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            The Physics Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
             

            The Physics Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained (Hardback)

            By DK; Foreword by Al-Khalili, Jim

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            Explore the laws and theories of physics in this accessible introduction to the forces that shape our Universe, our planet, and our everyday lives. Using a bold, graphic-led approach The Physics Book sets out more than 80 key concepts and discoveries that have defined the subject... and influenced our technology since the beginning of time. With the focus firmly on unpicking the thought behind each theory - as well as exploring when and how each idea and breakthrough came about - seven themed chapters examine the history and developments in areas such as Energy and Matter, and Electricity and Magnetism, as well as quantum, nuclear, and particle physics. Eureka moments abound: from Pythagoras's observations of the pleasing harmonies created by vibrating strings, and Galileo's experiments with spheres, to Isaac Newton's apple and his conclusions about gravity and the laws of motion. You'll also learn about Albert Einstein's revelations about relativity; how the accidental discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation confirmed the Big Bang theory; the search for the Higgs boson particle; and why most of our Universe is missing. If you've ever wondered exactly how physicists formulated - and proved - their abstract concepts, The Physics Book is the book for you.
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            ISBN 9780241412725
            Released NZ 3 Mar 2020
            Publisher Dorling Kindersley Publishers
            Interest Age Children / Young Adults
            Series Big Ideas
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            Galileo: And the Science Deniers

            Galileo: And the Science Deniers (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Export)

            By Livio, Mario

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            A fresh interpretation of the life of Galileo Galilei, one of history's greatest and most fascinating scientists, that sheds new light on his discoveries and how he was challenged by science deniers. We really need this story now, because we're living through the next chapter of ...science denial (Bill McKibben). Galileo's story may be more relevant today than ever before. At present, we face enormous crises-such as the minimization of the dangers of climate change-because the science behind these threats is erroneously questioned or ignored. Galileo encountered this problem 400 years ago. His discoveries, based on careful observations and ingenious experiments, contradicted conventional wisdom and the teachings of the church at the time. Consequently, in a blatant assault on freedom of thought, his books were forbidden by church authorities. Astrophysicist and bestselling author Mario Livio draws on his own scientific expertise to provide captivating insights into how Galileo reached his bold new conclusions about the cosmos and the laws of nature. A freethinker who followed the evidence wherever it led him, Galileo was one of the most significant figures behind the scientific revolution. He believed that every educated person should know science as well as literature, and insisted on reaching the widest audience possible, publishing his books in Italian rather than Latin. Galileo was put on trial with his life in the balance for refusing to renounce his scientific convictions. He remains a hero and inspiration to scientists and all of those who respect science-which, as Livio reminds us in this gripping book, remains threatened even today.
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            ISBN 9781982147167
            Released NZ 1 Jun 2020
            Publisher Simon & Schuster
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            The History of Magic: From Alchemy to Witchcraft, from the Ice Age to the Present
             

            The History of Magic: From Alchemy to Witchcraft, from the Ice Age to the Present (Hardback)

            By Gosden, Chris

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            Three great strands of practice and belief run through human history. In religion, the primary human relationship is with one god or many gods. Science distances people from the world. Magic is human beings participating in the universe directly, and the universe influencing and ...shaping us. Magic preceded religion and science. And many people believe in magic: we might swear at the printer or believe that the mind of a patient influences recovery. But over the last few centuries, magic has developed a bad reputation. Professor Chris Gosden restores it to its place in the history of the world, exploring its positive qualities and asking what it can offer the world today. From the curses and charms of ancient Greek, Roman and Jewish magic, to the shamanistic traditions of Eurasia, indigenous America and Africa, the alchemy of the Renaissance, colonial dismissals of magic as backward, and quantum physics today, his colourful history provides the missing part of the story of civilisation. Drawing on decades of research around the world, with incredible breadth and authority, and stunning detail - from the first known horoscope, through the statue ordered into exile, to the power of tattoos - Gosden shows what magic can offer and how we might use it to rethink our relationship with the world.
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            ISBN 9780241294819
            Released NZ 29 Sep 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            In Search of the Woman Who Sailed the World

            In Search of the Woman Who Sailed the World (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Clode, Danielle

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            A voyage of discovery, nature and untold histories - in the vein of Clare Wright, Edmund de Waal and Helen Macdonald.

            ISBN 9781760784959
            Published NZ 29 Sep 2020
            Publisher Pan Macmillan
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Planting the World: Joseph Banks and His Collectors: an Adventurous History of Botany

            Planting the World: Joseph Banks and His Collectors: an Adventurous History of Botany (Hardback)

            By Goodman, Jordan

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            A global history of botany and plant collecting in 18th century based on original research in many languages.

            ISBN 9780007578832
            Released NZ 2 Sep 2020
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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            Banks
             

            Banks (Hardback)

            By Kieza, Grantlee

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            • Pub Date
              5 Nov 20

            Lust, science, adventure - Joseph Banks and his voyages of discovery Explorer, naturalist and president of Britain's Royal Society, Sir Joseph Banks was a larger-than-life character best known for his promotion of science. In 1768 Banks joined Captain James Cook's expedition to t...he South Pacific. The 30,000 specimens he brought back generated enormous interest, as did the sometimes racy written account of the journey, which chronicled his frequent amorous exploits. Banks' passion for the new and unusual flora of Australia led him to recommend Botany Bay to parliament as an excellent place for a penal settlement, despite the fact the soil was poor and there was no fresh running water, but he later became the foremost expert on everything Australian. By award-winning bestselling writer Grantlee Kieza, Banks is a rich and rollicking biography of one of Britain's most colourful and successful scientists.
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            ISBN 9780733340505
            Published NZ 5 Nov 2020
            Publisher ABC Books
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            Charles Darwin?s Barnacle and David Bowie?s Spider: How Scientific Names Celebrate Adventurers, Heroes, and Even a Few Scoundrels
             

            Charles Darwin?s Barnacle and David Bowie?s Spider: How Scientific Names Celebrate Adventurers, Heroes, and Even a Few Scoundrels (Hardback)

            By Heard, Stephen B.; Illustrated by Damstra, Emily S.

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            An engaging history of the surprising, poignant, and occasionally scandalous stories behind scientific names and their cultural significance

            ISBN 9780300238280
            Released NZ 15 Jun 2020
            Publisher Yale University Press
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            The Next Great Migration: The Story of Movement on a Changing Planet
             

            The Next Great Migration: The Story of Movement on a Changing Planet (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Shah, Sonia

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              3 Nov 20

            The news is full of stories of people on the move. Wild species, too, are escaping warming seas and desiccated lands in a mass exodus. Politicians and the media present this upheaval of migration patterns as unprecedented, blaming it for the spread of disease and conflict, and sp...reading anxiety across the world as a result. But the science and history of migration in animals, plants, and humans tell a different story. Far from being a disruptive behaviour, migration is an ancient and lifesaving response to environmental change, a biological imperative as necessary as breathing. Climate changes triggered the first human migrations out of Africa. Falling sea levels allowed our passage across the Bering Sea. Unhampered by borders, migration allowed our ancestors to people the planet, into the highest reaches of the Himalayan Mountains and the most remote islands of the Pacific, disseminating the biological, cultural and social diversity that ecosystems and societies depend upon. In other words, migration is not the crisis - it is the solution. Tracking the history of misinformation from the 18th century through to today's anti-immigration policies, The Next Great Migration makes the case for a future in which migration is not a source of fear, but of hope.
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            ISBN 9781526626646
            Released NZ 3 Nov 2020
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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            Dutch Light: Christiaan Huygens and the Making of Science in Europe
             

            Dutch Light: Christiaan Huygens and the Making of Science in Europe (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Aldersey-Williams, Hugh

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              28 Dec 20

            Hugh Aldersey-Williams transports us to the Dutch Golden Age - a time of immense scientific and artistic innovation - in this histo-biography of Christiaan Huygens, one of Europe's leading, yet unsung, thinkers.

            ISBN 9781509893331
            Released NZ 28 Dec 2020
            Publisher Pan Macmillan
            Interest Age 18+ years
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            From Our Own Correspondent: A Decade of Dispatches from Across the World

            From Our Own Correspondent: A Decade of Dispatches from Across the World (Hardback)

            By Hope, Polly

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            An official companion book to From Our Own Correspondent, BBC Radio 4's flagship foreign affairs programme.

            ISBN 9781474607667
            Released NZ 11 Aug 2020
            Publisher Orion Publishing
            Interest Age 16+ years
            Series The Legacy Trilogy
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