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Smiley, The Man Who Invented The Computer - The Biography of John Atanasoff. [Atanasoff, John] Smiley, Jane. The Man Who Invented The Computer - The Biography of John Atanasoff. First Edition. New York, Doubleday, 2010. 16cm x 24cm 246 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Excellent, close to new condition.

Why don't we know the name of John Atanasoff as well as we know those of such genius computing pioneeers as Alan Turing and John von Neumann? Because he never patented the device, and the developers of the far better-known ENIAC, John Mauchly and J.Presper Eckert, almost certainly stole his critical ideas. But in 1973, a court declared that the patent on that Sperry Rand device was invalid, opening the intellectual property gates to the computer revolution and the digital universe we now inhabit.
Jane Smiley was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001, she recieved the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature in 2006.

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Bastian, The Nature and Origin of Living Matter. Bastian, H. Charlton. The Nature and Origin of Living Matter. With 245 illustrations from photomicrographs. First Edition. London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1905. 15 x 23.5cm. 344 pages. Original hardcover with gilt lettering. Some signs of external wear, including water stain to rear board, otherwise in very good condition with binding solid and text clear.

Henry Charlton Bastian (1837 – 1915) was an English physiologist and neurologist who was made Fellow of the Royal Society in 1868. Bastian graduated in 1861 at the University of London. At first he worked at St. Mary’s Hospital, London, as assistant physician and lecturer on pathology, but returned to his alma mater in 1867 as professor of pathological anatomy, having received the M.D. a year before. He continued to practice clinical medicine, and in 1878 was promoted to physician to University College Hospital. From 1887 to 1898 Bastian held the chair of the principles and practice of medicine and also had an appointment at the National Hospital in Queen Square, London, from 1868 to 1902. Early in his career he worked on the problem of abiogenesis, or spontaneous generation, and the return of this interest determined his premature retirement from clinical neurology. Bastian returned to his biological studies in 1900 and devoted the last fifteen years of his life to the fundamental problem of the origin of life. He was the last scientific believer in spontaneous generation. In this regard Bastian was criticized by biologists who accused him of insufficient knowledge of lower forms of life. He attempted to substantiate these phenomena in Studies in Heterogenesis (1904) and in The Nature and Origin of Living Matter (1905).

Keywords: Biology, Evolution, Reference, Science

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Bodin, Das Wetter und wir. Bodin, Svante / Malberg, Horst. Das Wetter und Wir. Berlin, Universitas Verlag, 1979. 12 x 18,5cm. 223 Seiten, mit Farbtafeln und Schwarzweißabbildungen. Gebundene Ausgabe. Sehr guter Zustand. Namenseintrag im Vorsatz.

Das vorliegende Buch ist das Ergebnis einer deutsch-schwedischen Zusammenarbeit. Es fasst die neusten Forschungsergebnisse auf dem Gebiet der Meteorologie und Klimatologie in verständlicher Sprache zusammen. Es ist geschrieben für alle, die sich für das Wetter und Klima von heute, morgen und übermorgen interessieren. Es ist der Ausdruck einer faszinierenden Wissenschaft, die Darstellung von den Vorgängen in jenem Teil unserer unmittelbaren Umwelt, in dem wir leben und atmen. [Universitas]

Keywords: Klima, Klimatologie, Meteorologie, Wetter, Wetterkunde, Wissenschaft

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Bray, Pivots and Caps in Compasses. Bray, Lieutenant R. J. Pivots and Caps in Compasses. London, His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1917. 16 x 25cm. 78 pages, with 88 illustrations. Original hardcover with gilt lettering. Mild signs of wear to boards and spine, outer margins of pastedowns and endpapers slightly waterstained. Otherwise in very good condition. Very Rare !

A report prepared for the British Admiralty and published in 1917 by the Government Stationery Office.
Contents include:
Chapter One - The elementary theory of the inter-action of two highly polished surfaces in contact under pressure.
Chapter Two - Materials: The chemical composition, physical properties, and occurrence of the principal substances examined to determine the degree of suitability for pivots and caps.
Chapter Three - Typical examples of compass pivots and caps under various conditions of service and tests.
Chapter Four - The correct shape of pivots and caps.
Chapter Five - The selection of tests and materials.
Chapter Six - The manufacture of pivots and caps.
Chapter Seven - System of examination of finished product.

Keywords: British Army, Navigation, Navy, Physics, Science

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Bryson, Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery & the Genius of the Roya Bryson, Bill ed. Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery & the Genius of the Royal Society. First US Edition. New York, William Morrow, 2010. Octavo. 506 pages. Original Hardcover with dustjacket in protective Mylar. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Like new, out of print.

William McGuire "Bill" Bryson OBE FRS (/'bra?s?n/; born December 8, 1951) is a best-selling Anglo-American author of books on travel, the English language, science, and other non-fiction topics. Born in the United States, he has been a resident of Britain for most of his adult life, returning to America between 1995 and 2003. He served as the chancellor of Durham University from 2005 to 2011. Bryson came to prominence in the United Kingdom with the publication of Notes from a Small Island (1995), an exploration of Britain, and its accompanying television series. He received widespread recognition again with the publication of A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003), a book widely acclaimed for its accessible communication of science. Bryson was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2013, becoming the first non-Briton upon whom this honour has been conferred. His biography at the Society reads: "Bill Bryson is a popular author who is driven by a deep curiosity for the world we live in. Bill's books and lectures demonstrate an abiding love for science and an appreciation for its social importance. His international bestseller, A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003), is widely acclaimed for its accessible communication of science and has since been adapted for children." (Wikipedia).

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Gingerich, The Book Nobody Read: In Pursuit of the Revolutions of Nicolaus Coper [Copernicus, Nicolaus] Gingerich, Owen. The Book Nobody Read: In Pursuit of the Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus. London, William Heinemann, 2004. Octavo. XII, 306 pages. Original Hardcover with protective Mylar. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear.

Owen Jay Gingerich ( born 1930) is professor emeritus of astronomy and of the history of science at Harvard University and a senior astronomer emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. In addition to his research and teaching, he has written many books on the history of astronomy. Gingerich was born to a Mennonite family in Washington, Iowa, but was raised on the prairies of Kansas where he first became interested in astronomy. His father, Melvin Gingerich, taught at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, from 1941 to 1947, when he took a job at Goshen College in Indiana. He travelled to Poland in 1946 as a seagoing cowboy. When his family relocated, Owen Gingerich began attending Goshen College without having graduated from high school, having just completed his junior year. He continued his studies at Harvard University. In 2004, Newton High School awarded him an honorary high school diploma. Gingerich is a widely recognized authority on both Johannes Kepler and Nicolaus Copernicus, especially in regard to his De revolutionibus orbium coelestium. He is also an expert on Galileo's astronomical observations, and took a leading role in establishing that the watercolor lunar images in a celebrated copy of Galileo's Sidereus nuncius were modern forgeries and not made by Galileo. (Wikipedia).

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De Kruif, Microbe Hunters. De Kruif, Paul. Microbe Hunters. London / Toronto, Jonathan Cape, 1936. 14 cm x 20 cm. 319, 19 pages. Original hardcover. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. [The Life and Letters Series, Vol 3]

Includes for example the following essays: Leeuwenhoek: First of the Microbe Hunters / Pasteur: Microbes are a Menace! / Pasteur and the Mad Dog / Theobald Smith: Ticks and Texas Fever etc.

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Eddington, Stars and Atoms. Eddington, A.S. Stars and Atoms. Oxford, Clarendon Press 1927. 15.5 cm x 22.5 cm. 127 pages with photographs. Original hardcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Slightly worn on top and bottom of spine and edges. Some signs of foxing.

Includes for example the following Lectures:- The Interior of a Star / Some Recent Investigations / The Age of the Stars etc.

"This book contains A. S. Eddington’s 1926 treatise, "Stars and Atoms". Originally an evening discourse given at the meeting of the British Association in Oxford in August 1926, "Stars and Atoms" was expanded and republished here in the form of three accessible and interesting lectures. This insightful collection of essays is recommended for those with an interest in the history and development of astronomy, and would make for a great addition to collections of allied literature. Contents include: “The Interior of a Star”, “Temperature of the Interior”, “Ionization of Atoms”, “Radiation, Pressure and Mass”, “The Interior of a Star”, “Opacity of Stellar Matter”, “Some Recent Investigations”, “The Story of Algol”, “The Story of the Companion of Sirius”, “Spectral Series”, “The Sun’s Chromosphere”, etcetera. Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882 - 1944) was an esteemed English mathematician, physicist, and astronomer during the early twentieth century. Many vintage texts such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author".(Amazon).

Keywords: Atoms, Science, Stars

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[Einstein, Einstein - His Life and Universe. [Einstein, Albert]. Isaacson, Walter. Einstein - His Life and Universe. New York, Simon & Schuster. 2007. 16 cm x 24 cm. XXII, 675 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. Out of print.

Includes for example the following essays: Main Characters, The Light-Beam Rider, Childhood 1879-1896, The Miracle Year - Quanta and Molecules 1905, Special Relativity 1905, The Wandering Professor 1909-1914,The Refugee 1932-1933, Quantum Entanglement 1935, and The End 1955. Epliogue details Einstein's Brain and Einstein's Mind.

Keywords: Military History, World War I, World War One

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[Galilei, Galileo. [Galilei, Galileo] Heilbron, J.L. Galileo. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010. Octavo. XIV, 508 pages. With several illustrations (also in colour). Original hardcover with dustjacket in protective Mylar. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear.

Includes for example the following essays: A Florentine Education / Gap years / A Tuscan Archimedes / Life in the Serenissima / Hell an Mathematics / Barycentric Exercises / De Motu / Galileo at 25 / Galilean Science / Poetical Interlude / The Pope / Dramatis Personae / Last Days / Glossary of NAmes etc.


Galileo Galilei (15 February 1564[3] – 8 January 1642) was an Italian polymath: astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician.

He played a major role in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. His contributions to observational astronomy include the telescopic confirmation of the phases of Venus, the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter (named the Galilean moons in his honour), and the observation and analysis of sunspots. Galileo also worked in applied science and technology, inventing an improved military compass and other instruments.

Galileo's championing of heliocentrism and Copernicanism was controversial during his lifetime, when most subscribed to either geocentrism or the Tychonic system. He met with opposition from astronomers, who doubted heliocentrism because of the absence of an observed stellar parallax. The matter was investigated by the Roman Inquisition in 1615, which concluded that heliocentrism was "foolish and absurd in philosophy, and formally heretical since it explicitly contradicts in many places the sense of Holy Scripture." Galileo later defended his views in Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, which appeared to attack Pope Urban VIII and thus alienated him and the Jesuits, who had both supported Galileo up until this point. He was tried by the Inquisition, found "vehemently suspect of heresy", and forced to recant. He spent the rest of his life under house arrest. While under house arrest, he wrote one of his best-known works, Two New Sciences, in which he summarized work he had done some forty years earlier on the two sciences now called kinematics and strength of materials.

He has been called the "father of observational astronomy", the "father of modern physics", the "father of scientific method", and the "father of science". (Wikipedia)

Keywords: 16. Jahrhundert, 16th Century, 17.Jahrhundert, 17th Century, Astronomy, Science

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