• 1001 Inventions That Changed the World
    1001 Inventions That Changed the World
    Have you ever wondered who came up with a staircase that moved, leading eventually to the creation of the escalator? The genius of some inventions is their simplicity: the paperclip, rivets, boomerangs. Many of the items, processes, concepts, medical firsts, and discoveries in this book are life-saving and life-enhancing: can you imagine a world without seat-belts, antibiotics, toothbrushes, traffic signals, or scissors?..From the invention of the wheel in the fifth millennium BC to the development of the world wide web and the launch of the MP3 player, this engaging, accessible, and enlightening book reveals the origins and impact of everything from paper to the personal computer, and from penicillin to the contraceptive pill...The worlds of medicine, science, technology, industry, literature, and art have all influenced the way we live, but inventions are essentially human affairs. This book explores the fascinating stories behind the breakthroughs and traces the development of each invention from original concept to completion.
    1001 Inventions That Changed The World is nothing less than an alternative history of the world through invention - a comprehensive study of human endeavour.

    ISBN: 9781760292898
    Publication date: 01/08/2016
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Challoner, Jack
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • 30-Second Theories: The 50 Most Thought-provoking Theories, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    30-Second Theories: The 50 Most Thought-provoking Theories, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    Chaos Theory, String Theory, the Theory of Relativity? Intelligent Design? Schrodinger's Cat and Pavlov's Dog? Sure, you know what they all mean. That is, you've certainly heard of all of them. But do you know enough about them to join a dinner party debate or dazzle the bar with your knowledge? 30-Second Theories takes a revolutionary approach to understanding the 50 most significant and intriguing scientific theories. It challenges a half-century of leading boffins to abandon their beloved jargon and explain the most complex theories in half a minute - using nothing more than two pages, 300 words, one flow chart, and a picture. Time might well be relative, but it's also precious in a world that seems to spin ever faster, and here, in one unique volume, you have the opportunity to pick the potted brains of our leading scientists and understand the key notes of our harmonious universe in less time than it takes to scratch your head.

    ISBN: 9781742661803
    Publication date: 01/02/2011
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Parsons, Dr. Paul
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $24.99
  • 50 Astronomy Ideas You Really Need to Know
    50 Astronomy Ideas You Really Need to Know
    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.

    ISBN: 9781784296100
    Publication date: 07/07/2016
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Sparrow, Giles
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $29.99
  • 50 Biology Ideas You Really Need to Know
    50 Biology Ideas You Really Need to Know
    50 Biology Ideas You Really Need to Know is your guide to the most significant and stimulating questions in the study of life. Why do species evolve? Can characteristics be inherited without DNA? Are all organisms made of cells? What makes us human? This book provides succinct answers to all these questions, and many more, in 50 lucid and engaging essays that cover both classic experiments and the latest research. From the mysteries of sex and sleep, from mass extinction to immunity, 50 Biology Ideas You Really Need to Know will open your eyes to the fundamental processes that are vital to life on Earth, including how genes control the growth and behaviour of living things, how a body develops from a single cell, and how environmental forces create natural diversity through evolution. Featuring key concepts explained in simple terms, and with clear diagrams and timelines showing major scientific discoveries within their historical context, this book will give you a complete overview of a fascinating subject.
    Contents include: Evolution, Genes, Homeostasis, Endosymbiosis, Sex, Multicellularity, Nerves, Genetic Drift, Speciation, Convergent Evolution, Pollination, Mimicry, Laws of Inheritance, DNA, Alternative Splicing, Viruses, Epigenetics, Photosynthesis, Cancer, Differentiation, Regeneration, Morphogenesis, Memory, Sleep, Ageing, Consciousness and the Gaia Hypothesis.

    ISBN: 9781848666696
    Publication date: 05/11/2015
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Chamary, J. V.
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $29.99
  • 50 Maths Ideas You Really Need to Know
    50 Maths Ideas You Really Need to Know
    Who invented zero? Why 60 seconds in a minute? How big is infinity? Where do parallel lines meet? And can a butterfly's wings really cause a storm on the far side of the world? In 50 Maths Ideas You Really Need to Know, Professor Tony Crilly explains in 50 clear and concise essays the mathematical concepts - ancient and modern, theoretical and practical, everyday and esoteric - that allow us to understand and shape the world around us. Packed with diagrams, examples and anecdotes, this book is the perfect overview of this often daunting but always essential subject. For once, mathematics couldn't be simpler. Contents include: Origins of mathematics, from Egyptian fractions to Roman numerals; Pi and primes, Fibonacci numbers and the golden ratio; What calculus, statistics and algebra can actually do; The very real uses of imaginary numbers; The Big Ideas of relativity, Chaos theory, Fractals, Genetics and hyperspace; The reasoning behind Sudoku and code cracking, Lotteries and gambling, Money management and compound interest; Solving of Fermat's last theorem and the million-dollar question of the Riemann hypothesis.

    ISBN: 9781848667051
    Publication date: 07/08/2014
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Crilly, Tony
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • As Easy as Pi Stuff About Numbers That isnt Just Maths
    As Easy as Pi Stuff About Numbers That isnt Just Maths
    In this day and age it's hard to imagine a world without numbers. Our lives are centred around commerce and money, and it is the only language that's the same the world over. However, did you know that for a long period of time people could not get their heads around the idea of zero, a figure representing nothing, and that it was even regarded as heretical in some circles? As Easy As Pi is an entertaining and accessible guide, written for those who love numbers - and those who don't - and uncovers a great deal of lore and intriguing information. Including: Snippets of fascinating numerical facts Myths and mysticism in the world of numbers Numbers in language and used as slang Pop culture trivia Useful mathematical rules to remember Taking a quirky and insightful look at the world of numbers, As Easy As Pi will delight and entertain any number enthusiast.

    ISBN: 9781782434337
    Publication date: 25/06/2015
    Price: $16.99
    Author: Buchan, Jamie
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $16.99
  • Astronomy in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant
    Astronomy in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant
    What happens when a star dies? How many asteroids are in our solar system? Can galaxies collide? What is dark energy? Astronomy in Minutes answers all these questions and more as it condenses 200 key concepts into easily digestible essays. From Trojan asteroids to stellar black holes, and from superclusters to cosmic microwave background, this book will take you on an essential tour around the universe. Beginning with the specks and constellations that we see in the night sky, and then zooming in on the objects and 'matter' beyond the naked eye, Astronomy in Minutes draws on established theories and recent research. Each essay is accompanied by an image or a clear diagram to help unravel complex ideas. Beginning with the constellations and finishing with the latest cosmological theories, this is the perfect reference guide to this fascinating subject.
    Contents include: The celestial sphere, Piscis Austrinus, the Earth-Moon system, Io and Ganymede, Kuiper Belt Objects, Measuring stellar properties, Nuclear fusion, Red and orange dwarfs, Open star clusters, Planetary nebulae, Supernova remnants, Cosmic expansion, Quasars and blazars, Nature of spacetime, Nucleosynthesis and the Anthropic Principle.

    ISBN: 9781848667235
    Publication date: 05/03/2015
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Sparrow, Giles
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Atoms Under the Floorboards: The Surprising Science Hidden in Your Home
    Atoms Under the Floorboards: The Surprising Science Hidden in Your Home
    Science - the hidden power behind your home. It's rock-solid science that holds your house up in a hurricane, floods it with light at night and keeps it toasty on a crisp winter's morning. Surprisingly simple scientific ideas can also explain all those strange, baffling and sometimes downright irritating things you chance upon as you move around your home each day. From the dust on your bookshelf to the rips in your jeans, Atoms Under the Floorboards takes you on a whistle-stop tour of the home, revealing the scientific answers to niggling questions like ...Why can't you cook your dinner with a smartphone? Why can falling from a ladder hurt like a crocodile bite? Why does your laptop get hot when its only moving part is the cooling fan? Why can you see through windows but not through walls? What's the connection between a bike wheel, a suspension bridge and a wedding dress? Clearly explained throughout, and packed with facts, figures and fun, Atoms under the Floorboards answers all these questions and hundreds more - the perfect way to discover some seriously surprising science from the sofa.

    ISBN: 9781472912237
    Publication date: 21/04/2016
    Price: $21.99
    Author: Woodford, Chris
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $21.99
  • Bad Science
    Bad Science
    Ben Goldacre's wise and witty bestseller, shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, lifts the lid on quack doctors, flaky statistics, scaremongering journalists and evil pharmaceutical corporations. Since 2003 Dr Ben Goldacre has been exposing dodgy medical data in his popular Guardian column. In this eye-opening book he takes on the MMR hoax and misleading cosmetics ads, acupuncture and homeopathy, vitamins and mankind's vexed relationship with all manner of 'toxins'. Along the way, the self-confessed 'Johnny Ball cum Witchfinder General' performs a successful detox on a Barbie doll, sees his dead cat become a certified nutritionist and probes the supposed medical qualifications of 'Dr' Gillian McKeith. Full spleen and satire, Ben Goldacre takes us on a hilarious, invigorating and ultimately alarming journey through the bad science we are fed daily by hacks and quacks.

    ISBN: 9780007284870
    Publication date: 02/04/2009
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Goldacre, Ben
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Beautiful Simple Exact Crazy Mathematics in the Real World
    Beautiful Simple Exact Crazy Mathematics in the Real World
    In this vibrant work, which is ideal for both teaching and learning, Apoorva Khare and Anna Lachowska explain the mathematics essential for understanding and appreciating our quantitative world. They show with examples that mathematics is a key tool in the creation and appreciation of art, music, and literature, not just science and technology. The book covers basic mathematical topics from logarithms to statistics, but the authors eschew mundane finance and probability problems. Instead, they explain how modular arithmetic helps keep our online transactions safe, how logarithms justify the twelve-tone scale commonly used in music, and how transmissions by deep space probes are similar to knights serving as messengers for their traveling prince. Ideal for coursework in introductory mathematics and requiring no knowledge of calculus, Khare and Lachowska's enlightening mathematics tour will appeal to a wide audience.

    ISBN: 9780300190892
    Publication date: 12/11/2015
    Price: $60.99
    Author: Khare, Dr. Apoorva
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $60.99
  • Black Holes: The Reith Lectures
    Black Holes: The Reith Lectures
    "It is said that fact is sometimes stranger than fiction, and nowhere is that more true than in the case of black holes. Black holes are stranger than anything dreamed up by science fiction writers." In 2016 Professor Stephen Hawking delivered the BBC Reith Lectures on a subject that has fascinated him for decades - black holes. In these flagship lectures the legendary physicist argues that if we could only understand black holes and how they challenge the very nature of space and time, we could unlock the secrets of the universe.

    ISBN: 9780857503572
    Publication date: 05/05/2016
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Hawking, Stephen
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes
    Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes
    This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is to each of the 100 billion modern humans who have ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in every one of our genomes we each carry the history of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration and a lot of sex. Since scientists first read the human genome in 2001 it has been subject to all sorts of claims, counterclaims and myths. In fact, as Adam Rutherford explains, our genomes should be read not as instruction manuals, but as epic poems. DNA determines far less than we have been led to believe about us as individuals, but vastly more about us as a species. In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about history, and what history tells us about our genes. From Neanderthals to murder, from redheads to race, dead kings to plague, evolution to epigenetics, this is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.

    ISBN: 9780297609384
    Publication date: 08/09/2016
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Rutherford, Adam
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
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