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  • 18 TINY DEATHS : The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics
    18 TINY DEATHS : The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics
    ISBN: 9781913068042
    Title: 18 TINY DEATHS : The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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 Publishers
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • ADVOCATES : Women within the Australian Environmental Movement
    ADVOCATES : Women within the Australian Environmental Movement
    ISBN: 9780522877793
    Title: ADVOCATES : Women within the Australian Environmental Movement
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nine never-before-told stories of remarkable women and their courageous pursuits of climate justice in Australia

    From boardrooms to blockade camps, from the lush East Gippsland forests to the golden Ningaloo Reef, the fight against environmental destruction takes place in many spaces. The Advocates tells the inside story of nine extraordinary women within the Australian environmental movement and the behind-the-scenes efforts that have helped power advocacy across Australia.

    Over the past fifty years these advocates have held corporations to account, cleaned up toxic waste in their own backyards, and returned biodiversity to our forests. They are not always on the frontlines of the fight or the front pages of the news, but their relentless commitment to making change is both moving and inspiring. In often unseen and unacknowledged ways these women have educated, agitated and pioneered new approaches to the many crises in the Australian environment. Told through richly detailed interviews, these stories get to the heart of why these women have dedicated their lives to environmental causes and the different ways they have persevered.

    The Advocates shines a light on nine women's tireless commitment to change, and what it means to be an Australian environmental advocate. These stories will inspire the next generation to find a place in that vital fight.

    Imprint: Melbourne University Press
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AGELESS : The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old
    AGELESS : The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old
    ISBN: 9781526608291
    Title: AGELESS : The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ageless is a guide to the science driving biology's biggest story- why we get old, and how we can stop it.
    Ageing o not cancer, not heart disease o is the world's leading cause of death and suffering. We accept as inevitable that as we get older our bodies and minds begin to deteriorate, and we are increasingly likely to be struck by dementia or disease. Ageing is so deeply ingrained in human experience that we never think to ask- is it necessary?

    Biologists, on the other hand, have been investigating that question for years.

    Ageless introduces us to the cutting-edge research that is paving the way for a revolution in medicine. It takes us inside the laboratories where scientists are studying every aspect of the cell o DNA, mitochondria, stems cells, our immune systems, even age genes that have helped animals to a tenfold increase in lifespan o all in an effort to forestall or reverse the body's decline.
    Computational biologist Andrew Steele offers reality-based hope, explaining what is happening as we age and practical ways we can help slow down the process. He reveals how understanding the scientific implications of ageing could lead to the greatest discovery in the history of medicine o one that has the potential to improve billions of lives, save trillions of dollars, and transform the human condition.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AI 2041
    AI 2041
    ISBN: 9780753559017
    Title: AI 2041
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    New York Times bestselling non-fiction author joins forces with a celebrated science-fiction novelist to blend imaginative storytelling and scientific forecasting to ask how artificial intelligence will change our world over the next 20 years.

    In this ground-breaking blend of imaginative storytelling and scientific forecasting, a pioneering AI expert and a leading writer of speculative fiction join forces to answer an imperative question- How will artificial intelligence change our world within twenty years?

    AI will be the defining development of the twenty-first century. Within two decades, aspects of daily human life will be unrecognizable. AI will generate unprecedented wealth, revolutionize medicine and education through human-machine symbiosis, and create brand new forms of communication and entertainment. In liberating us from routine work, however, AI will also challenge the organizing principles of our economic and social order. Meanwhile, AI will bring new risks in the form of autonomous weapons and smart technology that inherits human bias. AI is at a tipping point, and people need to wake up-both to AI's radiant pathways and its existential perils for life as we know it.

    In this provocative, utterly original work of "scientific fiction," Kai-Fu Lee, the former president of Google China and bestselling author of AI Superpowers, joins forces with celebrated novelist Chen Qiufan to imagine our world in 2041 and how it will be shaped by AI. In ten gripping short stories, set twenty years in the future, they introduce readers to an array of eye-opening 2041 settings-

    In San Francisco, a new industry, "job reallocation," arises to serve displaced workers
    In Tokyo, a music fan is swept up in an immersive form of celebrity worship
    In Mumbai, a teenage girl rebels when AI gets in the way of romance
    In Seoul, virtual teachers offer orphaned twins new ways to learn and connect
    In Munich, a rogue quantum computer scientist's revenge plot imperils the world

    By gazing toward a not-so-distant horizon, AI 2041 offers urgent insights into our collective future-while reminding readers that, ultimately, humankind remains the author of its destiny.

    Imprint: W H ALLEN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
    ISBN: 9781526623997
    Author: BELLOS ALEX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The tenth anniversary edition of the Sunday Times bestselling book
    The world of maths can seem mind-boggling, irrelevant and, let's face it, boring. This groundbreaking book reclaims maths from the geeks. Mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives- from the surprising geometry of the 50p piece to how probability can help you win in any casino. In search of weird and wonderful mathematical phenomena, Alex Bellos travels across the globe and meets the world's fastest mental calculators in Germany and a startlingly numerate chimpanzee in Japan. Packed with fascinating, eye-opening anecdotes, Alex's Adventures in Numberland is an exhilarating cocktail of history, reportage and mathematical proofs that will leave you awestruck.
    Shortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize

    This anniversary edition has been revised and updated by the author.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
    ISBN: 9780141997001
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 20 short books, Penguin Classics brings you the new canon of great environmental works

    Provocative and playful, All Art is Ecological explores the strangeness of living in an age of mass extinction, and shows us that emotions and experience are the basis for a deep philosophical engagement with ecology.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $9.99

    Price: $9.99
  • AM I DREAMING ? : The Science of Altered States, from Psychedelics to Virtual Reality and Beyond
    AM I DREAMING ? : The Science of Altered States, from Psychedelics to Virtual Reality and Beyond
    ISBN: 9781786495532
    Title: AM I DREAMING ? : The Science of Altered States, from Psychedelics to Virtual Reality and Beyond
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When a computer goes wrong, we are told to turn it off and on again. In Am I Dreaming?, science journalist James Kingsland reveals how the human brain is remarkably similar. By rebooting our hard-wired patterns of thinking - through so-called 'altered states of consciousness' - we can gain new perspectives into ourselves and the world around us.

    From shamans in Peru to tech workers in Silicon Valley, Kingsland provides a fascinating tour through lucid dreams, mindfulness, hypnotic trances, virtual reality and drug-induced hallucinations. An eye-opening insight into perception and consciousness, this is also a provocative argument for how altered states can significantly boost our mental health.

    Imprint: Atlantic Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
    ISBN: 9780522877519
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An illuminating glimpse into the scientific response to the COVID-19 pandemic from Australia's most prominent 'insider'

    In An Insider's Plague Year, Nobel laureate and prominent COVID-19 authority Professor Peter Doherty recounts his response to the pandemic as it developed from January 2020-February 2021. As citizens and governments around the world suddenly became acutely dependent on the capacity of scientists to understand and recommend appropriate public health policy responses to the disease, Doherty and his team were at the forefront.
    In his always conversational style, Doherty systematically provides a deep understanding of the virus and of the numerous areas of knowledge that have been brought together in the fight against it. Rendering complex medical and scientific issues accessible and providing a fascinating glimpse into how health experts have worked with governments to control and manage the challenge, Doherty also turns his mind to what we can hope for in the months and years ahead, considering even larger questions about the pivotal role of science in our lives.

    Imprint: Melbourne University Press
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ANAESTHESIA : The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness
    ANAESTHESIA : The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness
    ISBN: 9781922268747
    Title: ANAESTHESIA : The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    You know how it is when you go under. The jab, the countdown, the-
    -and then you wake.

    This book is about what happens in between.

    Until a hundred and seventy years ago many people chose death over the ordeal of surgery. Now hundreds of thousands undergo operations every day. Anaesthesia has made it possible.

    But how much do we really know about what happens to us on the operating table? Can we hear what's going on around us? Is pain still pain if we are not awake to feel it, or don't remember it afterwards? How does the unconscious mind deal with the body's experience of being cut open and ransacked? And how can we help ourselves through it?

    Haunting, lyrical, sometimes shattering, Anaesthesia leavens science with personal experience to bring an intensely human curiosity to the unknowable realm beyond consciousness.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANATOMICA : The Exquisite and Unsettling Art of Human Anatomy
    ANATOMICA : The Exquisite and Unsettling Art of Human Anatomy
    ISBN: 9781786275714
    Title: ANATOMICA : The Exquisite and Unsettling Art of Human Anatomy
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For centuries, humankind has sought to know itself through an understanding of the body, in sickness and in health, inside and out. This fascination left in its wake a rich body of artworks that demonstrate not only the facts of the human body, but also the ways in which our ideas about the body and its proper representation have changed over time.

    At times both beautiful and repulsive, illustrated anatomy continues to hold our interest today, and is frequently referenced in popular culture. Anatomica brings together some of the most striking, fascinating and bizarre artworks from the 16th through to the 20th century, exploring human anatomy in one beautiful volume.

    Imprint: Laurence King Publishers
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    ISBN: 9780141980164
    Title: ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    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
    ISBN: 9780691179315
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: September 2021 New Releas

    Walter Tschinkel has spent much of his career investigating the hidden subterranean realm of ant nests. This wonderfully illustrated book takes you inside an unseen world where thousands of ants build intricate homes in the soil beneath our feet.

    Tschinkel describes the ingenious methods he has devised to study ant nests, showing how he fills a nest with plaster, molten metal, or wax and painstakingly excavates the cast. He guides you through living ant nests chamber by chamber, revealing how nests are created and how colonies function. How does nest architecture vary across species? Do ants have 'architectural plans'? How do nests affect our environment? As he delves into these and other questions, Tschinkel provides a one-of-a-kind natural history of the planet's most successful creatures and a compelling firsthand account of a life of scientific discovery.

    Offering a unique look at how simple methods can lead to pioneering science, Ant Architecture addresses the unsolved mysteries of underground ant nests while charting new directions for tomorrow's research, and reflects on the role of beauty in nature and the joys of shoestring science.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $49.99
    Price: $49.99
  • ANTHROPOCENE REVIEWED : Essays on a Human-Centered Planet
    ANTHROPOCENE REVIEWED : Essays on a Human-Centered Planet
    ISBN: 9781529109887
    Title: ANTHROPOCENE REVIEWED : Essays on a Human-Centered Planet
    Author: GREEN JOHN
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Mind-expanding essays on modern life and the human experience in the first non-fiction work by #1 internationally bestselling author John Green - one of the world's most beloved novelists.

    A deeply moving and mind-expanding collection of personal essays in the first ever work of non-fiction from #1 internationally bestselling author John Green

    The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed podcast, John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet - from the QWERTY keyboard and Halley's Comet to Penguins of Madagascar - on a five-star scale.

    Complex and rich with detail, the Anthropocene's reviews have been praised as 'observations that double as exercises in memoiristic empathy', with over 10 million lifetime downloads. John Green's gift for storytelling shines throughout this artfully curated collection about the shared human experience; it includes beloved essays along with six all-new pieces exclusive to the book.

    Imprint: Ebury Press
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • APOCALYPSE HOW? : Technology and the Threat of Disaster
    APOCALYPSE HOW? : Technology and the Threat of Disaster
    ISBN: 9781786496881
    Title: APOCALYPSE HOW? : Technology and the Threat of Disaster
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Entertaining and insightful' - Evening Standard
    'One of the most important books of the year... Compelling' - Jamie Bartlett, Literary Review
    'Timely' - New Statesman

    As the world becomes better connected and we grow ever more dependent on technology, the risks to our infrastructure are multiplying. Whether it's a hostile state striking the national grid (like Russia did with Ukraine in 2016) or a freak solar storm, our systems have become so interlinked that if one part goes down the rest topple like dominoes.

    In this groundbreaking book, former government minister Oliver Letwin looks ten years into the future and imagines a UK in which the national grid has collapsed. Reliant on the internet, automated electric cars, voice-over IP, GPS, and the internet of things, law and order would disintegrate. Taking us from high-level government meetings to elderly citizens waiting in vain for their carers, this book is a wake up call for why we should question our unshakeable faith in technology. But it's much more than that: Letwin uses his vast experience in government to outline how businesses and government should respond to catastrophic black swan events that seem distant and implausible - until they occur.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
    ISBN: 9781760876791
    Title: ARBORNAUT
    Author: LOWMAN MEG
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the world's first tree-top scientists, Meg Lowman is as innovative as MacGuyver and as can-do as the Unsinkable Molly Brown. A pioneer in her field?she invented one of the first treetop walkways?she is a tireless advocate for the earth and has spent decades educating citizens across the globe. In a voice as infectious in its enthusiasm as in its practical optimism, The Arbornaut chronicles her irresistible story.

    From climbing solo hundreds of feet into Australia's rainforests to measuring tree growth in the northeastern United States, from searching the redwoods of the Pacific coast for new life to studying leaf-eaters in Scotland's Highlands, from a bioblitz in Malaysia to conservation planning in India to collaborating with priests in Ethiopia's last forests?Lowman launches us into the life and work of a field scientist and ecologist. She also offers hope, specific plans, and recommendations for action; despite devastation across the world, we can still make an immediate and lasting impact against climate change. A blend of memoir and fieldwork, The Arbornaut is for fans of Hope Jahren's Lab Girl and the work of E. O. Wilson, Jane Goodall, Robert MacFarlane, and Helen MacDonald.

    Come live among scientists and travel the world (even in a hot-air balloon)! The Arbornaut is the engrossing story of how a nerdy tree climber and the only girl at the science fair grew into an inspiring innovator and international leader.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ASCENT OF GRAVITY : The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything
    ASCENT OF GRAVITY : The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything
    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
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