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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.
Bat  by Tessa Laird


Tessa Laird

"Bats have been misunderstood and maligned in the West for centuries. Unfair associations with demons have seen their leathery wings adorn numerous evil characters, from the Devil to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. But these amazing animals are ecological sup...

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A naturalist's guide to the flowers of Sri Lanka  by Darshani Singhalage

A naturalist's guide to the flowers of Sri Lanka

Darshani Singhalage

"Written by experts with extensive local knowledge, each volume features 100 -280 species that the amateur naturalist might expect to see in the field, with high quality photographs accompanied by detailed species descriptions that include common nam...

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New Zealand birds in pictures  by Kimball Chen

New Zealand birds in pictures

Kimball Chen

"From the barely-visible wings of the flightless kiwi to the immense wingspan of the wandering albatross, New Zealand's fragile island ecosystem is home to a diverse array of spectacular birds. Delve into the fascinating world of our feathered friends...

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Book of the moon  by Maggie Aderin

Book of the moon

Maggie Aderin

How well do you know our closest neighbour? The moon has fascinated humankind since the beginning of history. But far from being just a big rock out in space, the moon has a phenomenal power over the earth, with it's ability to create great waves, dictate...

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When humans nearly vanished  by Donald R. Prothero

When humans nearly vanished

Donald R. Prothero

"The true story of the explosion of the Mount Toba supervolcano, the largest eruption in the past 28 million years, and its lasting impact on Earth and human evolution."--

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Weird plants  by Chris Thorogood

Weird plants

Chris Thorogood

"For the first time, this extraordinary compilation showcases weird, mysterious and bizarre plants from around the world. Plants trick, kill, steal and kidnap, and this unique book explores a fascinating world in which plants have turned the tables on...

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Dinomania  by Boria Sax


Boria Sax

"At once reptilian and avian, dinosaurs enable us to imagine a world far beyond the usual boundaries of time, culture and physiology. We have envisioned them in diverse and contradictory ways, reflecting, in part, our changing conceptions of ourselves....

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18 miles  by Christopher Dewdney

18 miles

Christopher Dewdney

From the bestselling author of Acquainted with the Night comes a brilliant and witty look at weather. We live at the bottom of an ocean of air - 5,200 million million tons, to be exact. It sounds like a lot, but Earth's atmosphere is smeared onto its...

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Wonderful weeds and various varmints  by Bob (General surgeon) Collier

Wonderful weeds and various varmints

Bob (General surgeon) Collier

"Immersed in a world of sprawling concrete and hyper-advancing technology, we can begin to see the natural landscape as a thing of the past. All the more reason, suggests Bob Collier, a self-professed nature lover, to set out on the often- unrecognized...

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Through a glass brightly  by David P. Barash

Through a glass brightly

David P. Barash

"Human beings are important, especially to themselves! But as science advances, it has become increasingly clear that we are less special and more natural than many people have long believed. This book shows how, as we finally look at ourselves honestly...

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A dictionary of physics

A dictionary of physics

"Almost 4,000 clear and concise entries; Defines terms used in physics as well as terms from the related fields of astronomy, astrophysics, and physical chemistry; Over 200 new entries, including Feshbach resonance, mean field theory, nanomechanics, and...

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Europe  by Tim F. (Tim Fridtjof) Flannery


Tim F. (Tim Fridtjof) Flannery

It is hard to overstate just how unusual Europe was towards the end of the age of the dinosaurs. It was a dynamic island arc whose individual landmasses were made up of diverse geological types, including ancient continental fragments, raised segments...

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Underbug  by Lisa Margonelli


Lisa Margonelli

"Are we more like termites than we ever imagined? In Underbug, the award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli introduces us to the enigmatic creatures that collectively outweigh human beings ten to one and consume $40 billion worth of valuable stuff an...

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The skeptics' guide to the universe  by Steven Novella

The skeptics' guide to the universe

Steven Novella

"In this tie-in to their popular 'The Skeptics Guide to the Universe' podcast, Steven Novella, along with 'Skeptical Rogues' Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Jay Novella and Evan Bernstein explain the tenets of skeptical thinking and debunk some of the...

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When the last lion roars  by Sara Evans

When the last lion roars

Sara Evans

"The illegal killing of Cecil – a famous and magnificent black-maned Zimbabwean lion – by an American big-game hunter in 2015 sparked international outrage. More significantly, it drew the world's attention to the devastating plight of Africa's lions....

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Sharks  by Salvador Jorgensen


Salvador Jorgensen

"Sharks are exquisite creatures refined and honed by competitive forces that have lived in balance with ocean prey for millions of years. They live in every ocean habitat on Earth, from shallow tide pools to the deep abyss, and from the open ocean to...

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The golden-bristled boar  by Jeffrey Greene

The golden-bristled boar

Jeffrey Greene

"The wild boar appears to us as something straight out of a myth. But as Jeffrey Greene learned, these creatures are very real, living by night and, despite shrinking habitats and hordes of hunters, thriving on six continents. Greene purchased an...

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Blueprint  by Robert Plomin


Robert Plomin

In 'Blueprint', behavioral geneticist Robert Plomin describes how the DNA revolution has made DNA personal by giving us the power to predict our psychological strengths and weaknesses from birth. A century of genetic research shows that DNA differenc...

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Introducing metamorphism  by Ian Sanders

Introducing metamorphism

Ian Sanders

"Metamorphic rocks are one of the three main types of rock. Originally comprising either igneous or sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks are the products of change by heat and pressure, often at great depths in the earth’s crust, into a completely new...

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Birds of Terengganu = Burung-burung di negeri Terengganu  by author Anuar McAfee

Birds of Terengganu = Burung-burung di negeri Terengganu

author Anuar McAfee

"First bilingual, easy to use bird guide for Terengganu. Highlighting the best birdwatching locations in the state. Complete and up to date checklist of the 463 birds found in Terengganu."--Publisher description.

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Four wings and a prayer  by Sue Halpern

Four wings and a prayer

Sue Halpern

Traces the migrations of thousands of monarch butterflies who fly from as far north as Canada to fifty forested acres in Mexico each year.

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The way of coyote  by Gavin Van Horn

The way of coyote

Gavin Van Horn

"A hiking trail through majestic mountains. A raw, unpeopled wilderness stretching as far as the eye can see. These are the settings we associate with our most famous books about nature. But Gavin Van Horn isn't most nature writers. He lives and works...

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The consolations of physics  by Tim Radford

The consolations of physics

Tim Radford

"Tim Radford takes us from the launch of the Voyager spacecraft [in 1977] and how it furthered our undesrtanding of planets, stars and galaxies, to the planet composed entirely of diamond and graphite and the sound of a blacksmith's anvil; from the hole...

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The ethnobotany of Eden  by Robert A. Voeks

The ethnobotany of Eden

Robert A. Voeks

"In the mysterious and pristine forests of the tropics, a wealth of ethnobotanical panaceas and shamanic knowledge promises cures for everything from cancer and AIDS to the common cold. To access such miracles, we need only to discover and protect th...

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Pandas to penguins  by Melissa Gaskill

Pandas to penguins

Melissa Gaskill

"Perhaps nothing about nature calls to us as deeply as wild animals. To see an enormous whale leaping out of the water, the eerily human eyes of a gorilla, or the comical waddle of a penguin; to hear the ethereal howl of a wolf or majestic roar of a ...

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How to be a good creature  by Sy Montgomery

How to be a good creature

Sy Montgomery

"National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals--her friends--who have profoundly affected her in this stunning, poetic, and life-affirming memoir featuring illustrations by Rebecca Green. Understand...

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Warblers and woodpeckers  by Sneed B. Collard

Warblers and woodpeckers

Sneed B. Collard

"A humorous, lighthearted account of a father and son's Big Year traveling across the country and abroad on a birdwatching quest"--

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Discover the extraordinary diversity of the plant world - and how plants work - with this photographic celebration of the trees, flowers, and foliage plants that share our planet. From tiny mosses and delicate ferns to vibrant blooms and stately palms,...

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Plight of the living dead  by Matt Simon

Plight of the living dead

Matt Simon

"Zombification isn't just the stuff of movies and TV shows like The Walking Dead. It's real, and it's happening all around us, from wasps and crickets to dogs and moose--and even humans. In Plight of the Living Dead, science journalist Matt Simon documents...

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The atom  by Jack Challoner

The atom

Jack Challoner

"Until now, popular science has relegated the atom to a supporting role in defining the different chemical elements of the periodic table. This bold new title places its subject centre stage, shining the spotlight directly onto the structure and properties...

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Brief answers to the big questions  by Stephen Hawking

Brief answers to the big questions

Stephen Hawking

"The world-famous cosmologist and #1 bestselling author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe's biggest questions in this brilliant posthumous work. How did the universe begin? Will humanity survive on Earth? Is...

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Papa Goose  by Michael Quetting

Papa Goose

Michael Quetting

"Michael Quetting shares the heartwarming true story of how he became a father to seven rambunctious goslings--and the surprising things he learned along the way. Starting at the beginning, with the eggs, the journey takes the geese from the comfort of...

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The secret life of whales  by Micheline Jenner

The secret life of whales

Micheline Jenner

"Marine biologist Micheline Jenner discovered humpback breeding grounds off the Kimberley coast, uncovered pygmy blue whale feeding spots and, with her husband Curt, is one of very few people to witness a humpback whale giving birth. In 'The secret life...

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Accessory to war  by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Accessory to war

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and writer-researcher Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war. "The overlap is strong, and the knowledge flows in both directions," say the authors, becau...

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What shape is space?  by Giles Sparrow

What shape is space?

Giles Sparrow

What Shape is Space?" is a question with surprisingly far-reaching implications for our understanding of the very nature of reality and our place within it. The concepts involved may be sophisticated, but Giles Sparrow's effortless prose style easily...

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The golden ratio  by Gary B. Meisner

The golden ratio

Gary B. Meisner

"The Golden Ratio examines the presence of this divine number in art and architecture throughout history, as well as its ubiquity among plants, animals, and even the cosmos. This gorgeous book—with layflat dimensions that closely approximate the gold...

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Philosophy of science  by Samir Okasha

Philosophy of science

Samir Okasha

"In this new edition Samir Ikasha reviews the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. Beginning with a brief account of the history of modern science, he asks whether there is a discernible pattern to the way scientific ideas change over time....

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This is planet Earth

This is planet Earth

"Formed from the debris of the Big Bang and long-dead stars, Earth has been both a hellish modern blob and a giant snowball. For a billion years it nurtured strange lifeforms before committing a global genocide. In doing so, it created the conditions...

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The dinosaur artist  by Paige Williams

The dinosaur artist

Paige Williams

"In 2012, a New York City auction made an unusual offering: `a superb Tyrannosaurus skeleton'. In fact, Lot 49135 consisted of a nearly complete T. bataar, a close cousin to T. rex, the most famous animal that ever lived. The fossils now on display i...

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Get smart maths  by Julia Collins

Get smart maths

Julia Collins

"Put your mathematical muscle to the test with this entertaining and essential guide to 50 of the world's greatest problems. Can you explain Fermat's Last Theorem? What is the shape of the Universe? And how do you add up to infinity? Challenge yourself...

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The secret network of nature  by Peter Wohlleben

The secret network of nature

Peter Wohlleben

Did you know that trees can influence the rotation of the earth? Or that wolves can alter the course of a river? Or that earthworms control wild boar populations? The natural world is a web of intricate connections, many of which go unnoticed by humans....

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Five photons  by James Geach

Five photons

James Geach

"The story of the Universe is written in the light that travels through it – light that we can capture. Nearly everything we know about how the Universe works on its grandest scale comes from the analysis of the light – photons – that may have travelled...

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Math with bad drawings  by Ben Orlin

Math with bad drawings

Ben Orlin

"A hilarious reeducation in mathematics -- full of joy, jokes, and stick figures -- that sheds light on the countless practical and wonderful ways that math structures and shapes our world. [Here], Ben Orlin reveals to us what math actually is; its m...

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Liquid  by Mark Miodownik


Mark Miodownik

"Sometimes explosive, often delightful, occasionally poisonous, but always fascinating: the secret lives of liquids, from one of our best-known scientistsA series of glasses of transparent liquids is in front of you: but which will quench your thirst...

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A primate's memoir  by Robert M. Sapolsky

A primate's memoir

Robert M. Sapolsky

"Book-smart and more than a little naive, Robert Sapolsky left the comforts of college in the US for a research project studying a troop of baboons in Kenya. Whether he's relating his adventures with his neighbours, Masai tribesmen, or his experiences...

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The wolverine way  by Douglas H. Chadwick

The wolverine way

Douglas H. Chadwick

Overview: Glutton, demon of destruction, symbol of slaughter, mightiest of wilderness villains. The wolverine comes marked with a reputation based on myth and fancy. Yet this enigmatic animal is more complex than the legends that surround it. With a ...

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The art of logic in an illogical world  by Eugenia Cheng

The art of logic in an illogical world

Eugenia Cheng

"In a world where fake news stories change election outcomes, has rationality become futile? In The Art of Logic in an Illogical World, Eugenia Cheng throws a lifeline to readers drowning in the illogic of contemporary life. Cheng is a mathematician,...

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The logic of miracles  by László Mérő

The logic of miracles

László Mérő

"We live in a much more turbulent world than we like to think, but the science we use to analyze economic, financial, and statistical events mostly disregards the world's essentially chaotic nature. We need to get used to the idea that wildly improbable...

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The geysers of Yellowstone  by T. Scott Bryan

The geysers of Yellowstone

T. Scott Bryan

"The most up-to-date and comprehensive reference to the geysers of Yellowstone National Park that describes in detail each of the more than 500 geysers in the park. The entire text has been revised and most geyser descriptions have been updated based...

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The book of snakes  by Mark O'Shea

The book of snakes

Mark O'Shea

"Profiling 600 significant species from around the world, The Book of Snakes covers almost one in six of all known snakes. Each entry includes details of the snake's significance, including rarity, behaviour patterns, feeding habits and defensive tec...

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Across the bridge  by Henry Gee

Across the bridge

Henry Gee

"Our understanding of vertebrate origins and the backbone of human history evolves with each new fossil find and DNA map. Many species have now had their genomes sequenced, and molecular techniques allow genetic inspection of even non-model organisms....

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Cracking elements  by Rebecca Mileham

Cracking elements

Rebecca Mileham

Spanning the discovery of the very first elements all the way up to the naming of the most recent elements in 2016, this book makes every daunting scientific concept understandable and memorable, and provides you with the tools to understand everything...

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The book of humans  by Adam Rutherford

The book of humans

Adam Rutherford

"Around 45,000 years ago, something happened. We dragged ourselves away from our origins by creating culture, with tools and art and abstract thought and our newly minted minds. The cognitive revolution gave us a sense that we are special, and specia...

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Staying with the trouble  by Donna Jeanne Haraway

Staying with the trouble

Donna Jeanne Haraway

"In the midst of spiraling ecological devastation, multispecies feminist theorist Donna J. Haraway offers provocative new ways to reconfigure our relations to the earth and all its inhabitants. She eschews referring to our current epoch as the Anthro...

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One of ten billion earths  by Karel Schrijver

One of ten billion earths

Karel Schrijver

Illustrated with images of the Solar System and of the Universe around it, this book explores how the discoveries within the Solar System and of exoplanets far beyond it come together to help us understand the habitability of Earth, and how these fin...

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Why evolution is true  by Jerry A. Coyne

Why evolution is true

Jerry A. Coyne

Presents the many threads of modern work in genetics, paleontology, geology, molecular biology, and anatomy that demonstrate the indelible stamp of the evolutionary processes first proposed by Darwin.

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Whales  by Kelsey Oseid


Kelsey Oseid

"Some of the world's most fascinating and beloved animals, cetaceans have captivated the human imagination for centuries. Whales: An Illustrated Celebration explores the most interesting and illuminating facts about these marine mammals, from the enormous...

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Jeweller's directory of gemstones  by Judith Crowe

Jeweller's directory of gemstones

Judith Crowe

"A complete reference for goldsmiths, collectors, and jewellery makers, this book is a comprehensive guide to identifying, buying, using and caring for a dazzling array of jewels and gems." "Discover the origins of gemstones and understand the process...

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Tree  by David T. Suzuki


David T. Suzuki

"All across the planet, trees literally hold the world together. This is the ... biography of a single tree, from the moment the seed is released from its cone until, more than five hundred years alter, it lies on the forest floor as a nurse log, giving...

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Exoplanets  by Donald Goldsmith


Donald Goldsmith

Using a variety of innovative techniques, astronomers have recently discovered thousands of planets that orbit stars throughout our Milky Way galaxy. Donald Goldsmith presents the science of exoplanets and the search for extraterrestrial life in a way...

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Science is beautiful  by Colin Salter

Science is beautiful

Colin Salter

"In images that are as exquisite as any art, this stunning collection unearths some of the most unique photographs of flowers, trees, grasses, and other plants ever created, all made possible by the electron microscope. It not only allows us to appreciate...

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Lamarck's revenge  by Peter D. (Peter Douglas) Ward

Lamarck's revenge

Peter D. (Peter Douglas) Ward

"Epigenetics upends natural selection and genetic mutation as the sole engines of evolution, and offers startling insights into our future heritable traits. In the 1700s, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck first described epigenetics to explain the inheritance of...

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Count girls in  by Karen Panetta

Count girls in

Karen Panetta

"There is a place for all girls and young women--not just the science fair winners and robotics club members--in STEM classes and careers. To succeed in science and tech fields today, girls don't have to change who they are. A girl who combines her n...

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Gemstones of the world  by Walter Schumann

Gemstones of the world

Walter Schumann

"Would you know the difference between prehnite, variscite, and jade? Or a diamond and a cubic zirconia? Could you identify the different diamond cuts, and would you choose a diamond by its cut alone? Gemstones have fascinated people for thousands of...

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Linear algebra  by Kuldeep Singh

Linear algebra

Kuldeep Singh

"This book is intended for first- and second-year undergraduates arriving with average mathematics grades ... The strength of the text is in the large number of examples and the step-by-step explanation of each topic as it is introduced. It is compiled...

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Astronomy  by Ian Ridpath


Ian Ridpath

Provides a comprehensive guide to the universe, from craters on the Moon to Jupiter's Great Red Spot, and includes maps of the night sky, profiles of constellations, and tips on using binoculars and telescopes.

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Ancient skies  by David W. (Historian) Marshall

Ancient skies

David W. (Historian) Marshall

The stars and constellations are among the few remaining objects that appear to us just as they appeared to our distant ancestors. From anywhere on Earth, a person may view the celestial panorama simply by stepping outside at night and gazing upward....

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The art of logic  by Eugenia. author. Cheng

The art of logic

Eugenia. author. Cheng

Emotions are powerful. In newspaper headlines, on social media and in political debates, they have become the primary way of understanding the world around us. But emotions have a way of obscuring the truth, and of making it more difficult to see the...

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Urban arboreal  by Michael 1941- author. Jordan

Urban arboreal

Michael 1941- author. Jordan

"Trees are an important part of the life of many cities. Whether in avenues or parks they provide shade, a green resting place for the eye, comfort for the mind, and as we increasingly know from research, help keep the atmosphere cool and fresh. Some...

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The physics behind...  by Russ Swan

The physics behind...

Russ Swan

"From the Cloud to static, and from waterproof clothing to driverless cars, there's a whole world of fascinating science underlying our everyday objects, actions and interactions. Discover more about the science that makes your world go round, includ...

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The A to Z of wildlife watching  by Amy-Jane Beer

The A to Z of wildlife watching

Amy-Jane Beer

"Discover the best places to spot 300 of the world's most exciting and unusual creatures, from the soaring Andean condor and prowling Bengal tiger, to singing humpback whales and migrating wildebeest. Packed with stunning photos, details of each crea...

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Where corals lie  by J. Malcolm (John Malcolm) Shick

Where corals lie

J. Malcolm (John Malcolm) Shick

For millennia corals were a marine enigma confounding classification and occupying a space between the animal and vegetable kingdoms. Ultimately their animal and symbiotic natures were recognized, and they remain the focus of intense fascination and ...

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On the edge of infinity  by Stefan Klein

On the edge of infinity

Stefan Klein

"This book transforms a simple everyday thing such as a rose blossom, or a day of stormy weather, into a key to understanding the most complex ideas and theories in 21st century physics. Through clever use of analogy, Klein renders the complexities a...

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Sexual selection  by M. (Marlene) Zuk

Sexual selection

M. (Marlene) Zuk

"Sexual selection, Darwin's other big idea, is the selection for particular traits and behaviours that results from (usually) female choice and male competition. It can produce flamboyant features, such as the peacock's tail, which would seem to be d...

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Doing math with Python  by Amit Saha

Doing math with Python

Amit Saha

"Uses the Python programming language as a tool to explore high school level mathematics like statistics, geometry, probability, and calculus by writing programs to find derivatives, solve equations graphically, manipulate algebraic expressions, and ...

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The mathematics of everyday life  by Alfred S. Posamentier

The mathematics of everyday life

Alfred S. Posamentier

"If you think of mathematics as a series of pointless classroom exercises without much relevance to real life, this book will change your mind. As the authors show, math is deeply embedded in almost every aspect of daily life--from managing your pers...

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The seaweed chronicles  by Susan Hand Shetterly

The seaweed chronicles

Susan Hand Shetterly

"An ancient and vital part of the ecosystem, seaweed is now emerging as an increasingly important source of food in a world faced with diminishing natural resources. The Seaweed Chronicles opens a window into the world of this fascinating plant by providing...

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The illustrated herbiary  by Maia Toll

The illustrated herbiary

Maia Toll

In this beautifully illustrated gift book featuring insightful profiles of 36 familiar herbs, fruits, and flowers, herbalist Maia Toll shows how interacting with plants can be a form of meditation. Tarot-inspired cards featuring smaller versions of t...

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