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  • 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
  • ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?
    ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?
    DE WAAL FRANS
    ISBN: 9781783783045
    Title: ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?
    Author: DE WAAL FRANS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From world-renowned biologist and primatologist Frans de Waal, a groundbreaking work which challenges everything we think we know about animal intelligence.

    What separates your mind from an animal's? Maybe you think it's your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your grasp of past and future; all traits that have helped us define ourselves as the preeminent species on Earth. But in recent decades, these claims have been eroded, or disproven outright, by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Take the way octopuses use coconut shells as tools; elephants that classify humans by age, gender, and language; or Ayumu, the young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University whose photographic memory puts that of humans to shame. Based on research involving crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales, and of course chimpanzees and bonobos, Frans de Waal explores the scope and the depth of animal intelligence, revealing how we have grossly underestimated their abilities.

    People often assume there is a cognitive ladder, from lower to higher forms, with human intelligence at the top. But what if it is more like a bush, with cognition taking different forms that are often incomparable to ours? Would you presume yourself dumber than a squirrel because you're less adept at recalling the locations of hundreds of buried acorns? Or judge your perception of your surroundings as more sophisticated than that of a echolocating bat? De Waal tells of the rise and fall of a view of animals as stimulus-reponse beings, and opens our eyes to their complex and intrricate minds. With astonishing stories of animal cognition, expert science and De Waal's deeply enquiring mind, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? challenges everything you thought you knew about animal-and human-intelligence.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ART INSINCT : BEAUTY PLEASURE AND HUMAN EVOLUTION
    ART INSINCT : BEAUTY PLEASURE AND HUMAN EVOLUTION
    DUTTON DENIS
    ISBN: 9780199580736
    Title: ART INSINCT : BEAUTY PLEASURE AND HUMAN EVOLUTION
    Author: DUTTON DENIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    The Dinka have a connoisseur's appreciation of the patterns and colours of the markings on their cattle. The Japanese tea ceremony is regarded as a performance art. Some cultures produce carving but no drawing; others specialize in poetry. Yet despite the rich variety of artistic expression to be found across many cultures, we all share a deep sense of aesthetic pleasure. The need to create art of some form is found in every human society. In The Art Instinct, Denis Dutton explores the idea that this need has an evolutionary basis: how the feelings that we all share when we see a wonderful landscape or a beautiful sunset evolved as a useful adaptation in our hunter-gather ancestors, and have been passed on to us today, manifest in our artistic natures. Why do people indulge in displaying their artistic skills? How can we understand artistic genius? Why do we value art, and what is it for? These questions have long been asked by scholars in the humanities and in literature, but this is the first book to consider the biological basis of this deep human need. This sparking and intelligent book looks at these deep and fundamental questions, and combines the science of evolutionary psychology with aesthetics, to shed new light on longstanding questions about the nature of art.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • ASCENT OF GRAVITY : The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything
    ASCENT OF GRAVITY : The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything
    CHOWN MARCUS
    ISBN: 9781474601870
    Title: ASCENT OF GRAVITY : The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything
    Author: CHOWN MARCUS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why the force that keeps our feet on the ground holds the key to understanding time and the origin of the universe

    Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world yet it is the strongest force in the universe. It was the first force to be recognised and described yet it is the least understood. It is a 'force' that keeps your feet on the ground yet no such force actually exists.

    Gravity, to steal the words of Winston Churchill, is 'a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma'. And penetrating that enigma promises to answer the biggest questions in science: what is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from?

    Award-winning writer Marcus Chown takes us on an unforgettable journey from the recognition of the 'force' of gravity in 1666 to the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. And, as we stand on the brink of a seismic revolution in our worldview, he brings us up to speed on the greatest challenge ever to confront physics.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AT THE EDGE OF UNCERTAINTY : 11 DISCOVERIES TAKING SCIENCE BY SURPRISE
    AT THE EDGE OF UNCERTAINTY : 11 DISCOVERIES TAKING SCIENCE BY SURPRISE
    BROOKS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781781251287
    Title: AT THE EDGE OF UNCERTAINTY : 11 DISCOVERIES TAKING SCIENCE BY SURPRISE
    Author: BROOKS MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The atom. The Big Bang. DNA. Natural selection. All ideas that have revolutionised science - and that were dismissed out of hand when they first appeared. The surprises haven't stopped: here, Michael Brooks, bestselling author of 13 Things that Don't Make Sense, investigates the new wave of unexpected insights that are shaping the future of scientific discovery.

    Through eleven radical new insights, Brooks takes us to the extreme frontiers of what we understand about the world. He journeys from the observations that might rewrite our history of the universe, through the novel biology behind our will to live, and on to the physiological root of consciousness. Along the way, he examines how the underrepresentation of women in clinical trials means that many of the drugs we use are less effective on women than men and more likely to have adverse effects, explores how merging humans with other species might provide a solution to the shortage of organ donors, and finds out if there is such a thing as the will to live.

    When we think about science, we often think of iron-clad facts. But today more than ever, our unshakeable truths have been shaken apart. As Michael Brooks reveals, the best science is about open-mindedness, imagination and a love of mind-boggling adventures at the edge of uncertainty.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • ATMOSPHERE OF HOPE : SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS
    ATMOSPHERE OF HOPE : SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS
    FLANNERY TIM
    ISBN: 9781925355406
    Title: ATMOSPHERE OF HOPE : SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS
    Author: FLANNERY TIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Ten years after his internationally bestselling The Weather Makers, acclaimed author and scientist Tim Flannery argues that Earth's climate system is approaching a crisis. Catastrophe is not inevitable, but time is fast running out. In the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Summit to be held in Paris in December 2015, Atmosphere of Hope provides both a snapshot of the trouble we are in and an up-to-the-minute analysis of some of the new possibilities for mitigating climate change that are emerging now.

    From atmospheric carbon capture through extensive seaweed farming, CO2 snow production in Antarctica and the manufacture of carbon-rich biochar to reflecting the sun's rays by releasing sulphur into the atmosphere and painting landscapes and cities white, Flannery outlines an array of innovative technologies that give cause for hope.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ATOM      (Icon Science)
    ATOM (Icon Science)
    BIZONY PIERS
    ISBN: 9781785782053
    Title: ATOM (Icon Science)
    Author: BIZONY PIERS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Riddled with jealousy, rivalry, missed opportunities and moments of genius, the history of the atom’s discovery is as bizarre, as capricious, and as weird as the atom itself.

    John Dalton gave us the first picture of the atom in the early 1800s. Almost 100 years later the young misfit New Zealander, Ernest Rutherford, showed the atom consisted mostly of space, and in doing so overturned centuries of classical science. It was a brilliant Dane, Neils Bohr, who made the next great leap - into the incredible world of quantum theory. Yet he and a handful of other revolutionary young scientists weren't prepared for the shocks Nature had up her sleeve.

    This ‘insightful, compelling’ book (New Scientist) reveals the mind-bending discoveries that were destined to upset everything we thought we knew about reality and unleash a dangerous new force upon the world. Even today, as we peer deeper and deeper into the atom, it throws back as many questions at us as answers.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BACKROOM BOYS : THE SECRET RETURN OF THE BRITISH BOFFIN
    BACKROOM BOYS : THE SECRET RETURN OF THE BRITISH BOFFIN
    SPUFFORD FRANCIS
    ISBN: 9780571214976
    Title: BACKROOM BOYS : THE SECRET RETURN OF THE BRITISH BOFFIN
    Author: SPUFFORD FRANCIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.95
    Price: $24.95
  • BAD IDEAS : AN ARRESTING HISTORY OF OUR INVENTIONS
    BAD IDEAS : AN ARRESTING HISTORY OF OUR INVENTIONS
    WINSTON ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780553819557
    Title: BAD IDEAS : AN ARRESTING HISTORY OF OUR INVENTIONS
    Author: WINSTON ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We are born with the instinct to create and invent. Indeed our ability to do so is what separates we humans from the rest of the animal world. The moment man first converted a stone to a useful tool set him on a relentless path toward greater control and power over his environment. But have our creative ideas always produced desirable results in line with their original good intention? How many ill-effects and dangers have they brought about along the way? And have they really served us well? BAD IDEAS? traces the fascinating history of our attempts at self-improvement but also questions their value. The dubious consequences of the development of weaponry, for example, is self-evident from the primitive but lethal sling to the devastating nuclear bomb. But what of apparently more innocuous inventions such as farming, writing or medicine? All were initiated for the greater good but have nonetheless produced unforeseen fallout that continues to this day. What are their undesirable side-effects, how did they emerge over the years and where will they take us in the future? Written against a huge historical canvas, we join Robert Winston on a thrilling and inspiring journey from our earliest days to the present. We learn about the history of modern science, engineering, IT and much more, following the unexpected twists and turns of their progress. We meet the individuals who played a key role in their development, and share quirky anecdotes about their lives and brainwaves. Inspiring, unusual, and at times controversial, BAD IDEAS? enables us by appreciating the past to look forward to the technological opportunities and ethical challenges of the future. In so doing it celebrates man's extraordinary capacity for achievement whilst warning us that his good intentions can sometimes end up as thoroughly bad ideas.

    Imprint: BANTAM
    RRP: $24.95
    Price: $24.95
  • BAD PHARMA : HOW DRUG COMPANIES MISLEAD DOCTORS AND HARM PATIENTS
    BAD PHARMA : HOW DRUG COMPANIES MISLEAD DOCTORS AND HARM PATIENTS
    GOLDACRE BEN
    ISBN: 9780007498086
    Title: BAD PHARMA : HOW DRUG COMPANIES MISLEAD DOCTORS AND HARM PATIENTS
    Author: GOLDACRE BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess. Doctors and patients need good scientific evidence to make informed decisions. But instead, companies run bad trials on their own drugs, which distort and exaggerate the benefits by design. When these trials produce unflattering results, the data is simply buried. All of this is perfectly legal. In fact, even government regulators withhold vitally important data from the people who need it most. Doctors and patient groups have stood by too, and failed to protect us. Instead, they take money and favours, in a world so fractured that medics and nurses are now educated by the drugs industry. Patients are harmed in huge numbers. Ben Goldacre is Britain's finest writer on the science behind medicine, and BAD PHARMA is a clear and witty attack, showing exactly how the science has been distorted, how our systems have been broken, and how easy it would be to fix them.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BAD SCIENCE
    BAD SCIENCE
    GOLDACRE BEN
    ISBN: 9780007284870
    Title: BAD SCIENCE
    Author: GOLDACRE BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    GUARDIAN columnist Dr Ben Goldacre takes us on a hilarious, invigorating and informative journey through the bad science we're fed by the worst of the hacks and the quacks.

    When Dr Ben Goldacre saw someone on daytime TV dipping her feet in an 'Aqua Detox' footbath, releasing her toxins into the water and turning it brown, he thought he'd try the same at home. 'Like some kind of Johnny Ball cum Witchfinder General', using his girlfriend's Barbie doll, he gently passed an electrical current through the warm salt water. It turned brown. In his words: 'before my very eyes, the world's first Detox Barbie was sat, with her feet in a pool of brown sludge, purged of a weekend's immorality.' Dr Ben Goldacre is the author of the BAD SCIENCE column in the GUARDIAN and his book is about all the 'bad science' we are constantly bombarded with in the media and in advertising. At a time when science is used to prove everything and nothing, everyone has their own 'bad science' moments - from the useless pie-chart on the back of cereal packets to the use of the word 'visibly' in cosmetics ads.

    This book will help people to quantify their instincts - that a lot of the so-called 'science' which appears in the media and in advertising is just wrong or misleading. Satirical and amusing - and unafraid to expose the ridiculous - it provides the reader with the facts they need to differentiate the good from the bad.

    Full of spleen, this is a hilarious, invigorating and informative journey through the world of BAD SCIENCE.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEAUTIFUL QUESTION : FINDING NATURES DEEP DESIGN
    BEAUTIFUL QUESTION : FINDING NATURES DEEP DESIGN
    WILCZEK FRANK
    ISBN: 9780718199463
    Title: BEAUTIFUL QUESTION : FINDING NATURES DEEP DESIGN
    Author: WILCZEK FRANK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In this scientific tour de force, world-class physicist Frank Wilczek argues that beauty is at the heart of the logic of the universe. As the quest to find the beauty embodied in the universe has connected all scientific pursuit, from Pythagoras to Einstein, Wilczek shows us just how deeply intertwined our ideas about beauty and art are with our understanding of the cosmos.
    A Beautiful Question is a mind-expanding book combining the age-old human quest for beauty with the age-old human quest for truth.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEE JOURNAL  -  (The Birds and the Bees)
    BEE JOURNAL - (The Birds and the Bees)
    BORODALE SEAN
    ISBN: 9781784871130
    Title: BEE JOURNAL - (The Birds and the Bees)
    Author: BORODALE SEAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bee Journal is a poem-journal of beekeeping that chronicles the life of the hive. It observes the living architecture of the comb, the range and locality of the colony; its flights, flowers, water sources, parasites, lives and deaths. Because of its genesis as a working journal, there is here an unusual intimacy and scrutiny of life and death in nature. The language is dense and clotted, the imagery thrillingly fresh, and the observing eye close, scrupulous and full of wonder.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEGINNERS GUIDE TO WINNING THE NOBEL PRIZE
    BEGINNERS GUIDE TO WINNING THE NOBEL PRIZE
    DOHERTY PETER
    ISBN: 9780522866667
    Title: BEGINNERS GUIDE TO WINNING THE NOBEL PRIZE
    Author: DOHERTY PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Is it possible to be passionate about politics, football or RandB and still be a creative scientist? In this entertaining and inspiring account, Nobel Prize winner Peter Doherty offers readers an insider's guide into discovery science and the individuals who work in it. Starting with the story of his own career and its improbable origins in the outer suburbs of Brisbane, and its progression to a breakthrough discovery about how human immunity works. Doherty explores the realities of a life in science. How research projects are selected; how discovery science is resourced and organised; the big problems it is trying to solve; and the rewards and pitfalls of a career in scientific research: all these are explored in The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize. Doherty gives readers an insight into the issues that make him tick including his belief that the mission of science is to help make the world a better place to live in. He also essays answers to some of the great questions of our age. Are Nobel Prize winners exceptional human beings or just lucky? Are GMO crops really dangerous? Why can't scientists and born-again Christians get along?

    Imprint: MIEGUNYAH PRESS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEING A DOG : FOLLOWING THE DOG INTO A WORLD OF SMELL
    BEING A DOG : FOLLOWING THE DOG INTO A WORLD OF SMELL
    HOROWITZ ALEXANDRA
    ISBN: 9781471159923
    Title: BEING A DOG : FOLLOWING THE DOG INTO A WORLD OF SMELL
    Author: HOROWITZ ALEXANDRA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Alexandra Horowitz’s runaway bestseller Inside of a Dog began a movement among dog owners to not just quietly accept and enjoy the presence of the pooch at their sides, but to wonder at that dog, and let him show us how he sees the world, and what he knows.

    What the dog sees and knows comes mostly through his nose, and the information that every dog has about the world based on smell is unthinkably rich. It is rich in a way we humans once knew something about, once even acted on, but have since neglected. By smelling, tapping into this sensory resource that we have but that we largely ignore, the dog has become an informant. To a dog, there is no such thing as ‘fresh air.’ Every gulp of air is full of information.

    In Being a Dog, Horowitz, a research scientist in the field of dog cognition, explores what the nose knows as never done before by taking an imaginative leap into what it is like to be a dog. Under the tutelage of her family dogs, Finnegan and Upton, Horowitz sets off on a quest to make sense of scents, combining a personal journey of smelling with a tour through the cutting edge and improbable science behind the olfactory abilities of the dog.

    From revealing the spectacular biology of the dog nose, to following a tracking dog being put through his paces and trying herself to become a better smeller, Horowitz covers the topic of noses – both canine and human – from surprising, novel, and always fascinating angles. As we come to understand how rich, complex, and exciting the world around us appears to the canine nose, Horowitz changes our perspective on dogs forever.

    Readers will finish this book feeling that they have glimpsed or sensed or smelled into the fourth dimension, literally breaking free of their human constraints and understanding smell as never before; that they have, for however fleetingly, been a dog.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEING MORTAL : ILLNESS MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END
    BEING MORTAL : ILLNESS MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END
    GAWANDE ATUL
    ISBN: 9781846685828
    Title: BEING MORTAL : ILLNESS MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END
    Author: GAWANDE ATUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From the international bestselling author of Better, Complications and The Checklist Manifesto and Reith Lecturer 2014, a revolutionary and emotionally searing account of death, dying and medicine.

    For most of human history, death was a common, ever-present possibility. It didn't matter whether you were five or fifty - every day was a roll of the dice. But now, as medical advances push the boundaries of survival further each year, we have become increasingly detached from the reality of being mortal. So here is a book about the modern experience of mortality - about what it's like to get old and die, how medicine has changed this and how it hasn't, where our ideas about death have gone wrong. With his trademark mix of perceptiveness and sensitivity, Atul Gawande outlines a story that crosses the globe, as he examines his experiences as a surgeon and those of his patients and family, and learns to accept the limits of what he can do.

    Never before has aging been such an important topic. The systems that we have put in place to manage our mortality are manifestly failing; but, as Gawande reveals, it doesn't have to be this way. The ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death, but a good life - all the way to the very end.

    Published in partnership with the Wellcome Collection, a free visitor destination that explores the connections between medicine, life and art.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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