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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 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • ADMISSIONS : A Life in Brain Surgery
    ADMISSIONS : A Life in Brain Surgery
    MARSH HENRY
    ISBN: 9781474605892
    Title: ADMISSIONS : A Life in Brain Surgery
    Author: MARSH HENRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • 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
  • AN ENTERTAINMENT FOR ANGELS
    AN ENTERTAINMENT FOR ANGELS
    FARA PATRICIA
    ISBN: 9781785782077
    Title: AN ENTERTAINMENT FOR ANGELS
    Author: FARA PATRICIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Electricity was the scientific fashion of the Enlightenment, 'an Entertainment for Angels, rather than for Men'. Lecturers attracted huge audiences to marvel at sparkling fountains, flaming drinks, pirouetting dancers and electrified boys. Enlightenment optimists predicted that this new-found power of nature would cure illnesses, improve crop production, even bring the dead back to life.

    Benjamin Franklin, better known as one of America's founding fathers, played a key role in developing the new instruments and theories of electricity during the eighteenth century. Celebrated for drawing lightning down from the sky with a kite, Franklin was an Enlightenment expert on electricity, developing one of the most successful explanations of this mysterious phenomenon.

    But Patricia Fara, Senior Tutor of Clare College Cambridge, reveals how the study of electricity became intertwined with Enlightenment politics. By demonstrating their control of the natural world, Enlightenment philosophers hoped to gain authority over society. And their stunning electrical performances provided dramatic evidence of their special powers.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2017 NEW RELEASE

    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
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