context of European integration....


Discoverers of the Universe: William and Caroline Herschel

by Michael Hoskin

Discoverers of the Universe tells the gripping story of William Herschel, the brilliant, fiercely ambitious, emotionally complex musician and composer who became court astronomer to Britain's King George III,...


Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe

by Alan Hirshfeld

A wondrous tale of cosmic exploration and the colorful characters who ushered astronomy into the modern age


Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking

by Michael Keevak

In their earliest encounters with Asia, Europeans almost uniformly characterized the people of China and Japan as white. This was a means of describing their wealth and sophistication, their willingness to trade...


The Blind Spot: Science and the Crisis of Uncertainty

by William Byers

In today's unpredictable and chaotic world, we look to science to provide certainty and answers--and often blame it when things go wrong. The Blind Spot reveals why our faith in scientific certainty is a dangerous...


Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life

by Justin E. H. Smith

Though it did not yet exist as a discrete field of scientific inquiry, biology was at the heart of many of the most important debates in seventeenth-century philosophy. Nowhere is this more apparent than in...


The Magic of Numbers

by Eric Temple Bell

From one of the foremost interpreters for lay readers of the history and meaning of mathematics: a stimulating account of the origins of mathematical thought and the development of numerical theory. It probes...


Finding Equilibrium: Arrow, Debreu, McKenzie and the Problem of Scientific Credit

by Till Düppe & E. Roy Weintraub

Finding Equilibrium explores the post–World War II transformation of economics by constructing a history of the proof of its central dogma—that a competitive market economy may possess a set of equilibrium...


The Modern Mind

by Peter Watson

From Freud to Babbitt, from Animal Farm to Sartre to the Great Society, from the Theory of Relativity to counterculture to Kosovo, The Modern Mind is encyclopedic, covering the major writers, artists, scientists,...


Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin

by Tim Birkhead, Jo Wimpenny & Bob Montgomerie

Ten Thousand Birds provides a thoroughly engaging and authoritative history of modern ornithology, tracing how the study of birds has been shaped by a succession of visionary and often-controversial personalities,...


Who Gives a Gigabyte?: A Survival Guide for the Technologically Perplexed

by Gary Stix & Miriam Lacob

An exhilarating chronicle of the most revolutionary advancements in recent-and future-technology

Which new technologies are bound to have the biggest impact on our lives in the years ahead? This groundbreaking...


Ladies in the Laboratory? American and British Women in Science, 1800-1900: A Survey of Their Contributions to Research

by Mary R. S. Creese

A systematic survey and comparison of the work of 19th-century American and British women in scientific research, this book covers the two countries in which women of the period were most active in scientific...


Pierre Curie: With Autobiographical Notes by Marie Curie

by Marie Curie

Intimate memoir of the Nobel laureate, written by his wife and lab partner, analyzes the nature and significance of the Curies' experiments. In addition, the author reconstructs her own work with radiation.


Sundials: History, Theory, and Practice

by René R.J. Rohr

Masterly account of long and colorful history of sundials, with practical instructions for building your own. Formulae, rare dials, mottoes, and much more. 104 figures. 51 plates.


Landmark Experiments in Twentieth-Century Physics

by George L. Trigg

Clear, detailed explorations feature extensive quotations from original research papers in their coverage of groundbreaking research. Topics include x-rays, superconductivity, neutrinos, lasers, and many other...


From Galileo to Newton

by A. Rupert Hall

Tracing the revolution in physics initiated by Galileo and culminating in Newton's achievements, this book surveys the work of Huygens, Leeuwenhoek, Boyle, Descartes, and others. 35 illustrations.


Relativity and Its Roots

by Banesh Hoffmann

Entertaining, nontechnical demonstrations of the meaning of relativity theory trace development from basis in geometrical, cosmological ideas of the ancient Greeks, plus work by Kepler, Galileo, Newton, others....


Lucifer's Legacy: The Meaning of Asymmetry

by Frank Close

Popular science writer's cosmic "tour" of asymmetry ranges from development of human embryos to the mysterious Higgs boson, or "God particle," and ongoing research at the CERN laboratory. 2000 edition.


De Re Metallica

by Georgius Agricola

One of the most important scientific classics, and first to offer detailed technical drawings illustrating mining techniques, field research, and the earliest scientific methods. Translated by Herbert Hoover....