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  • 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

    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
  • 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
  • CASE AGAINST FRAGRANCE
    CASE AGAINST FRAGRANCE
    GRENVILLE KATE
    ISBN: 9781925355956
    Title: CASE AGAINST FRAGRANCE
    Author: GRENVILLE KATE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Kate Grenville had always associated perfume with elegance and beauty. Then the headaches started.

    Like perhaps a quarter of the population, Grenville reacts badly to the artificial fragrances around us: other people’s perfumes, and all those scented cosmetics, cleaning products and air fresheners. On a book tour in 2015, dogged by ill health, she started wondering: what’s in fragrance? Who tests it for safety? What does it do to people?

    The more Grenville investigated, the more she felt this was a story that should be told. The chemicals in fragrance can be linked not only to short-term problems like headaches and asthma, but to long-term ones like hormone disruption and cancer. Yet products can be released onto the market without testing. They’re regulated only by the same people who make and sell them. And the ingredients don’t even have to be named on the label.

    This book is based on careful research into the science of scent and the power of the fragrance industry. But, as you’d expect from an acclaimed novelist, it’s also accessible and personal. The Case Against Fragrance will make you see - and smell - the world differently.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CAT SENSE : THE FELINE ENIGMA REVEALED
    CAT SENSE : THE FELINE ENIGMA REVEALED
    BRADSHAW JOHN
    ISBN: 9780241960455
    Title: CAT SENSE : THE FELINE ENIGMA REVEALED
    Author: BRADSHAW JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Cats are the most popular pet in the world. They outnumber the dog, man's 'best friend', by three to one. Cats need not so much our sympathy, but our understanding. This book offers us a truly scientific, yet deeply affectionate, picture of one of humanity's closest and most enigmatic companions.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE


    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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • Cosmos Magazine Summer 2017/2018: Issue 77
    Cosmos Magazine Summer 2017/2018: Issue 77
    COSMOS MAGAZINE
    ISBN: 9781760640323
    Title: Cosmos Magazine Summer 2017/2018: Issue 77
    Author: COSMOS MAGAZINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JANUARY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    In the Summer 2017 issue:

    The art of Patricia Piccinini by Elizabeth Finkel
    Some scientists viewed her work as dystopian and fanciful. But with the “editing” of human
    embryos now a reality, Piccinini’s work is a compelling statement of the Brave New World we
    are entering.

    Hiroshi Ishiguro: android maker. By Elizabeth Finkel
    A portrait of the world’s most infamous android maker. His creations are already being put
    to work to nurse elderly Japanese, and connect with autistic children. But Ishiguro’s real
    mission is to discover what it means to be human.

    Gallery of art inspired by science. Artists include: Margaret Wertheim, Mira Gojak, Jon
    Lomberg, Luke Jerram
    Four artists discuss how science has inspired one of their works.

    Retrieving memories by Fiona McMillan
    While much is known about how new memories are inscribed into the circuitry of the brain,
    the retrieval mechanism has long been a mystery. New research is providing clues.

    Broome’s Jurassic Park by John Pickrell
    For millennia, the tracks left by dinosaurs were a part of the indigenous dreaming. But a
    new generation of scientifically-minded custodians, have opened up the trackways to
    palaeontologists. It has unveiled a rich new chapter in Australia’s dinosaur history.

    The Search for Cosmic Strings: Cracks in the Cosmos by Cathal O’Connell
    If you freeze a glass of water, it will never forms one continuous perfect crystal--
    there are always defects, tiny cracks invisible to the eye that separate adjacent
    regions of ice. Physicists think the same thing happened during the creation of the
    universe, forming cracks, called 'cosmic strings' running through the cosmos.
    Gravitational wave observatories, like LIGO, have recently transformed the once
    hypothetical notion of gravitational waves into a reality. They promise to do the
    same for cosmic strings, by listening out for the universe-quaking crack when two of
    them collide.


    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
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