• 18 Tiny Deaths
    18 Tiny Deaths
    For most of human history, sudden and unexpected deaths of a suspicious nature, when they were investigated at all, were examined by lay persons without any formal training. People often got away with murder. Modern forensic investigation originates with Frances Glessner Lee - a pivotal figure in police science.

    Frances Glessner Lee (1878-1962), born a socialite to a wealthy and influential Chicago family, was never meant to have a career, let alone one steeped in death and depravity. Yet she became the mother of modern forensics and was instrumental in elevating homicide investigation to a scientific discipline.

    Frances Glessner Lee learned forensic science under the tutelage of pioneering medical examiner Magrath - he told her about his cases, gave her access to the autopsy room to observe post-mortems and taught her about poisons and patterns of injury. A voracious reader too, Lee acquired and read books on criminology and forensic science - eventually establishing the largest library of legal medicine.

    Lee went on to create The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death - a series of dollhouse-sized crime scene dioramas depicting the facts of actual cases in exquisitely detailed miniature - and perhaps the thing she is most famous for. Celebrated by artists, miniaturists and scientists, the Nutshell Studies are a singularly unusual collection. They were first used as a teaching tool in homicide seminars at Harvard Medical School in the 1930s, and then in 1945 the homicide seminar for police detectives that is the longest-running and still the highest-regarded training of its kind in America. Both of which were established by the pioneering Lee.

    In 18 TINY DEATHS, Bruce Goldfarb weaves Lee's remarkable story with the advances in forensics made in her lifetime to tell the tale of the birth of modern forensics.

    ISBN: 9781913068042
    Publication date: 31/03/2020
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Goldfarb, Bruce
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • 2020 Guide to the Night Sky Southern Hemisphere
    2020 Guide to the Night Sky Southern Hemisphere
    EXPANDED AND REVISED

    A comprehensive handbook to the planets, stars and constellations visible from the southern hemisphere. 6 pages for each month covering January-December 2020.

    Diagrams drawn for the latitude of southern Australia, but including events visible from New Zealand and South Africa.

    Written and illustrated by astronomical experts, Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion.

    Content includes:

    * Advice on where to start looking

    * Easy-to-use star maps for each month with descriptions of what to see

    * NEW Special, detailed charts for positions of planets, minor planets and comets in 2020

    * NEW Seasonal charts

    * NEW Details of dark sky sites

    * Details of objects and events you might see in 2020

    * Diagrams of notable events visible from Australia, and some for New Zealand and South Africa

    Also available: A month-by-month guide to exploring the skies above Britain and Ireland ISBN 978-0-00-825771-2 and
    A month-by-month guide to exploring the skies above North America.

    ISBN: 9780008348977
    Publication date: 19/08/2019
    Price: $17.99
    Author: Dunlop, Storm
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $17.99
  • 2021 Guide to the Night Sky Southern Hemisphere
    2021 Guide to the Night Sky Southern Hemisphere
    A comprehensive handbook to the planets, stars and constellations visible from the southern hemisphere. 6 pages for each month covering January-December 2021.

    Diagrams drawn for the latitude of southern Australia, but including events visible from New Zealand and South Africa.

    Written and illustrated by astronomical experts, Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion.

    ISBN: 9780008399795
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Dunlop, Storm
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.99
  • 30 Second Great Inventions
    30 Second Great Inventions
    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. 30-Second Great Inventions 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.

    ISBN: 9781782405122
    Publication date: 21/02/2018
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Boyle, David
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $32.99
  • 30 Second Numbers
    30 Second Numbers
    The successful 30-Second series tackles numbers, with experts on maths and data demystifying the essential numerical topics. We know that we use numbers pretty often, some of us confidently, others reluctantly. But are we aware of just how essential they are to almost every decision we make? Counting and measuring when we're shopping, travelling, studying or playing are just the beginning; the applications of numbers are endless, from assessing variables and analysing data to the calculations and predictions of advanced artificial intelligence.
    30-Second Numbers explores number categories, the science of measuring, how guesstimates work, and the visualisation of numbers, taking you behind the digits into the world of statistics, probability, risk and ratios. Numbers are our way of imposing order on the world, and each of the 50 topics here uses just 300 words and one picture to give you a sense of control, helping you to understand trends in statistical data, how algorithms are used and the methods involved in machine learning. With this book, numbers need never be daunting again.

    ISBN: 9781782408475
    Publication date: 03/03/2020
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Nic Daeid, Prof. Niamh
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $32.99
  • 30-Second AI and Robotics: 50 key notions, fields, and events in the rise of intelligent machines, each explained in half a minute
    30-Second AI and Robotics: 50 key notions, fields, and events in the rise of intelligent machines, each explained in half a minute
    30-Second AI & Robotics will help the reader to navigate the world of ubiquitous computers, smart cities, and collaborative robots.

    This comprehensive presentation of the core concepts and historical landmarks in robotics and artificial intelligence is a must-read for those who want to understand the important changes happening now in our everyday lives, in the workplace, and in our minds and bodies. What is deep in "deep learning"? Can artificial intelligence really think? What will robots really look like in the near future? Is there a new class divide between those who understand technology and those who fear it? A clear and exhaustive introduction for non-specialists, 30-Second AI & Robotics will help the reader to navigate the world of ubiquitous computers, smart cities, and collaborative robots. At last, an optimistic and friendly book about our human possibilities in the time of automata.

    ISBN: 9781782405474
    Publication date: 14/03/2019
    Price: $22.99
    Author: de Miranda, Luis
    Format: Hardcover + CDRom
    Price: $22.99
  • 30-Second Biology
    30-Second Biology
    The 50 most thought-provoking theories of life, each explained in half a minute.
    30-Second Biology tackles the vital science of life, dissecting the 50 most thought-provoking theories of our ecosystem and ourselves. At a time when discoveries in DNA allow us to feel more connected than ever to the natural world, this is the fastest route to an understanding of the tree of life. Whether you' re dipping into the gene pool, unlocking cells, or conversing on biodiversity, this is all the knowledge you need to bring life to the dinner-party debate.

    ISBN: 9781782406396
    Publication date: 25/07/2018
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Battey, Nick
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.99
  • 30-Second Engineering
    30-Second Engineering
    Major buildings, energy supply systems, chemical plants, food processing, and aircraft are all examples of engineering today. Despite such diversity, nearly all engineering fields rely on common principles and methods, and there is remarkable similarity in the daily work of engineers. Engineers spend most effort organising and coordinating collaborative work by all the diverse people involved, guided by their technical knowledge and experience. Unlike physics or biology, where immutable laws underpin the study, the essence of engineering is found in how theory is applied judgementally. To quickly grasp the nature of engineering the fifty summaries in 30-Second Engineering outlines types of engineering from mechanical to chemical; the universal stages of a collaborative engineering project; and the key ways engineering can solve the challenges of our future earth.

    ISBN: 9781782408376
    Publication date: 01/10/2019
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Trevelyan, James
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • 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
  • 30-Second Universe
    30-Second Universe
    The universe literally encompasses everything we were, are and will be, everything we knew, know and can know. When we decide to understand the universe as a whole, new truths come to light, and unexpected perspectives illuminate our take on life. 30-Second Universe explains all the tantalising concepts, principles and theories that make up our knowledge - the Higgs particle, gluons, quarks, the multiverse, how certainty itself can be uncertain, and of course, where our world came from, and where we're going and what will happen in the end - and it explains these astrophysical answers succinctly, each entry taking only 30 seconds to read, with further exploration flagged, and key scientists noted. This one small book sheds light on the biggest ideas, concepts and discoveries in life, in the universe, in everything.

    ISBN: 9781782408505
    Publication date: 01/10/2019
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Liu, Charles
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $32.99
  • 50 Things to Do in the Wild
    50 Things to Do in the Wild
    Explained with expert, easy-to-understand commentary from forest school practitioner Richard Skrein, and illustrated throughout with captivating drawings by Maria Nilsson, this trusty guide will teach you all the essential skills you need to survive in the great outdoors. The book is divided into four main chapters reflecting elemental skill sets:

    Earth - this chapter focuses on toolcraft, foraging and natural resources. Learn how to make a bow, arrows and a mallet; identify essential plants and trees and their medicinal properties.

    Air - this chapter focuses on shelters, knots, navigation and the sky. Learn the secrets of selecting the perfect wilderness camp; master knots and lashings; and discover how to read nature's 'GPS'.

    Water - this chapter focuses on finding, drinking and using water, fishing and rafts. Learn how to purify water for drinking; suss out the skills needed to fashion a fishing rod; and make a sail for your handmade raft.

    Fire - this chapter focuses on making and using fire and cooking food. Master the art of building a fire, set your own signal fire and build a Swedish fire log.

    The book also explains the items you need to ensure your rucksack is kitted out with the best equipment for exploring. With extra tips and a rundown of useful tools, you'll find everything you need to get out there, have an adventure and survive the great outdoors.

    ISBN: 9781911641216
    Publication date: 23/03/2020
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Skrein, Richard
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.99
  • Adam Spencer's Numberland
    Adam Spencer's Numberland
    Australia's funniest mathematician returns in 2019 with more rollicking romps through the world of science, technology, numbers and all things nerdy. This terrific new fully illustrated title follows on from Adam's bestselling Big Book of Numbers (2014); World of Numbers (2015), Time Machine (2016), The Number Games (2017), and Top 100 (2018), and is packed full of fascinating facts, tantalising trivia, brainbusting number puzzles, and much much more.

    Praise for Adam Spencer's Big Book of Numbers:

    `If you find this book boring, you should be in a clinic!' John Cleese

    `Funny yet with hidden depths, like its author. A brilliant introduction to the world of numbers.' Brian Cox

    `Even the page numbers will start to look fascinating once you've read this book!' Amanda Keller

    `Every bright young mind in Australia should read Adam Spencer's Big Book of Numbers - and we oldies would benefit, too.' Peter FitzSimons

    ISBN: 9781925589924
    Publication date: 01/11/2019
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Spencer, Adam
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.99
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