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    This book offers the answers to all the annoying household problems. By applying scientific principles to everyday occurences, this book will show you how to move a couch around a corner, remove red wine stains from carpets and unscrew the lid of a difficult jar. Applying principles of geomoetry, thermodynamics, probability and game theory to the situations, explanations are given for all these frustrating issues.

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    It's Not Rocket Science (Hardback)

    Ben Miller

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    One half of successful double act Armstrong and Miller, actor and comedian Ben Miller studied a Physics PhD at Cambridge before embarking on his career. In It's Not Rocket Science, he returns to his roots and offers an engaging, accessible and downright funny look at science's best bits. He tackles black holes, DNA and the Large Hadron Collider in a fun and insightful way and explains to the reader all about the truly spectacular science that is always happening around us. This is the book for you if you're interested in science, but always found the subject a little daunting.
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    SGAZ

    Stargazing for Beginners (Hardback)

    DK

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    A fascinating introduction to astronomy that includes all the information you need to analyse the night sky, Stargazing for Beginners is a practical guide to the world of constellations and supernovas. Full of facts and charts to help you understand the ever changing face of the night sky, this guide will have you staring into space for hours once you know your Ursa major from your Ursa minor!

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    Will We Ever Speak Dolphin? (Hardback)

    New Scientist

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    Published by New Scientist, Will We Ever Speak Dolphin? is packed full of wry and well-informed answers to this and 110 other baffling science questions. A perfect bedside book for dipping into or sharing with family and friends, amongst the other questions answered are why do birds sing at dawn? What's the slowest a plane can fly without stalling? And how long can you keep a tiger cub as a pet? Following the likes of the bestselling titles Does Anything Eat Wasps?, Do Polar Bears Get Lonely? and Why Can't Elephants Jump? this is another book about popular science that is guaranteed to delight.
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    Three brilliant graphic guides that explore and explain some of today's most fascinating ideas of science and their proponents. One of the books will help you learn all about Stephen Hawking and some of his breathtaking discoveries, while another will take you on a step-by-step tour through Quantum Theory and meet the key figures in one of the most challenging but enthralling areas of modern science. The third book in the set takes you on a visually accessible course through Einstein's astounding vision of gravity though to today's most advanced scientific ideas. Three paperbacks that offer accessible introductions to complex subjects.

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    Inflight Science (Hardback)

    Brian Clegg

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    A wonderfully informative and equally entertaining guide to what you can see from the air and precisely what is keeping you airborne, Inflight Science is your perfect long haul companion! Written by flying enthusiast Brian Clegg, this accessible and interesting book explains the phenomena of air travel and will help you enjoy your flight from start to finish.

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    OSIP

    Outer Space In Your Pocket (Hardback)

    Mike Flynn

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    Outer Space in Your Pocket is the perfect book for the inquisitive mind. Within it you'll discover everything you need to know about travel to the moon, solar systems, black holes, white giants, the distance to the nearest galaxy, the structure of the cosmos and more. Broken down into bite-sized pieces of information and accompanied by clear diagrams and illustrations, this small but perfectly formed history of the universe is an absolute gem.

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    INTR
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    The Big Ideas Set contains three books that are practical, focused and jargon-free guides that will help you get your head around highly topical subjects. Discover the secrets of successful people and learn how we could all benefit from applying what they know to our own lives. The three books explain why NLP is the buzz acronym and will show you how you can deal with problems, master any situation and explore the roots of the discipline. The Beginner's Guide to CBT describes how to use cognitive behavioural therapy's insights to improve your life.

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    TRON

    Astronomy - Eyewitness Companion (Hardback)

    Ian Ridpath

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    A definitive guide to enjoying and appreciating the stars and galaxies of the universe, Ian Ridpath's Astronomy will help you discover the history and origins and how it came to be as we see it today. With over 100 star charts and profiles of all 88 constellations, the practical guide also includes a month-by-month guide of the highlights of the night sky and is perfect for both seasoned enthusiasts or those keen to embark on stargazing as a hobby.

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    Packing for Mars (Hardback)

    Mary Roach

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    Mary Roach, best-selling author of Stiff and Bonk, turns her attention to space travel with the thoroughly entertaining Packing For Mars: The Curious Science Of Life In The Void. Through a series of bizarre space simulations by space agencies, she looks at just how astronauts survive in space, a place that contains none of the things we need to live and thrive - air, gravity, showers and privacy. What is it like being with only a few people for months? Just how much can one person give up? How much weirdness can they take?

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    How to Build a Brain (Hardback)

    Dr Richard Elwes

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    Doctor Richard Elwes answers some of the most bizarre mathematical hypothetical questions in How to Build a Brain and 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Mathematics, a fascinating hardback. Showing that maths can be much more than measuring angles and working out equations, this entertaining book poses questions such as `can you outrun a bullet?? and shows the reader how to survive extraordinary scenarios, such as how to escape a whirlpool and incredibly, how to be both dead and alive at the same time!

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    How to Live Forever (Hardback)

    Alok Jha

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    A rip-roaring introduction to the wonders of modern science, How to Live Forever and 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Science is packed with extraordinary scenarios that are sure to baffle and amaze. Written by Alok Jha, this collection of 35 entertaining scientific questions answered is a glorious tour of the known world, taking in cloned sheep, alien worlds, quantum weirdness and dissected brains amongst many other bizarre treats. Informative and enjoyable, this is a fascinating hardback.

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    ACOWO

    Introducing Genetics (Paperback)

    Steve Jones

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    Written by Steve Jones and illustrated by Borin Van Loon, Introducing Genetics: A Graphic Guide provides an accessible introduction to an extremely complex subject. The fascinating and insightful book takes readers on a journey through the relatively new science through to the discovery of DNA and the heart of the human gene map. It tells how, in everyday life, many of us increasingly have to make moral decisions where genetics play a part and aims to give us the information so we can make the correct one!

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    ACOWQ

    Introducing Mathematics (Paperback)

    Ziauddin Sardar

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    "Introducing Mathematics" traces the story of mathematics from the ancient world to modern times, describing the great discoveries and providing an accessible introduction to topics such as algebra and chaos theory.
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    Introducing Fractals (Paperback)

    Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon

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    From Zeno to Mandelbrot: explore this new language with which you can describe the shape of cloud as precisely as an architect can describe a house.
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    ACOWP

    Introducing Philosophy of Science (Paperback)

    Ziauddin Sardar

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    What do scientists actually do? Is science "value-free"? How has science evolved through history? Where is science leading us? "Introducing Philosophy of Science" is a clear and incisively illustrated map of the big questions underpinning science. It is essential reading for students, the general public, and even scientists themselves.
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    Introducing Newton (Paperback)

    William Rankin

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    "Introducing Newton" explains the extraordinary ideas of a man who sifted through the accumulated knowledge of centuries, tossed out mistaken beliefs, and single-handedly made enormous advances in mathematics, mechanics and optics. By the age of 25, entirely self-taught, he had sketched out a system of the world. Einstein's theories are unthinkable without Newton's founding system. He was also a secret heretic, a mystic and an alchemist, the man of whom Edmond Halley said, 'Nearer to the gods may no man approach!'.
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    ADXHA

    Relativity (Paperback)

    Bruce Bassett

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    It is now more than a century since Einstein's theories of Special and General Relativity began to revolutionise our view of the universe. Beginning near the speed of light and proceeding to explorations of space-time and curved spaces, "Introducing Relativity" plots a visually accessible course through the thought experiments that have given shape to contemporary physics. Scientists from Newton to Hawking add their unique contributions to this story, as we encounter Einstein's astounding vision of gravity as the curvature of space-time and arrive at the breathtakingly beautiful field equations. Einstein's legacy is reviewed in the most advanced frontiers of physics today - black holes, gravitational waves, the accelerating universe and string theory. This is a superlative, fascinating graphic account of Einstein's strange world and how his legacy has been built upon since.
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    AAALJ

    The God Delusion (Paperback)

    Richard Dawkins

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    The God Delusion caused a sensation when it was published in 2006. Within weeks it became the most hotly debated topic, with Dawkins himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types. His argument could hardly be more topical.

    While Europe is becoming increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and dangerously dividing opinion around the world. In America, and elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between 'intelligent design' and Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times still serves to abuse basic human rights such as women's and gay rights. And all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind. Dawkins attacks God in all his forms. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children.

    The God Delusion is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.

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    Doctor Who - The King's Dragon (Hardback)

    Una McCormack

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    In the city-state of Geath, the King lives in a golden hall, and the people want for nothing. Everyone is happy and everyone is rich. Or so it seems. When the Doctor, Amy and Rory look beneath the surface, they discover a city of secrets. In dark corners, strange creatures are stirring. At the heart of the hall, a great metal dragon oozes gold. Then the Herald appears, demanding the return of her treasure...And next come the gunships. The battle for possession of the treasure has begun, and only the Doctor and his friends can save the people of the city from being destroyed in the crossfire of an ancient civil war. But will the King surrender his new-found wealth? Or will he fight to keep it...? This is a thrilling, all-new adventure featuring the Doctor.

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    AAAIQ

    Bad Science (Paperback)

    Ben Goldacre

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    Guardian columnist Dr Ben Goldacre takes us on a hilarious, invigorating and informative journey through the bad science we're fed by the worst of the hacks and the quacks! When Dr Ben Goldacre saw someone on daytime TV dipping her feet in an 'Aqua Detox' footbath, releasing her toxins into the water and turning it brown, he thought he'd try the same at home. 'Like some kind of Johnny Ball cum Witchfinder General', using his girlfriend's Barbie doll, he gently passed an electrical current through the warm salt water. It turned brown. In his words: 'before my very eyes, the world's first Detox Barbie was sat, with her feet in a pool of brown sludge, purged of a weekend's immorality.' Dr Ben Goldacre is the author of the 'Bad Science' column in the Guardian and his book is about all the 'bad science' we are constantly bombarded with in the media and in advertising. At a time when science is used to prove everything and nothing, everyone has their own 'bad science' moments -- from the useless pie-chart on the back of cereal packets to the use of the word 'visibly' in cosmetics ads.This book will help people to quantify their instincts -- that a lot of the so-called 'science' which appears in the media and in advertising is just wrong or misleading. Satirical and amusing -- and unafraid to expose the ridiculous -- it provides the reader with the facts they need to differentiate the good from the bad. Full of spleen, this is a hilarious, invigorating and informative journey through the world of 'bad science'.
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    13 Things That Don't Make Sense (Paperback)

    Michael Brooks

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    Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense. Even today there are experimental results that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. In the past, similar anomalies have revolutionised our world: in the sixteenth century, a set of celestial irregularities led Copernicus to realise that the Earth goes around the sun and not the reverse. In "13 Things That Don't Make Sense" Michael Brooks meets thirteen modern-day anomalies that may become tomorrow's breakthroughs. Is ninety six percent of the universe missing? If no study has ever been able to definitively show that the placebo effect works, why has it become a pillar of medical science? Was the 1977 signal from outer space a transmission from an alien civilization? Spanning fields from chemistry to cosmology, psychology to physics, Michael Brooks thrillingly captures the excitement and controversy of the scientific unknown.
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    Why Balloons Rise and Apples Fall (Hardback)

    Jeff Stewart

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    We all know the world works in mysterious ways! But have you ever itched to know why? Why don't heavier things fall faster? Why do we have more energy when we're sitting upstairs? Is time travel really possible? And what happened to Schrodinger's poor cat? "Why Balloons Rise and Apples Fall" is an accessible look at the fascinating, awe-inspiring and sometimes downright weird world of physics. It covers all the basics we learnt at school from: what is physics; motion and forces; work and energy; matter and heat; and, electricity and magnetism. It even covers the more thought-provoking and complex questions of relativity, quantum physics and astrophysics, as well as all the exciting philosophical questions that arise out of these subjects.
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    We Need to Talk About Kelvin (Paperback)

    Marcus Chown

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    Look around you. The reflection of your face in a window tells you that the universe is orchestrated by chance. The iron in a spot of blood on your finger tells you that somewhere out in space there is furnace at a temperature of 4.5 billion degrees. Your TV tells you that the universe had a beginning. In fact, your very existence tells you that this may not be the only universe but merely one among an infinity of others, stacked like the pages of a never-ending book. Marcus Chown, author of "Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You", takes familiar features of the world we know and shows how they can be used to explain profound truths about the ultimate nature of reality. His new book will change the way you see the world: with Chown as your guide, cutting-edge science is made clear and meaningful by a falling leaf, or a rose, or a starry night sky.

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