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  1. 130394
    First edition, presentation copy to James Prescott Joule, with the printed presentation on the half-title "From James Young and R. Angus Smith" continued by hand "to Dr Joule FRS &c&c". The book later passed to the Chemical Laboratory of the University of Cambridge and then into the library of Churchill College, Cambridge,... Learn More
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  2. 130701
    First edition, first printing, of this posthumously printed collection of Goddard's famous papers on rocketry; "A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes" and "Liquid-Propellant Rocket Development", first published by the Smithsonian Institute in 1919 and 1936 respectively. This work also contains a new foreword by Goddard,... Learn More
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    First and limited edition, number 54 of 760 copies signed and dated by Einstein. This copy additionally inscribed by the editor on the half-title: "To Arnold H. Crane with the best wishes of Paul A. Schilpp, Glenview Ill., August 16, 1965". The recipient may have been the Chicago-based photographer Arnold H. Crane (b. 1932),... Learn More
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  4. 130399
    Francis Crick's copy, with his pencilled signature to the pastedown, of an important cell biology textbook, outlining the biological worldview which Crick was schooled in and which he would ultimately overturn with his joint discovery of DNA in 1953. Though books from Crick's library do appear, relevant scientific texts... Learn More
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  5. 80925
    First edition. "The first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy and one of the first technological books of modern times" (PMM). The book is extensively illustrated with a fine series of almost 300 woodcuts, some signed with the monogram "RMD", generally attributed to Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (fl. 1525-1572) or,... Learn More
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    First edition of a fundamental book in the history both of technology and of book design, and "one of the most elegantly produced of all technological treatises" (Norman). The scientific import of Ramelli's work resides in his demonstration of "the unlimited possibilities of machines. For example, the dozens of water-powered... Learn More
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  7. 98387
    First collected edition in French of the author's collected works. The first part is entirely devoted to electricity and includes previously unpublished pieces. Translated by Jacques Barbeu-Dubourg (1709-1779) from the fourth edition in the original English. A close friend of Franklin and his translator and publisher in... Learn More
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  8. 125476
    First edition, extremely uncommon with two copies only on OCLC, Deutsches Museum, Munich, and North Carolina; the first edition of the first textbook of organic chemistry to be based on the theory of chemical structure. It is impossible to credit Alexander Mikhailovich Butlerov (1828-1886) as the sole discoverer of chemical... Learn More
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  9. 41553comp
    First edition of "the first major English scientific treatise based on experimental methods of research. Gilbert was chiefly concerned with magnetism; but as a digression he discusses in his second book the attractive effect of amber (electrum), and thus may be regarded as the founder of electrical science. He coined the... Learn More
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  10. 115539
    First edition, first impression. From the author's library. This collection of 48 papers on Proteins, RNA and DNA was published as Volume 1 of the World Scientific Series in 20th-Century Biology. In his preface Sanger writes "I have selected what I consider to be my most important papers, most of which describe original... Learn More
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  11. 120099
    First edition of Darwin's major treatise on agriculture. Darwin's "intention was to systematise agricultural knowledge, informed by his conviction that plants were inferior animals, providing a theoretical framework that could sustain better agricultural and horticultural practices" (ODNB). In this work he provides "a confident... Learn More
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  12. 114814
    Dissertation from the library of Frederick Sanger, who supervised the author's PhD research. Signed and dated by the author at the end of the acknowledgements. Learn More
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  13. 114810
    Dissertation from the library of two-time Nobel Prize winner Frederick Sanger, who supervised the author's PhD research. Signed by the author at the end of the acknowledgements. This is likely one of the earliest theses that Sanger oversaw, as he had only obtained his own PhD in 1943, about ten years earlier than Ryle would... Learn More
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  14. Signed portrait of Albert Einstein.
    An engraving of the scientist, signed lower middle in blue ink by Einstein and lower right in black ink by Muller. The artist was a well regarded printmaker active in Germany during the Weimar period. Signed images of Einstein of this period are uncommon. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 66139

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    The Astonishing Hypothesis. The Scientific Search for the Soul.

    London, Sydney, New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Toronto: 1994

    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

    Stock Code: 115491

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    First edition, first printing, Viking Hall commemoration presentation copy from the library of NASA administrator Dr Homer E. Newell Jr, signed by the author and head of the Viking Project, as well as by 12 other persons involved in the Viking project including J. Preston Layton, Lt. Comdr. W. Pat Murphy, W. Paul Smith and... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 114401

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    The Decision to Go to the Moon.

    Cambridge, MASS, and London, England: 1970

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed to NASA administrator Dr. Homer E Newell Jr. on the front free endpaper, "8/24/70, To Homer Newell, with Warm Regards, John Logsdon". This book is very scarce inscribed, and superb with such an association. Dr Homer E. Newell Jr. (1915-1983) was a mathematics professor... Learn More
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  18. Guide to Rockets, Missiles, and Satellites.
    First edition, first printing, the author's own copy with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Scarce. This layman's guide to rocket science, rocket warfare and the incipient space age comes from the library of the author, Dr Homer E. Newell Jr. (1915-1983). Newell was a mathematics professor and author... Learn More
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  19. Ontogeny and Phylogeny.

    Ontogeny and Phylogeny.

    Cambridge, MA & London: 1977

    First edition, first printing of the author's first book. Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002), a professor of zoology and paleontology at Harvard, was a leading light among biologists at the end of the previous century. His development of the theory of punctuated equilibria, the argument that evolution occurs in rapid bursts of... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 101441

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  20. Nouvelle construction de cheminées,
    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... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 113696

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  21. Raum und Zeit.

    Raum und Zeit.

    Leipzig and Berlin: 1909

    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."... Learn More
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  22. Elogi di Galileo Galilei e di Bonaventura Cavalieri
    First collected edition, scarce: not in Copac, OCLC locates ten copies. Paolo Frisi (1728-1784) was an Italian mathematician, astronomer and physicist who is best know for his work in hydraulics. "His most significant contributions to science, however, were in the compilation, interpretation, and dissemination of the work... Learn More
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  23. .
    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
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    Stock Code: 107459

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  24. Television.
    First edition, first impression, of the first book in English on television. This volume covers all aspects of early television and was written, as the author put it in the preface to the second edition, "in a popular, non-technical manner, with the object of interesting the man in the street". Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 103484

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  25. .
    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... Learn More
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  26. 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
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  27. Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.
    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... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 91541

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  28. Book of Practical Television.
    First edition, first impression. A lovely copy, rare in the dust jacket. This detailed and copiously illustrated volume covers in-depth the early history and technology of the television, with numerous practical examples and instructional diagrams. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 87832

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  29. Distribution of Luminosity in Elliptical Nebulae.
    First separate edition. This article builds on Hubble's work at Mt. Wilson in 1923 and 24, in which he discovered that the Milky Way was not, as previously believed, the extent of the universe, but just one galaxy among many. Hubble had shown that many "nebulae" were in fact galaxies filled with stars, but at the time this... Learn More
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  30. The Astonishing Hypothesis. The Scientific Search for the Soul.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half title, "Best wishes to Carol, Francis Crick". 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... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 88445

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  31. .
    First edition, first printing of one of the earliest books to take seriously the effects of meteors on the earth's geology and biology, and the first to posit that the extinction of the dinosaurs was caused by an asteroid impact. Kelly and Dachille were "visionaries" who "suggested that the dinosaurs were wiped out by the... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 88834

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    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the half title, "To Larry Owens, Stephen Jay Gould". A lovely copy. The Panda's Thumb was the second collection of essays from Gould's long-running Natural History Magazine column. It won the National Book Award in Science for 1981. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 87640

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  33. Metallic Phase with Long-Range Orientational Order and No Translational Symmetry.
    First editions, first impressions of the paper announcing the discovery of quasi-crystals by Daniel Shechtman and the follow-up paper that confirmed his results. Chemist Daniel Shechtman (1941- ) of the Israel Institute of Technology was spending a sabbatical at Johns Hopkins University during the early 1980s when he discovered... Learn More
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  34. A Note of Two Problems in Connection with Graphs.
    First editions, first impressions of two of Dijkstra's most significant papers, both rare in commerce: "A Note of Two Problems in Connection with Graphs", which introduced the Shortest-Path Algorithim (now known as Dijkstra's algorithim) as well as the Minimum Spanning Tree Algorithm, and "Recursive Programming", which introduced... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 86379

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  35. A Completeness Theorem in Modal Logic.
    First edition, first impression of the author's first major work, published when he was only eighteen years old. Saul Kripke (1940- ) is one of the most original and influential logicians and philosophers of the present day. In 1977 the New York Times magazine described him as "one of the most penetrating minds of our time.... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 86372

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  36. Experimental Quantum Teleportation.
    First edition of the first paper describing successful quantum teleportation, the transmission of information using quantum entanglement, in which the quantum states of a pair of particles are linked so that a change in one alters the other, even at large distances. Quantum teleportation was first proposed theoretically... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 86343

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  37. A Potentially Realizable Quantum Computer.
    First edition of the first paper proposing a technologically feasible quantum computer. Author Seth Lloyd (1960- ) is a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT and a pioneer in the realm of complex information systems. Quantum computers, which utilise quantum phenomena rather than circuits to store and manipulate data,... Learn More
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  38. Notes on the Theory of the Interaction of Field and Matter.
    Rare offprint of the paper which pointed out that the quantum electrodynamics of the time led to false predictions of the frequency of the absorption and emission spectra of atoms. This led directly to the breakdown of theory and the revolutionary work in quantum electrodynamics by Feynman, Schwinger, and Tomonaga. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 86339

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  39. Radiation Theories of Tomonaga, Schwinger, and Feynman.
    First editions, first impressions of the papers that demonstrated the equivalence between Richard Feynman's diagram-based approach to quantum electrodynamics and Julius Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga's operator method approach. Both theories were presented for the first time at the Pocono Conference in April 1948, with... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 86336

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  40. Constitution of Atomic Nuclei and Radioactivity.
    First edition, first impression. Review copy with the publisher's slip loosely inserted. George Gamow (1904-1968) made his first major contribution to physics in 1928 with his theory of alpha particle decay, explaining how the atomic nucleus emits an alpha particle (two protons and two neutrons) and transforms into an atom... Learn More
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  41. Atomic Transmutation. The Greatest Discovery Ever Made.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Soddy on the half-title, "Frederick Soddy, May 20th 1953" and also by his co-author, "Love from the author, Muriel Howorth". Frederick Soddy, the discoverer of isotopes, began his career in the laboratory of Ernest Rutherford. "Together they published a series of papers on radioactivity... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 83467

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  42. Untersuchungen ueber die Ausbreitung der Elektrischen Kraft.
    First collected edition of Hertz's important series of papers on electromagnetic waves, originally published between 1887 and 1890. The papers include "experimental proof by Hertz of the Faraday-Maxwell hypothesis that electromagnetic waves can be projected through space" (PMM 377) and "Hertz's report of his proof that electromagnetic... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 83211

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  43. Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen and The Early History of the Roentgen Rays.
    First English language edition, first impression, the British issue of "The standard biography of Roentgen with a detailed history of the discovery of the Roentgen rays and the early period of roentgenology. Bibliography of 1044 items published during the first year after Roentgen's discovery" (Garrison-Morton 2702). Uncommon,... Learn More
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  44. Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence Training.
    As issued, originally classified "Restricted" now superseded. Binder contains 5 of the 8 pamphlets listed in the contents, those not present being 1 and 6 - the latter probably concerned with NBC Defence of Airfields and Landing Sites - which are "reserved", and 4 relating to Radiac Instruments which is "to be written".... Learn More
    £150

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  45. 79783
    First and only edition. The massive factory site, which included the two purpose-built townships of Gretna and Eastriggs, was established as a response to the Shell Crisis of 1915. The plant's product was cordite - a smokeless propellant explosive comprised of a mixture of nitro-glycerine and nitro-cellulose, or gun cotton,... Learn More
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    First edition in French of Russell's Essay on the Foundations of Geometry, his second book and "first full-length philosophical work" (Richards, Essay on the Foundations of Geometry and the Cambridge mathematical tradition). The book was championed in France by the eminent mathematician Henri Poincaré, which led to Russell... Learn More
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  47. Symmetries of Baryons and Mesons.
    First edition, first printing of Gell-Mann's most cited paper, which introduced his "Eightfold Way", work that would lead to his Nobel Prize in 1969. In the decades following the Second World War physicists discovered an astonishing array of particles but struggled to explain their relationships and how they fit into the... Learn More
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  48. Relativistic Cut-Off for Quantum Electrodynamics,
    First edition of Feynman's very first paper on quantum electrodynamics, in which he proposed a mechanism (the 'cut-off') for removing the divergences which had plagued the theory since its development by Dirac. This paper pre-dates his work on Feynman diagrams, which was not published until the following year. This issue... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 83253

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  49. Essais sur les Machines Hydrauliques,
    First edition. On hydraulics, the construction of hydraulic machines, and shipbuilding, illustrated with a fine set of technical illustrations, this work includes the general principles of the resistance of fluids, and of the mechanics of paddle-wheels and their application in mills and pumps. One chapter is devoted to the... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 68900

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  50. Die gegenwartige Situation in der Quantenmechanik.
    First editions, first impressions of all three papers comprising the "Schrödinger's Cat" thought experiment, bound as part of a complete year's set of Die Naturwissenschaften. Most copies appearing on the market have been rebound either as stand-alone sections of the journal or as a full year's set such as the present.... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 83089

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  51. My Life.
    First edition, first printing of Ellis's autobiography, the central subject of which is Ellis's marriage and open relationship with the lesbian and women's rights activist Edith Lees. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 82383

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  52. The Mismeasure of Man.
    First edition, first printing of one of Gould's most famous and controversial books. Here he analyses craniometry and IQ testing to point out the unconscious biases and a priori assumptions built into much "scientific" research. Though researchers recently made the case that Gould was incorrect about one aspect of the book's... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 83307

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  53. Ontogeny and Phylogeny.

    Ontogeny and Phylogeny.

    Cambridge, MA & London: 1977

    First edition, first printing of the author's first book. Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002), a professor of zoology and paleontology at Harvard, was a leading light among biologists at the end of the previous century. His development of the theory of punctuated equilibria, the argument that evolution occurs in rapid bursts of... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 83290

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  54. A General Account of the Development of Using Atomic Energy for Military Purposes Under the Auspices of the United States Government 1940-1945.
    The lithoprint edition, the earliest obtainable edition of the Smyth Report, with the ownership inscription and ink stamps of the Manhattan Project's principal metallurgist Frank Foote (1906-1998), a member of the Physics Group headed by Enrico Fermi and one of the Project's leading scientists, "renowned for his contribution... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 83329

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  55. Inherit the Wind.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by Jerome Lawrence on the front free endpaper, "To Rabbi Sacks - who has been a great friend and a glowing inspiration. With admiration, Jerome Lawrence, 1955". Inscribed copies of Inherit the Wind are particularly uncommon. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 81754

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  56. On A New Form of Telegraph Cable Intended to Reduce the Effects of Inductive Action.
    Offprint from the Philosophical Magazine for May 1859. Jonathan Nash Hearder (1809-1879) was a Plymouth electrical engineer who contributed significantly to the development of the induction coil. In 1850 he was consulted on the Atlantic telegraph cable and proposed several improvements. This paper was read at the Plymouth... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 60890

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  57. Applied Radiochemistry.
    First edition, first impression of the author's only full-length book. Hahn, in addition to being the discoverer of nuclear fission, was the founder of the field of radiochemistry, in which radioactive isotopes are used to study the properties of non-radioactive isotopes and chemical reactions. This volume compiles twelve... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 79602

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  58. Aspects of the Theory of Syntax.
    First edition, first impression. From the library of early computer scientist Nathaniel Rochester, with his contemporary ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Noam Chomsky's revolutionary linguistics work was enthusiastically received by many computer scientists, and influenced the development of computer languages... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 79290

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    First edition, first impression of the author's magnum opus, the complete record of his discovery of radioactivity and research into the phenomenon. Henri Becquerel (1852-1958) was already a leading French scientist when x-rays were discovered by Wilhelm Röntgen in 1895. The following January he attended a session of the... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 78627

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