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  • Complexitiesby Bettye Anne Case; Anne M. Leggett

    Princeton University Press 2016; US$ 35.00

    Sophie Germain taught herself mathematics by candlelight, huddled in her bedclothes. Ada Byron Lovelace anticipated aspects of general-purpose digital computing by more than a century. Cora Ratto de Sadosky advanced messages of tolerance and equality while sharing her mathematical talents with generations of students. This captivating book gives... more...

  • How to Think Like Stephen Hawkingby Daniel Smith

    Michael O'Mara 2016; US$ 9.99

    A unique insight into the mind of one of the world?s most extraordinary thinkers.Undoubtedly the most famous scientist on the planet and the very face of physics over the last half-century, Stephen Hawking is remarkable for many reasons. Not least because he has continued to strive to achieve so much while being hamstrung by debilitating illness. He... more...

  • The People's Gardenerby Jim Buttress

    Pan Macmillan 2016; US$ 13.30

    With an introduction by Alan Titchmarsh, The People's Gardener is an inspiring memoir by top gardening judge Jim Buttress, that will amuse and enthral gardeners everywhere. As a judge at the RHS, Jim Buttress presides over the country's favourite flower shows, including Chelsea and Hampton Court. He also judged the Britain in Bloom competition... more...

  • GoatManby Thomas Thwaites

    Princeton Architectural Press 2016; US$ 19.99

    The dazzling success of The Toaster Project , including TV appearances and an international book tour, leaves Thomas Thwaites in a slump. His friends increasingly behave like adults, while Thwaites still lives at home, "stuck in a big, dark hole." Luckily, a research grant offers the perfect out: a chance to take a holiday from the complications of... more...

  • Drive!by Lawrence Goldstone

    Random House Publishing Group 2016; US$ 28.00

    From the acclaimed author of Birdmen comes a revelatory new history of the birth of the automobile, an illuminating and entertaining true tale of invention, competition, and the visionaries, hustlers, and swindlers who came together to transform the world. In 1900, the Automobile Club of America sponsored the nation?s first car show in New York?s... more...

  • The Meanings of J. Robert Oppenheimerby Lindsey Michael Banco

    University of Iowa Press 2016; US$ 22.50

    He called the first atomic bomb ?technically sweet,? yet as he watched its brilliant light explode over the New Mexico desert in 1945 in advance of the black horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he also thought of the line from the Hindu epic The Bhagavad Gita : ?I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.? Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientific... more...

  • The Experimental Selfby Jan Golinski

    University of Chicago Press 2016; US$ 30.00

    What did it mean to be a scientist before the profession itself existed? Jan Golinski finds an answer in the remarkable career of Humphry Davy, the foremost chemist of his day and one of the most distinguished British men of science of the nineteenth century. Originally a country boy from a modest background, Davy was propelled by his scientific accomplishments... more...

  • Einstein at Homeby Friedrich Herneck; Josef Eisinger; Alice Calaprice

    Prometheus Books 2016; US$ 11.99

    These intimate, candid descriptions of the private life of Albert Einstein come from a series of interviews with Herta Waldow, a housekeeper who lived with Einstein and his wife and daughter from 1927 to 1933 at their residence in Berlin. After World War II, science historian Friedrich Herneck interviewed Ms. Waldow and published the conversations... more...

  • Fingers in the Sparkle Jarby Chris Packham

    Ebury Publishing 2016; US$ 28.19

    Every minute was magical, every single thing it did was fascinating and everything it didn't do was equally wondrous, and to be sat there, with a Kestrel, a real live Kestrel, my own real live Kestrel on my wrist! I felt like I'd climbed through a hole in heaven's fence. An introverted, unusual young boy, isolated by his obsessions and a loner... more...

  • Avalancheby Julia Leigh

    Penguin Books Ltd 2016; US$ 14.38

    At the age of 38 acclaimed novelist Julia Leigh made her first visit to the IVF clinic, full of hope. So started a long and costly journey of nightly injections, blood tests, surgeries and rituals. Writing in the immediate aftermath of her decision to stop treatment, Leigh lays bare the truths of her experience: the highs of hope and the depths of... more...