Science Topic Books
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...
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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.
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.
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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.
Learn all about the stars in our sky with this fantastic, introductory book from DK. It will show you all the basics of stargazing and help you on your way to becoming an accomplished amateur astronomer.
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Full of practical advice, it shows you how to make observations with the naked eye before then explaining how you can make the most of binoculars and telescopes. It even reveals the best ways of taking jaw-dropping photographs of the night sky.
This book also includes a year-by-year calendar of night-sky events, alongside a detailed atlas that shows what happens on a month-by-month basis and clear star charts to help you identify the major constellations.
Anyone who wants to start stargazing will enjoy this compact guide to our solar system.
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From the planets to all 88 constellations that brighten up the night sky, it is expertly written and packed full of stunning images that reveal the intricate details and unique characteristics of every element.
It also contains information on the tools and techniques you'll need to observe the night skies.
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.
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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.
Fully revised and updated, the seventh edition of this popular dictionary is the ideal reference resource for students of chemistry, either at school or at university. With over 5000 entries-over 175 new to this edition-it covers all aspects of chemistry, from physical chemistry to biochemistry. The seventh edition boasts broader coverage in areas such as nuclear magnetic resonance, polymer chemistry, nanotechnology and graphene, and absolute configuration, increasing the dictionary's appeal to students in these fields. New diagrams have been added and existing diagrams updated to illustrate topics that would benefit from a visual aid. There are also biographical entries on key figures, featured entries on major topics such as polymers and crystal defects, and a chronology charting the main discoveries in atomic theory, biochemistry, explosives, and plastics.
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From atoms and fluorescent pigments to sulfa drug synthesis and buckyballs, this lush and authoritative chronology presents 250 milestones in the world of chemistry. As the "central science" that bridges biology and physics, chemistry plays an important role in countless medical and technological advances. Covering entertaining stories and unexpected applications, chemist and journalist Derek B. Lowe traces the most important - and surprising - chemical discoveries.
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Chemistry is at the cutting ege of our lives. How does a silicon chip work? How can we harness natural products to combat human disease? And is it possible to create artificial muscles? Providing answers to these questions and many more, 50 Chemistry Ideas You Really Need to Know is an engaging guide to the world of chemistry. From the molecules that kick-started life itself to nanotechnology, chemistry offers some fascinating insights into our origins, as well as continuing to revolutionize life as we know it. In 50 short instalments, this accessible book discusses everything from the arguments of the key thinkers to the latest research methods, using timelines to place each theory in context - telling you all you need to know about the most important ideas in chemistry, past and present. Contents include: Thermodynamics, Catalysts, Fermentation, Green Chemistry, Separation, Chrystallography, Microfabrication, Computational Chemistry, Chemistry Occurring in Nature, Manmade Solutions: Beer, Plastic, Artificial Muscles and Hydrogen Future.
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From a single cell - a fertilized egg - comes an elephant, a fly, or a human. How does this astonishing feat happen? How does the egg 'know' what to become? How does it divide into the different cells, the separate tissues, the brain, the fingernail - every tiniest detail of the growing foetus? These are the questions that the field of developmental biology seeks to answer. It is an area that is closely linked to genetics, evolution, and molecular biology. The processes are deeply rooted in evolutionary history; the information is held in genes whose vital timings in switching on and off is orchestrated by a host of proteins expressed by other genes. Timing is of the essence. Here, the distinguished developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert gives a concise account of what we now know about development, discussing the first vital steps of growth, the patterning created by Hox genes and the development of form, embryonic stem cells, the timing of gene expression and its management, chemical signalling, and growth.
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As one of the most recognizable images in science, the periodic table is ingrained in our culture. First drawn up in 1869 by Dmitri Mendeleev, its 118 elements make up not only everything on our planet but also everything in the entire universe. The Periodic Table looks at the fascinating story and surprising uses of each of those elements, whether solid, liquid or gas. From the little-known uses of gold in medicine to the development of the hydrogen bomb, each entry is accompanied by technical data (category, atomic number, weight, boiling point) presented in easy-to-read headers, and a colour-coding system that helps the reader to navigate through the different groups of elements. A remarkable display of thought-provoking science and beautiful photography, this guide will allow the reader to discover the world afresh.
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Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium (Cd, 48)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why did tellurium (Te, 52) lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? The periodic table is one of our crowning scientific achievements, but it's also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, betrayal and obsession. The fascinating tales in "The Disappearing Spoon" follow carbon, neon, silicon, gold and every single element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them. Why did a little lithium (Li, 3) help cure poet Robert Lowell of his madness? And how did gallium (Ga, 31) become the go-to element for laboratory pranksters? "The Disappearing Spoon" has the answers, fusing science with the classic lore of invention, investigation, discovery and alchemy, from the big bang through to the end of time.
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Through the vivid, true stories of five addicts, a neuroscientist explains how addiction happens in the brain, and what we can do to overcome it. The psychiatric establishment and rehab industry in the Western world have branded addiction a brain disease, based on evidence that brains change with drug use. But in The Biology of Desire, cognitive neuroscientist and former addict Marc Lewis makes a convincing case that the disease model has become an obstacle to healing. Lewis reveals addiction as an unintended consequence of the brain doing what it's supposed to do - seek pleasure and relief - in a world that's not cooperating. Brains are designed to restructure themselves with normal learning and development, but this process is accelerated in addiction when highly attractive rewards are pursued repeatedly. Lewis shows why treatment based on the disease model so often fails, and how treatment can be retooled to achieve lasting recovery, given the realities of brain plasticity. Combining intimate human stories with clearly rendered scientific explanation, The Biology of Desire is enlightening and optimistic reading for anyone who has wrestled with addiction either personally or professionally.
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An explosive look at chemistry with Robert Winston, All about Chemistry answers all those intriguing questions your kids ask...Why are helium balloons lighter than air? What are the secrets of the Philosopher's Stone? All About Chemistry takes an amazing look at the what, why and how of science. From the geeky Greeks to explosive elements kids can enter a world of discovery as they find out the extraordinary way our world works. It's chemistry, but not as you know it.
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This Very Short Introduction traces the history and cultural impact of the elements on humankind, and examines why people have long sought to identify the substances around them. Looking beyond the Periodic Table, the author examines our relationship with matter, from the uncomplicated vision of the Greek philosophers, who believed there were four elements - earth, air, fire, and water - to the work of modern-day scientists in creating elements such as hassium and meitnerium. Packed with anecdotes, The Elements is a highly engaging and entertaining exploration of the fundamental question: what is the world made from?
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Grasp biochemistry basics, apply the science, and ace your exams Are you baffled by biochemistry? If so here's the good news you don't have to stay that way! Biochemistry For Dummies shows you how to get a handle on biochemistry, apply the science, raise your grades, and prepare yourself to ace any standardized test. This friendly, unintimidating guide presents an overview of the material covered in a typical college-level biochemistry course and makes the subject easy to understand and accessible to everyone. From cell ultrastructure and carbohydrates to amino acids, proteins, and supramolecular structure, you'll identify biochemical structures and reactions, and send your grades soaring. * Newest biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and scientific discoveries* Updated examples and explanations* Incorporates the most current teaching techniques From water biochemistry to protein synthesis, Biochemistry For Dummies gives you the vital information, clear explanations, and important insights you need to increase your understanding and improve your performance on any biochemistry test.
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When Quantum Physics expert Dr Chad Orzel went to adopt a dog he never imagined he would end up with one as inquisitive as Emmy. Could she use quantum tunnelling to get through the neighbour's fence and chase bunnies? What about quantum teleportation to catch squirrels before they climb out of reach? In this witty and informative book, Orzel and Emmy - the talking dog - discuss the key theories of Quantum Physics and its fascinating history. From quarks and gluons to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, this is the perfect introduction to the fundamental laws which govern the universe.
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Filled with intriguing true stories, and packed with black-and-white illustrations and photographs, The Forensic Casebook draws on interviews with police personnel and forensic scientists - including animal examiners, botanists, zoologists, firearms specialists, and autopsists - to uncover the vast and detailed under workings of criminal investigation. Encyclopaedic in scope, this riveting, authoritative book leaves no aspect of forensic science untouched, covering such fascinating topics as securing a crime scene, identifying blood splatter patterns, collecting fingerprints, and feet, lip and ear prints and career paths in criminal science. Lucidly written and spiked with real crime stories, The Forensic Casebook exposes the nitty-gritty that other books only touch upon.
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Why do birds have regional accents? Can horses learn maths? What do animals without eyes see? Questions such as these have fascinated scientists and animal lovers alike long before ethology - the study of animal behavior - became recognised as a science in the 1970s. Now, as issues of conservation and welfare dominate the field, an understanding of how and why animals act the way they do has become even more critical. Drawing together evolutionary theory, ecology, population biology, genetics, physiology, and anatomy to demonstrate the diversity involved when studying animals, Byers explains the mechanisms and motivations behind a range of animal movements. Readers are equipped with the core knowledge and skills to further their own studies and better understand the natural world that surrounds us.
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Welcome to the future, where you'll be able to take an elevator hundreds of miles into space, the internet will be in your contact lens, nanobots will scan your DNA for signs of disease and you'll be able to control computers with your brain - and even rearrange the physical world itself. It may sound like science fiction but, as physics guru Michio Kaku shows, this is the shape of things to come. Based on interviews with over three hundred of the world's top scientists who are already inventing this future in their labs, "Physics of the Future" is a time-travelling tour through the revolutionary advances in medicine, computers, quantum physics and space travel that will forever change our way of life - and alter the course of civilization itself.
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The processes in a single living cell are akin to that of a city teeming with molecular inhabitants that move, communicate, cooperate, and compete. In this Very Short Introduction, Philip Ball explores the role of the molecule in and around us - how, for example, a single fertilized egg can grow into a multi-celled Mozart, what makes spider's silk insoluble in the morning dew, and how this molecular dynamism is being captured in the laboratory, promising to reinvent chemistry as the central creative science of the century.
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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?
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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.
Take a jaw-dropping interactive top-to-toe tour of your body with this compact guide. It features amazing 3D images that reveal all your major systems in molecular detail. It helps you: discover how the nervous system works, the intricate construction of skeleton and muscles, and how your body protects itself when you are under threat; put yourself under the microscope and learn about the bodies processes, from a nerve impulse to blood surging through an artery; and, journey inside and examine what can go wrong with the human machine - explore the causes and symptoms for diseases and ailments. It offers an unmissable in-your-body adventure, perfect for students, families and health professionals.
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Here, Eric Scerri looks at the trends in properties of elements that led to the construction of the periodic table, and how the deeper meaning of its structure gradually became apparent with the development of atomic theory and quantum mechanics, so that, as Scerri puts it, one science, physics, arguably came to colonize another, chemistry, although such a view is resisted by chemists. Scerri shows that quantum mechanics is absolutely central to chemistry, as it underlies the behaviour of all of the elements and their compounds, and therefore underpins the structure of the periodic table. Concluding with an overview of the huge variety of periodic tables that have been proposed in the print media and on the Internet, he explores the debated question of whether there is an optimal periodic table and what form it might take.
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From the bestselling authors of "Why does E=mc2?" comes "The Quantum Universe", in which Brian Cox, presenter of the BBC's "Wonders of the Solar System" and "Wonders of the Universe", and Jeff Forshaw go on a brilliantly ambitious mission to show that everyone can understand the deepest questions of science. This Top Ten bestseller now contains an updated chapter on the remarkable progress in the search for the Higgs boson particle. But just what is quantum physics? How does it help us understand our amazing world? Where does it leave Newton and Einstein? And why, above all, can we be sure that the theory is good? Here, Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw give us the real science behind the bizarre behaviour of the atoms and energy that make up the universe, and reveal exactly how everything that can happen, does happen.
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