Previous History of Science discussions

Spring 2009

Book

Author

Presenter

William & Caroline Herschel in The Age of Wonder Richard Holmes Michael Mendillo
Giordano Bruno: Philosopher/Heretic; Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition Ingrid Rowland; Frances Yates Tom Bania
Einstein Walter Isaacson Meers Oppenheim
Balloonists in Heaven in The Age of Wonder Richard Holmes Michael Mendillo
A Brief History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson Tom Heine
The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint Edward Tufte Michael Ruane

Fall 2008

Book

Author

Presenter

A Summer of Hummingbirds Christopher Benfey Michael Mendillo
The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World’s Most Astonishing Number Mario Livio Ritaban Chatterjee
Thunderstruck (Marconi and a murder!) Erik Larson Meers Oppenheim
Faust in Copenhagen Gino Segre Daniel Hudon
Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science RenM-ie Bergland Joei Wroten
Galileo’s Glassworks: The Telescope and the Mirror Eileen Reeves Michael Mendillo
The Man Who Changed Everything: The Life of James Clerk Maxwell Basil Mahon Robert Kotiuga
The Drama of Copernicus: How He was convinced to Publish his Crazy Idea Dava Sobel Dava Sobel

Spring 2008

Book

Author

Presenter

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Intelligent Design Christopher Carlise & W. Thomas Smith, Jr. Michael Mendillo
The Sun Kings Stuart Clark Kamen Kozarev
Von Braun Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War Michael Neufeld Jeff Baumgardner
Billions and Billions Carl Sagan Nicki Viall
Before Darwin Keith Thomson Michael Mendillo
Tesla: Master of Lightening Margaret Chaney Luke Moore
The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession Chandler Burr Joei Wroten
Eurekas and Euphorias (The Oxford Book of Scientific Anecdotes) Walter Gratzer Yakov Dimant
A Force of Nature: The Frontier Genius of Ernest Rutherford Richard Reeves Steve Smith
Signor Marconi’s Magic Box Gavin Weightman Michael Mendillo
Hitler’s Gift: The True Story of the Scientists Expelled by the
Nazi Regime
Jean Medawar and David Pyke Supriya Chakrabarti

Fall 2007

Book

Author

Presenter

Descartes’ Secret Notebook Amir Aczel Michael Mendillo
The GOD Delusion Richard Dawkins Michael Mendillo

Spring 2007

Book Author Presenter
Edison: A Biography Matthew Josephson Michael Mendillo
The Book Nobody Read: Chasing the Revolutions of Nicolas Copernicus Owen Gingerich Jennifer Brown
Einstein’s clocks, Poincare’s maps: Empires of Time Peter Galison Yakov Dimant
Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship George Dyson (Freeman’s son) Jon Niehof
The Electric Life of Michael Faraday Alan Hirshfeld Michael Mendillo
Archives of the Universe: 100 Discoveries that Transformed our Understanding of the Cosmos Marcia Bartusiak Daniel Hudon
The First Copernican — Georg Joachim Rheticus and the Rise of the Copernican Revolution Dennis Danielson Michael Mendillo

Fall 2006

Book

Author

Presenter

The Last Man Who Knew Everything Andrew Robinson Michael Mendillo
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe (P.S.) Laurence Bergreen Meers Oppenheim
The Measure of All Things Ken Alber Jeff Baumgardner
Galileo’s Pendulum Roger Newton Michael Mendillo
The MIT Radiation Laboratory: the Invention that Changed the World Robert Buderi Tom Bania
Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science that Changed the Course of World War II Jennet Conant Tom Bania
Theory in Particle Physics: Theological Speculation Versus Practical Knowledge Burton Richter (Physics Today, October 2006) Professor Guido Sandri
Where Does the Weirdness Go? Why Quantum Mechanisms is Strange, but not as Strange as You Think David Lindley Jon Niehof
The Reluctant Mr. Darwin David Quammen Michael Mendillo

Spring 2006

Book

Author

Presenter

Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie Barbara Goldsmith Michael Mendillo
Leonardo’s Mountain of Clams & the Diet of Worms Stephen Jay Gould Jon Niehof
Euclid’s Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace Jared Diamond Meers Oppenheim
The Third Chimpanzee Jared Dimoand Jon Niehof
The Sun in the Church: Cathedrals as Solar Observatories J.L. Heilbron Michael Mendillo
Brunel: The Man Who Built the World Dan Cruickshank Paul Withers
Dreams of a Final Theory Stephen Weinberg Jon Niehof
The Invention that Changed the World Robert Buderi Tom Bania
Magellan Meers Oppenheim

Fall 2005

Book

Author

Presenter

It Started With Copernicus Matgolis Michael Mendillo
Galileo’s Daughter Sobel Ted Fritz
The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous 18th Century Chess-Playing Machine Standage Luke Moore
Mapping and Naming the Moon Whitaker Michael Mendillo
Brunelleschi’s Dome King Meers Oppenheim
Fermat’s Last Theorem Singh Yakov Dimant

Spring 2005

Book

Author

Presenter

Heavenly Intrigue Lee(s) Michael Mendillo
Arnold Summerfeld Nagem & Sandri Guido Sandri
Paradigms Regained Casti Jeff Baumgardner
Isaac Newton Gleik Meers Oppenheim
Robert Hook Jardine Michael Mendillo
Zero Seife Supriya Chakrabarti
What Do You Care What Other People Think? and
Surely You Are Joking, Mr. Feynmann
Feynmann Penny Wu
Robert Hook Jardine Michael Mendillo
Guns, Germs, and Steel Diamond Jon Niehof

Fall 2004

Book

Author

Presenter

Ben Franklin Isaacson Ted Fritz
Tycho & Kepler Ferguson Michael Mendillo
The Code Book Sing Christina Pagel
A Pirate of Exquisite Mind Preston(s) Tom Bania
Edmond Halley Cook Michael Mendillo
A History of Pi Bechman Quinn Sykes
The Brotherhood of the Bomb Herken Jeff Baumgarnder
1421: The Year China Discovered the World Menzies Henry Rishbeth
Edmond Halley Cook Michael Mendillo

Spring 2004

Book

Author

Presenter

Latitude Carter(s) Michael Mendillo
The Northern Lights Jago Marina Galand & Jeff Baumgardner
Parallel Histories of Troposphere and Space Weather Siscoe George Siscoe
Latitude & The Magnetic Earth Pumfre Michael Mendillo
Guns, Germs, and Steel Diamond Jon Niehof