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  • ACCESSORY TO WAR : The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military
    ACCESSORY TO WAR : The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military
    TYSON NEIL DEGRASSE / LANG AVIS
    ISBN: 9780393064445
    Title: ACCESSORY TO WAR : The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military
    Author: TYSON NEIL DEGRASSE / LANG AVIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An exploration of the age-old complicity between sky watchers and war fighters, from the best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.

    In this fascinating foray into the millennia-long relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist and "the world's best science communicator" (Times Literary Supplement) Neil deGrasse Tyson and writer-researcher Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war. "The overlap is strong, and the knowledge flows in both directions", say the authors, because astrophysicists and military planners care about many of the same things: multi-spectral detection, ranging, tracking, imaging, high ground, nuclear fusion and access to space. Tyson and Lang call it a "curiously complicit" alliance. "The universe is both the ultimate frontier and the highest of high grounds", they write. "Shared by both space scientists and space warriors, it’s a laboratory for one and a battlefield for the other. The explorer wants to understand it; the soldier wants to dominate it. But without the right technology—which is more or less the same technology for both parties—nobody can get to it, operate in it, scrutinise it, dominate it or use it to their advantage and someone else’s disadvantage."

    Spanning early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled warfare, Accessory to War is a richly researched and provocative examination of the intersection of science, technology, industry and power that will introduce Tyson’s millions of fans to yet another dimension of how the universe has shaped our lives and our world.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • 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
  • ADVENTURES IN THE ANTHROPOCENE : A Journey to the Heart of the Planet weMade (Patterns of Life)
    ADVENTURES IN THE ANTHROPOCENE : A Journey to the Heart of the Planet weMade (Patterns of Life)
    VINCE GAIA
    ISBN: 9781784873615
    Title: ADVENTURES IN THE ANTHROPOCENE : A Journey to the Heart of the Planet weMade (Patterns of Life)
    Author: VINCE GAIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    PATTERNED PLANET- SPECIAL EDITIONS OF GROUNDBREAKING SCIENCE BOOKS

    In recent decades human beings have altered the planet beyond anything it has experienced in its 4.5 billion-year history. We have become a force on a par with earth-shattering asteroids and planet-cloaking volcanoes. As a result, our planet is said to be crossing a geological boundary - from the Holocene into the Anthropocene, or the Age of Man.

    Gaia Vince quit her job to travel the world and to explore what all these changes really mean to our daily lives. She discovers the shocking ways in which we have reshaped our living planet and reveals the ingenious solutions we've evolved to engineer Earth for the future.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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
  • AI DOES NOT HATE YOU
    AI DOES NOT HATE YOU
    CHIVERS TOM
    ISBN: 9781474608787
    Title: AI DOES NOT HATE YOU
    Author: CHIVERS TOM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: June 2019 New Release

    'The AI does not hate you, nor does it love you, but you are made of atoms which it can use for something else'

    This is a book about AI and AI risk. But it's also more importantly about a community of people who are trying to think rationally about intelligence, and the places that these thoughts are taking them, and what insight they can and can't give us about the future of the human race over the next few years. It explains why these people are worried, why they might be right, and why they might be wrong. It is a book about the cutting edge of our thinking on intelligence and rationality right now by the people who stay up all night worrying about it.

    Along the way, we discover why we probably don't need to worry about a future AI resurrecting a perfect copy of our minds and torturing us for not inventing it sooner, but we perhaps should be concerned about paperclips destroying life as we know it; how Mickey Mouse can teach us an important lesson about how to programme AI; and how a more rational approach to life could be what saves us all.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • 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
  • ALL THE GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE : Illusions of immortality in the Digital Age
    ALL THE GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE : Illusions of immortality in the Digital Age
    KASKET ELAINE
    ISBN: 9781472141897
    Title: ALL THE GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE : Illusions of immortality in the Digital Age
    Author: KASKET ELAINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'As charming and touching as it is astute and insightful'

    Adam Alter, New York Times bestselling author of IRRESISTABLE and DRUNK TANK PINK

    Seen any ghosts on your smartphone lately?

    As we're compelled to capture, store and share more and more of our personal information, there's something we often forget. All that data doesn't just disappear when our physical bodies shuffle off this mortal coil. If the concept of remaining socially active after you're no longer breathing sounds crazy, you might want to get used to the idea. Digital afterlives are a natural consequence of the information age, a reality that barely anyone has prepared for - and that 'anyone' probably includes you.

    In ALL THE GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE, psychologist Elaine Kasket sounds a clarion call to everyone who's never thought about death in the digital age. When someone's hyperconnected, hyperpersonal digital footprint is transformed into their lasting legacy, she asks, who is helped, who is hurt, and who's in charge? And why is now such a critical moment to take our heads out of the sand?

    Weaving together personal, moving true stories and scientific research, ALL THE GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE takes you on a fascinating tour through the valley of the shadow of digital death. In the process, it will transform how you think about your life and your legacy, in a time when our technologies are tantalising us with fantasies of immortality.

    Imprint: ROBINSON
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • 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
  • ANCIENT SKIES : Constellation Mythology of the Greeks
    ANCIENT SKIES : Constellation Mythology of the Greeks
    MARSHALL DAVID WESTON
    ISBN: 9781682682111
    Title: ANCIENT SKIES : Constellation Mythology of the Greeks
    Author: MARSHALL DAVID WESTON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ancient Skies brings the belief systems of the classical world to shining life.

    Tales of the forty-eight classical constellations have captured the human imagination from ancient times to the present. Compiled from literature spanning from Homer to Claudius Ptolemy, with illustrations and star charts reconstructed from ancient sources, Ancient Skies immerses the reader in the world of ancient cosmology and constellation mapping.

    Imprint: WILEY
    RRP: $35.95

    Price: $35.95
  • 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: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    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: July 2019 New Release

    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
  • AUSTRALIAN PREDATORS OF THE SKY
    AUSTRALIAN PREDATORS OF THE SKY
    OLSEN PENNY
    ISBN: 9780642278562
    Title: AUSTRALIAN PREDATORS OF THE SKY
    Author: OLSEN PENNY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Our relationship with the birds of prey has always been conflicted. Raptors are admired for their strength and independence, but despised for their depredations on livestock and favourite garden birds, while the owls are at once respected for their wisdom and watchfulness and feared for their mournful cries and association with darkness and ill-omen.

    Australian Predators of the Sky comprises over 200 striking paintings, lithographs and engravings of all 34 Australian species—25 diurnal birds of prey and nine owls. From odd-looking first depictions to stunning, detailed portrayals of the species, the illustrations cover more than two centuries of bird art, selected from the National Library of Australia’s collection. The artists include George Raper and John Hunter (First Fleet naval officers), Sarah Stone, John and Elizabeth Gould, Henry Constantine Richter, Henrik Grönvold, Ellis Rowan, Neville Henry Cayley, Lionel Lindsay, Lilian Medland, Ebenezer Edward Gostelow, and, more recently, Betty Temple Watts, Frank Knight and Jeff Davies.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $14.95
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