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  • 30-Second Astronomyby Francois Fressin

    Icon Books 2013; US$ 11.65

    How hot is Venus? Can you distinguish between a pulsar and a quasar? Is there a universe or a multiverse? Where do we fit into the infinitely grand scheme of things? How do we map the Cosmic Microwave Background? Most tantalizing of all: Is there anyone out there? The answers to these and many other far-out questions lie in your hands. Everyone?s... more...

  • Bats Sing, Mice Giggleby Karen Shanor; Jagmeet Kanwal

    Icon Books 2010; US$ 11.65

    Drawing upon the very latest scientific research, Karen Shanor and Jagmeet Kanwal show how animals build, create and entertain themselves and others; how they express grief, joy, anger and fear; how animal ‘friends’ keep in touch; and how some animals problem-solve even more effectively than humans.The result is a thrilling scientific exploration... more...

  • A Carpet Ride to Khivaby Christopher Alexander

    Icon Books 2010; US$ 11.65

    Chris Alexander originally travelled to Khiva, a remote walled city in Uzbekistan on the route of the ancient Silk Road, to write a guidebook. But he stayed, mesmerized by a world of silk and forgotten 15th-century carpet designs – discovering indigo blue, madder red, pomegranate gold and the subtle shades of life in a desert oasis.  ... more...

  • The Girl on the Wallby Jean Baggott

    Icon Books 2011; US$ 11.65

    An extraordinary memoir – told through a hand-sewn tapestry – of a very ordinary English life  As the clock struck midnight on 31 December 1999, Jean Baggott vowed that from that point on her life would be devoted to the  happiness of ‘the girl on the wall’ – a  1948 photograph taken of Jean when she was... more...

  • The Lives and Times of the Great Composersby Michael Steen

    Icon Books 2011; US$ 11.65

    Explore the life of Bach, the respectable burgher much of whose vast output was composed amidst petty turf disputes in Lutheran Leipzig; the ugly, argumentative Beethoven in French-occupied Vienna, obsessed by his laundry; Mozart, the over-exploited infant prodigy whose untimely death was shrouded in rumour. Steen gives us the story of Verdi, who... more...

  • Love, Sex, Death and Wordsby John Sutherland; Stephen Fender

    Icon Books 2011; US$ 11.65

    In this absorbing companion to literature’s rich past, arranged by days of the year, acclaimed critics and friends John Sutherland and Stephen Fender turn up the most inspiring, enlightening, surprising and curious artefacts literature has to offer.Why did 16 June 1904 matter so much to James Joyce? Which great literary love affair was brought... more...

  • Messiby Luca Caioli

    Icon Books 2010; US$ 11.65

    The 2009 FIFA Player of the Year and European Footballer of the Year Lional Messi is fast, elusive, mesmerising. Nominated by Maradona as successor to his No. 10 Argentina shirt, he is already set for football divinity. At only 22 Messi is widely regarded as the planet's most naturally gifted player, a hero in Barcelona and Argentina and the envy... more...

  • Perfect Rigourby Masha Gessen

    Icon Books 2011; US$ 11.65

    A thrilling account of an utterly brilliant and utterly eccentric Russian mathematician which sheds a rare light on the unique burden of genius  In 2006, an eccentric Russian mathematician named Grigori Perelman solved one of the world's greatest intellectual puzzles. The Poincare conjecture is an extremely complex topological problem that... more...

  • The World's Greatest Ideaby John Farndon

    Icon Books 2010; US$ 11.65

    Where would humanity be now without fire, vaccinations, farming … or wine? A great idea is one that has changed the path of human civilisation. But which is the greatest of them all?  John Farndon, author of the bestselling Do You Think You’re Clever?, has set out to find the answer.  A distinguished panel of experts agreed on... more...

  • Ball of Confusionby Johnny Ball

    Icon Books 2011; US$ 11.65

    TV maths star Johnny Ball presents brain-teasers from his regular slot on his daughter Zoe’s Radio 2 show.  Ball of Confusion is designed to twist your brain into enjoyable knots of empuzzlement – from puzzles solved in a twinkling of an eye to some that will knit your brow for hours. From how to cheat in a coin toss to why it is that... more...