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 Traité élémentaire de chimie

Traité élémentaire de chimie t. 1 (1789)

Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent
Chez Cuchet
MDCCLXXXIX [1789]

43. The New Chemistry

Cover of Traité élémentaire de chimie

Traité élémentaire de chimie t. 2 (1789)

Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent
Chez Cuchet
MDCCLXXXIX [1789]

43. The New Chemistry

Cover of Tychonis Brahe Dani Epistolarvm astronomicarvm libri.

Tychonis Brahe Dani Epistolarvm astronomicarvm libri

Brahe, Tycho; Wilhelm IV, Landgrave of Hesse
cvm Caesaris et Regvm qvorvndam privilegiis
1596

4. The Keen Observer

Cover of Varia opera mathematica

Varia opera mathematica

Fermat, Pierre de; Fermat, Samuel de; Apollonius, of Perga
apud Johannem Pech
1679

108. Fermat, along with Descartes, was one of the leading mathematicians of the early 17th century.

Cover of Vegetable staticks, or, An account of some statical experiments on the sap in vegetables - being an essay towards a natural history of vegetation - Al

Vegetable staticks, or, An account of some statical experiments on the sap in vegetables

Hales, Stephen; Royal Society (Great Britain)
Printed for W. and J. Innys ... and T. Woodward ...
MDCCXXVII [1727]

26. Plant Nutrition

Cover of Vermischte Schriften botanischen Inhalts

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. 

Cover of Versuche über Pflanzen-Hybriden

Versuche über Pflanzen-Hybriden

Mendel, Gregor
Im Verlage des Vereines
1866

35. Hereditary Characters

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