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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • DARK MATTER AND THE DINOSAURS : The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe
    DARK MATTER AND THE DINOSAURS : The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe
    RANDALL LISA
    ISBN: 9780099593560
    Title: DARK MATTER AND THE DINOSAURS : The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe
    Author: RANDALL LISA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    66 million years ago, a ten-mile-wide object from outer space hurtled into the Earth at incredible speed. The impact annihilated the dinosaurs, along with three-quarters of the other species on the planet. But what if this catastrophe was the sign of something greater: an opening vista onto the interconnectedness of the universe itself?

    This is the story of the astounding forces that underpin our existence; a horizon-expanding tour of the cosmos that unifies what we know about the universe with new thinking. From the far-flung reaches of space, the makeup of the universe and our solar system's place within it, to the mysterious and elusive stuff of dark matter and how it affects life here on Earth.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DARWINS BACKYARD : How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory
    DARWINS BACKYARD : How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory
    COSTA JAMES T
    ISBN: 9780393239898
    Title: DARWINS BACKYARD : How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory
    Author: COSTA JAMES T
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Darwin’s Backyard goes beyond the portrait of Charles Darwin as a brilliant thinker to concentrate on him as a nimble experimenter delving into some of evolution’s great mysteries. Beyond Darwin at work, we accompany him against the backdrop of his enduring marriage, chronic illness, grief at the loss of three children, and joy in scientific revelation. This unique glimpse of Darwin’s life introduces us to an enthusiastic correspondent, crowd-sourcer, family man, and, most of all, an incorrigible observer and experimenter.

    Includes directions for eighteen hands-on experiments, for home, school, yard, or garden.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • DARWINS DOUBT : THE EXPLOSIVE ORIGIN OF ANIMAL LIFE AND THE CASE FOR INTELLIGENT DESIGN
    DARWINS DOUBT : THE EXPLOSIVE ORIGIN OF ANIMAL LIFE AND THE CASE FOR INTELLIGENT DESIGN
    MEYER STEPHEN C
    ISBN: 9780062071484
    Title: DARWINS DOUBT : THE EXPLOSIVE ORIGIN OF ANIMAL LIFE AND THE CASE FOR INTELLIGENT DESIGN
    Author: MEYER STEPHEN C
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Tapping into the timeless debate between Darwinism and Intelligent Design, an expert in the field tackles the most controversial aspect of Charles' Darwin's evolutionary theory and expands the scientific argument for Intelligent Design.

    In Signature of the Cell, author Stephen Meyer argued that evolutionary theories of the origin of life could not account for the origin of the information necessary to produce the first living cell. Darwin's Doubt builds on this subject of Intelligent Design (ID), taking its readers one step further into the history of life. Here, Meyer shows that scientists since Darwin's time have learned about the fundamental importance of information to the origin and maintenance of new biological form.

    According to Meyer, The Cambrian Explosion, the way the rapid appearance of animals 530 million years ago is known, is not only an explosion of new biological form, but also new biological information. Could the information necessary to build the Cambrian animal forms have arisen from conscious activity, an intelligent cause rather than an undirected natural process?

    Meyer builds a compelling case that reveals the crack in Darwin's theory. This highly debated question is at the heart of some of the most controversial conversations today. Ultimately, Darwin's Doubt defends the theory of ID as the best explanation for the origin of the Cambrian animals and the libraries of information needed to produce them. In so doing, Meyer shows us how many popular views of biological origins stand starkly at odds with scientific evidence. Why attempt to reconcile traditional Christian theology with Darwinian theory, if the theory itself has begun to collapse?

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DARWINS FOSSILS : Discoveries that Shaped the Theory of Evolution
    DARWINS FOSSILS : Discoveries that Shaped the Theory of Evolution
    LISTER ADRIAN
    ISBN: 9781486309450
    Title: DARWINS FOSSILS : Discoveries that Shaped the Theory of Evolution
    Author: LISTER ADRIAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Explore Darwin's pioneering work on fossils in this richly illustrated book.

    Charles Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle was a journey that would revolutionise our understanding of the natural world and our place in it. The magisterial work it spawned, The Origin of Species, is widely associated with the flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands. Less well known is Darwin’s passion for geology and how his fossil discoveries in South America – by demonstrating the relationship between extinct lifeforms and living species – shaped his theory of evolution. This is the story of those fossil-hunting adventures in the 1830s, the pioneering science behind the fossils he found, and how these remarkable discoveries played a crucial role in forging Darwin’s revolutionary ideas.

    Imprint: CSIRO PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE BRAIN
    DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE BRAIN
    GREENFIELD SUSAN
    ISBN: 9780141976341
    Title: DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE BRAIN
    Author: GREENFIELD SUSAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Each of us has a unique, subjective inner world, one that we can never share directly with anyone else. But how do our physical brains actually give rise to this rich and varied experience of consciousness? In this ground-breaking book, internationally acclaimed neuroscientist Susan Greenfield brings together a series of astonishing new, empirically based insights into consciousness as she traces a single day in the life of your brain. From waking to walking the dog, working to dreaming, Greenfield explores how our daily experiences are translated into a tangle of cells, molecules and chemical blips, thereby probing the enduring mystery of how our brains create our individual selves.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • DEEP THINKING : Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins
    DEEP THINKING : Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins
    KASPAROV GARRY
    ISBN: 9781473653511
    Title: DEEP THINKING : Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins
    Author: KASPAROV GARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In May 1997, the world watched as Garry Kasparov, the greatest chess player in the world, was defeated for the first time by the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue. It was a watershed moment in the history of technology: machine intelligence had arrived at the point where it could best human intellect.

    It wasn't a coincidence that Kasparov became the symbol of man's fight against the machines. Chess has long been the fulcrum in development of machine intelligence; the hoax automaton 'The Turk' in the 18th century and Alan Turing's first chess program in 1952 were two early examples of the quest for machines to think like humans - a talent we measured by their ability to beat their creators at chess. As the pre-eminent chessmaster of the 80s and 90s, it was Kasparov's blessing and his curse to play against each generation's strongest computer champions, contributing to their development and advancing the field.

    Like all passionate competitors, Kasparov has taken his defeat and learned from it. He has devoted much energy to devising ways in which humans can partner with machines in order to produce results better than either can achieve alone. During the twenty years since playing Deep Blue, he's played both with and against machines, learning a great deal about our vital relationship with our most remarkable creations. Ultimately, he's become convinced that by embracing the competition between human and machine intelligence, we can spend less time worrying about being replaced and more thinking of new challenges to conquer.

    In this breakthrough book, Kasparov tells his side of the story of Deep Blue for the first time - what it was like to strategize against an implacable, untiring opponent - the mistakes he made and the reasons the odds were against him. But more than that, he tells his story of AI more generally, and how he's evolved to embrace it, taking part in an urgent debate with philosophers worried about human values, programmers creating self-learning neural networks, and engineers of cutting edge robotics. He surveys the serious questions facing a world that is becoming increasingly reliant on AI, creating an essential guide for the business readers and educators he speaks to by the thousands every year.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DEFIANT EARTH : The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene
    DEFIANT EARTH : The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene
    HAMILTON CLIVE
    ISBN: 9781760295967
    Title: DEFIANT EARTH : The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene
    Author: HAMILTON CLIVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Humans have become so powerful that we are disrupting the functioning of the earth, to the point where scientists now consider we have entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. Clive Hamilton argues this forces us to rethink what kind of creature we humans are, and to acknowledge the power we still have to change the world for good.

    Forget everything you know. Nature is no longer nature. Humans are no longer humans. We have entered a new era -- the Anthropocene. Everything has changed.

    Humans have become so powerful that we have disrupted the functioning of the Earth, bringing on a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. The stable environmental conditions that allowed civilisation to flourish are disappearing.

    What does it mean to have arrived at this point, where human history and Earth history collide? Clive Hamilton argues we need to rethink everything. The modern belief that we are free beings making our own future by taking control of our environment is now indefensible. We have rendered the Earth more unpredictable and less controllable; a disobedient planet. And it's too late to turn back the geological clock.

    We must face the fact that humans are at the centre of the world, even if we must give up the idea we can control the planet. These truths call for a new kind of anthropocentrism, a philosophy by which we might use our power responsibly and find a way to live on a defiant Earth.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DIGITAL APE : How to Live (in peace) with Smart Machines
    DIGITAL APE : How to Live (in peace) with Smart Machines
    SHADBOLT NIGEL
    ISBN: 9781925322545
    Title: DIGITAL APE : How to Live (in peace) with Smart Machines
    Author: SHADBOLT NIGEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE

    How smart machines are transforming us all — and what we should do about it.

    The smart machines revolution is re-shaping our lives and our societies. Here, Shadbolt and Hampson — Britain’s pre-eminent authorities on AI — dispel terror, confusion, and misconception by demonstrating that we are not about to be elbowed aside by a rebel army of super-intelligent robots of our own creation. The much-vaunted Transcendence moment is not coming any time soon.

    The Digital Ape prefers to talk of Augmented Intelligence (ours) rather than Artificial Intelligence (theirs). It argues that when it comes to our technological future we can retain control, but how we exercise that control — in employment matters, in privacy matters, in political matters etc — is the crux of our collective future well-being.

    Lucid, well-informed, and deeply human, The Digital Ape offers a unique approach to the subject of web science and the ethics of intelligent systems.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DIGITAL VS HUMAN : HOW WELL LIVE LOVE AND THINK IN THE FUTURE
    DIGITAL VS HUMAN : HOW WELL LIVE LOVE AND THINK IN THE FUTURE
    WATSON RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781925321173
    Title: DIGITAL VS HUMAN : HOW WELL LIVE LOVE AND THINK IN THE FUTURE
    Author: WATSON RICHARD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the author of the international bestseller Future Files comes the one book you need to read to prepare for the world of tomorrow.

    On most measures that matter, we've never had it so good. Physically, life for humankind has improved immeasurably over the last fifty years. Yet there is a crisis of progress slowly spreading across the world. Perhaps this is due to a failure of vision; in the 1960s we dreamed of flying cars and moon hotels; today what we've ended up with are status updates and cat videos.

    To a large degree, the history of the next fifty years will be about the relationship between people and technologies created by a tiny handful of designers and developers. These inventions will undoubtedly change our lives, but the question is, to what end?

    What do we want these technologies to achieve on our behalf? What are they capable of, and - as they transform the media, the economy, healthcare, education, work, and the home - what kind of lives do we want to lead?

    Richard Watson hereby extends an exuberant invitation for us to think deeply about the world of today and envision what kind of world we wish to create in the future. In a fascinating and accessible way, Digital vs Human examines the possible effects of technology on every area of our lives.



    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
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