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From new discoveries to in-depth studies of scientific topics - there's much to gain from our range of scientific reads. This list updates when we add new titles to the collection.
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Lost animals  by John Whitfield

Lost animals

John Whitfield

Book

Documenting the species that have emerged, disappeared and been reborn over the millennia since the Cambrian Explosion, Lost Animals is the story of life on Earth. Over 520 million years ago, all the major animal groups, molluscs, worms, crustaceans,...

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Into the tangled bank  by Lev Parikian

Into the tangled bank

Lev Parikian

Book

It's often said that the British are a nation of nature lovers; but what does that really mean? For some it's watching racer snakes chase iguanas on TV as David Attenborough narrates, a visit to the zoo to convene with the chimps; for others it's a.....

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The handbook of New Zealand mammals

The handbook of New Zealand mammals

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The Handbook of New Zealand Mammals is the only definitive reference on all the land-breeding mammals recorded in the New Zealand region (including the New Zealand sector of Antarctica). It lists 65 species, including native and exotic, wild and feral,...

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Antlers of water

Antlers of water

Book

The first modern anthology of Scottish nature writing which acknowledges the realities of our times, edited, curated and introduced by the award-winning author of Findings. The first ever modern collection of contemporary Scottish writing on nature a...

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A history of the universe in 21 stars (and 3 imposters)  by Giles Sparrow

A history of the universe in 21 stars (and 3 imposters)

Giles Sparrow

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Expert science writer Giles Sparrow guides you through 21 stars you can see in the night sky and what they can teach us about our universe.On a clear evening, if you look up you can see thousands of stars shining in the dark sky, each with a story of...

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Vesper flights  by Helen Macdonald

Vesper flights

Helen Macdonald

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Presents a collection of essays about humanity's relationship with nature, exploring subjects ranging from captivity and immigration to ostrich farming and the migrations of songbirds from the Empire State Building.

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Science fictions  by Stuart (Stuart J.) Ritchie

Science fictions

Stuart (Stuart J.) Ritchie

Book

Science is how we understand the world. Yet critical flaws in peer review, statistical methods, and publication procedures have rendered a shocking number of scientific studies useless-or worse, badly misleading. Drawing on surprising new data from.....

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Alien oceans  by Kevin Peter Hand

Alien oceans

Kevin Peter Hand

Book

Inside the epic quest to find life on the water-rich moons at the outer reaches of the solar system. Where is the best place to find life beyond Earth? We often look to Mars as the most promising site in our solar system, but recent scientific missions...

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The ten equations that rule the world and how you can use them too  by David J. T. Sumpter

The ten equations that rule the world and how you can use them too

David J. T. Sumpter

Book

Is there a secret formula for improving your life? For making something a viral hit? For deciding how long to stick with your current job, Netflix series, or even relationship? This book is all about the equations that make our world go round. Ten of...

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek  by Annie Dillard

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Annie Dillard

Book

Collection of essays on the natural world during a year spent in the Blue Ridge Mountains reflects the author's interactions with her wilderness surrounding.

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What is life?  by Paul Nurse

What is life?

Paul Nurse

Book

Life is all around us, abundant and diverse. It is truly a marvel. But what does it actually mean to be alive, and how do we decide what is living and what is not? After a lifetime of studying life, Nobel Prize-winner Sir Paul Nurse, one of the world's...

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The world encyclopedia of wild flowers & flora  by Michael Lavelle

The world encyclopedia of wild flowers & flora

Michael Lavelle

Book

This wide-ranging and lavish book, substantially updated and adapted for this new large-format edition, presents an expert survey of the incredible floral diversity of the different regions of the world. More than 1730 species are featured, arranged ...

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Fossil men  by Kermit Pattison

Fossil men

Kermit Pattison

Book

It's the ultimate mystery: Where do we come from? In 1994, a team led by fossil-hunting legend Tim White uncovered a set of ancient bones in Ethiopia's Afar region. Radiometric dating of nearby rocks indicated the skeleton -- classified as Ardipithecus...

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Blooming flowers  by Kasia Boddy

Blooming flowers

Kasia Boddy

Book

An evocative and richly illustrated exploration of flowers and how, over the centuries, they have given us so much sustenance, meaning, and pleasure.

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There are places in the world where rules are less important than kindness  by Carlo Rovelli

There are places in the world where rules are less important than kindness

Carlo Rovelli

Book

One of our most beloved scientists, a fearless free spirit, Carlo Rovelli is also a masterful storyteller. In this collection of writings, the logbook of an intelligence always on the move, he follows his curiosity and invites us on a voyage through ...

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Meteorite  by Tim (Geologist) Gregory

Meteorite

Tim (Geologist) Gregory

Book

Every rock has a story tell, and none more so than those which have fallen from the sky: meteorites. Originating in the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter, these rocky fragments offer clues not just to the earliest origins of the Solar System but...

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The mutant project  by Eben Kirksey

The mutant project

Eben Kirksey

Book

An anthropologist visits the frontiers of genetics, medicine, and technology to ask: Whose values are guiding gene editing experiments? And what does this new era of scientific inquiry mean for the future of the human species? At a conference in Hong...

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Birds of New Zealand  by Melissa Boardman

Birds of New Zealand

Melissa Boardman

Book

A whistling of whio? A loot of weka? A tussock of takahe? These collective nouns reveal something about the character of our birds, so we can get to know them better. Birds of New Zealand: Collective Nouns also contains information on how our birds live,...

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Essential science  by Brian Clegg

Essential science

Brian Clegg

Book

Essential Science aims to be the most detailed, accessible and authoritative book of its kind. Each of the 34 discoveries is broken down into seven essential elements to aid comprehension and inform the reader about what really matters. The consisten...

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Dr Karl's surfing safari through science  by Karl Kruszelnicki

Dr Karl's surfing safari through science

Karl Kruszelnicki

Book

Dr Karl is surfing the Universe for all that's gnarly, awesome, weird and wonderful. Why is sharpening a pencil in space a risky business? What makes a sunset red and not blue? How far would the Earth's viruses reach if you laid them end to end? Which...

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Entangled life  by Merlin Sheldrake

Entangled life

Merlin Sheldrake

Book

Living at the border between life and non-life, fungi use diverse cocktails of potent enzymes and acids to disassemble some of the most stubborn substances on the planet, turning rock into soil and wood into compost, allowing plants to grow. Fungi not...

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The beginner's guide to mushrooms  by Britt Allen Bunyard

The beginner's guide to mushrooms

Britt Allen Bunyard

Book

Never before have mushrooms generated so much interest, for their health benefits and medicinal properties, as well as a new understanding of their crucial role in a healthy environment and ability to regenerate damaged ones. If you are a newcomer, m...

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Mind maps  by Ben Still

Mind maps

Ben Still

Book

Physics is the science that studies how our universe behaves: from the tiny subatomic world of particle physics to the cosmos of astrophysics and so much more in between.'Mind Maps: Physics' helps the reader to understand the importance of physics and...

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Kindred  by Rebecca Wragg Sykes

Kindred

Rebecca Wragg Sykes

Book

In Kindred, Neanderthal expert Rebecca Wragg Sykes shoves aside the cliché of the shivering ragged figure in an icy wasteland, and reveals the Neanderthal you don't know, our ancestor who lived across vast and diverse tracts of Eurasia and survived t...

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Dinosaurs & prehistoric life  by Douglas Palmer

Dinosaurs & prehistoric life

Douglas Palmer

Book

The stunning visuals and authoritative text make Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life a fascinating and revealing encyclopedia that will appeal to the whole family. From the origin of life, through the age of dinosaurs stalked by the terrifying Tyrannosaurus...

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Cosmos  by Carl Sagan

Cosmos

Carl Sagan

Book

"Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution...

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The light ages  by Seb Falk

The light ages

Seb Falk

Book

An illuminating guide to the scientific and technological achievements of the Middle Ages through the life of a crusading astronomer-monk. Soaring Gothic cathedrals, violent crusades, the Black Death: these are the dramatic forces that shaped the medieval...

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New Zealand alpine flora  by Rebecca Bowater

New Zealand alpine flora

Rebecca Bowater

Book

"The alpine zone is usually defined as the area on a mountain between the upper limit of tree growth, the treeline, and where permanent snow begins. New Zealand's alpine land includes parts of the Southern Alps in the South Island, and the central No...

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Owls of the eastern ice  by Jonathan C. Slaght

Owls of the eastern ice

Jonathan C. Slaght

Book

The forests near to where Russia, China and North Korea meet in a tangle of barbed wire are the only place on earth where brown bears, leopards and tigers co-exist. They are also home to one of nature's rarest birds, the Blakiston's fish owl. A chanc...

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1001 basic math and pre-algebra practice problems for dummies  by Mark Zegarelli

1001 basic math and pre-algebra practice problems for dummies

Mark Zegarelli

Book

1001 Basic Math & Pre- Algebra Practice Problems For Dummies Practice makes perfect - and helps deepen your understanding of basic math and pre-algebra. 1001 Basic Math & Pre-Algebra Practice Problems For Dummies, with free access to online practice ...

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Unfit for purpose  by Adam Hart

Unfit for purpose

Adam Hart

Book

In Unfit for Purpose, biologist and broadcaster Adam Hart explores the mismatch between our fundamental biology and the modern world we have created. In each chapter Adam reveals the many ways in which biological adaptations that evolved to help us survive...

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World of wonders  by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

World of wonders

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Book

From beloved, award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a debut work of nonfiction--a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.

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Every life is on fire  by Jeremy England

Every life is on fire

Jeremy England

Book

Why are we alive? Most things in the universe aren't. And if you trace the evolutionary history of plants and animals back far enough, you will find that, at some point, neither were we. Scientists have wrestled with this problem for centuries, and no...

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Becoming wild  by Carl Safina

Becoming wild

Carl Safina

Book

Who are we? What do we value? How do we live here? Guided by parents, carers, teachers and siblings, we learn to answer these questions as we grow up. But it's not just us. Many animals must learn to answer them too. In Becoming Wild, Carl Safina reveals...

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The end of everything  by Katherine J. Mack

The end of everything

Katherine J. Mack

Book

A rising star in astrophysics presents an accessible and eye-opening look at five ways the universe could end, and the lessons each scenario reveals about the most important concepts in cosmology.

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117 things you should f*cking know about your world

117 things you should f*cking know about your world

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Did you know your irises are lying to you and all human eyes are actually brown? Want to know the absolute worst way to die, according to science? Did you know that a smoking psychedelic toad milk could alleviate depression for up to four weeks? 117 Things...

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Stargazing for beginners  by Will Gater

Stargazing for beginners

Will Gater

Book

A complete introduction to observing and understanding the night sky, this book takes you from the very basics of stargazing through to the skills you need to become an accomplished amateur astronomer. Discover the wonders of the Universe with this c...

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Field guide to New Zealand's native trees  by John Dawson

Field guide to New Zealand's native trees

John Dawson

Book

A companion volume to the award-winning and monumental 'New Zealand's Native Trees', this field guide is the perfect companion to take into the outdoors. Compact enough to fit in a day-pack, it contains detailed information on all native trees found on...

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The history of the world in 100 animals  by Simon Barnes

The history of the world in 100 animals

Simon Barnes

Book

We are not alone. We are not alone on the planet. We are not alone in the countryside. We are not alone in cities. We are not alone in our homes. We are humans and we love the idea of our uniqueness. But the fact is that we humans are as much members...

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The human cosmos  by Jo Marchant

The human cosmos

Jo Marchant

Book

An historically unprecedented disconnect between humanity and the heavens has opened. Jo Marchant's book can begin to heal it. For at least 20,000 years, we have led not just an earthly existence but a cosmic one. Celestial cycles drove every aspect of...

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Saving our skins  by Richard L. McKenzie

Saving our skins

Richard L. McKenzie

Book

"An insider's account of the most successful international environmental action ever undertaken: the Montreal Protocol on Protection of the Ozone Layer. Richard McKenzie's career in ozone research began years before the discovery of the Antarctic ozone...

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Mātātā  by Peter Coburn

Mātātā

Peter Coburn

Book

"Peter Coburn offers a rare glimpse into the world of this lesser-known species. His photography captures the character of the inquisitive birds in their natural habitat."--Publisher.

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Wild horses of the world  by Kelly Wilson

Wild horses of the world

Kelly Wilson

Book

"Wild horses have been an important part of wildlife on Earth for centuries, yet many herds now face serious threats -- and very few people can claim to have seen them galloping free across the plains, or scaling mountain passes. Kelly Wilson has. For...

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2021 guide to the night sky  by Storm Dunlop

2021 guide to the night sky

Storm Dunlop

Book

A comprehensive handbook to the planets, stars and constellations visible from the southern hemisphere for each month covering January-December 2021. This practical guide is both an easy introduction to astronomy and a useful reference for seasoned s...

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The life & love of the forest  by Lewis Blackwell

The life & love of the forest

Lewis Blackwell

Book

We are not alone: plants make up 80 per cent of the total biomass of Earth, while humans are only 0.0001 per cent. The forest is an intimate part of our lives and continues to play a central role in creating a liveable planet. From making the air we ...

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The science of time travel  by Elizabeth Howell

The science of time travel

Elizabeth Howell

Book

Travel back in time with Doctor Who, the Terminator, the X-Men, and all your favorite time travelers! Science fiction is the perfect window into the possibilities and perils of time travel. What would happen if you went back in time and killed your...

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Letter to Layla  by Ramona Koval

Letter to Layla

Ramona Koval

Book

How might the origins of our species inform the way we think about our planet? At a point of unparalleled crisis, can human ingenuity save us from ourselves? Much-loved writer Ramona Koval travels the globe in a quest for answers, and encounters the....

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The genes that make us  by Edwin Kirk

The genes that make us

Edwin Kirk

Book

Genes, we all have them and we're all affected by them, often in unknown ways. Whether directly inherited or modified by our environment, genes control or significantly influence almost every aspect of our lives, from the success of our conception and...

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30-second ecology

30-second ecology

Book

Whether you're looking to save the planet or learn more about your local environment, 30-Second Ecology introduces you to the diversity, behaviours and challenges within our ecosystem. Part of the 30-Second series, this introductory guide to ecology is...

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A bird a day  by Dominic Couzens

A bird a day

Dominic Couzens

Book

The beauty and fascination of birds is unrivalled. Every day of the year, immerse yourself in their world with an entry from A Bird of Day, where Dominic Couzens offers an insight into everything from the humble Robin to Emperor Penguins, who are in the...

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The country camera  by Christina G. (Christina Gillian) Ferens

The country camera

Christina G. (Christina Gillian) Fe...

Book

Companion volume to The Country Diary of a New Zealand Lady. Written in a style engaging to the general reader, The Country Camera focuses on definitive aspects of the birds' daily lives and expands on the subject photographically. The images are int...

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The inside out of flies  by Erica McAlister

The inside out of flies

Erica McAlister

Book

The Inside Out of Flies is a look under the bonnet at the astonishing mechanics of fly anatomy. Erica McAlister reveals the engineering miracles embodied in each species of fly and some of the fascinating implications they hold for human technology. ...

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Is the Moon upside down?  by Greg Quicke

Is the Moon upside down?

Greg Quicke

Book

During his younger days working as a bush mechanic and pearl diver in remote WA, Greg Quick spent countless nights lying in a swag and staring at the stars. That daily distraction grew into a passion that has seen him become one of Australia's best known...

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The big book of Mars  by Marc Hartzman

The big book of Mars

Marc Hartzman

Book

Mars has been a source of fascination and speculation ever since the Ancient Sumerians observed its blood-red hue and named it for their god of war and plague. But it wasn t until 1877, when canals were observed on the surface of the Red Planet, suggesting...

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Cosmology's century  by P. J. E. (Phillip James Edwin) Peebles

Cosmology's century

P. J. E. (Phillip James Edwin) Peeb...

Book

From Nobel Prize-winning physicist P.J.E. Peebles, the story of cosmology from Einstein to today. Modern cosmology began a century ago with Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity and his notion of a homogenous, philosophically satisfying cosm...

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The genesis quest  by Michael Marshall

The genesis quest

Michael Marshall

Book

How did life begin? Why are we here? These are some of the most profound questions we can ask. For almost a century, a small band of eccentric scientists has struggled to answer these questions and explain one of the greatest mysteries of all: how and...

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The secret life of stars  by Lisa Harvey-Smith

The secret life of stars

Lisa Harvey-Smith

Book

We all know the Sun, the powerhouse of our solar system, but what about Luyten's Flare, the Rosino-Zwicky Object or Chanal's variable star? For those whose curiosity takes them far beyond Earth's atmosphere, The Secret Life of Stars offers a personal...

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The science of the ocean

The science of the ocean

Book

Dive into this uniquely elegant visual exploration of the sea. An informative and utterly beautiful introduction to marine life and the ocean environment, The Science of the Ocean book brings the riches of the underwater world onto the printed page. ...

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New Guinea  by Bruce McP. Beehler

New Guinea

Bruce McP. Beehler

Book

An enthralling exploration of the biologically richest island on Earth, featuring more than 200 spectacular color images by award-winning National Geographic photographer Tim Laman In this beautiful book, Bruce Beehler, a renowned author and expert on...

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Taxidermy goes wild!  by Rob Colson

Taxidermy goes wild!

Rob Colson

Book

Stuffed with a wonderfully weird collection of taxidermy from across the globe, Taxidermy goes wild will leave you both amused and confused. Revel in scenes of musical mice, basket-balling bengals, gun-toting rodents and lawn-mowing moles. Bringing t...

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Geology  by Alecia M. Spooner

Geology

Alecia M. Spooner

Book

Get a rock-solid grasp on geology. Geology For Dummies is ideal reading for anyonewith an interest in the fundamental concepts of geology, whether they're lifelong learners with a fascination for the subject or college students interested in pursuing...

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Molecular & cell biology  by René Fester Kratz

Molecular & cell biology

René Fester Kratz

Book

3.8 billion years and counting -- there's a lot to know about the fundamentals of life. This friendly, jargon-free guide takes you from the primordial soup to the present, explaining how specialized cells have given rise to everything living, from the...

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The book of wonders  by Benjamin Wardhaugh

The book of wonders

Benjamin Wardhaugh

Book

Euclid's Elements of Geometry was a book that changed the world. In a sweeping history, Benjamin Wardhaugh traces how an ancient Greek text on mathematics often hailed as the world's first textbook shaped two thousand years of art, philosophy and lit...

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The last stargazers  by Emily Levesque

The last stargazers

Emily Levesque

Book

For readers of Labgirl and Neil DeGrasse Tyson, The Last Stargazers combines the exciting travels of award-winning astronomer Emily Levesque with the misunderstood antics of a scrappy (and shrinking) crew of scientists working with stars and telescopes....

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A naturalist's guide to the birds of New Zealand  by Oscar Thomas

A naturalist's guide to the birds of New Zealand

Oscar Thomas

Book

This photographic identification guide to 239 bird species in New Zealand, including the most commonly seen, unique and endemic species, is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High-quality photographs from one of New Zealand's youngest nature pho...

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The sirens of Mars  by Sarah Stewart Johnson

The sirens of Mars

Sarah Stewart Johnson

Book

Right now, spacecraft are circling Mars, sweeping over Terra Sabaea, Syrtis Major, the dunes of Elysium and Mare Sirenum, on the brink, perhaps, of a discovery that would inspire humankind as much as any in our history. With poetic precision, Sarah S...

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Unfair game  by Michael A. Ashcroft

Unfair game

Michael A. Ashcroft

Book

In April 2019, Lord Ashcroft published the results of his year-long investigation into South Africa's captive-bred lion industry. Over eleven pages of a single edition of the Mail on Sunday, he showed why this sickening trade, which involves appalling...

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The oak papers  by James Canton

The oak papers

James Canton

Book

James Canton spent two years sitting with and studying this unique tree. It was an exercise in discipline- he needed to slow down in order to appreciate it fully, to tune in to it, to connect with the ecosystem that lives around, inside and under it....

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Braiding sweetgrass  by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Braiding sweetgrass

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Book

"A a botanist, Robion Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. [Here], Kimmerer brings these lenses...

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Ancient bones  by Madelaine Böhme

Ancient bones

Madelaine Böhme

Book

A leading palaeontologist discovers the missing link in human evolution. Somewhere west of Munich, Madelaine Bohme and her colleagues dig for clues to the origins of humankind. What they discover is beyond anything they imagined. The fossilised bones...

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Fantastic fungi

Fantastic fungi

Book

Companion to the film Fantastic Fungi. Contributions from Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, Eugenia Bone, and many more expterts make Fantastic Fungi an awe-inspiring visual journey through the exotic, little-known realm of fungi and its amazing potential...

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Astronomical  by Tim (Chemistry teacher) James

Astronomical

Tim (Chemistry teacher) James

Book

Space is the biggest, oldest, hottest, coldest, strangest thing a human can study. It's no surprise then, that the weirdest facts in science (not to mention the weirdest scientists themselves) are found in astrophysics and cosmology. If you're looking...

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The last lions of Africa  by Anthony Ham

The last lions of Africa

Anthony Ham

Book

This is the riveting and illuminating story of Australian writer Anthony Ham's extraordinary journey into the world of lions. Haunted by the idea that they might disappear from the planet in our lifetime, he ventured deep into the African wilderness,...

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Gory details  by Erika Engelhaupt

Gory details

Erika Engelhaupt

Book

Erika Engelhaupt, founding editor of National Geographic's Gory Details blog, explores oft-ignored but alluring facets of biology, anatomy, space exploration, nature, and more. Featuring reporting and interviews with leading researchers in the field,...

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The wrong kind of snow  by Antony Woodward

The wrong kind of snow

Antony Woodward

Book

"The British are, as a general rule, obsessed with the weather, an unsurprising fact given the unpredictability of English weather systems and the huge impact they have played on national history. The defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 was as much a...

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