History of science

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  • 30-Second Chemistry

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    30-Second Chemistry

    Chemistry is the science of matter – composition, structure, properties, and how it changes. This book boils it down to its essential elements – in just 30 seconds.
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  • About Time

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    About Time

    From the city sundials of ancient Rome to the era of the smartwatch, clocks have been used throughout history to wield power, make money, govern citizens and keep control. Sometimes, also with clocks, we have fought back. In this book, time expert David Rooney tells the story of timekeeping, and how it continues to shape our modern world. In twelve chapters, demarcated like the hours of time, we meet the greatest inventions in horological history, from medieval water clocks to monumental sundials, and from coastal time signals to satellites in earth’s orbit.

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  • Architecture

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    Architecture

    Reducing energy use is the single biggest challenge facing architecture today. From the humblest prehistoric hut to the imposing monuments of Rome or Egypt to super-connected modern airports, buildings in every era and place have been shaped by the energy available for their construction and running. This survey tells the story of our buildings from our hunter-gatherer origins to the age of fossil-fuel dependence, and shows how architecture has been influenced by designers, builders and societies adapting to changing energy contexts. It is a celebration of human ingenuity and creativity, and a timely reminder of the scale of the task ahead in our search for truly sustainable architecture.

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  • Control

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    Control

    Throughout history, people have sought to improve themselves – and society – by eliminating disease, or enhancing desirable qualities in their children. Others have imposed control over populations with rules about who can marry, who can procreate and who can live. For just over a century, we have referred to this age-old crafting by biological design with a word which became poisonous: eugenics. The ideas underlying eugenics are not merely historical. We live in a time where forced sterilisation of women is current – including in immigration detention centres in the USA – and where sex-selective abortion is endemic in the most populous countries on Earth. This book is an urgently needed discussion exploring the science, history and future of eugenics, and the practice of population control by selective procreation.

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  • Einstein’s Fridge

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    Einstein’s Fridge

    ‘Hugely readable and entertaining’ JIM AL-KHALILI

    ‘An accessible and crystal-clear portrait of this discipline’s breadth, largely told through its history’ PHIL BALL, PHYSICS WORLD

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  • From Our Own Correspondent

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    From Our Own Correspondent

    For over fifty years, ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ has been one of BBC Radio 4’s flagship programmes. Every week BBC foreign correspondents, journalists and writers reflect on current headlines, often bringing a personal perspective to them. There are few countries and subjects which have not featured on the programme – places as diverse as the Faroes, Moldova in Eastern Europe, the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and one of Africa’s smallest countries – Sao Tome and Principe. So many of the outlets that correspondents work for demand little more than writing to television pictures or covering the day’s events in one report of perhaps only a minute’s duration.

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  • Fundamentals

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    Fundamentals

    ‘Fundamentals’ is built around a simple but profound idea: the everyday models of reality that we construct are adequate for many practical purposes, but they do not take account of the surprising and mind-expanding revelations of modern science. To do that, we must look anew, combining clear thinking with an openness to wonder, and we will find that the universe is larger, fuller and much stranger than we might expect.

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  • On the Origin of Evolution

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    On the Origin of Evolution

    A Waterstones Best Book of 2020

    The theory of evolution by natural selection did not spring fully formed and unprecedented from the brain of Charles Darwin. Rather it has been examined and debated by philosophers the world over for thousands of years.

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  • Racing Green

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    Racing Green

    ‘Racing Green’ is the story of how motorsport science has become smarter and more environmentally friendly, and how these developments on the track are changing the world.

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  • Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction

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    Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction

    This book explains the philosophical and historical concepts that shape current debates about science and religion. It also considers some of the themes and issues that have become more prominent in the past decade, such as science denial, climate change and environmentalism, and religion and public health – including responses to Covid-19.

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  • Science Year By Year

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    Science Year By Year

    A journey through scientific discovery, from stone tools and simple machines to rockets and robots, ‘Science Year by Year’ traces the key steps in the history of science and is packed full of fascinating science facts for kids. It features illustrated timelines that detail pivotal scientific developments and in-depth studies on revolutionary innovators and inventors.

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  • The Chemistry Book

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    The Chemistry Book

    Discover and understand the key ideas that underpin the core science of chemistry and learn about the great minds who uncovered them. Written in plain English, ‘The Chemistry Book’ is packed with short, pithy explanations of some of the most historic moments in science, from the birth of atomic theory to the discovery of polythene and the development of new vaccine technologies to combat COVID-19. Simple graphics, such as flowcharts and mind maps, support the text and make the explanation of key concepts easy to follow. Arranged in chronological order, the book covers key themes in the physical and natural sciences, such as geochemistry and the elements.

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  • The Enlightenment

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    The Enlightenment

    The Enlightenment is one of the formative periods of Western history, yet more than 300 years after it began, it remains controversial. It is often seen as the fountainhead of modern values such as human rights, religious toleration, freedom of thought, scientific thought as an exemplary form of reasoning, and rationality and evidence-based argument. Others accuse the Enlightenment of putting forward a scientific rationality which ignores the complexity and variety of human beings, propagates shallow atheism, and aims to subjugate nature to so-called technical progress. Ritchie Robertson engages with all these views to show that the Enlightenment sought above all to increase human happiness in this world by promoting scientific inquiry and reasoned argument and by challenging the authority traditionally assumed by the Churches.

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  • The Facemaker

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    The Facemaker

    From the moment the first machine gun rang out over the Western Front, one thing was clear: mankind’s military technology had wildly surpassed its medical capabilities. The war caused carnage on an industrial scale, and the nature of trench warfare meant that thousands sustained facial injuries. In ‘The Facemaker’, award-winning historian Lindsey Fitzharris tells the true story of the pioneering plastic surgeon Harold Gillies, who dedicated himself to restoring the faces of a brutalized generation.

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  • The Frontiers of Knowledge

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    The Frontiers of Knowledge

    In very recent times humanity has learnt a vast amount about the universe, the past, and itself. But through our remarkable successes in acquiring knowledge we have learned how much we have yet to learn: the science we have, for example, addresses just 5% of the universe; pre-history is still being revealed, with thousands of historical sites yet to be explored; and the new neurosciences of mind and brain are just beginning. Bestselling polymath and philosopher A.C. Grayling seeks to answer them in three crucial areas at the frontiers of knowledge: science, history, and psychology. In each area he illustrates how each field has advanced to where it is now, from the rise of technology to quantum theory, from the dawn of humanity to debates around national histories, from ancient ideas of the brain to modern theories of the mind.

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  • The Incomparable Monsignor

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    The Incomparable Monsignor

    J. L. Heilbron introduces Francesco Bianchini, reputed to be the greatest Italian of his time, whose life embodied the extraordinary meeting of science, culture, history, and politics in early modern Europe. From the Jacobite cause to Newton’s theories to the zodiac, Heilbron paints a glorious portrait of a world of excitement and discovery.

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