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Popular Science

Popular Science

Stuff Matters The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World
Mark A. Miodownik
Winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014. Everything is made of something...From the everyday objects in our homes to the most extraordinary new materials that will shape our future, Stuff Matters reveals the inner workings of the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
     

The Cancer Chronicles Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery
George Johnson
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014. When the woman he loved was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, science-writer George Johnson embarked on a journey to learn everything he could about the disease and the people who...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

The Perfect Theory A Century of Geniuses and the Battle Over General Relativity
Professor Pedro G. Ferreira
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014. Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement in modern physics. Anything that involves gravity, the force that powers everything on the largest, hottest or...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/02/2014
     

Seven Elements That Have Changed the World Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon
John Browne
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014. Humans have put the Earth's resources to extraordinary use, but not always for the benefit of humankind. SEVEN ELEMENTS vividly describes how iron, carbon, gold, silver, uranium, titanium and silicon...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2014
     

Serving the Reich The Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler
Philip Ball
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014. Serving the Reich tells the story of physics under Hitler. While some scientists tried to create an Aryan physics that excluded any 'Jewish ideas', many others made compromises and concessions...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Gulp Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
Mary Roach
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014. Mary Roach can never resist going just that bit further, searching out the most arcane information on her chosen subject and in Gulp, a story of the physicality of eating,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
     

The Naked Scientist: Everyday Life Under the Microscope
Chris Smith
Why use expensive beauty products when you can moisturise with jellyfish? Have you ever suspected pollution was to blame for your children's plummeting IQ? Ready to take a sea change ...on Mars? And how about chopping an onion that doesn't...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Human Universe
Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen
The nation's favourite scientist looks at the origins of life in our Universe. For somehow the laws of nature conspired to create a naked ape that can look up at the stars and wonder where it came from. For as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Question Everything 132 Science Questions - and Their Unexpected Answers
New Scientist
The latest in the bestselling New Scientist Last Word series All science begins with questions...- Why is the night sky black, even though it's full of stars? - How do pebbles skim on water? - Why doesn't your own snoring...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

P53 The Gene That Cracked the Cancer Code
Sue Armstrong
All of us have lurking in our DNA a most remarkable gene. Its job is straightforward - to protect us from cancer. This gene - known simply as p53 - constantly scans our cells to ensure that they grow and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

The Milk Mutation The Hidden Danger in Our Dairy
Damien McCrystal
The vast bulk of the Western world's milk (A1 milk) comes from cows descended from a genetically mutated 'founder'. The mutation meant that the dominant protein in their milk changed. An alternative protein, A2, predates the A1 protein. Human breast...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/11/2014
     

The Shape of Shit to Come
Alan McArthur, Steve Lowe
What happened to the future we were promised – for good or ill - the personal jet packs and holidays on the moon? For the real future the authors have been scouring the science press, watching what the geeks are...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     


Do you feel like asking your brain cells to work a little harder whilst at the same time learn something new and all from the comfort of the armchair?


All the books in this Popular Science category are titles designed to be read by the lay reader rather than the scientist. 

 

The list is wide-ranging and the titles all highly accessible in their writing style. 

 

Quite simply, they are an ideal starting point into the realms of science for an enquiring mind.  Enjoy.


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Zoom! How Everything Moves, from Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees
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A Buzz in the Meadow
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The Marshmallow Test Understanding Self-control and How to Master it
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Family Politics
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