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  • BUZZ IN THE MEADOW : THE NATURAL HISTORY OF A FRENCH FARM
    BUZZ IN THE MEADOW : THE NATURAL HISTORY OF A FRENCH FARM
    GOULSON DAVE
    ISBN: 9780099597698
    Title: BUZZ IN THE MEADOW : THE NATURAL HISTORY OF A FRENCH FARM
    Author: GOULSON DAVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fascinating look at the insect world found in one field in France - and how important that world is to all of us.

    In 2003 Dave Goulson bought a derelict farm in the heart of rural France, together with 33 acres of surrounding meadow. Over the course of a decade, he created a place for his beloved bumblebees to thrive along with myriad insects of every kind.

    In this book you will learn how a deathwatch beetle finds its mate, about the importance of houseflies, why butterflies have spots on their wings, about dragonfly sex, bed-bugs and wasps. But it is also a wake-up call, urging us to cherish and protect life on earth in all its forms. A Buzz in the Meadow is a captivating look at our natural world and a call to arms for nature-lovers everywhere.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CAESARS LAST BREATH : The Epic Story of The Air Around Us
    CAESARS LAST BREATH : The Epic Story of The Air Around Us
    KEAN SAM
    ISBN: 9781784162931
    Title: CAESARS LAST BREATH : The Epic Story of The Air Around Us
    Author: KEAN SAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ** GUARDIAN SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 **

    'Popular science at its best'
    Mail on Sunday

    'Eminently accessible and enjoyable'
    Observer

    With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world. On the ides of March, 44 BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds in the Roman Senate, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding. In fact, you're probably inhaling some of it now. Of the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment, some might also bear traces of Cleopatra's perfumes, German mustard gas, particles exhaled by dinosaurs or emitted by atomic bombs, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation.

    In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe and across time to tell the epic story of the air we breathe.

    Imprint: BLACK SWAN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • CERN AND THE HIGGS BOSON
    CERN AND THE HIGGS BOSON
    GILLIES JAMES
    ISBN: 9781785783920
    Title: CERN AND THE HIGGS BOSON
    Author: GILLIES JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2018 New Release

    The Higgs boson is the rock star of fundamental particles, catapulting CERN, the laboratory where it was found, into the global spotlight. But what is it, why does it matter, and what exactly is CERN?

    In the late 1940s, a handful of visionaries were working to steer Europe towards a more peaceful future through science, and CERN, the European particle physics laboratory, was duly born. James Gillies tells the gripping story of particle physics, from the original atomists of ancient Greece, through the people who made the crucial breakthroughs, to CERN itself, one of the most ambitious scientific undertakings of our time, and its eventual confirmation of the Higgs boson.

    Weaving together the scientific and political stories of CERN's development, the book reveals how particle physics has evolved from being the realm of solitary genius to a global field of human endeavour, with CERN's Large Hadron Collider as its frontier research tool.

    Imprint: ICON
    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 JUSTICE : Hope Resilience and the Fight for a Sustainable Future
    CLIMATE JUSTICE : Hope Resilience and the Fight for a Sustainable Future
    ROBINSON MARY
    ISBN: 9781408888469
    Title: CLIMATE JUSTICE : Hope Resilience and the Fight for a Sustainable Future
    Author: ROBINSON MARY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: December 2018 New Release

    An urgent call to arms by one of the most important voices in the international fight against climate change, sharing inspiring stories and offering vital lessons for the path forward

    Holding her first grandchild in her arms in 2003, Mary Robinson was struck by the uncertainty of the world he had been born into. Before his fiftieth birthday, he would share the planet with more than nine billion people – people battling for food, water, and shelter in an increasingly volatile climate. The faceless, shadowy menace of climate change had become, in an instant, deeply personal.

    Mary Robinson's mission would lead her all over the world, from Malawi to Mongolia, and to a heartening revelation: that an irrepressible driving force in the battle for climate justice could be found at the grassroots level, mainly among women, many of them mothers and grandmothers like herself. From Sharon Hanshaw, the Mississippi matriarch whose campaign began in her East Biloxi hair salon and culminated in her speaking at the United Nations, to Constance Okollet, a small farmer who transformed the fortunes of her ailing community in rural Uganda, Robinson met with ordinary people whose resilience and ingenuity had already unlocked extraordinary change.

    Powerful and deeply humane, Climate Justice is a stirring manifesto on one of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time, and a lucid, affirmative, and well-argued case for hope.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • COMPUTER BOOK : From the Abacus to Artificial Intelligence 250 Milestones in the History of Computer Science
    COMPUTER BOOK : From the Abacus to Artificial Intelligence 250 Milestones in the History of Computer Science
    GRUNSPAN RACHEL H / GARFINKEL SIMSON L
    ISBN: 9781454926214
    Title: COMPUTER BOOK : From the Abacus to Artificial Intelligence 250 Milestones in the History of Computer Science
    Author: GRUNSPAN RACHEL H / GARFINKEL SIMSON L
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: November 2018 New Release

    Part of Sterling’s extremely popular Milestones series, this illustrated exploration of computer science ranges from the ancient abacus to superintelligence and social media.

    With 250 illustrated landmark inventions, publications, and events—encompassing everything from ancient record-keeping devices to the latest computing technologies—this highly topical addition to the Sterling Milestones series takes a chronological journey through the history and future of computer science. Two expert authors, with decades’ of experience working in computer research and innovation, explore topics including the Sumerian abacus, the first spam message, Morse code, cryptography, early computers, Isaac Asimov’s laws of robotics, UNIX and early programming languages, movies, video games, mainframes, minis and micros, hacking, virtual reality, and more.

    Imprint: STERLING PRESS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • 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
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