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Janet Maria Vaughan  1899 - 1993  -  A Memorial Tribute, Adams, Pauline    (edited by)
1 Adams, Pauline (edited by) Janet Maria Vaughan 1899 - 1993 - A Memorial Tribute
Oxford Somerville College 1993 First Edition Soft Cover Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy. A memorial tribute to Dame Janet Maria Vaughan (1899-1993), the acclaimed haematologist and radiobiologist, principal of Somerville College, Oxford comprising a foreword by Catherine Hughes, Principal of Somerville and 19 other contibutions. Coloured portrait by Claude Rogers to inside cover and 4 photographs. At the end of the Second World War she worked in Belsen Concentration Camp to help in the treatment of inmates, and in a long distinguished career she received many successes and accolades in the field of science. 
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Land, Water and Food  -  A Topical Commentary on the Past, Present and Future of Irrigation, Land Reclamation and the Food Suppiles They Yield, Addison, Herbert
2 Addison, Herbert Land, Water and Food - A Topical Commentary on the Past, Present and Future of Irrigation, Land Reclamation and the Food Suppiles They Yield
London Chapman Hall 1961 First Thus Cloth Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Very Good + unmarked copy with blue cloth boards. Dustjacket is also VG + and complete. Second edition, revised and enlarged. First published in 1955. 42 charts, diagrams and sketch maps specially prepared by the author, an hydraulic engineer and updated for land reclamation development and development of the Aswan High Dam and irrigation developments in the Soviet republics and China. Covers water control and projects from around the world, the nature, exploitation and use of the earth's water resources. *** NOT EX LIB *** 
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Reinventing Man  -  The Robot Becomes Reality, Aleksander, Igor and Burnett, Piers
3 Aleksander, Igor and Burnett, Piers Reinventing Man - The Robot Becomes Reality
London Kogan Page 1983 0850387418 / 9780850387414 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine uninscribed copy with evidence of small label removal to front pastedown with complete dustjacket. The book starts by examining the legacy of superstition and fear that robots have inherited from legend and science fiction and explains the various scientific developments which have come together to create the contemporary industrial robot. The robots in use in industry, though sophisticated pieces of equipment, both lack perception and intelligence but by current efforts to provide robots with the ability to see, hear and interpret their surroundings mean that we can see the prospect of machines compatible with man. 
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The Great Extinction  -  What Killed the Dinosaurs and Devastated the Earth, Allaby, Michael and Lovelock, James
4 Allaby, Michael and Lovelock, James The Great Extinction - What Killed the Dinosaurs and Devastated the Earth
London Secker & Warburg 1983 0436011603 / 9780436011603 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine copy apart from a little dust marking to top edge. Dustjacket is complete and also near Fine. The authors' scientific detective work reveals from the subtle evidence of rock and fossils that the earth collided with a small planet, an event likely to occur every 100 million years. The events of the great destruction are reconstructed by them. 9 illustrations and diagrams in the text. 
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The Collapsing Universe  -  The Story of Black Holes, Asimov, Isaac
5 Asimov, Isaac The Collapsing Universe - The Story of Black Holes
London Hutchinson 1977 0091317703 / 9780091317706 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Very Good+ clean and tight copy which has a name to front endpaper and an ink correction to a formula on one page. Dustjacket is also VG+ and is not price clipped. First UK edition. Asimov explores the implications of black holes, with lucid excursions into related questions. Was the mysterious 30-megaton blast that flattened a Siberian forest in 1908 actually a small black hole? Does matter drawn into a black hole reappear out the 'other side' as anti-matter, a sort of mirror image of the universe as we know it? Does their existence raise the possibility that matter can move faster than the speed of light? As he probes these and other questions, he takes us on a tour from the atom's innermost core to the outer reaches of the universe. 
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The New York Public Library Science Desk Reference, Barnes-Svarney, Patricia  (editorial Director)
6 Barnes-Svarney, Patricia (editorial Director) The New York Public Library Science Desk Reference
New York Macmillan 1993 0028604032 / 9780028604039 Soft Near Fine 8vo 
A near Fine unmarked copy. xvii + 668 pages. The book offers broad coverage in each field of science, including 10 separate disciplines with comprehensive yet accessible information. It has hundreds of original illustrations in the text, dozens of sidebars, lists, tables and charts, useful cross referencing throughout, and the design is easy-to-read and filled with at-a-glance information. A valuable source for all fields of science. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A LARGE HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.1 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST. 
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The Milky Way, Bok, Bart J. And Bok, Priscilla F.
7 Bok, Bart J. And Bok, Priscilla F. The Milky Way
Cambridge, Massachusetts Harvard University Press 1976 Soft Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
The fourth edition, revised and enlarged. Slight shelf wear to top of spine with minor inscription to verso of cover. Internally very clean and unmarked. A definitive work for understanding our galaxy, it's origins, evolution, composition and interactions. Fully illustrated with photographs and diagrams. A scarce work in UK. 
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Red Moon Rising  -  Sputnik and the Rivalries That Ignited the Space Age, Brzezinski, Matthew
8 Brzezinski, Matthew Red Moon Rising - Sputnik and the Rivalries That Ignited the Space Age
London Bloomsbury 2007 0747590354 / 9780747590354 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. On 4th October 1957, at the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union secretly launched Sputnik, Earth's first ever artificial moon, no bigger than a basketball, this tiny satellite was powerd by a car battery. Transforming science fiction into reality, passing over the stunned American continent once every 101 minutes and propelling the USSR from backward totalitarian state to cutting edge superpower and pioneer of the Space Age. The book tells for the first time the full story of this real-life historical thriller and its cast of colourful characters. 22 illustrations. 
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The Talking Ape  -  How Language Evolved, Burling, Robbins
9 Burling, Robbins The Talking Ape - How Language Evolved
New York Oxford University Press 2005 0199279403 / 9780199279401 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket. ix + 286 pages. In this fascinating, mind-opening book, Professor Burling not only presents the most convincing account of the origins of language yet published: he sheds new light on how language affects the way we think, behave, and relate to each other. He gives us a deeper understanding of the nature of language itself. Tracing language back to its earliest origins among our distant ape-like forbears several million years ago, he charts its growth to the time of our recent human ancestors. He offers a new account of the route by which we acquired our defining characteristic and explores the nature of language as it developed throughout the course of our evolution. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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The Twice-Born  -  A Study of a Community of High-Caste Hindus, Carstairs, G. Morris
10 Carstairs, G. Morris The Twice-Born - A Study of a Community of High-Caste Hindus
London The Hogarth Press 1957 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gold title on red cloth boards which are unmarked with no wear. Internally there is an inscription to front endpaper, light foxing to closed edges else very clean, tight and unmarked. A Very Good+ copy. Dustjacket has a little wear to top edge and is not price clipped. 343 pages. Preface by Margaret Mead. Can a European ever understand the workings of the Indian mind? Dr. Carstairs, a professional psychologist, has brought his special knowledge and skill to attempt to analyse and explain the essential differences between the Hindu and the European mentality. A European scientist trained in the discipline of social anthropology, he was also born in India and spent his childhood in Rajasthan. When therefore in 1949 he went to India in order to spend two years in northern villages, he was not visiting a strange culture, and the dialect in which he conversed with his informants was literally his mother tongue. The rich and intimate detail of the life histories which he obtained from his Hindu collaborators - three of which are here produced at length - provides the basis for his analysis of Hindu personality-formation in which historical, sociological and psycho-analytic concepts each play a part. 
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Paradigms Lost  -  Images of Man in the Mirror of Science, Casti, John L.
11 Casti, John L. Paradigms Lost - Images of Man in the Mirror of Science
New York William Morrow 1989 0688081312 / 9780688081317 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First Edition, First Printing. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine complete dustjacket. The author presents a masterful, easy to grasp, overview of science's answers to the great questions as we understand them today. The heart of the book consists of six chapters, each devoted to a case study of one of the major mysteries of modern science - The origin of life on earth, the real sources of human behaviour and social patterns, how we acquire language, the fundamental nature of our thinking processes, the possible existence of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, the impact of our own scrutiny on what we observe as real. Each chapter is presented in the form of a jury trial with conventional scientific wisdom as the prosecution and alternate views presented by the defence. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.92 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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Reverse Time Travel, Chapman, Barry
12 Chapman, Barry Reverse Time Travel
London Cassell 1995 0304345245 / 9780304345243 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy apart from a small biro line to front endpaper with near Fine complete dustjacket. Until recently, time travel - in particular backwards in time - has been considered impossible, but now eminent scientists are debating the conditions under which it could occur. In this fascinating revelatory book, the author explains the current theories and sets out the controversy in terms that all non-scientists will have no difficulty in understanding. Illustrated with charts and diagrams. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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The Appearance of Man, Chardin, Pierre Teilhard De
13 Chardin, Pierre Teilhard De The Appearance of Man
London Collins 1965 First Edition Cloth Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy in green cloth boards with dustjacket which has some creasing to top and is complete. Translated from the French by J.M. Cohen. The book contains a series of essays in which the author builds up his theory of the origins of man and his relationship with the great families of Hominids, among which man arose, but which do not belong in his line of ancestry. Teilhard himself took part in the discovery of Pekin Man (Sinanthropus) and twice visited the sites in South Africa from which the other main branch of Hominids, Australopithecus, was being evacuated. As the book proceeds from the earlier essays to the late, one sees a remarkable confirmation of Teilhard's theories, in the form of later discoveries which fitted into his scheme. Being first and foremost a palaeontologist, he writes most excitingly and graphically, and here the philosopher is at the same time an excavator and eye-witness. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Edison  -  The Man Who Made the Future, Clark, Ronald W.
14 Clark, Ronald W. Edison - The Man Who Made the Future
London Macdonald and Janes 1977 0354040936 / 9780354040938 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Very Good+ unmarked copy with non price clipped dustjacket. It is almost a century since Thomas Alvar Edison, the world's greatest inventor, gave the world electric light, and over a 100 years since he built the first successful phonograph. The man who declared that 'genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration', and who on average lodged a patent application every two weeks of his adult life, and who was the most famous American of his day. Only now is it possible to present him clearly against the background of his times and to assess fairly his achievements and his often controversial business and working methods. Growing up in the aftermath of the American Civil War, he was a pacifist and was President of the US Naval Consulting Board in the First World War. Profusely illustrated. 
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The View From Serendip, Clarke, Arthur C.
15 Clarke, Arthur C. The View From Serendip
London Victor Gollancz 1978 0575023031 / 9780575023031 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Very Good+ to near Fine unmarked copy with non price clipped dustjacket which has some fading to spine and some small creasing. 'Serendip' is one of the ancient names for Sri Lanka, Arthur C. Clarke's home for many years and in this collection of essays, which he calls 'a first approximation to an autobiography'. He gives a delightful account of his continuing love affair with the island, discussing its history and society, and describing his exploits diving for treasure in the wrecks which dot the island's reefs. But his main theme is, as one would expect, the future, and the implications for mankind of scientific and technological developments. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Shakespeare and Science  -  A Study of Shakespeare's Interest in , and Literary and Dramatic Use of, Natural Phenomena; with an Account of the Astronomy, Astrology and Alchemy of His Day, and His Attitude Towards These Sciences, Clarke, Cumberland
16 Clarke, Cumberland Shakespeare and Science - A Study of Shakespeare's Interest in , and Literary and Dramatic Use of, Natural Phenomena; with an Account of the Astronomy, Astrology and Alchemy of His Day, and His Attitude Towards These Sciences
Birmingham Cornish Brothers 1929 First Edition Cloth Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Gilt title on blue cloth boards which have a touch of wear to spine tail and corner tips with only minor marks to front. Internally there is a very small name and date to front pastedown and light foxing to closed edges else very clean, tight and unmarked. A fascinating work which highlights Shakespeare's interest in natural phenomena and use on the stage and in his literary works, together with the scientific knowledge available in Elizabethan times. 
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The Last Three Minutes  -  Conjectures About the Ultimate Fate of the Universe, Davies, Paul
17 Davies, Paul The Last Three Minutes - Conjectures About the Ultimate Fate of the Universe
London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1995 0297815024 / 9780297815020 Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 13 line diagrams. How will the world end ? With a bang or a whimper ? Indeed must it have an end at all ? In this free ranging account, acclaimed scientist and author Paul Davies surveys the latest predictions about the ultimate fate of the universe, and assesses the profound scientific and philosophic implications. The universe may expand for ever, sliding inexorably towards a state of total degeneration or it could eventually collapse, obliterating itself in a big crunch. 
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The Science of Jurassic Park and the Lost World  or,  How To Build A Dinosaur, DeSalle, Rob and Lindley, David
18 DeSalle, Rob and Lindley, David The Science of Jurassic Park and the Lost World or, How To Build A Dinosaur
London HarperCollins 1997 0002558939 / 9780002558938 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First UK edition, First Printing. A clean and unmarked copy apart from a small name and date to front endpaper and age darkening to page edges with complete dustjacket. DeSalle is a curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and in 1992 isolated the then oldest known fragment of DNA whilst Lindley is a science editor. Following on the much vaunted Jurassic Park film which combined science with literary license, the authors explore the reality of getting a complete genetic blueprint of a long extinct creature and why a real Jurassic Park would have to be more than the film's 22 square mile preserve, more likely an area as big as the state of Connecticut. Illustrated with diagrams and photographs. 
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Rocks, Dineley, David
19 Dineley, David Rocks
London Collins 1976 000219354X / 9780002193542 First Edition Hard Cover Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with pictorial laminated boards. Uniform with The Countryside Series. The book is about the minerals, rocks and fossils which lie beneath our feet and explains how minerals are formed; how they combine within the earth's crust to form rocks and how they subsequently become altered or destroyed; how fossils can provide the clues to so much of the story of how Britain acquired its richly variable scenery. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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The Dance Of Life, Ellis, Havelock
20 Ellis, Havelock The Dance Of Life
London Constable 1937 Cloth Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Gilt title on blue cloth boards which have a few minor marks to back, some dulling to spine with a little wear to top of spine. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. Third edition (first was 1923). Henry Havelock Ellis (1859-1939) the famed sexologist, psychologist, literary critic et al had a great interest in bringing science together with mysticism and this book is his attempt at this. He advocates self improvement by the arts of dancing, thinking, writing, religion and morals. 
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