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Einstein: His Life and Universe
Einstein: His Life and Universe
by Walter Isaacson
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In preparing this engaging biography of the world's most famous smart guy, Isaacson enlisted the aid of several physicists including Murray Gell-Mann, Brian Greene, Lawrence Krauss, and Douglas Stone. As a result, this is much more than an "Einstein... (read more)

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Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
by James Gleick
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Einstein: His Life and Universe
Einstein: His Life and Universe
by Walter Isaacson
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In preparing this engaging biography of the world's most famous smart guy, Isaacson enlisted the aid of several physicists including Murray Gell-Mann, Brian Greene, Lawrence Krauss, and Douglas Stone. As a result, this is much more than an "Einstein... (read more)

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American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
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An ambitious tribute to a brilliant mind, Sherwin and Bird's intriguing biography gives insight into the full sweep of Oppenheimer's life and genius. Articulate and thoughtful, American Prometheus captures the intellect of the gifted physicist and... (read more)

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Isaac Newton
Isaac Newton
by James Gleick
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A Stubbornly Persistent Illusion: The Essential Scientific Works of Albert Einstein
A Stubbornly Persistent Illusion: The Essential Scientific Works of Albert Einstein
by Stephen Hawking
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“People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”-Albert... (read more)

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Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother
Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother
by James A Connor
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“No other Keplerian biography fleshes out so fully the background against which the astronomer worked.” Christian... (read more)

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Feynman's Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life
Feynman's Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life
by Leonard Mlodinow
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Some of the brightest minds in science have passed through the halls of the California Institute of Technology. In the early 1980s, Leonard Mlodinow joined their ranks to begin a postdoctoral fellowship. Afraid he was not smart enough to be there... (read more)

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109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos
109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos
by Jennet Conant
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In 1943, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant, charismatic head of the Manhattan Project, recruited scientists to live as virtual prisoners of the US government at Los Alamos, a barren mesa thirty-five miles outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.andlt;BRandgt... (read more)

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Maverick Genius: The Pioneering Odyssey of Freeman Dyson
Maverick Genius: The Pioneering Odyssey of Freeman Dyson
by Phillip F Schewe
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Scientist. Innovator. Rebel. For decades, Freeman Dyson has been regarded as one of the worlds most important thinkers. The Atlantic wrote, “In the range of his genius, Freeman Dyson is heir to Einstein - a visionary who has reshaped thinking in... (read more)

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In Albert's Shadow: The Life and Letters of Mileva Maric, Einstein's First Wife
In Albert's Shadow: The Life and Letters of Mileva Maric, Einstein's First Wife
by Milan Popovic
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Albert Einstein's first wife Mileva was a promising physicist in her own right and certainly aided him, in one shape or another, in the development of some of his most famous work. This volume contains sixty-five letters she wrote to her friend Helene... (read more)

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Einstein on Race and Racism
Einstein on Race and Racism
by Fred Jerome
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andquot;While Albert Einstein is most famous for his theory of relativity, he held fervently to some moral absolutes, few more precious than his heroic and passionate anti-racist writing and activism. Einstein on Race and Racism brilliantly recovers the... (read more)

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Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother
Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother
by James A Connor
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Set against the backdrop of the witchcraft trial of his mother, this fascinating biography of Johannes Kepler, "the Protestant Galileo" and 16th century mathematician and astronomer who discovered the three basic laws of planetary motion, reveals the... (read more)

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The Curve of Binding Energy
The Curve of Binding Energy
by John Mcphee
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Theodore Taylor was one of the most brilliant engineers of the nuclear age, but in his later years he became concerned with the possibility of an individual being able to construct a weapon of mass destruction on their own. McPhee tours American nuclear... (read more)

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Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
by Dava Sobel
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Inspired by a long fascination with Galileo, and by the remarkable surviving letters of his daughter Maria Celeste, a cloistered nun, Dava Sobel has crafted a biography that dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishments of a mythic figure... (read more)

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Hawking and Black Holes: The Big Idea
Hawking and Black Holes: The Big Idea
by Paul Strathern
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Lenin's Laureate: Zhores Alferov's Life in Communist Science (Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Techn)
Lenin's Laureate: Zhores Alferov's Life in Communist Science (Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Techn)
by Paul Josephson
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andlt;Pandgt;In 2000, Russian scientist Zhores Alferov shared the Nobel Prize for Physics for his discovery of the heterojunction, a semiconductor device the practical applications of which include LEDs, rapid transistors, and the microchip. The Prize... (read more)

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I Died for Beauty: Dorothy Wrinch and the Cultures of Science
I Died for Beauty: Dorothy Wrinch and the Cultures of Science
by Marjorie Senechal
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In the vein of A Beautiful Mind, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers, and Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA, this volume tells the poignant story of the brilliant, colorful, controversial mathematician named Dorothy Wrinch. Drawing on her own personal... (read more)

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Newton and Gravity: The Big Idea (Big Idea)
Newton and Gravity: The Big Idea (Big Idea)
by Paul Strathern
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Einstein on Politics: His Private Thoughts and Public Stands on Nationalism, Zionism, War, Peace, and the Bomb
Einstein on Politics: His Private Thoughts and Public Stands on Nationalism, Zionism, War, Peace, and the Bomb
by Albert Einstein
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The most famous scientist of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein was also one of the century's most outspoken political activists. Deeply engaged with the events of his tumultuous times, from the two world wars and the Holocaust, to the atomic bomb... (read more)

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