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  • CATCHING BREATH : The Making and Unmaking of Tuberculosis
    CATCHING BREATH : The Making and Unmaking of Tuberculosis
    LOUGHEED KATHRYN
    ISBN: 9781472930347
    Title: CATCHING BREATH : The Making and Unmaking of Tuberculosis
    Author: LOUGHEED KATHRYN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS


    Tuberculosis is an ancient disease, but it 's not a disease of history.
    With more than a million victims every year more than any other disease, including malaria and antibiotic resistance now found in every country worldwide, tuberculosis is once again proving itself to be one of the smartest killers humanity has ever faced. But it 's hardly surprising considering how long it 's had to hone its skills. Forty-thousand years ago, our ancestors set off from the cradle of civilisation on their journey towards populating the planet. Tuberculosis hitched a lift and came with us, and it 's been there ever since; waiting, watching, and learning.
    The organism responsible, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, has had plenty of time to adapt to its chosen habitat human lungs and has learnt through natural selection to be an almost perfect pathogen. Using our own immune cells as a Trojan Horse to aid its spread, it 's come up with clever ways to avoid being killed by antibiotics. But patience has been its biggest lesson it can enter into a latent state when times are tough, only to come back to life when a host 's immune system is compromised. Today, more than one million people die of the disease every year and around one-third of the world 's population are believed to be infected. That 's more than two billion people. Throw in the compounding problems of drug resistance, the HIV epidemic and poverty, and it 's clear that tuberculosis remains one of the most serious problems in world medicine.
    Catching Breath follows the history of TB through the ages, from its time as an infection of hunter-gatherers to the first human villages, which set it up with everything it needed to become the monstrous disease it is today, through to the perils of industrialisation and urbanisation. It goes on to look at the latest research in fighting the disease, with stories of modern scientific research, interviews with doctors on the TB frontline, and the personal experiences of those affected by the disease.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • CHECKLIST MANIFESTO
    CHECKLIST MANIFESTO
    GAWANDE ATUL
    ISBN: 9781846683145
    Title: CHECKLIST MANIFESTO
    Author: GAWANDE ATUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today we find ourselves in possession of stupendous know-how, which we willingly place in the hands of the most highly skilled people. But avoidable failures are common, and the reason is simple: the volume and complexity of our knowledge has exceeded our ability to consistently deliver it - correctly, safely or efficiently.
    In this groundbreaking book, Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument for the checklist, which he believes to be the most promising method available in surmounting failure. Whether you're following a recipe, investing millions of dollars in a company or building a skyscraper, the checklist is an essential tool in virtually every area of our lives, and Gawande explains how breaking down complex, high pressure tasks into small steps can radically improve everything from airline safety to heart surgery survival rates.
    Fascinating and enlightening, The Checklist Manifesto shows how the simplest of ideas could transform how we operate in almost any field.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CITIZEN SCIENTIST
    CITIZEN SCIENTIST
    HANNIBAL MARY ELLEN
    ISBN: 9781615193981
    Title: CITIZEN SCIENTIST
    Author: HANNIBAL MARY ELLEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    CITIZEN SCIENTIST is award-winning environmental journalist and author Mary Ellen Hannibal's story of becoming a citizen scientist - and finding more than she bargained for at every turn. She knew she was joining a flourishing community of volunteers who help conserve nature, but she was surprised to learn how this new and tech-enabled movement continues a rich tradition of amateur observation established by writers and naturalists over centuries. And she knew, in the midst of an unprecedented mass extinction, that she would find a shrinking number of species, but she couldn't know how her father's sudden passing would tear open her quest to confront loss.

    Ultimately, to be a citizen scientist is to intimately examine all the life that still finds a way. So as Hannibal, alongside an inspiring cast of fellow citizen scientists, discovers a wealth of species - by wading into tide pools, tracking hawks, scouring mountains - she also rescues herself from an odyssey of loss, and finds a hopeful and practical way forward.

    Imprint: AFFIRM PRESS
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • CLASSICAL MECHANICS : THE THEORETICAL MINIMUM
    CLASSICAL MECHANICS : THE THEORETICAL MINIMUM
    SUSSKIND LEONARD / HRABOVSKY GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780141976228
    Title: CLASSICAL MECHANICS : THE THEORETICAL MINIMUM
    Author: SUSSKIND LEONARD / HRABOVSKY GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Here is the ultimate master class in modern physics. In Classical Mechanics, world-class physicist and father of string theory Leonard Susskind and citizen-scientist George Hrabovsky combine forces in a primer that teaches the skills you need to do physics yourself.

    This is the ultimate master class in modern physics. World-class physicist and father of string theory Leonard Susskind and citizen-scientist George Hrabovsky combine forces in a primer that teaches the skills you need to do physics yourself. Combining crystal-clear explanations of the laws of the universe with basic exercises (including essential equations and maths), the authors cover the minimum that readers should master. They introduce the key concepts of modern physics, from classical mechanics to general relativity to quantum theory, and provide a practical toolkit that you won't find in any other popular science book.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CLIMATE WARS
    CLIMATE WARS
    BUTLER MARK
    ISBN: 9780522871685
    Title: CLIMATE WARS
    Author: BUTLER MARK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As the consequences of climate change become perilously close to the point of no-return, time-wasting wars over what to do distract us from taking real action.

    Mark Butler, the opposition minister for climate change and energy, makes a forceful case for using less and cleaner energy as part of global action to save the planet. Doing so will also make Australia attractive for the massive global market of investors and create new jobs in clean energy.

    Climate Wars argues that only Labor, the party with a proven track record for national reform, has the plan and the will to ensure bold action before it is too late.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • CLIMBING MOUNT IMPROBABLE
    CLIMBING MOUNT IMPROBABLE
    DAWKINS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780141026176
    Title: CLIMBING MOUNT IMPROBABLE
    Author: DAWKINS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    How could such an intricate object as the human eye - so complex and so precise - have come about by chance? In this masterful piece of popular science, Richard Dawkins builds a powerful and carefully reasoned argument for evolutionary adaptation as the force behind all life on earth. The metaphor of 'Mount Improbable' represents the combination of perfection and improbability that we find in the seemingly 'designed' complexity of living things. And through it all runs the thread of DNA, the molecule of life, responsible for its own destiny on an unending pilgrimage through time. Evocative illustrations accompany Dawkins' eloquent descriptions of astonishing adaptations in the living world.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CLOUDS : Nature and Culture
    CLOUDS : Nature and Culture
    HAMBLYN RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781780237237
    Title: CLOUDS : Nature and Culture
    Author: HAMBLYN RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Clouds have been objects of delight and fascination throughout human history; their fleeting magnificence and endless variety have inspired scientists and daydreamers alike.

    Richard Hamblyn explores the notable presence of clouds in literature and the arts (including music and sculpture) while outlining their growing scientific significance in the context of climate change. The book covers the history, science and art of clouds, including the controversial history of cloud modification. All the major cloud types are discussed and illustrated, including clouds on other planets, as well as the increasing number of man-made clouds that fill our changeable skies. Comprehensive yet compact, cogent and beautifully illustrated, this is the ultimate guide to clouds: from Hamlet’s ‘cloud that’s almost in shape of a camel’, to the world of cloud computing today.

    Imprint: REAKTION BOOKS
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • CODE BOOK : THE SECRET HISTORY OF CODES AND CODE BREAKING
    CODE BOOK : THE SECRET HISTORY OF CODES AND CODE BREAKING
    SINGH SIMON
    ISBN: 9781857028898
    Title: CODE BOOK : THE SECRET HISTORY OF CODES AND CODE BREAKING
    Author: SINGH SIMON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography From the best-selling author of Fermat's Last Theorem, The Code Book is a history of man's urge to uncover the secrets of codes, from Egyptian puzzles to modern day computer encryptions. As in Fermat's Last Theorem, Simon Singh brings life to an anstonishing story of puzzles, codes, languages and riddles that reveals man's continual pursuit to disguise and uncover, and to work out the secret languages of others. Codes have influenced events throughout history, both in the stories of those who make them and those who break them. The betrayal of Mary Queen of Scots and the cracking of the enigma code that helped the Allies in World War II are major episodes in a continuing history of cryptography. In addition to stories of intrigue and warfare, Simon Singh also investigates other codes, the unravelling of genes and the rediscovery of ancient languages and most tantalisingly, the Beale ciphers, an unbroken code that could hold the key to a $20 million treasure.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COMPLICATIONS : A SURGEONS NOTES ON AN IMPERFECT SCIENCE
    COMPLICATIONS : A SURGEONS NOTES ON AN IMPERFECT SCIENCE
    GAWANDE ATUL
    ISBN: 9781846681325
    Title: COMPLICATIONS : A SURGEONS NOTES ON AN IMPERFECT SCIENCE
    Author: GAWANDE ATUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine, offering an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge. Complications lays bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is - uncertain, perplexing, and profoundly human.

    Gently dismantling the myth of medical infallibility, Dr. Atul Gawande's Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science is essential reading for anyone involved in medicine - on either end of the stethoscope. Medical professionals make mistakes, learn on the job, and improvise much of their technique and self-confidence. Gawande's tales are humane and passionate reminders that doctors are people, too.

    His prose is thoughtful and deeply engaging, shifting from sometimes painful stories of suffering patients (including his own child) to intriguing suggestions for improving medicine with the same care he expresses in the surgical theatre. Some of his ideas will make health care providers nervous or even angry, but his disarming style, confessional tone, and thoughtful arguments should win over most readers.

    Complications is a book with heart and an excellent bedside manner, celebrating rather than berating doctors for being merely human.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • COMPUTING WITH QUANTUM CATS : FROM COLOSSUS TO QUBITS
    COMPUTING WITH QUANTUM CATS : FROM COLOSSUS TO QUBITS
    GRIBBIN JOHN
    ISBN: 9780552779319
    Title: COMPUTING WITH QUANTUM CATS : FROM COLOSSUS TO QUBITS
    Author: GRIBBIN JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The quantum computer is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Pioneering physicists are on the brink of unlocking a new quantum universe which provides a better representation of reality than our everyday experiences and common sense ever could. The birth of quantum computers – which, like Schrödinger's famous ‘dead and alive' cat, rely on entities like electrons, photons or atoms existing in two states at the same time – is set to turn the computing world on its head.

    In his fascinating study of this cutting-edge technology, John Gribbin updates his previous views on the nature of quantum reality, arguing for a universe of many parallel worlds where ‘everything is real'. Looking back to Alan Turing's work on the Enigma machine and the first electronic computer, Gribbin explains how quantum theory developed to make quantum computers work in practice as well as in principle. He takes us beyond the arena of theoretical physics to explore their practical applications – from machines which learn through ‘intuition' and trial and error to unhackable laptops and smartphones. And he investigates the potential for this extraordinary science to create a world where communication occurs faster than light and teleportation is possible.

    Imprint: BLACK SWAN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COPERNICUS COMPLEX : THE QUEST FOR OUR COSMIC (IN)SIGNIFICANCE
    COPERNICUS COMPLEX : THE QUEST FOR OUR COSMIC (IN)SIGNIFICANCE
    SCHARF CALEB
    ISBN: 9780141974934
    Title: COPERNICUS COMPLEX : THE QUEST FOR OUR COSMIC (IN)SIGNIFICANCE
    Author: SCHARF CALEB
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In The Copernicus Complex, the renowned astrophysicist and author Caleb Scharf takes us on a cosmic adventure like no other, asserting that the age-old Copernican principle is in need of updating.

    When Copernicus proposed that the Earth was not the fixed point at the center of the known universe (and therefore we are not unique), he set in motion a colossal scientific juggernaut, forever changing our vision of nature. But the principle, Scharf argues, has never been entirely true-we do live at a particular time, in a particular location, under particular circumstances.

    By bringing together the latest discoveries in cutting-edge astronomy, Scharf shows how many aspects of our cosmic home are genuinely unique, and reveals what it means for our quest to determine whether we are alone in the universe.



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • CREATION : THE ORIGIN OF LIFE
    CREATION : THE ORIGIN OF LIFE
    RUTHERFORD ADAM
    ISBN: 9780241954690
    Title: CREATION : THE ORIGIN OF LIFE
    Author: RUTHERFORD ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Presents a four-billion-year detective story that uses the science to explain what life is and where it first came from, offering answers to the very grandest of questions before arriving at a thrilling solution.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • CRITICAL MASS : HOW ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER
    CRITICAL MASS : HOW ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER
    BALL PHILIP
    ISBN: 9780099457862
    Title: CRITICAL MASS : HOW ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER
    Author: BALL PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Is there a 'physics of society'? Ranging from Hobbes and Adam Smith to modern work on traffic flow and market trading, and across economics, sociology and psychology, Philip Ball shows how much we can understand of human behaviour when we cease to try to predict and analyse the behaviour of individuals and look to the impact of hundreds, thousands or millions of individual human decisions., whether in circumstances in which human beings co-operate or conflict, when their aggregate behaviour is constructive and when it is destructive. By perhaps Britain's leading young science writer, this is a deeply thought-provoking book, causing us to examine our own behaviour, whether in buying the new Harry Potter book, voting for a particular party or responding to the lures of advertisers.

    Imprint: ARROW
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • CROW COUNTRY   -   (The Birds and the Bees)
    CROW COUNTRY - (The Birds and the Bees)
    COCKER MARK
    ISBN: 9781784871123
    Title: CROW COUNTRY - (The Birds and the Bees)
    Author: COCKER MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    One night Mark Cocker followed the roiling, deafening flock of rooks and jackdaws which regularly passed over his Norfolk home on their way to roost in the Yare valley. From the moment he watched the multitudes blossom as a mysterious dark flower above the woods, these gloriously commonplace birds became for Cocker a fixation and a way of life. Journeying across Britain, through spectacular failures, magical successes and epiphanies, Cocker uncovers the mysteries of these birds' inner lives.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CRUCIAL INTERVENTIONS : AN ILLUSTRATED TREATISE ON THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF NINETEENTH CENTURY SURGERY
    CRUCIAL INTERVENTIONS : AN ILLUSTRATED TREATISE ON THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF NINETEENTH CENTURY SURGERY
    BARNETT RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780500518106
    Title: CRUCIAL INTERVENTIONS : AN ILLUSTRATED TREATISE ON THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF NINETEENTH CENTURY SURGERY
    Author: BARNETT RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The nineteenth century saw a complete transformation of the practice and reputation of surgery.

    Crucial Interventions follows its increasingly optimistic evolution, drawing from the very best examples of rare surgical textbooks with a focus on the extraordinary visual materials of the mid-nineteenth century. Unnerving and graphic, yet beautifully rendered, these fascinating illustrations include step-by-step surgical techniques paired with medical instruments and painted depictions of operations in progress.

    Arranged for the layman from head to toe, and accompanied by an authoritative, eloquent and inspiring narrative from medical historian Richard Barnett, author of 2014 bestseller The Sick Rose, Crucial Interventions is a unique and captivating book on one of the world’s most mysterious and macabre professions, and promises to be another success.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • CULTURE : Leading Scientists Explore Societies Art Power and Technology
    CULTURE : Leading Scientists Explore Societies Art Power and Technology
    BROCKMAN JOHN [ED]
    ISBN: 9780062023131
    Title: CULTURE : Leading Scientists Explore Societies Art Power and Technology
    Author: BROCKMAN JOHN [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Why do civilizations rise and fall
    What are the origins and purpose of art
    How does technology shape society
    Did culture direct human evolution
    Is the Internet an agent of democracy or dictatorships

    An immensely powerful but little-understood force that impacts society, art, politics, and even human biological development, culture is the very stage on which human experience plays out. But what is it, exactly What are its rules and origins In this fascinating volume, John Brockman, editor and publisher of Edge, presents short, accessible explorations of culture’s essential aspects, by today’s most influential scientists and thinkers.

    Contributors and topics include

    Jared Diamond on why societies collapse and how we can make better decisions to protect our own future • Denis Dutton on the origins of art Daniel C. Dennett on the evolution of cultures • Jaron Lanier on the ominous impact of the Internet • Nicholas Christakis on the structure and rules of social networks, both “real” and online • Clay Shirky and Evgeny Morozov on the new political reality of the digital era • Brian Eno on what cultures value Stewart Brand on the responsibilities of human power • Douglas Rushkoff on the next Renaissance • W. Daniel Hillis on the Net as a global “knowledge web”

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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