• 101 Things I Learned in Engineering School
    101 Things I Learned in Engineering School
    ISBN: 9781524761967
    Title: 101 Things I Learned in Engineering School
    Author: FREDERICK MATTHEW & KUPRENAS JOHN

    Providing unique, accessible lessons on engineering, this title in the bestselling 101 Things I Learned® series is a perfect resource for students, recent graduates, general readers, and even seasoned professionals.
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    An experienced civil engineer presents the physics and fundamentals underlying the many fields of engineering. Far from a dry, nuts-and-bolts exposition, 101 Things I Learned® in Engineering School uses real-world examples to show how the engineer's way of thinking can illuminate questions from the simple to the profound: Why shouldn't soldiers march across a bridge? Why do buildings want to float and cars want to fly? What is the difference between thinking systemically and thinking systematically? This informative resource will appeal to students, general readers, and even experienced engineers, who will discover within many provocative insights into familiar principles.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • 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
    $38.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, & the Future of the Human Race
    Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, & the Future of the Human Race
    ISBN: 9781760859893
    Title: Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, & the Future of the Human Race
    Author: ISAACSON WALTER

    The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies.

    When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day to find that her dad had left a paperback titled The Double Helix on her bed. She put it aside, thinking it was one of those detective tales she loved. When she read it on a rainy Saturday, she discovered she was right, in a way. As she sped through the pages, she became enthralled by the intense drama behind the competition to discover the code of life. Even though her high school counselor told her girls didn't become scientists, she decided she would.

    Driven by a passion to understand how nature works and to turn discoveries into inventions, she would help to make what the book's author, James Watson, told her was the most important biological advance since his co-discovery of the structure of DNA. She and her collaborators turned a curiosity ​of nature into an invention that will transform the human race: an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA. Known as CRISPR, it opened a brave new world of medical miracles and moral questions.

    The development of CRISPR and the race to create vaccines for coronavirus will hasten our transition to the next great innovation revolution. The past half-century has been a digital age, based on the microchip, computer, and internet. Now we are entering a life-science revolution. Children who study digital coding will be joined by those who study genetic code.

    Should we use our new evolution-hacking powers to make us less susceptible to viruses? What a wonderful boon that would be And what about preventing depression? Hmmm...Should we allow parents, if they can afford it, to enhance the height or muscles or IQ of their kids?

    After helping to discover CRISPR, Doudna became a leader in wrestling with these moral issues and, with her collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, won the Nobel Prize in 2020. Her story is a thrilling detective tale that involves the most profound wonders of nature, from the origins of life to the future of our species.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00

    $60.00
  • 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
  • Dark Skies: A Journey into the Wild Night
    Dark Skies: A Journey into the Wild Night
    ISBN: 9781472964601
    Title: Dark Skies: A Journey into the Wild Night
    Author: FRANCIS TIFFANY


    Darkness has shaped the lives of humans for millennia, and in Dark Skies, Tiffany Francis travels around Britain and Europe to learn more about nocturnal landscapes and humanity's connection to the night sky.

    For a year, Tiffany travels through different nightscapes across the UK and beyond. She experiences 24-hour daylight while swimming in the Gulf of Finland and visits Norway to witness the Northern Lights and speak to people who live in darkness for three months each year. She hikes through the haunted yew forests of Kingley Vale and embarks on a nocturnal sail down the River Dart.

    As she travels, Tiffany explores how our relationship with darkness and the night sky has changed over time. In this personal and beautifully written nature memoir, Tiffany Francis investigates how our experiences of the night-time world have permeated our history, folklore, science, geography, art and literature.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • 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
  • Elephants on Acid: From Zombie Kittens to Tickling Machines: The Most Outrageous Experiments from the History of Science
    Elephants on Acid: From Zombie Kittens to Tickling Machines: The Most Outrageous Experiments from the History of Science
    ISBN: 9781509822195
    Title: Elephants on Acid: From Zombie Kittens to Tickling Machines: The Most Outrageous Experiments from the History of Science
    Author: BOESE ALEX

    If left to their own devices, would babies instinctively choose a well-balanced diet? What is the secret to falling asleep on a plane?Which really tastes better in a blind tasting - Coke or Pepsi? Have you ever wondered if a severed head retains consciousness long enough to see what happened to it? Or whether your dog would run to fetch help if you fell down a disused mineshaft? And what would happen if you were to give an elephant the largest ever single dose of LSD? The chances are that someone, somewhere, has conducted a scientific experiment to find out . . .

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • 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
  • Forces of Nature
    Forces of Nature
    ISBN: 9780008210038
    Title: Forces of Nature
    Author: COX BRIAN & COHEN ANDREW

    Sunday Times Bestseller


    A breathtaking and beautiful exploration of our planet, this groundbreaking book accompanies the BBC One TV series, providing the deepest answers to the simplest questions.


    'What is motion?'

    'Why is every snowflake different?'

    'Why is life symmetrical?'


    To answer these and many other questions, Professor Brian Cox uncovers some of the most extraordinary natural events on Earth and in the Universe and beyond.


    From the immensity of the Universe and the roundness of Earth to the form of every single snowflake, the forces of nature shape everything we see. Pushed to extremes, the results are astonishing. In seeking to understand the everyday world, the colours, structure, behaviour and history of our home, we develop the knowledge and techniques necessary to step beyond the everyday and approach the Universe beyond.


    Forces of Nature takes you to the great plains of the Serengeti, the volcanoes of Indonesia and the precipitous cliffs in Nepal, to the humpback whales of the Caribbean and the northern lights of the Arctic. Brian will answer questions on Earth that will illuminate our understanding of the Universe.


    Think you know our planet?

    Think again.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • 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
  • Heaven on Earth How Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, & Galileo Discovered the Modern World
    Heaven on Earth How Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, & Galileo Discovered the Modern World
    ISBN: 9781529362220
    Title: Heaven on Earth How Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, & Galileo Discovered the Modern World
    Author: FAUBER J S


    'What Fauber does well is humanize these four residents of the pantheon of science... The story is seldom less than fascinating. A readable, enjoyable contribution to the history of science.' - Kirkus

    An intimate examination of a scientific family - that of Nicolaus Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei. Fauber juxtaposes their scientific work with insight into their personal lives and political considerations, which shaped their pursuit of knowledge. Uniquely, he shows how their intergenerational collaboration made the scientific revolution possible.

    These brave scientists called each other 'brothers', 'fathers' and 'sons', and laid the foundations of modern science through familial co-work. And though the sixteenth century was far from an open society for women, there were female pioneers in this 'family' as well, including Brahe's sister Sophie, Kepler's mother, and Galileo's daughter. Filled with rich characters and sweeping historical scope, this book reveals how the strong connections between these pillars of intellectual history moved science forward.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 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 to Repair Everything: A Green Guide to Fixing Stuff
    How to Repair Everything: A Green Guide to Fixing Stuff
    ISBN: 9781789292312
    Title: How to Repair Everything: A Green Guide to Fixing Stuff
    Author: HARPER NICK

    With advice on tools, materials and methods and written in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step format, this is a book that makes it easier to say 'No' to our disposable society and make a real difference.Not everything has built-in obsolescence - as this fantastically handy guide to fixing everyday objects proves! Whether you need to repair a strap on a favourite handbag or mend a leak in a washing machine, How to Repair Everything is packed full of tips and tricks of the trade for the person who likes to do-it-yourself. From quick fixes that will get you out of a jam to permanent solutions that make the item good as new, this is perfect for anyone who hates the throwaway society and would much rather refurb and recycle.With advice on tools, materials and methods and written in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step format, this is a book that makes it easier to say 'No' to our disposable society and make a real difference. Whether it's a sweater that's shrunk in the wash, a broken umbrella spoke or fixing a microwave oven, you'll be amazed just how many things can be mended with a few tools and a bit of patience.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • 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 Spend a Trillion Dollars: Answering the Big Questions in Science & Saving the World
    How to Spend a Trillion Dollars: Answering the Big Questions in Science & Saving the World
    ISBN: 9781788163453
    Title: How to Spend a Trillion Dollars: Answering the Big Questions in Science & Saving the World
    Author: HOOPER ROWAN

    If you had a trillion dollars and a year to spend it for the good of the world and the advancement of science, what would you do? It's an unimaginably large sum, yet it's only around one per cent of world GDP, and about the valuation of Google, Microsoft or Amazon. It's a much smaller sum than the world found to bail out its banks in 2008 or deal with Covid-19. But what could you achieve with $1 trillion? You could solve the problem of the pandemic, for one, and eradicate malaria, and maybe cure all disease. You could end global poverty. You could settle on the Moon and explore the solar system. You could build a massive particle collider to probe the nature of reality like never before. You could build quantum computers, develop artificial intelligence, or increase human lifespan. You could even create a new life form. Or how about transitioning the world to clean energy? Or preserving the rainforests, or saving all endangered species? Maybe you could refreeze the melting Arctic, launch a new sustainable agricultural revolution, and reverse climate change? How to Spend a Trillion Dollars is the ultimate thought experiment but it is also a call to arms: these are all things we could do, if we put our minds to it - and our money.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • 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
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  • 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
  • Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong & the New Research That's Rewriting the Story
    Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong & the New Research That's Rewriting the Story
    ISBN: 9780008172039
    Title: Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong & the New Research That's Rewriting the Story
    Author: SAINI ANGELA

    From intelligence to emotion, for centuries science has told us that men and women are fundamentally different. But this is not the whole story. Shedding light on controversial research and investigating the ferocious gender wars in biology, psychology and anthropology, Angela Saini takes readers on an eye-opening journey to uncover how women are being rediscovered. She explores what these revelations mean for us as individuals and as a society, revealing an alternative view of science in which women are included, rather than excluded.

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    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand Fifty Wonders That Reveal an Extraordinary Universe
    Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand Fifty Wonders That Reveal an Extraordinary Universe
    ISBN: 9781789292060
    Title: Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand Fifty Wonders That Reveal an Extraordinary Universe
    Author: CHOWN MARCUS

    Our adventures in space, our deepening understanding of the quantum world and huge leaps in technology over the last century have revealed a universe far stranger than we could ever have imagined. With brilliant clarity and wit, bestselling author Marcus Chown examines the profound science behind fifty remarkable scientific facts that help explain the vast complexities of our existence. Did you know that you could fit the whole human race in the volume of a sugar cube? Or that the electrical energy in a single mosquito is enough to cause a global mass extinction? Or that, out there in the universe, there are an infinite number of copies of you reading an infinite number of copies of this?

    Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand
    is a mind-bending journey through some of the most weird and wonderful facts about our universe, vividly illuminating the hidden truths that govern our everyday lives.


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    Price: $23.00
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  • 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.



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  • Knowledge Machine How an Unreasonable Idea Created Modern Science
    Knowledge Machine How an Unreasonable Idea Created Modern Science
    ISBN: 9780241205778
    Title: Knowledge Machine How an Unreasonable Idea Created Modern Science
    Author: STREVENS MICHAEL

    Over the last three centuries, huge leaps in our scientific understanding and, as a result, in our technology have completely transformed our way of life and our vision of the universe. Why is science so powerful? And why did we take so long to invent it - two thousand years after the invention of philosophy, mathematics and other disciplines that are the mark of civilization?The Knowledge Machine gives a radical answer, exploring how science calls on its practitioners to do something not supremely rational but rather apparently irrational- strip away all previous knowledge - such as theological or metaphysical beliefs - in order to channel unprecedented energy into observation and experiment. Rich with tales of discovery and misadventure, like Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens, Strevens's stimulating and highly original investigation reframes what we thought we knew about the origins of the modern world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • 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.



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    Price: $24.00
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  • Light Ages: A Medieval Journey of Discovery
    Light Ages: A Medieval Journey of Discovery
    ISBN: 9780141989679
    Title: Light Ages: A Medieval Journey of Discovery
    Author: FALK SEB

    The Middle Ages were a time of wonder. They gave us the first universities, the first eyeglasses and the first mechanical clocks as medieval thinkers sought to understand the world around them, from the passing of the seasons to the stars in the sky.

    In this book, we walk the path of medieval science with a real-life guide, a fourteenth-century monk named John of Westwyk - inventor, astrologer, crusader - who was educated in England's grandest monastery and exiled to a clifftop priory. Following the traces of his life, we learn to see the natural world through Brother John's eyes: navigating by the stars, multiplying Roman numerals, curing disease and telling the time with an astrolabe.

    We travel the length and breadth of England, from Saint Albans to Tynemouth, and venture far beyond the shores of Britain. On our way, we encounter a remarkable cast of characters: the clock-building English abbot with leprosy, the French craftsman-turned-spy and the Persian polymath who founded the world's most advanced observatory.

    An enthralling story of the struggles and successes of an ordinary man and an extraordinary time, The Light Ages conjures up a vivid picture of the medieval world as we have never seen it before.



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    Price: $34.00
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  • 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
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  • Magnificent Principia: Exploring Isaac Newton's Masterpiece
    Magnificent Principia: Exploring Isaac Newton's Masterpiece
    ISBN: 9781633885684
    Title: Magnificent Principia: Exploring Isaac Newton's Masterpiece
    Author: PASK COLIN

    Despite its dazzling reputation, Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, or simply the Principia, remains a mystery for many people. Few of even the most intellectually curious readers, including professional scientists and mathematicians, have actually looked in the Principia or appreciated its contents.

    Mathematician Colin Pask seeks to remedy this deficit with this accessible guided tour through Newton's masterpiece. Using the final edition of the Principia, Pask clearly demonstrates how it sets out Newton's (and now our) approach to science, how the framework of classical mechanics is established, how terrestrial phenomena like the tides and projectile motion are explained, and how we can understand the dynamics of the solar system and the paths of comets. He also includes scene-setting chapters about Newton himself and scientific developments in his time, as well as chapters about the reception and influence of the Principia up to the present day.

    Now in paperback with a new preface, this lucidly written work makes Newton's landmark achievement comprehensible to lay readers.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Mindful Thoughts for Stargazers: Find Your Inner Universe
    Mindful Thoughts for Stargazers: Find Your Inner Universe
    ISBN: 9781782407669
    Title: Mindful Thoughts for Stargazers: Find Your Inner Universe
    Author: WESTMOQUETTE MARK

    Noticing the wonders of the night skies can foster a sense of curiosity, awe and deep interconnectedness like nothing else on Earth!

    Mindful Thoughts for Stargazers& presents a constellation of meditations on how the mysteries of the outer universe connect us all more deeply to our inner universes.

    Astronomer and ex-Zen monk Mark Westmoquette explores how astronomy proves to be an enlightening tool to transformative awareness-through shooting stars, eclipses and the journey of a photon, we discover how to find meaning and presence here and now.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $15.00
    $15.00
  • Moral Landscape: How Science can Determine Human Values
    Moral Landscape: How Science can Determine Human Values
    ISBN: 9780552776387
    Title: Moral Landscape: How Science can Determine Human Values
    Author: HARRIS SAM

    In this highly anticipated new book, the bestselling author of The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation call for an end to religion’s monopoly on morality and human values.
    The End of Faith ignited a worldwide debate about the validity of religion. In the aftermath, Sam Harris discovered that most people, from secular scientists to religious fundamentalists, agree on one point: Science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, science’s failure to address questions of meaning and morality has become the primary justification for religious faith. Now, in this explosive new book, Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values.


    Bringing a fresh, secular perspective to age-old questions of right and wrong, and good and evil, Harris shows that we know enough about the human brain and its relationship to events in the world to say that there are right and wrong answers to the most pressing questions of human life. Because such answers exist, cultural relativism is simply false-and comes at increasing costs to humanity. And just as there is no such thing as Christian physics or Muslim algebra, there can be no Christian or Muslim morality. Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of our “culture wars,” Harris delivers a game-changing argument about the future of science and about the real basis of human cooperation.



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  • Nobel Life: Conversations with 24 Nobel Laureates on Their Life Stories, Advice for Future Generations & What Remains to Be Discovered
    Nobel Life: Conversations with 24 Nobel Laureates on Their Life Stories, Advice for Future Generations & What Remains to Be Discovered
    ISBN: 9781108838283
    Title: Nobel Life: Conversations with 24 Nobel Laureates on Their Life Stories, Advice for Future Generations & What Remains to Be Discovered
    Author: SANDRONE STEFANO

    Few people have changed the world like the Nobel Prize winners. Their breakthrough discoveries have revolutionised medicine, chemistry, physics and economics. Nobel Life consists of original interviews with twenty-four Nobel Prize winners. Each of them has a unique story to tell. They recall their eureka moments and the challenges they overcame along the way, give advice to inspire future generations and discuss what remains to be discovered. Engaging and thought-provoking, Nobel Life provides an insight into life behind the Nobel Prize winners. A call from Stockholm turned a group of twenty-four academics into Nobel Prize winners. This is their call to the next generations worldwide.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $41.00
    $41.00
  • Norwegian Wood Activity Book
    Norwegian Wood Activity Book
    ISBN: 9780857056573
    Title: Norwegian Wood Activity Book
    Author: MYTTING LARS


    Following the extraordinary international success of NORWEGIAN WOOD, the bestselling manual for chopping, stacking and drying wood the Scandinavian way, THE NORWEGIAN WOOD ACTIVITY BOOK offers something for all the family, including:


    #65533; Top Trunks
    #65533; Spot the difference
    #65533; Dot-to-dot and mazes
    #65533; Cut out and colour the woodchoppers' clothing
    #65533; Step-by-step guides to laying the perfect fire and building a round stack
    #65533; And magnificent frozen landscapes


    THE NORWEGIAN WOOD ACTIVITY BOOK is an original gift for all seasons and the perfect fireside companion, to bring warmth and entertainment to armchair enthusiasts and active woodcutters alike.



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    Price: $30.00
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  • On Gravity: A Brief Tour of a Weighty Subject
    On Gravity: A Brief Tour of a Weighty Subject
    ISBN: 9780691202662
    Title: On Gravity: A Brief Tour of a Weighty Subject
    Author: ZEE A


    A pithy yet deep introduction to Einstein's general theory of relativity

    Of the four fundamental forces of nature, gravity might be the least understood and yet the one with which we are most intimate. On Gravity combines depth with accessibility to take us on a compelling tour of Einstein's general theory of relativity. A. Zee begins with the discovery of gravity waves, then explains how gravity can be understood in comparison to other classical field theories, presents the idea of curved spacetime, and explores black holes and Hawking radiation. Zee travels as far as the theory reaches, leaving us with tantalizing hints of the unknown, from the intransigence of quantum gravity to the mysteries of dark matter. Infused with Zee's signature warmth and fresh style, On Gravity opens a unique pathway to comprehending relativity, gravity, spacetime, and the workings of the universe.



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    Price: $35.00
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  • On the Origin of Species Illustrated Edition
    On the Origin of Species Illustrated Edition
    ISBN: 9781402789595
    Title: On the Origin of Species Illustrated Edition
    Author: DARWIN CHARLES

    Various evolutionary ideas had already been proposed to explain new findings in biology. There was growing support for such ideas among dissident anatomists and the general public, but during the first half of the 19th century the English scientific establishment was closely tied to the Church of England, while science was part of natural theology. Ideas about the transmutation of species were controversial as they conflicted with the beliefs that species were unchanging parts of a designed hierarchy and that humans were unique, unrelated to other animals.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $61.00
    $61.00
  • Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World
    Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World
    ISBN: 9781780742458
    Title: Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World
    Author: CARROLL SEAN

    Winner of the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize.

    #147;A modern voyage of discovery. #151;Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate, author of The Lightness of Being The Higgs boson is one of our eras most fascinating scientific frontiers and the key to understanding why mass exists. The most recent book on the subject, The God Particle, was a bestseller. Now, Caltech physicist Sean Carroll documents the doorway that is opening#151;after billions of dollars and the efforts of thousands of researchers at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland#151;into the mind-boggling world of dark matter. The Particle at the End of the Universe has it all: money and politics, jealousy and self-sacrifice, history and cutting-edge physics#151;all grippingly told by a rising star of science writing.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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