Mednansky Institute Online Library: Reading science

Welcome to Online Library.  The library acquires classic scientific books which are reviewed and commented upon for educational purposes.  It is intended for the public at large.  Teachers and homeschoolers are invited to encourage reading of selected books specially to instill enthusiasm for science in particular microbiology.  Contact martine [at] minst [dot] org for comments or inquiries.

INDEX by date of first English language edition:

GoogleBook indicates a complete online version of the book is available at Google Books

[1920] Pasteur - The History of a Mind by Emile Duclaux, translated by Erwin F. Smith and Florence HedgesGoogleBook (French version 1896)

[1925] Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis (with link to The Ten Principles of the Nuremberg Code)

[1926] Microbe Hunters by Paul de Kruif (with link to Theobald Smith's presidential address to the 'Society of American Bacteriologists')

[1927] An Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine by Claude Bernard, translated by Henry Copley Greene, French version 1865 (with link to The Ten Principles of the Nuremberg Code)

[1932] Antony van Leeuwenhoek and his 'Little Animals' by Clifford Dobell

[1938] Madame Curie: A Biography by Eve Curie, translated by Vincent Sheean

[1938] The History of Bacteriology by William Bulloch

[1940] Biological Aspects of Infectious Disease by Macfarlane Burnet
The fourth edition - reviewed herein - was published in 1972 under the title 'Natural History of infectious disease' under joint authorship of Sir Macfarlane Burnet and David O. White

[1941] Adventures with a Microscope by Richard Headstrom

[1941] Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck and Edward Ricketts

[1941] The Etiology, Concept, and Prophylaxis of Childbed Fever by Ignaz Semmelweis
The first English translation by Frank J. Murphy was published in its entirety in Medical Classics in 1941, and was helpful to K. Codell Carter in preparing the 1983 abridged translation which is reviewed herein

[1945] Microbes of Merit by Otto Rahn

[1947] On Understanding Science by James B. Conant

[1959] The Life of Sir Alexander Fleming by André Maurois, translated by Gerard Hopkins

[1960] Darwin of the Beagle by Bern Dibner
Special thanks to the BURNDY LIBRARY for donation of 'Darwin of the Beagle'.  "The greatest private library ever assembled devoted to the conquest and understanding of nature, to the ever growing knowledge of life and the universe, had been created by a single man." – From 'Inside the Burndy Library' by I. Bernard Cohen, in the 'American Heritage of Invention & Technology' Fall 1985, Volume 1, Issue 2

[1994] The Outer Reaches of Life by John Postgate

[1995] Science and the Founding Fathers by I. Bernard Cohen