The Remarkable Lives of Numbers
A Mathematical Compendium from 1 to 200
For those who have never heard of Keith numbers or Euler bricks but think they sound interesting, Derrick Niederman offers an engrossing miscellany to satisfy the ‘intellectually curious’. He sets out the arithmetic, geometry and stories of every number from 1 to 200: the 20-sided icosahedron, we learn, is the structure within many viruses; and 42, apart from being the answer to everything, was how many boxes Lewis Carroll gave the Baker in The Hunting of the Snark.
The Complete Idiot's Guide
To Pain Relief
Offering an overview of the conditions that cause pain and providing advice on how to live with, manage and treat it, this guide looks at over-the-counter and prescription medications and considers a range of alternative therapies such as acupuncture and meditation.
No Less Than Mystic
A History of Lenin and the Russian Revolution for a 21st-Century Left
In this study, Medhurst approaches the Russian revolutionary period, 1903 to 1921, from the perspective of modern, non-Marxist, participatory socialism. He seeks to explain why the Bolshevik Revolution degenerated so quickly into Stalinism, and re-examines the roles of both the Bolshevik leaders and the Russian non-Leninist socialists. Slightly off-mint.
I Used to Know That
Stuff You Forgot from School
In chapters on English language and literature, maths, science, history and geography, Caroline Taggart’s distillation of the essential stuff that you learned in school, but forgot to remember, is an enjoyable trip back to the land of subordinate clauses and metaphysical poets, quadratic equations, the periodic table and the Wars of the Roses – and no exams.
What Colour is the Sun?
Mind-Bending Science Facts in the Solar System's Brightest Quiz
Brian Clegg’s quiz book-cum-science compendium explores surprising facts about physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, technology and the history of science. Each of the 100 questions is accompanied by related facts and anecdotes and, on the following page, a fully explained answer.
Delicious and Natural Remedies to Boost Your Health
Designed to support the body's digestive, respiratory, nervous and endocrine systems, increase energy levels and create an overall sense of well-being, this collection of recipes, including a Turmeric Tonic and Homemade Probiotic, is inspired by traditional medicines from the East. The volume also includes an ailments guide, an extensive glossary of everyday herbs and spices and a list of kitchen staples to keep in stock.
We Have No Idea
A Guide to the Unknown Universe
Scientists have little idea what dark energy and dark matter are and these mysterious substances make up the vast majority of the universe. With the help of cartoons and infographics, this discussion of the many problems vexing cosmologists describes complex conundrums, such as why the universe has a speed limit or properties of the universe that the Big Bang theory cannot account for, in a lucid and entertaining way. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The History of the World Quiz Book
1,000 Questions and Answers to Test Your Knowledge
From the Stone Age to 1945 in ten historical eras and 1,000 questions, this quiz book covers the major events and prominent people of world history. The questions are not too challenging to tackle after Christmas dinner, although some are trickier than others. Answers at the end of each chapter.
The Third QI Book of General Ignorance
A Quite Interesting Book
What is marmalade made from? Silly me, thinking it was oranges. The QI team dip once more into the bottomless pit of ignorance and confound us with the right answers to questions we thought were settled once and for all. Whether it's history, science, sport, geography, literature, languages, medicine, classics or common wisdom, you'll be astonished to discover how hopelessly wrong you are about the things you thought you knew.
Advice, Puzzles and Activities to Keep our Brains Active in Later Life
The acclaimed puzzle and brain training expert, author of The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book and the BrainedUp.com website, Dr Gareth Moore has devised activities and puzzles to help ageing brains stay sharp and reduce the memory-related effects of getting older. After a simple introduction to how the brain works and how it changes, there are chapters on keeping your brain fit, and advice and exercises for memory, learning, staying positive and concentration.
A Mood Apart
Depression, Mania and Other Afflictions of the Self
This groundbreaking work on the science of mood disorders by the distinguished psychiatrist Peter Whybrow has now been updated to include the latest research and considers how the culture surrounding mental illness has progressed since the book was first published in 1997.Off-mint.
The I Used to Know That Activity Book
Stuff You Forgot From School
Which poet wrote about apes and peacocks? Could you point to Kinshasa on the map of Africa? Can you recite the sine rule? Well, not to worry... Just for fun, this ‘activity book’ from the I Used to Know That series is full of tests on English language and literature, history, geography, maths, science and general studies – all stuff that you once knew. Answers at the back when you get really stuck.
Flesh and Blood
A History of My Family in Seven Maladies
The actor Stephen McGann tells the story of his family over five generations through the diseases that afflicted them. They range from the famine and smallpox that claimed the lives of infant relatives in the 19th century to the necrosis that almost killed his wife, Heidi Thomas, inspiring her to write the BBC adaptation of Call the Midwife. Combining genealogy and social history, this volume explores the effects of illness on society through the generations. Signed by the author.
Trivial Events and Trifling Decisions that Changed British History
In 1831, 26-year-old Captain Robert FitzRoy advertised for a companion to join him on a voyage to South America. The ship was the HMS Beagle; the successful applicant the young Charles Darwin; the result of the voyage the theory of natural selection. This entertaining compendium of 40 historical anecdotes, whose topics include science, politics, food and literature, illustrates how seemingly insignificant events can alter the course of history.
Brain of Britain
Ultimate Quiz Book
Starting as What Do You Know? in 1953, and changing its title in 1967, BBC Radio 4's Brain of Britain is probably ‘the most venerable of general knowledge quizzes anywhere’. With this book you can challenge your own brain with 2,000 questions (50 quizzes of 40 questions each) drawn from the programme’s archives. By way of introduction, the current presenter, Russell Davies, has written a history of Brain of Britain and shares his thoughts on ‘this quiz lark’.
Can Onions Cure Ear-Ache?
Medical Advice from 1769 by William Buchan, MD
William Buchan’s Domestic Medicine was an 18th-century bestseller, a self-help manual intended for those who could not afford professional medical assistance. It covered everything from hiccups to consumption but, as Robert Winston writes in his foreword, ‘most remedies in Buchan’s time remained distinctly dodgy’. Melanie King introduces a selection from his A–Z of often hair-raising advice.
Stop Snoring the Easy Way
And the Real Reasons You Need To
Snoring occurs when structures in the throat – the soft palate, the uvula and the epiglottis – start to flap, trapping air and momentarily creating a high-pressure build-up that produces the sound. This book explains the causes of snoring and the health risks associated with it, and sets out a series of simple daily exercises that may help to restore muscle tone in the throat and eliminate the problem.
A Short History of Disease
Plagues, Poxes and Civilisations
Over the centuries, disease has claimed more lives than natural disasters and warfare combined. Largely a social history, this book starts in prehistoric times, and moves from the Black Death of the 14th century to more modern conditions such as Ebola and MRSA. Incorporating individual case studies, the text also explores the human struggle to drive all disease to extinction.
The All-New University Challenge Quiz Book
Following the exact format of the venerable BBC2 television quiz (except you won’t have to sit on each other’s heads), this book poses the starters, each with three bonus questions, for 15 matches – altogether, over 2,000 questions. The dilemma will be to Google or not to Google. Off-mint.
A Classic Survey on the Use and Abuse of Mind-Altering Plants
Little was known about morphine and its addictive qualities when Louis Lewin published his first study of the drug in 1874, and his continued work in pharmacology and toxicology contributed greatly to the field, culminating in this classic manual, published in 1924. The book sets out detailed information on the properties and effects of all major drugs known at the time, including opium, cannabis, peyote, cocaine, coffee, cocoa and alcohol.
Conquering Heart Attacks and Strokes
A Simple 10-Step Plan For Lifetime Cardiac Health
It's an unavoidable fact that our lifestyle choices play a major role in determining our health. This guide aims to help you alter your daily routines in a range of ways, to become and stay healthy. There is guidance for assessing your risk factors, recognizing danger signs and making a plan that encompasses healthy eating, controlling your weight, exercise and having fun. The tone is upbeat and encouraging throughout. American spelling.
How Smart Are You?
Test Your Math IQ
How to improve your number skills: these 50 ten-question quizzes have an IQ-style scoring system that enables you to compare your performance with the average mark. The tests cover decimals and fractions, interest and percentages, means and medians and pose a range of algebraic word problems, interspersed with brief biographies of great mathematicians from Pythagoras to Andrew Wiles, who solved Fermat’s Last Theorem in 1994. American spelling and elastic closure.
The Not-So-Nude Ride of Lady Godiva
and Other Morsels of Misinformation from the History Books
David Haviland sorts fact from fiction in an entertaining compilation of historical trivia ranging from the Trojan War and Julius Caesar to Kim Jong-Il's record-breaking round of golf. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Secret Life of Sleep
Beyond the data of modern scientific sleep research, the author explores every kind of information and writing about sleep, but looks particularly at how knowledge about it exists in cultural practices, rituals, oral teachings, proverbs and song. Arranged in chapters following the progress of a night’s sleep, the book discusses topics as diverse as sleeping babies and the meaning of dreams to reveal the importance of sleep and the interdependence of our waking and sleeping lives.
Any Number of Things You Didn't Know... and Some You Did
Money, music, movies, life on Earth and the human body, sport, science and space – everything, in fact, is governed by numbers. Arranged (numerically of course) in sections on subjects from the here and now of the modern world to infinity, Numeroids presents 1,300 pieces of numerical information. There is something for everyone, whether your interest is in the number of teeth a tortoise has (zero), or the size of the US defence budget (c.$689 billion).