Public Understanding of Science and Technology
The Foundation supports a wide range of books aimed at public understanding of science and technology. Popular categories include books that elucidate the scientific basis of issues that are often confusing or controversial or unnecessarily obscure. The Foundation also supports books that profile scientific and technological figures from varying angles, but with an emphasis on the human story. Books about the relevance of technology to daily life and about the relationship between women and technology also find occasional support.
Inventing America: A History of the United States, a popular college textbook supported by the Foundation, explores the central role of science, technology and business in the nation’s development.
The Foundation’s Book program aims to reach a wide, lay audience.
The Fractalist is Benoit Mandelbrot's fascinating memoir about the man who changed the way we look at both the natural and financial world. more
Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age, by W. Bernard Carlson, is a major new biography about the inventor Nikola Tesla, one of the major contributors to the electrical revolution. more