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  • 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: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • 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
  • CONSOLATIONS OF PHYSICS (or, the Solace of Quantum)
    CONSOLATIONS OF PHYSICS (or, the Solace of Quantum)
    RADFORD TIM
    ISBN: 9781473658172
    Title: CONSOLATIONS OF PHYSICS (or, the Solace of Quantum)
    Author: RADFORD TIM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE

    A short, charming, fascinating and inspiring book about why understanding physics can make you happier, by one of the leading science writers of our time.

    The Consolations of Physics is an eloquent manifesto for physics. In an age where uncertainty and division is rife, Tim Radford, science editor of the Guardian for twenty-five years, turns to the wonders of the universe for consolation.

    From the launch of the Voyager spacecraft and how it furthered our understanding of planets, stars and galaxies to the planet composed entirely of diamond and graphite and the sound of a blacksmith's anvil; from the hole NASA drilled in the heavens to the discovery of the Higgs Boson and the endeavours to prove the Big Bang, The Consolations of Physics will guide you from a tiny particle to the marvels of outer space.

    Imprint: SCEPTRE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • CRAVING MIND : From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love - Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits
    CRAVING MIND : From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love - Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits
    BREWER JUDSON
    ISBN: 9780300234367
    Title: CRAVING MIND : From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love - Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits
    Author: BREWER JUDSON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A leading neuroscientist and pioneer in the study of mindfulness explains why addictions are so tenacious and how we can learn to conquer them


    We are all vulnerable to addiction. Whether it’s a compulsion to constantly check social media, binge eating, smoking, excessive drinking, or any other behaviors, we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating. Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Is there a key to conquering the cravings we know are unhealthy for us?


    This book provides groundbreaking answers to the most important questions about addiction. Dr. Judson Brewer, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has studied the science of addictions for twenty years, reveals how we can tap into the very processes that encourage addictive behaviors in order to step out of them. He describes the mechanisms of habit and addiction formation, then explains how the practice of mindfulness can interrupt these habits. Weaving together patient stories, his own experience with mindfulness practice, and current scientific findings from his own lab and others, Dr. Brewer offers a path for moving beyond our cravings, reducing stress, and ultimately living a fuller life.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • 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
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