History and Biographies

The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery
of the Structure of DNA by James D Watson 
                           
                                           
      One of the author's involved in deciphering the structure of DNA describes his experience. This book shows the actual (messy) process of scientific discovery and the very human aspect of  scientists, unlike the sanitized version that is implied by textbooks and movies.
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The Global World of Indian Merchants, 1750-1947: Traders of Sind from Bukhara to Panama by  Claude Markovits


A very detailed, informative and fascinating history of the Sindhi merchant class, their original exploits and  how they managed to survive regular upheavals, including the Partition of India and the mass exodus that followed.

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Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics      by William Dunham

Stories of the great theorems of mathematics and the people who made them. Brings to life the subject.
A slim book, easy to read and enjoy.
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Autobiography of a Yogi  by Paramahansa Yogananda


A fascinating first person account of the journey of a Yogi at the turn of the 20th century.

Yogananda was one of the first Yogi's to venture to the USA and spread the philosophy there.

This book was a favourite of Steve Jobs

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Science: A History by John Gribbin 

In this compact book, Gribbin has summarised the life, times and achievements  of scientists through the ages.

 You can open the book anywhere and start reading, learning something new and wonderful each time! 

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Isaac Newton  by James Gleick


What Newton accomplished astonishes us even now; and by us I mean everyone, including the greatest scientists of our age.

He managed to codify the laws of the mechanical universe, and create the necessary mathematical tools for analysing their consequences, so that he could compare the predictions with empirical facts (he did many of the experiments himself !).

But who was Newton as a person? Did his childhood experiences and family influence him?  

What was his impact while he was still alive? Why did he get into so much bitter controversy with his rivals? 

How did he help save the bank of England?

The whole story is told brilliantly by Gleick. Read this book to discover the very human Newton.  

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Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci  by Dan Burstein                               
      

 
The Da Vinci Code is a fascinating read as a work of fiction because of its very persuasive blend of fact and imagination.

But how much of of the suggested history in that work is fact?

 Scholar take a look and offer their analyses.

This book is as good a read as Dan Browns!

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