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  • 18 TINY DEATHS
    18 TINY DEATHS
    GOLDFARB BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781913068042
    Title: 18 TINY DEATHS
    Author: GOLDFARB BRUCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: April 2020 New Release

    For most of human history, sudden and unexpected deaths of a suspicious nature, when they were investigated at all, were examined by lay persons without any formal training. People often got away with murder. Modern forensic investigation originates with Frances Glessner Lee - a pivotal figure in police science.

    Frances Glessner Lee (1878-1962), born a socialite to a wealthy and influential Chicago family, was never meant to have a career, let alone one steeped in death and depravity. Yet she became the mother of modern forensics and was instrumental in elevating homicide investigation to a scientific discipline.

    Frances Glessner Lee learned forensic science under the tutelage of pioneering medical examiner Magrath - he told her about his cases, gave her access to the autopsy room to observe post-mortems and taught her about poisons and patterns of injury. A voracious reader too, Lee acquired and read books on criminology and forensic science - eventually establishing the largest library of legal medicine.

    Lee went on to create The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death - a series of dollhouse-sized crime scene dioramas depicting the facts of actual cases in exquisitely detailed miniature - and perhaps the thing she is most famous for. Celebrated by artists, miniaturists and scientists, the Nutshell Studies are a singularly unusual collection. They were first used as a teaching tool in homicide seminars at Harvard Medical School in the 1930s, and then in 1945 the homicide seminar for police detectives that is the longest-running and still the highest-regarded training of its kind in America. Both of which were established by the pioneering Lee.

    In 18 TINY DEATHS, Bruce Goldfarb weaves Lee's remarkable story with the advances in forensics made in her lifetime to tell the tale of the birth of modern forensics.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • ADAM SPENCERS NUMBERLAND
    ADAM SPENCERS NUMBERLAND
    SPENCER ADAM
    ISBN: 9781925589924
    Title: ADAM SPENCERS NUMBERLAND
    Author: SPENCER ADAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia’s funniest mathematician returns in 2019 with more rollicking romps through the world of science, technology, numbers and all things nerdy. This terrific new fully illustrated title follows on from Adam’s bestselling Big Book of Numbers (2014); World of Numbers (2015), Time Machine (2016), The Number Games (2017), and Top 100 (2018), and is packed full of fascinating facts, tantalising trivia, brainbusting number puzzles, and much much more.

    Praise for Adam Spencer’s Big Book of Numbers

    ‘If you find this book boring, you should be in a clinic!’ John Cleese

    ‘Funny yet with hidden depths, like its author. A brilliant introduction to the world of numbers.’ Brian Cox

    ‘Even the page numbers will start to look fascinating once you’ve read this book!’ Amanda Keller

    ‘Every bright young mind in Australia should read Adam Spencer’s Big Book of Numbers – and we oldies would benefit, too.’ Peter FitzSimons



    Imprint: BRIO BOOKS
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • ADMISSIONS : A Life in Brain Surgery
    ADMISSIONS : A Life in Brain Surgery
    MARSH HENRY
    ISBN: 9781474603874
    Title: ADMISSIONS : A Life in Brain Surgery
    Author: MARSH HENRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A provocative and heartfelt new book from the brain surgeon and bestselling author of DO NO HARM

    Henry Marsh has spent a lifetime operating on the surgical frontline. There have been exhilarating highs and devastating lows, but his love for the practice of neurosurgery has never wavered. Prompted by his retirement from his full-time job in the NHS, and through his continuing work in Nepal and Ukraine, Henry has been forced to reflect more deeply about what forty years spent handling the human brain has taught him.

    Moving between encounters with patients in his London hospital, to those he treats in the more extreme circumstances of his work abroad, Henry faces up to the burden of responsibility that can come with trying to reduce human suffering. Unearthing memories of his early days as a medical student, and the experiences that shaped him as a young surgeon, he explores the difficulties of a profession that deals in probabilities rather than certainties, and where the overwhelming urge to prolong life can come at a tragic cost for both patients and for those who love them.

    In this searing, provocative and deeply personal memoir, the bestselling author of Do No Harm finds new purpose in his own life as he approaches the end of his professional career, and a fresh understanding of what matters to us all in the end.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AFTERGLOW OF CREATION : DECODING THE MESSAGE FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME
    AFTERGLOW OF CREATION : DECODING THE MESSAGE FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME
    CHOWN MARCUS
    ISBN: 9780571250592
    Title: AFTERGLOW OF CREATION : DECODING THE MESSAGE FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME
    Author: CHOWN MARCUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The scientists who first detected the cosmic radiation, that was identified as the afterglow of the big bang, had to admit that it was more by accident than intention. This title explains one of the biggest discoveries in modern science - and presents a picture of what happened next.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • AGE OF EMPATHY
    AGE OF EMPATHY
    DE WAAL FRANS
    ISBN: 9781788164443
    Title: AGE OF EMPATHY
    Author: DE WAAL FRANS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Kindness and co-operation have played a crucial role in raising humans to the top of the evolutionary tree ... We have thrived on the milk of human kindness.' Observer

    'There is a widely-held assumption that humans are hard-wired for relentless and ruthless competition ... Frans de Waal sees nature differently - as a biological legacy in which empathy, not mere self-interest, is shared by humans, bonobos and animals.' Ben Macintyre, the Times

    Empathy holds us together. That we are hardwired to be altruistic is the result of thousands of years of evolutionary biology which has kept society from slipping into anarchy. But we are not alone: primates, elephants, even rodents are empathetic creatures too.

    Social behaviours such as the herding instinct, bonding rituals, expressions of consolation and even conflict resolution demonstrate that animals are designed to feel for each other. From chimpanzees caring for mates that have been wounded by leopards, elephants reassuring youngsters in distress and dolphins preventing sick companions from drowning, with a wealth of anecdotes, scientific observations, wry humour and incisive intelligence, The Age of Empathy is essential reading for all who believe in the power of our connections to each other.

    Imprint: SOUVENIR PRESS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ALEX THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
    ALEX THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
    BELLOS ALEX
    ISBN: 9781408845721
    Title: ALEX THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
    Author: BELLOS ALEX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From triangles, rotations and power laws, to fractals, cones and curves, bestselling author Alex Bellos takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit, engaging stories and limitless enthusiasm. As he narrates a series of eye-opening encounters with lively personalities all over the world, Alex demonstrates how numbers have come to be our friends, are fascinating and extremely accessible, and how they have changed our world.

    He turns even the dreaded calculus into an easy-to-grasp mathematical exposition, and sifts through over 30,000 survey submissions to reveal the world's favourite number. In Germany, he meets the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop, whilst in India he joins the world's highly numerate community at the International Congress of Mathematicians. He explores the wonders behind the Game of Life program, and explains mathematical logic, growth and negative numbers. Stateside, he hangs out with a private detective in Oregon and meets the mathematician who looks for universes from his garage in Illinois.

    Read this captivating book, and you won't realise that you're learning about complex concepts. Alex will get you hooked on maths as he delves deep into humankind's turbulent relationship with numbers, and proves just how much fun we can have with them.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AMONG THE PIGEONS : Why our cats belong indoors
    AMONG THE PIGEONS : Why our cats belong indoors
    READ JOHN L
    ISBN: 9781743056141
    Title: AMONG THE PIGEONS : Why our cats belong indoors
    Author: READ JOHN L
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Ecologist John Read travelled the world consulting cat experts and collating the most recent science. He balances the allure of indoor cats with the animal welfare and conservation issues they create when allowed to roam. He also presents solutions, from breeding ideal indoor pet cats to developing humane and targeted tools to control feral cats.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.95
  • ANCESTORS TALE : A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
    ANCESTORS TALE : A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
    DAWKINS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781474606455
    Title: ANCESTORS TALE : A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
    Author: DAWKINS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fully updated edition of one of the most original accounts of evolution ever written, featuring new fractal diagrams, six new 'tales' and the latest scientific developments.

    THE ANCESTOR'S TALE is a dazzling, four-billion-year pilgrimage to the origins of life: Richard Dawkins and Yan Wong take us on an exhilarating reverse journey through evolution, from present-day humans back to the microbial beginnings of life. It is a journey happily interrupted by meetings of fellow modern animals (as well as plants, fungi and bacteria) similarly tracing their evolutionary path back through history. As each evolutionary pilgrim tells their tale, Dawkins and Wong shed light on topics such as speciation, sexual selection and extinction.

    Written with unparalleled wit, clarity and intelligence; taking in new scientific discoveries of the past decade; and including new 'tales', illustrations and fractal diagrams, THE ANCESTOR'S TALE shows us how remarkable we are, how astonishing our history, and how intimate our relationship with the rest of the living world.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ANIMAL LANGUAGES : The secret conversations of the living world
    ANIMAL LANGUAGES : The secret conversations of the living world
    MEIJER EVA
    ISBN: 9781473677678
    Title: ANIMAL LANGUAGES : The secret conversations of the living world
    Author: MEIJER EVA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dolphins and parrots call each other by their names. Fork tailed drongos mimic the calls of other animals to scare them away and then steal their dinner. In the songs of many species of birds, and in skin patterns of squid, we find grammatical structures . . .

    If you are lucky, you might meet an animal that wants to talk to you. If you are even luckier, you might meet an animal that takes the time and effort to get to know you. Such relationships can teach us not only about the animal in question, but also about language and about ourselves.

    From how prairie dogs describe intruders in detail -- including their size, shape, speed and the colour of their hair and T-shirts -- to how bats like to gossip, to the impressive greeting rituals of monogamous seabirds, ANIMAL LANGUAGES is a fascinating and philosophical exploration of the ways animals communicate with each other, and with us.

    Researchers are discovering that animals have rich and complex languages with grammatical and structural rules that allow them to strategise, share advice, give warnings, show love and gossip amongst themselves. ANIMAL LANGUAGES will reveal this surprising hidden social life and show you how to talk with the animals.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    BRADSHAW JOHN
    ISBN: 9780141980164
    Title: ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    Author: BRADSHAW JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The bestselling author of Dog Sense and Cat Sense explains why living with animals has always been a fundamental aspect of being human. In this highly original and hugely enjoyable work, John Bradshaw examines modern humans' often contradictory relationship with the animal world. Why, despite the apparent irrationality of keeping pets, do half of today's American households, and almost that figure in the UK, have at least one pet (triple the rate of the 1970s)? Then again, why do we care for some animals in our homes, and designate others only as a source of food? Through these and many other questions, one of the world's foremost anthrozoology experts shows that our relationship with animals is nothing less than an intrinsic part of human nature. An affinity for animals drove our evolution and now, without animals around us, we risk losing an essential part of ourselves.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?
    ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?
    DE WAAL FRANS
    ISBN: 9781783783069
    Title: ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?
    Author: DE WAAL FRANS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What separates your mind from the mind of an animal?

    Maybe you think it's your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your grasp of past and future - all traits that have helped us define ourselves as the pre-eminent species on Earth. But in recent decades, claims of human superiority have been eroded by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Take the way octopuses use coconut shells as tools, or how elephants can classify humans by age, gender, and language. Take Ayumu, the young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University who demonstrates his species' exceptional photographic memory.

    Based on research on a range of animals, including crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales, and, of course, chimpanzees and bonobos, Frans de Waal explores the scope and depth of animal intelligence, revealing how we have grossly underestimated non-human brains. He overturns the view of animals as stimulus-response beings and opens our eyes to their complex and intricate minds. With astonishing stories of animal cognition, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? challenges everything you thought you knew about animal - and human - intelligence.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ASCENT OF GRAVITY : The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything
    ASCENT OF GRAVITY : The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything
    CHOWN MARCUS
    ISBN: 9781474601887
    Title: ASCENT OF GRAVITY : The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything
    Author: CHOWN MARCUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why the force that keeps our feet on the ground holds the key to understanding time and the origin of the universe

    Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world yet it is the strongest force in the universe. It was the first force to be recognised and described yet it is the least understood. It is a 'force' that keeps your feet on the ground yet no such force actually exists.

    Gravity, to steal the words of Winston Churchill, is 'a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma'. And penetrating that enigma promises to answer the biggest questions in science: what is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from?

    Award-winning writer Marcus Chown takes us on an unforgettable journey from the recognition of the 'force' of gravity in 1666 to the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. And, as we stand on the brink of a seismic revolution in our worldview, he brings us up to speed on the greatest challenge ever to confront physics.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY
    ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY
    TYSON NEIL DEGRASSE
    ISBN: 9780393609394
    Title: ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY
    Author: TYSON NEIL DEGRASSE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The #1 New York Times Bestseller: The essential universe, from a celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.

    There’s no better guide through mind-expanding questions such as what the nature of space and time is, how we fit within the universe, and how the universe fits within us than Neil deGrasse Tyson.

    But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable any time and anywhere in the busy day. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry reveals just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ASTROQUIZZICAL
    ASTROQUIZZICAL
    SCUDDER JILLIAN
    ISBN: 9781785784125
    Title: ASTROQUIZZICAL
    Author: SCUDDER JILLIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In this enthralling cosmic journey through space and time, astrophysicist Jillian Scudder locates our home planet within its own 'family tree'. Our parent the Earth and its sibling planets in our solar system formed within the same gas cloud.

    Without our grandparent the Sun, we would not exist, and the Sun in turn relies on the Milky Way as its home. The Milky Way rests in a larger web of galaxies that traces its origins right back to tiny fluctuations in the very early universe.

    Following these cosmic connections, we discover the many ties that bind us to our universe.

    Based around readers' questions from the author's popular blog 'Astroquizzical', the book provides a quirky guide to how things work in the universe and why things are the way they are, from shooting stars on Earth, to black holes, to entire galaxies.

    For anyone interested in the 'big picture' of how the cosmos functions and how it is all connected, Jillian Scudder is the perfect guide.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ATMOSPHERE OF HOPE : SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS
    ATMOSPHERE OF HOPE : SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS
    FLANNERY TIM
    ISBN: 9781925355406
    Title: ATMOSPHERE OF HOPE : SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS
    Author: FLANNERY TIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Ten years after his internationally bestselling The Weather Makers, acclaimed author and scientist Tim Flannery argues that Earth's climate system is approaching a crisis. Catastrophe is not inevitable, but time is fast running out. In the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Summit to be held in Paris in December 2015, Atmosphere of Hope provides both a snapshot of the trouble we are in and an up-to-the-minute analysis of some of the new possibilities for mitigating climate change that are emerging now.

    From atmospheric carbon capture through extensive seaweed farming, CO2 snow production in Antarctica and the manufacture of carbon-rich biochar to reflecting the sun's rays by releasing sulphur into the atmosphere and painting landscapes and cities white, Flannery outlines an array of innovative technologies that give cause for hope.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BAD PHARMA : HOW DRUG COMPANIES MISLEAD DOCTORS AND HARM PATIENTS
    BAD PHARMA : HOW DRUG COMPANIES MISLEAD DOCTORS AND HARM PATIENTS
    GOLDACRE BEN
    ISBN: 9780007498086
    Title: BAD PHARMA : HOW DRUG COMPANIES MISLEAD DOCTORS AND HARM PATIENTS
    Author: GOLDACRE BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess. Doctors and patients need good scientific evidence to make informed decisions. But instead, companies run bad trials on their own drugs, which distort and exaggerate the benefits by design. When these trials produce unflattering results, the data is simply buried. All of this is perfectly legal. In fact, even government regulators withhold vitally important data from the people who need it most. Doctors and patient groups have stood by too, and failed to protect us. Instead, they take money and favours, in a world so fractured that medics and nurses are now educated by the drugs industry. Patients are harmed in huge numbers. Ben Goldacre is Britain's finest writer on the science behind medicine, and BAD PHARMA is a clear and witty attack, showing exactly how the science has been distorted, how our systems have been broken, and how easy it would be to fix them.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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