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The Dinosaurs Rediscovered: How a Scientific Revolution is Rewriting History

The Dinosaurs Rediscovered: How a Scientific Revolution is Rewriting History

Michael J. Benton

An expert palaeontologist reveals how our understanding of the dinosaurs has been transformed by huge strides in technology in the 21st century.

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Einstein's Unfinished Revolution: The Search for What Lies Beyond the Quantum

Einstein’s Unfinished Revolution: The Search for What Lies Beyond the Quantum

Lee Smolin

Quantum physics has been, ever since its inception, the golden child of science. It is the basis of our understanding of everything from elemental particles to the behaviour of materials. Yet is has also been a troubled child,...

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Defeating the Ministers of Death

Defeating the Ministers of Death

David Isaacs

The compelling story of vaccination.

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Dr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the Future

Dr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the Future

Alice Gorman

Turns the common perception of archaeology as an exploration of the ancient on its head. Alice Gorman's captivating inquiry into the most modern and daring of technologies spanning some 60 years takes the reader on a journey which...

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Borrowed Time: The Science of How and Why We Age

Borrowed Time: The Science of How and Why We Age

Sue Armstrong

The ageing of the world population is one of the most important issues facing humanity in the 21st century - up there with climate change in its potential global impact. Sometime before 2020, the number of people over 65 worldwide...

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Chasing the Sun: The New Science of Sunlight and How it Shapes Our Bodies and Minds

Chasing the Sun: The New Science of Sunlight and How it Shapes Our Bodies and Minds

Linda Geddes

Our ancestors constructed vast monuments like Stonehenge and Pyramids of Egypt and Central America to keep track of the sun and celebrate the annual cycle of death and rebirth.

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The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer

The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer

Charles Graeber

Draws on the experiences of patients, physicians, and researchers to explain the revolutionary development of immunotherapy as a treatment for cancer and how that information is being harnessed to create more effective patient...

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Professor Maxwell's Duplicitous Demon

Professor Maxwell’s Duplicitous Demon

Brian Clegg

The great conundrum that has taxed the finest minds in physics

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The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience and the Secret World of Sleep

The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience and the Secret World of Sleep

Guy Leschziner

A brilliant new narrative on sleep deprivation - its causes and effects - through the case studies of one of the world's leading experts.

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The Gendered Brain

The Gendered Brain

Gina Rippon

Do you have a female brain or a male brain? However, by exploring new, cutting-edge neuroscience, Rippon urges us to move beyond a binary view of our brains and instead to see these complex organs as highly individualised,...

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Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds

Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds

Cordelia Fine

A landmark new book from Cordelia Fine, author of the hugely influential Delusions of Gender

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The Demon in the Machine

The Demon in the Machine

Paul Davies

How does life create order from chaos? And just what is life, anyway? Leading physicist Paul Davies argues that to find the answers, we must first answer a deeper question -- 'What is information?' To understand the...

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Capturing Nature

Capturing Nature

Vanessa Finney

The ground-breaking scientific photographs of Australian Museum curator Gerard Krefft and taxidermist Henry Barnes are revealed in this volume for the first time. Capturing Nature reveals this fascinating visual archive for the...

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Polio: The Odyssey of Eradication

Polio: The Odyssey of Eradication

Thomas Abraham

How have global and local forces thwarted eradication of polio, one of the world's most important and ambitious health campaigns? 

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Digital Minimalism: On Living Better with Less Technology

Digital Minimalism: On Living Better with Less Technology

Cal Newport

Most of us know that addiction to digital tools is costing us both productivity and peace. But giving them up completely isn't realistic. We're addicted to texting, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter not because we're stupid or...

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Heart: A History

Heart: A History

Sandeep Jauhar

A doctor's inspiring obsession with the heart, seamlessly combining history, gripping scenes from the operating theatre and a moving personal story

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Influenza: The Quest to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History

Influenza: The Quest to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History

Jeremy Brown

Dr Jeremy Brown, America's highest medical authority on emergency care research, offers Australians some enlightening, entertaining and unnerving advice on the flu.

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Gene Eating

Gene Eating

Dr Giles Yeo

The anti-diet diet book by University of Cambridge geneticist, Dr Giles Yeo.

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Brief Answers to the Big Questions

Brief Answers to the Big Questions

Stephen Hawking

The final book from Professor Stephen Hawking, the bestselling author of A Brief History of Time and arguably the most famous scientist of our age, Brief Answers to the Big Questions is a profound, accessible and timely reflection...

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 Read reviewDiving for Seahorses: The Science and Secrets of Memory

Diving for Seahorses: The Science and Secrets of Memory

Hilde Ostby, Ylva Ostby

What makes us remember? Why do we forget? And what, exactly, is a memory?  

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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Carlo Rovelli

Presents what you need to know about modern physics, the universe and our place in the world in seven lessons. In this introduction to modern physics, the author explains Einstein's theory of general relativity, quantum mechanics,...

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The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond

The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond

Michio Kaku

The #1 bestselling author of The Future of the Mind brings us a stunning new vision of our future in space.

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Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called 'Alien'

Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called ‘Alien’

Jeremy N. Smith

Hackers know everything about us. We know almost nothing about them. Until now.

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The Best Australian Science Writing 2018

The Best Australian Science Writing 2018

John Pickrell

This popular yearly anthology gives a snapshot of the very best science writing Australia has to offer, including everything from the most esoteric philosophical questions about ourselves and the universe, through to practical...

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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Neil deGrasse Tyson

The essential universe, from a celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot

Now a major motion picture from HBO starring Oprah Winfrey!

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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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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 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 Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Elizabeth Kolbert

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions of life on earth. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid...

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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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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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