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  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
    ISBN: 9781781258958
    Title: WHATS NEXT?
    Author: AL-KHALILI JIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    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
  • 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
  • WHY DIETS MAKE US FAT : THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF OUR OBSESSION WITH WEIGHT LOSS
    WHY DIETS MAKE US FAT : THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF OUR OBSESSION WITH WEIGHT LOSS
    AAMODT SANDRA
    ISBN: 9781925321418
    Title: WHY DIETS MAKE US FAT : THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF OUR OBSESSION WITH WEIGHT LOSS
    Author: AAMODT SANDRA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Based on her viral TED talk (over three million views!), neuroscientist and science writer Sandra Aamodt explains how the latest scientific research contradicts what you think you know about dieting and weight loss.

    We think we know the answer to weight loss: Cut calories. Eat less. We conclude that fat is a failure of willpower, perhaps supplemented by a quirk of genetics. But in Why Diets Make Us Fat, Sandra Aamodt explains why dieting not only doesn't work, but is likely to do more harm than good.

    When you diet, your brain thinks you're starving and goes into survival mode. People who have gone on extreme diets may never lose their food obsession as a result, even if they go back to eating normally.
    The long-term failure rate for losing weight by willpower dieting is between 80-98%, depending on how you define success.
    There's no evidence that dieting improves long-term health, while some research suggests that weight cycling, or dieting to lose weight and gaining it back, can be more dangerous than being overweight itself.
    It's better to be fifty pounds overweight and exercise every day than it is to be at your 'target weight' but sedentary.

    By harnessing her knowledge of brain science and biology, Aamodt successfully stabilized her weight at a healthy level and now enjoys a better relationship with food. Combining deep research and brutal candor about her own experience as a weight cycler, Aamodt gives us several clues into the obesity epidemic based on the latest science, including new findings about gut bacteria, why bariatric surgery works, and what a real alternative to dieting and weight cycling might look like.



    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • WHY EVOLUTION IS TRUE
    WHY EVOLUTION IS TRUE
    COYNE JERRY A
    ISBN: 9780199230853
    Title: WHY EVOLUTION IS TRUE
    Author: COYNE JERRY A
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For all the discussion in the media about creationism and 'Intelligent Design', virtually nothing has been said about the evidence in question - the evidence for evolution by natural selection. Yet, as this succinct and important book shows, that evidence is vast, varied, and magnificent, and drawn from many disparate fields of science. The very latest research is uncovering a stream of evidence revealing evolution in action - from the actual observation of a species splitting into two, to new fossil discoveries, to the deciphering of the evidence stored in our genome. Why Evolution is True weaves together the many threads of modern work in genetics, palaeontology, geology, molecular biology, anatomy, and development to demonstrate the 'indelible stamp' of the processes first proposed by Darwin. It is a crisp, lucid, and accessible statement that will leave no one with an open mind in any doubt about the truth of evolution.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • WHY IS SEX FUN : THE EVOLUTION OF HUMAN SEXUALITY
    WHY IS SEX FUN : THE EVOLUTION OF HUMAN SEXUALITY
    DIAMOND JARED
    ISBN: 9781780226880
    Title: WHY IS SEX FUN : THE EVOLUTION OF HUMAN SEXUALITY
    Author: DIAMOND JARED
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A fascinating insight into how human sexuality came to be the way it is now - Jared Diamond explains why we are different from the animal kingdom.

    Why are humans one of the few species to have sex in private? Why do humans have sex any day of the month or year, including when the female is pregnant, beyond her reproductive years, or between her fertile cycles? Why are human females one of the few mammals to go through menopause?Human sexuality seems normal to us but it is bizarre by the standards of other animals. Jared Diamond argues that our strange sex lives were as crucial to our rise to human status as were our large brains. He also describes the battle of the sexes in the human and animal world over parental care, and why sex differences in the genetic value of parental care provide a biological basis for the all-too-familiar different attitudes of men and women towards extramarital sex.

    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WHY ITS NOT ALL ROCKET SCIENCE : SCIENTIFIC THEORIES AND EXPERIMENTS EXPLAINED
    WHY ITS NOT ALL ROCKET SCIENCE : SCIENTIFIC THEORIES AND EXPERIMENTS EXPLAINED
    CAVE ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780500292006
    Title: WHY ITS NOT ALL ROCKET SCIENCE : SCIENTIFIC THEORIES AND EXPERIMENTS EXPLAINED
    Author: CAVE ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2016 NEW RELEAS

    In Why It's Not All Rocket Science, Robert Cave examines 100 extraordinary projects, theories and experiments that have been conducted in the name of science. Some, including various nuclear tests, have attracted controversy and hostility; others, such as Johann Wilhelm Ritter's erotic self-experiments with a voltaic pile, seem downright weird. But Cave demonstrates, thoroughly and informatively, that it is only by doggedly asking awkward questions, and paying close attention to the answers, that scientists have been able to make progress. From spider monkeys to human cyborgs, and from swimming in syrup to chaos theory, Cave places each experiment and discovery in its scientific context to present an entertaining guide to some of the most jaw-dropping entries in the history of science. Why It's Not All Rocket Science contains chapters on the brain, the body, society and communications, planet Earth and the Universe, and to read it is to gain startling insights into why scientists seem to behave so oddly, and how their brilliant if sometimes bizarre work benefits all of society.


    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • WHY SCIENCE DOES NOT DISPROVE GOD
    WHY SCIENCE DOES NOT DISPROVE GOD
    ACZEL AMIR
    ISBN: 9780062230607
    Title: WHY SCIENCE DOES NOT DISPROVE GOD
    Author: ACZEL AMIR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    By a renowned science writer, a much-needed, clear-eyed presentation of the fact that faith in God and empirical science are by no means mutually exclusive.

    Has our knowledge of current science indeed disproved the existence of God? Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Lawrence Krauss, highly esteemed scientists and writers in their recent books all posit that we have no choice but to accept that the creation of the universe came out of nothing.

    Amir Aczel, much published science author with a PhD in mathematics, disagrees and demonstrates in multiple ways that science has as yet in no way provided definitive proof that the assumption of a Creator must be false. To nail down this thesis, Aczel offers brilliant and incisive analyses of the theories and findings of such titans as Albert Einstein, Roger Penrose, Alan Guth, and Charles Darwin, all of whose major breakthroughs without question leave open the possibility and even the strong likelihood of a Creator. Aczel also lucidly discourses on arcane aspects of physics and shows that quantum theory, the anthropic principle, the fine-tuned dance of protons and quarks, the existence of anti-matter and the theory of parallel universes also all fail to disprove a Creator.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WHY THE UNIVERSE EXISTS : How Particle Physics Unlocks the Secrets of Everything
    WHY THE UNIVERSE EXISTS : How Particle Physics Unlocks the Secrets of Everything
    ISBN: 9781473629684
    Title: WHY THE UNIVERSE EXISTS : How Particle Physics Unlocks the Secrets of Everything
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: JOHN MURRAY
    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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
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