The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses
The Wars of the Roses that convulsed 15th century England sprang from a family quarrel as fraught and intimate as any before or since. It is often viewed in terms of its male protagonists but, as this rich, epic history makes clear, women played a key role, among them the Yorkist matriarch Cecily Neville; Margaret of Anjou, formidable wife of the mad King Henry VI; and Margaret Beaufort, whose ambition for her son ushered in the Tudor dynasty.
The Age of Science
What Scientists Learned in the 20th Century
More than any other era, the 20th century was the age of science, transforming our understanding of the universe, nature and our origins with developments such as quantum mechanics, the big bang theory and the discovery of the structure of DNA. In this book, the former publisher and founder of Scientific American provides an intelligent layperson's introduction to modern scientific achievement, describing and explaining the most important ideas and discussing the individual scientists who first proposed them.
The Atlantic and its Enemies
A Personal History of the Cold War
Assessing the years between 1945 and the collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1989, Norman Stone shows how, for every success of the Atlantic powers, there seemed to be a dozen triumphs for the USSR and the Communist Bloc. He looks in depth at the confrontation of the Communist and capitalist worlds, investigating how, when even in the late 1970s the initiative still seemed to lie with the Soviets, suddenly, against all the odds, the Atlantic won economically, ideologically and militarily.
The Life of Super-Earths: How the Hunt for Alien Worlds
and Artificial Cells will Revolutionize Life on Our Planet
Are we alone in the universe? That age-old question is addressed here by the founder of Harvard's Origins of Life Institute, who describes how modern astronomers have begun searching for planets that seem most like our own. He also explains how chemists have been working out the biochemistries which those planets could support and how these discoveries are enabling biologists to peer into the unknown in an effort to understand what truly 'alien' life forms might be like.