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Books of the Month


Forensics The Anatomy of Crime
Val McDermid
October 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Forensics is the ultimate detective work and has a surprisingly long history with a Chinese textbook detailing forensic cases from as far back as the Thirteenth...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

Other Featured Books this Month


Drunk Tank Pink The Subconscious Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave
Adam Alter
Adam Alter takes his readers on a tour of the subconscious brain showing how we react to signals and stimuli such as colour without our being aware of what we are doing. Psychologists have found the colour referred to in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
Simon Singh
You may have watched hundreds of episodes of The Simpsons (and its sister show Futurama) without ever realising that they contain enough maths to form an entire university course. In The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, Simon Singh explains how...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

The Perfect Theory A Century of Geniuses and the Battle Over General Relativity
Professor Pedro G. Ferreira
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 densest of scales, can be explained by it. From the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/02/2014
     

Seven Elements That Have Changed the World Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon
John Browne
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 have shaped the world around us - for good and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2014
     

Serving the Reich The Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler
Philip Ball
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 as they continued to work under the Nazi regime. Among...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Zoom! How Everything Moves, from Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees
Bob Berman
Sitting still in a quiet room, you might just be able to convince yourself that nothing is moving. But air currents swirl about you. Blood rushes through your veins. The atoms in your chair jiggle furiously. And the planet you...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

You Are Here Around the World in 92 Minutes
Chris Hadfield
In You Are Here, bestselling author and celebrated astronaut Chris Hadfield creates a virtual orbit of Earth, giving us the really big picture: this is our home, from space. The millions of us who followed Hadfield's news-making Twitter feed from...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/10/2014
     

The Magic and Mystery of Birds The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human
Noah Strycker
Noah Strycker gives Birds the great attention they deserve; their variety, skill and emotion, a study of birds where we can also learn much about the human condition. One of Noah Strycker’s contentions is that birds are loaded with personality...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2014
     

The Cancer Chronicles Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery
George Johnson
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 dedicate their lives to understanding and combating it. What he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     


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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The Month Before's Featured Books 


Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man
Lewis Wolpert
Why are there two sexes? How different are they and why? Why can't a woman be more like a man? Or should the question be: why can't a man be...
 
 
 


The Third Chimpanzee On the Evolution and Future of the Human Animal - for Young People
Jared Diamond
Simply and clearly told but not in the slightest simplistic, this intriguing book looks at the third chimpanzee (us…humans) and makes you really think about how we came to exist...
 
 
 


A Buzz in the Meadow
Dave Goulson
In A Buzz in the Meadow Goulson tells the story of how he bought a derelict farm in the heart of rural France, together with 33 acres of surrounding meadow...
 
 
 


The Homing Instinct The Story and Science of Migration
Bernd Heinrich
The story and science of how animals find their way home. Home is the place we long for most, when we feel we have travelled too far, for too long....
 
 
 


The Human Age
Diane Ackerman
In The Human Age award-winning nature writer Diane Ackerman confronts the fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have...
 
 
 


In Search of Lost Frogs
Robin Moore
On August 9, 2010, 33 teams from 21 countries were dispatched to search for the Lost Frogs identified by Conservation International. On their list were a host of species including,...
 
 
 


The Marshmallow Test Understanding Self-control and How to Master it
Walter Mischel
A child is presented with a marshmallow and given a choice: Eat this one now, or wait and enjoy two later. What will she do? And what are the implications...
 
 
 


Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Nothing less than a history of humankind from when the first species known as “humans” evolved through to the modern day. Dealing with how and why humans became the dominant...
 
 
 


What a Wonderful World Life, the Universe and Everything in a Nutshell
Marcus Chown
Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why did life invent sex? Does time really exist? How does capitalism work - or not, as the...
 
 
 


Family Politics
Oliver James
There is a prevailing myth - in both modern society and in modern science - that who we are is largely down to our genetic code. Most of us believe...
 
 
 


The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being Evolution and the Making of Us
Dr. Alice Roberts
The presenter of BBC's The Incredible Human Journey gives us a new and highly accessible look at our own bodies, allowing us to understand how we develop as an embryo,...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


The Lagoon How Aristotle Invented Science
Armand Marie Leroi
In the Eastern Aegean lies an island of forested hills and olive groves, with streams, marshes and a lagoon that nearly cuts the land in two. It was here, over...
 
 
 


The Science Book

All the big ideas in science, simply explained Part of the popular Big Ideas series, The Science Book explores the history of science, how scientists have sought to explain our...
 
 
 


Four Fields
Tim Dee
In his first book since the acclaimed The Running Sky Tim Dee tells the story of four green fields. Four fields spread around the world: their grasses, their hedges, their...
 
 
 


National Birds of the World Avian Emblems of the World
Ron Toft
Birds are one of the most popular and visible forms of all wildlife and are inextricably linked with the development of human cultures all around the world. Over the years...
 
 
 


Life at the Speed of Light From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life
J. Craig Venter
In 2010, scientists led by J. Craig Venter became the first to successfully create 'synthetic life' -- putting humankind at the threshold of the most important and exciting phase of...
 
 
 


Woman An Intimate Geography
Natalie Angier
WOMAN explores the essence of what it means to be female. In mapping the inner woman - from organs to orgasms - Natalie Angier presents an extraordinary new vision of...
 
 
 


The Compatibility Gene
Daniel M. Davis
In The Compatibility Gene, leading scientist Daniel M Davis tells the story of the crucial genes that define our relationships, our health and our individuality. We each possess a similar...
 
 
 


Psy-Q Test Your Psychological Intelligence
Ben Ambridge
Psychology is everywhere. Our emotions and desires, the decisions we make on a daily basis - absolutely every aspect of the way we think and feel has been studied by...
 
 
 


50 Maths Ideas You Really Need to Know
Tony Crilly
Who invented zero? Why 60 seconds in a minute? How big is infinity? Where do parallel lines meet? And can a butterfly's wings really cause a storm on the far...
 
 
 


50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know
Joanne Baker
We encounter physics before we've even left the house in the morning; an alarm clock tracks time, a mirror reflects light waves and our mobile phones rely on satellites held...
 
 
 


50 Psychology Ideas You Really Need to Know
Adrian Furnham
How different are men and women's brains? Does altruism really exist? Are our minds blank slates at birth? And do dreams reveal our unconscious desires? Psychology is everywhere in today's...
 
 
 


Is There Life on Mars? The 20 Big Universe Questions
Stuart Clark
Is There Life On Mars? will help you start to answer 20 of the most perplexing and fascinating questions about the universe, such as: Why do the planets stay in...
 
 
 


Invisible The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen
Philip Ball
If you could be invisible, what would you do? The chances are that it would have something to do with power, wealth or sex. Perhaps all three, given the opportunity....
 
 
 


Riveted The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe
Jim Davies
Why do some things pass under the radar of our attention, but other things capture our interest? Why do some religions catch on and others fade away? What makes a...
 
 
 


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