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By Phin, John

New York: D. Van Norstrand, 1912. The full title reads THE SEVEN FOLLIES OF SCIENCE to which is added a small budget of Interesting Paradoxes, Illusions, Marvels, and Popular Fallacies [] A Popular Account of the Most Famous Scientific Impossibilities and the Attempts Which Have Been Made to Solve Them [] With Numerous Illustrations. The follies (to which four have been added) are Squaring the Circle; The Duplication of the Cube; The Trisection of an Angle; Perpetual Motion; The Transmutation of Metals -- Alchemy; The Fixation of Mercury; The Universal Medicine and Elixir of Life; Perpetual or Ever-buring Lamps; The Alkahest or Universal Solvent; Palingenesy; and The Powder of Sympathy. But these only occupy the first 114 pages. A second section, A Small Budget of Paradoxes, Illusions, and Marvels (with apologies to Professor de Morgan) take up 43 pages. And a third section, Curious Mathematical Problems, 64 pages, completes the book. 231 (+ ix) pages, with 20 figures, and Index. Lettering has faded at backstrip, boards otherwise clean and sound; publisher's note glued to front endpaper; text, apart from foxing at upper and leading text edges, is strong and unmarked.. Third Edition, Greatly Enlarged. Marroon Boards. Very Good/No Jacket. 7 3/4"; 19.6cm. Hardcover Anthology.


BIOETHICS: Basic Writings on the Key Ethical Questions That Surround the Major, Modern Biological Possibilities and Problems, 3rd Ed.

By Shannon, Thomas A. [Ed.]

Matwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1987. "The other major change [incorporated in this edition] is the deletion of the introductory chapter on Roman Catholic medical ethics. I have replaced this section with a chapter on thematic ethical concepts taken from my revised edition of my Introduction to Bioethics, also available from the Paulist Press." [Preface] The topics here are Abortion (4 papers); Severely Handicapped Children (4 papers); Death and Dying (6 papers); Research and Human Experimentation (4 papers); Ethical Dilemmas in Obtaining Informed Consent (4 papers); Genetic Engineering (5 papers); and The Allocation of Scarce Resources (5 papers). 620 [+ x] pages, with [Appendix], Instruction on Respect for Human Life ... by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Covers show scant shelf-use; text is clean and near new.. Third Edition. Printed Coated Cardstock. Near Fine/No Jacket. 9"; 22.8 cm. Tall. Softcover Monograph.


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By Sindermann, Carl J.

New York: Plenum Press, 1985. In this book the author continues - supplements is a better descriptive - his examination of scientific career paths that began with "Winning the Games Scientists Play." Here the subject is less how to get to the top (although the first section does show how some scientists did it) than (the subject of the second section, "The Scientific Elite") how to behave and prosper once you're arrived there. The third section ("Descent from Career Peaks") provides cautionary examples of what hubris, burn-out, or malfeasance can do to wreck otherwise admirable careers. In all three sections case histories are attached to commentary, and his point that excellence in science must be accompanied by excellence in character is well illustrated. Like its predecessor it is a book that should be given to every young science graduate, along with his diploma and sign up bonus. 259 pages with Prologue, Epilogue, and Index; plus Preface and Contents. DJ has curled at upper front and has one tear; boards are clean and sound; text is clean and strong.. Red Boards. Very Good/Very Good. 8 7/16" Tall. Hard Cover.


SVET NEJMENSICH ROZMERU: Cteni o Atomu a o Tech, Kteri Se Jim Zabyvali
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SVET NEJMENSICH ROZMERU: Cteni o Atomu a o Tech, Kteri Se Jim Zabyvali

By Behounek, Frantisek

Praha: Nakladatel Jaroslav Tozicka, 1945. The illustrious phyicist wore many hats: professor of Radiology, and of Atmospheric [Cosmic] Radiation; pioneer in x-ray technology and dosimetry (he had studied at the Curie lab in Paris); adventurer - as a member of two Italian expeditions that attempted to attain the North Pole by Zepplin; science fiction novelist; and science popularizer. He wears the last hat for this work, a popular study (not his last) of the origins of radiology, radiography, and sub-atomic particles. Becquerel, Roentgen, the Curies, Rutherford, and Wilson figure prominently. 262 pages, with Frontispiece, Predmluva, figures (including terriffic photos of early lab instruments, and early cyclotrons), and Doslov (O atomove bombe a jinych mensich udalostech - surely one of the first informed commentaries to be published in Eastern Europe); plus unnumbered page Obsah. Boards are bumped, rubbed, and show fraying at backstrap; text is strong and clean, though browning to margins.. Printed Beige Boards. Very Good/No Jacket. 8 5/8" Tall. Czech Language Hardcover.


MODELLING LARGE SYSTEMS: Limits to Growth Revisited

By Roberts, P. C.

London - New York: Taylor & Francis - Halsted Press, John Wiley, 1978. This is ORASA text No. 4, a cooperative venture between the lead publisher and the Operational Research Society; it also carries ISBN 0 85066 170 6. "There are few phrases that give rise to such emotion in the world of the traditional academic or scientific adviser than does 'world modelling'. Born of contentious argument, fostered by naive and simplistic propaganda, the subject lives on in a world of exaggeration and partisanship ... The text is introductory - and should perhaps be made compulsory reading for anyone wishing to express an opinion on a world model, let alone build one. Its foundation is that of traditional science, and shows how scientific ideas develop naturally into a work of this kind." [Editor's Introduction] The chapter headings are: Science and Systems; Natural Ripples; Prediction; Control; World Models; and The Scope of World Models. 120 pages, with tables, figures, 2 Appendixes, References, and Index; plus about 8 unnumbered pages prefatory matter. Covers show shelf wear; partial creases on rfEP; text is clean and strong.. Printed Textured Cardstock. Very Good/No Jacket. 8 3/16" Tall. Softcover Monograph.


PSYCHOANALYSIS AS SCIENCE: The Hixon Lectures on the Scientific Status of Psychoanalysis

By Pumpian-Mindlin, E. (Ed.); Hilgard, Ernest R.; & Kubie, Lawrence S.

Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1952. These Hixon lectures were given by Caltech's Department of Biology in Pasadena March to May 1950. "The Committee was moved to undertake these lectures by the very fact that there was so much question in the minds of many regarding the scientific status of psychoanalysis. If through this series the controversy over the status of psychoanalysis as a science can be partially clarified, perhaps some of the "sound and fury" surrounding psychoanalysis may be quieted and more dispassionate objective attitudes adopted." [Editor's Preface] The three major topics were Experimental Approaches to Psychoanalysis (Hilgard); Problems and Techniques of Psychoanalytic Validation and Progress (Kubie); and The Position of Psychoanalysis in Relation to the Biological and Social Sciences (the editor). 174 pages, with figures, References, and Index; plus x [10] pages prefatory matter. Boards are slightly grimed and show rubbing at upper and lower backstrap; text is strong and clean, but coloring to mid-margins.. Beige Boards. Very Good/No Jacket. 9 5/16" Tall. Hardcover Monograph.



By Bloomgarden, Lee

New York: Julian Messner, 1953. This is a volume in the publisher's Everyday Science Stories series, recommended for third grade readers and above. 63 pages, with numerous drawings. Covers have slight wear at backstrap, otherwise sound; stamp of prior owner on title page; text is clean and strong.. Printed Rust Boards. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Raymond Creekmore. 8 1/2" Tall. Hardcover Juvenile.


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By Sindermann, Carl J.

New York: Plenum Press, 1984. Matter-of-fact advice about getting ahead in science, written for science practitioners but pretty widely applicable to any careerist. Game playing, the author writes, "in science or in any occupation, can be defined as the ability and willingness not only to govern your actions by a set of rules, but to have those rules work in your favor." There are three parts to the book. The first considers the scientist as a writer, performer, face in the crowd (at scientific meetings), concertmaster, producer/director, and negotiator. The second deals with the scientist in the bureaucratic scheme: moving up, on and out, in control (power), and in doubt (ethics). And the third discusses special interest areas like sex in the lab, coping with bureaucrats, dealing with the outside and with the industry. It's a bravura performance, delivered dead-pan, and should be issued with the sheepskin to every newly minted PhD. 290 pages with Prologue, Epilogue, References and Index; plus Preface and Contents. DJs have a two tiny chips, otherwise clean though front flap is dogeared; boards have two tiny nips; text is clean and strong.. Third Printing. Black Boards. Very Good/Very Good. 8 7/16" Tall. Hard Cover.