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  1. Book ImageQuantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science

    Lawrence M. Krauss


    "A worthy addition to the Feynman shelf and a welcome follow-up to the standard-bearer, James Gleick's Genius." —Kirkus ReviewsMore

  2. Book ImageQuantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science

    Lawrence M. Krauss


    A gripping new scientific biography of the revered Nobel Prize–winning physicist (and curious character).More

  3. Book ImageThe Georgian Star: How William and Caroline Herschel Revolutionized Our Understanding of the Cosmos

    Michael Lemonick


    Responsible for the greatest advances in astronomy since Copernicus, William and Caroline Herschel forever transformed our view of the heavens.More

  4. Book ImageA Force of Nature: The Frontier Genius of Ernest Rutherford

    Richard Reeves


    A new intellectual biography of Ernest Rutherford, the twentieth century’s greatest experimental physicist.More

  5. Book ImageThe Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution

    David Quammen


    "Quammen brilliantly and powerfully re-creates the 19th century naturalist's intellectual and spiritual journey."--Los Angeles Times Book ReviewMore

  6. Book ImageUncentering the Earth: Copernicus and The Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres

    William T. Vollmann


    “Highly personal and philosophical . . . the next best thing to reading Copernicus.”—Publishers WeeklyMore

  7. Book ImageThe Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer

    David Leavitt


    A "skillful and literate" (New York Times Book Review) biography of the persecuted genius who helped create the modern computer.More

  8. Book ImageLavoisier in the Year One: The Birth of a New Science in an Age of Revolution

    Madison Smartt Bell


    “Fresh . . . solid . . . full of suspense and intrigue.”—Publishers WeeklyMore

  9. Book ImageMiss Leavitt's Stars: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Discovered How to Measure the Universe

    George Johnson


    “A short, excellent account of [Leavitt’s] extraordinary life and achievements.”—Simon Singh, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  10. Book ImageIncompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel

    Rebecca Goldstein


    "A gem. . . . An unforgettable account of one of the great moments in the history of human thought." —Steven PinkerMore

  11. Book ImageObsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie

    Barbara Goldsmith


    The bestselling, "excellent…poignant—and scientifically lucid—portrait" (New York Times Book Review) of the remarkable Marie Curie.More

  12. Book ImageEinstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time

    Michio Kaku


    In paperback for the centenary of the discovery of relativity, "a fresh and highly visual tour through Einstein's astonishing legacy" (Brian Greene).More

  13. Book ImageThe Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis

    Sherwin B. Nuland


    "Riveting" (Houston Chronicle), "captivating" (Discover), and "compulsively readable" (San Francisco Chronicle).More