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  • TO EXPLAIN THE WORLD : THE DISCOVERY OF MODERN SCIENCE
    TO EXPLAIN THE WORLD : THE DISCOVERY OF MODERN SCIENCE
    WEINBERG STEVEN
    ISBN: 9780141980874
    Title: TO EXPLAIN THE WORLD : THE DISCOVERY OF MODERN SCIENCE
    Author: WEINBERG STEVEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In To Explain the World, pre-eminent theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg offers a rich and irreverent history of science from a unique perspective - that of a scientist. Moving from ancient Miletus to medieval Baghdad to Oxford, and from the Museum of Alexandria to the Royal Society of London, he shows that the scientists of the past not only did not understand what we understand about the world - they did not understand what there is to understand. Yet eventually, through the struggle to solve such mysteries as the backward movement of the planets and the rise and fall of tides, the modern discipline of science emerged.



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • TOUCH : THE SENSE THAT MAKES US HUMAN
    TOUCH : THE SENSE THAT MAKES US HUMAN
    LINDEN DAVID J
    ISBN: 9780241184066
    Title: TOUCH : THE SENSE THAT MAKES US HUMAN
    Author: LINDEN DAVID J
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why does holding a hot drink make us like people more?

    How can a soldier under fire not even notice he's been shot?

    What makes sex so much fun?

    Touch is the most important sense we have. Without it, we cannot entirely feel pleasure or pain - we are less than human.

    In fact, as David Linden demonstrates in the astonishing stories gathered here, touch is central to who we are - from choosing our partners to comforting us on our deathbeds.

    Exploring the many surprising facts and myths about our sense of touch, Linden reveals how it defines us - and how, by understanding it, we can better know ourselves.

    'The best science writers infect you with their fascination for their subject - that's exactly what Linden achieves here.' BBC Focus

    'Illuminating. Asks and answers some intriguing questions.' Sunday Times

    'Will make you think more deeply about every itch, scrape and caress.' Washington Post



    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • TURINGS VISION : The Birth of Computer Science
    TURINGS VISION : The Birth of Computer Science
    BERNHARDT CHRIS
    ISBN: 9780262533515
    Title: TURINGS VISION : The Birth of Computer Science
    Author: BERNHARDT CHRIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In 1936, when he was just twenty-four years old, Alan Turing wrote a remarkable paper in which he outlined the theory of computation, laying out the ideas that underlie all modern computers. This groundbreaking and powerful theory now forms the basis of computer science. In Turing’s Vision, Chris Bernhardt explains the theory, Turing’s most important contribution, for the general reader. Bernhardt argues that the strength of Turing’s theory is its simplicity, and that, explained in a straightforward manner, it is eminently understandable by the nonspecialist. As Marvin Minsky writes, “The sheer simplicity of the theory’s foundation and extraordinary short path from this foundation to its logical and surprising conclusions give the theory a mathematical beauty that alone guarantees it a permanent place in computer theory.” Bernhardt begins with the foundation and systematically builds to the surprising conclusions. He also views Turing’s theory in the context of mathematical history, other views of computation (including those of Alonzo Church), Turing’s later work, and the birth of the modern computer.


    In the paper, “On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungs problem,” Turing thinks carefully about how humans perform computation, breaking it down into a sequence of steps, and then constructs theoretical machines capable of performing each step. Turing wanted to show that there were problems that were beyond any computer’s ability to solve; in particular, he wanted to find a decision problem that he could prove was undecidable. To explain Turing’s ideas, Bernhardt examines three well-known decision problems to explore the concept of undecidability; investigates theoretical computing machines, including Turing machines; explains universal machines; and proves that certain problems are undecidable, including Turing’s problem concerning computable numbers.

    Imprint: MIT PRESS
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • UNIVERSAL : A GUIDE TO THE COSMOS
    UNIVERSAL : A GUIDE TO THE COSMOS
    COX BRIAN / FORSHAW JEFF
    ISBN: 9781846144363
    Title: UNIVERSAL : A GUIDE TO THE COSMOS
    Author: COX BRIAN / FORSHAW JEFF
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We dare to imagine a time before the Big Bang, when the entire Universe was compressed into a space smaller than an atom. And now, as Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw show, we can do more than imagine: we can understand. Over the centuries, the human urge to discover has unlocked an incredible amount of knowledge. What it reveals to us is breathtaking.

    Universal takes us on an epic journey of scientific exploration and, in doing so, reveals how we can all understand some of the most fundamental questions about our Earth, Sun and solar system and the star-filled galaxies beyond. Some of these questions – How big is our solar system? How fast is space expanding? – can be answered from your back garden; the answers to others – How big is the Universe? What is it made of? – draw on the astonishing information now being gathered by teams of astronomers operating at the frontiers of the known Universe.

    At the heart of all these questions – from the earliest attempts to quantify gravity, to our efforts to understand what dark matter is and what really happened at the birth of our Universe – is the scientific process. Science reveals a deeper beauty, connects us to each other, to our world, and to our Universe and, by understanding the groundbreaking work of others, reaches out into the unknown. What’s more, as Universal shows us, if we dare to imagine, we can all do it.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • UNIVERSAL : A Guide To The Cosmos
    UNIVERSAL : A Guide To The Cosmos
    COX BRIAN / FORSHAW JEFF
    ISBN: 9780241953174
    Title: UNIVERSAL : A Guide To The Cosmos
    Author: COX BRIAN / FORSHAW JEFF
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We dare to imagine a time before the Big Bang, when the entire Universe was compressed into a space smaller than an atom. And now, as Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw show, we can do more than imagine- we can understand. Over the centuries, the human urge to discover has unlocked an incredible amount of knowledge. What it reveals to us is breathtaking. Universal takes us on an epic journey of scientific exploration and, in doing so, reveals how we can all understand some of the most fundamental questions about our Earth, Sun, Solar System and the star-filled galaxies beyond. Some of these questions - How big is our solar system? How fast is space expanding? - can be answered from your back garden; the answers to others - How big is the Universe? What is it made of? - draw on the astonishing information now being gathered at the frontiers of the known universe. Science reveals a deeper beauty, connects us to our world, and to our Universe; and, by understanding the groundbreaking work of others, reaches out into the unknown. What's more, as Universal shows us, if we dare to imagine, we can all do it.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • UNIVERSE : Exploring the World
    UNIVERSE : Exploring the World
    MURDIN PAUL
    ISBN: 9780714874616
    Title: UNIVERSE : Exploring the World
    Author: MURDIN PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Explore the stars and planets and beyond through art over the ages – an international panel of experts take you on a journey through man's record of the universe – from ancient cave paintings to animation.

    Universe is a groundbreaking survey that celebrates the popular subject of astronomy through 300 images created by those who have tried to understand - or who have been inspired by – the beauty and mystery of stars, planets, and beyond. Carefully chosen by an international panel of experts and arranged to highlight thought-provoking contrasts and similarities, the selection includes paintings, photographs, sculpture, animation, prints, sketches, and digital renderings with iconic works by renowned photographers, artists, and astronomers alongside previously unpublished finds.


    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $79.95

    Price: $79.95
  • UNIVERSE : Leading Scientists Explore the Origin Mysteries and Future of the Cosmos
    UNIVERSE : Leading Scientists Explore the Origin Mysteries and Future of the Cosmos
    BROCKMAN JOHN [ED]
    ISBN: 9780062296085
    Title: UNIVERSE : Leading Scientists Explore the Origin Mysteries and Future of the Cosmos
    Author: BROCKMAN JOHN [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Explore the universe with today's greatest physicists.

    In the wake of one of the most groundbreaking scientific breakthroughs in modern times, the March 2014 discovery of gravitational ripples from the Big Bang—an apparent confirmation of Alan Guth and Andrei Linde's theory of cosmic inflation—John Brockman of Edge.org has gathered together some of the world's best minds to explain the universe as we currently know it. The contributors—many pioneering theoretical physicists and cosmologists, including Guth and Linde—provide an extraordinary picture of cosmology as it has developed over the past three decades.


    Alan Guth and Andrei Linde explain the Inflationary Universe theory.

    Lee Smolin discusses the nature of time.

    Lisa Randall and Neil Turok elaborate on the theory of branes, two-dimensional structures arising from string theory—whose existence is central to the cyclic universe.

    Seth Lloyd investigates how the universe behaves like a self-programming computer.

    Lawrence Krauss provides fresh insight into gravity, dark matter, and the energy of empty space.

    Brian Greene and Einstein biographer Walter Isaacson speculate on how Albert Einstein might view the theoretical physics of the twenty-first century.

    The late Benoit Mandelbrot looks back on a long career devoted to fractal geometry.

    Plus Nobel Prize winner Frank Wilczek, Astronomer Royal MaRtin Rees, Caltech physicist Sean Carroll, Stanford's Leonard Susskind, Oxford's David Deutsch, Cornell's Steven Strogatz, Albert Einstein Professor in Science at Princeton Paul Steinhardt, and more!

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • UNIVERSE FROM NOTHING
    UNIVERSE FROM NOTHING
    KRAUSS LAWRENCE
    ISBN: 9781471112683
    Title: UNIVERSE FROM NOTHING
    Author: KRAUSS LAWRENCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Internationally renowned theoretical physicist and bestselling author Lawrence Krauss offers provocative, revelatory answers to the biggest philosophical questions: Where did our universe come from? Why does anything exist? And how is it all going to end? 'Why is there something rather than nothing?' is the question atheists and scientists are always asked, and until now there has not been a satisfying scientific answer.

    Today, exciting scientific advances provide new insight into this cosmological mystery: not only can something arise from nothing, but something will always arise from nothing. A mind-bending trip back to the beginning of the beginning, A Universe from Nothing authoritatively presents the most recent evidence that explains how our universe evolved - and the implications for how it's going to end. It will provoke, challenge, and delight readers to look at the most basic underpinnings of existence in a whole new way. In the words of Richard Dawkins: this could potentially be the most important scientific book since Darwin's On the Origin of Species.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • UNIVERSE IN YOUR HAND : A JOURNEY THROUGH SPACE TIME AND BEYOND
    UNIVERSE IN YOUR HAND : A JOURNEY THROUGH SPACE TIME AND BEYOND
    GALFARD CHRISTOPHE
    ISBN: 9781447284109
    Title: UNIVERSE IN YOUR HAND : A JOURNEY THROUGH SPACE TIME AND BEYOND
    Author: GALFARD CHRISTOPHE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Imagine if The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy were a real, practical book about the mysteries of the universe...

    The Universe In Your Hand takes us on a wonder-filled journey to the surface of our dying Sun, shrinks us to the size of an atom and puts us in the deathly grip of distant Black Holes. Along the way you might come to understand, really understand, the mind-bending science that underpins modern life, from Quantum Mechanics to Einstein's theory of General Relativity.

    Through brilliant storytelling and humour rather than headache-inducing graphs and equations, internationally renowned astrophysicist Christophe Galfard has written an instant classic that brings the astonishing beauty of the universe to life - and takes us deep into questions about the existence of God, the beginning of time and the future of humanity.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • UNIVERSE NEXT DOOR
    UNIVERSE NEXT DOOR
    NEW SCIENTIST
    ISBN: 9781473628618
    Title: UNIVERSE NEXT DOOR
    Author: NEW SCIENTIST
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The latest Christmas book from the million-selling New Scientist series.

    It's lucky you're here. But for a series of choices, accidents and coincidences - any of which could have gone otherwise - your life would have been very different.

    The same goes for reality. We live in just one of many possible worlds - but we can imagine parallel universes in which dinosaurs still rule the Earth, the Russians got to the moon first, everyone's a vegetarian or time itself flows backwards. And that's just for starters.

    What if the laws of physics were different?
    What if robots become smarter than us?
    Or, if every human on the planet simply vanished tomorrow?

    The answers to these questions aren't just fun to consider, but reveal deep truths about our own universe.
    Join New Scientist on a thrilling journey through dozens of incredible but perfectly possible alternative realities, thought experiments and counterfactual histories - each shining a surprising and unexpected spotlight on life as we know it.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • UNTHINKABLE : An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains
    UNTHINKABLE : An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains
    THOMSON HELEN
    ISBN: 9781473611757
    Title: UNTHINKABLE : An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains
    Author: THOMSON HELEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How the mind works -- everything from memory to emotion, navigation to creativity -- explained in nine extraordinary human stories

    IMAGINE . . . getting lost in a one-room flat; seeing auras; never forgetting a moment; a permanent orchestra in your head; turning into a tiger; life as an out-of-body experience; feeling other people's pain; being convinced you are dead; becoming a different person overnight.

    Our brains are far stranger than we think. We take it for granted that we can remember, feel emotion, navigate, empathise and understand the world around us, but how would our lives change if these abilities were dramatically enhanced - or disappeared overnight?

    Award-winning science writer Helen Thomson has spent years travelling the world tracking down incredibly rare brain disorders. In UNTHINKABLE she tells the stories of nine extraordinary people. From the man who thinks he's a tiger to the doctor who feels the pain of others just by looking at them, their experiences illustrate how the brain can shape our lives in unexpected and, in some cases, brilliant and alarming ways.

    Delving into the rich histories of these conditions, exploring the very latest research and cutting-edge medical techniques, Thomson explains the workings of our consciousness, our emotions, our creativity and even the mechanisms that allow us to understand our own existence.

    Story by remarkable story, UNTHINKABLE takes us on an unforgettable journey through the human brain. Discover how to forge memories that never disappear, how to grow an alien limb and how to make better decisions. Learn how to hallucinate and how to make yourself happier in a split second. Find out how to avoid getting lost, how to see more of your reality, even how exactly you can confirm you are alive. Think the unthinkable.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • UNWEAVING THE RAINBOW
    UNWEAVING THE RAINBOW
    DAWKINS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780141026183
    Title: UNWEAVING THE RAINBOW
    Author: DAWKINS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This is a dazzling, passionate polemic against anti-science movements of all kinds. Keats accused Newton of destroying the poetry of the rainbow by explaining the origin of its colours. In this illuminating and provocative book, Richard Dawkins argues that Keats could not have been more mistaken, and shows how an understanding of science enhances our wonder of the world. He argues that mysteries do not lose their poetry because they are solved: the solution is often more beautiful than the puzzle, uncovering even deeper mysteries. Dawkins takes up the most important and compelling topics in modern science, from astronomy and genetics to language and virtual reality, combining them in a landmark statement on the human appetite for wonder.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • VACCINE RACE : How Scientists Used Human Cells to Combat Killer Viruses
    VACCINE RACE : How Scientists Used Human Cells to Combat Killer Viruses
    WADMAN MEREDITH
    ISBN: 9781784160135
    Title: VACCINE RACE : How Scientists Used Human Cells to Combat Killer Viruses
    Author: WADMAN MEREDITH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The epic and controversial story of the major scientific breakthrough that led to the creation of some of the world’s most important vaccines.

    Until the late 1960s, tens of thousands of children suffered crippling birth defects if their mothers had been exposed to rubella, popularly known as German measles, while pregnant. There was no vaccine and little understanding of how the disease devastated foetuses. In June 1962, a young biologist in Philadelphia produced the first safe, clean cells that made possible the mass-production of vaccines against many common childhood diseases. Two years later, in the midst of a German measles epidemic, his colleague developed the vaccine that would one day effectively wipe out rubella for good.

    This vaccine - and others made with those cells - have since protected hundreds of millions of people worldwide, the vast majority of them preschool children. Meredith Wadman’s account of this great leap forward in medicine is a fascinating and revelatory read.

    Imprint: BLACK SWAN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • VANISHING FACE OF GAIA : A FINAL WARNING
    VANISHING FACE OF GAIA : A FINAL WARNING
    LOVELOCK JAMES
    ISBN: 9780141039251
    Title: VANISHING FACE OF GAIA : A FINAL WARNING
    Author: LOVELOCK JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • VENOMOUS : How Earth's Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry
    VENOMOUS : How Earth's Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry
    WILCOX CHRISTIE
    ISBN: 9780374537104
    Title: VENOMOUS : How Earth's Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry
    Author: WILCOX CHRISTIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Venomous, the molecular biologist Christie Wilcox investigates venoms and the animals that use them, revealing how they work, what they do to the human body, and how they can revolutionize biochemistry and medicine today.

    Wilcox takes us from the coast of Indonesia to the rain forests of Peru in search of the secrets of these mysterious animals. We encounter jellyfish that release microscopic venom-packed darts known to kill humans in just two minutes, a two-inch caterpillar with toxic bristles that trigger hemorrhaging throughout the body, and a stunning blue-ringed octopus with saliva capable of inducing total paralysis. How could an animal as simple as a jellyfish evolve such an intricate, deadly poison? And how can a snake possess enzymes that tear through tissue yet leave its own body unscathed? Wilcox meets the fearless scientists who often risk their lives studying these lethal beasts to find out, and puts her life on the line to examine these species up close. Drawing on her own research on venom chemistry and evolution, she also shows how venom is helping us untangle the complex mechanisms of some of our most devastating diseases.

    Venomous reveals that the animals we fear the most actually hold the keys to a deeper understanding of evolution, adaptation, and immunity. Thrilling and surprising at every turn, Venomous will change the way you think about our natural world.

    Imprint: FARRAR STRAUS GIROUX
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • VOID : The Strange Physics of Nothing
    VOID : The Strange Physics of Nothing
    WEATHERALL JAMES OWEN
    ISBN: 9780300209983
    Title: VOID : The Strange Physics of Nothing
    Author: WEATHERALL JAMES OWEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The rising star author of The Physics of Wall Street explores why "nothing" may hold the key to the next era of theoretical physics

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $35.99
    Price: $35.99
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