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  • WEATHER OBSESSION
    WEATHER OBSESSION
    ZION LAWRIE
    ISBN: 9780522868418
    Title: WEATHER OBSESSION
    Author: ZION LAWRIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We have come a long way since the days when weather information could only be found in the back pages of newspapers. The Weather Obsession takes the temperature of modern weather media and investigates how it has fuelled our fascination with all things climatic.

    Weather information now pervades everything from our mobile devices to online news and social media, while the Bureau of Meteorology is a daily destination for millions of us. What has made weather so much more than a mere talking point? What happens when this data becomes big business? And what is at stake when it comes to how the media frames our understanding of the relationship between extreme weather and climate change?

    The Weather Obsession lifts the lid on our insatiable appetite for meteorological media and shows that while we might not have stopped worrying about the forecast, almost all of us have learnt to love the BOM.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WEIRD DINOSAURS
    WEIRD DINOSAURS
    PICKRELL JOHN
    ISBN: 9781742234731
    Title: WEIRD DINOSAURS
    Author: PICKRELL JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    We’re in a golden age of discovery – and the fossils coming to light show dinosaurs were stranger, bigger, scarier and more diverse than we ever imagined.

    From outback Australia to the Gobi Desert and the savanna of Madagascar, award-winning science writer John Pickrell sets out on a world tour of new discoveries and meets the fossil hunters leading the charge. Discover the dwarf dinosaurs unearthed by an eccentric Transylvanian baron, an aquatic, crocodile-snouted carnivore bigger than T. rex, the Chinese dinosaur with wings like a bat, and a Patagonian sauropod so enormous it was heavier than two commercial jet airliners.

    Why did dinosaurs grow so huge? Did they all have feathers? And what do sauropods have in common with 1950s vacuum cleaners? Weird Dinosaurs examines the latest breakthroughs and new technologies radically transforming our understanding of the distant past.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WELL TEMPERED CITY : What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life
    WELL TEMPERED CITY : What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life
    ROSE JONATHAN F P
    ISBN: 9780062234735
    Title: WELL TEMPERED CITY : What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life
    Author: ROSE JONATHAN F P
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the vein of Jane Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great American Cities and Edward Glaeser's Triumph of the City, Jonathan F. P. Rose-a visionary in urban development and renewal-champions the role of cities in addressing the environmental, economic, and social challenges of the twenty-first century.

    Cities are birthplaces of civilization; centers of culture, trade, and progress; cauldrons of opportunity-and by 2080 will be home to 80 percent of the world's population. As the twenty-first century progresses, metropolitan areas will bear the brunt of global megatrends such as climate change, natural resource depletion, population growth, income inequality, mass migration, and education and health disparity, among many others.

    In The Well-Tempered City, Jonathan F. P. Rose-the man who “repairs the fabric of cities”-distills a lifetime of interdisciplinary research and firsthand experience into a five-pronged model for designing and reshaping cities with the goal of equalizing their landscape of opportunity. Drawing from the musical concept of “temperament,” Rose argues that well-tempered cities can be infused with systems that bend the arc of their development toward equality, resilience, adaptability, and well-being, to achieve ever-unfolding harmony between civilization and nature. While these goals may never be fully attained, if we at least aspire to them, and approach every plan and constructive step with this intention, our cities will be richer and happier.

    A celebration of the city and an impassioned argument for its role in addressing important issues in these volatile times, The Well-Tempered City is a well-reasoned, hopeful blueprint for a thriving metropolis-and the future.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • WHAT ARE YOU OPTIMISTIC ABOUT? : Todays Leading Thinkers on Why Things are Good and Getting Better
    WHAT ARE YOU OPTIMISTIC ABOUT? : Todays Leading Thinkers on Why Things are Good and Getting Better
    BROCKMAN JOHN [ED]
    ISBN: 9780061436932
    Title: WHAT ARE YOU OPTIMISTIC ABOUT? : Todays Leading Thinkers on Why Things are Good and Getting Better
    Author: BROCKMAN JOHN [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The nightly news and conventional wisdom tell us that things are bad and getting worse. Yet despite dire predictions, scientists see many good things on the horizon.

    John Brockman, publisher of Edge (www.edge.org), the influential online salon, recently asked more than 150 high-powered scientific thinkers to answer a vital question for our frequently pessimistic times: "What are you optimistic about?" Spanning a wide range of topics-from string theory to education, from population growth to medicine, and even from global warming to the end of world.

    What Are You Optimistic About? is an impressive array of what world-class minds (including Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestselling authors, and Harvard professors, among others) have weighed in to offer carefully considered optimistic visions of tomorrow. Their provocative and controversial ideas may rouse skepticism, but they might possibly change our perceptions of humanity's future.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHAT HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR MIND ABOUT? : Today's Leading Minds Rethink Everything
    WHAT HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR MIND ABOUT? : Today's Leading Minds Rethink Everything
    BROCKMAN JOHN [ED]
    ISBN: 9780061686542
    Title: WHAT HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR MIND ABOUT? : Today's Leading Minds Rethink Everything
    Author: BROCKMAN JOHN [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Even geniuses change their minds sometimes.

    Edge (www.edge.org), the influential online intellectual salon, recently asked 150 high-powered thinkers to discuss their most telling missteps and reconsiderations: What have you changed your mind about The answers are brilliant, eye-opening, fascinating, sometimes shocking, and certain to kick-start countless passionate debates.

    Steven Pinker on the future of human evolution • Richard Dawkins on the mysteries of courtship • SAM HARRIS on the indifference of Mother Nature • Nassim Nicholas Taleb on the irrelevance of probability • Chris Anderson on the reality of global warming • Alan Alda on the existence of God • Ray Kurzweil on the possibility of extraterrestrial life • Brian Eno on what it means to be a "revolutionary" • Helen Fisher on love, fidelity, and the viability of marriage • Irene Pepperberg on learning from parrots . . . and many others.

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHAT IF : SERIOUS SCIENTIFIC ANSWERS TO ABSURD HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS
    WHAT IF : SERIOUS SCIENTIFIC ANSWERS TO ABSURD HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS
    MUNROE RANDALL
    ISBN: 9781848549562
    Title: WHAT IF : SERIOUS SCIENTIFIC ANSWERS TO ABSURD HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS
    Author: MUNROE RANDALL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Science's most intriguing questions answered by the web's favourite writer, the genius behind xkcd.com.

    Munroe's hilarious and compelling answers explain everything from the odds of meeting your one true soulmate to how many humans a rampaging T-Rex would need to eat a day.

    From the creator of the wildly popular xkcd.com, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.

    Millions visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. Fans ask him a lot of strange questions: How fast can you hit a speed bump, driving, and live? When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British Empire? When will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than living? How many humans would a T Rex rampaging through New York need to eat a day?

    In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations and consults nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHAT IS LIFE
    WHAT IS LIFE
    SCHRODINGER ERWIN
    ISBN: 9781107604667
    Title: WHAT IS LIFE
    Author: SCHRODINGER ERWIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger's What is Life? is one of the great science classics of the twentieth century. It was written for the layman, but proved to be one of the spurs to the birth of molecular biology and the subsequent discovery of DNA.
    What is Life? appears here together with Mind and Matter, his essay investigating a relationship which has eluded and puzzled philosophers since the earliest times. Brought together with these two classics are Schrödinger's autobiographical sketches, which offer a fascinating account of his life as a background to his scientific writings.


    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $28.99

    Price: $28.99
  • WHAT IS YOUR DANGEROUS IDEA? : Todays Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable
    WHAT IS YOUR DANGEROUS IDEA? : Todays Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable
    BROCKMAN JOHN [ED]
    ISBN: 9780061214950
    Title: WHAT IS YOUR DANGEROUS IDEA? : Todays Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable
    Author: BROCKMAN JOHN [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The world's leading scientific thinkers explore bold, remarkable, perilous ideas that could change our lives-for better . . . or for worse . . .

    From Copernicus to Darwin, to current-day thinkers, scientists have always promoted theories and unveiled discoveries that challenge everything society holds dear; ideas with both positive and dire consequences. Many thoughts that resonate today are dangerous not because they are assumed to be false, but because they might turn out to be true.

    What do the world's leading scientists and thinkers consider to be their most dangerous idea? Through the leading online forum Edge (www.edge.org), the call went out, and this compelling and easily digestible volume collects the answers. From using medication to permanently alter our personalities to contemplating a universe in which we are utterly alone, to the idea that the universe might be fundamentally inexplicable, What Is Your Dangerous Idea? takes an unflinching look at the daring, breathtaking, sometimes terrifying thoughts that could forever alter our world and the way we live in it. Contributors include Daniel C. Dennett • Jared Diamond • Brian Greene • Matt Ridley • Howard Gardner and Freeman Dyson, among others

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHAT SHOULD WE BE WORRIED ABOUT? : Real Scenarios that keep Scientists up at Night
    WHAT SHOULD WE BE WORRIED ABOUT? : Real Scenarios that keep Scientists up at Night
    BROCKMAN JOHN [ED]
    ISBN: 9780062296238
    Title: WHAT SHOULD WE BE WORRIED ABOUT? : Real Scenarios that keep Scientists up at Night
    Author: BROCKMAN JOHN [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Drawing from the horizons of science, today's leading thinkers reveal the hidden threats nobody is talking about—and expose the false fears everyone else is distracted by.

    What should we be worried about That is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org ("The world's smartest website"—The Guardian), posed to the planet's most influential minds. He asked them to disclose something that, for scientific reasons, worries them—particularly scenarios that aren't on the popular radar yet. Encompassing neuroscience, economics, philosophy, physics, psychology, biology, and more—here are 150 ideas that will revolutionize your understanding of the world.

    Steven Pinker uncovers the real risk factors for war * Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi peers into the coming virtual abyss * Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek laments our squandered opportunities to prevent global catastrophe * Seth Lloyd calculates the threat of a financial black hole * Alison Gopnik on the loss of childhood * Nassim Nicholas Taleb explains why firefighters understand risk far better than economic "experts" * Matt Ridley on the alarming re-emergence of superstition * Daniel C. Dennett and george dyson ponder the impact of a major breakdown of the Internet * Jennifer Jacquet fears human-induced damage to the planet due to "the Anthropocebo Effect" * Douglas Rushkoff fears humanity is losing its soul * Nicholas Carr on the "patience deficit" * Tim O'Reilly foresees a coming new Dark Age * Scott Atran on the homogenization of human experience * Sherry Turkle explores what's lost when kids are constantly connected * Kevin Kelly outlines the looming "underpopulation bomb" * Helen Fisher on the fate of men * Lawrence Krauss dreads what we don't know about the universe * Susan Blackmore on the loss of manual skills * Kate Jeffery on the death of death * plus J. Craig Venter, Daniel Goleman, Virginia Heffernan, Sam Harris, Brian Eno, Martin Rees, and more.

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHAT THE DOG KNOWS : Scent Science and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World
    WHAT THE DOG KNOWS : Scent Science and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World
    WARREN CAT
    ISBN: 9781925321777
    Title: WHAT THE DOG KNOWS : Scent Science and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World
    Author: WARREN CAT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Taking the reader from crime scenes to training sites and science labs, talking and working with other handlers and trainers, and interviewing animal psychologists, forensic anthropologists, breeders, and scent researchers, Warren explains how working dogs can capture the hidden worlds their noses know and translate that arcane knowledge for humans. The fascinating concepts behind the complex capabilities of working dogs emerge as Warren weaves the world of science and dog cognition with her own experiences in the field — all with an unsentimental yet sensitive touch.

    What the Dog Knows tells the stories of cadaver dogs, drug and bomb detecting K9s, tracking and apprehension dogs — even dogs who can locate unmarked graves of Civil War soldiers and help find drowning victims more than two hundred feet below the surface of a lake. Working dogs sometimes seem magical, as they distinguish scent, cover territory, and accomplish tasks that no machine is yet capable of. With an additional chapter included in the paperback, What the Dog Knows reveals the science, the intense training, and the skilled handling that lie behind those abilities — and shows why we keep finding new uses for the wonderful noses of working dogs.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WHAT TO THINK ABOUT MACHINES THAT THINK : Today's Leading Thinkers on the Age of Machine Intelligence
    WHAT TO THINK ABOUT MACHINES THAT THINK : Today's Leading Thinkers on the Age of Machine Intelligence
    BROCKMAN JOHN [ED]
    ISBN: 9780062425652
    Title: WHAT TO THINK ABOUT MACHINES THAT THINK : Today's Leading Thinkers on the Age of Machine Intelligence
    Author: BROCKMAN JOHN [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As the world becomes ever more dominated by technology, John Brockman"s latest addition to the acclaimed and bestselling "Edge Question Series" asks more than 175 leading scientists, philosophers, and artists: What do you think about machines that think

    The development of artificial intelligence has been a source of fascination and anxiety ever since Alan Turing formalized the concept in 1950. Today, Stephen Hawking believes that AI "could spell the end of the human race." At the very least, its development raises complicated moral issues with powerful real-world implications-for us and for our machines.

    In this volume, recording artist Brian Eno proposes that we"re already part of an AI: global civilization, or what TED curator Chris Anderson elsewhere calls the hive mind. And author Pamela McCorduck considers what drives us to pursue AI in the first place.

    On the existential threat posed by superintelligent machines, Steven Pinker questions the likelihood of a robot uprising. Douglas Coupland traces discomfort with human-programmed AI to deeper fears about what constitutes "humanness." Martin Rees predicts the end of organic thinking, while Daniel C. Dennett explains why he believes the Singularity might be an urban legend.

    Provocative, enriching, and accessible, What Do You Think About Machines That Think may just be a practical guide to the not-so-distant future.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHAT WE CANNOT KNOW : From Consciousness to the Cosmos, the Cutting Edge of Science Explained
    WHAT WE CANNOT KNOW : From Consciousness to the Cosmos, the Cutting Edge of Science Explained
    DU SAUTOY MARCUS
    ISBN: 9780007576593
    Title: WHAT WE CANNOT KNOW : From Consciousness to the Cosmos, the Cutting Edge of Science Explained
    Author: DU SAUTOY MARCUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Britain's most famous mathematician takes us to the edge of knowledge to show us what we cannot know. Is the universe infinite?

    Do we know what happened before the Big Bang?

    Where is human consciousness located in the brain?

    And are there more undiscovered particles out there, beyond the Higgs boson?

    In the modern world, science is king: weekly headlines proclaim the latest scientific breakthroughs and numerous mathematical problems, once indecipherable, have now been solved. But are there limits to what we can discover about our physical universe?

    In this very personal journey to the edges of knowledge, Marcus du Sautoy investigates how leading experts in fields from quantum physics and cosmology, to sensory perception and neuroscience, have articulated the current lie of the land. In doing so, he travels to the very boundaries of understanding, questioning contradictory stories and consulting cutting edge data.

    Is it possible that we will one day know everything? Or are there fields of research that will always lie beyond the bounds of human comprehension? And if so, how do we cope with living in a universe where there are things that will forever transcend our understanding?

    In What We Cannot Know, Marcus du Sautoy leads us on a thought-provoking expedition to the furthest reaches of modern science. Prepare to be taken to the edge of knowledge to find out if there's anything we truly cannot know.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHATS NEXT?
    WHATS NEXT?
    AL-KHALILI JIM [ED]
    ISBN: 9781781258958
    Title: WHATS NEXT?
    Author: AL-KHALILI JIM [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Thought the science of the future was all hoverboards and space travel? Think again.
    Every day, scientists come up with the ingenious solutions and surprising discoveries that will define our future. So here, Jim Al-Khalili and his crack team of experts bin the crystal ball and use cutting-edge science to get a glimpse of what's in store.

    From whether teleportation is really possible (spoiler: it is), to what we'll do if Artificial Intelligence takes over, The Future takes on the big questions. And along the way, it'll answer questions like Will we find a cure to all diseases? An answer to climate change? Will bionics make us into superheroes?

    Touching on everything from genetics to transport, and nanotechnology to teleportation, The Future is a fascinating, fun and informative look at what's in store for the human race.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHEN : The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
    WHEN : The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
    PINK DANIEL H
    ISBN: 9781925498189
    Title: WHEN : The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
    Author: PINK DANIEL H
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When should you have your first coffee of the day? When should you ask for a raise? When should you get married? Daniel H. Pink has the life-changing answers to our questions about the mysteries of perfect timing.


    Daniel H. Pink, the bestselling author of Drive and To Sell is Human, unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school, and at home.

    Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don’t know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of ‘when’ decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork
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    Timing, it’s often assumed, is an art. In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Pink shows that timing is really a science.

    Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule? Why do certain breaks dramatically improve student test scores? How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Why should we avoid going to the hospital in the afternoon? Why is singing in time with other people as good for you as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quite a job, switch careers or get married?

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WHERE SONG BEGAN : Australia's Birds and How They Changed the World
    WHERE SONG BEGAN : Australia's Birds and How They Changed the World
    LOW TIM
    ISBN: 9780143572817
    Title: WHERE SONG BEGAN : Australia's Birds and How They Changed the World
    Author: LOW TIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Renowned for its unusual mammals, Australia is a land of birds that are just as unusual, just as striking, a result of the continent's tens of millions of years of isolation. Compared with birds elsewhere, ours are more likely to be intelligent, aggressive and loud, to live in complex societies, and are long-lived. They're also ecologically more powerful, exerting more influences on forests than other birds. But unlike the mammals, the birds did not keep to Australia; they spread around the globe. Australia provided the world with its songbirds and parrots, the most intelligent of all bird groups. It was thought in Darwin's time that species generated in the Southern Hemisphere could not succeed in the Northern, an idea that was proven wrong in respect of birds in the 1980s but not properly accepted by the world's scientists until 2004 - because, says Tim Low, most ornithologists live in the Northern Hemisphere. As a result, few Australians are aware of the ramifications, something which prompted the writing of this book. Tim Low has a rare gift for illuminating complex ideas in highly readable prose, and making of the whole a dynamic story. Here he brilliantly explains how our birds came to be so extraordinary, including the large role played by the foods they consume (birds, too, are what they eat), and by our climate, soil, fire, and Australia's legacy as a part of Gondwana. The story of its birds, it turns out, is inseparable from the story of Australia itself, and one that continues to unfold, so much having changed in the last decade about what we know of our ancient past. Where Song Began also shines a light on New Guinea as a biological region of Australia, as much a part of the continent as Tasmania. This is a work that goes far beyond the birds themselves to explore the relationships between Australia's birds and its people, and the ways in which scientific prejudice have hindered our understanding.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHERE THE ANIMALS GO : Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics
    WHERE THE ANIMALS GO : Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics
    CHESHIRE, JAMES
    ISBN: 9781846148811
    Title: WHERE THE ANIMALS GO : Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics
    Author: CHESHIRE, JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: PARTICULAR BOOKS
    RRP: $59.99
    Price: $59.99
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