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Hypotheses and Perspectives in the History and Philosophy of Science Homage to Alexandre Koyre 1892-1964 by Raffaele Pisano Hypotheses and Perspectives in the History and Philosophy of Science Homage to Alexandre Koyre 1892-1964

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of his passing (in 2014), this special book features studies on Alexandre Koyre (1892-1964), one of the most influential historians of science of the 20th century, who re-evaluated prevalent thinking on the history and philosophy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/09/2017

Building the General Relativity and Gravitation Community During the Cold War by Roberto Lalli Building the General Relativity and Gravitation Community During the Cold War

This monograph presents a new perspective on the history of general relativity. It outlines the attempts to establish an institutional framework for the promotion of the field during the Cold War. Readers will learn the difficulties that key figures experienced...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/09/2017

Meghnad Saha His Life in Science and Politics by Pramod  V. Naik Meghnad Saha His Life in Science and Politics

This biography is a short yet comprehensive overview of the life of Meghnad Saha, the mastermind behind the frequently used Saha equations and a strong contributor to the foundation of science in India. The author explores the lesser known details...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/09/2017

The Forgotten Genius Of Oliver Heaviside A Maverick of Electrical Science by Basil Mahon The Forgotten Genius Of Oliver Heaviside A Maverick of Electrical Science


Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2017

Clockwork Futures The Science of Steampunk and the Reinvention of the Modern World by Brandy Schillace Clockwork Futures The Science of Steampunk and the Reinvention of the Modern World


Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2017

Osiris, Volume 32 Data Histories by Aronova Elena Osiris, Volume 32 Data Histories

The history of data brings together topics and themes from a variety of perspectives in history of science: histories of the material culture of information and of computing, the history of politics on individual and global scales, gender and women's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017

The Pursuit of Harmony Kepler on Cosmos, Confession, and Community by Aviva Rothman The Pursuit of Harmony Kepler on Cosmos, Confession, and Community

A committed Lutheran excommunicated from his own church, a friend to Catholics and Calvinists alike, a layman who called himself a priest of God, a Copernican in a world where Ptolemy still reigned, a man who argued at the same...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

The Ascent of Affect Genealogy and Critique by Ruth Leys The Ascent of Affect Genealogy and Critique

In recent years, the emotions have become a major, vibrant topic of research not merely in the biological and psychological sciences but throughout a wide swath of the humanities and social sciences as well. Yet, surprisingly, there is still no...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017

Bloomsbury Scientists Science and Art in the Wake of Darwin by Michael Boulter Bloomsbury Scientists Science and Art in the Wake of Darwin


Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

Bloomsbury Scientists Science and Art in the Wake of Darwin by Michael Boulter Bloomsbury Scientists Science and Art in the Wake of Darwin


Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017

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The Rise of Science in Islam and the West From Shared Heritage to Parting of The Ways, Eighth to Nineteenth Centuries by John W. Livingston The Rise of Science in Islam and the West From Shared Heritage to Parting of The Ways, Eighth to Nineteenth Centuries

This is a study of science in Muslim society from its rise in the eighth century to the efforts of nineteenth century Muslim thinkers and reformers to regain the lost ethos that had given birth to the rich scientific heritage...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2017

Vital Forces, Teleology and Organization Philosophy of Nature and the Rise of Biology in Germany by Andrea Gambarotto Vital Forces, Teleology and Organization Philosophy of Nature and the Rise of Biology in Germany

This comprehensive account of vitalism and the German philosophy of nature in the eighteenth century proposes an innovative thesis. The author restates the theories formulated by the Gottingen School, but also shows that some of its central tenets are drawn...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2017

Institutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology Race Matters in Mental Health by Suman Fernando Institutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology Race Matters in Mental Health

This book examines the deep roots of racism in the mental health system. Suman Fernando weaves the histories of racial discourse and clinical practice into a narrative of power, knowledge, and black suffering in an ostensibly progressive and scientifically grounded...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/09/2017

Vivarium Experimental, Quantitative, and Theoretical Biology at Vienna's Biologische Versuchsanstalt by Gerd B. Muller Vivarium Experimental, Quantitative, and Theoretical Biology at Vienna's Biologische Versuchsanstalt

The Biologische Versuchsanstalt was founded in Vienna in 1902 with the explicit goal to foster the quantification, mathematization, and theory formation of the biological sciences. Three biologists from affluent Viennese Jewish families -- Hans Przibram, Wilhelm Figdor, and Leopold von...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/09/2017

Cultivating Commerce Cultures of Botany in Britain and France, 1760-1815 by Sarah (University of St Andrews, Scotland) Easterby-Smith Cultivating Commerce Cultures of Botany in Britain and France, 1760-1815
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A new social history of botany in Britain and France, 1760-1815, demonstrating the significance of commerce, horticulture and amateur scholarship.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

The Lost Species Great Expeditions in the Collections of Natural History Museums by Christopher Kemp The Lost Species Great Expeditions in the Collections of Natural History Museums

The tiny, lungless Thorius salamander from southern Mexico, thinner than a match and smaller than a quarter. The lushly white-coated Saki, an arboreal monkey from the Brazilian rainforests. The olinguito, a native of the Andes, which looks part mongoose, part...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Future Remains A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene by Gregg Mitman Future Remains A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene

What can a pesticide pump, a jar full of sand, or an old calico print tell us about the Anthropocene the age of humans? Just as paleontologists look to fossil remains to infer past conditions of life on earth, so...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Tiger Check Automating the US Air Force Fighter Pilot in Air-to-Air Combat, 1950-1980 by Steven A. Fino Tiger Check Automating the US Air Force Fighter Pilot in Air-to-Air Combat, 1950-1980

The book illuminates the complex interactions between human and machine that accompany advancing automation in the workplace.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Leviathan and the Air-Pump Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life by Steven Shapin, Simon Schaffer Leviathan and the Air-Pump Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life
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Leviathan and the Air-Pump examines the conflicts over the value and propriety of experimental methods between two major seventeenth-century thinkers: Thomas Hobbes, author of the political treatise Leviathan and vehement critic of systematic experimentation in natural philosophy, and Robert Boyle,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

Future Remains A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene by Gregg Mitman Future Remains A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene

What can a pesticide pump, a jar full of sand, or an old calico print tell us about the Anthropocene the age of humans? Just as paleontologists look to fossil remains to infer past conditions of life on earth, so...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

From Sight to Light The Passage from Ancient to Modern Optics by A. Mark Smith From Sight to Light The Passage from Ancient to Modern Optics

From its inception in Greek antiquity, the science of optics was aimed primarily at explaining sight and accounting for why things look as they do. By the end of the seventeenth century, however, the analytic focus of optics had shifted...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

The Restless Clock A History of the Centuries-Long Argument Over What Makes Living Things Tick by Jessica Riskin The Restless Clock A History of the Centuries-Long Argument Over What Makes Living Things Tick

Today, a scientific explanation is not meant to ascribe agency to natural phenomena: we would not say a rock falls because it seeks the center of the earth. Even for living things, in the natural sciences and often in the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/10/2017

Raising the Dead The Men Who Created Frankenstein by Andy Dougan Raising the Dead The Men Who Created Frankenstein

Presents the story of the science of galvanism - named after the Italian scientist Luigi Galvini who had conducted the original experiments - a movement that investigated the theory of 'animal electricity', a unifying vital spirit that animates us all,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

The Women Who Popularized Geology in the 19th Century by Kristine Larsen The Women Who Popularized Geology in the 19th Century

The female authors highlighted in this monograph represent a special breed of science writer, women who not only synthesized the science of their day (often drawing upon their own direct experience in the laboratory, field, classroom, and/or public lecture hall),...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/10/2017

Measuring Shadows Kepler's Optics of Invisibility by Raz Chen-Morris Measuring Shadows Kepler's Optics of Invisibility


Format: Paperback - Released: 15/10/2017

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System The Shaping of Modern Knowledge by Clifford (Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English and American Literature, New York University) Siskin System The Shaping of Modern Knowledge
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A system can describe what we see (the solar system), operate a computer (Windows 10), or be made on a page (the fourteen engineered lines of a sonnet). In this book, Clifford Siskin shows that system is best understood as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2017

Scientific Practices in European History, 1200-1800 A Book of Texts by Peter (Cornell University, USA) Dear Scientific Practices in European History, 1200-1800 A Book of Texts
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Scientific Practices in European History, 1200-1800 presents and situates a collection of extracts from both widely known texts by such figures as Copernicus, Newton, and Lavoisier, and lesser known but significant items, all chosen to provide a perspective on topics...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/08/2017

Discovering the Mammoth - A Tale of Giants, Unicorns, Ivory, and the Birth of a New Science by John J. McKay Discovering the Mammoth - A Tale of Giants, Unicorns, Ivory, and the Birth of a New Science


Format: Hardback - Released: 08/08/2017

Scientific Practices in European History, 1200-1800 A Book of Texts by Peter (Cornell University, USA) Dear Scientific Practices in European History, 1200-1800 A Book of Texts
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Scientific Practices in European History, 1200-1800 presents and situates a collection of extracts from both widely known texts by such figures as Copernicus, Newton, and Lavoisier, and lesser known but significant items, all chosen to provide a perspective on topics...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/08/2017

The Refracted Muse Literature and Optics in Early Modern Spain by Enrique Garcia Santo-Tomas The Refracted Muse Literature and Optics in Early Modern Spain

Galileo never set foot on the Iberian Peninsula, yet, as Enrique Garcia Santo-Tomas unfolds in The Refracted Muse, the news of his work with telescopes brought him to surprising prominence--not just among Spaniards working in the developing science of optometry...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/08/2017

Managing the Experience of Hearing Loss in Britain, 1830-1930 by Graeme Gooday, Karen Sayer Managing the Experience of Hearing Loss in Britain, 1830-1930
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This book looks at how hearing loss among adults was experienced, viewed and treated in Britain before the National Health Service. We explore the changing status of `hard of hearing' people during the nineteenth century as categorized among diverse and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/08/2017

Harmonies of Disorder Norbert Wiener: A Mathematician-Philosopher of Our Time by Leone Montagnini Harmonies of Disorder Norbert Wiener: A Mathematician-Philosopher of Our Time

This book presents the entire body of thought of Norbert Wiener (1894-1964), knowledge of which is essential if one wishes to understand and correctly interpret the age in which we live. The focus is in particular on the philosophical and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/08/2017

The Great Formal Machinery Works Theories of Deduction and Computation at the Origins of the Digital Age by Jan von Plato The Great Formal Machinery Works Theories of Deduction and Computation at the Origins of the Digital Age

The information age owes its existence to a little-known but crucial development, the theoretical study of logic and the foundations of mathematics. The Great Formal Machinery Works draws on original sources and rare archival materials to trace the history of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/08/2017

The Unreliable Nation Hostile Nature and Technological Failure in the Cold War by Edward (Associate Professor, History of Science and Technology, York University) Jones-Imhotep The Unreliable Nation Hostile Nature and Technological Failure in the Cold War
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Throughout the modern period, nations defined themselves through the relationship between nature and machines. Many cast themselves as a triumph of technology over the forces of climate, geography, and environment. Some, however, crafted a powerful alternative identity: they defined themselves...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/07/2017

The Vaccine Contest Being an Exact Outline of the Arguments ... Respecting Cow-Pox Inoculation by William, QC Blair The Vaccine Contest Being an Exact Outline of the Arguments ... Respecting Cow-Pox Inoculation
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An 1806 pamphlet by an English surgeon detailing the benefits of the first effective smallpox vaccine available to Londoners.
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/07/2017

The Columbian Exchange by Joshua Specht The Columbian Exchange

Crosby's landmark 1972 work argues that environmental factors shape our history just as much as-and sometimes more than-human factors.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/07/2017

The Columbian Exchange by Joshua Specht The Columbian Exchange

Crosby's landmark 1972 work argues that environmental factors shape our history just as much as-and sometimes more than-human factors.
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/07/2017

Nature's Metropolis Chicago And The Great West by Cheryl Hudson Nature's Metropolis Chicago And The Great West

Before the publication of Nature's Metropolis in 1991, historians generally treated urban and rural areas as distinct from one another, each following separate lines of development and maturity.
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/07/2017

Nature's Metropolis Chicago and the Great West by Cheryl Hudson Nature's Metropolis Chicago and the Great West

Before the publication of Nature's Metropolis in 1991, historians generally treated urban and rural areas as distinct from one another, each following separate lines of development and maturity.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/07/2017

Epistemic Virtues in the Sciences and the Humanities by Jeroen van Dongen Epistemic Virtues in the Sciences and the Humanities

This book explores how physicists, astronomers, chemists, and historians in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries employed `epistemic virtues' such as accuracy, objectivity, and intellectual courage. In doing so, it takes the first step in providing an integrated history...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2017

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