• Blueprint for a Battlestar: Serious Scientific Explanations for Sci-fis Greatest Inventions
    Blueprint for a Battlestar: Serious Scientific Explanations for Sci-fis Greatest Inventions
    ISBN: 9781781315934
    Title: Blueprint for a Battlestar: Serious Scientific Explanations for Sci-fis Greatest Inventions
    Author: PYLE ROD

    This beautifully illustrated pop science book which answers the enduring questions raised by science fiction, such as 'Do hoverboards really exist?', 'How can you bring a dinosaur back to life?' and 'Can we really travel in time and space?'
    Packed with stunning images, including 75 illustrations created exclusively for this book, Blueprint for a Battlestar takes twenty-five remarkable and memorable technologies from the world of sci-fi, from Star Wars and The Matrix to Ironman and The Terminator. Each concept will be explained and dissected to reveal the real science behind it. Some are boldly obvious - such as the Death Star and exoskeletons - and some less so (think bio-ports or cloaking devices). All are fascinating and will make wonderful explorations into the science of the future as we understand it today.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Book of Nothing
    Book of Nothing
    ISBN: 9780099288459
    Title: Book of Nothing
    Author: JOHN D. BARROW

    One of our foremost mathematicians and cosmologists – John Barrow has a proven ability to make complex ideas easily accessible to the reader. Beginning with ancient civilizations, he explores how the zero came into being, its rocky reception in Europe, and the early avoidance and eventual acceptance of the void by Christianity. Investigating the concept of nothing through the work of writers from the ancient Greeks to the present, he examines mathematics, cosmology, theology and physics to reveal the nothing that is at the heart of most things. Finally, Barrow spotlights recent exciting discoveries in astronomy about the nature of the vacuum which are dramatically affecting scientific explanations of the universe.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Book of Universes
    Book of Universes
    ISBN: 9780099539865
    Title: Book of Universes
    Author: BARROW JOHN D

    This is a book about universes, a story that revolves around a single unusual and unappreciated fact: that Einstein's famous theory of relativity describes universes -- entire universes. Not many solutions of Einstein's tantalizing universe equations have ever been found, but those that have are all very remarkable. Some of them describe universes that expand in size, while others contract, some rotate like a top and others are chaotic. Some are perfectly smooth, while others are lumpy, or shaken in different directions by tides of energy; some oscillate forever, some become lifeless and cold, while others head towards a runaway future of ever-increasing expansion. Some permit time travel into the past, and others allow infinitely many things to happen in a finite amount of time. Only a few allow life to evolve within them; the rest remain unknowable to conscious minds. Some end with a bang, some with a whimper. Some don't end at all. Our story will encounter universes where the laws of physics can change from time to time and from one region to another, universes that have extra hidden dimensions of space and time, universes that are eternal, universes that live inside black holes, universes that end without warning, colliding universes, inflationary universes, and universes that come into being from something else -- or from nothing at all. Gradually, we will find ourselves introducing the latest and the best descriptions of the Universe we see around us today, together with the concept of the 'Multiverse' -- the universe of all possible universes -- that modern theories of physics lead us to contemplate. These are the most fantastic and far-reaching speculations in the whole of science. Other cosmology and astronomy books focus on particular topics -- dark matter, dark energy, the beginning of the universe, inflation, life-supporting coincidences, or the end of the universe -- but this book introduces the reader to whole universes in a coherent and unified way.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Book of Why: The New Science of Cause & Effect
    Book of Why: The New Science of Cause & Effect
    ISBN: 9780141982410
    Title: Book of Why: The New Science of Cause & Effect
    Author: PEARL JUDEA

    'Wonderful ... Illuminating ... Fun to read' Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and SlowA pioneer of artificial intelligence shows how the study of causality revolutionized science and the world'Correlation does not imply causation.' This mantra was invoked by scientists for decades in order to avoid taking positions as to whether one thing caused another, such as smoking and cancer and carbon dioxide and global warming.

    But today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, sparked by world-renowned computer scientist Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and placed cause and effect on a firm scientific basis. Now, Pearl and science journalist Dana Mackenzie explain causal thinking to general readers for the first time, showing how it allows us to explore the world that is and the worlds that could have been.

    It is the essence of human and artificial intelligence. And just as Pearl's discoveries have enabled machines to think better, The Book of Why explains how we can think better.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Boy Who Played With Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting & How to Make a Star
    Boy Who Played With Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting & How to Make a Star
    ISBN: 9780571298136
    Title: Boy Who Played With Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting & How to Make a Star
    Author: CLYNES TOM

    By the age of 11, Taylor Wilson had mastered the science of rocket propulsion. At 13, his grandmother's cancer diagnosis drove him to investigate medical uses for radioactive isotopes. And at 14, Wilson became the youngest person in history to achieve nuclear fusion. How could someone so young achieve so much, and what can Wilson's story teach parents and teachers about how to support high-achieving children? In this book, science journalist Tom Clynes follows Taylor Wilson's extraordinary journey - from his Arkansas home where his parents encouraged his intellectual passions, to the present, when now-17-year-old Wilson is winning international science competitions with devices designed to prevent terrorists from shipping radioactive material into the US.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Boy Who Played With Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting & How to Make a Star
    Boy Who Played With Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting & How to Make a Star
    ISBN: 9780571298143
    Title: Boy Who Played With Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting & How to Make a Star
    Author: CLYNES TOM


    By the age of 11, Taylor Wilson had mastered the science of rocket propulsion. At 13, his grandmother's cancer diagnosis drove him to investigate medical uses for radioactive isotopes. And at 14, Wilson became the youngest person in history to achieve nuclear fusion. How could someone so young achieve so much, and what can Wilson's story teach parents and teachers about how to support high-achieving children?


    In The Boy Who Played with Fusion, science journalist Tom Clynes follows Taylor Wilson's extraordinary journey - from his Arkansas home where his parents encouraged his intellectual passions, to the present, when now-17-year-old Wilson is winning international science competitions with devices designed to prevent terrorists from shipping radioactive material into the US.


    Brilliant, funny and inspiring, The Boy Who Played with Fusion will delight anyone who believes in the ability of gifted children to change the world.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Brain Wars: the Scientific Battle Over the Existence of the Mind & the Proof that Will Change the Way We Live Our Lives
    Brain Wars: the Scientific Battle Over the Existence of the Mind & the Proof that Will Change the Way We Live Our Lives
    ISBN: 9780062071224
    Title: Brain Wars: the Scientific Battle Over the Existence of the Mind & the Proof that Will Change the Way We Live Our Lives
    Author: BEAUREGARD MARIO


    In Brain Wars, acclaimed neuroscientist Mario Beauregard reveals compelling new evidence set to provoke a major shift in our understanding of the mind-body debate: research showing that the mind and consciousness are transmitted and filtered through the brain-but are not generated by it.


    Following his boundary-breaking neuroscience book The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul, coauthored with Denyse O'Leary, Brain Wars makes a powerful and provocative case against the widely held view equating human beings to complex biological computers.


    Like Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Beauregard believes that consciousness is more than simply a physical process that takes place in the brain. And here, he presents the evidence to prove it. Brain Wars will revolutionize the way we think about thinking forever.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Brainwashing: the Science of Thought Control
    Brainwashing: the Science of Thought Control
    ISBN: 9780199204786
    Title: Brainwashing: the Science of Thought Control
    Author: TAYLOR KATHLEEN

    Since the word 'brainwashing' was coined in the aftermath of the Korean War it has become part of popular culture and served as a topic for jokes and sensational headlines. Yet the true nature of this sinister phenomenon remains little understood.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • Brave Old World: a Month by Month Guide to Husbandry or the Fine Art of Looking After Yourself
    Brave Old World: a Month by Month Guide to Husbandry or the Fine Art of Looking After Yourself
    ISBN: 9780141030388
    Title: Brave Old World: a Month by Month Guide to Husbandry or the Fine Art of Looking After Yourself
    Author: HODGKINSON TOM

    'A meditation on why life has been a dreadful mistake ever since the Reformation brought us paid jobs and the work ethic. Brave Old World is hugely inspiring even when it is most bonkers'& Sarah Bakewell, New StatesmanIn this indispensable addition to his much-loved guides for the free-spirited, Tom Hodgkinson takes us on a modern tour of the ancient arts of everyday living: philosophy, husbandry and merriment.Drawing on the wisdom of an eclectic range of thinkers and writers, and, as ever, on Tom's own honestly recounted and frequently imperfect attempts to travel the road to self-sufficiency, Brave Old World charts the progress of a year in pursuit of the pleasures of the past. From January to December, let Tom be your guide to a better, older way of life.'A delightful read. Share in the exuberant joys and comic misfortunes of an eccentric who has made up his mind about the existence he wants to lead, and has gone ahead and lived it'& James Delingpole, Mail on Sunday

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Breakfast with Einstein
    Breakfast with Einstein
    ISBN: 9781786074041
    Title: Breakfast with Einstein
    Author: ORZEL CHAD

    Just beneath the surface of our ordinary lives, strange phenomena lurk. Exciting physics doesn 't only show up in the Big Bang, or a black hole, or in the guts of giant particle accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider it 's all around us.
    Beginning at sunrise, Chad Orzel embarks upon a fascinating tour of the exotic science that underlies each moment of our every day. Did you know your alarm clock held secrets about quantum mechanics' And that the GPS on your phone has a built-in correction for the effects of relativity' In Breakfast with Einstein, the ordinary becomes extraordinary, everything is possible and the day 's end will find us dazzled.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Brief Answers to the Big Questions
    Brief Answers to the Big Questions
    ISBN: 9781473695986
    Title: Brief Answers to the Big Questions
    Author: HAWKING STEPHEN


    'A beautiful little book by a brilliant mind' Steven Poole, DAILY TELEGRAPH


    The world-famous cosmologist and #1 bestselling author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe's biggest questions in this brilliant posthumous work.



    Is there a God?
    How did it all begin?
    Can we predict the future?
    What is inside a black hole?
    Is there other intelligent life in the universe?
    Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?
    How do we shape the future?
    Will we survive on Earth?
    Should we colonise space?
    Is time travel possible?


    Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen Hawking expanded our understanding of the universe and unravelled some of its greatest mysteries. But even as his theoretical work on black holes, imaginary time and multiple histories took his mind to the furthest reaches of space, Hawking always believed that science could also be used to fix the problems on our planet.


    And now, as we face potentially catastrophic changes here on Earth - from climate change to dwindling natural resources to the threat of artificial super-intelligence - Stephen Hawking turns his attention to the most urgent issues for humankind.


    Wide-ranging, intellectually stimulating, passionately argued, and infused with his characteristic humour, BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS, the final book from one of the greatest minds in history, is a personal view on the challenges we face as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next.


    A percentage of all royalties will go to charity.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Brief History of Creation: Science & the Search for the Origin of Life
    Brief History of Creation: Science & the Search for the Origin of Life
    ISBN: 9780393083552
    Title: Brief History of Creation: Science & the Search for the Origin of Life
    Author: MESLER BILL & CLEAVES II H. JAMES & MESLER MARK

    The epic story of the scientists through the ages who have sought answers to life's biggest mystery: How did it begin?

    How did life begin?

    It is perhaps the most important question science has ever asked. Over the centuries, the search for an answer has been entwined with some of science's most revolutionary advances including van Leeuwenhoek's microscope, Darwin's theory of evolution, and Crick and Watson's unveiling of DNA. Now, in an age of genetic engineering and space exploration, some scientists believe they are on the verge of creating life from nonliving elements and that our knowledge of the potential for life on other planets is ever-expanding. In the midst of these exciting developments, A Brief History of Creation provides an essential and illuminating history of Western science, tracing the trials and triumphs of the iconoclastic scientists who have sought to uncover the mystery of how life first came to be.

    Authors Bill Mesler and H. James Cleaves II examine historical discoveries in the context of philosophical debates, political change, and our evolving understanding of the complexity of biology. The story they tell is rooted in metaphysical arguments, in a changing understanding of the age of the Earth, and even in the politics of the Cold War. It has involved exploration into the inner recesses of our cells and scientific journeys to the farthest reaches of outer space. This elegantly written narrative culminates in an analysis of modern models for life's genesis, such as the possibility that some of the earliest life was composed of little more than RNA, and that life arose around deep-sea hydrothermal vents or even on other planets, only to be carried to the Earth on meteorites.

    Can we ever conclusively prove how life began? A Brief History of Creation is a fascinating exploration not only of the origin-of-life question but of the very nature of scientific objectivity and the process of scientific discovery.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $46.00

    $46.00
  • Brief History of Time Op
    Brief History of Time Op
    ISBN: 9780553176988
    Title: Brief History of Time Op
    Author: HAWKING STEPHEN

    Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece which begin by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes
    Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes
    ISBN: 9780857501004
    Title: Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes
    Author: HAWKING STEPHEN

    Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world's greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time, from the Big Bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and strong theory. To this day A Brief History of Time remains a staple of the scientific canon, and its succinct and clear language continues to introduce millions to the universe and its wonders.
    This new edition includes updates from Stephen Hawking with his latest thoughts about the No Boundary Proposal and offers new information about dark energy, the information paradox, eternal inflation, the microwave background radiation observations, and the discovery of gravitational waves. It is published to accompany the launch of a new app, Stephen Hawking's Pocket Universe.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Briefer History of Time
    Briefer History of Time
    ISBN: 9780593056974
    Title: Briefer History of Time
    Author: HAWKING STEPHEN & MLODINOW LEONARD

    Stephen Hawking's worldwide bestseller, A Brief History of Time, has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. Its author's engaging voice is one reason, and the compelling subjects he addresses is another: the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, the history and future of the universe. But it is also true that in the years since its publication, readers have repeatedly told Professor Hawking of their great difficulty in understanding some of the book's most important concepts. This is the origin of and the reason for A Briefer History of Time: its author's wish to make its content accessible to readers - as well as to bring it up-to-date with the latest scientific observations and findings. Although this book is literally somewhat 'briefer', it actually expands on the great subjects of the original. Purely technical concepts, such as the mathematics of chaotic boundary conditions, are gone. Conversely, subjects of wide interest that were difficult to follow because they were interspersed throughout the book have now been given entire chapters of their own, including relativity, curved space, and quantum theory. This reorganization has allowed the authors to expand areas of special interest and recent progress, from the latest developments in string theory to exciting developments in the search for a complete, unified theory of all the forces of physics. Like prior editions of the book-but even more so - A Briefer History of Time will guide nonscientists everywhere in the ongoing search for the tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space. Thirty-eight full-colour illustrations enhance the text and make A Briefer History of Time an exhilarating addition in its own right to the literature of science.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Brighter Than a Thousand Suns: A Personal History of the Atomic Scientists
    Brighter Than a Thousand Suns: A Personal History of the Atomic Scientists
    ISBN: 9780156141505
    Title: Brighter Than a Thousand Suns: A Personal History of the Atomic Scientists
    Author: JUNGK ROBERT; CLEUGH JAMES (TRANSLATOR)

    An account of the remarkable scientists who discovered that nuclear fission was possible and then became concerned about its implications. Index. Translated by James Cleugh.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $43.00
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  • Brilliant Blunders from Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists that Changed Our Understanding of Life & the Universe
    Brilliant Blunders from Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists that Changed Our Understanding of Life & the Universe
    ISBN: 9781439192375
    Title: Brilliant Blunders from Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists that Changed Our Understanding of Life & the Universe
    Author: LIVIO MARIO

    We all make mistakes. Nobody's perfect. Not even some of the greatest geniuses in history, as Mario Livio tells us in this marvelous story of scientific error and breakthrough.Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein were all brilliant scientists. Each made groundbreaking contributions to his field -- but each also stumbled badly. Darwin's theory of natural selection shouldn't have worked, according to the prevailing beliefs of his time. Not until Gregor Mendel's work was known would there be a mechanism to explain natural selection. How could Darwin be both wrong and right? Lord Kelvin, Britain's leading scientific intellect at the time, gravely miscalculated the age of the earth. Linus Pauling, the world's premier chemist (who would win the Nobel Prize in chemistry) constructed an erroneous model for DNA in his haste to beat the competition to publication. Astrophysicist Fred Hoyle dismissed the idea of a "Big Bang" origin to the universe (ironically, the caustic name he gave to this event endured long after his erroneous objections were disproven). And Albert Einstein, whose name is synonymous with genius, speculated incorrectly about the forces that hold the universe in equilibrium -- and that speculation opened the door to brilliant conceptual leaps. These five scientists expanded our knowledge of life on earth, the evolution of the earth itself, and the evolution of the universe, despite and because of their errors. As Mario Livio luminously explains, the scientific process advances through error. Mistakes are essential to progress.Brilliant Blunders is a singular tour through the world of science and scientific achievement -- and a wonderfully insightful examination of the psychology of five fascinating scientists.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Brilliant Blunders: from Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists that Changed Our Understanding of Life & the Universe
    Brilliant Blunders: from Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists that Changed Our Understanding of Life & the Universe
    ISBN: 9781439192368
    Title: Brilliant Blunders: from Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists that Changed Our Understanding of Life & the Universe
    Author: LIVIO MARIO

    WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES. Nobodys perfect. Not even some of the greatest geniuses in history, as Mario Livio tells us in this marvelous story of scientific error and breakthrough. Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein were all brilliant scientists. Each made groundbreaking contributions to his fieldbut each also stumbled badly. Darwins theory of natural selection shouldnt have worked, according to the prevailing beliefs of his time. Not until Gregor Mendels work was known would there be a mechanism to explain natural selection. How could Darwin be both wrong and right? Lord Kelvin, Britains leading scientific intellect at the time, gravely miscalculated the age of the earth. Linus Pauling, the worlds premier chemist (who would win the Nobel Prize in chemistry) constructed an erroneous model for DNA in his haste to beat the competition to publication. Astrophysicist Fred Hoyle dismissed the idea of a Big Bang origin to the universe (ironically, the caustic name he gave to this event endured long after his erroneous objections were disproven). And Albert Einstein, whose name is synonymous with genius, speculated incorrectly about the forces that hold the universe in equilibriumand that speculation opened the door to brilliant conceptual leaps. These five scientists expanded our knowledge of life on earth, the evolution of the earth itself, and the evolution of the universe, despite and because of their errors. As Mario Livio luminously explains, the scientific process advances through error. Mistakes are essential to progress. Brilliant Blunders is a singular tour through the world of science and scientific achievementand a wonderfully insightful examination of the psychology of five fascinating scientists.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Bubbles: A Ladybird Expert Book
    Bubbles: A Ladybird Expert Book
    ISBN: 9780718188290
    Title: Bubbles: A Ladybird Expert Book
    Author: HELEN CZERSKI

    Part of the new Ladybird Expert series, Bubblesis a clear, surprising and entertaining introduction to the science of bubbles.

    Bubbles are beautiful, ephemeral, fun, fragile, jolly and slightly unpredictable. We're all familiar with them, but we don't often ask what they actually are.

    The great scientists of the Western world - Robert Hooke, Isaac Newton, Lord Rayleigh and more - studied bubbles seriously. They recognised that they had a lot to say about the nature of the physical world, and they poked, prodded and listened to find out what it was. In the years since, we've learned that this bulbous arrangement of liquid and gas does things that neither the gas or the liquid could do by itself.

    Written by the celebrated physicist and oceanographer Helen Czerski, Bubbles explores how everything from the way drinks taste to the Earth's temperature are influenced by bubbles.

    This book has a message- never underestimate a bubble!

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $21.00
    $21.00
  • Build Your Own Time Machine the Real Science Behind Time Travel
    Build Your Own Time Machine the Real Science Behind Time Travel
    ISBN: 9780715642900
    Title: Build Your Own Time Machine the Real Science Behind Time Travel
    Author: CLEGG BRIAN


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    Price: $40.00
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  • Burning Answer
    Burning Answer
    ISBN: 9780297869634
    Title: Burning Answer
    Author: BARNHAM KEITH

    Humanity is faced with an urgent choice, the roots of which, Keith Barnham explains, lies in 1905 with the discovery of Einstein's 'other' equation, E = hf. By coincidence, this little-known equation, which could hold the key to our future survival through the generation of electricity from sunlight, was discovered in the same year as E = mc2, the equation that threatens to destroy us.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Can Onions Cure Ear Ache Medical Advice from 1769
    Can Onions Cure Ear Ache Medical Advice from 1769
    ISBN: 9781851243822
    Title: Can Onions Cure Ear Ache Medical Advice from 1769
    Author: BUCHAN WILLIAM & KING MELANIE ED

    What common condition can be treated with cow dung? How do crushed oystershells ease heartburn? Can eels cure deafness? And how do you stop a stubborn case of the hiccups? If someone was struck down by illness or injury in the late eighteenth century, the chances are that they would have referred to William Buchan's Domestic Medicine - with the result that they might have found themselves drinking a broth made from sheep brain or administering drops of urine in their ears. The book's author, a Scottish physician, published his self-help manual in 1769 specifically for the benefit of people who were unable readily to access or afford medical assistance. Copies could be found in coffee-houses, in apothecary shops and private households, and in 1789 Fletcher Christian and his fellow mutineers took the sensible precaution of grabbing the copy from HMS Bounty before they fled to Pitcairn Island. Much of Dr Buchan's advice on how to live a healthy life and avoid disease is still sound and relevant today, such as eating a varied and healthy diet, breathing plenty of fresh air, and taking exercise. Many of his prescriptions are amusing when viewed in retrospect, such as his fondness for powdered Spanish fly and genital trusses. Other recommendations - bleeding a woman experiencing a difficult childbirth or administering mercury to treat numerous ailments - were downright dangerous. This edited selection of entries from one of the first medical self-help manuals gives a fascinating insight into popular treatments of the eighteenth century, derived both from folklore and the emerging medical science of the day.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $52.00
    $52.00
  • Can We Travel Through Time? the 20 Big Questions of Physics
    Can We Travel Through Time? the 20 Big Questions of Physics
    ISBN: 9781780875897
    Title: Can We Travel Through Time? the 20 Big Questions of Physics
    Author: BROOKS MICHAEL

    Can We Travel Through Time? addresses 20 of the most fundamental and frequently asked questions in physics. What is the God particle? Does chaos theory spell disaster? Am I unique in the universe? What is light? Each 3,000 word essay examines these eternally perplexing questions in a way that is comprehensible to everyone, providing the ultimate guide to understanding the very nature of the world we live in.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics that Keep It There
    Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics that Keep It There
    ISBN: 9781603582872
    Title: Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics that Keep It There
    Author: CONNETT PAUL


    When the US Public Health Service endorsed water fluoridation in 1959, there was little evidence of its safety. Now, siz decades later and after most countries have rejected the practice, more than 70 per cent of Americans, as well as 200 million people worldwide, are drinking fluoridated water. The Centre for Disease Control and the American Dental Association continue to promote it - and even support mandatory state-wide water fluoridation - despite increasing evidence that it is not only unnecessary, but potentially hazardous to humans.


    In this timely and important book, Drs Connett, Beck and Micklem take a new look at the science behind water fluoridation and argue that just because the dental and medical establishments endorse a public health measure does not mean it is safe. In the case of water fluoridation, the chemicals that go into the drinking water than more than 180 million people drink each day are not even pharmaceutical grade, but rather a hazardous waste product of the phosphate fertiliser industry. It is illegal to dump this waste into the sea or local surface water and yet it is allowed in our drinking water! To make matters worse, this programme receives no oversight from the Food and Drugs Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency takes no responsibility for the practice. And from an ethical standpoint, say the authors, water fluoridation is a bad medical practice: individuals are being forced to take medication without their informed consent; there is no control over the dose and no monitoring of possible side effects.



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  • Case Against Fragrance
    Case Against Fragrance
    ISBN: 9781925355956
    Title: Case Against Fragrance
    Author: GRENVILLE KATE


    Kate Grenville had always associated perfume with elegance and beauty. Then& the headaches started.


    Like perhaps a quarter of the population, Grenville reacts badly to the artificial fragrances around us: other people's perfumes, and all those scented cosmetics, cleaning products and air fresheners. On a book tour in 2015, dogged by ill health, she started wondering: what's in fragrance? Who tests it for safety? What does it do to people?


    The more Grenville investigated, the more she felt this was a story that should be told. The chemicals in fragrance can be linked not only to short-term problems like headaches and asthma, but to long-term ones like hormone disruption and cancer. Yet products can be released onto the market without testing. They're regulated only by the same people who make and sell them. And the ingredients don't even have to be named on the label.


    This book is based on careful research into the science of scent and the power of the fragrance industry. But, as you'd expect from an acclaimed novelist, it's also accessible and personal.& The Case Against Fragrance& will make you see--and smell--the world differently.

    Kate Grenville is one of Australia's most celebrated writers. Her bestselling novel The Secret Riverreceived the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfectionwon the Orange Prize. Grenville's other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Lilian's Story, Dark Placesand Joan Makes History. Kate lives in Sydney and her most recent works are the non-fiction books One Life: My Mother's Storyand The Case Against Fragrance.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Cat in the Box
    Cat in the Box
    ISBN: 9781492671237
    Title: Cat in the Box
    Author: FERRIE CHRIS


    Finally, a simplified explanation of Schr dinger's cat paradox for quantum mechanics enthusiasts


    Have you been lying awake at night pondering quantum superposition? Have you fretted about how to explain its flawed interpretation? Are you a fan of Schr dinger's cat? Or do you know someone who is? This is the book for you


    Award-winning physicist, quantum enthusiast and bestselling author of the Baby University series Chris Ferrie, has transformed Schr dinger's paradox into a whimsical poem perfect for science fans or anyone who enjoys using cats and boxes to explain science experiments.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
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  • Cell: the Origin of Life
    Cell: the Origin of Life
    ISBN: 9781782402077
    Title: Cell: the Origin of Life
    Author: CHALLONER JACK

    The cell is the basic building block of life. In its 3.5 billion years on the planet, it has proven to be a powerhouse, spreading life first throughout the seas, then across land, developing the rich and complex diversity of life that populates the planet today.
    With "The Cell: A Visual Tour of the Building Block of Life, " Jack Challoner treats readers to a visually stunning tour of these remarkable molecular machines. Most of the living things we re familiar with the plants in our gardens, the animals we eat are composed of billions or trillions of cells. Most multicellular organisms consist of many different types of cells, each highly specialized to play a particular role from building bones or producing the pigment in flower petals to fighting disease or sensing environmental cues. But the great majority of living things on our planet exist as single cell. These cellular singletons are every bit as successful and diverse as multicellular organisms, and our very existence relies on them.
    The book is an authoritative yet accessible account of what goes on inside every living cell from building proteins and producing energy to making identical copies of themselves and the importance of these chemical reactions both on the familiar everyday scale and on the global scale. Along the way, Challoner sheds light on many of the most intriguing questions guiding current scientific research: What special properties make stem cells so promising in the treatment of injury and disease? How and when did single-celled organisms first come together to form multicellular ones? And how might scientists soon be prepared to build on the basic principles of cell biology to build similar living cells from scratch."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • CERN & the Higgs Boson: The Global Quest for the Building Blocks of Reality
    CERN & the Higgs Boson: The Global Quest for the Building Blocks of Reality
    ISBN: 9781785783920
    Title: CERN & the Higgs Boson: The Global Quest for the Building Blocks of Reality
    Author: GILLIES JAMES


    The Higgs boson is the rock star of fundamental particles, catapulting CERN, the laboratory where it was found, into the global spotlight. But what is it, why does it matter, and what exactly is CERN?


    In the late 1940s, a handful of visionaries were working to steer Europe towards a more peaceful future through science, and CERN, the European particle physics laboratory, was duly born. James Gillies tells the gripping story of particle physics, from the original atomists of ancient Greece, through the people who made the crucial breakthroughs, to CERN itself, one of the most ambitious scientific undertakings of our time, and its eventual confirmation of the Higgs boson.


    Weaving together the scientific and political stories of CERN's development, the book reveals how particle physics has evolved from being the realm of solitary genius to a global field of human endeavour, with CERN's Large Hadron Collider as its frontier research tool.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Chance: from Genetic Forecasting to Winning the Lottery - can Science Show Us How to Beat the Odds?
    Chance: from Genetic Forecasting to Winning the Lottery - can Science Show Us How to Beat the Odds?
    ISBN: 9781781255438
    Title: Chance: from Genetic Forecasting to Winning the Lottery - can Science Show Us How to Beat the Odds?
    Author: WEBB JEREMY & BROOKS MICHAEL

    For you to be here today reading this requires a mind-boggling series of lucky breaks, starting with the Big Bang and ending in your own conception. So it's not surprising that we persist in thinking that we're in with a chance, whether we're playing the lottery or working out the likelihood of extra-terrestrial life. In Chance, a (not entirely) random selection of the New Scientist's sharpest minds provide fascinating insights into luck, randomness, risk and probability. From the secrets of coincidence to placing the perfect bet, the science of random number generation to the surprisingly haphazard decisions of criminal juries, it will explore these, and many other, tantalising questions. Following on from the bestselling Nothing and Question Everything, this book will open your eyes to the weird and wonderful world of chance - and help you see when some things, in fact, aren't random at all.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Chancing It: the Laws of Chance & How They can Work for You
    Chancing It: the Laws of Chance & How They can Work for You
    ISBN: 9781781250303
    Title: Chancing It: the Laws of Chance & How They can Work for You
    Author: MATTHEWS; JOHN DAVEY (EDITOR)

    Chance, risk, uncertainty: they're all part of our lives, whether we're in business or on the school run, deciding future strategy or just the best route home. Sometimes their effects are intriguing: a streak of extraordinary luck, say, or some bizarre coincidence. More often they just leave us confused, unnerved - even anxious. When is a series of odd events mere happenstance, or something more significant? How do we make sense of the ever-changing evidence about what's good or bad for us? Just how reliable are predictions of weather, climate and elections - and how should we respond to them? In this book, award-winning scientist and writer Robert Matthews shows how we can cut through such conundrums using some of the most potent intellectual tools ever developed: the laws of probability. Using real-life examples, he shows how to wield them to: Understand and even predict coincidencesTell when insurance policies are worth havingMake sense of medical tests and scientific 'breakthroughs'Judge when "expert" evidence is compelling or questionableMake decisions about everything from sports betting to weather forecastsProfessor Matthews also gives a groundbreaking introduction to the power of Bayes's Theorem, whose ability to turn evidence into insight is now transforming our lives - and helping to unmask a major scientific scandal.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Chancing It: the Laws of Chance & How They can Work for You
    Chancing It: the Laws of Chance & How They can Work for You
    ISBN: 9781781250310
    Title: Chancing It: the Laws of Chance & How They can Work for You
    Author: MATTHEWS ROBERT

    Everyone who's had to get to grips with chance knows how tricky even its simplest manifestations can be. Its workings are a constant challenge to common sense: a run of luck goes bad just when you trust it; expert predictions of everything from the weather to elections prove hopelessly unreliable; proven health advice turns out to be anything but.Award-winning scientist and writer Robert Matthews shows us how we can cut through the conundrums of chance. He gives us access to some of the most potent intellectual tools ever developed, and explains how we can use them to guide our judgements and decisions. By the end of the book you'll know:-The secret to predicting coincidences;-The golden rule of professional gamblers;-How to tell when insurance is a waste of money;-When to heed health and diet warnings - and when to ignore them;-How to tell when forecasts are worth taking seriously;-How to make better choices in the face of uncertainty.Using a host of real-life examples, this groundbreaking book shows how the laws of probability can sharpen your decisions, make the most of your luck - and quite possibly transform your life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Chaos a Very Short Introduction
    Chaos a Very Short Introduction
    ISBN: 9780192853783
    Title: Chaos a Very Short Introduction
    Author: SMITH LEONARD A

    Chaos exists in systems all around us. Even the simplest system can be subject to chaos, denying us accurate predictions of its behavior, and sometimes giving rise to astonishing structures of large-scale order. Here, Leonard Smith shows that we all have an intuitive understanding of chaotic systems. He uses accessible math and physics to explain Chaos Theory, and points to numerous examples in philosophy and literature that illuminate the problems. This book provides a complete understanding of chaotic dynamics, using examples from mathematics, physics, philosophy, and the real world, with an explanation of why chaos is important and how it differs from the idea of randomness. The author's real life applications include the weather forecast, a pendulum, a coin toss, mass transit, politics, and the role of chaos in gambling and the stock market. Chaos represents a prime opportunity for mathematical lay people to finally get a clear understanding of this fascinating concept.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $21.00
    $21.00
  • Charm of Magpies: a Box Set Containing the Science Magpie, the Antiques Magpie & the Nature Magpie
    Charm of Magpies: a Box Set Containing the Science Magpie, the Antiques Magpie & the Nature Magpie
    ISBN: 9781848317406
    Title: Charm of Magpies: a Box Set Containing the Science Magpie, the Antiques Magpie & the Nature Magpie
    Author: FLYNN SIMON & ALLUM MARC & ALLEN DANIEL

    A beautifully presented box set of three paperback Magpie miscellanies--a great gift for the curious.

    Format: Boxed Set
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Chemistry of the Cosmos
    Chemistry of the Cosmos
    ISBN: 9781614274605
    Title: Chemistry of the Cosmos
    Author: CAREY GEORGE W


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Chemistry: an Illustrated Guide to Science
    Chemistry: an Illustrated Guide to Science
    ISBN: 9780816061631
    Title: Chemistry: an Illustrated Guide to Science
    Author: DIAGRAM GROUP


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $107.00
    $107.00
  • Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery
    Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery
    ISBN: 9780715652336
    Title: Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery
    Author: COOPER CAREN B

    Do you think you need a degree in science to contribute to important scientific discoveries? Think again. All around the world, from Britain to Australia, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of ordinary people take part in the scientific process. Working in conjunction with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. They are our neighbours, our in-laws, our office colleagues, our friends. The story of the social good that can result from citizen science has largely been untold - until now. Citizen scientists are challenging old notions about who can conduct research, where knowledge can be acquired, and even how solutions to some of our biggest social problems might emerge. Cooper reveals the crucial role that they play in gaining scientific understanding and putting that understanding to use as stewards of our world. Their stories will inspire readers to join other amateur scientists in making their own scientific discoveries.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Classical Mechanics: #2  the Theoretical Minimum
    Classical Mechanics: #2 the Theoretical Minimum
    ISBN: 9780141976228
    Title: Classical Mechanics: #2 the Theoretical Minimum
    Author: SUSSKIND LEONARD & HRABOVSKY GEORGE

    This is the ultimate master class in modern physics. World-class physicist and father of string theory Leonard Susskind and citizen-scientist George Hrabovsky combine forces in a primer that teaches the skills you need to do physics yourself. Combining crystal-clear explanations of the laws of the universe with basic exercises (including essential equations and maths), the authors cover the minimum that readers should master. They introduce the key concepts of modern physics, from classical mechanics to general relativity to quantum theory, and provide a practical toolkit that you won't find in any other popular science book.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Climbing Mount Improbable
    Climbing Mount Improbable
    ISBN: 9780141026176
    Title: Climbing Mount Improbable
    Author: DAWKINS RICHARD


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • Close Encounters Man How Dr. J. Allen Hynek Made It Okay for the World to Believe in UFOs
    Close Encounters Man How Dr. J. Allen Hynek Made It Okay for the World to Believe in UFOs
    ISBN: 9780062484178
    Title: Close Encounters Man How Dr. J. Allen Hynek Made It Okay for the World to Believe in UFOs
    Author: O'CONNELL MARK


    The wildly entertaining and eye-opening biography of J. Allen Hynek, the astronomer who invented the concept of "Close Encounters" with alien life, inspired Steven Spielberg's blockbuster classic science fiction epic film, and made a nation want to believe in UFOs.


    In June 1947, private pilot Kenneth Arnold looked out his cockpit window and saw a group of nine silvery crescents weaving between the peaks of the Cascade Mountains at an estimated 1,200 miles an hour. The media, the military, and the scientific community--led by J. Allen Hynek, an astronomer hired by the Air Force--debunked this and many other Unidentified Flying Object sightings reported across the country. But after years of denials, Hynek made a shocking pronouncement: UFOs are real.


    Thirty years after his death, Hynek's agonizing transformation from skepticism to true believer remains one of the great misunderstood stories of science. In this definitive biography, Mark O'Connell reveals for the first time how Hynek's work both as a celebrated astronomer and as the U. S. Air Force's go-to UFO expert for nearly twenty years stretched the boundaries of modern science, laid the groundwork for acceptance of the possibility of UFOs, and was the basis of the hit film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. With unprecedented access to Hynek's personal and professional files, O'Connell smashes conventional wisdom to reveal the intriguing man and scientist beneath the legend.


    Tracing Hynek's career, O'Connell examines Hynek's often-ignored work as a professional astronomer to create a complete portrait of a groundbreaking enthusiast who became an American cult icon and transformed the way we see our world and our universe.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Common Sense of Science
    Common Sense of Science
    ISBN: 9780571241897
    Title: Common Sense of Science
    Author: BRONOWSKI JACOB

    'The Common Sense of Science' is a vivid attempt to explain in ordinary language how science is done and how scientists think. The author isolates three creative ideas that have been central to science: the idea of order, the idea of causes and the idea of chance.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $57.00
    $57.00
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