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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!

How to Draw a Map

How to Draw a Map

Author: Malcolm Swanston, Alex Swanston Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

How to Draw a Map is a fascinating meditation on the centuries-old art of map-making, from the first astronomical maps to the sophisticated GPS guides of today. Maps have influenced humanity in many unexpected ways: life, death, sexual reproduction, espionage, war and peace. How to Draw a Map traces the story of mapmaking - cartography - from the first scratchings on the cave wall to the detailed high-tech `navigator'. This is the story of human conceptions, often misconceptions, of our world. It is also a very personal story about a mapmaker's journey through life - the exciting new perspectives and the occasional misadventures. Over the last 5,000 years societies and empires have risen and fallen; most, if not all, attempt to record their own visions of our world. In the 15th century, Europeans developed a global reach with their oceanic ships, exploring outward into the world, revealing new possibilities, peoples and opportunities. Mapmakers recorded this journey, revealing to us a window into past triumphs and disasters. The story continues into our own day when diplomats carve up our globe, presenting what we now see as the `modern' world. In How to Draw a Map, father and son cartographers Alexander and Malcolm Swanston demonstrate the skill, creativity and care involved in the timeless art of creating maps - and what these artefacts reveal about the legion of mapmakers who went before us.

New Scientist: The Origin of (almost) Everything

New Scientist: The Origin of (almost) Everything

Author: New Scientist, Stephen Hawking, Graham Lawton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Introduction by Professor Stephen Hawking. When Edwin Hubble looked into his telescope in the 1920s, he was shocked to find that nearly all of the galaxies he could see through it were flying away from one another. If these galaxies had always been travelling, he reasoned, then they must, at some point, have been on top of one another. This discovery transformed the debate about one of the most fundamental questions of human existence - how did the universe begin? Every society has stories about the origin of the cosmos and its inhabitants, but now, with the power to peer into the early universe and deploy the knowledge gleaned from archaeology, geology, evolutionary biology and cosmology, we are closer than ever to understanding where it all came from. In The Origin of (almost) Everything, New Scientist explores the modern origin stories of everything from the Big Bang, meteorites and dark energy, to dinosaurs, civilisation, timekeeping, belly-button fluff and beyond. From how complex life evolved on Earth, to the first written language, to how humans conquered space, The Origin of (almost) Everything offers a unique history of the past, present and future of our universe.

Gene Machine The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome

Gene Machine The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome

Author: Venki Ramakrishnan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

From Nobel Prize winner Venki Ramakrishnan `Beyond superb' Bill Bryson `A wonderful book' Ian McEwan Everyone knows about DNA, the essence of our being, the molecule where our genes reside. But DNA by itself is useless without a machine to decode the genetic information it contains. The ribosome is that machine. Venki Ramakrishnan tells the story of the race to uncover its enormously complex structure, a fundamental breakthrough that resolves an ancient mystery of life itself.

Breakfast with Einstein The Exotic Physics of Everyday Objects

Breakfast with Einstein The Exotic Physics of Everyday Objects

Author: Chad Orzel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

A Sunday Times Book of the Year From the author of the international bestseller How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog Your humble alarm clock, digital cameras, the smell of coffee, the glow of a grill, fibre broadband, smoke detectors... all hold secrets about quantum physics. Beginning at sunrise, Chad Orzel reveals the extraordinary science that underpins the simplest activities we all do every day, from making toast to shopping online. It's all around us, the wonderful weirdness of quantum - you just have to know where to look.

Pleased to Meet Me Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are

Pleased to Meet Me Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are

Author: Bill Sullivan Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Why are you attracted to a certain type? Why are you a morning person? Why do you vote the way you do? From a witty new voice in popular science comes a life-changing look at what makes you you. I can't believe I just said that. What possessed me to do that? What's wrong with me? We're constantly seeking answers to these fundamental human questions, and now, science has the answers. Clever, relatable, and revealing, this eye-opening narrative from Indiana University School of Medicine professor Bill Sullivan explores why we do the things we do through the lens of genetics, microbiology, psychology, neurology, and family history. From what we love (and hate) to eat and who we vote for in political elections to when we lose our virginity and why some people find drugs so addicting, this illuminating book uses the latest scientific research to unveil the secrets of what makes us tick. Filled with fascinating insights--including how experiences that haunted our grandparents echo in our DNA, why the bacteria in our guts mess with our minds, and whether there really is a murder gene --this revolutionary book explains the hidden forces shaping who we are, pointing us on a path to how we might become our best selves.

How To

How To

Author: Randall Munroe Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2019

The world's most entertaining and useless self-help guide, from the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the million-selling What If? and Thing Explainer For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally bad that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach. It's full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole. Bestselling author and cartoonist Randall Munroe explains how to predict the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos. He teaches you how to tell if you're a baby boomer or a millennial by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and getting to your appointments on time by destroying the moon. And if you want to get rid of this book once you're done with it, he walks you through your options for proper disposal, including dissolving it in the ocean, converting it to a vapour, using tectonic plates to subduct it into the Earth's mantle, or launching it into the sun. By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe doesn't just make things difficult for himself and his readers. As he did so brilliantly in What If?, he invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible. Full of clever infographics and amusing illustrations, How To is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.

How To

How To

Author: Randall Munroe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2019

For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally bad that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach. It's full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole. Bestselling author and cartoonist Randall Munroe explains how to predict the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos. He teaches you how to tell if you're a baby boomer or a millennial by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and getting to your appointments on time by destroying the moon. And if you want to get rid of this book once you're done with it, he walks you through your options for proper disposal, including dissolving it in the ocean, converting it to a vapour, using tectonic plates to subduct it into the Earth's mantle, or launching it into the sun. By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe doesn't just make things difficult for himself and his readers. As he did so brilliantly in What If?, he invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible. Full of clever infographics and amusing illustrations, How To is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.

Science Tales Lies, Hoaxes and Scams

Science Tales Lies, Hoaxes and Scams

Author: Darryl Cunningham Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2019

A non-fiction comic book about science, scepticism and denial, Science Tales debunks media myths and decodes some of today's most fiercely-debated issues: climate change, electroconvulsive therapy, the moon landing, the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine, homeopathy, chiropractic, evolution, science denialism and, new for this edition, fracking. Thoroughly researched and sourced, Cunningham's clear narrative, graphic lines and photographic illustration explain complicated and controversial issues with deceptive ease.

Wonderful Life With The Elements

Wonderful Life With The Elements

Author: Bunpei Yorifuji Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2019

Uranium War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World

Uranium War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World

Author: Tom Zoellner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2019

Game Drive: A Safari Guide

Game Drive: A Safari Guide

Author: Ingrid Van den Berg, Philip van den Berg, Heinrich Van den Berg Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2019

A guide to spotting, identifying and recording the wildlife likely to be encountered in the great game reserves of southern Africa. It features a description of habitat, characteristics and defining features, key statistics, including when the creature is active, height, mass, social structure, horn size, gestation and life-expectancy. This is a unique little hardcover that offers the ideal, full-colour guide to getting the most out of a safari or wildlife-spotting trip. Filled with the most amazing photography from the Van den Bergs, it