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    Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War by Michael Neufeld    The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics by Robin Marantz Henig    The Comet Sweeper (Icon Science): Caroline Herschel's Astronomical Ambition by Claire Brock    My Work Is That of Conservation: An Environmental Biography of George Washington Carver by Mark Hersey    True Genius: The Life and Work of Richard Garwin, the Most Influential Scientist You've Never Heard of by Joel Shurkin    Sky Walking: An Astronaut's Memoir by Tom Jones    Love and Science: A Memoir by Jan Vilcek    Marie Curie ~ A Nobel Life by Ann Atkins    Tesla For Beginners by Robert I. Sutherland-Cohen    Einstein's Greatest Mistake: A Biography by David Bodanis    The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age by Segr & Bettina Hoerlin    Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Mike Massimino    How to Think Like Einstein by Daniel Smith    Einstein's Masterwork: 1915 and the General Theory of Relativity by John Gribbin    Isaac Newton - A Biography of Newton Including Descriptions of his Greatest Discoveries - Including a Poem by Alfred Noyes and a by various    The Man Who Talks with Flowers: The Intimate Life Story of Dr. George Washington Carver by Glenn Clark    My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla by Nikola Tesla    How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight by Julian Guthrie    A Truck Full of Money by Tracy Kidder    A Prophet in Two Countries: The Life of F.E. Simon by Nancy Arms    Frank Julian Sprague: Electrical Inventor and Engineer by William D. Middleton & William D. Middleton III    Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom by George Leopold    Orbit: Icons of Rock and Roll #4: Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Bono by Michael Frizell    Summary of The Invention of Nature: by Andrea Wulf | Includes Analysis by Instaread Summaries    Summary of Lab Girl: by Hope Jahren | Includes Analysis by Instaread Summaries    Drive! Henry Ford, George Selden, and the Race to Invent the Auto Age by Lawrence Goldstone    Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli | Summary & Analysis: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visiona by Instaread    Introducing Stephen Hawking: A Graphic Guide by J. P. McEvoy    Einstein at Home by Friedrich Herneck    Robert Recorde: Tudor Scholar and Mathematician by Gordon Roberts    Immunity: How Elie Metchnikoff Changed the Course of Modern Medicine by Luba Vikhanski & Luba Vikhanski    Brian Cox: The Unauthorised Biography of the Man Who Brought Science to the Nation by Ben Falk    The Human Side of Science: Edison and Tesla, Watson and Crick, and Other Personal Stories behind Science's Big Ideas by Arthur W. Wiggins & Charles M. Wynn Sr.    Einstein for Anyone: A Quick Read: A concise but up-to-date account of Albert Einstein's life, thought and major achievements. by David Topper    The Oracle of Oil: A Maverick Geologist's Quest for a Sustainable Future by Mason Inman    Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science by Richard Dawkins | Summary & Analysis by Instaread    Orbit: M?tley Cr?e: Livin' the Fast Life by Michael Frizell    The Magnificent Convergence: Science, Metaphysics and Religion by S. G. Venkataramani    Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science by John Gribbin & Michael White    Faraday as a Discoverer by John Tyndall    A Numerate Life: A Mathematician Explores the Vagaries of Life, His Own and Probably Yours by John Allen Paulos    We Are All Stardust: Scientists Who Shaped Our World Talk about Their Work, Their Lives, and What They Still Want to Know by Stefan Klein    Kepler and the Universe: How One Man Revolutionized Astronomy by David K. Love    Louis Agassiz - His Life and Correspondence by Elizabeth Cary Agassiz    The Brothers Vonnegut: Science and Fiction in the House of Magic by Ginger Strand    Lady Byron and Her Daughters by Julia Markus    Looking for Darwin by Lloyd Spencer Davis    America's Leap Into Space: My Time at JPL and the First Explorer Satellites by Henry L. Richter    Sonic Wind: The Story of John Paul Stapp and How a Renegade Doctor Became the Fastest Man on Earth by Craig Ryan    Genius At Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway by Siobhan Roberts

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Confessions of an Alien Hunter

Seth Shostak

Confessions of an Alien Hunter by Seth ShostakAliens are big in America. Whether they've arrived via rocket, flying saucer, or plain old teleportation, they've been invading, infiltrating, or inspiring us for decades, and they've fascinated moviegoers and television watchers for more than fifty years. About half of us believe that aliens really exist, and millions are convinced they've visited Earth.

For twenty-five years, SETI has been looking for the proof, and as the program's senior astronomer, Seth Shostak explains in this engrossing book, it's entirely possible that before long conclusive evidence will be found.

His informative, entertaining...

2009 / 3 / 28

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The Age of Wonder

Richard Holmes

The Age of Wonder by Richard HolmesRichard Holmes is the author of Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer; Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer; Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage; Shelley: The Pursuit (for which he received the Somerset Maugham Award); Coleridge: Early Visions; and Coleridge: Darker Reflections (a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist). He lives in England.

2009 / 7 / 5

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Where Our Food Comes from: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine

Gary Paul Nabhan

Where Our Food Comes from: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine by Gary Paul NabhanThe future of our food depends on tiny seeds in orchards and fields the world over. In 1943, one of the first to recognize this fact, the great botanist Nikolay Vavilov, lay dying of starvation in a Soviet prison. But in the years before Stalin jailed him as a scapegoat for the country’s famines, Vavilov had traveled over five continents, collecting hundreds of thousands of seeds in an effort to outline the ancient centers of agricultural diversity and guard against widespread hunger. Now, another remarkable scientist—and vivid storyteller—has retraced his footsteps.

In Where Our Food...

2009 / 8 / 10

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Jacques Cousteau

Brad Matsen

Jacques Cousteau by Brad MatsenBRAD MATSEN is the author of Titanic's Last Secrets, Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss, and many other books about the sea and its inhabitants. He was a creative producer for the television series The Shape of Life, and his articles on marine science and the environment have appeared in Mother Jones, Audubon, and Natural History, among other publications. He lives on Vashon Island, off the coast of Washington State.

2009 / 10 / 24

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Unlocking the Sky

Seth Shulman

Unlocking the Sky by Seth Shulman

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 Wright brothers threw a veil of secrecy over their flying machine, Glenn Hammond Curtiss -- perhaps the greatest aviator and aeronautical inventor of all time -- freely exchanged information with engineers in America and abroad, resulting in his famous airplane, the June Bug, which made the first ever public flight in America. Fiercely jealous, the Wright brothers took to the courts...

2010 / 2 / 3

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Evolution's Captain

Peter Nichols

Evolution's Captain by Peter Nichols

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 .

This is the remarkable story of how a misguided decision by Robert FitzRoy, captain of HMS Beagle , precipitated his employment of a young naturalist named Charles Darwin, and how the clash between FitzRoy's fundamentalist views and Darwin's discoveries led to FitzRoy's descent into the abyss.

One of the great ironies of history is that the famous journey—wherein Charles Darwin consolidated...

2010 / 2 / 28

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Strange Beauty

George Johnson

Strange Beauty by George JohnsonGeorge Johnson, a former Alicia Patterson Fellow and finalist for the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, covers science for the New York Times. His previous books include Machinery of the Mind: Inside the New Science of Artificial Intelligence, In the Palaces of Memory: How We Build the Worlds Inside Our Heads, and Fire in the Mind: Science, Faith, and the Search for Order. He lives with his wife in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2010 / 9 / 29

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They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus

Elizabeth Weil

They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus by Elizabeth WeilElizabeth Weil's work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Rolling Stone and on National Public Radio's This American Life. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, the writer Daniel Duane. This is her first book.

2010 / 10 / 22

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The Man Who Invented the Computer

Jane Smiley

The Man Who Invented the Computer by Jane Smiley


"Engrossing. Smiley takes science history and injects it with a touch of noir and an exciting clash of vanities."--Kirkus Reviews

2010 / 11 / 4

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Sally Ride

Sue Hurwitz

Sally Ride by Sue HurwitzSally Ride

Shooting for the Stars

Astronaut Dr. Sally Ride took a deep breath and nervously waited as the powerful engines of the Space Shuttle Challenger roared to life. This was the most frightening, yet exciting moment of Sally's life! She was determined to prove that an American woman could perform in space as well as a man.

Countdown to History!

Sally Ride: Shooting for the Stars profiles the life of America's first woman astronaut to fly in space. Jain Sally's astronaut training as she learns to fly jets, practices sea rescue missions, and floats weightlessly in a special "zero gravity" aircraft....

2010 / 12 / 29

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Amelia Earhart

Susan Sloate

Amelia Earhart by Susan SloateThe Great Lives Series

Witness history in the making as you turn the pages of time and discover the fascinating lives of famous explorers, leaders of 20th century politics and government, and great Americans.

Amelia Earhart

Challenging the Skies

When Amelia Earhart vanished over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 during her attempt to make the first round-the-world flight via the equator, it sparked one of the century's greatest mysteries. Did she crash? Was she taken prisoner by the Japanese? Was she on a spying mission for the U.S government? Is she alive today?

The First Woman To Fly Across the Atlantic!...

2011 / 2 / 16

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Dog Days, Raven Nights

John M. Marzluff & Colleen Marzluff

Dog Days, Raven Nights by John M. Marzluff & Colleen MarzluffTwenty years ago, fresh out of graduate school and recently married, John and Colleen Marzluff left Arizona for a small cabin in the mountains of western Maine. Their mission: to conduct the first-ever extensive study of the winter ecology of the Common Raven under the tutelage of biologist Bernd Heinrich.
Drawing on field notes and personal diaries, they vividly and eloquently chronicle their three-year endeavor to research a mysterious and often misunderstood bird—assembling a gigantic aviary, climbing sentry trees, building bird blinds in the forest, capturing and sustaining 300 ravens as...
2011 / 4 / 27

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Falling to Earth

Al Worden & Francis French

Falling to Earth by Al Worden & Francis FrenchAs command module pilot for the Apollo 15 mission to the moon in 1971, Al Worden flew on what is widely regarded as the greatest exploration mission that humans have ever attempted. He spent six days orbiting the moon, including three days completely alone, the most isolated human in existence. During the return from the moon to earth he also conducted the first spacewalk in deep space, becoming the first human ever to see both the entire earth and moon simply by turning his head. The Apollo 15 flight capped an already-impressive career as an astronaut, including important work on the pioneering...
2011 / 7 / 29

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Orlando M. Poe

Paul Taylor

Orlando M. Poe by Paul TaylorRecipient of the Library of Michigan's 2010 Notable Books award -- The first biography of Sherman's chief engineer and the man whose post-Civil War engineering work changed Great Lakes navigation forever -- Orlando M. Poe chronicles the life of one of the most influential yet underrated and overlooked soldiers during the Civil War. After joining the Union Army in 1861, Poe commanded the 2nd Michigan Infantry in the Peninsula Campaign and led brigades at Second Bull Run and Fredericksburg. He was then sent west and became one of the Union heroes in the defense of Knoxville. Poe served under several...
2011 / 8 / 12

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Me Father was the Keeper: John Smeaton and the Eddystone Light


Me Father was the Keeper: John Smeaton and the Eddystone Light by AnonymousMe Father was the keeper of the Eddystone light, He married a mermaid one fine night... The Eddystone Rocks are among the most feared and romanticized rock formations in the world. Guarding the approaches to Plymouth, England, over the centuries it has claimed hundreds of ships and thousands of sailors. In 1696 Henry Winstanley tried to build a lighthouse there. It, along with the good Mr. Winstanley. were swept away in the Great Storm of 1703. In 1706 John Lovett commissioned John Rudyerd to begin work on a lighthouse to which he could charge a toll to passing ships. Completed in 1709, it burned...
2011 / 8 / 29

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Dead Ends to Somewhere

Richard Ward

Dead Ends to Somewhere by Richard WardAlthough raised as the youngest of nine children on a farm in Montana where sibling competition was a way of life, the author's desire to compete did not carry over into the classroom, that is, until the humiliation associated with a simple 6th grade writing assignment altered the course of his life. Whether intended or not, this humiliation redirected the author's innate competitive spirit toward classroom
2011 / 9 / 7

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Once Upon A Time in Glasgow

John Watson

Once Upon A Time in Glasgow by John WatsonA history of the city of Glasgow from its earliest beginnings, presented in episodic format based on a series of articles first published in the "Evening Times" in the 1970s. The contents cover personalities such as Hawkie, who was one of the city's most famous street hawkers and without whom no public hanging would have been complete; Jamie Blue, who took the law into his own hands to defend the rights of Glasgow's citizens, and Blind Alick, who saw everything! Riots and civil disobedience feature strongly as these were sometimes the only ways for the mob to vent their frustration and anger...
2011 / 9 / 12

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Twelve British Statisticians

Richard H. Williams & Donald W. Zimmerman & Donald C. Ross

Twelve British Statisticians by Richard H. Williams & Donald W. Zimmerman & Donald C. RossTwelve British Statisticians provides a description of the lives and scientific contributions of a dozen scientific luminaries. Each statistician is a famous figure, but is especially renowned in Great Britain. Their fields of expertise sometimes include disciplines that depart from statistics and display great versatility. The book is accessible to a wide reading audience.

Each of the chapters of the book focuses on the scientific contributions and personal life of a single statistician. Each chapters begins with an overview and contain a rich set of references.

Current textbooks in statistics...
2012 / 3 / 18

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The Music of Pythagoras

Kitty Ferguson

The Music of Pythagoras by Kitty FergusonThe enthralling story of Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans, whose insights transformed the ancient world and still inspire the realms of science, mathematics, philosophy, and the arts.

"Pythagoras's influence on the ideas, and therefore on the destiny, of the human race was probably greater than that of any single man before or after him," wrote Arthur Koestler. Though most people know of him only for the famous Pythagorean Theorem (a2 +b2=c2), in fact the pillars of our scientific tradition-belief that the universe is rational, that there is unity to all things, and that numbers and mathematics...
2012 / 4 / 5

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G. Evelyn Hutchinson and the Invention of Modern Ecology

Nancy G. Slack

G. Evelyn Hutchinson and the Invention of Modern Ecology by Nancy G. SlackStephen J. Gould declared G. Evelyn Hutchinson the most important ecologist of the twentieth century. E. O. Wilson pronounced him ";one of the few scientists who could unabashedly be called a genius."; In this fascinating book, Nancy G. Slack presents for the first time the full life story of this brilliant scientist who was also a master teacher, a polymath, and a delightful friend and correspondent.

Based on full access to Hutchinson';s archives and extensive interviews with him and many who knew him, the author evaluates his important contributions to modern ecology and his profound influence...

2012 / 4 / 6

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