• 117 Things You Should F*#king Know about Your World The Best of IFL Science
    117 Things You Should F*#king Know about Your World The Best of IFL Science
    ISBN: 9781788402323
    Title: 117 Things You Should F*#king Know about Your World The Best of IFL Science
    Author: CASSELL ILLUSTRATED


    Did you know your irises are lying to you and all human eyes are actually brown?


    Want to know the absolute worst way to die, according to science?


    Did you know that a smoking psychedelic toad milk could alleviate depression for up to four weeks?



    117 Things You Should F*#king Know About Your World tells you the answers to these questions and many more weird and wonderful facts about the universe. Split into the site's different subject areas of environment, technology, space, health and medicine, plants and animals, physics and chemistry, this is the ultimate science book.


    With 25 million social media followers, I F*#king Love Science is the world's favourite source of science on the web. From missing nuclear weapons and Facebook secret files to the world's smallest computer and why you should wrap your car keys in tinfoil, this is the book that only the world's leading source of crazy-but-true stories could produce.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
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  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
    21 Lessons for the 21st Century
    ISBN: 9781784708283
    Title: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
    Author: HARARI YUVAL NOAH

    Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present.

    How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children?

    Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today's most urgent issues. The golden thread running through his exhilarating new book is the challenge of maintaining our collective and individual focus in the face of constant and disorienting change. Are we still capable of understanding the world we have created?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 30 Second Theories
    30 Second Theories
    ISBN: 9781742661803
    Title: 30 Second Theories
    Author: PARSONS PAUL

    Chaos Theory, String Theory, the Theory of Relativity? Intelligent Design? Schrodinger¿s Cat and Pavlov¿s Dog? Sure, you know what they all mean. That is, you¿ve certainly heard of all of them. But do you know enough about them to join a dinner party debate or dazzle the bar with your knowledge? 30-Second Theories takes a revolutionary approach to understanding the 50 most significant and intriguing scientific theories. It challenges a half-century of leading boffins to abandon their beloved jargon and explain the most complex theories in half a minute - using nothing more than two pages, 300 words, one flow chart, and a picture. Time might well be relative, but it¿s also precious in a world that seems to spin ever faster, and here, in one unique volume, you have the opportunity to pick the potted brains of our leading scientists and understand the key notes of our harmonious universe in less time than it takes to scratch your head.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • 30-Second Universe: 50 Most Significant Ideas, Theories, Principles & Events that Sum Up the Field
    30-Second Universe: 50 Most Significant Ideas, Theories, Principles & Events that Sum Up the Field
    ISBN: 9781782408505
    Title: 30-Second Universe: 50 Most Significant Ideas, Theories, Principles & Events that Sum Up the Field
    Author: LIU CHARLES & MASTERS KAREN & SALUR SEVIL

    The universe literally encompasses everything we were, are and will be, everything we knew, know and can know. When we decide to understand the universe as a whole, new truths come to light, and unexpected perspectives illuminate our take on life. 30-Second Universe explains all the tantalising concepts, principles and theories that make up our knowledge - the Higgs particle, gluons, quarks, the multiverse, how certainty itself can be uncertain, and of course, where our world came from, and where we're going and what will happen in the end - and it explains these astrophysical answers succinctly, each entry taking only 30 seconds to read, with further exploration flagged, and key scientists noted. This one small book sheds light on the biggest ideas, concepts and discoveries in life, in the universe, in everything.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution
    Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution
    ISBN: 9780393358261
    Title: Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution
    Author: HOCKFIELD SUSAN


    A century ago, discoveries in physics came together with engineering to produce an array of astonishing new technologies that radically reshaped the world: radios, televisions, aircraft, computers, and a host of still-evolving digital tools. Today, a new technological convergence--of biology and engineering--promises to create the tools necessary to tackle the threats we now face, including climate change, drought, famine, and disease


    World-renowned neuroscientist and academic leader Susan Hockfield describes the most exciting new developments and the scientists and engineers who helped to create them. Virus-built batteries. Cancer-detecting nanoparticles. Computer-engineered crops. Together, they highlight the promise of the technology revolution of the twenty-first century to overcome some of the greatest humanitarian, medical, and environmental challenges of our time.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00
    $34.00
  • Analogia
    Analogia
    ISBN: 9781846147449
    Title: Analogia
    Author: DYSON GEORGE


    How did we end up in a world where humans coexist with technologies we can no longer fully control or understand?


    George Dyson plots an unexpected course through the past 300 years to reveal the hidden connections that underpin our digital age, ending with a premonition of what lies ahead.


    From an eighteenth-century Russian voyage across the North Pacific, to the mirror signals that heralded the age of digital telecommunications and the invention of the vacuum tube, Analogia interweaves historical adventure with scientific insight in a deeply personal story that frames the pursuit - and cost - of the digital revolution in a captivating new light.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Atomic: The First War of Physics & the Secret History of the Atom Bomb 1939 - 49
    Atomic: The First War of Physics & the Secret History of the Atom Bomb 1939 - 49
    ISBN: 9781848319929
    Title: Atomic: The First War of Physics & the Secret History of the Atom Bomb 1939 - 49
    Author: BAGGOTT JIM

    An account of the race to build humankind's most destructive weapon. This book draws on declassified material, such as MI6's FarmHall transcripts, coded Soviet messages cracked by American cryptographers in the Venona project, and interpretations by Russian scholars of documents from the Soviet archives...Spanning ten historic years, from the discovery of nuclear fission in 1939 to 'Joe-1', the first Soviet atomic bomb test in August 1949, Atomic is the first fully realised popular account of the race between Nazi Germany, Britain, America and the Soviet Union to build atomic weapons...Rich in personality, action, confrontation and deception, Jim Baggott's book tells an epic story of science and technology at the very limits of human understanding.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, & Big Pharma Flacks
    Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, & Big Pharma Flacks
    ISBN: 9780007284870
    Title: Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, & Big Pharma Flacks
    Author: GOLDACRE BEN


    Have you ever wondered how one day the media can assert that alcohol is bad for us and the next unashamedly run a story touting the benefits of daily alcohol consumption? Or how a drug that is pulled off the market for causing heart attacks ever got approved in the first place? How can average readers, who aren't medical doctors or Ph.D.s in biochemistry, tell what they should be paying attention to and what's, well, just more bullshit?


    Ben Goldacre has made a point of exposing quack doctors and nutritionists, bogus credentialing programs, and biased scientific studies. He has also taken the media to task for its willingness to throw facts and proof out the window. But he's not here just to tell you what's wrong. Goldacre is here to teach you how to evaluate placebo effects, double-blind studies, and sample sizes, so that you can recognize bad science when you see it. You're about to feel a whole lot better.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Best American Science & Nature Writing 2020
    Best American Science & Nature Writing 2020
    ISBN: 9780358074298
    Title: Best American Science & Nature Writing 2020
    Author: KAKU MICHIO ED

    A collection of the best science and nature writing published in North America in 2019, guest edited by New York Times best-selling author and ground-breaking physicist Dr. Michio Kaku.

    Dr. Michio Kaku, one of the most influential living scientists and a New York Times best-selling author, selects the year's top science and nature writing from writers who balance research with humanity and, in the process, uncover riveting stories of discovery across the disciplines.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00

    $37.00
  • Bio Design: Nature Science Creativity
    Bio Design: Nature Science Creativity
    ISBN: 9780500294390
    Title: Bio Design: Nature Science Creativity
    Author: MYERS WILLIAM

    Bioluminescent algae, symbiotic aquariums, self-healing concrete, clavicle wind instruments and structures made from living trees - biology applied outside the lab has never been so intriguing, or so beautiful. Bio Design examines the thrilling advances in the field, showcasing some seventy projects (concepts, prototypes and completed designs) that cover a range of fields - from architecture and industrial design to fashion and medicine.

    The revised and expanded edition features twelve new projects (replacing ten existing projects): Hy-Fi (by David Benjamin); One Central Park, Sydney (Jean Nouvel); Guard from Above (Sjoerd Hoogendoorn); Cell-laden Hydrogels for Biocatalysis (Alshakim Nelson); Zoa (Modern Meadow); Amino Labs (Julie Legault); Algae and Mycelium Projects (Eric Klarenbeek); Interwoven and Harvest (Diane Scherer); Concrete Honey (John Becker); Bistro In Vitro (Koert van Mensvoort); Circumventive Organs (Agi Haines); Quantworm Mine (Liv Bargman and Nina Cutler). It also includes a new 'how-to' section at the end (Tips for Collaboration/FAQs/Further Resources), as well as a fully revised introduction.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Book of Wonders: How Euclid's Elements Built the World
    Book of Wonders: How Euclid's Elements Built the World
    ISBN: 9780008299910
    Title: Book of Wonders: How Euclid's Elements Built the World
    Author: WARDHAUGH BENJAMIN

    Euclid's Elements of Geometry was a book that changed the world. In a sweeping history, Benjamin Wardhaugh traces how an ancient Greek text on mathematics - often hailed as the world's first textbook - shaped two thousand years of art, philosophy and literature, as well as science and maths.
    Thirteen volumes of mathematical definitions, propositions and proofs. Writing in 300 BC, Euclid could not have known his logic would go unsurpassed until the nineteenth century, or that his writings were laying down the very foundations of human knowledge.

    Wardhaugh blasts the dust from Euclid's legacy to offer not only a vibrant history of mathematics, told through people and invention, but also a broader story of culture. Telling stories from every continent, ranging between Ptolemy and Isaac Newton, Hobbes and Lewis Carrol, this is a history that dives from Ancient Greece to medieval Byzantium, early modern China, Renaissance Italy, the age of European empires, and our world today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Convergence: The Deepest Idea in the Universe
    Convergence: The Deepest Idea in the Universe
    ISBN: 9781471129018
    Title: Convergence: The Deepest Idea in the Universe
    Author: WATSON PETER

    Convergence is a history of modern science with an original and significant twist. Various scientific disciplines, despite their very different beginnings, and disparate areas of interest have been coming together over the past 150 years, converging and coalescing, to identify one extraordinary master narrative, one overwhelming interlocking coherent story: the history of the universe.
    & & & Intimate connections between physics and chemistry have been revealed as have the links between quantum chemistry and molecular biology. Astronomy has been augmented by particle physics, psychology has been increasingly aligned with physics, with chemistry and even with economics. Genetics has been harmonised with linguistics, botany with archaeology, climatology with myth. This is a simple insight but one with profound consequences. Convergence is, as Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg has put it, 'The deepest thing about the universe.'
    & & & This book does not, however, tell the story by beginning at the beginning and ending at the end. It is much more revealing, more convincing, and altogether more thrilling to tell the story as it emerged, as it began to fall into place, piece by piece, converging tentatively at first, but then with increasing speed, vigour and confidence. The overlaps and interdependence of the sciences, the emerging order that they are gradually uncovering, is without question the most enthralling aspect of twenty-first-century science.&


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
    Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
    ISBN: 9780345409461
    Title: Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
    Author: SAGAN CARL

    In this engrossing, thought-provoking and entertaining book, the author convincingly shows how alien abduction stories and other paranormal tales are simply the modern version of fairies and other ancient demons that exist only in the human mind.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
  • Demon in the Machine: How Hidden Webs of Information Are Finally Solving the Mystery of Life
    Demon in the Machine: How Hidden Webs of Information Are Finally Solving the Mystery of Life
    ISBN: 9780141986401
    Title: Demon in the Machine: How Hidden Webs of Information Are Finally Solving the Mystery of Life
    Author: DAVIES PAUL

    When Darwin set out to explain the origin of species, he made no attempt to answer the deeper question- what is life?

    For generations, scientists have struggled to make sense of this fundamental question. Life really does look like magic- even a humble bacterium accomplishes things so dazzling that no human engineer can match it. And yet, huge advances in molecular biology over the past few decades have served only to deepen the mystery. So can life be explained by known physics and chemistry, or do we need something fundamentally new?

    In this penetrating and wide-ranging new analysis, world-renowned physicist and science communicator Paul Davies searches for answers in a field so new and fast-moving that it lacks a name, a domain where computing, chemistry, quantum physics and nanotechnology intersect. At the heart of these diverse fields, Davies explains, is the concept of information- a quantity with the power to unify biology with physics, transform technology and medicine, and even to illuminate the age-old question of whether we are alone in the universe.

    From life's murky origins to the microscopic engines that run the cells of our bodies, The Demon in the Machine is a breath-taking journey across the landscape of physics, biology, logic and computing. Weaving together cancer and consciousness, two-headed worms and bird navigation, Davies reveals how biological organisms garner and process information to conjure order out of chaos, opening a window on the secret of life itself.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Earth & I
    Earth & I
    ISBN: 9783836551113
    Title: Earth & I
    Author: LOVELOCK JAMES

    The big picture
    An essential illustrated collection of earth and human science for curious minds of all ages

    We are buried beneath mountains of fast accumulating data. In such circumstances, this book, rather than adding to the data load, aims to offer real understanding. James Lovelock

    Human beings are extraordinary creatures. Intelligent, agile, and curious, we have adapted and invented our way to becoming the most important species on the planet. So great is the extent of our influence, that many speak of a new geological era, the Anthropocene, an age defined by human-induced change to the blue and green globe we call home.

    Our lofty status comes with responsibility as much as possibility: How should we approach our present and future? What knowledge should we carry with us? Conceived by James Lovelock, inventor of the Gaia theory, this illustrated essay collection brings together an all-star line-up of thinkers and scientists to offer essential understanding about who we are, how we live, and where we might be going.

    Much as the Gaia theory considers our earth as an integrated whole of living systems, The Earth and I encourages holistic understanding. Across 12 chapters, we take in both the intricate details and immense structures of our species and our planet, from our ever-expanding universe to our minuscule but mighty cells. We see stellar explosions and the layers of life beneath our feet, delve into the neuroscience of decision-making, get to grips with our climate, and contemplate our increasing intimacy with technology.

    The book s world-class contributors include quantum physicist Lisa Randall, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson, and Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel. With lively illustrations from British artist Jack Hudson, the result is an inspiration for curious minds young and old, and a trusted tool kit for an informed and enlightened future."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
    $70.00
  • Elements Magnet Set: With Complete Periodic Table!
    Elements Magnet Set: With Complete Periodic Table!
    ISBN: 9780762497072
    Title: Elements Magnet Set: With Complete Periodic Table!
    Author: GRAY THEODORE


    Display and play with the building blocks of life with The Elements Magnet Set!


    Based on and including the iconic images from Theodore Gray's bestselling book The Elements, this beautiful magnet set is the perfect way to display and play with the periodic table. Add a little atomic flair at work and home, or spell out a message while inspiring some awe for all the elements that make up the world around you.


    This kit includes:
    121 element magnets, each highlighting an important piece of the periodic table. Magnet size is approximately 1" x 1".48-page book exploring the world's most important elements, with full colour-photographs throughout



    Format: Boxed Set
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Essential Science What Do We Know? How Do We Know It?
    Essential Science What Do We Know? How Do We Know It?
    ISBN: 9781787394469
    Title: Essential Science What Do We Know? How Do We Know It?
    Author: CLEGG BRIAN


    Essential Science aims to be the most detailed, accessible and authoritative book of its kind. Each of the 34 discoveries is broken down into seven essential elements to aid comprehension and inform the reader.


    THE ESSENTIAL IDEA a concise summary of the idea or discovery that makes complex ideas as simple as possible.


    The consistent structure not only breaks down complex topics into simple, easy to understand chunks, but also helps readers to think for themselves about the process of scientific discovery, testing and progress, showing that science is not just a set of ideas to be learned, but a never-ending process that is constantly reshaping our perception of reality.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Farmlife: From Farm to Table & New Country Culture
    Farmlife: From Farm to Table & New Country Culture
    ISBN: 9783899559187
    Title: Farmlife: From Farm to Table & New Country Culture
    Author: GESTALTEN (EDITOR)

    Living on the land and learning to reap the benefits of nature. From farm-fresh eggs and herb gardens that enrich home cooked meals to beekeeping to aid in the pollination of small crops, there's a lifestyle that exists in harmony with our environments. These locales reveal and embrace the many layers of this way of life Activities such as canning and marmalade making are given new life in these pages. Whether autumnal foraging for mushrooms or learning the different flavors of varying apple varietals or enjoying the fresh spring leaves of kale and spinach, Farmlife is a cornucopia of inspiration for living more intentionally and more interactively with our surroundings.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $120.00
    $120.00
  • Fermat's Last Theorem: the Story of a Riddle that Confounded the World's Greatest Minds for 358 Years
    Fermat's Last Theorem: the Story of a Riddle that Confounded the World's Greatest Minds for 358 Years
    ISBN: 9781841157917
    Title: Fermat's Last Theorem: the Story of a Riddle that Confounded the World's Greatest Minds for 358 Years
    Author: SINGH SIMON

    This is the story of the solving of a puzzle that has confounded mathematicians since the 17th century, but which every child can understand. It includes the fascinating story of Andrew Wiles who finally cracked the code.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Galileo: & the Science Deniers
    Galileo: & the Science Deniers
    ISBN: 9781982147167
    Title: Galileo: & the Science Deniers
    Author: LIVIO MARIO

    A fresh interpretation of the life of Galileo Galilei, one of history's greatest and most fascinating scientists, that sheds new light on his discoveries and how he was challenged by science deniers. "We really need this story now, because we're living through the next chapter of science denial" (Bill McKibben).

    Galileo's story may be more relevant today than ever before. At present, we face enormous crises--such as the minimization of the dangers of climate change--because the science behind these threats is erroneously questioned or ignored. Galileo encountered this problem 400 years ago. His discoveries, based on careful observations and ingenious experiments, contradicted conventional wisdom and the teachings of the church at the time. Consequently, in a blatant assault on freedom of thought, his books were forbidden by church authorities.

    Astrophysicist and bestselling author Mario Livio draws on his own scientific expertise to provide captivating insights into how Galileo reached his bold new conclusions about the cosmos and the laws of nature. A freethinker who followed the evidence wherever it led him, Galileo was one of the most significant figures behind the scientific revolution. He believed that every educated person should know science as well as literature, and insisted on reaching the widest audience possible, publishing his books in Italian rather than Latin.

    Galileo was put on trial with his life in the balance for refusing to renounce his scientific convictions. He remains a hero and inspiration to scientists and all of those who respect science--which, as Livio reminds us in this gripping book, remains threatened even today.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00

    $30.00
  • Glass Universe The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars
    Glass Universe The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars
    ISBN: 9780007548200
    Title: Glass Universe The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars
    Author: SOBEL DAVA


    'A biographical orrery - intricate, complex and fascinating' The Observer


    'A peerless intellectual biography. The Glass Universe shines and twinkles as brightly as the stars themselves' The Economist


    #1 New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobel returns with a captivating, little-known true story of women in science


    Before they even had the right to vote, a group of remarkable women were employed by Harvard College Observatory as 'Human Computers' to interpret the observations made via telescope by their male counterparts each night.


    The author of Longitude, Galileo's Daughter and The Planets shines light on the hidden history of these extraordinary women who changed the burgeoning field of astronomy and our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • God Delusion
    God Delusion
    ISBN: 9781784161927
    Title: God Delusion
    Author: DAWKINS RICHARD

    "The God Delusion caused a sensation when it was published in 2006. Within weeks it became the most hotly debated topic, with Dawkins himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types. His argument could hardly be more topical. While Europe is becoming increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and dangerously dividing opinion around the world. In America, and elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between 'intelligent design' and Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times still serves to abuse basic human rights such as women's and gay rights. And all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind. Dawkins attacks God in all his forms. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children. The God Delusion is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required reading for anyone in

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium
    Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium
    ISBN: 9781785786075
    Title: Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium
    Author: SANTOS LUCY JANE

    'Half Lives shines a light on the shocking history of the world's toxic love affair with a deadly substance, radium. Unnerving, fascinating, informative and truly frightening.' Hallie Rubenhold, author of The Five

    & Lucy Jane Santos presents the surprising history of radium in everyday life.

    Of all the radioactive elements discovered at the end of the 19th century, it was radium that became the focus of both public fascination and entrepreneurial zeal.

    Half Lives tells the fascinating, curious, sometimes macabre story of the element through its ascendance as a desirable item - a present for a queen, a prize in a treasure hunt, a glow-in- the-dark dance costume - to its role as a supposed cure-all in everyday 20th-century life, when medical practitioners and business people (reputable and otherwise) devised ingenious ways of commodifying the new wonder element, and enthusiastic customers welcomed their radioactive wares into their homes.

    Historian Lucy Jane Santos - herself the proud owner of a formidable collection of radium beauty treatments - delves into the stories of these products and details the gradual downfall and discredit of the radium industry through the eyes of the people who bought, sold and eventually came to fear the once-fetishized substance.

    She reveals a new history of radium, one in which the stories of those previously dismissed as quacks and fools are brought to life, as part of a unique examination of the interplay between science and popular culture.

    'In Half Lives, Lucy Santos transports us back to a time when consumers wondered whether mixing radium into chicken feed might result in eggs that could hard-boil themselves; when diners cheerfully drank radioactive cocktails that glowed in the dark; and when people used toothpaste containing lethal thorium oxide in the pursuit of healthy gums. Santos unpicks fact from fiction and exhibits a masterful grasp of a complex area of science history that is so often mistold. Half Lives is a delightfully disturbing book that reminds us all of the age-old Latin maxim, 'caveat emptor.' Dr Lindsey Fitzharris, bestselling author of The Butchering Art

    'With verve and vivacity, Lucy Jane Santos conducts her readers on a unique tour of the twentieth century's most significant scientific discovery. Before the R-word threatened destruction, it offered hope for the future -- teeth would glow white, cocktails would shine in the dark and cancer would be vanquished. This evocative account puts people and their emotions centre-stage of science's past.' Dr Patricia Fara




    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • History of Solitude
    History of Solitude
    ISBN: 9781509536580
    Title: History of Solitude
    Author: VINCENT DAVID

    Solitude has always had an ambivalent status: the capacity to enjoy being alone can make sociability bearable, but those predisposed to solitude are often viewed with suspicion or pity.

    Drawing on a wide array of literary and historical sources, David Vincent explores how people have conducted themselves in the absence of company over the last three centuries. He argues that the ambivalent nature of solitude became a prominent concern in the modern era. For intellectuals in the romantic age, solitude gave respite to citizens living in ever more complex modern societies. But while the search for solitude was seen as a symptom of modern life, it was also viewed as a dangerous pathology: a perceived renunciation of the world, which could lead to psychological disorder and anti-social behaviour.

    Vincent explores the successive attempts of religious authorities and political institutions to manage solitude, taking readers from the monastery to the prisoner's cell, and explains how western society's increasing secularism, urbanization and prosperity led to the development of new solitary pastimes at the same time as it made traditional forms of solitary communion, with God and with a pristine nature, impossible. At the dawn of the digital age, solitude has taken on new meanings, as physical isolation and intense sociability have become possible as never before. With the advent of a so-called loneliness epidemic, a proper historical understanding of the natural human desire to disengage from the world is more important than ever.

    The first full-length account of its subject, A History of Solitude will appeal to a wide general readership.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
    Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
    ISBN: 9781784703936
    Title: Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
    Author: HARARI YUVAL NOAH

    International Bestseller
    From the author of the international bestsellerSapiens: A Brief History of Humankindcomes an extraordinary new book that explores the future of the human species.

    Yuval Noah Harari, author of the bestsellingSapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. InHomo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between.
    Homo Deusexplores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This isHomo Deus.
    War is obsolete
    You are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict
    Famine is disappearing
    You are at more risk of obesity than starvation
    Death is just a technical problem
    Equality is out but immortality is in
    What does our future hold?
    From the Hardcover edition."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • How Science Works: The Facts Visually Explained
    How Science Works: The Facts Visually Explained
    ISBN: 9780241287279
    Title: How Science Works: The Facts Visually Explained
    Author: DORLING KINDERSLEY PUBLISHING STAFF

    Answering all your burning scientific questions, from what it means to be alive to why things explode, How Science Works explains science facts throughout amazing diagrams and infographics.

    Unlock the secrets of the universe, such as whether a robot takeover is possible, and marvel at the surprising simplicity of gravity.

    Dazzle your friends and family with answers to their everyday science questions such as; why do sirens change pitch as they pass by? How do planes stay in the air? Plus many more!

    Learn how to explain the mind-boggling concepts that eluded you at school, all the way through to more recent fascinating topics such as the discovery of the Higgs Boson- this really is science made simple.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • How To Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler
    How To Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler
    ISBN: 9780735220157
    Title: How To Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler
    Author: NORTH RYAN

    An NPR Best Book of 2018

    "How to Invent Everything is such a cool book. It's essential reading for anyone who needs to duplicate an industrial civilization quickly." --Randall Munroe, xkcd creator and New York Times-bestselling author of What If?

    The only book you need if you're going back in time

    What would you do if a time machine hurled you thousands of years into the past. . . and then broke? How would you survive? Could you improve on humanity's original timeline? And how hard would it be to domesticate a giant wombat?

    With this book as your guide, you'll survive--and thrive--in any period in Earth's history. Bestselling author and time-travel enthusiast Ryan North shows you how to invent all the modern conveniences we take for granted--from first principles. This illustrated manual contains all the science, engineering, art, philosophy, facts, and figures required for even the most clueless time traveler to build a civilization from the ground up. Deeply researched, irreverent, and significantly more fun than being eaten by a saber-toothed tiger, How to Invent Everything will make you smarter, more competent, and completely prepared to become the most important and influential person ever. You're about to make history. . . better.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00

    $37.00
  • How to Speak Science: Essential Concepts Made Simple
    How to Speak Science: Essential Concepts Made Simple
    ISBN: 9780753548806
    Title: How to Speak Science: Essential Concepts Made Simple
    Author: BENAMRAN BRUCE



    How do magnets work?
    What is the theory of relativity all about?
    Is light made of waves or particles?
    And how on earth can a levitating goat teach us about atomic structure?


    In this age of smartphones, artificial intelligence, supercolliders, supercomputers and other cutting-edge technology, we've lost touch with many of the most basic science concepts that launched our information age. For Bruce Benamren, science is about stories and characters. Why, for instance, did pirates wear eye patches? That's all to do with how the retina processes light. Pirates running down to the gun deck would have no time to let their eyes get used to the dark, so they kept one eye gun-deck ready.


    Bruce isn't pretending that science isn't tricky, but in simple, maths-free explanations and just-the-good-parts historical recaps, he shows us that the greatest scientific discoveries and theories don't have to remain beyond our grasp.


    Whether you haven't picked up a test tube since school and feel like you're missing out on something marvellous, or you're a professor who wants to look at the world with starry-eyed wonder again, How to Speak Science is a witty yet deeply revelatory exploration of the essential mysteries of the universe.


    Because if a goat can explain scientific theory, you can too.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems
    How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems
    ISBN: 9781473680340
    Title: How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems
    Author: MUNROE RANDALL


    Randall Munroe is . . .'Nerd royalty' Ben Goldacre


    'Totally brilliant' Tim Harford


    'Laugh-out-loud funny' Bill Gates


    'Wonderful' Neil Gaiman

    AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


    For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally bad that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach. It's full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole.


    Bestselling author and cartoonist Randall Munroe explains how to predict the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos. He teaches you how to tell if you're a baby boomer or a millennial by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and getting to your appointments on time by destroying the moon. And if you want to get rid of this book once you're done with it, he walks you through your options for proper disposal, including dissolving it in the ocean, converting it to a vapour, using tectonic plates to subduct it into the Earth's mantle, or launching it into the sun.


    By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe doesn't just make things difficult for himself and his readers. As he did so brilliantly in What If?, he invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible. Full of clever infographics and amusing illustrations, How To is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Human Cosmos: A Secret History of the Stars
    Human Cosmos: A Secret History of the Stars
    ISBN: 9781786894038
    Title: Human Cosmos: A Secret History of the Stars
    Author: MARCHANT JO

    For most of human history, we have led not just an earthly existence but a cosmic one. Celestial cycles drove every aspect of our daily lives. Our innate relationship with the stars shaped who we are - our religious beliefs, power structures, scientific advances and even our biology. But over the last few centuries we have separated ourselves from the universe that surrounds us. And that disconnect comes at a cost.In The Human Cosmos, Jo Marchant takes us on a tour through the history of humanity's relationship with the heavens. We travel to the Hall of the Bulls in Lascaux and witness the summer solstice at a 5,000-year-old tomb at Newgrange. We visit Medieval monks grappling with the nature of time and Tahitian sailors navigating by the stars. We discover how light reveals the chemical composition of the sun, and we are with Einstein as he works out that space and time are one and the same. A four-billion-year-old meteor inspires a search for extra-terrestrial life. And we discover why star-gazing can be really, really good for us.It is time for us to rediscover the full potential of the universe we inhabit, its wonder, its effect on our health and its potential for inspiration and revelation.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • I Am a Book. I Am a Portal to the Universe
    I Am a Book. I Am a Portal to the Universe
    ISBN: 9780241408759
    Title: I Am a Book. I Am a Portal to the Universe
    Author: POSAVEC STEFANIE; QUICK MIRIAM

    Hello. I am a book. But I'm also a portal to the universe.I have 112 pages, measuring 20cm high and wide. I weigh 465g. And I have the power to show you the wonders of the world.Lift me up to the sky, rest me on your lap, drop me from a height, wear me as a hat. Together, through data, we'll uncover the stories hidden in the everyday. How long is an anteater's tongue? How tiny is the DNA in your cells? How fast is gold mined? How loud is the sun? And how many stars have been born and exploded in the time you've taken to read this sentence?Hold me in your hands and let me show you what I'm made of - and what waits for you in the corners of our awe-inspiring universe.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $44.00
    $44.00
  • Idea of the Brain
    Idea of the Brain
    ISBN: 9781781255896
    Title: Idea of the Brain
    Author: COBB MATTHEW

    The brain is the most complicated object in the universe. Here's how we found out what we know so far.
    We've been trying to make sense of the link between our minds and our bodies since the very dawn of civilisation. Now the pace is hotting up.

    Join the biologist and historian Matthew Cobb (Life's Greatest Secret) to explore the weird theories, blasphemous experiments and terrifying operating theatres that got us here, to the cusp of revelation.

    Written with ambition and verve and rooted in a solid scientific explanation of the issues, The Idea of the Brain spans the centuries to reveal how the lives and works of a parade of philosophers, surgeons, mystics and neuroscientists have shaped the way we understand ourselves at the most profound level. From primitive dissections to the latest complex computational models of brain function, Cobb charts the course of this continuing quest, and prepares us for the astonishing discoveries to come.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
    $70.00
  • IFLScience! Official Science Puzzle Book
    IFLScience! Official Science Puzzle Book
    ISBN: 9781787394476
    Title: IFLScience! Official Science Puzzle Book
    Author: MOORE GARETH

    More than 100 themed puzzles that perfectly blend interesting scientific inquiry with challenging puzzles.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Inside the Neolithic Mind: Consciousness, Cosmos & the Realm of the Gods
    Inside the Neolithic Mind: Consciousness, Cosmos & the Realm of the Gods
    ISBN: 9780500294413
    Title: Inside the Neolithic Mind: Consciousness, Cosmos & the Realm of the Gods
    Author: LEWIS-WILLIAMS DAVID & PEARCE DAVID

    What do the headless figures found in the famous paintings at Çatalhöyük in Turkey have in common with the interlinked spirals carved on the monumental tombs at Newgrange and Knowth in Ireland? How can the concepts of "birth," "death," and "wild" cast light on the changes in relationships between people and animals? David Lewis-Williams and David Pearce examine the intricate web of belief, myth, and society in the Neolithic period, arguably the most significant turning point in human history, when agriculture became a way of life and the fractious society that we know today was born.

    The authors focus on two contrasting times and places: the beginnings in the Near East, with its cult buildings and skull burials, and western Europe, with its massive stone monuments. They argue that neurological patterns hardwired into the brain help explain the nature of the art, religion, and society that Neolithic people produced. Drawing on the latest research, the authors skillfully link material on human consciousness, imagery, and belief systems to propose provocative new theories about religious motivation in ancient times.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World
    Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World
    ISBN: 9781848549005
    Title: Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World
    Author: WULF ANDREA

    WINNER OF THE 2015 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD


    'Dazzling' Literary Review


    'Brilliant' Sunday Express


    'Extraordinary and gripping' New Scientist


    'A superb biography' The Economist


    'An exhilarating armchair voyage' GILES MILTON, Mail on Sunday


    Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) is the great lost scientist - more things are named after him than anyone else. There are towns, rivers, mountain ranges, the ocean current that runs along the South American coast, there's a penguin, a giant squid - even the Mare Humboldtianum on the moon.


    His colourful adventures read like something out of a Boy's Own story: Humboldt explored deep into the rainforest, climbed the world's highest volcanoes and inspired princes and presidents, scientists and poets alike. Napoleon was jealous of him; Simon Bolívar's revolution was fuelled by his ideas; Darwin set sail on the Beagle because of Humboldt; and Jules Verne's Captain Nemo owned all his many books. He simply was, as one contemporary put it, 'the greatest man since the Deluge'.


    Taking us on a fantastic voyage in his footsteps - racing across anthrax-infected Russia or mapping tropical rivers alive with crocodiles - Andrea Wulf shows why his life and ideas remain so important today. Humboldt predicted human-induced climate change as early as 1800, and The Invention of Nature traces his ideas as they go on to revolutionize and shape science, conservation, nature writing, politics, art and the theory of evolution. He wanted to know and understand everything and his way of thinking was so far ahead of his time that it's only coming into its own now. Alexander von Humboldt really did invent the way we see nature.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Letters from an Astrophysicist
    Letters from an Astrophysicist
    ISBN: 9780753553817
    Title: Letters from an Astrophysicist
    Author: TYSON NEIL DEGRASSE


    Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has attracted one of the world's largest online followings with his fascinating, widely accessible insights into science and our universe. Now, Tyson invites us to go behind the scenes of his public fame by revealing his correspondence with people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers. In this hand-picked collection of 101 letters, Tyson draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and of course, Pluto. His succinct, opinionated, passionate, and often funny responses reflect his popularity and standing as a leading educator.


    Tyson's 2017 bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry offered more than one million readers an insightful and accessible understanding of the universe. Tyson's most candid and heartfelt writing yet, Letters from an Astrophysicist introduces us to a newly personal dimension of Tyson's quest to explore our place in the cosmos.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • Life Scientific: Explorers
    Life Scientific: Explorers
    ISBN: 9781474608091
    Title: Life Scientific: Explorers
    Author: BUCKLEY ANNA


    Inside the lives of the scientists who are exploring the world, our universe, the past and ourselves.

    Based on the interviews broadcast on BBC Radio 4's hugely popular series, The Life Scientific: Explorers takes science out of its box and introduces us to the men and women who make it happen.

    The explorers featured in this volume include: Michele Dougherty, the mathematician who persuaded the Cassini mission to Saturn to make a diversion; Richard Fortey on his love of trilobites; Monica Grady, Meteorite Lady; neurosurgeon Henry Marsh on slicing through our thoughts; the Director of the British Antarctic Survey, Jane Francis; Brian Cox on quantum mechanics; and Nobel Prize winner John Sulston on why he thought it would be a good idea to sequence the human genome.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00

    $28.00
  • Liquid: The Delightful & Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives
    Liquid: The Delightful & Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives
    ISBN: 9780241977323
    Title: Liquid: The Delightful & Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives
    Author: MIODOWNIK MARK

    A series of glasses of transparent liquids is in front of you- but which will quench your thirst and which will kill you? And why? Why does one liquid make us drunk, and another power a jumbo jet?

    From the bestselling author of Stuff Matters comes a fascinating tour of the world of these surprising or sinister substances - the droplets, heart beats and ocean waves we all encounter every day. Structured around a plane journey which sees encounters with water, wine, oil and more, Miodownik shows that liquids are agents of death and destruction as well as substances of wonder and fascination, and - just as in Stuff Matters - his unique brand of scientific storytelling brings them and their mysterious properties alive in a captivating new way.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Little History of Science
    Little History of Science
    ISBN: 9780300197136
    Title: Little History of Science
    Author: BYNUM WILLIAM F


    Science is fantastic. It tells us about the infinite reaches of space, the tiniest living organism, the human body, the history of Earth. People have always been doing science because they have always wanted to make sense of the world and harness its power. From ancient Greek philosophers through Einstein and Watson and Crick to the computer-assisted scientists of today, men and women have wondered, examined, experimented, calculated, and sometimes made discoveries so earthshaking that people understood the world--or themselves--in an entirely new way.


    This inviting book tells a great adventure story: the history of science. It takes readers to the stars through the telescope, as the sun replaces the earth at the center of our universe. It delves beneath the surface of the planet, charts the evolution of chemistry's periodic table, introduces the physics that explain electricity, gravity, and the structure of atoms. It recounts the scientific quest that revealed the DNA molecule and opened unimagined new vistas for exploration.


    Emphasizing surprising and personal stories of scientists both famous and unsung, A Little History of Science traces the march of science through the centuries. The book opens a window on the exciting and unpredictable nature of scientific activity and describes the uproar that may ensue when scientific findings challenge established ideas. With delightful illustrations and a warm, accessible style, this is a volume for young and old to treasure together.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • Magicians: Great Minds & the Central Miracle of Science
    Magicians: Great Minds & the Central Miracle of Science
    ISBN: 9780571346394
    Title: Magicians: Great Minds & the Central Miracle of Science
    Author: CHOWN MARCUS

    The spellbinding story of the 'magicians': scientists whose eureka breakthroughs in modern physics reveal science's mysterious predictive power.

    How does it feel to know something about the universe that no one has ever known before? And why is mathematics so magically good at revealing nature's secrets?

    This is the story of the magicians: the scientists who predicted the existence of unknown planets, black holes, invisible force fields, ripples in the fabric of space-time, unsuspected subatomic particles, and even antimatter.

    The journey from prediction to proof transports us from seats of learning in Paris and Cambridge to the war-torn Russian front, to bunkers beneath nuclear reactors, observatories in Berlin and California, and huge tunnels under the Swiss-French border. From electromagnetism to Einstein's gravitational waves to the elusive neutrino, Marcus Chown takes us on a breathtaking, mind-altering tour of the major breakthroughs of modern physics and highlights science's central mystery: its astonishing predictive power.

    Praise for Marcus Chown:

    'What good popular science writing is all about.' - Jim Al-Khalili

    'Entertaining and at times mind-boggling.' - The Times

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
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