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  • COSMIC REVOLUTIONARYS HANDBOOK : Or How to Beat the Big Bang
    COSMIC REVOLUTIONARYS HANDBOOK : Or How to Beat the Big Bang
    BARNES LUKE A
    ISBN: 9781108486705
    Title: COSMIC REVOLUTIONARYS HANDBOOK : Or How to Beat the Big Bang
    Author: BARNES LUKE A
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Free yourself from cosmological tyranny

    Everything started in a big bang? Invisible dark matter? Black holes? Why accept such a weird cosmos? For all those who wonder about this bizarre universe, and those who want to overthrow the big bang, this handbook gives you 'just the facts': the observations that have shaped these ideas and theories.

    While the big bang holds the attention of scientists, it isn't perfect. The authors pull back the curtains, and show how cosmology really works. With this, you will know your enemy, cosmic revolutionary - arm yourself for the scientific arena where ideas must fight for survival This uniquely-framed tour of modern cosmology gives a deeper understanding of the inner workings of this fascinating field. The portrait painted is realistic and raw, not idealized and airbrushed - it is science in all its messy detail, which doesn't pretend to have all the answers.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CURIOUS : Life Hack through Maths
    CURIOUS : Life Hack through Maths
    SERNA LILY
    ISBN: 9781760781156
    Title: CURIOUS : Life Hack through Maths
    Author: SERNA LILY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How can maths help you to kick the perfect penalty goal, win an argument, impress your friends and spot fake news?

    With easy-to-understand maths logic, simple psychology and engaging anecdotes from her own life, mathematician Lily Serna shows us that maths can unlock the secrets of the universe. For she has been curious about the universe ever since her grandfather taught her about infinity when she was five years old.

    Now, she shares her wonder at how things work through mathematically proven and fascinating insights. She wants to help all of us - especially the maths phobic - embrace the maths that surrounds us and solve the most common problems of modern living - all without making us learn a single formula. Well, maybe just one or two friendly ones . . .

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DARK MATTER AND THE DINOSAURS : The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe
    DARK MATTER AND THE DINOSAURS : The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe
    RANDALL LISA
    ISBN: 9780099593560
    Title: DARK MATTER AND THE DINOSAURS : The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe
    Author: RANDALL LISA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    66 million years ago, a ten-mile-wide object from outer space hurtled into the Earth at incredible speed. The impact annihilated the dinosaurs, along with three-quarters of the other species on the planet. But what if this catastrophe was the sign of something greater: an opening vista onto the interconnectedness of the universe itself?

    This is the story of the astounding forces that underpin our existence; a horizon-expanding tour of the cosmos that unifies what we know about the universe with new thinking. From the far-flung reaches of space, the makeup of the universe and our solar system's place within it, to the mysterious and elusive stuff of dark matter and how it affects life here on Earth.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DARWIN DEVOLVES : The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution
    DARWIN DEVOLVES : The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution
    BEHE MICHAEL J
    ISBN: 9780062842664
    Title: DARWIN DEVOLVES : The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution
    Author: BEHE MICHAEL J
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The scientist who has been dubbed the “Father of Intelligent Design” and author of the groundbreaking book Darwin's Black Box contends that recent scientific discoveries further disprove Darwinism and strengthen the case for an intelligent creator.

    In his controversial bestseller Darwin's Black Box, biochemist Michael Behe challenged Darwin's theory of evolution, arguing that science itself has proven that intelligent design is a better explanation for the origin of life. In Darwin Devolves, Behe advances his argument, presenting new research that offers a startling reconsideration of how Darwin's mechanism works, weakening the theory's validity even more.

    A system of natural selection acting on random mutation, evolution can help make something look and act differently. But evolution never creates something organically. Behe contends that Darwinism actually works by a process of devolution-damaging cells in DNA in order to create something new at the lowest biological levels. This is important, he makes clear, because it shows the Darwinian process cannot explain the creation of life itself. “A process that so easily tears down sophisticated machinery is not one which will build complex, functional systems,” he writes.

    In addition to disputing the methodology of Darwinism and how it conflicts with the concept of creation, Behe reveals that what makes Intelligent Design unique-and right-is that it acknowledges causation. Evolution proposes that organisms living today are descended with modification from organisms that lived in the distant past. But Intelligent Design goes a step further asking, what caused such astounding changes to take place What is the reason or mechanism for evolution For Behe, this is what makes Intelligent Design so important.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DARWINS FOSSILS : Discoveries that Shaped the Theory of Evolution
    DARWINS FOSSILS : Discoveries that Shaped the Theory of Evolution
    LISTER ADRIAN
    ISBN: 9781486309450
    Title: DARWINS FOSSILS : Discoveries that Shaped the Theory of Evolution
    Author: LISTER ADRIAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Explore Darwin's pioneering work on fossils in this richly illustrated book.

    Charles Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle was a journey that would revolutionise our understanding of the natural world and our place in it. The magisterial work it spawned, The Origin of Species, is widely associated with the flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands. Less well known is Darwin’s passion for geology and how his fossil discoveries in South America – by demonstrating the relationship between extinct lifeforms and living species – shaped his theory of evolution. This is the story of those fossil-hunting adventures in the 1830s, the pioneering science behind the fossils he found, and how these remarkable discoveries played a crucial role in forging Darwin’s revolutionary ideas.

    Imprint: CSIRO PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • DEEP THINKING : Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins
    DEEP THINKING : Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins
    KASPAROV GARRY
    ISBN: 9781473653511
    Title: DEEP THINKING : Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins
    Author: KASPAROV GARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In May 1997, the world watched as Garry Kasparov, the greatest chess player in the world, was defeated for the first time by the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue. It was a watershed moment in the history of technology: machine intelligence had arrived at the point where it could best human intellect.

    It wasn't a coincidence that Kasparov became the symbol of man's fight against the machines. Chess has long been the fulcrum in development of machine intelligence; the hoax automaton 'The Turk' in the 18th century and Alan Turing's first chess program in 1952 were two early examples of the quest for machines to think like humans - a talent we measured by their ability to beat their creators at chess. As the pre-eminent chessmaster of the 80s and 90s, it was Kasparov's blessing and his curse to play against each generation's strongest computer champions, contributing to their development and advancing the field.

    Like all passionate competitors, Kasparov has taken his defeat and learned from it. He has devoted much energy to devising ways in which humans can partner with machines in order to produce results better than either can achieve alone. During the twenty years since playing Deep Blue, he's played both with and against machines, learning a great deal about our vital relationship with our most remarkable creations. Ultimately, he's become convinced that by embracing the competition between human and machine intelligence, we can spend less time worrying about being replaced and more thinking of new challenges to conquer.

    In this breakthrough book, Kasparov tells his side of the story of Deep Blue for the first time - what it was like to strategize against an implacable, untiring opponent - the mistakes he made and the reasons the odds were against him. But more than that, he tells his story of AI more generally, and how he's evolved to embrace it, taking part in an urgent debate with philosophers worried about human values, programmers creating self-learning neural networks, and engineers of cutting edge robotics. He surveys the serious questions facing a world that is becoming increasingly reliant on AI, creating an essential guide for the business readers and educators he speaks to by the thousands every year.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DEFIANT EARTH : The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene
    DEFIANT EARTH : The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene
    HAMILTON CLIVE
    ISBN: 9781760295967
    Title: DEFIANT EARTH : The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene
    Author: HAMILTON CLIVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Humans have become so powerful that we are disrupting the functioning of the earth, to the point where scientists now consider we have entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. Clive Hamilton argues this forces us to rethink what kind of creature we humans are, and to acknowledge the power we still have to change the world for good.

    Forget everything you know. Nature is no longer nature. Humans are no longer humans. We have entered a new era -- the Anthropocene. Everything has changed.

    Humans have become so powerful that we have disrupted the functioning of the Earth, bringing on a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. The stable environmental conditions that allowed civilisation to flourish are disappearing.

    What does it mean to have arrived at this point, where human history and Earth history collide? Clive Hamilton argues we need to rethink everything. The modern belief that we are free beings making our own future by taking control of our environment is now indefensible. We have rendered the Earth more unpredictable and less controllable; a disobedient planet. And it's too late to turn back the geological clock.

    We must face the fact that humans are at the centre of the world, even if we must give up the idea we can control the planet. These truths call for a new kind of anthropocentrism, a philosophy by which we might use our power responsibly and find a way to live on a defiant Earth.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DEMON IN THE MACHINE
    DEMON IN THE MACHINE
    DAVIES PAUL
    ISBN: 9780141986401
    Title: DEMON IN THE MACHINE
    Author: DAVIES PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Darwin set out to explain the origin of species, he made no attempt to answer the deeper question- what is life?

    For generations, scientists have struggled to make sense of this fundamental question. Life really does look like magic- even a humble bacterium accomplishes things so dazzling that no human engineer can match it. And yet, huge advances in molecular biology over the past few decades have served only to deepen the mystery. So can life be explained by known physics and chemistry, or do we need something fundamentally new?

    In this penetrating and wide-ranging new analysis, world-renowned physicist and science communicator Paul Davies searches for answers in a field so new and fast-moving that it lacks a name, a domain where computing, chemistry, quantum physics and nanotechnology intersect. At the heart of these diverse fields, Davies explains, is the concept of information- a quantity with the power to unify biology with physics, transform technology and medicine, and even to illuminate the age-old question of whether we are alone in the universe.

    From life's murky origins to the microscopic engines that run the cells of our bodies, The Demon in the Machine is a breath-taking journey across the landscape of physics, biology, logic and computing. Weaving together cancer and consciousness, two-headed worms and bird navigation, Davies reveals how biological organisms garner and process information to conjure order out of chaos, opening a window on the secret of life itself.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • DENIALISM : The Dangers of Irrational Thinking and Ignoring Science Experts
    DENIALISM : The Dangers of Irrational Thinking and Ignoring Science Experts
    SPECTER MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780715653036
    Title: DENIALISM : The Dangers of Irrational Thinking and Ignoring Science Experts
    Author: SPECTER MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There is so much confusing and conflicting information about the world in which we live that the truth can be impossible to find. The rise of modern scepticism against 'fake news' is to be celebrated, but this cultural shift has led to a world where opinion is as valuable as fact. The existence of climate change; the safety behind eating genetically modified foods; and the effectiveness of herbal remedies over newly developed medicines are all hotly debated subjects and yet the science, rather than the rhetoric, is almost unanimous.

    Denialism brilliantly exposes the irrational pseudoscience and scare-mongering that increasingly get in the way of the truth and sensible decision-making. Specter demonstrates how key areas of modern life from basic health, to the environment and overall scientific progress are being dangerously misdirected and why facts must be put back to the heart of our judgements and belief.

    Imprint: Duckworth
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DIGITAL MINIMALISM : Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
    DIGITAL MINIMALISM : Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
    NEWPORT CAL
    ISBN: 9780241453575
    Title: DIGITAL MINIMALISM : Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
    Author: NEWPORT CAL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Most of us know that we're addicted to texting, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter not because we're stupid or shallow, but because they provide real value in the form of connection, community, affirmation and information. But these tools can also disrupt our ability to focus on meaningful work and live fully in the present.

    In Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport outlines a practical philosophy and plan for a mindful, intentional use of technology that maximises its benefits while minimizing its drain on our attention, focus and time. Demonstrating how to implement a 30-day digital detox, this book will help you identify which uses of technology are actually helping you reach your goals, and which are holding you back.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DINOSAURS : How They Lived and Evolved
    DINOSAURS : How They Lived and Evolved
    NAISH DARREN
    ISBN: 9781486309849
    Title: DINOSAURS : How They Lived and Evolved
    Author: NAISH DARREN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Discover the groundbreaking developments in dinosaur research with this state-of-the-art guide to dinosaur biology. Written by experts from a leading dinosaur research centre, this book traces the evolution of the dinosaur from 225 million years ago through to the end of the Cretaceous Period. It explores how they lived and what happened to the dinosaurs during and after the great extinction event.

    Research on these fantastic animals is proceeding at a faster pace than ever before. Dinosaurs explores the most recent global discoveries and the major role that new technologies play in revealing previously inaccessible and unknown details about how dinosaurs lived, such as the of use CT-scanning to look inside a dinosaur skull and gain new information on brains and sense organs.

    This engaging book reveals the latest findings about dinosaur anatomy and behaviour, evolution, diversity and lifestyle, and is lavishly illustrated with artwork, photographs and artistic reconstructions that bring these iconic creatures to life.

    Imprint: CSIRO PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DINOSAURS REDISCOVERED : How a Scientific Revolution is Rewriting History
    DINOSAURS REDISCOVERED : How a Scientific Revolution is Rewriting History
    BENTON MICHAEL J
    ISBN: 9780500295533
    Title: DINOSAURS REDISCOVERED : How a Scientific Revolution is Rewriting History
    Author: BENTON MICHAEL J
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: April 2020 New Release

    'If you want to know how we know what we know about dinosaurs, read this book!' Steve Brusatte

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $21.99
    Price: $21.99
  • DIVING FOR SEAHORSES : The Science and Secrets of Memory
    DIVING FOR SEAHORSES : The Science and Secrets of Memory
    OSTBY HILDE
    ISBN: 9781742236155
    Title: DIVING FOR SEAHORSES : The Science and Secrets of Memory
    Author: OSTBY HILDE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    What makes us remember? Why do we forget? And what, exactly, is a memory?

    Diving for Seahorses answers these questions and more, offering an illuminating look at one of our most fascinating faculties: our memory. Sisters Hilde and Ylva Østby – one an acclaimed writer the other a neuropsychologist—skilfully interweave history, research and personal stories in this fascinating exploration of the evolving science of memory from its Renaissance beginnings to the present day. They interview top neuroscientists, famous novelists, taxi drivers and quizmasters to help explain how memory works, why it sometimes fails and what we can do to improve it.

    Filled with cutting-edge research and compelling case studies, the result is a gripping—and unforgettable—adventure through human memory.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DO DICE PLAY GOD? : The Mathematics of Uncertainty
    DO DICE PLAY GOD? : The Mathematics of Uncertainty
    STEWART IAN
    ISBN: 9781788162289
    Title: DO DICE PLAY GOD? : The Mathematics of Uncertainty
    Author: STEWART IAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Uncertainty is everywhere. It lurks in every consideration of the future - the weather, the economy, the sex of an unborn child - even quantities we think that we know such as populations or the transit of the planets contain the possibility of error. It's no wonder that, throughout that history, we have attempted to produce rigidly defined areas of uncertainty - we prefer the surprise party to the surprise asteroid.

    We began our quest to make certain an uncertain world by reading omens in livers, tea leaves, and the stars. However, over the centuries, driven by curiosity, competition, and a desire be better gamblers, pioneering mathematicians and scientists began to reduce wild uncertainties to tame distributions of probability and statistical inferences. But, even as unknown unknowns became known unknowns, our pessimism made us believe that some problems were unsolvable and our intuition misled us. Worse, as we realized how omnipresent and varied uncertainty is, we encountered chaos, quantum mechanics, and the limitations of our predictive power.

    Bestselling author Professor Ian Stewart explores the history and mathematics of uncertainty. Touching on gambling, probability, statistics, financial and weather forecasts, censuses, medical studies, chaos, quantum physics, and climate, he makes one thing clear: a reasonable probability is the only certainty.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DO NO HARM : Stories of Life Death and Brain Surgery
    DO NO HARM : Stories of Life Death and Brain Surgery
    MARSH HENRY
    ISBN: 9781780225920
    Title: DO NO HARM : Stories of Life Death and Brain Surgery
    Author: MARSH HENRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut through the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially life-saving operation when it all goes wrong?

    DO NO HARM is an unforgettable insight into the career of one of the country's leading neurosurgeons, and into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital. Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life's most difficult decisions.

    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DO STATINS WORK? : The Battle for Perfect Evidence-Based Medicine
    DO STATINS WORK? : The Battle for Perfect Evidence-Based Medicine
    GOLDACRE BEN
    ISBN: 9780008151973
    Title: DO STATINS WORK? : The Battle for Perfect Evidence-Based Medicine
    Author: GOLDACRE BEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2019 New Release

    A campaigning handbook, a thrilling work of popular science, and a call to arms for doctors, researchers and patients from Britain's finest writer on the science behind medicine. Statins are the single most commonly prescribed class of drugs in the whole of the developed world. They're taken by over 100 million people, with millions more patients being offered them every year.We know that statins do some good. But we don't know how big the benefits are. We don't know which is the best. We don't how common the side effects are. We don't give clear information to patients, so they are deprived of their right to make informed decisions about the trade-off between benefits, inconvenience, and risk. All this can be fixed, with a few simple changes that weld big data onto the heart and art of medicine.Drawing on his own research, Ben Goldacre gives patients the tools they need to make their own decisions. Along the way he explores industry misdeeds; the “nocebo” effect, the evil twin of the placebo effect, where side effects are caused by the power of fear alone; and the differences in patients' desire for treatment, and doctors' failures to empathise with these. With his characteristic wit and energy, Goldacre exposes the flaws in modern medicine, and the future it deserves.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
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