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  • 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
  • WOMENS BRAIN BOOK : The Neuroscience of Health Hormones and Happiness
    WOMENS BRAIN BOOK : The Neuroscience of Health Hormones and Happiness
    MCKAY SARAH
    ISBN: 9780733638527
    Title: WOMENS BRAIN BOOK : The Neuroscience of Health Hormones and Happiness
    Author: MCKAY SARAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For women, understanding how the brain works during the key stages of life - in utero, childhood, puberty and adolescence, pregnancy and motherhood, menopause and old age - is essential to their health. Dr Sarah McKay is a neuroscientist who knows everything worth knowing about women's brains, and shares it in this fascinating, essential book.

    Understanding how the brain grows and changes through the stages of life is key to health and wellbeing. This is not a book about the differences between male and female brains, nor a book using neuroscience to explain gender-specific behaviours, the 'battle of the sexes' or 'Mars-Venus' stereotypes. This is a book about what happens inside the brains and bodies of women as they move through the phases of life, and the unique - and often misunderstood - effects of female biology and hormones.

    Dr McKay give insights into brain development during infancy, childhood and the teenage years (including the onset of puberty) and also takes a look at mental health as well as the ageing brain. The book weaves together findings from the research lab, case studies and interviews with neuroscientists and other researchers working in the disciplines of neuroendocrinology, brain development, brain health and ageing.

    This comprehensive guide explores the brain during significant life stages, including:
    In utero
    Childhood
    Puberty
    The Menstrual Cycle
    The Teenage Brain
    Depression and Anxiety
    Pregnancy and Motherhood
    Menopause
    The Ageing Brain

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WONDER DOWN UNDER : A User's Guide to the Vagina
    WONDER DOWN UNDER : A User's Guide to the Vagina
    BROCHMANN NINA
    ISBN: 9781473666900
    Title: WONDER DOWN UNDER : A User's Guide to the Vagina
    Author: BROCHMANN NINA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    You might have thought you knew your own genitals? Think again!

    THE WONDER DOWN UNDER explains everything you ever wanted to know about the vagina but didn't dare ask. Learn the truth about the clitoris' inner life, the menstrual hormone dance and whether the vaginal orgasm really exists. The book helps you understand how different types of contraception work in the body, what a "normal" vulva looks like and how wearing socks can change your sex life.

    Medical students and sex educators Nina Brochmann and Ellen Stokken Dahl draw on their medical expertise to bring vagina enlightenment to the world. Their no-nonsense approach, written with great humour, makes this a must-read for women (and men!) of all ages.

    Say goodbye to the myths and misconceptions surrounding female anatomy, this is a timely and empowering book that will inspire women to make informed choices about their sexual health.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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: BLACK INC
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • WONDERFUL MR WILLUGHBY : The First True Ornithologist
    WONDERFUL MR WILLUGHBY : The First True Ornithologist
    BIRKHEAD TIM
    ISBN: 9781408878484
    Title: WONDERFUL MR WILLUGHBY : The First True Ornithologist
    Author: BIRKHEAD TIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    From the author of Bird Sense and The Most Perfect Thing, a biography of Francis Willughby, the first ornithologist

    Francis Willughby lived and thrived in the midst of the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. Along with his Cambridge tutor John Ray, Willughby was determined to overhaul the whole of natural history and impose order on its complexity. It was exhilarating, exacting and exhausting work. Yet before Willughby and Ray could complete their monumental encyclopaedia of birds, Ornithology, Willughby died. In the centuries since, Ray 's reputation has grown, obscuring that of his collaborator. Now, for the first time, Willughby 's own story and genius are given the attention they deserve.

    In his short life, Willughby - an original member the Royal Society - finessed the differentiation of birds though identification of their distinguishing features and asked questions that were centuries ahead of their time. His discoveries and his approach to natural history continue to be relevant and revelatory today.

    With a fellow expert 's understanding and passion, Tim Birkhead celebrates how Willughby 's endeavours set a standard for the way birds and natural history should be studied. Rich with glorious detail, The Wonderful Mr Willughby is a fascinating insight into a thrilling period of scientific history and a lively biography of a man who lived at its heart.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • 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
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • YOUR CONSCIOUS MIND : Unravelling the Greatest Mystery of the Human Brain
    YOUR CONSCIOUS MIND : Unravelling the Greatest Mystery of the Human Brain
    NEW SCIENTIST
    ISBN: 9781473629622
    Title: YOUR CONSCIOUS MIND : Unravelling the Greatest Mystery of the Human Brain
    Author: NEW SCIENTIST
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A voyage through the mind to discover what consciousness really is, and what we can learn when it goes awry.

    What is this strange mental world that seems so essential to being human? The conscious mind brings together sensations, perceptions, thoughts and memories to generate the seamless movie of a person's life. It makes us aware of the world around us and our own self. How all this emerges from a kilogram of brain cells is one of the greatest unanswered questions.

    In OUR BEAUTIFUL MINDS leading brain scientists and New Scientist take you on a journey through the mind to discover what consciousness really is, and what we can learn when it goes awry. Find out if we will ever build conscious machines, what animal consciousness can tell us about being human and explore the enigma of free will.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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