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The Quest to find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything
Joh Gribbin

13 Jan 2016

The twentieth century gave us two great theories of physics. The general theory of relativity describes the behaviour of very large things; quantum theory the behaviour of very small things. In this landmark book, John Gribbin - one of the best-known writers of popular science over the past 30 years - presents his own version of the Holy Grail of physics, the search that has been going on for decades to find a unified 'Theory of Everything' that combines these ideas into one mathematical package, a single equation that could be printed on a T-shirt, containing the answer to life, the Universe and everything.
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50 Must-See Geological Sites in South Africa
Gavin Whitfield

11 Nov 2015

South Africa has just about the richest geological heritage on the planet. By showcasing 50 must-see sites, this guide describes why, where and how to enjoy it. The book presents 50 of the most recognizable and geologically interesting sites around South Africa, including some of palaeontological or historical renown and some of mining interest. The diverse selection includes sites such as Chapman's Peak, Howick Falls, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Mapungubwe, Tswaing Meteorite Crater and the Fraserburg Fossil Surface.
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Freshwater Life
A Field Guide to the Plants and Animals of Southern Africa
Charles Griffiths, Jenny Day & Mike Picker

14 Oct 2015

Freshwater Life - the first illustrated field guide of its kind for the wider southern African region - describes a vast range of plant and animal groups in a single volume. A ground-breaking concept that encompasses diverse groups from the large and conspicuous vertebrates to the diverse microscopic taxa, the book facilitates identification and describes the ecology of more than 1,000 freshwater organisms.
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Black Brain, White Brain
Is Intelligence Skin Deep?
Gavin Evans

11 Mar 2015

Smart, accessible and stimulating, "Black Brain, White Brain"� is by far the most important book yet written to systematically debunk society's lingering attachments to race science and its pet topics of intelligence, genetics and civilization."- Jonathan Jansen, University of Free State
Racist thinking - that intelligence is influenced by racial origin, for example - was part of mainstream science a century ago and, surprisingly, is still endorsed by maverick scientists at some of the world's most respectable institutions today. The myths being perpetuated on genetics, race, IQ and general intelligence are what Black Brain, White Brain challenges - precisely, systematically and in painstaking detail.
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A Scientist Explains 100 Amazing Things About Sport
John D. Barrow

16 Jan 2014

Oh, how I wish I"d read this book prior to the London Olympics. The bulk of its chapters focus on Olympic events, or aspects thereof, and in many cases enhance one's understanding of an event. There is, as the title implies, a great deal of mathematics in the book - not all of it is difficult to grasp, though some is certainly challenging, and the reader will encounter several of the basic principles of physics (drag, lift, gravitational pull, inertia, and so on).
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What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures
Malcolm Gladwell

16 Jan 2014

In "What the Dog Saw"� Malcolm Gladwell covers everything from criminology to spaghetti sauce to show how the most ordinary subjects can illuminate the most extraordinary things about ourselves and our world.

Looking under the surface of the seemingly mundane, he explores the underdogs, the overlooked, the curious, the miraculous and the disastrous, and reveals how everyone and everything contains an incredible story.
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The Lazarus Effect
The Science that is Erasing the Boundaries between Life & Death
Dr Sam Parnia with Josh Young

04 Sep 2013

"¢ How many minutes can you now survive after cardiac arrest?
"¢ What do new medical techniques teach us about consciousness?
"¢ How will these change our views of who we are?

In 2012, two football stars collapsed while playing. Both were technically dead, yet, while Fabrice Muamba received hypothermia treatment and recovered, his counterpart in another country did not.
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