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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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: BOXTREE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: XOUM
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ADAPT : How We Can Learn from Natures's Strangest Inventions
    ADAPT : How We Can Learn from Natures's Strangest Inventions
    KHAN AMINA
    ISBN: 9781786492272
    Title: ADAPT : How We Can Learn from Natures's Strangest Inventions
    Author: KHAN AMINA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    If a fly's eye can see without hundreds of fancy lenses, and termite mounds can stay cool in the desert without air conditioning, it stands to reason that nature can teach us a thing or two about technology and innovation.

    In Adapt, Amina Khan explores the exciting new science of biomimicry, which shows how we can borrow designs from nature to solve complex problems. The field is growing rapidly and everyone from architects to biologists to nano-technicians to engineers are paying attention. Whether it's maximizing wind power by arranging turbines to imitate schools of fish or aping the skin of a cuttlefish to make military camouflage gear, nature is already inspiring technological breakthroughs.

    Adapt shares the weird and wonderful ways that nature has been working smarter and not harder, and shows us that by looking to her for new and innovative ideas, we can design more sustainably and efficiently for our future. An entertaining eulogy to the power of evolution, this is also a must-read for anyone with an interest in design and technology.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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: 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: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • 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: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE

    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 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
  • 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: MAY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    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
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