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  1. 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

  2. Book ImageNuclear Disaster in the Urals

    Zhores Medvedev

    Late in 1957 a huge explosion occurred in the disposal section of the Soviet atomic weapons industry located in the Southern Urals where atomic wastes had been stored for over ten years. The result was devastating. The primary radioactive contamination covered between 800 and 1200 square miles, an area almost as large as Rhode Island. People died--whole villages had to be evacuated and bulldozed. All that remained, both plant and animal life, received such a massive dose of radiation that its effects will probably be felt for as long as a century.More

  3. Book ImageThe Next Great Thing: The Sun, the Stirling Engine and the Drive to Change the World

    Mark L. Shelton

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  4. Book ImageMathematical Astronomy for Amateurs

    E. A. Beet

    This is a clear and simple introduction to the calculations that form the basis of all astronomical laws and observations. Most elementary astronomy books are purely descriptive, while textbooks of mathematical astronomy assume a considerable knowledge of mathematics. Here the author relies only on simple 'school maths' to help the amateur widen his horizons and interpret his observations.More

  5. Book ImageSoviet Agriculture

    Zhores Medvedev

    The first comprehensive analysis of Soviet agriculture from its historic origins to the present, explaining why collectivization failed and why contemporary methods are inefficient. Medvedev, a noted biochemist, shows why agriculture holds the Soviet future.More

  6. Book ImageSuperweapon: The Making of MX

    John Edwards

    This book tells the story of what may be the most important and difficult strategic decision faced by the United States since the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.More

  7. Book ImageWho Gave Pinta to the Santa Maria?: Torrid Diseases in a Temperate World

    Robert S. Desowitz

    We live in a medical fool's paradise, comforted, believing our sanitized Western world is safe from the microbes and parasites of the tropics. Not so, nor was it ever so.More

  8. Book ImageScientists Confront Velikovsky

    Donald Goldsmith, Isaac Asimov

    In this book, Velikovsky’s ideas are seriously discussed and criticized by three astronomers, a sociologist, and an expert on ancient astronomical records. The result is a full-scale critique of Velikovsky’s work from several perspectives. Lucid and informative, the book not only shows the deficiencies of Velikovsky’s views, but also makes clear why these views have attracted such a strong public following.More

  9. Book ImageThe Menace of Atomic Energy

    Ralph Nader, John Abbotts

    Revised Edition

    “This book by Nader and John Abbotts, a nuclear engineer who has worked for Nader for the last five years, is the only one that covers the field. I predict it will become the handbook for a long time for anyone who is worried about the biological, social, and economic cost of this technology.” —David Dinsmore Comey, Chicago Sun-Times Book WeekMore

  10. Book ImageIntroduction to Quantum Physics

    A.P. French, Edwin F. Taylor

    Quantum physics concerns the behavior of the smallest things we know. These smallest things are very small indeed. Although the world of the very small is remote from our senses, it shapes everyday experience.More

  11. Book ImageThe Twenty-Ninth Day: Accommodating Human Needs and Numbers to the Earth's Resources

    Lester R. Brown

    A lily pond, so the French riddle goes, contains a single leaf. Each day the number of leaves doubles—two leaves the second day, four the third, eight the fourth, and so on. Question: If the pond is completely full on the thirtieth day, when is it half full? Answer: On the Twenty-ninth day.More

  12. Book ImageRays of Hope: The Transition to a Post-Petroleum World

    Denis Hayes

    A safe, sustainable future is certainly not assured, granted the awesome power of vested interest and inert bureaucracies. But on the evidence provided in Rays of Hope, such a future appears well worth fighting for.More

  13. Book ImageDoing Better and Feeling Worse: Health in the United States

    John H. Knowles

    The articles deal with a wide range of problems and questions, from the soaring costs of medical care, medical manpower and training, biomedical research, ethics, delivery systems, technology, and insurance to the very meaning of health.More

  14. Book ImageHuman Biology and Ecology

    Albert Damon, W. W. Howells, Romayne Timms

    This book is designed for introductory courses in physical anthropology or human biology where the emphasis is on human variation.More

  15. Book ImageThe Physician and Sexuality in Victorian America

    John S. Haller, Robin M. Haller

    “A highly readable, thoughtful, and detailed study …. No one has yet set the story of Victorian sexuality so firmly in the context of medical history.” —Journal of American HistoryMore

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