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Multcolib Research Picks - Science Classics & Favorites

The Ascent of Man
The Ascent of Man By Bronowski, Jacob (Book - 1974 ) 501 B85a Available in some locations

Annotation:This work celebrates human ingenuity, from the early use of tools to breakthroughs in modern science.

Awakenings
Awakenings By Sacks, Oliver W. (Book - 1999 ) 616.832 S121a 1999 Available in some locations

Annotation:Awakenings --which inspired the major motion picture--is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of his patients, their lives, and the extraordinary transformations which went with their reintroduction to a changed world.

A Brief History of Time
A Brief History of Time By Hawking, Stephen (Book - 1998 ) 523.1 H394b 1998 Available in some locations

Annotation:Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and "arrows of time," of the big bang and a bigger God--where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected.

Chaos
Chaos Making A New Science By Gleick, James (Book - 2008 ) 003.857 G556c 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:In Chaos , Gleick makes the story of chaos theory not only fascinating but also accessible to beginners, and opens our eyes to a surprising new view of the universe.

Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, Ptolemaic and Copernican
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, Ptolemaic and Copernican By Galilei, Galileo (Book - 2001 ) 520 G15dia 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:Using the dialogue form, a genre common in classical philosophical works, Galileo masterfully demonstrates the truth of the Copernican system over the Ptolemaic one, proving, for the first time, that the earth revolves around the sun. Its influence is incalculable. The Dialogue is not only one of the most important scientific treatises ever written, but a work of supreme clarity and accessibility, remaining as readable now as when it was first published.

The Double Helix
The Double Helix A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA By Watson, James D. (Book - 1998 ) 576.5 W339d Available in some locations

Annotation:An account of the discovery of DNA's double helix by one of the Nobel winners behind the breakthrough.

The Feynman Lectures on Physics
The Feynman Lectures on Physics By Feynman, Richard P. (Book - 2006 ) 530 F43f 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:The first 94 lectures cover a wide swath of basic physics, from Newtonian mechanics to electromagnetism, while the final 21 venture into quantum mechanics. Feynman's characteristic humor and peerless explanations elevate these classroom lessons to enduring classics.

Gaia
Gaia The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine By Lovelock, J. E. (Book - 2000 ) 304.2 L911gp 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation:Lovelock lays out his daring idea that our planet is a single, self-regulating system, dubbed Gaia, wherein "the entire range of living matter on Earth, from whales to viruses, and from oaks to algae, could be regarded as constituting a single living entity, capable of manipulating the Earth's atmosphere to suit its overall needs."

Galileo's Daughter
Galileo's Daughter A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love By Sobel, Dava (Book - 2000 ) B-G158s 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation:Inspired by a long fascination with Galileo, and by the remarkable surviving letters of Galileo's daughter, a cloistered nun, Dava Sobel has written a biography unlike any other of the man Albert Einstein called "the father of modern physics-indeed of modern science altogether."

Gorillas in the Mist
Gorillas in the Mist By Fossey, Dian (Book - 2000 ) 599.88 F752g 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation:One of the most important books ever written about our connection to the natural world, Gorillas in the Mist is the riveting account of Dian Fossey's thirteen years in a remote African rain forest with the greatest of the great apes.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Skloot, Rebecca (Book - 2010 ) 616.02774092 S6287i 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 53 copies

Annotation:Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

The Insect Societies
The Insect Societies By Wilson, Edward O. (Book - 1971 ) 595.7 W74i Available in some locations

Annotation:This book is a work of major importance for the development of environmental and behavioral biology; it covers the classification, evolution, anatomy, physiology, and behavior of the higher social insects--ants, social wasps and bees, and termites. Mr. Wilson reinterprets the knowledge of these insects through the concepts of modern biology, from biochemistry to evolutionary theory and population ecology.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for A Hat and Other Clinical Tales
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for A Hat and Other Clinical Tales By Sacks, Oliver W. (Book - 1998 ) 616.8 S121m 1998 Available in some locations

Annotation:In his most extraordinary book, "one of the great clinical writers of the 20th century" (The New York Times) recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders.

The Mismeasure of Man
The Mismeasure of Man By Gould, Stephen Jay (Book - 1996 ) 153.93 G698m 1996 Available in some locations

Annotation:This book was immediately hailed as a masterwork when first published in 1981, the answer to those who would rank people according to their supposed genetic gifts and limits. And yet the idea of innate limits--of biology as destiny--dies hard, as witness the attention devoted to "The Bell Curve," whose arguments are here so effectively anticipated and thoroughly undermined by biologist Gould.

The Naked Ape
The Naked Ape A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal By Morris, Desmond (Book - 1999 ) 599.9 M87n 1999 Available in some locations

Annotation:One of the first books to portray humans as the animals that we are, The Naked Ape caused quite a stir when it was first released.

On the Origin of Species
On the Origin of Species By Darwin, Charles (Book - 2008 ) 576.82 D228o 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Darwin introduced the world to his theory of evolution and challenged many of the most deeply held beliefs of the Western world. His insistence on the immense length of the past and on the abundance of life-forms, present and extinct, dislodged man from his central position in creation and called into question the role of the Creator.

The Periodic Table
The Periodic Table By Levi, Primo (Book - 1995? ) 854.9 L664p 1995 Available in some locations

Annotation:Written by a German chemist and holocaust survivor. Each chapter is titled with an element and has a short story about the element. Every story is its own small treasure — together, the book makes a greater whole.

The Principia
The Principia Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy By Newton, Isaac (Book - 1999 ) 530 N563p 1999 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 1 copy
Relativity
Relativity The Special and General Theory By Einstein, Albert (Book - 2005 ) 530.11 E357r 2005 Available in some locations

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