Classics of Science
Aristotle's Physics: A Guided Study (Masterworks of Discovery) translated by Joe Sachs. The excellent translation and introdutory material make this the best edition available.
cover Epitome of Copernican Astronomy & Harmonies of the World (Great Minds Series) by Johannes Kepler is one of the earliest studies of the motions of the planets around the sun.
cover Micrographia by Robert Hooke. A CD ROM version of the original monumental volume, complete with Hooke's 117 meticulous illustrations. Hooke, one of the earliest microscopists, published this volume in 1665. Stunning!cover
coverThe Principia : Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy by Isaac Newton. This is the best translation of this work into contemporary English. A bit more expensive than the Great Minds edition, but worth the extra expense.cover
cover Experiments in Electricity By Benjamin Franklin. Another brilliant facsimile edition on CD ROM. This is arguably the most important book on electricity of the 18th century, and one of the founding studies on the subject. Goes way beyond the "lightning rod" experiments.cover
Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire by Sadi Carnot is a major and early (1824) contribution to the study of thermodynamics.
cover Cosmos: A Sketch of a Physical Description of the Universe, vol 1 and vol 2, by Alexander Von Humboldt is a brilliant overview of natural history from one of the 19th century's most insightful thinkers in the area.cover
cover Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 by James Clerk Maxwell. A cornerstone study of electromagnetism.cover
coverThe Meaning of Relativity by Albert Einstein is a collection of lectures Einstein delivered in 1921 at Princeton to describe his theory of relativity. This is the clearest description of Einstein's theorys as penned by Einstein himself.cover
cover The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA (Norton Critical Edition) by James Watson. Though it may not be the most unbiased version, Watson's story of the discovery of DNA is still a fascinating read. This Norton edition has plenty of background material as well.cover
coverOn the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres (Great Minds Series) by Nicolaus Copernicus. The masterwork from the guy who put the sun at the center of the solar system; up until this time, popular opinion was that the earth was the center of the universe.cover
cover Francis Bacon: The New Organon (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy) was arguably the first standard of scientific method to come out of the scientific revolution.cover
cover Galileo's masterwork, Two New Sciences, the authoritative edition translated by Stillman Drake. Also available are Drake's translation of Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems and Van Helden's translation of Sidereus Nuncius.
cover The Octavio CD rom facsimile edition of Sidereus Nuncius is also highly recommended!

cover Principles of Geology by Charles Lyell. This is a one volume abridgement of Lyell's classic, first published in 1830, which became a standard in the study of geology.cover
cover On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, 1859. This is a fascimile of the superior first edition.

Experiments in Plant-Hybridization by Gregor Mendel is the founding volume in the study of genetics. Published by Harvard University, this is the only edition of Mendel's work currently in print.
cover Origin of Continents and Oceans by Alfred Wegener introduces to the world (in 1915) the theory of continental drift.

cover The Chemical History of a Candle is based on a popular science essay delivered by one of the great minds of the 19th century, Michael Faraday. He demontrates all of the known physical laws of the universe in the simple burning of a candle.cover
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