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Miracle Cure: The Creation of Antibiotics and the Birth of Modern Medicine

William Rosen · Viking
Pages: 368
Format: Print book

The epic history of how antibiotics were born, saving millions of lives and creating a vast new industry known as Big Pharma.

As late as the 1930s, virtually no drug intended for sickness did any good; doctors could set bones, deliver babies, and offer palliative care. That all changed...
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The Workshop and the World: What Ten Thinkers Can Teach Us About Science and Authority

Robert P. Crease · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

A fascinating look at key thinkers throughout history who have shaped public perception of science and the role of authority.

When does a scientific discovery become accepted fact? Why have scientific facts become easy to deny? And what can we do about it? In The Workshop and the World,...

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The History of Taiwan

Xiaobing Li · Greenwood
Pages: 237
Format: Hardcover

This one-volume handbook explores the history of Taiwan, from its prehistory to its Japanese colonization to its tumultuous relationship with China in the 21st century.* Includes a timeline of significant events for an at-a-glance overview of Taiwan's history* Features an appendix...
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What Goes Up... Gravity and Scientific Method

Peter Kosso · Cambridge University Press
Pages: 225
Format: Hardcover

The concept of gravity provides a natural phenomenon that is simultaneously obvious and obscure; we all know what it is, but rarely question why it is. The simple observation that 'what goes up must come down' contrasts starkly with our current scientific explanation of gravity,...
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The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization

Nicholas P Money · Oxford University Press
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

The great Victorian biologist Thomas Huxley once wrote, "I know of no familiar substance forming part of our every-day knowledge and experience, the examination of which, with a little care, tends to open up such very considerable issues as does yeast." Huxley was right. Beneath...
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Geology: A Very Short Introduction

Jan Zalasiewicz · Oxford University Press
Pages: 168
Format: Paperback

Ranging across the 4.6 billion year history of the planet, geology is the subject that encompasses almost all that we see around us, in one way or another, and also much that we cannot see, beneath our feet, and on other planets. The fruits of geology provide most of the materials that...
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What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics

Adam Becker · Basic Books
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

The untold story of the heretical thinkers who dared to question the nature of our quantum universe
Every physicist agrees quantum mechanics is among humanity's finest scientific achievements. But ask what it means, and the result will be a brawl. For a century, most physicists have...
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Our Senses: An Immersive Experience

Rob DeSalle · Yale University Press
Pages: 312
Format: Hardcover

A lively and unconventional exploration of our senses, how they work, what is revealed when they don't, and how they connect us to the world Over the past decade neuroscience has uncovered a wealth of new information about our senses and how they serve as our gateway to the world. This...
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Tracing Your Irish Ancestors. Fifth Edition

John Grenham
Format: Paperback

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors

is the definitive Irish genealogy book. In this fully updated edition by leading genealogist John Grenham discover how to trace your Irish ancestry.

Mr. Grenham's work combines all the best features of a textbook and a reference book, expertly...

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The Four Laws That Do Not Drive the Universe: Elements of Thermodynamics for the Curious and Intelligent

Arieh Ben-Naim · World Scientific Publishing Company
Pages: 204
Format: Paperback

This book provides a clear and mystery-free presentation of the central concepts in thermodynamics - probability, entropy, Helmholtz energy and Gibbs energy. It presents the concepts of entropy, free energy and various formulations of the Second Law in a friendly, simple language. It is devoid...
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The No-Nonsense Guide to Leadership, Management and Team Working

Barbara Allan
Format: Paperback


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Schaum's Outline of Biology, Fifth Edition

George H. Fried · McGraw-Hill Education
Pages: 528
Format: Paperback

Tough Test Questions? Missed Lectures? Not Enough Time?Fortunately, there's Schaum's. More than 40 million students have trusted Schaum's to help them succeed in the classroom and on exams. Schaum's is the key to faster learning and higher grades in every subject. Each Outline...
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The History of Libya

Bukola A. Oyeniyi · Greenwood
Pages: 237
Format: Hardcover

Covers Libyan history from the prehistoric period through the Phoenician, Roman, and Islamic/Ottoman periods to Italian colonization, independence, and the 2011 uprising and civil war.* Includes a timeline of significant events, providing students with an at-a-glance overview of Libya's...
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Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth

Adam Frank · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

Astrophysicist and NPR commentator on what the latest research on the existence and trajectories of alien civilizations may teach us about our own.

Light of the Stars tells the story of humanity's coming of age as we awaken to the possibilities of life on other worlds and their...

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Quantum Fuzz: The Strange True Makeup of Everything Around Us

Michael S Walker · Prometheus Books
Pages: 420
Format: Print book

Quantum physics has turned our commonsense notion of reality on its head. This accessible book describes in layperson's terms the strange phenomena that exist at the quantum level--a world of tiny dimensions where nothing is absolutely predictable, where we rethink causality, and information...
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