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  1. 116384

    The Theory of Relativity.

    The Special the General Theory, a Popular Exposition. Authorised Translation by Robert W. Lawson, with Five Diagrams and a Portrait of the Author.
    First edition in English, translated from the third German edition (1918) by Robert W. Lawson. This is the first appearance of any of Einstein’s works in English. It contains an additional chapter (Appendix III) written by Einstein for this edition, "The Experimental Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity". Relativity: The Special & the General Theory is an account intended to be accessible to the general public, which Einstein tested by reading drafts to his step-daughter Margot, "pausing frequently to ask whether she indeed got it" (Isaacson, p. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1920

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116384

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    The Prof.

    A Personal Memoir of Lord Cherwell.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Robert [Blake] from Roy, 4.ix.59". Learn More
    £85

    Date of Publication: 1959

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116139

    Signed: Yes

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  3. The Astonishing Hypothesis. The Scientific Search for the Soul.

    The Astonishing Hypothesis. The Scientific Search for the Soul.

    First UK edition, first impression. British biochemist Francis Crick, together with James Watson, discovered the structure of DNA in 1953. In this volume, he grapples with some of the greatest scientific and philosophical questions about the connection between the human mind and body. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1994

    Published: London, Sydney, New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Toronto

    Stock Code: 115491

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  4. Dynamic Science. Biochemistry in Cambridge 1898-1949. Issued on the occasion of an exhibition at the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge.
  5. "The Story of Insulin. Forty Years of Success against Diabetes. Under the general editorship of Abraham Marcus, Medical correspondent of 'The Observer'. With a foreword by R. D. Lawrence."
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  6. The Chemistry of Nucleosides and Nucleotides.

    The Chemistry of Nucleosides and Nucleotides.

    First edition. "This book presents an attempt to describe the general chemistry of nucleosides and nucleotides and their major derivatives, the nucleotide coenzymes and nucleic acids, and also those biochemical aspects that are so intimately connected with the chemical approach that segregation becomes absurd" (Preface). Learn More
    £30

    Date of Publication: 1963

    Published: London and New York,

    Stock Code: 115458

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    Typed letter signed concerning the Hollywood film The Beginning or the End (1947), a docudrama about the development of the atomic bomb.

    Addressed to Loew’s Incorporated (the distribution arm of MGM), based in Culver City, CA.
    The great Italian-American physicist gives permission for his depiction in the 1947 MGM docudrama The Beginning or the End: "Gentlemen: In connection with the motion picture you are about to produce concerning the atomic bomb project and its ramifications, tentatively called The Beginning or the End, I now authorise you to depict me by name as a character in this motion picture and to use my name in connection therewith, my impersonation to be by an actor selected by you. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 10-Apr-46

    Published: Chigago?

    Stock Code: 114629

    Signed: Yes

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  8. A Brief History of Time. From the Big Bang to Black Holes.

    A Brief History of Time. From the Big Bang to Black Holes.

    Introduction by Carl Sagan. Illustrations by Ron Miller.
    First UK edition, first impression, published simultaneously on 1 April 1988 with the US edition. The error-riddled first printing of the US edition was recalled and destroyed, though a small number survived, bearing a silvery light-blue dust jacket, similar in colour to the UK first edition dust jacket. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1988

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113760

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  9. Nouvelle construction de chemines,

    Nouvelle construction de chemines,

    qui garantit du feu, et de la fumée à l’épreuve des vents, du soleil, de la pluie, et des autres causes qui font fumer les cheminées ordinaires. Avec le jugement de l’Académie Royale des Sciences de Paris sur cette nouvelle construction.
    Second edition, preceded by the rare Paris edition of 1759. An important work on chimneys and their ventilation: "the latest technology on making chimneys draw properly and preventing smoke in rooms" (Deborah Howard, William Adam, Architectural Society of Scotland, 1990; who also notes that James Adam acquired a copy in Belgium "at the start of his own Grand Tour"). Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: 1760

    Published: Li

    Stock Code: 113696

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  10. Raum und Zeit.

    Raum und Zeit.

    Vortrag, gehalten auf der 80. Natur-Forscher-Versammlung zu Köln am 21. September 1908. Mit dem Bildnis Hermann Minkowskis sowie einem Vorwort von A. Gutzmer.
    First separate edition, first printing, of Minkowski's revolutionary paper which "introduced the notion that made possible the expansion of the relativity theory of Einstein from its specific (1905) to its general form (1916). The technical description of Minkowki's hypothesis is the four-dimensional space-time continuum." (PMM). The lecture was read by Minkowski in Cologne on 21 September 1908, and its bold opening is now infamous: "The views of space and time which I wish to lay before you have sprung from the soil of experimental physics, and therein lies their strength. Learn More
    £675

    Date of Publication: 1909

    Published: Leipzig and Berlin

    Stock Code: 112561

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  11. Medicina Hydrostatica: or, Hydrostaticks Applyed to the Materia Medica.

    Medicina Hydrostatica: or, Hydrostaticks Applyed to the Materia Medica.

    Shewing, How by the Weight that divers Bodies, us’d in Physick, have in Water; one may discover whether they be Genuine or Adulterate. To which is subjoyn’d, A Previous Hydrostatical Way of Estimating Ores.
    First edition of "the first tract in English upon the determination of specific gravity" (Fulton, p.128). At the end is "A catalogue of the philosophical books and tracts, written by the Honourable Robert Boyle Esq." (Wing B3928A) at end, which has been marked by a contemporary hand. Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1690

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108077

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  12. Papers Literary, Scientific, &c.

    Papers Literary, Scientific, &c.

    Edited by Sidney Colvin and J. A. Ewing. With a Memoir by Robert Louis Stevenson.
    First edition of these collected papers of the economist, pioneer of electrical engineering and the telegraph, Fleeming Jenkin (1883-1885), with a memoir by Robert Louis Stevenson, who had been an engineering student under Jenkin at Edinburgh University. The works are divided into six sections reflecting Jenkin's versatility: Literature and Drama, Speculative Science, Political Economy, Scientific and Technical Education, Applied Science, Abstracts of Fleeming Jenkin's Scientific Papers, and concluding with a list of the thirty-five British patents Jenkins filed for during his lifetime. Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1887

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 107944

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  13. IG Farben.

    IG Farben.

    First edition, first printing. A history of the German chemical conglomerate which was co-opted by the Nazi regime to become the driving industrial force behind the war effort. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1947

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 107459

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  14. Platinum Metals Exhibition.

    Platinum Metals Exhibition.

    First and only edition, first impression. Published to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the announcement of the discovery of palladium by William Hyde Wollaston in 1803 and the Platinum Metals Exhibition held in London.Scarce: Copac lists just four copies (British Library, Wellcome Library, Royal Society, Manchester University) to which OCLC adds five copies worldwide. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1956

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 104506

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  15. Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.

    Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.

    Edited and completed by Arthur W. Burks.
    First edition, first printing of Neumann's last work on the theory of automata. Published posthumously, the contents of this volume stem from two unfinished manuscripts, edited by Burks, Neumann's colleague on the ENIAC project. Divided into two parts, the work covers complicated automata in general, comparing artificial and natural automata, as well as the logical design of a self-reproducing cellular automaton. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1966

    Published: Urbana

    Stock Code: 103470

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  16. The Interpretation of the Atom.

    The Interpretation of the Atom.

    First and only edition of Soddy's Interpretation of the Atom, a major revision of his Interpretation of Radium, which first published in 1909, and had been out of print since the fourth edition of 1922. Soddy was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for chemistry for his investigations into the origin and nature of isotopes. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 95939

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  17. On the Safety Lamp for Coal Miners;

    On the Safety Lamp for Coal Miners;

    with some Researches on Flame.
    First edition. A collection of Davy's researches into combustion for the design of his miner's safety lamp, with a detailed fold-out diagram of his invention. An icon of the industrial revolution, the need for a safety lamp for miners was born out of a series of explosions in coal mines, due to pockets of flammable gas known as firedamp. After some experimentation in the autumn of 1815, Davy created a prototype. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1818

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 95704

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  18. Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.

    Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.

    Edited and completed by Arthur W. Burks.
    First edition, first printing. The contents of this volume stem from two unfinished manuscripts, edited by Burks, and present Neumann's final conception of the theory of automata. Divided into two parts, the work covers complicated automata in general, comparing artificial and natural automata, as well as the logical design of a self-reproducing cellular automaton. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1966

    Published: Urbana

    Stock Code: 91541

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