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  • BLIND WATCHMAKER
    BLIND WATCHMAKER
    DAWKINS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780141026169
    Title: BLIND WATCHMAKER
    Author: DAWKINS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Acclaimed as the most influential work on evolution written in the last hundred years, The Blind Watchmaker offers an inspiring and accessible introduction to one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time. A brilliant and controversial book, which demonstrates that evolution by natural selection - the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially non-random process discovered by Darwin - is the only answer to the biggest question of all: why do we exist?

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BLUEPRINT
    BLUEPRINT
    CHRISTAKIS NICHOLAS A
    ISBN: 9780316423915
    Title: BLUEPRINT
    Author: CHRISTAKIS NICHOLAS A
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for love, friendship, cooperation, and learning. Beneath all our inventions -- our tools, farms, machines, cities, nations -- we carry with us innate proclivities to make a good society.

    In BLUEPRINT, Nicholas A. Christakis introduces the compelling idea that our genes affect not only our bodies and behaviors, but also the ways in which we make societies, ones that are surprisingly similar worldwide. With many vivid examples -- including diverse historical and contemporary cultures, communities formed in the wake of shipwrecks, commune dwellers seeking utopia, online groups thrown together by design or involving artificially intelligent bots, and even the tender and complex social arrangements of elephants and dolphins that so resemble our own -- Christakis shows that, despite a human history replete with violence, we cannot escape our social blueprint for goodness.

    In a world of increasing political and economic polarization, it's tempting to ignore the positive role of our evolutionary past. But by exploring the ancient roots of goodness in civilization, BLUEPRINT shows that our genes have shaped societies for our welfare and that, in a feedback loop stretching back many thousands of years, societies have shaped, and are still shaping, our genes today.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BLUEPRINT : How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
    BLUEPRINT : How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
    PLOMIN ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780141984261
    Title: BLUEPRINT : How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
    Author: PLOMIN ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The blueprint for our individuality lies in the 1% of DNA that differs between people. Our intellectual capacity, our introversion or extraversion, our vulnerability to mental illness, even whether we are a morning person - all of these aspects of our personality are profoundly shaped by our inherited DNA differences.

    In Blueprint, Robert Plomin, a pioneer in the field of behavioural genetics, draws on a lifetime's worth of research to make the case that DNA is the most important factor shaping who we are. Our families, schools and the environment around us are important, but they are not as influential as our genes. This is why, he argues, teachers and parents should accept children for who they are, rather than trying to mould them in certain directions. Even the environments we choose and the signal events that impact our lives, from divorce to addiction, are influenced by our genetic predispositions. Now, thanks to the DNA revolution, it is becoming possible to predict who we will become, at birth, from our DNA alone. As Plomin shows us, these developments have sweeping implications for how we think about parenting, education, and social mobility.

    A game-changing book by a leader in the field, Blueprint shows how the DNA present in the single cell with which we all begin our lives can impact our behaviour as adults.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BODY : A Guide for Occupants
    BODY : A Guide for Occupants
    BRYSON BILL
    ISBN: 9780857522405
    Title: BODY : A Guide for Occupants
    Author: BRYSON BILL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the bestselling, prize-winning A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson achieved the seemingly impossible by making the science of our world both understandable and entertaining to millions of people around the globe.

    Now he turns his attention inwards to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories The Body- A Guide for Occupants is a brilliant, often very funny attempt to understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up.

    A wonderful successor to A Short History of Nearly Everything, this book will have you marvelling at the form you occupy, and celebrating the genius of your existence, time and time again.

    Imprint: Doubleday Publishers
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BODY KEEPS THE SCORE : MIND BRAIN AND BODY IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF TRAUMA
    BODY KEEPS THE SCORE : MIND BRAIN AND BODY IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF TRAUMA
    VAN DER KOLK BESSEL
    ISBN: 9780141978611
    Title: BODY KEEPS THE SCORE : MIND BRAIN AND BODY IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF TRAUMA
    Author: VAN DER KOLK BESSEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The effects of trauma can be devastating for sufferers, their families and future generations. Here one of the world's experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for treatment, moving away from standard talking and drug therapies and towards an alternative approach that heals mind, brain and body.

    'Van der Kolk draws on thirty years of experience to argue powerfully that trauma is one of the West's most urgent public health issues . . . Packed with science and human stories.' New Scientist

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BOOK OF WHY : The New Science Of Cause And Effect
    BOOK OF WHY : The New Science Of Cause And Effect
    PEARL JUDEA
    ISBN: 9780141982410
    Title: BOOK OF WHY : The New Science Of Cause And Effect
    Author: PEARL JUDEA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Correlation does not imply causation.' This mantra was invoked by scientists for decades in order to avoid taking positions as to whether one thing caused another, such as smoking and cancer and carbon dioxide and global warming. But today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, sparked by world-renowned computer scientist Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and placed cause and effect on a firm scientific basis. Now, Pearl and science journalist Dana Mackenzie explain causal thinking to general readers for the first time, showing how it allows us to explore the world that is and the worlds that could have been. It is the essence of human and artificial intelligence. And just as Pearl's discoveries have enabled machines to think better, The Book of Why explains how we can think better.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS
    BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS
    HAWKING STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9781473695993
    Title: BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS
    Author: HAWKING STEPHEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE NO.1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

    'A beautiful little book by a brilliant mind' DAILY TELEGRAPH

    'Effortlessly instructive, absorbing, up to the minute and - where it matters - witty' GUARDIAN

    The world-famous cosmologist and #1 bestselling author of A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe's biggest questions in this brilliant posthumous work.

    Is there a God?

    How did it all begin?

    Can we predict the future?

    What is inside a black hole?

    Is there other intelligent life in the universe?

    Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?

    How do we shape the future?

    Will we survive on Earth?

    Should we colonise space?

    Is time travel possible?

    Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen Hawking expanded our understanding of the universe and unravelled some of its greatest mysteries. But even as his theoretical work on black holes, imaginary time and multiple histories took his mind to the furthest reaches of space, Hawking always believed that science could also be used to fix the problems on our planet.

    And now, as we face potentially catastrophic changes here on Earth - from climate change to dwindling natural resources to the threat of artificial super-intelligence - Stephen Hawking turns his attention to the most urgent issues for humankind.

    Wide-ranging, intellectually stimulating, passionately argued, and infused with his characteristic humour, BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS, the final book from one of the greatest minds in history, is a personal view on the challenges we face as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next.

    A percentage of all royalties will go to charity.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED : The Stories in Our Genes
    BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED : The Stories in Our Genes
    RUTHERFORD ADAM
    ISBN: 9781780229072
    Title: BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED : The Stories in Our Genes
    Author: RUTHERFORD ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the acclaimed science writer and broadcaster, a dazzling tour of the latest genetic discoveries which are blurring the boundaries between science and history

    This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is to each of the 100 billion modern humans who have ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in every one of our genomes we each carry the history of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration and a lot of sex.

    In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about human history, and what history can now tell us about our genes. From Neanderthals to murder, from redheads to race, dead kings to plague, evolution to epigenetics, this is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME
    BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME
    HAWKING STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9780857501004
    Title: BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME
    Author: HAWKING STEPHEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards?

    Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries?

    These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece which begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time.

    Imprint: BANTAM
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BUDGERIGAR
    BUDGERIGAR
    BAKER DON
    ISBN: 9781760875480
    Title: BUDGERIGAR
    Author: BAKER DON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Budgies, budgies, budgies. Beautiful and cheeky, delightful and enchanting, wild or tamed, budgerigars are Australia's gift to the bird world.

    They know how to count, can grasp simple grammar and have incredible feats of memory. They're masters of mimicry. They dance and they yawn. They've been coveted by royals, been companions to the great and famous as well as to grannies in suburban kitchens around the world. They've rendered in the finest porcelain, baked in pies and have been depicted on postage stamps of more than thirty nations. And their image has been used to sell everything from whisky to laundry detergent.

    Surprising and charming, Budgerigar is a curiosity of everything you ever wanted to know (or realised you never knew) about Melopsittacus undulatus, the beloved budgie.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BUTCHERING ART : Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Brutal World of Victorian Medicine
    BUTCHERING ART : Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Brutal World of Victorian Medicine
    FITZHARRIS LINDSEY
    ISBN: 9780141983387
    Title: BUTCHERING ART : Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Brutal World of Victorian Medicine
    Author: FITZHARRIS LINDSEY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In The Butchering Art, historian Lindsey Fitzharris recreates a critical turning point in the history of medicine, when Joseph Lister transformed surgery from a brutal, harrowing practice to the safe, vaunted profession we know today.

    Victorian operating theatres were known as 'gateways of death', Fitzharris reminds us, since half of those who underwent surgery didn't survive the experience. This was an era when a broken leg could lead to amputation, and surgeons were still known to ransack cemeteries to find cadavers. And in squalid, overcrowded hospitals, doctors remained baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high.

    At a time when surgery couldn't have been more dangerous, an unlikely figure stepped forward- Joseph Lister, a young Quaker surgeon. By making the audacious claim that germs were the source of all infection - and could be treated with antiseptics - he changed the history of medicine forever. With a novelist's eye for detail, Fitzharris brilliantly conjures up the grisly world of Victorian surgery, revealing how one of Britain's greatest medical minds finally brought centuries of savagery, sawing and gangrene to an end.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BUZZ IN THE MEADOW : THE NATURAL HISTORY OF A FRENCH FARM
    BUZZ IN THE MEADOW : THE NATURAL HISTORY OF A FRENCH FARM
    GOULSON DAVE
    ISBN: 9780099597698
    Title: BUZZ IN THE MEADOW : THE NATURAL HISTORY OF A FRENCH FARM
    Author: GOULSON DAVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fascinating look at the insect world found in one field in France - and how important that world is to all of us.

    In 2003 Dave Goulson bought a derelict farm in the heart of rural France, together with 33 acres of surrounding meadow. Over the course of a decade, he created a place for his beloved bumblebees to thrive along with myriad insects of every kind.

    In this book you will learn how a deathwatch beetle finds its mate, about the importance of houseflies, why butterflies have spots on their wings, about dragonfly sex, bed-bugs and wasps. But it is also a wake-up call, urging us to cherish and protect life on earth in all its forms. A Buzz in the Meadow is a captivating look at our natural world and a call to arms for nature-lovers everywhere.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CALL OF THE REED WARBLER : A New Agriculture - A New Earth
    CALL OF THE REED WARBLER : A New Agriculture - A New Earth
    MASSY CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780702253416
    Title: CALL OF THE REED WARBLER : A New Agriculture - A New Earth
    Author: MASSY CHARLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This ground-breaking book will change the way we think of, farm and grow food. Author and radical farmer Charles Massy explores transformative and regenerative agriculture and the vital connection between our soil and our health. It is a story of how a grassroots revolution - a true underground insurgency - can save the planet, help turn climate change around, and build healthy people and healthy communities, pivoting significantly on our relationship with growing and consuming food. Using his personal experience as a touchstone - from an unknowing, chemical-using farmer with dead soils to a radical ecologist farmer carefully regenerating a 2000-hectare property to a state of natural health - Massy tells the real story behind industrial agriculture and the global profit-obsessed corporations driving it. He shows - through evocative stories - how innovative farmers are finding a new way and interweaves his own local landscape, its seasons and biological richness. At stake is not only a revolution in human health and our communities but the very survival of the planet. For farmer, backyard gardener, food buyer, health worker, policy maker and public leader alike, Call of the Reed Warbler offers a tangible path forward for the future of our food supply, our Australian landscape and our earth. It comprises a powerful and moving paean of hope.

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CAN YOU DIE OF A BROKEN HEART ? : A Heart Surgeon's Insight into What Makes Us Tick
    CAN YOU DIE OF A BROKEN HEART ? : A Heart Surgeon's Insight into What Makes Us Tick
    STAMP NIKKI
    ISBN: 9781760631666
    Title: CAN YOU DIE OF A BROKEN HEART ? : A Heart Surgeon's Insight into What Makes Us Tick
    Author: STAMP NIKKI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In the vein of Gut and The Brain That Changes Itself, a gripping exploration into the inner workings of the heart and how emotions and lifestyle affect every beat

    When actress Debbie Reynolds died a day after her beloved daughter, Carrie Fisher, the world diagnosed it as 'heartbreak'. But what's the evidence? Does emotional upheaval affect the heart? Can love, or chocolate, really heal our heart problems? And why do we know so much about heart attacks in men, when they are more fatal in women?

    Heart and lung surgeon Dr Nikki Stamp takes us into the operating theatre, explaining what she sees in patients with heart complications and how a life-saving transplant works. Stamp fell in the love with the heart as a child and continues to be fascinated by its workings and the whole-of-life experiences that affect it. Rich with anecdotes, and insights for maintaining heart health, Can You Die of a Broken Heart? is a blockbuster from a uniquely positioned young specialist.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CAPTURING NATURE : Early Scientific Photography at the Australian Museum 1857-1893
    CAPTURING NATURE : Early Scientific Photography at the Australian Museum 1857-1893
    FINNEY VANESSA
    ISBN: 9781742236209
    Title: CAPTURING NATURE : Early Scientific Photography at the Australian Museum 1857-1893
    Author: FINNEY VANESSA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The ground-breaking scientific photographs of Australian Museum curator Gerard Krefft and taxidermist Henry Barnes are revealed for the first time.

    In the mid-nineteenth century, some of the earliest adopters of the revolutionary new art form of photography were scientists. Museums around the world were quick to see the huge potential for capturing fleeting moments of life, death and discovery. At the Australian Museum, curator Gerard Krefft and taxidermist Henry Barnes began to experiment with photography in the 1860s, preparing and staging their specimens — from whales and giant sunfish to lifelike lyre bird scenes and fossils — and capturing them in thousands of beautiful and arresting images. Capturing Nature reveals this fascinating visual archive for the first time, profiling the remarkable partnership of Krefft and Barnes, their innovative work and the Australian Museum’s urgent quest to become more scientific in its practices.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • CASE AGAINST REALITY : How Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes
    CASE AGAINST REALITY : How Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes
    HOFFMAN DONALD D
    ISBN: 9780241262627
    Title: CASE AGAINST REALITY : How Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes
    Author: HOFFMAN DONALD D
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Do we see the world as it truly is? In The Case Against Reality, cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman says no-our visual perceptions are not a window on reality, but are interfaces constructed by natural selection. Think about it- though the file icon we see on our desktops is shaped like a small page on our screens, the file itself is made of a series of numbers, of ones and zeros stored in an intangible way. Using thirty years of his own research, as well as others' work in evolutionary biology, game theory, neuroscience, computer science, information theory, and philosophy, Hoffman proves that evolution has shaped our perceptions into illusions. The sensory simplifications that once maximized our performance and reproductive fitness are now impressions that can be manipulated by marketing and design. The world is nothing like what we see through our eyes, and The Case Against Reality explains why.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
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