• Terra Incognita 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years
    Terra Incognita 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years
    From the global impact of the Coronavirus to exploring the vast spread of the Australian bush fires, join authors Ian Goldin and Robert Muggah as they trace the ways in which our world has changed and the ways in which it will continue to change over the next hundred years.

    Map-making is an ancient impulse. From the moment homo sapiens learnt to communicate we have used them to make sense of our surroundings. But as Albert Einstein once said, 'you can't use old maps to explore a new world.' And now, when the world is changing faster than ever before, our old maps are no longer fit for purpose.

    Welcome to Terra Incognita. Based on decades of research, and combining mesmerising, state-of-the-art satellite maps with enlightening and passionately argued analysis, Ian and Robert chart humanity's impact on the planet, and the ways in which we can make a real impact to save it, and to thrive as a species.

    Learn about- fires in the arctic; the impact of sea level rise on cities around the world; the truth about immigration - and why fears in the West are a myth; the counter-intuitive future of population rise; the miracles of health and education that are waiting around the corner, and the reality about inequality, and how we end it. The book traces the paths of peoples, cities, wars, climates and technologies, all on a global scale. Full of facts that will confound you, inform you, and ultimately empower you, Terra Incognita guides readers to a new place of understanding, rather than to a physical location.

    ISBN: 9781529124194
    Publication date: 27/08/2020
    Price: $55.00
    Author: Goldin, Ian
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $55.00
  • Tesla Great Lives in Graphic Form
    Tesla Great Lives in Graphic Form
    Many people know that Tesla was a scientific genius, instrumental in developing modern electricity and communications. What, perhaps, they don't know is that he was born during a lightning storm; spoke eight languages; and claimed to have invented a death ray that could destroy 10,000 planes from 250 miles away. This book presents an electrifying exploration of his life, work and fame, with 50 irresistible facts converted into infographics to reveal the scientist behind the science.

    ISBN: 9781781453537
    Publication date: 25/10/2018
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Clegg, Brian
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $22.99
  • Thing Explainer Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
    Thing Explainer Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
    From the No. 1 bestselling author of What If? - the man who created xkcd and explained the laws of science with cartoons - comes a series of brilliantly simple diagrams ('blueprints' if you want to be complicated about it) that show how important things work: from the nuclear bomb to the biro. It's good to know what the parts of a thing are called, but it's much more interesting to know what they do. Richard Feynman once said that if you can't explain something to a first-year student, you don't really get it. In Thing Explainer, Randall Munroe takes a quantum leap past this: he explains things using only drawings and a vocabulary of just our 1,000 (or the ten hundred) most common words. Many of the things we use every day - like our food-heating radio boxes ('microwaves'), our very tall roads ('bridges'), and our computer rooms ('datacentres') - are strange to us. So are the other worlds around our sun (the solar system), the big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), and even the stuff inside us (cells). Where do these things come from? How do they work? What do they look like if you open them up?
    And what would happen if we heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or pressed this button? In Thing Explainer, Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and many, many more. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone -- age 5 to 105 -- who has ever wondered how things work, and why.

    ISBN: 9781473620919
    Publication date: 24/11/2015
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Munroe, Randall
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • Uncharted How to Map the Future Together
    Uncharted How to Map the Future Together
    'An urgent read...Karl Popper for the 21st century' Robert Phillips, author of Trust me, PR is Dead'

    How can we think about the future? What do we need to do - and who do we need to be? In her bold and invigorating new book, distinguished businesswoman and author Margaret Heffernan explores the people and organisations who aren't daunted by uncertainty.

    We are addicted to prediction, desperate for certainty about the future. But the complexity of modern life won't provide that; experts in forecasting are reluctant to look more than 400 days out. History doesn't repeat itself and even genetics won't tell you everything you want to know. Ineradicable uncertainty is now a fact of life.

    In complex environments, efficiency is a hazard not a help; being robust is the better, safer option. Drawing on a wide array of people and places, Margaret Heffernan looks at long-term projects developed over generations that could never have been planned the way that they have been run. Experiments, led by individuals and nations, discover new possibilities and options. Radical exercises in forging new futures with wildly diverse participants allow everyone to create outcomes together that none could do alone. Existential crises reveal the vital social component in resilience. Death is certain, but how we approach it impacts the future of those we leave behind. And preparedness - doing everything today that you might need for tomorrow - provides the antidote to passivity and prediction.

    Ranging freely through history and from business to science, government to friendships, this refreshing book challenges us to resist the false promises of technology and efficiency and instead to mine our own creativity and humanity for the capacity to create the futures we want and can believe in.

    ISBN: 9781471179792
    Publication date: 20/02/2020
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Heffernan, Margaret
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • Underland A Deep Time Journey
    Underland A Deep Time Journey
    'Into the underland we have long placed that which we fear and wish to lose, and that which we love and wish to save . . . '

    From the vast underground mycelial networks by which trees communicate to the ice-blue depths of glacial moulins, and from North Yorkshire to the Lofoten Islands, Robert Macfarlane traces a voyage through the worlds beneath our feet.

    He reaches back into the deep history of the planet, through the layers of rock and ancient buried objects, and forward to the future, the legacy of the anthropocene and the world we bequeath our descendants.

    Underland is Macfarlane at his dazzling best - the lyrical, the political and the philosophical come together in this profound exploration of the relationship between landscape and the human heart.

    ISBN: 9780141030579
    Publication date: 02/11/2020
    Price: $26.00
    Author: Macfarlane, Robert
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Unfit for Purpose When Human Evolution Collides With the Modern World
    Unfit for Purpose When Human Evolution Collides With the Modern World
    Stress, obesity, poor mental health, drug addiction, bowel diseases, violence and fake news; a stark checklist of modern world problems and every one of them is an echo of our evolutionary past.

    In Unfit for Purpose, biologist and broadcaster Adam Hart explores the mismatch between our fundamental biology and the modern world we have created. In each chapter Adam reveals the many ways in which biological adaptations that evolved to help us survive and thrive now work against us. For example, in the modern world stress is a killer but how did 'fight or flight' instincts turn from life-savers to life-takers? Obesity might be a disease now but is it really just a troublesome side-effect of our complex evolutionary past? Whether it's the derailing of microbes in our gut, the rise of gluten and lactose intolerance, the problems of social media or the horrors of drug addiction we always seem to have one foot in the modern world and the other firmly in our evolutionary past.

    By probing deep into our evolutionary legacy, exploring the science, archaeology, medicine, genetics, sociology and more, to show how, in a modern world of our own making, we find ourselves 'unfit for purpose'. But all is not lost! By unpicking the evolutionary causes of many of our current woes, it reveals some secrets of evolutionarily-informed treatments that will change the way we think about ourselves and our future.

    ISBN: 9781472971036
    Publication date: 11/06/2020
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Hart, Adam
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • Universal a Journey Through the Cosmos
    Universal a Journey Through the Cosmos
    'Inspirational' Buzz AldrinWhen exactly did life begin? What really happened during the big bang - and before it? Is the universe expanding? Is dark matter real? Do we live in one of many worlds? What's more, how can we prove any of this?This book is all about how we - any of us - can gain an understanding of the Universe in all its awe-inspiring glory. Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw take us on an epic journey of scientific exploration, revealing how the biggest questions - from the size of the earth to the distance to the stars - are answerable from our own back gardens. You don't need a Large Hadron Collider or a Hubble Space Telescope to explore the cosmos. You just need this book.

    ISBN: 9780241953174
    Publication date: 27/07/2017
    Price: $28.00
    Author: Cox, Brian
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Universe Exploring the Astronomical World
    Universe Exploring the Astronomical World
    Explore the stars and planets and beyond through 300 fascinating images - an international panel of experts take you on a journey through man's record of the universe - from ancient cave paintings to animation. Universe is a groundbreaking survey that celebrates the popular subject of astronomy through 300 images created by those who have tried to understand - or who have been inspired by - the beauty and mystery of stars, planets, and beyond. Carefully chosen by an international panel of experts and arranged to highlight thought-provoking contrasts and similarities, the selection includes paintings, photographs, sculpture, animation, prints, sketches, and digital renderings with iconic works by renowned photographers, artists, and astronomers alongside previously unpublished finds.

    ISBN: 9780714874616
    Publication date: 09/10/2017
    Price: $90.00
    Author: Phaidon Editors
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $90.00
  • Universe Speaks in Numbers
    Universe Speaks in Numbers
    One of the great mysteries of science is that its fundamental laws are written in the language of mathematics. Graham Farmelo's thrilling new book shows how modern maths has helped physicists to rethink gravity, space, and time.

    The Universe Speaks in Numbers takes us on an adventure from the Enlightenment to the present with a vibrant cast of characters, illuminating the most exciting and controversial developments in contemporary thought. Always lively and authoritative, Farmelo navigates the reader through the huge imaginative leaps that are edging us towards a radically new conception of the nature of our universe.

    ISBN: 9780571321803
    Publication date: 02/05/2019
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Farmelo, Graham
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $45.00
  • Urban Legends from Space
    Urban Legends from Space
    From chem trails to black holes and supernovas, misinformation about space travels faster than the speed of light. Even the facts we take for granted-like the earth spins once every 24 hours and you can see the Great Wall of China from space-are not as true as one would think. Urban Legends from Space helps you to tell science fiction from science fact.

    Whether or not you're into sci-fi or SpaceX, you've probably called a meteor a "falling star" and think astronauts float around in space stations because there's no gravity. Bob King, author of Wonders of the Night Sky and writer for Sky & Telescope magazine, explains the truth behind myths of navigation and landmarks, celestial bodies and government conspiracies. Compasses don't always point north; the sun isn't yellow and Galileo didn't invent the telescope. King explains why some people believed they found Bigfoot on Mars and many other myths-and provides us with concrete evidence to put those misconceptions to bed. No matter what you think you know, there's something new King can teach you about our universe.

    ISBN: 9781624148965
    Publication date: 15/10/2019
    Price: $29.99
    Author: King, Bob
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Wayfinding
    The physical world is infinitely complex, yet most of us are able to find our way around it. We can walk through unfamiliar streets while maintaining a sense of direction, take shortcuts along paths we have never used and remember for many years places we have visited only once. These are remarkable achievements.

    In Wayfinding, Michael Bond explores how we do it: how our brains make the 'cognitive maps' that keep us orientated, even in places that we don't know. He considers how we relate to places, and asks how our understanding of the world around us affects our psychology and behaviour.

    The way we think about physical space has been crucial to our evolution: the ability to navigate over large distances in prehistoric times gave Homo sapiens an advantage over the rest of the human family. Children are instinctive explorers, developing a spatial understanding as they roam. And yet today few of us make use of the wayfaring skills that we inherited from our peripatetic ancestors. Most of us have little idea what we may be losing.

    Bond seeks an answer to the question of why some of us are so much better at finding our way than others. He also tackles the controversial subject of sex differences in navigation, and finally tries to understand why being lost can be such a devastating psychological experience.

    For readers of writers as different as Robert Macfarlane and Oliver Sacks, Wayfinding is a book that can change our sense of ourselves.

    ISBN: 9781509841073
    Publication date: 05/03/2020
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Bond, Michael
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • We are the Weather
    We are the Weather
    Most books about the environmental crisis are densely academic, depressingly doom-laden and crammed with impersonal statistics. We are the Weather is different - accessible, immediate and with a single clear solution that individual readers can put into practice straight away.

    A significant proportion of global carbon emissions come from farming meat. Giving up meat is incredibly hard and nobody is perfect - but just cutting back is much easier and still has a huge positive effect on the environment. Cutting out meat for just part of the day is enough to change the world.

    With his distinctive wit, insight and humanity, Foer frames this essential debate as no one else could, bringing it to vivid and urgent life.

    ISBN: 9780241984918
    Publication date: 15/09/2020
    Price: $26.00
    Author: Safran Foer, Jonathan
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
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