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Strange Brains and Genius: The Secret Lives of Eccentric Scientists and Madmen

Tue, 09/01/1998 - 01:00 -- Hal Harris

Some of the most incendiary minds of science have also verged on pathology; a few of them clearly have been mentally ill. Cliff Pickover describes the quirks and eccentric behaviors of some of these people, including Nikola Tesla (Chapter 1!), Oliver Heaviside, Richard Kirwan, Henry Cavendish, Francis Galton, and Theodore Kaczynski, among others.

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Women in Chemistry: Their Changing Roles from Alchemical Times to the Mid-Twentieth Century

Sat, 08/01/1998 - 01:00 -- Hal Harris

Until relatively recently, chemistry was a career from which women were discouraged or excluded entirely. Therefore, in sieving through history for evidence of their contributions, Marelene and Geoffrey Rayner-Canham have had to dig very deeply indeed. For that reason, most of the names in this book (Laura Linton, Jane Marcet, Rachel Lloyd, for example) will be unfamiliar.

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The Dead Zone

Wed, 10/01/1997 - 01:00 -- Hal Harris

Did you know that the so-called "Spanish" influenza epidemic of 1918 killed more Americans in three months than the number who died in the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War - combined? Most people don't.

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Teaching Chemistry Embedded in History: Reflections on C. K. Ingold's Influence as Historian and Educator

Sat, 03/01/1997 - 00:00 -- Hal Harris

The Bulletin for the History of Chemistry is the official publication of the American Chemical Society's Division for the History of Chemistry. The most recent issue is dedicated to the contributions of C. K. Ingold, one of the founders of physical organic chemistry. It records the proceedings of a symposium at the ACS meeting in Chicago in 1993.

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Longitude

Mon, 07/01/1996 - 01:00 -- Hal Harris

This book is a nearly ideal choice for summer reading. It is small and short, it tells the fascinating, true story of John Harrison, who may have contributed more than any other individual to the establishment of the British Empire. Working alone, the self-taught Mr.

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