• Storm in a Teacup: the Physics of Everyday Life
    Storm in a Teacup: the Physics of Everyday Life
    ISBN: 9780593075432
    Title: Storm in a Teacup: the Physics of Everyday Life

    Just as Freakonomics brought economics to life, so Storm in a Teacup brings physics into our daily lives and makes it fascinating.

    What is it that helps both scorpions and cyclists to survive? What do raw eggs and gyroscopes have in common? And why does it matter?
    In an age of string theory, fluid dynamics and biophysics, it can seem as if the science of our world is only for specialists and academics. Not so, insists Helen Czerski âe" and in this sparkling new book she explores the patterns and connections that illustrate the grandest theories in the smallest everyday objects and experiences.
    Linking what makes popcorn pop to Antarctic winds, coffee stains to blood tests or ketchup bottles to aliens in space, every thread you pull in the fabric of everyday life shows you something new about the intricate patterns of our world.
    Read Storm in a Teacup and you will see and understand the world as you never did before.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Stripped Depeche Mode Rev Ed
    Stripped Depeche Mode Rev Ed
    ISBN: 9781847724441
    Title: Stripped Depeche Mode Rev Ed

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
    Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
    ISBN: 9780752883212
    Title: Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
    Author: BRADLEY ALAN

    Winner of the 2007 Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger
    A delightfully dark English mystery, featuring precocious young sleuth Flavia de Luce and her eccentric family.
    The summer of 1950 hasn t offered up anything out of the ordinary for eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce: bicycle explorations around the village, keeping tabs on her neighbours, relentless battles with her older sisters, Ophelia and Daphne, and brewing up poisonous concoctions while plotting revenge in their home s abandoned Victorian chemistry lab, which Flavia has claimed for her own.
    But then a series of mysterious events gets Flavia s attention: A dead bird is found on the doormat, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. A mysterious late-night visitor argues with her aloof father, Colonel de Luce, behind closed doors. And in the early morning Flavia finds a red-headed stranger lying in the cucumber patch and watches him take his dying breath. For Flavia, the summer begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw: "I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life. "
    Did the stranger die of poisoning? There "was "a piece missing from Mrs. Mullet s custard pie, and none of the de Luces would have dared to eat the awful thing. Or could he have been killed by the family s loyal handyman, Dogger or by the Colonel himself At that moment, Flavia commits herself to solving the crime even if it means keeping information from the village police, in order to protect her family. But then her father confesses to the crime, for the same reason, and it s up to Flavia to free him of suspicion. Only she has the ingenuity to follow the clues that reveal the victim s identity, and a conspiracy that reaches back into the de Luces murky past.
    A thoroughly entertaining romp of a novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is inventive and quick-witted, with tongue-in-cheek humour that transcends the macabre seriousness of its subject."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy & Power the Planet
    Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy & Power the Planet
    ISBN: 9780262037686
    Title: Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy & Power the Planet

    How solar could spark a clean-energy transition through transformative innovation -- creative financing, revolutionary technologies, and flexible energy systems.

    Solar energy, once a niche application for a limited market, has become the cheapest and fastest-growing power source on earth. What's more, its potential is nearly limitless -- every hour the sun beams down more energy than the world uses in a year. But in Taming the Sun, energy expert Varun Sivaram warns that the world is not yet equipped to harness erratic sunshine to meet most of its energy needs. And if solar's current surge peters out, prospects for replacing fossil fuels and averting catastrophic climate change will dim.

    Innovation can brighten those prospects, Sivaram explains, drawing on firsthand experience and original research spanning science, business, and government. Financial innovation is already enticing deep-pocketed investors to fund solar projects around the world, from the sunniest deserts to the poorest villages. Technological innovation could replace today's solar panels with coatings as cheap as paint and employ artificial photosynthesis to store intermittent sunshine as convenient fuels. And systemic innovation could add flexibility to the world's power grids and other energy systems so they can dependably channel the sun's unreliable energy.

    Unleashing all this innovation will require visionary public policy: funding researchers developing next-generation solar technologies, refashioning energy systems and economic markets, and putting together a diverse clean energy portfolio. Although solar can't power the planet by itself, it can be the centerpiece of a global clean energy revolution.

    A Council on Foreign Relations Book

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
  • Things to Make & Do in the Fourth Dimension
    Things to Make & Do in the Fourth Dimension
    ISBN: 9780141975863
    Title: Things to Make & Do in the Fourth Dimension
    Author: PARKER MATT

    This is probably the most enjoyable book about maths ever written. From impossibly small pizza slices to computers built out of dominoes, unfathomable knots to multi-dimensional drinking straws, Matt Parker introduces the amazing, essential, riotous world of numbers that is all around us, absolutely everywhere.

    'Matt Parker is some sort of unholy fusion of a prankster, wizard and brilliant nerd - clever, funny and ever so slightly naughty.' Adam Rutherford, author of Creation

    'Matt Parker never got the memo about maths being boring . . . he seeks to reconnect us to the numbers around us.' Simon Usborne, Independent

    'The book oozes with sheer joy.' New Scientist

    'Essential reading.' Observer

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Third Industrial Revolution How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy the Economy & the World
    Third Industrial Revolution How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy the Economy & the World
    ISBN: 9780230115217
    Title: Third Industrial Revolution How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy the Economy & the World

    The Industrial Revolution, powered by oil and other fossil fuels, is spiraling into a dangerous endgame. The price of gas and food are climbing, unemployment remains high, the housing market has tanked, consumer and government debt is soaring, and the recovery is slowing. Facing the prospect of a second collapse of the global economy, humanity is desperate for a sustainable economic game plan to take us into the future. Here, Jeremy Rifkin explores how Internet technology and renewable energy are merging to create a powerful ""Third Industrial Revolution."" He asks us to imagine hundreds of millions of people producing their own green energy in their homes, offices, and factories, and sharing it with each other in an ""energy internet,"" just like we now create and share information online. Rifkin describes how the five-pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution will create thousands of businesses, millions of jobs, and usher in a fundamental reordering of human relationships, from hierarchical to lateral power, that will impact the way we conduct commerce, govern society, educate our children, and engage in civic life. Rifkin's vision is already gaining traction in the international community. The European Union Parliament has issued a formal declaration calling for its implementation, and other nations in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, are quickly preparing their own initiatives for transitioning into the new economic paradigm. The Third Industrial Revolution is an insider's account of the next great economic era, including a look into the personalities and players heads of state, global CEOs, social entrepreneurs, and NGOs who are pioneering its implementation around the world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $32.00
  • Tihkal The Continuation
    Tihkal The Continuation
    ISBN: 9780963009692
    Title: Tihkal The Continuation

    Book I: The Story Continues This is the continuation of the love story from PIHKAL: A Chemical Love Story with a blend of travel, botanical facts, scientific speculation, psychological and political commentary.Book II: The Chemistry Continues Describes in detail a wealth of tryptamines in the same format as Book II of PIHKAL, plus appendices presenting topics such as cactus alkaloids, natural beta-carbolines, current drug law, and all known tryptamines (from the literature) that might be psychedelic.Contains over 70 experiments, complete with notes and ingredients with the focus on Tryptamines. The first half concentrates on Shulgin's spiritual journey, ideas and philosophy. Foreword by Daniel M Perrine and preface by Nicholas Saunders. Edited by Dan Joy.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $56.00
  • Time
    ISBN: 9780312427276
    Title: Time
    Author: HOFFMAN EVA

    Novelist, cultural commentator, memoirist, and historian Eva Hoffman examines our ever-changing perception of time in this inspired addition to the BIG IDEAS/small books series Time has always been the great given, the element that establishes the governing facts of human fate that cannot be circumvented, deconstructed, or wished away. But these days we are tampering with time in ways that affect how we live, the textures of our experience, and our very sense of what it is to be human. What is the nature of time in our time? Why is it that even as we live longer than ever before, we feel that we have ever less of this basic good? What effects do the hyperfast technologies - computers, video games, instant communications - have on our inner lives and even our bodies? And as we examine biology and mind on evermore microscopic levels, what are we learning about the process and parameters of human time? Hoffman regards our relationship to time - from jet lag to aging, sleep to cryogenic freezing - in this broad, eye-opening meditation on life's essential medium and its contemporary challenges.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Time Reborn: from the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe
    Time Reborn: from the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe
    ISBN: 9780141046525
    Title: Time Reborn: from the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe
    Author: SMOLIN LEE

    Nothing seems more real than time passing. We experience life itself as a succession of moments. Yet the consensus in physics, from Newton and Einstein to today's string theorists, is that time is an illusion and the universe is governed by absolute, timeless laws. In Time Reborn, physicist Lee Smolin calls for a major revolution in scientific thought, insisting we embrace the reality of time. Not only is time real, he argues, it is the most fundamental feature of reality. Time Reborn explains how the true nature of time shapes us, our world and the foundations of our universe. 'One of the most original living theorists . . . He challenges not only Einstein's relativity, but also the very notion of natural laws as immutable truths.' Economist'Will no doubt be remembered as one of the essential books of the twenty-first century.' Jaron Lanier, author of You Are Not a Gadget 'Brilliant and persuasive.' Ray Monk, Guardian 'Provocative and stimulating . . . Smolin reconceives the universe.' Christopher Potter, Sunday Times 'Entertaining, head-spinning . . . a maverick and mindbending exploration of time.' Roger Highfield, Daily Telegraph

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Time Travel
    Time Travel
    ISBN: 9780008207670
    Title: Time Travel
    Author: GLEICK JAMES

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

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

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Time Warped Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception
    Time Warped Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception
    ISBN: 9781847677914
    Title: Time Warped Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception

    Why does life speed up as we get older? Why does the clock in your head sometimes move at a different speed from the one on the wall? Time rules our lives, but how much do we understand it? And is it possible to retrain our brains and improve our relationship with it?

    Drawing on the latest research from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and biology, and using original research on the way memory shapes our understanding of time, the acclaimed writer and BBC broadcaster Claudia Hammond delves into the mysteries of time perception. Along the way, she introduces us to an extraordinary array of characters willing to go to great lengths in the interests of research, including the French speleologist Michel Siffre, who spends two months in an ice cave in complete darkness.

    Time Warped offers insight into how to manage our time more efficiently, speed time up and slow it down at will, plan for the future with more accuracy, and, ultimately, use the warping of time to our own advantage.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • Time: A Graphic Guide
    Time: A Graphic Guide
    ISBN: 9781848311206
    Title: Time: A Graphic Guide

    Introducing Time traces the history of time from Augustine's suggestion that there is no time, to the flowing time of Newton, the conventional time of Poincare, the static time of Einstein, and then back, full circle, to the idea that there is no time in quantum gravity.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $15.99
  • Ubiquity: Why Catastrophes Happen
    Ubiquity: Why Catastrophes Happen
    ISBN: 9780609809983
    Title: Ubiquity: Why Catastrophes Happen

    Why do catastrophes happen? What sets off earthquakes, for example? What about mass extinctions of species? The outbreak of major wars? Massive traffic jams that seem to appear out of nowhere? Why does the stock market periodically suffer dramatic crashes? Why do some forest fires become superheated infernos that rage totally out of control?

    Experts have never been able to explain the causes of any of these disasters. Now scientists have discovered that these seemingly unrelated cataclysms, both natural and human, almost certainly all happen for one fundamental reason. More than that, there is not and never will be any way to predict them.

    Critically acclaimed science journalist Mark Buchanan tells the fascinating story of the discovery that there is a natural structure of instability woven into the fabric of our world. From humble beginnings studying the physics of sandpiles, scientists have learned that an astonishing range of things–Earth's crust, cars on a highway, the market for stocks, and the tightly woven networks of human society–have a natural tendency to organize themselves into what's called the "critical state," in which they are poised on what Buchanan describes as the "knife-edge of instability." The more places scientists have looked for the critical state, the more places they've found it, and some believe that the pervasiveness of instability must now be seen as a fundamental feature of our world.

    Ubiquityis packed with stories of real-life catastrophes, such as the huge earthquake that in 1995 hit Kobe, Japan, killing 5,000 people; the forest fires that ravaged Yellowstone National Park in 1988; the stock market crash of 1987; the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs; and the outbreak of World War I. Combining literary flair with scientific rigor, Buchanan introduces the researchers who have pieced together the evidence of the critical state, explaining their ingenious work and unexpected insights in beautifully lucid prose.

    At the dawn of this new century, Buchanan reveals, we are witnessing the emergence of an extraordinarily powerful new field of science that will help us comprehend the bewildering and unruly rhythms that dominate our lives and may even lead to a true science of the dynamics of human culture and history.

    From the Hardcover edition.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • What If Einstein Was Wrong : Asking the Big Questions About Physics
    What If Einstein Was Wrong : Asking the Big Questions About Physics
    ISBN: 9781782402503
    Title: What If Einstein Was Wrong : Asking the Big Questions About Physics

    What if...' are the two words that sow the seeds for human speculation, experimentation, invention, evolution, revolution, and change. In an uncertain age, economists are asking, What if growth stops growing?; scientists, What if light speed gets overtaken?; and politicians, What if the third world becomes the first? What If Einstein Was Wrong? challenges a team of scholars to experiment with 50 topical science speculations, at a time when the hunt for the Higgs boson particle is threatening to undermine the foundations of our knowledge. Consider what time travel, warp speed, artificial gravity, or the loss of Schrodingers cat would mean to us, and en route accumulate the knowledge you need to debate the shape that our science might take in the future. .

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
  • What Makes Time Special?
    What Makes Time Special?
    ISBN: 9780198797302
    Title: What Makes Time Special?

    As we navigate through life we instinctively model time as having a flowing present that divides a fixed past from open future. This model develops in childhood and is deeply saturated within our language, thought and behavior, affecting our conceptions of the universe, freedom and the self. Yet as central as it is to our lives, physics seems to have no room for this flowing present. What Makes Time Special? demonstrates this claim in detail and then turnsto two novel positive tasks. First, by looking at the world "sideways" - in the spatial directions -- it shows that physics is not "spatializing time" as is commonly alleged. Even relativity theory makes significant distinctions between the spacelike and timelike directions, often with surprising consequences.Second, if the flowing present is an illusion, it is a deep one worthy of explanation. The author develops a picture whereby the temporal flow arises as an interaction effect between an observer and the physics of the world.Using insights from philosophy, cognitive science, biology, psychology and physics, the theory claims that the flowing present model of time is the natural reaction to the perceptual and evolutionary challenges thrown at us. Modeling time as flowing makes sense even if it misrepresents it.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $72.00
  • Why Does E=mc2? & Why Should We Care?
    Why Does E=mc2? & Why Should We Care?
    ISBN: 9780306818769
    Title: Why Does E=mc2? & Why Should We Care?

    What does E=mc2 actually mean? Dr. Brian Cox and Professor Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of twenty-first century science to unpack Einstein's famous equation. Explaining and simplifying notions of energy, mass, and light-while exploding commonly held misconceptions-they demonstrate how the structure of nature itself is contained within this equation. Along the way, we visit the site of one of the largest scientific experiments ever conducted: the now-famous Large Hadron Collider, a gigantic particle accelerator capable of re-creating conditions that existed fractions of a second after the Big Bang.A collaboration between one of the youngest professors in the United Kingdom and a distinguished popular physicist, Why Does E=mc2? is one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of the theory of relativity.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Why the Wheel Is Round: Muscles, Technology & How We Make Things Move
    Why the Wheel Is Round: Muscles, Technology & How We Make Things Move
    ISBN: 9780226381039
    Title: Why the Wheel Is Round: Muscles, Technology & How We Make Things Move
    Author: VOGEL STEVEN

    There is no part of our bodies that fully rotates - be it a wrist or ankle or arm in a shoulder socket, we are made to twist only so far. And yet there is no more fundamental human invention than the wheel - a rotational mechanism that accomplishes what our physical form cannot. Throughout history, humans have developed technologies powered by human strength, complementing the physical abilities we have while overcoming our weaknesses. Providing a unique history of the wheel and other rotational devices - like cranks, cranes, carts, and capstans - this book examines the contraptions and tricks we have devised in order to more efficiently move - and move through - the physical world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $67.00
  • Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation
    Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation
    ISBN: 9781925603064
    Title: Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation
    Author: BURDICK ALAN

    "An insightful meditation on the curious nature of time...A highly illuminating intellectual investigation" (Kirkus Reviews) explaining the sometimes contradictory ways we experience time.

    "Time" is the most commonly used noun in the English language; it's always on our minds and it advances through every living moment. But what is time, exactly? Do children experience it the same way adults do? Why does it seem to slow down when we're bored and speed by as we get older? How and why does time fly?

    "Erudite and informative, a joy with many small treasures" (Science), this witty and meditative exploration by award-winning author and New Yorker staff writer Alan Burdick--"one of the finest science writers at work today, with an uncanny ability to explain knotty topics, with humanity, and humor" (Publishers Weekly, staff pick, best books of 2016)--takes readers on a personal quest to understand how time gets in us and why we perceive it the way we do. In the company of scientists, he visits the most accurate clock in the world (which exists only on paper); discovers that "now" actually happened a split-second ago; finds a twenty-fifth hour in the day; lives in the Arctic to lose all sense of time; and, for one fleeting moment in a neuroscientist's lab, even makes time go backward.

    "Why Time Flies captures us. Because it opens up a well of fascinating queries and gives us a glimpse of what has become an ever more deepening mystery for humans: the nature of time" (The New York Times Book Review). This "intellectual adventure renders a hefty topic accessible to the general public" (Richmond Times-Dispatch), is an instant classic, a vivid and intimate examination of the clocks that tick inside us all.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00

  • Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation
    Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation
    ISBN: 9781416540281
    Title: Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation
    Author: BURDICK ALAN

    '[Why Time Flies] opens up a well of fascinating queries and gives us a glimpse of what has become an ever more deepening mystery for humans: the nature of time.' New York Times Book Review

    For more than two thousand years the world's great minds have argued about the true essence of time. Is it finite or infinite? Is it continuous or discrete? Does it flow like a river or is it granular, proceeding in small bits like sand trickling through an hourglass? And most immediately, what is the present?

    What is time, exactly? Why does it seem to slow down when we're bored and speed by as we get older? How and why does time fly?

    In this witty and meditative exploration, Alan Burdick takes readers on a personal quest to understand how and why we perceive time the way we do. He visits the most accurate clock in the world (which exists only on paper); discovers that 'now' actually happened a split-second ago; finds a twenty-fifth hour in the day; lives in the Arctic to lose all sense of time; and, for one fleeting moment in a neuroscientist's lab, even makes time go backwards.& Why Time Flies& is a vivid and intimate examination of the clocks that tick inside us all.

    Alan Burdickis a staff writer at the New Yorkerand a frequent contributor to its science-and-tech blog. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, GQ, Discover, Best American Science andNature Writing.

    'An insightful meditation on the curious nature of time....A highly illuminating intellectual investigation.' Kirkus Reviews

    '[Burdick] is an engaging writer guided by curiosity.' Saturday Paper

    'A fascinating premise that we can all relate to...A well-researched volume [with] some fascinating insights.' AU Review

    'In his lucid, thoughtful, and beautifully written inquiry about time...Burdick offers nothing less than a new way of reconsidering what it means to be human.' Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life

    'Alan Burdick offers a fascinating and searching account of how we perceive time's passage. It will change the way you think about the past, and also the present.' Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction

    'Alan Burdick turns an obsession with the nature of time into a thrilling quest--one that brilliantly illuminates a subject that haunts us all. Time may fly by but at least while reading these pages it is never wasted.' David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z

    'Brilliant, brain-boggling.' New Daily

    'To readers of the New Yorker, Burdick's style is instantly recognisable: informal, informed and indefatigably researched...His wit and humour keep the narrative rolling with wry observations.' New Zealand Herald

    'Time for Burdick is ultimately an adventure of discovery. His wealth of deeply researched and detailed but humorous stories serves to raise our curiosity...Make time to read his fascinating and illuminating book.' Toowoomba Chronicle

    '[Burdick] is a lucid and well-informed commentator on scientific matters. Here, he takes us by the wrist and leads us through the maze of time. We could not ask for a better guide.' Stuff NZ

    'Alan Burdick takes a new, interesting and mindful approach to the topic in an effort to understand what we know about that often intangible concept we call time.' Australian Geographic

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
  • World as I See It
    World as I See It
    ISBN: 9789568356347
    Title: World as I See It

    The Einstein revealed in these writings is witty, keenly perceptive, and deeply concerned for humanity. Einstein believed in the possibility of a peaceful world and in the high mission of science to serve human well-being. As we near the end of a century in which science has come to seem more and more remote from human values, Einstein's perspective is indispensable.

    The famous scientist presents his thoughts on life, the world, and his scientific labors. Topic include Good and Evil, Religion and Science, Active Pacifism and others.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
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