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            What Is Life?: Understand biology in five steps
             

            What Is Life?: Understand biology in five steps (Hardback)

            By Nurse, Sir Paul

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            • Pub Date
              1 Nov 20

            Life is all around us, abundant and diverse. It is truly a marvel. But what does it actually mean to be alive, and how do we decide what is living and what is not? After a lifetime of studying life, Nobel Prize-winner Sir Paul Nurse, one of the world's leading scientists, has tak...en on the challenge of defining it. Written with great personality and charm, his accessible guide takes readers on a journey to discover biology's five great building blocks, demonstrates how biology has changed and is changing the world, and reveals where research is headed next. To survive all the challenges that face the human race today - population growth, pandemics, food shortages, climate change - it is vital that we first understand what life is. Never before has the question 'What is life?' been answered with such insight, clarity, and humanity, and never at a time more urgent than now. 'Paul Nurse is about as distinguished a scientist as there could be. He is also a great communicator. This book explains, in a way that is both clear and elegant, how the processes of life unfold, and does as much as science can to answer the question posed by the title. It's also profoundly important, at a time when the world is connected so closely that any new illness can sweep from nation to nation with immense speed, that all of us - including politicians - should be as well-informed as possible. This book provides the sort of clarity and understanding that could save many thousands of lives. I learned a great deal, and I enjoyed the process enormously.' -Sir Philip Pullman 'A nearly perfect guide to the wonder and complexity of existence.' -Bill Bryson 'Nurse provides a concise, lucid response to an age-old question. His writing is not just informed by long experience, but also wise, visionary, and personal. I read the book in one sitting, and felt exhilarated by the end, as though I'd run for miles - from the author's own garden into the interior of the cell, back in time to humankind's most
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            ISBN 9781922310262
            Published AU 1 Nov 2020
            Publisher Scribe Publications
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            Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

            Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Paperback)

            By Harari, Yuval Noah

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            How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and con...sumerism? This book deals with these questions.
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            ISBN 9780099590088
            Released AU 1 May 2015
            Publisher Vintage
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Christmas: A History
             

            Christmas: A History (Paperback)

            By Flanders, Judith

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            The acclaimed author of The Victorian House and The Victorian City tells the story of the celebration of Christmas, from mummers' plays to the invention of Sellotape, revealing much fascinating new information and shattering many myths.

            ISBN 9781529003567
            Released AU 30 Oct 2018
            Publisher Pan Macmillan
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            The History of Magic: From Alchemy to Witchcraft, from the Ice Age to the Present
             

            The History of Magic: From Alchemy to Witchcraft, from the Ice Age to the Present (Hardback)

            By Gosden, Chris

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            Three great strands of practice and belief run through human history. In religion, the primary human relationship is with one god or many gods. Science distances people from the world. Magic is human beings participating in the universe directly, and the universe influencing and ...shaping us. Magic preceded religion and science. And many people believe in magic: we might swear at the printer or believe that the mind of a patient influences recovery. But over the last few centuries, magic has developed a bad reputation. Professor Chris Gosden restores it to its place in the history of the world, exploring its positive qualities and asking what it can offer the world today. From the curses and charms of ancient Greek, Roman and Jewish magic, to the shamanistic traditions of Eurasia, indigenous America and Africa, the alchemy of the Renaissance, colonial dismissals of magic as backward, and quantum physics today, his colourful history provides the missing part of the story of civilisation. Drawing on decades of research around the world, with incredible breadth and authority, and stunning detail - from the first known horoscope, through the statue ordered into exile, to the power of tattoos - Gosden shows what magic can offer and how we might use it to rethink our relationship with the world.
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            ISBN 9780241294819
            Released AU 29 Sep 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            The Infinite Game

            The Infinite Game (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Sinek, Simon

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            The New York Times-bestselling author of Start With Why, Leaders Eat Last, and Together Is Better offers a bold new approach to business strategy by asking one question: are you playing the finite game or the infinite game? In The Infinite Game, Sinek applies game theory to explo...re how great businesses achieve long-lasting success. He finds that building long-term value and healthy, enduring growth - that playing the infinite game - is the only thing that matters to your business.
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            ISBN 9780241385630
            Released AU 20 Oct 2020
            Publisher Penguin
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            Past Mistakes: How We Misinterpret History and Why it Matters
             

            Past Mistakes: How We Misinterpret History and Why it Matters (Hardback)

            By Mountain, David

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            • Pub Date
              1 Dec 20

            From the fall of Rome to the Wild West, Mountain brings colour and perspective to historical mythmaking

            ISBN 9781785786624
            Released AU 1 Dec 2020
            Publisher Icon Books Ltd
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            The Light Ages: A Medieval Journey of Discovery

            The Light Ages: A Medieval Journey of Discovery (Hardback)

            By Falk, Seb

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            The Middle Ages were a time of wonder. They gave us the first universities, the first eyeglasses and the first mechanical clocks as medieval thinkers sought to understand the world around them, from the passing of the seasons to the stars in the sky. In this book, we walk the pat...h of medieval science with a real-life guide, a fourteenth-century monk named John of Westwyk - inventor, astrologer, crusader - who was educated in England's grandest monastery and exiled to a clifftop priory. Following the traces of his life, we learn to see the natural world through Brother John's eyes: navigating by the stars, multiplying Roman numerals, curing disease, and telling the time with an astrolabe. We travel the length and breadth of England, from Saint Albans to Tynemouth, and venture far beyond the shores of Britain. On our way, we encounter a remarkable cast of characters: the clock-building English abbot with leprosy, the French craftsman-turned-spy, and the Persian polymath who founded the world's most advanced observatory. An enthralling story of the struggles and successes of an ordinary man and an extraordinary time, The Light Ages conjures up a vivid picture of the medieval world as we have never seen it before.
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            ISBN 9780241374252
            Released AU 29 Sep 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            21 Speeches That Shaped Our World: The people and ideas that changed the way we think
             

            21 Speeches That Shaped Our World: The people and ideas that changed the way we think (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Abbott, Chris

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            Takes a close look at 21 key speeches which have shaped the world today. The author examines the power of the arguments embedded in these speeches to inspire people to achieve great things, or do great harm. He draws upon his political expertise to explain how our current underst...anding of the world is rooted in pivotal moment of history.
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            ISBN 9781846042720
            Released AU 1 Aug 2012
            Publisher Ebury Publishing
            Interest Age 14+ years
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            Time of the Magicians: The Invention of Modern Thought, 1919-1929
             

            Time of the Magicians: The Invention of Modern Thought, 1919-1929 (Hardback)

            By Eilenberger, Wolfram

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            • Pub Date
              17 Nov 20

            A gripping narrative of the intertwined lives of the four philosophers whose ideas reshaped the twentieth century The year is 1919. Walter Benjamin flees his overbearing father to scrape a living as a jobbing critic. Ludwig Wittgenstein signs away his inheritance to teach schoolc...hildren in a provincial Austrian village, seeking spiritual clarity. Martin Heidegger renounces his faith and align his fortunes with the phenomenological school of Edmund Husserl. Ernst Cassirer sketches a new schema of human culture at the back of a cramped Berlin tram. The stage is set for a great intellectual drama, which will unfold over the next decade. The lives and thought of this quartet will converge and intertwine as each gains world historical significance, between them remaking philosophy. Time of the Magicians tells the story of this revolution in Western thought through the remarkable and turbulent lives of its four protagonists, showing philosophy not gifted from on high but worked out in the mess of everyday life, and illuminating with rare clarity their ideas.
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            ISBN 9780241352168
            Released AU 17 Nov 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
            Language (English)
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            Out of Our Minds: What We Think and How We Came to Think It
             

            Out of Our Minds: What We Think and How We Came to Think It (Paperback)

            By Fernandez-Armesto, Felipe

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            • Pub Date
              2 Feb 21

            An extraordinary journey through the history of human imagination, from the dawn of civilisation to the present day

            ISBN 9781786077851
            Released AU 2 Feb 2021
            Publisher Oneworld Publications
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