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Fire, Ice, and Physics

Game of Thrones is a fantasy that features a lot of made-up science--fabricated climatology (when is winter coming?), astronomy, metallurgy, chemistry, and biology. Most fans of George R. R. Martin's ..

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First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last

In The First Cell, Azra Raza offers a searing account of how both medicine and our society (mis)treats cancer, how we can do better, and why we must. A lyrical journey from hope to despair and back ag..

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First Light: Switching on Stars at the Dawn of Time

Astronomers have successfully observed a great deal of the Universe's history, from recording the afterglow of the Big Bang to imaging thousands of galaxies, and even to visualising an actual black ho..

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First Shots: The Epic Rivalries and Heroic Science Behind the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine, The

An enthralling real-life thriller that tells the full inside story of the high-stakes race for a lifesaving vaccine to end the COVID-19 pandemic The global race to find a coronavirus vaccine is t..

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First Steps: How Walking Upright Made Us Human

Humans are the only mammals to walk on two, rather than four, legs. From an evolutionary perspective, this is an illogical development, as it slows us down. But here we are, suggesting there must have..

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Flesh Made New: The Unnatural History and Broken Promise of Stem Cells

The dazzling promise of stem-cell treatment: does it work and will it save us? Two experts look at the hype For decades, we've been anticipating the dawn of regenerative medicine. Again and..

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Fossil Men:  Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind

"Riveting. ... Pattison's uncanny ability [is] to write evocatively about science. ... In this, he is every bit as good as the best scientist writers." -New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice) ..

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Fossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind

"A rip-roaring tale, Fossil Men is one of those rare books that can be a prism through which to view the world, exposing the fabric of the Earth and illuminating the Tree of Life." -New York Times bes..

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Four Horsemen, The

The Four Horsemen - War, Pestilence, Famine and Death - first appeared in the Book of Revelations a thousand years ago, but they continue to track us in our own time. This original and inspiring study..

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Framers: Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil

The breakout bestselling authors of Big Data now turn to what data can't accomplish- the power of human ingenuity and ability to frame new questions to get better results than anyone could have previo..

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From Here to There: The Art and Science of Finding and Losing Our Way

A wise and insightful exploration of human navigation, what it means to be lost, and how we find our way. How is it that we can walk unfamiliar streets while maintaining a sense of direction? Com..

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Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality

The Nobel Prize-winning physicist offers ten insights that illuminate all you need to know about the Universe One of our great contemporary scientists reveals the ten profound insights that illum..

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Gene's-Eye View of Evolution

'Arvid Agren has undertaken the most meticulously thorough reading of the relevant literature that I have ever encountered, deploying an intelligent understanding to pull it into a coherent story. As ..

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Genesis: Story of How Everything Began

What if the ancient Greeks were right, and the universe really did spring into being out of chaos and the void? How could we know? And what must its first moments have been like? To answer these ..

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Glasses: War & Peace Navy Box

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God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything, The

The best-selling physicist returns with a thrilling account of the search for the 'god equation' This is the story of a quest- to find a Theory of Everything. Einstein dedicated his life to seeki..

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Godel, Escher, Bach : An Eternal Golden Braid

Godel, Escher, Bach is a Pulitzer Prizewinning treatise exploring patterns and symbols in the thinking of mathematician Kurt G(del, artist M. C. Escher and composer Johann Sebastian Bach. A groundbrea..

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Good Blood:  Doctor,  Donor, and the Incredible Breakthrough that Saved Millions of Babies

When James Harrison was a 14 year old boy in Australia in the 1950s, he had emergency surgery and received a transfusion, which saved his life. Even though he hated needles, James felt a debt to the u..

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Great Breakthroughs in Physics: How the Story of Matter and its Motion Changed the World

In this beautifully illustrated and highly accessible history of the subject, author Robert Snedden looks at what has been described as the fundamental science - the one that underpins all others. ..

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Great Breakthroughs in Technology: The Scientific and Industrial Innovations that Changed the World

What incredible innovations have changed the course of history? From rudimentary metalwork to 3-D printing, human ingenuity has set us apart from other animals on earth. Great Breakthroughs in T..

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Great Secret: The Classified World War II Disaster that Launched the War on Cancer, The

On the night of December 2, 1943, the Luftwaffe bombed a critical Allied port in Bari, Italy, sinking seventeen ships and killing over a thousand servicemen and hundreds of civilians. Caught in the su..

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Great Secret: The Classified World War II Disaster that Launched the War on Cancer, The

On the night of December 2, 1943, the Luftwaffe bombed a critical Allied port in Bari, Italy, sinking seventeen ships and killing over a thousand servicemen and hundreds of civilians. Caught in the su..

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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

A finalist for the Los Angeles Times Science & Technology Book Prize 'The most entertaining writer in science' - The Times, Books of the Year War. Mention it and most of us think of history, of confli..

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Gut: the Inside Story of Our Body's Most Under-Rated Organ

The key to living a happier, healthier life is inside us. Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works. In Gut, Giulia Enders shows that r..

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Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium

'Half Lives shines a light on the shocking history of the world's toxic love affair with a deadly substance, radium. Unnerving, fascinating, informative and truly frightening.' - Hallie Rubenhold, aut..

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Handmade: A Scientist's Search for Meaning through Making

From atomic structures to theories about magnetic forces, scientific progress has given us a good grasp on the properties of many different materials. However, most scientists cannot measure the tempe..

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Hawking

From his early days at Oxford, Stephen Hawking's brilliance and good humor were obvious to everyone he met. At twenty-one he was diagnosed with ALS, a disease that limited his ability to move and spea..

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Head First:  Psychiatrist's Stories of Mind and Body

What does it mean to be well? Is it something in our body? Or, is it rather something subjective - something of the mind? In this profound collection of clinical stories, eminent psychiatrist Dr Alast..

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Heaven on Earth: How Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, and Galileo Discovered the Modern World

'What Fauber does well is humanize these four residents of the pantheon of science... The story is seldom less than fascinating. A readable, enjoyable contribution to the history of science.' - Kirkus..

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Helgoland

In June 1925, twenty-three-year-old Werner Heisenberg, suffering from hay fever, retreated to a small, treeless island in the North Sea called Helgoland. It was there that he came up with one of the m..

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History of the Human Brain: From the Sea Sponge to CRISPR, How Our Brain Evolved

In the large-scale anthropologic tradition of Yuval Harari's Sapiens but with a neuroscientific focus reminiscent of Human by Michael Gazzaniga, Brain Power tells the eye-opening story of how the brai..

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History of the Universe in 100 Stars, A

From the Big Bang to the Gaia Mission, this is a very personal history of the universe through the author's favourite 100 stars. Astronomer Florian Freistetter has chosen 100 stars that hav..

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Horizons: A Global History of Science

A radical retelling of the history of science - The Silk Roads for science We are told that modern science was invented in Europe, the product of great minds like Nicolaus Copernicus, Isaac Newto..

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Hot Air: The Inside Story of the Battle Against Climate Change Denial

Ours is the age of global warming. Rising sea levels, extreme weather, forest fires. Dire warnings are everywhere, so why has it taken so long for the crisis to be recognised? Here, for the first..

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How God Works: The Science Behind the Benefits of Religion

Drawing on a wealth of new evidence, pioneering research psychologist David DeSteno shows why religious practices and rituals are so beneficial to those who follow them-and to anyone, regardless of th..

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How it All Works: All scientific laws and phenomena illustrated & demonstrated

The Universe is inconceivably complex. Its component parts though follow a set of unbreakable laws that have somehow been coded into their very fabric since the beginning of time. These laws play out ..

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How The Brain Lost Its Mind: Sex, Hysteria and the Riddle of Mental Illness

'Hugely entertaining' - Guardian 'Fascinating' - Mail on Sunday In 1882, Jean-Martin Charcot was the premiere physician in Paris, having just established a neurology clinic at the infamous S..

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How the Brain Works: The Facts Visually Explained

Have you ever asked yourself why you can't remember anything from before the age of three, why we experience dej vu, or indeed how a bundle of cells in our heads can produce the remarkable phenomenon..

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How Things Work

Have you ever looked at a car and wondered how it worked? Maybe an airplane piqued your curiosity, or the arches of a particular building, or maybe a piece of technology that you handle daily, such as..

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How To

Randall Munroe is . . .'Nerd royalty' Ben Goldacre 'Totally brilliant' Tim Harford 'Laugh-out-loud funny' Bill Gates 'Wonderful' Neil Gaiman AN INSTANT #1 N..

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How to Be Animal: A New History of What it Means to Be Human

Humans are the most inquisitive, emotional, imaginative, aggressive and baffling animals on the planet. But how well do we really know ourselves? How to Be Animal writes a remarkable story of wha..

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How to Die in Space: A Journey Through Dangerous Astrophysical Phenomena

A brilliant and breathtakingly vivid tour of the universe, describing the physics of the dangerous, the deadly, and the scary in the cosmos. So you've fallen in love with space and now you want t..

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How to Invent Everything: Rebuild All of Civilization (with 96% fewer catastrophes this time)

'How to Invent Everything is such a cool book' -- Randall Munroe Get ready to make history better... on the second try. Imagine you are stranded in the past (your time machine has broken)..

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How to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch: In Search of the Recipe for Our Universe

'If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.' Carl Sagan We all know what an apple pie is made of: flour and apples and butter. They are made of fats and ch..

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How to Talk to a Science Denier: Conversations with Flat Earthers, Climate Deniers, and Others Who Defy Reason

Can we change the minds of science deniers? Encounters with flat earthers, anti-vaxxers, coronavirus truthers, and others. "Climate change is a hoax--and so is coronavirus." "Vaccines are bad for..

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How Your Brain Works: Inside the most complicated object in the known universe

Ever wondered what's going on inside your head? You are your brain. Everything that makes you you, and all your experiences of the world, are somehow conjured up by 1.4 kilograms of grey matter i..

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Human Anatomy Zoobookoo Cube

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Human Cosmos: A Secret History of the Stars, The

For most of human history, we have led not just an earthly existence but a cosmic one. Celestial cycles drove every aspect of our daily lives. Our innate relationship with the stars shaped who we are ..

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Human Cosmos: A Secret History of the Stars, The

For most of human history, we have had a close relationship with the stars. Once they shaped our religious beliefs, power structures, scientific advances and even our biology. But over the last few ce..

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Human Frontiers: Future of Big Ideas in an Age of Small Thinking

Where next for humanity? Is our future one of endless improvement in all areas of life, from technology and travel to medicine, movies and music? Or are our best years behind us? It's easy ..

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Human Nature: Planet Earth in Our Time

Humanity has reached a pivotal moment in time. With extinction looming over one million species of plants and animals, the United Nations has declared that nature is in more trouble now than at any ti..

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