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  • 101 BETS YOU WILL ALWAYS WIN
    101 BETS YOU WILL ALWAYS WIN
    WISEMAN RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781509824007
    Title: 101 BETS YOU WILL ALWAYS WIN
    Author: WISEMAN RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Attracting over 350 million views, Richard Wiseman's Quirkology YouTube channel has attracted legions of fans with its engaging blend of science and illusion. In this astonishing collection of fun tricks and puzzles you will discover the amazing secrets to 101 seemingly impossible bets, including how to: - balance a coin on the edge of a banknote - walk through a postcard - create a pen that writes any colour - transform a tea towel into a chicken 101 Bets That You Will Always Win is a jaw-dropping mix of lateral thinking, unbelievable magic tricks, scintillating science stunts, fabulous factoids, mathematical mischief, and cunning conundrums which will appeal to curious minds everywhere. Written in the fast-moving, smart-thinking, and somewhat surreal style adored by Quirkology fans across the globe, 101 Bets That You Will Always Win reveals the science of the seemingly impossible and shows you how to confound colleagues, dazzle on dates, flummox friends and family, and be the life and soul of the party.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 13.8 : THE QUEST TO FIND THE TRUE AGE OF THE UNIVERSE AND THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
    13.8 : THE QUEST TO FIND THE TRUE AGE OF THE UNIVERSE AND THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
    GRIBBIN JOHN
    ISBN: 9781785781087
    Title: 13.8 : THE QUEST TO FIND THE TRUE AGE OF THE UNIVERSE AND THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
    Author: GRIBBIN JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    John Gribbin tackles the very biggest question that modern science has to answer.

    The twentieth century gave us two great theories of physics. The general theory of relativity describes the behaviour of very large things; quantum theory the behaviour of very small things. In this landmark book, John Gribbin - one of the best-known writers of popular science over the past 30 years - presents his own version of the Holy Grail of physics, the search that has been going on for decades to find a unified 'Theory of Everything' that combines these ideas into one mathematical package, a single equation that could be printed on a T-shirt, containing the answer to life, the Universe and everything.

    With his inimitable mixture of science, history and biography, Gribbin shows how - despite scepticism among many physicists - these two great theories are indeed very compatible, and point to a deep truth about the nature of our existence. The answer lies, intriguingly, with the age of the Universe: 13.8 billion years.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 30 SECOND ELEMENTS : The 50 Most Significant Chemical Elements each Explained in Half a Minute
    30 SECOND ELEMENTS : The 50 Most Significant Chemical Elements each Explained in Half a Minute
    SCERRI ERIC
    ISBN: 9781743360842
    Title: 30 SECOND ELEMENTS : The 50 Most Significant Chemical Elements each Explained in Half a Minute
    Author: SCERRI ERIC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The chemical elements are the building blocks of life, but could you discuss the periodic table over the dinner table? Which elements put the blue into blu-ray and the lime into limelight? And do you know enough about antimony, arsenic and aluminium to illuminate the bar with your elemental knowledge?

    30-Second Elements presents you with the foundations of chemical knowledge, distilling the 50 most significant chemical elements into half-a-minute individual entries, using nothing more than two pages, 300 words and one picture. Divided into seven chapters, it includes the atomic details of the other 68 elements and the relationships of all 118, as well as biographies of the chemists who transformed scientific knowledge and unlocked the mysteries of life itself. Illustrated with explosive graphics, here is the quickest way to know your arsenic from your europium.

    Imprint: PIER 9 - MURDOCH
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 30 SECOND MATHS : The 50 Most Mind-Expanding Theories in Mathematics each Explained in Half a Minute
    30 SECOND MATHS : The 50 Most Mind-Expanding Theories in Mathematics each Explained in Half a Minute
    BROWN RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781742668215
    Title: 30 SECOND MATHS : The 50 Most Mind-Expanding Theories in Mathematics each Explained in Half a Minute
    Author: BROWN RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Most of us would confess to having a touch of dyscalculia (an inability to get to grips with numbers). So, how best to get our figures in trim? 30-Second Maths is here to bring you up to speed. It strips down the 50 most engaging math theories to a mere 200 words and one picture. Ranging through the history of numbers from Pythagoras to Game Theory and beyond.

    Imprint: PIER 9 - MURDOCH
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 30 SECOND THEORIES : The 50 Most Thought-Provoking Theories in Science each Explained in Half a Minute
    30 SECOND THEORIES : The 50 Most Thought-Provoking Theories in Science each Explained in Half a Minute
    PARSONS PAUL
    ISBN: 9781742661803
    Title: 30 SECOND THEORIES : The 50 Most Thought-Provoking Theories in Science each Explained in Half a Minute
    Author: PARSONS PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The most significant ideas in science reduced to digestible bite-size pieces. Chaos Theory, String Theory, the Theory of Relativity? Intelligent Design? Schrodinger's Cat and Pavlov's Dog? Sure, you know what they all mean. That is, you've certainly heard of all of them. But do you know enough about them to join a dinner party debate or dazzle the bar with your knowledge?

    30-Second Theories takes a revolutionary approach to understanding the 50 most significant and intriguing scientific theories. It challenges a half-century of leading boffins to abandon their beloved jargon and explain the most complex theories in half a minute - using nothing more than two pages, 300 words, one flow chart, and a picture. Time might well be relative, but it's also precious in a world that seems to spin ever faster, and here, in one unique volume, you have the opportunity to pick the potted brains of our leading scientists and understand the key notes of our harmonious universe in less time than it takes to scratch your head.

    Imprint: PIER 9 - MURDOCH
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 4TH ROCK FROM THE SUN : THE STORY OF MARS
    4TH ROCK FROM THE SUN : THE STORY OF MARS
    JENNER NICKY
    ISBN: 9781472922502
    Title: 4TH ROCK FROM THE SUN : THE STORY OF MARS
    Author: JENNER NICKY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Mars, the red planet, is ingrained in our culture, from David Bowie's extra-terrestrial spiders to Captain Scarlet to War of the Worlds. It has inspired hundreds of authors, scientists and science-fiction writers - but why? What is it about this particular planet that makes it so intriguing?
    Ancient mythologies defined Mars as a violent harbinger of war, star-gazers puzzled over its peculiar motion, and astrologers defined human personalities by its position and bizarre dance through the sky. And in more recent times, astronomers have explored Mars and its alien characteristics- its dusty red hue, its small moons, its atmosphere, how the planet formed and its mysterious past. Images sent back from various satellites showed startling faces, canals, and pyramids across its surface. Were there Martians, and were they civilised, intelligent, beings?
    Science-fact is now catching up with science fiction. Robot vehicles have trundled across the planet's surface, beaming back beautiful views of its rust-orange surface, and testing soil and atmosphere to get clues on how the planet has evolved, and whether it supported (or supports) life. There are many more Mars missions planned over the next decade. And while little green Martians are now firmly the preserve of literature, there is growing evidence that the now arid, frozen planet was once warm, wet, and possibly thronging with microbial life. And one day soon humans will set foot on the red planet. What are the challenges involved, and how are we preparing for them? Is there a long-term future for humans on Mars?
    Nicky Jenner's 4th Rock from the Sun reviews Mars in its entirety - its nature, attributes, and impact on 3rd Rock-culture, its environmental science and geology, and its potential as a human colony - everything you need to know about the Red Planet (and quite a few things you don't).

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ADAM SPENCERS BIG BOOK OF NUMBERS
    ADAM SPENCERS BIG BOOK OF NUMBERS
    SPENCER ADAM
    ISBN: 9781925143133
    Title: ADAM SPENCERS BIG BOOK OF NUMBERS
    Author: SPENCER ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An hilarious, enlightening romp through the world of numbers with one of Australia’s best-loved broadcasters.

    How can a prime number be ‘sexy’ and ‘safe’ at the same time? Why shouldn’t Aussie cricketers be scared of the number 87? And how many bacteria live in your pants …

    All the answers and more are in Adam Spencer’s Big Book of Numbers. This is a book for readers of all ages who love numbers, who want to love numbers, or who just love to laugh and learn about the wonderful world we live in.

    Imprint: XOUM
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ADAM SPENCERS WORLD OF NUMBERS
    ADAM SPENCERS WORLD OF NUMBERS
    SPENCER ADAM
    ISBN: 9781921134869
    Title: ADAM SPENCERS WORLD OF NUMBERS
    Author: SPENCER ADAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A funny and enlightening romp through the world of numbers with one of Australia’s best-loved broadcasters.

    By popular demand, Australia’s funniest and most famous mathematician is back with a brilliant new book. Adam Spencer’s World of Numbers takes the reader on a funfilled ride, explaining the crucial role numbers play in our understanding of sport and space, computers and cooking, and a whole lot in between. With his trademark wit, Adam decodes barcodes, explains why we say ‘as sixes and sevens’ when we’re discombobulated – and works out if there really a word in the English language with 189,819 letters! This is a book for readers of all ages who love numbers, or just love to laugh and learn about the wonderful world we live in.

    For close to 20 years Adam Spencer has been entertaining us. On triple j and ABC radio and television, he’s established himself as Australia’s funniest and most famous mathematician. Following on from the enormous success of 2014’s Big Book of Numbers, his new book is the perfect gift for Christmas.

    Imprint: FIGMENT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AFTER CANCER : PENGUIN SPECIAL
    AFTER CANCER : PENGUIN SPECIAL
    SRIVASTAVA DR RANJANA
    ISBN: 9780143573593
    Title: AFTER CANCER : PENGUIN SPECIAL
    Author: SRIVASTAVA DR RANJANA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2015 NEW RELEASE

    As medical care improves, Australians are surviving cancer in increasing numbers. But there is little information about life post-treatment - what are some common themes and long-term side effects that people can expect to encounter?

    With warmth and vigour, After Cancer demystifies the aftermath of treatment, delving into what survivorship really entails. Oncologist Dr Ranjana Srivastava also introduces a useful survivorship template. Using available evidence and a good dose of common sense, she outlines how survivors can seize control of their life. By asking the right questions of their providers, survivors can find their way back to clarity.

    Reviews for Ranjana Srivastava's books

    'A moving examination of the way doctors and patients communicate.' The Australian

    'Enlightening.' The Age

    'A humane treatise exploring the relationship between doctors and their patients.' West Australian



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $9.99
    Price: $9.99
  • AFTERGLOW OF CREATION : DECODING THE MESSAGE FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME
    AFTERGLOW OF CREATION : DECODING THE MESSAGE FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME
    CHOWN MARCUS
    ISBN: 9780571250592
    Title: AFTERGLOW OF CREATION : DECODING THE MESSAGE FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME
    Author: CHOWN MARCUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The scientists who first detected the cosmic radiation, that was identified as the afterglow of the big bang, had to admit that it was more by accident than intention. This title explains one of the biggest discoveries in modern science - and presents a picture of what happened next.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • AGE OF EM : WORK LOVE AND LIFE WHEN ROBOTS RULE THE WORLD
    AGE OF EM : WORK LOVE AND LIFE WHEN ROBOTS RULE THE WORLD
    HANSON ROBIN
    ISBN: 9780198754626
    Title: AGE OF EM : WORK LOVE AND LIFE WHEN ROBOTS RULE THE WORLD
    Author: HANSON ROBIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Robots may one day rule the world, but what is a robot-ruled Earth like? Many think that the first truly smart robots will be brain emulations or "ems." Robin Hanson draws on decades of expertise in economics, physics, and computer science to paint a detailed picture of this next great era in human (and machine) evolution - the age of em.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ALEX THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
    ALEX THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
    BELLOS ALEX
    ISBN: 9781408845721
    Title: ALEX THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
    Author: BELLOS ALEX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From triangles, rotations and power laws, to fractals, cones and curves, bestselling author Alex Bellos takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit, engaging stories and limitless enthusiasm. As he narrates a series of eye-opening encounters with lively personalities all over the world, Alex demonstrates how numbers have come to be our friends, are fascinating and extremely accessible, and how they have changed our world.

    He turns even the dreaded calculus into an easy-to-grasp mathematical exposition, and sifts through over 30,000 survey submissions to reveal the world's favourite number. In Germany, he meets the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop, whilst in India he joins the world's highly numerate community at the International Congress of Mathematicians. He explores the wonders behind the Game of Life program, and explains mathematical logic, growth and negative numbers. Stateside, he hangs out with a private detective in Oregon and meets the mathematician who looks for universes from his garage in Illinois.

    Read this captivating book, and you won't realise that you're learning about complex concepts. Alex will get you hooked on maths as he delves deep into humankind's turbulent relationship with numbers, and proves just how much fun we can have with them.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALEXS ADVENTURES IN NUMBERLAND : DISPATCHES FROM THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF MATHEMATICS
    ALEXS ADVENTURES IN NUMBERLAND : DISPATCHES FROM THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF MATHEMATICS
    BELLOS ALEX
    ISBN: 9781408809594
    Title: ALEXS ADVENTURES IN NUMBERLAND : DISPATCHES FROM THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF MATHEMATICS
    Author: BELLOS ALEX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The world of maths can seem mind-boggling, irrelevant and, let's face it, boring. This groundbreaking book reclaims maths from the geeks.

    Mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives. In search of weird and wonderful mathematical phenomena, Alex Bellos travels across the globe and meets the world's fastest mental calculators in Germany and a startlingly numerate chimpanzee in Japan.

    Packed with fascinating, eye-opening anecdotes, Alex's Adventures in Numberland is an exhilarating cocktail of history, reportage and mathematical proofs that will leave you awestruck.

    'Original and highly entertaining.' - Sunday Times

    'A page turner about humanity's strange, never easy and, above all, never dull relationship with numbers.' - New Scientist

    'Outstanding ... The style is laced with humour, but at all times, the star of the show is mathematics' - Ian Stewart

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALL BIRDS HAVE ANXIETY
    ALL BIRDS HAVE ANXIETY
    HOOPMANN KATHY
    ISBN: 9781785921827
    Title: ALL BIRDS HAVE ANXIETY
    Author: HOOPMANN KATHY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Life as a bird can be stressful! From worrying about airplanes, windows, and getting enough worms to eat, it is clear that birds can be anxious beings. Through a light-touch, quizzical depiction of bird behaviour, All Birds Have Anxiety uses colourful images and astute explanations to explore with gentle humour what it means to live with anxiety day-to-day, and how to begin to deal with it.


    Following the style of the bestselling All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and All Dogs Have ADHD, wonderful colour photographs express the complex and difficult ideas related to anxiety disorder in an easy-to-understand way. This simple yet profound book validates the deeper everyday experiences of anxiety, provides an empathic understanding of the many symptoms associated with anxiety, and offers compassionate suggestions for change.


    The combination of understanding and gentle humour make this the ideal introduction to anxiety disorder for those diagnosed with this condition, their family and friends and those generally interested in understanding anxiety.

    Imprint: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUB
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANCESTORS TALE : A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
    ANCESTORS TALE : A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
    DAWKINS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781474606455
    Title: ANCESTORS TALE : A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
    Author: DAWKINS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fully updated edition of one of the most original accounts of evolution ever written, featuring new fractal diagrams, six new 'tales' and the latest scientific developments.

    THE ANCESTOR'S TALE is a dazzling, four-billion-year pilgrimage to the origins of life: Richard Dawkins and Yan Wong take us on an exhilarating reverse journey through evolution, from present-day humans back to the microbial beginnings of life. It is a journey happily interrupted by meetings of fellow modern animals (as well as plants, fungi and bacteria) similarly tracing their evolutionary path back through history. As each evolutionary pilgrim tells their tale, Dawkins and Wong shed light on topics such as speciation, sexual selection and extinction.

    Written with unparalleled wit, clarity and intelligence; taking in new scientific discoveries of the past decade; and including new 'tales', illustrations and fractal diagrams, THE ANCESTOR'S TALE shows us how remarkable we are, how astonishing our history, and how intimate our relationship with the rest of the living world.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ANTIMATTER
    ANTIMATTER
    CLOSE FRANK
    ISBN: 9780199578870
    Title: ANTIMATTER
    Author: CLOSE FRANK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Antimatter explores a strange mirror world, where particles have identical yet opposite properties to those that make up the familiar matter we encounter everyday; where left becomes right, positive becomes negative; and where, should matter and antimatter meet, the two annihilate in a blinding flash of energy that makes even thermonuclear explosions look feeble by comparison. It is an idea long beloved of science-fiction stories - but here, renowned science writer Frank Close shows that the reality of antimatter is even more fascinating than the fiction itself. We know that once, antimatter and matter existed in perfect counterbalance, and that antimatter then perpetrated a vanishing act on a cosmic scale that remains one of the greatest mysteries of the universe. Today, antimatter does not exist normally, at least on Earth, but we know that it is real for scientists are now able to make small pieces of it in particle accelerators, such as that at CERN in Geneva. Looking at the remarkable prediction of antimatter and how it grew from the meeting point of relativity and quantum theory in the early 20th century, at the discovery of the first antiparticles, at cosmic rays, annihilation, antimatter bombs, and antiworlds, Close separates the facts from the fiction about antimatter, and explains how its existence can give us profound clues about the origins and structure of the universe.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $19.99
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