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Secrets of the sea  by Robert Vennell

Secrets of the sea

Robert Vennell

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"An illuminating tour through the native sea creatures of Aotearoa, by the bestselling author of The Meaning of Trees Secrets of the Sea is a fascinating introduction to New Zealand’s fish and shellfish, weaving together history, biology and culture to reveal...

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Koala  by Danielle Clode

Koala

Danielle Clode

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"Despite their iconic status and celebrity, koalas remain something of a mystery. Often affectionate in captivity, they seek out human assistance when in need of water or care yet can also be fierce and belligerent. They are beloved worldwide and feature in...

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The trials of life  by David Attenborough

The trials of life

David Attenborough

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"The Trials of Life is the final book in David Attenborough's groundbreaking Life Trilogy of natural histories. Life on Earth traced the development of animal life from its beginnings some three thousand millions years ago until today and Living Planet...

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Honeybee anatomy brought to life  by Graham Kingham

Honeybee anatomy brought to life

Graham Kingham

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"Honeybee Anatomy Brought to Life. This book uses photo essays to set out and display the anatomy, internal, external of the honeybee with over 350 detailed micrographs, together with slide images and drawings. Pests and other additional hive activities are...

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The real guide to New Zealand  by Mark Danenhauer

The real guide to New Zealand

Mark Danenhauer

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"Can you tell a Skink from a gecko? Is that a Kea or a Kaka? Can you spot the difference between a Northern Rata and a Pohutukawa? - This full colour guide is designed to help readers gain a basic understanding of the natural history of NZ. Written in simple...

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Wild honey bees  by Ingo Arndt

Wild honey bees

Ingo Arndt

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"The honey bee, a key pollinator, is now an endangered species, threatened by human activity and loss of biodiversity. Because of this, understanding forest-dwelling wild honey bees - which are more resistant to diseases and parasites than honey bees kept by...

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One of a kind  by Mario Ludwig

One of a kind

Mario Ludwig

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"This book of photographs puts the spotlight on a group of animals that is little-noticed, and undeservedly so: endemic species that exist only on their respective islands. Isolated from continents by the ocean, certain species have been able to evolve further...

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Weather and climate New Zealand  by Sandra Carrod

Weather and climate New Zealand

Sandra Carrod

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Weather refers to short-term atmospheric conditions; climate is the weather of a region averaged over a long period. In this info-packed addition to The NZ Series, Sandra Carrod explores the main elements of New Zealand's climate and weather in global,...

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Trees  by P. P. (Paul Philip) Smith

Trees

P. P. (Paul Philip) Smith

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"Trees feed us, shelter us, inspire us and heal us. In a world facing the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and a pressing climate emergency, the importance of these primeval beings in shaping our future is hard to understate. 00Generously illustrated and...

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The song of the cell  by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The song of the cell

Siddhartha Mukherjee

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"Presenting revelatory and exhilarating stories of scientists, doctors, and the patients whose lives may be saved by their work, the author draws on his own experience as a researcher, doctor, and prolific reader to explore how the discovery of cells created a...

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The genetic age  by Matthew Cobb

The genetic age

Matthew Cobb

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"How fifty years of genetic engineering have brought us to the brink of a profound and disturbing future, from Baille Gifford-shortlisted scientist Matthew Cobb. A new gene editing technology, invented just seven years ago, has turned humanity into gods....

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Everybody Hertz  by Richard Mainwaring

Everybody Hertz

Richard Mainwaring

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" A voyage of discovery through the vibrations that move us, whether we can hear them or not. Vic Tandy was a level-headed scientist, but there was no denying it: at this late hour in his lonely lab at Coventry University, he kept seeing a grey apparition out...

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Astronomy  by Ian Ridpath

Astronomy

Ian Ridpath

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"Take a look through the lens and discover the beauty and science of the magnificent night sky - and beyond. This stunningly illustrated handbook is split into eight sections which cover every aspect of astronomy. Learn about the history of discoveries in the...

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Thinking like an iceberg  by Olivier Remaud

Thinking like an iceberg

Olivier Remaud

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"When we imagine the polar regions, we see a largely lifeless world covered in snow and ice where icebergs drift listlessly through frozen waters, like solitary wanderers of the oceans floating aimlessly in total silence. But nothing could be further from the...

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Black holes  by Brian Cox

Black holes

Brian Cox

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"At the heart of the Milky Way, there is a distortion in the fabric of the Universe. Caused by something 4 million times bigger than our Sun, it is where space and time are so warped that everything within 12 million kilometres is trapped, even light. This...

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Australian falcons  by Stephen J. S. Debus

Australian falcons

Stephen J. S. Debus

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"Falcons are stunning and iconic birds. Australia has six falcon species, with two endemic to the continent and two others endemic to the Australasian region. They are important indicators of the health of our ecosystems, due to their position at the top of...

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Dr Matt's guide to life in space  by Matt Agnew

Dr Matt's guide to life in space

Matt Agnew

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"With a PhD in astrophysics, Dr Matt is a self-proclaimed 'space nerd' and is passionate about communicating science in an interesting and accessible way. Dr Matt explores the qualities that make planet Earth special before moving ahead to traverse what we're...

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Frozen planet II  by Mark Brownlow

Frozen planet II

Mark Brownlow

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"Accompanying the landmark BBC series narrated by David Attenborough, an unforgettable exploration of our most fragile worlds of beauty and brutality. Find a world of wonder beyond the ice. 'Looking down at our planet from space it may come as a surprise how...

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Dinosaurs  by Riley Black

Dinosaurs

Riley Black

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"Who isn't fascinated by dinosaurs? These strange reptiles have awed us ever since their fossils were first identified as the bones of creatures from the distant past. For millions of years, dinosaurs ruled the prehistoric world. And now, millions of years...

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The hidden universe  by Alexandre Antonelli

The hidden universe

Alexandre Antonelli

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"Everything you need to know about biodiversity - what it is, how it works, and why it's the single most important tool to battle climate change - from the Director Science at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. We don't know what we've got until it's gone......

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Life

Life

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"The newest addition to John Brockman's Edge.org series explores life itself, bringing together the world's leading biologists, geneticists, and evolutionary theorists -- including Richard Dawkins, Edward O. Wilson, J. Craig Venter, and Freeman Dyson....

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A naturalist's guide to the mammals of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka  by Bikram Grewal

A naturalist's guide to the mammals of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Bikram Grewal

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"This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 mammal species most commonly seen in India is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from India's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which...

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A naturalist's guide to the reptiles & amphibians of New Zealand  by Samue Purdie

A naturalist's guide to the reptiles & amphibians of New Zealand

Samue Purdie

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"A Naturalist's Guide to the Reptiles & Amphibians of New Zealand is an introductory photographic identification guide to all 141 reptile and amphibian species of New Zealand. High-quality photographs from the author and the country's top nature photographers...

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The sounds of life  by Karen J. Bakker

The sounds of life

Karen J. Bakker

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"When we think of animal sound we tend to think about birds or other highly sonic animals. However, scientists are learning that a much wider range of animals, and even plants, use sound, and they are figuring this out with the help of AI and other digital...

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Bird planet  by Tim Laman

Bird planet

Tim Laman

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"Birds inhabit every continent and major island, and are among the most diverse group of vertebrates on the planet. For ornithologist and National Geographic photographer Tim Laman, documenting these magnificent creatures has been a lifelong passion that has...

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Native plants of Aotearoa  by Carlos (Botanist) Lehnebach

Native plants of Aotearoa

Carlos (Botanist) Lehnebach

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Part of the new Te Papa Te Taiao Nature Series, this accessible, handsomely illustrated guide to the commonly encountered native plant species of Aotearoa New Zealand has wide appeal. Native Plants of Aotearoa describes and beautifully illustrates fifty of our...

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Native birds of Aotearoa  by Michael author. Szabo

Native birds of Aotearoa

Michael author. Szabo

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Part of the new Te Papa Te Taiao Nature Series, this accessible, handsomely illustrated guide to Aotearoa New Zealand's native bird species has wide appeal. Native Birds of Aotearoa describes sixty of our most interesting species - forest, garden, wetland,...

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Starry messenger  by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Starry messenger

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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"Bringing his cosmic perspective to civilization on Earth, Neil deGrasse Tyson shines new light on the crucial fault lines of our time--war, politics, religion, truth, beauty, gender, and race--in a way that stimulates a deeper sense of unity for us...

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Gaia  by James Lovelock

Gaia

James Lovelock

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"In this classic work that continues to inspire many readers, Jim Lovelock puts forward his idea that the Earth functions as a single organism. Written for non-scientists, Gaia is a journey through time and space in search of evidence in support of a radically...

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The science of the Earth  by Philip Eales

The science of the Earth

Philip Eales

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"Elegant design combined with beautiful images to explore and explain Earth's natural riches. This is an informative, visually arresting introduction to planet Earth. The core of the book features large, detailed photographs of single objects, many of them...

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The hidden kingdom of fungi  by Keith A. Seifert

The hidden kingdom of fungi

Keith A. Seifert

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"For readers of Entangled Life and The Hidden Life of Trees comes an illuminating account of the "invisible" fungi that share our world: from the air we breathe to the dust beneath our feet. The Hidden Kingdom of Fungi traces the intricate connections between...

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TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator  by Jeff McCalla

TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator

Jeff McCalla

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"Graphing calculators are an essential tool in many high school and college math courses. TI-84 Plus CE Graphing Calculator For Dummies teaches you how to use these handy little machines with confidence, for basic math and far, far beyond. Packed with insider...

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Collins birds of the world  by Norman Arlott

Collins birds of the world

Norman Arlott

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"For the first time, the complete collection of the Collins Field Guides' incredibly detailed, accurate and beautiful bird paintings has been brought together in one comprehensive volume. This all-encompassing new guide is an extraordinary addition to the...

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The modern bestiary  by Joanna Bagniewska

The modern bestiary

Joanna Bagniewska

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"From the familiar to the improbable, the gross to the endearing, The Modern Bestiary is a compendium of curious creatures. It includes both animals that have made headlines and those you've probably never heard of, such as skin-eating caecilians, harp...

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A divine language  by Alec Wilkinson

A divine language

Alec Wilkinson

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"Decades after struggling to understand math as a boy, Alec Wilkinson decides to embark on a journey to learn it as a middle-aged man. What begins as a personal challenge-and it's challenging-soon transforms into something greater than a belabored effort to...

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Fen, bog & swamp  by Annie Proulx

Fen, bog & swamp

Annie Proulx

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"From Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx - whose novels are infused with her knowledge and deep concern for the earth - comes an urgent and riveting history of wetlands, their ecological role and how the loss of them threatens the planet. Fens, bogs, swamps...

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Missions to Mars  by Larry S. (Larry Steven) Crumpler

Missions to Mars

Larry S. (Larry Steven) Crumpler

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"From a long-term planning lead for the Mars Exploration Rover Project comes this vivid insider account of some of NASA’s most vital and exciting missions to the Red Planet, illustrated with full-colour photographs a wondrous chronicle of unprecedented...

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Eat weeds  by Diego Bonetto

Eat weeds

Diego Bonetto

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"There is food within 3 metres of your front door. Three generations ago it was common practice all over the world to collect this wild food; knowledge of what, where and when to forage was a necessary part of daily life. We still had lived experience of...

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Mycophilia  by Eugenia Bone

Mycophilia

Eugenia Bone

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2023 guide to the night sky  by Storm Dunlop

2023 guide to the night sky

Storm Dunlop

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"A comprehensive handbook to the planets, stars and constellations visible from the southern hemisphere. 6 pages for each month covering January-December 2023. This practical guidebook is both an easy introduction to astronomy and a useful reference for...

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The Earth  by Elsa Panciroli

The Earth

Elsa Panciroli

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"It is difficult to conceive of the vast scale of the history of life on Earth, from the very first living organisms sparking into life in hydrothermal deep-sea vents to the dizzying diversity of life today. The evolution of life is a sweeping epic of a tale,...

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How the world really works  by Vaclav Smil

How the world really works

Vaclav Smil

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"We have never had so much information at our fingertips and yet most of us don't know how the world really works. This book explains seven of the most fundamental realities governing our survival and prosperity. From energy and food production, through our...

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Algebra II all-in-one  by Mary Jane Sterling

Algebra II all-in-one

Mary Jane Sterling

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"Every intermediate algebra lesson, example, and practice problem you need in a single, easy-to-use reference. Algebra II can be a tough nut to crack when you first meet it. But with the right tools... well, she's still tough but she gets a heckuva lot easier...

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Animal

Animal

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"Now in a new edition, this landmark photographic encyclopedia of the animal kingdom is revised with new species, images, and the latest scientific knowledge. Written by 70 natural history specialists, Animal features stunning wildlife photography of more than...

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Fossil treasures of Foulden Maar  by D. E. (Daphne E.) Lee

Fossil treasures of Foulden Maar

D. E. (Daphne E.) Lee

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A paleontological site of international significance, Foulden Maar in Otago, New Zealand is home to an amazing record of life on Earth. Formed by a volcanic eruption 23 million years ago, the Maar's undisturbed sedimentary layers are the resting places for...

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Raising our chicks  by Cushla M. McGaughey

Raising our chicks

Cushla M. McGaughey

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"For a small country, Aotearoa New Zealand has a large number of birds found nowhere else in the world. There are others too, no less ours just because some of them happen to live elsewhere. Here are 42 birds of our forests and wetlands, alpine zones and...

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String theory  by Andrew Zimmerman Jones

String theory

Andrew Zimmerman Jones

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"Unravel the secrets of the universe and untangle cutting-edge physics. Yes, you actually can understand quantum physics! String Theory For Dummies is a beginner's guide, and we make it fun to find out about the all the recent trends and theories in physics,...

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What if? 2  by Randall Munroe

What if? 2

Randall Munroe

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"The #1 New York Times-bestselling author of What If? and How To provides his best answers yet to the weirdest questions you never thought to ask The millions of people around the world who read and loved What If? still have questions, and those questions are...

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The short story of science by Tom Jackson

The short story of science

Tom Jackson

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"The Short Story of Science is a new introduction to the complete subject of science. Covering 60 key experiments, from Archimedes' investigations of buoyancy to the discovery of dark matter, and then linking these to the history of science, as well as to the...

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Supernova  by Or Graur

Supernova

Or Graur

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"A brief introduction to the physics of supernovae--explosions of dying stars that yield heavy chemical elements and spark the birth of new stars--and to past, present, and future research directions"--Publisher's description.

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Colour  by Victoria Finlay

Colour

Victoria Finlay

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"Part travelogue, part narrative history, this text lifts the lid on the historical palette and unearths a wealth of stories about the quest for colours, and our efforts to understand them"--Publisher's description.

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The age of uncertainty  by Tobias Hürter

The age of uncertainty

Tobias Hürter

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"The epic, page-turning history of how a group of physicists toppled the Newtonian universe in the early decades of the twentieth century. Marie Curie, Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, and Albert Einstein didn’t only revolutionise...

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What if?. 2  by Randall Munroe

What if?. 2

Randall Munroe

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"The millions of people around the world who read and loved What If? still have questions, and those questions are getting stranger. Planning to ride a fire pole from the moon back to Earth? The hardest part is sticking the landing. Hoping to cool the...

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Planta sapiens  by Paco Calvo

Planta sapiens

Paco Calvo

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"Have you ever sat and watched a plant? The very idea itself might seem strange. We like to watch things that move, that do something. But in fact, plants are doing a great deal too - plants behave, as animals do - they are just doing it on a very different...

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A brief history of black holes  by Becky Smethurst

A brief history of black holes

Becky Smethurst

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"The Moon goes around the Earth, the Earth goes around the Sun, the Sun goes around the centre of the Milky Way: a supermassive black hole. As you read this you are currently orbiting a black hole. Money might make the world go round, but black holes make the...

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How to speak whale  by Tom Mustill

How to speak whale

Tom Mustill

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"A thrilling investigation into the pioneering world of animal communication, where big data and artificial intelligence are changing our relationship with animals forever In 2015, wildlife filmmaker Tom Mustill was whale watching when a humpback breached onto...

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The sea is not made of water  by Adam Nicolson

The sea is not made of water

Adam Nicolson

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"Few places are as familiar as the shore - and few as full of mystery and surprise. How do sandhoppers inherit an inbuilt compass from their parents? How do crabs understand the tides? How can the death of one winkle guarantee the lives of its companions? What...

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Everyday physics  by Jo Hermans

Everyday physics

Jo Hermans

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"This is a physics book like you've never seen before: accessible and fun--perfect for anyone, young or old, who has a healthy dose of curiosity"--Publisher's description.

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Explore New Zealand nature  by Brian J. author. Parkinson

Explore New Zealand nature

Brian J. author. Parkinson

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"The 16 road-trips cover from Northland right down to Stewart Island. Includes: Maps, suggested travel routes and interesting detours along the way. More than just a guidebook, this book showcases the best spots to see (and hear) New Zealand's nature....

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The romance of reality  by Bobby Azarian

The romance of reality

Bobby Azarian

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"In The Romance of Reality, cognitive neuroscientist Bobby Azarian explains the science behind this new view of reality and explores what it means for all of us. In engaging, accessible prose, Azarian outlines the fundamental misunderstanding of thermodynamics...

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Penguins  by Tui De Roy

Penguins

Tui De Roy

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"A guide for bird enthusiasts and armchair naturalists covers all eighteen species of the world's penguins and includes discussions on penguin conservation, species profiles, facts, and tips on where to see penguins in the wild"--Publisher's description.

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The short story of the Universe  by Gemma Lavender

The short story of the Universe

Gemma Lavender

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"The Short Story of the Universe is a new introduction to the subject of the universe. Covering 130 key components that make it up - from dwarf galaxies and spiral arms to red giants and the planets of the solar sytem - and linking these to the universe's...

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Mathematical intelligence  by Junaid Mubeen

Mathematical intelligence

Junaid Mubeen

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"A fascinating exploration of a surprising advantage that humans have over our incoming robot masters: we're actually good at maths. There's so much talk about the threat posed by intelligent machines that it sometimes seems as though we should surrender to...

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Queer ducks (and other animals)  by Eliot Schrefer

Queer ducks (and other animals)

Eliot Schrefer

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"A research-based exploration of queer behavior in different animal species is interspersed with personal anecdotes and interviews with scientists"--Publisher's description.

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The curious world of science  by Simon (Teacher) Flynn

The curious world of science

Simon (Teacher) Flynn

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"To some, science is simply a means to an end; to others it is an almost spiritual meditation on theories and formulae. The Curious World of Science embraces both views and much more besides. Focusing on the human endeavours at the heart of science, it...

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Beyond measure  by James (Journalist) Vincent

Beyond measure

James (Journalist) Vincent

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"We measure rainfall and radiation, the depths of space and the emptiness of atoms, calories and steps, happiness and fear. If we could not measure then we could not observe the world around us; we could not experiment, learn, and co-operate. But why did this...

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Field guide to whales, dolphins and porpoises  by Mark Carwardine

Field guide to whales, dolphins and porpoises

Mark Carwardine

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"Practical and portable, this is the ultimate field guide to the world's cetaceans. This outstanding new field guide to whales, dolphins and porpoises is the most comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date guide to these popular mammals. With more than 500...

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Life on the rocks  by Juli Berwald

Life on the rocks

Juli Berwald

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"Coral reefs are a microcosm of our planet: wondrously diverse, deeply interconnected, and critically imperiled. They sustain entire ecosystems and protect vulnerable coasts. But corals across the planet are in the middle of an unprecedented die-off, beset by...

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Shark  by Paul de Gelder

Shark

Paul de Gelder

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"From shark attack survivor to the shark's biggest advocate, Paul de Gelder tells us just why these majestic diverse animals need our help as much as we need them. We have a perennial fascination with sharks. Portrayed in the media and popular culture as...

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The age of seeds  by Fiona McMillan-Webster

The age of seeds

Fiona McMillan-Webster

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"Plants evolved seeds to hack time. Thanks to seeds they can cast their genes forward into the future, enabling species to endure across seasons, years, and occasionally millennia. When a 2000-year-old extinct date palm seed was discovered, no one expected it...

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Little species, big mystery  by Debbie Argue

Little species, big mystery

Debbie Argue

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"A thrilling tale of discovery and the history of Homo floresiensis. There is only one kind of human on earth today- us. But we are only one of a number of human species - primates of the Hominini tribe - that have existed on our planet across the millennia....

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First steps  by Jeremy DeSilva

First steps

Jeremy DeSilva

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"Humans are the only mammals to walk on two, rather than four legs, a locomotion known as bipedalism. Bipedalism has its drawbacks, and it leads to a variety of ailments. Delving deeply into the story of our past and new discoveries rewriting our understanding...

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What a mushroom lives for  by Michael J. Hathaway

What a mushroom lives for

Michael J. Hathaway

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"When Michael Hathaway embarked on the fieldwork that led to this book years ago, he thought he would be writing a conventional ethnography, centered on the lives of people engaged in the foraging and circulation of an exotic type of mushroom known as the...

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The lives of fungi  by Britt Allen Bunyard

The lives of fungi

Britt Allen Bunyard

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"A fascinating and richly illustrated exploration of the natural history of fungi. We know fungi are important, for us as well as the environment. But how they live, and what they can do, remains mysterious and surprising. Filled with stunning photographs, The...

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The compact Australian bird guide  by Peter Menkhorst

The compact Australian bird guide

Peter Menkhorst

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"The Compact Australian Bird Guide" is an easy-to-use and beautifully illustrated quick identification guide to all bird species regularly occurring in Australia. The content has been carefully designed to provide the reader with key information to enable...

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Wild by design  by Laura J. Martin

Wild by design

Laura J. Martin

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"Laura J. Martin examines ecological restoration's long history. Since the early 1900s, restorationists have confronted vexing philosophical questions: Which states of nature should be restored? Who should choose? Is human-designed wilderness really wild?...

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Stars & planets  by Ian Ridpath

Stars & planets

Ian Ridpath

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"A compact, comprehensive guide to looking at stars and planets for readers from around the world. The clearest, most accessible guide to observing the night sky. Authoritative text, crystal-clear charts, and a systematic approach make the DK Handbook of Star...

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Deeper into the wood  by Ruth Pavey

Deeper into the wood

Ruth Pavey

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"Over twenty years ago, Ruth Pavey bought four acres of scrub woodland above the Somerset Levels and set out to improve the lush haven for birds, insects and all manner of wildlife. Beneath the shade of the trees she spent two decades planting, she now...

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Building thinking classrooms in mathematics  by Peter Liljedahl

Building thinking classrooms in mathematics

Peter Liljedahl

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"Building Thinking Classrooms offers invaluable guidance for educators to effectively implement in their classrooms. Dr. Peter Liljedahl has provided comprehensive and meaningful tasks, accompanying detailed research and explanations, for creating the optimal...

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The last days of the dinosaurs  by Riley Black

The last days of the dinosaurs

Riley Black

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"In The Last Days of the Dinosaurs, Riley Black walks readers through what happened in the days, the years, the centuries, and the million years after the impact, tracking the sweeping disruptions that overtook this one spot, and imagining what might have been...

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The lives of moths  by Andrei Sourakov

The lives of moths

Andrei Sourakov

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"Moths are among the most underappreciated insects on the planet, yet they make up the majority of some 180,000 known species of Lepidoptera. Filled with striking images, The Lives of Moths looks at the remarkable world of these amazing and beautiful...

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Otherlands  by Thomas (Paleobiologist) Halliday

Otherlands

Thomas (Paleobiologist) Halliday

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"What would it be like to experience the ancient landscapes of the past as we experience the reality of nature today? To actually visit the Jurassic or Cambrian worlds, to wander among their spectacular flora and fauna, to witness their continental shifts? In...

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The origin of species  by Charles Darwin

The origin of species

Charles Darwin

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""Still considered one of the most important and ground-breaking books of science ever written, Darwin's ... exploration of tyhe evolutiuonary process challenged most of the strong beliefs of the Western world. Forced to question the idea of the Creator,...

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How to take over the world  by Ryan North

How to take over the world

Ryan North

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"A tongue-in-cheek introduction to the science of comic-book supervillainy, revealing the true potential of today's most advanced technologies. Taking over the world is a lot of work. Any supervillain is bound to have questions: What's the perfect location for...

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If Nietzsche were a narwhal  by Justin Gregg

If Nietzsche were a narwhal

Justin Gregg

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"What if human intelligence is actually more of a liability than a gift? After all, the animal kingdom, in all its diversity, gets by just fine without it. At first glance, human history is full of remarkable feats of intelligence, yet human exceptionalism can...

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Before the Big Bang  by Laura Mersini-Houghton

Before the Big Bang

Laura Mersini-Houghton

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"What came before the Big Bang, and what exists outside of the universe it created? Until recently, scientists could only guess at what lay past the edge of spacetime. But as pioneering theoretical physicist Laura Mersini-Houghton explains, new scientific...

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Transformer  by Nick Lane

Transformer

Nick Lane

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"What brings the Earth to life, and our own lives to an end? For decades, biology has been dominated by information - the power of genes. Yet in terms of information there is no difference between a living cell and one that died a moment ago. What really...

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Six easy pieces  by Richard P. (Richard Phillips) Feynman

Six easy pieces

Richard P. (Richard Phillips) Feynm...

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""It was Feynman's outrageous and scintillating method of teaching that earned him legendary status among students and professors of physics. From 1961 to 1963, Feynman delivered a series of lectures at the California Institute of Technology that...

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A (very) short history of life on Earth  by Henry Gee

A (very) short history of life on Earth

Henry Gee

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"In the tradition of E.H. Gombrich, Stephen Hawking, and Alan Weisman-an entertaining and uniquely informed narration of Life's life story. In the beginning, Earth was an inhospitably alien place-in constant chemical flux, covered with churning seas, crafting...

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The elements  by Theodore W. Gray

The elements

Theodore W. Gray

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"This book features gorgeous, never-before-seen photographic representations of the 118 elements in the periodic table - plus facts, figures and fascinating stories about each one!"--Publisher's description.

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The joy of science  by Jim Al-Khalili

The joy of science

Jim Al-Khalili

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"In The Joy of Science, Jim Al-Khalili presents eight lessons that serve as a guide to thinking and living life a little more scientifically. It is a gentle entrée to the conceptual core of what science is and the spirit of how it is practiced, which will help...

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Different  by F. B. M. de (Frans B. M.) Waal

Different

F. B. M. de (Frans B. M.) Waal

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"How different are men and women? Is gender uniquely human or do other primates also learn gendered roles? Drawing on decades of observing other primates, especially our closest living relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos, world renowned primatologist Frans de...

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The mind of plants

The mind of plants

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"Explorations of plant consciousness and human interactions with the natural world. From apples to ayahuasca, coffee to kurrajong, passionflower to peyote, plants are conscious beings. How they interact with each other, with humanity and with the world at...

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Game theory  by Brian Clegg

Game theory

Brian Clegg

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"Brian Clegg was always fascinated by Isaac Asimov's classic Foundation series of books, in which the future is predicted using sophisticated mathematical modelling of human psychology and behaviour. Only much later did he realise that Asimov's 'psychohistory'...

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Fantastic numbers and where to find them  by Antonio Padilla

Fantastic numbers and where to find them

Antonio Padilla

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"The leading theoretical physicist and YouTube star Tony Padilla uses nine of the most extraordinary numbers in physics to build a picture of our current best understanding of how the universe works"--Publisher's description.

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Strandings  by Peter (Lecturer in American literature) Riley

Strandings

Peter (Lecturer in American literature)...

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"When Peter Riley was thirteen, a woman with blue hair and a comet tattoo asked him to help load the jaw of a sperm whale into the back of a Volvo 245. The encounter set Riley on a decades-long quest to make sense of what had happened. Enter the secretive...

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A place like no other  by A. R. E. (Anthony Ronald Entrican) Sinclair

A place like no other

A. R. E. (Anthony Ronald Entrican) ...

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"With its rich biodiversity, astounding wildlife, and breathtaking animal migrations, Serengeti is like no other ecosystem on the planet. A Place like No Other is Anthony Sinclair's firsthand account of how he and other scientists discovered the biological...

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How birds evolve  by Douglas J. Futuyma

How birds evolve

Douglas J. Futuyma

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"How Birds Evolve explores how evolution has shaped the distinctive characteristics and behaviors we observe in birds today. Douglas Futuyma describes how evolutionary science illuminates the wonders of birds, ranging over topics such as the meaning and origin...

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Birds and us  by Tim Birkhead

Birds and us

Tim Birkhead

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"Since the dawn of human history, birds have stirred our imagination, inspiring and challenging our ideas about science, faith, art and philosophy. Looking to the skies above, we have variously worshipped them as gods, hunted them for sustenance, adorned...

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New scientist essential guide

New scientist essential guide

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"It’s a story over 3 billion years in the making. Immerse yourself in our unique living planet with this latest New Scientist Essential Guide, with topics from life’s mysterious origins and its evolutionary leaps and missteps to today’s wondrous biosphere and...

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