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Triumph Over Darkness

by Lennard Bickel Bloomsbury Publishing (January 27, 2015)

Born in France in 1809, Louis Braille was the fourth child of a village saddler. At the age of three, he stabbed himself in the eye with a pointed tool taken from his father's work bench.

Some thirteen years...


My Notebook of Questions : Inventions

by QA international Collectif Les Éditions Québec Amérique (September 18, 2012)

The objects that surround us are so much a part of our daily lives that we often forget they have not always been around.


Plague

by Kent Heckenlively & Judy Mikovits Skyhorse (November 18, 2014)

On July 22, 2009, a special meeting was held with twenty-four leading scientists at the National Institutes of Health to discuss early findings that a newly discovered retrovirus was linked to chronic fatigue...


Dorothy Hodgkin

by Georgina Ferry Bloomsbury Publishing (September 11, 2014)

Dorothy Hodgkin (1910-1994) was renowned for her medically-important work on penicillin, vitamin B12 and insulin. Fully engaged with the political and social currents of her time, she participated in some of...


Einstein

by Ronald Clark Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

First published in 1972, Ronald W. Clark's definitive biography of Einstein, the Promethean figure of our age, goes behind the phenomenal intellect to reveal the human side of the legendary absent-minded professor....


J.B.S

by Ronald Clark Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

J. B. S. Haldane (1892-1964) was one of the most brilliant of British scientists - and one of the most controversial. A trail-blazing geneticist and physiologist, who used himself as his own guinea-pig, he was...


The Life of Ernst Chain

by Ronald Clark Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

A Jew who left Germany when Hitler came to power, Sir Ernst Chain was a winner, with Sir Alexander Fleming and Lord Florey, of the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 1945. Later he was a significant...


Edison

by Ronald Clark Bloomsbury Publishing (December 17, 2012)

It is almost a century since Thomas Alva Edison, the world's greatest inventor, gave the world electric light - and exactly one hundred years since he built the first successful phonograph (forerunner of the...


The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

by Walter Isaacson Simon & Schuster (October 07, 2014)

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson’s New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed The Innovators is a “riveting, propulsive, and at times deeply moving” (The Atlantic...


Elon Musk

by Ashlee Vance Ecco (May 19, 2015)

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs—a...


Carl Sagan: A Life

by Keay Davidson Wiley (September 01, 2000)

A penetrating, mesmerizing biography of a scientific icon

"Absolutely fascinating . . . Davidson has done a remarkable job."-Sir Arthur C. Clarke

"Engaging . . . accessible, carefully documented . . . sophisticated."-Dr....


The Curies: A Biography of the Most Controversial Family in Science

by Denis Brian Wiley (April 21, 2008)

Focusing on the lives and relationships behind their magnificent careers, The Curies is the first biography to trace the entire Curie dynasty, from Pierre and Marie's fruitful union and achievements to the lives...


Pierre Curie: With Autobiographical Notes by Marie Curie

by Marie Curie Dover Publications (July 25, 2013)

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.


From Galileo to Newton

by A. Rupert Hall Dover Publications (June 08, 2012)

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.


Wilbur and Orville: A Biography of the Wright Brothers

by Fred Howard Dover Publications (March 29, 2013)

Definitive, crisply written study tells the full story of the brothers' lives and work — from their early childhood and initial fascination with flight, the historic first flight at Kitty Hawk, more.


Gravity

by George Gamow Dover Publications (March 12, 2013)

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.


Galileo and the Scientific Revolution

by Laura Fermi & Gilberto Bernardini Dover Publications (January 24, 2013)

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.


Einstein's Essays in Science

by Albert Einstein & Alan Harris Dover Publications (December 12, 2012)

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.


From X-rays to Quarks: Modern Physicists and Their Discoveries

by Emilio Segrè Dover Publications (April 05, 2012)

A Nobel Laureate offers impressions of the development of modern physics, emphasizing complex but less familiar personalities. Offers fascinating scientific background and compelling treatments of topics of...


Famous Problems of Geometry and How to Solve Them

by Benjamin Bold Dover Publications (April 13, 2012)

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....


The Great Physicists from Galileo to Einstein

by George Gamow Dover Publications (June 14, 2012)

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....


Lynn Margulis: The Life and Legacy of a Scientific Rebel

by Dorion Sagan Chelsea Green Publishing (October 19, 2012)

Tireless, controversial, and hugely inspirational to those who knew her or encountered her work, Lynn Margulis was a scientist whose intellectual energy and interests knew no bounds. Best known for her work...


Golden Lads: Sir Francis Bacon, Anthony Bacon, and Their Friends

by Daphné Du Maurier Little, Brown and Company (December 17, 2013)

"Daphne du Maurier has no equal." --Sunday Telegraph

Prior to the publication of Golden Lads, Anthony Bacon was viewed as a footnote in the history of his younger brother, Francis. A fascinating historical figure...


The Winding Stair: Francis Bacon, His Rise and Fall

by Daphné Du Maurier Little, Brown and Company (December 17, 2013)

"Unlike many authors of popular historical biographies, du Maurier resembled Antonia Fraser in being an indefatigable researcher." --Francis King

Many accounts of the life of Francis Bacon have been written...


The Explorer Gene

by Tom Cheshire & James Cameron Atria Books/Marble Arch Press (December 03, 2013)

The remarkable account of an extraordinary family of explorers who spurred innovation and accomplished incredible feats—even when the popular consensus was against them.

On May 27, 1931, Auguste Piccard became...


Haunted Empire

by Yukari Iwatani Kane HarperBusiness (March 18, 2014)

Former Wall Street Journal technology reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane delves deep inside Apple in the two years since Steve Jobs’s death, revealing the tensions and challenges CEO Tim Cook and his team face as...


Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II

by Jennet Conant Simon & Schuster (October 15, 2013)

The untold story of an eccentric Wall Street tycoon and the circle of scientific geniuses he assembled before World War II to develop the science for radar and the atomic bomb. Together they changed the course...


Science Fair Season: Twelve Kids, a Robot Named Scorch . . . and What It Takes to Win

by Judy Dutton Hachette Books (April 19, 2011)

This is the engaging true story of kids competing in the high-stakes, high-drama world of international science fairs. Every year the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair brings together 1,500 high...


Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets

by Jessica A. Fox Atria Books/Marble Arch Press (August 27, 2013)

In this inspiring, delightful memoir, a young woman decides to escape the daily grind and turn her “what if” fantasy into a reality, only to find work—and a man—she loves in one fell swoop, all in a...


Evolution's Captain: NF abt Capt. FitzRoy & Chas Darwin

by Peter Nichols HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

This is the story of the man without whom the name Charles Darwin might be unknown to us today. That man was Captain Robert FitzRoy, who invited the 22-year-old Darwin to be his companion on board the Beagle...


Unlocking The Sky

by Seth Shulman HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Unlocking the Sky tells the extraordinary tale of the race to design, refine, and manufacture a manned flying machine, a race that took place in the air, on the ground, and in the courtrooms of America. While...


The Man Who Knew Infinity

by Robert Kanigel Washington Square Press (May 07, 2013)

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JEREMY IRONS AND DEV PATEL!

A moving and enlightening look at the unbelievable true story of how gifted prodigy Ramanujan stunned the scholars of Cambridge University and revolutionized...


Galloping on Wings with the P-51 Mustang: Diary of an Air Race Pilot

by Howie Keefe Aviation Supplies and Academics, Inc. (April 01, 2007)

The famed P-51 Mustang, one of the most recognizable aircrafts of the World War II era, is at the heart of this enthralling memoir. After making extreme modifications to a surplus P-51 dubbed “Miss America”—installing...


An Appetite for Wonder

by Richard Dawkins Ecco (September 24, 2013)

With the 2006 publication of The God Delusion, the name Richard Dawkins became a byword for ruthless skepticism and "brilliant, impassioned, articulate, impolite" debate (San Francisco Chronicle). his first...


Noble Savages

by Napoleon A. Chagnon Simon & Schuster (February 19, 2013)

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC MEMOIRS OF OUR TIME

When Napoleon Chagnon arrived in Venezuela’s Amazon region in 1964 to study the Yanomamö Indians, one of the last large tribal groups still living...


Rosalind Franklin

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2002

by Brenda Maddox Harper Perennial (February 26, 2013)

In 1962, Maurice Wilkins, Francis Crick, and James Watson received the Nobel Prize, but it was Rosalind Franklin's data and photographs of DNA that led to their discovery.

Brenda Maddox tells a powerful story...


Research Is a Passion With Me: The Autobiography of a Bird Lover

by Margaret Morse Nice & Konrad Lorenz Natural Heritage (June 30, 1979)

In her incredibly productive lifetime (1883-1974), American-born ornithologist Margaret Morse Nice earned the admiration of ornithologists and naturalists in far distant lands.


Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed

by Ben R. Rich & Leo Janos Little, Brown and Company (February 26, 2013)

From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America's high-stakes quest to dominate the skies Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret and successful...


The Perfect Predator

by Steffanie Strathdee, Thomas Patterson & Teresa Barker Hachette Books (February 26, 2019)

A "fascinating and terrifying" (Scientific American) memoir of one woman's extraordinary effort to save her husband's life-and the discovery of a forgotten cure that has the potential to save millions more....


Gunpowder and Geometry: The Life of Charles Hutton, Pit Boy, Mathematician and Scientific Rebel

by Benjamin Wardhaugh William Collins (February 07, 2019)

August, 1755. Newcastle, on the north bank of the Tyne.

In the fields, men and women are getting the harvest in. Sunlight, or rain. Scudding clouds and backbreaking labour. Three hundred feet underground, young...


The Last Cambridge Spy

by Chris Smith The History Press (May 01, 2019)

John Cairncross was among the most damaging spies of the twentieth century. A member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring, he leaked highly sensitive documents from Bletchley Park, MI6 and the Treasury to the...


The True Benjamin Franklin

by Sydney George Fisher Skyhorse (October 21, 2014)

In spite of being dead for over two hundred years, Benjamin Franklin remains an object of fascination for many history buffs. He was a diplomat, postmaster, political theorist, politician, scientist, satirist,...


How the ThinkPad Changed the Worldâ€"and Is Shaping the Future

by Arimasa Naitoh & William Holstein Skyhorse (June 13, 2017)

The ThinkPad notebook computer has been at the center of the digital revolution that has transformed millions of lives around the world, allowing users to obtain access to their documents, pictures and other...


Hidden Minds

by F. R. Tallis Arcade (November 07, 2011)

The concept of the unconscious has staged a comeback. New research, employing brain scans and other techniques, has shown that the unconscious is not only real but indispensable. Hidden Minds traces our enduring...


Edison vs. Tesla

by Joel Martin Skyhorse (October 03, 2017)

Thomas Edison closely following the alternative physics work of Albert Einstein and Max Planck, convincing him that there was an entire reality unseen by the human eye. This led to the last and least-known of...


Psychopathia Sexualis

by Richard von Krafft-Ebing & Joseph LoPiccolo Arcade (August 01, 2011)

Preceding Freud’s Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex by more than twenty years, Richard von Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis pioneered the psychological study of sexual behavior. This classic nineteenth-century...


All that Remains

by Sue Black Arcade (March 05, 2019)

Book of the Year, 2018 Saltire Literary Awards

A CrimeReads Best True Crime Book of the Month

For fans of Caitlin Doughty, Mary Roach, and CSI shows, a renowned forensic scientist on death and mortality.

Dame...


It All Adds Up: The Story of People and Mathematics

by Mickaël Launay & Stephen S. Wilson William Collins (November 01, 2018)

‘Fascinating … so enlightening that suddenly maths doesn’t seem so fearsome as it once did’ SIMON WINCHESTER

From Aristotle to Ada Lovelace: a brief history of the mathematical ideas that have forever...


We Are All Stardust

by Stefan Klein & Ross Benjamin The Experiment (November 05, 2015)

“What distinguishes scientists, in your eyes?”—Stefan Klein

“First and foremost, curiosity.”—Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Prize–winning chemist

When Stefan Klein, an acclaimed journalist, sits down to talk...


The Players Ball

by David Kushner Simon & Schuster (April 09, 2019)

“An engrossing microcosm of the internet's Wild West years” (Kirkus Reviews), award-winning journalist David Kushner tells the incredible battle between the founder of Match.com and the con man who swindled...