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  1. Book ImageThe Transforming Principle: Discovering that Genes Are Made of DNA

    Maclyn McCarty

    Forty years ago, three medical researchers—Oswald Avery, Colin MacLeod, and Maclyn McCarty—made the discovery that DNA is the genetic material. With this finding was born the modern era of molecular biology and genetics.More

  2. Book ImageForevermore, Nuclear Waste in America

    Donald L. Barlett, James B. Steele

    “Here is one of the most comprehensive studies to date of this important subject. The authors, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters for the Philadelphia Inquirer spent eighteen months investigating reactor sites and nuclear waste cemeteries, conducting interviews and gathering documents to ferret out little-known information about a grave technical political problem: how to dispose safely of nuclear wastes accumulating at the many nuclear plants around the nation. Their Poe-esque title carries a grisly meaning: millennia from now successive generations may be contaminated by radioactive wastes we bury ‘safely’ today.” —Publishers WeeklyMore

  3. Book ImageSend Us a Lady Physician: Women Doctors in America, 1835-1920

    Ruth J. Abram

    The irony of women’s acceptance into the medical world, and the unfortunate decline in their status at the beginning of the twentieth-century, is illustrated in this volume through words and pictures. By focusing on the class of 1879 at the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, the authors of the various essays depict individual trials, frustrations, and victories of nineteenth-century women physicians; and we come to understand a vital aspect of our history and how it affects us all today.More

  4. Book ImageCoping in Medical School

    Bernard Virshup

    “Your analysis of attitudes in teaching is a bright gem, sharply and beautifully cut. I doubt that I have seen anything on the subject so concisely and so cogently put.” —Norman CousinsMore

  5. Book ImageThe Birth of a New Physics

    I. Bernard Cohen

    Revised and Updated

    The earth circles the sun every year and rotates on its axis every twenty-four hours. The earth does not stand still.More

  6. Book ImageThe Cold and the Dark: The World After Nuclear War

    Paul R. Ehrlich, Carl Sagan, Donald Kennedy, Et Al.

    “The scientific discoveries described in this book may turn out . . . to have been the most important research findings in the long history of science.” —Lewis Thomas, from the ForewardMore

  7. Book ImageScientists Confront Creationism

    Laurie R. Godfrey

    “A fascinating and timely book which demonstrates once and for all why ‘scientific’ creationism is not only bad science but also bad theology—and in the process spells out the principles that guide genuine discovery. Basically, an exposé of all pseudoscience. —John Pfeiffer, author of The Emergence of ManMore

  8. Book ImageOnly One Earth: The Care and Maintenance of a Small Planet

    Barbara Ward Jackson, René Dubos, Maurice F. Strong

    Only One Earth…remains a classic study of the environment on a global scale....The organization and subject matter of Down to Earth reflect the metamorphosis of the environmental issue in ten years.” —Walt Patterson, New StatesmanMore

  9. Book ImageNuclear Power: Both Sides: The Best Arguments For and Against the Most Controversial Technology

    Michio Kaku, Jennifer Trainer

    "A guide for the perplexed citizen that provides cogent arguments from both sides of this complex issue."—Science NewsMore

  10. Book ImageThe God that Limps: Science and Technology in the Eighties

    Colin Norman

    The central theme of The God That Limps is that science and technology must be viewed in a broad social and political context. They are not simply neutral tools for solving problems, but are part and parcel of the structure of society, and this perspective is essential in understanding their social impacts.More

  11. Book ImageNuclear Witnesses: Insiders Speak Out

    Leslie J. Freeman

    “This is a fascinating and frightening book. In vivid taped interviews, sixteen individuals who have been close to some aspect of nuclear power tell of the experiences that turned them into bitter opponents. I unreservedly recommend Nuclear Witnesses for supporters and opponents of nuclear power and for those who haven’t made up their minds.” —Benjamin Spock, M.D.More

  12. Book ImageEthology: The Mechanisms and Evolution of Behavior

    James L. Gould

    Ethology is the study of the mechanisms and evolution of behavior. Now more than ever before ethology poses some of the most exciting intellectual challenges in modern biology while it offers the most powerful conceptual tools for answering them.More

  13. Book ImageBioGraffiti: A Natural Selection

    John M. Burns

    BioGraffiti is a highly diverting mix of the whimsical and scholarly, of science and art. It will be read—and reread—by those interested in biology and life.” —Paul R. EhrlichMore

  14. Book ImageThe Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

    James D. Watson, Gunther S. Stent

    Since its publication in 1968, The Double Helix has given countless readers a rare and exciting look at one highly significant piece of scientific research—Watson and Crick's race to discover the molecular structure of DNA. In this Norton Critical Edition, Watson's lively and irreverent account is placed in historical perspective by Gunther Stent's introduction and by retrospective views from two major figures in the adventure, Francis Crick and Linus Pauling, and by Rosalind Franklin's last student, Aaron Klug.More

  15. Book ImageSeeds of Discovery: The Logic, Illogic, Serendipity, and Sheer Chance of Scientific Discovery

    W.I.B. Beveridge

    "Following an earlier study, The Art of Scientific Investigation (rev. 1957), Beveridge here provides a kind of primer for the general reader on what science and scientists are all about. A biologist who has worked on animal diseases at laboratories in Australia,...More

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