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  • BLACK HOLE BLUES AND OTHER SONGS FROM OUTER SPACE
    BLACK HOLE BLUES AND OTHER SONGS FROM OUTER SPACE
    LEVIN JANNA
    ISBN: 9780099569589
    Title: BLACK HOLE BLUES AND OTHER SONGS FROM OUTER SPACE
    Author: LEVIN JANNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2017 NEW RELEASE

    The full inside story of the detection of gravitational waves at LIGO, one of the most ambitious feats in scientific history.

    Travel around the world 100 billion times. A strong gravitational wave will briefly change that distance by less than the thickness of a human hair. We have perhaps less than a few tenths of a second to perform this measurement. And we don't know if this infinitesimal event will come next month, next year or perhaps in thirty years.

    In 1916 Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves: miniscule ripples in the very fabric of spacetime generated by unfathomably powerful events. If such vibrations could somehow be recorded, we could observe our universe for the first time through sound: the hissing of the Big Bang, the whale-like tunes of collapsing stars, the low tones of merging galaxies, the drumbeat of two black holes collapsing into one. For decades, astrophysicists have searched for a way of doing so…

    In 2016 a team of hundreds of scientists at work on a billion-dollar experiment made history when they announced the first ever detection of a gravitational wave, confirming Einstein's prediction. This is their story, and the story of the most sensitive scientific instrument ever made: LIGO.

    Based on complete access to LIGO and the scientists who created it, Black Hole Blues provides a firsthand account of this astonishing achievement: a compelling, intimate portrait of cutting-edge science at its most awe-inspiring and ambitious.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BLACK HOLES : THE BBC REITH LECTURES
    BLACK HOLES : THE BBC REITH LECTURES
    HAWKING STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9780857503572
    Title: BLACK HOLES : THE BBC REITH LECTURES
    Author: HAWKING STEPHEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 2016 Professor Stephen Hawking delivered the BBC Reith Lectures on a subject that has fascinated him for decades - black holes.

    In these flagship lectures the legendary physicist argues that if we could only understand black holes and how they challenge the very nature of space and time, we could unlock the secrets of the universe.

    Imprint: BANTAM
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • BLIND WATCHMAKER
    BLIND WATCHMAKER
    DAWKINS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780141026169
    Title: BLIND WATCHMAKER
    Author: DAWKINS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Acclaimed as the most influential work on evolution written in the last hundred years, The Blind Watchmaker offers an inspiring and accessible introduction to one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time. A brilliant and controversial book, which demonstrates that evolution by natural selection - the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially non-random process discovered by Darwin - is the only answer to the biggest question of all: why do we exist?

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BRAIN : THE STORY OF YOU
    BRAIN : THE STORY OF YOU
    EAGLEMAN DAVID
    ISBN: 9781782116615
    Title: BRAIN : THE STORY OF YOU
    Author: EAGLEMAN DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The accessible and definitive overview of this most sophisticated organ by bestselling neuroscientist David Eagleman will take the reader on the journey of a lifetime - to the very centre of their brain.


    A 3lb mass of moist biological matter, the brain is locked away in the dark and silent fortress of the skull, and yet somehow it produces the extraordinary multi-sensory experience that comprises us, every day of our lives. Just how it does this is revealed through six fascinating chapters, as Eagleman shows how the brain - a great storyteller - constructs reality and allows us to navigate a complex world of decision-making. Eagleman also takes the long view of the human brain's trajectory in the coming centuries and millennia, asking pertinent questions about our future.

    Along the way, Eagleman meets nuns, extreme sports athletes, convicted criminals, genocide survivors, autistic people, and multi-disciplinary experts from child psychologists to brain surgeons. He takes part in experiments that shine an important light on the brain's inner cosmos. He also explores the dark side of human behaviour, as he comes to the realisation that the best and worst of what humans do to each other can be understood through the prism of the brain. From empathy to genocide, neuroscience is vital to understanding human nature. Drawing on the latest discoveries, Eagleman shows that it also has the power to change our world for the better - it can enhance our wellbeing, boost our cognitive skills and even forge a more just society, and ultimately a better future for everyone.

    Packed with photographs of specially commissioned computer-generated images, as well as accessible and glossy visualisations of scientific data, The Brain is a celebration of one of the most extraordinary stories on earth.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF
    BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF
    DOIDGE NORMAN
    ISBN: 9781921372742
    Title: BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF
    Author: DOIDGE NORMAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An astonishing new scientific discovery called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the adult human brain is fixed and unchanging. It is, instead, able to change its own structure and function, even into old age.

    Psychiatrist and rersearcher Norman Doidge, M.D., travelled around the United States to meet the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity, and the people whose lives they've transformed - people whose mental limitations or brain damage were previously seen as unalterable, and whose conditions had long been dismissed as hopeless.

    We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole; a woman labeled retarded who cured her deficits with brain exercises and now cures those of others; blind people who learn to see; learning disorders cured; IQs raised; ageing brains rejuvenated; stroke patients recovering their faculties; children with cerebral palsy learning to move more gracefully; entrenched depression and anxiety disappearing; and lifelong character traits changed. Doidge takes us onto terrain that might seem fantastic. We learn that our thoughts can switch our genes on and off, altering our brain anatomy. We learn how people of average intelligence can, with brain exercises, improve their cognition and perception, develop muscle strength, or learn to play a musical instrument - simply by imagining doing so.

    Using personal stories from the heart of this neuroplasticity revolution, Dr Doidge has written an immensely moving, inspiring book that will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BRAINS WAY OF HEALING : Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity
    BRAINS WAY OF HEALING : Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity
    DOIDGE NORMAN
    ISBN: 9781925321814
    Title: BRAINS WAY OF HEALING : Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity
    Author: DOIDGE NORMAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This book is about the discovery that the human brain has its own unique way of healing. For centuries we believed that the price we paid for our brain’s complexity was that, compared to other organs, it was fixed and unregenerative — unable to recover from damage or illness. In his revolutionary new book, Norman Doidge turns this belief on its head.

    The phenomenon of neuroplasticity — the discovery that the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience — is the most important development in our understanding of the brain and mind since the beginning of modern science. Here, Doidge shows how the amazing process of neuroplastic healing really works. When it is understood, it is often possible to radically improve — and even cure — many conditions thought to be irreversible.

    Doidge introduces us to the doctors, therapists, and patients who are healing the brain without surgery or medication. We meet patients who have alleviated years of chronic pain; children on the autistic spectrum, or with ADD or learning disorders, who have used neuroplastic techniques to complete a normal education and become independent; and sufferers who have seen symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, brain injuries, and cerebral palsy radically diminish; and we learn how to lower our risk of dementia by 60 per cent. Through hopeful, astonishing stories, The Brain’s Way of Healing explains how mind, brain, and body, and the energies around us, work together in health and healing.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BRAINSTORM : THE POWER AND PURPOSE OF THE TEENGAGE BRAIN
    BRAINSTORM : THE POWER AND PURPOSE OF THE TEENGAGE BRAIN
    SIEGEL DANIEL J
    ISBN: 9781922070944
    Title: BRAINSTORM : THE POWER AND PURPOSE OF THE TEENGAGE BRAIN
    Author: SIEGEL DANIEL J
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In this groundbreaking book, the bestselling author of Parenting from the Inside Out and The Whole-Brain Child shows parents how to turn one of the most challenging developmental periods in their children's lives into one of the most rewarding. Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important and oftentimes maddening ways. It's no wonder that many parents approach their child's adolescence with fear and trepidation. According to renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, however, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another. In Brainstorm, Siegel illuminates how brain development impacts teenagers' behaviour and relationships. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is in fact an incredibly positive period of growth, change, and experimentation in their children's lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BRANCHES : NATURES PATTERNS A TAPESTRY IN THREE PARTS
    BRANCHES : NATURES PATTERNS A TAPESTRY IN THREE PARTS
    BALL PHILIP
    ISBN: 9780199604883
    Title: BRANCHES : NATURES PATTERNS A TAPESTRY IN THREE PARTS
    Author: BALL PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    As part of a trilogy of books exploring the science of patterns in nature, acclaimed science writer Philip Ball here looks at the form and growth of branching networks in the natural world, and what we can learn from them.Many patterns in nature show a branching form - trees, river deltas, blood vessels, lightning, the cracks that form in the glazing of pots. These networks share a peculiar geometry, finding a compromise between disorder and determinism, though some, like the hexagonal snowflake or the stones of the Devil's Causeway fall into a rigidly ordered structure. Branching networks are found at every level in biology - from the single cell to the ecosystem. Human-made networks too can come to share the same features, and if they don't, then it might be profitable to make them do so: nature's patterns tend to arise from economical solutions.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $36.95

    Price: $36.95
  • BRIEF HISTORY OF CREATION : SCIENCE AND THE SEARCH FOR THE ORIGIN OF LIFE
    BRIEF HISTORY OF CREATION : SCIENCE AND THE SEARCH FOR THE ORIGIN OF LIFE
    MESLER BILL
    ISBN: 9780393083552
    Title: BRIEF HISTORY OF CREATION : SCIENCE AND THE SEARCH FOR THE ORIGIN OF LIFE
    Author: MESLER BILL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The epic story of the scientists through the ages who have sought answers to life's biggest mystery: How did it begin?

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED : THE STORIES IN OUR GENES
    BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED : THE STORIES IN OUR GENES
    RUTHERFORD ADAM
    ISBN: 9780297609384
    Title: BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED : THE STORIES IN OUR GENES
    Author: RUTHERFORD ADAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is a story about you.

    It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is to each of the 100 billion modern humans who have ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in every one of our genomes we each carry the history of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration and a lot of sex.

    Since scientists first read the human genome in 2001 it has been subject to all sorts of claims, counterclaims and myths. In fact, as Adam Rutherford explains, our genomes should be read not as instruction manuals, but as epic poems. DNA determines far less than we have been led to believe about us as individuals, but vastly more about us as a species.

    In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about history, and what history tells us about our genes. From Neanderthals to murder, from redheads to race, dead kings to plague, evolution to epigenetics, this is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED : The Stories in Our Genes
    BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED : The Stories in Our Genes
    RUTHERFORD ADAM
    ISBN: 9781780229072
    Title: BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED : The Stories in Our Genes
    Author: RUTHERFORD ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    From the acclaimed science writer and broadcaster, a dazzling tour of the latest genetic discoveries which are blurring the boundaries between science and history

    This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is to each of the 100 billion modern humans who have ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in every one of our genomes we each carry the history of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration and a lot of sex.

    In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about human history, and what history can now tell us about our genes. From Neanderthals to murder, from redheads to race, dead kings to plague, evolution to epigenetics, this is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME
    BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME
    HAWKING STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9780857501004
    Title: BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME
    Author: HAWKING STEPHEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards?

    Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries?

    These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece which begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time.

    Imprint: BANTAM
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BRIGHT EARTH : THE INVENTION OF COLOUR
    BRIGHT EARTH : THE INVENTION OF COLOUR
    BALL PHILIP
    ISBN: 9780099507130
    Title: BRIGHT EARTH : THE INVENTION OF COLOUR
    Author: BALL PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Colour in art - as in life - is both inspiring and uplifting, but where does it come from? How have artists found new hues, and how have these influenced their work? Beginning with the ancients - when just a handful of pigments made up the artist's palette - and charting the discoveries and developments that have led to the many splendoured rainbow of modern paints, IBright Earth/I brings the story of colour spectacularly alive. Packed with anecdotes about lucky accidents and hapless misfortunes in the quests for new colours, it provides an entertaining and fascinating new perspective on the science of art.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • BURN OUT : The Endgame for Fossil Fuels
    BURN OUT : The Endgame for Fossil Fuels
    HELM DIETER
    ISBN: 9780300225624
    Title: BURN OUT : The Endgame for Fossil Fuels
    Author: HELM DIETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Low oil prices are sending shockwaves through the global economy, and longtime industry observer Dieter Helm explains how this and other shifts are the harbingers of a coming energy revolution and how the fossil fuel age will come to an end.

    Surveying recent surges in technological innovations, Helm's provocative new book documents how the global move toward the internet-of-things will inexorably reduce the demand for oil, gas, and renewables-and prove more effective than current efforts to avert climate change. Oil companies and energy utilities must begin to adapt their existing business models or face future irrelevancy. Oil-exporting nations, particularly in the Middle East, will be negatively impacted, whereas the United States and European countries that are investing in new technologies may find themselves leaders in the geopolitical game.

    Timely and controversial, this book concludes by offering advice on what governments and businesses can and should do now to prepare for a radically different energy future.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • BUZZ IN THE MEADOW : THE NATURAL HISTORY OF A FRENCH FARM
    BUZZ IN THE MEADOW : THE NATURAL HISTORY OF A FRENCH FARM
    GOULSON DAVE
    ISBN: 9780099597698
    Title: BUZZ IN THE MEADOW : THE NATURAL HISTORY OF A FRENCH FARM
    Author: GOULSON DAVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fascinating look at the insect world found in one field in France - and how important that world is to all of us.

    In 2003 Dave Goulson bought a derelict farm in the heart of rural France, together with 33 acres of surrounding meadow. Over the course of a decade, he created a place for his beloved bumblebees to thrive along with myriad insects of every kind.

    In this book you will learn how a deathwatch beetle finds its mate, about the importance of houseflies, why butterflies have spots on their wings, about dragonfly sex, bed-bugs and wasps. But it is also a wake-up call, urging us to cherish and protect life on earth in all its forms. A Buzz in the Meadow is a captivating look at our natural world and a call to arms for nature-lovers everywhere.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CAESARS LAST BREATH
    CAESARS LAST BREATH
    KEAN SAM
    ISBN: 9780857525130
    Title: CAESARS LAST BREATH
    Author: KEAN SAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    It's invisible. It's ever-present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell.

    In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it.

    With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world. On the ides of March, 44 BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds on the Senate floor, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding; in fact, you're probably inhaling some of it now. Of the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment, some might well bear traces of Cleopatra's perfumes, German mustard gas, particles exhaled by dinosaurs or emitted by atomic bombs, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation.

    Tracing the origins and ingredients of our atmosphere, Kean reveals how the alchemy of air reshaped our continents, steered human progress, powered revolutions, and continues to influence everything we do. Along the way, we'll swim with radioactive pigs, witness the most important chemical reactions humans have discovered, and join the crowd at the Moulin Rouge for some of the crudest performance art of all time. Lively, witty, and filled with the astounding science of ordinary life, Caesar's Last Breath illuminates the science stories swirling around us every second.

    Imprint: DOUBLEDAY
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
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