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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...


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.


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....


The Age of Scientific Naturalism: Tyndall and His Contemporaries

by Bernard Lightman & Michael S Reidy

The essays in this volume focus on the way Victorian Physicist John Tyndall and his correspondents developed their ideas through letters, periodicals and journals and challenge assumptions about who gained authority,...


Reflecting on Darwin

by Eckart Voigts, Barbara Schaff & Monika Pietrzak-Franger

Taking up the historical evolution of Darwin and his theories and the cultural responses they have inspired, this collection looks at Darwin's influence on contemporary media, neo-Victorian literature and culture,...


Evolution and the Victorians: Science, Culture and Politics in Darwin's Britain

by Jonathan Conlin

Charles Darwin's discovery of evolution by natural selection was the greatest scientific discovery of all time. The publication of his 1859 book, On the Origin of Species, is normally taken as the point at which...


The Lie Detectors: The History of an American Obsession

by Ken Alder

The story of the lie detector takes us straight into the dark recesses of the American soul. It also leads us on a noir journey through some of the most storied episodes in American history. That is because...


The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity

by Pedro G. Ferreira

The first complete biography of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, revealing the personal feuds and ideological battles, the decades of neglect, the resurgence, and now, the deep questioning of a theory...


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...


Alchemy

by E. J. Holmyard

Classic study by noted authority covers 2,000 years of alchemical history: religious, mystical overtones; apparatus; signs, symbols, and secret terms; advent of scientific method, much more. Illustrated.


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....


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.