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Why Can't Elephants Jump?


and 113 More Science Questions Answered

Mick O'Hare

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Profile 2010
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Following the bestselling Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?, here is another selection of readers' questions and answers from New Scientist magazine's Following the bestselling Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?, here is another selection of readers' questions and answers from New Scientist magazine's 'Last Word' column. Topics include food and drink (What is the difference between a shaken and a stirred martini?), animals (Do mosquitos get malaria?) and transport (Does a Formula One car generate enough downforce to stick to the ceiling?) ...more
 

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One, Two, Three


Absolutely Elementary Mathematics

David Berlinski


Pantheon 2011
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In a fascinating exploration of the foundation of mathematics, filled with illuminating historical anecdotes and asides, David Berlinski takes on the In a fascinating exploration of the foundation of mathematics, filled with illuminating historical anecdotes and asides, David Berlinski takes on the simplest questions that can be asked: What is a number? How do addition, subtraction, multiplication and division actually work? What are geometry and logic? As he delves into these subjects, he reveals the beauty and complexity behind their seemingly simple exteriors, making clear how and why these mercurial, often slippery concepts are essential to who we are. ...more
 

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Easy as Pi


The Countless Ways We Use Numbers Every Day

Jamie Buchan


Reader's Digest 2010
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Numbers are all-pervasive in our world; Pythagoras even said they rule the universe. This guide to the numbers of everyday life explains how they inflNumbers are all-pervasive in our world; Pythagoras even said they rule the universe. This guide to the numbers of everyday life explains how they influence our religion, myth, fiction and linguistic idioms, why some numbers are considered lucky or unlucky, how they are exploited in games and scams, and their vital role in the realms of mathematics and science....more
 

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Puppies


Wet Noses and Fuzzy Bellies

Jane Burton


VMB 2010
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For anyone who has no puppy of their own to fall in love with, here are hundreds, captured in beautiful studio photographs, yet behaving like puppies For anyone who has no puppy of their own to fall in love with, here are hundreds, captured in beautiful studio photographs, yet behaving like puppies should - mostly playing and sleeping. The pictures are by wildlife filmmaker and photographer Jane Burton (1933-2007) and they need few words - each puppy's age and breed and quotations from miscellaneous philosophers, dog lovers and rock stars - among them, Charles Schulz ('Happiness is a warm puppy') and Longfellow ('Youth comes but once in a lifetime'). ...more
 

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Wonders of the Indian Wilderness



Erach Bharucha


Abbeville 2006
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The Puzzler's Dilemma


From the Lighthouse of Alexandria

Derrick Niederman


Perigee 2012
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Described as 'a fresh look at classic conundrums of logic, mathematics, and life', The Puzzler's Dilemma ranges from the paradoxes of ancient philosopDescribed as 'a fresh look at classic conundrums of logic, mathematics, and life', The Puzzler's Dilemma ranges from the paradoxes of ancient philosophers such as Zeno to Edward de Bono's 'lateral thinking' and the infamous Monty Hall problem. Veteran puzzle maker Derrick Niederman takes the reader through each teaser with new approaches which will amuse and enlighten both novices and more experienced puzzlers. ...more
 

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The Mystery of Metamorphosis


A Scientific Detective Story

Frank Ryan


Chelsea Green 2011
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The idea of 'metamorphosis' conjures up stories from mythology and science fiction, but many real creatures undergo wondrous transformations which remThe idea of 'metamorphosis' conjures up stories from mythology and science fiction, but many real creatures undergo wondrous transformations which remain some of the least understood phenomena in nature. Evolutionary biologist Frank Ryan elucidates the last two centuries of debate between the scientists who have tried to solve this riddle. He brings the story up to date with Don Williamson's iconoclastic theory that the origins of metamorphosis could lie in the fusion of completely different species. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge. ...more
 

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Audubon


Early Drawings

Jean Audubon; Scott V Edwards


Harvard University Press 2008
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The French-American ornithologist John James Audubon (1785-1851) is celebrated for his illustrations of the birds of his adopted country; but before TThe French-American ornithologist John James Audubon (1785-1851) is celebrated for his illustrations of the birds of his adopted country; but before The Birds of America won him international fame, he sold a number of early works to his friend Edward Harris. Drawing on this collection, now at Harvard, this handsome volume presents 116 paintings of European and American birds, traces Audubon's painstaking acquisition of his craft, and charts the history of this priceless collection. Slip-cased. ...more
 

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Accurate Clock Pendulums



Robert James Matthys


Oxford University Press 2004
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Stars and Planets



Richard Happer


Collins 2013
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Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn can be seen with the naked eye, and a good pair of binoculars is enough to reveal some detail in the planets of theMercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn can be seen with the naked eye, and a good pair of binoculars is enough to reveal some detail in the planets of the Solar System. With clear and concise explanatory text, large colour illustrations, photographs and star charts, this introduction to astronomy explains the formation of stars, galaxies and nebulae, provides a guide to the constellations and gives advice on how to get started with star-gazing. Published in association with the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. ...more
 

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Philip's Guide to Weather



Ross Reynolds


Bounty 2012
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Unprecedented rainfall, high winds and higher than normal temperatures have made the weather in the UK a major talking point in recent years. This useUnprecedented rainfall, high winds and higher than normal temperatures have made the weather in the UK a major talking point in recent years. This useful pocket guide explains how global weather systems work, describes the different cloud types and explains how weather is observed and forecast. There is also a section detailing the likely weather in popular tourist destinations around the world. ...more
 

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A Year in the Life of an English Meadow



Andy Garnett; Polly Devlin


Frances Lincoln 2007
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Since they acquired Cannwood Meadow in Somerset in 1983, the authors have maintained the nine acre pasture as a traditional hay meadow - a rare sanctuSince they acquired Cannwood Meadow in Somerset in 1983, the authors have maintained the nine acre pasture as a traditional hay meadow - a rare sanctuary for wild flowers and grasses, insects and animals. The meadow was made a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1987 and in 2005, botanist Chris Smith identified and recorded 130 species there. As well as a describing the meadow through the year, this book reproduces Dr Smith's album of pressed and photographed flowers and plants. ...more
 

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Do Polar Bears Get Lonely?


And 101 Other Intriguing Science Questions

Mick O'Hare

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Profile 2008
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Scientific Lives



John Aubrey


Hesperus 2011
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Ancient Trees in the Landscape


Norfolk's Arboreal Heritage

Gerry Barnes; Tom Williamson


Windgather 2011
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Norfolk is rich in woodlands, many of which have been traditionally managed for centuries, but this account of the county's ancient trees is of more tNorfolk is rich in woodlands, many of which have been traditionally managed for centuries, but this account of the county's ancient trees is of more than local interest: it is an exploration of how trees can be studied as part of the landscape. Among the topics discussed are the dating of trees; trees of farmland and hedgerow; woods and wood- pastures; orchards, pine rows and willow lines; and how trees have been used in parks, gardens and churchyards. ...more
 

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