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  • 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
  • CAT SENSE : THE FELINE ENIGMA REVEALED
    CAT SENSE : THE FELINE ENIGMA REVEALED
    BRADSHAW JOHN
    ISBN: 9780241960455
    Title: CAT SENSE : THE FELINE ENIGMA REVEALED
    Author: BRADSHAW JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Cats are the most popular pet in the world. They outnumber the dog, man's 'best friend', by three to one. Cats need not so much our sympathy, but our understanding. This book offers us a truly scientific, yet deeply affectionate, picture of one of humanity's closest and most enigmatic companions.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CHANGING MIND : A Neuroscientists Guide to Ageing Well
    CHANGING MIND : A Neuroscientists Guide to Ageing Well
    LEVITIN DANIEL
    ISBN: 9780241379394
    Title: CHANGING MIND : A Neuroscientists Guide to Ageing Well
    Author: LEVITIN DANIEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What if the best was yet to come? Recent studies show that our happiness levels peak at age 82, and that our decision-making skills improve as we age. As more of us live past the age of 80, in this ground-breaking book, Dr Daniel Levitin uses cutting-edge research from neuroscience and psychology to demonstrate the benefits of getting older.

    Packed with engaging interviews with individuals who thrived far beyond the conventional age of retirement, this book also reflects on challenges many readers will recognize. Levitin offers a realistic personal plan full of practical, cognitive enhancing tricks for everyone to follow over the years.

    Successful Ageing is a radical exploration of what we all can learn from those who age joyously. This book will revolutionize the way we plan for old age as individuals, family members, and citizens of a society in which the average life expectancy continues to rise.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CHASING THE MOON : The Story of the Space Race - from Arthur C. Clarke to the Apollo landings
    CHASING THE MOON : The Story of the Space Race - from Arthur C. Clarke to the Apollo landings
    STONE ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780008307882
    Title: CHASING THE MOON : The Story of the Space Race - from Arthur C. Clarke to the Apollo landings
    Author: STONE ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED NO DTE

    In a world divided by the ideological struggles of the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement, more than one-fifth of the people on the planet paused to watch the live transmission of the Apollo 11 mission. To watch as humanity took a giant leap forward.

    A companion book to the landmark documentary series on BBC TV.

    The journey from Cape Canaveral to the Moon was a tremendous achievement of human courage and ingenuity. It was also a long, deadly march, haunted by the possibility of catastrophic failure on the world’s stage. In an era when the most advanced portable computer weighed 70 pounds, had a 36-kilobite memory and operated on less power than a 60-watt lightbulb, the sheer audacity of the goal is breath-taking. But the triumph of imagination and the unity of the Earth that day would change the world.

    Based on eyewitness accounts and newly discovered archival material, Chasing the Moon reveals the unknown stories of the individuals who made the Moon landing a possibility, from inspirational science fiction writer Arthur C. Clark and controversial engineer Wernher von Braun, to pioneers like mathematician Poppy Northcutt and astronaut Edward Dwight. It vividly revisits the dawn of the Space Age, a heady time of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama.

    Imprint: William Collins
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CHASING THE SUN
    CHASING THE SUN
    GEDDES LINDA
    ISBN: 9781781258330
    Title: CHASING THE SUN
    Author: GEDDES LINDA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The full story of how our relationship with light shapes our health, productivity and mood.

    'A sparkling and illuminating study, one of those rare books that could genuinely improve your life' - Sunday Times

    Since the dawn of time, humans have worshipped the sun. And with good reason. Our biology is set up to work in partnership with it. From our sleep cycles to our immune systems and our mental health, access to sunlight is crucial for living a happy and fulfilling life. New research suggests that our sun exposure over a lifetime - even before we were born - may shape our risk of developing a range of different illnesses, from depression to diabetes.

    Bursting with cutting-edge science and eye-opening advice, Chasing the Sun explores the extraordinary significance of sunlight, from ancient solstice celebrations to modern sleep labs, and from the unexpected health benefits of sun exposure to what the Amish know about sleep that the rest of us don't.

    As more of us move into light-polluted cities, spending our days in dim offices and our evenings watching brightly lit screens, we are in danger of losing something vital: our connection to the star that gave us life. It's a loss that could have far-reaching consequences that we're only just beginning to grasp.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CHECKLIST MANIFESTO
    CHECKLIST MANIFESTO
    GAWANDE ATUL
    ISBN: 9781846683145
    Title: CHECKLIST MANIFESTO
    Author: GAWANDE ATUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today we find ourselves in possession of stupendous know-how, which we willingly place in the hands of the most highly skilled people. But avoidable failures are common, and the reason is simple: the volume and complexity of our knowledge has exceeded our ability to consistently deliver it - correctly, safely or efficiently.
    In this groundbreaking book, Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument for the checklist, which he believes to be the most promising method available in surmounting failure. Whether you're following a recipe, investing millions of dollars in a company or building a skyscraper, the checklist is an essential tool in virtually every area of our lives, and Gawande explains how breaking down complex, high pressure tasks into small steps can radically improve everything from airline safety to heart surgery survival rates.
    Fascinating and enlightening, The Checklist Manifesto shows how the simplest of ideas could transform how we operate in almost any field.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CITIZEN SCIENTIST
    CITIZEN SCIENTIST
    HANNIBAL MARY ELLEN
    ISBN: 9781615193981
    Title: CITIZEN SCIENTIST
    Author: HANNIBAL MARY ELLEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    CITIZEN SCIENTIST is award-winning environmental journalist and author Mary Ellen Hannibal's story of becoming a citizen scientist - and finding more than she bargained for at every turn. She knew she was joining a flourishing community of volunteers who help conserve nature, but she was surprised to learn how this new and tech-enabled movement continues a rich tradition of amateur observation established by writers and naturalists over centuries. And she knew, in the midst of an unprecedented mass extinction, that she would find a shrinking number of species, but she couldn't know how her father's sudden passing would tear open her quest to confront loss.

    Ultimately, to be a citizen scientist is to intimately examine all the life that still finds a way. So as Hannibal, alongside an inspiring cast of fellow citizen scientists, discovers a wealth of species - by wading into tide pools, tracking hawks, scouring mountains - she also rescues herself from an odyssey of loss, and finds a hopeful and practical way forward.

    Imprint: AFFIRM PRESS
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • CITIZENS GUIDE TO CLIMATE SUCCESS : Overcoming Myths that Hinder Progress
    CITIZENS GUIDE TO CLIMATE SUCCESS : Overcoming Myths that Hinder Progress
    JACCARD MARK
    ISBN: 9781108742665
    Title: CITIZENS GUIDE TO CLIMATE SUCCESS : Overcoming Myths that Hinder Progress
    Author: JACCARD MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sometimes solving climate change seems impossibly complex, and it is hard to know what changes we all can and should make to help. This book offers hope. Drawing on the latest research, Mark Jaccard shows us how to recognize the absolutely essential actions (decarbonizing electricity and transport) and policies (regulations that phase out coal plants and gasoline vehicles, carbon tariffs). Rather than feeling paralyzed and pursuing ineffective efforts, we can all make a few key changes in our lifestyles to reduce emissions, to contribute to the urgently needed affordable energy transition in developed and developing countries. More importantly, Jaccard shows how to distinguish climate-sincere from insincere politicians and increase the chance of electing and sustaining these leaders in power. In combining the personal and the political, The Citizen's Guide to Climate Success offers a clear and simple strategic path to solving the greatest problem of our times.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $27.95

    Price: $27.95
  • CLASSICAL MECHANICS : THE THEORETICAL MINIMUM
    CLASSICAL MECHANICS : THE THEORETICAL MINIMUM
    SUSSKIND LEONARD / HRABOVSKY GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780141976228
    Title: CLASSICAL MECHANICS : THE THEORETICAL MINIMUM
    Author: SUSSKIND LEONARD / HRABOVSKY GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Here is the ultimate master class in modern physics. In Classical Mechanics, world-class physicist and father of string theory Leonard Susskind and citizen-scientist George Hrabovsky combine forces in a primer that teaches the skills you need to do physics yourself.

    This is the ultimate master class in modern physics. World-class physicist and father of string theory Leonard Susskind and citizen-scientist George Hrabovsky combine forces in a primer that teaches the skills you need to do physics yourself. Combining crystal-clear explanations of the laws of the universe with basic exercises (including essential equations and maths), the authors cover the minimum that readers should master. They introduce the key concepts of modern physics, from classical mechanics to general relativity to quantum theory, and provide a practical toolkit that you won't find in any other popular science book.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CLIMATE : A New Story
    CLIMATE : A New Story
    EISENSTEIN CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781623172480
    Title: CLIMATE : A New Story
    Author: EISENSTEIN CHARLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Flipping the script on climate change, Eisenstein makes a case for a wholesale reimagining of the framing, tactics, and goals we employ in our journey to heal from ecological destruction.

    With research and insight, Charles Eisenstein details how the quantification of the natural world leads to a lack of integration and our "fight" mentality. With an entire chapter unpacking the climate change denier's point of view, he advocates for expanding our exclusive focus on carbon emissions to see the broader picture beyond our short-sighted and incomplete approach. The natural and the material world--the rivers, forests, and creatures--are sacred and valuable in their own right, not simply for carbon credits or preventing the extinction of one species versus another.

    After all, when you ask someone why they first became an environmentalist, they're not likely to cite humanity's existential crisis, or our society going up in flames; they're likely to point to the river they played in, the ocean they visited, the wild animals they observed, or the trees they climbed when they were a kid. This refocusing away from impending catastrophe and our inevitable doom cultivates meaningful emotional and psychological connections and provides real, actionable steps to caring for the earth.

    Freeing ourselves from a war mentality and seeing the bigger picture of how everything from prison reform to saving the whales can contribute to our planetary ecological health, we resist reflexive postures of solution and blame and reach toward the deep place where commitment lives.


    Imprint: NORTH ATLANTIC
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CLIMBING MOUNT IMPROBABLE
    CLIMBING MOUNT IMPROBABLE
    DAWKINS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780141026176
    Title: CLIMBING MOUNT IMPROBABLE
    Author: DAWKINS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    How could such an intricate object as the human eye - so complex and so precise - have come about by chance? In this masterful piece of popular science, Richard Dawkins builds a powerful and carefully reasoned argument for evolutionary adaptation as the force behind all life on earth. The metaphor of 'Mount Improbable' represents the combination of perfection and improbability that we find in the seemingly 'designed' complexity of living things. And through it all runs the thread of DNA, the molecule of life, responsible for its own destiny on an unending pilgrimage through time. Evocative illustrations accompany Dawkins' eloquent descriptions of astonishing adaptations in the living world.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COMPLICATIONS : A SURGEONS NOTES ON AN IMPERFECT SCIENCE
    COMPLICATIONS : A SURGEONS NOTES ON AN IMPERFECT SCIENCE
    GAWANDE ATUL
    ISBN: 9781846681325
    Title: COMPLICATIONS : A SURGEONS NOTES ON AN IMPERFECT SCIENCE
    Author: GAWANDE ATUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine, offering an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge. Complications lays bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is - uncertain, perplexing, and profoundly human.

    Gently dismantling the myth of medical infallibility, Dr. Atul Gawande's Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science is essential reading for anyone involved in medicine - on either end of the stethoscope. Medical professionals make mistakes, learn on the job, and improvise much of their technique and self-confidence. Gawande's tales are humane and passionate reminders that doctors are people, too.

    His prose is thoughtful and deeply engaging, shifting from sometimes painful stories of suffering patients (including his own child) to intriguing suggestions for improving medicine with the same care he expresses in the surgical theatre. Some of his ideas will make health care providers nervous or even angry, but his disarming style, confessional tone, and thoughtful arguments should win over most readers.

    Complications is a book with heart and an excellent bedside manner, celebrating rather than berating doctors for being merely human.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • COMPUTER BOOK : From the Abacus to Artificial Intelligence 250 Milestones in the History of Computer Science
    COMPUTER BOOK : From the Abacus to Artificial Intelligence 250 Milestones in the History of Computer Science
    GRUNSPAN RACHEL H / GARFINKEL SIMSON L
    ISBN: 9781454926214
    Title: COMPUTER BOOK : From the Abacus to Artificial Intelligence 250 Milestones in the History of Computer Science
    Author: GRUNSPAN RACHEL H / GARFINKEL SIMSON L
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Part of Sterling’s extremely popular Milestones series, this illustrated exploration of computer science ranges from the ancient abacus to superintelligence and social media.

    With 250 illustrated landmark inventions, publications, and events—encompassing everything from ancient record-keeping devices to the latest computing technologies—this highly topical addition to the Sterling Milestones series takes a chronological journey through the history and future of computer science. Two expert authors, with decades’ of experience working in computer research and innovation, explore topics including the Sumerian abacus, the first spam message, Morse code, cryptography, early computers, Isaac Asimov’s laws of robotics, UNIX and early programming languages, movies, video games, mainframes, minis and micros, hacking, virtual reality, and more.

    Imprint: STERLING PRESS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • COPERNICUS COMPLEX : THE QUEST FOR OUR COSMIC (IN)SIGNIFICANCE
    COPERNICUS COMPLEX : THE QUEST FOR OUR COSMIC (IN)SIGNIFICANCE
    SCHARF CALEB
    ISBN: 9780141974934
    Title: COPERNICUS COMPLEX : THE QUEST FOR OUR COSMIC (IN)SIGNIFICANCE
    Author: SCHARF CALEB
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In The Copernicus Complex, the renowned astrophysicist and author Caleb Scharf takes us on a cosmic adventure like no other, asserting that the age-old Copernican principle is in need of updating.

    When Copernicus proposed that the Earth was not the fixed point at the center of the known universe (and therefore we are not unique), he set in motion a colossal scientific juggernaut, forever changing our vision of nature. But the principle, Scharf argues, has never been entirely true-we do live at a particular time, in a particular location, under particular circumstances.

    By bringing together the latest discoveries in cutting-edge astronomy, Scharf shows how many aspects of our cosmic home are genuinely unique, and reveals what it means for our quest to determine whether we are alone in the universe.



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • COSMIC CHRONICLES : A Users Guide to the Universe
    COSMIC CHRONICLES : A Users Guide to the Universe
    WATSON FRED
    ISBN: 9781742236421
    Title: COSMIC CHRONICLES : A Users Guide to the Universe
    Author: WATSON FRED
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Are we alone in the Universe? Where did the Moon come from? How do we know what stars are made of? Could there really be a future in asteroid mining?

    In Cosmic Chronicles, Fred Watson – Australia’s Astronomer-at-Large and bestselling author – explores the hottest topics in space science and astronomy.

    Watson presents the most up-to-date knowledge on everything from light echoing around the cosmos, the mechanics of black holes and how to navigate the hidden delights of nightfall, to the most profound questions facing humankind. With mind-bending stories from the frontiers of science, Cosmic Chronicles is an expert’s view of what we know and how we know it.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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