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Thomas Harriot: A Life in Science

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Robyn Arianrhod

A new biography of Thomas Harriot, the greatest unknown scientific mind of the Renaissance

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The Women of the Moon

Daniel R. Altschuler, Fernando J. Ballesteros

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Psychedelic Apes

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A collection of the weirdest and wackiest theories from science and history by bestselling author of Elephants on Acid, Alex Boese.

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How to Change Your Mind

How to Change Your Mind

Michael Pollan

When LSD was first discovered in the 1940s, it seemed to researchers, scientists and doctors as if the world might be on the cusp of psychological revolution. It promised to shed light on the deep mysteries of consciousness, as...

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Never Enough

Never Enough

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In this captivating bestseller, Korea's first paleoanthropologist offers fresh insights into humanity's dawn and evolution.

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Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen

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Matthew Stanley

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The Fate of Food

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Amanda Little

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Will AI Replace Us?

Will AI Replace Us?

Shelly Fan, Matthew Taylor

This well-balanced, comprehensive and engaging review surveys the development of Artificial Intelligence over the last sixty years and highlights the likely transformative effects of AI on society over the next few decades.

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The Universe Speaks in Numbers

Graham Farmelo

Many of the world's leading physicists are confident that they are on track to discover a new understanding of the universe which will entail a complete rethink of gravity, space and time. What is extraordinary is that they are...

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Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic

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Matt McCarthy

A New York Times bestselling author shares this exhilarating story of cutting-edge science and the race against the clock to find new treatments in the fight against the antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as superbugs.

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Angela Saini

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Michael J. Benton

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Lee Smolin

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Alice Gorman

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Borrowed Time: The Science of How and Why We Age

Borrowed Time: The Science of How and Why We Age

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Chasing the Sun

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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

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Professor Maxwell's Duplicitous Demon

Professor Maxwell’s Duplicitous Demon

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The great conundrum that has taxed the finest minds in physics

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The Gendered Brain

The Gendered Brain

Gina Rippon

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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

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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

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Digital Minimalism

Digital Minimalism

Cal Newport

If you care about improving your effectiveness but don't want to become a Luddite or a social dropout this book can lead you to increased control over your time, attention, and energy and ultimately, a richer life. Read Digital...

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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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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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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

The Future of Humanity

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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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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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The essential universe, from a celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.

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Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

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Mary Roach

America's funniest science writer (Washington Post) returns to explore the irresistibly strange universe of life without gravity in this New York Times bestseller.

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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 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

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The Brain that Changes Itself: stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science

The Brain that Changes Itself: stories of personal triumph from the 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

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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

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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