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Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread - and Why They Stop, The

'Astonishingly bold' - Daily Mail 'It is hard to imagine a more timely book...much of the modern world will make more sense having read it.' - The Times We live in a world that's more interc..

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Running Smart: How Science Can Improve Your Endurance and Performance

A science writer and recreational runner explores the science behind popularly held beliefs about shoes, injuries, nutrition, "runner's high," and more. Conventional wisdom about running is passe..

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Say Why to Drugs: Everything You Need to Know About the Drugs We Take and Why We Get High

'Essential' Adam Rutherford, bestselling author of How to Argue With a Racist 'In an area where factual accuracy is often rejected in favour of moralising or panicking this book is a vital..

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Scary Smart: The Future of Artificial Intelligence and How You Can Save Our World

Technology is putting our humanity at risk to an unprecedented degree. This book is not for engineers who write the code or the policy makers who claim they can regulate it. This is a book for you. Be..

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Scheme of Heaven: Astrology and the Birth of Science

Despite a resurgence in popularity, horoscopes are generally considered to be pseudoscience today - but they were once a cutting-edge scientific tool. In this ingenious work of history, data scientist..

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Science Fictions: Exposing Fraud, Bias, Negligence and Hype in Science

So much relies on science. But what if science itself can't be relied on?Medicine, education, psychology, health, parenting - wherever it really matters, we look to science for guidance. Science Ficti..

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Science of Middle-earth: A New Understanding of Tolkien and His World, The

The surprising and illuminating look at how Tolkien's love of science and natural history shaped the creation of his Middle Earth, from its flora and fauna to its landscapes. The world J.R.R. Tol..

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Science: The Definitive Visual Guide

A beautifully illustrated, thematically arranged history of science - covering great scientists, inventions, and ideas - that has been updated to include the latest scientific advances Delve i..

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Sea is Not Made of Water: Life Between the Tides

'A remarkable and powerful book, the rarest of things ... Nicolson is unique as a writer ... I loved it' EDMUND DE WAAL 'Miraculous ... An utterly fascinating glimpse of a watery world we only th..

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Seaweed, an Enchanting Miscellany

A beautifully illustrated ode to the most sensuous family of water plants. Seaweed is so familiar, and yet we know so little about it. Even its names-pepper dulse, sea lettuce, bladderwrack-are m..

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Secret Body: How the New Science of the Human Body Is Changing the Way We Live

One of our most lauded scientist-writers shows how astonishing breakthroughs in medical science are changing previously immutable aspects of humanity Welcome to a revolution in the science of hum..

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Secret Life of Fungi: Discoveries from a Hidden World, The

Fungi can appear anywhere, from desert dunes to frozen tundra, and create anew from rotting matter. They can invade bodies and thoughts; they can live between our toes or between our floorboards; they..

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Secret Lives of Planets: A User's Guide to the Solar System - BBC Sky At Night's Best Astronomy and Space Books of 2019

'A deft, frequently dramatic tour' Nature 'A wonderfully clear and readable book . . . Gives a splendid overview of our Sun's planetary system, including its history and exploration' ..

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Self Delusion, The: The Surprising Science of How We Are Connected and Why That Matters

We like to believe that we exist as independent selves at the centre of a subjective universe; that we are discrete individuals acting autonomously in the world with an unchanging inner self that pers..

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Seven Ages of Death: A Forensic Pathologist's Journey Through Life, The

Forensic pathologist and bestselling author of Unnatural Causes, Dr Richard Shepherd, brings his unparalleled honesty and insight to a new book about life and death. What can death teach us about..

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Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain

Have you ever wondered why you have a brain? Let renowned neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett demystify that big grey blob between your ears. In seven short essays (plus a bite-sized story about..

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Seven Signs of Life: Stories from an Intensive Care Doctor

An insightful, tender and inspiring memoir that explores the emotional side of a doctor's working life. 'Brilliant, compelling... A hugely life-affirming book' Mail on Sunday Grief. Anger. J..

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Sex Matters: How male-centric medicine endangers women's health and what we can do about it

SEX MATTERS tackles one of the most urgent, yet unspoken issues facing women's health care today: all models of medical research and practice are based on male-centric models that ignore the unique bi..

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Shape of Things to Come: Exploring the Future of the Human Body, The

A vision of what the future holds for our bodies and the medicine used to treat them. In this humane and important exploration of modern medicine, Druin Burch examines the future of medicine, ..

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Short History of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his que..

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Simply Astronomy

The clearest, simplest guide to astronomy and stargazing ever published Understanding astronomy has never been easier. Combining bold graphics with easy-to-understand text, Simply Astrono..

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Simply Quantum Physics

Discovering quantum physics has never been easier.Combining bold graphics with easy-to-understand text, Simply Quantum Physics is an essential introduction to the subject for those who are short of ti..

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Six Impossible Things

Quantum physics is strange. It tells us that a particle can be in two places at once. Indeed, that particle is also a wave, and everything in the quantum world can be described entirely in terms of wa..

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Six Impossible Things:  'Quanta of Solace' and the Mysteries of the Subatomic World

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROYAL SOCIETY INSIGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE 2019. 'An accessible primer on all things quantum' - Sunday Times Quantum physics is strange. It tells us that a parti..

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Skeleton Keys: The Secret Life of Bone

"A provocative and entertaining magical mineral tour through the life and afterlife of bone." --Wall Street Journal Our bones have many stories to tell, if you know how to listen. Bone is a marv..

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Sleeping Beauties: And Other Stories of Mystery Illness

In my view the best science writer around - a true descendant of Oliver Sacks.' Sathnam Sanghera, author of The Boy with the Topknot In Sweden, refugee children fall asleep for months and years a..

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Sleight of Mind: 75 Ingenious Paradoxes in Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy

Exploring more than seventy-five well-known paradoxes in mathematics, philosophy, physics, and the social sciences showing how reason and logic can dispel the illusion of contradiction. Paradox i..

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Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us

"No organisms are more important to life as we know it than algae. In Slime, Ruth Kassinger gives this underappreciated group its due." -- Elizabeth Kolbert Say "algae" and most people think of pond ..

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Small Inventions that Made a Big Difference

Small inventions - modest yet essential, diminutive in size and humble in stature - are an essential component of every element of everyday life. Fifty little objects of fascination, each conceal..

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Smart Wife: Why Siri, Alexa, and Other Smart Home Devices Need a Feminist Reboot, The

The life and times of the Smart Wife--feminized digital assistants who are friendly and sometimes flirty, occasionally glitchy but perpetually available. Meet the Smart Wife--at your service, an ..

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Some Assembly Required

'Intimate and thoughtful... Exciting... [A] sweeping evolutionary history.' Science The author of the bestselling Your Inner Fish gives us a brilliant, up-to-date account of the great trans..

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Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime

From the Royal Society Winton Prize winner 'An authoritative and beautifully written account of the quest to understand quantum theory and the origin of space and time.' Professor Brian Cox..

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Space 2069: After Apollo: Back to the Moon, to Mars, and Beyond

Nearing half a century since the last Apollo mission, mankind has yet to return to the Moon, but that is about to change. With NASA's Artemis program scheduled for this decade, astronomer David Whiteh..

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Space Exploration

Space is far bigger than humanity can conceive. Although our ancestors visually examined the skies to make sense of the Universe, space exploration in its truest sense is just a moment in this histori..

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Space Mission Art: The Mission Patches & Insignias of America's Human Spaceflights

Since 1961, the United States of America has launched men and women into the hostile vacuum of space. For the adventures on which they were about to embark, astronauts, associates and designers commem..

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Spacecraft

Science fiction is filled with spacecraft. On Earth, actual rockets explode over Texas while others make their way to Mars. But what are spacecraft, and just what can they teach us about imagination, ..

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Splitting: Inside Story on Headaches

Written by a leading neuroscientist, Splitting tells the fascinating true story about headaches, and the secrets they reveal about your brain and overall health. Did you know... - that chocola..

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Splitting: The inside story on headaches

'From ice cream headaches to migraine, this fascinating and entertaining account of a common curse draws together modern science, ancient views and personal experience.' Professor Roy Taylor, author o..

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Star Builders: Nuclear Fusion and the Race to Power the Planet

Is it possible to build a star on earth? When asked what problem he hoped scientists will have solved by the end of the century, Professor Stephen Hawking replied 'I would like nuclear fus..

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Star Settlers: The Billionaires, Geniuses, and Crazed Visionaries Out to Conquer the Universe

The story behind the elite scientists, technologists, SF enthusiasts, and billionaires who believe that humanity's destiny is to populate the stars . . . Does humanity have a destiny "in the star..

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Stargazing for Beginners: Explore the Wonders of the Night Sky

Discover the wonders of the Universe with this complete introduction to observing and understanding the night sky. This practical guide explains and demystifies stargazing, teaching you to recognize d..

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Stars

There are approximately ten-billion-trillion stars in the entire observable Universe. That's a little more than the number of grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth. But what exactly are star..

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Stars: A practical guide to the key constellations

Stars presents 20 unique pin-hole constellation cards for helping families and stargazers find the shapes in the nights sky, along with a companion book exploring the significance of these stellar pat..

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Sticky: The Secret Science of Surfaces

At the scale of atoms and molecules, things quite often like to stick together. But these tiny interactions don't just matter at the nanoscale; taken together, they produce some important larger-scale..

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Story of Life in 101/2 Chapters

An exploration of the key aspects of life on Earth - now and in the future - through the study of 10 and a half species. An exploration of the key aspects of life on Earth - now and in the futu..

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Story of Looking, The

In The Story of Looking, Mark Cousins takes us on a lightning-bright tour - in words and images - through how our looking selves develop over the course of a lifetime, and the ways that looking has ch..

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Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman

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Talk: The Science of Conversation

We spend much of our days talking. Yet we know little about the conversational engine that drives our everyday lives. We are pushed and pulled around by language far more than we realize, yet are sedu..

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Tapestries of Life: Uncovering the Lifesaving Secrets of the Natural World

The second book by the bestselling author of Extraordinary Insects Trees clean air and water; hoverflies and bees pollinate our crops; the kingfisher inspired the construction of high-speed trains. In..

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Ten Days in Physics that Shook the World: How Physicists Transformed Everyday Life

Physics informs our understanding of how the world works - but more than that, key breakthroughs in physics have transformed everyday life. We journey back to ten separate days in history to understan..

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Ten Patterns That Explain the Universe

How patterns--from diagrams of spacetime to particle trails revealed by supercolliders--offer clues to the fundamental workings of the physical world. Our universe might appear chaotic, but deep ..

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