Science & Biology

Front cover of Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You by Dan Riskin
Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You - Dan Riskin

Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You by Dan Riskin is a fun exploration of the darker side of the natural world which reveals the fascinating, weird, often perverted ways that Mother Nature fends only for herself. It may be a wonderful world, but as Dan Riskin explains, it’s also a dangerous, disturbing, and disgusting one. At every turn, it seems, living things are trying to eat us, poison us, use our bodies as their homes, or have us spread their eggs. In Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You, Riskin is our guide through the natural world at its most gloriously ruthless.

Front cover of Gulp. by Mary Roach
Gulp. - Mary Roach

Gulp. by Mary Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavours and smells? Why doesn't the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis?

Front cover of Teach Yourself Geology by David A Rothery
Teach Yourself Geology - David A Rothery

Teach Yourself Geology by David A Rothery is designed to give you everything you need to succeed, all in one place. It covers the key areas that students are expected to be confident in, outlining the basics in clear English, and then providing added-value features like a glossary of the essential jargon terms, links to useful websites, and even examples of questions you might be asked in a seminar or exam. The book uses a structure chosen to cover the essentials of most school and university courses on Geology.

Front Cover of Metamorphosis by Frank Ryan
Metamorphosis - Frank Ryan

Metamorphosis by Frank Ryan explains how metamorphosis - the intricate trick of nature by which caterpillars transform into butterflies - reveals secrets that are shaking the scientific world. Ryan brings to life the work of pioneering naturalists who have traced metamorphosis in myriad species, from amphibians to marine creatures, even human puberty, to rewrite some of our longest-held beliefs about evolution.

Front cover of The Marvelous Learning Animal by Arthur W Staats
The Marvelous Learning Animal - Arthur W Staats

The Marvelous Learning Animal by Arthur W Staats presents a new way of understanding humanness—in the behavioral nature of the human body, in the unique human way of learning, in child development, in personality, and in abnormal behavior. With all this, and his years of basic and applied research, he develops a new theory of human evolution and a new vision of the human being. This book offers up a unified concept that not only provides new ways of understanding human behavior and solving human problems but also lays the foundations for opening new areas of science.

Front cover of Darwin's Ghosts by Rebecca Stott
Darwin's Ghosts - Rebecca Stott

Darwin's Ghosts by Rebecca Stott tells the story of the collective discovery of evolution, from Aristotle, walking the shores of Lesbos with his pupils, to Al-Jahiz, an Arab writer in the first century, from Leonardo da Vinci, searching for fossils in the mine shafts of the Tuscan hills, to Denis Diderot in Paris, exploring the origins of species while under the surveillance of the secret police, and the brilliant naturalists of the Jardin de Plantes, finding evidence for evolutionary change in the natural history collections stolen during the Napoleonic wars.

Front cover of Numberland by Mitchell Symons
Numberland - Mitchell Symons

Numberland by Mitchell Symons interprets the world around us through numbers, breaking the most fascinating and revealing of facts down to their bare bones. The world is full of fascinating facts and statistics, but presented without context and in no particular order they can be overwhelming. For example, did you know that the average eyelash lasts five months? That 400 quarter-pound hamburgers can be made out of one cow? Or that the average human will grow 590 miles of hair in their lifetime?

Front cover of The Beautiful Invisible by Giovanni Vignale
The Beautiful Invisible - Giovanni Vignale

The Beautiful Invisible by Giovanni Vignale challenges the image of theoretical physics as a dry discipline and shows that this highly abstract science is in fact teeming with beautiful concepts, and the task of imagining them demands profound creativity, just as creative as the work of poets or magical realist novelists such as Borges and Musil. "A good scientific theory is like a symbolic tale, an allegory of reality," writes Giovanni Vignale, as he uncovers the unexpected links between theoretical physics and artistic creativity.