Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome

A Nobel Prize winning biologist tells the riveting story of his race to discover the inner workings of biology s most important molecule Everyone has heard of DNA But by itself, DNA is just an inert blueprint for life It is the ribosome an enormous molecular machine made up of a million

The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

A New York Times Notable Book From Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Deborah Blum, the dramatic true story of how food was made safe in the United States and the heroes, led by the inimitable Dr Harvey Washington Wiley, who fought for change By the end of nineteenth

The Weather Experiment: The Pioneers Who Sought to See the Future

In 1865 Admiral Robert FitzRoy locked himself in his dressing room and cut his throat His grand meteorological project had failed Yet only a decade later, FitzRoy s storm warning system and forecasts would return, the model for what we use today In an age when a storm at sea was evidence of

The Ascent of Gravity: The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything

Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world yet it is the strongest force in the universe It was the first force to be recognized and described yet it is the least understood It is a force that keeps your feet on the ground yet no such force actually exists Gravity, to steal the words of

Mind Fixers: Psychiatry's Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness

In Mind Fixers, Anne Harrington, author of The Cure Within, explores psychiatrys repeatedly frustrated struggle to understand mental disorder in biomedical terms She shows how the stalling of early twentieth century efforts in this direction allowed Freudians and social scientists to insist, with

The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age

Enrico Fermi is unquestionably among the greats of the world s physicists, the most famous Italian scientist since Galileo Called the Pope by his peers, he was regarded as infallible in his instincts and research His discoveries changed our world they led to weapons of mass destruction and

The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters

How does life work How does nature produce the right numbers of zebras and lions on the African savanna, or fish in the ocean How do our bodies produce the right numbers of cells in our organs and bloodstream In The Serengeti Rules, award winning biologist and author Sean Carroll tells the

How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Space Flight

How a historic race gave birth to private space flight Alone in a Spartan black cockpit, test pilot Mike Melvill rocketed toward space He had eighty seconds to exceed the speed of sound and begin the climb to a target no civilian pilot had ever reached There was a chance he would not come back

Stalin and the Scientists: A History of Triumph and Tragedy, 1905-1953

Scientists throughout history, from Galileo to todays experts on climate change, have often had to contend with politics in their pursuit of knowledge But in the Soviet Union, where the ruling elites embraced, patronized, and even fetishized science like never before, scientists lived their lives

The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos

A few million years ago, our ancestors came down from the trees and began to stand upright, freeing our hands to create tools and our minds to grapple with the world around us Leonard Mlodinow takes us on a passionate and inspiring tour through the exciting history of human progress and the key