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  • DEEP THINKING : Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins
    DEEP THINKING : Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins
    KASPAROV GARRY
    ISBN: 9781473653498
    Title: DEEP THINKING : Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins
    Author: KASPAROV GARRY
    Format: TRADE 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: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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
  • DEPENDS WHAT YOU MEAN BY EXTREMIST : Going Rogue with Australian Deplorables
    DEPENDS WHAT YOU MEAN BY EXTREMIST : Going Rogue with Australian Deplorables
    SAFRAN JOHN
    ISBN: 9781926428772
    Title: DEPENDS WHAT YOU MEAN BY EXTREMIST : Going Rogue with Australian Deplorables
    Author: SAFRAN JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Expecting skinheads, John Safran rocked up to a far-right rally in Melbourne. What he found led him into the mad world of misfits who helped propel the second coming of Pauline Hanson and foreshadowed the era of Trump.

    No one turns up where they’re not wanted quite like John Safran. In this hilarious and disorienting adventure he gets among our diverse community of white nationalists, ISIS supporters, anarchists and more, digging away at the contradictions that many would prefer be left unexamined. Who is this black puppet-master among the white nationalists? And this Muslim fundamentalist who geeks out on Monty Python? Is there a secret radicalisation network operating in John’s own Jewish suburb? And ultimately – is hanging with all these radicals washing off on John himself?

    Populated by an extraordinary cast of ‘ordinary’ Australians, Depends What You Mean by Extremist is a startling, confronting portrait of contemporary Australia. We all think we know what’s going on in our own country, but this larger-than-life, timely, and alarmingly insightful true story will make you think again . . .

    Drinking shots with nationalists and gobbling falafel with radicals, John Safran was there the year the extreme became the mainstream.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • DESTRUCTION OF HILLARY CLINTON
    DESTRUCTION OF HILLARY CLINTON
    BORDO SUSAN
    ISBN: 9781925603026
    Title: DESTRUCTION OF HILLARY CLINTON
    Author: BORDO SUSAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The result of the 2016 presidential election was widely thought to be a foregone conclusion: a historic victory for an extraordinarily well-qualified, experienced and admired candidate against an opponent seen as not just unelectable but unfit for office.

    As we know, it didn't work out like that. So how did Hillary Clinton lose? How did she come to be seen as a tool of the establishment, a chronic liar and a talentless politician?

    In this masterful narrative of the 2016 campaign year, Susan Bordo unpacks the right-wing assault on Clinton and her reputation, the way she provoked the suspicion and indifference of a younger generation, and the unprecedented influence of the media.

    Urgent, insightful, and engrossing, The Destruction of Hillary Clinton is an essential guide to understanding the most controversial presidential election in American history.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DEVIATE : The Science of Seeing Differently
    DEVIATE : The Science of Seeing Differently
    LOTTO BEAU
    ISBN: 9781474600347
    Title: DEVIATE : The Science of Seeing Differently
    Author: LOTTO BEAU
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    World-renowned neuroscientist Beau Lotto reveals the truths of human perception and devises a cognitive toolkit for how to succeed in a world of uncertainty.

    Perception is the foundation of human experience, but few of us understand how our own perception works. By revealing the startling truths about the brain and perception, Beau Lotto shows that the next big innovation is not a new technology: it is a new way of seeing.

    In his first major book, Beau Lotto draws on over a decade of pioneering research to show how our brains play tricks on us. With an innovative combination of case studies and optical- and perception-illusion exercises, DEVIATE will revolutionise the way you see the world. With this new understanding of how the brain works and its perceptive trickery, we can apply these insights to every aspect of life and work. DEVIATE is not just an engaging look into the neuroscience of thought, behaviour and creativity: it is a call to action, enlisting readers in their own journey of self-discovery.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DOLLMAKER
    DOLLMAKER
    ARNOW HARRIETTE
    ISBN: 9781784871871
    Title: DOLLMAKER
    Author: ARNOW HARRIETTE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A REDISCOVERED AMERICAN CLASSIC

    Gertie is the young mother of five children – uneducated, determined, strong. Her only ambition is to own her own small farm in the Kentucky hills where she lives, to become self-sufficient and free.

    Whenever the struggle to live off the land eases, her inarticulate imagination takes its freedom and flies. Because Gertie is also an artist, a sculptor of wood and creator of beautiful handmade dolls.

    When the family is forced to move to industrial Detroit, with its pre-fab houses, appliances bought on credit and neighbours on every side, life turns into an incomprehensible, lonely nightmare. Gertie realises she must adapt to a life where land, family and creativity are replaced by just one thing: the constant need for money.

    ‘A masterwork… A superb book of unforgettable strength and glowing richness’ New York Times

    WITH AN AFTERWORD BY JOYCE CAROL OATES

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DURRELLS OF CORFU
    DURRELLS OF CORFU
    HAAG MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781781257883
    Title: DURRELLS OF CORFU
    Author: HAAG MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The recent TV award winning adaption The Durrells left its 7 million fans with questions: What happened to the family - and what took them to Corfu in the first place? This book has the answers.

    Simon Nye's TV series, The Durrells, is based loosely on Gerald Durrell's Corfu Trilogy and in particular his much-loved bestseller, My Family and Other Animals. These books in turn are based somewhat loosely on actual events. The real-life Durrells went to Corfu at the urging of Lawrence Durrell, who was already living on the island with his wife, Nancy Myers. Their intent was to keep the family together as his mother, Louisa, was drinking heavily and recovering from a breakdown; 'We can be proud of the way we brought her up,' Larry said, only half-jokingly, of the family's subsequent Corfu sojourn.

    Michael Haag's book covers the background to the Durrell family's years in Corfu, including their time in India, where all the children were born, and where their father, a brilliant civil engineer, had died. It recalls the real life characters the Durrells encountered on Corfu, notably the biologist and poet Theodore Stephanides, and the taxi driver, Spiros Halikiopoulos. And Haag tells the story of how the Durrells left Corfu, including Margo's return intent on joining the Greek resistance, and Leslie's romance in England with the family's Corfite maid and friend, Maria Kondos. Further chapters cover what happened to the family in later life; here, Lawrence and Gerald Durrell's biographies are well known, but little has previously been written of Margo, Leslie and Louisa. Haag has fascinating stories to tell of them all.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DYMPHNA
    DYMPHNA
    ARMSTRONG JUDITH
    ISBN: 9781925333794
    Title: DYMPHNA
    Author: ARMSTRONG JUDITH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dymphna Lodewyckx was a brilliant linguist who easily won prizes and scholarships but cannot be said to have pursued a career; instead, she married Manning Clark, who earned great fame as an Australian historian. Occasional translations and classes gave Dymphna much pleasure and some pride, but they were not her priority. How could they be, when she was her husband’s constant research assistant and unofficial editor, as well as the mother of their six children? This was clearly her choice.

    Wasn’t it?

    Imprint: AUSTRALIAN SCHOLARLY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • EAST WEST STREET : On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
    EAST WEST STREET : On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
    SANDS PHILIPPE
    ISBN: 9781474601917
    Title: EAST WEST STREET : On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
    Author: SANDS PHILIPPE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A uniquely personal exploration of the origins of international law, centring on the Nuremberg Trials, the city of Lviv and a secret family history

    When he receives an invitation to deliver a lecture in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, international lawyer Philippe Sands begins a journey on the trail of his family's secret history. In doing so, he uncovers an astonishing series of coincidences that lead him halfway across the world, to the origins of international law at the Nuremberg trial. Interweaving the stories of the two Nuremberg prosecutors (Hersch Lauterpacht and Rafael Lemkin) who invented the crimes or genocide and crimes against humanity, the Nazi governor responsible for the murder of thousands in and around Lviv (Hans Frank), and incredible acts of wartime bravery, EAST WEST STREET is an unforgettable blend of memoir and historical detective story, and a powerful meditation on the way memory, crime and guilt leave scars across generations.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • EGYPTIAN MYTHS : A Guide to the Ancient Gods and Legends
    EGYPTIAN MYTHS : A Guide to the Ancient Gods and Legends
    SHAW GARRY J
    ISBN: 9780500251980
    Title: EGYPTIAN MYTHS : A Guide to the Ancient Gods and Legends
    Author: SHAW GARRY J
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A guide to Egyptian mythology that explores how the ancient Nile-dwellers explained the world around them. It delves into the origins of life, the creation and evolution of the world, and the reigns of the gods on earth, before introducing us to the manifestations of Egypts deities in the natural environment.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • EMPIRE OF THINGS : How We Became a World of Consumers from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First
    EMPIRE OF THINGS : How We Became a World of Consumers from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First
    TRENTMANN FRANK
    ISBN: 9780141028743
    Title: EMPIRE OF THINGS : How We Became a World of Consumers from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First
    Author: TRENTMANN FRANK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What we consume has become a central - perhaps the central - feature of modern life. Our economies live or die by spending, we increasingly define ourselves by our possessions, and this ever-richer lifestyle has had an extraordinary impact on our planet. How have we come to live with so much stuff, and how has this changed the course of history?

    In Empire of Things, Frank Trentmann unfolds the extraordinary story of our modern material world, from Renaissance Italy and late Ming China to today's global economy. While consumption is often portrayed as a recent American export, this monumental and richly detailed account shows that it is in fact a truly international phenomenon with a much longer and more diverse history. Trentmann traces the influence of trade and empire on tastes, as formerly exotic goods like coffee, tobacco, Indian cotton and Chinese porcelain conquered the world, and explores the growing demand for home furnishings, fashionable clothes and convenience that transformed private and public life. The nineteenth and twentieth centuries brought department stores, credit cards and advertising, but also the rise of the ethical shopper, new generational identities and, eventually, the resurgence of the Asian consumer.

    With an eye to the present and future, Frank Trentmann provides a long view on the global challenges of our relentless pursuit of more - from waste and debt to stress and inequality. A masterpiece of research and storytelling many years in the making, Empire of Things recounts the epic history of the goods that have seduced, enriched and unsettled our lives over the past six hundred years.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ENIGMA OF REASON : A New History of Human Understanding
    ENIGMA OF REASON : A New History of Human Understanding
    MERCIER HUGO / SPERBER DAN
    ISBN: 9781846145575
    Title: ENIGMA OF REASON : A New History of Human Understanding
    Author: MERCIER HUGO / SPERBER DAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Reason, we are told, is what makes us human, the source of our knowledge and wisdom. If reason is so useful, why didn't it also evolve in other animals? If reason is that reliable, why do we produce so much thoroughly reasoned nonsense? In their ground-breaking account of the evolution and workings of reason, Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber set out to solve this double enigma. Reason, they argue with a compelling mix of real-life and experimental evidence, is not geared to solitary use, to arriving at better beliefs and decisions on our own. What reason does, rather, is help us justify our beliefs and actions to others, convince them through argumentation, and evaluate the justifications and arguments that others address to us.

    In other words, reason has evolved to help humans better exploit their uniquely rich social environment. This illuminating interpretation of reason makes sense of strengths and weaknesses that have long puzzled philosophers and psychologists - why reason is biased in favour of what we already believe, why it may lead to terrible ideas and yet is indispensable to spreading good ones. Ambitious, provocative, and entertaining, The Enigma of Reason will spark debate among psychologists and philosophers, and make many reasonable people rethink their own thinking.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • ESSENTIAL POETS GLOSSARY
    ESSENTIAL POETS GLOSSARY
    HIRSCH EDWARD
    ISBN: 9780544931237
    Title: ESSENTIAL POETS GLOSSARY
    Author: HIRSCH EDWARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Edward Hirsch's sparkling new work compiles poetic terms spanning centuries and continents, including forms, devices, movements, aesthetics, rhetorical terms, and folklore. Knowing how a poem works is crucial to unlocking its meaning -- entries will deepen readers' relationships with their favorite poems and open greater levels of understanding in each new poem they encounter. Shot through with the enthusiasm, authority, and sheer delight that made A Poet's Glossary and How to Read a Poem so beloved, this Essential edition is the book that all readers, writers, teachers, and students of poetry will return to again and again.


    Imprint: MARINER BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ESSEX SERPENT
    ESSEX SERPENT
    PERRY SARAH
    ISBN: 9781781255452
    Title: ESSEX SERPENT
    Author: PERRY SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    London 1893. When Cora Seaborne's controlling husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness. Along with her son Francis - a curious, obsessive boy - she leaves town for Essex, in the hope that fresh air and open space will provide refuge.

    On arrival, rumours reach them that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for superstition, is enthralled, convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a yet-undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail, she is introduced to William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar, who is also deeply suspicious of the rumours, but thinks they are a distraction from true faith.

    As he tries to calm his parishioners, Will and Cora strike up an intense relationship, and although they agree on absolutely nothing, they find themselves at once drawn together and torn apart, affecting each other in ways that surprise them both.

    The Essex Serpent is a celebration of love, and the many different shapes it can take.

    Imprint: SERPENTS TAIL
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • EVERYTHING UNDER THE HEAVENS : How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power
    EVERYTHING UNDER THE HEAVENS : How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power
    FRENCH HOWARD W
    ISBN: 9781925322071
    Title: EVERYTHING UNDER THE HEAVENS : How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power
    Author: FRENCH HOWARD W
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the former New York Times Asia correspondent and author of China's Second Continent, an incisive investigation of China's ideological development as it becomes an ever more aggressive player in regional and global diplomacy.

    For many years after its reform and opening in 1978, China maintained an attitude of false modesty about its ambitions. That role, reports Howard French, has been set aside. China has asserted its place among the global heavyweights, revealing its plans for pan-Asian dominance by building its navy, increasing territorial claims to areas like the South China Sea, and diplomatically bullying smaller players. Underlying this attitude is a strain of thinking that casts China's present-day actions in decidedly historical terms, as the path to restoring the dynastic glory of the past. If we understand how that historical identity relates to current actions, in ways ideological, philosophical, and even legal, we can learn to forecast just what kind of global power China stands to become — and to interact wisely with a future peer.

    Steeped in deeply researched history as well as on-the-ground reporting, this is French at his revelatory best.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • EVERYWHERE I LOOK
    EVERYWHERE I LOOK
    GARNER HELEN
    ISBN: 9781925498080
    Title: EVERYWHERE I LOOK
    Author: GARNER HELEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I pedal over to Kensington just after dark. As I roll along the lane towards the railway underpass, a young Asian woman on her way home from the station walks out of the tunnel towards me. After she passes there's a stillness, a moment of silent freshness that feels like spring.

    Helen Garner is one of Australia's greatest writers. Her short non-fiction has enormous range. Spanning fifteen years of work, Everywhere I Look is a book full of unexpected moments, sudden shafts of light, piercing intuition, flashes of anger and incidental humour. It takes us from backstage at the ballet to the trial of a woman for the murder of her newborn baby. It moves effortlessly from the significance of moving house to the pleasure of re-reading Pride and Prejudice.

    Everywhere I Look includes Garner's famous and controversial essay on the insults of age, her deeply moving tribute to her mother and extracts from her diaries, which have been part of her working life for as long as she has been a writer. Everywhere I Look glows with insight. It is filled with the wisdom of life.



    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $23.99
    Price: $23.99
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