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The World According to Physics

The World According to Physics

Jim Al-Khalili

Quantum physicist, New York Times bestselling author, and BBC host Jim Al-Khalili offers a fascinating and illuminating look at what physics reveals about the world.    

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Until the End of Time

Until the End of Time

Brian Greene

From the world-renowned physicist and best-selling author of The Elegant Universe comes this captivating exploration of deep time and humanity's search for purpose.

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Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs

Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs

Michael Osterholm, Mark Olshaker

A World-leading epidemiologist shares his stories from the front lines of our war on infectious diseases and explains how to prepare for epidemics that can challenge world order.  

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Into the Abyss

Into the Abyss

Anthony David

Is mental illness a disease of the brain or a disease of the mind?

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The Road to Conscious Machines

The Road to Conscious Machines

Michael Wooldridge

In this definitive guide to AI past and present, one of the world's leading researchers shows why our fears for the future are misplaced.

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The Magicians: Great Minds and the Central Miracle of Science

The Magicians: Great Minds and the Central Miracle of Science

Marcus Chown

The spellbinding story of the 'magicians': scientists whose eureka breakthroughs in modern physics reveal science's mysterious predictive power.

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Wildhood

Wildhood

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Kathryn Bowers

A revelatory investigation of human and animal adolescence from the New York Times bestselling authors of Zoobiquity.

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The XX Brain

The XX Brain

Lisa Mosconi

The XX Brain is the first book to explain how hormonal changes makes a woman's brain especially vulnerable to Alzheimer's, and shows how this risk and also other forms of dementia can be reduced by preventive medicine and...

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Cosmic Chronicles: A User's Guide to the Universe

Cosmic Chronicles: A User’s Guide to the Universe

Fred Watson

In Cosmic Chronicles, Fred Watson - Australia's Astronomer-at-Large and bestselling author - explores the hottest topics in space science and astronomy.

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The NeuroGeneration

The NeuroGeneration

Tan Le

Brain science is at the dawn of a new era, and the technologies now emerging will alter all our lives forever. Welcome to what tech pioneer and inventor Tan Le calls 'the NeuroGeneration'. It will blow your mind.

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Scatterbrain

Scatterbrain

Henning Beck

In this mind-bending book, award-winning neuroscientist Henning Beck explains why perfectionism is pointless ­­­- and argues that mistakes, missteps and flaws are the keys to success.

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The Changing Mind

The Changing Mind

Daniel Levitin

Daniel Levitin turns his keen insights to how our brains develop. This is a book for readers of any age who want to understand what happens to our brains from womb to tomb.

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Waters of the World

Waters of the World

Sarah Dry

How did we come to have a global climate? What role do the complex interactions of ice, ocean and atmosphere play in sustaining life on Planet Earth? And who are the scientists who figured all these intricate processes out?

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The Best Australian Science Writing 2019

The Best Australian Science Writing 2019

Bianca Nogrady, Lisa Harvey-Smith

This ninth edition of The Best Australian Science Writing showcases the most powerful, colourful, insightful and brilliant news, feature, essay and poetry writing from Australian writers and scientists. It roams the length and...

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The World in a Grain

The World in a Grain

Vince Beiser

The story of sand and how it shaped civilization.

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Thomas Harriot: A Life in Science

Thomas Harriot: A Life in Science

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

The Women of the Moon

Daniel R. Altschuler, Fernando J. Ballesteros

Of the 1586 lunar craters that have been named to honor scientists and philosophers, only 28 honor a woman. Who were these women? This book recounts their exemplary lives and inspiring achievements. Along the way, the book...

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Animal Languages

Animal Languages

Eva Meijer

A fascinating and philosophical exploration of animal intelligence and the way animals communicate with each other, and us.

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Psychedelic Apes

Psychedelic Apes

Alex Boese

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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Symphony in C

Symphony in C

Robert Hazen

An enchanting biography of the most resonant - and most necessary - chemical element on Earth.

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Never Enough

Never Enough

Judith Grisel

From a renowned behavioural neuroscientist and recovering addict, a rare, page-turning work of science that draws on personal insights to reveal how drugs work, the dangerous hold they can take on the brain, and a surprising way...

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 Special priceThe Planets

The Planets

Professor Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen

The bestselling authors of Wonders of the Universe are back with another blockbuster, a groundbreaking exploration of our Solar System as it has never been seen before. A companion book to the highly anticipated BBC...

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Einstein's War

Einstein’s War

Matthew Stanley

Einstein's War teaches us about science through history, and the physics is more accessible as a result -- we see relativity built brick-by-brick in front of us, as it happened 100 years ago.

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The Fate of Food

The Fate of Food

Amanda Little

Mary Roach meets Michael Pollan in this ambitious, dynamic and thought-provoking foray into the future of food

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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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Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic

Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic

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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Einstein's Unfinished Revolution

Einstein’s Unfinished Revolution

Lee Smolin

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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

Uncovering the science behind how and why we age.

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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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The Nocturnal Brain

The Nocturnal Brain

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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 Special priceTestosterone 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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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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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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Influenza

Influenza

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

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

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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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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