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The Scientist as Rebel

Written by Freeman Dyson


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-216-2 (1-59017-216-7)

An illuminating collection of essays by an award-winning scientist whom the London Times calls “one of the world’s most original minds.”

In the view of the prize-winning physicist Freeman J. Dyson, science, wherever it practiced, is characterized by its rebellion against the restrictions of local cultures. Like art and poetry, it resists... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Professor of Secrets
Mystery, Medicine, and Alchemy in Renaissance Italy
Written by William Eamon


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: July 20, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0650-4 (1-4262-0650-X)

In the tradition of Galileo’s Daughter and Brunelleschi’s Dome, this exciting story illuminates the captivating world of the late Renaissance–in this case its plagues, remedies, and alchemy–through the life of Leonardo Fioravanti, a brilliant, remarkably forward-thinking, and utterly unconventional doctor. Fioravanti’s marvelous cures and talent for self-aggrandizement earned him the adoration... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field
How Two Men Revolutionized Physics
Written by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-942-0 (1-61614-942-6)

Two of the boldest and most creative scientists of all time were Michael Faraday (1791-1867) and James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879). This is the story of how these two men - separated in age by forty years - discovered the existence of the electromagnetic field and devised a radically new theory which... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dry Storeroom No. 1
The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum
Written by Richard Fortey


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27552-3 (0-307-27552-3)

Aremarkable behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary people, meticulous research, and driving passions that make London’s Natural History Museum one of the world’s greatest institutions.

In an elegant and illuminating narrative, Richard Fortey takes his readers to a place where only a few privileged scientists, curators, and research specialists have been—the hallowed halls... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Order of Things
An Archaeology of Human Sciences
Written by Michel Foucault


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 29, 1994
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75335-3 (0-679-75335-4)

Foucault offers startling evidence that "man"--man as a subject of scientific knowledge--is at best a recent invention, the result of a fundamental mutation in our culture.  He cuts across disciplines and reaches back into the seventeenth century to show how classical systems of knowledge, which linked all of nature within a great... Read more >
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Copenhagen

Written by Michael Frayn


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 8, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72079-3 (0-385-72079-3)

In 1941 the German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a strange trip to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. They were old friends and close colleagues, and they had revolutionized atomic physics in the 1920s with their work together on quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle. But now the world... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Aladdin's Lamp
How Greek Science Came to Europe Through the Islamic World
Written by John Freely


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27783-1 (0-307-27783-6)

Aladdin’s Lamp is the fascinating story of how ancient Greek philosophy and science began in the sixth century B.C. and, during the next millennium, spread across the Greco-Roman world, producing the remarkable discoveries and theories of Thales, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Archimedes, Galen, Ptolemy, and many others. John Freely explains... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems

Written by Galileo
Translated by Drake Stillman
Foreword by Albert Einstein
Introduction by John Heilbron


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 2, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75766-2 (0-375-75766-X)

Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, published in Florence in 1632, was the most proximate cause of his being brought to trial before the Inquisition.

Using the dialogue form, a genre common in classical philosophical works, Galileo masterfully demonstrates the truth of the Copernican system over the Ptolemaic one... Read more >

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Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo

Written by Galileo
Translated by Drake Stillman
Introduction by Drake Stillman
Noted by Drake Stillman


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 1, 1957
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-09239-5 (0-385-09239-3)

Directing his polemics against the pedantry of his time, Galileo, as his own popularizer, addressed his writings to contemporary laymen. His support of Copernican cosmology, against the Church's strong opposition, his development of a telescope, and his unorthodox opinions as a philosopher of science were the central concerns of his career... Read more >

Enlightenment Volume 1

Written by Peter Gay


Format: eBook, 560 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 26, 2013
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83137-8 (0-307-83137-X)

The eighteenth century Enlightenment marks the beginning of the modern age when the scientific method and belief in reason and progress came to hold sway over the Western world. In the twentieth century, however, the Enlightenment has often been judged harshly for its apparently simplistic optimism. Here a master historian goes... Read more >

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Rare Birds
The Extraordinary Tale of the Bermuda Petrel and the Man Who Brought It Back from Extinction
Written by Elizabeth Gehrman


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 9, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1076-1 (0-8070-1076-6)

The inspiring story of David Wingate, a living legend among birders, who brought the Bermuda petrel back from presumed extinction.

David Wingate is known in Bermuda as the birdman and in the international conservation community as a living legend for single-handedly bringing back the cahow, or Bermuda petrel–a seabird that flies... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The First Human
The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors
Written by Ann Gibbons


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7696-3 (1-4000-7696-X)

In this dynamic account, award-winning science writer Ann Gibbons chronicles an extraordinary quest to answer the most primal of questions: When and where was the dawn of humankind?

Following four intensely competitive international teams of scientists in a heated race to find the “missing link”—the fossil of the earliest human ancestor—Gibbons ventures... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Heavenly Intrigue
Johannes Kepler, Tycho Brahe, and the Murder Behind One of History's Greatest Scientific Discoveries
Written by Joshua Gilder and Anne-Lee Gilder


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 14, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3176-4 (1-4000-3176-1)

Heavenly Intrigue is the fascinating account of the seventeenth-century collaboration between Johannes Kepler and Tycho Brahe that revolutionized our understanding of the universe and based on new forensic evidence postulates that Brahe was murdered by his assistant.

One of history’s greatest geniuses, Kepler laid the foundations of modern physics with his revolutionary... Read more >
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The Age of Entanglement
When Quantum Physics Was Reborn
Written by Louisa Gilder


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 10, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9526-1 (1-4000-9526-3)

In The Age of Entanglement, Louisa Gilder brings to life one of the pivotal debates in twentieth century physics. In 1935, Albert Einstein famously showed that, according to the quantum theory, separated particles could act as if intimately connected–a phenomenon which he derisively described as “spooky action at a distance.” In... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Faster
The Acceleration of Just About Everything
Written by James Gleick


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 5, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77548-5 (0-679-77548-X)

This is the heyday of speed.

If one quality defines our modern, technocratic age, it is acceleration. We are making haste. Our computers, our movies, our sex lives, our prayers -- they all run faster now than ever before. And the more we fill our lives with time-saving devices and time-saving strategies... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download.

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Genius
The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
Written by James Gleick


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 2, 1993
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74704-8 (0-679-74704-4)

To his colleagues, Richard Feynman was not so much a genius as he was a full-blown magician: someone who “does things that nobody else could do and that seem completely unexpected.” The path he cleared for twentieth-century physics led from the making of the atomic bomb to a Nobel Prize-winning theory... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download.

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The Information
A History, A Theory, A Flood
Written by James Gleick


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9623-7 (1-4000-9623-5)

A New York Times Notable Book
A Los Angeles Times and Cleveland Plain Dealer Best Book of the Year

From the bestselling author of the acclaimed Chaos and Genius comes a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the big ideas of the modern era: Information, communication, and information theory.

Acclaimed science writer James Gleick... Read more >

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The Information
A History, a Theory, a Flood
Written by James Gleick


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 1, 2011
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-42372-7 (0-375-42372-9)

The story of information begins in a time profoundly unlike our own, when every thought and utterance vanished as soon as it was born. From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long misunderstood “talk­ing drums” of Africa, James Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very... Read more >

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Isaac Newton

Written by James Gleick


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3295-2 (1-4000-3295-4)

*Winner of the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science*

James Gleick has long been fascinated by the making of science—how ideas order visible appearances, how equations can give meaning to molecular and stellar phenomena, how theories can transform what we see. In Chaos, he chronicled the emergence of a new way of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Angels and Ages
Lincoln, Darwin, and the Birth of the Modern Age
Written by Adam Gopnik


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 9, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45530-7 (0-307-45530-0)

In this captivating double life, Adam Gopnik searches for the men behind the icons of emancipation and evolution. Born by cosmic coincidence on the same day in 1809 and separated by an ocean, Lincoln and Darwin coauthored our sense of history and our understanding of man’s place in the world. Here... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Rocks of Ages
Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life
Written by Stephen Jay Gould


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 26, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45040-1 (0-345-45040-X)

"People of good will wish to see science and religion at peace. . . . I do not see how science and religion could be unified, or even synthesized, under any common scheme of explanation or analysis; but I also do not understand why the two enterprises should experience any conflict."... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Deep Simplicity
Bringing Order to Chaos and Complexity
Written by John Gribbin


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: April 5, 2005
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6256-0 (1-4000-6256-X)

Over the past two decades, no field of scientific inquiry has had a more striking impact across a wide array of disciplines–from biology to physics, computing to meteorology–than that known as chaos and complexity, the study of complex systems. Now astrophysicist John Gribbin draws on his expertise to explore, in prose... Read more >

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The Scientists
A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors
Written by John Gribbin
Illustrated by Adam Hook


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6788-3 (0-8129-6788-7)

In this new and landmark history of modern science, author and trained astrophysicist John Gribbin recounts the development of science over the past five-hundred years—as seen specifically through the lives and achievements of individual scientists.

John Gribbin has written extensively before on scientific subjects such as the theory of everything, the existence... Read more >

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Embryogenesis
Species, Gender, and Identity
Written by Richard Grossinger
Illustrated by Phoebe Gloeckner and Jillian O'Malley


Format: Hardcover, 952 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: April 28, 2000
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-1-55643-359-7 (1-55643-359-X)

Embryogenesis completes an ethnographer's 22-year study of the origins and boundaries of the universe. Echoing Sheldon Nuland's How We Die, Sogyal Rinpoche's Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, and many other sources, this book makes the vital link between science and religion as it discusses the evolution of the species. Touching... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way
Aristotle Leads the Way
Written by Joy Hakim


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 17, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-160-0 (1-58834-160-7)

Not too long ago, in earth time, no one thought the universe had a history. The scientific and religious experts believed that the world had been created as it is today and that nothing had changed. Those experts did their best but they were wrong--really wrong. The Story of Science: Aristotle... Read more >
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