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From new discoveries to in-depth studies of scientific topics - there's much to gain from our range of scientific reads. This list updates when we add new titles to the collection.
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The genesis quest  by Michael Marshall

The genesis quest

Michael Marshall

Book

How did life begin? Why are we here? These are some of the most profound questions we can ask. For almost a century, a small band of eccentric scientists has struggled to answer these questions and explain one of the greatest mysteries of all: how and...

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The secret life of stars  by Lisa Harvey-Smith

The secret life of stars

Lisa Harvey-Smith

Book

We all know the Sun, the powerhouse of our solar system, but what about Luyten's Flare, the Rosino-Zwicky Object or Chanal's variable star? For those whose curiosity takes them far beyond Earth's atmosphere, The Secret Life of Stars offers a personal...

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The science of the ocean

The science of the ocean

Book

Dive into this uniquely elegant visual exploration of the sea. An informative and utterly beautiful introduction to marine life and the ocean environment, The Science of the Ocean book brings the riches of the underwater world onto the printed page. ...

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New Guinea  by Bruce McP. Beehler

New Guinea

Bruce McP. Beehler

Book

An enthralling exploration of the biologically richest island on Earth, featuring more than 200 spectacular color images by award-winning National Geographic photographer Tim Laman In this beautiful book, Bruce Beehler, a renowned author and expert on...

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Taxidermy goes wild!  by Rob Colson

Taxidermy goes wild!

Rob Colson

Book

Stuffed with a wonderfully weird collection of taxidermy from across the globe, Taxidermy goes wild will leave you both amused and confused. Revel in scenes of musical mice, basket-balling bengals, gun-toting rodents and lawn-mowing moles. Bringing t...

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Blooming flowers  by Kasia Boddy

Blooming flowers

Kasia Boddy

Book

An evocative and richly illustrated exploration of flowers and how, over the centuries, they have given us so much sustenance, meaning, and pleasure.

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Geology  by Alecia M. Spooner

Geology

Alecia M. Spooner

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Get a rock-solid grasp on geology. Geology For Dummies is ideal reading for anyonewith an interest in the fundamental concepts of geology, whether they're lifelong learners with a fascination for the subject or college students interested in pursuing...

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Molecular & cell biology  by René Fester Kratz

Molecular & cell biology

René Fester Kratz

Book

3.8 billion years and counting -- there's a lot to know about the fundamentals of life. This friendly, jargon-free guide takes you from the primordial soup to the present, explaining how specialized cells have given rise to everything living, from the...

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The book of wonders  by Benjamin Wardhaugh

The book of wonders

Benjamin Wardhaugh

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Euclid's Elements of Geometry was a book that changed the world. In a sweeping history, Benjamin Wardhaugh traces how an ancient Greek text on mathematics often hailed as the world's first textbook shaped two thousand years of art, philosophy and lit...

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The last stargazers  by Emily Levesque

The last stargazers

Emily Levesque

Book

For readers of Labgirl and Neil DeGrasse Tyson, The Last Stargazers combines the exciting travels of award-winning astronomer Emily Levesque with the misunderstood antics of a scrappy (and shrinking) crew of scientists working with stars and telescopes....

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A naturalist's guide to the birds of New Zealand  by Oscar Thomas

A naturalist's guide to the birds of New Zealand

Oscar Thomas

Book

This photographic identification guide to 239 bird species in New Zealand, including the most commonly seen, unique and endemic species, is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High-quality photographs from one of New Zealand's youngest nature pho...

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The sirens of Mars  by Sarah Stewart Johnson

The sirens of Mars

Sarah Stewart Johnson

Book

Right now, spacecraft are circling Mars, sweeping over Terra Sabaea, Syrtis Major, the dunes of Elysium and Mare Sirenum, on the brink, perhaps, of a discovery that would inspire humankind as much as any in our history. With poetic precision, Sarah S...

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Unfair game  by Michael A. Ashcroft

Unfair game

Michael A. Ashcroft

Book

In April 2019, Lord Ashcroft published the results of his year-long investigation into South Africa's captive-bred lion industry. Over eleven pages of a single edition of the Mail on Sunday, he showed why this sickening trade, which involves appalling...

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The oak papers  by James Canton

The oak papers

James Canton

Book

James Canton spent two years sitting with and studying this unique tree. It was an exercise in discipline- he needed to slow down in order to appreciate it fully, to tune in to it, to connect with the ecosystem that lives around, inside and under it....

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Braiding sweetgrass  by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Braiding sweetgrass

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Book

"A a botanist, Robion Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. [Here], Kimmerer brings these lenses...

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Ancient bones  by Madelaine Böhme

Ancient bones

Madelaine Böhme

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A leading palaeontologist discovers the missing link in human evolution. Somewhere west of Munich, Madelaine Bohme and her colleagues dig for clues to the origins of humankind. What they discover is beyond anything they imagined. The fossilised bones...

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Fantastic fungi

Fantastic fungi

Book

Companion to the film Fantastic Fungi. Contributions from Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, Eugenia Bone, and many more expterts make Fantastic Fungi an awe-inspiring visual journey through the exotic, little-known realm of fungi and its amazing potential...

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Vesper flights  by Helen Macdonald

Vesper flights

Helen Macdonald

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Presents a collection of essays about humanity's relationship with nature, exploring subjects ranging from captivity and immigration to ostrich farming and the migrations of songbirds from the Empire State Building.

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Astronomical  by Tim (Chemistry teacher) James

Astronomical

Tim (Chemistry teacher) James

Book

Space is the biggest, oldest, hottest, coldest, strangest thing a human can study. It's no surprise then, that the weirdest facts in science (not to mention the weirdest scientists themselves) are found in astrophysics and cosmology. If you're looking...

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The last lions of Africa  by Anthony Ham

The last lions of Africa

Anthony Ham

Book

This is the riveting and illuminating story of Australian writer Anthony Ham's extraordinary journey into the world of lions. Haunted by the idea that they might disappear from the planet in our lifetime, he ventured deep into the African wilderness,...

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Gory details  by Erika Engelhaupt

Gory details

Erika Engelhaupt

Book

Erika Engelhaupt, founding editor of National Geographic's Gory Details blog, explores oft-ignored but alluring facets of biology, anatomy, space exploration, nature, and more. Featuring reporting and interviews with leading researchers in the field,...

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The wrong kind of snow  by Antony Woodward

The wrong kind of snow

Antony Woodward

Book

"The British are, as a general rule, obsessed with the weather, an unsurprising fact given the unpredictability of English weather systems and the huge impact they have played on national history. The defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 was as much a...

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The bird way  by Jennifer Ackerman

The bird way

Jennifer Ackerman

Book

'There is the mammal way and there is the bird way.' But the bird way is much more than a unique pattern of brain wiring, and lately, scientists have taken a new look at bird behaviours they have, for years, dismissed as anomalies or mysteries. What they...

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The elements we live by  by Anja Røyne

The elements we live by

Anja Røyne

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We all know that we depend on elements for survival, from oxygen in the air we breathe to carbon in the molecular structures of all living things. But we seldom appreciate how, say, phosphorus holds our DNA together or how potassium powers our optic ...

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Tiger wars  by Al Cimino

Tiger wars

Al Cimino

Book

The global smash-hit Netflix documentary mini-series, Tiger King, introduced viewers to the weird, crazy and chaotic life of private zoo owner and big cat breeder, Joe Exotic, and his war against Carole Baskin. Baskin, who runs the Big Cat Rescue in Florida,...

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The living world  by Rachel Rohloff

The living world

Rachel Rohloff

Book

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Fire  by Stephen J. Pyne

Fire

Stephen J. Pyne

Book

What does a full-blown Fire Age look like? We are about to find out, and Australia will feel the looking-glass transition from an ice world to a fire world more fully and suddenly than elsewhere. Over vast expanses of time, fire and humanity have interacted...

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The number bias  by Sanne Blauw

The number bias

Sanne Blauw

Book

Even if you don't consider yourself a numbers person, you are a numbers person. The time has come to put numbers in their place. Not high up on a pedestal, or out on the curb, but right where they belong: beside words. It is not an overstatement to say...

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Universe

Universe

Book

Unrivalled in its breadth, Universe explores every aspect of the cosmos, from the big bang to planets in our solar system and beyond.

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How zoologists organize things  by David Bainbridge

How zoologists organize things

David Bainbridge

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A reproductive biologist and popular science writer shows how categorization has shaped our view of the natural world, in this fascinating book that unveils wild truths and even wilder myths about animals, as perpetrated by zoologists, revealing how much...

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The language of butterflies  by Wendy Williams

The language of butterflies

Wendy Williams

Book

An enthralling look at one of the world's most beautiful and resilient animals, and the role they play in our ecosystem. Butterflies are beloved across the globe, adorning gardens, parks and zoos. Their feats are staggering - monarchs migrate thousands...

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Complete birds of Britain and Europe  by Rob Hume

Complete birds of Britain and Europe

Rob Hume

Book

From owls to auks, from Kingfishers to pipits, find out everything you need to know about the birds we see every day. RSPB Birds of Britain and Europe is a necessary addition to any birdwatching enthusiasts collection, from experienced to beginner. F...

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Entangled life  by Merlin Sheldrake

Entangled life

Merlin Sheldrake

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Living at the border between life and non-life, fungi use diverse cocktails of potent enzymes and acids to disassemble some of the most stubborn substances on the planet, turning rock into soil and wood into compost, allowing plants to grow. Fungi not...

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The end of everything  by Katherine J. Mack

The end of everything

Katherine J. Mack

Book

A rising star in astrophysics presents an accessible and eye-opening look at five ways the universe could end, and the lessons each scenario reveals about the most important concepts in cosmology.

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Galaxies  by David J. Eicher

Galaxies

David J. Eicher

Book

Have you ever wanted to explore the Milky Way? Are you curious about how black holes form (and what really happens if you get stuck in one)? Do you want to learn how to read the night sky from your back garden? Tour the most dazzling, fascinating, and...

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The cosmic-chemical bond  by David A. Williams

The cosmic-chemical bond

David A. Williams

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Introducing astrochemistry to a wide audience, this book describes how molecules formed in chemical reactions occur in a range of environments in interstellar and circumstellar space, from shortly after the Big Bang up to the present epoch. Stressing...

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Pluses and minuses  by Stefan Buijsman

Pluses and minuses

Stefan Buijsman

Book

What is the relationship between the number of films Nicolas Cage appears in and the number of deaths by drowning in swimming pools? How in 1850s London did John Snow calculate the relationship between the city’s water suppliers and the number of deaths...

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Fathoms  by Rebecca Giggs

Fathoms

Rebecca Giggs

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When Rebecca Giggs encountered a humpback whale stranded on her local beach in Australia, she began to wonder how the lives of whales might shed light on the condition of our seas. How do whales experience environmental change? Has our connection to ...

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Lost gold  by Colin Miskelly

Lost gold

Colin Miskelly

Book

This special book-format issue of Birds New Zealands journal Notornis is devoted to the birds of the Auckland Islands Maukahuka/Motu Maha, the largest and biologically most diverse island group in the New Zealand subantarctic region. Its 19 chapters,...

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Tree story  by Valerie Trouet

Tree story

Valerie Trouet

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This book tells engaging stories about the science of dendrochronology, the study of tree growth rings. From studying tree rings, scientists can learn about the past climate on earth, and sometimes tree-ring data provide evidence of natural events th...

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Australian wildlife  by Stella Martin

Australian wildlife

Stella Martin

Book

A new, thoroughly updated second edition of Bradt's Australian Wildlife, covering habitats, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, the marine environment and where to go. Wildlife writer Stella Martin combines the encyclopaedic knowledge...

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Masterpieces of the Earth  by Michael Bright

Masterpieces of the Earth

Michael Bright

Book

From searingly hot deserts to lands of fire and ice, this book is a vivid journey through the natural wonders of the seven continents. With page after page of spectacular photographs, this book pays homage to the powerful forces that shape our planet...

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A lifetime in Galapagos  by Tui De Roy

A lifetime in Galapagos

Tui De Roy

Book

"Tui De Roy was a year old in 1955 when her family left Europe aboard a banana boat, bound for the Pacific to lead a different sort of life on Galapagos, one of self-sufficiency and living close to nature. She grew up on the islands and returned to them...

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Wintering  by Stephen Rutt

Wintering

Stephen Rutt

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In the autumn of 2018 Stephen Rutt and his partner moved to a house near the Solway Firth in Dumfries. As they settled into their new home thousands of pink-footed geese were arriving on the Firth from the Arctic Circle to make it their winter home. ...

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