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Robert Winston - Author

About the Author

Robert Winston is one of the country’s best-known scientists. As Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College, University of London, and Director of NHS Research and Development and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Hammersmith Hospital, he has made advances in fertility medicine and been a leading voice in the debate on genetic engineering. His television series, including Your Life in Their Hands, Making Babies, The Human Body and Superhuman and have made him a household name across Britain. He became a life peer in 1995.

Featured books by Robert Winston

Other books by Robert Winston

Science Lab

Science Lab

Author: Robert Winston Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/02/2019

From building a bridge and crafting a catapult to making a marble run and creating a crane, Science Lab is packed with activities that young readers can do at home to explore, discover, and understand the way the world works. How are rockets fired into space? How is energy harnessed? How do buildings survive earthquakes? With fun, hands-on projects and experiments, this book reveals how science, technology, engineering, and maths are woven through the world around us. Simple steps guide readers through the stages of each project, with spotlights on the key science, technology, engineering, and maths learning involved in each project along the way. Take it further panels encourage young readers to experiment and take their projects to the next level, developing their independence, initiative, and creative thinking skills. With a focus on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and maths) across school curricula to prepare children for the modern world, Science Lab will inspire and engage inquisitive young readers. It's perfect for school projects, homework help, and firing up imaginations.

The Essential Fertility Guide

The Essential Fertility Guide

Author: Robert Winston, The Essential Parent Company Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2018

For many people conceiving a baby is easy. For others, the difficulty or inability to conceive can cause anguish and heartache due to possible fertility issues. When people learn that their fertility is challenged they have a vast array of questions. There is a lot of important information but men and women don't always know where to turn. Written by one of the founding fathers of IVF and experts in fertility Professor Robert Winston, this book offers the most up-to-date, well researched, scientifically proven and reassuring advice and guidance at this time. Divided into a number of subjects such as understanding your fertility, diet, fertility treatments and support, each chapter is structured around the most common questions asked by men and women.Amongst many others, the areas covered include how men and women's fertility can be challenged; what can be done to increase your chances of getting pregnant naturally; when you might want to consider fertility treatment; what treatments are available and how they vary; the kinds of questions you should be asking your treatment clinic; if there are risks of fertility treatment; the difficulties people go through during fertility treatment and what support is given. The Essential Fertility Guide is the first in the series of reference books published in association with The Essential Parent Company. With tips, lists of do's and don'ts and case studies, this book arms you with everything you need to know and understand about fertility and how to boost your changes of having a baby.

Science Squad

Science Squad

Author: Robert Winston Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2018

The zany characters of the Science Squad will guide kids ages 5-7 through this engaging, fact-packed book from Robert Winston all about the key STEAM subjects: science, technology, engineering, art, and maths. This bright and cheery illustrated book for kids ages 5-7 breaks down STEAM subjects, like science and technology, into fun and easily understandable chunks. Join Robert Winston and the Science Squad to unravel the mysteries of the world: find out how robots work, what a food chain is, where lightning comes from, how lungs allow you to breathe, and much more. The Science Squad characters (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Maths) guide the reader through the book and are always on hand with tips, fun facts, and simple explanations. With pages covering living things, the human body, space, physics, geography, math, engineering, and chemistry, this book is a perfect introduction for kids starting to learn about science at school, or those who are just developing an interest in how the world works.

Outdoor Maker Lab

Outdoor Maker Lab

Author: Robert Winston Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2018

This fun, fact-filled book is brimming with exciting outdoor experiments to help budding boffins explore the science in their surroundings. Using household items, construct a water rocket and blast it skywards to learn about air pressure, or blow giant, long-lasting bubbles to reveal how surface tension works. Make a wormery and observe worms tunnelling, then build a diamond kite and discover the key to aerodynamics. With stunning, brand-new photography, succinct step-by-step instructions, and rigorous attention to detail, young boffins will be excited from the get-go. With a foreword by Robert Winston, each activity has a clear How it works explanation, revealing the fascinating science behind the experiment, along with Real-world examples that show everyday scientific principles in action. Full of amazing projects to inspire young scientists and outdoor enthusiasts, Outdoor Maker Lab takes readers out of the house on a journey to better understand their world - and beyond. It is a must-have for every young scientist who is curious about their surroundings.

A Child Against All Odds

A Child Against All Odds

Author: Robert Winston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2017

Compared to the famously fecund rabbit, for whom a single act of coitus has a 90% chance of creating a litter of up to 12 rabbits, humans are very infertile animals. Here in the UK, the average chance of conception is about 18% per month. And in 98% of cases, successful conception leads only to the birth of a single infant. It is unsurprising then that huge efforts have been made to increase our fertility. In vitro fertilisation, first attempted one hundred years ago, has now become big business. Market forces, combined with the desperation of many couples to fulfil their biological imperative, have pushed doctors and scientists closer to the boundaries of what is desirable or ethical. And as we are increasingly able to access and control the embryo, the opportunities of altering human genetics to eradicate disease, but also to change human characteristics, becomes a real, and to some, frightening possibility. A Child Against All Odds is a ground-breaking book for Robert Winston as it falls squarely in his area of expertise. It combines his work at Hammersmith Hospital as one of the country's leading fertility specialists, with a hard-hitting, sometimes humorous, often controversial look at the scientific, social and ethical background of man's struggle to discover and control the secrets of reproduction. Drawing on personal and professional experience, it is the definitive account of modern reproductive technology from a practitioner who has spent his professional life at the forefront of this most fascinating and emotive area of science.

Help Your Kids with Growing Up A No-Nonsense Guide to Puberty and Adolescence

Help Your Kids with Growing Up A No-Nonsense Guide to Puberty and Adolescence

Author: Robert Winston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2017

Covering everything from the menstrual cycle to sexting and even cyber-bullying, this visual guide to puberty and adolescence is a must-read for all parents and tweens embarking on those scary teenage years. Help Your Kids with Growing Up is the only guide to cover contemporary issues such as internet safety, whilst also tackling key topics such as sexuality and body image. Expert-written content by Professor Robert Winston offers a straight-forward, unpatronizing approach to tricky topics, with special chapters on puberty by Dr Radha Modgil. Stunning graphics and illustrations make this invaluable for tweens and teens alike, whether as a quick-reference guide or cover-to-cover read. Non-judgemental and up to date, this is the essential illustrated guide to adolescence for both parents and their teens.

My Amazing Body Machine A Colourful Visual Guide to How your Body Works

My Amazing Body Machine A Colourful Visual Guide to How your Body Works

Author: Robert Winston Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2017

My Amazing Body Machine takes kids on a unique and exciting journey through all the working parts of human anatomy. From our intricately wired brain to our squeezing, squelching guts and relentlessly pumping heart, renowned scientist Robert Winston exlores each part of this living machine through incredible, original papercraft artworks by Owen Gildersleeve. With clear text and fascinating bite-size facts about the human body, My Amazing Body Machine is a body book that makes learning about biology fun. Up-close photography shows how your body works in an immediate and ingenious way. My Amazing Body Machine by Robert Winston is a fabulous, colourful book and makes understanding the most complex machine on Earth both simple and enjoyable: the human body.

Home Lab Exciting Experiments for Budding Scientists

Home Lab Exciting Experiments for Budding Scientists

Author: Robert Winston Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2016

Winner of the Royal Society's Young People's Book Prize 2017, this jam-packed collection of fun and simple science experiments for kids is perfect for the classroom or home. Stir up some sticky slime, build a Solar System with rubber bands, power a speed boat using soap, and construct an erupting volcano, all with Home Lab, which offers exciting experiments for budding scientists. Including a foreword by Professor Robert Winston, this stunning book includes 28 brilliant science projects, using clear step-by-step instructions, everyday ingredients that can be found around the house, and amazing photography to guide you from start to finish. Plus fact-filled panels explain the science behind every experiment, and real-world examples provide a context to better understand scientific principles. Perfect for budding scientists and crafters, Home Lab will keep children entertained for hours. This is the UK edition of the US title Maker Lab.

All About Evolution

All About Evolution

Author: Robert Winston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

Are you ready for an evolution revolution? Let Professor Robert Winston take you on a journey of discovery through evolutionary science and the way Charles Darwin's revolutionary theories changed the world. Explore lands of fire, meet curious creatures, and peer into the future as you follow Darwin on his epic voyage in search of the origins of species. Find out what the survival of the fittest means; and see how it applies in nature, from discovering how the elephant got its trunk to the ghost genes in your own body. See the main family trees of the living world, and join in the debate about whether humans actually evolved from apes. (Spoiler alert: we share a common ancestor.) Discover how previous thinkers believed life began and find out how theories developed after Darwin, with modern scientists revealing the secrets of genes and DNA and showing what lies in the future. All About Evolution looks at the origins of you, your friends, and every living thing on Earth!

All About Biology

All About Biology

Author: Robert Winston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

The meaning of life. The variety of life. The secret of survival. Living together. This is life as we know it - and it is what biology is all about. The ever-dynamic Professor Robert Winston takes readers of all ages on a journey through life on Earth, showing how organisms live and survive on our Goldilocks planet . All About Biology covers all the key topics including cells, the six kingdoms of life (eubacteria, archaeobacteria, protists, fungi, plants and animals), anatomy, behaviour, feeding, evolution, migration, photosynthesis, reproduction and more. Join in the discussions about whether people are the ultimate animals; which is the weirdest life form; and whether there's any alien life in the Universe. This children's book will knock spots off your school textbook by giving you the interesting information in an colourful, entertaining, and easy-to-understand way. You don't need to search the Universe for signs of life: it's all in this book!

All About Your Brain

All About Your Brain

Author: Robert Winston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/02/2016

Discover why you do what you do Join Professor Robert Winston and introduce your child to the most powerful, complicated computer network that exists - their brain. From what the different parts of the brain do and why it changes at different stages in a person's life, All About Your Brain uncovers the amazing things your brain does while you are awake and asleep. All About Your Brain packed with amazing illustrations and fascinating facts like why bird song is similar to human speech and what makes animals yawn. As well as fun brainteasers to test your child's memory, perception, reasoning and reactions.

All About Chemistry

All About Chemistry

Author: Robert Winston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2015

Want to learn all about chemistry with one of the world's most famous science professors? It's elementary, my dear Winston! In All About Chemistry, Robert Winston guides children of all ages through the explosive world of atoms, elements and the periodic table. Learn what the ancients thought about elements (earth, air, fire and water) and discover what the philosopher's stone was really about, before heading into the modern world of hydrogen, oxygen and carbon. Examine what a dog is made from, see how a helium balloon floats, and find out what's on your plate and in your water. With the whole of the periodic table explained and catalogued, and common elements including sodium, gold, and iron explored, this book brings to life what the world is made of.

Utterly Amazing Human Body

Utterly Amazing Human Body

Author: Robert Winston Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/08/2015

Learn how the body works in this jaw-dropping pop-up book for kids that is packed with amazing facts about the human body. Join Professor Robert Winston to uncover the secrets of our bodies in Utterly Amazing Human Body, a beautiful lift-the-flap book that explains all you need to know about the body with amazing paper tricks. Discover how your skeleton stops you from falling down in a heap and how your brain is more powerful than any computer. With pop-ups, activities to try at home and bitesized mind-blowing facts, Utterly Amazing Human Body is perfect for any child aged 5-9 who wants to learn all about the human body.

Utterly Amazing Science

Utterly Amazing Science

Author: Robert Winston Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/06/2014

This award-winning children's science book is packed with pop-ups, amazing facts, and fun science projects for kids to try at home. The 2015 winner of the Royal Society's prestigious Young People's Book Prize, Utterly Amazing Science explains the mysteries of science with pull-outs, flaps, sliders, and other interactive wizardry. Pull the tab to launch a rocket, lift the flap to see inside a molecule, and turn a wheel to see how an engine works. Learn about atoms, forces, energy, light, heat, and other core curriculum science topics. This book is perfect for kids aged 8 upwards but guaranteed to entertain and educate readers of any age.

Bad Ideas? An arresting history of our inventions

Bad Ideas? An arresting history of our inventions

Author: Robert Winston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2011

We are born with the instinct to create and invent. Indeed, our ability to do so is what separates us from the rest of the animal world. But have our creative ideas always produced desirable results? Have they always served us well? Bad Ideas? traces the fascinating history of our attempts at self-improvement but also questions their value. The dubious consequences of the development of weaponry, for example, is self-evident. But what of apparently more innocuous advances such as farming, writing and medicine? Science has produced huge good but has also had unforeseen consequences. Can science and scientists find solutions to the perils that now menace us? We join Robert Winston on a thrilling journey from our earliest days to the present. We meet some key individuals along the way and share quirky anecdotes about their lives and brainwaves. Inspiring, unusual and at times controversial, Bad Ideas? assesses the past and looks forward to the opportunities of the future. In so doing it celebrates man's extraordinary capacity for achievement and offers a hopeful way forward to protect humanity against what sometimes seem like bad ideas.

Science Experiments Loads of Explosively Fun Activities to do!

Science Experiments Loads of Explosively Fun Activities to do!

Author: Robert Winston Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2011

Do exciting science experiments in this award-winning book aimed at kids aged 9-11. Science Experiments gives children hands-on experience with many aspects of science: from forces and motion, to matter and materials, and even how things grow in the natural world. Understand how the scientific method works by carrying out science experiments at home. There are experiments for all abilities, from quick and easy experiments to trickier projects that make topics like electricity and magnetism come alive for children. Written by Robert Winston, each experiment features easy step-by-step instructions and an explanation of the science behind the project. More than 350 photos and illustrations make this science book for kids fun and engaging. So whether it's making crystals, launching a bottle rocket, or even making a home-made radio, this childrens' book is packed full of cool projects that will keep a budding scientist busy for weeks. Winner of The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2012

Bad Ideas? An arresting history of our inventions

Bad Ideas? An arresting history of our inventions

Author: Robert Winston Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 18/02/2010

We are born with the instinct to create and invent. Indeed our ability to do so is what separates we humans from the rest of the animal world. The moment man first converted a stone to a useful tool set him on a relentless path toward greater control and power over his environment. But have our creative ideas always produced desirable results in line with their original good intention? How many ill-effects and dangers have they brought about along the way? And have they really served us well? BAD IDEAS? traces the fascinating history of our attempts at self-improvement but also questions their value. The dubious consequences of the development of weaponry, for example, is self-evident from the primitive but lethal sling to the devastating nuclear bomb. But what of apparently more innocuous inventions such as farming, writing or medicine? All were initiated for the greater good but have nonetheless produced unforeseen fallout that continues to this day. What are their undesirable side-effects, how did they emerge over the years and where will they take us in the future? Written against a huge historical canvas, we join Robert Winston on a thrilling and inspiring journey from our earliest days to the present. We learn about the history of modern science, engineering, IT and much more, following the unexpected twists and turns of their progress. We meet the individuals who played a key role in their development, and share quirky anecdotes about their lives and brainwaves. Inspiring, unusual, and at times controversial, BAD IDEAS? enables us by appreciating the past to look forward to the technological opportunities and ethical challenges of the future. In so doing it celebrates man's extraordinary capacity for achievement whilst warning us that his good intentions can sometimes end up as thoroughly bad ideas.

The Story Of God

The Story Of God

Author: Robert Winston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2006

From the tiniest microchip to the information superhighway, the modern world is dominated by and dependent upon science. Yet whether we realize it or not, we live in an age where faith is still an important influence in our lives. The majority of Americans profess a belief in a Christian God and Islam acts as a unifying, energizing force for many of the world's most dispossessed people. In the UK congregations may be shrinking, but popular belief in the supernatural - ghosts and spirits, fortune-telling, faith healing - is stronger than ever. In The Story of God Robert Winston examines the relationship between science and religion across time, beginning with the primitive worship of early ancestors and concluding with a vivid portrait of faith in the modern world. Grand in scope, adventurous in tone - and written from the perspective of a respected scientist who is also committed to Judaism - this groundbreaking work traces a line across continents, cultures and eras.

The Human Mind

The Human Mind

Author: Robert Winston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2004

It is the most complex and mysterious object in the universe. Covered by a dull grey membrane, it resembles a gigantic, convoluted fungus. Its inscrutability has captivated scientists, philosophers and artists for centuries. It is, of course, the human brain. With the help of science we can now begin to understand the extraordinary complexity of the brain's circuits: we can see which nerve cells generate electricity as we fall in love, tell a lie or dream of a lottery win. And inside the 100 billion cells of this rubbery network is something remarkable: you. In this entertaining and accessible book, Robert Winston takes us deep into the workings of the human mind and shows how our emotions and personality are the result of genes and environment. He explains how memories are formed and lost, how the ever-changing brain is responsible for toddler tantrums and teenage angst, plus he reveals the truth behind extra-sensory perception, deja vu and out-of-body experiences. He also tells us how to boost our intelligence, how to tap into creative powers we never knew we had, how to break old habits and keep our brain fit and active as we enter old age. The human mind is all we have to help us to understand it. Paradoxically, it is possible that science may never quite explain everything about this extraordinary mechanism that makes each of us unique.

Human Instinct

Human Instinct

Author: Robert Winston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2003

From caveman to modern man ... Few people doubt that humans are descended from the apes; fewer still consider, let alone accept, the psychological implications. But in truth, man not only looks, moves and breathes like an ape, he also thinks like one. Sexual drive, survival, competition, aggression - all of our impulses are driven by our human instincts. They explain why a happily married man will fantasize about the pretty, slim, young woman sitting across from him in the tube and why thousands of people spend their week entirely focused on whether their team will win their next crucial match. But how well do our instincts equip us for the twenty-first century? Do they help or hinder us as we deal with large anonymous cities, stressful careers, relationships and the battle of the sexes? In this fascinating book, Robert Winston takes us on a journey deep into the human mind. Along the way he takes a very personal look at the relationship between science and religion and explores those very instincts that make us human.

What Goes On In My Head?

What Goes On In My Head?

Author: Robert Winston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2003

The most powerful living thing in the world is the brain! Allow Professor Robert Winston to help you get your head around your own brilliant brain in this best-selling reference title for children and teenagers. What Goes On In My Head? makes sense of the brain's mind-boggling structure and shows how this vital organ is the control centre for everything we do. What makes you happy? How does your memory work? Why are you laughing? What is positive thinking? Pick your brain to find the answers to these questions and much, much more inside. This groundbreaking book investigate the science of your brain to discover how it deals with emotions, feelings, behaviour, personality, memory, and language. Follow the brain as it changes during the course of a lifetime, from the baby brain through the early years and adolescence into adulthood. Boost your brainpower with brainteasers to test your reasoning and reactions before diving headfirst into a personality quiz to reveal things you never knew about yourself. Get your brain in gear and start reading.

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