Mankind’s journey from the harnessing of fire to the double helix - this unique, enthralling history is based on the classic television series.
Explore the world of science and technology with the Folio Society’s collection of beautiful books - from fascinating studies of the natural world, to revealing the mysteries of quantum physics and molecular biology. Each Folio book includes original illustrations or carefully researched photographs and comes in a unique hardback binding. See below for the full list of Folio Popular Science and Natural History books.
With his theory of the ‘selfish’ gene, Richard Dawkins took up the story of evolution essentially where Darwin had left off, changing for ever our perception of humanity and life on Earth. Since its first publication in 1976, The Selfish Gene has been translated into 25 languages, and it is considered one of the most important scientific works of the late 20th century.
In his ‘Intimate History’, Richard Fortey unlocks the geological secrets of the earth – its origin and the constant processes that destroy and create it. His aim is to unite the natural and human history of particular places with the geological realities that underlie them.
G.E.R. Lloyd traces the birth of science from Thales to Galen. A new foreword by Lewis Wolpert, Emeritus Professor at University College London, pays tribute to the Ancient Greeks and to Lloyd’s exploration of their fundamental role.
Albert Einstein was a complex, fascinating man, as brilliant when writing about pacifism, religion and anti-Semitism as about theoretical physics. Ideas and Opinions is a wonderfully engrossing collection of Einstein’s major articles, speeches and letters on all these subjects, and more.
The definitive introduction to quantum physics and one of the few books on the topic aimed at the general reader. An engaging and elegant account, beginning with the discoveries of Issac Newton, John Gribbin takes us through the evolution of classical physics and beyond.
Life is a fascinating odyssey through the first 4 billion years of life on earth, from the big bang to the first humans. Eloquent, enthralling and filled with the wonder of discovery this is a book that helps answer the question: 'why are we here?'
When Dr Oliver Sacks’s collection of case studies of neurobiological and neuropsychiatric conditions was first published in 1985, it touched an unexpected chord with the public, becoming an instant bestseller.
No book has revolutionised our view of life on earth more than Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. Yet its enduring popularity is a testament to the immense energy and startling simplicity with which Darwin makes his revelations.