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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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Brotherhood of the Bomb
Brotherhood of the Bomb
by Gregg Herken
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The story of the twentieth century is largely the story of the power of science and technology. Within that story is the incredible tale of the human conflict between three men-Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller-the scientists most... (read more)

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Half-Life: The Divided Life of Bruno Pontecorvo, Physicist or Spy
Half-Life: The Divided Life of Bruno Pontecorvo, Physicist or Spy
by Frank Close.
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It was at the height of the Cold War, in the summer of 1950, when Bruno Pontecorvo mysteriously vanished behind the Iron Curtain. Who was he, and what caused him to disappear? Was he simply a physicist, or also a spy and communist radical? A prot&... (read more)

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Einstein: His Space and Times (Jewish Lives)
Einstein: His Space and Times (Jewish Lives)
by Steven Gimbel
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The commonly held view of Albert Einstein is of an eccentric genius for whom the pursuit of science was everything. But in actuality, the brilliant innovator whose Theory of Relativity forever reshaped our understanding of time was a man of his times... (read more)

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Isaac Newton
Isaac Newton
by James Gleick
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Gleick, interpreter of science for the (serious) lay reader in such books as here turns his attention to the pioneering physicist. This narrative traces the emergence of Newton's vision and the fundamental impact his work has had on human... (read more)

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Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Modern Library Science)
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Modern Library Science)
by Galileo Galilei
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Albert Einstein: A Biography
Albert Einstein: A Biography
by Albrecht Folsing
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Folsing has also written biographies of Galileo and Roentgen. He focuses on how Einstein's personality and background combined with his intellectual powers to produce the scientific discoveries he is known for. He steers between hero worship and... (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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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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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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A Stubbornly Persistent Illusion: The Essential Scientific Works of Albert Einstein
A Stubbornly Persistent Illusion: The Essential Scientific Works of Albert Einstein
by Stephen W Hawking
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Essayist and biographer Alan Jacobs introduces us to the world of original sin, which he describes as not only a profound idea but a necessary one. As G. K. Chesterton explains, "Only with original sin can we at once pity the beggar and distrust the... (read more)

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Nuclear Forces: The Making of the Physicist Hans Bethe
Nuclear Forces: The Making of the Physicist Hans Bethe
by Silvan S Schweber
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On the fiftieth anniversary of Hiroshima, Nobel-winning physicist Hans Bethe called on his fellow scientists to stop working on weapons of mass destruction. What drove Bethe, the head of Theoretical Physics at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, to... (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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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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