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See below for a selection of the latest books from Popular science category. Presented with a red border are the Popular science books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Popular science books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Genes That Make Us

The Genes That Make Us

Author: Edwin Kirk Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/2021

Extra Life

Extra Life

Author: Steven Johnson Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/05/2021

The Dinosaur Hunters

The Dinosaur Hunters

Author: Dr Lowell Dingus, American Museum of National History Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/05/2021

Dinosaur bones had been found centuries before scientists understood what they were and what creatures they came from; ancient Chinese writings spoke of 'dragon' bones, and large fossils discovered in the UK were thought to belong to human giants. It was only with the exploration and meticulous research of generations of intrepid palaeontologists that the truth about dinosaurs was discovered. The Dinosaur Hunters tells the story of these discoverers of prehistoric life, and the revelations found through their research. Illustrated with 30 rare documents, photographs and hand-drawn maps, it explores the unearthing of Iguanodon teeth, the discovery of the first flying dinosaur, the infamous Bone Wars and consultant editor Dr Mark Norell's radical study of feathered dinosaurs. This is a tale of daring exploits, luck, science and wanderlust, and of the thrilling lives and work of heroic scientists and adventurers.

Misleading Quests for Purpose in Life

Misleading Quests for Purpose in Life

Author: Rui Diogo Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/05/2021

Our tendency to wonder why life is as it is and what its purpose is-often considered to be among the most noble features of human evolution and humanity-is in reality profoundly linked with some of the darker moments in our history, including animal abuse, colonialism, and the rise of racism and the eugenetics that culminated in the Second World War. In order to try to avoid the continuation of such dark events and pave the way for a more rational, accurate, and less-biased understanding about life and our day-to-day, we must reframe our questioning. Once we grasp that there is no ultimate purpose or master plan for the existence of inanimate objects or biological organisms and the way they live, why questions lose importance. Instead, investigations into natural events such as the occurrence of earthquakes and wonders such as the flying of birds should be framed with how questions: how did the earthquake occur and how did the current behavior of organisms evolve? Integrating information from diverse scientific fields, this book argues against the widely accepted idea that wonder in the purpose of life constitutes one of the noblest human qualities. As such, its arguments are intended for biologists, historians and philosophers of science alike. Students, teachers, and researchers of any scientific field, as well as all those who are fascinated by questions about their daily inner-lives and their cosmic purpose will be intrigued by unique discussions into themes like racism, colonialism, and eugenics.

The Social Instinct

The Social Instinct

Author: Nichola Raihani Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2021

Why cooperate? This may be the most important scientific question we have ever, and will ever, face. The science of cooperation tells us not only how we got here, but also where we might end up. Cooperation explains how strands of DNA gave rise to modern-day nation states. It defines our extraordinary ecological success as well as many of the most surprising features of what make us human: not only why we live in families, why we have grandmothers and why women experience the menopause, but also why we become paranoid and jealous, and why we cheat. Nichola Raihani also introduces us to other species who, like us, live and work together. From the pied babblers of the Kalahari to the cleaner fish of the Great Barrier Reef, they happen to be some of the most fascinating and extraordinarily successful species on this planet. What do we have in common with these other species, and what is it that sets us apart? Written at a time of global pandemic, when the challenges and importance of cooperation have never been greater, The Social Instinct is an exhilarating, far-reaching and thought-provoking journey through all life on Earth, with profound insights into what makes us human and how our societies work.

Against the Grain

Against the Grain

Author: Mark McDermott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2021

How to Change

How to Change

Author: Katy Milkman Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/05/2021

'Katy Milkman shows in this book that we can all be a super human' Angela Duckworth, bestselling author of Grit How to Change is a powerful, groundbreaking blueprint to help you - and anyone you manage, teach or coach - to achieve personal and professional goals, from the master of human nature and behaviour change and Choiceology podcast host Professor Katy Milkman. Award-winning Wharton Professor Katy Milkman has devoted her career to the study of behaviour change. An engineer by training, she approaches all challenges as problems to be solved and, with this mind-set, has drilled into the roadblocks that prevent us from achieving our goals and breaking unwanted behaviours. The key to lasting change, she argues, is not to set ever more audacious goals or to foster good habits but to get your strategy right. In How to Change Milkman identifies seven human impulses, or 'problems', that commonly sabotage our attempts to make positive personal and professional change. Then, crucially, instead of getting you to do battle with these impulses she shows you how to harness them and use these as driving forces to help instil new, positive behaviours - better, faster and more efficiently than you could imagine. Drawing her own original research, countless engaging case studies and practical tools throughout to help you put her ideas into action, Milkman reveals a proven, inspiring path that can take you - once and for all - from where you are today to where you want to be.

Who Ate the First Oyster?

Who Ate the First Oyster?

Author: Cody Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2021

Who wore the first pants? Who painted the first masterpiece? Who first rode the horse? This madcap adventure across ancient history uses everything from modern genetics to archaeology to uncover the geniuses behind these and other world-changing innovations. In this book, writer Cody Cassidy digs deep into the latest research to uncover the untold stories of some of these incredible innovators (or participants in lucky accidents). With a sharp sense of humor and boundless enthusiasm for the wonders of our ancient ancestors, Who Ate the First Oyster? profiles the perpetrators of the greatest firsts and catastrophes of prehistory, using the lives of individuals to provide a glimpse into ancient cultures to show how and why these critical developments occurred, and educate us on a period of time that until recently we've known almost nothing about.

How to Change

How to Change

Author: Katy Milkman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2021

'Katy Milkman shows in this book that we can all be a super human' Angela Duckworth, bestselling author of Grit How to Change is a powerful, groundbreaking blueprint to help you - and anyone you manage, teach or coach - to achieve personal and professional goals, from the master of human nature and behaviour change and Choiceology podcast host Professor Katy Milkman. Award-winning Wharton Professor Katy Milkman has devoted her career to the study of behaviour change. An engineer by training, she approaches all challenges as problems to be solved and, with this mind-set, has drilled into the roadblocks that prevent us from achieving our goals and breaking unwanted behaviours. The key to lasting change, she argues, is not to set ever more audacious goals or to foster good habits but to get your strategy right. In How to Change Milkman identifies seven human impulses, or 'problems', that commonly sabotage our attempts to make positive personal and professional change. Then, crucially, instead of getting you to do battle with these impulses she shows you how to harness them and use these as driving forces to help instil new, positive behaviours - better, faster and more efficiently than you could imagine. Drawing her own original research, countless engaging case studies and practical tools throughout to help you put her ideas into action, Milkman reveals a proven, inspiring path that can take you - once and for all - from where you are today to where you want to be.

Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing

Author: Brian Clegg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2021

The ultimate non-technical guide to the fast-developing world of quantum computing Computer technology has improved exponentially over the last 50 years. But the headroom for bigger and better electronic solutions is running out. Our best hope is to engage the power of quantum physics. 'Quantum algorithms' had already been written long before hardware was built. These would enable, for example, a quantum computer to exponentially speed up an information search, or to crack the mathematical trick behind internet security. However, making a quantum computer is incredibly difficult. Despite hundreds of laboratories around the world working on them, we are only just seeing them come close to 'supremacy' where they can outperform a traditional computer. In this approachable introduction, Brian Clegg explains algorithms and their quantum counterparts, explores the physical building blocks and quantum weirdness necessary to make a quantum computer, and uncovers the capabilities of the current generation of machines.

White Blood

White Blood

Author: Lawrence Trevelyan Weaver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2021

Feeding babies is a topic of intense concern to mothers and of great interest to public health professionals. Milk has been the life and death of the newborn, and their fortunes have often turned on whether they were fed naturally or artificially. 'Breast is Best' has been the consensus view throughout history but, for choice or necessity, other ways of feeding infants have been used: wet nursing and so-called 'dry nursing', 'hand feeding' or 'bottle-feeding'. In the ancient world human milk was thought to be blood diverted from the womb to the breast, where it was whitened and vivified to nourish the newborn. In the Renaissance it became a vital fluid transmutable into flesh by an 'internal alchemist'; in the Enlightenment it flowed from 'Nature's Bountiful Urn'; in the eighteenth century it was a corpuscular liquid formed of 'combustible, plastic and oily parts'; in the nineteenth a chemical formula made up of carbohydrates, proteins and fats; and in modern times a biological fluid composed of macro and micro-nutrients, trophic factors, immunoglobulins and living cells - a live substance, akin to that of the Ancients. White Blood explores the ways in which the nature and properties of milk have been conceived within the fluctuating frames of thought that characterised the historical periods of the past. From shifting viewpoints it charts the effects of changing practices of milk feeding on infant health, growth, welfare and survival. Starting in ancient Greece and Rome, White Blood lets the voices of those concerned with the care of newborn infants, and those who followed them, speak across the centuries of how babies were, and should best be, nourished.

Enigma Of The Skies: Unveiling The Secrets Of Auroras

Enigma Of The Skies: Unveiling The Secrets Of Auroras

Enigma of the Skies is a joint endeavor by a scientist and a photographer to present to readers everything there is to know about auroras in an easy-to-understand matter. It explains the phenomena and describes how to predict when auroras occur using simple physics alongside a collection of beautiful photos taken both from Earth and from space.