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              The Body: A Guide for Occupants

              The Body: A Guide for Occupants (Hardback)

              By Bryson, Bill

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              In the bestselling, prize-winning A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson achieved the seemingly impossible by making the science of our world both understandable and entertaining to millions of people around the globe.

              ISBN 9780857522405
              Released AU 1 Oct 2019
              Publisher Transworld Publishers
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              The Basis of Everything: Rutherford, Oliphant and the Coming of the Atomic Bomb
               

              The Basis of Everything: Rutherford, Oliphant and the Coming of the Atomic Bomb (Hardback)

              By Ramsey, Andrew

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              The story that bonds Ernest Rutherford and Marcus Oliphant is as extraordinary as it is unlikely. Kindred souls, both schooled and steeped in the furthest frontiers of Britain's Empire. Scientists whose restless intellect and tireless conviction fused in the Cavendish Laboratory'...s famed crucible of discovery. At a time when nature's deepest secrets were being revealed, and the planet's very future cast in shadow. Theirs was a friendship forged in shared history although they were born thirty years and 3,000 kilometres apart. Rutherford, the thunderous son of a New Zealand flax farmer, would be recognised as the foremost experimentalist of his epoch. In his proving ground of genius at Cambridge University, he fathered the field of nuclear physics and his vision captivated the young Oliphant at their first fateful encounter. In the backyard workshops of Adelaide's hills and suburbs, Oliphant had honed his rare gift for invention that would see him ordained as right-hand man to the world's most acclaimed scientist. Oliphant's towering frame and steely belief then loomed large over the end-product of their urgent, ominous research - the first atomic bomb. This is the intertwined tale of remarkable men whose brilliance illuminated the sub-atomic recesses of the natural world and, as a direct result, set loose the power of nuclear fusion. It was a heartfelt, enduring partnership born at Adelaide University's modest physics department, flourishing further in the celebrated confines of the Cavendish before ultimately driving the Manhattan Project that laid waste to Hiroshima. Rutherford and Oliphant were men with a mutual devotion to pure science who, through circumstance and necessity, found themselves betrayed as instruments of the wars they detested but were duty-bound to prosecute. Consequently, their influence was pivotal in the last great global conflict the world has witnessed. As well as essential elements in developing the thermonuclear threat that has held the pla
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              ISBN 9781460755235
              Published AU 5 Aug 2019
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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              The Best Australian Science Writing 2019

              The Best Australian Science Writing 2019 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              Edited by Nogrady, Bianca; Foreword by Harvey-Smith, Lisa

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              This ninth edition of The Best Australian Science Writing showcases the most powerful, colourful, insightful and brilliant news, feature, essay and poetry writing from Australian writers and scientists. It roams the length and breadth of science. It makes us think, feel and hopef...ully act.
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              ISBN 9781742236407
              Published AU 1 Nov 2019
              Publisher NewSouth Publishing
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              Waters of the World: The story of the scientists who unravelled the mysteries of our seas, glaciers, and atmosphere - and made the planet whole

              Waters of the World: The story of the scientists who unravelled the mysteries of our seas, glaciers, and atmosphere - and made the planet whole (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Dry, Sarah

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              How is the climate where you are? And how did it get that way? How does the great complex global interaction of ice, ocean, and atmosphere combine to generate the rain that sustains us? And who figured all its secret processes out? From the glaciers of the Alps to the towering cu...mulonimbus clouds of the Caribbean and the unexpectedly chaotic flows of the North Atlantic, Waters of the World is a tour through 150 years of the history of a significant but underappreciated idea- that the Earth has a global climate system made up of interconnected parts, constantly changing on all scales of both time and space. A prerequisite for the discovery of global warming and climate change, this idea was forged by scientists studying water in its myriad forms. This is their story. Linking the history of the planet with the lives of those who studied it, Sarah Dry follows the remarkable scientists who ascended volcanic peaks to peer through an atmosphere's worth of water vapour, cored mile-thick ice sheets to uncover the Earth's ancient climate history, and flew inside storm clouds to understand how small changes in energy can produce both massive storms and the general circulation of the Earth's atmosphere. Each toiled on his or her own corner of the planetary puzzle. Gradually, their cumulative discoveries coalesced into a unified working theory of our planet's climate. We now call this field climate science, and in recent years it has provoked great passions, anxieties, and warnings. But no less than the object of its study, the science of water and climate is - and always has been - evolving. By revealing the complexity of this history, Waters of the World delivers a better understanding of our planet's climate at a time when we need it the most. 'Waters of the World sparkles with lyricism and wit. Dry is a gifted storyteller, and her research into the pre-history of Earth system science has turned up gripping tales of risk, adventure, defiance, and discovery. A unique and impo
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              ISBN 9781925713145
              Published AU 5 Nov 2019
              Publisher Scribe Publications
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              Curious: Life Hacks Through Maths

              Curious: Life Hacks Through Maths (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Serna, Lily

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              Fast and fun maths solutions to everyday dilemmas by Lily Serna, mathematician and star of Catalyst, and Letters and Numbers.

              ISBN 9781760781156
              Published AU 29 Oct 2019
              Publisher Pan Macmillan
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              2020 Australasian Sky Guide
               

              2020 Australasian Sky Guide (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Lomb, Nick

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              Compact, easy to use and reliable, this popular guide by well-known astronomer and author Dr Nick Lomb has been providing stargazers with everything they need to know about the southern night sky for over 25 years. The 2020 guide contains monthly sky maps, an Indigenous astronomy... section, viewing tips and highlights, and details of the year's exciting celestial events. Wherever you are in Australia or New Zealand, easy calculations allow you to estimate local rise and set times for the Sun, Moon and planets. The 2020 Australasian Sky Guide also provides information on the solar system, updated with the latest findings from space probes.
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              ISBN 9781863172134
              Published AU 15 Sep 2019
              Publisher Misc - South Pacific Books
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              Scatterbrain: How the mind's mistakes make humans creative, innovative and successful

              Scatterbrain: How the mind's mistakes make humans creative, innovative and successful (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Beck, Henning

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              In this mind-bending book, award-winning neuroscientist Henning Beck explains why perfectionism is pointless ---- and argues that mistakes, missteps and flaws are the keys to success. Remember that time you messed up simple maths or forgot the name of your favourite song? What if... someone told you that our brain freezes are actually secret weapons, proof of our superiority to computers and AI? In Scatterbrain, we learn that boredom awakens the muse, distractions spark creativity and misjudging time creates valuable memories, among the many other benefits of our faulty minds. Combining cutting-edge science with brain-boosting advice and rivetting real-life stories, Henning Beck takes us on a fascinating adventure through human memory (one that we'll all remember differently!).
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              ISBN 9781742236650
              Published AU 1 Oct 2019
              Publisher NewSouth Publishing
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              Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know

              Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Gladwell, Malcolm

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              The highly anticipated new book from Malcolm Gladwell, No.1 international bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw and David and Goliath In July 2015, a young black woman named Sandra Bland was pulled over for a minor traffic violation in rural T...exas. Minutes later she was arrested and jailed. Three days later, she committed suicide in her cell. What went wrong? Talking to Strangers is all about what happens when we encounter people we don't know, why it often goes awry, and what it says about us. How do we make sense of the unfamiliar? Why are we so bad at judging someone, reading a face, or detecting a lie? Why do we so often fail to 'get' other people? Through a series of puzzles, encounters and misunderstandings, from little-known stories to infamous legal cases, Gladwell takes us on a journey through the unexpected. You will read about the spy who spent years undetected at the highest levels of the Pentagon, the man who saw through the fraudster Bernie Madoff, the suicide of the poet Sylvia Plath and the false conviction of Amanda Knox. You will discover that strangers are never simple. No one shows us who we are like Malcolm Gladwell. Here he sets out to understand why we act the way we do, and how we all might know a little more about those we don't.
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              ISBN 9780241351574
              Released AU 17 Sep 2019
              Publisher Penguin
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              Never Enough: the neuroscience and experience of addiction

              Never Enough: the neuroscience and experience of addiction (Paperback)

              By Grisel, Judith

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              From a renowned behavioural neuroscientist and recovering addict, a rare page-turning work of science that draws on personal insights to reveal how drugs work, the dangerous hold they can take on the brain, and the surprising way to combat today's epidemic of addiction. Judith Gr...isel was a daily drug user and college dropout when she began to consider that her addiction might have a cure, one that she herself could perhaps discover by studying the brain. Now, after twenty-five years as a neuroscientist, she shares what she and other scientists have learned about addiction, enriched by captivating glimpses of her personal journey. In Never Enough, Grisel reveals the unfortunate bottom line of all regular drug use: there is no such thing as a free lunch. All drugs act on the brain in a way that diminishes their enjoyable effects and creates unpleasant ones with repeated use. Yet they have their appeal, and Grisel draws on anecdotes both comic and tragic from her own days of using as she learns the science behind the love of various drugs, from marijuana to alcohol, opiates to psychedelics, speed to spice. With more than one in five people over the age of fourteen addicted, drug abuse has been called the most formidable health problem worldwide, and Grisel delves with compassion into the science of this scourge. She points to what is different about the brains of addicts even before they first pick up a drink or drug, highlights the changes that take place in the brain and behaviour as a result of chronic using, and shares the surprising hidden gifts of personality that addiction can expose. She describes what drove her to addiction, what helped her recover, and her belief that a `cure' for addiction will not be found in our individual brains but in the way we interact with our communities. Set apart by its colour, candour, and bell-clear writing, Never Enough is a revelatory look at the roles drugs play in all of our lives and offers crucial new insight into how we ca
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              ISBN 9781912854578
              Released AU 8 Aug 2019
              Publisher Scribe Publications
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              Series The Addicted Brain
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              My Penguin Year: Living with the Emperors - A Journey of Discovery

              My Penguin Year: Living with the Emperors - A Journey of Discovery (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By McCrae, Lindsay

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              My Penguin Year recounts author Lindsay McCrae's adventure to the end of the Earth, spending a year living alongside the most resilient creatures in nature - emperor penguins.

              ISBN 9781529325461
              Released AU 12 Nov 2019
              Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
              Interest Age 16+ years
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