Popular Science

    From strange experiments in the name of science to the secret mathematics of the Simpsons, our popular science books can provide fun for anyone's tastes.

    The Brain: 10 Things You Should Know


    Uncover the mind-blowing complexities of the brain and how it affects our personalities, behaviours and more.Written by Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL, Sophie Scott, and composed of ten mind-blowing...

    Black Holes: The Key to Understanding the Universe


    A Brief History of Time for the 21st Century At the heart of our galaxy lies a monster so deadly, not even light can escape its grasp. Its secrets lie...

    Growing Up Human: The Evolution of Childhood HB


    In Growing Up Human, Brenna Hassett explores how our evolutionary history has shaped a phenomenon every reader will have experienced - childhood.Tracking deep into our evolutionary history, anthropological science has...

    The Matter of Everything: Twelve Experiments that Changed Our World


    The astonishing story of twentieth-century physics, told through the twelve experiments that changed our world'A splendid idea, vividly carried out: I enjoyed this book enormously' PHILIP PULLMAN'The perfect bedside book...

    Two Heads: Where Two Neuroscientists Explore How Our Brains Work with Other Brains


    'Charming and addictively accessible' STEVEN PINKER'Original, authoritative and beautiful' BRIAN COX'The most wonderful adventure' ROBIN INCEA brilliantly illustrated journey through the wonders and mysteries of the human brain - from...

    Flights of Fancy: Defying Gravity b


    Richard Dawkins on how nature and humans have learned to overcome the pull of gravity and take to the skies. 'A masterly investigation of all aspects of flight, human and...

    The Matter of Everything: Twelve Experiments that Changed Our World


    The astonishing story of twentieth-century physics, told through the twelve experiments that changed our world'A splendid idea, vividly carried out: I enjoyed this book enormously' PHILIP PULLMAN'The perfect bedside book...

    Importance of Being Interested The


    Comedian Robin Ince quickly abandoned science at school, bored by a fog of dull lessons and intimidated by the barrage of equations. But, twenty years later, he fell in love...

    Being You: A New Science of Consciousness


    A BOOK OF THE YEARGUARDIAN, THE ECONOMIST, NEW STATESMAN, FINANCIAL TIMES, BLOOMBERGAnil Seth's radical new theory of consciousness challenges our understanding of perception and reality, doing for brain science what...

    Brilliant Abyss PB


    The deep sea is the last, vast wilderness on the planet. For centuries, myth-makers and storytellers have concocted imaginary monsters of the deep, and now scientists are looking there to...

    And Finally: Matters of Life and Death TPB


    As a neurosurgeon, I lived in a world filled with fear and suffering, death and cancer. But rarely, if ever, did I think about what it would be like if...

    Future Stories: A user's guide to the future TPB


    'David Christian's approach to understanding history can help all of us learn to prepare for the future' - Bill GatesA user's guide to the future: from the algorithms in DNA...

    Helgoland: The Strange and Beautiful Story of Quantum Physics


    The instant Sunday Times bestseller -- a beautiful story of rebellion and science'Popular science has rarely been so good' Prospect'A triumph. . . We are left in a world that...

    Planta Sapiens: Unmasking Plant Int


    Have you ever sat and watched a plant? The very idea itself might seem strange. We like to watch things that move, that do something. But in fact, plants are...

    Invisible Universe The: Why There'


    From the discovery of entirely new kinds of galaxies to a window into cosmic 'prehistory', Bothwell shows us the Universe as we've never seen it before - literally.Since the dawn...

    What's the Use?


    'Stewart is Britain's most brilliant and prolific populariser of maths' Alex Bellos'The instructive equivalent of a Michelin-starred tasting menu' Tim RadfordMany people think mathematics is useless. They're wrong. In the...

    The Astronomy Puzzle Book HB


    __________Out now: the biggest quiz book of the year. The Astronomy Puzzle Book is a puzzle book that's truly out of this world__________What's Goldilocks got to do with the study...

    Vaxxers: A Pioneering Moment in Scientific History


    'An enthralling tale of toil, tenacity and triumph' RACHEL CLARKEThis is the story of a race - not against other vaccines or other scientists, but against a deadly and devastating...

    Out of the Shadow of a Giant: How Newton Stood on the Shoulders of Hooke and Halley


    Shortlisted for the BSHS Hughes Prize What if Isaac Newton had never lived? Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley, whose place in history has been overshadowed by the giant figure of...

    The Mission: A True Story


    "Exceptionally absorbing and thrilling. ... Masterful." -NatureA "magnificent" (Scientific American), genre-defying narrative of the most ambitious science project ever conceived: NASA's deep space mission to Europa, the Jovian moon where...

    30-Second Genetics: The 50 most revolutionary discoveries in genetics, each explained in half a minute


    This whistlestop guide teaches you everything you need to know about the fascinating science of genetics! Genetics is the study of heredity, and reveals how the characteristics of living organisms...

    Chasing the Moon: How America Beat Russia in the Space Race


    In a world divided by the ideological struggles of the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement, more than one-fifth of the people on the planet paused...

    Thinking Better The Art of the Shortcut


    How do you remember more and forget less? How can you earn more and become more creative just by moving house? And how do you pack a car boot most...

    Quantum Computing: The Transformative Technology of the Qubit Revolution


    The ultimate non-technical guide to the fast-developing world of quantum computing Computer technology has improved exponentially over the last 50 years. But the headroom for bigger and better electronic solutions...

    Light in the Darkness: Black Holes, The Universe and Us


    As featured in THE EDGE OF ALL WE KNOW - the new Netflix documentary about Black HolesFor readers of Stephen Hawking, a fascinating account of the universe from the perspective...

    How the Mind Changed A Human History


    No other life form on the planet has generated a brain like ours. How did a bundle of cells weighing just 1.2 kg give rise to conscious, self-aware beings capable...



    Extraterrestrial life is a common theme inscience fiction, but is it a serious prospect in the real world? Astrobiologyis the emerging field of science that seeks to answer this question.The...

    Quantum- A Guide for the Perplexed


    From Schrodinger's cat to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, this book untangles the weirdness of the quantum world.Quantum mechanics underpins modern science and provides us with a blueprint for reality itself. And...



    Darwin takes a look at the life of this incredible man, from his birth, his ground-breaking publications and far-flung travels, Darwinism and his theories on evolution, all the way to...

    This Is Your Mind On Plants Opium-


    THE INSPIRATION FOR THE MAJOR NEW NETFLIX SERIES, HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND'It's a trip - engrossing, eye-opening, mind altering' New Statesman 'Fascinating. Pollan is the perfect guide ... curious,...

    Water Always Wins: Thriving in an Age of Drought and Deluge


    A journey through time and around the world to uncover water's true nature, and how it can help us adapt to climate change.Trouble with water - increasingly frequent, extreme floods...

    Jellyfish Age Backwards: Nature's Secrets to Longevity


    ~THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER~A deep-dive into the astonishing nature and true science of longevity Molecular Biologist Nicklas Brendborg takes us on a journey from the farthest reaches of the globe to...

    Eureka!: Mindblowing Science Every Day of the Year


    Introduced by Jim Al-KhaliliCould you surf down an erupting volcano?Why do zebras have stripes?Are you breathing the same air as Leonardo da Vinci?Are there any green mammals?Why do pineapples have...

    Frequently Asked Questions About the Universe


    You've got questions: about space, time, gravity, and the odds of meeting your older self inside a wormhole. All the answers you need are right here.As a species, we may...

    The Ghost In The Garden: in search of Darwin's lost garden


    The forgotten garden that inspired Charles Darwin becomes the modern-day setting for an exploration of memory, family, and the legacy of genius.Darwin's childhood garden at The Mount in Shrewsbury was...



    'A great journalist with a whip-like satirical prose style... Wolfe's great gift is to make the heavy seem light and this book is such an entertaining polemic that I read...



    Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21 and was expected to live for only another two years. He went on to write books and...

    The Hidden Spring: A Journey to the Source of Consciousness


    'Nobody bewitched by these mysteries can afford to ignore the solution proposed by Mark Solms' - Oliver Burkeman, Guardian'A remarkable book. It changes everything' - Brian EnoHow does the mind...

    The Human Cosmos: A Secret History of the Stars


    For most of human history, we have had a close relationship with the stars. Once they shaped our religious beliefs, power structures, scientific advances and even our biology. But over...

    Moving Heaven & Earth: Copernicus & the Solar System


    When Nicolaus Copernicus claimed that the Earth was not stationary at the centre of the universe but circled the Sun, he brought about a total revolution in the sciences and...

    Smell of Fresh Rain: The Unexpected Pleasures of our Most Elusive Sense


    Smell is the most emotional and evocative of our senses: it can bring back memories faster and with more immediacy than a photograph - so why is it so little...

    American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic


    When Dr David Hosack tilled the America's first botanical garden in the Manhattan soil more than two hundred years ago, he didn't just dramatically alter the New York landscape; he...

    The Reassembler


    'A typically Mayesque celebration of classic engineering ... May is extraordinarily good at explaining what a carburettor is or outlining how a governor works... It's charming, transfixing and surprisingly intimate...It...

    Lost and Found: Why Losing Our Memories Doesn't Mean Losing Ourselves


    'Exquisite . . . a book for anyone with a loved one with dementia. In Montague's hands this landscape is rendered more bearable.' Irish Times 'A profoundly moving book ....

    The Vinyl Frontier: The Story of NASA's Interstellar Mixtape


    'Bursts with gloriously geeky detail.' The TelegraphHave you ever made someone you love a mix-tape? Forty years ago, a group of scientists, artists and writers gathered in a house in...

    Sticky: The Secret Science of Surfaces


    You are surrounded by stickiness. With every step you take, air molecules cling to you and slow you down; the effect is harder to ignore in water. When you hit...

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