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Scientists
Survival Skills for Scientists
Survival Skills for Scientists
Paperback      ISBN: 1860946410

This book provides young scientists, from physicists through to sociologists, the counsel and tools that are needed to be their own agents and planners, to survive and succeed, hopefully even thrive in science. Making a good career based on peer-reviewed science means navigating many stressful phases from graduate school through to permanent employment. Performing artists pay agents to help them in this effort. In effect, this book is designed to allow you to act as your own agent. You are counseled to analyze yourself deeply to know clearly what you want and whether you can live with it, how to make career choices and what you should then keep in mind, when to fight and when to yield. The unwritten rules of the "science game" are explained, including how to become published and known, the pitfalls of peer review and how to evade them, papers and posters, job interviews and getting your science funded. Interspersed with this are illustrative anecdotes and a fair amount of humor. While the book is aimed at young scientists, from graduate students and beyond, more senior scientists will benefit from seeing the world from the point of view of rising scientists and become aware of the preoccupations of people in a system which has changed much from when the present senior scientists were rather younger.

Telling Lives in Science: Essays on Scientific Biography
Telling Lives in Science
Essays on Scientific Biography
Hardcover      ISBN: 0521433231

Images of scientists and ideas about science are often communicated to the public through historic biographies of eminent scientists, yet there has been little study of the development of scientific biography. Telling Lives brings together a collection of original essays by leading historians of science, several of them biographers, which explore for the first time the nature and development of scientific biography and its importance in forming our ideas about what scientists do, how science works, and why scientific biography remains popular. Theoretical and historical studies range from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, concentrating on such icons as Michael Faraday, Charles Darwin, Humphry Davy, Florence Nightingale and Sir Joseph Banks. With its broad sweep and careful, imaginative scholarship, this volume provides a timely and challenging examination of an important aspect of the culture of science that will be of special interest to historians of science, academics and students, and the general reader interested in the popularization of science.

Telling Lives in Science: Essays on Scientific Biography
Telling Lives in Science
Essays on Scientific Biography
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0521088909

Images of scientists and ideas about science are often communicated to the public through historic biographies of eminent scientists, yet there has been little study of the development of scientific biography. Telling Lives brings together a collection of original essays by leading historians of science, several of them biographers, which explore for the first time the nature and development of scientific biography and its importance in forming our ideas about what scientists do, how science works, and why scientific biography remains popular. Theoretical and historical studies range from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, concentrating on such icons as Michael Faraday, Charles Darwin, Humphry Davy, Florence Nightingale and Sir Joseph Banks. With its broad sweep and careful, imaginative scholarship, this volume provides a timely and challenging examination of an important aspect of the culture of science that will be of special interest to historians of science, academics and students, and the general reader interested in the popularization of science.

Tesla: Man Out of Time
Tesla
Man Out of Time
Paperback      ISBN: 0743215362

In this "informative and delightful" (American Scientist) biography, Margaret Cheney explores the brilliant and prescient mind of Nikola Tesla, one of the twentieth century's greatest scientists and inventors.

In Tesla: Man Out of Time, Margaret Cheney explores the brilliant and prescient mind of one of the twentieth century's greatest scientists and inventors. Called a madman by his enemies, a genius by others, and an enigma by nearly everyone, Nikola Tesla was, without a doubt, a trailblazing inventor who created astonishing, sometimes world-transforming devices that were virtually without theoretical precedent. Tesla not only discovered the rotating magnetic field -- the basis of most alternating-current machinery -- but also introduced us to the fundamentals of robotics, computers, and missile science. Almost supernaturally gifted, unfailingly flamboyant and neurotic, Tesla was troubled by an array of compulsions and phobias and was fond of extravagant, visionary experimentations. He was also a popular man-about-town, admired by men as diverse as Mark Twain and George Westinghouse, and adored by scores of society beauties.
From Tesla's childhood in Yugoslavia to his death in New York in the 1940s, Cheney paints a compelling human portrait and chronicles a lifetime of discoveries that radically altered -- and continue to alter -- the world in which we live. Tesla: Man Out of Time is an in-depth look at the seminal accomplishments of a scientific wizard and a thoughtful examination of the obsessions and eccentricities of the man behind the science.
Third Culture: Beyond the Scientific Revolution
Third Culture
Beyond the Scientific Revolution
Paperback      ISBN: 0684823446

Thirty-five years ago, C. P. Snow, in a now famous essay, wrote about the polarization of the two cultures -- literary intellectuals on the one hand, and scientists on the other. Although he hoped for the emergence of a third culture that would bridge the gap, it is only recently that science has changed the intellectual landscape.
Brockman's thesis that science is emerging as the intellectual center of our society is brought to life vividly in The Third Culture, which weaves together the voices of some of today's most influential scientific figures, including:
Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Dawkins on the implications of evolution Steven Pinker, Marvin Minsky, Daniel C. Dennett, and Roger Penrose on how the mind works
Murray Gell-Mann and Stuart Kauffman on the new sciences of complexity
The Third Culture is an honest picture of science in action. It is at once stimulating, challenging, and riveting

Thread of the Silkworm
Thread of the Silkworm
Paperback      ISBN: 0465006787

The definitive biography of Tsien Hsue-Shen, the pioneer of the American space age who was mysteriously accused of being a communist, deported, and became -- to America's continuing chagrin -- the father of the Chinese missile program.

To Fathom More: African American Scientists and Inventors
To Fathom More
African American Scientists and Inventors
Paperback      ISBN: 0761802150

Contents: Acknowledgements; Preface, Benjamin Banneker; 18th Century Astronomer, Elijah McCoy; 'The Real McCoy', Lewis Howard Latimer; Inventor and Renaissance Man, Daniel Hale Williams; Trail Blazing Surgeon and Builder of Hospitals, Granville T. Woods; So Trains Can Talk to Trains, Charles Turner; Pioneer Entomologist, George Washington Carver; Pioneer Chemurgist, Garrett Morgan; Firefighter's Breathing Helmet, Ernest E. Just; Biology of the Cell, Louis Tompkins Wright, M.D., Frederick McKinley Jones; Truck and Rail Refrigeration, Percy L. Julian; Born to be a Chemist, Charles R. Drew; Pioneer Blood Plasma Scientist, Jane C. Wright; Mother of Chemotherapy, Leon Roddy; The Spider Man, Reatha C. King; Chemistry of the Halogen Compounds, Shirley A. Jackson; Theoretical Physicist; Index.

The Travel Diaries of Albert Einstein: The Far East, Palestine, and Spain, 1922 - 1923
The Travel Diaries of Albert Einstein
The Far East, Palestine, and Spain, 1922 - 1923
Hardcover      ISBN: 0691174415

Albert Einstein's travel diary to the Far East and Middle East

In the fall of 1922, Albert Einstein, along with his then-wife, Elsa Einstein, embarked on a five-and-a-half-month voyage to the Far East and Middle East, regions that the renowned physicist had never visited before. Einstein's lengthy itinerary consisted of stops in Hong Kong and Singapore, two brief stays in China, a six-week whirlwind lecture tour of Japan, a twelve-day tour of Palestine, and a three-week visit to Spain. This handsome edition makes available the complete journal that Einstein kept on this momentous journey.

The telegraphic-style diary entries record Einstein's musings on science, philosophy, art, and politics, as well as his immediate impressions and broader thoughts on such events as his inaugural lecture at the future site of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a garden party hosted by the Japanese Empress, an audience with the King of Spain, and meetings with other prominent colleagues and statesmen. Entries also contain passages that reveal Einstein's stereotyping of members of various nations and raise questions about his attitudes on race. This beautiful edition features stunning facsimiles of the diary's pages, accompanied by an English translation, an extensive historical introduction, numerous illustrations, and annotations. Supplementary materials include letters, postcards, speeches, and articles, a map of the voyage, a chronology, a bibliography, and an index.

Einstein would go on to keep a journal for all succeeding trips abroad, and this first volume of his travel diaries offers an initial, intimate glimpse into a brilliant mind encountering the great, wide world.
A Vision of Modern Science: John Tyndall and the Role of the Scientist in Victorian Culture
A Vision of Modern Science
John Tyndall and the Role of the Scientist in Victorian Culture
Hardcover      ISBN: 0230110533

British physicist John Tyndall dedicated much of his career to establishing the scientist as a cultural authority. His campaign to free science from the restraints of theology caused a national uproar, and in his popular books and lectures he promoted scientific education for all classes. Though he was often labeled a materialist, religion played a large role in Tyndall's vision of science, which drew on Carlyle and Emerson as well as his mentor Michael Faraday. Tyndall's ideas influenced the development of modern science, and in his efforts to create an authoritative role for scientists in society, he played a pivotal role in Victorian history.

What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character
What Do You Care What Other People Think?
Further Adventures of a Curious Character
Hardcover      ISBN: 0393026590

Only once in a great while does a scientist/adventurer like Richard Feynman pass by; even rarer is there a record in his own words, such as the record Feynman leaves here, of the wonders that abounded his life.