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A Short History of Nearly Everything
A Short History of Nearly Everything
by Bill Bryson
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This learned and amusing work covers the origin of the universe to the human genome. A welcome journey with Bryson in typical wise and witty fashion.... (read more)

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Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
by Dava Sobel
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Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that “the longitude problem” was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day—and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the... (read more)

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To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design
To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design
by Henry Petroski
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How did a simple design error cause one of the great disasters of the 1980s — the collapse of the walkways at the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel? What made the graceful and innovative Tacoma Narrows Bridge twist apart in a mild wind in 1940? How... (read more)

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Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
by Dava Sobel
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Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day--and had been for centuries.  Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of... (read more)

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Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869
Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869
by Stephen E. Ambrose
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In this account of an unprecedented feat of engineering, vision, and courage, Stephen E. Ambrose offers a historical successor to his universally acclaimed Undaunted Courage, which recounted the explorations of the West by Lewis and Clark. Nothing Like... (read more)

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The Earth Moves: Galileo and the Roman Inquisition (Great Discoveries)
The Earth Moves: Galileo and the Roman Inquisition (Great Discoveries)
by Dan Hofstadter
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Celebrated, controversial, condemned, Galileo Galilei is a seminal figure in the history of science. Both Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein credit him as the first modern scientist. His 1633 trial before the Holy Office of the Inquisition is the prime... (read more)

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Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolution
Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolution
by Lisa Jardine
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From the author of the highly acclaimed "Worldly Goods, " a brilliant rethinking of the most exciting period in science--the Renaissance--connecting the era's famous leaps of imagination in the humanities with the creative inspiration behind its... (read more)

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They All Laughed...: From Light Bulbs to Lasers: The Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions
They All Laughed...: From Light Bulbs to Lasers: The Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions
by Ira Flatow
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An enlightening and fun look at scientific discoveries and the often wacky and accidental ways in which they have led to some of the most important inventions--by award-winning journalist Ira Flatow.... (read more)

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Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology
Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology
by Eric Brende
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What happens when a graduate of MIT, the bastion of technological advancement, and his bride move to a community so primitive in its technology that even Amish groups consider it antiquated? Eric Brende conceives a real-life experiment: to see if, in... (read more)

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Measure for Measure: A Musical History of Science
Measure for Measure: A Musical History of Science
by Thomas Levenson
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In this imaginative investigation of the links between science and art, Levenson explores how we have come to understand and experience the natural world through instruments both scientific and musical. As he traces the development of the organ, the... (read more)

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Servants of Nature: A History of Scientific Institutions, Enterprises, and Sensibilities
Servants of Nature: A History of Scientific Institutions, Enterprises, and Sensibilities
by Lewis Pyenson
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"Servants of Nature" explores the fascinating interaction between scientific practice and public life from antiquity to the present. The authors reveal how in Asia, Europe and the New World advances in science closely have been allied to changes in three... (read more)

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Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Discovery, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet
Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Discovery, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet
by Debora L. Spar
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Beginning with the development of the compass, Ruling the Waves examines a series of technological revolutions that promised, in their time, to transform the world's politics and business. With Debora Spar's gifted storytelling, each chapter reads like... (read more)

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The Totally Useless History of Science: Cranks, Curiosities, Crazy Experiments and Wild Speculations
The Totally Useless History of Science: Cranks, Curiosities, Crazy Experiments and Wild Speculations
by Ian Crofton
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Forget Boyle’s law, polymer chains, cellular respiration and fields of force – here’s all the really interesting stuff you never learnt during science lessons at school. But this isn’t fantasy, this is hard fact: Fact: The... (read more)

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The Best of Technology Writing 2007
The Best of Technology Writing 2007
by Steven Levy
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The year's best writing on tech: a collection as imaginative and compelling as its dynamic subject. Together these essays capture the versatility and verve of technology writing today. Solicited through an open online nominating process, The Best of... (read more)

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Our Own Devices: The Past and Future of Body Technology
Our Own Devices: The Past and Future of Body Technology
by Edward Tenner
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-304) and index.... (read more)

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Night Thoughts of a Classical Physicist
Night Thoughts of a Classical Physicist
by Russell Mccormmach
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It is the end of an historical epoch, but to an old professor of physics, Victor Jakob, sitting in his unlighted study, eating dubious bread with jam made from turnips, it is the end of a way of thinking in his own subject. Younger men have challenged... (read more)

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The Best of Technology Writing
The Best of Technology Writing
by Brendan Koerner
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< div> < div> & #8220; The essays collected in this book are sparkling, imaginative pieces of journalism that just happen to be about technology. People steeped in the world of AJAX or Massively Mulitplayer Online Games will find a lot to... (read more)

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Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences
Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences
by Edward Tenner
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If computers really eliminate paperwork, why is the office recycling bin always overflowing? Why are the lines before the bank's ATMs often longer than the ones at the tellers' windows? Anyone who has ever pondered those questions will delight in Why... (read more)

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Anatomy of a Scientific Discovery
Anatomy of a Scientific Discovery
by Jeff Goldberg
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A true scientific page-turner that traces a remarkable scientific breakthrough (the isolation of endorphins in the brain) as dedicated scientists race--not only with their fellow scientists--but against time and the profit hungry giant pharmaceutical... (read more)

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Sky in a Bottle
Sky in a Bottle
by Peter Pesic
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andlt;Pandgt;Children ask, "Why is the sky blue?" but the question also puzzled Plato, Leonardo, and even Newton, who unlocked so many other secrets. The search for an answer continued for centuries; in 1862 Sir John Herschel listed the color and... (read more)

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