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The Dancing Mania

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Justus Hecker


Numerous theories have been proposed for the causes of dancing mania, and it remains unclear whether it was a real illness or a social pheno…

The Andes and The Amazon

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James Orton


This book, with the subtitle "Across the Continent of South America" describes the scientific expedition of 1867 to the equatorial…

The World's Lumber Room

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Selina Gaye


If this book were written today, it would be called "The Story of the World's Rubbish".That may not sound a promising subject for …

The Stories Mother Nature Told Her Children

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Jane Andrews


"You may think that Mother Nature, like the famous "old woman who lived in the shoe," has so many children that she doesn't k…

Short Nonfiction Collection Vol. 015

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Various


A collection of short nonfiction works in the public domain. The essays, speeches and reports included in this collection were independently…

The Elements of Entomology

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William Ruschenberger


The Elements of Entomology is one of seven in a Series of First Books of Natural History Prepared for the Use of Schools and Colleges. It is…

The National Geographic Magazine Vol. 01 No. 4

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National Geographic Society


National Geographic Magazine Volume 1 Number 4 published in 1889. Topics of articles are: Irrigation in California Round about Asheville…

Star Stories for Little Folks

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Gertrude Chandler Warner


Gertrude Chandler Warner, known mainly for her "Boxcar Children" series of mystery books, published this small book of Astronomy, …

Histology of the Blood

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Paul Ehrlich


This is a textbook on the science of blood and bloodwork by (1908) Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Paul Ehrlich. Should appeal to hematologists, phl…

Woman in Science

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John Augustine Zahm


A history of woman's role in science through the ages and the many contributions she has made. (summary by Guero)

Short Nonfiction Collection Vol. 006

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Various


A collection of fifteen short nonfiction works in the public domain. The essays, speeches and reports included in this collection were inde…

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…

Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America, During the…

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Alexander Von Humboldt


In Volume 2 of “The Personal Narrative”, Alexander von Humboldt and the botanist Aimé Bonpland continue their travels, beginning at L…

Is Mars Habitable?

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Alfred Russel Wallace


In 1907 Wallace wrote the short book Is Mars Habitable? to criticize the claims made by Percival Lowell that there were Martian canals built…

The San Francisco Calamity by Earthquake and Fire

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Charles Morris and Charles Mclean Andrews


The first half of this book describes the devastating earthquake that hit San Francisco in 1906, and the subsequent destruction caused by fi…

Criminal Investigation: a Practical Handbook for Magistrates, Police Officers a…

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Hans Gross


Reputedly inspired by the Sherlock Holmes stories, Austrian criminal jurist and examining magistrate Hans Gross wrote the first handbook on …

The Seven Follies of Science

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John Phin


The seven follies of science; a popular account of the most famous scientific impossibilities and the attempts which have been made to solve…

The Insect Folk

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Margaret Warner Morley


Through delightful outings with her students, a teacher introduces her class to the fascinating world of insects. She encourages her student…

Birds and Bees, Sharp Eyes, and Other Papers

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John Burroughs


Probably no other American writer has a greater sympathy with, and a keener enjoyment of, country life in all its phases—farming, camping, f…

Twentieth Century Inventions: A Forecast

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George Sutherland


This work from 1901 predicts what technological developments will manifest in the twentieth century. The author, a technical journalist, pre…

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