Biography & Autobiography - Science & Technology

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Einstein: His Life and Universe

Walter Isaacson

By the author of the acclaimed bestseller Benjamin Franklin, this is the first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available.How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows h...

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Published: May 2008

The Snoring Bird: My Family's Journey...

Bernd Heinrich

Although Gerd Heinrich, a devoted naturalist, specialized in wasps, Bernd Heinrich tried to distance himself from his 'old-fashioned' father, becoming a hybrid: a modern, experimental biologist with a naturalist's sensibilities. In...

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Published: Jul 2008

Five Quarts: A Personal and Natural H...

Bill Hayes

"This beguiling brew of fascinating scientific facts and illuminating, poignant anecdotes makes Five Quarts something like blood itself: vital and pulsing with energy."–Entertainment WeeklyFrom ancient Rome, where gladiato...

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Published: Feb 2006

An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of...

Richard Dawkins

An Appetite for Wonder is a disarming account of world-famous evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins's early life, from his childhood in colonial East Africa to the writing of one of the twentieth century's seminal works, The Selfish ...

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Published: Aug 2014

Snake Charmer, The: A Life and Death ...

Jamie James

Absolutely riveting. This sensitive, fascinating exploration of a scientist's quest for knowledge deepens with relentless suspense into a classic tale of a man's fight for survival in the wilderness.' --Linda Greenlaw, author of The ...

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Published: Jun 2009

October Sky

Homer Hickam

Inspired by Werner von Braun and his Cape Canaveral team, 14-year-old Homer Hickam decided in 1957 to build his own rockets. They were his ticket out of Coalwood, West Virginia, a mining town that everyone knew was dying--everyone exc...

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Published: Feb 1999

Tesla: Man Out of Time

Margaret Cheney

In Tesla: Man Out of Time, Margaret Cheney explores the brilliant and prescient mind of one of the twentieth century's greatest scientists and inventors. Called a madman by his enemies, a genius by others, and an enigma by nearly ever...

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Published: Jan 2001

I.Asimov: A Memoir

Isaac Asimov

Arguably the greatest science fiction writer who ever lived, Isaac Asimov also possessed one of the most brilliant and original minds of our time. His accessible style and far-reaching interests in subjects ranging from science to hum...

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Published: Jan 1995

Rocket Boys (The Coalwood Series #1)

Homer H. Hickam

The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir—a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, of...

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Published: Jan 2000

The Imitation Game: Alan Turing, the ...

Andrew Hodges

It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before h...

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Published: Sep 2014

Alfred C. Kinsey: A Life

James Howard Jones

The definitive biography of Alfred C. Kinsey—the man who inspired the major new motion picture starring Liam Neeson. More than twenty-five years in the making, this groundbreaking biography caused great controversy when it was firs...

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Published: Nov 2004

Tesla: Inventor of the Modern

Richard Munson

"[A] penetrating biography…Munson makes vivid the genius's eventful life." ―Barbara Kiser, NatureNikola Tesla invented radio, robots, and remote control. His electric induction motors run our appliances and factories. In...

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Published: Oct 2019

The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Bea...

Susan Orlean

In Susan Orlean's mesmerizing true story of beauty and obsession is John Laroche, a renegade plant dealer and sharply handsome guy, in spite of the fact that he is missing his front teeth and has the posture of al dente spaghetti. In ...

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Published: Jan 2000

The Innovators: How a Group of Hacker...

Walter Isaacson

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson's New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed The Innovators is a "riveting, propulsive, and at times deeply moving" (The Atlantic) story of the peop...

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Published: Oct 2015

Bretz's Flood: The Remarkable Story o...

John Soennichsen

Channeled Scablands, between Idaho and the Cascades, is a unique landscape of basalt cliffs, dry waterfalls, canyons, and coulees. Legendary geologist J Harlen Bretz was the first to explore the area, starting in the 1920s. This drama...

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Published: Nov 2009

A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist'...

Robert M. Sapolsky

I had never planned to become a savanna baboon when I grew up; instead, I had always assumed I would become a mountain gorilla,' writes Robert Sapolsky in this witty and riveting chronicle of a scientist's coming-of-age in remote Afri...

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Published: Mar 2002

The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and ...

Robin Marantz Henig

The Moravian monk and naturalist Gregor Mendel (1822-1884) labored quietly over the years in his abbey's garden, becoming known locally as a reliable meteorologist with an unusually green thumb. He was much more than that, of course, ...

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Published: May 2001

My Family and Other Animals

Gerald Malcolm Durrell

When the unconventional Durrell family can no longer endure the damp, gray English climate, they do what any sensible family would do: sell their house and relocate to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu. My Family and Other Animals was int...

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Published: Jul 2004

The Man Who Loved China: The Fantasti...

Simon Winchester

In sumptuous and illuminating detail, Simon Winchester, the bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman ('Elegant and scrupulous'—New York Times Book Review) and Krakatoa ('A mesmerizing page-turner'—Time) brings to life t...

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Published: May 2009

Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from ...

Richard Phillips Feynman

A Nobel Prize-winning physicist, a loving husband and father, an enthusiastic teacher, a surprisingly accomplished bongo player, and a genius of the highest caliber---Richard P. Feynman was all these and more. Perfectly Reasonable Dev...

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Published: May 2006

Africa in My Blood: An Autobiography ...

Jane Goodall

AFRICA IN MY BLOOD is an extraordinary self-portrait, in letters and commentary, of Jane Goodall's early years, from childhood to the landmark publication of IN THE SHADOW OF MAN. It reveals this remarkable woman more vividly and clea...

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Published: Apr 2001

Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the ...

Michael A. Hiltzik

The epic story of how science went “big” and the forgotten genius who started it all—“entertaining, thoroughly researched…partly a biography, partly an account of the influence of Ernest Lawrence’s great idea, partly a sho...

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Published: Jul 2016

A Sense of Where You Are: Bill Bradle...

John McPhee

When John McPhee met Bill Bradley, both were at the beginning of their careers. A Sense of Where You Are, McPhee's first book, is about Bradley when he was the best basketball player Princeton had ever seen. McPhee delineates for the ...

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Published: Jun 1999

The Ocean of Truth: The Story of Sir ...

Joyce McPherson

Sir Isaac Newton is one of history's most renowned scientists. He independently developed the mathematical techniques known as Calculus, wrote a treatise on the properties of light and color that is still consulted by scientists, and ...

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Published: Jul 1997

Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss...

Lulu Miller

A Best Book of 2020:The Washington Post* NPR *Chicago Tribune *Smithsonian A “remarkable” (Los Angeles Times), “seductive” (TheWall Street Journal) debut from the new cohost of Radiolab, Why Fish Don&rs...

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Published: Apr 2021

Einstein for Beginners

Joseph Schwartz

Authoritative and irreverent, sophisticated and fast paced, highly accessible and utterly enjoyable--the Beginners books bring to life complex and important ideas and theories, and describe the lives and times of the people who create...

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Published: Jul 2003

The Radioactive Boy Scout: The Fright...

Ken Silverstein

Growing up in suburban Detroit, David Hahn was fascinated by science. While he was working on his Atomic Energy badge for the Boy Scouts, David's obsessive attention turned to nuclear energy. Throwing caution to the wind, he plunged i...

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Published: Jan 2005

Uncanny Valley

Anna Wiener

A NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLER. ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2020. Named one of the Best Books of 2020 by The Washington Post, The Atlantic,NPR, the Los Angeles Times, ELLE, Esquire, Parade, Teen Vogue,The Boston Globe,...

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Published: Jan 2021

Oppenheimer: Portrait of an Enigma

Jeremy Bernstein

A study of the great nuclear physicist is an intensely interesting biographical profile, both personal and historical, Oppenheimer brings the reader close to the life and workings of an extraordinary and controversial man. an extraord...

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Published: Sep 2005

Lab Girl

Hope Jahren

National Best SellerNamed one of TIME magazine’s "100 Most Influential People"An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016A Washington Post Best Memoir of 2016A TIME and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016 So Far An illuminating debut mem...

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Published: Mar 2017
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