Here is an anthology of science writing that is as historically far-reaching as it is thematically wide-ranging—"an invaluable resource," as The Christian Science Monitor has observed.
In this collection, Marie Curie reminisces about her and her husband's efforts to isolate the element radium. Herodotus observes the Nile Valley and concludes that it was once under water. Carl Sagan argues against assertions that aliens regularly visit Earth. Einstein presents his two theories of relativity.
Edmund Blair Bolles's Galileo's Commandment is an accessible and riveting treasury of scientific literature that will fascinate anyone interested in learning more about the history, development, and/or processes of science—from ancient to modern times. The authors represented here thus include Stephen Jay Gould, Rachel Carson, Richard Feynman, Primo Levi, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Isaac Asimov, Lucretius, Galileo, Joannes Kepler, John McPhee, Noam Chomsky, and so forth. Galileo's Commandment is an essential compendium of great ideas and compelling writing.