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Joel N. Shurkin

Joel Shurkin, a Baltimore, Md. freelance, has written the first biography of William Shockley, founding father of Silicon Valley, whom he labels "one of the most significant and reviled scientists of the 20th century." Shockley won a Nobel Prize for inventing the transistor, upon which almost everything that makes the modern world is based. Shurkin maintains little has affected history as much as this device, developed along with John Bardeen and Walter Brattain at AT&T's Bell Telephone Laboratories in the mid-1940s.

Mark Pendergrast

You won't take your mirror for granted after reading Pendergrast's book. He maintains that mirrors are the first technology for contemplation of self and that its invention is arguably as important as that of the wheel. He describes the 2,500-year history of the mirror including the bloodthirsty smoking gods of the Toltecs to the mirrored rooms of wealthy Romans created for their orgies to the mirror's key role in the use and understanding of light.

Robert E. Adler

Robert Adler, a California freelancer, says that throughout the history of science, there have been men and women whose curiosity and intellect led them to seek new explanations for the way the universe works. Among those are the privileged few who were the first to glimpse new ideas, break new ground, and make unprecedented discoveries-many of which changed the course of history.

Hasia R. Diner and Beryl Lieff Benderly

The story of Jewish women in America begins in September 1654, and continues, unbroken, to today. In those three-and-a-half centuries, millions of mothers, wives, sisters and daughters have helped build and nourish families, businesses, charitable institutions, synagogues, schools, labor unions, and many other things that enrich and define life in America.

Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, Michael M. Sokal and Bruce V. Lewenstein

From Book News, Inc.: "A comprehensive history of the AAAS, the largest general organization of scientists in America, founded in 1848. Integrated into this broadly chronological account are such issues as public attitudes towards and funding of science, the integration of women and minorities into the sciences, and the role of expert knowledge in a democratic society."