• Who Discovered What When
    Who Discovered What When
    ISBN: 9781921517976
    Title: Who Discovered What When
    Author: ELLYARD DAVID

    Who Discovered What When? is an absorbing and easy-toread book about the growth of scientific ideas and knowledge since 1500. From Galileo, Newton and Darwin to Ernest Rutherford, Neils Bohr and Linus Pauling, it presents the scientists who have hypothesised, experimented and revealed the physical working of our world. It spans disciplines as broad as astronomy, palaeontology, chemistry, mathematics, geology, physics, biology and medicine. The book also sets scientific ideas in the context of the world stage at the time, sketching out what was happening in politics, the arts, exploration and technology. Each chapter covers half a century and include 200-300 word stories which are arranged chronologically. Each of the 400 plus stories are largely self-contained and cross references will guide the reader to earlier or later developments that complete each story. Reading Who Discovered What When? from cover to cover, science buffs, budding historians and even the most casual fan will find an unfolding multitude of stories of scientific endeavor and discovery.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Why are Orangutans Orange? Science Questions in Pictures With Fascinating Answers
    Why are Orangutans Orange? Science Questions in Pictures With Fascinating Answers
    ISBN: 9781846685071
    Title: Why are Orangutans Orange? Science Questions in Pictures With Fascinating Answers
    Author: NEW SCIENTIST

    Illustrated for the first time, with 80 full-colour photographs showing the beauty, complexity and mystery of the world around us, here is the next eagerly awaited volume of science questions and answers from New Scientist magazine. From ripples in glass to ‘holograms’ in ice, the natural world’s wonders are unravelled by the magazine’s knowledgeable readers. Six years on from Does Anything Eat Wasps? (2005), the New Scientist series still rides high in the bestseller lists, with well over two million copies sold. Popular science has never been more absorbing or more enjoyable. Like Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze? (2006), Do Polar Bears Get Lonely? (2008) and Why Can’t Elephants Jump? (2010), this latest collection of resourceful, wry and well-informed answers to a remarkable range of baffling science questions is guaranteed to impress and delight.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Why It's Not All Rocket Science
    Why It's Not All Rocket Science
    ISBN: 9780500292006
    Title: Why It's Not All Rocket Science
    Author: CAVE ROBERT

    In Why It's Not All Rocket Science , Robert Cave examines 100 extraordinary projects, theories and experiments that have been conducted in the name of science. Some, including various nuclear tests, have attracted controversy and hostility; others, such as Johann Wilhelm Ritter's erotic self-experiments with a voltaic pile, seem downright weird. But Cave demonstrates, thoroughly and informatively, that it is only by doggedly asking awkward questions, and paying close attention to the answers, that scientists have been able to make progress.
    From spider monkeys to human cyborgs, and from swimming in syrup to chaos theory, Cave places each experiment and discovery in its scientific context to present an entertaining guide to some of the most jaw-dropping entries in the history of science. Why It's Not All Rocket Science contains chapters on the brain, the body, society and communications, planet Earth and the Universe, and to read it is to gain startling insights into why scientists seem to behave so oddly, and how their brilliant if sometimes bizarre work benefits all of society.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Why the Universe Exists: How Particle Physics Unlocks the Secrets of Everything
    Why the Universe Exists: How Particle Physics Unlocks the Secrets of Everything
    ISBN: 9781473629684
    Title: Why the Universe Exists: How Particle Physics Unlocks the Secrets of Everything
    Author: NEW SCIENTIST


    As you read this, billions of neutrinos from the sun are passing through your body, antimatter is sprouting from your dinner and the core of your being is a chaotic mess of particles known only as quarks and gluons.


    If the recent discovery of the Higgs boson piqued your interest, then Why The Universe Exists will take you deeper into the world of particle physics, with leading physicists and New Scientist exploring how the universe functions at the smallest scales.


    Find out about hunt for dark matter and why there is something rather than nothing. Discover how accelerators such as the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland are rewinding time to the first moments after the big bang, and how ghostly neutrino particles may hold the answers to the greatest mysteries of the universe.


    ABOUT THE SERIES
    New Scientist Instant Expert books are definitive and accessible entry points to the most important subjects in science; subjects that challenge, attract debate, invite controversy and engage the most enquiring minds. Designed for curious readers who want to know how things work and why, the Instant Expert series explores the topics that really matter and their impact on individuals, society, and the planet, translating the scientific complexities around us into language that's open to everyone, and putting new ideas and discoveries into perspective and context.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Why Trust Science?
    Why Trust Science?
    ISBN: 9780691179001
    Title: Why Trust Science?
    Author: ORESKES NAOMI


    Why the social character of scientific knowledge makes it trustworthy


    Do doctors really know what they are talking about when they tell us vaccines are safe? Should we take climate experts at their word when they warn us about the perils of global warming? Why should we trust science when our own politicians don't? In this landmark book, Naomi Oreskes offers a bold and compelling defense of science, revealing why the social character of scientific knowledge is its greatest strength--and the greatest reason we can trust it.


    Tracing the history and philosophy of science from the late nineteenth century to today, Oreskes explains that, contrary to popular belief, there is no single scientific method. Rather, the trustworthiness of scientific claims derives from the social process by which they are rigorously vetted. This process is not perfect--nothing ever is when humans are involved--but she draws vital lessons from cases where scientists got it wrong. Oreskes shows how consensus is a crucial indicator of when a scientific matter has been settled, and when the knowledge produced is likely to be trustworthy.


    Based on the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Princeton University, this timely and provocative book features critical responses by climate experts Ottmar Edenhofer and Martin Kowarsch, political scientist Jon Krosnick, philosopher of science Marc Lange, and science historian Susan Lindee, as well as a foreword by political theorist Stephen Macedo.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Will We Ever Speak Dolphin? and 110 Other Science Questions Answered
    Will We Ever Speak Dolphin? and 110 Other Science Questions Answered
    ISBN: 9781781250266
    Title: Will We Ever Speak Dolphin? and 110 Other Science Questions Answered
    Author: NEW SCIENTIST

    Why do birds sing at dawn? What's the slowest a plane can fly without stalling and falling out of the sky? And how long can you keep a tiger cub as a pet? Will We Ever Speak Dolphin?, the eagerly-awaited new 'Last Word' collection, has the answers to these questions and many more. Seven years on from Does Anything Eat Wasps? (2005), the New Scientist series still rides high in the bestseller lists, with well over two million copies sold. Popular science has never been more stimulating or more enjoyable. Like Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? (2006), Do Polar Bears Get Lonely? (2008) and Why Can't Elephants Jump? (2010), this collection of wry and well-informed answers to a remarkable range of baffling questions is guaranteed to delight.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Wisdom of Crowds
    Wisdom of Crowds
    ISBN: 9780349116051
    Title: Wisdom of Crowds
    Author: SUROWIECKI JAMES

    History tells us that when you want something done you turn to a leader: right? Wrong. If you want to make a correct decision or solve a problem, large groups of people are smarter than a few experts. This brilliant and insightful book shows why the conventional wisdom is so wrong and why the theory of the wisdom of crowds has huge implications for how we run our businesses, structure our political systems and organise our society. Shrewd, meticulous and profound, The Wisdom of Crowds will change for ever the way you think about human behaviour.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World
    Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World
    ISBN: 9781509837298
    Title: Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World
    Author: JOHNSON STEVEN

    "Everyone knows the old saying "necessity is the mother of invention," but if you do a paternity test on many of the modern world's most important ideas or institutions, you will find, invariably, that leisure and play were involved in the conception as well." Most history books don't concern themselves with delight. History is the serious business of war, treaties, governments and monarchs. This is a different kind of history book. Steven Johnson argues that if you want to understand how we got to now, you have to understand pleasure and play. A staggering amount of the landscape of modern life is populated by environments and technology designed to entertain and delight us. Here history of popular entertainment, arguing that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change. Throughout history, he locates the cutting edge of innovation wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused. He introduces us to the colorful innovators of leisure: the explorers, proprietors, showmen, and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares, exotic meals, taverns, gambling tables, and magic shows.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Wonders of the Human Body : Physical Regeneration According the Laws of Chemistry & Physiology
    Wonders of the Human Body : Physical Regeneration According the Laws of Chemistry & Physiology
    ISBN: 9781177711203
    Title: Wonders of the Human Body : Physical Regeneration According the Laws of Chemistry & Physiology
    Author: CAREY GEORGE W


    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • World in Balance
    World in Balance
    ISBN: 9780393072983
    Title: World in Balance
    Author: CREASE ROBERT

    Millions of transactions each day depend on a reliable network of weights and measures. This network has been called a greater invention than the steam engine, comparable only to the development of the printing press. Robert P. Crease traces the evolution of this international system from the use of flutes to measure distance in the dynasties of ancient China and figurines to weigh gold in West Africa to the creation of the French metric and British imperial systems. The former prevailed, with the United States one of three holdout nations. Into this captivating history Crease weaves stories of colorful individuals, including Thomas Jefferson, an advocate of the metric system, and American philosopher Charles S. Peirce, the first to tie the meter to the wavelength of light. Tracing the dynamic struggle for ultimate precision, World in the Balance demonstrates that measurement is both stranger and more integral to our lives than we ever suspected.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Zoomable Universe: A Step-By-Step Tour Through Cosmic Scale, from the Infinite to the Infinitesimal
    Zoomable Universe: A Step-By-Step Tour Through Cosmic Scale, from the Infinite to the Infinitesimal
    ISBN: 9781786494047
    Title: Zoomable Universe: A Step-By-Step Tour Through Cosmic Scale, from the Infinite to the Infinitesimal
    Author: SCHARF CALEB A.

    Embark on a breath-taking, cutting-edge voyage through the enormity of our reality - travelling one 'power of ten' or order of magnitude at a time. Inspired by the classic 'Powers of Ten' film and bestselling book by Charles and Ray Eames, the award-winning astrobiologist Caleb Scharf and acclaimed artist Ron Miller guide us from the very edge of the observable universe - about 91 billion light years away - to the subatomic realm, where the fabric of space-time itself behaves in a way that confounds all the rules of physics we currently know. Gorgeously designed and visually inspiring, The Zoomable Universe takes a truly unique approach toward explaining our place in the universe, charting an unforgettable course through galaxies, black holes, solar systems, stars and planets, oceans and continents, plants and animals, micro-organisms, atoms, quantum fields and much, much more. Stops along the way - all enlivened by Scharf's sparkling prose and original insights into the nature of our universe - include the surface of a rogue planet, the back of an elephant, and the contours of a DNA strand. With navigational aids that allow readers to track their progress from one scale to the next, and packed with over 100 original full colour illustrations and infographics, The Zoomable Universe is a whimsical celebration of discovery, a testament to our astounding ability to see beyond our own vantage point and chart a course from the farthest-flung edge of the cosmos to its mind-boggling depths - an unforgettable journey that will thrill readers of every age who want to discover more about the incredible reality we inhabit.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
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