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Popular Science

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 and what we are doing to ensure our existence continues....
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

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 for her behaviour later in life? Walter Mischel's now iconic...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

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, from a single egg into a complex body, and how...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

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 that our personalities, abilities and health are down to a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2015
     

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 case may be? Where do mountains come from? How do...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

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, in the top ten most wanted, the Rio Pescado Stubfoot...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

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 'subdued 75 per cent of the land surface, concocted a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

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. Since boyhood, acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has returned...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

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 and how, over a decade, he has created a place...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

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 more like a woman? Controversy rages around sex and gender,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/09/2014
     


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 Lagoon How Aristotle Invented Science
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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
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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
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The Compatibility Gene
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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How Many Socks Make a Pair? Surprisingly Interesting Everyday Maths
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Surprising, amusing and even amazing maths from Rob Eastaway who reveals that mathematical precision can be found in the most mundane of places, including your sock drawer. Start here for...
 
 
 


At the Edge of Uncertainty 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise
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Through eleven radical new insights, Brooks takes us to the extreme frontiers of what we understand about the world. He journeys from the observations that might rewrite our history of...
 
 
 


Adventures in the Anthropocene A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made
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We live in epoch-making times. Literally. The changes we humans have made in recent decades have altered our world beyond anything it has experienced in its 4.5 billion-year history -...
 
 
 


A Message from Martha The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon and its Relevance Today
Mark Avery
September 1st, 2014 marked the centenary of one of the best-documented extinctions in history - the demise of the Passenger Pigeon. From being the commonest bird on the planet 50...
 
 
 


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