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On Gravity: A Brief Tour of a Weighty Subject

On Gravity: A Brief Tour of a Weighty Subject

Anthony Zee

A brief introduction to gravity through Einstein's general theory of relativity Of the four fundamental forces of nature, gravity might be the least understood and yet the one with which we are most intimate. From the months...

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Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Kathryn Harkup

The year 1818 saw the publication of one of the most influential science-fiction stories of all time. Frankenstein: Or, Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley had a huge impact on gothic horror and science-fiction genres, and her...

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WE: Robot: The robots that already rule our world

WE: Robot: The robots that already rule our world

David Hambling

Robots are all around us. Working in factories, hospitals, with armies and manufacturers and even, increasingly, around your home. But how have we come so far so quickly? How does the technology function? And which robots will...

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Made by Humans: The AI Condition

Made by Humans: The AI Condition

Ellen Broad

An Australian data expert challenges the idea of AI being better than humans

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How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics

How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics

Michael Pollan

Could psychedelic drugs change our worldview? One of America's most admired writers takes us on a mind-altering journey to the frontiers of human consciousness

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When Galaxies Collide

When Galaxies Collide

Lisa Harvey-Smith

The Andromeda Galaxy is rushing towards us at 400,000 kilometres an hour. When Galaxies Collide will guide you to look at the night sky afresh. It peers 5.86 billion years into the future to consider the fate of Earth. Will the...

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2062: The World that AI Made

2062: The World that AI Made

Toby Walsh

What does a world of smart machines actually look like? AI expert Toby Walsh predicts the state of work, war, politics, economics, everyday life and death in the not-too-distant future, when we will live with machines as...

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The Re-Origin of Species: A Second Chance for Extinct Animals

The Re-Origin of Species: A Second Chance for Extinct Animals

Torill Kornfeldt, Fiona Graham

What does a mammoth smell like? Do dinosaurs bob their heads as they walk, like today's birds? Do aurochs low like cows? You may soon find out.

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The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us

The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us

Richard O. Prum

A major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences - what Darwin termed 'the taste for the beautiful' - create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world.

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Too Big to Walk: The New Science of Dinosaurs

Too Big to Walk: The New Science of Dinosaurs

Brian J. Ford

Ever since Jurassic Park we thought we knew how dinosaurs lived their lives. In this remarkable new book, Brian J. Ford reveals that dinosaurs were, in fact, profoundly different from what we believe, and their environment was...

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 Read reviewDeep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia

Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia

Billy Griffiths

'People would have known about Australia before they saw it. Smoke billowing above the sea spoke of a land that lay beyond the horizon. A dense cloud of migrating birds may have pointed the way. But the first Australians were...

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Universal: A Journey Through the Cosmos

Universal: A Journey Through the Cosmos

Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw

Physics is about asking questions. But what are good questions? How do we understand the fundamental forces of the Universe and its remarkable uniformity? This book answers these questions.

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The Best Australian Science Writing 2017

The Best Australian Science Writing 2017

Michael Slezak, Emma Johnston

Would it be ethical to eat sentient aliens? What is the basis of the difference between the sexes? Why is there something rather than nothing? Now in its seventh year, The Best Australian Science Writing 2017 draws on the...

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The Smell of Fresh Rain: The Unexpected Pleasures of our Most Elusive Sense

The Smell of Fresh Rain: The Unexpected Pleasures of our Most Elusive Sense

Barney Shaw

An exploration of the hidden complexities of one of our most under-used and misunderstood senses.

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The Glass Universe: The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars

The Glass Universe: The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars

Dava Sobel

`A biographical orrery - intricate, complex and fascinating' The Observer `A peerless intellectual biography. The Glass Universe shines and twinkles as brightly as the stars themselves' The...

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Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed With Time

Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed With Time

Simon Garfield

A witty and entertaining journey through time from the bestselling author of Just My Type and On the Map

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Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space

Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space

Janna Levin

The full inside story of the detection of gravitational waves at LIGO, one of the most ambitious feats in scientific history

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari

Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant?...

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The Origin of Species

The Origin of Species

Charles Darwin

When the eminent naturalist Charles Darwin returned from South America on board the H.M.S Beagle in 1836, he brought with him the notes and evidence which would form the basis of his landmark theory of evolution of species by a...

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The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer

The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer

Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, Dr. Elissa Epel

A groundbreaking book on how to slow down the ageing process and lengthen life.

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The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories Of Personal Triumph FromThe Frontiers Of Brain Science

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories Of Personal Triumph FromThe Frontiers Of Brain Science

Norman Doidge

A new discovery called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the adult human brain is fixed and unchanging. It is, instead, able to change its own structure and function, even into old age. We see a woman...

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The Gene: An Intimate History

The Gene: An Intimate History

Siddhartha Mukherjee

Spanning the globe and several centuries, this book tells the story of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function. It begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia...

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Cosmos

Cosmos

Carl Sagan

Originally published: New York: Random House, 1980.

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In the Shadow of Man

In the Shadow of Man

Dr Jane Goodall, Hugo Van Lawick

Jane Goodall's account of her life among the wild chimpanzees of Gombe.

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Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End

Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End

Atul Gawande

For most of human history, death was a common, ever-present possibility. It didn't matter whether you were five or fifty - every day was a roll of the dice. But now, as medical advances push the boundaries of survival further each...

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman

Looks at the way our minds work, and how we make decisions. This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for slower, smarter...

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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

Mary Roach

`The most entertaining writer in science' - The Times, Books of the Year - explores the mysterious world of military science

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Guns, Germs And Steel

Guns, Germs And Steel

Jared M. Diamond

This work abandons the conventional distinctions between history and science. Diamond focuses on what ancient people were endowed with in the way of land, animals and plants, and on the confrontations between less and more...

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Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently

Steve Silberman

Winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, this Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding and full participation...

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A Brief History Of Time: From Big Bang To Black Holes

A Brief History Of Time: From Big Bang To Black Holes

Stephen Hawking

Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries? This title reviews some of the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets...

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The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary edition

The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary edition

Richard Dawkins

The 40th anniversary edition of the million copy international bestseller, with a new epilogue from the author. As relevant and influential today as when it was first published, this classic exposition of evolutionary...

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Bad Science

Bad Science

Ben Goldacre

Ben Goldacre's wise and witty bestseller, shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, lifts the lid on quack doctors, flaky statistics, scaremongering journalists and evil pharmaceutical corporations.

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Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Nick Bostrom

This seminal book injects the topic of superintelligence into the academic and popular mainstream. What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? In a tour de force of...

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Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Douglas R. Hofstadter

Godel, Escher, Bach is a Pulitzer Prize--winning treatise exploring patterns and symbols in the thinking of mathematician Kurt Godel, artist M. C. Escher and composer Johann Sebastian Bach. A groundbreaking book that has set the...

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Oliver Sacks

A classic work of psychology, this international bestseller provides a groundbreaking insight into the human mind.

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Black Holes: The Reith Lectures

Black Holes: The Reith Lectures

Stephen Hawking

In 2016 Professor Stephen Hawking delivered the BBC Reith Lectures on a subject that has fascinated him for decades - black holes. In these flagship lectures the legendary physicist argues that if we could only understand black...

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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Randall Munroe

Science's most intriguing questions answered by the web's favourite writer, the genius behind xkcd.com. Munroe's hilarious and compelling answers explain everything from the odds of meeting your one true soulmate to how many...

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 Special priceSilent Spring

Silent Spring

Rachel Carson

Exposes the destruction of wildlife through the widespread use of pesticides. This book aims to creates public awareness of the environment.

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