• & Then You're Dead: the World's Most Interesting Ways to Die
    & Then You're Dead: the World's Most Interesting Ways to Die
    ISBN: 9781760290962
    Title: & Then You're Dead: the World's Most Interesting Ways to Die
    Author: CASSIDY CODY & DOHERTY PAUL

    A fun, gruesomely fascinating and scientifically accurate guide to some of the most bizarre ways to die.
    What would happen if you stuck your head into a nuclear particle accelerator? What if you jumped into an interstellar black hole, or slipped out of a deep-sea submarine wearing only a pair of Speedos?

    In And Then You're Dead: The world's most interesting ways to die, we'll give serious answers to these horribly interesting questions in a way a layperson can understand. Illustrated with straight-forward technical art and leavened by small doses of dry humor, the book will be both scientifically informative and gruesomely entertaining. Relying on the deeply human observation that things which actually happen compel little interest, there will be no discussion of heart attacks or car wrecks. But there will be plenty to learn about those people unfortunate enough to get swallowed by a whale.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • ¿qué Pasaría Si…?  Respuestas Serias Y Cientificas a Todo Tipo De Preguntas Absurdas
    ¿qué Pasaría Si…? Respuestas Serias Y Cientificas a Todo Tipo De Preguntas Absurdas
    ISBN: 9786073129831
    Title: ¿qué Pasaría Si…? Respuestas Serias Y Cientificas a Todo Tipo De Preguntas Absurdas
    Author: MUNROE RANDALL

    Descubre cual es la velocidad maxima a la que puedes ?volarte? un tope y sobrevivir? Que pasaria si trataras de batear una pelota lanzada a 90 por ciento de la velocidad de la luz? Cuando tendra Facebook mas perfiles de personas muertas que de personas vivas? Las respuestas que encuentra el autor son obras maestras de la claridad y lo hilarante, complementadas con dibujos al mas puro estilo de su celebre comic.
    English Description
    From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.
    Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following.
    Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?
    In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.
    The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.
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    Format: Paperback
    Price: $41.00
    $41.00
  • 100 Ideas that Changed the World
    100 Ideas that Changed the World
    ISBN: 9781849901963
    Title: 100 Ideas that Changed the World
    Author: OSMAN JHENI ED

    Every once in a while, an idea comes along that makes the entire world sit up and take notice. From the earliest understandings of our place in the solar system, via Darwinism, DNA, neutrons and quarks, right up to the theories that are pushing the boundaries of our knowledge today, we are forever propelled forward by our most gifted scientific minds. In this fascinating book, BBC Focusmagazine editor Jheni Osman explores 100 of the most forward thinking, far-reaching and downright inspired ideas and inventions in history, each nominated by experts from all fields of science and engineering. With selections from established authorities such as Brian Cox, Patrick Moore, Richard Dawkins Marcus du Sautoy, Osman covers topics as diverse as the Big Bang, vaccination, computing, radioactivity, human genomes, the wheel and many more. Each essay looks at the logic behind these great inventions, discoveries, theories and experiments, studying the circumstances that brought them into being and assessing the impact that they had on the world at large. An intriguing and thought-provoking collection, 100 Ideas that Changed the Worldoffers us a glimpse into the minds behind history’s greatest eureka moments.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 101 Things You Didn't Know about Einstein
    101 Things You Didn't Know about Einstein
    ISBN: 9781507206287
    Title: 101 Things You Didn't Know about Einstein
    Author: PHILLIPS CYNTHIA & PRIWER SHANA

    Learn everything you need to know about Albert Einstein, the genius who created the Theory of Relativity and calculated mass-energy equivalence.

    101 Things You Didn't Know About Einstein provides in-depth, fascinating facts about the famous scientist and mathematician--including details about his personal life, scientific discoveries, interactions with his contemporaries, thoughts on war, religion, and politics, and his impact on the world since his death.

    Whether you're seeking inspiration, information, or interesting and entertaining trivia, this book contains everything you need to know about Albert Einstein

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00

    $26.00
  • 13 Things that Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of Our Time
    13 Things that Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of Our Time
    ISBN: 9781861976475
    Title: 13 Things that Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of Our Time
    Author: BROOKS MICHAEL

    Science starts to get interesting when things don_t make sense.Even today there are experimental results that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. In the past, similar anomalies have revolutionised our world: in the sixteenth century, a set of celestial irregularities led Copernicus to realise that the Earth goes around the sun and not the reverse. In 13 Things That Don_t Make Sense Michael Brooks meets thirteen modern-day anomalies that may become tomorrow_s breakthroughs.Is ninety six percent of the universe missing? If no study has ever been able to definitively show that the placebo effect works, why has it become a pillar of medical science? Was the 1977 signal from outer space a transmission from an alien civilization? Spanning fields from chemistry to cosmology, psychology to physics, Michael Brooks thrillingly captures the excitement and controversy of the scientific unknown.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • 13.8: The Most Important Fact in the Search for the Theory of Everything
    13.8: The Most Important Fact in the Search for the Theory of Everything
    ISBN: 9781848319189
    Title: 13.8: The Most Important Fact in the Search for the Theory of Everything
    Author: GRIBBIN JOHN

    John Gribbin tackles the very biggest question that modern science has to answer.
    The twentieth century gave us two great theories of physics. The general theory of relativity describes the behaviour of very large things; quantum theory the behaviour of very small things. In this landmark book, John Gribbin - one of the best-known writers of popular science over the past 30 years - presents his own version of the Holy Grail of physics, the search that has been going on for decades to find a unified 'Theory of Everything' that combines these ideas into one mathematical package, a single equation that could be printed on a T-shirt, containing the answer to life, the Universe and everything.

    With his inimitable mixture of science, history and biography, Gribbin shows how - despite scepticism among many physicists - these two great theories are indeed very compatible, and point to a deep truth about the nature of our existence. The answer lies, intriguingly, with the age of the Universe: 13.8 billion years.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • 13.8: the Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe & the Theory of Everything
    13.8: the Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe & the Theory of Everything
    ISBN: 9781785781087
    Title: 13.8: the Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe & the Theory of Everything
    Author: GRIBBIN JOHN

    A celebrated astronomer makes a powerful case for the harmony between two of physics' most important and seemingly contradictory theories

    The twentieth century gave us two great theories of physics. The general theory of relativity describes the behavior of very large things, and quantum theory the behavior of very small things. In this landmark book, John Gribbin--one of the best-known science writers of the past thirty years--presents his own version of the Holy Grail of physics, the search that has been going on for decades to find a unified "Theory of Everything" that combines these ideas into one mathematical package, a single equation that could be printed on a T-shirt, containing the answer to life, the Universe, and everything. With his inimitable mixture of science, history, and biography, Gribbin shows how--despite skepticism among many physicists--these two great theories are very compatible, and point to a deep truth about the nature of our existence. The answer lies, intriguingly, with the age of the universe: 13.8 billion years.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 17 Equations that Changed the World
    17 Equations that Changed the World
    ISBN: 9781846685316
    Title: 17 Equations that Changed the World
    Author: STEWART IAN

    From Newton's Law of Gravity to the Black-Scholes model used by bankers to predict the markets, equations, are everywhere - and they are fundamental to everyday life. In Seventeen Equations that Changed the World, acclaimed mathematician Ian Stewart sets out seventeen groundbreaking equations that have altered the course of human history. He explores how Pythagoras's Theorem led to GPS and SatNav; how logarithms are applied in architecture; why imaginary numbers were important in the development of the digital camera, and what is really going on with Schrödinger's cat. Entertaining, surprising and vastly informative, Seventeen Equations that Changed the World is a highly original exploration - and explanation - of life on earth.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
    21 Lessons for the 21st Century
    ISBN: 9781787330870
    Title: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
    Author: HARARI YUVAL NOAH

    With Sapiens and Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari first explored the past, then the future of humankind, garnering the praise of no less than Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg, to name a few, and selling millions of copies in the over 30 countries it was published. In 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, he devotes himself to the present.

    21 Lessons For the 21st Century provides a kind of instruction manual for the present day to help readers find their way around the 21st century, to understand it, and to focus on the really important questions of life. Once again, Harari presents this in the distinctive, informal, and entertaining style that already characterized his previous books. The topics Harari examines in this way include major challenges such as international terrorism, fake news, and migration, as well as turning to more personal, individual concerns, such as our time for leisure or how much pressure and stress we can take. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century answers the overarching question: What is happening in the world today, what is the deeper meaning of these events, and how can we individually steer our way through them? The questions include what the rise of Trump signifies, whether or not God is back, and whether nationalism can help solve problems like global warming. Few writers of non-fiction have captured the imagination of millions of people in quite the astonishing way Yuval Noah Harari has managed, and in such a short space of time. His unique ability to look at where we have come from and where we are going has gained him fans from every corner of the globe. There is an immediacy to this new book which makes it essential reading for anyone interested in the world today and how to navigate its turbulent waters.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
    21 Lessons for the 21st Century
    ISBN: 9781787330672
    Title: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
    Author: HARARI YUVAL NOAH

    In Sapiens, he explored our past. In Homo Deus, he looked to our future. Now, one of the most innovative thinkers on the planet turns to the present to make sense of today's most pressing issues.

    How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children?

    Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive.

    In twenty-one accessible chapters that are both provocative and profound, Harari builds on the ideas explored in his previous books, untangling political, technological, social, and existential issues and offering advice on how to prepare for a very different future from the world we now live in: How can we retain freedom of choice when Big Data is watching us? What will the future workforce look like, and how should we ready ourselves for it? How should we deal with the threat of terrorism? Why is liberal democracy in crisis?

    Harari's unique ability to make sense of where we have come from and where we are going has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. Here he invites us to consider values, meaning, and personal engagement in a world full of noise and uncertainty. When we are deluged with irrelevant information, clarity is power. Presenting complex contemporary challenges clearly and accessibly, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is essential reading.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00

    $48.00
  • 30-Second Chemistry: the 50 Most Elemental Concepts in Chemistry, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    30-Second Chemistry: the 50 Most Elemental Concepts in Chemistry, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    ISBN: 9781782405085
    Title: 30-Second Chemistry: the 50 Most Elemental Concepts in Chemistry, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    Author: TRO NIVALDO

    As the central science that bridges biology and physics, chemistry explains the diversity of all things tangible at a molecular level. Chemistry is the science of matter--its composition, structure, properties, and how it changes.

    Understand chemistry, and you'll know why some things oxidize and others explode; why food is good to eat and coal is not. Understand chemistry and know what reasonable expectations you can have of a product, and how to separate fact from fiction.

    Chemistry is the heart of cooking, it can keep you safe, and it explains why things work. This book brings the subject out of the lab and boils it down to its essential elements--in just 30 seconds.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • 30-second Einstein: the 50 Fundamentals of His Work, Life & Legacy, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    30-second Einstein: the 50 Fundamentals of His Work, Life & Legacy, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    ISBN: 9781782403876
    Title: 30-second Einstein: the 50 Fundamentals of His Work, Life & Legacy, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    Author: CLEGG BRIAN

    The 50 fundamentals of his work, life and legacy, each explained in half a minute

    Spend 30 seconds a day in the company of a colossus from the world of science, and you will soon have his whole story-both his scientific attainments and his extraordinary life-in your head. Einstein was not only an unparalleled scientific genius, but also a human rights campaigner, a political activist, and the iconic archetype of the mad professor. Is it any wonder that he continues to fascinate scientists and non-scientists alike? 30-Second Einstein will show you why at approximately the speed of light.

    • An internationally bestselling series presents essential concepts in a mere 30 seconds, 300 words, and one image
    • Einstein's complex life and theories, explained concisely and without jargon
    • The quickest way to understand einstein's starring role in the history of science


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • 30-Second Einstein: The 50 Fundamentals of His Work, Life & Legacy, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    30-Second Einstein: The 50 Fundamentals of His Work, Life & Legacy, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    ISBN: 9781782405894
    Title: 30-Second Einstein: The 50 Fundamentals of His Work, Life & Legacy, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    Author: CLEGG BRIAN


    Albert Einstein was an unparalleled scientific genius whose ideas and theories were so shockingly revolutionary, he changed the way the Universe was imagined on multiple occasions. A prodigy in his 20s and a Nobel Prize winner, Einstein was not only a brilliant physicist, but also a human rights campaigner, a political activist and the iconic archetype of the mad professor that still leads to our obsession with the man behind the world's most famous equation, E=mc2

    30-Second Einstein provides you with a day in the company of a colossus from the world of science, and you will soon have his whole story - both his scientific attainments and his extraordinary life - in your head. With each page packed full of essential information, the 50 engaging entries get you to grips with his work, life and legacy, from atom to atomic bomb, at approximately the speed of light.&



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • 30-Second Elements
    30-Second Elements
    ISBN: 9781743360842
    Title: 30-Second Elements
    Author: SCERRI ERIC (EDITOR)

    The chemical elements are the building blocks of life, but could you discuss the periodic table over the dinner table? Which elements put the blue into blu-ray and the lime into limelight? And do you know enough about antimony, arsenic and aluminium to illuminate the bar with your elemental knowledge?..'30-Second Elements' presents you with the foundations of chemical knowledge, distilling the 50 most significant chemical elements into half-a-minute individual entries, using nothing more than two pages, 300 words and one picture. Divided into seven chapters, it includes the atomic details of the other 68 elements and the relationships of all 118, as well as biographies of the chemists who transformed scientific knowledge and unlocked the mysteries of life itself. Illustrated with explosive graphics, here is the quickest way to know your arsenic from your europium.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • 30-Second Energy
    30-Second Energy
    ISBN: 9781782405436
    Title: 30-Second Energy
    Author: CLEGG BRIAN

    Do you know your fission from your fusion? You will have heard of Einstein's theory of relativity and his synonymous equation E=mc2, but do you really understand what they mean? With renewable energy a hot topic of conversation, arm yourself with the 50 most significant theories and developments that will allow you to contribute to any debate about this integral force in the universe.

    30-Second Energy charts the fascinating and fundamental topics behind this phenomenon that resides in everywhere and in everything. Exploring energy as it is best understood - by example - discover how it cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed, and how plankton and other ocean-dwelling organisms can be used to power your car. From the nuclear fusion reactor at the heart of the sun to the elusive dark energy which makes up most of the content of the universe, each topic is summarized in just half a minute using no more than two pages, 300 words and one picture.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • 30-Second Great Inventions
    30-Second Great Inventions
    ISBN: 9781782405122
    Title: 30-Second Great Inventions
    Author: BOYLE DAVID

    Universal change is often the result of an individual's lightbulb moment - an invention that triggers a ripple effect across countries, continents, or even out into space. Great Inventions in 30 Seconds looks at fifty of these groundbreaking innovations - great ideas that really did change the world. It covers a wide range, from early days (the wheel) through materials (the invention of steel, for example, or plastic) to communications (the alphabet, the printing press, the Worldwide Web) and the conveniences of (relatively) modern daily life (refrigeration, indoor plumbing, central heating). It's a sharp reminder that almost every aspect of life in the second decade of the 21st century is the result of someone's bright idea, - and one that they acted on to turn it into a viable invention. Along the way you'll learn all about the personalities behind the inventions: revealing and intriguing in equal measure.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • 30-Second Physics: the 50 Most Fundamental Concepts in Physics, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    30-Second Physics: the 50 Most Fundamental Concepts in Physics, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    ISBN: 9781782405146
    Title: 30-Second Physics: the 50 Most Fundamental Concepts in Physics, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    Author: CLEGG BRIAN


    The bestselling 30-Second... series takes a revolutionary approach to learning about those subjects you feel you should really understand. Each title selects a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart.


    30-Second Physics tackles the big ideas behind life as we know it, from electromagnetic waves that enable us to connect in an instant from opposite ends of the earth to the gravity that keeps our feet firmly on the ground.

    In a world where physics is an everyday essential and new quantum developments make headline news, you need to know your atoms from your antimatter, and learn just enough to speak with fluidity about Fluid Dynamics and be certain about the Uncertainty Principle. Here is the fastest way to get up to speed with rocket science--and the rest.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
    $32.00
  • 50 Astronomy Ideas You Really Need to Know
    50 Astronomy Ideas You Really Need to Know
    ISBN: 9781784296100
    Title: 50 Astronomy Ideas You Really Need to Know
    Author: SPARROW GILES


    From our own solar system to the edges of the universe, 50 Astronomy Ideas You Really Need to Know is your introduction to the most important concepts, discoveries and mysteries in astronomy. How did the universe begin? Where did the Moon come from? What happens in the heart of a black hole? Why are gravitational waves so significant? And is there life elsewhere in the cosmos?


    In fifty fascinating essays covering the central ideas of astronomy and cosmology, accompanied by diagrams, definitions of essential terms and timelines of key discoveries, this book examines the nature and variety of our universe - the life cycle of stars, the formation of planets, the structure of galaxies and the puzzles of dark matter and the multiverse. Expansive and illuminating, 50 Astronomy Ideas You Really Need to Know is the complete guide to the birth, life and possible death of the cosmos.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 50 Quantum Physics Ideas
    50 Quantum Physics Ideas
    ISBN: 9781780879116
    Title: 50 Quantum Physics Ideas
    Author: BAKER JOANNE


    Following on from the highly successful 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know, author Joanne Baker consolidates the foundation concepts of physics and moves on to present clear explanations of the most cutting-edge area of science: quantum physics.


    With 50 concise chapters covering complex theories and their advanced applications - from string theory to black holes, and quarks to quantum computing - alongside informative two-colour illustrations, this book presents key ideas in straightforward, bite-sized chunks. Ideal for the layperson, this book will challenge the way you understand the world.


    The ideas explored include: Theory of relativity Schrödinger's cat; Nuclear forces: fission and fusion; Antimatter; Superconductivity.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
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  • 50 Science Ideas You Really Need to Know
    50 Science Ideas You Really Need to Know
    ISBN: 9781784296148
    Title: 50 Science Ideas You Really Need to Know
    Author: DIXON GAIL & PARSONS PAUL


    50 Science Ideas You Really Need to Know is your guide to the biggest questions and deepest concepts from across the whole of science. What was the Big Bang? How did life on Earth arise? What does quantum mechanics tell us about the universe? Is true artificial intelligence possible? And does life exist on other planets?


    Moving from the basics of atoms and molecules, Newton's laws of physics and the building blocks of life to the cutting edge of nanotechnology, Einstein's theories of relativity and cloning, this book makes the many worlds of science accessible and illuminating. Featuring fifty concise, insightful and illustrated essays covering physics and astronomy, Earth and life sciences, chemistry and materials, psychology and computing, and exploring the ways they connect with each other and impact on our lives, 50 Science Ideas You Really Need to Know is the ideal introduction to the questions which fascinate us all.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • ABC's of Mathematics
    ABC's of Mathematics
    ISBN: 9781492656289
    Title: ABC's of Mathematics
    Author: FERRIE CHRIS

    Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius!

    Written by an expert, The ABCs of Mathematics is a colorfully simple introduction for babies (and grownups!) to a new math concept for every letter of the alphabet-from addition all the way to zero. Each page in this mathematical primer features multiple levels of text so the book grows along with your little mathematician--read just one line of text per page to start or linger on the longer descriptions as baby's vocabulary expands. This alphabetical installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest mathematician.

    Baby University: It only takes a small spark to ignite a child's mind!


    Format: Board Book
    Price: $19.00
    $19.00
  • ABC's of Physics (0-3)
    ABC's of Physics (0-3)
    ISBN: 9781492656241
    Title: ABC's of Physics (0-3)
    Author: FERRIE CHRIS

    Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius!

    Written by an expert, The ABCs of Physics is a colorfully simple introduction for babies (and grownups!) to a new physics concept for every letter of the alphabet-from atom all the way to zero-point energy. Each page in this physics primer features multiple levels of text so the book grows along with your little scientist--read just one line of text per page to start or linger on the longer descriptions as baby's vocabulary expands. This alphabetical installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest physicists.

    Baby University: It only takes a small spark to ignite a child's mind!


    Format: Board Book
    Price: $19.00
    $19.00
  • ABC's of Science
    ABC's of Science
    ISBN: 9781492656319
    Title: ABC's of Science
    Author: FERRIE CHRIS

    Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius!

    Written by an expert, The ABCs of Science is a colorfully simple introduction for babies (and grownups!) to a new science concept for every letter of the alphabet-from amoeba all the way to zygote. Each page in this science primer features multiple levels of text so the book grows along with your little scientist--read just one line of text per page to start or linger on the longer descriptions as baby's vocabulary expands. This alphabetical installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest scientists.

    Baby University: It only takes a small spark to ignite a child's mind!


    Format: Board Book
    Price: $19.00
    $19.00
  • Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics & the Military
    Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics & the Military
    ISBN: 9780393064445
    Title: Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics & the Military
    Author: TYSON NEIL DEGRASSE & LANG AVIS

    An exploration of the age-old complicity between skywatchers and warfighters, from the best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.

    In this fascinating foray into the centuries-old relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and writer-researcher Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war. "The overlap is strong, and the knowledge flows in both directions," say the authors, because astrophysicists and military planners care about many of the same things: multi-spectral detection, ranging, tracking, imaging, high ground, nuclear fusion, and access to space. Tyson and Lang call it a "curiously complicit" alliance. "The universe is both the ultimate frontier and the highest of high grounds," they write. "Shared by both space scientists and space warriors, it's a laboratory for one and a battlefield for the other. The explorer wants to understand it; the soldier wants to dominate it. But without the right technology--which is more or less the same technology for both parties--nobody can get to it, operate in it, scrutinize it, dominate it, or use it to their advantage and someone else's disadvantage."

    Spanning early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled warfare, Accessory to War is a richly researched and provocative examination of the intersection of science, technology, industry, and power that will introduce Tyson's millions of fans to yet another dimension of how the universe has shaped our lives and our world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $46.00

    $46.00
  • Accidental Universe: the World You Thought You Knew
    Accidental Universe: the World You Thought You Knew
    ISBN: 9781472109187
    Title: Accidental Universe: the World You Thought You Knew
    Author: LIGHTMAN ALAN


    In The Accidental Universe, physicist and novelist Alan Lightman explores the emotional and philosophical questions raised by discoveries in science, focusing most intently on the human condition and the needs of humankind.


    Here, in a collection of exhilarating essays, Lightman shows us our own universe from a series of fascinating and diverse perspectives. He takes on the difficult dialogue between science and religion; the conflict between our human desire for permanence and the impermanence of nature; the possibility that our universe is simply an accident; the manner in which modern technology has divorced us from enjoying a direct experience of the world; and our resistance to the view that our bodies and minds can be explained by scientific logic and laws alone.


    With his customary passion, precision, lyricism and imagination, in The Accidental Universe Alan Lightman leaves us with the suggestion - heady and humbling - that what we see and understand of the world and ourselves is only a tiny piece of the extraordinary, perhaps unfathomable whole.


    Praise for Alan Lightman:


    '...a gem of a novel that is strange witty erudite and alive with Lightman's playful genius.' Junot Diaz.


    'It would not seem possible for Alan Lightman to match his earlier tour de force, Einstein's Dreams, but in Mr g he has done so - with wit, imagination, and transcendent beauty.' Anita Desai.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet
    Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet
    ISBN: 9781471164057
    Title: Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet
    Author: CAMPBELL DALLAS

    'A wonderful, wise& and witty guide for space explorers everywhere.' - Richard Osman
    'A must read both for intrepid space explorers and misty-eyed dreamers. Now, to space!' -& Hannah Fry
    'Few people are more knowledgeable, celebratory and witty about space travel than Dallas Campbell.' - Adam Rutherford

    Need some space?

    For almost all human history we've been firmly rooted to the Earth. And, sure, it's got some good things going for it: nice views, friendly inhabitants, good coffee. Air. But what if you want to get off?
    &
    Whether you've got itchy feet and need a bit of a break, or you're looking for a complete change of scene, this book has all the information you'll need to leave, with FREE expert advice from the men and woman who can actually make it happen.&
    &
    Do I need a passport? How do I know if I have the right stuff? Can I take my dog? What spacesuit do I need? Where am I going to go? What am I going to eat?
    &

    As well as being a deeply impractical guide to getting off the planet, this is an eclectic and beautifully illustrated mix-tape of space travel stories - both real and imagined. From the migrating lunar geese that flew us to the moon in the 1600's, to Elon Musk's wild plan to get humans to Mars en masse in the future; from the history of early rocket science to the Soviet tortoises that secretly won the space race.
    &
    A collection for anyone who has looked up in wonder at the stars... And then wondered how to get there.

    'The next best thing to actually heading off into space.' - Jim Al-Khalili
    'Few people are more knowledgeable, celebratory and witty about space travel than Dallas Campbell.' - Adam Rutherford
    'If, like me, you dream of going into space, this is definitely the place to start the journey.' - Dan Snow
    'A must have volume for astronauts and armchair astronauts alike.' - Helen Sharman OBE
    'Funny, factual and beautiful.' - Shaun Keavney
    'Read it, make notes, and be ready when the day comes.' - Helen Czerski
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    Format: Hardback
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  • Afterglow of Creation Decoding the Message from the Beginning of Time
    Afterglow of Creation Decoding the Message from the Beginning of Time
    ISBN: 9780571250592
    Title: Afterglow of Creation Decoding the Message from the Beginning of Time
    Author: CHOWN MARCUS

    It's the oldest fossil in creationIt accounts for 99.9 % of all the light in the UniverseIts discoverers mistook it for the ?glow? of pigeon droppings (yet still carried off the Nobel prize)The discovery in 1992 of ?cosmic ripples? ? slight variations in the temperature of radiation left over from the Big Bang ? led to sensational headlines and a scramble among scientists to claim credit. ?It?s like seeing the face of God?, declared one of the researchers.In this new and fully revised edition of Afterglow of Creation, Marcus Chown goes behind the hype and the hysteria to provide a clear and lively explanation of one of the biggest discoveries in modern science ? and a brilliant picture of what happened next.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
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  • Age of Genius: the Seventeenth Century & the Birth of the Modern Mind
    Age of Genius: the Seventeenth Century & the Birth of the Modern Mind
    ISBN: 9781408870389
    Title: Age of Genius: the Seventeenth Century & the Birth of the Modern Mind
    Author: GRAYLING A C

    What happened to the European mind between 1605, when an audience watching Macbeth at the Globe might believe that regicide was such an aberration of the natural order that ghosts could burst from the ground, and 1649, when a large crowd, perhaps including some who had seen Macbeth forty-four years earlier, could stand and watch the execution of a king? Or consider the difference between a magus casting a star chart and the day in 1639, when Jonathan Horrock and William Crabtree watched the transit of Venus across the face of the sun from their attic, successfully testing its course against Kepler's Tables of Planetary Motion, in a classic case of confirming a scientific theory by empirical testing...In this turbulent period, science moved from the alchemy and astrology of John Dee to the painstaking observation and astronomy of Galileo, from the classicism of Aristotle, still favoured by the Church, to the evidence-based, collegiate investigation of Francis Bacon. And if the old ways still lingered and affected the new mind set - Descartes's dualism an attempt to square the new philosophy with religious belief; Newton, the man who understood gravity and the laws of motion, still fascinated to the end of his life by alchemy - by the end of that tumultuous century 'the greatest ever change in the mental outlook of humanity' had irrevocably taken place.

    Format: Trade paperback
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  • Age of Radiance: the Epic Rise & Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era
    Age of Radiance: the Epic Rise & Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era
    ISBN: 9781451660432
    Title: Age of Radiance: the Epic Rise & Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era
    Author: NELSON CRAIG



    From the New York Times bestselling author of Rocket Men and the award-winning biographer of Thomas Paine comes the first complete history of the Atomic Age, a brilliant, magisterial account of the men and women who uncovered the secrets of the nucleus, brought its power to America, and ignited the twentieth century.

    When Marie Curie, Enrico Fermi, and Edward Teller forged the science of radioactivity, they created a revolution that arced from the end of the nineteenth century, through the course of World War II and the Cold War of superpower brinksmanship, to our own twenty-first-century confrontation with the dangers of nuclear power and proliferation—a history of paradox, miracle, and nightmare. While nuclear science improves our everyday lives—from medicine to microwave technology—radiation’s invisible powers can trigger cancer and cellular mayhem. Writing with a biographer’s passion, Craig Nelson unlocks one of the great mysteries of the universe in a work that is tragic, triumphant, and above all, fascinating.

    From the discovery of X-rays in the 1890s, through the birth of nuclear power in an abandoned Chicago football stadium, to the bomb builders of Los Alamos and the apocalyptic Dr. Strangelove era, Nelson illuminates a pageant of fascinating historical figures: Marie and Pierre Curie, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Franklin Roosevelt, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Harry Truman, Curtis LeMay, John F. Kennedy, Robert McNamara, Ronald Reagan, and Mikhail Gorbachev, among others. He reveals how brilliant Jewish scientists fleeing Hitler transformed America from a nation that created lightbulbs and telephones into one that split atoms; how the most grotesque weapon ever invented could realize Alfred Nobel’s lifelong dream of global peace; and how, in our time, emergency workers and low-level utility employees fought to contain run-amok nuclear reactors while wondering if they would live or die.

    Radiance defies our common-sense views of nature, with its staggering amounts of energy flowing from seemingly inert rock and matter pulsing in half-lives that transforms into other states over the course of decades or in the blink of an eye. Radiation is as scary a word as cancer, but it’s the power that keeps our planet warm, as well as the force behind earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions, and so organic to all life that even our own human bodies are radioactive. By tracing mankind’s complicated relationship with the dangerous energy it discovered and unleashed, Nelson reveals how atomic power and radiation are indivisible from our everyday lives.

    Brilliantly told and masterfully crafted, The Age of Radiance provides a new understanding of a misunderstood epoch in history and restores to prominence the forgotten heroes and heroines who have changed all of our lives for better and for worse. It confirms Craig Nelson’s position as one of the most lively and skillful popular historians writing today.


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  • Alchemy: the Great Work
    Alchemy: the Great Work
    ISBN: 9781473606265
    Title: Alchemy: the Great Work
    Author: GILCHRIST CHERRY

    Alchemy is the art of transformation. At its simplest, the alchemist turns base metals into gold. However this is only one dimension of alchemy - at a more sophisticated level the alchemist's 'base metal' is symbolic of himself that needs to be worked upon and the 'gold' produced is the alchemist himself in his or her quest to perfect his own nature. In short, true alchemy is a discipline involving physical, physiological and spiritual work aimed at producing wholeness and enlightenment. From the origins of alchemy, both reputed and documented, Cherry Gilchrist's lively and sympathetic narrative takes the reader from the alchemical interests of the ancient Egyptians to the flowering of alchemy in the seventeenth century. She also elucidates the complexities of alchemical symbolism and examines the ways in which alchemy has developed in the twentieth century.

    'Packed with strange stories and shiny nuggets of information, Alchemy: the Great Work is erudite but reads very clearly. But what I admire about it most is how enlightening and enlivening it is.' - Jonathan Black

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Algorithms to Live By: the Computer Science of Human Decisions
    Algorithms to Live By: the Computer Science of Human Decisions
    ISBN: 9780007547975
    Title: Algorithms to Live By: the Computer Science of Human Decisions
    Author: CHRISTIAN BRIAN

    A fascinating exploration of how computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives, helping to solve common decision-making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mind

    All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades. And the solutions they've found have much to teach us.

    In a dazzlingly interdisciplinary work, acclaimed author Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths show how the simple, precise algorithms used by computers can also untangle very human questions. They explain how to have better hunches and when to leave things to chance, how to deal with overwhelming choices and how best to connect with others. From finding a spouse to finding a parking spot, from organizing one's inbox to understanding the workings of human memory, "Algorithms to Live By" transforms the wisdom of computer science into strategies for human living.



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  • Aliens are Coming! the Exciting & Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe
    Aliens are Coming! the Exciting & Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe
    ISBN: 9781847445025
    Title: Aliens are Coming! the Exciting & Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe
    Author: MILLER BEN


    Discover the fascinating and cutting-edge science behind the greatest question of all: is there life beyond Earth?


    For millennia, we have looked up at the stars and wondered whether we are alone in the universe. In the last few years, scientists have made huge strides towards answering that question. In The Aliens are Coming!, comedian and bestselling science writer Ben Miller takes us on a fantastic voyage of discovery, from the beginnings of life on earth to the very latest search for alien intelligence.


    What soon becomes clear is that the hunt for extra-terrestrials is also an exploration of what we actually mean by life. What do you need to kickstart life? How did the teeming energy of the Big Bang end up as frogs, trees and quantity surveyors? How can evolution provide clues about alien life? What might it look like? (Probably not green and sexy, sadly.)


    As our probes and manned missions venture out into the solar system, and our telescopes image Earth-like planets with ever-increasing accuracy, our search for alien life has never been more exciting - or better funded. The Aliens are Coming! is a comprehensive, accessible and hugely entertaining guide to that search, and our quest to understand the very nature of life itself.



    Format: Trade paperback
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  • Aliens are Coming! the Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe
    Aliens are Coming! the Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe
    ISBN: 9780751545043
    Title: Aliens are Coming! the Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe
    Author: MILLER BEN

    Acclaimed actor and trained quantum physicist Ben. Miller gives us an eye-opening, comprehensive, and hugely entertaining guide to the contemporary search for life in the universe. What's required to kickstart life? How did the teeming energy of the Big Bang end up as frogs, trees, and millions of other species? How can evolution provide clues about alien life? What might aliens look like (probably not what we've been led to expect!). The Aliens Are Coming! covers it all, from the beginnings of life on Earth to the very latest on our search for extraterrestrials-a search more robust (and better funded) than ever before, thanks to technological marvels returning unprecedented amounts of data, from super-high-powered telescopes and Mars rovers to the probes now leaving the solar system and SETI's ever-expanding ability to hunt for signals. Book jacket.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
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  • Aliens: Science Asks: Is There Anyone Out There?
    Aliens: Science Asks: Is There Anyone Out There?
    ISBN: 9781781256817
    Title: Aliens: Science Asks: Is There Anyone Out There?
    Author: AL-KHALILI JIM

    The ALIENS invasion is coming ...It's the biggest question we've ever faced, one that has fascinated generations of humans: do aliens exist? If they did, what would they look like? How would they think? And what would it mean for us if we found them?Here, Professor Jim Al-Khalili blasts off in search of answers. Featuring twenty pieces by top scientists and experts in the field including Martin Rees, Ian Stewart and Adam Rutherford, Aliens covers every aspect of the subject, from alien consciousness to the neuroscience behind alien abductions. And along the way he'll cover science fiction, the probability of us finding extra-terrestrial life, and whether recently-discovered exoplanets might support life.Engaging, authoritative and filled with scientific insights fresh from the far edges of the galaxy, Aliens is the perfect book for anyone who has ever looked up into the starry sky and wondered: are we alone?

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  • Am I My Keeper's Brother? Human Origins from a Christian & Scientific Perspective
    Am I My Keeper's Brother? Human Origins from a Christian & Scientific Perspective
    ISBN: 9780473184537
    Title: Am I My Keeper's Brother? Human Origins from a Christian & Scientific Perspective
    Author: PATTEMORE PHILIP



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    How did human life come to be?

    Can a scientific view of human origins ever be reconciled with the Biblical account of human nature?

    When scientific ideas appear to contradict the Bible, how do we react – and how do we evaluate what is true?

    Am I My Keeper’s Brother? takes us on an exciting, thought-provoking tour through history, biology, genetics, the Bible and Christian faith. Join Dr Philip Pattemore, a scientist and lifelong Christian, as he guides us on this adventure through the findings of science and the Bible about what it is to be human. Whether you’re studying biological sciences at high school or university, or you’re a disciple of Jesus keen to find new ways of thinking about the Creationist controversy, you’ll find this book a fascinating, enriching discovery of the world God made.


    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Amazing Stories of the Space Age
    Amazing Stories of the Space Age
    ISBN: 9781633882218
    Title: Amazing Stories of the Space Age
    Author: PYLE ROD

    Award-winning science writer and documentarian Rod Pyle presents an insider's perspective on the most unusual and bizarre space missions ever devised inside and outside of NASA. The incredible projects described here were not merely flights of fancy dreamed up by space enthusiasts, but actual missions planned by leading aeronautical engineers. Some were designed but not built; others were built but not flown; and a few were flown to failure but little reported:

    A giant rocket that would use atomic bombs as propulsion (never mind the fallout), military bases on the moon that could target enemies on earth with nuclear weapons, a scheme to spray-paint the lenses of Soviet spy satellites in space, the rushed Soyuz 1 spacecraft that ended with the death of its pilot, the near-disaster of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the mysterious Russian space shuttle that flew only once and was then scrapped--these are just some of the unbelievable tales that Pyle has found in once top-secret documents as well as accounts that were simply lost for many decades.

    These stories, complimented by many rarely-seen photos and illustrations, tell of a time when nothing was too off-the-wall to be taken seriously, and the race to the moon and the threat from the Soviet Union trumped all other considerations. Readers will be fascinated, amused, and sometimes chilled.


    From the Trade Paperback edition.

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  • Anatomist a True Story of Gray's Anatomy
    Anatomist a True Story of Gray's Anatomy
    ISBN: 9780345456892
    Title: Anatomist a True Story of Gray's Anatomy
    Author: HAYES BILL

    A wonderful writer,Bill Hayes tells the multi-layered story of the two extraordinary young men who produced the most famous medical text of all time - a turning point in medical history, and a continuing influence and inspiration for artists, doctors and anatomists a century and a half later. Part memoir, part biography, part guided tour into the marvels of the human body,The Anatomist deserves a place on every bookshelf. And if you do not already have a copy ofGray's Anatomy, Bill Hayes's remarkable account will surely inspire you to get one." -Oliver Sacks, author and neurologist All laud and honor to Hayes. In perusing the body's 650 muscles and 206 bones, he has made the case that we are . . . 'fearfully and wonderfully made.'" - 'The Washington Post' Prose both lucid and arrestingly beautiful." - 'Publishers Weekly' The classic medical text known asGray's Anatomy is one of the most famous books ever created. In this masterly work of creative nonfiction, Bill Hayes uncovers the extraordinary lives of the seminal volume's author and illustrator while providing a scalpel's-eye" view into the ingenuity of the human body. Bill Hayes is the best-selling author of 'Sleep Demons' and 'Five Quarts'.

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    Price: $44.00
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  • Answers for Aristotle: How Science & Philosophy can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life
    Answers for Aristotle: How Science & Philosophy can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life
    ISBN: 9780465021383
    Title: Answers for Aristotle: How Science & Philosophy can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life
    Author: PIGLIUCCI MASSIMO

    How should we live? According to philosopher and biologist Massimo Pigliucci, the greatest guidance to this essential question lies in combining the wisdom of 24 centuries of philosophy with the latest research from 21st century science.& In Answers for Aristotle, Pigliucci argues that the combination of science and philosophy first pioneered by Aristotle offers us the best possible tool for understanding the world and ourselves. As Aristotle knew, each mode of thought has the power to clarify the other: science provides facts, and philosophy helps us reflect on the values with which to assess them. But over the centuries, the two have become uncoupled, leaving us with questions#151;about morality, love, friendship, justice, and politics#151;that neither field could fully answer on its own. Pigliucci argues that only by rejoining each other can modern science and philosophy reach their full potential, while we harness them to help us reach ours.& Pigliucci discusses such essential issues as how to tell right from wrong, the nature of love and friendship, and whether we can really ever know ourselves#151;all in service of helping us find our path to the best possible life. Combining the two most powerful intellectual traditions in history, Answers for Aristotle is a remarkable guide to discovering what really matters and why.


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    Price: $56.00
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  • Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon
    Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon
    ISBN: 9781250182517
    Title: Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon
    Author: KLUGER JEFFREY

    The untold story of the historic voyage to the moon that closed out one of our darkest years with a nearly unimaginable triumph.


    In August 1968, NASA made a bold decision: in just sixteen weeks, the United States would launch humankind's first flight to the moon. Only the year before, three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and since then the Apollo program had suffered one setback after another. Meanwhile, the Russians were winning the space race, the Cold War was getting hotter by the month, and President Kennedy's promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade seemed sure to be broken. But when Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders were summoned to a secret meeting and told of the dangerous mission, they instantly signed on.


    Written with all the color and verve of the best narrative non-fiction, Apollo 8 takes us from Mission Control to the astronaut's homes, from the test labs to the launch pad. The race to prepare an untested rocket for an unprecedented journey paves the way for the hair-raising trip to the moon. Then, on Christmas Eve, a nation that has suffered a horrendous year of assassinations and war is heartened by an inspiring message from the trio of astronauts in lunar orbit. And when the mission is over--after the first view of the far side of the moon, the first earth-rise, and the first re-entry through the earth's atmosphere following a flight to deep space--the impossible dream of walking on the moon suddenly seems within reach.


    The full story of Apollo 8 has never been told, and only Jeffrey Kluger--Jim Lovell's co-author on their bestselling book about Apollo 13--can do it justice. Here is the tale of a mission that was both a calculated risk and a wild crapshoot, a stirring account of how three American heroes forever changed our view of the home planet.



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  • Are Angels Ok: The Parallel Universes of NZ Writers & Scientists
    Are Angels Ok: The Parallel Universes of NZ Writers & Scientists
    ISBN: 9780864735140
    Title: Are Angels Ok: The Parallel Universes of NZ Writers & Scientists
    Author: CALLAGHAN PAUL & MANHIRE BILL

    New Zealands top writers and physicists collaborate to create a provocative and fascinating discussion on the most strange and fantastic aspects of physics. With topics that include the curvature of space time, wave particle duality, the untimely death of Schrodinger's cat, Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, dark energy, and the end of the universe, this extraordinary guide artfully blends philosophy and literature with science.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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