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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....


Gravity

by George Gamow

A distinguished physicist and teacher takes reader-friendly look at three scientists whose work unlocked many of the mysteries behind the laws of physics: Galileo, Newton, and Einstein.


Theories of the World from Antiquity to the Copernican Revolution: Second Revised Edition

by Michael J. Crowe

Revised edition re-creates the change from an earth- to a sun-centered conception of the solar system by focusing on an examination of the evidence available in 1615.


Newton's Philosophy of Nature: Selections from His Writings

by Sir Isaac Newton & H. S. Thayer

A wide, accessible representation of the interests, problems, and philosophic issues that preoccupied the great 17th-century scientist, this collection is grouped according to methods, principles, and theological...


Galileo and the Scientific Revolution

by Laura Fermi & Gilberto Bernardini

An absorbing account of the origins of modern science as well as a biography, this book places particular emphasis on Galileo's experiments with telescopes and his observations of the sky.


A Short History of Science to the Nineteenth Century

by Charles Singer

This fascinating and highly readable study by a noted historian uses maps, charts and diagrams to trace the development of the idea of a rational and interconnected material world across two and half millennia....


From Paracelsus to Newton: Magic and the Making of Modern Science

by Charles Webster

This fascinating book highlights the worldviews of the 16th and 17th centuries with a masterly series of essays that explore three cases relating to prophecy, spiritual magic, and demonic magic.


Alchemy and Alchemists

by C. J. S. Thompson

Well-researched study traces history of alchemy, chronicling search for philosopher's stone and elixir of life, alchemist's laboratory and apparatus, symbols and secret alphabets, famous practitioners, plus...


Concepts of Space: The History of Theories of Space in Physics: Third, Enlarged Edition

by Max Jammer

Historical surveys consider Judeo-Christian notions of space, Newtonian absolute space, perceptions from 18th century to the present, more. Numerous quotations and references. "Admirably compact and swiftly...


The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Science

by E. A. Burtt

Classic in the philosophy of science offers a fascinating analysis of the works of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Descartes, Hobbes, Gilbert, Boyle, and Newton, tracing their influence on contemporary scientific...


Einstein's Essays in Science

by Albert Einstein & Alan Harris

Speeches and essays in accessible, everyday language profile influential physicists such as Niels Bohr and Isaac Newton. They also explore areas of physics to which the author made major contributions.


De Magnete

by William Gilbert

From the first great experimental scientist: the classic text, first published in Latin in 1600. Summarizes then-current knowledge of magnetism and electricity, offering insights into the origins of modern science....


Lost Continents

by L. Sprague de Camp

Leading authority examines facts and fancies behind the Atlantis theme in history, science, and literature. Sources include Plato, Thomas More, K. T. Frost, and many other citations, both famous and lesser-known....


The Extraterrestrial Life Debate, 1750-1900

by Michael J. Crowe

Detailed, scholarly study examines the ideas that developed between 1750 and 1900 regarding the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial life, including those of Kant, Herschel, Voltaire, Lowell, many others....


Ancient Science Through the Golden Age of Greece

by George Sarton

Remarkably readable, thoroughly documented, and well illustrated, this fascinating book by an eminent science historian covers problems of mathematics, astronomy, physics, and biology.


The Scientific Renaissance 1450-1630

by Marie Boas Hall

A noted historian of science examines the Coperican revolution, the anatomical work of Vesalius, the work of Paracelsus, Harvey's discovery of the circulatory system, the effects of Galileo's telescopic discoveries,...


Great Scientific Experiments: Twenty Experiments that Changed our View of the World

by Rom Harre

Vivid, readable, accurate tales of landmark inquiries include Aristotle's work on embryology of the chick, Galileo's discovery of the law of descent, Newton's experiment on nature of colors, more.


Art and Geometry: A Study in Space Intuitions

by William M. Ivins

This highly stimulating study observes many historical interrelationships between art and mathematics. It explores ancient and Renaissance painting and sculpture, the development of perspective, and advances...


Crucibles: The Story of Chemistry from Ancient Alchemy to Nuclear Fission

by Bernard Jaffe

Classic popular account of the great chemists Trevisan, Paracelsus, Avogadro, Mendeléeff, the Curies, Thomson, Lavoisier, and others, up to A-bomb research and recent work with subatomic particles. 20 illustrations....