Life Science Book Covers, 1960s – Part 2.

by Amy Collier

Mathematics © 1963 Time Inc.
Art Director: Edward A. Hamilton, Associate Designer: Arnold C. Holeywell
Photo Credit: Erich Hartmann from Magnum

An airy model of the spiraling helix joins two shapes found in all forms by mathematics: curve and line. The helix makes a familiar functional appearance in the ordinary screw.

Giant Molecules © 1966 Time Inc.
Art Director: Edward A. Hamilton, Assistant Art Director: Arnold C. Holeywell
Designer: Edwin Taylor, Associate Designer: Charles Mikolaycak, Photo Credit: John Zimmerman

The giant molecule of Lexan plastic displays its hexagonal structure, deliberately created by chemists to give the substance its great strength.

Matter © 1963 Time Inc.
Art Director: Edward A. Hamilton, Designer: Arnold C. Holeywell
Photo Credit: Fritz Goro

Golden crystals form from sulphur, the “brimstone” of the Bible. Most of the other 88 natural elements known today were discovered in relatively recent centuries.

Time © 1966 Time Inc.
Art Director: Sheldon Cotler, Designer: Edwin Taylor
Assistant Designer: Charles Mikolaycak, Photo Credit: Richard Bergeron from DPI

A 19th Century pocket watch offers an elegant example of man’s interest in time.

A Guide to Science © 1967 Time Inc.
Art Director: Sheldon Cotler, Assistant Art Director: Arnold C. Holeywell
Designer: Charles Mikolaycak, Photo Credit: Arthur Seller

Magnetic-tape decks store data in an electronic computer—one of the swift calculators used in modern science for such tasks as plotting spacecraft courses and diagnosing human ailments.

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It has been almost a year since my first posting of LIFE Science Library covers. I am past due presenting you many of the terrific graphic and illustrative elements that grace the interior pages of these visually rich hardback books. I plan to rectify that over the course of this year so be on the lookout for more scientific bits.

>> LIFE Science Library flickr set

–Amy

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