A thrilling story of professional obsession and cut-throat rivalry; a battle of wits, which not only revealed how genetic material could replicate itself, but pushed modern science in an unprecedented direction.
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.
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.
George Johnson’s superb book explores the method behind some of science’s most dazzling discoveries – from the exquisite ingenuity of Galileo’s experiments on acceleration, to Newton’s fearless use of needles to understand vision.
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.
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.
J. E. Gordon reveals the unseen forces that hold up buildings, bridges and aeroplanes – but also animals, plants and humans. From space travels to the complexity of the human body - all the answers are here.