From Woollen Mills to Flying Machines



A Yorkshire lad’s memories of being brought up in a mill environment at the beginning of the 20th century, from his first days at school through to becoming a Director of a large aircraft company. The book commences with his first day at school and describes how children spent their leisure time with some annual highlights of what life was like in a West Riding of Yorkshire village in those days – this includes working half-time in the mill at 11 years of age to a full-time 53 hour week at…

The Bone Hunters: The Heroic Age of Paleontology in the American West



“Highly recommended to all scientists and non-scientists interested in paleontology and the West.” — Science Books
A century after the founding of the Republic, the United States was a leader in the science of vertebrate paleontology — the study of the fossils of backboned animals. In this lucid, nontechnical study, a noted popularizer of science and former curator at the Museum of the University of Colorado first reviews the geology of the western United States and provides an overview…

You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Stories of Life, Death and in Between


‘Gripping, soaring, inspiring . . . Read it.’ Atul Gawande, author of the international best seller Being Mortal

Modern medicine is a world that glimmers with new technology and cutting-edge research. To the public eye, medical stories often begin with sirens and flashing lights and culminate in survival or death. But these are only the most visible narratives. As a critical care doctor treating people at their sickest, Daniela Lamas is fascinated by a different story: what comes after for…

Prodigal Genius: The Life of Nikola Tesla



Even the gods of old, in the wildest imaginings of their worshipers, never undertook such gigantic tasks of world-wide dimension as those which Tesla attempted and accomplished.
-from Chapter One

First published in 1944 and long a favorite of Tesla fans, this is a definitive biography of the man without whom modern civilization would not exist.

Nikola Tesla, pioneer of electrical engineering, was a close friend of Pulitzer Prize-winning author O’Neill, and here, O’Neill captures the man as a…

Breakaway: An Autobiography



“All I have is a carry-on, a stethoscope, and a basketball in a mesh cinch bag.” Before Doctor Dan Murphy’s ongoing fight for healthcare in Timor-Leste, he lived another life worth sharing. In an otherwise untold story, Breakaway gives an intimate account of the beginning of his story: growing up in small-town Iowa where basketball taught him how to keep his balance both on and off the court. It is with this same amount of focus and determination that he would later fight for global…

The Wonderful Mr Willughby: The First True Ornithologist



From the author of Bird Sense and The Most Perfect Thing, a biography of Francis Willughby, the first ornithologist
Francis Willughby lived and thrived in the midst of the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. Along with his Cambridge tutor John Ray, Willughby was determined to overhaul the whole of natural history and impose order on its complexity. It was exhilarating, exacting and exhausting work. Yet before Willughby and Ray’s first book, the monumental encyclopaedia of…

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