The Invention of Clouds by Richard Hamblyn
The true story of Luke Howard, an amateur English meteorologist, who in 1802 gave the clouds their names - cumulus, cirrus, stratus - and immediately gained fame. He was a cult figure among writers and painters such as Goethe and Constable.
How the Universe Got its Spots by Janna Levin
A diary of unsent letters to her mother describes what we know about the beginning and end of the universe.
Rosalind Franklin: Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox
Her photographs of DNA were "among the most beautiful ever taken" but Franklin never received credit for her part in its discovery. Find out why she is known to few people today.
Hydrogen: The Essential Element by John Rigden
This deceptively simple atom is explored through 23 historical vignettes that describe its beauty and importance in our universe.
Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing by Margaret Livingstone
Neurobiologist Livingstone explains how our ability to perceive visual nuances in a work of art lies in the neurology of our eyes and brain.
Science Fictions by John Crewdson
A tale of vanity, corruption, and greed and how one of America's star bioscientists falsely claimed to have been the first to isolate the AIDS Virus, HIV, and to develop the HIV antibody test that saved the blood supply.