Category: History Of Science

Science and the Enlightenment
Science and the Enlightenment is a general history of eighteenth-century science covering both the physical and life sciences. It places the scientific developments of the century in the cultural context of the Enlightenment and...

15.06.2015

Kepler's Physical Astronomy
From Hipparchus and Ptolemy in the ancient world, through Copernicus and Brahe in the sixteenth century, astronomers had used geometrical models to give a kinematic account of the movements of the sun, moon, and planets....

16.02.2017

The New York Times Book of Science : More than 150 Years of Groundbreaking Scientific Coverage
For more than 100 years, The New York Times has been in the forefront of science news reporting. These 120 articles from its archives are the very best, covering more than a century of scientific breakthroughs, setbacks, and...

21.01.2016

Tragedy and Triumph in Orbit : The Eighties and Early Nineties
April 12, 2011 is the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's pioneering journey into space. To commemorate this momentous achievement, Springer-Praxis is producing a mini series of books that reveals how humanity's...

14.10.2010

Greek Science After Aristotle
In this volume, the author discusses the fundamental Greek contributions to science, drawing on the rich literary and archaeological sources for the period after Aristotle. Particular attention is paid to the Greeks'...

28.12.2017

The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
The interpretation of quantum mechanics has been controversial since the introduction of quantum theory in the 1920s. Although the Copenhagen interpretation is commonly accepted, its usual formulation suffers from some serious...

30.11.2012

Pursuing Power and Light : Technology and Physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein
In the nineteenth century, science and technology developed a close and continuing relationship. The most important advancements in physics-the science of energy and the theory of the electromagnetic field-were deeply rooted in...

04.06.2012

The Correspondence of John Tyndall: Volume I : The Correspondence, May 1840-August 1843
The 230 letters in this inaugural volume of The Correspondence of John Tyndall chart Tyndall's emergence into early adulthood, spanning from his arrival in Youghal in May 1840 as a civil assistant with just a year's...

20.08.2010

Visions of Cell Biology : Reflections Inspired by Cowdry's "General Cytology"
Although modern cell biology is often considered to have arisen following World War II in tandem with certain technological and methodological advances in particular, the electron microscope and cell fractionation its origins...

16.11.2010

Darwin's Black Box : The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution
Ten years ago, Darwin's Black Box launched the Intelligent Design movement: the argument that nature exhibits evidence of design, beyond Darwinian randomness. Today the movement is stronger than ever, and the book is a...

10.01.2018

Faraday's Experimental Researches in Electricity : Guide to a First Reading
A guidebook to Faraday's Experimental Researches in Electricity. It guides the reader through Faraday's work, displaying Faraday's experimental virtuosity and keen theoretical insight.

26.10.2017

Making Waves : The Story of Ruby Payne-Scott: Australian Pioneer Radio Astronomer
This book is an abbreviated, partly re-written version of "Under the Radar - The First Woman in Radio Astronomy: Ruby Payne-Scott." It addresses a general readership interested in historical and sociological aspects of...

07.12.2017

Superfuel : Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future
In this groundbreaking account of an energy revolution in the making, award-winning science writer Richard Martin introduces us to thorium, a radioactive element and alternative nuclear fuel that is far safer, cleaner, and more...

15.06.2011

Against Transcendence : Essays on the Physical Significance of Modern Culture
Against Transcendence is the first gathering of Paul Forman's influential essays in the history of modern physics. Written over the last twenty years, and offered here with newly written introductions, Paul Forman's...

17.10.2011

The Quantum Handshake 2016 : Entanglement, Nonlocality and Transactions
This book shines bright light into the dim recesses of quantum theory, where the mysteries of entanglement, nonlocality, and wave collapse have motivated some to conjure up multiple universes, and others to adopt a "shut up...

14.12.2012

The Conceptual Framework of Quantum Field Theory
The book attempts to provide an introduction to quantum field theory emphasizing conceptual issues frequently neglected in more "utilitarian" treatments of the subject. The book is divided into four parts, entitled...

01.11.2013

13th Element : The Sordid Tale of Murder, Fire and Phosphorous
The incredible ""glowing"" history of the ""Devil's element ""phosphorus Discovered by alchemists, prescribed by apothecaries, exploited by ninth-century industrialists, and abused...

09.04.2015

Representing Electrons : A Biographical Approach to Theoretical Entities
Both a history and a metahistory, "Representing Electrons" focuses on the development of various theoretical representations of electrons from the late 1890s to 1925 and the methodological problems associated with...

13.06.2013

The Age of Electroacoustics : Transforming Science and Sound
At the end of the nineteenth century, acoustics was a science of musical sounds; the musically trained ear was the ultimate reference. Just a few decades into the twentieth century, acoustics had undergone a transformation from...

24.10.2017

First the Seed : The Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology
First the Seed spotlights the history of plant breeding and shows how efforts to control the seed have shaped the emergence of the agricultural biotechnology industry. This second edition of a classic work in the political...

17.10.2015

Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space
With A New Preface The authoritative story of the headline-making discovery of gravitational waves--by an eminent theoretical astrophysicist and award-winning writer. In 1916, Einstein predicted the presence of gravitational...

09.03.2017

Einstein's Clocks and Poincare's Maps : Empires of Time
A dramatic new account of the parallel quests to harness time that culminated in the revolutionary science of relativity, Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps is "part history, part science, part adventure, part...

16.07.2013

The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction
Astronomy, perhaps the first of the sciences, was already well developed by the time of Christ. Seventeen centuries later, after Newton showed that the movements of the planets could be explained in terms of gravitation, it...

12.11.2010

Who Killed the Great Auk?
The Great Auk is one of the world's most famous extinct birds. It was undoubtedly a most curious creature: a flightless bird with tiny wings, it stood upright like a human, and sported an enormous beak. On land, the Great...

15.12.2015

Strange Glow : The Story of Radiation
More than ever before, radiation is a part of our modern daily lives. We own radiation-emitting phones, regularly get diagnostic x-rays, such as mammograms, and submit to full-body security scans at airports. We worry and debate...

19.01.2018

Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima 2016 : Curse of the Nuclear Genie
This book examines the three most well-known and socially important nuclear accidents. Each of these accidents had significant, yet dramatically different, human and environmental impacts. Unique factors helped shape the overall...

18.06.2016

Effective Spacetime : Understanding Emergence in Effective Field Theory and Quantum Gravity
This book discusses the notion that quantum gravity may represent the "breakdown" of spacetime at extremely high energy scales. If spacetime does not exist at the fundamental level, then it has to be considered...

18.11.2015

Galileo's Finger : The Ten Great Ideas of Science
Any literate person should be familiar with the central ideas of modern science. In his sparkling new book, Peter Atkins introduces his choice of the ten great ideas of science. With wit, charm, patience, and astonishing...

20.06.2016

A Briefer History of Time
Stephen Hawking's worldwide bestseller, "A Brief History of Time", has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. Its author's engaging voice is one reason, and the compelling subjects he addresses is...

05.07.2015

The Three Galileos: The Man, The Spacecraft, The Telescope
The idea of having a conference in Padova describing the results obtained by the Galileo spacecraft and the characteristics of the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo began in 1995, when a number of colleagues from both sides of the...

05.04.2016

Source Book in Physics
This is the reprint of a well-known and valuable work that has been out of print and widely sought for a number of years. A volume in the series of Source Books in the History of the Sciences, it consists of selections from the...

19.02.2014

Verbindung Und Affinitat : Die Grundlegung Der Neuzeitlichen Chemie an Der Wende Vom 17. Zum 18. Jahrhundert
Die Entstehung des chemischen Verbindungsbegriffs, ein Fundamentalbegriff der neuzeitlichen Chemie, ist kaum untersucht, weil er fur eine blosse Prazisierung des naturphilosophischen Atomkonzepts gehalten wurde. Das Buch...

09.02.2011

Hydrogen : The Essential Element
Still, any biography of hydrogen has to end with a question: What new surprises await us?

25.05.2017

Representing Electrons : A Biographical Approach to Theoretical Entities
Both a history and a metahistory, "Representing Electrons" focuses on the development of various theoretical representations of electrons from the late 1890s to 1925 and the methodological problems associated with...

26.06.2015

Weather by the Numbers : The Genesis of Modern Meteorology
For much of the first half of the twentieth century, meteorology was more art than science, dependent on an individual forecaster's lifetime of local experience. In Weather by the Numbers, Kristine Harper tells the story...

05.07.2011

Women and Cartography in the Progressive Era
In the twenty-first century we speak of a geospatial revolution, but over one hundred years ago another mapping revolution was in motion. Women's lives were in motion: they were playing a greater role in public on a variety...

27.08.2016

The Rocket Men : Vostok & Voskhod. The First Soviet Manned Spaceflights
This book is the first known work in the west dedicated to revealing the full story of the Vostok space missions, and the first fledgling steps off our planet. In Leaving the Planet authors Rex Hall and Dave Shayler review this...

16.01.2018

Darwin's Fishes : An Encyclopedia of Ichthyology, Ecology, and Evolution
In Darwin's Fishes, Daniel Pauly presents an encyclopaedia of ichthyology, ecology and evolution, based upon everything that Charles Darwin ever wrote about fish. Entries are arranged alphabetically and can be about, for...

14.11.2014

Feynman And Computation
Richard P. Feynman made profoundly important and prescient contributions to the physics of computing, notably with his seminal articles There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom" and Simulating Physics with...

17.04.2017

Views of Nature : Or Contemplations on the Sublime Phenomena of Creation
Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was an intellectual giant: an explorer who helped lay the foundations of biogeography, a naturalist who influenced Charles Darwin, and a botanist who developed a model of the Earth's...

17.07.2012

The Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event
Two of the greatest evolutionary events in the history of life on Earth occurred during Early Paleozoic time. The first was the Cambrian explosion of skeletonized marine animals about 540 million years ago. The second was the...

16.10.2014

Atmospheric Science at NASA : A History
This book offers an informed and revealing account of NASA's involvement in the scientific understanding of the Earth's atmosphere. Since the nineteenth century, scientists have attempted to understand the complex...

12.10.2014

Life's Greatest Secret : The Race to Crack the Genetic Code
Everyone has heard of the story of DNA as the story of Watson and Crick and Rosalind Franklin, but knowing the structure of DNA was only a part of a greater struggle to understand life's secrets. Life's Greatest Secret...

25.10.2014

The Search for the Gene
From Gregor Mendel's experiments on garden peas to the mammoth Human Genome Project of today--how did we get where we are in the science of genetics? In this intriguing book, Bruce Wallace examines the concept of the gene...

08.07.2015

The Hunt for Vulcan : How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet and Deciphered the Universe
In 1859, the brilliant scientist Urbain LeVerrier discovered that the planet Mercury has a wobble, that its orbit shifts over time. His explanation was that there had to be an unseen planet circling even closer to the sun. He...

21.09.2012

The Construction of Modern Science : Mechanisms and Mechanics
This introduction to the history of science in the seventeenth century examines the so-called 'scientific revolution' in terms of the interplay between two major themes. The Platonic-Pythagorean tradition looked on...

23.08.2011

Bioluminescence : Living Lights, Lights for Living
Bioluminescence is everywhere on earth--most of all in the ocean, from angler fish in the depths to the flashing of dinoflagellates at the surface. Here, Therese Wilson and Woody Hastings explore the natural history, evolution,...

14.12.2014

The Emergence of Numerical Weather Prediction : Richardson's Dream
Lewis Fry Richardson dreamt that scientific weather prediction would one day become a practical reality. Before his ideas could bear fruit several advances were needed: better understanding of the dynamics of the atmosphere;...

24.01.2013

Galileo's New Universe : The Revolution in Our Understanding of the Cosmos
The historical and social implications of the telescope and that instrument's modern-day significance are brought into startling focus in this fascinating account. When Galileo looked to the sky with his perspicillum, or...

29.03.2013

Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction
Galaxies are the building blocks of the Universe: standing like islands in space, each is made up of many hundreds of millions of stars in which the chemical elements are made, around which planets form, and where on at least...

20.01.2016

Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 6, Biology and Biological Technology, Part 3, Agro-Industries and Forestry
Volume 6. Part III of Science and Civilisation in China contains two separate works. The first, by Christian Daniels, is a comprehensive history of Chinese sugar cane technology from ancient times to the early twentieth century....

22.04.2016

Animal Chemistry : Or, Organic Chemistry in its Applications to Physiology and Pathology
At the age of thirteen, chemistry enthusiast Justus von Liebig (1803-73) witnessed the devastation caused by a summer of crop failure. Three decades later, Liebig had become a leading German chemist based at the University of...

13.08.2017

Introduction to Quantized Fields : QED, Electroweak Theory, and QCD via a Selection of Original Papers
This short book approaches quantum field theory via the study of a selection of important papers in QED, electroweak theory and QCD. It places emphasis on Fermi and Bethe's original papers involving the non-covariant...

31.05.2011

Einstein's Telescope : The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe
Dark energy. Dark matter. These strange and invisible substances don't just sound mysterious: their unexpected appearance in the cosmic census is upending long-held notions about the nature of the Universe. Astronomers have...

25.08.2014

Worlds Before Adam : The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Reform
The first detailed account of the reconstruction of prehuman history of the earth, Martin J. S. Rudwick's "Worlds Before Adam" picks up where his celebrated "Bursting the Limits of Time" leaves off....

21.10.2014

The Infinity Puzzle : Quantum Field Theory and the Hunt for an Orderly Universe
Speculation is rife that by 2012 the elusive Higgs boson will be found at the Large Hadron Collider. If found, the Higgs boson would help explain why everything has mass. But there's more at stake,what we're really...

05.06.2011

Practical Matter : Newton's Science in the Service of Industry and Empire, 1687-1851
Margaret Jacob and Larry Stewart examine the profound transformation that began in 1687. From the year when Newton published his "Principia" to the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851, science gradually became central to...

06.06.2014

The Maxwellians
James Clerk Maxwell published the Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism in 1873. At his death, six years later, his theory of the electromagnetic field was neither well understood nor widely accepted. By the mid-1890s, however,...

29.10.2015

The Fallen Sky : An Intimate History of Shooting Stars
In this acclaimed volume, prizewinning poet and nature writer Christopher Cokinos takes us on an epic journey from Antarctica to outer space, weaving together natural history, memoir, and in-depth profiles of amateur...

13.02.2016

Liberty Bell 7 : The Suborbital Mercury Flight of Virgil "Gus" Grissom
NASA's Mercury astronauts were seven highly skilled professional test pilots. Each of them seemed to possess the strength of character and commitment necessary to overcome apparently insurmountable obstacles as the United...

11.12.2017

Up from Generality : How Inorganic Chemistry Finally Became a Respectable Field
In this brief, renowned inorganic chemist Jay Labinger tracks the development of his field from a forgotten specialism to the establishment of an independent, intellectually viable discipline. Inorganic chemistry, with a...

13.12.2016

An Entertainment for Angels : Electricity in the Enlightenment
An Entertainment for Angels, rather than for Men, one observer called electricity, and it proved to be the most significant scientific discovery of the Enlightenment. Lecturers attracted huge audiences who marveled at sparkling...

12.01.2018

Encounters with Einstein : And Other Essays on People, Places, and Particles
In nine essays and lectures composed in the last years of his life, Werner Heisenberg offers a bold appraisal of the scientific method in the twentieth century--and relates its philosophical impact on contemporary society and...

04.08.2011

Chemistry : Notable Research and Discoveries
Investigates the research and discoveries of the explorers and scientists who expanded knowledge in the various fields within chemistry.

04.10.2011

Doing the Impossible : George E. Mueller and the Management of NASA's Human Spaceflight Program
Apollo was known for its engineering triumphs, but its success also came from a disciplined management style. This excellent account of one of the most important personalities in early American human spaceflight history...

12.03.2014