Free online books in the sciences. Includes physics, chemistry, botany, astronomy and biology textbooks and reference books. Also geology, oceanography, history of technology, inventors, genetics, science ethics. Books from the 1800s to 2019.
Hint: When a book you want to borrow at Internet Archive is already checked out, go to the Internet Archive’s ‘Search’ box, check “Search Metadata”, and search for the book’s title. Sometimes they have two or more copies.
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Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Earth Sciences”. Be patient as the page loads.
Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Oceanography”. Be patient as the page loads.
Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Meteorology”. Be patient as the page loads.
Collection of nearly 300 books related to Physics, free and online, at the Internet Archive.
Collection of 100 books related to Chemistry, free and online, at the Internet Archive.
Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Human Anatomy”. Be patient as the page loads.
Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Botany”. Be patient as the page loads.
Collection of nearly 300 books related to astronomy, free and online, at the Internet Archive.
Numerous free online publications at the Internet Archive, assembled by ‘Folkscanomy’.
Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Science and Civilization”. Be patient as the page loads.
Ball, David W. and others
Saylor Foundation 2011
For the one-semester General, Organic and Biological Chemistry course.
Guide to current reference sources of science and technology. Intended primarily for information professionals and their assistants in science and engineering, as well as a textbook for library and information schools.
Online Biology textbook.
“CK-12 Interactive Physics for High School FlexBook® covers core physics concepts and includes SIMs, PLIX, real world examples, videos, and study guides.” – Website
“A comprehensive introductory text on the physical aspects of geology, including rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciation, groundwater, streams, coasts, mass wasting, climate change, planetary geology and much more.” -Open Textbook Library Website
Fulton, Charles Herman
McGraw-Hill 1910 Dewey Dec. 669
“Accurate, scientific chapters presenting the fundamental principles and theories of metallurgy and their application to its various branches. For the fairly advanced student. A good elementary presentation, fairly comprehensive and concise, is Wysor’s Metallurgy.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911
Hurt, C. D.
Libraries Unlimited 1994
Multidisciplinary sources of information — Biology — Botany — Zoology — Astronomy — Chemistry — Environmental sciences — Geosciences — Physics — Mathematics — General engineering — Chemical engineering — Civil engineering — Computer science — Electrical engineering — Industrial engineering — Materials science — Mechanical engineering — Transportation engineering — Health and veterinary sciences
Stephen Lower 2016
“This “reference text” is intended to serve either as a supplement to a regular textbook or as a substitute for one. In the former case it will be useful, and in the latter case essential, for the instructor to provide a syllabus (or links within a learning management system) that guides the student through the sections appropriate to the particular course and correlates it with lectures, problem sets, and other course activities.” – About the Chem1 Virtual textbook webpage
“More that 8,000 essential terms; Covers every discipline of chemistry; Provides synonyms, acronyms, and abbreviations” -Book cover
Spon 1914 Dewey Dec. 682
“Designed to cover the scope and sequence requirements of a typical two-semester biology course for science majors. The text provides comprehensive coverage of foundational research and core biology concepts through an evolutionary lens. Biology includes rich features that engage students in scientific inquiry, highlight careers in the biological sciences, and offer everyday applications.” -Website
“designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the two-semester general chemistry course. The textbook provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of chemistry and understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them.” -Website
Soderberg, Tim 2019
“A free, open-access organic chemistry textbook in which the main focus is on relevance to biology and medicine” – Website
Stern, David P.
High School level textbook. “An introduction to astronomy written with a historical perspective.” – Website.
Rebus Community 2019
“A textbook appropriate to an introductory-level university course in oceanography. The book covers the fundamental geological, chemical, physical and biological processes in the ocean, with an emphasis on the North Atlantic region.” -Open Textbook Library Website
A Condensed Treatise for the Use of College Students and Any Desiring a General Knowledge of the Subject
Chemical 1908 Dewey Dec. 669
Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Technology History”. Be patient as the page loads.
Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Inventions”. Be patient as the page loads.
Arthur, W. Brian
Free Press 2011 Dewey Dec. 600
Questions — Combination and structure — Phenomena — Domains, or worlds entered for what can be accomplished there — Engineering and its solutions — The origin of technologies — Structural deepening — Revolutions and redomainings — The mechanisms of evolution — The economy evolving as its technologies evolve — Where do we stand with this creation of ours?
Facts on File 2002 Dewey Dec. 600
“Features more than 400 entries that describe the varied ethical controversies in science and technology: laws, precedent-setting cases, regulations, agencies and organizations, ethical principles, concepts, people, and important events. Also covered are phenomena that are at the fringe of science but have important ethical implications, including voodoo deaths and experimental research into extrasensory perception (ESP).” – Publisher
Hearst 2010 Dewey Dec. 609
“Profusely illustrated, the book is endlessly fascinating, a collage of snapshots of the present the way people saw it when it was still the distant future.” Booklist
Brennan, Richard P.
Wiley 1990 Dewey Dec. 600
space technology – short course in biotechnology and genetic engineering – Babbage to artificial intelligence: computer literacy – environmental penalties of high technology – new rules for the energy game – what’s wo important about superconductivity? – high-technology medicine – getting there from here: transportation technology – superweapons and arms control technology
Buchanan, Robert A.
Viking 1992 Dewey Dec. 600
pt. 1. Background — Definitions and Chronology. 1. The Nature of Technology. 2. The Process of Technological Revolution — pt. 2. Sources of Power. 3. The Ascendancy of Steam Power. 4. Internal Combustion and Electricity — pt. 3. Applications of Power. 5. The Emergence of the Factory. 6. The Age of Mass Production. 7. Transport before the Railway Age. 8. Transport from Steam Trains to Rockets. 9. Communications and Information Technology. 10. Infrastructure — Buildings, Bridges and Services — pt. 4. The Social Context. 11. Technology and People. 12. Technology and the State. 13. The Technological Dilemma. 14. The Way to the Stars
Byrn, Edward W.
1900 Dewey Dec. 600
Norton 1994 Dewey Dec. 600
Dutton 1990 Dewey Dec. 600
“… takes the reader memorably and dramatically to the scenes of discovery when small groups of now-famous innovators made some of the most astonishing technological breakthroughs of modern times. Moreover, the noted author follows those initial research-lab discoveries as they soon began to take understandable and usable shapes as transistors, xerography, the laser, electronic banking, new medicines, fiber optics, among others.” Book cover.
Facts on File 2009 Dewey Dec. 600
A description of tools, instruments, machines, processes, and engineering; history of inventions; general technological vocabulary; and digest of mechanical appliances in science and the arts. Illustrated with upwards of seven thousand engravings
Knight, Edward H.
Boston: Houghton, Mifflin 1882 Dewey Dec. 600
Also see: Hawkins, Nehemiah, Hawkins’ Mechanical Dictionary (1909) in Section 621 Applied physics in Engineering
Oxford University 1999 Dewey Dec. 600
“With more than 6,500 clearly written articles, a complete chronology of science ranging across almost 12,000 years, a Ready Reference section, and 1,000 color illustrations, photographs, and diagrams…covers every aspect of science and technology, including natural history, earth science, physics, chemistry, astronomy, mathematics, information technology, and much more. Biographies of more than 850 famous scientists.” – book jacket
McGraw-Hill 1997 Dewey Dec. 600
Vols 1 & 2 were published in 1987; all others are from 1997. Vol 20 is an index to the 1997 set.
Houghton Mifflin 1988 Dewey Dec. 600
Text and numerous detailed illustrations introduce and explain the scientific principles and workings of hundreds of machines including a lawn sprinkler, pneumatic drill, electric guitar, and a smoke detector
The mechanics of movement — Harnessing the elements — Working with waves — Electricity and automation
Macdonald, Anne L.
Balantine 1992 Dewey Dec. 609
1. Foremothers of American Invention — 2. After the War: Inventing Within Woman’s Sphere — 3. New Fields of Invention — 4. Centennial Sisterhood — 5. Patenting Dress Reform — 6. Publicizing, Proselytizing, and Educating: Uplifting the Position of Women Begins — 7. Inventing Outside and Beyond Woman’s Sphere — 8. Celebrating Women’s Ingenuity: Expositions, Fairs, and Patent Office Lists — 9. Still a Long Way to Go — 10. Patenting Know-how — 11. “New Women” in a New Century — 12. Hope Springs Eternal — 13. Same Song, Second Verse — 14. Depression, War, and Peace — 15. The Modern Woman Inventor — 16. Patents Pending? — Appendix: Patents of Women Inventors Cited in Text
Ochoa, George and Corey, Melinda
H.W. Wilson 1997 Dewey Dec. 600
A record of scientific discovery and technological invention, from the Stone Age to the Information Age.
Van Dulken, Stephen
New York University 2001 Dewey Dec. 609
Briefly describes the inventions of the 19th century with text and diagrams from the patent applications.
Van Dulken, Stephen
New York University 2000 Dewey Dec. 609
Briefly describes the inventions of the 20th century with text and diagrams from the patent applications.
Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Genetics”. Be patient as the page loads.
H.W. Wilson 1995 Dewey Dec. 613.9
A volume in the series, “The Reference Shelf”. “Books in this series contain reprints of articles, excerpts from books, and addresses on current issues and social trends in the United States and other countries.” This volume has three parts: Genetics and medicine – Ethical, social, and legal issues raised by advances in medical genetics – Genetics and industry. Bibliography.
Four Walls Eight Windows 2003 Dewey Dec. 363.9
“The author reveals that the American eugenics movement “was extensive, systematic, well-funded, and supported by major political and intellectual leaders; perhaps most startling, it directly inspired the rise of Nazism in Hitler’s Germany.” -Libr J
Kellicott, William Erskine
Appleton 1911 Dewey Dec. 613.9
Comprehensive, clear and very readable presentation of eugenics, based on the best authorities. Davenport’s Heredity in relation to eugenics (Holt, 1912, 298p., $2 n. 12-1394) is the most important work for students, containing results of recent research conducted by the author.
– – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911
Warner 2002 Dewey Dec. 613.9
Contains over fifteen essays in which researchers, scientists, and reporters describe various aspects of decoding the human genome and discuss the implications of the scientific breakthrough.
Topics: Human genome, Human gene mapping, Génome humain, Cartes chromosomiques humaines, Genome, Genetics, Medical, Genome, Genetics.
Smith, Terry L.
Rosen 2009 Dewey Dec. 613.9
Describes modern developments in the field of genetics, discussing the mapping of the human genome, the genetic causes of afflictions, and genetic modification.
Introduction — Genes and the genetic code — Stem cells and cloning — Feeling sick? genes to the rescue — Animals and genetic engineering — When genetics gets personal — Synthetic biology — Genetic engineering and society
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