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History

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

For some historical perspective on the science and technology that has shaped our present lives, try these books.


Mr. Lincoln's High-Tech War
Mr. Lincoln's High-Tech War

Discover how 19th century advances in technology, such as telegraphs, surveillance balloons, and new guns, contributed directly to the Union victory in the Civil War.


Why Pi?
Why Pi?

Examining how people from ancient Egyptians to modern scientists have used numbers to measure things through the ages, this book makes math interesting and is filled with games, puzzles, brainteasers, and fun facts.


The Age of Genius: 1300 to 1800
The Age of Genius: 1300 to 1800

The five centuries from CE 1300 to 1800 marked the end of a rich period of cultural, mathematical, and scientific advancements in China, India, and Arabic countries, while witnessing new intellectual life in Europe and the western hemisphere.


The Birth of Mathematics: Ancient Times to 1300
The Birth of Mathematics: Ancient Times to 1300

From 700 BCE to CE 1300, thousands of scholars from many different civilizations introduced mathematical ideas that established the foundations of arithmetic, number theory, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, as well as the related sciences of astronomy and physics.


Darwin's Origin of Species: A Biography
Darwin's Origin of Species: A Biography

The idea that living things, including humans, gradually evolve through natural selection is nearly as controversial today as it was upon publication over a century ago, and it remains at the heart of an intense debate between scientists and creationists.


A Really Short History of Nearly Everything
A Really Short History of Nearly Everything

Popular writer Bryson turns from geographical to temporal realms to summarize what has happened from the time of the big bang to now, especially as it pertains to items of local interest, such as the solar system, earth, life, and humans.


The History of Astronomy
The History of Astronomy

This extraordinary book traces the stories of humans interacting with the endless wonders of the night sky, beginning with the earliest superstitions and continuing to the birth and development of the science of astronomy.


Biology: The People Behind the Science
Biology: The People Behind the Science

From the discovery of penicillin to the theory of evolution to the demonstration of sex-linked inheritance, Biology profiles ten extraordinary individuals who beat the odds and pioneered their way to a permanent place in the scientific community.


Physics: The People Behind the Science
Physics: The People Behind the Science

From the discovery of the process of nuclear fission to an explanation of the nature of light, from the theory of special relativity to advancements made in particle physics, this volume profiles ten pioneers who overcame tremendous odds to make significant breakthroughs in this heavily studied branch of science.


Concise History of Science and Invention: An Illustrated Time Line
Concise History of Science and Invention: An Illustrated Time Line

An organized look at humankind's key scientific and innovative achievements that spans all human history, presenting ten distinct eras from the first glimmers of intelligence to the cutting-edge technologies of the modern world.


Einstein Adds a New Dimension
Einstein Adds a New Dimension

Beginning with a journey through space as Albert Einstein rides on a light beam, Hakim takes a lively and accessible look at the theory of relativity, chaos theory, and string theory, showing throughout how the greatest scientific discoveries often begin with the simplest questions about our world.


Science: The Definitive Visual Guide
Science: The Definitive Visual Guide

This remarkable reference book tells the story of science from earliest times to the present day, taking in everything from ancient Greek geometry to quantum physics, from the wedge to the Worldwide Web.


100 Most Important Science Ideas: Key Concepts in Genetics, Physics and Mathematics
100 Most Important Science Ideas: Key Concepts in Genetics, Physics and Mathematics

This book simplifies and explains 100 key concepts in modern science in language easily understood by general readers. The authors use everyday examples and instructive diagrams -- for example, the genome, Sudoku, and crossing time zones -- to describe scientific principles, hypotheses, theorems, and laws.


100 Greatest Science Inventions of All Time
100 Greatest Science Inventions of All Time

Everything you need to know about 100 amazing inventions, providing a panoramic overview of the history of science and important discoveries.


Reinventing Knowledge: From Alexandria to the Internet
Reinventing Knowledge: From Alexandria to the Internet

A sweeping history of the key institutions that have organized knowledge in the West from the classical period onward. With elegance and wit, this exhilarating history alights at the pivotal points of cultural transformation.


Science
Science

This trusty guide explains scientific advances in anatomy, computing, electricity, and astronomy and features scientific thinkers from Pythagoras to Newton to Hawking.


Dinosaurus: The Complete Guide to Dinosaurs
Dinosaurus: The Complete Guide to Dinosaurs

Dinosaurus is organized into the major dinosaur families and identifies 500 species, creature by creature, from the voracious flesh-eaters to the egg-stealers to vegetarians. Learn what they looked like, what they ate, and how they how they fought, lived, and died.