• 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


    Format: Paperback
    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.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • 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: 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
  • 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: 9780857522207
    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: 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
  • 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
  • Thinking: the New Science of Decision-making, Problem-solving & Prediction
    Thinking: the New Science of Decision-making, Problem-solving & Prediction
    ISBN: 9780062258540
    Title: Thinking: the New Science of Decision-making, Problem-solving & Prediction
    Author: BROCKMAN JOHN

    Edited by John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, Thinking presents original ideas by today's leading psychologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers who are radically expanding our understanding of human thought. -Daniel Kahneman on the power (and pitfalls) of human intuition and "unconscious" thinking. -Daniel Gilbert on desire, prediction, and why getting what we want doesn't always make us happy. -Nassim Nicholas Taleb on the limitations of statistics in guiding decision-making. -Vilayanur Ramachandran on the scientific underpinnings of human nature. -Simon Baron-Cohen on the startling effects of testosterone on the brain. -Daniel C. Dennett on decoding the architecture of the "normal" human mind. -Sarah-Jayne Blakemore on mental disorders and the crucial developmental phase of adolescence. -Jonathan Haidt, Sam Harris, and Roy Baumeister on the science of morality, ethics, and the emerging synthesis of evolutionary and biological thinking. -Gerd Gigerenzer on rationality and what informs our choices.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • This Book Is a Planetarium & Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions
    This Book Is a Planetarium & Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions
    ISBN: 9781452136219
    Title: This Book Is a Planetarium & Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions
    Author: ANDERSON KELLI

    Never has humble paper had such radical ambitions.

    Defying every expectation of what a book can be, this pop-up extravaganza transforms into six fully functional tools: a real working planetarium projecting the constellations, a musical instrument complete with strings for strumming, a geometric drawing generator, an infinite calendar, a message decoder, and even a speaker that amplifies sound. Artist Kelli Anderson contributes enlightening text alongside each pop-up, explaining the scientific principles at play in her constructions and creating an interactive experience that's as educational as it is extraordinary. Inspiring awe that lasts long after the initial pop, This Book Is a Planetarium leaves readers of all ages with a renewed appreciation for the way things work--and for the enduring magic of books.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $72.00

    $72.00
  • This Book Will Blow Your Mind
    This Book Will Blow Your Mind
    ISBN: 9781473628649
    Title: This Book Will Blow Your Mind
    Author: NEW SCIENTIST


    What's the nature of reality? Does the universe ever end? What is time and does it even exist? These are the biggest imagination-stretching, brain-staggering questions in the universe - and here are their fascinating answers.


    From quantum weirdness to freaky cosmology (like white holes - which spew out matter instead of sucking it in), This Book Will Blow Your Mind takes you on an epic journey to the furthest extremes of science, to the things you never thought possible. This book will explain:


    Why is part of the universe missing (and how scientists finally found it)
    How time might also flow backwards
    How human head transplants might be possible (in the very near future)
    Whether the universe is a hologram
    And why we are all zombies


    Filled with counterintuitive stories and factoids you can't wait to share, as well as lots of did-you-knows and plenty of how-did-we-ever-not-knows, this new book from the bestselling New Scientist series will blow your mind - and then put it back together again.

    You don't need a spaceship to travel to the extremes of science. You just need this book.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • This Idea Is Brilliant: Lost, Overlooked, & Underappreciated Scientific Concepts That Ought to Be More Widely Known
    This Idea Is Brilliant: Lost, Overlooked, & Underappreciated Scientific Concepts That Ought to Be More Widely Known
    ISBN: 9780062698216
    Title: This Idea Is Brilliant: Lost, Overlooked, & Underappreciated Scientific Concepts That Ought to Be More Widely Known
    Author: BROCKMAN JOHN


    The latest volume in the bestselling series from Edge.org--dubbed "the world's smartest website" by The Guardian--brings together 206 of the world's most innovative thinkers to discuss the scientific concepts that everyone should know.


    As science informs public policy, decision making, and so many aspects of our everyday lives, a scientifically literate society is crucial. In that spirit, Edge.org publisher and author of Know This, John Brockman, asks 206 of the world's most brilliant minds the 2017 Edge Question: What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?


    Contributors include: author of The God Delusion RICHARD DAWKINS on using animals' "Genetic Book of the Dead" to reconstruct ecological history; MacArthur Fellow REBECCA NEWBERGER GOLDSTEIN on "scientific realism," the idea that scientific theories explain phenomena beyond what we can see and touch; author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics CARLO ROVELLI on "relative information," which governs the physical world around us; theoretical physicist LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS on the hidden blessings of "uncertainty"; cognitive scientist and author of The Language Instinct STEVEN PINKER on "The Second Law of Thermodynamics"; biogerontologist AUBREY DE GREY on why "maladaptive traits" have been conserved evolutionarily; musician BRIAN ENO on "confirmation bias" in the internet age; Man Booker-winning author of Atonement IAN MCEWAN on the "Navier-Stokes Equations," which govern everything from weather prediction to aircraft design and blood flow; plus pieces from RICHARD THALER, JARED DIAMOND, NICHOLAS CARR, JANNA LEVIN, LISA RANDALL, KEVIN KELLY, DANIEL COLEMAN, FRANK WILCZEK, RORY SUTHERLAND, NINA JABLONSKI, MARTIN REES, ALISON GOPNIK, and many, many others.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • This Is Improbable Too: Synchronized Cows, Speedy Brain Extractors, & More Wtf Research
    This Is Improbable Too: Synchronized Cows, Speedy Brain Extractors, & More Wtf Research
    ISBN: 9781780743615
    Title: This Is Improbable Too: Synchronized Cows, Speedy Brain Extractors, & More Wtf Research
    Author: ABRAHAMS MARC

    Marc Abrahams collects the odd, the imaginative, and the brilliantly improbable from around the world. Here he investigates research on the ins and outs of the very improbable evolutionary innovation that is the human body (brain included): What's the best way to get a monkey to floss regularly?How much dandruff do soldiers in Pakistan's army have?If you add an extra henchman to your bank-robbing gang, how much more money will you 'earn'?Why is it so impossible to estimate the number of stupid people in circulation?How many dimples will be found on the cheeks of 28,282 Greek children?Who is the Einstein of pork carasses? He also shares unlikely medical cases, including a boy with an 'Eiffel head injury' (involving the tower), and even more unlikely inventions, such as a patented system for attacking your enemy with a biowaste bomb. Abrahams' latest tour of improbable science is guaranteed to make you laugh, then make you think about your body in a whole new way.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • This Is Improbable: Cheese, String Theory, Magnetic Chickens & Other Wtf Research
    This Is Improbable: Cheese, String Theory, Magnetic Chickens & Other Wtf Research
    ISBN: 9781851689316
    Title: This Is Improbable: Cheese, String Theory, Magnetic Chickens & Other Wtf Research
    Author: ABRAHAMS MARC

    Marc Abrahams, the founder of the Ig Nobel prize, offers an addictive, wryly funny exposé of the most improbable research from around the world, from why one psychologist insisted it was better to promote people randomly to whether Vegas lap dancers get higher tips at certain times of the month. As you travel from the bizarre to the profound, Abrahams will make you laugh, and then think about the world in a completely new way.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
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  • This Is Planet Earth: Your Ultimate Guide to the World We Call Home
    This Is Planet Earth: Your Ultimate Guide to the World We Call Home
    ISBN: 9781473629776
    Title: This Is Planet Earth: Your Ultimate Guide to the World We Call Home
    Author: NEW SCIENTIST STAFF

    The ancient Greeks called it Gaia; the Romans Terra. We know it simply as Earth, the planet we call home. And what a planet it is.

    Formed around 4.6 billion years ago from the debris of the big bang and long-dead stars, at first it was nothing special, but somehow it evolved to become the most amazing place in the known Universe. The only living planet we know of, it also has a very unusual moon, a remarkably dynamic surface, a complex atmosphere and a deeply mysterious interior.

    This is Planet Earth is dedicated to the wonders of Planet Earth. Its past is long and dramatic and its future shrouded in mystery. Yet despite centuries of research, only now are we starting to understand Earth's complexity.



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    Price: $35.00

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  • This Will Change Everything: Ideas that Will Shape the Future
    This Will Change Everything: Ideas that Will Shape the Future
    ISBN: 9780061899676
    Title: This Will Change Everything: Ideas that Will Shape the Future
    Author: BROCKMAN JOHN


    "This Will Change Everything offers seemingly radical but actually feasible ideas with the potential to change the world."-Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel


    Editor John Brockman continues in the same vein as his popular compilations What Are You Optimistic About and What Have You Changed Your Mind About with This Will Change Everything. Brockman asks 150 intellectual superstars "what game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?" Their fascinating responses are collected here, from bestselling author of Atonement Ian McEwan to Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek to electronic music pioneer Brian Eno to writer, actor, director, and activist Alan Alda.



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    Price: $30.00
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  • This Will Make You Smarter
    This Will Make You Smarter
    ISBN: 9780857521026
    Title: This Will Make You Smarter
    Author: BROCKMAN JOHN ED


    Over 150 of the world's leading scientists and thinkers offer their choice of the ideas, strategies and arguments that will help all of us understand our world, and its future, better.


    Includes contributions from:


    Richard Dawkins, Stephen Pinker, Daniel Dennett, Clay Shirky, Daniel Goleman, Sam Harris, Lee Smolin, Matt Ridley, Mark Henderson, David Rowan, Sir Martin Rees, Craig Venter, Brian Eno, Jaron Lanier and David Brooks . . . among others.


    With his organisation Edge.org, the literary agent and all-purpose intellectual impresario John Brockman has brought together the most influential thinkers of our age. Every year he sets them a question, this year that question was:


    What Scientific Concept Would Improve Everybody's Cognitive Toolkit?


    Their answers are collected in this book and explore philosophy, psychology, economics, and other disciplines - and all share one aim: to provide the most reliable ways of gaining knowledge about anything, whether it be human behaviour, corporate behaviour, the fate of the planet, or the future of the universe.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
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  • This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking
    This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking
    ISBN: 9780552778480
    Title: This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking
    Author: BROCKMAN JOHN


    Featuring a foreword by David Brooks,This Will Make You Smarterpresents brilliant'but accessible'ideas to expand every mind.


    What scientific concept would improve everybody's cognitive toolkit?This is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, posed to the world's most influential thinkers. Their visionary answers flow from the frontiers of psychology, philosophy, economics, physics, sociology, and more. Surprising and enlightening, these insights will revolutionize the way you think about yourself and the world.


    Daniel Kahneman on the ?focusing illusion? ? Jonah Lehrer on controlling attention ? Richard Dawkins on experimentation ? Aubrey De Grey on conquering our fear of the unknown ? Martin Seligman on the ingredients of well-being ? Nicholas Carr on managing ?cognitive load? ? Steven Pinker on win-win negotiating ? Daniel C. Dennett on benefiting from cycles ? Jaron Lanier on resisting delusion ? Frank Wilczek on the brain's hidden layers ? Clay Shirky on the ?80/20 rule? ? Daniel Goleman on understanding our connection to the natural world ? V. S. Ramachandran on paradigm shifts ? Matt Ridley on tapping collective intelligence ? John McWhorter on path dependence ? Lisa Randall on effective theorizing ? Brian Eno on ?ecological vision? ? Richard Thaler on rooting out false concepts ? J. Craig Venter on the multiple possible origins of life ? Helen Fisher on temperament ? Sam Harris on the flow of thought ? Lawrence Krauss on living with uncertainty



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    Price: $28.00
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  • Three Roads to Quantum Gravity
    Three Roads to Quantum Gravity
    ISBN: 9780465078363
    Title: Three Roads to Quantum Gravity
    Author: SMOLIN LEE


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    Price: $32.00
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  • Time Machine
    Time Machine
    ISBN: 9781925143188
    Title: Time Machine
    Author: SPENCER ADAM

    Following the runaway success of his Big Book of Numbers and World of Numbers (2015), Adam Spencer is back with a fascinating – and fun! – romp through history.

    Starting with the big bang and ending in the present day (with a few glimpses of the future for good measure) Time Machine is a history book unlike any other. Jam-packed with quotes, quizzes, anecdotes and trivia, Adam’s latest book is a full-colour treasure trove for ages 8 ... all the way to 108.

    Did you know that some of the earliest mathematicians and astronomers were indigenous Australians? Or that Lord Byron’s daughter, Ada Lovelace, was a pioneer of computer programming ... despite dying in 1852? Can you believe that pinball was actually illegal across much of the US until the 1970s? Will time travel ever be possible? And who (or what) is the Witch of Agnesi?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Time Reborn: from the Crisis of Physics to the Future of the Universe
    Time Reborn: from the Crisis of Physics to the Future of the Universe
    ISBN: 9781846142994
    Title: Time Reborn: from the Crisis of Physics to the Future of the Universe
    Author: SMOLIN LEE

    Nothing seems more real than time passing. We experience life itself as a succession of moments. Yet throughout history, the idea that time is an illusion has been a religious and philosophical commonplace. We identify certain truths as 'eternal' constants, from moral principles to the laws of mathematics and nature: these are laws that exist not inside time, but outside it.& Many& physicists, therefore, don't believe in time. From Newton and Einstein to today's string theorists and quantum physicists, the widest consensus is that the universe is governed by absolute, timeless laws. On this view, everything that happens, has happened or will happen is set by these laws: in such a determined future, there is no such thing as uncertainty.In Time Reborn, Lee Smolin argues that this denial of time is holding back both physics, and our understanding of the universe. We need a major revolution in scientific thought: one that embraces the reality of time and places it at the centre of our thinking. E may equal mc squared now, but that wasn't always the case. Similarly, as our undertsanding of the universe develops, Newton's fundamental laws might not remain so fundamental. Time, Smolin concludes, is not an illusion: it is the best clue we have to fundamental reality. Time Reborn explains how the true nature of time impacts on us, our world, and our universe.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
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  • Time Travel
    Time Travel
    ISBN: 9780008207670
    Title: Time Travel
    Author: GLEICK JAMES

    From the acclaimed author of The Information and Chaos, a mind-bending exploration of time travel: its subversive origins, its evolution in literature and science, and its influence on our understanding of time itself.


    Gleick's story begins at the turn of the twentieth century with the young H. G. Wells writing and rewriting the fantastic tale that became his first book, an international sensation, The Time Machine. A host of forces were converging to transmute the human understanding of time, some philosophical and some technological âe" the electric telegraph, the steam railroad, the discovery of buried civilisations, and the perfection of clocks. Gleick tracks the evolution of time travel as an idea in the culture âe" from Marcel Proust to Doctor Who, from Woody Allen to Jorge Luis Borges. He explores the inevitable looping paradoxes and examines the porous boundary between pulp fiction and modern physics. Finally, he delves into a temporal shift that is unsettling our own moment: the instantaneous wired world, with its all-consuming present and vanishing future.



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    Price: $35.00
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  • Time Travel: a History
    Time Travel: a History
    ISBN: 9780307908797
    Title: Time Travel: a History
    Author: GLEICK JAMES


    From the acclaimed author of The Information and Chaos, a mind-bending exploration of time travel: its subversive origins, its evolution in literature and science, and its influence on our understanding of time itself.


    Gleick's story begins at the turn of the twentieth century with the young H. G. Wells writing and rewriting the fantastic tale that became his first book, an international sensation, The Time Machine. A host of forces were converging to transmute the human understanding of time, some philosophical and some technological âe" the electric telegraph, the steam railroad, the discovery of buried civilisations, and the perfection of clocks. Gleick tracks the evolution of time travel as an idea in the culture âe" from Marcel Proust to Doctor Who, from Woody Allen to Jorge Luis Borges. He explores the inevitable looping paradoxes and examines the porous boundary between pulp fiction and modern physics. Finally, he delves into a temporal shift that is unsettling our own moment: the instantaneous wired world, with its all-consuming present and vanishing future.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
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  • Time Travel: A History
    Time Travel: A History
    ISBN: 9780007544455
    Title: Time Travel: A History
    Author: GLEICK JAMES

    Best Books of 2016
    BOSTON GLOBE * THE ATLANTIC


    From the acclaimed bestselling author of& The Information& and& Chaos comes this enthralling history of time travel--a concept that has preoccupied physicists and storytellers over the course of the last century.


    James& Gleick delivers a mind-bending exploration of time travel--from its origins in literature and science to its influence on our understanding of time itself. Gleick vividly explores physics, technology, philosophy, and art as each relates to time travel and tells the story of the concept's cultural evolutions--from H.G. Wells to& Doctor Who, from Proust to Woody Allen. He takes a close look at the porous boundary between science fiction and modern physics, and, finally, delves into what it all means in our own moment in time--the world of the instantaneous, with its all-consuming present and vanishing future.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed With Time
    Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed With Time
    ISBN: 9781782113195
    Title: Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed With Time
    Author: GARFIELD SIMON

    Not so long ago we timed our lives by the movement of the sun. These days our time arrives atomically and insistently, and our lives are propelled by the notion that we will never have enough of the one thing we crave the most. How have we come to be dominated by something so arbitrary?The compelling stories in this book explore our obsessions with time. An Englishman arrives back from Calcutta but refuses to adjust his watch. Beethoven has his symphonic wishes ignored. A moment of war is frozen forever. The timetable arrives by steam train. A woman designs a ten-hour clock and reinvents the calendar. Roger Bannister becomes stuck in the same four minutes forever. A British watchmaker competes with mighty Switzerland. And a prince attempts to stop time in its tracks.Timekeepers is a vivid exploration of the ways we have perceived, contained and saved time over the last 250 years, narrated in the highly inventive and entertaining style that bestselling author Simon Garfield is fast making his own. As managing time becomes the greatest challenge we face in our lives, this multi-layered history helps us tackle it in a sparkling new light.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
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  • Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed With Time
    Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed With Time
    ISBN: 9781782113218
    Title: Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed With Time
    Author: GARFIELD SIMON

    Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana. The Beatles learn to be brilliant in an hour and a half. An Englishman arrives back from Calcutta but refuses to adjust his watch. Beethoven has his symphonic wishes ignored. A US Senator begins a speech that will last for 25 hours. The horrors of war are frozen at the click of a camera. A woman designs a ten-hour clock and reinvents the calendar. Roger Bannister lives out the same four minutes over a lifetime. And a prince attempts to stop time in its tracks. Timekeepers is a book about our obsession with time and our desire to measure it, control it, sell it, film it, perform it, immortalise it and make it meaningful. It has two simple intentions: to tell some illuminating stories, and to ask whether we have all gone completely nuts.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • To Explain the World: the Discovery of Modern Science
    To Explain the World: the Discovery of Modern Science
    ISBN: 9780241196625
    Title: To Explain the World: the Discovery of Modern Science
    Author: WEINBERG STEVEN

    In this rich, irreverent, and compelling history, Nobel Prizewinning physicist Steven Weinberg takes us across centuries, from ancient Miletus to medieval Baghdad and Oxford, from Plato's Academy and the Museum of Alexandria to the cathedral school of Chartres and the Royal Society of London. He shows that the scientists of ancient and medieval times not only did not understand what we understand about the world--they did not understand what there is to understand or how to understand it. Yet over the centuries, through the struggle to solve such mysteries as the curious backward movement of the planets and the rise and fall of the tides, the modern discipline of science eventually emerged. Along the way, Weinberg examines historic clashes and collaborations between science and the competing spheres of religion, technology, poetry, mathematics, and philosophy.

    An illuminating exploration of the way we consider and analyze the world around us, To Explain the World is a sweeping, ambitious account of how difficult it was to discover the goals and methods of modern science, and the impact that this discovery had on human knowledge and development.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
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