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  • UNIVERSE FROM NOTHING
    UNIVERSE FROM NOTHING
    KRAUSS LAWRENCE
    ISBN: 9781471112683
    Title: UNIVERSE FROM NOTHING
    Author: KRAUSS LAWRENCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Internationally renowned theoretical physicist and bestselling author Lawrence Krauss offers provocative, revelatory answers to the biggest philosophical questions: Where did our universe come from? Why does anything exist? And how is it all going to end? 'Why is there something rather than nothing?' is the question atheists and scientists are always asked, and until now there has not been a satisfying scientific answer.

    Today, exciting scientific advances provide new insight into this cosmological mystery: not only can something arise from nothing, but something will always arise from nothing. A mind-bending trip back to the beginning of the beginning, A Universe from Nothing authoritatively presents the most recent evidence that explains how our universe evolved - and the implications for how it's going to end. It will provoke, challenge, and delight readers to look at the most basic underpinnings of existence in a whole new way. In the words of Richard Dawkins: this could potentially be the most important scientific book since Darwin's On the Origin of Species.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • UNRAVELLING THE DOUBLE HELIX
    UNRAVELLING THE DOUBLE HELIX
    WILLIAMS GARETH
    ISBN: 9781474609371
    Title: UNRAVELLING THE DOUBLE HELIX
    Author: WILLIAMS GARETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: April 2020 New Release

    DNA. The double helix; the blueprint of life; and, during the early 1950s, a baffling enigma that could win a Nobel Prize. Everyone knows that James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the double helix. In fact, they clicked into place the last piece of a huge jigsaw puzzle that other researchers had assembled over decades. Researchers like Maurice Wilkins (the 'Third Man of DNA') and Rosalind Franklin, famously demonised by Watson. Not forgetting the 'lost heroes' who fought to prove that DNA is the stuff of genes, only to be airbrushed out of history.

    In UNRAVELLING THE DOUBLE HELIX, Professor Gareth Williams sets the record straight. He tells the story of DNA in the round, from its discovery in pus-soaked bandages in 1868 to the aftermath of Watson's best-seller THE DOUBLE HELIX a century later. You don't need to be a scientist to enjoy this book. It's a page-turner that unfolds like a detective story, with suspense, false leads and treachery, and a fabulous cast of noble heroes and back-stabbing villains. But beware: some of the science is dreadful, and the heroes and villains may not be the ones you expect.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • UNTIL THE END OF TIME : Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe
    UNTIL THE END OF TIME : Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe
    GREENE BRIAN
    ISBN: 9780241295984
    Title: UNTIL THE END OF TIME : Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe
    Author: GREENE BRIAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the world-renowned physicist and best-selling author of The Elegant Universe comes this captivating exploration of deep time and humanity's search for purpose.

    Brian Greene takes readers on a breathtaking journey from the big bang to the end of time and invites us to ponder meaning in the face of this unimaginable expanse. He shows us how, despite the universe's tendency toward entropy, remarkable structures form- planets, stars, and galaxies provide islands in a sea of disorder; biochemical mechanisms animate life; neurons, information, and thought give rise to complex consciousness, which in turn creates cultures and their timeless myths and creativity. Through a series of nested stories Greene provides us with a clearer sense of how we came to be, a finer picture of where we are now, and a firmer understanding of where we are headed. Science has proven to be modern society's greatest source for meaning, and Brian Greene takes us on a grand tour of the universe while always keeping his eye on one central question- What does it all mean?

    Imprint: Allen Lane
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • UNWEAVING THE RAINBOW
    UNWEAVING THE RAINBOW
    DAWKINS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780141026183
    Title: UNWEAVING THE RAINBOW
    Author: DAWKINS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This is a dazzling, passionate polemic against anti-science movements of all kinds. Keats accused Newton of destroying the poetry of the rainbow by explaining the origin of its colours. In this illuminating and provocative book, Richard Dawkins argues that Keats could not have been more mistaken, and shows how an understanding of science enhances our wonder of the world. He argues that mysteries do not lose their poetry because they are solved: the solution is often more beautiful than the puzzle, uncovering even deeper mysteries. Dawkins takes up the most important and compelling topics in modern science, from astronomy and genetics to language and virtual reality, combining them in a landmark statement on the human appetite for wonder.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • VANISHING FACE OF GAIA : A FINAL WARNING
    VANISHING FACE OF GAIA : A FINAL WARNING
    LOVELOCK JAMES
    ISBN: 9780141039251
    Title: VANISHING FACE OF GAIA : A FINAL WARNING
    Author: LOVELOCK JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • VARGICS CURIOUS COSMIC COMPENDIUM
    VARGICS CURIOUS COSMIC COMPENDIUM
    VARGIC MARTIN
    ISBN: 9780718185268
    Title: VARGICS CURIOUS COSMIC COMPENDIUM
    Author: VARGIC MARTIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    If there were ever a great time to be publishing a fresh, innovative and up-to-date book on the universe it's now; 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and commercial travel into space feels closer than ever. For everyone who has ever wanted to know more about the space around us, Vargic's Curious Astronomical Compendium is more than just your ordinary stargazing book, it is the ultimate guide to the universe.

    Covering everything from asteroids to space stations, this book includes chapters on-
    1. Scale of the Universe
    2. The Solar System
    3. Stars and Galaxies
    4. Exoplanets

    This beautiful compendium will delight readers with incredible statistics on innovative scales. Complex concepts will be explained with accessible-yet-fact-filled infographics and visualizations. Martin Vargic's unique style and visual emphasis make this book distinct from all other astronomy books.

    Imprint: Michael Joseph
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • WATERS OF THE WORLD : The story of the scientists who unravelled the mysteries of our seas, glaciers, and atmosphere - and made the planet whole
    WATERS OF THE WORLD : The story of the scientists who unravelled the mysteries of our seas, glaciers, and atmosphere - and made the planet whole
    DRY SARAH
    ISBN: 9781925713145
    Title: WATERS OF THE WORLD : The story of the scientists who unravelled the mysteries of our seas, glaciers, and atmosphere - and made the planet whole
    Author: DRY SARAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How is the climate where you are? And how did it get that way? How does the great complex global interaction of ice, ocean, and atmosphere combine to generate the rain that sustains us? And who figured all its secret processes out?

    From the glaciers of the Alps to the towering cumulonimbus clouds of the Caribbean and the unexpectedly chaotic flows of the North Atlantic, Waters of the World is a tour through 150 years of the history of a significant but underappreciated idea- that the Earth has a global climate system made up of interconnected parts, constantly changing on all scales of both time and space. A prerequisite for the discovery of global warming and climate change, this idea was forged by scientists studying water in its myriad forms. This is their story.

    Linking the history of the planet with the lives of those who studied it, Sarah Dry follows the remarkable scientists who ascended volcanic peaks to peer through an atmosphere's worth of water vapour, cored mile-thick ice sheets to uncover the Earth's ancient climate history, and flew inside storm clouds to understand how small changes in energy can produce both massive storms and the general circulation of the Earth's atmosphere. Each toiled on his or her own corner of the planetary puzzle. Gradually, their cumulative discoveries coalesced into a unified working theory of our planet's climate.

    We now call this field climate science, and in recent years it has provoked great passions, anxieties, and warnings. But no less than the object of its study, the science of water and climate is - and always has been - evolving. By revealing the complexity of this history, Waters of the World delivers a better understanding of our planet's climate at a time when we need it the most.


    'Waters of the World sparkles with lyricism and wit. Dry is a gifted storyteller, and her research into the pre-history of Earth system science has turned up gripping tales of risk, adventure, defiance, and discovery. A unique and important book.'
    -Deborah R. Coen, author of Climate in Motion- Science, Empire, and the Problem of Scale

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • WE ARE OUR BRAINS : FROM THE WOMB TO ALZHEIMERS
    WE ARE OUR BRAINS : FROM THE WOMB TO ALZHEIMERS
    SWAAB DICK
    ISBN: 9780141978239
    Title: WE ARE OUR BRAINS : FROM THE WOMB TO ALZHEIMERS
    Author: SWAAB DICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Everything we think, do and refrain from doing is determined by our brain. From religion to sexuality, it shapes our potential, our desires and our characters. Taking us through every stage in our lives, from the womb to falling in love to old age, Dick Swaab shows that we don't just have brains: we are our brains.

    'A blockbuster about the brain . . . provocative, fascinating, remarkable.' Clive Cookson, Financial Times

    'A giant in the field.' Zoe Williams, Guardian

    'Engrossing, intriguing and enlightening.' Robin Ince

    'Enchantingly written.' The Times Higher Education

    'Wide-ranging, fun and informative . . . as an ice-breaker at parties, it is unmatched.' Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • WE ARE THE WEATHER : Saving the Planet Starts at Breakfast
    WE ARE THE WEATHER : Saving the Planet Starts at Breakfast
    FOER JONATHAN SAFRAN
    ISBN: 9780241405956
    Title: WE ARE THE WEATHER : Saving the Planet Starts at Breakfast
    Author: FOER JONATHAN SAFRAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Most books about the environmental crisis are densely academic, depressingly doom-laden and crammed with impersonal statistics. We Can Save the World Before Dinner is different - accessible, immediate, and with a single clear solution that individual readers can put into practice straight away.

    A significant proportion of global carbon emissions come from farming meat. Giving up meat is incredibly hard and nobody is perfect - but just cutting back is much easier and still has a huge positive effect on the environment. Just changing our dinners - cutting out meat for one meal per day - is enough to change the world.

    With his distinctive wit, insight and humanity, Foer frames this essential debate as no one else could, bringing it to vivid and urgent life.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • WEIRD DINOSAURS
    WEIRD DINOSAURS
    PICKRELL JOHN
    ISBN: 9781742234731
    Title: WEIRD DINOSAURS
    Author: PICKRELL JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    We’re in a golden age of discovery – and the fossils coming to light show dinosaurs were stranger, bigger, scarier and more diverse than we ever imagined.

    From outback Australia to the Gobi Desert and the savanna of Madagascar, award-winning science writer John Pickrell sets out on a world tour of new discoveries and meets the fossil hunters leading the charge. Discover the dwarf dinosaurs unearthed by an eccentric Transylvanian baron, an aquatic, crocodile-snouted carnivore bigger than T. rex, the Chinese dinosaur with wings like a bat, and a Patagonian sauropod so enormous it was heavier than two commercial jet airliners.

    Why did dinosaurs grow so huge? Did they all have feathers? And what do sauropods have in common with 1950s vacuum cleaners? Weird Dinosaurs examines the latest breakthroughs and new technologies radically transforming our understanding of the distant past.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WEIRD MATHS : At the Edge of Infinity and Beyond
    WEIRD MATHS : At the Edge of Infinity and Beyond
    DARLING DAVID / BANERJEE AGNIJO
    ISBN: 9781786074850
    Title: WEIRD MATHS : At the Edge of Infinity and Beyond
    Author: DARLING DAVID / BANERJEE AGNIJO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Could we ever see the world in 4D? Is anything truly random? Does infinity actually exist?

    In this delightful journey of discovery, David Darling and extraordinary child prodigy Agnijo Banerjee draw connections between the cutting edge of modern maths and life as we understand it, delving into the strange – would we like alien music? – and venturing out on philosophical quests to consider the existence of free will and the proof (or disproof) of God.

    Packed with puzzles and paradoxes, mind-bending concepts and surprising solutions, this is for anyone who wants life's questions answered – even those you never knew to ask.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WEIRDER MATHS : At the Edge of the Possible
    WEIRDER MATHS : At the Edge of the Possible
    DARLING DAVID / BANERJEE AGNIJO
    ISBN: 9781786075086
    Title: WEIRDER MATHS : At the Edge of the Possible
    Author: DARLING DAVID / BANERJEE AGNIJO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Since there is something rather than nothing, could nothing exist?
    Can you make the perfect labyrinth?
    Does a quantum event have to be observed before it's 'real'?
    Just when you thought things couldn't get any stranger, David Darling and Agnijo Banerjee's journey into the mathematical wilderness reveals 'bubble maths' has been studied since the second century, the counterintuitive world of quantum can be described perfectly by mathematics and the idea that maths and art couldn't be further apart is utter nonsense.
    From centuries-old conundrums to eccentric geniuses like Evariste Galois (he failed the entrance exams at Ecole Polytechnique twice because he couldn't explain how he'd arrived at his correct answers) to how the strangest maths connects to the everyday, Darling and Banerjee transform the bewildering into the beautiful, delighting us once again.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WHAT IF : SERIOUS SCIENTIFIC ANSWERS TO ABSURD HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS
    WHAT IF : SERIOUS SCIENTIFIC ANSWERS TO ABSURD HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS
    MUNROE RANDALL
    ISBN: 9781848549562
    Title: WHAT IF : SERIOUS SCIENTIFIC ANSWERS TO ABSURD HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS
    Author: MUNROE RANDALL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Science's most intriguing questions answered by the web's favourite writer, the genius behind xkcd.com.

    Munroe's hilarious and compelling answers explain everything from the odds of meeting your one true soulmate to how many humans a rampaging T-Rex would need to eat a day.

    From the creator of the wildly popular xkcd.com, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.

    Millions visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. Fans ask him a lot of strange questions: How fast can you hit a speed bump, driving, and live? When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British Empire? When will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than living? How many humans would a T Rex rampaging through New York need to eat a day?

    In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations and consults nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHAT IS LIFE
    WHAT IS LIFE
    SCHRODINGER ERWIN
    ISBN: 9781107604667
    Title: WHAT IS LIFE
    Author: SCHRODINGER ERWIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger's What is Life? is one of the great science classics of the twentieth century. It was written for the layman, but proved to be one of the spurs to the birth of molecular biology and the subsequent discovery of DNA.
    What is Life? appears here together with Mind and Matter, his essay investigating a relationship which has eluded and puzzled philosophers since the earliest times. Brought together with these two classics are Schrödinger's autobiographical sketches, which offer a fascinating account of his life as a background to his scientific writings.


    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • WHAT LINNAEUS SAW : A Scientist's Quest to Name Every Living Thing
    WHAT LINNAEUS SAW : A Scientist's Quest to Name Every Living Thing
    BEIL KAREN MAGNUSON
    ISBN: 9781324004684
    Title: WHAT LINNAEUS SAW : A Scientist's Quest to Name Every Living Thing
    Author: BEIL KAREN MAGNUSON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The globetrotting naturalists of the eighteenth century were the geeks of their day: innovators and explorers who lived at the intersection of science and commerce. Foremost among them was Carl Linnaeus, a radical thinker who revolutionized biology.

    In What Linnaeus Saw, Karen Magnuson Beil chronicles Linnaeus’s life and career in readable, relatable prose. As a boy, Linnaeus hated school and had little interest in taking up the religious profession his family had chosen. Though he struggled through Latin and theology classes, Linnaeus was an avid student of the natural world and explored the school’s gardens and woods, transfixed by the properties of different plants. At twenty-five, on a solo expedition to the Scandinavian Mountains, Linnaeus documented and described dozens of new species. As a medical student in Holland, he moved among leading scientific thinkers and had access to the best collections of plants and animals in Europe. What Linnaeus found was a world with no consistent system for describing and naming living things?a situation he methodically set about changing. The Linnaean system for classifying plants and animals, developed and refined over the course of his life, is the foundation of modern scientific taxonomy, and inspired and guided generations of scientists.

    What Linnaeus Saw is rich with biographical anecdotes?from his attempt to identify a mysterious animal given him by the king to successfully growing a rare and exotic banana plant in Amsterdam to debunking stories of dragons and phoenixes. Thoroughly researched and generously illustrated, it offers a vivid and insightful glimpse into the life of one of modern science’s founding thinkers.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • WHAT WE CANNOT KNOW : From Consciousness to the Cosmos, the Cutting Edge of Science Explained
    WHAT WE CANNOT KNOW : From Consciousness to the Cosmos, the Cutting Edge of Science Explained
    DU SAUTOY MARCUS
    ISBN: 9780007576593
    Title: WHAT WE CANNOT KNOW : From Consciousness to the Cosmos, the Cutting Edge of Science Explained
    Author: DU SAUTOY MARCUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Britain's most famous mathematician takes us to the edge of knowledge to show us what we cannot know. Is the universe infinite?

    Do we know what happened before the Big Bang?

    Where is human consciousness located in the brain?

    And are there more undiscovered particles out there, beyond the Higgs boson?

    In the modern world, science is king: weekly headlines proclaim the latest scientific breakthroughs and numerous mathematical problems, once indecipherable, have now been solved. But are there limits to what we can discover about our physical universe?

    In this very personal journey to the edges of knowledge, Marcus du Sautoy investigates how leading experts in fields from quantum physics and cosmology, to sensory perception and neuroscience, have articulated the current lie of the land. In doing so, he travels to the very boundaries of understanding, questioning contradictory stories and consulting cutting edge data.

    Is it possible that we will one day know everything? Or are there fields of research that will always lie beyond the bounds of human comprehension? And if so, how do we cope with living in a universe where there are things that will forever transcend our understanding?

    In What We Cannot Know, Marcus du Sautoy leads us on a thought-provoking expedition to the furthest reaches of modern science. Prepare to be taken to the edge of knowledge to find out if there's anything we truly cannot know.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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