Andrei Sakharov: The Conscience of Humanity, edited by Sidney D. Drell & George P. Shultz.
A collection of essays that provide keen insights in the history, life, work, and legacy of Andrei Sakharov - scientist, dissident, human rights activist, and more...
Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service, by Maryn McKenna
McKenna chronicles the nail-biting story of the men and women who comprise the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). The EIS is an elite fraternity whose members are the front line forces that are sent out to identify and control an outbreak when the CDC is informed of a burgeoning epidemic or suspected act of biological terrorism.
Beating the Devil's Game: A History of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation, by Katherine Ramsland.
Rather than focusing on modern crimes and current forensic technologies, this book looks at the history and evolution of forensic science and the development of crime scene and criminal investigation techniques.
The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense, By Michael Shermer.
In this intriguing book, he discusses the various "fringe and borderland claims" that abound, and acting as an authoritative umpire, cataloging the claims into their 'correct' category - Real Science, Borderland Science, or Psuedo Science.
Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein, by Mario Livio.
A look at five scientist: Charles Darwin, Lord Kelvin (William Thomson), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein, and how their biggest mistakes helped to advance scientific inquiries.
The Complete Dinosaur, 2e, edited by M. K. Brett-Surman, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr., and James O. Farlow.
What do we know about dinosaurs, and how do we know it? How did dinosaurs grow, move, eat, and reproduce? Were they warm-blooded or cold-blooded? These and many more questions are answered in The Complete Dinosaur.
Degrees Kelvin: A Tale of Genius, Invention, and Tragedy, by David Lindley.
This is a popular biography that provides a compelling overview of William Thomson's life and works, and which introduces a new generation to this nearly forgotten, but still vitally important scientific hero who is known to us today as Lord Kelvin.
Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, by David R. Montgomery.
A detailed history of soil, and the disastrous impact that the loss of top-soil can, and has had, on civilizations.
E=mc2 A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation, by David Bodanis.
This book offers a readable and entertaining history of the equation E=mc2, and takes the reader on an informative romp through the development of the science of physics, and explores how Einstein's equation came into being and how it has been put to use.
Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling, by Thomas Hager
The definitive biography of Linus Pauling, a man who made important contributions to the fields of chemistry, biology, physics, immunology, and medicine and who tirelessly worked to ban nuclear testing. He was also an outspoken advocate of the benefits of Vitamin C.
Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War, By Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg, and William Broad.
An in-depth look at America's secret biological warfare research and the current efforts underway to thwart a biological attack, and the threat posed by biological weapons, and bioterroism.
The Girl with the Crooked Nose, by Ted Botha.
A biography of Frank Bender, the self-taugh forensic sculptor whose facial reconstructions gave a face to countless victims.
Goldberger's War: The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader, by Alan M. Kraut.
A detailed biography of Dr. Joseph Goldberger, a Jewish immigrant to the United States who discovered the root cause of pellagra, a disease that often killed its victims and which, as Goldberger discovered, could be easily cured by a change in diet.
Good Germs, Bad Germs: Health and Survival in a Bacterial World, by Jessica Snyder Sachs.
This book presents a detailed overview of the "hygiene hypothesis" and the history of the development, use, and over use of antibiotics.
How the Cows Turned Mad, by Maxime Schwartz.
An intriguing history of the medical detective work that has gone into identifying and studying spongiform encephalopathies, including Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, otherwise known as Mad Cow disease.
Hunger Fighters, by Paul de Kruif.
Eleven essays that detail the lives and works of the early pioneers of the food sciences, including Mark Alfred Carleton, Angus Mackay, Marion Dorset, John Mohler, Friedrich Loeffler, Edward Francis, George Harrison Shull, George Hoffer, Stephen Moulton Babcock, Harry Steenbock, and Joseph Goldberger.
J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Cold War, and the Atomic West, by Jon Hunner.
An engaging and readable biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the 'Father of the Atomic Bomb'. This biography was written from a unique perspective in that it examines how the American West influenced Oppenheimer, and how he influenced the American West.
Kelvin: Life, Labours and Legacy, edited by Raymond Flood, Mark McCartney, and Andrew Whitaker.
This book contains a collection of chapters, authored by leading experts, covering the life and wide-ranging contributions made by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907).
The Life of Lord Kelvin, by Silvanus P. Thompson.
The work is considered the definitive biography of Lord Kelvin, and it includes Kelvin's personal recollections and data.
Lord Kelvin and the Age of the Earth, by Joe D. Burchfield.
This book charts the enormous impact made by Lord Kelvin's application of thermodynamic laws to the question of the earth's age and the heated debate his ideas sparked among British Victorian scientist.
Natural Disasters, Cultural Responses: Case Studies Toward a Global Environmental History, edited by Christof Mauch and Christian Pfister.
A collection of thirteen essays that examine how humans have responded to natural disasters, throughout times from a variety of cultures located in such diverse regions as Western Europe and Argentina to the Phillippines and China.
The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, by Richard Dawkins.
A collection of more than 80 excerpts that highlight the depth and range of popular science writing from the early 20th century up to the present day.
Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries that Ignited the Space Age, by Matthew Brzezinski.
A riveting account of the early days of the Space Age, and its long term impact on the world.
Rocket Men, by Craig Nelson.
The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon.
Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism, by Marion Nestle.
An intriguing look at the politics of food safety, and the emerging threats to the American food supply.
Scientific Writing: A Reader and Writer's Guide, by Jean-Luc Lebrun.
A concise and readable guide on how to write science papers that are accessible, accurate, and which will hold your readers attention, whether they are science professionals or general readers.
Sputnik: The Shock of the Century, by Paul Dickson.
This is not only a riveting account of the launch of Sputnik and its aftermath, but it is also fascinating account of the development of rocket technologies, and the space race 'waged' between the Soviet Union and the United States.
They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine, by Harold Evans.
Two Centuries of Innovators - A fascinating jaunt through American history looking at the men and women whose innovations helped to shape the nation.
Timebomb: The Global Epidemic of Multi-Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, by Lee B. Reichman and Janice Hopkins Tanne.
An riveting account of the rise in Tuberculosis cases around the globe, and the increased threat posed by multi-drug-resistant strains of TB.
Under Wraps: A History of Menstrual Hygiene Technology, by Sharra L. Vostral.
A unique look at the development of modern feminine hygiene products, how they have been marketed, and the role that they have played in the history of the modern American women and how social attitudes have changed, over time, in regard to these artifacts.
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