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Hitler's and Stalin's misuse of science  by S. D. (Steven) Tucker

Hitler's and Stalin's misuse of science

S. D. (Steven) Tucker

"In today's world, science itself, which we are constantly being told is a neutral vehicle for wholly objective ideas and theories, is increasingly being hijacked and abused by the toxic modern cult of identity politics, of both left and right. But should we...

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Walking with trees  by Glennie Kindred

Walking with trees

Glennie Kindred

"Walking with trees takes us on an intimate journey with 13 native trees of Britain and Europe. Glennie leads us into their world, describes their unique characteristics, natural history, healing properties, mythologies and crafts, and opens us to their subtle...

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Tree spirits grass spirits  by Hiromi Itō

Tree spirits grass spirits

Hiromi Itō

"A collected series of intertwined poetic essays written by acclaimed Japanese poet Hiromi Ito--part nature writing, part travelogue, part existential philosophy. Written between April 2012 and November 2013, Tree Spirits Grass Spirits adopts a non-linear...

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Our moon  by Rebecca (Rebecca B.) Boyle

Our moon

Rebecca (Rebecca B.) Boyle

"As astronauts around the world prepare to return to the Moon - opening up new frontiers of discovery, profit and politics - Our Moon tells the dazzling story of how the Moon has shaped life as we know it, fuelled dramatic change across the globe and could be...

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The ethnobotanical  by Sarah Edwards

The ethnobotanical

Sarah Edwards

"Since the beginning of humanity's existence, plants have provided us with everything we need for our survival - they sustain us with air to breathe, food to eat, materials to make clothes and shelter with, and medicine to treat and prevent disease. Their...

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42 reasons to hate the universe  by Chris Ferrie

42 reasons to hate the universe

Chris Ferrie

"If you've always suspected the universe was out to get you, you were right! Yes, the universe we live in is cosmically beautiful and mysterious and all that crap. But it's also a bit of an asshole. After all, remember that you are just a group of atoms...

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Stargazing around the world  by Valerie Stimac

Stargazing around the world

Valerie Stimac

"An introductory guide to astrotourism. Discover the best stargazing destinations around the world with Lonely Planet. This comprehensive companion includes an introduction to galaxies, the stars, and stargazing, guides to 45 dark-sky sites and national parks,...

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The little book of aliens  by Adam Frank

The little book of aliens

Adam Frank

"Everyone is curious about life in the Universe, UFOs and whether ET is out there. Over the course of his thirty-year career as an astrophysicist, Adam Frank has consistently been asked about the possibility of intelligent life in the universe. Are aliens...

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Squirrel nation  by Peter A. Coates

Squirrel nation

Peter A. Coates

"A wide-ranging meditation on belonging and citizenship through the story of two squirrel species in Britain. Squirrel Nation is a history of Britain's two species of squirrel over the past two hundred years: the much-loved, though rare, red squirrel and the...

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What we sow  by Jennifer Jewell

What we sow

Jennifer Jewell

"In What We Sow, Jennifer Jewell brings readers on an insightful, year-long journey exploring the outsize impact one of nature's smallest manifestations--the simple seed. She examines our skewed notions where "organic" seeds are grown and sourced, reveals how...

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Trees  by Carolyn (Science writer) Fry

Trees

Carolyn (Science writer) Fry

"Discover the wonders at the centre of our planet's ecosystem. In ten short and accessible essays, science and nature writer Carolyn Fry takes us on an awe-inspiring journey of the Earth's lungs. From what makes a plant a tree and the incredible impact of...

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Magic eyes of Masoala  by Armin Dett

Magic eyes of Masoala

Armin Dett

"Madagascar is regarded as a jewel of nature, where due to its isolated location away from all continents, a unique flora and fauna could develop with numerous species that are found nowhere else in the world. This includes an amazing and unique variety of...

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Particle physics  by F. E. Close

Particle physics

F. E. Close

"Frank Close takes us on a journey into the atom to examine known particles such as quarks, electrons, and the ghostly neutrino, and explains the key role and significance of the Higgs boson. Along the way he provides fascinating insights into how discoveries...

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Bitch  by Lucy Cooke

Bitch

Lucy Cooke

"What does it mean to be female? Mother, carer, the weaker sex? Think again. In the last few decades a revolution has been brewing in zoology and evolutionary biology. Lucy Cooke introduces us to a riotous cast of animals, and the scientists studying them,...

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Darwin and the art of botany  by James T. Costa

Darwin and the art of botany

James T. Costa

"Charles Darwin is best known for his work on the evolution of animals, but a large part of his scientific study and writing was devoted to plants. This book gathers key excerpts from these lesser-known works for the first time. Each of the 45 short chapters...

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Easy astrophotography  by David Skernick

Easy astrophotography

David Skernick

"Everything you need to know to photograph and postprocess images of the night sky with standard DSLR and mirrorless camera equipment Ever look up at the sky and say, "Wow!"? This is the best way to capture the universe in photographs"--Publisher's...

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The beginner's guide to astrophotography  by Mike Shaw

The beginner's guide to astrophotography

Mike Shaw

"Now everyone can learn to take great pictures of the cosmos! The night sky is filled with immense beauty and mystery, and it's no wonder so many photographers want to learn how to take great photographs of all it contains: the moon, stars, planets, galaxies,...

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The book of animal secrets  by David Agus

The book of animal secrets

David Agus

"From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The End of Illness comes an ingenious guide to what our fellow animals can teach us about living longer, healthier, happier lives. Mother nature has a lot to teach us, if only we open our eyes. Pigeons and...

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Starborn  by Roberto Trotta

Starborn

Roberto Trotta

"One of our species' most enduring and universal relationships has been with the night sky itself. Yet in the glow of today's artificial ligting, we have lost our intimacy with the cosmos. Across the ages, the stars have served as clocks, maps, compasses,...

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Fungi  by Lynne Boddy

Fungi

Lynne Boddy

"A stunning, authoritative book on the fungal kingdom, uncovering the hidden world of more than 300 global species. Discover the fascinating stories behind some 300 species of fungi and understand the world of mushrooms like never before! Did you know that...

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The meaning of geese  by Nick Acheson

The meaning of geese

Nick Acheson

"Renowned naturalist and conservationist Nick Acheson spent countless hours observing and researching wild geese, transported through all weathers by his mother's forty-year-old trusty red bicycle. He meticulously details the geese's arrival, observing what...

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Watching wildlife  by Jim Crumley

Watching wildlife

Jim Crumley

""If you have been still enough for long enough, your eyes will have attuned and begun to read the seasurge fluently, so you recognize the blunt curve and flourished tail of a diving otter. Home your eyes in on that portion of the sea, permit nothing else to...

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How life works  by Philip Ball

How life works

Philip Ball

"A cutting-edge new vision of biology that will revise our concept of what life itself is, how to enhance it, and what possibilities it offers. Biology is undergoing a quiet but profound transformation. Several aspects of the standard picture of how life...

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Interstellar tours  by Brian Clegg

Interstellar tours

Brian Clegg

"Take a voyage into space to explore the wonders of the galaxy and beyond. With award-winning science writer Brian Clegg as your deep space guide, step on board the starship Endurance and marvel at the fascinating sights of deepest, darkest space. Although our...

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The knowledge  by Lewis Dartnell

The knowledge

Lewis Dartnell

"Maybe an asteroid hit Earth. Perhaps a nuclear war reduced our cities to radioactive rubble. Or avian flu killed most of the population. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it has ended and now the survivors must start again. But how do we set about...

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Astronomy photographer of the year. 2023

Astronomy photographer of the year. 2023

"From the number one Astronomy publisher, this book showcases the most spectacular space photography, taken from locations across the globe. Marvel at the wonders of the universe captured by the most talented astrophotographers. Be captivated by 140 winning...

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Butterfly safari  by Andrew Fusek Peters

Butterfly safari

Andrew Fusek Peters

"Andrew Fusek Peters has spent five years travelling round the UK to document and celebrate British butterflies. In Butterfly Safari, he shows butterflies in a new light, capturing close-ups of wing scales and the delicate structure of eggs, eyes and antennae....

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The man who loved Siberia  by Roy Jacobsen

The man who loved Siberia

Roy Jacobsen

"Siberia, to me, is a fairy-tale land. Fritz Dorries set out on his first trip to Eastern Siberia in 1877, when there were still blank spaces on maps of the world. Travelling alone or with his brothers, he climbed mountains, traversed great rivers, explored...

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Earth  by Chris Packham

Earth

Chris Packham

"A beautiful, full colour book to accompany the 5 part BBC TV series telling the most important story of all, the deep history of our own planet. With the trademark dramatic storytelling techniques of The Planets and The Universe, Andrew Cohen and Chris...

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The master builder  by Alfonso Martinez Arias

The master builder

Alfonso Martinez Arias

"What defines who we are? For decades, the biological answer has been our genes. In The Master Builder, leading biologist Alfonso Martinez Arias breaks with decades of scientific and popular tradition to make a bold argument: what defines us is our cells....

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Goshawk summer  by James (Tree climber) Aldred

Goshawk summer

James (Tree climber) Aldred

"In early 2020, wildlife film-maker James Aldred was commissioned to make a documentary following the lives of a family of Goshawks in the New Forest - the place of his childhood. He began to plan a treetop hide in a remote site that would allow him to film...

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Avian architecture  by Peter Goodfellow

Avian architecture

Peter Goodfellow

"Birds are the most consistently inventive builders, and their nests set the bar for functional design in nature. Describing how birds design, engineer and build their nests, Avian Architecture deconstructs all types of nests found around the world using...

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Dinosaur behavior  by Michael Benton

Dinosaur behavior

Michael Benton

"Paleobiology has advanced from a speculative subject to a cutting-edge science. Today, researchers are applying the latest forensic technologies to the fossil record, revealing startling new insights into the lives of dinosaurs. This illustrated guide...

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The naked Neanderthal  by Ludovic Slimak

The naked Neanderthal

Ludovic Slimak

"A Neanderthal hunter takes us on a riveting journey of discovery. What if we have completely misunderstood who the Neanderthals truly were? For over a century we saw them as inferior to Homo Sapiens. Today, Neanderthals are seen as fully human, different from...

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The tree almanac 2024  by Gabriel Hemery

The tree almanac 2024

Gabriel Hemery

"A wondrous seasonal journey through Britain and Ireland's trees. Uncover the majesty and minutiae of the arboreal world in forest scientist Dr Gabriel Hemery's illustrated month-by-month guide - including tree folklore and traditions, recipes and crafts, key...

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The secret lives of molecules  by Kathryn Harkup

The secret lives of molecules

Kathryn Harkup

"What happens when you really get under the skin of the world around you? Everything that surrounds us, and we ourselves, are made of molecules, constructed from a limited set of elements that can combine to form an almost limitless kaleidoscope of...

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Kings of their own ocean  by Karen Pinchin

Kings of their own ocean

Karen Pinchin

"In 2004, an enigmatic charter captain named Al Anderson caught and tagged one Atlantic bluefin tuna off New England's coast. Fourteen years later that same fish -- dubbed Amelia for her ocean-spanning journeys -- was caught again, this time in a Mediterranean...

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Nature's wonders  by Jane V. Adams

Nature's wonders

Jane V. Adams

"Britain's nature year, from the first flower to the last leaf. With a mix of evocative writing, beautiful photographs and facts that are too good to keep to yourself, this book explores 50 magical moments that define our seasons. It's an inspiring guide to...

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How to do ecology  by Richard Karban

How to do ecology

Richard Karban

"The essential insider's guide for ecologists at all career stages - now completely updated and expanded. Most books and courses in ecology focus on facts and concepts but do little to explain the process of research. How to Do Ecology provides nuts-and-bolts...

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Cronin's key guide to Australian rainforest plants  by Leonard Cronin

Cronin's key guide to Australian rainforest plants

Leonard Cronin

"This comprehensive guide to the rainforest flora of Australia is packed with information on more than 300 commonly observed species from rainforests around the continent. Each plant is beautifully illustrated and described in detail in clear, concise language...

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The science of spin  by Roland Ennos

The science of spin

Roland Ennos

"Overlooked, under-explored and misunderstood - this is the story of spin, the force which, quite literally, makes the world go round. In this comprehensive and wide-ranging book, Roland Ennos examines the seemingly infinite ways spin affects our lives, from...

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Great rivers  by Geordie Torr

Great rivers

Geordie Torr

"From the majestic waters of the Nile to the mighty Yellow and Yangtze rivers to the grand Mississippi to the immense Amazon river, the great rivers of the world have captured the human imagination and shaped our history. In this fascinating guide, Geordie...

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Deep listening to nature  by Andrew Skeoch

Deep listening to nature

Andrew Skeoch

"Deep Listening to Nature is an invitation to open our ears to the natural world. Beginning by tuning in to the sounds of creatures around us, Andrew discusses how to identify species by call, interpret their communications and find empathy for their...

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The book of killer plants  by Kit (Botany professor) Carlson

The book of killer plants

Kit (Botany professor) Carlson

"This illustrated compendium puts a spotlight on 100 of Mother Nature's most lethal creations, from those that can harm wild animals to the those that can kill humans. Every entry in this beautiful but practical guide features important facts about the...

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Last chance to see  by Douglas Adams

Last chance to see

Douglas Adams

"Join Douglas Adams, bestselling and beloved author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and zoologist Mark Carwardine on an adventure in search of the world's most endangered and exotic creatures. In this book, Adams' self-proclaimed favourite of his own...

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Tasmanian devil  by David Owen

Tasmanian devil

David Owen

"At night their shrieks and growls echo through the Tasmanian bush, and they are famous for their ferocious bite and scavenging habits. In fact the Tasmanian devil is quite shy and solitary, and one of Australia's most treasured native animals. This is the...

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A book of noises  by Caspar Henderson

A book of noises

Caspar Henderson

"A Little Book of Noises gathers together sounds from the cosmos, the natural world, the human world, and the invented world, as well as containing pockets of silence. From the vast sound of sand in the desert to the tuneful warble of a songbird, from the...

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The lives of seaweeds  by Julie A. Phillips

The lives of seaweeds

Julie A. Phillips

"As photosynthetic organisms, seaweeds and other algae transfer billions of tons of carbon globally from the atmosphere to the deep ocean each year. Coming in all manner of colors, shapes, and sizes, from bioluminescent single-celled algae to giant kelps, they...

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The deepest map  by Laura Trethewey

The deepest map

Laura Trethewey

"The dramatic and action-packed story of the last mysterious place on earth--the world's seafloor--and the deep-sea divers, ocean mappers, marine biologists, entrepreneurs, and adventurers involved in the historic push to chart it, as well as the...

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A naturalist's guide to the butterflies of Australia  by John Nielsen

A naturalist's guide to the butterflies of Australia

John Nielsen

"A Naturalist’s Guide to the Butterflies of Australia is an easy-to-use, photographic guide to 280 butterfly species most commonly seen in Australia, and is perfect for residents and visitors alike. The 2nd edition includes extensive updates to the text,...

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Flowers of the field  by Steve Nicholls

Flowers of the field

Steve Nicholls

"From the machair grasslands of the Outer Hebrides to the chalk cliffs of Kent, and from the dense pinewoods of Abernethy forest to the wetlands of the Fens of eastern England, Britain offers a richly varied array of habitats for our wild flowers. The...

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The milkweed lands  by Eric Lee-Mäder

The milkweed lands

Eric Lee-Mäder

"Follow a year in the life of milkweed, and discover the remarkable role this often-overlooked plant plays in sustaining the meadow ecosystem. The text by Lee-Mäder celebrates the resilience and significance of this native North American plant and the many...

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Shells  by Fabio Moretzsohn

Shells

Fabio Moretzsohn

"Shells have captivated humans from the dawn of time: the earliest known artwork was made on a shell. As well as containers for food, shells have been used as tools, jewelry, decorations for dwellings, and to bring good luck or to ward off spirits. Many...

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Stones  by Cally Oldershaw

Stones

Cally Oldershaw

"From small beach pebbles to huge megaliths, stones have been revered, collected, enhanced, sculpted or engraved for practical and artistic purposes throughout the ages. They have been used to delineate boundaries and to build homes and shelters, and utilized...

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Microbe science for gardeners  by Robert Pavlis

Microbe science for gardeners

Robert Pavlis

"Microscopic organisms are as important to plant growth as water and light. Microbe Science for Gardeners highlights the essential role of microbes in plant biosystems and health, provides practical how-to gardening advice for enhancing plant microbiomes and...

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Birds of Western Australia  by Simon Nevill

Birds of Western Australia

Simon Nevill

"Simon Nevill's celebrated Birds of Western Australia is quite simply the most accessible yet effectively comprehensive guide to all the species that are commonly - and even not so commonly - found in the state, covering the vast majority of sedentary birds...

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Wild new world  by Dan L. (Dan Louie) Flores

Wild new world

Dan L. (Dan Louie) Flores

"A deep-time history of animals and humans in North America, by the best-selling and award-winning author of Coyote America. In 1908, near Folsom, New Mexico, a cowboy discovered the remains of a herd of extinct giant bison. By examining flint points embedded...

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The lives of octopuses & their relatives  by Danna Staaf

The lives of octopuses & their relatives

Danna Staaf

"Dive deep into the fascinating world of cephalopods - octopuses, squid, cuttlefish, and the mysterious nautilus - to discover the astonishing diversity of this unique group of intelligent invertebrates and their many roles in the marine...

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The lives of sharks  by Daniel C. Abel

The lives of sharks

Daniel C. Abel

"A richly illustrated and comprehensive introduction to the world’s sharks. Sharks are the top predators in many marine ecosystems. But tales of the killer instincts and fearsomely sharp senses of these hunters can obscure their full life histories. In fact,...

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The seven measures of the world  by Piero Martin

The seven measures of the world

Piero Martin

"From the beginning of history, measurement has been interwoven into the human experience, shaping our understanding of nature, personal relationships, and the supernatural. We measure the world to know our past, comprehend the present, and plan the future....

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Cronin's key guide to Australian wildflowers  by Leonard Cronin

Cronin's key guide to Australian wildflowers

Leonard Cronin

"Featuring approximately 600 species from all parts of the country, this is a handy reference for identifying Australian wildflowers"--Publisher's description.

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To the ends of the Earth  by Philip Parker

To the ends of the Earth

Philip Parker

"Britain's leading cartographic author takes us on a historical journey through how the greatest maps were created. Exploring key cartographers and mapmaking methods, as well as fascinating interludes on subjects such as the very first maps, deliberate...

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To infinity and beyond  by Neil deGrasse Tyson

To infinity and beyond

Neil deGrasse Tyson

"No one can make the mysteries of the universe more comprehensible and fun than Neil deGrasse Tyson. Drawing on mythology, history, and literature--alongside his trademark wit and charm--Tyson and StarTalk senior producer Lindsey Nyx Walker bring planetary...

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Farts aren't invisible  by Mick O'Hare

Farts aren't invisible

Mick O'Hare

"Own the room with this hilarious collection of fact-tastic myth-busters and jaw-dropping trivia exploring science, history, sport and lesser-known facts from across the universe. Did you know that the Moon has a Bishop? That ostriches DON'T bury their heads...

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Seaweed  by Julia Bird

Seaweed

Julia Bird

"Celebrate the natural beauty of seaweeds and find inspiration to display them in your home. Seaweed seekers and designers Melanie Molesworth and Julia Bird share a love of nature and the outdoors, pressing seaweeds they gather themselves to create unique...

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The complete insect

The complete insect

"A beautifully illustrated exploration of the world's most extraordinary animals. With an astounding 3.5 million species occupying virtually every habitat on Earth, insects are one of the most diverse groups of animals on the planet, from the humble bee to the...

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Rare air  by Sarah Kaizar

Rare air

Sarah Kaizar

"RARE AIR, the culmination of artist Sarah Kaizar's dedication to illustrating endangered fauna, features 66 endangered species of flight-33 birds, 5 bats, 12 bees, and 16 butterflies-presented in her scientifically accurate and utterly engaging pen-and-ink...

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Honey bee biology  by Brian R. Johnson

Honey bee biology

Brian R. Johnson

"It is not an exaggeration to say that the honey bee is the most well understood insect. We know more about Drosophila genetics, but our integrative understanding of that species pales in comparison to our understanding of every facet of honey bee biology....

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Beetles of the world  by M. V. L. (Maxwell V. L.) Barclay

Beetles of the world

M. V. L. (Maxwell V. L.) Barclay

"Beetles make up about a quarter of known animal species and are arguably the most diverse group of organisms on Earth: almost 400,000 species have been formally described so far, and it is likely that this number merely scratches the surface. In Beetles of...

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The owl  by Stephen Moss

The owl

Stephen Moss

"Owls are among the most mysterious birds in the world. Their hauntingly beautiful calls at dusk and nocturnal habits have long captured our collective imaginations - inspiring more superstitions, folktales and myths around the world than any other group of...

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All through the night  by Dani Robertson

All through the night

Dani Robertson

"Why darkness is so important – to plants, to animals, and to ourselves – and why we must protect it all costs. Darkness is the first thing we know in our human existence. Safe and warm inside the bubble of the womb, we are comfortable in that embracing dark....

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Physics  by Robert Snedden

Physics

Robert Snedden

"Written in plain English with concise explanations, this is a wonderful introduction to physics for the general reader"--Publisher's description.

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Animal magic

Animal magic

"This edition of Griffith Review illuminates the magic and mystery of animals - those we're lucky enough to still share the planet with, and those, like dodos and dinosaurs, who are no longer here... The stories in this collection explore in life and in death,...

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In search of the old ones  by Anthony D. Fredericks

In search of the old ones

Anthony D. Fredericks

"An extraordinary journey to visit the oldest trees in the United States that beautifully reveals the connection between humans and natural history"--Publisher's description.

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Call of the kingfisher  by Nick Penny

Call of the kingfisher

Nick Penny

"Composer and wildlife recordist Nick Penny has walked beside the River Nene at Oundle in Northamptonshire for four decades. But a chance encounter with a kingfisher on New Year's Day leads to a deeper relationship with the waterway and woods nearby. The more...

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The signal and the noise  by Nate Silver

The signal and the noise

Nate Silver

"From the financial crisis to ecological disasters, we routinely fail to foresee hugely significant events, often at great cost to society. The rise of 'big data' has the potential to help us predict the future, yet much of it is misleading and useless. Nate...

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The big year  by Mark Obmascik

The big year

Mark Obmascik

"Every January 1, a quirky crowd storms out across North America for a spectacularly competitive event called a Big Year--a grand, expensive, and occasionally vicious 365-day marathon of birdwatching. For three men in particular, 1998 would become a grueling...

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Walking the bones of Britain  by Christopher Somerville

Walking the bones of Britain

Christopher Somerville

"Travelling a thousand miles and across three billion years, Christopher Somerville (walking correspondent of The Times and author of Coast, The January Man and Ships of Heaven) sets out to interrogate the land beneath our feet, and how it has affected every...

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A year in numbers  by Kyle D. Evans

A year in numbers

Kyle D. Evans

"Did you know: Only around 100 people have ever lived beyond a million hours (that's about 114 years); Around 7% of everyone who has ever lived is currently alive; The '12 days of Christmas' song, when sung in full, results in 364 gifts being given - one for...

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The monster's bones  by David K. Randall

The monster's bones

David K. Randall

"In the dust of the Gilded Age Bone Wars, two vastly different men emerge with a mission to fill the empty halls of New York's struggling American Museum of Natural History: Henry Fairfield Osborn, a privileged socialite whose reputation rests on the museum's...

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The devil's teeth  by Susan Casey

The devil's teeth

Susan Casey

"Great white sharks are enigmas. They ruled the oceans long before dinosaurs inhabited the earth, yet we know surprisingly little about them. Scientists speculate they can live for 60 years and grow to a massive 20 feet long. They heal miraculously from severe...

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Cronin's key guide to Australian trees  by Leonard Cronin

Cronin's key guide to Australian trees

Leonard Cronin

"An authoritative and indispensable guide to Australia's fascinating trees, fully updated and revised. It features more than 325 species from all parts of the continent"--Publisher's description.

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Tasmanian tiger  by David Owen

Tasmanian tiger

David Owen

"The tragic story of how ignorance, fear and lack of care led to the disappearance of the famous Tasmanian tiger. This updated edition includes the latest research on whether it could ever be cloned and returned to the wild. Is it still out there? People claim...

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Maths  by Sam Hartburn

Maths

Sam Hartburn

"Your expert guide to mastering the numbers behind the mysteries of modern mathematics. What with the mysteries of infinity and imaginary numbers, the power of mathematical modelling, and the logic and structures hiding behind real-life situations and digital...

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Statistical thinking  by Russell A. Poldrack

Statistical thinking

Russell A. Poldrack

"An essential introduction to statistics for students of psychology and the social sciences. Statistical thinking is increasingly essential to understanding our complex world and making informed decisions based on uncertain data. This incisive undergraduate...

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Planet Earth III  by Matt Brandon

Planet Earth III

Matt Brandon

"The iconic series that started it all returns: accompanying an 8-part program narrated by David Attenborough,Planet Earth IIItakes you closer than ever to the world's most fascinating animals and landscapes - and humanity's irrevocable impact upon them. There...

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Flora

Flora

"This big, glorious big book mines Te Papa's collections to explore and expand upon the way we think about our botanical world and its cultural imprint. A true treasure, it features over 400 selections by an expert, cross-disciplinary museum curatorial team...

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Native insects of Aotearoa  by Julia Kasper

Native insects of Aotearoa

Julia Kasper

"Part of the Te Papa Te Taiao Nature Series, this accessible introduction to a range of the native insects encountered in New Zealand is written by two expert entomologists from our national museum, Te Papa. It features fifty species, from moths and...

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Native shells of Aotearoa  by Bruce Marshall

Native shells of Aotearoa

Bruce Marshall

"Part of the Te Papa Te Taiao Nature Series, this accessible introduction to a range of the aquatic and terrestrial shell-bearing molluscs encountered in New Zealand is written by two experts from our national museum, Te Papa. It features over 160 species,...

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The art of doing science and engineering  by R. W. (Richard Wesley) Hamming

The art of doing science and engineering

R. W. (Richard Wesley) Hamming

"Highly effective thinking is an art that engineers and scientists can be taught to develop. By presenting actual experiences and analyzing them as they are described, the author conveys the developmental thought processes employed and shows a style of...

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Ten tantalising truths  by John Gribbin

Ten tantalising truths

John Gribbin

"John Gribbin is known for giving us simple explanations of big concepts in science. But there is another way to probe the mysteries of the Universe and our place in it. Faced with persistent enquiries from his grandchildren, Gribbin realised that simple...

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Mountains of fire  by Clive Oppenheimer

Mountains of fire

Clive Oppenheimer

"Volcanoes mean so much more than threat and calamity. Like our parents, they've led whole lives before we get to know them. We are made of the same stuff as the breath and cinders of volcanoes. They have long shaped the path of humanity, provoked pioneering...

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The return of wolves  by Eli Francovich

The return of wolves

Eli Francovich

"The gray wolf has made an astonishing comeback in Washington. After near complete eradication in the 1990s, conservationists and environmentalists have cheered this native species' robust return to the state over the last two decades. Washington ranchers are...

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The life of birds  by David Attenborough

The life of birds

David Attenborough

"Over 9,000 species, the most widespread of all animals: on icebergs, in the Sahara or under the sea, at home in our gardens or flying for over a year at a time. Earthbound, we can only look and listen, enjoying their lightness, freedom and richness of plumage...

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One thousand shades of green  by Mike Dilger

One thousand shades of green

Mike Dilger

"For most of 2020, Mikes Dilger's day-job of travelling to the four corners of the British Isles all but disappeared. Having been confined to one place by the Covid pandemic, and with daily dog walks his sole permitted outdoor pursuit, the simple pleasure of...

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