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You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves

by Hiawatha Bray

The story of the rise of modern navigation technology, from radio location to GPS—and the consequent decline of privacy

What does it mean to never get lost? You Are Here examines the rise of our technologically...


A History of Astronomy (Routledge Revivals)

by Walter W. Bryant

A History of Astronomy, first published in 1907, offers a comprehensive introduction to the steady development of the science since its inception in the ancient world up to the momentous progress of the nineteenth...


The Oldest Enigma of Humanity: The Key to the Mystery of the Paleolithic Cave Paintings

by Bertrand David & Jean-Jacques Lefrère

Thirty thousand years ago our prehistoric ancestors painted perfect images of animals on walls of tortuous caves, most often without any light. How was this possible? What meaning and messages did the cavemen...


Intelligible Design: A Realistic Approach to the Philosophy and History of Science

by Julio A Gonzalo & Manuel M Carreira

This book provides realistic answers to hotly debated scientific topics: Science is about quantitative aspects of natural realities (physical, chemical, biological) but it is the result of human intellectual...


Publishing and the Advancement of Science: From Selfish Genes to Galileo's Finger

by Michael Rodgers

Popular science books, selling in their thousands — even millions — help us appreciate breakthroughs in understanding the natural world, while highlighting the cultural importance of scientific knowledge....


Napoleon's Buttons

by Penny Le Couteur & Jay Burreson

Napoleon's Buttons is the fascinating account of seventeen groups of molecules that have greatly influenced the course of history. These molecules provided the impetus for early exploration, and made possible...


Science in Latin America: A History

by Bernabe Madrigal & Juan Jose Saldana

Science in Latin America has roots that reach back to the information gathering and recording practices of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations. Spanish and Portuguese conquerors and colonists introduced...


The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

by James Gleick

James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Genius, now brings us a work just as astonishing and masterly: a revelatory chronicle and meditation that shows how information has become the modern era’s...


Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda

by Kristie Macrakis

Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies is a book about concealing and revealing secret communications. It is the first history of invisible writing, uncovered through stories about scoundrels and heroes. Spies were imprisoned...


The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World

by Laura J. Snyder

The Philosophical Breakfast Club recounts the life and work of four men who met as students at Cambridge University: Charles Babbage, John Herschel, William Whewell, and Richard Jones.  Recognizing that they...


Big and Bright: A History of the McDonald Observatory

by David S. Evans & J. Derral Mulholland

By day, every year over 40,000 visitors pour in. Across the Rio Grande, a hundred miles away, Mexican mountaineers use the white domes as landmarks. By night, perched almost 7,000 feet above the sleeping, earthbound...


The Ethereal Aether: A History of the Michelson-Morley-Miller Aether-drift Experiments, 1880-1930

by Loyd S., Jr. Swenson

The Ethereal Aether is a historical narrative of one of the great experiments in modern physical science. The fame of the 1887 Michelson-Morley aether-drift test on the relative motion of the earth and the luminiferous...


Science in the Medieval World

by Sa`id al-Andalusi & Sema`an I. Salem

During the Middle Ages, a thriving center for learning and research was Muslim Spain, where students gathered to consult Arabic manuscripts of earlier scientific works and study with famous teachers. One of...


Science in Medieval Islam: An Illustrated Introduction

by Howard R. Turner

During the Golden Age of Islam (seventh through seventeenth centuries A.D.), Muslim philosophers and poets, artists and scientists, princes and laborers created a unique culture that has influenced societies...


Experiencing Nature: The Spanish American Empire and the Early Scientific Revolution

by Antonio Barrera-Osorio

As Spain colonized the Americas during the sixteenth century, Spanish soldiers, bureaucrats, merchants, adventurers, physicians, ship pilots, and friars explored the natural world, gathered data, drew maps,...


Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field: How Two Men Revolutionized Physics

by Nancy Forbes & Basil Mahon

The story of two brilliant nineteenth-century scientists who discovered the electromagnetic field, laying the groundwork for the amazing technological and theoretical breakthroughs of the twentieth century

Two...


100 Years of Subatomic Physics

by Ernest M Henley & Stephen D Ellis

By year 1911 radioactivity had been discovered for over a decade, but its origin remained a mystery. Rutherford's discovery of the nucleus and the subsequent discovery of the neutron by Chadwick started the...


The Monkey's Voyage: How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of Life

by Alan de Queiroz

How did species wind up where they are today? Scientists have long conjectured that plants and animals dispersed throughout the world by drifting on large landmasses as they broke up, but in The Monkey’s Voyage...


An Atomic Empire: A Technical History of the Rise and Fall of the British Atomic Energy Programme

by C N Hill

Britain was the first country to exploit atomic energy on a large scale, and at its peak in the mid-1960s, it had generated more electricity from nuclear power than the rest of the world combined.

The civil atomic...


Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

by Gene Kranz

This memoir of a veteran NASA flight director tells riveting stories from the early days of the Mercury program through Apollo 11 (the moon landing) and Apollo 13, for both of which Kranz was flight director....