Heralds of Science

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In 1955 Bern Dibner, the noted science book collector and founder of the Burndy Library, published Heralds of Science as Represented by Two Hundred Epochal Books and Pamphlets Selected from the Burndy Library.  To construct the list, Dibner selected two hundred items he owned that “proclaimed new truths or hypotheses in science.” Two hundred titles, he felt, was an adequate number to represent the great achievements while not being too many to overwhelm the average layperson interested in science.  More...

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Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London v.92 (1802)

Royal Society (Great Britain); Maty, Paul Henry Stuart, Alexander Royal Society (Great Britain)
Royal Society of London.
1666

152. Physical Optics

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Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London v.75 (1785)

Royal Society (Great Britain); Maty, Paul Henry Stuart, Alexander Royal Society (Great Britain)
Royal Society of London.
1666

42. Composition of Water

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Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London v.106 (1816)

Royal Society (Great Britain); Maty, Paul Henry Stuart, Alexander Royal Society (Great Britain)
Royal Society of London.
1666

181. Mine Safety Lamp

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Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London v.1-2 (1665-1667)

Royal Society (Great Britain); Maty, Paul Henry Stuart, Alexander Royal Society (Great Britain)
Royal Society of London.
1666

83. The Royal Society

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Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London v.88 (1798)

Royal Society (Great Britain); Maty, Paul Henry Stuart, Alexander Royal Society (Great Britain)
Royal Society of London.
1666

151. Heat

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Vermischte Schriften botanischen Inhalts

Mohl, Hugo von
Bei Ludwig Friedrich Fues
1845

32. Protoplasm

This work describes Mohl's definitive description of the substance that makes up the main part of a cell, which Mohr called protoplasm. 

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Die mutationstheorie. Versuche und beobachtungen über die entstehung von arten im pflanzenreich, v. 1

Vries, Hugo de
Veit & comp.
1901

36. Mutation of Characters

This classic work describes de Vries' research in mutations and how it led him to the rediscovery of Mendel's laws of heredity. 

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Die mutationstheorie. Versuche und beobachtungen über die entstehung von arten im pflanzenreich, v. 2

Vries, Hugo de
Veit & comp.
1901

36. Mutation of Characters

This classic work describes de Vries' research in mutations and how it led him to the rediscovery of Mendel's laws of heredity. 

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Versuche über Pflanzen-Hybriden

Mendel, Gregor
Im Verlage des Vereines
1866

35. Hereditary Characters

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De plantis libri XVI

Cesalpino, Andrea
Apud Georgium Marescottum
1583

20. Plant Classification

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Ortus sanitatis.

Johann Prüss
1497

77. Mediaeval Science

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