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  • WHY THE UNIVERSE EXISTS
    WHY THE UNIVERSE EXISTS
    ISBN: 9781473629684
    Title: WHY THE UNIVERSE EXISTS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    WHY THE UNIVERSE EXISTS takes you deep into the world of particle physics to explore how the universe functions at the smallest scales.

    As you read this, billions of neutrinos from the sun are passing through your body, antimatter is sprouting from your dinner and the core of your being is a chaotic mess of particles known only as quarks and gluons.

    If the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson piqued your interest, then WHY THE UNIVERSE EXISTS will take you deeper into the world of particle physics, with leading physicists and New Scientist exploring how the universe functions at the smallest scales.

    Find out about hunt for dark matter and why there is something rather than nothing. Discover how accelerators such as the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland are rewinding time to the first moments after the big bang, and how ghostly neutrino particles may hold the answers to the greatest mysteries of the universe.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WHY TIME FLIES : Mostly Scientific Investigation
    WHY TIME FLIES : Mostly Scientific Investigation
    BURDICK ALAN
    ISBN: 9781925603064
    Title: WHY TIME FLIES : Mostly Scientific Investigation
    Author: BURDICK ALAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    A witty, surprising, often moving and always insightful work of scientific writing that will ensure you never look at a clock the same way again.

    For more than two thousand years the world’s great minds have argued about the true essence of time. Is it finite or infinite? Is it continuous or discrete? Does it flow like a river or is it granular, proceeding in small bits like sand trickling through an hourglass? And most immediately, what is the present?

    What is time, exactly? Why does it seem to slow down when we’re bored and speed by as we get older? How and why does time fly?

    In this witty and meditative exploration, Alan Burdick takes readers on a personal quest to understand how and why we perceive time the way we do. He visits the most accurate clock in the world (which exists only on paper); discovers that ‘now’ actually happened a split-second ago; finds a twenty-fifth hour in the day; lives in the Arctic to lose all sense of time; and, for one fleeting moment in a neuroscientist’s lab, even makes time go backwards. Why Time Flies is a vivid and intimate examination of the clocks that tick inside us all.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WILD : AN ELEMENTAL JOURNEY
    WILD : AN ELEMENTAL JOURNEY
    GRIFFITHS JAY
    ISBN: 9780141006444
    Title: WILD : AN ELEMENTAL JOURNEY
    Author: GRIFFITHS JAY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'I took seven years over this work, spent all I had, my time, money and energy. Part of the journey was a green riot and parts a deathly bleakness. I got ill, I got well. I went to the freedom fighters of West Papua and sang my head off in their highlands. I met cannibals infinitely kinder and more trustworthy than the murderous missionaries who evangelise them. I anchored a boat to an iceberg where polar bears slept; ate witchetty grubs and visited sea gypsies. I found a paradox of wildness in the glinting softness of its charisma, for what is savage is in the deepest sense gentle and what is wild is kind. In the end - a strangely sweet result - I came back to a wild home ... '

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $26.95

    Price: $26.95
  • WILD BAROSSA : HOW PLANTS PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE CONNECT
    WILD BAROSSA : HOW PLANTS PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE CONNECT
    HALL CHRIS
    ISBN: 9780994613905
    Title: WILD BAROSSA : HOW PLANTS PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE CONNECT
    Author: HALL CHRIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    South Australia’s Barossa is a famous wine region, plus it is a vast naturepark, where wildlife is adopting and adapting to vineyards. Too often we see plants and wildlife as being separate, but Wild Barossa joins the dots and deepens our understanding of the natural world.

    Imprint: DIRECT FROM SUPPLIER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WIRELESS WISE FAMILIES : What Every Parent Needs to Know About Wireless Technologies
    WIRELESS WISE FAMILIES : What Every Parent Needs to Know About Wireless Technologies
    MCLEAN LYN
    ISBN: 9781925322248
    Title: WIRELESS WISE FAMILIES : What Every Parent Needs to Know About Wireless Technologies
    Author: MCLEAN LYN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    We love them, we depend on them, we fill our homes with them. We put them next to our sleeping babies and give them to our toddlers and children to play with. We use them for work, for entertainment, and for conducting our relationships. But how much do you know about mobile phones and other wireless devices and the radiation they emit?

    Did you know, for example, that your use of wireless devices can affect your children, your unborn children, and even your chances of conceiving? That wireless radiation has been shown to affect performance, mental health, relationships, and sleep? Or that many world authorities recommend reducing exposure to this radiation? 'Smart' families are exposed to wireless radiation from 'smart' devices. 'Wise' families make informed decisions about using wireless technologies safely.

    This book, by consumer advocate and educator Lyn McLean, shows you in simple, practical terms what you need know to live wisely in our ever more connected world.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WOMAN WHO CHANGED HER BRAIN   -   Revised Edition
    WOMAN WHO CHANGED HER BRAIN - Revised Edition
    ARROWSMITH-YOUNG BARBARA
    ISBN: 9781460752692
    Title: WOMAN WHO CHANGED HER BRAIN - Revised Edition
    Author: ARROWSMITH-YOUNG BARBARA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was born with severe learning disabilities that caused teachers to label her slow, stubborn - or worse. As a child, she read and wrote everything backward, struggled to process concepts in language, continually got lost, and was physically uncoordinated. She could make no sense of an analogue clock. But by relying on her formidable memory and iron will, she made her way to graduate school, where she chanced upon research that inspired her to invent cognitive exercises to "fix" her own brain. the Woman Who Changed Her Brain interweaves her personal tale with riveting case histories from her more than thirty years of working with both children and adults. Recent discoveries in neuroscience have conclusively demonstrated that, by engaging in certain mental tasks or activities, we actually change the structure of our brains-from the cells themselves to the connections between cells. the capability of nerve cells to change is known as neuroplasticity, and Arrowsmith-Young has been putting it into practice for decades. With great inventiveness, after combining two lines of research, Barbara developed unusual cognitive calisthenics that radically increased the functioning of her weakened brain areas to normal and, in some areas, even above normal levels. She drew on her intellectual strengths to determine what types of drills were required to target the specific nature of her learning problems, and she managed to conquer her cognitive deficits.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WOMEN AFTER ALL : SEX EVOLUTION AND THE END OF MALE SUPREMACY
    WOMEN AFTER ALL : SEX EVOLUTION AND THE END OF MALE SUPREMACY
    KONNER MELVIN
    ISBN: 9780393352313
    Title: WOMEN AFTER ALL : SEX EVOLUTION AND THE END OF MALE SUPREMACY
    Author: KONNER MELVIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There is a human genetic fluke that is surprisingly common, due to a change in a key pair of chromosomes. In the normal condition the two look the same, but in this disorder one is malformed and shrunken beyond recognition. The result is a shortened life span, higher mortality at all ages, an inability to reproduce, premature hair loss, and brain defects variously resulting in attention deficit, hyperactivity, conduct disorder, hypersexuality and an enormous excess of both outward and self-directed aggression. It is called maleness. Melvin Konner traces the arc of evolution to explain the relationships between women and men. With patience and wit he explores the knotty question of whether men are necessary in the biological destiny of the human race. He draws on multiple, colourful examples from the natural world-such as the mating habits of the octopus, black widow, angler fish and jacana-and argues that maleness in humans is hardly necessary to the survival of the species. In characteristically humorous and engaging prose, Konner sheds light on our biologically different identities, while noting the poignant exceptions that challenge the male/female divide. We meet hunter-gatherers such as those in Botswana, whose culture gave women a prominent place, invented the working mother, and respected women's voices around the fire. Recent human history has upset this balance, as a dense world of war fostered extreme male dominance. But our species has been recovering over the past two centuries, and an unstoppable move toward equality is afoot. It will not be the end of men, but it will be the end of male supremacy and a better, wiser world for women and men alike.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $23.95

    Price: $23.95
  • WONDER OF BIRDS : What They Tell Us About Ourselves the World, and a Better Future
    WONDER OF BIRDS : What They Tell Us About Ourselves the World, and a Better Future
    ROBBINS JIM
    ISBN: 9781863959841
    Title: WONDER OF BIRDS : What They Tell Us About Ourselves the World, and a Better Future
    Author: ROBBINS JIM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Our relationship to birds is different from our relationship to other wild creatures. We love to watch them, listen to them, keep them as pets, wear their feathers, even converse with them. Birds, Jim Robbins posits, have helped us in so many of our endeavours- learning to fly, clothing and feeding ourselves, and providing medical treatments. And they even have much to teach us about being human.

    A natural storyteller, Robbins illuminates how qualities unique to birds make them invaluable to humankind - from the wings of turkey buzzards influencing the Wright brothers' flight design, to the quietly powerful presence of eagles in a disadvantaged neighbourhood of Washington D.C. rehabilitating the troubled teenagers placed in charge of their care. Australian birds abound in this fascinating story, from the superb lyrebird, whose song is the most sophisticated in the world - and can include mimicry of other birds, koalas, and even crying babies and chainsaws - to the brush turkey, who helped scientists find out how dinosaurs first took to the skies.

    Exploring both cutting-edge scientific research and our oldest cultural beliefs, Robbins shows us that we must fight to save the imperilled bird population, for the sake of both the planet and humankind.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • WONDERS BEYOND NUMBERS : A History of All Things Mathematical
    WONDERS BEYOND NUMBERS : A History of All Things Mathematical
    BALL JOHNNY
    ISBN: 9781472939982
    Title: WONDERS BEYOND NUMBERS : A History of All Things Mathematical
    Author: BALL JOHNNY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Johnny Ball is by some margin Britain's most famous mathematician. Wonders Beyond Numbers is his magnum opus, and his first book for more than ten years. It is nothing less than the history of mathematics; he describes it as a summation of my career as an enthusiast for mathematics '. It will help spark (or re-spark) the reader 's love of maths in its many facets.
    The scope of the book is breathtaking. Running in something approaching chronological order, it shows that every breakthrough in maths represents a single step forward, resting on the work of others, and brings to life the importance of numbers, shapes and patterns in the world around us.
    It 's all-encompassing, yet written in a light and reader-friendly fashion, and filled with diagrams to help explain the maths. Dotted throughout will be anecdotes and stories from Johnny 's life and mathematical adventures, both in front of the camera and in the real world, too.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • YOU CAN STOP HUMMING NOW : A Doctor's Stories of Life Death and in Between
    YOU CAN STOP HUMMING NOW : A Doctor's Stories of Life Death and in Between
    LAMAS DANIELA J
    ISBN: 9780349412771
    Title: YOU CAN STOP HUMMING NOW : A Doctor's Stories of Life Death and in Between
    Author: LAMAS DANIELA J
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    An intimate look at the border between sickness and health and life after survival, by a critical care doctor.

    Modern medicine is a world that glimmers with promising technology and cutting edge research. To the public, the stories begin with sirens and culminate in survival and death. But these are only the most visible narratives. As a critical care doctor treating people at their sickest in twelve-hour increments, Dr Daniela Lamas is fascinated by a different story - what is life like for the people who survive?

    You Can Stop Humming Now begins with Lamas's memories of medical internship, when she replies to a Facebook friend request from a dying patient and became captivated by his photos of life before illness. From that starting point, Dr Lamas takes readers on a journey through the nether regions between sickness and health: men and women living with partial artificial hearts who must plug themselves into a wall socket each night; kidney transplant recipients who navigate life-long relationships with organ donors they found on Facebook; and young adults with cystic fibrosis who survive to adulthood they didn't think they would see. These are just some of the narratives of the people who come out the other side.

    You Can Stop Humming Now will appeal to readers who are fascinated by medical advance, but, more broadly, the book should be read by anyone who is curious about the grey areas in medicine and the nuances of life after survival - readers who are willing to see the uncertainty, humanity and ultimately the great promise at the edge of modern medicine.

    Imprint: PIATKUS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • YOUR BRAIN IS A TIME MACHINE : THE NEUROSCIENCE AND PHYSICS OF TIME
    YOUR BRAIN IS A TIME MACHINE : THE NEUROSCIENCE AND PHYSICS OF TIME
    BUONOMANO DEAN
    ISBN: 9780393247947
    Title: YOUR BRAIN IS A TIME MACHINE : THE NEUROSCIENCE AND PHYSICS OF TIME
    Author: BUONOMANO DEAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "Time" is the most common noun in the English language yet philosophers and scientists don't agree about what time actually is or how to define it. Perhaps this is because the brain tells, represents and perceives time in multiple ways. Dean Buonomano investigates the relationship between the brain and time, looking at what time is, why it seems to speed up or slow down and whether our sense that time flows is an illusion. Buonomano presents his theory of how the brain tells time, and illuminates such concepts as free will, consciousness, space-time and relativity from the perspective of a neuroscientist.

    Drawing on physics, evolutionary biology and philosophy, he reveals that the brain's ultimate purpose may be to predict the future-and thus that your brain is a time machine.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $38.99

    Price: $38.99
  • YOUR BRAIN KNOWS MORE THAN YOU THINK : The New Frontiers of Neuroplasticity
    YOUR BRAIN KNOWS MORE THAN YOU THINK : The New Frontiers of Neuroplasticity
    BIRBAUMER NIELS / ZITTLAU JORG
    ISBN: 9781925322361
    Title: YOUR BRAIN KNOWS MORE THAN YOU THINK : The New Frontiers of Neuroplasticity
    Author: BIRBAUMER NIELS / ZITTLAU JORG
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    Unlock your brain's hidden power.

    Too often, we humans tend to assume that nature is fixed, immutable - and this tendency is particularly strong when we think about matters of the mind and behaviour. People just can't change, we say, so they must somehow be prevented from becoming a burden on society or from hurting themselves and others. Neuroplasticity - the virtually limitless capacity of the brain to remould itself - turns these notions on their heads.

    Leading brain researcher Niels Birbaumer brings new hope to those suffering from depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction, dementia, the effects of a stroke, or even the extremes of locked-in syndrome or psychopathy. Like the fathers and mothers of psychiatry, Birbaumer explores the sometimes-wild frontiers of a new way of thinking about our brains and behaviour.

    Through actual cases from his research and practice, he shows how we can change through training alone, and without risky drugs, if we open our minds.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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