• Tweeting the Universe: Tiny Explanations of Very Big Ideas
    Tweeting the Universe: Tiny Explanations of Very Big Ideas
    ISBN: 9780571295708
    Title: Tweeting the Universe: Tiny Explanations of Very Big Ideas

    In 140 pages, two masterly popularisers present 140 explanations of the biggest questions in physics - in the form of 10 or so tweets per page. They set themselves the challenge of boiling down what is essential on each subject into sentences of 140 characters, and the results are both entertaining and brilliantly informative. Not a word is wasted. The reader is not patronized and learns something on every page. If only all science writing could be so precise and so economical. Only science writers of a very high calibre could achieve such compression. Marcus Chown - 'the finest cosmology writer of our day' (Matt Ridley) - has known the Dutch writer Govert Schilling for twenty years. Schilling pioneered this very swift form of explanation in a Dutch newspaper, and suggested to Chown that they collaborate on bringing it to a wider audience. Tweeting the Universe is unlike any other science book.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • Undeniable Evolution & the Science of Creation
    Undeniable Evolution & the Science of Creation
    ISBN: 9781250074225
    Title: Undeniable Evolution & the Science of Creation
    Author: NYE BILL

    Sparked by a controversial debate in February 2014, Bill Nye has set off on an energetic campaign to spread awareness of evolution and the powerful way it shapes our lives. In Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, he explains why race does not really exist; evaluates the true promise and peril of genetically modified food; reveals how new species are born; takes a stroll through 4.5 billion years of time; and explores the new search for alien life, including aliens right here on Earth. With infectious enthusiasm, Bill Nye shows that evolution is much more than a rebuttal to creationism; it is an essential way to understand how nature works - and to change the world.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Universal
    ISBN: 9781846144363
    Title: Universal

    "Universalbrings back together the bestselling authors of The Quantum Universeto show that, by asking questions about the world around us, everyone can think like a physicist and grasp the grandeur of our cosmos. Physicsis about asking questions. But what are good questions? How do we understand the fundamental forces of the Universe and its remarkable uniformity? From what fridges tell us about the direction of events unfolding, to how magnets reveal spacetime, and how we know the age of things from the Atlantic Ocean, to the Earth, the Sun and the galaxies, Universalis the story of simple questions with sublime answers."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
  • Universal: A Journey Through the Cosmos
    Universal: A Journey Through the Cosmos
    ISBN: 9780241953174
    Title: Universal: A Journey Through the Cosmos

    'Inspirational' Buzz Aldrin

    When exactly did life begin? What really happened during the big bang - and before it? Is the universe expanding? Is dark matter real? Do we live in one of many worlds? What's more, how can we prove any of this?

    This book is all about how we - any of us - can gain an understanding of the Universe in all its awe-inspiring glory. Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw take us on an epic journey of scientific exploration, revealing how the biggest questions - from the size of the earth to the distance to the stars - are answerable from our own back gardens.

    You don't need a Large Hadron Collider or a Hubble Space Telescope to explore the cosmos. You just need this book.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Universe in a Nutshell
    Universe in a Nutshell
    ISBN: 9780553802023
    Title: Universe in a Nutshell

    Stephen Hawking s phenomenal, multimillion-copy bestseller, A Brief History of Time, introduced the ideas of this brilliant theoretical physicist to readers all over the world.
    Now, in a major publishing event, Hawking returns with a lavishly illustrated sequel that unravels the mysteries of the major breakthroughs that have occurred in the years since the release of his acclaimed first book.
    The Universe in a Nutshell
    Quantum mechanics
    General relativity
    11-dimensional supergravity
    10-dimensional membranes
    Black holes
    One of the most influential thinkers of our time, Stephen Hawking is an intellectual icon, known not only for the adventurousness of his ideas but for the clarity and wit with which he expresses them. In this new book Hawking takes us to the cutting edge of theoretical physics, where truth is often stranger than fiction, to explain in laymen s terms the principles that control our universe.
    Like many in the community of theoretical physicists, Professor Hawking is seeking to uncover the grail of science the elusive Theory of Everything that lies at the heart of the cosmos. In his accessible and often playful style, he guides us on his search to uncover the secrets of the universe from supergravity to supersymmetry, from quantum theory to M-theory, from holography to duality.
    He takes us to the wild frontiers of science, where superstring theory and p-branes may hold the final clue to the puzzle. And he lets us behind the scenes of one of his most exciting intellectual adventures as he seeks to combine Einstein s General Theory of Relativity and Richard Feynman s idea of multiple histories into one complete unified theory that will describe everything that happens in the universe.
    With characteristic exuberance, Professor Hawking invites us to be fellow travelers on this extraordinary voyage through space-time. Copious four-color illustrations help clarify this journey into a surreal wonderland where particles, sheets, and strings move in eleven dimensions; where black holes evaporate and disappear, taking their secret with them; and where the original cosmic seed from which our own universe sprang was a tiny nut.
    The Universe in a Nutshell is essential reading for all of us who want to understand the universe in which we live. Like its companion volume, A Brief History of Time, it conveys the excitement felt within the scientific community as the secrets of the cosmos reveal themselves."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
  • Universe in Your Hand: a Journey Through Space, Time & Beyond
    Universe in Your Hand: a Journey Through Space, Time & Beyond
    ISBN: 9781447284109
    Title: Universe in Your Hand: a Journey Through Space, Time & Beyond

    Imagine if The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy were a real, practical book about the mysteries of the universe...The Universe In Your Hand takes us on a wonder-filled journey to the surface of our dying Sun, shrinks us to the size of an atom and puts us in the deathly grip of distant Black Holes. Along the way you might come to understand, really understand, the mind-bending science that underpins modern life, from Quantum Mechanics to Einstein's theory of General Relativity.Through brilliant storytelling and humour rather than headache-inducing graphs and equations, internationally renowned astrophysicist Christophe Galfard has written an instant classic that brings the astonishing beauty of the universe to life - and takes us deep into questions about the existence of God, the beginning of time and the future of humanity.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Universe Next Door: a Brief History of Everything that Never Happened
    Universe Next Door: a Brief History of Everything that Never Happened
    ISBN: 9781473628618
    Title: Universe Next Door: a Brief History of Everything that Never Happened

    A journey through 55 alternative realities, parallel worlds and possible futures.

    It's lucky you're here. But for a series of incredible coincidences and roads not taken, your life could be very different. The same goes for reality. We live in just one of many possible worlds. In others, dinosaurs still rule the Earth, the Russians got to the Moon first, time flows backwards and everyone is vegetarian.

    And that's just for starters. What if the laws of physics were different? If we really did live in a multiverse? If robots became smarter than us? If humans were wiped off the face of the planet?

    Join New Scientist on a thrilling journey through these and dozens of other incredible but perfectly possible alternative realities, thought experiments and counterfactual histories - each shining a surprising and unexpected spotlight on life as we know it.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Universe Within
    Universe Within
    ISBN: 9781743315453
    Title: Universe Within
    Author: TUROK NEIL

    World-renowned physicist Neil Turok delivers this year's Massey Lectures - a visionary look at the way the human mind can shape the future. A groundbreaking book about the future of science - and the directions in which it will take us and our world. Doctors strive to cure disease; philosophers search for the meaning of life; and physicists have spent nearly half a century hunting down the elusive 'God particle', a subatomic particle that has shaped the world as we know it. In this personal, visionary, and fascinating work, Neil Turok, Director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and colleague of Stephen Hawking, explores the transformative scientific discoveries of the past three centuries - from classical mechanics; to the nature of light; to the bizarre world of the quantum; to the evolution of the cosmos; and even the recent findings of Higgs bosons at the Large Hadron Collider. Each new discovery has, over time, yielded new technologies causing paradigm shifts in the organization of society. Now, he argues, we are on the cusp of another major transformation: the coming quantum revolution that will supplant our current, dissatisfying digital age. Facing this brave new world, Turok calls for creatively re-inventing the way advanced knowledge is developed and shared, and opening access to the vast, untapped pools of intellectual talent in the developing world. Scientific research, training, and outreach are vital to our future economy, as well as powerful forces for peaceful global progress. With the ability to break down and convey the most complex theories, concepts, and ideas in ways that are grounded in our everyday experiences, Turok demonstrates that scientific knowledge is our most precious possession. Elegantly written, deeply provocative, and highly inspirational, THE UNIVERSE WITHIN is, above all, about the future - of science, of society, of ourselves.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Universe Within: a Scientific Adventure
    Universe Within: a Scientific Adventure
    ISBN: 9781846142208
    Title: Universe Within: a Scientific Adventure
    Author: SHUBIN NEIL

    In The Universe Within, one of the world's leading experts reveals to us the extraordinary cosmic and evolutionary adventure of our own bodies.During the past 13.7 billion years (or so) since the Big Bang, our universe has evolved, stars have formed and died and our planet congealed from the matter in space. For aeons, the earth has circled the sun while mountains, seas and entire continents have come and gone. Against this epic backdrop, humanity's place in the cosmos can look tiny and insignificant. But as Neil Shubin shows in this revelatory new book, the one place where universe, solar system and planet merge is inside your body. Shubin reveals how the origin of the Moon is tied to our internal body clocks; how the vast amounts of water on Earth and inside all living creatures crossed the deepest stretches of space to reach us; how strange fluctuations in the orbits within our solar system have led to our irregular ice-ages; and how tiny imbalances in the chaos immediately after the Big Bang can explain why matter exists at all.Delving below the earth's surface and into the frozen Arctic, exploring the smallest atomic structures and the vast reaches of space, Neil Shubin uncovers a sublimely beautiful, almost magical truth: that in every one of us lies the most profound story of all - how we and our world came to be. The Universe Within reveals the deep connection between humanity and the vastness of the universe. It will change how you relate to the world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
  • Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World
    Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World
    ISBN: 9780714874616
    Title: Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World

    Explore the stars and planets and beyond through 300 fascinating images - an international panel of experts take you on a journey through man's record of the universe - from ancient cave paintings to animation.

    Universe is a groundbreaking survey that celebrates the popular subject of astronomy through 300 images created by those who have tried to understand - or who have been inspired by - the beauty and mystery of stars, planets, and beyond. Carefully chosen by an international panel of experts and arranged to highlight thought-provoking contrasts and similarities, the selection includes paintings, photographs, sculpture, animation, prints, sketches, and digital renderings with iconic works by renowned photographers, artists, and astronomers alongside previously unpublished finds.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $90.00
  • Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, & Future of the Cosmos
    Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, & Future of the Cosmos
    ISBN: 9780062296085
    Title: Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, & Future of the Cosmos

    In The Universe, today's most influential science writers explain the science behind our evolving understanding of the universe and everything in it, including the cutting-edge research and discoveries that are shaping our knowledge. Lee Smolin reveals how math and cosmology are helping us create a theory of the whole universe. Neil Turok analyzes the fundamental laws of nature, what came before the big bang, and the possibility of a unified theory. Seth Lloyd investigates the impact of computational revolutions and the informational revolution. Lawrence Krauss provides fresh insight into gravity, dark matter, and the energy of empty space. Brian Greene and Walter Isaacson discuss Albert Einstein. And much more. Explore the universe with some of today's greatest minds: what it is, how it came into being, and what may happen next.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Unknown Universe What We Don't Know About Time & Space in Ten Chapters
    Unknown Universe What We Don't Know About Time & Space in Ten Chapters
    ISBN: 9781781855744
    Title: Unknown Universe What We Don't Know About Time & Space in Ten Chapters
    Author: STUART CLARK

    A groundbreaking and state-of-the-art guide to the Universe and how our latest deep space discoveries are forcing us to revisit what we know, and what we don't.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Unknown Universe: What We Don't Know About Time and Space in Ten Chapters
    Unknown Universe: What We Don't Know About Time and Space in Ten Chapters
    ISBN: 9781781855706
    Title: Unknown Universe: What We Don't Know About Time and Space in Ten Chapters
    Author: CLARK STUART

    A groundbreaking and state-of-the-art guide to the Universe and how our latest deep space discoveries are forcing us to revisit what we know, and what we don't.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Unpersuadables: Adventures With the Enemies of Science
    Unpersuadables: Adventures With the Enemies of Science
    ISBN: 9781468310108
    Title: Unpersuadables: Adventures With the Enemies of Science
    Author: STORR WILL

    While excavating fossils in the tropics of Australia with a celebrity creationist, Will Storr asked himself a simple question. Why don't facts work?

    Why, that is, did the obviously intelligent man beside him sincerely believe in Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden and a six-thousand-year-old Earth, in spite of the evidence against them? It was the start of a journey that would lead Storr all over the world--from Texas to Warsaw to the Outer Hebrides--meeting an extraordinary cast of modern heretics whom he tries his best to understand. Storr tours Holocaust sites with famed denier David Irving and a band of neo-Nazis, experiences his own murder during "past life regression" hypnosis, discusses the looming One World Government an iconic climate skeptic, and investigates the tragic life and death of a woman who believed her parents were high priests in a baby-eating cult.

    Using a unique mix of highly personal memoir, investigative journalism, and the latest research from neuroscience and experimental psychology, Storr reveals how the stories we tell ourselves about the world invisibly shape our beliefs, and how the neurological "hero maker" inside us all can so easily lead to self-deception, toxic partisanship and science denial.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
  • Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World
    Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World
    ISBN: 9781250007148
    Title: Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World
    Author: NYE BILL

    New York Times bestselling author of Undeniable and former host of "Bill Nye the Science Guy" issues a new challenge to today's generation: to make a cleaner, more efficient, and happier world.For over 20 years, Bill Nye has inspired legions of fans with an empowering message: The combination of scientific curiosity and human ingenuity can transform obstacles into opportunities, and unlock a future of endless possibilities. Now, in Unstoppable, Bill applies his message of technological optimism to the serious challenge facing our species: climate change. With a scientist's rigorous understanding of how things are, and an engineer's vision of how things could be, Bill completely reframes the issue. He sees today's environmental crisis not as the end of progress but as an opportunity for a tremendous new beginning - a moment for our society to rethink the way we live and to create a cleaner, healthier, smarter world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Usefulness of Useless Knowledge
    Usefulness of Useless Knowledge
    ISBN: 9780691174761
    Title: Usefulness of Useless Knowledge

    A forty-year tightening of funding for scientific research has meant that resources are increasingly directed toward applied or practical outcomes, with the intent of creating products of immediate value. In such a scenario, it makes sense to focus on the most identifiable and urgent problems, right? Actually, it doesn't. In his classic essay "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge," Abraham Flexner, the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the man who helped bring Albert Einstein to the United States, describes a great paradox of scientific research. The search for answers to deep questions, motivated solely by curiosity and without concern for applications, often leads not only to the greatest scientific discoveries but also to the most revolutionary technological breakthroughs. In short, no quantum mechanics, no computer chips.

    This brief book includes Flexner's timeless 1939 essay alongside a new companion essay by Robbert Dijkgraaf, the Institute's current director, in which he shows that Flexner's defense of the value of "the unobstructed pursuit of useless knowledge" may be even more relevant today than it was in the early twentieth century. Dijkgraaf describes how basic research has led to major transformations in the past century and explains why it is an essential precondition of innovation and the first step in social and cultural change. He makes the case that society can achieve deeper understanding and practical progress today and tomorrow only by truly valuing and substantially funding the curiosity-driven "pursuit of useless knowledge" in both the sciences and the humanities.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
  • Very Short Introduction: Laws of Thermodynamics
    Very Short Introduction: Laws of Thermodynamics
    ISBN: 9780199572199
    Title: Very Short Introduction: Laws of Thermodynamics
    Author: ATKINS PETRA

    The laws of thermodynamics drive everything that happens in the universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the cooling of hot metal--everything is moved or restrained by four simple laws. Written by Peter Atkins, one of the world's leading authorities on thermodynamics, this powerful and compact introduction explains what these four laws are and how they work, using accessible language and virtually no mathematics. Guiding the reader a step at a time, Atkins begins with Zeroth (so named because the first two laws were well established before scientists realized that a third law, relating to temperature, should precede them--hence the jocular name zeroth), and proceeds through the First, Second, and Third Laws, offering a clear account of concepts such as the availability of work and the conservation of energy. Atkins ranges from the fascinating theory of entropy (revealing how its unstoppable rise constitutes the engine of the universe), through the concept of free energy, and to the brink, and then beyond the brink, of absolute zero.

    About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00

  • Vinyl Frontier: The Story of the Voyager Golden Record
    Vinyl Frontier: The Story of the Voyager Golden Record
    ISBN: 9781472956132
    Title: Vinyl Frontier: The Story of the Voyager Golden Record

    'Blends extraterrestrial wonder with earthbound charm and brims with poignant revelations.' Mojo'Bursts with gloriously geeky detail.' The TelegraphHave you ever made someone you love a mix-tape? Forty years ago, a group of scientists, artists and writers gathered in a house in Ithaca, New York to work on the most important compilation ever conceived. It wasn't from one person to another, it was from Earth to the Cosmos.In 1977 NASA sent Voyager 1 and 2 on a Grand Tour of the outer planets. During the design phase of the Voyager mission, it was realised that this pair of plucky probes would eventually leave our solar system to drift forever in the unimaginable void of interstellar space. With this gloomy-sounding outcome in mind, NASA decided to do something optimistic. They commissioned astronomer Carl Sagan to create a message to be fixed to the side of Voyager 1 and 2 - a plaque, a calling card, a handshake to any passing alien that might one day chance upon them. The result was the Voyager Golden Record, a genre-hopping multi-media metal LP. A 90-minute playlist of music from across the globe, a sound essay of life on Earth, spoken greetings in multiple languages and more than 100 photographs and diagrams, all painstakingly chosen by Sagan and his team to create an aliens' guide to Earthlings. The record included music by J.S. Bach and Chuck Berry, a message of peace from US president Jimmy Carter, facts, figures and dimensions, all encased in a golden box.The Vinyl Frontier tells the story of NASA's interstellar mix-tape, from first phone call to final launch, when Voyager 1 and 2 left our planet bearing their hopeful message from the Summer of '77 to a distant future.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
  • Voices from the Moon Apollo Astronauts Describe Their Lunar Experiences
    Voices from the Moon Apollo Astronauts Describe Their Lunar Experiences
    ISBN: 9780670020782
    Title: Voices from the Moon Apollo Astronauts Describe Their Lunar Experiences

    The epic of the Apollo missions told in the astronauts' own words and gorgeously illustrated with their photographs
    Andrew Chaikin's A Man on the Moon is considered the definitive history of the Apollo moon missions-arguably the pinnacle of human experience. Now, using never-before-published quotes taken from his in-depth interviews with twenty-three of the twenty-four Apollo lunar astronauts, Chaikin and his collaborator, Victoria Kohl, have created an extraordinary account of the lunar missions. In Voices from the Moon the astronauts vividly recount their experiences in intimate detail; their distinct personalities and remarkably varied perspectives emerge from their candid and deeply personal reflections. Carefully assembled into a narrative that reflects the entire arc of the lunar journey, Voices from the Moon captures the magnificence of the Apollo program like no other book. Paired with their own words are 160 images taken from NASA's new high-resolution scans of the photos the astronauts took during the missions. Many of the photos, which are reproduced with stunning and unprecedented detail, have rarely-if ever-been seen by the general public. Voices from the Moon is an utterly unique chronicle of these defining moments in human history.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • War of the Worldviews
    War of the Worldviews
    ISBN: 9781846043048
    Title: War of the Worldviews

    Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Hawking have had a major impact on the loud and popular debate between 'aggressive atheists' and religion. The huge sales of their bestselling books show just how much interest people have in their ideas. Now 'the rock star of the new spirituality', Deepak Chopra, is entering this debate, sparring with leading physicist, Professor Leonard Mlodinow (the co-author, with Stephen Hawking, of IThe Grand Design)./I I/I In BIWar of the Worldviews/I/B, Chopra argues that there Iis/I design in our universe and a deep intelligence behind life. Without defending organised religion, he debunks randomness as an explanation for how Nature evolves and shows how consciousness comes first and matter second. On the other side, Mlodinow argues the viewpoint of science, specifically what modern quantum physics can tell us about our world. In his view, physics, genetics and cosmology will shed far more light on the big questions than rethinking ancient spiritual concepts can ever do. A major work of our time, IWar of the Worldviews /Iwill not only offer more food for thought for those fascinated by the two sides of this modern conundrum - it will also place Deepak Chopra firmly in the ring of some of the most remarkable, and bestselling, thinkers of our era.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • War on Science
    War on Science
    ISBN: 9781571313539
    Title: War on Science
    Author: OTTO SHAWN

    "Wherever the people are well informed," Thomas Jefferson wrote, "they can be trusted with their own government." But what happens when they are not? In every issue of modern society--from climate change to vaccinations, transportation to technology, health care to defense--we are in the midst of an unprecedented expansion of scientific progress and a simultaneous expansion of danger. At the very time we need them most, scientists and the idea of objective knowledge are being bombarded by avast, well-funded, three-part war on science: the identity politics war on science, the ideological war on science, and the industrial war on science. The result is an unprecedented erosion of thought in Western democracies as voters, policymakers, and justices actively ignore the evidence from science, leaving major policy decisions to be based more on the demands of the most strident voices.

    Shawn Otto's compelling new book investigates the historical, social, philosophical, political, and emotional reasons why evidence-based politics are in decline and authoritarian politics are once again on the rise on both left and right, and provides some compelling solutions to bring us to our collective senses, before it's too late.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Waste Not: Make a Big Difference by Throwing Away Less
    Waste Not: Make a Big Difference by Throwing Away Less
    ISBN: 9781743794623
    Title: Waste Not: Make a Big Difference by Throwing Away Less
    Author: RHOADS ERIN

    We need to talk about waste. Shrink-wrapped vegies, disposable coffee cups, clothes and electronics designed to be upgraded every year: we are surrounded by stuff that we often use once and then throw away. Each year Australian households produce enough rubbish to fill a three-bedroom home, including thousands of dollars worth of food and an ever-increasing amount of plastic, which takes hundreds of years to break down and often ends up in our oceans or our food chain.

    But what to do about such a huge problem? Is it just the price we pay for the conveniences of modern life? What if it were possible to have it both ways – to live a modern life with less waste?

    That’s where Erin Rhoads, aka The Rogue Ginger, comes in. Erin went from eating plastic-packaged takeaway while shopping online for fast fashion, to becoming one of Australia’s most popular eco-bloggers. Erin knows that small changes can have a big impact. In Waste Not she shares everything she’s learned from her own funny, inspiring – and far-from-perfect – journey to living with less waste.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • We are All Stardust: Scientists Who Shaped Our World Talk About Their Work, Their Lives, & What They Still Want to Know
    We are All Stardust: Scientists Who Shaped Our World Talk About Their Work, Their Lives, & What They Still Want to Know
    ISBN: 9781925106992
    Title: We are All Stardust: Scientists Who Shaped Our World Talk About Their Work, Their Lives, & What They Still Want to Know
    Author: KLEIN STEFAN

    World-leading natural and social scientists shed light on their discoveries and lives in conversation with an award-winning science writer.

    When acclaimed science writer Stefan Klein asks Nobel Prize - winning chemist Roald Hoffmann what sets scientists apart, Hoffmann says, 'First and foremost, curiosity.' In this collection of intimate conversations with 19 of the world's best-known scientists, Klein lets us listen in as today's leading minds reveal what they still hope to discover - and how their paradigm-changing work entwines with their lives outside the lab.

    From the sports car that physicist Steven Weinberg says helped him on his quest for 'the theory of everything' to the jazz musicians who gave psychologist Alison Gopnik new insight into raising children, scientists explain how they find inspiration everywhere. Hear from: evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins on selfishness; anthropologist Sarah Hrdy on motherhood; primatologist Jane Goodall on animal behaviour; neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran on consciousness; geographer Jared Diamond on chance in history; And other luminaries!

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe
    We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe
    ISBN: 9781473660205
    Title: We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe

    Prepare to learn everything we still don't know about our strange and mysterious universe.

    Humanity's understanding of the physical world is full of gaps. Not tiny little gaps you can safely ignore --there are huge yawning voids in our basic notions of how the world works. PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson have teamed up to explore everything we don't know about the universe: the enormous holes in our knowledge of the cosmos. Armed with their popular infographics, cartoons, and unusually entertaining and lucid explanations of science, they give us the best answers currently available for a lot of questions that are still perplexing scientists, including:

    * Why does the universe have a speed limit?
    * Why aren't we all made of antimatter?
    * What (or who) is attacking Earth with tiny, superfast particles?
    * What is dark matter, and why does it keep ignoring us?

    It turns out the universe is full of weird things that don't make any sense. But Cham and Whiteson make a compelling case that the questions we can't answer are as interesting as the ones we can.

    This fully illustrated introduction to the biggest mysteries in physics also helpfully demystifies many complicated things we do know about, from quarks and neutrinos to gravitational waves and exploding black holes. With equal doses of humor and delight, Cham and Whiteson invite us to see the universe as a possibly boundless expanse of uncharted territory that's still ours to explore.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00

  • We Need to Talk About Kelvin: What Everyday Things Tell Us About the Universe
    We Need to Talk About Kelvin: What Everyday Things Tell Us About the Universe
    ISBN: 9780571244034
    Title: We Need to Talk About Kelvin: What Everyday Things Tell Us About the Universe
    Author: CHOWN MARCUS

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • What a Wonderful World: One Man's Attempt to Explain the Big Stuff
    What a Wonderful World: One Man's Attempt to Explain the Big Stuff
    ISBN: 9780571278411
    Title: What a Wonderful World: One Man's Attempt to Explain the Big Stuff
    Author: CHOWN MARCUS

    Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why did life invent sex? Does time really exist? How does capitalism work - or not, as the case may be? Where do mountains come from? How do computers work? How did humans get to dominate the Earth? Why is there something rather than nothing?

    In What a Wonderful World, Marcus Chown, bestselling author of Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You and the Solar System app, uses his vast scientific knowledge and deep understanding of extremely complex processes to answer simple questions about the workings of our everyday lives. Lucid, witty and hugely entertaining, it explains the basics of our essential existence, stopping along the way to show us why the Atlantic is widening by a thumbs' length each year, how money permits trade to time travel why the crucial advantage humans had over Neanderthals was sewing and why we are all living in a giant hologram.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • What are You Optimistic About?: Today's Leading Thinkers on Why Things are Good & Getting Better
    What are You Optimistic About?: Today's Leading Thinkers on Why Things are Good & Getting Better
    ISBN: 9780061436932
    Title: What are You Optimistic About?: Today's Leading Thinkers on Why Things are Good & Getting Better

    The nightly news and conventional wisdom tell us that things are bad and getting worse. Yet despite dire predictions, scientists see many good things on the horizon. John Brockman, publisher of Edge (www.edge.org), the influential online salon, recently asked more than 150 high-powered scientific thinkers to answer a vital question for our frequently pessimistic times: "What are you optimistic about?"

    Spanning a wide range of topics from string theory to education, from population growth to medicine, and even from global warming to the end of world What Are You Optimistic About? is an impressive array of what world-class minds (including Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestselling authors, and Harvard professors, among others) have weighed in to offer carefully considered optimistic visions of tomorrow. Their provocative and controversial ideas may rouse skepticism, but they might possibly change our perceptions of humanity's future."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00

  • What Colour Is the Sun? Mind-bending Science Facts in the Solar System's Brightest Quiz
    What Colour Is the Sun? Mind-bending Science Facts in the Solar System's Brightest Quiz
    ISBN: 9781785781223
    Title: What Colour Is the Sun? Mind-bending Science Facts in the Solar System's Brightest Quiz
    Author: CLEGG BRIAN

    Why do your fingers go wrinkly in the bath?How long can a goldfish remember things?Who thought up Newton's First Law?Science is all about finding answers to mind-boggling questions - so following the hugely successful How Many Moons Does the Earth Have?, here are another 100 brain-teasers to test yourself, discover some amazing answers, and learn a lot of stuff along the way.Where does brown belong in the spectrum? What is a Zener card? And what colour is the sun? With Brian Clegg, science has never been so much fun ...

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • What Einstein Told His Cook
    What Einstein Told His Cook
    ISBN: 9780393329421
    Title: What Einstein Told His Cook

    "Wolke is Martha Stewart with a PhD."--?American Scientist? "Wolke, longtime professor of chemistry and author of the ?Washington Post ?column Food 101, turns his hand to a Cecil Adams style compendium of questions and answers on food chemistry. Is there really a difference between supermarket and sea salt How is sugar made? Should cooks avoid aluminum pans? Interspersed throughout Wolke's accessible and humorous answers to these and other mysteries are recipes demonstrating scientific principles. There is gravy that avoids lumps and grease; Portuguese Poached Meringue that demonstrates cream of tartar at work; and juicy Salt-Seared Burgers.... With its zest for the truth, this book will help cooks learn how to make more intelligent choices."--?Publishers Weekly?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • What Have You Changed Your Mind About? Today's Leading Minds Rethink Everything
    What Have You Changed Your Mind About? Today's Leading Minds Rethink Everything
    ISBN: 9780061686542
    Title: What Have You Changed Your Mind About? Today's Leading Minds Rethink Everything

    Even geniuses change their minds sometimes.

    Edge (www.edge.org), the influential online intellectual salon, recently asked 150 high-powered thinkers to discuss their most telling missteps and reconsiderations: What have you changed your mind about? The answers are brilliant, eye-opening, fascinating, sometimes shocking, and certain to kick-start countless passionate debates.

    Steven Pinker on the future of human evolution Richard Dawkins on the mysteries of courtship SAM HARRIS on the indifference of Mother Nature Nassim Nicholas Taleb on the irrelevance of probability Chris Anderson on the reality of global warming Alan Alda on the existence of God Ray Kurzweil on the possibility of extraterrestrial life Brian Eno on what it means to be a "revolutionary" Helen Fisher on love, fidelity, and the viability of marriage Irene Pepperberg on learning from parrots . . . and many others."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00

  • What If..?
    What If..?
    ISBN: 9780544272996
    Title: What If..?

    Randall Munroe left NASA in 2005 to start up his hugely popular site XKCD 'a web comic of romance, sarcasm, math and language' which offers a witty take on the world of science and geeks. In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. Far more than a book for geeks, 'What If?' explains the laws of science in operation in a way that every intelligent reader will enjoy and feel much the smarter for having read.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $54.00
  • What If?
    What If?
    ISBN: 9781848549562
    Title: What If?

    From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fans strangest questions. The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical: What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool? Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns? What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City? Are fire tornadoes possible? His responses are masterpieces of clarity and wit, gleefully and accurately explaining everything from the relativistic effects of a baseball pitched at near the speed of light to the many horrible ways you could die while building a periodic table out of all the actual elements. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with the most popular answers from the xkcd website. "What If? "is an informative feast for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical. "

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • What Is Life? How Chemistry Becomes Biology
    What Is Life? How Chemistry Becomes Biology
    ISBN: 9780198784791
    Title: What Is Life? How Chemistry Becomes Biology
    Author: PROSS ADDY

    Seventy years ago, Erwin Schrödinger posed a profound question: 'What is life, and how did it emerge from non-life?' This problem has puzzled biologists and physical scientists ever since.Living things are hugely complex and have unique properties, such as self-maintenance and apparently purposeful behaviour which we do not see in inert matter. So how does chemistry give rise to biology? What could have led the first replicating molecules up such a path? Now, developments in the emerging field of 'systems chemistry' are unlocking the problem. Addy Pross shows how the different kind of stability that operates among replicating molecules results in a tendency for chemical systemsto become more complex and acquire the properties of life. Strikingly, he demonstrates that Darwinian evolution is the biological expression of a deeper, well-defined chemical concept: the whole story from replicating molecules to complex life is one continuous process governed by an underlyingphysical principle. The gulf between biology and the physical sciences is finally becoming bridged.This new edition includes an Epilogue describing developments in the concepts of fundamental forms of stability discussed in the book, and their profound implications.Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • What Is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics
    What Is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics
    ISBN: 9781473661363
    Title: What Is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics
    Author: BECKER ADAM

    The untold story of the heretical thinkers who dared to question the nature of our quantum universe

    Every physicist agrees quantum mechanics is among humanity's finest scientific achievements. But ask what it means, and the result will be a brawl. For a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr's Copenhagen interpretation and dismissed questions about the reality underlying quantum physics as meaningless. A mishmash of solipsism and poor reasoning, Copenhagen endured, as Bohr's students vigorously protected his legacy and the physics community favored practical experiments over philosophical arguments. As a result, questioning the status quo long meant professional ruin. And yet, from the 1920s to today, physicists like John Bell, David Bohm, and Hugh Everett persisted in seeking the true meaning of quantum mechanics.

    What Is Real? is the gripping story of this battle of ideas and the courageous scientists who dared to stand up for truth.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • What Is this Thing Called Science?
    What Is this Thing Called Science?
    ISBN: 9780702249631
    Title: What Is this Thing Called Science?

    A brand new edition of an internationally renowned science bestseller.Now well into its fourth decade, What is this thing called science? has become something of a classic the world over (it's available in nineteen languages). Each decade Alan Chalmers has drawn on his experience as a teacher and researcher to improve and update the text.The most significant feature of this new, fourth, edition is the addition of an extensive postscript, in which Chalmers uses the results of his recent research into the history of atomism to illustrate and enliven key themes in the philosophy of science. Identifying the qualitative difference between knowledge of atoms as it figures in contemporary science and metaphysical speculations about atoms common in philosophy since the time of Democritus proves to be a highly revealing and instructive way to pinpoint key features of the answer to the question 'What is this thing called science?'This new edition ensures that the book holds its place as the leading introduction to the philosophy of science for the foreseeable future.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • What Shape Is Space? Primers for the 21st Century
    What Shape Is Space? Primers for the 21st Century
    ISBN: 9780500293669
    Title: What Shape Is Space? Primers for the 21st Century

    What Shape Is Space? If the edge of the observable Universe is not the edge of everything, where does it end? If we were to stand on the edge of our observable Universe, would we see another stretching before us? And if we were to stand on the edge of that, what would we see? If the Universe is infinite, what does that mean? Is it simply made up of an infinite number of finite observable universes? Does it consist of myriad bubble universes, each containing its own infinite universe? Or is it an evolving series of parallel universes or multiverses? Discover answers to all these questions and more in this lucid, revelatory and innovative book. The Big Idea series... makes complex concepts easy to understand. Innovative and informative, provocative and perceptive, The Big Idea series takes a 21st century look at the fundamental issues that have a major impact on our lives and world today. The unique visual approach gives you all the tools you need to gather a rich and nuanced understanding of the subject matter. Book jacket.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • What Should We be Worried About? Real Scenarios that Keep Scientists Up at Night
    What Should We be Worried About? Real Scenarios that Keep Scientists Up at Night
    ISBN: 9780062296238
    Title: What Should We be Worried About? Real Scenarios that Keep Scientists Up at Night

    John Brockman, editor of This Will Make You Smarter, presents his latest thought-provoking book, featuring insights from leading thinkers such as Steven Pinker, Lisa Randall, Matt Ridley, and Daniel C. Dennett.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • What We Cannot Know: Explorations at the Edge of Knowledge
    What We Cannot Know: Explorations at the Edge of Knowledge
    ISBN: 9780007576593
    Title: What We Cannot Know: Explorations at the Edge of Knowledge

    'Brilliant and fascinating. No one is better at making the recondite accessible and exciting' Bill Bryson

    Britain's most famous mathematician takes us to the edge of knowledge to show us what we cannot know.

    Is the universe infinite?

    Do we know what happened before the Big Bang?

    Where is human consciousness located in the brain?

    And are there more undiscovered particles out there, beyond the Higgs boson?

    In the modern world, science is king: weekly headlines proclaim the latest scientific breakthroughs and numerous mathematical problems, once indecipherable, have now been solved. But are there limits to what we can discover about our physical universe?

    In this very personal journey to the edges of knowledge, Marcus du Sautoy investigates how leading experts in fields from quantum physics and cosmology, to sensory perception and neuroscience, have articulated the current lie of the land. In doing so, he travels to the very boundaries of understanding, questioning contradictory stories and consulting cutting edge data.

    Is it possible that we will one day know everything? Or are there fields of research that will always lie beyond the bounds of human comprehension? And if so, how do we cope with living in a universe where there are things that will forever transcend our understanding?

    In What We Cannot Know, Marcus du Sautoy leads us on a thought-provoking expedition to the furthest reaches of modern science. Prepare to be taken to the edge of knowledge to find out if there's anything we truly cannot know.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • What's Next?: What Science Can Tell Us About Our Fascinating Future
    What's Next?: What Science Can Tell Us About Our Fascinating Future
    ISBN: 9781781258958
    Title: What's Next?: What Science Can Tell Us About Our Fascinating Future
    Author: AL-KHALILI JIM

    Thought the science of the future was all hoverboards and space travel? Think again. Every day, scientists come up with the ingenious solutions and surprising discoveries that will define our future. So here, Jim Al-Khalili and his crack team of experts bin the crystal ball and use cutting-edge science to get a glimpse of what's in store. From whether teleportation is really possible (spoiler: it is), to what we'll do if artificial intelligence takes over, What's Next? takes on the big questions. And along the way, it'll answer questions like Will we find a cure to all diseases? An answer to climate change? Will bionics make us into superheroes?Touching on everything from genetics to transport, and nanotechnology to teleportation, What's Next? is a fascinating, fun and informative look at what's in store for the human race.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Where, the Why & the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science
    Where, the Why & the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science
    ISBN: 9781452108223
    Title: Where, the Why & the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science

    A science book like no other,The Where, the Why, and the How turns loose 75 of today's hottest artists onto life's vast questions, from how we got here to where we are going. Inside these pages some of the biggest (and smallest) mysteries of the natural world are explained in essays by real working scientists, which are then illustrated by artists given free rein to be as literal or as imaginative as they like. The result is a celebration of the wonder that inspires every new discovery. Featuring work by such contemporary luminaries as Lisa Congdon, Jen Corace, Neil Farber, Susie Ghahremani, Jeremyville, and many more, this is a work of scientific and artistic exploration to pique the interest of both the intellectually and imaginatively curious.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
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