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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuxedo Park : A Wall Street Tycoon an...

Jennet Richards Conant

The Untold Story of the American Entrepreneur Who Helped Build the Atomic Bomb and Defeat the Nazis.Legendary financier, philanthropist, and society figure Alfred Lee Loomis gathered the most visionary scientific minds of the twentiet...

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Published: May 2003

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

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

Passionate Minds: Emilie Du Chatelet,...

David Bodanis

It was 1733 when the poet and philosopher Voltaire met Emilie du Châ telet, a beguiling— and married— aristocrat who would one day popularize Newton’ s arcane ideas and pave the way for Einstein’ s theorie...

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Published: Oct 2007

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (A...

Richard Phillips Feynman

The outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original. In this phenomenal national bestseller, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard P. Feynman recounts in his inimitable voic...

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Published: Apr 1997

The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate...

David Quammen

A fresh look at Darwin's most radical idea, and the mysteriously slow process by which he revealed it.Evolution, during the early nineteenth century, was an idea in the air. Other thinkers had suggested it, but no one had proposed a c...

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Published: Jul 2007

Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of ...

Barbara Goldsmith

Draws on diaries, letters, and family interviews to discuss the lesser-known achievements and scientific insights of the Nobel Prize-winning scientist and producer of radium, documenting how she was compromised by the prejudices of a ...

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Published: Oct 2005

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

Genius: The Life and Science of Richa...

James Gleick

From the author of the national bestseller Chaos comes an outstanding biography of one of the most dazzling and flamboyant scientists of the 20th century that 'not only paints a highly attractive portrait of Feynman but also . . . mak...

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Published: Nov 1993

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

Descartes's Secret Notebook: A True T...

Amir D. Aczel

Rene Descartes (1596–1650) is one of the towering and central figures in Western philosophy and mathematics. His apothegm "Cogito, ergo sum" marked the birth of the mind-body problem, while his creation of so-called Cartes...

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Published: Oct 2006

The Mystery of the Aleph: Mathematics...

Amir D. Aczel

From the end of the 19th century until his death, one of history's most brilliant mathematicians languished in an asylum. The Mystery of the Aleph tells the story of Georg Cantor (1845-1918), a Russian-born German who created set theo...

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Published: Sep 2001

Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a ...

John Brockman

A fascinating collection of essays from twenty-seven of the world’s most interesting scientists about the moments and events in their childhoods that set them on the paths that would define their lives.What makes a child decide ...

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Published: Sep 2005

The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of...

Chandler Burr

The Emperor of Scent tells of the scientific maverick Luca Turin, a connoisseur and something of an aesthete who wrote a bestselling perfume guide and bandied about an outrageous new theory on the human sense of smell. Drawing on cutt...

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Published: Feb 2004

The Science of Leonardo: Inside the M...

Fritjof Capra

Leonardo da Vinci's pioneering scientific work was virtually unknown during his lifetime. Now acclaimed scientist and bestselling author Fritjof Capra reveals that Leonardo was in many ways the unacknowledged "father of modern sc...

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Published: Dec 2008

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Jou...

Michael Collins

The years that have passed since Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins piloted the Apollo 11 spacecraft to the moon in July 1969 have done nothing to alter the fundamental wonder of the event: man reaching the moon remains ...

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Published: Jul 2009
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