• Confessions of an English Opium Eater Pop Penguin
    Confessions of an English Opium Eater Pop Penguin
    ISBN: 9780141194943
    Title: Confessions of an English Opium Eater Pop Penguin
    Author: DE QUINCEY THOMAS

    Describing the surreal hallucinations, insomnia and nightmarish visions he experienced while consuming daily large amounts of laudanum, Thomas De Quincey's legendary account of the pleasures and pains of opium forged a link between artistic self-expression and addiction, and paved the way for later generations of literary drug-takers from Baudelaire to Burroughs.

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  • Consilience the Unity of Knowledge
    Consilience the Unity of Knowledge
    ISBN: 9780679768678
    Title: Consilience the Unity of Knowledge
    Author: WILSON EDWARD O


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  • Convergence: the Deepest Idea in the Universe
    Convergence: the Deepest Idea in the Universe
    ISBN: 9781471129001
    Title: Convergence: the Deepest Idea in the Universe
    Author: WATSON PETER

    Convergence is a history of modern science with an original and significant twist. Various scientific disciplines, despite their very different beginnings, and disparate areas of interest have been coming together over the past 150 years, converging and coalescing, to identify one extraordinary master narrative, one overwhelming interlocking coherent story: the history of the universe.
    & & & Intimate connections between physics and chemistry have been revealed as have the links between quantum chemistry and molecular biology. Astronomy has been augmented by particle physics, psychology has been increasingly aligned with physics, with chemistry and even with economics. Genetics has been harmonised with linguistics, botany with archaeology, climatology with myth. This is a simple insight but one with profound consequences. Convergence is, as Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg has put it, 'The deepest thing about the universe.'
    & & & This book does not, however, tell the story by beginning at the beginning and ending at the end. It is much more revealing, more convincing, and altogether more thrilling to tell the story as it emerged, as it began to fall into place, piece by piece, converging tentatively at first, but then with increasing speed, vigour and confidence. The overlaps and interdependence of the sciences, the emerging order that they are gradually uncovering, is without question the most enthralling aspect of twenty-first-century science.&


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  • Convergence: The Deepest Idea in the Universe
    Convergence: The Deepest Idea in the Universe
    ISBN: 9781471129018
    Title: Convergence: The Deepest Idea in the Universe
    Author: WATSON PETER

    Convergence is a history of modern science with an original and significant twist. Various scientific disciplines, despite their very different beginnings, and disparate areas of interest have been coming together over the past 150 years, converging and coalescing, to identify one extraordinary master narrative, one overwhelming interlocking coherent story: the history of the universe.
    & & & Intimate connections between physics and chemistry have been revealed as have the links between quantum chemistry and molecular biology. Astronomy has been augmented by particle physics, psychology has been increasingly aligned with physics, with chemistry and even with economics. Genetics has been harmonised with linguistics, botany with archaeology, climatology with myth. This is a simple insight but one with profound consequences. Convergence is, as Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg has put it, 'The deepest thing about the universe.'
    & & & This book does not, however, tell the story by beginning at the beginning and ending at the end. It is much more revealing, more convincing, and altogether more thrilling to tell the story as it emerged, as it began to fall into place, piece by piece, converging tentatively at first, but then with increasing speed, vigour and confidence. The overlaps and interdependence of the sciences, the emerging order that they are gradually uncovering, is without question the most enthralling aspect of twenty-first-century science.&


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  • Crack in Creation: The New Power to Control Evolution
    Crack in Creation: The New Power to Control Evolution
    ISBN: 9781847923820
    Title: Crack in Creation: The New Power to Control Evolution
    Author: DOUDNA JENNIFER & STERNBERG SAMUEL H.

    A handful of discoveries have changed the course of human history. This book is about the most recent and potentially the most powerful and dangerous of them all. It is an invention that allows us to rewrite the genetic code that shapes and controls all living beings with astonishing accuracy and ease. Thanks to it, the dreams of genetic manipulation have become a stark reality- the power to cure disease and alleviate suffering, to create new sources of food and energy, as well as to re-design any species, including humans, for our own ends. Jennifer Doudna is the co-inventor of this technology, known as CRISPR, and a scientist of worldwide renown. Writing with fellow researcher Samuel Sternberg, here she provides the definitive account of her discovery, explaining how this wondrous invention works and what it is capable of. A Crack In Creation also asks us to consider what our new-found power means- how do we enjoy its unprecedented benefits while avoiding its equally unprecedented dangers? As Doudna argues, every member of our species is implicated in the answers to these questions. Somehow we must consider and act together. The future of humankind - and of all life on Earth - is at stake. This book is an essential guide to the path that now lies ahead.

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  • Creation the Origin of Life
    Creation the Origin of Life
    ISBN: 9780670920464
    Title: Creation the Origin of Life
    Author: RUTHERFORD ADAM

    Creation: The Origin of LifeWhat is life? In what form did it first appear? And how?Every creature, plant and cell that has ever inhabited the Earth owes its existence to the emergence, some four billion years ago, of a single living being. From this first, unique life-form, all other life subsequently evolved. What extraordinary circumstances conspired to create such a thing?The question of life's origin has preoccupied humanity throughout its history. In the last two hundred years, the three cornerstones of biology - the discovery of cells, Darwin's theory of evolution and the workings of DNA - have provided the key clues to an answer. Now, thanks to the recent work of leading contemporary biologists, we have within our grasp a full understanding of this most astonishing event.Drawing on remarkable recent research, The Origin of Life takes us on a gripping, four-billion year journey of discovery, from interplanetary collisions to the inner-workings of cells and genes, to uncover the identity, nature and origin of first life - and all life - offering answers to the grandest of questions before arriving at a thrilling solution to the greatest detective story of them all.Flip this Book for Creation: The Future of Life

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  • Creation: the Origin of Life/ the Future of Life
    Creation: the Origin of Life/ the Future of Life
    ISBN: 9780241954690
    Title: Creation: the Origin of Life/ the Future of Life
    Author: RUTHERFORD ADAM

    Creation by Adam Rutherford tells the entire spellbinding story of life in two gripping narratives.'Prepare to be astounded. There are moments when this book is so gripping it reads like a thriller' Mail on SundayThe Origin of Life is a four-billion-year detective story that uses the latest science to explain what life is and where it first came from, offering answers to the very grandest of questions before arriving at a thrilling solution.'A superbly written explanation' Brian CoxThis same science has led to a technological revolution: the ability to create entirely new life forms within the lab, known as synthetic biology. The Future of Life introduces these remarkable innovations, explains how they work, and presents a powerful argument for their benefit to humankind.'The reader's sense of awe at the well-nigh inconceivable nature of nature is suitably awakened. The extraordinary science and Rutherford's argument are worth every reader's scrutiny. Fascinating.' Sunday Telegraph'One of the most eloquent and genuinely thoughtful books on science over the past decade. You will not find a better, more balanced or up-to-date take on the origin of life or synthetic biology. Essential reading for anyone interested in the coming revolution, which could indeed rival the Industrial Revolution or the internet' Observer'The perfect primer on the past and future of DNA' Guardian'Susenseful, erudite and thrilling' Prospect'A witty, engaging and eye-opening explanation of the basic units of life, right back to our common ancestors and on to their incredible synthetic future. The mark of a really good science book, it shows that the questions we still have are just as exciting as the answers we already know' Dara O Briain 'This is a quite delightful two-books-in-one. Rutherford's lightness of touch in describing the dizzying complexity of life at the cellular level in The Origin of Life only serves to emphasise the sheer scale and ambition of the emerging field of synthetic biology' Jim Al Khalili 'A fascinating glimpse into our past and future. Rutherford argues persuasively against those who seek to hold back scientific progress. His illuminating book is full of optimism about what we might be able to achieve' Sunday Times 'Fresh, original and excellent. An eye-opening look at how we are modifying and constructing life. Totally fascinating' PopularScience.co.uk 'In this book of two halves, Rutherford tells the epic history of life on earth, and eloquently argues the case for embracing technology which allows us to become biological designers' Alice Roberts 'An engaging account of both the mystery of life's origin and its impending resolution as well as a fascinating glimpse of the impending birth of a new, synthetic biology'' Matt Ridley, author of Genome 'I warmly recommend Creation. Rutherford's academic background in genetics gives him a firm grasp of the intricacies of biochemistry - and he translates these superbly into clear English' Financial Times Dr Adam Rutherford is a geneticist, writer and broadcaster. He presents BBC Radio 4's weekly programme Inside Science and his documentaries include the award-winning series The Cell (BBC4), The Gene Code (BBC4), Horizon: 'Playing God' (BBC2) as well as numerous other programmes for BBC Radio 4. This is his first book.

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  • Critical Mass How One Thing Leads to Another
    Critical Mass How One Thing Leads to Another
    ISBN: 9780099457862
    Title: Critical Mass How One Thing Leads to Another
    Author: BALL PHILIP

    Is there a 'physics of society'? Ranging from Hobbes and Adam Smith to modern work on traffic flow and market trading, and across economics, sociology and psychology, Philip Ball shows how much we can understand of human behaviour when we cease to try to predict and analyse the behaviour of individuals and look to the impact of hundreds, thousands or millions of individual human decisions., whether in circumstances in which human beings co-operate or conflict, when their aggregate behaviour is constructive and when it is destructive. By perhaps Britain's leading young science writer, this is a deeply thought-provoking book, causing us to examine our own behaviour, whether in buying the new Harry Potter book, voting for a particular party or responding to the lures of advertisers.

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  • Culture: Leading Scientists Explore Societies, Art, Power, & Technology
    Culture: Leading Scientists Explore Societies, Art, Power, & Technology
    ISBN: 9780062023131
    Title: Culture: Leading Scientists Explore Societies, Art, Power, & Technology
    Author: BROCKMAN JOHN

    "Theway Brockman interlaces essays about research on the frontiers of science withones on artistic vision, education, psychology and economics is sure to buzzany brain." -Chicago Sun-Times, on This Will Change Everything

    Launchinga hard-hitting new series from Edge.org and Harper Perennial, editor JohnBrockman delivers this cutting-edge master class covering everything you needto know about Culture. With original contributions by the world'sleading thinkers and scientists, including Jared Diamond, Daniel C. Dennett,Brian Eno, Jaron Lanier,Nicholas Christakis, and others, Culture offers a mind-expanding primeron a fundamental topic. Unparalleled in scope, depth, insight and quality, Edge.org's Culture is not to be missed.



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  • Curiosity How Science Became Interested in Everything
    Curiosity How Science Became Interested in Everything
    ISBN: 9780099554271
    Title: Curiosity How Science Became Interested in Everything
    Author: BALL PHILIP

    There was a time when curiosity was condemned. Through curiosity, our innocence was said to be lost. Ye this hasn't deterred us. Today we spend vast sums trying to recreate the first instants of creation in particle accelerators, out of pure desire to know. There seems now to be no question too vast or too trivial. No longer reviled, curiosity is now celebrated. By examining the rise of curiosity from the dawn of modern science to today, we can examine how it functions in science, how it is spun, packaged and sold, and how the changing shape of science influences the kinds of questions it may ask.

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  • Cycles of Time an Extraordinary New View of the Universe
    Cycles of Time an Extraordinary New View of the Universe
    ISBN: 9780099505945
    Title: Cycles of Time an Extraordinary New View of the Universe
    Author: PENROSE ROGER

    Professor Sir Roger Penrose's groundbreaking and bestselling The Road to Reality (2005) provided a complete guide to the laws that govern our universe. In Cycles of Time, Penrose offers a completely new perspective on the often-asked question, 'what came before the Big Bang?' The answer that Penrose proposes involves a curious but fully rational way of looking at the expected ultimate fate of our acclerating expanded universe, and showing that its end can in fact be reinterpreted as the 'Big Bang' of a new universe.

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  • Dancing Wu Li Masters an Overview of the New Physics
    Dancing Wu Li Masters an Overview of the New Physics
    ISBN: 9780712648721
    Title: Dancing Wu Li Masters an Overview of the New Physics
    Author: ZUKAV GARY

    This is an account of the essential aspects of the new physics for those with little or no knowledge of mathematics or science. It describes current theories of quantum mechanics, Einstein's special and general theories of relativity and other speculations, alluding throughout to parallels with modern psychology and metaphorical abstractions to Buddhism and Taoism. The author has also written The Seat of the Soul.

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  • Dark Matter & the Dinosaurs the Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe
    Dark Matter & the Dinosaurs the Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe
    ISBN: 9780099593560
    Title: Dark Matter & the Dinosaurs the Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe
    Author: RANDALL LISA


    A cracking read, combining storytelling of the highest order with a trove of information. . . . What s remarkable is that it all fits together. Wall Street Journal


    Successful science writing tells a complete story of the how the methodical marvel building up to the why and Randall does just that. New York Times Book Review


    Randall] is a lucid explainer, street-wise and informal. Without jargon or mathematics, she steers us through centuries of sometimes tortuous astronomical history. The Guardian


    In Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, Professor Lisa Randall, one of today s most influential theoretical physicists, takes readers on an intellectual adventure through the history of the cosmos, showing how events in the farthest reaches of the Universe created the conditions for life and death on our planet.


    Sixty-six million years ago, an object the size of a city crashed into Earth, killing off the dinosaurs, along with three-quarters of the planet s species. Challenging the usual assumptions about the simple makeup of the unseen material that constitutes 85% of the matter in the Universe, Randall explains how a disk of dark matter in the Milky Way plane might have triggered the cataclysm.


    But Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs does more than present a radical idea. With clarity and wit, it explains the nature of the Universe, dark matter, the Milky Way galaxy, comets, asteroids, and impacts. This breathtaking synthesis, illuminated by pop culture references and social and political viewpoints, reveals the deep relationships among the small and the large, the visible and the hidden, as well as the astonishing beauty of the connections that surround us. It s impossible to read this book and look at either the Earth or the sky again in the same way.

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  • Darwin's Ghosts: in Search of the First Evolutionists
    Darwin's Ghosts: in Search of the First Evolutionists
    ISBN: 9781408831014
    Title: Darwin's Ghosts: in Search of the First Evolutionists
    Author: STOTT REBECCA

    Soon after publication of On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin received a letter that deeply unsettled him. He had expected outrage and accusations of heresy, but this letter was different: it accused him of taking credit for a theory that wasn't his. Yet when he tried to trace his intellectual forebears, he found that history had already forgotten them...Rediscovering Aristotle on the shores of Lesbos and Leonardo da Vinci fossil hunting in the Tuscan hills, this is a masterful retelling of the collective daring of a few like-minded men, whose early theories flew in the face of prevailing political and religious orthodoxies and laid the foundations for Darwin's revolutionary idea.

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  • Darwin's Ghosts
    Darwin's Ghosts
    ISBN: 9781408809082
    Title: Darwin's Ghosts
    Author: STOTT REBECCA

    Christmas, 1859. Just one month after the publication ofOn the Origin of Species, Darwin received a letter that deeply unsettled him. He had expected criticism. Letters were arriving every day like swarms, some expressing praise, most outrage and accusations of heresy. But the letter from the Reverend Powell was different. It accused Darwin of failing to acknowledge his predecessors, of having taken credit for a theory that had already been discovered by others, Baden Powell himself and Darwin's own grandfather among them.For all the excuses that leapt to mind - publication had been rushed; he hadn't been well - Darwin knew he had made a grave error in omitting to mention his intellectual forebears. Yet when he tried to trace these natural philosophers, he found that history had already forgotten them...InDarwin's Ghosts, historian and novelist Rebecca Stott rediscovers Aristotle walking the shores of Lesbos with his pupils and Leonardo da Vinci searching for fossils in the mine shafts of the Tuscan hills; Diderot, in Paris, under the surveillance of the secret police, exploring the origins of species, and the brilliant naturalists of the Jardin de Plantes first recognising proof of evolutionary change in the natural history collections stolen during the Napoleonic wars.Darwin's Ghostsis a masterful retelling of the collective daring of a few like-minded men who had the imagination to speculate on nature's ways and the courage to publish at a time when to do so, for political as well as religious reasons, was to risk everything. More than a tale of mummified birds, inland lagoons, Bedouin nomads, secret police files, microscopes and curiosity cabinets,Darwin's Ghostsis the story of an idea that would change the modern world.

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  • Dataclysm: Who We are (when We Think No One's Looking)
    Dataclysm: Who We are (when We Think No One's Looking)
    ISBN: 9780007494415
    Title: Dataclysm: Who We are (when We Think No One's Looking)
    Author: RUDDER CHRISTIAN

    A New York Times Bestseller

    An audacious, irreverent investigation of human behavior--and a first look at a revolution in the making

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    Our personal data has been used to spy on us, hire and fire us, and sell us stuff we don't need. In Dataclysm, Christian Rudder uses it to show us who we truly are.
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    For centuries, we've relied on polling or small-scale lab experiments to study human behavior. Today, a new approach is possible. As we live more of our lives online, researchers can finally observe us directly, in vast numbers, and without filters. Data scientists have become the new demographers.
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    In this daring and original book, Rudder explains how Facebook "likes" can predict, with surprising accuracy, a person's sexual orientation and even intelligence; how attractive women receive exponentially more interview requests; and why you must have haters to be hot. He charts the rise and fall of America's most reviled word through Google Search and examines the new dynamics of collaborative rage on Twitter. He shows how people express themselves, both privately and publicly. What is the least Asian thing you can say? Do people bathe more in Vermont or New Jersey? What do black women think about Simon & Garfunkel? (Hint: they don't think about Simon & Garfunkel.) Rudder also traces human migration over time, showing how groups of people move from certain small towns to the same big cities across the globe. And he grapples with the challenge of maintaining privacy in a world where these explorations are possible.
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    Visually arresting and full of wit and insight, Dataclysm is a new way of seeing ourselves--a brilliant alchemy, in which math is made human and numbers become the narrative of our time.


    From the Hardcover edition.

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  • Death by Black Hole
    Death by Black Hole
    ISBN: 9780393330168
    Title: Death by Black Hole
    Author: TYSON NEIL DEGRASSE

    "One of today's best popularizers of science."--"Kirkus Reviews" Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in "Natural History" magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with stunning clarity and childlike enthusiasm. Here Tyson compiles his favorite essays across a myriad of cosmic topics. The title essay introduces readers to the physics of black holes by explaining just what would happen to your body if you fell into one, while "Hollywood Nights" assails Hollywood's feeble efforts to get its night skies right. Tyson is the world's best-known astrophysicist, and he's at his best here, as a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious excitement for our universe.

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  • Decisive Moment: How the Brain Makes Up Its Mind
    Decisive Moment: How the Brain Makes Up Its Mind
    ISBN: 9781921656019
    Title: Decisive Moment: How the Brain Makes Up Its Mind
    Author: LEHRER JONAH

    Since Plato, philosophers have described the decision-making process as either rational or emotional: we carefully deliberate or we 'blink' and go with our gut.  But as scientists break open the mind's black box with the latest tools of neuroscience, they're discovering this is not how the mind works.  Our best decisions are a finely tuned blend of both feeling and reason - and the precise mix depends on the situation.When buying a house, for example, it's best to let our unconscious mull over the many variables.  But when we're picking stocks and shares, intuition often leads us astray.  The trick is to determine when to lean on which part of the brain, and to do this, we need to think harder (and smarter) about how we think.In The Decisive Moment, Jonah Lehrer arms us with the tools we need, drawing on cutting-edge research by Daniel Kahneman, Colin Camerer and others, as well as the world's most interesting 'deciders' - from airline pilots, world-famous sportsmen and hedge fund investors to serial killers, politicians and poker players.Lehrer answers two questions that are of interest to just about anyone, from CEOs to firefighters: How does the human mind make decisions?  And how can we use that knowledge to make better decisions?

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  • Delusions of Intelligence Enigma, Ultra, and the End of Secure Ciphers
    Delusions of Intelligence Enigma, Ultra, and the End of Secure Ciphers
    ISBN: 9780521736626
    Title: Delusions of Intelligence Enigma, Ultra, and the End of Secure Ciphers
    Author: RATCLIFF R. A.

    In 1974, the British government admitted that its WWII secret intelligence organization had read Germany's ciphers on a massive scale. The intelligence from these decrypts influenced the Atlantic, the Eastern Front and Normandy. Why did the Germans never realize the Allies had so thoroughly penetrated their communications? As German intelligence experts conducted numerous internal investigations that all certified their ciphers' security, the Allies continued to break more ciphers and plugged their own communication leaks. How were the Allies able to so thoroughly exploit Germany's secret messages? How did they keep their tremendous success a secret? What flaws in Germany's organization allowed this counterintelligence failure and how can today's organizations learn to avoid similar disasters? This book, the first comparative study of WWII SIGINT (Signals Intelligence), analyzes the characteristics that allowed the Allies SIGINT success and that fostered the German blindness to Enigma's compromise.

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  • Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
    Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
    ISBN: 9780345409461
    Title: Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
    Author: SAGAN CARL

    In this engrossing, thought-provoking and entertaining book, the author convincingly shows how alien abduction stories and other paranormal tales are simply the modern version of fairies and other ancient demons that exist only in the human mind.

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  • Denial : Self-deception, False Beliefs & Origins of the Human Mind
    Denial : Self-deception, False Beliefs & Origins of the Human Mind
    ISBN: 9781455573479
    Title: Denial : Self-deception, False Beliefs & Origins of the Human Mind
    Author: VARKI AJIT & BROWER DANNY


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  • Denialism
    Denialism
    ISBN: 9780715653036
    Title: Denialism
    Author: SPECTER MICHAEL

    There is so much confusing and conflicting information about the world in which we live that the truth can be impossible to find. The rise of modern scepticism against fake news ' is to be celebrated, but this cultural shift has led to a world where opinion is as valuable as fact. The existence of climate change; the safety behind eating genetically modified foods; and the effectiveness of herbal remedies over newly developed medicines are all hotly debated subjects and yet the science, rather than the rhetoric, is almost unanimous.
    Denialism brilliantly exposes the irrational pseudoscience and scare-mongering that increasingly get in the way of the truth and sensible decision-making. Specter demonstrates how key areas of modern life from basic health, to the environment and overall scientific progress are being dangerously misdirected and why facts must be put back to the heart of our judgements and belief.

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  • Denialism How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress Harms the Planet & Threatens Our Lives
    Denialism How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress Harms the Planet & Threatens Our Lives
    ISBN: 9780715639436
    Title: Denialism How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress Harms the Planet & Threatens Our Lives
    Author: SPECTER MICHAEL


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  • Destination Mars
    Destination Mars
    ISBN: 9781785782251
    Title: Destination Mars
    Author: CLEGG BRIAN ;MAY ANDREW

    Mars is back. Suddenly everyone - from Elon Musk to Ridley Scott to Donald Trump - is talking about going to the Red Planet. When the Apollo astronauts walked on the Moon in 1969, many people imagined Mars would be next. However, NASA's Viking 1, which landed in 1976, was just a robot. The much-anticipated crewed mission failed to materialise, defeated by a combination of technological and political challenges. Four decades after Viking and almost half a century after Apollo, technology has improved beyond recognition - and politics has changed just as much. As private ventures like SpaceX seize centre stage from NASA, Mars has undergone a seismic shift - no longer just about science, it's become the prime destination for future human expansion and colonisation. But what's it really like on Mars, and why should anyone want to go there? How do you get there and what are the risks? Astrophysicist and science writer Andrew May answers all these questions and more, as he traces the history of our fascination with the Red Planet.

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  • Devil's Chaplain: Selected Essays
    Devil's Chaplain: Selected Essays
    ISBN: 9780753817506
    Title: Devil's Chaplain: Selected Essays
    Author: DAWKINS RICHARD

    A bestselling selection of essays from Britain's leading science writer.

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  • Dice World
    Dice World
    ISBN: 9781848316522
    Title: Dice World
    Author: CLEGG BRIAN


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  • Dice World: Science & Life in a Random Universe
    Dice World: Science & Life in a Random Universe
    ISBN: 9781848315167
    Title: Dice World: Science & Life in a Random Universe
    Author: CLEGG BRIAN

    For centuries scientists believed that the universe was a vast machine - with enough detail, you could predict exactly what would happen. Admittedly real life wasn't like that. But only, they argued, because we didn't have enough data to be certain.Then the cracks began to appear. It proved impossible to predict exactly how three planets orbiting each other would move. Meteorologists discovered that the weather was truly chaotic - so dependent on small variations that it could never be predicted for more than a few days out. And the final nail in the coffin was quantum theory, showing that everything in the universe has probability at its heart.That gives human beings a problem. We understand the world through patterns. Randomness and probability will always be alien to us. But it's time to plunge into this fascinating, shadowy world, because randomness crops up everywhere. Probability and statistics are the only way to get a grip on nature's workings. They may even seal the fate of free will and predict how the universe will end.Forget Newton's clockwork universe. Welcome to Dice World.


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  • Dictionary of Science 6ed
    Dictionary of Science 6ed
    ISBN: 9780199561469
    Title: Dictionary of Science 6ed
    Author: MARTIN ELIZABETH A

    This best-selling dictionary contains 9,200 entries on all aspects of chemistry, physics, biology (including human biology), earth sciences, and astronomy. This new edition includes expanded coverage of global warming, forensic science, astrophysics, quantum theory, and the solar system. Supported by over 200 diagrams and illustrations the dictionary features recommended web links for many entries, accessed and kept up-to-date via the Dictionary ofScience companion website. Other features include short biographies of leading scientists, full page illustrated features on subjects such as the Solar System and Genetically Modified Organisms, and chronologies of specific scientific subjects including plastics, electronics, and cellbiology. Both concise and wide-ranging, this dictionary is an ideal reference work for students and a great introduction for non-scientists.

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  • Discipline & Experience: the Mathematical Way in the Scientific Revolution
    Discipline & Experience: the Mathematical Way in the Scientific Revolution
    ISBN: 9780226139449
    Title: Discipline & Experience: the Mathematical Way in the Scientific Revolution
    Author: DEAR PETER R

    Although the Scientific Revolution has long been regarded as the beginning of modern science, there has been little consensus about its true character. While the application of mathematics to the study of the natural world has always been recognized as an important factor, the role of experiment has been less clearly understood.
    Peter Dear investigates the nature of the change that occurred during this period, focusing particular attention on evolving notions of experience and how these developed into the experimental work that is at the center of modern science. He examines seventeenth-century mathematical sciences astronomy, optics, and mechanics not as abstract ideas, but as vital enterprises that involved practices related to both experience and experiment. Dear illuminates how mathematicians and natural philosophers of the period Mersenne, Descartes, Pascal, Barrow, Newton, Boyle, and the Jesuits used experience in their argumentation, and how and why these approaches changed over the course of a century. Drawing on mathematical texts and works of natural philosophy from all over Europe, he describes a process of change that was gradual, halting, sometimes contradictory far from the sharp break with intellectual tradition implied by the term "revolution.""

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  • Do Polar Bears Get Lonely?: And 101 Other Intriguing Science Questions
    Do Polar Bears Get Lonely?: And 101 Other Intriguing Science Questions
    ISBN: 9781473651234
    Title: Do Polar Bears Get Lonely?: And 101 Other Intriguing Science Questions
    Author: NEW SCIENTIST


    From the phenomenal New Scientist series, with over 2,500,000 copies sold


    Do Polar Bears Get Lonely? is the third compilation of readers' answers to the questions in the 'Last Word' column of New Scientist, the world's best-selling science weekly. Following the phenomenal success of Does Anything Eat Wasps? (2005) and the even more spectacularly successful Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? (2006), Do Polar Bears Get Lonely? includes a bumper crop of wise and wonderful answers never-before-seen in book form.


    Why does garlic make your breath smell? How toothpaste makers get the stripes in toothpaste? Why do we get 'pins and needles'? Why are some people left-handed and other people right-handed? Can insects get fat? Do elephants sneeze? And do fish get thirsty? What causes cells to stick together in the human body rather than simply fall apart? And why are pears pear-shaped (and not apple-shaped)?


    This all-new and eagerly awaited selection of the best once again presents popular science at its most entertaining and enlightening.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Does Anything Eat Wasps? & 101 Other Unsettling, Witty Answers to Questions You Never Thought You Wanted to Ask
    Does Anything Eat Wasps? & 101 Other Unsettling, Witty Answers to Questions You Never Thought You Wanted to Ask
    ISBN: 9780743297264
    Title: Does Anything Eat Wasps? & 101 Other Unsettling, Witty Answers to Questions You Never Thought You Wanted to Ask
    Author: NEW SCIENTIST

    • How fat do you have to be to become bulletproof?
    • Why do people have eyebrows?
    • Why do pineapples have spines?
    • How much does a head weigh?
    • What affects the color of earwax?
    • How quickly could I turn into a fossil?

    Have you ever thought up a question so completely off-the-wall, so seemingly ridiculous, that you couldn't even find the courage to ask it? Maybe at the sports bar you were transported by the beauty of your beer to wonder, "How long could I live on beer alone?" Or, cycling through the park, you mused, "Did nature invent any wheels?" Or looking up at the night sky, you had a moment of angst, "What would happen if the moon suddenly disappeared -- if it were vaporized or stolen by aliens?"
    Full of fun factlets, Does Anything Eat Wasps? is a runaway bestseller around the world. It celebrates the weird and wacky questions -- some trivial, some baffling, all unique -- and their multiple answers culled from "The Last Word," a long-running column in the internationally popular science magazine, New Scientist. Tackling the imponderables of everyday life, sparkling with humor, and bursting with delightful erudition, Does Anything Eat Wasps? is irresistibly entertaining and utterly engrossing.
    So, go on. Put away your lab coat and your pencil -- science is fun again.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $32.00
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  • Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style
    Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style
    ISBN: 9781610919173
    Title: Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style
    Author: OLSON RANDY

    Don't Be Such a Scientist Randy Olson shares lessons oh his transformation from tenured professor to Hollywood filmmaker, challenging the science world to toss out its stodgy past in favor of something more dynamic - and ultimately more human. In this second edition, Olson builds upon the radical approach of Don't be Such a Scientist through timely updates and new stories. In his signature style, Olson weighs in on recent events in the science community, the rise in grassroots activism while critiquing the scientific establishment. In an age of renewed attacks on science, Don't Be Such a Scientist, Second Edittion is a provocative guide to making your voice heard. Book jacket.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Down to Earth Guide to the Cosmos
    Down to Earth Guide to the Cosmos
    ISBN: 9780593073957
    Title: Down to Earth Guide to the Cosmos
    Author: THOMPSON MARK

    A comprehensive guide to the night sky for stargazers and amateur astronomers of all ages, from Stargazing LIVE presenter Mark Thompson. To the beginner, the star-filled night sky can seem mysterious and unfathomable. But with this book as a guide the awesome nature of the Cosmos is brought down to Earth. Over the course of twelve chapters Mark Thompson, one of the presenters on BBC One's Stargazing Live and the resident astronomer on ITV's The Alan Titchmarsh Show, will take you on a journey through space, tackling the key concepts of astronomy and unlocking the secrets of the sky. From the origins of our Universe to the ever evolving techniques used to explore deep space, A Down to Earth Guide to the Cosmos traces the journey of galactic discovery that has obsessed mankind for thousands of years. Accompanying the narrative, a series of monthly sky guides focus on the astronomical highlights visible at each given time of year, with handy charts to show you exactly what to look for and how to navigate around the sky at night. As fascinating as it is accessible, A Down to Earth Guide to the Cosmos is a must for anyone who gazes up and wishes they knew more about the final frontier.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Drunkards Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
    Drunkards Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
    ISBN: 9780141026473
    Title: Drunkards Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
    Author: MLODINOW LEONARD

    A magnificent exploration of the role that chance plays in our lives. Often historical, occasionally hysterical, and consistently smart and funny, this book challenges everything we think we know--Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness.""

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • Dynamics of Disaster
    Dynamics of Disaster
    ISBN: 9780393080957
    Title: Dynamics of Disaster
    Author: KIEFFER SUSAN W

    Humans persist in building centers of civilization in places of past disasters. We believe that our technology will protect us next time. Yet we rarely win these battles with theearth because we don't understand natural disasters deeply enough. Susan W. Kieffer has two goals for her unique book. The first is to show how the dynamics-the workings-of disasters are connected by a small number of natural laws. The second is to show that the most obvious process in a disaster is not always the one that causes the devastation. For instance, the transformation of apparently solid ground into a substance like quicksand during the 2010 Haiti earthquake is what caused the destruction of Port au Prince. Kieffer argues that only by truly understanding the dynamics of natural disasters can we begin to institute engineering and policy practices to minimize their impact on our lives.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • E=mc2
    E=mc2
    ISBN: 9781509822188
    Title: E=mc2
    Author: BODANIS DAVID

    'A lucid, even thrilling, study: the very best kind of science journalism. I didn't know I could know so much' Fay Weldon, Washington PostIn 1905, Albert Einstein produced five historic papers that shattered many cherished scientific beliefs. One of those papers introduced the theory of special relativity and his legendary equation, E=mc2. Generations have grown up knowing that this equation changed the shape of our world, but without understanding what it really means and why it is so significant.In this fascinating biography, David Bodanis tells the story of one of the greatest scientific discoveries in history, plotting the course of the equation through the twentieth century, showing how our lives have been revolutionized by its applications, and looking far ahead to the future.But, as with any biography, it is the human stories that really ignite the subject - stories of love, courage and tragedy, of near misses, disappointments and disasters that, brought together in this remarkable book, turn Einstein's seemingly impenetrable theory into a dramatic and accessible human achievement.'Informative and highly readable . . . E=mc2 is a wonderful romp through Einstein's famous formula . . . this is everything a popular science book should be' Daily Express'An outstanding introduction to relativity by a gifted practitioner of popular science' Independent'Fascinating reading' George Walden, Sunday Telegraph

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Earth & I
    Earth & I
    ISBN: 9783836551113
    Title: Earth & I
    Author: LOVELOCK JAMES

    The big picture
    An essential illustrated collection of earth and human science for curious minds of all ages

    We are buried beneath mountains of fast accumulating data. In such circumstances, this book, rather than adding to the data load, aims to offer real understanding. James Lovelock

    Human beings are extraordinary creatures. Intelligent, agile, and curious, we have adapted and invented our way to becoming the most important species on the planet. So great is the extent of our influence, that many speak of a new geological era, the Anthropocene, an age defined by human-induced change to the blue and green globe we call home.

    Our lofty status comes with responsibility as much as possibility: How should we approach our present and future? What knowledge should we carry with us? Conceived by James Lovelock, inventor of the Gaia theory, this illustrated essay collection brings together an all-star line-up of thinkers and scientists to offer essential understanding about who we are, how we live, and where we might be going.

    Much as the Gaia theory considers our earth as an integrated whole of living systems, The Earth and I encourages holistic understanding. Across 12 chapters, we take in both the intricate details and immense structures of our species and our planet, from our ever-expanding universe to our minuscule but mighty cells. We see stellar explosions and the layers of life beneath our feet, delve into the neuroscience of decision-making, get to grips with our climate, and contemplate our increasing intimacy with technology.

    The book s world-class contributors include quantum physicist Lisa Randall, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson, and Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel. With lively illustrations from British artist Jack Hudson, the result is an inspiration for curious minds young and old, and a trusted tool kit for an informed and enlightened future."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
    $70.00
  • Earth & Space : Photographs from the Archives of Nasa
    Earth & Space : Photographs from the Archives of Nasa
    ISBN: 9781452134352
    Title: Earth & Space : Photographs from the Archives of Nasa
    Author: NATARAJ NIRMALA

    Take a tour of the universe with this breathtaking collection of photographs from the archives of NASA. Astonishing images of Earth from above, the phenomena of our solar system, and the celestial bodies of deep space will captivate readers and photography lovers with an interest in science, astronomy, and the great beyond. Each extraordinary photograph from the legendary space agency is paired with explanatory text that contextualizes its place in the cosmic ballet of planets, stars, dust, and matter--from Earth's limb to solar flares, the Jellyfish Nebula to Pandora's Cluster. Featuring a preface by Bill Nye, this engaging volume offers up-close views of our remarkable cosmos, and sparks wonder at the marvels of Earth and space.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
    $80.00
  • Earth 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know
    Earth 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know
    ISBN: 9781780871615
    Title: Earth 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know
    Author: REDFERN MARTIN


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    Price: $28.00
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  • Earth Gazers
    Earth Gazers
    ISBN: 9781784974329
    Title: Earth Gazers
    Author: POTTER CHRISTOPHER


    For thousands of years, we have struggled to rise above the surface of the Earth.


    2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the moment three human beings escaped the pull of the Earth's gravitational field for the first time, and saw what no one had ever seen before, the Earth as a sphere falling through the empty darkness of space. Even today only 24 people have had that experience: the Apollo astronauts who went on the nine manned missions to the moon that took place between 1968 and 1972.


    The astronauts returned with photographic evidence that the Earth was beautiful, seemingly fragile and different from any other heavenly body. The photographs known as Earthrise, taken during the first manned mission, and The Blue Marble, taken during the last mission, have become two of the most reproduced and most influential images of all time. They were taken almost as an afterthought and inspired a whole generation to think about our responsibility for this tiny oasis in space.


    In his remarkably wide-ranging book, Christopher Potter writes of the early heroic days of aviation and of the often-blemished visionaries who inspired the journey into space: Charles Lindbergh, Robert Goddard and Wernher von Braum.


    Now more than ever the need to see ourselves from an outside-perspective is urgent. Can we learn to see ourselves for what we truly are: inhabitants of a world without borders? The Earth Gazers is a timely and entrancingly written exploration of the ways in which this new perspective on ourselves did indeed change us, and of how the opportunity for truly radical change was thwarted.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
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