• Skeptic: Viewing the World With a Rational Eye
    Skeptic: Viewing the World With a Rational Eye
    ISBN: 9781250119636
    Title: Skeptic: Viewing the World With a Rational Eye
    Author: SHERMER MICHAEL

    Collected essays from bestselling author Michael Shermer's celebrated columns in Scientific American


    For fifteen years, bestselling author Michael Shermer has written a column in Scientific American magazine that synthesizes scientific concepts and theory for a general audience. His trademark combination of deep scientific understanding and entertaining writing style has thrilled his huge and devoted audience for years. Now, in Skeptic, seventy-five of these columns are available together for the first time; a welcome addition for his fans and a stimulating introduction for new readers.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake
    Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake
    ISBN: 9781538760536
    Title: Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake
    Author: NOVELLA STEVEN; SKEPTICAL ROGUES

    A USA TODAY BESTSELLER
    An all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking from podcast host and academic neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine Steven Novella and his SGU co-hosts, which Richard Wiseman calls "the perfect primer for anyone who wants to separate fact from fiction."
    It is intimidating to realize that we live in a world overflowing with misinformation, bias, myths, deception, and flawed knowledge. There really are no ultimate authority figures-no one has the secret, and there is no place to look up the definitive answers to our questions (not even Google).
    Luckily, THE SKEPTICS' GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE is your map through this maze of modern life. Here Dr. Steven Novella-along with Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Jay Novella, and Evan Bernstein-will explain the tenets of skeptical thinking and debunk some of the biggest scientific myths, fallacies, and conspiracy theories-from anti-vaccines to homeopathy, UFO sightings to N- rays. You'll learn the difference between science and pseudoscience, essential critical thinking skills, ways to discuss conspiracy theories with that crazy co- worker of yours, and how to combat sloppy reasoning, bad arguments, and superstitious thinking.

    So are you ready to join them on an epic scientific quest, one that has taken us from huddling in dark caves to setting foot on the moon? (Yes, we really did that.) DON'T PANIC With THE SKEPTICS' GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE, we can do this together.

    "Thorough, informative, and enlightening, The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe inoculates you against the frailties and shortcomings of human cognition. If this book does not become required reading for us all, we may well see modern civilization unravel before our eyes."--Neil deGrasse Tyson
    "In this age of real and fake information, your ability to reason, to think in scientifically skeptical fashion, is the most important skill you can have. Read The Skeptics' Guide Universe; get better at reasoning. And if this claim about the importance of reason is wrong, The Skeptics' Guide will help you figure that out, too." --Bill Nye



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  • Sleepwalkers: a History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe
    Sleepwalkers: a History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe
    ISBN: 9780141394534
    Title: Sleepwalkers: a History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe
    Author: KOESTLER ARTHUR

    'We can add to our knowledge, but we cannot subtract from it.'& What if our greatest scientific discoveries had been stumbled upon by chance? In the Sleepwalkers Arthur Koestler recounts the history of cosmology - from the Babylonians through to Newton - exploring how genius and progress flourished unexpectedly in the space between science and humanity, faith and reason. Koestler vividly describes a cast of leading characters, including the visionary Johannes Kepler who emerges as hero beside an egotistical Galileo and a shy, secretive Copernicus. Passionate, provocative and lyrically told, the Sleepwalkers is the remarkable story of how man grew to understand the universe around him.With an introduction by John Gray

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  • Snake Dance: Journeys Beneath a Nuclear Sky
    Snake Dance: Journeys Beneath a Nuclear Sky
    ISBN: 9780701184728
    Title: Snake Dance: Journeys Beneath a Nuclear Sky
    Author: MARNHAM PATRICK

    The terrifying first use of nuclear weapons over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 was the most controversial act of warfare in history, dramatically ending the Second World War but ushering in the age of mass destruction. Yet it was also the climax of a story that extends beyond Japan and Washington: the culmination of decades of scientific achievement and centuries of colonial exploitation. Snake Dance is the account of a journey that turned into a quest to discover how humanity reaches this point. Patrick Marnham travels from the opulent nineteenth-century palaces of King Leopold II of Belgium, built with riches plundered from the Congo, to the lethally derelict nuclear reactor of modern-day Kinshasa. He follows the shipment of Congolese uranium to the deserts of New Mexico for the Manhattan Project's secret test detonation. Here he uncovers the legacies of Robert Oppenheimer and Aby Warburg, two 'mad geniuses' who confronted the devastating power of twentieth-century science in very different ways. Both men travelled to New Mexico. Oppenheimer was honoured for buiding a bomb, the ancestor of weapons that have enslaved humanity. Warburg, condemned to obscurity and confined to a mental hospital, regained his sanity by studying the rituals of the Native Americans of the Southwest who, for thousands of years, practiced the ritual of the 'snake dance' in an attempt to harness the power of lightening. And it was in New Mexico, at Los Alamos, that the ultimate act of playing God was realised. The circle is closed in Japan.. Faced with the catastrophe at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant in March 2011, scientific man, like the snake dancers, is faced with a power beyond his control. Spanning three continents and the history of civilisation, Snake Dance is at once an intrepid intellectual adventure and a wake-up call for mankind.

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  • Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread - the Lessons from a New Science
    Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread - the Lessons from a New Science
    ISBN: 9781922070890
    Title: Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread - the Lessons from a New Science
    Author: PENTLAND ALEX

    Where do ideas come from? How do they get put into action? How can we create social structures that are productive and creative? If the Big Data revolution as a presiding genius, it is MIT's Alex Pentland. Over years of groundbreaking experiments, he has distilled remarkable discoveries that have become the bedrock of a new scientific field: social physics. This revolutionary science shows that innovation doesn't come from a few exceptionally bright people, but from the flow of ideas - especially how our social networks spread ideas and turn those ideas into behaviours. Thanks to the rise of smartphones, GPS devices, and the internet, Pentland and his teams can study patterns of information exchange in a social network, without any knowledge of the content of the information. Using this data, they can tell with stunning accuracy how effective that network is, whether it's a business or an entire city. Pentland shows us how to fine-tune these networks to improve their performance - for instance, by maximising a group's collective intelligence, or by using social incentives to work through disruptive change. Social Physics will change the way we think about how we learn and how our social groups work - and can be made to work better, at every level of society. it is an entirely new way to look at life itself. 'Pentland's insights make human behaviour less mysterious, but more amazing. Social Physics will make you see yourself and your world differently.' Clay Shirky, author of Cognitive Surplus and Here Comes Everybody

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
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  • Solar System: a Visual Exploration of the Planets, Moons & Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun
    Solar System: a Visual Exploration of the Planets, Moons & Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun
    ISBN: 9780316268059
    Title: Solar System: a Visual Exploration of the Planets, Moons & Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun
    Author: CHOWN MARCUS

    Never before have the wonders of our solar system been so immediately accessible to readers of all ages. This beautiful book presents a new and fascinating way to experience our planetary neighborhood. With hundreds of stunning photographs and graphics, as well as fascinating text by the award-winning writer and broadcaster, Marcus Chown, Solar System takes us on a whirlwind tour of the planets, dwarf planets, moons and asteroids that orbit our sun. From the surface of Mars to the rings of Saturn, from the volcanoes of Io to the latest images of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons probe, Solar System offers a window seat from which to view the science and beauty of space.
    Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology, he is now cosmology consultant for "New Scientist" magazine. He lives in London, England

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
    Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
    ISBN: 9780393343625
    Title: Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
    Author: TYSON NEIL DEGRASSE

    With his signature wit and thought-provoking insights, Tyson, one of our foremost thinkers on all things space, illuminates the past, present, and future of space exploration and brilliantly reminds readers why NASA matters now as much as ever.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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  • Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body
    Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body
    ISBN: 9780141046532
    Title: Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body
    Author: ASHCROFT FRANCES

    Frances Ashcroft is Professor of Physiology at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Trinity College Oxford. She is also Director of OXION, a consortium of scientists studying ion channels, the heroes of this book. Her scientific research focuses on how a rise in your blood sugar level stimulates the release of insulin and what why this process goes wrong in diabetes. She has won many prizes for her research, most recently the L'Oreal/UNESCO 2012 Women in Science award. Her first book for the general reader was Life at the Extremes: The Science of Survival.

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    Price: $30.00
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  • Spectrums: Our Mind-boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity
    Spectrums: Our Mind-boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity
    ISBN: 9781408838594
    Title: Spectrums: Our Mind-boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity
    Author: BLATNER DAVID

    Blatner blends narrative and illustration to illuminate the variety of spectrums that affect lives every day: numbers, size, light, sound, heat, and time.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Spinning Magnet
    Spinning Magnet
    ISBN: 9781786075505
    Title: Spinning Magnet
    Author: MITCHELL ALANNA

    North is north and south is south. Or is it?


    Every once in a long while, the Earth's magnetic poles switch places. It's happened many times in deep history, but never since humans walked the planet. After the next big switch, our compasses will point the wrong way and we will no longer be able to see the aurora borealis in Iceland. But that's not all. It might just push us back into the Stone Age.


    Beginning with the first investigations into electromagnetism, The Spinning Magnet charts a fascinating history of one of the most powerful forces in the universe. Award-winning science journalist Alanna Mitchell reveals how the Victorians made their pivotal discoveries, delves into unseen and unforeseen natural forces that threaten our planet, and warns of a possible future where solar radiation storms wipe out power grids and electronic communication across the globe.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying)
    Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying)
    ISBN: 9781455527441
    Title: Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying)
    Author: GIFFORD BILL

    From acclaimed journalist Bill Gifford comes a roaring journey into the world of anti-aging science in search of answers to a universal obsession: what can be done about getting old?
    SPRING CHICKEN:
    "Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying)"
    SPRING CHICKEN is a full-throttle, high-energy ride through the latest research, popular mythology, and ancient wisdom on mankind's oldest obsession: How can we live longer? And better? In his funny, self-deprecating voice, veteran reporter Bill Gifford takes readers on a fascinating journey through the science of aging, from the obvious signs like wrinkles and baldness right down into the innermost workings of cells. We visit cutting-edge labs where scientists are working to "hack" the aging process, like purging "senescent" cells from mice to reverse the effects of aging. He'll reveal why some people live past 100 without even trying, what has happened with resveratrol, the "red wine pill" that made headlines a few years ago, how your fat tissue is trying to kill you, and how it's possible to unlock longevity-promoting pathways that are programmed into our very genes. Gifford separates the wheat from the chaff as he exposes hoaxes and scams foisted upon an aging society, and arms readers with the best possible advice on what to do, what "not" to do, and what life-changing treatments may be right around the corner.
    An intoxicating mixture of deep reporting, fascinating science, and prescriptive takeaway, SPRING CHICKEN will reveal the extraordinary breakthroughs that may yet bring us eternal youth, while exposing dangerous deceptions that prey on the innocent and ignorant.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $57.00
    $57.00
  • Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology Neuroscientific Basis & Practical Applications
    Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology Neuroscientific Basis & Practical Applications
    ISBN: 9781107025981
    Title: Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology Neuroscientific Basis & Practical Applications
    Author: STAHL STEPHEN

    This is a product combining the fourth edition of Dr Stahl's market-leading psychopharmacology textbook with a one-year subscription to www.stahlonline.org providing access to the full range of other Stahl content. The one-year subscription is activated via a code provided with the printed book.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $392.00
    $392.00
  • Stalin & the Scientists a History of Triumph & Tragedy 1905-1953
    Stalin & the Scientists a History of Triumph & Tragedy 1905-1953
    ISBN: 9780571290079
    Title: Stalin & the Scientists a History of Triumph & Tragedy 1905-1953
    Author: INGS SIMON


    An epic story of courage, genius and terrible folly, this is the first history of how the Soviet Union's scientists became both the glory and the laughing stock of the intellectual world.


    Simon Ings weaves together what happened when a handful of impoverished and underemployed graduates, professors and entrepreneurs, collectors and charlatans, bound themselves to a failing government to create a world superpower. And he shows how Stalin's obsessions derailed a great experiment in 'rational government'.



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  • Stalin & the Scientists a History of Triumph & Tragedy 1905-1953
    Stalin & the Scientists a History of Triumph & Tragedy 1905-1953
    ISBN: 9780571290086
    Title: Stalin & the Scientists a History of Triumph & Tragedy 1905-1953
    Author: INGS SIMON

    Scientists throughout history, from Galileo to today's experts on climate change, have often had to contend with politics in their pursuit of knowledge. But in the Soviet Union, where the ruling elites embraced, patronized, and even fetishized science like never before, scientists lived their lives on a knife edge. The Soviet Union had the best-funded scientific establishment in history. Scientists were elevated as popular heroes and lavished with awards and privileges. But if their ideas or their field of study lost favor with the elites, they could be exiled, imprisoned, or murdered. And yet they persisted, making major contributions to 20th century science.
    Stalin and the Scientists tells the story of the many gifted scientists who worked in Russia from the years leading up to the Revolution through the death of the -Great Scientist- himself, Joseph Stalin. It weaves together the stories of scientists, politicians, and ideologues into an intimate and sometimes horrifying portrait of a state determined to remake the world. They often wreaked great harm. Stalin was himself an amateur botanist, and by falling under the sway of dangerous charlatans like Trofim Lysenko (who denied the existence of genes), and by relying on antiquated ideas of biology, he not only destroyed the lives of hundreds of brilliant scientists, he caused the death of millions through famine.
    But from atomic physics to management theory, and from radiation biology to neuroscience and psychology, these Soviet experts also made breakthroughs that forever changed agriculture, education, and medicine. A masterful book that deepens our understanding of Russian history, Stalin and the Scientists is a great achievement of research and storytelling, and a gripping look at what happens when science falls prey to politics.

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    Price: $28.00
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  • Step-by-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency: Grow Edibles * Raise Animals * Live Off the Grid * DIY
    Step-by-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency: Grow Edibles * Raise Animals * Live Off the Grid * DIY
    ISBN: 9781591866886
    Title: Step-by-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency: Grow Edibles * Raise Animals * Live Off the Grid * DIY
    Author: EDITORS OF COOL SPRINGS PRESS


    DIY the self-sufficient way with over 60 detailed projects.


    Get ready to be self-sufficient.Whether tackling the garden, raising animals, learning more about alternative energy, or bettering your storage and preservation, Step-by-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency is the perfect starting point. Step-by-step instructions and photos will guide you through how to make over 60 complete projects. After all, DIY projects are more fun (and generally easier) when you approach them with helpful aides and tools you made yourself.


    - a portable chicken ark


    - two types of beehive


    - solar cookers


    - firewood storage


    - a potato growing box


    - hoophouses and greenhouses


    - raised planting beds


    - a rainbarrel


    - a strawberry barrel


    - a cider press


    - compost bins


    - cold frames


    - planters


    - drying racks


    - a soil sifter


    - a cabbage slicer for putting up sauerkraut


    With its clear plan drawings, precise instructions and detailed photos, Step-by-step Projects for Self Sufficiency makes DIY easier than ever.



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    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Storm in a Teacup: the Physics of Everyday Life
    Storm in a Teacup: the Physics of Everyday Life
    ISBN: 9781784160753
    Title: Storm in a Teacup: the Physics of Everyday Life
    Author: CZERSKI HELEN


    A physicist explains daily phenomena from the mundane to the magisterial.


    Take a look up at the stars on a clear night and you get a sense that the universe is vast and untouchable, full of mysteries beyond comprehension. But did you know that the key to unveiling the secrets of the cosmos is as close as the nearest toaster?


    Our home here on Earth is messy, mutable, and full of humdrum things that we touch and modify without much thought every day. But these familiar surroundings are just the place to look if you're interested in what makes the universe tick. In Storm in a Teacup, Helen Czerski provides the tools to alter the way we see everything around us by linking ordinary objects and occurrences, like popcorn popping, coffee stains, and fridge magnets, to big ideas like climate change, the energy crisis, or innovative medical testing. She guides us through the principles of gases ("Explosions in the kitchen are generally considered a bad idea. But just occasionally a small one can produce something delicious"); gravity (drop some raisins in a bottle of carbonated lemonade and watch the whoosh of bubbles and the dancing raisins at the bottom bumping into each other); size (Czerski explains the action of the water molecules that cause the crime-scene stain left by a puddle of dried coffee); and time (why it takes so long for ketchup to come out of a bottle).


    Along the way, she provides answers to vexing questions: How does water travel from the roots of a redwood tree to its crown? How do ducks keep their feet warm when walking on ice? Why does milk, when added to tea, look like billowing storm clouds? In an engaging voice at once warm and witty, Czerski shares her stunning breadth of knowledge to lift the veil of familiarity from the ordinary. You may never look at your toaster the same way.



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  • Story of Science: from the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory
    Story of Science: from the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory
    ISBN: 9780393243260
    Title: Story of Science: from the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory
    Author: BAUER SUSAN WISE

    A riveting road map to the development of modern scientific thought.

    Far too often, public discussion of science is carried out by journalists, voters, and politicians who have received their science secondhand. The Story of Science shows us the joy and importance of reading groundbreaking science writing for ourselves and guides us back to the masterpieces that have changed the way we think about our world, our cosmos, and ourselves.

    Able to be referenced individually, or read together as the narrative of Western scientific development, the book's twenty-eight succinct chapters lead readers from the first science texts by Hippocrates, Plato, and Aristotle through twentieth-century classics in biology, physics, and cosmology. The Story of Science illuminates everything from mankind's earliest inquiries to the butterfly effect, from the birth of the scientific method to the rise of earth science and the flowering of modern biology.

    Each chapter recommends one or more classic books and provides entertaining accounts of crucial contributions to science, vivid sketches of the scientist-writers, and clear explanations of the mechanics underlying each concept. The Story of Science reveals science to be a dramatic undertaking practiced by some of history's most memorable characters. It reminds us that scientific inquiry is a human pursuit--an essential, often deeply personal, sometimes flawed, frequently brilliant way of understanding the world.

    In the tradition of her perennial bestseller The-Well Educated Mind, Susan Wise Bauer delivers an accessible, entertaining, and illuminating springboard into the scientific education you never had.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $44.00
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  • Strange Glow the Story of Radiation
    Strange Glow the Story of Radiation
    ISBN: 9780691165035
    Title: Strange Glow the Story of Radiation
    Author: JORGENSEN TIMOTHY

    More than ever before, radiation is a part of our modern daily lives. We own radiation-emitting phones, regularly get diagnostic x-rays, such as mammograms, and submit to full-body security scans at airports. We worry and debate about the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the safety of nuclear power plants. But how much do we really know about radiation? And what are its actual dangers? An accessible blend of narrative history and science, "Strange Glow" describes mankind's extraordinary, thorny relationship with radiation, including the hard-won lessons of how radiation helps and harms our health. Timothy Jorgensen explores how our knowledge of and experiences with radiation in the last century can lead us to smarter personal decisions about radiation exposures today.

    Jorgensen introduces key figures in the story of radiation--from Wilhelm Roentgen, the discoverer of x-rays, and pioneering radioactivity researchers Marie and Pierre Curie, to Thomas Edison and the victims of the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. Tracing the most important events in the evolution of radiation, Jorgensen explains exactly what radiation is, how it produces certain health consequences, and how we can protect ourselves from harm. He also considers a range of practical scenarios such as the risks of radon in our basements, radiation levels in the fish we eat, questions about cell-phone use, and radiation's link to cancer. Jorgensen empowers us to make informed choices while offering a clearer understanding of broader societal issues.

    Investigating radiation's benefits and risks, "Strange Glow" takes a remarkable look at how, for better or worse, radiation has transformed our society.

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    Price: $66.00

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  • Strange Science
    Strange Science
    ISBN: 9781626869820
    Title: Strange Science
    Author: BATHROOM READERS' HYSTERICAL SOCIETY

    This amazing volume from the Bathroom Readers' Institute contains the strangest short science articles from dozens of Bathroom Readers--along with 50 all-new pages. From the oddest theories to the most astounding discoveries to the biggest blunders, Strange Science has all the facts your professors didn't teach you, but should have. It's packed with earth-shattering eurekas, outlandish inventions, silly "scientific" studies, and the stories behind the weirdos who made it all happen. Put on your lab coat and get ready to discover...

    The freakiest franken-foods scientists have created
    Bad movie science: when Hollywood gets it wrong
    One dentist's quest to clone John Lennon
    Unbelievable inventions, such as the Bird Trap and Cat Feeder...for people who really hate birds
    How scientists have solved some of history's most stupefying mysteries
    Schrodinger simplified: What's up with the cat in the box?
    Real-life time travelers (or so they claim)
    Everyday products made with radium...until people started dying
    How to hypnotize a chicken
    The seven-year-long study that found earthquakes are not caused by catfish waving their tails...and other breakthrough findings

    And much, much more


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00

    $34.00
  • Structure of Scientific Revolutions
    Structure of Scientific Revolutions
    ISBN: 9780226458083
    Title: Structure of Scientific Revolutions
    Author: KUHN THOMAS S


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    Price: $25.00
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  • Structure of Scientific Revolutions 50th Ann Ed
    Structure of Scientific Revolutions 50th Ann Ed
    ISBN: 9780226458120
    Title: Structure of Scientific Revolutions 50th Ann Ed
    Author: KUHN THOMAS S

    A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and challenging its ideas once were—and still are.The Structure of Scientific Revolutionsis that kind of book. When it was first published in 1962, it was a landmark event in the history and philosophy of science. Fifty years later, it still has many lessons to teach.

    WithThe Structure of Scientific Revolutions,Kuhn challenged long-standing linear notions of scientific progress, arguing that transformative ideas don’t arise from the day-to-day, gradual process of experimentation and data accumulation but that the revolutions in science, those breakthrough moments that disrupt accepted thinking and offer unanticipated ideas, occur outside of “normal science,” as he called it. Though Kuhn was writing when physics ruled the sciences, his ideas on how scientific revolutions bring order to the anomalies that amass over time in research experiments are still instructive in our biotech age.

    This new edition of Kuhn’s essential work in the history of science includes an insightful introduction by Ian Hacking, which clarifies terms popularized by Kuhn, including paradigm and incommensurability, and applies Kuhn’s ideas to the science of today. Usefully keyed to the separate sections of the book, Hacking’s introduction provides important background information as well as a contemporary context. Newly designed, with an expanded index, this edition will be eagerly welcomed by the next generation of readers seeking to understand the history of our perspectives on science.

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  • Stuff Matters: the Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World
    Stuff Matters: the Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World
    ISBN: 9780241955185
    Title: Stuff Matters: the Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World
    Author: MIODOWNIK MARK

    Everything is made of something . . .

    From the everyday objects in our homes to the most extraordinary new materials that will shape our future, Stuff Matters reveals the miracles of craft, design, engineering and ingenuity that surround us every day.

    From the tea-cup to the jet engine, the silicon chip to the paper clip, from the ancient technologies of fabrics and ceramic to today's self-healing metals and bionic implants, this is a book to inspire amazement and delight at mankind's material creativity.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Stuff Matters: the Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World
    Stuff Matters: the Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World
    ISBN: 9780670920532
    Title: Stuff Matters: the Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World
    Author: MIODOWNIK MARK

    Throughout our history, we have transformed the raw produce of the earth into materials that satisfy our needs and desires - fibres for clothes, metals for tools, ceramics for storage, paper for communication - inventions that have in turn transformed the world. In the twenty-first century, we now inhabit a man-made environment of such astonishing ubiquity, variety and sophistication that it rivals, and in many instances seems to defy, nature itself.From the towering skyscrapers of our cities to the most ordinary objects in our homes, from the tea-cup to the jet engine, the silicon chip to the paper clip, the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, world-leading materials scientist Mark Miodownik reveals the wonders of this world, the miracles of engineering and ingenuity that permeate every aspect of our lives. Along the way, he introduces metals that can heal themselves, implants that become living bone, the explosive that made the movie business, materials that might one day save the world - and others that already have.Stuff Matters tells the stories and explains the science behind some of the most fascinating and important inventions of our species. Through these stories, it tells in turn the story of mankind's deepest fears and obsessions, our hopes and dreams, as well as our greatest triumphs and achievements.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Superheavy: Making & Breaking the Periodic Table
    Superheavy: Making & Breaking the Periodic Table
    ISBN: 9781472953902
    Title: Superheavy: Making & Breaking the Periodic Table
    Author: CHAPMAN KIT

    Creating an element is no easy feat. It's the equivalent of firing six trillion bullets a second at a needle in a haystack, hoping the bullet and needle somehow fuse together, then catching it in less than a thousandth of a second - after which it's gone forever. Welcome to the world of the superheavy elements: a realm where scientists use giant machines and spend years trying to make a single atom of mysterious artefacts that have never existed on Earth.

    From the first elements past uranium and their role in the atomic bomb to the latest discoveries stretching our chemical world, Superheavy will reveal the hidden stories lurking at the edges of the periodic table. Why did the US Air Force fly planes into mushroom clouds? Who won the transfermium wars? How did an earthquake help give Japan its first element? And what happened when Superman almost spilled nuclear secrets?

    In a globe-trotting adventure that stretches from the United States to Russia, Sweden to Australia, Superheavy is your guide to the amazing science filling in the missing pieces of the periodic table. By the end you'll not only marvel at how nuclear science has changed our lives - you'll wonder where it's going to take us in the future.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
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  • Superior: The Return of Race Science
    Superior: The Return of Race Science
    ISBN: 9780008293833
    Title: Superior: The Return of Race Science
    Author: SAINI ANGELA

    'We can draw lines across the world any way we choose, and in the history of race science, people have. What matters isn't where the lines are drawn, but what they mean.' Modern science is pivotal in our understanding of race - not because of the lines that thinkers through the centuries have chosen to trace, but because, once grouped, what they thought belonging to these groups signified. In Superior award-winning science writer Angela Saini explores the concept of race, both past and present. At its heart, race is the belief that we are born different, in character and intellectually, as well as in appearance. It's the notion that as groups of people we have certain innate qualities that are not only visible, but which may also have helped define the passage of progress, of the success and failure of the nations our ancestors came from. But modern science has moved on from these beliefs, finding reality to be much more complicated. Taking us from Darwin through the civil rights movement to 23andMe, Saini examines how deeply our present is influenced by our past, and the role that politics has so often had to play in our understanding of race. Superior is a rigorous, much needed examination of the insidious history and damaging consequences of race science - and the unfortunate reasons behind its apparent recent resurgence across the globe.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age: Scientific Habits of Mind
    Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age: Scientific Habits of Mind
    ISBN: 9780231168724
    Title: Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age: Scientific Habits of Mind
    Author: HELFAND DAVID J.

    We live in the Information Age, with billions of bytes of data all just two swipes away. But how much of this is of value? How much is mis-, or even dis-information? Lots. And your search engine cannot tell the difference. As a result, an avalanche of misinformation threatens to overwhelm the rational discourse we so desperately need to address complex social problems, such as climate change, the food and water crises, biodiversity collapse, and emerging threats to public health. This book provides an inoculation against the misinformation epidemic by cultivating scientific habits of mind. Anyone can do it--indeed, everyone must do it if our species is to long survive on this crowded and finite planet.

    From dissolving our fear of numbers and demystifying graphs, to elucidating the key concepts of probability and the use of precise language and logic, this book supplies an essential set of apps for the pre-frontal cortex while making science both accessible and entertaining. Who says it has to be dull to learn to think like a scientist? Who says only a few can do it? Not David Helfand, one of our nation's leading astronomers and science educators. Helfand has taught scientific habits of mind to generations of Columbia University undergraduates, where he continues to wage a provocative, unending battle against sloppy thinking and the encroachment of misinformation.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $69.00

    $69.00
  • Surviving Survival the Art & Science of Resilience
    Surviving Survival the Art & Science of Resilience
    ISBN: 9780393083187
    Title: Surviving Survival the Art & Science of Resilience
    Author: GONZALES LAURENCE

    The shark attacked while she was snorkeling, tearing through Micki Glenn's breast and shredding her right arm. Her husband, a surgeon, saved her life on the spot, but when she was safely home she couldn't just go on with her life. She had entered an even more profound survival journey: the aftermath.

    The survival experience changes everything because it invalidates all your previous adaptations, and the old rules don't apply. In some cases survivors suffer more in the aftermath than they did during the actual crisis. In all cases, they have to work hard to reinvent themselves. Drawing on gripping cases across a wide range of life-threatening experiences, Laurence Gonzales fashions a compelling argument about fear, courage, and the adaptability of the human spirit. Micki Glenn was later moved to say: "I don't regret that this happened to me. [It] has been . . . probably the single most positive experience I've ever had."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Symmetry: the Ordering Principle
    Symmetry: the Ordering Principle
    ISBN: 9780802715388
    Title: Symmetry: the Ordering Principle
    Author: WADE DAVID


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Symphony in C: Carbon & the Evolution of (Almost) Everything
    Symphony in C: Carbon & the Evolution of (Almost) Everything
    ISBN: 9780008292393
    Title: Symphony in C: Carbon & the Evolution of (Almost) Everything
    Author: HAZEN ROBERT

    An enchanting biography of the most resonant - and most necessary - chemical element on Earth.
    Carbon. It's in the fibres in your hair, the timbers in your walls, the food that you eat and the air that you breathe. It's worth billions as a luxury and half a trillion as a necessity, but there are still mysteries yet to be solved about the element that can be both diamond and coal. Where does it come from, what does it do, and why, above all, does life need it?

    With sparkling prose and engaging narrative, earth scientist Robert Hazen leads us on a vibrant journey through the origin and evolution of life's most ubiquitous element. The story unfolds in four movements - Earth, Air, Fire and Water - and transports us through 14 billion years of cosmic history. From the outer reaches of the universe to the cliffs of Scotland and into the precious-metal mines of Namibia, Symphony in C is a sweeping chronicle of carbon: the most essential element on Earth.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeons
    Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeons
    ISBN: 9781784161033
    Title: Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeons
    Author: KEAN SAM

    For centuries, scientists had only one way to study the brain: wait for misfortune to strike - strokes, seizures, infections, lobotomies, horrendous accidents, phantom limbs, Siamese twins - and see how the victims changed afterwards. In many cases their survival was miraculous, and observers marvelled at the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed. Parents suddenly couldn't recognise their children. Pillars of the community became pathological liars and paedophiles. Some people couldn't speak but could still sing. Others couldn't read but could write. The stories of these people laid the foundations of modern neuroscience and, century by century, key cases taught scientists what every last region of the brain did. With lucid explanations and incisive wit, Sam Kean explores the brain's secret passageways and recounts the forgotten tales of the ordinary individuals whose struggles, resilience and deep humanity made neuroscience possible.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • Taste Matters Why We Like the Foods We Do
    Taste Matters Why We Like the Foods We Do
    ISBN: 9781861899149
    Title: Taste Matters Why We Like the Foods We Do
    Author: PRESCOTT JOHN

    The human tongue has somewhereup toeight thousand taste buds to inform us when something is sweet, salty, sour, or bitter-or as we usually think of it-delicious or revolting. Tastes differ from one region to the next, and no two people's seem to be the same. But why is it that some people think maple syrup is too sweet, while others can't get enough? What makes certain people love Roquefort cheese and others think it smells like feet? Why do some people think cilantro tastes like soap?

    John Prescott tackles this conundrum in Taste Matters, an absorbing exploration of why we eat and seek out the foods that we do. Prescott surveys the many factors that affect taste, including genetic inheritance, maternal diet, cultural traditions, and physiological influences. He also delves into what happens when we eat for pleasure instead of nutrition, paying particularly attention to affluent Western societies, where, he argues, people increasingly view food selection as a sensory or intellectual pleasure rather than a means of survival. As obesity and high blood pressure are on the rise along with a number of other health issues, changes in the modern diet are very much to blame, and Prescott seeks to answer the question of why and how our tastes often lead us to eat foods that are not the best for our health. Compelling and accessible, this timely book paves the way for a healthier and more sustainable understanding of taste.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Ten Billion Tomorrows: How Science Fiction Technology Became Reality & Shapes the Future
    Ten Billion Tomorrows: How Science Fiction Technology Became Reality & Shapes the Future
    ISBN: 9781250057853
    Title: Ten Billion Tomorrows: How Science Fiction Technology Became Reality & Shapes the Future
    Author: CLEGG BRIAN

    Science fiction is a vital part of popular culture, influencing the way we all look at the world. TV shows like "Star Trek "and movies from "Forbidden Planet" to "Inception" have influenced scientists to enter the profession and have shaped our futures. Science fiction doesn't set out to predict what will happen - it's far more about how human beings react to "What if'..." - but it is fascinating to see how science fiction and reality sometimes converge, sometimes take extraordinarily different paths.

    "Ten Billion Tomorrows" brings to life a whole host of science fiction topics, from the virtual environment of "The Matrix" and the intelligent computer HAL in "2001, " to force fields, ray guns and cyborgs. We discover how science fiction has excited us with possibilities, whether it is "Star Trek"'s holodeck inspiring makers of iconic video games "Doom" and "Quake "to create the virtual interactive worlds that transformed gaming, or the strange physics that has made real cloaking devices possible. Mixing remarkable science with the imagination of our greatest science fiction writers, "Ten Billion Tomorrows" will delight science fiction lovers and popular science devotees alike.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00

    $50.00
  • Theodore Gray's Completely Mad Science Experiments You can do at Home but Probably Shouldn't: the Complete & Updated Edition
    Theodore Gray's Completely Mad Science Experiments You can do at Home but Probably Shouldn't: the Complete & Updated Edition
    ISBN: 9780316395083
    Title: Theodore Gray's Completely Mad Science Experiments You can do at Home but Probably Shouldn't: the Complete & Updated Edition
    Author: GRAY THEODORE

    The ultimate Theodore Gray collection, "Theodore Gray's Completely Mad Science" collects every one of Gray's dramatic, visually spectacular, and enlightening scientific experiments into one complete volume.
    Bestselling author Theodore Gray has spent more than a decade dreaming up, executing, photographing, and writing about extreme scientific experiments, which he then published between 2009 and 2014 in his monthly "Popular Science" column "Gray Matter." Previously published in book form by Black Dog in two separate volumes ("Mad Science" and "Mad Science 2"), these experiments, plus an additional 5, are available now in one complete book."Completely Mad Science" is 432 pages of dazzling chemical demonstrations, illustrated in spectacular full-color photographs. Experiments include: Casting a model fish out of mercury (demonstrating how this element behaves very differently depending upon temperature); the famous Flaming Bacon Lance that can cut through steel (demonstrating the amount of energy contained in fatty foods like bacon); creating nylon thread out of pure liquid by combining molecules of hexamethylenediamine and sebacoyl chloride; making homemade ice cream using a fire extinguisher and a pillow case; powering your iPhone using 150 pennies and an apple, and many, many more.
    Theodore Gray is the author of "The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe; Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything; Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home, But Probably Shouldn't; "and "Mad Science 2: Experiments You Can Do at Home, but "Still" Probably Shouldn't." He lives in Urbana, Illinois.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics
    Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics
    ISBN: 9780465075683
    Title: Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics
    Author: SUSSKIND LEONARD & HRABOVSKY GEORGE

    A string theorist and a citizen scientist instruct lay readers on elementary principles of physics and associated math that amateur enthusiasts should know in order to study more advanced topics, in a reference that covers such topics as classical mechanics, electromagnetic fields and chaos theory.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics
    Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics
    ISBN: 9781846147982
    Title: Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics
    Author: SUSSKIND LEONARD & HRABOVSKY GEORGE

    A world-class physicist and a citizen scientist combine forces to teach Physics 101 - the DIY way The Theoretical Minimum is a book for anyone who has ever regretted not taking physics in college - or who simply wants to know how to think like a physicist. In this unconventional introduction, physicist Leonard Susskind and hacker-scientist George Hrabovsky offer a first course in physics and associated math for the ardent amateur. Unlike most popular physics books - which give readers a taste of what physicists know but shy away from equations or math - Susskind and Hrabovsky actually teach the skillsyou need to do physics, beginning with classical mechanics, yourself. Based on Susskind's enormously popular Stanford University-based (and YouTube-featured) continuing-education course, the authors cover the minimum - the theoretical minimum of the title - that readers need to master to study more advanced topics.
    An alternative to the conventional go-to-college method, The Theoretical Minimum provides a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Thermodynamics
    Thermodynamics
    ISBN: 9788087830611
    Title: Thermodynamics
    Author: FERMI ENRICO

    In this classic of modern science, the Nobel Laureate presents a clear treatment of systems, the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, entropy, thermodynamic potentials, and much more. Calculus required.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
    Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
    ISBN: 9780544668256
    Title: Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
    Author: MUNROE RANDALL

    In Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words, things are explained in the style of Up Goer Five, using only drawings and a vocabulary of the 1,000 (or "ten hundred") most common words. Explore computer buildings (datacenters), the flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), the things you use to steer a plane (airliner cockpit controls), and the little bags of water you're made of (cells).

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
    Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
    ISBN: 9781473620919
    Title: Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
    Author: MUNROE RANDALL


    From the No. 1 bestselling author of What If? - the man who created xkcd and explained the laws of science with cartoons - comes a series of brilliantly simple diagrams ('blueprints' if you want to be complicated about it) that show how important things work: from the nuclear bomb to the biro.


    It's good to know what the parts of a thing are called, but it's much more interesting to know what they do. Richard Feynman once said that if you can't explain something to a first-year student, you don't really get it. In Thing Explainer, Randall Munroe takes a quantum leap past this: he explains things using only drawings and a vocabulary of just our 1,000 (or the ten hundred) most common words.


    Many of the things we use every day - like our food-heating radio boxes ('microwaves'), our very tall roads ('bridges'), and our computer rooms ('datacentres') - are strange to us. So are the other worlds around our sun (the solar system), the big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), and even the stuff inside us (cells). Where do these things come from? How do they work? What do they look like if you open them up? And what would happen if we heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or pressed this button?


    In Thing Explainer, Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and many, many more. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone -- age 5 to 105 -- who has ever wondered how things work, and why.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
    Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
    ISBN: 9781473637313
    Title: Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
    Author: MUNROE RANDALL


    From the No. 1 bestselling author of What If? - the man who created xkcd and explained the laws of science with cartoons - comes a series of brilliantly simple diagrams ('blueprints' if you want to be complicated about it) that show how important things work: from the nuclear bomb to the biro.

    It's good to know what the parts of a thing are called, but it's much more interesting to know what they do. Richard Feynman once said that if you can't explain something to a first-year student, you don't really get it. In Thing Explainer, Randall Munroe takes a quantum leap past this: he explains things using only drawings and a vocabulary of just our 1,000 (or the ten hundred) most common words.


    Many of the things we use every day - like our food-heating radio boxes ('microwaves'), our very tall roads ('bridges'), and our computer rooms ('datacentres') - are strange to us. So are the other worlds around our sun (the solar system), the big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), and even the stuff inside us (cells). Where do these things come from? How do they work? What do they look like if you open them up? And what would happen if we heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or pressed this button?


    In Thing Explainer, Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and many, many more. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone -- age 5 to 105 -- who has ever wondered how things work, and why.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Think Like an Engineer: Inside the Minds that are Changing Our Lives
    Think Like an Engineer: Inside the Minds that are Changing Our Lives
    ISBN: 9781780748641
    Title: Think Like an Engineer: Inside the Minds that are Changing Our Lives
    Author: MADHAVAN GURUPRASAD

    'Smart, insightful, and fascinating. Madhavan shows how engineers turn problems into opportunities. The engineering mindset is something we should all study and embrace. It applies to every aspect of life.' Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
    Dubai's Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building - looks nothing like Microsoft's Office Suite, and digital surround sound doesn't work like a citywide telecommunication grid. Yet these engineering feats have much in common: they are the result of a unique thinking process combining abstract and structured thinking, common sense and great imagination. They are born of the engineering mindset.

    In this groundbreaking and lively work, Guru Madhavan reveals the extraordinary influence of engineering on society, not just today but throughout history. Drawing on a cast of star engineers like Steve Jobs, the Wright brothers and Thomas Edison, Madhavan explores aspects of this mindset and shows its usefulness to life and business - in areas as varied as traffic congestion to health care to filmmaking. Full of case studies and practical insights spanning the brilliant history of engineering, Think Like an Engineer is in equal parts personal, practical, and profound. It reveals how key engineering concepts can help you make better decisions and create innovative solutions in a complex world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
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