Science & Biology

Front cover of A Tale of Seven Elements by Eric Scerri
A Tale of Seven Elements - Eric Scerri

A Tale of Seven Elements by Eric Scerri starts in 1913 when English physicist Henry Moseley established an elegant method for 'counting' the elements. Soon afterwards, it became clear that there were precisely seven elements missing from the periodic table-those that had yet to be isolated among the 92 naturally occurring elements from hydrogen (#1) to uranium (#92). In A Tale of Seven Elements, Eric Scerri will present the discovery of those seven elements, five of which are radioactive and three or possibly four of were first isolated by women.

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Front cover of Air by William Bryant Logan
Air - William Bryant Logan

Air by William Bryant Logan is written with the passionate narrative style and wide-ranging erudition that makes William Bryant Logan's work a touchstone for nature lovers and environmentalists. Air is, like the contents of a bag of seaborne dust that Darwin collected aboard the Beagle, a treasure trove of discovery. Air sustains the living. Every creature breathes to live, exchanging and changing the atmosphere. Water and dust spin and rise, make clouds and fall again, fertilizing the dirt.

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Front cover of The Spark of Life by Frances Ashcroft
The Spark of Life - Frances Ashcroft

The Spark of Life by Frances Ashcroft explores electricity and the human body. What happens during a heart attack? Can someone really die of fright? What is death, anyway? How does electroshock treatment affect the brain? What is consciousness? The answers to these questions lie in the electrical signals constantly traveling through our bodies, driving our thoughts, our movements, and even the beating of our hearts.

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Front cover of Zoom by Bob Berman
Zoom - Bob Berman

Zoom by Bob Berman takes a thrilling tour around the wondrous and myriad motions that shape every aspect of the universe. Sitting still in a quiet room, you might just be able to convince yourself that nothing is moving. But air currents swirl about you. Blood rushes through your veins. The atoms in your chair jiggle furiously. And the planet you are on is whizzing through space 35 times faster than the speed of sound.

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Front cover of The Red Canary by Tim Birkhead
The Red Canary - Tim Birkhead

The Red Canary by Tim Birkhead follows the compelling quest to turn the green canary red. The creation of Dolly the sheep in the 1990s was for many people the start of a new era: the age of genetically modified animals. However, the idea was not new for in the 1920s an amateur scientist, Hans Duncker, decided to genetically engineer a red canary. Though his experiments failed, they paved the way for others to succeed when it was recognised that the canary needed to be both a product of nature and nurture.

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Front cover of The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014 edited by Deborah Blum
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014 - Deborah Blum

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014 edited by Deborah Blum selects the years top science and nature writing from writers who balance research with humanity and in the process uncover riveting stories of discovery across the disciplines.

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Front cover of At the Edge of Uncertainty by Michael Brooks
At the Edge of Uncertainty - Michael Brooks

At the Edge of Uncertainty by Michael Brooks investigates the new wave of unexpected insights that are shaping the future of scientific discovery. The atom. The Big Bang. DNA. Natural selection. All ideas that have revolutionised science - and that were dismissed out of hand when they first appeared. The surprises haven't stopped. Through eleven radical new insights, Brooks takes us to the extreme frontiers of what we understand about the world.

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Front cover of The Hungry Scientist Handbook by Patrick Buckley and Lily Binns
The Hungry Scientist Handbook - Patrick Buckley and Lily Binns

The Hungry Scientist Handbook by Patrick Buckley and Lily Binns brings DIY technology into the kitchen and onto the plate. It compiles the most mouthwatering projects created by mechanical engineer Patrick Buckley and his band of intrepid techie friends, whose collaboration on contraptions started at a memorable 2005 Bay Area dinner party and resulted in the formation of the Hungry Scientist Society—a loose confederation of creative minds dedicated to the pursuit of projects possessing varying degrees of whimsy and utility.

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Front cover of What a Wonderful World by Marcus Chown
What a Wonderful World - Marcus Chown

What a Wonderful World by Marcus Chown quickly and painlessly brings us up to speed on how the world of the 21st century works with wit, colour and clarity. From economics to physics and biology to philosophy, Marcus Chown explains the complex forces that shape our universe. Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why did life invent sex? Does time really exist? How does capitalism work - or not, as the case may be? Where do mountains come from? How do computers work? How did humans get to dominate the Earth? Why is there something rather than nothing?

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Front cover of Extra Sensory by Brian Clegg
Extra Sensory - Brian Clegg

Extra Sensory by Brian Clegg is a pop-science look at the untapped abilities of human beings, from ESP to Telekenesis and other real life sciences that are currently being studied today, from physicist Brian Clegg. We'd all love to have 'psi' abilities like telepathy, telekinesis, and remote viewing. But is there any solid evidence to back up these talents, or are they nothing more than fantasy? We still only understand a small percentage of the capabilities of the human brain―and we shouldn't dismiss such potential powers out of hand.

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Front cover of Brief Candle in the Dark by Richard Dawkins
Brief Candle in the Dark - Richard Dawkins

Brief Candle in the Dark by Richard Dawkins continues his autobiography, following the threads that have run through the second half of his life so far and homing in on the key individuals, institutions and ideas that inspired and motivated him. He paints a vivid picture, coloured with wit, anecdote and digression, of the twenty-five postgraduate years he spent teaching at Oxford.

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Front cover of The News by Alain de Botton
The News - Alain de Botton

The News by Alain de Botton is a witty and insightful exploration of our twenty-first century obsession with media. Why do we keep checking the news? Today, the news occupies the same dominant position in our lives as religion once did. But rarely do we consider how it touches us. Here, Alain de Botton examines a number of archetypal news stories - a plane crash, a murder, a political scandal, a celebrity interview - from a fresh perspective to ask intriguing questions: why do disaster stories titillate? why obsess over love lives of the famous?

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Front Cover of 30 Second Evolution edited by Mark Fellowes and Nicholas Battey
30 Second Evolution - Mark Fellowes and Nicholas Battey

30 Second Evolution edited by Mark Fellowes and Nicholas Battey unlocks the laboratory of life, dissecting it into the 50 most significant topics that provide the missing links to understand the natural world's four-billion-year ancestry and the process of natural selection in which species either adapt in myriad ways - mutation, ingenuity, and intelligence - to meet the challenges of a changing environment, or die. Unravel the development of living organisms, at micro and macro level - from genes to geniuses. Profusely illustrated.

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Front cover of The Perfect Theory by Pedro G Ferreira
The Perfect Theory - Pedro G Ferreira

The Perfect Theory by Pedro G Ferreira explains just how staggering an achievement general relativity was while bringing to life the infighting that it sparked in the field of physics over the past century. Einstein’s theory of general relativity is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement of modern physics. For almost a century now, physicists have been delving into Einstein’s theory, seeking an understanding of the history of the universe, the origin of time, and the evolution of solar systems, stars, and galaxies.

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Front cover of The Perfect Theory by Pedro G Ferreira
The Perfect Theory - Pedro G Ferreira

The Perfect Theory by Pedro G Ferreira explains just how staggering an achievement general relativity was while bringing to life the infighting that it sparked in the field of physics over the past century. Einstein’s theory of general relativity is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement of modern physics. For almost a century now, physicists have been delving into Einstein’s theory, seeking an understanding of the history of the universe, the origin of time, and the evolution of solar systems, stars, and galaxies.

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Front cover of Epigenetics by Richard C Francis
Epigenetics - Richard C Francis

Epigenetics by Richard C Francis is the first book for general readers on this fascinating and important topic. Epigenetic means "on the gene" and the term refers to the recent discovery that stress can impact an individual's physiology so deeply that those biological scars are actually inherited by the next several generations. For instance, a recent study has shown that men who started smoking before puberty caused their sons to have significantly higher rates of obesity.

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Front cover of The Mathematics of Love by Hannah Fry
The Mathematics of Love - Hannah Fry

The Mathematics of Love by Hannah Fry takes the audience on a fascinating journey through the patterns that define our love lives, tackling some of the most common yet complex questions pertaining to love: What's the chance of us finding love? What's the chance that it will last? How does online dating work, exactly? When should you settle down? How can you avoid divorce? When is it right to compromise? Can game theory help us decide whether or not to call? There is no topic that attracts more attention-more energy and time and devotion- than love.

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Front cover of The Universe in the Rearview Mirror by Dave Goldberg
The Universe in the Rearview Mirror - Dave Goldberg

The Universe in the Rearview Mirror by Dave Goldberg (the coolest nerd physicist on the planet), gives a hyper drive tour of the universe. Not only does he answer the questions your stoner friends came up with in college, but he also reveals the most profound discoveries of physics with infectious, Carl Sagan–like enthusiasm and accessibility. Why is the sky dark at night? Is it possible to build a shrink-ray gun? If there is antimatter, can there be antipeople? Why are past, present, and future our only options? Are time and space like a butterfly's wings?

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Front cover of Big Questions From Little People...  by Gemma Elwin Harris
Big Questions From Little People... Answered by Some Very Big People - Gemma Elwin Harris

Big Questions From Little People... Answered by Some Very Big People compiled by Gemma Elwin Harris answers the questions children ask such as: Why is the sea salty? How far away is space? What makes me me? But how are we supposed to answer them? Imagine if we could turn to a leading expert and ask them to answer on our behalf. This book gathers over 100 real questions from children and puts them to some of our best-loved and most knowledgeable experts.

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Front cover of My Brief History by Stephen Hawking
My Brief History - Stephen Hawking

My Brief History by Stephen Hawking recounts Stephen Hawking's improbable journey, from his post-war London boyhood to his years of international acclaim and celebrity. Lavishly illustrated with rarely seen photographs, this concise, witty and candid account introduces readers to a Hawking rarely glimpsed in previous books: the inquisitive schoolboy whose classmates nicknamed him 'Einstein'; the jokester who once placed a bet with a colleague over the existence of a black hole; and the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the world of academia.

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Front Cover of Not in Your Genes by Oliver James
Not in Your Genes - Oliver James

Not in Your Genes by Oliver James drills deep down into the childhood causes of our individuality, revealing why our upbringing, not our genes, plays such an important role in our wellbeing and success. Not in Your Genes will not only change the way you think about yourself and the people around you, but give you the fuel to change your personality and your life for the better.

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Front cover of Neutrino Hunters by Ray Jayawardhana
Neutrino Hunters - Ray Jayawardhana

Neutrino Hunters by Ray Jayawardhana takes us on a thrilling journey into the shadowy world of neutrinos and the colourful lives of those who seek them. For more than eighty years, adventurous minds from around the world have been chasing these ghostly particles, "trillions "of which pass through our bodies every second. Extremely elusive and difficult to pin down, neutrinos are not unlike the brilliant and eccentric scientists who doggedly pursue them.

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Front cover of Brilliant Blunders by Mario Livio
Brilliant Blunders - Mario Livio

Brilliant Blunders by Mario Livio draws on the lives of five great scientists to illuminate the path to scientific discovery. Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein all made groundbreaking contributions to their fields--but each also stumbled badly. Darwin's theory of natural selection shouldn't have worked, according to the prevailing beliefs of his time. Lord Kelvin gravely miscalculated the age of the earth.

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Front cover of  Tasty by John McQuaid
Tasty - John McQuaid

Tasty by John McQuaid is a fascinating and deeply researched investigation into the mysteries of flavour--from the first bite taken by our ancestors to scientific advances in taste and the current "foodie" revolution. With reporting from kitchens, supermarkets, farms, restaurants, huge food corporations, and science labs, "Tasty" tells the story of the still-emerging concept of flavour and how our sense of taste will evolve in the coming decades.

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Front cover of Me, Myself, and Why by Jennifer Ouellette
Me, Myself, and Why - Jennifer Ouellette

Me, Myself, and Why by Jennifer Ouellette is a fascinating survey of the forces that shape who we are and how we act. Following her previous tours through the worlds of physics ("Black Bodies and Quantum Cats") and calculus ("The Calculus Diaries"), acclaimed science writer Jennifer Ouellette now turns her attention to the mysteries of human identity and behaviour. She draws on genetics, neuroscience, and psychology--enlivened as always with her signature sense of humour and pop-culture references--to explore how we become who we are.

R110.00

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