From a Grain of Salt to the Ribosome: The History of Crystallography as See…



This book is published to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography 2014, as proclaimed by the United Nations. The year has been chosen as the International Year of Crystallographic since it was 100 years ago that the first Nobel Prize was awarded for crystallographic observations to Max von Laue. Just a year later, Sir William Henry Bragg and William Lawrence Bragg, father and son, won their prize for showing the possibility of determining atomic positions in crystals.This book…

Good Guys, Wise Guys, and Putting Up Buildings



Good Guys, Wise Guys, and Putting Up Buildings Starting in the Navy Seabees at the end of WWII, the author made his way as a general contractor in New York City through the period of explosive development, private exuberance and the historic growth of publicly supported housing. His storied career brought him into contact with a variety of personalities. This book tells his story. Full description

The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Te…


Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and winner of the Royal Society Prize for Science Books, Richard Holmes’s dazzling portrait of the age of great scientific discovery is a groundbreaking achievement.

The book opens with Joseph Banks, botanist on Captain Cook’s first Endeavour voyage, who stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769 fully expecting to have located Paradise. Back in Britain, the same Romantic revolution that had inspired Banks was spurring other great thinkers on to their…

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