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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
  • BLUEPRINT : How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
    BLUEPRINT : How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
    PLOMIN ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780241367698
    Title: BLUEPRINT : How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
    Author: PLOMIN ROBERT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The blueprint for our individuality lies in the 1% of DNA that differs between people. Our intellectual capacity, our introversion or extraversion, our vulnerability to mental illness, even whether we are a morning person - all of these aspects of our personality are profoundly shaped by our inherited DNA differences.

    In Blueprint, Robert Plomin, a pioneer in the field of behavioural genetics, draws on a lifetime's worth of research to make the case that DNA is the most important factor shaping who we are. Our families, schools and the environment around us are important, but they are not as influential as our genes. This is why, he argues, teachers and parents should accept children for who they are, rather than trying to mould them in certain directions. Even the environments we choose and the signal events that impact our lives, from divorce to addiction, are influenced by our genetic predispositions. Now, thanks to the DNA revolution, it is becoming possible to predict who we will become, at birth, from our DNA alone. As Plomin shows us, these developments have sweeping implications for how we think about parenting, education, and social mobility.

    A game-changing book by a leader in the field, Blueprint shows how the DNA present in the single cell with which we all begin our lives can impact our behaviour as adults.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BOOK OF HUMANS : The Story of How We Became Us
    BOOK OF HUMANS : The Story of How We Became Us
    RUTHERFORD ADAM
    ISBN: 9780297609414
    Title: BOOK OF HUMANS : The Story of How We Became Us
    Author: RUTHERFORD ADAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A thrilling new examination of what sets us apart in the animal kingdom by the popular science broadcaster and author of A BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED

    We like to think of ourselves as exceptional beings, but are we really any more special than other animals? Humans are the slightest of twigs on a single family tree that encompasses four billion years, a lot of twists and turns, and a billion species. All of those organisms are rooted in a single origin, with a common code that underwrites our existence. This paradox - that our biology is indistinct from all life, yet we consider ourselves to be special - lies at the heart of who we are.

    In this original and entertaining tour of life on Earth, Adam Rutherford explores how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not: we are not the only species that communicates, makes tools, utilises fire, or has sex for reasons other than to make new versions of ourselves. Evolution has, however, allowed us to develop our culture to a level of complexity that outstrips any other observed in nature.

    THE BOOK OF HUMANS tells the story of how we became the creatures we are today, bestowed with the unique ability to investigate what makes us who we are. Illuminated by the latest scientific discoveries, it is a thrilling compendium of what unequivocally fixes us as animals, and reveals how we are extraordinary among them.



    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BRAIN : A User's Guide
    BRAIN : A User's Guide
    NEW SCIENTIST
    ISBN: 9781473629325
    Title: BRAIN : A User's Guide
    Author: NEW SCIENTIST
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Everything you need to know about your brain: an eye-opening, illustrated handbook.

    Congratulations! You're the proud owner of the most complex information processing device in the known universe. The human brain comes equipped with all sorts of useful design features, but also many bugs and weaknesses. Problem is you don't get an owner's manual. You have to just plug and play.

    As a result, most of us never properly understand how our brains work and what they're truly capable of. We fail get the best out of them, ignore some of their most useful features and struggle to overcome their design faults.

    Featuring witty essays, enlightening infographics and fascinating 'try this at home' experiments, New Scientist take you on a journey through intelligence, memory, creativity, the unconscious and beyond. From the strange ways to distort what we think of as 'reality' to the brain hacks that can improve memory, The Brain: A User's Guide will help you understand your brain and show you how to use it to its full potential.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • BRAVE NEW ARCTIC : The Untold Story of the Melting North
    BRAVE NEW ARCTIC : The Untold Story of the Melting North
    SERREZE MARK C
    ISBN: 9780691173993
    Title: BRAVE NEW ARCTIC : The Untold Story of the Melting North
    Author: SERREZE MARK C
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In the 1990s, researchers in the Arctic noticed that floating summer sea ice had begun receding. This was accompanied by shifts in ocean circulation and unexpected changes in weather patterns throughout the world. The Arctic's perennially frozen ground, known as permafrost, was warming, and treeless tundra was being taken over by shrubs. What was going on? Brave New Arctic is Mark Serreze's riveting firsthand account of how scientists from around the globe came together to find answers.

    In a sweeping tale of discovery spanning three decades, Serreze describes how puzzlement turned to concern and astonishment as researchers came to understand that the Arctic of old was quickly disappearing—with potentially devastating implications for the entire planet. Serreze is a world-renowned Arctic geographer and climatologist who has conducted fieldwork in the Canadian and Alaskan Arctic on ice caps, glaciers, sea ice, and tundra. In this must-read book, he blends invaluable insights from his own career with those of other pioneering scientists who, together, ushered in an exciting new age of Arctic exploration. Along the way, he accessibly describes the cutting-edge science that led them to the alarming conclusion that the Arctic is rapidly thawing due to climate change, that humans are to blame, and that the global consequences are immense.

    A gripping scientific adventure story, Brave New Arctic shows how the Arctic's extraordinary transformation serves as a harbinger of things to come if we fail to meet the challenge posed by a warming Earth.

    Imprint: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRES
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS
    BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS
    HAWKING STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9781473695986
    Title: BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS
    Author: HAWKING STEPHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The final book from Professor Stephen Hawking, the bestselling author of A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME and arguably the most famous scientist of our age, BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS is a profound, accessible and timely reflection on the biggest questions in science.

    The world-famous cosmologist and #1 bestselling author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe's biggest questions in this brilliant posthumous work.

    How did the universe begin? Will humanity survive on Earth? Is there intelligent life beyond our solar system? Could artificial intelligence ever outsmart us?

    Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen Hawking expanded our understanding of the universe and unravelled some of its greatest mysteries. But even as his theoretical work on black holes, imaginary time and multiple histories took his mind to the furthest reaches of space, Hawking always believed that science could also be used to fix the problems on our planet.

    And now, as we face potentially catastrophic changes here on Earth - from climate change to dwindling natural resources to the threat of artificial super-intelligence - Stephen Hawking turns his attention to the most urgent issues for humankind.

    Wide-ranging, intellectually stimulating, passionately argued, and infused with his characteristic humour, BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS, the final book from one of the greatest minds in history, is a personal view on the challenges we face as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next.

    A percentage of all royalties will go to charity.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • BUTCHERING ART : Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Brutal World of Victorian Medicine
    BUTCHERING ART : Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Brutal World of Victorian Medicine
    FITZHARRIS LINDSEY
    ISBN: 9780141983387
    Title: BUTCHERING ART : Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Brutal World of Victorian Medicine
    Author: FITZHARRIS LINDSEY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In The Butchering Art, historian Lindsey Fitzharris recreates a critical turning point in the history of medicine, when Joseph Lister transformed surgery from a brutal, harrowing practice to the safe, vaunted profession we know today.

    Victorian operating theatres were known as 'gateways of death', Fitzharris reminds us, since half of those who underwent surgery didn't survive the experience. This was an era when a broken leg could lead to amputation, and surgeons were still known to ransack cemeteries to find cadavers. And in squalid, overcrowded hospitals, doctors remained baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high.

    At a time when surgery couldn't have been more dangerous, an unlikely figure stepped forward- Joseph Lister, a young Quaker surgeon. By making the audacious claim that germs were the source of all infection - and could be treated with antiseptics - he changed the history of medicine forever. With a novelist's eye for detail, Fitzharris brilliantly conjures up the grisly world of Victorian surgery, revealing how one of Britain's greatest medical minds finally brought centuries of savagery, sawing and gangrene to an end.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BUZZ : The Nature and Necessity of Bees
    BUZZ : The Nature and Necessity of Bees
    HANSON THOR
    ISBN: 9781785784422
    Title: BUZZ : The Nature and Necessity of Bees
    Author: HANSON THOR
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A superb natural and cultural history of bees - the only such book to celebrate their full diversity.

    In Buzz, the award-winning author of Feathers and The Triumph of Seeds takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young.


    From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They’ve given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing.


    As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you'll never overlook them again.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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