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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: $17.99
  • ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?
    ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?
    DE WAAL FRANS
    ISBN: 9781783783069
    Title: ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?
    Author: DE WAAL FRANS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    What separates your mind from the mind of an animal?

    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 pre-eminent species on Earth. But in recent decades, claims of human superiority have been eroded by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Take the way octopuses use coconut shells as tools, or how elephants can classify humans by age, gender, and language. Take Ayumu, the young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University who demonstrates his species' exceptional photographic memory.

    Based on research on a range of animals, including crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales, and, of course, chimpanzees and bonobos, Frans de Waal explores the scope and depth of animal intelligence, revealing how we have grossly underestimated non-human brains. He overturns the view of animals as stimulus-response beings and opens our eyes to their complex and intricate minds. With astonishing stories of animal cognition, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? challenges everything you thought you knew about animal - and human - intelligence.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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: 9781474601887
    Title: ASCENT OF GRAVITY : The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything
    Author: CHOWN MARCUS
    Format: 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: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY
    ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY
    TYSON NEIL DEGRASSE
    ISBN: 9780393609394
    Title: ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY
    Author: TYSON NEIL DEGRASSE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The #1 New York Times Bestseller: The essential universe, from a celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.

    There’s no better guide through mind-expanding questions such as what the nature of space and time is, how we fit within the universe, and how the universe fits within us than Neil deGrasse Tyson.

    But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable any time and anywhere in the busy day. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry reveals just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • ATOM : The Building Block of Everything
    ATOM : The Building Block of Everything
    CHALLONER JACK
    ISBN: 9781782405566
    Title: ATOM : The Building Block of Everything
    Author: CHALLONER JACK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2018 NEW RELEAS

    Until now, popular science has relegated the atom to a supporting role in defining the different chemical elements of the periodic table.


    This bold new title places its subject centre stage, shining the spotlight directly onto the structure and properties of this tiniest amount of anything it is possible to identify. The book covers a huge range of topics, including the development of scientific thinking about the atom, the basic structure of the atom, how the interactions between atoms account for the familiar properties of everyday materials; the power and mystery of the atomic nucleus, and what the mysterious quantum realm of subatomic particles and their interactions can tell us about the very nature of reality. Sparkling text banishes an outdated world of dull chemistry, as it brightly introduces the reader to what everything is made of and how it all works, on the most fundamental level.

    Imprint: IVY
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • 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 QUEST
    BEE QUEST
    GOULSON DAVE
    ISBN: 9781784704803
    Title: BEE QUEST
    Author: GOULSON DAVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE

    The much-loved, Sunday Times bestselling author continues in his quest to change the way we think about bees...

    A hunt for the world's most elusive bees leads Dave Goulson from Salisbury plain to Sussex hedgerows, from Poland to Patagonia. Whether he is tracking great yellow bumblebees in the Hebrides or chasing orchid bees through the Ecuadorian jungle, Dave Goulson’s wit, humour and deep love of nature make him the ideal travelling companion.

    But perhaps Bee Quest is most fascinating when Dave Goulson explores closer to home, amongst the secret places hidden right under our noses: the abandoned industrial estates where great crested newts roam; or the rewilded estate at Knepp Castle, where, with the aid of some hairy, bluebell-eating Tamworth pigs, nightingale song has been heard for the first time in generations.

    This utterly charming book will inspire you to think about the ways in which we are all responsible for the future of our world. Through his scientific expertise and passion for conservation, Goulson shows us nature’s resilience against the odds, and that beauty hides in the most surprising places.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEFORE TIME BEGAN : The Big Bang and the Emerging Universe
    BEFORE TIME BEGAN : The Big Bang and the Emerging Universe
    SATZ HELMUT
    ISBN: 9780198792420
    Title: BEFORE TIME BEGAN : The Big Bang and the Emerging Universe
    Author: SATZ HELMUT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What is the origin of the universe? What was there before the universe appeared? We are presently witnessing a second Copernican revolution: neither our Earth and Sun nor our galaxy nor even our universe is the end of all things. This account of recent developments in modern cosmology introduces how the Big Bang took place and what preceded it.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $40.95

    Price: $40.95
  • BEHAVE : The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
    BEHAVE : The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
    SAPOLSKY ROBERT M
    ISBN: 9780099575061
    Title: BEHAVE : The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
    Author: SAPOLSKY ROBERT M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Why do human beings behave as they do?

    We are capable of savage acts of violence but also spectacular feats of kindness: is one side of our nature destined to win out over the other?

    Every act of human behaviour has multiple layers of causation, spiralling back seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, even centuries, right back to the dawn of time and the origins of our species.

    In the epic sweep of history, how does our biology affect the arc of war and peace, justice and persecution? How have our brains evolved alongside our cultures?

    This is the exhilarating story of human morality and the science underpinning the biggest question of all: what makes us human?

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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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