Heralds of Science

illustration of two cherubs holding a crown over the title of the book Dialogo di Galileo Galilei

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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Cover of Méchanique analitique

Méchanique analitique

Lagrange, J. L.
Chez la veuve Desaint
1788

112. Born in Italy, La Grange spent most of his life in France and was the leading contributor in the fields of number theory and celestial mechanics.

Cover of Mémoires pour servir à l'histoire naturelle des animaux

Mémoires pour servir à l'histoire naturelle des animaux

Perrault, Claude; Académie des sciences (France)
De l'Imprimerie royale
MDCLXXVI [1676]

84. Herald 84 consists of three of the first works published by the Academie des Sciences, the French counterpart to the London Royal Society.

Cover of Mémoires sur l'électricité et la magnétisme

Mémoires sur l'électricité et la magnétisme

Coulomb, C. A.; Académie royale des sciences (France)
Chez Bachelier, libraire
[1789?]

58. Law of Attraction

Cover of Nova scientia

Nova scientia

Tartaglia, Niccolò
S. da Sabio
1537

Cover of On a new law of electric conduction ; On conducting power generally

On a new law of electric conduction ; On conducting power generally

Faraday, Michael; Royal Society (Great Britain)
The Royal Society
1833]

64. Electro-Magnetic Induction

Cover of On electro-chemical decomposition

On electro-chemical decomposition

Faraday, Michael; Royal Society (Great Britain)
The Royal Society
1833]

64. Electro-Magnetic Induction

Cover of On electro-chemical decomposition, continued

On electro-chemical decomposition, continued

Faraday, Michael; Royal Society (Great Britain)
The Royal Society
1834]

64. Electro-Magnetic Induction

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On induction

Faraday, Michael; Royal Society (Great Britain)
The Royal Society
1838]

64. Electro-Magnetic Induction

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On induction, continued

Faraday, Michael; Royal Society (Great Britain)
The Royal Society
1838]

64. Electro-Magnetic Induction

Cover of On induction, continued ; Nature of the electrical current

On induction, continued ; Nature of the electrical current

Faraday, Michael; Royal Society (Great Britain)
The Royal Society
1838]

64. Electro-Magnetic Induction

Cover of On the crystalline polarity of bismuth and other bodies

On the crystalline polarity of bismuth and other bodies c. 1

Faraday, Michael; Royal Society (Great Britain)
The Royal Society
1849]

64. Electro-Magnetic Induction

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