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Science new titles

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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.
The waterless sea  by Christopher Pinney

The waterless sea

Christopher Pinney

"Mirages have long astonished travelers of the sea and beguiled thirsty desert voyagers. Chinese and Japanese poetry and images depicted mirages as the exhalations of clam-monsters. Indian sources related them to the 'thirst of gazelles,' a metaphor for...

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A new reality  by Jonas Salk

A new reality

Jonas Salk

"A new reality: human evolution for a sustainable future provides a startling, fresh new message of understanding, perspective and hope for today's tense, rapid-fire, kaleidoscopically changing world. Drawn from the writings of visionary scientist Jonas...

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Wild Sea  by Joy McCann

Wild Sea

Joy McCann

"Unimpeded by any landmass, the mysterious Southern Ocean flows completely around Earth from west to east between the seasonally shifting icy continent of Antarctica and the coastlines and islands of Australia, New Zealand, South America and South Africa....

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Spying on whales by Nick Pyenson

Spying on whales

Nick Pyenson

"Whales are among the largest, most intelligent, deepest diving species to have ever lived on our planet. We have hunted them for thousands of years and scratched their icons into our mythologies. ... In this ... book ... Nick Ryenson takes us to the...

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Cold times  by Anita Bailey

Cold times

Anita Bailey

No holds barred guidebook to surviving the coming Mini Ice Age. Covers best locations, heating, storing and growing food and herbs, water collection and filtering, health preservation, retrofitting for cold, raising chickens, rabbits, goats and other...

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Ground truth  by Mark L. Hineline

Ground truth

Mark L. Hineline

"We know that the Earth's climate is changing and that the magnitude of this change is colossal. At the same time, the world outside is still a natural world, and one we can experience on a granular level every day. [This book] is a guide to living in...

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Science unlimited?

Science unlimited?

"All too often in contemporary discourse, we hear about science overstepping its proper limits -- about its brazenness, arrogance, and intellectual imperialism. The problem, critics say, is scientism: the privileging of science over all other ways of...

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Schrödinger's cat  by Adam Hart-Davis

Schrödinger's cat

Adam Hart-Davis

"How can a cat be alive and dead at the same time? How was Higg's 'God particle' finally identified? Do big objects fall faster than smaller ones? These and other questions are answered inside this ... guide to the groundbreaking experiments and sci...

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An elephant in my kitchen  by Françoise Malby-Anthony

An elephant in my kitchen

Françoise Malby-Anthony

"Françoise never expected to find herself responsible for a herd of elephants with a troubled past. A chic Parisienne, her life changed forever when she fell in love with South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony. Together they founded a game reserve...

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Written in the stars  by Alison Davies

Written in the stars

Alison Davies

"For anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and longed to know more about the constellations that inhabit it then this is the perfect guide to discovering the stars. Written in the Stars will lead you through the heavens above as you discover...

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Large Hadron Collider, 2008 onwards  by Gemma Lavender

Large Hadron Collider, 2008 onwards

Gemma Lavender

"What is the universe made of? How did it start? This Manual tells the story of how physicists are seeking answers to these questions using the world’s largest particle smasher – the Large Hadron Collider – at the CERN laboratory on the Franco-Swiss ...

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The illustrated guide to rocks & minerals  by John Farndon

The illustrated guide to rocks & minerals

John Farndon

The ultimate visual encyclopedia of rocks and minerals, including a detailed directory of 300 specimens.

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String, straight-edge, and shadow  by Julia E. Diggins

String, straight-edge, and shadow

Julia E. Diggins

This engaging book weaves history and legend to explain the story of geometry and the discoveries of the most famous mathematicians. A useful and inspiring book for those teaching geometry.

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BUZZ  by Thor Hanson


Thor Hanson

"From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters and maons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies and aour very existence. They've given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers and as much as a third...

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Elemental  by Tim James


Tim James

When it comes to chemistry, Tim James knows his stuff. In "Elemental" he tells the story of the periodic table from its ancient Greek roots, when you could count the number of elements humans were aware of on one hand, to the modern alchemists of the...

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Aerial geology  by Mary Caperton Morton

Aerial geology

Mary Caperton Morton

Aerial Geology is an up-in-the-sky exploration of North America's 100 most spectacular geological formations. Crisscrossing the continent from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to the Great Salt Lake in Utah and to the Chicxulub Crater in Mexico, Mary C...

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Wacky and wonderful misconceptions about our universe  by Geoffrey Kirby

Wacky and wonderful misconceptions about our universe

Geoffrey Kirby

"From unicorns on the Moon to UFOs piloted by Martian bees, this book chronicles some of the strangest ideas that have been put forward - and have actually been believed in - about our Solar System. Drawn from tales dating from the Middle Ages to the...

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New Zealand lichens  by W. M. (William McLagan) Malcolm

New Zealand lichens

W. M. (William McLagan) Malcolm

"Fungi can't make their own food. They survive only because they've evolved ways of getting food from other creatures. Some of them take on algal and bacterial partners that can make food by trapping sunlight. That "life style" is called a lichen. Of...

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100 things to see in the southern night sky  by Dean Regas

100 things to see in the southern night sky

Dean Regas

"The night sky is full of amazing things to see, from shooting stars and constellations, to planets and satellites, but it can be hard to tell what you're seeing, or where to look for the best view. 100 Things to See in the Night Sky: Southern Hemisphere...

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Darwin comes to town  by Menno Schilthuizen

Darwin comes to town

Menno Schilthuizen

We are marching towards a future in which three-quarters of humans live in cities, more than half of the landmass of the planet is urbanized, and the rest is covered by farms, pasture, and plantations. Increasingly, as we become ever more city-centric,...

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Genetics  by Adam Rutherford


Adam Rutherford

Genetics is a clear, simple and entertaining introduction to the simple code that determines the fate of all living things - DNA. Written by broadcaster and geneticist Adam Rutherford, Genetics breaks down the DNA code - an alphabet of four letters a...

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Mrs Moreau's warbler  by Stephen 1960- author. Moss

Mrs Moreau's warbler

Stephen 1960- author. Moss

"We use names so often, and with such little thought, that we often forget to pause and wonder about their origins. What do they mean? Where did they come from? And who originally created them? Since the dawn of mankind we have been driven by a primordial...

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A forest in the clouds  by John (John Daniel) Fowler

A forest in the clouds

John (John Daniel) Fowler

A zoologist's portrait of Dr. Dian Fossey's remarkable mountain gorilla camp documents the story of the controversial unraveling of the Rwandan facility after Fossey's murder and the author's contributions to tracking mountain gorillas through hostile...

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Zebra  by Christopher Plumb


Christopher Plumb

Common and exotic, glamorous and ferocious, sociable and sullen: zebras mean many things to many people. The extraordinary beauty of their striped coats makes them one of the world's most recognizable animals. They have been immortalized in paint by ...

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Plants that kill  by Elizabeth A. Dauncey

Plants that kill

Elizabeth A. Dauncey

Plants That Kill is not a field guide, clinical care manual, or pharmacology textbook-it is a fascinating and beautifully presented natural history of the world's most poisonous plants, the extraordinary strategies they employ for survival, and the i...

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Big cats in the wild  by Joe McDonald

Big cats in the wild

Joe McDonald

"Joe and Mary Ann McDonald have traveled the world for over thirty years, creating incredible images of breathtaking places and the incredible creatures that inhabit them. In this book, they have collected over two hundred of their favorite images of...

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Planet Earth  by David Baker

Planet Earth

David Baker

The purpose of the book is to provide factual information and to explain the physical world in which we live by first setting the Earth within the context of the planetary system which orbits the Sun. Inevitably, because Earth is part of a bi-planetary...

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Worldviews  by Richard DeWitt


Richard DeWitt

"Get a sound introduction to the history and philosophy of science. This book is an ideal text for those coming to the history and philosophy of science for the first time. It covers the key historical developments and philosophical themes and topics...

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Call of nature  by Richard Jones

Call of nature

Richard Jones

Journey through the digestive systems of humans, farm and wild animals, and meet some of nature's ultimate recyclers as they eat, breed in and compete for dung. The fall of bodily waste onto the ground is the start of a race against the clock as a multitude...

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Panda nation  by E. Elena Songster

Panda nation

E. Elena Songster

Panda Nation demonstrates how the giant panda's transformation from an obscure animal into a national treasure reflects China's efforts to distinguish itself as a nation. Through government-directed science and popular nationalism, the story of the p...

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American Eden  by Victoria Johnson

American Eden

Victoria Johnson

"When Dr. David Hosack tilled the country's first botanical garden in the Manhattan soil more than two hundred years ago, he didn't just dramatically alter the New York landscape; he left a monumental legacy of advocacy for public health and wide-ran...

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The wood  by John Lewis-Stempel

The wood

John Lewis-Stempel

"This is the story of one wood, representative of all the small woods of our landscape and of the sanctuary they provide. From January through to December, John Lewis-Stempel records the passage of the seasons in exquisite, lyric prose, as the cuckoo...

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Why do birds suddenly disappear?  by Lev Parikian

Why do birds suddenly disappear?

Lev Parikian

At twelve years old, Lev Parikian was an avid birdwatcher. He was also a fraud, a liar and a cheat. Those lists of birds seen and ticked off? Lies. One hundred and thirty species? More like sixty.Then, when he turned fifty, he decided to right his ch...

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Sunburnt country  by Joëlle Gergis

Sunburnt country

Joëlle Gergis

" What was Australia’s climate like before official weather records began? How do scientists use tree-rings, ice cores and tropical corals to retrace the past? What do Indigenous seasonal calendars reveal? And what do settler diary entries about rain...

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The hunters  by Debbie Stewart

The hunters

Debbie Stewart

"Hovering hawks, swooping falcons and softly calling morepork. A close look at the predatory birds of New Zealand - many of them endangered. From an extinct giant eagle and an owl that sounded like the devil, to the morepork we hear calling at night,...

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Orca  by Jason M. (Jason Michael) Colby


Jason M. (Jason Michael) Colby

"Since the release of the documentary Blackfish in 2013, millions around the world have focused on the plight of the orca, the most profitable and controversial display animal in history. Yet, until now, no historical account has explained how we came...

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The Cygnus key  by Andrew Collins

The Cygnus key

Andrew Collins

"New evidence showing that the earliest origins of human culture, religion, and technology derive from the lost world of the Denisovans. Explains how Gobekli Tepe and the Giza pyramids are aligned with the constellation of Cygnus and show evidence of...

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Asia's wildlife  by Fanny Lai

Asia's wildlife

Fanny Lai

Come on a year-long photographic journey to the most remote and biodiverse forests in eight different countries in Asia and learn about rarely seen, let alone photographed, endangered animal species. Produced to raise funds and awareness of nature co...

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Machine learning for decision makers  by Patanjali Kashyap

Machine learning for decision makers

Patanjali Kashyap

Take a deep dive into the essential elements of machine learning. You will learn how machine learning techniques are used to solve fundamental and complex problems in society and industry. Machine Learning for Decision Makers serves as an excellent r...

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She has her mother's laugh  by Carl Zimmer

She has her mother's laugh

Carl Zimmer

Presents a history of the human understanding of heredity and how it has shaped society, chronicling the transitions brought about by genetic research and making predictions about how evolving understandings are likely to impact the future.

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Catching stardust  by Natalie Starkey

Catching stardust

Natalie Starkey

"Icy, rocky, sometimes dusty, always mysterious - comets and asteroids are among the Solar System's very oldest inhabitants, formed within a swirling cloud of gas and dust in the area of space that eventually hosted the Sun and its planets. Locked within...

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Almost human  by Shirley C. (Shirley Carol) Strum

Almost human

Shirley C. (Shirley Carol) Strum

"An entertaining and readable account of what life is like, not only for baboons, but those who watch them...." --Publisher description.

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Wild arum  by Lynden Swift

Wild arum

Lynden Swift

"Wild Arum. The most mysterious, stylish and sexual plant that you will ever meet. 'A Crafty & Malignant Antediluvian Vegetable' is how Arum was described by the Victorians and no wonder. This is a plant which is said to induce 'insatiable sexual desire'...

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Too big to walk  by Brian J. Ford

Too big to walk

Brian J. Ford

"Ever since Jurassic Park we thought we knew how dinosaurs lived their lives. In this remarkable new book, Brian J. Ford reveals that dinosaurs were, in fact, profoundly different from what we believe, and their environment was unlike anything we hav...

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Collecting New Zealand minerals  by Chris Fraser

Collecting New Zealand minerals

Chris Fraser

"This book is a guide for those people who want to go out and collect New Zealand minerals. It will help you identify a lot of the minerals, which identification tests are the most useful, where to look for certain minerals, which minerals are common...

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The curious life of krill  by Stephen Nicol

The curious life of krill

Stephen Nicol

"Scientists say they are one of most abundant animals on the planet. But when pressed, few people can accurately describe krill or explain their ecological importance. Antarctic krill have used their extraordinary adaptive skills to survive and thrive...

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The ashtray (or the man who denied reality)  by Errol Morris

The ashtray (or the man who denied reality)

Errol Morris

In 1972, philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn threw an ashtray at Errol Morris. This book is the result. At the time, Morris was a graduate student. Now we know him as one of the most celebrated and restlessly probing filmmakers of our time, the creator...

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A shadow above  by Joe Shute

A shadow above

Joe Shute

"For millennia, we have tried to explain ourselves using the raven as a symbol. It occupies a unique place in British history and has left an indelible mark on our cultural landscape. The raven's hulking black shape has come to represent many things:...

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The hidden secrets of water  by Paolo Consigli

The hidden secrets of water

Paolo Consigli

What makes water, so simple in its make-up, such an integral part of life? Why has it been revered across the ages? What benefits flow from it that will shape our future? Our origin springs from water, it sustains us now, and it is the key to our future....

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Birds in the ancient world  by Jeremy Mynott

Birds in the ancient world

Jeremy Mynott

"Using quotations from well over a hundred ... Greek and Roman authors, all of them translated freshly into English, and nearly a hundred illustrations from ancient wall-paintings, pottery and mosaics, [this book] illustrates themany different roles ...

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The real history of the earth  by Sal Rachele

The real history of the earth

Sal Rachele

A look at the last 10 million years on Earth and what really happened. This book examines ancient civilizations, how they came about, and why they disappeared. Includes many suppressed topics, advanced technology in the past, the ET presence past and...

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The book of why  by Judea Pearl

The book of why

Judea Pearl

"Everyone has heard the claim, "Correlation does not imply causation." What might sound like a reasonable dictum metastasized in the twentieth century into one of science's biggest obstacles, as a legion of researchers became unwilling to make the claim...

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The art of naming  by Michael Ohl

The art of naming

Michael Ohl

"Tyrannosaurus rex. Homo sapiens. Heteropoda davidbowie. Behind each act of scientific naming is a story. In this entertaining and illuminating book, Michael Ohl considers scientific naming as a joyful and creative act. There are about 1.8 million di...

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Darwin's evolving identity  by Alistair William Sponsel

Darwin's evolving identity

Alistair William Sponsel

"Why--against his mentor's exhortations to publish--did Charles Darwin take twenty years to reveal his theory of evolution by natural selection? In Darwin's Evolving Identity, Alistair Sponsel argues that Darwin adopted this cautious approach to atone...

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Belonging on an island  by Daniel Lewis

Belonging on an island

Daniel Lewis

This natural history takes readers on a thousand-year journey as it explores the Hawaiian Islands' beautiful birds and a variety of topics including extinction, survival, conservationists and their work, and, most significantly, the concept of belong...

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Feats of strength  by Simon Lailvaux

Feats of strength

Simon Lailvaux

A fascinating exploration of the extreme world of animal athletics, how these stunning abilities have evolved, and their insights into human performance and evolution How is it that fish can climb waterfalls, snakes glide, and cheetahs run so fast? Natural...

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Bald eagles in the wild  by Jeffrey Rich

Bald eagles in the wild

Jeffrey Rich

"Discover the habitats and characteristics of America's national bird. Wildlife biologist and pro photographer Jeffrey Rich has made it his life's work to chronicle the bald eagle and this remarkable raptor's story. In this book, readers will enjoy.....

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Light of the stars  by Adam Frank

Light of the stars

Adam Frank

An astrophysicist discusses what the latest research on the existence and trajectories of alien civilizations may impart about surviving the challenge of civilization-driven climate change.

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The great silence  by Milan M. Ćirković

The great silence

Milan M. Ćirković

The Great Silence explores the multifaceted problem named after the great Italian physicist Enrico Fermi and his legendary 1950 lunchtime question "Where is everybody?" In many respects, Fermi's paradox is the richest and the most challenging problem...

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After extinction

After extinction

"After Extinction looks at the future of humans and nonhumans, exploring how the scale of risk posed by extinction has changed in light of the accelerated networks of the twentyfirst century. Considering extinction as a cultural, artistic, media and ...

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Crow  by Boria Sax


Boria Sax

This classic Reaktion title, now available in B-format, is a survey of crows, ravens, magpies and their relatives in myth, literature and life. It ranges from the raven sent out by Noah to the corvid deities of the Eskimo, to Taoist legends, Victorian...

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The desert  by Michael Welland

The desert

Michael Welland

Lands of extremes, contrasts and constant change, deserts cover a quarter of our planet's land area and are home to some half a billion people. 'The desert' as an idea has long captured the Western imagination, but too often in ways that fail to grasp...

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Wild family  by Bhagavan Antle

Wild family

Bhagavan Antle

"Take a wild ride with the Myrtle Beach Safari and witness the heartwarming interspecies friendships created there. Wild Family reminds us that friendships aren't just for humans. When the struggles of living in the wild are removed, all kinds of animals...

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A collection of essays, with an introduction by Bill McKibben, rooted in our human relationship to trees, which of course is multi-faceted, messy, beautiful and selfish and symbiotic. In this collection we meet a boy who ate a tree to gain access to ...

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Cosmic womb  by Chandra Wickramasinghe

Cosmic womb

Chandra Wickramasinghe

"All ancient cultures link humanity’s origins to the heavens. The Egyptians, for example, were adamant that their ancestors came from the stars of Orion and Sirius. Today, however, religion and science assert that life arose spontaneously here on Earth....

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Seven brief lessons on physics  by Carlo Rovelli

Seven brief lessons on physics

Carlo Rovelli

An introduction to modern physics by a founder of the loop quantum gravity theory shares seven succinct lessons on topics ranging from general relativity and quantum mechanics to elementary particles and black holes.

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A brief history of geology  by Kieran D. O'Hara

A brief history of geology

Kieran D. O'Hara

Approximately 200 years of the history of the development of the study of geology.

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Orchids of Europe  by Henrik Ærenlund Pedersen

Orchids of Europe

Henrik Ærenlund Pedersen

A beautiful, richly illustrated book on Europe's wild orchids - perhaps the most enigmatic and popular group in the botanical world. It is the result of a collaboration between two prominent experts: the illustrator Bo Mossberg and the author, botanist...

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The order of time  by Carlo Rovelli

The order of time

Carlo Rovelli

"Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to ...

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Our native bees  by Paige Embry

Our native bees

Paige Embry

"Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—an endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Paige...

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Life on Mars  by David A. (David Andrew) Weintraub

Life on Mars

David A. (David Andrew) Weintraub

"Does life exist on Mars? The question has captivated humans for centuries, but today it has taken on new urgency. NASA plans to send astronauts to Mars orbit by the 2030s. SpaceX wants to go by 2024, while Mars One wants to land a permanent settlement...

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The aliens among us  by Leslie Anthony

The aliens among us

Leslie Anthony

"A thoughtful, accessible look at the rapidly growing issue of invasive plants, animals, and microbes around the globe with a focus on the scientific issues and ecological, health, and other challenges. From an award-winning adventure and science jou...

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Visual voyages  by Daniela Bleichmar

Visual voyages

Daniela Bleichmar

From the voyages of Christopher Columbus to those of Alexander von Humboldt and Charles Darwin, the depiction of the natural world played a central role in shaping how people on both sides of the Atlantic understood and imaged the region we now know as...

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The Moon  by Bill Leatherbarrow

The Moon

Bill Leatherbarrow

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Jupiter  by William Sheehan


William Sheehan

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Gulls of the world  by Klaus Malling Olsen

Gulls of the world

Klaus Malling Olsen

The definitive photographic guide to gull identification - the sternest challenge in birding

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The owl book  by Jane Russ

The owl book

Jane Russ

The Owl Book, with its stunning photography and fascinating facts, is a must-have for all owl lovers, featuring details of the life cycle and the differences between the many species of owl. Just as in the best-selling title The Hare book, there is a...

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Rainforest  by Tony 1960- author. Juniper


Tony 1960- author. Juniper

Rainforests are the lungs of our planet - regulators of the earth's temperature and weather. They are also home to 50 per cent of the world's animals and plants - which for centuries have been the source of many of our key medicines. And yet we've all...

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Astroquizzical  by Jillian Scudder


Jillian Scudder

"How did the Earth get to be the way it is? Just like all of us, it's a product of its ancestors. In this enthralling cosmic journey through space and time, astrophysicist Jillian Scudder locates our home planet within its own 'family tree'. Our parent...

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Drawing physics  by Don S. (Don Stephen) Lemons

Drawing physics

Don S. (Don Stephen) Lemons

"The subject of 'Seeing Physics' is our understanding of the physical universe as organized into 51 one thousand-word essays each anchored in a drawing that conveys a key idea. Each essay expands on the science of the drawing and places it in a broader...

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Eye of the shoal  by Helen Scales

Eye of the shoal

Helen Scales

"There's something about fish that leaves a cold, slimy whiff in many people's minds. Either that, or fish are simply 'food'; catching fish to eat is so deeply ingrained that we fish for fish, but we don't pigeon a pigeon or deer a deer. It's difficult...

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Curlew moon  by Mary Colwell

Curlew moon

Mary Colwell

Curlews are the UK's largest wading bird, about the size of a herring gull on long legs. They are particularly known for their evocative calls which embody wild places; they provoke a range of emotions that many have expressed in poetry, art and musi...

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Penguins in the desert  by Eric Loudon Wagner

Penguins in the desert

Eric Loudon Wagner

"Every year, hundreds of thousands of Magellanic penguins gather to breed at Punta Tombo, Argentina, along a windswept edge of the Patagonian desert, and for more than three decades, biologist Dee Boersma has joined them. Penguins in the Desert follows...

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Universe in creation  by Roy Gould

Universe in creation

Roy Gould

We know the universe has a history, but does it also have a story of self-creation to tell? Yes, in Roy R. Gould's account. He offers a compelling narrative of how the universe--with no instruction other than its own laws--evolved into billions of galaxies...

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