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  • 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 FIRE
    CATCHING FIRE
    WRANGHAM RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781846682865
    Title: CATCHING FIRE
    Author: WRANGHAM RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $25.00
  • CHECKLIST MANIFESTO
    CHECKLIST MANIFESTO
    GAWANDE ATUL
    ISBN: 9781846683145
    Title: CHECKLIST MANIFESTO
    Author: GAWANDE ATUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • 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
  • COSMOS : THE INFOGRAPHIC BOOK OF SPACE
    COSMOS : THE INFOGRAPHIC BOOK OF SPACE
    LOWE STUART
    ISBN: 9781781314500
    Title: COSMOS : THE INFOGRAPHIC BOOK OF SPACE
    Author: LOWE STUART
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In this truly mind-blowing book, we use cutting edge infographics to illuminate - in a new and unique way - the most amazing places and objects that modern science has laid bare.

    The Universe is the ultimate in extremes and superlatives. The biggest. The heaviest. The oldest. The most powerful explosions. Even black holes - which can literally lead to regions beyond our infinite Universe!

    In this truly mind-blowing book, we use cutting edge infographics to illuminate - in a new a unique way - the most amazing places and objects that modern science has laid bare. Starting with the Big Bang itself, we explore the secret lives of galaxies and stars, and examine the thousand new planets now discovered beyond the Solar System - checking out their viability for alien life.

    And we chronicle the incredible instruments and machines are that are discovering the hidden secrets of the Universe, from 'telescopes' deep under the Antarctic ice to robotic explorers on distant worlds. And we investigate the astounding technology used by human astronauts as they push out beyond the Moon to Mars - and on towards the stars.

    Imprint: AURUM PRESS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: ACTIVE TITLE


    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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