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How to Be Human Consciousness, Language and 48 More Things that Make You You by New Scientist How to Be Human Consciousness, Language and 48 More Things that Make You You

Everything you need to know about being human: an eye-opening, illustrated handbook about being human.
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar

An absurdist, comical romp through evolution's weirdest solutions to nature's problems.
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017

Immune How Your Body Defends and Protects You by Catherine A. Carver Immune How Your Body Defends and Protects You

The human body is like an exceedingly well-fortified castle, defended by billions of soldiers - some live for less than a day, others remember battles for decades, but all are essential in protecting us from disease. This hidden army is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

Why the Universe Exists How particle physics unlocks the secrets of everything by New Scientist Why the Universe Exists How particle physics unlocks the secrets of everything

Why The Universe Exists takes you deep into the world of particle physics to explore how the universe functions at the smallest scales.
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017

How To Understand E =mc(2) by Christophe Galfard How To Understand E =mc(2)

It is the most famous equation in the world, and yet most of us do not know its significance. Leading theoretical physicist Christophe Galfard, who was trained by Stephen Hawking, explains it all in a way that is accessible and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

Your Conscious Mind Unravelling the greatest mystery of the human brain by New Scientist Your Conscious Mind Unravelling the greatest mystery of the human brain

A voyage through the mind to discover what consciousness really is, and what we can learn when it goes awry.
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017

Bring Back the King The New Science of De-extinction by Helen Pilcher Bring Back the King The New Science of De-extinction

If you could bring back just one animal from the past, what would you choose? It can be anyone or anything from history, from the King of the Dinosaurs, T. rex, to the King of Rock `n' Roll, Elvis Presley,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017

Immune How Your Body Defends and Protects You by Catherine A. Carver Immune How Your Body Defends and Protects You

The human body is like an exceedingly well-fortified castle, defended by billions of soldiers - some live for less than a day, others remember battles for decades, but all are essential in protecting us from disease. This hidden army is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017

Convergence The Deepest Idea in the Universe by Peter Watson Convergence The Deepest Idea in the Universe

Convergence is a history of modern science with an original and significant twist.
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017

Particle Physics Brick by Brick by Dr. Ben Still Particle Physics Brick by Brick

A unique and fascinating exploration of the building blocks that make up our universe, using LEGO (R) to demonstrate and elucidate.
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017

The Inner Life of Animals Surprising Observations of a Hidden World by Peter Wohlleben The Inner Life of Animals Surprising Observations of a Hidden World

Roosters that deceive their hens? Mother deer that grieve? Horses that feel shame? More and more researchers are realising that animals in fact experience a rich emotional life. Acting as our interpreter of the animal world and of the science,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2017

What's Your Bias? The Surprising Science of Why We Vote the Way We Do by Lee De-Wit What's Your Bias? The Surprising Science of Why We Vote the Way We Do

Engaging and thought-provoking popular science exploring the psychology of politics
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/09/2017

Origins The Scientific Story of Creation by Jim (Freelance science writer) Baggott Origins The Scientific Story of Creation

Jim Baggott sets out the scientific story of creation - 13.8 billion years from the Big Bang to human consciousness, via the origins of space and time, mass and light, stars, the habitable earth, and life itself. From astrophysics to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/09/2017

Your Brain Knows More Than You Think the new frontiers of neuroplasticity by Niels Birbaumer, Jorg Zittlau Your Brain Knows More Than You Think the new frontiers of neuroplasticity
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Our brains are more powerful than we ever realised. Too often, we assume that people's natures are fixed, immutable. For sufferers of depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction, or the after-effects of stroke, this can be a difficult thought. For those with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/09/2017

Big Chicken: The Story of How Antibiotics Transformed Modern Farming and Changed the Way the World Eats by Maryn McKenna Big Chicken: The Story of How Antibiotics Transformed Modern Farming and Changed the Way the World Eats

In this eye-opening expose, acclaimed health journalist and National Geographic contributer Maryn McKenna documents how antibiotics transformed chicken from local delicacy to industrial commodity--and human health threat-uncovering the ways we can make America's favorite meat safer again.
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2017

Coming Soon

Special Relativity and Classical Field Theory by Leonard Susskind, Art Friedman Special Relativity and Classical Field Theory
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The third volume in Leonard Susskind's one-of-a-kind physics series cracks open Einstein's special relativity and field theoryIn the first two books in his wildly popular The Theoretical Minimum series, world-class physicist Leonard Susskind provided a brilliant first course in classical...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2017

30-Second Genetics The 50 most revolutionary discoveries in genetics, each explained in half a minute by Jonathan Weitzman, Matthew Weitzman 30-Second Genetics The 50 most revolutionary discoveries in genetics, each explained in half a minute
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30-Second Genetics charts the most extraordinary discoveries, from the fundamentals of cell biology to the almost unbelievable advances in DNA sequencing and stem cell technology.
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/09/2017

30-Second Chemistry The 50 most elemental concepts in chemistry, each explained in half a minute. by Nivaldo J. Tro 30-Second Chemistry The 50 most elemental concepts in chemistry, each explained in half a minute.

Chemistry is the science of matter - composition, structure, properties, and how it changes. This book brings boils it down to its essential elements - in just 30 seconds.
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/09/2017

Programming Visual Illusions for Everyone by Marco Bertamini Programming Visual Illusions for Everyone

If you find visual illusions fascinating Programming Visual Illusions for Everyone is a book for you. It has some background, some history and some theories about visual illusions, and it describes in some detail twelve illusions. Some are about surfaces,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/09/2017

Testosterone The molecule behind power, sex, and the will to win by Joe (Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience, Cambridge University) Herbert Testosterone The molecule behind power, sex, and the will to win
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Testosterone lies at the heart of maleness, and is involved in aggression, competitiveness, and risk-taking - all essential in our evolution. Joe Herbert describes the fascinating insights revealed by modern research into this primeval power that shaped our history and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/09/2017

In Praise of Simple Physics The Science and Mathematics behind Everyday Questions by Paul J. Nahin In Praise of Simple Physics The Science and Mathematics behind Everyday Questions

Physics can explain many of the things that we commonly encounter. It can tell us why the night is dark, what causes the tides, and even how best to catch a baseball. With In Praise of Simple Physics, popular math...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/09/2017

Piercing the Horizon The Making of a Twentieth-Century American Space Luminary by Sunny Tsiao Piercing the Horizon The Making of a Twentieth-Century American Space Luminary

Delivers new insights into the behind-the-scenes drama of the space race by examining the career of Thomas Paine. Piercing the Horizon provides provocative context to current conversations on the case for reaching Mars, settling our solar system, and continuing the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Einstein for the 21st Century His Legacy in Science, Art, and Modern Culture by Peter L. Galison Einstein for the 21st Century His Legacy in Science, Art, and Modern Culture

More than fifty years after his death, Albert Einstein's vital engagement with the world continues to inspire others, spurring conversations, projects, and research, in the sciences as well as the humanities. Einstein for the 21st Century shows us why he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet by Dallas Campbell Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet

A rough guide to space exploration from award-winning BBC journalist and space enthusiast, Dallas Campbell
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

How to Build a Universe An Infinite Monkey Cage Adventure by Brian Cox, Robin Ince How to Build a Universe An Infinite Monkey Cage Adventure
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From the hosts of the legendary BBC Radio 4 programme comes this irreverent celebration of scientific marvels - a hectic leap through the grand and bizarre ideas conjured up by human imagination, from dark matter to consciousness via neutrinos and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Why Time Flies A Mostly Scientific Investigation by Alan Burdick Why Time Flies A Mostly Scientific Investigation


Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2017

The Runaway Species How Human Creativity Remakes the World by David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt The Runaway Species How Human Creativity Remakes the World
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A powerful exploration of human creativity from the international bestselling author of The Brain; 'the hottest thing in neuroscience' - The Times
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

Cosmos A Field Guide by Giles Sparrow, Dava Sobel Cosmos A Field Guide
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The biggest and best ever reproduction of the Space Age's most remarkable images
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

How the Zebra Got its Stripes And Other Darwinian Just So Stories by Leo Grasset How the Zebra Got its Stripes And Other Darwinian Just So Stories

Why do giraffes have such long necks? Why are zebras striped? Why are buffalo herds broadly democratic while elephants prefer dictatorships? What explains the architectural brilliance of the termite mound or the complications of the hyena's sex life? And why...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

Science(ish) The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies by Rick Edwards, Michael Brooks Science(ish) The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies
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Two bestselling authors with a huge combined platform, provide the perfect way into science: the Hollywood sci-fi movies we all know and love.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

Other books in this genre

The Deeper Genome Why there is more to the human genome than meets the eye by John (Associate Professor and University Lecturer in Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology, University of Oxford) Parrington The Deeper Genome Why there is more to the human genome than meets the eye
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Mapping the human genome proved to be just the beginning in understanding our genes, what makes us human, and how we can use the knowledge to cure inherited diseases. John Parrington describes an emerging picture of our genome, in 3D,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017

The Periodic Table A visual guide to the elements by Tom Jackson The Periodic Table A visual guide to the elements

The Periodic Table - An infographic guide to the elements is a fresh new approach to a truly remarkable and instantly recognizable piece of science. Combining cutting edge science with fascinating facts and stunning infographics, this book looks at the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/08/2017

Strange Glow The Story of Radiation by Timothy J. Jorgensen Strange Glow The Story of Radiation

More than ever before, radiation is a part of our modern daily lives. We own radiation-emitting phones, regularly get diagnostic x-rays, such as mammograms, and submit to full-body security scans at airports. We worry and debate about the proliferation of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/08/2017

Consecrating Science Wonder, Knowledge, and the Natural World by Lisa H. Sideris Consecrating Science Wonder, Knowledge, and the Natural World

In Consecrating Science, Lisa Sideris offers a searing critique of 'The New Cosmology,' a complex network of overlapping movements that claim to bring together science and spirituality, all in the name of saving our planet from impending ecological collapse. Highly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/08/2017

Consecrating Science Wonder, Knowledge, and the Natural World by Lisa H. Sideris Consecrating Science Wonder, Knowledge, and the Natural World

In Consecrating Science, Lisa Sideris offers a searing critique of 'The New Cosmology,' a complex network of overlapping movements that claim to bring together science and spirituality, all in the name of saving our planet from impending ecological collapse. Highly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2017

One Planet Is Enough Tackling Climate Change and Environmental Threats through Technology by Rune Westergard One Planet Is Enough Tackling Climate Change and Environmental Threats through Technology

The present book offers a compelling sketch of how technological advances have shaped humankind's evolution and how they can unlock ways to combat climate change and environmental threats. It also reveals new perspectives on climate change and sustainable development by...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/08/2017

Once Upon an Algorithm How Stories Explain Computing by Martin (Professor of Computer Science, Oregon State University) Erwig Once Upon an Algorithm How Stories Explain Computing
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Picture a computer scientist, staring at a screen and clicking away frantically on a keyboard, hacking into a system, or perhaps developing an app. Now delete that picture. In Once Upon an Algorithm, Martin Erwig explains computation as something that...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/08/2017

Ponderables, Biology An Illustrated History of Life Science by Tom Jackson Ponderables, Biology An Illustrated History of Life Science


Format: Hardback - Released: 10/08/2017

Rats, Lice and History by Hans Zinsser Rats, Lice and History

The classic account of infectious disease and human history
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017

How to Code a Human by Kat Arney How to Code a Human

What is a genetic superhero and could you be one? Is all your DNA important or is a load of it just junk? Can genetics inform your love life, your mental health and your ability to grow a tail? This...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/08/2017

Geek Guide to Life by Colin Stuart, Mun Keat Looi Geek Guide to Life
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How do you make the perfect cup of tea? What are the moves that will impress a hot date on the dance floor? Is there an optimum angle for skimming a stone? This book reveals the geeky secrets to living...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017

The Water Kingdom by Philip Ball The Water Kingdom

China's history is an epic tapestry of courtly philosophies, warring factions and imperial intrigue. Yet, over five thousand years, one ancient element has so dramatically shaped the country's fate that it remains the key to unlocking China's story. That element...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/08/2017

Patient H.M. A Story of Memory, Madness and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich Patient H.M. A Story of Memory, Madness and Family Secrets

In the summer of 1953, maverick neurosurgeon William Beecher Scoville performed a operation on a twenty-seven-year-old epileptic patient named Henry Molaison. The operation failed to eliminate Molaison's intractable seizures, but it did have an unintended effect: Henry was left profoundly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/08/2017

Big Data How the Information Revolution Is Transforming Our Lives by Brian Clegg Big Data How the Information Revolution Is Transforming Our Lives

New for Icon's Hot Science series - a startling insight into the data that runs our lives.
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/08/2017

The Secret Science of Superheroes by Mark Lorch, David Jesson The Secret Science of Superheroes
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Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2017

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