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Our mathematics and science books will help you understand these notoriously tricky subjects. These science books will help sate your curiosities about amazing discoveries, locations and theories, while our maths books help you understand different kinds of statistics and algorithms.

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Mathematics & Science Books

Our mathematics and science books will help you understand these notoriously tricky subjects. These science books will help sate your curiosities about amazing discoveries, locations and theories, while our maths books help you understand different kinds of statistics and algorithms.

  • PLNT

    The Planets (Hardback)

    Brian Cox

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    Professor Brian Cox invites you on a journey through space in Planets, a richly detailed and informative book that pieces together all the latest research to tell the story of our solar system.

    Brian reveals how all eight major planets have been born from violence and how they grew up together to become living, breathing worlds - and how they're set to fade away as they age.

    He also talks about moons, asteroids, comets and a mysterious as-yet-unseen world located beyond the Kuiper belt. With its startling new discoveries inspired by space probe research, this is a super book for stargazers and people with an interest in space and the universe.
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  • MTTM

    Missions to the Moon (Hardback)

    Rod Pyle

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    In 2019, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. This book is packed with personal insights and accounts that reveal how this momentous moment in history came about.

    With a foreword by former NASA flight director Gene Kranz, this book covers the space race in detail, focusing on Yuri Gagarin's first space flight and the successes and failures of the Apollo mission before then moving on to the history of space travel since.

    As well as observations from those who helped get man on the moon, it contains photographs and memorabilia such as Apollo 11 Mission Reports and Flight Director's Logs and groundbreaking AR technology means you can feel fully immersed in the story of mankind's ongoing journey into the final frontier.
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  • EFSP

    Earth From Space (Hardback)

    Michael Bright

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    In the year that marks 50 years since mankind first set foot on the moon, this book contains over 200 spectacular images of our planet from the depths of space.

    The astonishing satellite images and stills from the BBC's Natural History Unit's footage show the Earth's surface, its mega structures, weather patterns and natural wonders in awe-inspiring detail. You will be astounded by the colours, patterns, mass migrations and seismic changes that shape our world.

    From herds of elephants crossing the plains of Africa to turtles travelling on ocean currents, some of these fabulous scenes of nature can only be seen from space! You'll also be able to see the Earth's true colours - from the green plankton super bloom that attracts a marine feeding frenzy to the striped tulip fields of the Netherlands.

    Other breathtaking images include the world's largest beaver dam (so remote it was discovered through satellite imagery) and newly formed islands borne from volcanic eruptions. Accompanying the BBC series, this is a coffee table book to cherish and pore over.
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  • WHYB

    Why Do Buses Always Come in Threes? (Paperback)

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    Why does your toast always land butter-side down? How do you measure the speed of a tennis serve? And just how do you win big on the lottery?

    This book looks at the fascinating maths behind 60 different questions that cover a vast range of topics. It uses practical knowledge of numbers to answer all sorts of questions that will quench your curiosity.

    Other topics covered with application include the weather, the internet, DNA testing and romance. People who love to wow friends with facts and their intelligence will find so much joy in this jaw-dropping book.
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  • HTEC

    How Technology Works (Hardback)

    DK

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    This graphic guide from DK shows you exactly how various everyday inventions, gadgets and devices actually work.

    Using eye-catching visuals, it demystifies the machinery that keeps the modern world going - from zip fasteners to driverless cars and gives special attention to those inventions that changed the course of history.

    All of the step-by-step explanations of vehicles are supported by simple and original graphics that take devices apart and show their mechanisms in great detail.
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  • SLOG

    The Secret Life of Genes (Paperback)

    Derek Harvey

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    The Secret Life of Genes examines the past, present and future of the human genome with clarity and colourful, graphic illustrations.

    From the basics to the most complex theories, this endlessly interesting book explains how genes define us as humans and how they govern our behaviour.

    It provides a fascinating insight into the inner working of the human body and answers all of the most common questions regarding inheritance, evolution and reproduction. It even explains how DNA is read!
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  • SLOB

    The Secret Life of the Brain (Paperback)

    Alfred David

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    The Secret Life of the Brain explores the advances and discoveries that have been made in the study of neuroscience (a relatively new field in the history of anatomy).

    From the intricacies of memory and intelligence to the reasons we dream and why we find certain things funny, this concise book is full of illuminating illustrations and diagrams that try to make sense of our brain and why it is so powerful.

    This crossover book examines how drugs affect thinking; why we get addicted to certain things; how the brain deals with trauma and pain; and the effects of love, age and sex on our brains.
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  • SCVG

    Science: The Definitive Visual Guide (Hardback)

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    From the experts at DK, this huge hardback book follows the story of scientific progress right from the invention of the wheel to the climate solutions of the 21st century.

    Capturing all the key scientific discoveries, it provides accessible yet detailed evaluations of the concepts, the inventions and the figures who have had such a powerful and important impact on our world.

    Fully illustrated and very accessible, this book makes science accessible and celebrates many of the world's biggest breakthroughs.
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  • BLUP

    Blue Planet II (Hardback)

    James Honeyborne

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    Head beneath the waves and discover all about life under the sea with this hardback Blue Planet II book, a companion to the BBC's sequel to 2001's incredible nature series.

    The ocean is full of mysteries and this book explains how its life has changed dramatically over the past decade, with new species, behaviours and habitats being discovered all the time. This book is full of breathtaking photographs and stills from the show and brings to life the different parts of the ocean.

    From voyages of migration that show how the oceans are connected to the coral reeds and arctic ice communities that thrive and the shorelines that throw up challenges for their residents, this is a beautiful book for any nature lover. It also has a final chapter dedicated to the science and technology that was used in the making of the show.
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  • LBBI

    The Little Book of Big Ideas (Hardback)

    Daniel Smith

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    Daniel Smith's The Little Book of Big Ideas provides accessible overviews of important human ideas including religion, science, philosophy, economics and art.

    From geometry and genetics to anarchism, art and architecture, this is a concise account of the most important principles of Western thought.

    This book explains where these ideologies have sprung from and how they have impacted civilisation in so many different ways.
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  • HYST

    Help Your Kids With SATS (Paperback)

    Carol Vorderman

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    This DK book will help you help your children as they study for their SATS tests. It's packed with practical advice for coping with the pressure of exams.

    It has tips for giving reassuring support and has an appealing visual guide to help you handle children's anxieties and recognise their learning style, including what methods work best for them.

    Other chapters explain what test papers actually involve and there are also reference and practical activities to help children prepare for each one.

    Supporting the National Curriculum in reading, spelling, grammar, punctuation and maths, this is an essential guide for parents who want to help their children succeed at this very important time.
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  • STRR

    Star to Star (Paperback)

    Gareth Moore, B.Sc, M.Phil, Ph

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    This dot-to-dot book is perfect for puzzle-loving stargazers. It has 29 intricate dot-to-dot projects that each showcase a beautiful artistic interpretation of a constellation.

    Sure to engage both puzzlers and night sky enthusiasts, the designs include the 12 zodiac signs and an enchanting selection of Ancient Greek constellations. It also provides the stories behind each one so will help you build your knowledge of the night sky.

    Each design is even accompanied by an overview of the astronomical arrangement's history and myths associated with it. This is a sensational book for helping you to plot your own night sky.
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  • HTBH

    New Scientist- How to be Human (Hardback)

    New Scientist

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    This fascinating book from New Scientist provides a number of answers to one of the questions that everyone ponders from time to time - what is that makes us human? Is it our sense of morality or imagination? Or the fact that we talk? How about the facts we cook and wear shoes? Or perhaps we're all not quite as human as we think...

    From evolution to email, this book offers a tour around the human body and brain. It reveals how languages change the way our brains are wired; the evolutionary theory that tells us about the people we're attracted to; and why gossiping is the human equivalent of a gorilla picking fleas off its mate.

    Providing answers to all the tricky questions about life and death, this is a book for anyone who wonders what it means to be human.
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  • SFGK

    64 Geeks (Hardback)

    Chas Newkey-Burden (Author)

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    Read all about the people who pushed the boundaries of technology to change the world in this celebration of 64 geeks.

    From the genius of Galileo to Ada Lovelace's computer programming, each informative profile is accompanied by illustrations inspired by 8-bit computer games. As well as the likes of Aristotle, Steve Jobs and Katherine Johnson, this book also focuses on history's hidden heroes who have had a lasting impact on the advance of technology and big names like Arsene Wenger and Rivers Cuomo who have left their legacy on sport and music.

    There are also a number of jaw-dropping facts to pore over... Did you know that we might not have Wi-Fi if it wasn't for the ingenuity of an actress once described as 'the most beautiful woman in the world'? Or that we may have had mobile messaging as early as 1901 if it were not for the fickleness of a banker..?
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    How to Read the Weather (Paperback)

    Storm Dunlop

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    We all know Brits love to talk about the weather but did you know that you can actually tell what's going to happen next by studying the behaviour of nature?

    Storm Dunlop's How to Read the Weather is a pocket-sized guide to looking up and seeing what will happen next. It explains what those funny-shaped clouds indicate and whether red sky at night really will delight.

    He also looks over the history of weather and discusses some of the strangest events in our history. Perfect for armchair meteorologists and those who love the great outdoors, this book covers everything from barometers to blizzards and cloud bursts to cross winds.
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  • CIPH

    De/Cipher (Hardback)

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    Mark Frary reveals the secret history of codes in this timely and captivating reference book.

    From ancient transposition ciphers to steganography and computerised methods designed by codebreakers including Alan Turing, this book provides a detailed overview of 45 of the world's most important codes and ciphers.

    This endlessly interesting book will appeal to anyone who loves science, puzzles, numbers and linguistics. It describes each discovery and development's role within general history, political intrigue and warfare.
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    HWUC

    How to Build a Universe (Hardback)

    Brian Cox

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    Inspired by their hit Radio 4 series The Infinite Monkey Cage, Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince's How to Build a Universe provides readers with an eye-opening journey through the grand and bizarre ideas that have been conjured up by the imaginations of humans.

    From dark matter to consciousness, the very brainy duo take the musings of the great and the good of British science and look into how these theories and ideas have come about. This book provides an insight into the multi-faceted subjects involved in building a universe, and it's all backed up by quotes from leading scientists and comedians including Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Fry.

    Sometimes silly, sometimes mind-blowing and occasionally facetious, this is the perfect book for fans of the irreverent show and anyone who wants to have their minds blown by the wonders of science.
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  • BXKYN

    Erebus: The Story of a Ship (Paperback)

    Michael Palin

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER In the early years of Queen Victoria's reign, HMS Erebus undertook two of the most ambitious naval expeditions of all time. On the first, she ventured further south than any human had ever been. On the second, she vanished with her 129-strong crew in the wastes of the Canadian Arctic. Her fate remained a mystery for over 160 years. Then, in 2014, she was found. This is her story. _______________ BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK `Beyond terrific . . . I didn't want it to end.' Bill Bryson `Illuminated by flashes of gentle wit . . . It's a fascinating story that [Palin] brings full-bloodedly to life.' Guardian `This is an incredible book . . . The Erebus story is the Arctic epic we've all been waiting for.' Nicholas Crane `Thoroughly absorbs the reader. . . Carefully researched and well-crafted, it brings the story of a ship vividly to life.' Sunday Times `A great story . . . Told in a very relaxed and sometimes - as you might expect - very funny Palin style.' David Baddiel, Daily Mail `Magisterial . . . Brings energy, wit and humanity to a story that has never ceased to tantalise people since the 1840s.' The Times
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  • BYICR

    Shoot for the Moon (Paperback)

    Richard Wiseman

    'Fascinating new book examines the history of Nasa's Apollo space missions' Daily Mail _______ Eight key lessons to revolutionise your life with the mindset that got man to the moon. 20th July 1969: Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to walk on the Moon. We all recognize this to be one of mankind's greatest achievements. Yet what did it take to make John F. Kennedy's dream a reality? In this remarkable book, Professor Richard Wiseman presents a pioneering study of the mindset that took humanity to the Moon, and shows how you can harness and use it to achieve the extraordinary in your everyday life. Combining personal interviews, mission archives and cutting-edge psychology, Wiseman embarks on the ultimate voyage through inner space. Along the way he identifies eight key principles that make up the Apollo Mindset, including how pessimism is crucial to success, and how fear and tragedy can be transformed into hope and optimism. You will discover a series of practical techniques that you can use to incorporate these winning principles into both your professional and personal life. Whether you want to start a business venture, change careers, find your perfect partner, raise a loving family, get promoted, gain a new qualification, escape the rat race, or pursue a lifelong passion, these techniques will help you to reach your own Moon.
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  • ANDDK

    Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind (Paperback)

    Yuval Noah Harari

    Yuval Noah Harari's A Brief History of Mankind will take you all the way through human history and explain how we came to live in the world we do today. From being insignificant apes to the discovery of fire, the beginnings of farming and how money and science make the world go round, it's a truly extraordinary tale and all told in witty and accessible prose.

    This incredible non-fiction book has sold over a million copies and can count individuals as diverse as Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Jarvis Cocker among its fans. It's a book you'll definitely remember reading for the first time.
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  • AKUSO

    Mental Arithmetic Book 4 (Paperback)

    TR Goddard

    Mental Arithmetic is a highly differentiated, progressive series of books, proven to raise children's attainment (alone or in conjunction with the I Can Do Teacher's Guide which explains how to use the books as a scheme of work in schools). The series is based on ability (rather than age cohorts) so that books can be matched to the needs of every child (including supporting transition from KS1 to KS2 and KS2 to KS3). The books are also assessment-linked so that children can record their own progress and see their achievement build over time. Each book uses the same method of practising the 4 basic number operations (to keep skills sharp) and challenging children to do more complex one- and two-step problems involving logical thinking and application of knowledge previously introduced. Book 4 includes: 5- and 6-digit numbers, multiples and factors, square numbers and percentages.
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    Apollo 11 (Hardback)

    Passingham, Ian

    Half a century has passed since arguably the greatest feat of the twentieth century: when Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon. Apollo 11: The Moon Landing In Real Time brings the mission back to life as never before in a thrilling day-by-day account, exploring everything from the historic flight itself to how the $24billion space programme divided a nation. Journey back in time and feel the excitement build in the days before launch and then experience the tension of the dramatic lunar landing and the relief of the crew's safe return to Earth. This engaging account mixes easily understandable explanations of the ground-breaking technology behind Apollo 11 with entertainment, excitement and humour in equal measure. Set against a backdrop of the Cold War, race riots and Vietnam, the mission polarised opinion worldwide. Alongside these issues, read long-forgotten tales including how a Chilean lawyer claimed he was the legal owner of the Moon, thousands of people signed up for proposed commercial Moon flights, Hilton revealed plans for a lunar hotel, flat Earth' believers claimed the mission was a hoax and some scientists feared the astronauts would bring back deadly germs from space which would devastate mankind.
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  • BQKWW

    Knowledge Encyclopedia Science (Hardback)

    DK

    An extraordinary encyclopedia with a ground-breaking visual approach to science, using awesome illustrations to show biology, chemistry, and physics in the world around us. Incredible computer-generated images pack the pages to reveal and explain science as never before, looking inside a cell, for example, pulling apart a Formula 1 racing car, and examining the forces that hold the Universe together. Knowledge Encyclopedia: Science! covers all the key core science subjects, but with an inventive visual approach to draw in curious young minds. All the essential information is there in easy-to-read text, together with additional fun facts, and brought to life with amazing 3D illustrations that look inside the anatomy of a blue whale, zoom into a molecule of water, and out of the Solar System. A perfect introduction to science for children aged 10 and over, Knowledge Encyclopedia: Science! is an essential addition to every family library.
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  • BPOCN

    Winnie-the-Pooh's 50 things to do before you're 5 3/4 (Paperback)

    AA Milne

    Have you ever made mud pies? Or a secret den? Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and their friends have come up with 50 outdoor activities they think everyone should enjoy before their 6th birthday. With helpful hints and spaces for your records and photographs, this book is the perfect introduction to the wonders of the outdoors and a helpful guide for parents. It's packed with ideas to keep little ones busy at weekends and during school holidays. Activities range from spotting animal babies to making your own tree monster so that, whatever the weather, children can enjoy the magic of playing outdoors.
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If you’re looking to know the basics of statistics, all about the periodic table or the history of the universe, then you’re in the right place with our fantastic range of mathematics and science books. If you love numbers and sums, then explore our range of fascinating mathematics books, and if you want to know more about the world around us and how everything works then check out one of our best selling science books.

Mind-bending maths books

If you’re searching for a book to expand your knowledge or to introduce you to the basics, there is something for everyone in our range of maths books. If you’re looking to teach yourself about probability or help your kids understand their times tables, we have the perfect book for you amongst our best selling mathematics books.

Evolution, astronomy and everything in-between

Whether you prefer biology, chemistry or physics, we have a science book to educate you. Whether you want to know about the stars in the night sky or the bones in your body, you’ll find something for you in our range.

For students, experts and complete science newbies

We have books to help students of all ages learn about the wonders of science and mathematics. Whatever your current level of understanding about these fascinating fields, there is always something new to learn with our maths and science books.