November 24, 2012 · by Julie Urban
Don’t miss these titles from Joseph Henry Press, which make wonderful gifts for the science enthusiasts in your life.
While European restaurants race to footnote menus, reassuring concerned gourmands that no genetically modified ingredients were used in the preparation of their food, starving populations around the world eagerly await the next harvest of scientifically… [more]
The electrical grid goes everywhere–it’s the largest and most complex machine ever made. Yet the system is built in such a way that the bigger it gets, the more inevitable its collapse.
Named the greatest [more]achievement of the 20th century by…
Since 1901 there have been over three hundred recipients of the Nobel Prize in the sciences. Only ten of them – about 3 percent – have been women. Why?
In this updated version of Nobel Prize Women in Science, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne explores… [more]
With the publication in 1859 of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Charles Darwin established evolution by common descent as the dominant scientific explanation for nature’s diversity. This was to be his gift to science and… [more]
The Third Domainis the untold story of how the discovery of a new form of life — first ridiculed, then ignored for the past thirty years by mainstream scientists — is revolutionizing science, industry, and even our search for extraterrestrial… [more]
“I find the idea quite intolerable that an electron exposed to radiation should choose of its own free will, not only its moment to jump off, but also its direction. In that case, I would rather be a cobbler, or even an employee in a gaming house, than a… [more]
What is genius? Define it. Now think of scientists who embody the concept of genius. Does the name John Bardeen spring to mind? Indeed, have you ever heard of him?
Like so much in modern life, immediate name recognition often rests on a cult of… [more]
Prime Obsession taught us not to be afraid to put the math in a math book. Unknown Quantity heeds the lesson well. So grab your graphing calculators, slip out the slide rules, and buckle up! John Derbyshire is introducing us to algebra through… [more]