• Borrowed Time The Science of How and Why We Age
    Borrowed Time The Science of How and Why We Age
    'A rich, timely study for the era of "global ageing"' Nature

    The ageing of the world population is one of the most important issues facing humanity in the 21st century - up there with climate change in its potential global impact. Sometime before 2020, the number of people over 65 worldwide will, for the first time, be greater than the number of 0-4 year olds, and it will keep on rising. The strains this is causing on society are already evident as health and social services everywhere struggle to cope with the care needs of the elderly.

    But why and how do we age? Scientists have been asking this question for centuries, yet there is still no agreement. There are a myriad competing theories, from the idea that our bodies simply wear out with the rough and tumble of living, like well-worn shoes or a rusting car, to the belief that ageing and death are genetically programmed and controlled.

    In Borrowed Time, Sue Armstrong tells the story of science's quest to understand ageing and to prevent or delay the crippling conditions so often associated with old age. She focusses inward - on what is going on in our bodies at the most basic level of the cells and genes as the years pass - to look for answers to why and how our skin wrinkles with age, our wounds take much longer to heal than they did when we were kids, and why words escape us at crucial moments in conversation.This book explores these questions and many others through interviews with key scientists in the field of gerontology and with people who have interesting and important stories to tell about their personal experiences of ageing.

    ISBN: 9781472936097
    Publication date: 24/01/2019
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Armstrong, Sue
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • Brain Everything You Need to Know
    Brain Everything You Need to Know
    Congratulations! You're the proud owner of the most complex information processing device in the known universe. The human brain comes equipped with all sorts of useful design features, but also many bugs and weaknesses. Problem is you don't get an owner's manual. You have to just plug and play.

    As a result, most of us never properly understand how our brains work and what they're truly capable of. We fail get the best out of them, ignore some of their most useful features and struggle to overcome their design faults.

    Featuring witty essays and fascinating 'try this at home' experiments, New Scientist take you on a journey through intelligence, memory, creativity, the unconscious and beyond. From the strange ways to distort what we think of as 'reality' to the brain hacks that can improve memory, THE BRAIN: A USER'S GUIDE will help you understand your brain and show you how to use it to its full potential.

    ISBN: 9781473629370
    Publication date: 05/03/2020
    Price: $39.99
    Author: New Scientist
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $39.99
  • Brain Rules 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work Home and School
    Brain Rules 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work Home and School
    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - like that physical activity boosts your brain power. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains? In Brain Rules, Dr John Medina, a molecular biologist, shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule - what scientists know for sure about how our brains work - and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives.

    ISBN: 9781925106275
    Publication date: 27/08/2014
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Medina, John
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Breathless: Why Air Pollution Matters and How it Affects You
    Breathless: Why Air Pollution Matters and How it Affects You
    Take a deep breath. You'll do it 20,000 times a day. You assume all this air is clean; it's the very breath of life.

    But in Delhi, the toxic smog is as bad for you as smoking 50 cigarettes a day. Even a few days in Paris, London or Rome is equivalent to two or three cigarettes. Air pollution is implicated in six of the top ten causes of death worldwide, including lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, and dementia.

    Breathless gives us clear facts about air pollution in our everyday lives, showing how it affects our bodies, how much of it occurs in unexpected places (indoors, inside your car), and how you can minimise the risks. Rooted in the latest science, including real-time air-quality experiments in city streets and ordinary homes, it will allow you to make up your own mind about the risks and trade-offs of modern living - wherever in the world you are.

    ISBN: 9781785787096
    Publication date: 04/03/2021
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Woodford, Chris
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • Brief Answers to the Big Questions
    Brief Answers to the Big Questions
    The world-famous cosmologist and #1 bestselling author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe's biggest questions in this brilliant posthumous work.

    Is there a God?

    How did it all begin?

    Can we predict the future?

    What is inside a black hole?

    Is there other intelligent life in the universe?

    Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?

    How do we shape the future?

    Will we survive on Earth?

    Should we colonise space?

    Is time travel possible?

    Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen Hawking expanded our understanding of the universe and unravelled some of its greatest mysteries. But even as his theoretical work on black holes, imaginary time and multiple histories took his mind to the furthest reaches of space, Hawking always believed that science could also be used to fix the problems on our planet.

    And now, as we face potentially catastrophic changes here on Earth - from climate change to dwindling natural resources to the threat of artificial super-intelligence - Stephen Hawking turns his attention to the most urgent issues for humankind.

    Wide-ranging, intellectually stimulating, passionately argued, and infused with his characteristic humour, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, the final book from one of the greatest minds in history, is a personal view on the challenges we face as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next.


    ISBN: 9781473695993
    Publication date: 02/03/2020
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Hawking, Stephen
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Brief History of Time: from Big Bang to Black Holes
    Brief History of Time: from Big Bang to Black Holes
    Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world's greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time, from the Big Bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and strong theory. To this day "A Brief History of Time" remains a staple of the scientific canon, and its succinct and clear language continues to introduce millions to the universe and its wonders.

    ISBN: 9780857501004
    Publication date: 18/08/2011
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Hawking, Stephen
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Can We Save the Planet
    Can We Save the Planet
    The Big Idea shortlisted for series design in the British Design and Production Awards

    The effects of global warming are being felt around the world through climate change, and images of our rivers and oceans choking with plastic have provoked an instinctive horrified reaction. In response, governments, corporations and individuals are beginning to change their policies and behaviour - but is it too little, too late? Is it possible to reverse the damage we have done to the planet, or have we reached the point where we are only able to manage the problems and devastation caused? This engaging and incisive volume offers insightful analysis of a range of key issues including deforestation, global warming and single use plastics, while evaluating whether - and how - it may just be possible to mend our planet.

    ISBN: 9780500295304
    Publication date: 12/03/2020
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Bell, Alice
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Capturing the Universe
    Capturing the Universe
    The very best images captured by the new generation of terrestrial telescopes, orbiting telescopes and deep-space probes and landers have been collected in this magnificent volume. Detailed captions explain the equipment and technicalities of producing such images, which are not only mesmerising but also provide a huge amount of information about the geology and atmospheres of celestial bodes, and the formation of distant galaxies. From the world's gigantic telescopes in the Canary Islands, Hawaii and Chile to the New Horizons probe now heading into the Kuiper Belt to examine other icy mini-worlds, each page reveals extraordinary images that take us deeper into our universe.

    Our enduring fascination in our solar system and the wonders of the universe is now being fed by images of breathtaking detail, whether from data sent back 7.5 billion kilometres to bring Pluto into focus, or our first direct encounter with a comet by the Philae lander.

    ISBN: 9780233005799
    Publication date: 07/02/2019
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Evans, Rhodri
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Carbon Club
    Carbon Club
    As the climate crisis threatens more extreme bushfire seasons, droughts and floods, many Australians are demanding their leaders answer the question: 'Why didn't you do something?'

    The Carbon Club reveals the truth behind Australia's two decades of climate inaction. It's the story of how a loose confederation of influential climate-science sceptics, politicians and business leaders sought to control Australia's response to the climate crisis. They shared a fear that dealing with climate change would undermine the nation's wealth, jobs and competitive advantage - and the power of the carbon club.

    Central to their strategy was an international campaign to undermine climate science and the urgency of the climate crisis. The more the climate science was questioned, the more politicians lost the imperative to act. The sustained success of the carbon club over two decades explains why Australian governments failed to deal with the challenge of climate change. But at what cost to us and the next generation?

    One of Australia's most respected investigative journalists, Marian Wilkinson has tracked the rise and rise of Australia's carbon club in brilliant detail, with extraordinary access to key players on all sides. The result is a book that is both essential and disturbing reading.

    ISBN: 9781760875992
    Publication date: 01/09/2020
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Wilkinson, Marian
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $36.99
  • Charles Darwin Victorian Mythmaker
    Charles Darwin Victorian Mythmaker
    Charles Darwin: the man who discovered evolution? The man who killed off God? Or a flawed man of his age, part genius, part ruthless careerist who would not acknowledge his debts to other thinkers?In this bold new life - the first single volume biography in twenty-five years - A. N. Wilson, the acclaimed author of The Victorians and God's Funeral, goes in search of the celebrated but contradictory figure Charles Darwin.Darwin was described by his friend and champion, Thomas Huxley, as a 'symbol'. But what did he symbolize? In Wilson's portrait, both sympathetic and critical, Darwin was two men. On the one hand, he was a naturalist of genius, a patient and precise collector and curator who greatly expanded the possibilities of taxonomy and geology. On the other hand, Darwin, a seemingly diffident man who appeared gentle and even lazy, hid a burning ambition to be a universal genius. He longed to have a theory which explained everything.But was Darwin's 1859 master work, On the Origin of Species, really what it seemed, a work about natural history? Or was it in fact a consolation myth for the Victorian middle classes, reassuring them that the selfishness and indifference to the poor were part of Nature's grand plan? Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker is a radical reappraisal of one of the great Victorians, a book which isn't afraid to challenge the Darwinian orthodoxy while bringing us closer to the man, his revolutionary idea and the wider Victorian age.

    ISBN: 9781473620971
    Publication date: 07/09/2017
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Wilson, A. N.
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Clan of One-Breasted Women
    Clan of One-Breasted Women
    ISBN: 9780241514580
    Publication date: 26/08/2021
    Price: $12.99
    Author: Williams, Terry Tempest
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $12.99
  • Clearing the Air Shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2019
    Clearing the Air Shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2019
    **SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROYAL SOCIETY INSIGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE 2019**

    'Read this book and join the effort to terminate air pollution.' Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Air pollution has become the world's greatest environmental health risk, and science is only beginning to reveal its wide-ranging effects. Globally, 19,000 people die each day from air pollution, killing more than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and car accidents combined.

    What happened to the air we breathe?

    Sustainability journalist Tim Smedley has travelled the world to try and find the answer, visiting cities at the forefront of the fight against air pollution, including Delhi, Beijing, London and Paris. With insights from the scientists and politicians leading the battle against it, and people whose lives have been affected by it,
    Clearing the Air tells the full story of air pollution for the first time: what it is, which pollutants are harmful, where they come from and - most importantly - what we can do about them.

    Air pollution is a problem that can be solved. The stories uncovered on this journey show us how.

    Clearing the Air is essential reading for anyone who cares about the air they breathe. And this much becomes clear: in the fight against air pollution, we all have a part to play. The fightback has begun.

    'Compulsory reading' Chris Boardman

    ISBN: 9781472953339
    Publication date: 23/07/2020
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Smedley, Tim
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
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