Auckland Libraries: Pocket-sized reads

Pocket-sized reads

These pocket-sized reads are ideal for answering those big questions you ponder while gazing from the window during your daily commute. Find the answers to basic scientific theories and concepts from this selection of titles.

Neuroplasticity

Moheb Costandi

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Neuroplasticity is at the heart of what makes us human. In this book, Costandi offers a concise and engaging overview of neuroplasticity for the general reader, describing how our brains change continuously in response to our actions and experiences.

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Waves

Fredric Raichlen

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Waves can be little ripples that lap peacefully at the shore or monstrous tsunamis that destroy everything in their paths. Describing the science underlying this astonishing variety, this book offers a different kind of beach reading.

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Spaceflight

Michael J. Neufeld

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Spaceflight is one of the greatest human achievements of the twentieth century. Whether we become a multi-planet species, as some predict, or continue to call Earth home - this book offers a useful primer.

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Evolution

Steve Jones

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Written by geneticist Professor Steve Jones, this book explores the extraordinary diversity of life on our planet through the complex interactions of one very simple theory.

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Quantum mechanics

Jim Al-Khalili

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This book is a clear, simple and entertaining introduction to the weird, mind-bending world of the very, very small. Professor Jim Al-Khalili explores all the key players, controversies and unanswered questions of the quantum world.

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Plate tectonics

Iain S. Stewart

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Celebrated geologist Iain Stewart, explores the Earth's building blocks and the geophysical theory that changed the way we look at the world. In this delightful book, you’ll learn about the puzzle pieces that make up the Earth today.

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Introducing anthropology

Merryl Wyn. Davies

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This fascinating account traces the evolution of anthropology from its genesis in Ancient Greece to its varied forms in contemporary times. Anthropology's key concepts and methods are explained in this book.

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Introducing particle physics

Tom Whyntie

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From the earliest history of the atomic theory through to supersymmetry, micro-black holes, dark matter, the Higgs boson, and the possibly mythical graviton, physicist Tom Whyntie gives us a mind-expanding tour of cutting-edge science in this read.

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Introducing relativity

Bruce Bassett

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This book plots a visually accessible course through the thought experiments that have given shape to contemporary physics. This is a superlative, fascinating graphic account of Einstein's strange world and how his legacy has been built upon since.

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Genetics

Steve Jones

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This book takes readers on a journey through this new science to the discovery of DNA and the heart of the human gene map. Many of us increasingly must make moral decisions where genetics plays a part. This book gives us the information to do so.

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Chemistry

P. W. (Peter William) Atkins

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Atkins shows in this book how chemistry provides the infrastructure of our world, through the chemical industry, the fuels of heating, power generation, and transport, as well as the fabrics of our clothing and furnishings.

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The history of physics

J. L. Heilbron

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This book explores the changing place and purpose of physics in the cultures and societies that have nurtured it over the centuries.

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The atmosphere

Paul I. Palmer

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Paul Palmer describes the physical and chemical characteristics of different layers in the atmosphere in this read. He also looks at how movement in the atmosphere is a fundamental feature of the general circulation in the atmosphere.

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Stars

A. R. King

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In this book, Andrew King shows how understanding the stars is key to understanding the galaxies they inhabit, and thus the history of our entire Universe, as well as the existence of planets like our own.

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