• ¿qué Pasaría Si…?  Respuestas Serias Y Cientificas a Todo Tipo De Preguntas Absurdas
    ¿qué Pasaría Si…? Respuestas Serias Y Cientificas a Todo Tipo De Preguntas Absurdas
    ISBN: 9786073129831
    Title: ¿qué Pasaría Si…? Respuestas Serias Y Cientificas a Todo Tipo De Preguntas Absurdas
    Author: MUNROE RANDALL

    Descubre cual es la velocidad maxima a la que puedes ?volarte? un tope y sobrevivir? Que pasaria si trataras de batear una pelota lanzada a 90 por ciento de la velocidad de la luz? Cuando tendra Facebook mas perfiles de personas muertas que de personas vivas? Las respuestas que encuentra el autor son obras maestras de la claridad y lo hilarante, complementadas con dibujos al mas puro estilo de su celebre comic.
    English Description
    From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.
    Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following.
    Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?
    In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.
    The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.
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  • 13.8: the Most Important Fact in the Search for the Theory of Everything
    13.8: the Most Important Fact in the Search for the Theory of Everything
    ISBN: 9781848319189
    Title: 13.8: the Most Important Fact in the Search for the Theory of Everything
    Author: GRIBBIN JOHN

    John Gribbin tackles the very biggest question that modern science has to answer.
    The twentieth century gave us two great theories of physics. The general theory of relativity describes the behaviour of very large things; quantum theory the behaviour of very small things. In this landmark book, John Gribbin - one of the best-known writers of popular science over the past 30 years - presents his own version of the Holy Grail of physics, the search that has been going on for decades to find a unified 'Theory of Everything' that combines these ideas into one mathematical package, a single equation that could be printed on a T-shirt, containing the answer to life, the Universe and everything.

    With his inimitable mixture of science, history and biography, Gribbin shows how - despite scepticism among many physicists - these two great theories are indeed very compatible, and point to a deep truth about the nature of our existence. The answer lies, intriguingly, with the age of the Universe: 13.8 billion years.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
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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
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  • 30-Second Elements
    30-Second Elements
    ISBN: 9781743360842
    Title: 30-Second Elements
    Author: SCERRI ERIC (EDITOR)

    The chemical elements are the building blocks of life, but could you discuss the periodic table over the dinner table? Which elements put the blue into blu-ray and the lime into limelight? And do you know enough about antimony, arsenic and aluminium to illuminate the bar with your elemental knowledge?..'30-Second Elements' presents you with the foundations of chemical knowledge, distilling the 50 most significant chemical elements into half-a-minute individual entries, using nothing more than two pages, 300 words and one picture. Divided into seven chapters, it includes the atomic details of the other 68 elements and the relationships of all 118, as well as biographies of the chemists who transformed scientific knowledge and unlocked the mysteries of life itself. Illustrated with explosive graphics, here is the quickest way to know your arsenic from your europium.

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    Price: $25.00
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  • 30-Second Great Inventions
    30-Second Great Inventions
    ISBN: 9781782409748
    Title: 30-Second Great Inventions
    Author: BOYLE DAVID

    Where would we be without the wheel or glass?

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    Price: $23.00
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  • 30-Second Physics: the 50 Most Fundamental Concepts in Physics, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    30-Second Physics: the 50 Most Fundamental Concepts in Physics, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    ISBN: 9781782405146
    Title: 30-Second Physics: the 50 Most Fundamental Concepts in Physics, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    Author: CLEGG BRIAN


    The bestselling 30-Second... series takes a revolutionary approach to learning about those subjects you feel you should really understand. Each title selects a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart.


    30-Second Physics tackles the big ideas behind life as we know it, from electromagnetic waves that enable us to connect in an instant from opposite ends of the earth to the gravity that keeps our feet firmly on the ground.

    In a world where physics is an everyday essential and new quantum developments make headline news, you need to know your atoms from your antimatter, and learn just enough to speak with fluidity about Fluid Dynamics and be certain about the Uncertainty Principle. Here is the fastest way to get up to speed with rocket science--and the rest.



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  • 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.


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    Price: $33.00
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  • ABC's of Mathematics
    ABC's of Mathematics
    ISBN: 9781492656289
    Title: ABC's of Mathematics
    Author: FERRIE CHRIS

    Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius!

    Written by an expert, The ABCs of Mathematics is a colorfully simple introduction for babies (and grownups!) to a new math concept for every letter of the alphabet-from addition all the way to zero. Each page in this mathematical primer features multiple levels of text so the book grows along with your little mathematician--read just one line of text per page to start or linger on the longer descriptions as baby's vocabulary expands. This alphabetical installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest mathematician.

    Baby University: It only takes a small spark to ignite a child's mind!


    Format: Board Book
    Price: $19.00
    $19.00
  • ABC's of Physics (0-3)
    ABC's of Physics (0-3)
    ISBN: 9781492656241
    Title: ABC's of Physics (0-3)
    Author: FERRIE CHRIS

    Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius!

    Written by an expert, The ABCs of Physics is a colorfully simple introduction for babies (and grownups!) to a new physics concept for every letter of the alphabet-from atom all the way to zero-point energy. Each page in this physics primer features multiple levels of text so the book grows along with your little scientist--read just one line of text per page to start or linger on the longer descriptions as baby's vocabulary expands. This alphabetical installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest physicists.

    Baby University: It only takes a small spark to ignite a child's mind!


    Format: Board Book
    Price: $19.00
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  • Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics & the Military
    Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics & the Military
    ISBN: 9780393357462
    Title: Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics & the Military
    Author: TYSON NEIL DEGRASSE & LANG AVIS


    In this far-reaching foray into the millennia-long relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-author Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war. Spanning early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled warfare, Accessory to War is a richly researched and provocative examination of the intersection of science, technology, industry, and power that will introduce Tyson's millions of fans to yet another dimension of how the universe has shaped our lives and our world.



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  • 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.

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    Price: $25.00
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  • 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.



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  • Big Bang
    Big Bang
    ISBN: 9780718187842
    Title: Big Bang
    Author: CHOWN MARCUS

    Part of the new Ladybird Expert series, The Big Bang is an accessible, authoritative, and entertaining introduction to the greatest discovery in the history of science: that the universe has not existed forever but was born. There was a day without a yesterday. Written by award-winning writer and former astrophysicist Marcus Chown, The Big Bang details how 13.82 billion years ago all matter, energy, space - and even time - erupted into being in a titanic fireball. This mind-bending book addresses the big questions: What was the Big Bang? What drove the Big bang? And what happened before the big bang? The evidence for the Big Bang, it turns out, is all around us... Written by the leading lights and most outstanding communicators in their fields, the Ladybird Expert books provide clear, accessible and authoritative introductions to subjects drawn from science, history and culture. For an adult readership, the Ladybird Expert series is produced in the same iconic small hardback format pioneered by the original Ladybirds. Each beautifully illustrated book features the first new illustrations produced in the original Ladybird style for nearly forty years.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $21.00
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  • 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.



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  • Book of Why: The New Science of Cause & Effect
    Book of Why: The New Science of Cause & Effect
    ISBN: 9780141982410
    Title: Book of Why: The New Science of Cause & Effect
    Author: PEARL JUDEA

    'Wonderful ... Illuminating ... Fun to read' Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and SlowA pioneer of artificial intelligence shows how the study of causality revolutionized science and the world'Correlation does not imply causation.' This mantra was invoked by scientists for decades in order to avoid taking positions as to whether one thing caused another, such as smoking and cancer and carbon dioxide and global warming.

    But today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, sparked by world-renowned computer scientist Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and placed cause and effect on a firm scientific basis. Now, Pearl and science journalist Dana Mackenzie explain causal thinking to general readers for the first time, showing how it allows us to explore the world that is and the worlds that could have been.

    It is the essence of human and artificial intelligence. And just as Pearl's discoveries have enabled machines to think better, The Book of Why explains how we can think better.

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    Price: $30.00
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  • Breakfast with Einstein
    Breakfast with Einstein
    ISBN: 9781786074041
    Title: Breakfast with Einstein
    Author: ORZEL CHAD

    Just beneath the surface of our ordinary lives, strange phenomena lurk. Exciting physics doesn 't only show up in the Big Bang, or a black hole, or in the guts of giant particle accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider it 's all around us.
    Beginning at sunrise, Chad Orzel embarks upon a fascinating tour of the exotic science that underlies each moment of our every day. Did you know your alarm clock held secrets about quantum mechanics' And that the GPS on your phone has a built-in correction for the effects of relativity' In Breakfast with Einstein, the ordinary becomes extraordinary, everything is possible and the day 's end will find us dazzled.

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  • Brief Answers to the Big Questions
    Brief Answers to the Big Questions
    ISBN: 9781473695986
    Title: Brief Answers to the Big Questions
    Author: HAWKING STEPHEN


    'A beautiful little book by a brilliant mind' Steven Poole, DAILY TELEGRAPH


    The world-famous cosmologist and #1 bestselling author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe's biggest questions in this brilliant posthumous work.



    Is there a God?
    How did it all begin?
    Can we predict the future?
    What is inside a black hole?
    Is there other intelligent life in the universe?
    Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?
    How do we shape the future?
    Will we survive on Earth?
    Should we colonise space?
    Is time travel possible?


    Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen Hawking expanded our understanding of the universe and unravelled some of its greatest mysteries. But even as his theoretical work on black holes, imaginary time and multiple histories took his mind to the furthest reaches of space, Hawking always believed that science could also be used to fix the problems on our planet.


    And now, as we face potentially catastrophic changes here on Earth - from climate change to dwindling natural resources to the threat of artificial super-intelligence - Stephen Hawking turns his attention to the most urgent issues for humankind.


    Wide-ranging, intellectually stimulating, passionately argued, and infused with his characteristic humour, BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS, the final book from one of the greatest minds in history, is a personal view on the challenges we face as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next.


    A percentage of all royalties will go to charity.



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  • Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes
    Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes
    ISBN: 9780857501004
    Title: Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes
    Author: HAWKING STEPHEN

    Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world's greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time, from the Big Bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and strong theory. To this day A Brief History of Time remains a staple of the scientific canon, and its succinct and clear language continues to introduce millions to the universe and its wonders.
    This new edition includes updates from Stephen Hawking with his latest thoughts about the No Boundary Proposal and offers new information about dark energy, the information paradox, eternal inflation, the microwave background radiation observations, and the discovery of gravitational waves. It is published to accompany the launch of a new app, Stephen Hawking's Pocket Universe.



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  • Can Onions Cure Ear Ache Medical Advice from 1769
    Can Onions Cure Ear Ache Medical Advice from 1769
    ISBN: 9781851243822
    Title: Can Onions Cure Ear Ache Medical Advice from 1769
    Author: BUCHAN WILLIAM & KING MELANIE ED

    What common condition can be treated with cow dung? How do crushed oystershells ease heartburn? Can eels cure deafness? And how do you stop a stubborn case of the hiccups? If someone was struck down by illness or injury in the late eighteenth century, the chances are that they would have referred to William Buchan's Domestic Medicine - with the result that they might have found themselves drinking a broth made from sheep brain or administering drops of urine in their ears. The book's author, a Scottish physician, published his self-help manual in 1769 specifically for the benefit of people who were unable readily to access or afford medical assistance. Copies could be found in coffee-houses, in apothecary shops and private households, and in 1789 Fletcher Christian and his fellow mutineers took the sensible precaution of grabbing the copy from HMS Bounty before they fled to Pitcairn Island. Much of Dr Buchan's advice on how to live a healthy life and avoid disease is still sound and relevant today, such as eating a varied and healthy diet, breathing plenty of fresh air, and taking exercise. Many of his prescriptions are amusing when viewed in retrospect, such as his fondness for powdered Spanish fly and genital trusses. Other recommendations - bleeding a woman experiencing a difficult childbirth or administering mercury to treat numerous ailments - were downright dangerous. This edited selection of entries from one of the first medical self-help manuals gives a fascinating insight into popular treatments of the eighteenth century, derived both from folklore and the emerging medical science of the day.

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  • Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics that Keep It There
    Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics that Keep It There
    ISBN: 9781603582872
    Title: Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics that Keep It There
    Author: CONNETT PAUL


    When the US Public Health Service endorsed water fluoridation in 1959, there was little evidence of its safety. Now, siz decades later and after most countries have rejected the practice, more than 70 per cent of Americans, as well as 200 million people worldwide, are drinking fluoridated water. The Centre for Disease Control and the American Dental Association continue to promote it - and even support mandatory state-wide water fluoridation - despite increasing evidence that it is not only unnecessary, but potentially hazardous to humans.


    In this timely and important book, Drs Connett, Beck and Micklem take a new look at the science behind water fluoridation and argue that just because the dental and medical establishments endorse a public health measure does not mean it is safe. In the case of water fluoridation, the chemicals that go into the drinking water than more than 180 million people drink each day are not even pharmaceutical grade, but rather a hazardous waste product of the phosphate fertiliser industry. It is illegal to dump this waste into the sea or local surface water and yet it is allowed in our drinking water! To make matters worse, this programme receives no oversight from the Food and Drugs Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency takes no responsibility for the practice. And from an ethical standpoint, say the authors, water fluoridation is a bad medical practice: individuals are being forced to take medication without their informed consent; there is no control over the dose and no monitoring of possible side effects.



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  • Case Against Reality: How Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes
    Case Against Reality: How Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes
    ISBN: 9780241262627
    Title: Case Against Reality: How Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes
    Author: HOFFMAN DONALD D

    Do we see the world as it truly is? In The Case Against Reality,cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman says no-our visual perceptions are not a window on reality, but are interfaces constructed by natural selection. Think about it- though the file icon we see on our desktops is shaped like a small page on our screens, the file itself is made of a series of numbers, of ones and zeros stored in an intangible way. Using thirty years of his own research, as well as others' work in evolutionary biology, game theory, neuroscience, computer science, information theory, and philosophy, Hoffman proves that evolution has shaped our perceptions into illusions. The sensory simplifications that once maximized our performance and reproductive fitness are now impressions that can be manipulated by marketing and design. The world is nothing like what we see through our eyes, and The Case Against Reality explains why.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
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  • CERN & the Higgs Boson: The Global Quest for the Building Blocks of Reality
    CERN & the Higgs Boson: The Global Quest for the Building Blocks of Reality
    ISBN: 9781785783920
    Title: CERN & the Higgs Boson: The Global Quest for the Building Blocks of Reality
    Author: GILLIES JAMES


    The Higgs boson is the rock star of fundamental particles, catapulting CERN, the laboratory where it was found, into the global spotlight. But what is it, why does it matter, and what exactly is CERN?


    In the late 1940s, a handful of visionaries were working to steer Europe towards a more peaceful future through science, and CERN, the European particle physics laboratory, was duly born. James Gillies tells the gripping story of particle physics, from the original atomists of ancient Greece, through the people who made the crucial breakthroughs, to CERN itself, one of the most ambitious scientific undertakings of our time, and its eventual confirmation of the Higgs boson.


    Weaving together the scientific and political stories of CERN's development, the book reveals how particle physics has evolved from being the realm of solitary genius to a global field of human endeavour, with CERN's Large Hadron Collider as its frontier research tool.



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  • Classical Mechanics: #2  the Theoretical Minimum
    Classical Mechanics: #2 the Theoretical Minimum
    ISBN: 9780141976228
    Title: Classical Mechanics: #2 the Theoretical Minimum
    Author: SUSSKIND LEONARD & HRABOVSKY GEORGE

    This is the ultimate master class in modern physics. World-class physicist and father of string theory Leonard Susskind and citizen-scientist George Hrabovsky combine forces in a primer that teaches the skills you need to do physics yourself. Combining crystal-clear explanations of the laws of the universe with basic exercises (including essential equations and maths), the authors cover the minimum that readers should master. They introduce the key concepts of modern physics, from classical mechanics to general relativity to quantum theory, and provide a practical toolkit that you won't find in any other popular science book.

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  • 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.&


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    Price: $27.00
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  • Dark Matter & Dark Energy: The Hidden 95% of the Universe
    Dark Matter & Dark Energy: The Hidden 95% of the Universe
    ISBN: 9781785785504
    Title: Dark Matter & Dark Energy: The Hidden 95% of the Universe
    Author: CLEGG BRIAN


    All the matter and light we can see in the universe makes up a trivial 5per cent of everything. The rest is hidden.& This could be the biggest puzzle that science has everfaced.


    Since the 1970s,astronomers have been aware that galaxies have far too little matter in them toaccount for the way they spin around: they should fly apart, but somethingconcealed holds them together. That 'something' is dark matter - invisiblematerial in five times the quantity of the familiar stuff of stars and planets.


    By the 1990s wealso knew that the expansion of the universe was accelerating. Something, nameddark energy, is pushing it to expand faster and faster. Across the universe,this requires enough energy that the equivalent mass would be nearly fourteentimes greater than all the visible material in existence.


    Brian Clegg explainsthis major conundrum in modern scienceand looks at how scientists are beginning to find solutions to it.




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  • De/Cipher: Codes: The Science of Ciphers from Caesar Shift to Quantum Cryptography
    De/Cipher: Codes: The Science of Ciphers from Caesar Shift to Quantum Cryptography
    ISBN: 9781911130376
    Title: De/Cipher: Codes: The Science of Ciphers from Caesar Shift to Quantum Cryptography
    Author: FRARY MARK

    Codes win wars, conceal state secrets, protect privacy, secure banks and transmit messages. Through forty - five of the world's most influential codes and ciphers, Codes presents a compelling insight into the art and science of cryptography. Structured chronologically Codes uses scientific examples and provides practi cal tools for understanding and using these fascinating codes and ciphers. It features a diverse range of codes , inc luding the Caesar shift cipher , Easter Island's bewildering Rongorongo and the famous Enigma code . Codes also includes features on famous co debreakers of history such as Alan Turing, Jonas Nordby and August Kerckhoff , providing a comprehensive overview to this beguiling secretive world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Decisive Moment: How the Brain Makes Up Its Mind
    Decisive Moment: How the Brain Makes Up Its Mind
    ISBN: 9781921656019
    Title: Decisive Moment: How the Brain Makes Up Its Mind
    Author: LEHRER JONAH

    Since Plato, philosophers have described the decision-making process as either rational or emotional: we carefully deliberate or we 'blink' and go with our gut.  But as scientists break open the mind's black box with the latest tools of neuroscience, they're discovering this is not how the mind works.  Our best decisions are a finely tuned blend of both feeling and reason - and the precise mix depends on the situation.When buying a house, for example, it's best to let our unconscious mull over the many variables.  But when we're picking stocks and shares, intuition often leads us astray.  The trick is to determine when to lean on which part of the brain, and to do this, we need to think harder (and smarter) about how we think.In The Decisive Moment, Jonah Lehrer arms us with the tools we need, drawing on cutting-edge research by Daniel Kahneman, Colin Camerer and others, as well as the world's most interesting 'deciders' - from airline pilots, world-famous sportsmen and hedge fund investors to serial killers, politicians and poker players.Lehrer answers two questions that are of interest to just about anyone, from CEOs to firefighters: How does the human mind make decisions?  And how can we use that knowledge to make better decisions?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
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  • 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.

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    Price: $28.00
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  • Dice World
    Dice World
    ISBN: 9781848316522
    Title: Dice World
    Author: CLEGG BRIAN


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    Price: $25.00
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  • E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation
    E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation
    ISBN: 9781509822188
    Title: E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation
    Author: BODANIS DAVID

    'A lucid, even thrilling, study: the very best kind of science journalism. I didn't know I could know so much' Fay Weldon, Washington PostIn 1905, Albert Einstein produced five historic papers that shattered many cherished scientific beliefs. One of those papers introduced the theory of special relativity and his legendary equation, E=mc2. Generations have grown up knowing that this equation changed the shape of our world, but without understanding what it really means and why it is so significant.In this fascinating biography, David Bodanis tells the story of one of the greatest scientific discoveries in history, plotting the course of the equation through the twentieth century, showing how our lives have been revolutionized by its applications, and looking far ahead to the future.But, as with any biography, it is the human stories that really ignite the subject - stories of love, courage and tragedy, of near misses, disappointments and disasters that, brought together in this remarkable book, turn Einstein's seemingly impenetrable theory into a dramatic and accessible human achievement.'Informative and highly readable . . . E=mc2 is a wonderful romp through Einstein's famous formula . . . this is everything a popular science book should be' Daily Express'An outstanding introduction to relativity by a gifted practitioner of popular science' Independent'Fascinating reading' George Walden, Sunday Telegraph

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  • 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
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  • Earth Book From the Beginning to the End of Our Planet, 250 Milestones in the History of Earth Science
    Earth Book From the Beginning to the End of Our Planet, 250 Milestones in the History of Earth Science
    ISBN: 9781454929109
    Title: Earth Book From the Beginning to the End of Our Planet, 250 Milestones in the History of Earth Science
    Author: BELL JIM

    A beautifully illustrated presentation of 250 milestones in the history of our home planet, from celebrated geologist and planetary scientist Jim Bell.

    Spanning Earth's entire history, from its birth 4.6 billion years ago to its inevitable destruction billions of years into the future, this stunning volume chronicles the life of our home planet in 250 well-chosen milestones. Jim Bell leads us on a tour of the events, processes, people, and places that have shaped our growing knowledge of Earth, from the oceans' formation and the first perilous polar expeditions to deadly volcanoes and Earth "selfies" from space. He covers relevant topics in a range of fields, including physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, geology, mineralogy, planetary science, life science, public policy, atmospheric/climate science, and engineering, along with notes on key scientists and inventors. At a time when it's crucial to understand Earth as a complex interdependent system, and our role in that system, The Earth Book will enhance your appreciation of our home.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
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  • Einstein's War: How Relativity Conquered Nationalism & Shook the World
    Einstein's War: How Relativity Conquered Nationalism & Shook the World
    ISBN: 9780241376584
    Title: Einstein's War: How Relativity Conquered Nationalism & Shook the World
    Author: STANLEY MATTHEW

    In 1916, Arthur Eddington, a war-weary British astronomer, opened a letter written by an obscure German professor named Einstein. The neatly printed equations on the scrap of paper outlined his world-changing theory of general relativity. Until then Einstein's masterpiece of time and space had been trapped behind the physical and ideological lines of battle, unknown.

    Einstein's name is now synonymous with 'genius', but it was not an easy road. He spent a decade creating relativity and his ascent to international celebrity, which saw him on the front of papers around the world in 1919, also owed much to Eddington - who he only met after the war - and to international collaboration. We usually think of scientific discovery as a flash of individual inspiration, whereas here we see it is the result of hard work, gambles and wrong turns and all the while subject to the petty concerns of nations, religions and individuals.

    Einstein's War teaches us about science through history, and the physics is more accessible as a result - we see relativity built brick-by-brick in front of us, as it happened 100 years ago.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Elemental
    Elemental
    ISBN: 9781472140944
    Title: Elemental
    Author: JAMES TIM

    The Universe came into being 13.8 billion years ago. At this point, all of existence could be summed up as an endless soup of particles frothing at temperatures many times hotter than the Sun. It was chaos. Fortunately, as the Universe expanded, everything began to cool and the particles stabilised. It was around this time, as disorder gave way to order, that the elements were born. Fast forward to June 2016 and the periodic table of elements was finally completed with the discovery and addition of four new elements. At last we could identify all the ingredients necessary to make a world. But it doesn't stop there. Human ingenuity knows no bounds; we have even begun to invent our own elements and have created an entire science devoted to their study: chemistry.


    When it comes to chemistry, Tim James knows his stuff. In Elemental he tells the story of the periodic table from its ancient Greek roots, when you could count the number of elements humans were aware of on one hand, to the modern alchemists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, who have used nuclear chemistry and physics to generate new elements and complete the periodic table. In addition to this, James answers questions such as:


    What is the chemical symbol for a human?


    What would happen if all of the elements were mixed together?


    How many bananas can you stand next to before you die of radiation sickness?


    Which liquid can teleport through walls?


    Why is the medieval dream of transmuting lead into gold now a reality?



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    Price: $38.00
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  • Elements: An Encyclopedic Tour of the Periodic Table
    Elements: An Encyclopedic Tour of the Periodic Table
    ISBN: 9780857625052
    Title: Elements: An Encyclopedic Tour of the Periodic Table
    Author: DINGLE ADRIAN

    Chemistry is a fascinating subject, full of stories, personalities, mysteries, and intrigues. This beautifully bound and illustrated book sets out the history of the device the provides a foundation for the whole of chemistry as a science: the Periodic Table of Elements. With a foreword by esteemed chemist and Cambridge science writer-in-residence John Emsley, it begins by telling the story of Mendeleev, the brilliant nineteenth-century chemist who used the rules of a card game to figure out the patterns of the elements, and then looks at how his ideas have developed up to the present day.But if the Table itself is the stage, the elements themselves are the stars of the show. There is plenty of detailed chemistry to explore, but The Elements also weaves together the human stories behind the discoveries of different elements, in particular how the elements were discovered and the way in which their various compounds and isotopes have been used throughout history. Each element has its own entry, logically grouped and with a clear explanation of its place in the story. The book also looks at the latest cutting-edge research being performed in an effort to synthesise new elements and answers to questions still unanswered despite modern scientific techniques.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
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  • End Times
    End Times
    ISBN: 9781841884035
    Title: End Times
    Author: WALSH BRYAN


    Could an incoming asteroid cause human beings to go the way of the dinosaurs? Will artificial intelligence make the world a better place-or make human beings obsolescent? Could a massive volcanic supereruption thrust the planet into a killer Ice Age? What would happen the day after a nuclear war? Bryan Walsh, a 15-year veteran reporter and editor of TIME, has written a vital work of popular science and investigative journalism that will peel back the layers of complexity around the unthinkable - the end of humankind.


    In End Times, Walsh provides a stunning panoramic analysis of the catastrophic dangers of human extinction that emerge from nature and those of our own making: the rising danger of a nuclear war, and the shockingly weak government protocols in place to prevent it; the climate change that threatens to burn the future even as our politicians deny and delay; ground-breaking emerging technologies like gene editing, tools that could save the world-or destroy it. Walsh examines the impact of these disasters were they to happen, the true probability of these world-ending catastrophes, and the best strategies for prevention, all pulled from his rigorous and deeply thoughtful reporting and research.


    End Times may be dark, but it does not wallow in doom. Walsh goes into the room with the men and women whose job it is to imagine the unimaginable. He includes stories and colourful profiles of those on the front lines of prevention, actively working to head off existential threats in biotechnology labs and boardrooms. Guided by Walsh's evocative, page-turning prose, we follow the likes of the asteroid hunters at NASA and the disease detectives on the trail of the next mass killer.


    Walsh examines the possibility of apocalypse in all forms, employing everything from geology to astronomy, bionics, economics and even human psychology to determine how we can apocalypse-proof our species. In the end, it will be the breadth of our knowledge, the depth of our imagination, and our will to survive that will decide the future.



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    Price: $38.00
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  • Every Tool's a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It
    Every Tool's a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It
    ISBN: 9781471186004
    Title: Every Tool's a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It
    Author: SAVAGE ADAM

    "An imperative how-to for creativity." --Nick Offerman

    Adam Savage--star of Discovery Channel's Mythbusters and one of the most beloved figures in science and tech--shares his golden rules of creativity, from finding inspiration to following through and successfully making your idea a reality.

    Every Tool's a Hammer is a chronicle of my life as a maker. It's an exploration of making and of my own productive obsessions, but it's also a permission slip of sorts from me to you. Permission to grab hold of the things you're interested in, that fascinate you, and to dive deeper into them to see where they lead you.

    Through stories from forty-plus years of making and molding, building and break-ing, along with the lessons I learned along the way, this book is meant to be a toolbox of problem solving, complete with a shop's worth of notes on the tools, techniques, and materials that I use most often. Things like: In Every Tool There Is a Hammer--don't wait until everything is perfect to begin a project, and if you don't have the exact right tool for a task, just use whatever's handy; Increase Your Loose Tolerance--making is messy and filled with screwups, but that's okay, as creativity is a path with twists and turns and not a straight line to be found; Use More Cooling Fluid--it prolongs the life of blades and bits, and it prevents tool failure, but beyond that it's a reminder to slow down and reduce the fric-tion in your work and relationships; Screw Before You Glue--mechanical fasteners allow you to change and modify a project while glue is forever but sometimes you just need the right glue, so I dig into which ones will do the job with the least harm and best effects.

    This toolbox also includes lessons from many other incredible makers and creators, including: Jamie Hyneman, Nick Offerman, Pixar director Andrew Stanton, Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro, artist Tom Sachs, and chef Traci Des Jardins. And if everything goes well, we will hopefully save you a few mistakes (and maybe fingers) as well as help you turn your curiosities into creations.

    I hope this book inspires you to build, make, invent, explore, and--most of all--enjoy the thrills of being a creator.

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    Price: $38.00

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  • Evolutions: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World
    Evolutions: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World
    ISBN: 9781788547581
    Title: Evolutions: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World
    Author: HARMAN OREN ; KOBLINER OFRA (ILLUSTRATOR)


    'Daring, learned and humane ... A revelatory restoration of wonder'Stephen Greenblatt.


    We no longer think, like the ancient Chinese did, that the world was hatched from an egg, or, like the Maori, that it came from the tearing-apart of a love embrace. The Greeks told of a tempestuous Hera and a cunning Zeus, but we now use genes and natural selection to explain fear and desire, and physics to demystify the workings of the universe.


    Science is an astounding achievement, but are we really any wiser than the ancients? Has science revealed the secrets of fate and immortality? Has it provided protection from jealousy or love? There are those who believe that science has replaced faith, but must it also be a death knell for mythology?


    Evolutionsbrings to life the latest scientific thinking on the birth of the universe and the solar system, the journey from a single cell all the way to our human minds. Reawakening our sense of wonder and terror at the world around us and within us, Oren Harman uses modern science to create new and original mythologies. Here are the Earth and the Moon presenting a cosmological view of motherhood, a panicking Mitochondrion introducing sex and death to the world, the loneliness of consciousness emerging from the memory of an octopus, and the birth of language in evolution summoning humankind's struggle with truth.


    Science may not solve our existential puzzles, but like the age-old legends, its magical discoveries can help us continue the never-ending search.



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    Price: $25.00
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  • Failure: Why Science Is So Successful
    Failure: Why Science Is So Successful
    ISBN: 9780199390106
    Title: Failure: Why Science Is So Successful
    Author: FIRESTEIN STUART

    The general public has a glorified view of the pursuit of scientific research. However, the idealized perception of science as a rule-based, methodical system for accumulating facts could not be further from the truth. Modern science involves the idiosyncratic, often bumbling search for understanding in uncharted territories, full of wrong turns, false findings, and the occasional remarkable success.
    In his sequel to Ignorance (Oxford University Press, 2012), Stuart Firestein shows us that the scientific enterprise is riddled with mistakes and errors - and that this is a good thing Failure: Why Science Is So Successful delves into the origins of scientific research as a process that relies upon trial and error, one which inevitably results in a hefty dose of failure. In fact, scientists throughout history have relied on failure to guide their research, viewing mistakes as a necessary part of the process. Citing both historical and contemporary examples, Firestein strips away the distorted view of science as infallible to provide the public with a rare, inside glimpse of the messy realities of the scientific process.
    An insider's view of how science is actually carried out, this book will delight anyone with an interest in science, from aspiring scientists to curious general readers. Accessible and entertaining, Failure illuminates the greatest and most productive adventure of human history, with all the missteps along the way.


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    Price: $40.00
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  • Family Guide to Waste-Free Living
    Family Guide to Waste-Free Living
    ISBN: 9781760783051
    Title: Family Guide to Waste-Free Living
    Author: CARTER LAUREN & CARTER OBERON

    Tackle our ever-growing waste problem with all the information, advice, budget-friendly recipes and projects you'll need to start reducing waste in your life. A Family Guide to Waste-free Living makes it simple and sustainable for families to eliminate waste in the home, at work and out in the world. This is a practical and inspiring resource for anyone wanting to live more sustainably. When it comes to waste-free living, Lauren and Oberon Carter really know their stuff. In 2015, they decided to get serious about minimising their ecological footprint, successfully reducing their energy consumption by more than 60 per cent and transitioning to living completely waste and recycling free. They have written this fantastic guide to help and encourage other families do the same. A Family Guide to Waste-free Living provides a roadmap for anyone wanting to reduce their waste. It is packed with information and offers practical and achievable solutions for eliminating waste in the home, at work and in the world.Inside you'll find:- Simple activities for the whole family.- Instructions on building waste-free kits for around the house and out and about.- A plan for creating change by advocating to government and business.- Tackle our ever-growing waste problem with all the information, advice, budget-friendly recipes and projects you'll need to start reducing waste in your life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
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