• Self Sufficiency on a Shoestring
    Self Sufficiency on a Shoestring
    ISBN: 9781440318757
    Title: Self Sufficiency on a Shoestring
    Author: BRIDGEWATER ALAN & BRIDGEWATER GILL

    Living in harmony with the land and seasons is increasingly essential. This planet's resources are rapidly being diminished by demands put upon them, and therefore to develop an environmentally-friendly lifestyle is beneficial, personally as well as for the wider world. It also results in less stress and a better way of thinking, living, and existing with friends, neighbors, and family members.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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  • Serengeti Rules: the Quest to Discover How Life Works & Why It Matters
    Serengeti Rules: the Quest to Discover How Life Works & Why It Matters
    ISBN: 9780691167428
    Title: Serengeti Rules: the Quest to Discover How Life Works & Why It Matters
    Author: CARROLL SEAN B.

    How does life work? How does nature produce the right numbers of zebras and lions on the African savanna, or fish in the ocean? How do our bodies produce the right numbers of cells in our organs and bloodstream? In "The Serengeti Rules," award-winning biologist and author Sean Carroll tells the stories of the pioneering scientists who sought the answers to such simple yet profoundly important questions, and shows how their discoveries matter for our health and the health of the planet we depend upon.

    One of the most important revelations about the natural world is that everything is regulated--there are rules that regulate the amount of every molecule in our bodies and rules that govern the numbers of every animal and plant in the wild. And the most surprising revelation about the rules that regulate life at such different scales is that they are remarkably similar--there is a common underlying logic of life. Carroll recounts how our deep knowledge of the rules and logic of the human body has spurred the advent of revolutionary life-saving medicines, and makes the compelling case that it is now time to use the Serengeti Rules to heal our ailing planet.

    A bold and inspiring synthesis by one of our most accomplished biologists and gifted storytellers, "The Serengeti Rules" is the first book to illuminate how life works at vastly different scales. Read it and you will never look at the world the same way again.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $62.00

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  • Serpent's Promise: the Bible as Science
    Serpent's Promise: the Bible as Science
    ISBN: 9781408702864
    Title: Serpent's Promise: the Bible as Science
    Author: JONES STEVE

    Britain's favourite geneticist, Steve Jones, updates the Bible from the point of view of modern science. The Bible was the first scientific textbook of all; and it got some things right (and plenty more wrong). Steve Jones' new book rewrites it in the light of modern science. Are we all descended from a single couple, a real-life Adam and Eve? Was the Bible's great flood really a memory of the end of the Ice Age? Will we ever get back to Methuselah given that British life expectancy is still rising by six hours a day, every day? Many people deny the power of faith, many more the power of science. In this ground-breaking work, geneticist Steve Jones explores their shared mysteries - from the origins of life and humankind to sex, age, death and the end of the universe. He steps aside from the noisy debate between believers and unbelievers to show how the same questions preoccupy us today as in biblical times - and that science offers many of the answers. Erudite and accessible, The Serpent's Promise is a witty and thoughtful account of the ability and the limits of science to tell us what we are.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Serpent's Promise: the Bible Retold as Science
    Serpent's Promise: the Bible Retold as Science
    ISBN: 9780349123486
    Title: Serpent's Promise: the Bible Retold as Science
    Author: JONES STEVE


    The Bible was the first scientific textbook of all; and it got some things right (and plenty more wrong). Steve Jones' new book rewrites it in the light of modern science. Are we all descended from a single couple, a real-life Adam and Eve? Was the Bible's great flood really a memory of the end of the Ice Age? Will we ever get back to Methuselah given that British life expectancy is still rising by six hours a day, every day?


    Many people deny the power of faith, many more the power of science. In this ground-breaking work, geneticist Steve Jones explores their shared mysteries - from the origins of life and humankind to sex, age, death and the end of the universe. He steps aside from the noisy debate between believers and unbelievers to show how the same questions preoccupy us today as in biblical times - and that science offers many of the answers.


    Erudite and accessible, The Serpent's Promise is a witty and thoughtful account of the ability and the limits of science to tell us what we are.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Serving the Reich the Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler
    Serving the Reich the Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler
    ISBN: 9780099581642
    Title: Serving the Reich the Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler
    Author: BALL PHILIP

    Serving the Reich tells the story of physics under Hitler. While some scientists tried to create an Aryan physics that excluded any 'Jewish ideas', many others made compromises and concessions as they continued to work under the Nazi regime. Among them were three world-renowned physicists: Max Planck, pioneer of quantum theory, regarded it as his moral duty to carry on under the regime. Peter Debye, a Dutch physicist, rose to run the Reich's most important research institute before leaving for the United States in 1940. Werner Heisenberg, discovered the Uncertainty Principle, and became the leading figure in Germany's race for the atomic bomb. After the war most scientists in Germany maintained they had been apolitical or even resisted the regime: Debye claimed that he had gone to America to escape Nazi interference in his research; Heisenberg and others argued that they had deliberately delayed production of the atomic bomb. Mixing history, science and biography, Serving the Reich is a gripping exploration of moral choices under a totalitarian regime. Here are human dilemmas, failures to take responsibility, three lives caught between the idealistic goals of science and a tyrannical ideology.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
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  • Serving the Reich: the Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler
    Serving the Reich: the Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler
    ISBN: 9781847922489
    Title: Serving the Reich: the Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler
    Author: BALL PHILIP


    Three lives caught between the idealistic goals of science and a tyrannical ideology.


    Serving the Reich follows three renowned physicists working under Hitler as Nazi scientists attempted to create 'German Physics' - an Aryan science that excluded any 'Jewish ideas', in particular Einstein's Theory of Relativity:


    Max Planck, pioneer of quantum theory, regarded it as his moral duty to carry on under the regime.


    Peter Debye, a Dutch physicist, rose to run the Reich's most important research institute before leaving for the United States in 1940.


    Werner Heisenberg, the discoverer of the Uncertainty Principle, became the leading figure in Germany's race for the atomic bomb.


    Yet after the war most German scientists maintained they had been apolitical or even resisted the regime: Debye claimed that he had gone to America to warn the world about Germany's nuclear research; Heisenberg and others argued that they had deliberately delayed production of the atomic bomb.


    Mixing history, science and biography, Serving the Reich is a gripping exploration of moral choices under a totalitarian regime. Here are human dilemmas, failures to take responsibility, three lives caught between the idealistic goals of science and a tyrannical ideology.



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    Price: $55.00
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  • Seven Elements that Have Changed the World
    Seven Elements that Have Changed the World
    ISBN: 9780297869894
    Title: Seven Elements that Have Changed the World
    Author: BROWNE JOHN


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    Price: $40.00
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  • Seven Elements that Have Changed the World: Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon
    Seven Elements that Have Changed the World: Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon
    ISBN: 9781780224367
    Title: Seven Elements that Have Changed the World: Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon
    Author: BROWNE JOHN

    Humans have put the Earth's resources to extraordinary use, but not always for the benefit of humankind. SEVEN ELEMENTS vividly describes how iron, carbon, gold, silver, uranium, titanium and silicon have shaped the world around us - for good and for bad. This book takes you on an adventure of human passion, ingenuity and discovery, but it is a journey that is far from over: we continue to find surprising new uses for each of these seven key elements. Discover how titanium pervades modern consumer society, how natural gas is transforming the global energy sector and how an innovative new form of carbon could be starting a technological revolution. SEVEN ELEMENTS is a unique mix of science, history and politics, interwoven with the author's extensive personal and professional experience.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Sex Genes & Rock N Roll How Evolution Has Shaped the Modern World
    Sex Genes & Rock N Roll How Evolution Has Shaped the Modern World
    ISBN: 9781742231600
    Title: Sex Genes & Rock N Roll How Evolution Has Shaped the Modern World
    Author: BROOKS ROB

    Evolutionary scientist Rob Brooks argues that the origins of these twenty-first century problems can be found where the ancient forces of evolution collide with modern culture and economics. In Sex, Genes and Rock n Roll Brooks explores a tasting platter of topics, from the frivolous to the tragic falling in love, making music, our obsession with rock n roll, mating, fertility, obesity, consumption, and more illustrating how evolution stands alongside economics, anthropology, psychology and political science in shaping our world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries & the Scientific Imagination
    Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries & the Scientific Imagination
    ISBN: 9780393239515
    Title: Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries & the Scientific Imagination
    Author: APPLEBY JOYCE

    When Columbus first returned to Spain from the Caribbean, he dazzled King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella with exotic parrots, tropical flowers, and bits of gold. Inspired by the promise of riches, countless seafarers poured out of the Iberian Peninsula and wider Europe in search of spices, treasure, and land. Many returned with strange tales of the New World. Curiosity began to percolate through Europe as the New World's people, animals, and plants ruptured prior assumptions about the biblical description of creation. The Church, long fearful of challenges to its authority, could no longer suppress the mantra "Dare to know!" Noblemen began collecting cabinets of curiosities; soon others went from collecting to examining natural objects with fresh eyes. Observation led to experiments; competing conclusions triggered debates. The foundations for the natural sciences were laid as questions became more multifaceted and answers became more complex. Carl Linneaus developed a classification system and sent students around the globe looking for specimens. Museums, botanical gardens, and philosophical societies turned their attention to nature. National governments undertook explorations of the Pacific. Eminent historian Joyce Appleby vividly recounts the explorers' triumphs and mishaps, including Magellan's violent death in the Philippines; the miserable trek of the "new Argonauts" across the Andes on their mission to determine the true shape of the earth; and how two brilliant scientists, Alexander Humboldt and Charles Darwin, traveled to the Americas for evidence to confirm their hypotheses about the earth and its inhabitants. Drawing on detailed eyewitness accounts, Appleby also tells of the turmoil created in the all societies touched by the explorations. This sweeping, global story imbues the Age of Discovery with fresh meaning, elegantly charting its stimulation of the natural sciences, which ultimately propelled Western Europe toward modernity.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries & the Scientific Imagination
    Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries & the Scientific Imagination
    ISBN: 9780393349795
    Title: Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries & the Scientific Imagination
    Author: APPLEBY JOYCE

    This is an engrossing history of the voyages of exploration that ignited curiosity about nature and gave birth to modern science.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Short History of Nearly Everything
    Short History of Nearly Everything
    ISBN: 9780552997041
    Title: Short History of Nearly Everything
    Author: BRYSON BILL

    Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely in his own study at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERTHING is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us.Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. It's not so much about what we know, as how we know what we know. How do we know what is in the centre of the earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out?On his travels through time and space he encounters a splendid collection of astonishingly eccentric, competitive, obsessive and foolish scientists, such as the painfully shy Henry Cavendish, who worked out important conundrums including how much the earth weighed, but failed to report many of his findings. In the company of such extraordinary people, Bill Bryson takes us with him on the ultimate eye- opening journey, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

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    Price: $30.00
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  • Short History of Nearly Everything
    Short History of Nearly Everything
    ISBN: 9781784161859
    Title: Short History of Nearly Everything
    Author: BRYSON BILL


    Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science.


    The ultimate eye-opening journey through time and space, A Short History of Nearly Everything is the biggest-selling popular science book of the 21st century, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.



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    Price: $30.00
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  • Short History of Nearly Everything Special Illustrated Ed.
    Short History of Nearly Everything Special Illustrated Ed.
    ISBN: 9780307885159
    Title: Short History of Nearly Everything Special Illustrated Ed.
    Author: BRYSON BILL


    Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science.


    The ultimate eye-opening journey through time and space, A Short History of Nearly Everything is the biggest-selling popular science book of the 21st century, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.



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    Price: $56.00
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  • Signs of the Gods
    Signs of the Gods
    ISBN: 9780285632707
    Title: Signs of the Gods
    Author: ERICH VON DÄNIKEN


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  • Silent Witnesses
    Silent Witnesses
    ISBN: 9780099569244
    Title: Silent Witnesses
    Author: MCCRERY NIGEL

    A crime scene. A murder. A mystery. The most important person on the scene? The forensic scientist. And yet the intricate details of their work remains a mystery to most of us. Silent Witnesses looks at the history of forensic science over the last two centuries, during which time a combination of remarkable intuition, painstaking observation and leaps in scientific knowledge have developed this fascinating branch of detection. Throwing open the casebook, it introduces us to such luminaries as 'The Wizard of Berkeley' Edward Heinrich, who is credited with having solved over 2000 crimes, and Alphonse Bertillon, the French scientist whose guiding principle 'no two individuals share the same characteristics' became the core of identification. Along the way, it takes us to India and Australia, Columbia and China, Russia, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. And it proves that, in order to solve ever more complicated cases, science must always stay one step ahead of the killer.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Simple Science of Flight: From Insects to Jumbo Jets
    Simple Science of Flight: From Insects to Jumbo Jets
    ISBN: 9780262513135
    Title: Simple Science of Flight: From Insects to Jumbo Jets
    Author: TENNEKES HENK


    An investigation into how machines and living creatures fly, and of the similarities between butterflies and Boeings, paper airplanes and plovers.


    From the smallest gnat to the largest aircraft, all things that fly obey the same aerodynamic principles. In The Simple Science of Flight, Henk Tennekes investigates just how machines and creatures fly: what size wings they need, how much energy is required for their journeys, how they cross deserts and oceans, how they take off, climb, and soar. Fascinated by the similarities between nature and technology, Tennekes offers an introduction to flight that teaches by association. Swans and Boeings differ in numerous ways, but they follow the same aerodynamic principles. Biological evolution and its technical counterpart exhibit exciting parallels. What makes some airplanes successful and others misfits? Why does the Boeing 747 endure but the Concorde now seem a fluke? Tennekes explains the science of flight through comparisons, examples, equations, and anecdotes. The new edition of this popular book has been thoroughly revised and much expanded. Highlights of the new material include a description of the incredible performance of bar-tailed godwits (7,000 miles nonstop from Alaska to New Zealand), an analysis of the convergence of modern jetliners (from both Boeing and Airbus), a discussion of the metabolization of energy featuring Lance Armstrong, a novel treatment of the aerodynamics of drag and trailing vortices, and an emphasis throughout on evolution, in nature and in engineering. Tennekes draws on new evidence on bird migration, new wind-tunnel studies, and data on new airliners. And his analysis of the relative efficiency of planes, trains, and automobiles is newly relevant. (On a cost-per-seat scale, a 747 is more efficient than a passenger car.)



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  • Simply Complexity
    Simply Complexity
    ISBN: 9781851686308
    Title: Simply Complexity
    Author: JOHNSON NEIL

    What do traffic jams, stock market crashes, and wars have in common? They are all explained using complexity, an unsolved puzzle that many researchers believe is the key to predicting ¿ and ultimately solving¿everything from terrorist attacks and pandemic viruses right down to rush-hour traffic congestion.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Six Not-so-easy Pieces: Einstein's Relativity, Symmetry & Space-time
    Six Not-so-easy Pieces: Einstein's Relativity, Symmetry & Space-time
    ISBN: 9780140276671
    Title: Six Not-so-easy Pieces: Einstein's Relativity, Symmetry & Space-time
    Author: FEYNMAN RICHARD P

    Taken from his celebrated Caltech lectures, Six Not-So-Easy Pieces is more challenging in its content than the previous volume Six Easy Pieces (Penguin 1998), providing an exhilarating analysis of one of the most important general areas of modern theoretical physics: Relativity. The lectures, delivered in Feynman's inimitable style, begin by dealing with issues of symmetry before moving on to Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity and how the principle of relativity affects our ideas of physics and other branches of human thought. Other lectures explore relativistic energy, four-dimensional space-time and curved spaces.

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    Price: $31.00
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  • Skeptic: Viewing the World With a Rational Eye
    Skeptic: Viewing the World With a Rational Eye
    ISBN: 9781627791380
    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: Hardback
    Price: $50.00

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  • 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.



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    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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  • Smallholder's Handbook
    Smallholder's Handbook
    ISBN: 9780857832726
    Title: Smallholder's Handbook
    Author: BALDWIN SUZIE

    This is a detailed manual to start, plan and manage your own smallholding. Suzie explains the level of work involved, how much space you need and how to prepare your land. There are chapters on keeping poultry, as well as pigs, goats and sheep, cows and bees. She also explains why having a variety of animals makes the best use of your resources and how many of each type to keep. Comprehensive advice includes choosing breeds, transporting, feeding, housing, daily care and wellbeing, as well as international legislation that applies to livestock.

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    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • 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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    Price: $48.00
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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

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    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Society for Useful Knowledge How Benjamin Franklin & Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America
    Society for Useful Knowledge How Benjamin Franklin & Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America
    ISBN: 9781608195725
    Title: Society for Useful Knowledge How Benjamin Franklin & Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America
    Author: LYONS JONATHAN

    A spellbinding, rich history of the American Enlightenment--think "1776" meets "The Metaphysical Club." Benjamin Franklin and his contemporaries brought the Enlightenment to AmericaNan intellectual revolution that laid the foundation for the political one that followed.

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    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • 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.

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    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • 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.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 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
    $25.00
  • 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'.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • 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.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 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.



    Format: Hardback
    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.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 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
    $44.00
  • 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.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $66.00

    $66.00
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