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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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Space atlas  by James Trefil

Space atlas

James Trefil

Book

In this guided tour of our planetary neighborhood, the Milky Way and other galaxies, and beyond, detailed maps and fascinating imagery from recent space missions partner with clear, authoritative scientific information. Starting with the sun and moving...

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Vargic's curious cosmic compendium  by Martin Vargic

Vargic's curious cosmic compendium

Martin Vargic

Book

Explore the wonders of the universe like you've never seen before with this incredible new book from bestselling author Martin Vargic, which will fascinate both young and old alike. Vargic's beautifully innovative designs will help to explain all of the...

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The science of animals  by Jamie Ambrose

The science of animals

Jamie Ambrose

Book

From tiny insects to sleek sharks and majestic elephants, this book invites you to explore the animal kingdom up close - from nose to tail. Whether you're interested in specific animal groups such as mammals or birds or have a passion for wildlife ph...

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The Universe today ultimate guide to viewing the cosmos  by David Dickinson

The Universe today ultimate guide to viewing the cosmos

David Dickinson

Book

David Dickinson, earth science teacher and backyard astronomer, and Fraser Cain, publisher of Universe today, have teamed up to provide expert guidance on observing the night sky. "The universe today ultimate guide to viewing the cosmos" features the...

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Visual galaxy

Visual galaxy

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This compelling visual journey through our galaxy combines more than 350 photographs, illustrations, and graphics to present the universe as you've never seen it before. Visual Galaxy is a deep dive into the past, present, and future of our home galaxy,...

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Gorillas in the wild  by Joe McDonald

Gorillas in the wild

Joe McDonald

Book

Joe McDonald and Mary Ann McDonald hold the record for treks to Rwanda to photograph mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. In this book, Joe shares his vast knowledge of the apes, and the pair present an unprecedented collection of images that ...

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The eight master lessons of nature  by Gary Ferguson

The eight master lessons of nature

Gary Ferguson

Book

In Eight Master Lessons of Nature, Gary Ferguson reveals the wisdom of the natural world. By keenly observing and admiring wildlife and their surroundings, he shows us why sympathy is our greatest asset and crucial to our survival, that feminine rule...

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The maths book

The maths book

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A vibrant exploration of the world's most famous and important mathematical ideas, theorems, and movements, and the great minds behind them. Take a journey through the intriguing story of numbers, patterns, and shapes in order to better understand the...

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Dinosaurs & prehistoric life  by Douglas Palmer

Dinosaurs & prehistoric life

Douglas Palmer

Book

The stunning visuals and authoritative text make Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life a fascinating and revealing encyclopedia that will appeal to the whole family. From the origin of life, through the age of dinosaurs stalked by the terrifying Tyrannosaurus...

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The ecology book

The ecology book

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Explore ecology in this accessible introduction to how the natural world works and how we have started to understand the environment, ecosystems, and climate change. Using a bold, graphic-led approach, The Ecology Book explores and explains over 85 of...

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The primate family tree  by Ian Redmond

The primate family tree

Ian Redmond

Book

"The Primate Family Tree" is a beautiful and comprehensive resource on the subject of our animal relatives: apes, monkeys and lemurs. Readers will learn an abundance of facts, review recent research and conservation efforts and discover the remarkabl...

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Harvest  by Edward Posnett

Harvest

Edward Posnett

Book

In a centuries-old tradition, farmers in northwestern Iceland scour remote coastal plains for the down of nesting eider ducks. High inside a vast cave in Borneo, men perched atop rickety ladders collect swiftlets' nests, a delicacy believed to be a cure...

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Buzz, sting, bite  by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

Buzz, sting, bite

Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

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Insects comprise roughly half of the animal kingdom, and they live everywhere. Most of us think life would be better without bugs. In fact, life would be impossible without them. Without the pinhead-sized chocolate midge, cocoa flowers would not pollinate....

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The life-changing magic of numbers  by Bobby Seagull

The life-changing magic of numbers

Bobby Seagull

Book

If you found maths lessons at school irrelevant and boring, that's because you didn't have a teacher like Bobby Seagull. Long before his rise to cult fandom on University Challenge, Bobby Seagull was obsessed with numbers. They were the keys that unlocked...

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Altered inheritance  by Françoise Baylis

Altered inheritance

Françoise Baylis

Book

With the advent of CRISPR gene-editing technology, designer babies have become a reality. Françoise Baylis insists that scientists alone cannot decide the terms of this new era in human evolution. Members of the public, with diverse interests and per...

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Extraterrestrial languages  by Daniel Oberhaus

Extraterrestrial languages

Daniel Oberhaus

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If we send a message into space, will extraterrestrial beings receive it? Will they understand? The endlessly fascinating question of whether we are alone in the universe has always been accompanied by another, more complicated one: if there is...

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Stargazing  by Nirmala Nataraj

Stargazing

Nirmala Nataraj

Book

This collection of photographs illuminates the darkness of space in a whole new way. Images from the archives of NASA reveal the night sky's most extraordinary phenomena, from the radiant aurora borealis to awe-inspiring lunar eclipses. Science geeks...

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The good bee  by Alison Benjamin

The good bee

Alison Benjamin

Book

Bees are our most loyal ally. These fascinating, enigmatic creatures are a key lynchpin in the working of our planet. Without them the landscape, as well as every aisle in our supermarkets would look radically different. And we're not just talking about...

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After man  by Dougal Dixon

After man

Dougal Dixon

Book

What exotic creatures does tomorrow hold? Dougal Dixon's classic work of speculative anthropology blends science and fantasy in a stunning zoology of the future.

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Urban legends from space  by Bob (Astronomer) King

Urban legends from space

Bob (Astronomer) King

Book

"In this Internet age where science fiction masquerades as fact, even the most rational person might find themselves wondering: Could NASA have faked the moon landings? Are we sure the government isn't using chemtrails to experiment on people? And did...

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Blueprint  by Nicholas A. Christakis

Blueprint

Nicholas A. Christakis

Book

For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for...

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Sharks  by Callum Denness

Sharks

Callum Denness

Book

For as long as people have lived in Australia, the shark has loomed large in our fears. From the Noongar people of Western Australia who stayed out of the water for fear of being taken, to media hysteria about attacks and even sightings today, sharks...

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Close to birds  by Roine Magnusson

Close to birds

Roine Magnusson

Book

A stunning celebration of birds and why we love them. Gorgeous, close-up photographs highlight the magic in every feather, with enchanting essays about how birds touch our lives. Our lives intertwine with birds like no other wild creature. Every day birds...

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Imagined life  by James Trefil

Imagined life

James Trefil

Book

It is now known that we live in a galaxy with more planets than stars. The Milky Way alone encompasses 30 trillion potential home planets. Scientists Trefil and Summers bring readers on a marvelous experimental voyage through the possibilities of lif...

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How to  by Randall Munroe

How to

Randall Munroe

Book

For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try it. Munroe has created a guide to the third kind of approach. He provides highly impractical...

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Walks in the wild  by Peter Wohlleben

Walks in the wild

Peter Wohlleben

Book

Can you tell the difference between wolf and dog prints? Which trees are best to shelter under a storm? How do you tell a deciduous and coniferous tree apart? Bestselling author of The Hidden Life of trees, Peter Wohlleben, lets you in on the quinte...

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Believe it or snot  by Nick Caruso

Believe it or snot

Nick Caruso

Book

A compendium of slimy and repulsive facts from the authors of DOES IT FART? What is hyena butter, and would you want to put it on toast? A hagfish can produce how much slime in 60 seconds? Which animal produces a snotty sleeping bag? How does a bubble...

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Cosmic chronicles  by Fred Watson

Cosmic chronicles

Fred Watson

Book

Are we alone in the Universe? Where did the Moon come from? How do we know what stars are made of? Could there really be a future in asteroid mining? In Cosmic Chronicles, Fred Watson, Australia’s Astronomer-at-Large and bestselling author explores the...

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Buzz  by Thor Hanson

Buzz

Thor Hanson

Book

Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In Buzz, the beloved Thor Hanson takes us on a journey that begins...

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Consider the platypus  by Maggie Ryan Sandford

Consider the platypus

Maggie Ryan Sandford

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Consider the Platypus explores the history and features of more than 50 animals to provide insight into our current understanding of evolution. Using Darwin's theory as a springboard, Maggie Ryan Sandford details scientists' initial understanding of ...

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The orchid  by Lauren Gardiner

The orchid

Lauren Gardiner

Book

Produced in association with Kew, this wonderful book is enhanced with botanical illustrations by the great orchid artists, 40 of which have been also been selected to include as prints and presented in a handsome collector's box. Captivating, beauti...

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My penguin year  by Lindsay McCrae

My penguin year

Lindsay McCrae

Book

When the BBC asked BAFTA-winning cameraman Lindsay McCrae to go to Antarctica to film emperor penguins he was thrilled. After discussing it with his wife Becky they agreed that, although it would mean him being away for 11 months, he should do it. But...

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Mind blown  by Dan Marshall

Mind blown

Dan Marshall

Book

Did you know space is only an hour's drive away? Did you know there is a jellyfish that is biologically immortal? Or that of all life that has ever existed on Earth, 99.9% of it is extinct? Dan Marshall’s new book is packed to the brim with facts that...

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End times  by Bryan (Bryan R.) Walsh

End times

Bryan (Bryan R.) Walsh

Book

What is going to cause our extinction? How can we save ourselves and our future? End Times answers the most important questions facing humankind. End Times is a compelling work of skilled reportage that peels back the layers of complexity around the....

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Slime  by Ruth Kassinger

Slime

Ruth Kassinger

Book

Say "algae" and most people think of pond scum. What they don't know is that without algae, none of us would exist. There are as many algae on Earth as stars in the universe, and they have been essential to life on our planet for eons. Algae created the...

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The dark stuff  by Donald S. Murray

The dark stuff

Donald S. Murray

Book

People living on the edge or in the midst of moorland have interacted with their environment for centuries, utilizing its resources and drawing upon its unique features to provide shape and meaning for their lives. Donald S. Murray's new book is an e...

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Orca  by Erich Hoyt

Orca

Erich Hoyt

Book

This revised fifth edition includes Hoyt's original account of his trips to the waters off Vancouver Island in the 1970s to help make a documentary about the killer whale, about which little was known then. Exciting new chapters bring readers up-to-date...

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Dr Karl's random road trip through science  by Karl Kruszelnicki

Dr Karl's random road trip through science

Karl Kruszelnicki

Book

Australia's shirtiest scientist heads off into science's wild blue yonder What would happen if you really went on an 'Alkaline Diet'? Do fish drink water? How long is a DNA molecule if you stretch it out? How much wee do you make in a day? Why do wombats...

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Latin for bird lovers  by Roger J. Lederer

Latin for bird lovers

Roger J. Lederer

Book

Identifies and briefly explains over three thousand Latin words used to describe birds, referring to species, body parts, colors, patterns, and sizes, and profiles twelve ornithologists as well as twenty popular birds.

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Light from the void  by Kimberly K. Arcand

Light from the void

Kimberly K. Arcand

Book

Take a journey through the cosmos with 'Light from the Void', a stunning collection of photographs from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory's two decades of operation. The book showcases rarely-seen celestial phenomena such as black holes, planetary nebulae,...

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Zoology

Zoology

Book

Whether you're interested in specific animal groups such as mammals or birds or have a passion for wildlife photography, this beautiful book will delight, fascinate, and surprise. DK's elegant new introduction to wild animals is packed with dramatic....

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Superheavy  by Kit (Science journalist) Chapman

Superheavy

Kit (Science journalist) Chapman

Book

Explores how scientists create superheavy elements, using giant machines to try to make single atoms of mysterious artefacts that have never existed on Earth. From the first elements past uranium and their role in the devlopment of the atomic bomb to...

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Cosmological koans  by Anthony (Anthony Nicholas) Aguirre

Cosmological koans

Anthony (Anthony Nicholas) Aguirre

Book

A leading physicist unravels the mysteries of the universe through pleasingly paradoxical Zen-style vignettes. Cosmological Koans takes a fresh approach to explaining the most mind bending concepts in physics and cosmology by invoking the ancient Zen...

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Asbestos in Australia

Asbestos in Australia

Book

Asbestos in Australia presents for the first time a multi-dimensional view of Australia’s asbestos story featuring contributions from experts in the disciplines of history, journalism, medicine, law and public health. It also includes first-hand accounts...

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Adam Spencer's number land. by Adam Spencer

Adam Spencer's number land.

Adam Spencer

Book

Yottabytes, massive diamonds, the 1800s version of Fortnight - not to mention more pizza! These are just some of the marvels explained in Adam Spencer's Numberland. Yes folks, Australia's funniest and most-loved mathematician is back with a brand new...

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The origin of (almost) everything  by Graham Lawton

The origin of (almost) everything

Graham Lawton

Book

A journey through life, the universe and everything. Introduction by Professor Stephen Hawking. When Edwin Hubble looked into his telescope in the 1920s, he was shocked to find that nearly all of the galaxies he could see through it were flying away from...

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Third thoughts  by Steven Weinberg

Third thoughts

Steven Weinberg

Book

Weinberg, recipient of the Nobel Prize (1979) with Abdus Shalam and Sheldon Glashow for their contributions to the electroweak unification theory, is well known not only for his groundbreaking work in physics, but also for his efforts in popularizing...

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The trouble with gravity  by Richard Panek

The trouble with gravity

Richard Panek

Book

An award-winning science writer traces our millennia-long effort to understand the phenomenon of gravity--the greatest mystery in physics, and a force that has shaped our universe and our minds in ways we have never fully understood until now.

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Letters from an astrophysicist  by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Letters from an astrophysicist

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Book

Neil deGrasse Tyson is arguably the most influential, acclaimed scientist on the planet. As director of the Hayden Planetarium, and host of Cosmos and StarTalk, he has dedicated his life to exploring and explaining the mysteries of the universe. Every...

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Now  by R. (Richard) Muller

Now

R. (Richard) Muller

Book

"A monumental work on the flow of time, from the universe's creation to "Now," by the best-selling author of Physics for Future Presidents. "Now" is a simple concept--you're reading this sentence now. Yet a real definition of "now" has eluded even the...

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Nature's explorers

Nature's explorers

Book

Nature's Explorers celebrates the individuals who made great personal endeavours to document the natural world. Superb artworks and photographs spanning three centuries have been chosen to illustrate each essay. From ground-breaking theorists such as...

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How I wish I'd taught maths  by Craig Barton

How I wish I'd taught maths

Craig Barton

Book

When he started his Mr. Barton Maths Podcast, Craig Barton wasn’t expecting to have his whole outlook on teaching and learning turned upside down. How I Wish I’d Taught Maths is the story of an experienced and successful maths teacher’s journey into the...

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Geometry essentials  by Mark Ryan

Geometry essentials

Mark Ryan

Book

Just the critical concepts you need to score high in geometry. This practical, friendly guide focuses on critical concepts taught in a typical geometry course, from the properties of triangles, parallelograms, circles, and cylinders, to the skills an...

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Algebra II essentials  by Mary Jane Sterling

Algebra II essentials

Mary Jane Sterling

Book

Passing grades in two years of algebra courses are required for high school graduation. Algebra II Essentials For Dummies covers key ideas from typical second-year Algebra coursework to help students get up to speed. Free of ramp-up material, Algebra...

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Algebra I essentials  by Mary Jane Sterling

Algebra I essentials

Mary Jane Sterling

Book

With its use of multiple variables, functions, and formulas, algebra can be confusing and overwhelming to learn and easy to forget. Perfect for students who need to review or reference critical concepts, Algebra I Essentials For Dummies provides cont...

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Maths on the back of an envelope  by Robert Eastaway

Maths on the back of an envelope

Robert Eastaway

Book

How many cats are there in the world? What's the chance of winning the lottery twice? And just how long does it take to count to a million? Learn how to tackle tricky maths problems with nothing but the back of an envelope, a pencil and some good old...

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Seven worlds one planet  by Jonny Keeling

Seven worlds one planet

Jonny Keeling

Book

Long ago, our planet had only one gigantic land mass. Then something monumental happened. That supercontinent ruptured and seven different worlds were born. Each of those worlds - or continents - evolved, and continues to evolve, its own way of life....

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Father of lions  by Louise Callaghan

Father of lions

Louise Callaghan

Book

Between 2014 and 2017, the 'Islamic State' ruled the city of Mosul, in northern Iraq, killing 'traitors', destroying books and oppressing women. But miraculously, in a park on the eastern edge of the Tigris, a zoo was kept open. Father of Lions is the...

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Dark skies  by Valerie Stimac

Dark skies

Valerie Stimac

Book

Published in time for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, this practical and comprehensive guide reveals the best star-gazing experiences around the world. It includes guides to 35 dark sky sites, as well as over 60 national parks accredited by...

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The 50 best birdwatching sites in New Zealand  by Liz Light

The 50 best birdwatching sites in New Zealand

Liz Light

Book

"New Zealand has a diverse range of bird species and is especially important for pelagics. Thirteen of the world's 18 penguin species have been recorded in the New Zealand region (including the Ross Dependency). Nine of these species breed here. Of petrels,...

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In oceans deep  by Bill Streever

In oceans deep

Bill Streever

Book

In an age of unprecedented exploration and innovation, our oceans remain largely unknown, and endlessly fascinating. Streever celebrates the daring pioneers who tested the limits of what the human body can endure under water as he traces both the lit...

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Ten great ideas about chance  by Persi Diaconis

Ten great ideas about chance

Persi Diaconis

Book

"In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, gamblers and mathematicians transformed the idea of chance from a mystery into the discipline of probability, setting the stage for a series of breakthroughs that enabled or transformed innumerable fields,...

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Pre-algebra essentials  by Mark Zegarelli

Pre-algebra essentials

Mark Zegarelli

Book

Many students worry about starting algebra. Pre-Algebra Essentials For Dummies provides an overview of critical pre-algebra concepts to help new algebra students (and their parents) take the next step without fear. Free of ramp-up material, Pre-Algeb...

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Calculus essentials  by Mark Ryan

Calculus essentials

Mark Ryan

Book

Many colleges and universities require students to take at least one math course, and Calculus I is often the chosen option. Calculus Essentials For Dummies provides explanations of key concepts for students who may have taken calculus in high school...

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The waterside ape  by P. H. Rhys Evans

The waterside ape

P. H. Rhys Evans

Book

Why are humans so fond of water? Why is our skin colour so variable? Why aren’t we hairy like our close ape relatives? mA savannah scenario of human evolution has been widely accepted primarily due to fossil evidence; and fossils do not offer insight...

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Searching for the oldest stars  by Anna Frebel

Searching for the oldest stars

Anna Frebel

Book

Astronomers study the oldest observable stars in the universe in much the same way that archaeologists study ancient artifacts on Earth. Here, Anna Frebel--who is credited with discovering several of the oldest and most primitive stars using the worl...

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The universe  by Oliver Berry

The universe

Oliver Berry

Book

The world's first and only guide to the Universe explores in detail the planets within our solar system and informs readers of their distance from Earth, temperature and atmosphere, before featuring recently discovered stars, galaxies and planets millions...

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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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The art of statistics  by D. J. Spiegelhalter

The art of statistics

D. J. Spiegelhalter

Book

Statistics has played a leading role in our scientific understanding of the world for centuries, yet we are all familiar with the way statistical claims can be sensationalised, particularly in the media. In the age of big data, as data science become...

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Underland  by Robert Macfarlane

Underland

Robert Macfarlane

Book

In Underland, Macfarland delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth's underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself. He takes us on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness, burial, and...

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Curious creatures on our shores  by Chris Thorogood

Curious creatures on our shores

Chris Thorogood

Book

This veritable marine treasure trove of a book is richly illustrated by the author, with fifty of the most beautiful, easily encountered, and sometimes astonishing marine organisms found on British coasts, from seemingly exotic seahorses and starfish,...

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Remarkable trees  by Christina (Horticulturist) Harrison

Remarkable trees

Christina (Horticulturist) Harrison

Book

More than 60,000 species of trees are found in an amazing variety of forms, sizes and habitats. Every tree has its own story and here are over 60, selected for their particular resonance and connection with humankind and representing most of the world's...

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Gene machine  by Venki Ramakrishnan

Gene machine

Venki Ramakrishnan

Book

Everyone knows about DNA. It is the essence of our being, influencing who we are and what we pass on to our children. But the information in DNA can t be used without a machine to decode it. The ribosome is that machine. Older than DNA itself, it is the...

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Why North is up  by Mick Ashworth

Why North is up

Mick Ashworth

Book

Many people have a love of maps. But what lies behind the process of map-making? How have cartographers through the centuries developed their craft and established a language of maps which helps them to better represent our world and users to understand...

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A fortunate universe  by Geraint F. Lewis

A fortunate universe

Geraint F. Lewis

Book

Over the last forty years, scientists have uncovered evidence that if the Universe had been forged with even slightly different properties, life as we know it - and life as we can imagine it - would be impossible. Join us on a journey through how we ...

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Symphony in C  by Robert M. Hazen

Symphony in C

Robert M. Hazen

Book

An enchanting biography of the most resonant – and most necessary – chemical element on Earth. Carbon. It is the building block of every cell that makes up every living thing. It is the essential component of the food we eat, the fuel we burn, the wood...

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Scientifica historica  by Brian Clegg

Scientifica historica

Brian Clegg

Book

Scientifica Historica is an illustrated, essay-based review of those books that marked the development of science from ancient civilizations to the new millennium. The book is divided into five eras and explores the leading scientific pioneers, discoveries...

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The substance of spacetime  by A. M. (Andrew M.) Ryan

The substance of spacetime

A. M. (Andrew M.) Ryan

Book

Does Spacetime Exist? If spacetime does not exist, it certainly does so in a curiously conspicuous way, not at all like other geometric abstractions. Consider this mindbender: spacetime does not exist at all, but it doesn t exist in the void even more...

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The number of the heavens  by Tom Siegfried

The number of the heavens

Tom Siegfried

Book

One of the most controversial, cutting-edge ideas in cosmology-the possibility that there exist multiple parallel universes-in fact has a long history. Tom Siegfried reminds us that the size and number of the heavens have been contested since ancient...

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Bee  by Claire Preston

Bee

Claire Preston

Book

Claire Preston’s Bee is a history of our long, complex relationship with this industrious, much-admired insect. The book moves from ancient political descriptions of the bee to Renaissance debates about monarchy, to the conversion of the virtuous, civil...

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Wild leadership  by Erna Walraven

Wild leadership

Erna Walraven

Book

What can we learn about leadership from wild animals? This book looks at leadership from a completely different perspective. Our closest living relatives are chimpanzees and bonobos - we are less hairy and may wear a business suit, but are driven by ...

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