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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.
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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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The myth of disenchantment  by Jason Ānanda Josephson

The myth of disenchantment

Jason Ānanda Josephson

Book

"A great many theorists have argued that the defining feature of modernity is that people no longer believe in spirits, myths, or magic. Jason Ā. Josephson-Storm argues that as broad cultural history goes, this narrative is wrong, as attempts to suppress...

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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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Charles Darwin's On the origin of species  by Rebecca Stefoff

Charles Darwin's On the origin of species

Rebecca Stefoff

Book

Charles Darwin's famous theory of natural selection shook the world of science to its core, challenging centuries of orthodox beliefs about life itself. Darwin's boundary-shattering treatise was captured in On the Origin of Species, originally published...

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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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When the last lion roars  by Sara Evans

When the last lion roars

Sara Evans

Book

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

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Sharks  by Salvador Jorgensen

Sharks

Salvador Jorgensen

Book

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

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The golden-bristled boar  by Jeffrey Greene

The golden-bristled boar

Jeffrey Greene

Book

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

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Blueprint  by Robert Plomin

Blueprint

Robert Plomin

Book

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

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Introducing metamorphism  by Ian Sanders

Introducing metamorphism

Ian Sanders

Book

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

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

Birds of Terengganu = Burung-burung di negeri Terengganu

author Anuar McAfee

Book

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

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Four wings and a prayer  by Sue Halpern

Four wings and a prayer

Sue Halpern

Book

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

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The way of coyote  by Gavin Van Horn

The way of coyote

Gavin Van Horn

Book

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

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The consolations of physics  by Tim Radford

The consolations of physics

Tim Radford

Book

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

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The ethnobotany of Eden  by Robert A. Voeks

The ethnobotany of Eden

Robert A. Voeks

Book

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

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Pandas to penguins  by Melissa Gaskill

Pandas to penguins

Melissa Gaskill

Book

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

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How to be a good creature  by Sy Montgomery

How to be a good creature

Sy Montgomery

Book

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

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Warblers and woodpeckers  by Sneed B. Collard

Warblers and woodpeckers

Sneed B. Collard

Book

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

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Flora

Flora

Book

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

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Plight of the living dead  by Matt Simon

Plight of the living dead

Matt Simon

Book

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

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The atom  by Jack Challoner

The atom

Jack Challoner

Book

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

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Brief answers to the big questions  by Stephen Hawking

Brief answers to the big questions

Stephen Hawking

Book

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

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Papa Goose  by Michael Quetting

Papa Goose

Michael Quetting

Book

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

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The secret life of whales  by Micheline Jenner

The secret life of whales

Micheline Jenner

Book

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

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Accessory to war  by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Accessory to war

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Book

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

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What shape is space?  by Giles Sparrow

What shape is space?

Giles Sparrow

Book

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

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The golden ratio  by Gary B. Meisner

The golden ratio

Gary B. Meisner

Book

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

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Philosophy of science  by Samir Okasha

Philosophy of science

Samir Okasha

Book

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

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This is planet Earth

This is planet Earth

Book

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

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The dinosaur artist  by Paige Williams

The dinosaur artist

Paige Williams

Book

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

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Get smart maths  by Julia Collins

Get smart maths

Julia Collins

Book

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

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The secret network of nature  by Peter Wohlleben

The secret network of nature

Peter Wohlleben

Book

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

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Five photons  by James Geach

Five photons

James Geach

Book

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

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Math with bad drawings  by Ben Orlin

Math with bad drawings

Ben Orlin

Book

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

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Liquid  by Mark Miodownik

Liquid

Mark Miodownik

Book

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

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