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  • 101 DILEMMAS FOR THE ARMCHAIR SCIENTIST
    101 DILEMMAS FOR THE ARMCHAIR SCIENTIST
    LEVY JOEL
    ISBN: 9780857625076
    Title: 101 DILEMMAS FOR THE ARMCHAIR SCIENTIST
    Author: LEVY JOEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This fascinating foray into the world of science tackles some perplexing problems that even the brainiest of scientists can't figure out. It presents you with 101 imaginative scenarios - from everyday life to the human body, and from the natural world to outer space - and provides the scientific reasons or theories behind why they are possible. Including: why an ant can survive in a microwave; why some people sneeze when they see bright light; and why it takes longer for a ball to come down than go up.

    Imprint: IVY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • 2062 : The World that AI Made
    2062 : The World that AI Made
    WALSH TOBY
    ISBN: 9781760640514
    Title: 2062 : The World that AI Made
    Author: WALSH TOBY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘We’ve had the run of planet earth for the last few hundred thousand years: this amazing blue green dot, revolving around a rather typical star on a minor spiral arm of the Milky Way. We owe it to our child homo digitalis to get the next few decades right.’

    2062 is the year by which we will have built machines as intelligent as us. This is what leading AI and robotics experts predict. But what will this future actually look like? When the quest to build intelligent machines has been successful, how will life on this planet unfold?

    In 2062, Toby Walsh considers the impact AI will have on work, war, politics, economics, everyday human life and, indeed, human death. Will robots become conscious? Will automation take away jobs? Will we become immortal machines ourselves, uploading our brains to the cloud?

    What lies in store for homo digitalis – the people of the not-so-distant future who will be living amongst fully functioning artificial intelligence? In the tradition of Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus, 2062 describes the choices we need to make today to ensure that future remains bright.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ACCESSORY TO WAR : The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military
    ACCESSORY TO WAR : The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military
    TYSON NEIL DEGRASSE / LANG AVIS
    ISBN: 9780393064445
    Title: ACCESSORY TO WAR : The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military
    Author: TYSON NEIL DEGRASSE / LANG AVIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An exploration of the age-old complicity between sky watchers and war fighters, from the best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.

    In this fascinating foray into the millennia-long relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist and "the world's best science communicator" (Times Literary Supplement) Neil deGrasse Tyson and writer-researcher Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war. "The overlap is strong, and the knowledge flows in both directions", say the authors, because astrophysicists and military planners care about many of the same things: multi-spectral detection, ranging, tracking, imaging, high ground, nuclear fusion and access to space. Tyson and Lang call it a "curiously complicit" alliance. "The universe is both the ultimate frontier and the highest of high grounds", they write. "Shared by both space scientists and space warriors, it’s a laboratory for one and a battlefield for the other. The explorer wants to understand it; the soldier wants to dominate it. But without the right technology—which is more or less the same technology for both parties—nobody can get to it, operate in it, scrutinise it, dominate it or use it to their advantage and someone else’s disadvantage."

    Spanning early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled warfare, Accessory to War is a richly researched and provocative examination of the intersection of science, technology, industry and power that will introduce Tyson’s millions of fans to yet another dimension of how the universe has shaped our lives and our world.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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 THE NUMBER GAMES : Numbers Trivia Puzzles Fun!
    ADAM SPENCERS THE NUMBER GAMES : Numbers Trivia Puzzles Fun!
    SPENCER ADAM
    ISBN: 9781925589696
    Title: ADAM SPENCERS THE NUMBER GAMES : Numbers Trivia Puzzles Fun!
    Author: SPENCER ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2018 NEW RELEAS

    Who’s smarter — a four-year-old chimp or a four-year-old human? How much does it cost to stop a computer virus? And will you really become a billionaire at 31?

    The answers to all these questions — as well as over 100 brainbusting and mind-bending number games, puzzles and quizzes — are in Adam Spencer's The Number Games. It doesn’t matter if you’re 6 or 60, this fascinating adventure from 1 to 100 is the perfect way to exercise the grey matter, keep you on your toes … and make you, well, generally AWESOME! So sharpen your pencils and get ready for this year’s most exciting battle: Adam Spencer’s The Number Games.

    Imprint: BRIO BOOKS
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • ADAM SPENCERS TOP 100
    ADAM SPENCERS TOP 100
    SPENCER ADAM
    ISBN: 9781925589597
    Title: ADAM SPENCERS TOP 100
    Author: SPENCER ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2018 New Release


    Imprint: BRIO BOOKS
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • 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: XOUM
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ADMISSIONS : A Life in Brain Surgery
    ADMISSIONS : A Life in Brain Surgery
    MARSH HENRY
    ISBN: 9781474603874
    Title: ADMISSIONS : A Life in Brain Surgery
    Author: MARSH HENRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A provocative and heartfelt new book from the brain surgeon and bestselling author of DO NO HARM

    Henry Marsh has spent a lifetime operating on the surgical frontline. There have been exhilarating highs and devastating lows, but his love for the practice of neurosurgery has never wavered. Prompted by his retirement from his full-time job in the NHS, and through his continuing work in Nepal and Ukraine, Henry has been forced to reflect more deeply about what forty years spent handling the human brain has taught him.

    Moving between encounters with patients in his London hospital, to those he treats in the more extreme circumstances of his work abroad, Henry faces up to the burden of responsibility that can come with trying to reduce human suffering. Unearthing memories of his early days as a medical student, and the experiences that shaped him as a young surgeon, he explores the difficulties of a profession that deals in probabilities rather than certainties, and where the overwhelming urge to prolong life can come at a tragic cost for both patients and for those who love them.

    In this searing, provocative and deeply personal memoir, the bestselling author of Do No Harm finds new purpose in his own life as he approaches the end of his professional career, and a fresh understanding of what matters to us all in the end.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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
  • 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 THAT REMAINS : A Life in Death
    ALL THAT REMAINS : A Life in Death
    BLACK SUE
    ISBN: 9780857524935
    Title: ALL THAT REMAINS : A Life in Death
    Author: BLACK SUE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the world's leading forensic scientists explores death and the meaning of death and life.

    Professor Dame Sue Black discusses the subject she grapples with every day - Death - bringing her unique perspective to the multitudinous circumstances in which life is lost. From the painful grieving process after losing a loved one, to violence, murder, criminal dismemberment, missing persons, war (such as Kosovo), natural disasters (such as a tsunami), unidentified bodies, historical remains -- involving investigative agencies, lawyers, justice, criminal sentences, and always sadness and pain, she takes us on a scientific and reflective journey explaining the genetic DNA traits that develop before our birth, and those traits and features we gather in the twists and turns through life, all of which add up to an identity that reveals itself in death.
    Riveting as the best crime novel, and leavened with humour, this is an enriching and reassuring read and a parallel celebration of life.

    Imprint: DOUBLEDAY
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ANAESTHESIA : The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness
    ANAESTHESIA : The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness
    COLE-ADAMS KATE
    ISBN: 9781925498202
    Title: ANAESTHESIA : The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness
    Author: COLE-ADAMS KATE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A hundred and seventy years ago many people would have chosen to die rather than undergo theordeal of surgery. Today, even major operations are routine. Anaesthesia has made them possible.

    But how much do we really know about what happens when we go under? Can we hear what’s going on around us? Is pain still pain if we are not awake to feel it, or don’t remember it afterwards? How does the unconscious mind deal with the body’s experience of being cut open and ransacked? And what happens to those rare patients who wake up under the knife?

    Haunting, lyrical, sometimes shattering, Anaesthesia leavens science with personal experience – and
    brings an intensely human curiosity to the unknowable realm beyond consciousness.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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
  • ANCIENT ASTRONOMY - Allah's Narrative
    ANCIENT ASTRONOMY - Allah's Narrative
    AHMED MASOOD
    ISBN: 9781983512537
    Title: ANCIENT ASTRONOMY - Allah's Narrative
    Author: AHMED MASOOD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE




    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
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