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History of Science Secondary Sources by Topic


Recent issues of some journals from the History of Science Collections are available for browsing i the Book Nook.

Very Short Introduction Series

About the Book Nook

On this page you will find lists of books available for browsing in the 5th floor Book Nook, as well as rules for use of the space.

Using the Book Nook


  • Books listed on this page are available for browsing in our Book Nook (open 9-5pm Mondays - Fridays)
  • Books can be read in the Nook or Lobby, or be taken to the Exhibit Hall 
  • Books can also be read in the Roller Reading Room. If you do this, you will need to Register at the Research Desk and follow Reading Room Procedures (fill out registration form, show ID, leave bags, pens in lockers; no food/drink)



  • Book Nook - no food; drinks okay
  • Lobby - no food, drinks okay
  • Exhibit Hall - no food or drink
  • Reading Room - no food or drink



  • You can make copies with your phone
  • You can request copies at the Research Desk.


DSB: Dictionary of Scientific Biography

Need info about a particular scientist? A good place to start is with the DSB. See Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography (Online access)

This online edition includes materials from the original multivolume Dictionary of Scientific Biography (1970-1980), as well as the revised edition, the New Dictionary of Scientific Biography (2008).

Entries about people include:

  • basic biographical info
  • overview of work and scientific contributions
  • bibliography of original works and secondary literature

Faculty Books

Multivolume Sets

Featured Works