Science articles and science books: Free science research using Questia

Science books on QuestiaScience articles and science books fill many of the libraries in our universities and colleges but scoring easy access to them is not always so simple. This is a problem that happened to Varvara Trachana, a biologist with a PhD in biological chemistry from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. Thanks to Greece’s six straight years of economic recession and an unprecedented level of economic austerity measures, the Greek Ministry of Education has stopped paying its subscriptions to numerous science journals and papers. The denial of science and scholarly papers means biologists like Varvara Trachana can no longer contribute to scientific research and makes it extremely difficult for science instructors to teach their students.

We at Questia know that college students will never want to be faced with such a drastic situation as poor Varvara, but it sure helps to know that as a resource, we’re able to offer you a bundle of excellent source materials to guide you in your research. Science students using Questia’s rich database can find the following:

  • More than thirty four thousand online books that cover a wide range of scientific writings, case studies, popular culture
  • More than five thousand academic journal articles taken from science trade books and journals
  • More than seven thousand magazine articles
  • Nearly twenty thousand newspaper articles ranging from quantum mechanics to scientific ethics

A sample of Questia’s top archived science books include: Connected Knowledge: Science, Philosophy, and Education; Science, Technology, and Society: An Encyclopedia; A House Built on Sand: Exposing Postmodernist Myths about Science, and The Einstein Paradox and Other Science Mysteries Solved by Sherlock Holmes by Colin Bruce. Readers of The Einstein Paradox are introduced to the bizarre concepts of modern physics as the only way to solve a casebook of otherwise impossibly paradoxical crimes.

Below is a snapshot of science books and articles taken from Questia’s archives. We’ve included short descriptions of each book to provide you with a preview of just what’s in store for you when you begin exploring Questia.

Disease and Medicine in World History

By Sheldon Watts

Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2003

Drawing on case studies from ancient Egypt to present-day America, Asia and Europe, this survey discusses concepts of sickness and forms of treatment in many cultures. Author Sheldon Watts shows that many medical practices in the past were shaped as much by philosophers and metaphysicians as by university-trained doctors and other practitioners.

The Long Thaw: How Humans Are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth’s Climate

By David Archer

Publisher: Princeton University Press. Place of publication: Princeton, NJ. Publication year: 2010.

In The Long Thaw, David Archer, one of the world’s leading climatologists, predicts that if we continue to emit carbon dioxide we may eventually cancel the next ice age and raise the oceans by 50 meters. The great ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland may take more than a century to melt, and the overall change in sea level will be one hundred times what is forecast for 2100.

How Mathematicians Think: Using Ambiguity, Contradiction, and Paradox to Create Mathematics

Contributors: William Byers – Author.

Publisher: Princeton University Press. Place of publication: Princeton, NJ. Publication year: 2010.

To many outsiders, mathematicians appear to think like computers, grimly grinding away with a strict formal logic and moving methodicallyfrom one black-and-white deduction to another. Yet mathematicians often describe their most important breakthroughs as creative, intuitive responses to ambiguity, contradiction, and paradox. A unique examination of this less-familiar aspect of mathematics, How Mathematicians Think reveals that mathematics is a profoundly creative activity and not just a body of formalized rules and results.

Curiosity Goes to Mars: NASA’s Rover Looks for Life-Friendly Environments

Contributors: Drake, Nadia – Author.

Magazine title: Science News. Volume: 182. Issue: 13 Publication date: December 29, 2012.

This is an essay on NASA’s recent feat of safely landing a rover, called Curiosity, on the planet Mars. Curiosity’s principle objective is to characterize habitable environments on the Martian landscape.

100 Greatest Science Inventions of All Time

Contributors: Kendall Haven – Editor.

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 2006.

This book presents fascinating facts about 100 amazing inventions, a panoramic overview of the history of science, and a collection of engaging reads. It is a useful tool for teachers and students to learn about inventions and their critical role in human development.

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