Physics & Mechanics

The Martyrs of Science, or, the Lives of Galileo, Tycho Brahe, and Kepler

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David Brewster


“The martyrs of Science” gives a brief biography of Galileo, Brahe and Kepler. These three men played a pivotal role in the scientific revol…

Treatise on Light

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Christiaan Huygens


Treatise on Light was published in 1690 and is probably the largest scientific volume on light published before Newton's Opticks. The book e…

The Story of Eclipses

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George F. Chambers


Solar eclipses have both frightened and fascinated humankind for thousands of years. At first believed to be caused by angry gods punishing …

The Mysterious Universe


James Jeans


One of the earliest of the popular science book genre, it is a philosophical summary of the new physics of the era by a leading British phys…

Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds

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Bernard Le Bovier De Fontenelle


This book is a popular science book written in the late 1600s. It is written as a series of conversations between a gallant philosopher and …

Radioisotopes in Medicine

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Earl W. Phelan


Radioisotopes in Medicine is an educational booklet published in 1966 as part of the Understanding the Atom series by the United States Atom…

Memoir and Correspondence of Caroline Herschel

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Margaret Herschel


For many people, the name Caroline Herschel will be unfamiliar, but she was one of the most significant women on the English scientific scen…

Dialogo dei Massimi Sistemi

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Galileo Galilei


Testo fondamentale nell'evoluzione del nostro pensiero scientifico e filosofico. Concepita nel 1610, l’opera ebbe un tempo di composizione m…

A History of Astronomy

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Walter W. Bryant


In this book, Walter W. Bryant traces the history of astronomy through the ages. We start at the very beginning, where astronomy was an occu…

Miscellanea Curiosa, Vol 1

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Edmond Halley


"The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous ex…

The General Principle of Relativity: In Its Philosophical and Historical Aspect

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Herbert Wildon Carr


The main purpose of this book is to show the historical relations of the new principle to the old philosophical problems and to the classica…

The Stratagems and The Aqueducts of Rome

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Sextus Julius Frontinus


Frontinus' Stratagems is a collection of examples of military stratagems from Greek and Roman history, which the author comments based on h…

On the Various Forces of Nature

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Michael Faraday


A non-mathematical survey of the fundamental forces of nature and some relationships among them. This is a series of lectures aimed at young…

The Romance of Modern Mechanism

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Archibald Williams


In 1910, when this book was published, the advancement of modern mechanism was still moving at a rapid pace. It must have seemed like very d…

Mars and Its Canals

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Percival Lowell


In the days before telescope photography, astronomers had to draw what they thought they saw through the eyepiece throughout the long dark n…

Faraday As A Discoverer

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John Tyndall


This is the first of two related Faraday projects. It is about Faraday and deals more with biographical references to Faraday, outlining the…

Astronomy: The Science of the Heavenly Bodies

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David Todd


The progress of astronomy from age to age has been far from uniform—rather by leaps and bounds: from the earliest epoch when man's planet ea…

Our Atomic World: The Story of Atomic Energy

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C. Jackson Craven


This booklet is part of the "Understanding the Atom Series" published by the Division of Technical Information of the U.S. Atomic …

The Romance of Modern Astronomy

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Hector Macpherson


From the series, The Library of Romance, the reader is introduced in this book to the modern astronomy of 1911. The author discusses our sol…

The Atom and the Ocean

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E. W. Seabrook Hull


This is one of the publications in the “Understanding the Atom” Series from the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission. Topics covered include an o…

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