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  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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 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 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
  • BUILT ON BONES : 15000 Years of Urban Life and Death
    BUILT ON BONES : 15000 Years of Urban Life and Death
    HASSETT BRENNA
    ISBN: 9781472922960
    Title: BUILT ON BONES : 15000 Years of Urban Life and Death
    Author: HASSETT BRENNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Imagine you are a hunter-gatherer some 15,000 years ago. You've got a choice carry on foraging, or plant a few seeds and move to one of those new-fangled settlements down the valley. What you won't know is that urban life is short and riddled with dozens of new diseases; your children will be shorter and sicklier than you are, they'll be plagued with gum disease, and stand a decent chance of a violent death at the point of a spear.Why would anyone choose this? This is one of the many intriguing questions tackled by Brenna Hassett in Built on Bones. Using research on skeletal remains from around the world, this book explores the history of humanity's experiment with the metropolis, and looks at why our ancestors chose city life, and why they have largely stuck to it. It explains the diseases, the deaths and the many other misadventures that we have unwittingly unleashed upon ourselves throughout the metropolitan past, and as the world becomes increasingly urbanised, what we can look forward to in the future.

    Telling the tale of shifts in human growth and health that have occurred as we transitioned from a mobile to a largely settled species. Built on Bones offers an accessible insight into a critical but relatively unheralded aspect of the human story- our recent evolution.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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
  • CALCULATING THE COSMOS : How Mathematics Unveils the Universe
    CALCULATING THE COSMOS : How Mathematics Unveils the Universe
    STEWART IAN
    ISBN: 9781781254332
    Title: CALCULATING THE COSMOS : How Mathematics Unveils the Universe
    Author: STEWART IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the world's great mathematicians explores the origins, history and future of the universe

    Ian Stewart's up-to-the-minute guide to the cosmos moves from the formation of the Earth and its Moon to the planets and asteroids of the solar system and from there out into the galaxy and the universe. He describes the architecture of space and time, dark matter and dark energy, how galaxies form, why stars implode, how everything began, and how it will end. He considers parallel universes, what forms extra-terrestrial life might take, and the likelihood of Earth being hit by an asteroid.

    Mathematics, Professor Stewart shows, has been the driving force in astronomy and cosmology since the ancient Babylonians. He describes how Kepler's work on planetary orbits led Newton to formulate his theory of gravity, and how two centuries later irregularities in the motion of Mars inspired Einstein's theory of General Relativity. In crystal-clear terms he explains the fundamentals of gravity, spacetime, relativity and quantum theory, and shows how they all relate to each other. Eighty years ago the discovery that the universe is expanding led to the Big Bang theory of its origins. This in turn led cosmologists to posit features such as dark matter and dark energy. But does dark matter exist? Could another scientific revolution be on the way to challenge current scientific orthodoxy? These are among the questions Ian Stewart raises in his quest through the realms of astronomy and cosmology.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CALL OF THE REED WARBLER : A New Agriculture - A New Earth
    CALL OF THE REED WARBLER : A New Agriculture - A New Earth
    MASSY CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780702253416
    Title: CALL OF THE REED WARBLER : A New Agriculture - A New Earth
    Author: MASSY CHARLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This ground-breaking book will change the way we think of, farm and grow food. Author and radical farmer Charles Massy explores transformative and regenerative agriculture and the vital connection between our soil and our health. It is a story of how a grassroots revolution - a true underground insurgency - can save the planet, help turn climate change around, and build healthy people and healthy communities, pivoting significantly on our relationship with growing and consuming food. Using his personal experience as a touchstone - from an unknowing, chemical-using farmer with dead soils to a radical ecologist farmer carefully regenerating a 2000-hectare property to a state of natural health - Massy tells the real story behind industrial agriculture and the global profit-obsessed corporations driving it. He shows - through evocative stories - how innovative farmers are finding a new way and interweaves his own local landscape, its seasons and biological richness. At stake is not only a revolution in human health and our communities but the very survival of the planet. For farmer, backyard gardener, food buyer, health worker, policy maker and public leader alike, Call of the Reed Warbler offers a tangible path forward for the future of our food supply, our Australian landscape and our earth. It comprises a powerful and moving paean of hope.

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • CAN YOU DIE OF A BROKEN HEART ? : A Heart Surgeon's Insight into What Makes Us Tick
    CAN YOU DIE OF A BROKEN HEART ? : A Heart Surgeon's Insight into What Makes Us Tick
    STAMP NIKKI
    ISBN: 9781760631666
    Title: CAN YOU DIE OF A BROKEN HEART ? : A Heart Surgeon's Insight into What Makes Us Tick
    Author: STAMP NIKKI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the vein of Gut and The Brain That Changes Itself, a gripping exploration into the inner workings of the heart and how emotions and lifestyle affect every beat

    When actress Debbie Reynolds died a day after her beloved daughter, Carrie Fisher, the world diagnosed it as 'heartbreak'. But what's the evidence? Does emotional upheaval affect the heart? Can love, or chocolate, really heal our heart problems? And why do we know so much about heart attacks in men, when they are more fatal in women?

    Heart and lung surgeon Dr Nikki Stamp takes us into the operating theatre, explaining what she sees in patients with heart complications and how a life-saving transplant works. Stamp fell in the love with the heart as a child and continues to be fascinated by its workings and the whole-of-life experiences that affect it. Rich with anecdotes, and insights for maintaining heart health, Can You Die of a Broken Heart? is a blockbuster from a uniquely positioned young specialist.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CAN YOU SOLVE MY PROBLEMS?
    CAN YOU SOLVE MY PROBLEMS?
    BELLOS ALEX
    ISBN: 9781783351152
    Title: CAN YOU SOLVE MY PROBLEMS?
    Author: BELLOS ALEX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Are you smarter than a Singaporean ten-year-old? Can you beat Sherlock Holmes? If you think the answer is yes - I challenge you to solve my problems.

    Here is the story of the puzzle, one of mankind's oldest and greatest forms of entertainment and enlightenment, told through 125 of the world's best brainteasers from the last two millennia. It takes us from ancient China to medieval Europe, Victorian England to modern-day Japan, with stories of espionage, mathematical breakthroughs and puzzling rivalries along the way. You'll pit your wits against logic puzzles and kinship riddles, pangrams and river-crossing conundrums. Some solutions rely on a touch of cunning, others call for creativity, others need mercilessly logical thought. Some can only be solved by 2% of the population. All are guaranteed to sharpen your mind. Let's get puzzling...

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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