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This page lists the first four modules in the series of Science Classics for Humanities Studies from the Green Cat imprint. This is a series of study modules designed to bring fundamental works of science and mathematics within the grasp of students and other readers without the need for specialized preparation. The series reflects the Green Lion’s conviction that an understanding of science, and especially of the classical works of science, is essential for all students of the humanities.

Each volume in the series is a compact, inexpensive presentation of classic scientific and mathematical texts, offering generous but judicious guidance for the reader. We have drawn on our many years of reading these books with non-specialist students to choose selections of real substance, and to provide help that makes the texts accessible while at the same time allowing the original texts to speak for themselves, in their own voices. (more info about Green Cat books)

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Faraday's Experimental Researches in Electricity: The First Series coverFaraday's Experimental Researches in Electricity: The First Series

Howard J. Fisher

Faraday explores a new relation between magnetism and electricity. As we follow his narrative we can both witness and participate in his thinking, his questioning, and his insights. Includes introductions, notes, and supplementary diagrams.


Selections from Darwin's The Origin of Species coverSelections from Darwin's The Origin of Species: The Shape of the Argument

Nicholas Maistrellis

The substantial passages provided in this edition allow one to enjoy the precision and clarity of Darwin’s writing and the patient thoroughness of his reasoning. Step by step, layer by layer, detail by detail, like an intricate detective story, he constructs his case.


Selections from Kepler's Astronomia Nova coverSelections from Kepler's Astronomia Nova

William H. Donahue

This book has the complete introduction to Astronomia Nova, which gives us Kepler's views on the planetary systems debate. The Introduction is followed by a substantial selection of chapters presenting Kepler's new celestial physics.


Selections from Newton's Principia coverSelections from Newton's Principia

Dana Densmore

Traces the basic development of universal gravitation. Has Newton's text with notes, commentary, questions for discussion, and additional diagrams.


Euclid's Elements coverEuclid's Elements Book One with Questions for Discussion

Edited with Questions for Discussion by Dana Densmore

The opening book of Euclid's classic, for study of Euclid in the context of the humanities.


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SCIENCE CLASSICS FOR HUMANITIES STUDIES is a series of study modules designed to bring fundamental works of science and mathematics within the grasp of students and other readers without the need for specialized preparation. The series reflects the Green Lion’s conviction that an understanding of science, and especially of the classical works of science, is essential for all students of the humanities. Science, no less than poetry or philosophy, is human thought, a response both to the outer world of our senses and the inner experience of our consciousness. The more profound a scientific work is, the more directly it addresses itself to our humanity; therefore, there is much in the greatest works of science that can be grasped without special preparation. Yet too many educational programs find themselves limited by the supposed divide between the humanities and the sciences — the so-called “two cultures.”

Further, teachers and institutions who wish to heal this unnecessary fracture have had to confront two discouraging barriers. On the one hand, classic texts of real science are often found to be forbiddingly technical in content and burdened with terminologies either antiquated or arcane. On the other hand, popularizations of these classics insulate students from the actual workings of thought and imagination that classic texts embody. Green Lion Press has addressed this dilemma with the series SCIENCE CLASSICS FOR HUMANITIES STUDIES, issued in slim, inexpensive student editions under the Green Cat Books imprint.

Besides humanities students, this series will be of interest to those interested in science but lacking time or expertise to read these works unabridged and without assistance. It will also serve readers who already enjoy a technical background but who may wish to experience more directly the sources of contemporary scientific concepts.

Classic works of science and mathematics, no less than other works of literature, drama, and philosophy, lead us to questions (and answers) that may enlighten or delight us, or may lead us to a new understanding of the multiplex and often conflicting views of reality presented in great scientific works. It is the Green Lion’s aim to enable readers not only to observe but to participate in such significant achievements of thought.