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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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The wisdom of wolves  by Elli H. Radinger

The wisdom of wolves

Elli H. Radinger

Book

Love your family, care for your those around you, never give up and always find time to have fun -- these are the golden rules of wolves. These remarkably intelligent animals take empathetic care of their old and injured, bring up their young lovingly...

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Universal life  by Alan Boss

Universal life

Alan Boss

Book

"After decades of painstaking planning, NASA's first dedicated exoplanet detection mission, the Kepler space telescope, was launched in 2009 from Cape Canaveral. Kepler began a years-long mission of looking for Earth-like planets amongst the millions...

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The cosmic mystery tour  by Nicholas Mee

The cosmic mystery tour

Nicholas Mee

Book

This is a lively, inspiring beginner's guide to how the universe works. This book contains bite-sized chapters present the discoveries of modern physics, astronomy, and cosmology. It also has background stories of the research and researchers bring the...

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Chasing the sun  by Linda Geddes

Chasing the sun

Linda Geddes

Book

Our ancestors constructed vast monuments like Stonehenge and Pyramids of Egypt and Central America to keep track of the sun and celebrate the annual cycle of death and rebirth. The returning sun heralds new beginnings. Indeed, for most of mankind's h...

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The demon in the machine  by P. C. W. Davies

The demon in the machine

P. C. W. Davies

Book

"How does life create order from chaos? And just what is life, anyway? Leading physicist Paul Davies argues that to find the answers, we must first answer a deeper question: 'What is information?' To understand the origins and nature of life, Davies proposes...

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Our universe  by Jo Dunkley

Our universe

Jo Dunkley

Book

"For many years now, we have known the story of the Solar System, and the Earth's place in it. We have mapped out the stars in the night sky, and have known that we live in a disk of stars that makes up the Milky Way galaxy. But, in the past few decades,...

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The beginning and the end of everything  by Paul Parsons

The beginning and the end of everything

Paul Parsons

Book

"Authoritative and engaging, Paul Parsons takes us on a rollercoaster ride through billions of light years to tell the story of the Big Bang, from birth to death. 13.8 billion years ago, something incredible happened. Matter, energy, space and time a...

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After the map  by William Rankin

After the map

William Rankin

Book

For most of the twentieth century, maps were indispensable. They were how governments understood, managed, and defended their territory, and during the two world wars they were produced by the hundreds of millions. Cartographers and journalists predicted...

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Out there  by Michael (Biologist) Wall

Out there

Michael (Biologist) Wall

Book

"We've all asked ourselves the question. It's impossible to look up at the stars and NOT think about it: Are we alone in the universe? Books, movies and television shows proliferate that attempt to answer this question and explore it. In OUT THERE Sp...

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The little book of snow  by Sally Coulthard

The little book of snow

Sally Coulthard

Book

"Is it true that no two snowflakes are ever alike? How many Christmases have actually been white? Do the Inuit have dozens of words for snow? Can it ever be too cold to snow? Our memories and imagination are buried in snow. It's the weather of play, ...

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A history of trees  by Simon Wills

A history of trees

Simon Wills

Book

"Have you ever wondered how trees got their names? What did our ancestors think about trees, and how were they used in the past? This fascinating book will answer many of your questions, but also reveal interesting stories that are not widely known. ...

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Return of the grizzly  by Cat Urbigkit

Return of the grizzly

Cat Urbigkit

Book

"The Yellowstone grizzly population has grown from an estimated 136 bears when first granted federal protection as a threatened species to as many as 1,000 grizzlies in a tri-state region today. No longer limited to remote wilderness areas, grizzlies...

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Primate change  by Vybarr Cregan-Reid

Primate change

Vybarr Cregan-Reid

Book

PRIMATE CHANGE is a wide-ranging, polemical look at how and why the human body has changed since humankind first got up on two feet. Spanning the entirety of human history - from primate to transhuman - Vybarr Cregan-Reid's book investigates where we...

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The wet issue

The wet issue

Book

Sensuous and fluid yet powerful, raging and unforgiving - from Styx to bottled water, from great lake to babbling brook, from poetic vessel to trade route, water exists in a myriad of states and is characterised by its many forms and expressions, its...

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Rewild yourself  by Simon Barnes

Rewild yourself

Simon Barnes

Book

We're not just losing the wild world. We're forgetting it. We're no longer noticing it. We've lost the habit of looking and seeing and listening and hearing. But we can make hidden things visible, and this book features 23 spells that will bring the magic...

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Snow  by Giles Whittell

Snow

Giles Whittell

Book

How many snowflakes does it take to build a snowman? Why does it feel so good to watch snow fall? Why is snow so quiet? Will it survive global warming and what was the greatest snowstorm in history? Snow has a lot in common with religion. It comes from...

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Scientifically thinking  by Stanley A. Rice

Scientifically thinking

Stanley A. Rice

Book

"Rice, himself a scientist, posits that that science is essentially organized common sense. While the brain is hardwired for common sense, unfortunately it also relies on a number of misleading tendencies. Instead of reasoning objectively it tends to...

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30-second biology

30-second biology

Book

"30-Second Biology tackles the vital science of life, dissecting the 50 most thought-provoking theories of our ecosystem and ourselves. At a time when discoveries in DNA allow us to feel more connected than ever to the natural world, this is the fastest...

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The tales teeth tell  by Tanya M. Smith

The tales teeth tell

Tanya M. Smith

Book

"Why do anthropologists study teeth? Teeth contain detailed records of growth, health, and diet, as well as our evolutionary history. So what are the tales teeth tell? The French naturalist George Cuvier famously remarked, "Show me your teeth and I will...

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The empire of the eagle  by Mike Unwin

The empire of the eagle

Mike Unwin

Book

Eagles hold a unique allure among birds for their combination of power, grace, and predatory prowess. Captivating the human imagination, these raptors have symbolized pride, freedom, and independence of spirit since humankind's earliest times. This b...

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How to love the universe  by Stefan Klein

How to love the universe

Stefan Klein

Book

"Does the void exist? Are space and time just an illusion? Are our minds capable of conceiving space at all? And why are we even on earth? 21st-century physics changes our perspective of the world and ourselves. Stefan Klein relates this in his gripping...

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Atlas of poetic botany  by Francis Hallé

Atlas of poetic botany

Francis Hallé

Book

"Botanical encounters in the rainforest: trees that walk, a leaf as big as an awning, a plant that dances. This Atlas invites the reader to tour the farthest reaches of the rainforest in search of exotic―poetic―plant life. Guided in these botanical ...

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Bird brain  by Tim Appleton

Bird brain

Tim Appleton

Book

"An ornithological quiz book packed with challenging questions for birders, based on the popular `Bird Brain of Britain' contest at the annual BirdFair. The British Birdwatching Fair, held every August at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, attracts over 3...

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Mindful thoughts for birdwatchers  by Adam Ford

Mindful thoughts for birdwatchers

Adam Ford

Book

Noticing and appreciating the awesome nature of birdlife is a spiritually affirming activity-reconnecting us to the natural world each and every day. Mindful Thoughts for Birdwatchers presents a meaningful flock of enriching thoughts on the interconn...

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Exploring the ocean worlds of our solar system  by Bernard Henin

Exploring the ocean worlds of our solar system

Bernard Henin

Book

"In the last 25 years, planetary science experienced a revolution, as vast oceans of liquid water have been discovered within the heart of the icy moons of our Solar System. These subsurface oceans lie hidden under thick layers of ice. We call them o...

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All over the map  by Betsy Mason

All over the map

Betsy Mason

Book

"Created for map lovers by map lovers, this rich book explores the intriguing stories behind maps across history and illuminates how the art of cartography thrives today. In this visually stunning book, award-winning journalists Betsy Mason and Greg....

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Volcanoes and the making of Scotland  by B. G. J. Upton

Volcanoes and the making of Scotland

B. G. J. Upton

Book

"Scotland's mountains and glens retain the secrets of the long and frequently violent geological history that has gone into their making. Volcanoes have played a major role in the creation of Scotland and while the youngest, a mere sixty million years...

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Mountains  by R. G. (R. Graham) Park

Mountains

R. G. (R. Graham) Park

Book

"Most mountains on Earth occur within relatively well-defined, narrow belts separated by wide expanses of much lower-lying ground. Their distribution is not random but is caused by the now well-understood geological processes of plate tectonics. Some...

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Introducing geology  by R. G. (R. Graham) Park

Introducing geology

R. G. (R. Graham) Park

Book

"Our world is made of rock. Those who live in a landscape where rock outcrops are obvious will have wondered about the kind of rock they are looking at and how they came to be where they are now. Graham Park explains in simple terms what geology can tell...

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Infinity in the palm of your hand  by Marcus Chown

Infinity in the palm of your hand

Marcus Chown

Book

Bestselling author Marcus Chown explores some of the most profound and important science about us, our world and the universe with fifty fascinating and mind-boggling facts.Did you know that you could fit the whole human race in the volume of a sugar...

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Quantum space  by J. E. Baggott

Quantum space

J. E. Baggott

Book

Today we are blessed with two extraordinarily successful theories of physics. The first is Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, which describes the large-scale behaviour of matter in a curved spacetime. This theory is the basis for the sta...

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The tangled tree  by David Quammen

The tangled tree

David Quammen

Book

Ever since Darwin, we have used the metaphor of the 'tree of life' to explain evolution, but this metaphor no longer holds up. Genes don't just move vertically, they can also pass laterally across species boundaries, known as 'horizontal gene transfer'...

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Einstein's monsters  by Chris Impey

Einstein's monsters

Chris Impey

Book

"The astonishing science of black holes and their role in understanding the history and future of our universe. Black holes are the most extreme objects in the universe, and yet they are ubiquitous. Every massive star leaves behind a black hole when it...

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End of the megafauna  by R. D. E. MacPhee

End of the megafauna

R. D. E. MacPhee

Book

"The fascinating lives and puzzling demise of some of the largest animals on earth. Until a few thousand years ago, creatures that could have been from a sci-fi thriller--including gorilla-sized lemurs, 800-pound birds, crocodiles that weighed a ton ...

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The visitation  by R. H. Grapes

The visitation

R. H. Grapes

Book

"Wellington was only a fledgling settlement of some 3000 people when it was struck by a cluster of devastating earthquakes in 1848. The fearful violence of the shocks, the destruction of property, and the frequency and continuance of the danger caus...

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Power, sex, suicide  by Nick Lane

Power, sex, suicide

Nick Lane

Book

Mitochondria are tiny structures within all our cells, believed to have once evolved from bacteria living independent lives. Drawing on cutting edge research, this book explores the fundamental role they play in some of the biggest themes in biology:...

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It all adds up  by Mickael Launay

It all adds up

Mickael Launay

Book

"Most people enjoy maths - the problem is they don't know that they do. This revolutionary and accessible exploration of the role of mathematics as an historical aide to human activity will change the general public's relationship to numbers for the ...

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Navigators & naturalists  by Mike (Politician) Lee

Navigators & naturalists

Mike (Politician) Lee

Book

"As historian James Belich put it: ̀There is little doubt that Cook has been emphasised to the unfair exclusion of the massive French contribution to European knowledge of New Zealand.' This book seeks to redress this balance, drawing in the main on ...

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How to speak science  by Bruce Benamran

How to speak science

Bruce Benamran

Book

"How do magnets work? What is the theory of relativity all about? Is light made of waves or particles? And how on earth can a levitating goat teach us about atomic structure? In this age of smartphones, artificial intelligence, supercolliders, superc...

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Woo's wonderful world of maths  by Eddie Woo

Woo's wonderful world of maths

Eddie Woo

Book

"Why is a rainbow curved? Why aren't left-handers extinct? How is a sunflower like a synchronised swimmer? Why is 'e' a magic number? The answer to these questions is contained within one simple word: MATHS. Because maths is all about patterns, and...

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Darwin's most wonderful plants  by Ken Thompson

Darwin's most wonderful plants

Ken Thompson

Book

"Most of us think of Darwin at work on The Beagle, taking inspiration for his theory of evolution from his travels in the Galapagos. But Darwin published his Origin of Species nearly thirty years after his voyages and most of his labours in that time...

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The prime number conspiracy

The prime number conspiracy

Book

"Mathematics stories from Quanta Magazine."--Publisher's description.

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The pebbles on the beach  by Clarence Ellis

The pebbles on the beach

Clarence Ellis

Book

Pebble hunting is a pleasant and health-giving hobby, whether pursued on a beach, the lake-side, or the river-bank, and all but those who are nearing the last stages of decrepitude can enjoy it. With a new introduction by Robert MacFarlane. First published...

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Did you just eat that?  by Paul L. Dawson

Did you just eat that?

Paul L. Dawson

Book

"A rollicking yet rigorous inquiry that follows the science of germs into the kitchen, restaurant, and everywhere else you eat and drink. Have you ever dropped a chip on the ground, picked it up after five seconds--then eaten it? Or debated which spreads...

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Brief life of flowers  by Fiona J Stafford

Brief life of flowers

Fiona J Stafford

Book

"The Brief Life of Flowers is an ode to the flowers that fill our countrysides, our woodlands and our homes. Part nature writing, part memoir, Fiona Stafford explores Britain's flora, as well as the literature and lore that surrounds it. From snowdrops...

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The wolf within  by Bryan Sykes

The wolf within

Bryan Sykes

Book

The genetic history of the dog is a sensational example of the co-evolution of two species, man and wolf, to each other's mutual benefit. But how did this ancient partnership begin? To answer this question, Professor Bryan Sykes identifies tantalising...

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Discovering retroviruses  by Anna M. Skalka

Discovering retroviruses

Anna M. Skalka

Book

When invading a host cell, viruses seize cell machinery to make copies of their own genes. The immune system recognizes the invasion. In contrast, retroviruses colonize host cells through the process of reverse transcriptase. Retroviruses open host cell...

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Mars  by David M. (David Michael) Harland

Mars

David M. (David Michael) Harland

Book

"The unique Haynes insight into Mars, providing a sister title to Earth Manual and Moon Manual. The recent Ridley Scott/Matt Damon film The Martian, the discovery of water (ice) on the planets surface and NASAs plans for manned Mars exploration have all...

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Rainforest trees and shrubs  by Gwen J. (Gwen Jean) Harden

Rainforest trees and shrubs

Gwen J. (Gwen Jean) Harden

Book

A field guide to the rainforest tree and shrubs of Victoria, New South Wales and Victoria using vegetative characters. A second edition of the book published in 2006, which was an update of the "Red Book", first published in 1984.

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Never home alone  by Rob R. Dunn

Never home alone

Rob R. Dunn

Book

A natural history of the wilderness in our homes, from the microbes in our showers to the crickets in our basements.

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A year with nature  by Martha L. Crump

A year with nature

Martha L. Crump

Book

A bedside book for nature lovers, this gathers science and lore, natural history and wit and wisdom, into a day-by-day wander through the year.

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Native New Zealand flowering plants  by John T. (John Tenison) Salmon

Native New Zealand flowering plants

John T. (John Tenison) Salmon

Book

"Native New Zealand Flowering Plants is a comprehensive guide to New Zealand's richly diverse and exceptionally beautiful array of flowing plants. Over 600 species are included - from well-known and often cultivated trees and shrubs such as pohutukawas...

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Reptiles and amphibians of New Zealand  by Dylan Van Winkel

Reptiles and amphibians of New Zealand

Dylan Van Winkel

Book

"Definitive field guide to all of New Zealand's tuatara, geckos, skinks, frogs, marine turtles and marine snakes"--Publisher information.

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Biotensegrity  by Graham Scarr

Biotensegrity

Graham Scarr

Book

"An appreciation of the 'fascial' network in health and disease has been an integral part of osteopathic practice for more than a century, but it is only recently that the details of its structure have been recognized. Tom Myers described a system of...

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Rare & wonderful

Rare & wonderful

Book

"Since its foundation in 1860, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History's world-renowned collections have become a key centre for scientific study and its much-loved building an important icon for visitors from around the world.0The museum now...

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Breakfast with Einstein  by Chad Orzel

Breakfast with Einstein

Chad Orzel

Book

"Exciting physics doesn't just shwo up in billion-dollar experiments like the Large Hadron Collider or in extreme astrophysical environments like black holes. It's to be found all around us, just beneath the surface of our normal everyday lives. ... ...

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The delightful horror of family birding  by Eli J. Knapp

The delightful horror of family birding

Eli J. Knapp

Book

"From the mating grounds of Ecuador's cock-of-the-rock to the phoebe nest outside his suburban back door, Eli J. Knapp explores the roller-coaster ride of sharing Nature with the next generation. Along the way, he laughs at misfortune, marvels at Nat...

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Richness of martens  by Polly Pullar

Richness of martens

Polly Pullar

Book

"Polly Pullar saw her first pine marten during her childhood in Ardnamurchan - a remote, wild area of the Scottish Highlands. Then exceedingly rare, this ... member of the weasel family had been persecuted to near extinction. Years later, as the mart...

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Birdstories  by Geoff Norman

Birdstories

Geoff Norman

Book

"Kiwi, kākāpō, takahē, moa, tūī – these birds, and many others, are unique to Aotearoa New Zealand, and famous throughout the world. It was the 1873 publication of Walter Buller’s A History of the Birds of New Zealand that introduced overseas readers...

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Life on earth  by David Attenborough

Life on earth

David Attenborough

Book

A new, beautifully illustrated edition of David Attenborough's groundbreaking Life on Earth. David Attenborough's meeting with gorillas was one of the most unforgettable moments for millions of television viewers. With Life on Earth, Attenborough created...

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Einstein's shadow  by Seth Fletcher

Einstein's shadow

Seth Fletcher

Book

Traces the efforts of an elite scientific team who tested Einstein's theory of relativity during a historic mission to photograph a black hole, addressing key questions about time, space, and the nature of the universe.

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Octopus, squid & cuttlefish  by Roger T. Hanlon

Octopus, squid & cuttlefish

Roger T. Hanlon

Book

"Largely shell-less relatives of clams and snails, the marine mollusks in the class Cephalopoda--Greek for head-foot --are colorful creatures of many-armed dexterity, often inky self-defense, and highly evolved cognition. They are capable of learning,...

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Bat  by Tessa Laird

Bat

Tessa Laird

Book

"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

Book

"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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A short history of nearly everything  by Bill Bryson

A short history of nearly everything

Bill Bryson

Book

"Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to understand everything that has happened from...

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New Zealand birds in pictures  by Kimball Chen

New Zealand birds in pictures

Kimball Chen

Book

"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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Darkness  by Nina (Freelance writer) Edwards

Darkness

Nina (Freelance writer) Edwards

Book

"Darkness divides opinion. Some are frightened of the dark, or at least prefer to avoid it, and there are many who dislike what it appears to stand for. Others are drawn to its strange domain, delighting in its uncertainties, lured by all the associations...

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Book of the moon  by Maggie Aderin

Book of the moon

Maggie Aderin

Book

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

Book

"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

Book

"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

Dinomania

Boria Sax

Book

"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

Book

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

Book

"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

Book

"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

Book

"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

Europe

Tim F. (Tim Fridtjof) Flannery

Book

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

Underbug

Lisa Margonelli

Book

"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

Book

"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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