Category: Popular Science

Emigrating Beyond Earth : Human Adaptation and Space Colonization
Emigrating Beyond Earth puts space colonization into the context of human evolution. Rather than focusing on the technologies and strategies needed to colonize space, the authors examine the human and societal reasons for space...

02.02.2013

Why Diets Make Us Fat : the unintended consequences of our obsession with weight loss
Everything we know about dieting and weight loss is wrong.In the UK, almost two-thirds of adults are overweight. We think we know the answer: cut calories; eat less. We conclude that being fat is a failure of willpower,...

06.08.2017

The Instant Physicist : An Illustrated Guide
Richard A. Muller demonstrated in his recent bestseller, Physics for Future Presidents, that he has a unique talent for delivering the "aha" moment-making difficult topics accessible. In The Instant Physicist he shows...

08.09.2010

A Very Short Tour of the Mind
Leading us through cognitive theory, neuroscience and Darwinian evolution with his trademark wit and wisdom, Michael Corballis explains what we know and dont know about our minds. How do we know if were really the top dogs in...

18.11.2017

The New Dinosaurs
Here are dinosaurs as you've never seen them before in a dramatically expanded new edition of the book that started the renaissance in dinosaur books. Here are dinosaurs that are swift, stunning, scary and stupendous.,...

13.10.2013

What on Earth Evolved? ... in Brief : 100 Species That Have Changed the World
Why have creatures evolved as they are? Which species have been the most successful? How do life forms adapt to a world dominated by nearly seven billion humans? Christopher Lloyd leads us on an exhilarating journey from the...

05.02.2016

Evolution in Minutes
How did life begin? What is the theory of evolution and is it proven? Are we really descended from apes? And has evolution stalled or is humanity just a step on the way to more advanced forms of life?Through 200 mini-essays,...

28.09.2012

Introducing Evolution : A Graphic Guide
In 1859, Charles Darwin shocked the world with a radical theory - evolution by natural selection. One hundred and fifty years later, his theory still challenges some of our most precious beliefs. "Introducing...

22.03.2014

Science 101 : Ecology
The Ultimate Illustrated Guide for NonscientistsScience 101: Ecology shows how every living and nonliving thing has a unique role to play on Earth. Learn why most plants and animals would die if insects became extinct....

02.01.2012

The Infinite Cosmos : Questions from the frontiers of cosmology
From time immemorial, poets and philosophers have looked in awe and wonder at the Universe. Such awe is shared by astrophysicists, too, as they seek to understand its nature, and whether it has any limits. In The Infinite...

18.05.2011

One Plus One Equals One : Symbiosis and the evolution of complex life
We are in the midst of a revolution. It is a scientific revolution built upon the tools of molecular biology, with which we probe and prod the living world in ways unimaginable a few decades ago. Need to track a bacterium at the...

20.04.2016

The Knowledge Wars
Climate scientists have warned that we need to change our behaviour in ways that may be inconvenient and threaten the commercial status quo. The result has been a polarising division in society and a sustained attack on their...

08.09.2013

Life's Engines : How Microbes Made Earth Habitable
For almost four billion years, microbes had the primordial oceans all to themselves. The stewards of Earth, these organisms transformed the chemistry of our planet to make it habitable for plants, animals, and us. Life's...

16.03.2011

Into the Grey Zone : A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death
In 2006 Dr Adrian Owen and his team made medical history. They discovered a new realm of consciousness, a twilight zone somewhere between life and death. They called this the Grey Zone.The people who inhabit the Grey Zone are...

15.03.2014

Restless Creatures : The Story of Life in Ten Movements
A billion-year history of movement, from bacteria to Olympic athletes.'Packed with revelations, scholarly but clear, Restless Creatures carries you from the kinetics of the amoeba to that of the blue whale, from the...

30.08.2015

The Moon : Resources, Future Development and Settlement
This extraordinary book details how the Moon could be used as a springboard for Solar System exploration. It presents a realistic plan for placing and servicing telescopes on the Moon, and highlights the use of the Moon as a...

05.06.2011

Weird Life : The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own
In the 1980s and 1990s, in places where no one thought it possible, scientists found organisms they called extremophiles: lovers of extremes. There were bacteria in volcanic hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, single-celled...

04.12.2017

The First Men on the Moon : The Story of Apollo 11
This book tells the story of Apollo 11 and dispels the myth that NASA faked the moon landings. The story is brought to life by exploiting the flight plan, mission report, in-flight transcripts (including conversations among the...

19.03.2015

Naturally Dangerous : Surprising Facts about Food, Health, and the Environment
Science is integral to our everyday lives, but can you explain the scientific principle at work when you squeeze lemon on your fish? Did you know that margarine may be dangerous, humans are radioactive because of the foods they...

26.01.2014

Dawn of Small Worlds : Dwarf Planets, Asteroids, Comets
This book gives a detailed introduction to the thousands and thousands of smaller bodies in the solar system. Written for interested laymen, amateur astronomers and students it describes the nature and origin of asteroids, dwarf...

24.03.2016

How to Cool the Planet : Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate
Climate change may well be the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced. Temperatures in some regions of the world could increase by as much as fifteen degrees by the end of the century, causing rising sea levels and severe...

21.09.2012

How and Why Species Multiply : The Radiation of Darwin's Finches
Charles Darwin's experiences in the Galapagos Islands in 1835 helped to guide his thoughts toward a revolutionary theory: that species were not fixed but diversified from their ancestors over many generations, and that the...

17.08.2015

Ten Physicists who Transformed our Understanding of Reality
Acclaimed popular-science writer Brian Clegg and popular TV and radio astronomer Rhodri Evans give us a Top Ten list of physicists as the central theme to build an exploration of the most exciting breakthroughs in physics,...

19.03.2012

Arrival of the Fittest : Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle
The power of Darwin's theory of natural selection is beyond doubt, it explains how useful adaptations are preserved over generations. But evolution's biggest mystery eluded Darwin: how those adaptations arise in the...

26.03.2014

How Everything Works : Making Physics Out of the Ordinary
Why do golf balls have dimples? How does an iPod turn binary digits into Bon Jovi? How do microwave ovens cook? How does a pitcher make a curveball curve and a knuckleball jitter? Why don't you fall off an upside-down...

18.01.2011

Resurrection Science
In a world dominated by human interference and rapid climate change, species large and small are increasingly vulnerable to extinction. In Resurrection Science, journalist M.R. O'Connor explores the extreme measures that...

19.07.2015

The Selfish Gene : 40th Anniversary edition
The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. As influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary...

02.01.2018

Radical Abundance : How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization
K. Eric Drexler is the founding father of nanotechnology,the science of engineering on a molecular level. In Radical Abundance , he shows how rapid scientific progress is about to change our world. Thanks to atomically precise...

24.03.2014

And Then You're Dead : A Scientific Exploration of the World's Most Interesting Ways to Die
What would happen if you took a swim outside a deep-sea submarine wearing only Speedos? How long could you last if you stood on the surface of the sun? How far could you actually get in digging a hole to China?And Then...

03.01.2013

A Mind of Its Own : How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives
`A fascinating, funny, disconcerting and lucid book.' Helen Dunmore`Fine sets out to demonstrate that the human brain is vainglorious and stubborn. She succeeds brilliantly.' Mail on Sunday`Fine is a cognitive...

12.08.2017

Darwin's Island : The Galapagos in the Garden of England
The Origin of Species may be the most famous book in science but its stature tends to obscure much of Charles Darwin's other works. His visit to the Galapagos lasted just five weeks and on his return he never left Britain...

04.04.2016

What a Fish Knows : The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins
Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama - `Balcombe vividly shows that fish have feelings and deserve consideration and protection like other sentient beings'A Sunday Times must readA New York Times BestsellerA Forbes...

22.08.2011

The Woman who Changed Her Brain : How We Can Shape our Minds and Other Tales of Cognitive Transformation
Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was born with severe learning disabilities that caused teachers to label her as slow, stubborn - or worse. As a child, she read and wrote everything backwards, was physically uncoordinated and she...

13.10.2010

Conjuring the Universe : The Origins of the Laws of Nature
The marvellous complexity of the Universe emerges from several deep laws and a handful of fundamental constants that fix its shape, scale, and destiny. Peter Atkins identifies the minimum decisions that would be needed for the...

28.10.2014

Physical Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction
With the development of a variety of exciting new areas of research involving computational chemistry, nano- and smart materials, and applications of the recently discovered graphene, there can be no doubt that physical...

04.02.2016

The Deep Hot Biosphere : The Myth of Fossil Fuels
This book sets forth a set of truly controversial and astonishing theories: First, it proposes that below the surface of the earth is a biosphere of greater mass and volume than the biosphere the total sum of living things on...

06.03.2015

The Physics of Golf
This revised and expanded bestseller includes a new chapter on putting, a new appendix on the fundamental physics covered in the book, increased coverage of modern club design, and an updated reference section. As in the...

04.10.2015

How Many Friends Does One Person Need? : Dunbar'S Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks
We are the product of our evolutionary history and this history colors our everyday lives - from why we kiss to how religious we are. In "How Many Friends Does One Person Need?", Robin Dunbar explains how the distant...

12.08.2016

Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space
This is the full inside story of the detection of gravitational waves at Ligo, one of the most ambitious feats in scientific history. It is selected as a Book of the Year 2016 in the Sunday Times. "This is empirical poetry....

07.11.2014

Decoding Reality : The Universe as Quantum Information
In this engaging and mind-stretching book, Vlatko Vedral explores the nature of information and looks at quantum computing, discussing the bizarre effects that arise from the quantum world. He concludes by asking the ultimate...

30.11.2017

The Quantum Divide : Why Schrodinger's Cat is Either Dead or Alive
Using a selection of key experiments performed over the past 30 years or so, we present a discussion of the strikingly counter-intuitive phenomena of the quantum world that defy explanation in terms of everyday "common...

12.03.2011

What Einstein Told His Cook 2 : The Sequel - Further Adventures in Kitchen Science
This sequel to the best-selling What Einstein Told His Cook continues Bob Wolke's investigations into the science behind our foods-from the farm or factory to the market, and through the kitchen to the table. In response to...

18.10.2011

The Future of Spacetime
Our minds tell us that some things in the universe must be true. The New Physics tells us that they are not, and in the process, blurs the line between science and science fiction. Here are six accessible essays by those who...

03.10.2013

The Science of Soccer
For the first time ever, science gives us the answers to questions like "what's the chance of a team that wins the League or Premiership also winning the Cup? Can you predict how many goals will be scored? What's...

01.04.2014

The Green Book
Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Redford, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Martha Stewart, Tyra Banks, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tiki Barber, Owen Wilson, and Justin Timberlake tell you how they make a difference to the...

16.02.2018

Brilliant Green : The Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence
A leading plant scientist offers a new understanding of the botanical world and a passionate argument for intelligent plant life. Are plants intelligent? Can they solve problems, communicate, and navigate their surroundings? For...

05.01.2016

Antimatter
Antimatter explores a strange mirror world, where particles have identical yet opposite properties to those that make up the familiar matter we encounter everyday; where left becomes right, positive becomes negative; and where,...

24.02.2013

Big Bang
The bestselling author of Fermat's Last Theorem and The Code Book tells the story of the brilliant minds that deciphered the mysteries of the Big Bang. A fascinating exploration of the ultimate question: how was our...

21.12.2017

Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? : A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain
Even if you've never seen a zombie movie or television show, you could identify an undead ghoul if you saw one. With their endless wandering, lumbering gait, insatiable hunger, antisocial behavior, and apparently...

24.03.2015

Physics Squared : 100 Concepts You Should Know
Physics is the oldest and deepest of all the sciences, revealing profound truths about the way in which the Universe operates. Schrodinger's Cat, the Higgs boson particle, string theory-concepts we've all heard of, but...

09.04.2015

Living Off the Land in Space : Green Roads to the Cosmos
This book presents a visionary concept for future development of space travel. It describes the enabling technology for future propulsion concepts and demonstrates how mankind will `live off the land in space' in migration...

11.04.2011

Unseen Cosmos : The Universe in Radio
Radio telescopes have transformed our understanding of the Universe. Pulsars, quasars, Big Bang cosmology: all are discoveries of the new science of radio astronomy. Here, Francis Graham-Smith describes the birth, development,...

07.01.2018

A Short History of Nearly Everything
Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to understand...

14.10.2016

The Medea Hypothesis : Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-Destructive?
In The Medea Hypothesis, renowned paleontologist Peter Ward proposes a revolutionary and provocative vision of life's relationship with the Earth's biosphere--one that has frightening implications for our future, yet...

30.04.2016

Oxygen : A Four Billion Year History
The air we breathe is twenty-one percent oxygen, an amount higher than on any other known world. While we may take our air for granted, Earth was not always an oxygenated planet. How did it become this way? Donald Canfield-one...

19.09.2016

Imaging the Messier Objects from Your Laptop : Using Remote Telescopes to Capture Astronomical Images and Data
This guide is for anyone interested in practical astronomy but intimidated by the idea of investing in a telescope. It explores the world of remote observing, which requires nothing more than a laptop and a CCD camera. The book...

26.04.2013

Sexual Selection: A Very Short Introduction
Sexual selection, Darwin's other big idea, is the selection for particular traits and behaviours that results from (usually) female choice and male competition. It can produce flamboyant features, such as the peacock's...

15.11.2013

Losing the Head of Philip K. Dick : A Bizarre But True Tale of Androids, Kill Switches and Left Luggage
The incredible story of Philip K. Dick's robotic resurrection - and the android's utterly Dickian 'escape' "This compelling tale of androids, paranoid authors, and research into AI has...an ending that...

08.01.2017

Isotopes: A Very Short Introduction
An isotope is a variant form of a chemical element, containing a different number of neutrons in its nucleus. Most elements exist as several isotopes. Many are stable while others are radioactive, and some may only exist...

22.07.2014

The Quantum Universe : (And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does)
In The Quantum Universe , Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw approach the world of quantum mechanics in the same way they did in Why Does E=mc2? and make fundamental scientific principles accessible,and fascinating,to everyone. The...

21.10.2010

Nature's Compass : The Mystery of Animal Navigation
We know that animals cross miles of water, land, and sky with pinpoint precision on a daily basis. But it is only in recent years that scientists have learned how these astounding feats of navigation are actually accomplished....

18.08.2011

The Fifth Kingdom
The Fifth Kingdom, Third Edition, is a compact but comprehensive encyclopedia of all things pertaining to mycology. Bryce Kendrick, a world-renowned mycologist, explores every aspect of the fungi, from aflatoxin to zoospores,...

28.06.2012

The Particle Zoo : The Search for the Fundamental Nature of Reality
What is everything really made of? If we split matter down into smaller and infinitesimally smaller pieces, where do we arrive? At the Particle Zoo - the extraordinary subatomic world of antimatter, ghostly neutrinos,...

06.06.2012

The Cradle of Humanity : How the changing landscape of Africa made us so smart
Humans are rather weak when compared with many other animals. We are not particular fast and have no natural weapons. Yet Homo sapiens currently number nearly 7.5 billion and are set to rise to nearly 10 billion by the middle...

16.02.2018

The Emerald Planet : How plants changed Earth's history
Plants have profoundly moulded the Earth's climate and the evolutionary trajectory of life. Far from being 'silent witnesses to the passage of time', plants are dynamic components of our world, shaping the...

10.04.2012

Life on the Edge : The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology
Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? Even in this age of cloning and synthetic biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead...

28.09.2010

Biology of Belief

13.08.2014