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Lost Antarctica
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James McClintock
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

Few of us will ever get to Antarctica. The bitter cold and three months a year without sunlight makes the sixth continent virtually uninhabitable for humans....


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Prize Fight
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Morton Meyers
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

"In Prize Fight, Dr. Morton A. Meyers presents a comprehensive catalog of the inglorious behaviors provoked by this love of others." —The New York Times


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The End of Plagues
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John Rhodes
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

An absorbing history of the battle against the world's deadliest scourges, including smallpox and polio, and how today’s scientists are racing against the...


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The Secret World of Sleep
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Penelope A. Lewis
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

In recent years neuroscientists have uncovered the countless ways our brain trips us up in day-to-day life, from its propensity toward irrational thought to...


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SuperFuel: Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future
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Richard Martin
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

 A riveting look at how an alternative source of energy is revoluntionising nuclear power, promising a safe and clean future for millions, and why thorium was...


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Bankrupting Physics
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Alexander Unzicker and Sheilla Jones
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

The recently celebrated discovery of the Higgs boson has captivated the public’s imagination with the promise that it can explain the origins of everything in...


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Masters of the Planet
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Ian Tattersall
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

Fifty thousand years ago—merely a blip in evolutionary time—our Homo sapiens ancestors were competing for existence with several other human species, just as...


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Stephen Hawking: An Unfettered Mind
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Kitty Ferguson
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

Stephen Hawking is one of the most remarkable figures of our age--bestselling author of A Brief History of Time, celebrated theoretical physicist, and an...


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The Million Death Quake
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Roger Musson
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

For centuries, Californians and the Japanese have known that they were at risk of catastrophic earthquakes, and prepared accordingly. But when a violent 7.0...


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In Your Face
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David Perrett
Palgrave Macmillan

In our daily lives, in our memories and fantasies, our mental worlds overflow with faces. But why do we have faces at all, and brains that are good at reading...


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Betrayed by Nature
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Robin Hesketh
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

Seven million people die from cancer each year around the world, and many more are impacted by this universal scourge. In Betrayed by Nature, research...


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The Power of the Sea
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Bruce Parker
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

The Power of the Sea describes our struggle to understand the physics of the sea, so we can use that knowledge to predict when the sea will unleash its fury...


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Extreme Weather
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Bonnie Schneider
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

Flash floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, mudslides, thunderstorms, and wildfires - these devastating events are happening around the world at an...


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Smart Medicine
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William Hanson, M.D.
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

We’re a nation in love with the drama of the medical world—from fast-paced hospital life to the race to discover cures for diseases. In Smart Medicine, William...


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The Number Mysteries
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Marcus du Sautoy
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

Every time we download music, take a flight across the Atlantic or talk on our cell phones, we are relying on great mathematical inventions. In The Number...


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Second Nature
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Jonathan Balcombe, foreword by J. M. Coetzee
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

Do baboons have a sense of right and wrong? Do cats and dogs have their feelings hurt? Animal behavior expert Jonathan Balcombe makes the case that animals,...


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Extreme Fear
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Jeff Wise
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

Fear is a mysterious force. It sabotages our ability to think clearly and can drive us to blind panic, yet it can also give us superhuman speed, strength, and...


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The Fossil Hunter
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Shelley Emling
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

Mary Anning was only twelve years old when, in 1811, she discovered the first dinosaur skeleton--of an ichthyosaur--while fossil hunting on the cliffs of Lyme...


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Uranium Wars
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Amir D. Aczel
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

Uranium, a nondescript element when found in nature, in the past century has become more sought after than gold. Its nucleus is so heavy that it is highly...


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Running Out of Water
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Peter Rogers and Susan Leal, with a foreword by Congressman Edward J. Markey
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

While many believe that water is a renewable resource that will never go away, the truth is that the availability of this essential element is declining....


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The Artificial Ape
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Timothy Taylor
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

A breakthrough theory that tools and technology are the real drivers of human evolution Although humans are one of the great apes, along with chimpanzees,...


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Plastic Fantastic
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Eugenie Samuel Reich
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

Highly regarded science journalist Eugenie Samuel Reich recounts the case of wunderkind physicist Jan Hendrik Schön, who faked the discovery of a new...


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No Rain in the Amazon
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Nikolas Kozloff
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

Acting as the planet’s air conditioner, the rainforest sucks up millions of tons of greenhouse gases and stores them safely out of the atmosphere. South...


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10 Questions Science Can't Answer (Yet)
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Michael Hanlon
Palgrave Macmillan

In the space of 60 seconds a body processes one quadrillion atoms of oxygen, several trillion molecules of carbon dioxide, and the untold products of...


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This Borrowed Earth
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Robert Emmet Hernan, foreword by Bill McKibben, preface by Graham Nash
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

Over the last century mankind has irrevocably damaged the environment through the unscrupulous greed of big business and our own willful ignorance. Here are...


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Revolution in Science
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Mark L. Brake
Palgrave Macmillan

This is the compelling story of the two biggest events in the evolution of ideas: the revolutions of Galileo and Darwin. The ideological shifts that resulted...


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Big Brain: The Origins and Future of Human Intelligence
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Gary Lynch and Richard Granger
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

In this groundbreaking look at the evolution of our brains, eminent neuroscientists Gary Lynch and Richard Granger uncover the mysteries of the outsize...


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The Making of Champions
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Gary Lewis
Palgrave Macmillan

The status of sport, and that of its greatest protagonists, has never before flown so high. This project utilizes current thoughts within the sport,...


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Ancestral Roots
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Timothy Clack
Palgrave Macmillan

Human evolution explains how we have found ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Issues of modern living; depression, obesity, and environmental...


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Eternity
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Michael Hanlon
Palgrave Macmillan

It has become received wisdom that our world is doomed, that we live in the End of Days. Bleak predictions by psychics and scientists alike portend extreme...


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Living with Enza
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Mark Honigsbaum
Palgrave Macmillan

Never since the Black Death has such a plague swept over the face of the world, commented the Times, [and] never, perhaps, has a plague been more stoically...


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Science and Controversy
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A.J. Meadows
Palgrave Macmillan

Sir Norman Lockyer left Nature, the world's leading scientific journal, as his lasting memorial. But his life, and controversial theories, are an important...


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Ice, Mud and Blood
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Chris Turney
Palgrave Macmillan

Imagine a world of wildly escalating temperatures, apocalyptic flooding, devastating storms and catastrophic sea levels. This might sound like a prediction for...


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Light Years
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Brian Clegg
Palgrave Macmillan

This is the story of the greatest puzzle in our universe: what is light? Light Years is an engaging survey of everything we know of the universe's most...


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The Living End
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Guy Brown
Palgrave Macmillan

The decline of infections, starvation, heart attack, and stroke has allowed people to reach extreme old age--and ushered in disability, dementia, and...


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Different Engines
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Mark Brake and Reverend Neil Hook
Palgrave Macmillan

An exploration of how science fiction has driven progress


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Lonesome George
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Henry Nicholls
Palgrave Macmillan

Lonesome George is a 5 foot long, 200 pound tortoise, between 60 and 200 years old. In 1971 he was discovered on the remote Galapagos island of Pinta, from...


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Sex, Drugs and DNA
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Michael Stebbins
Palgrave Macmillan

In a frank, edgy and entertaining style that pulls no punches this book reveals the truth about modern biology and debunks the commonest myths surrounding some...


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Middle World
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Mark Haw
Palgrave Macmillan

Between the microscopic world of quarks and atoms, and the macroscopic one of pebbles, planets, and galaxies there is another world, strangely neglected by...


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Space on Earth
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Charles S. Cockell
Palgrave Macmillan

Many environmentalists think going into space detracts from solving problems here on Earth. Many astrophysicists feel environmentalism hampers their...


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The Whole Story
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Toby Murcott
Palgrave Macmillan

Alternative medicine is a fifty billion dollar per year industry, yet it continues to generate strong opposition by the orthodox medical establishment. The...


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De La Mettrie's Ghost
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Chris Nunn
Palgrave Macmillan

A powerful new view of the human brain and free will


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Venomous Earth
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Andrew Meharg
Palgrave Macmillan

The history, chemistry, biology, geology and politics of the most notorious of all poisons.


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The Born - Einstein Letters
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Max Born and Albert Einstein, Introduction by Werner Heisenberg, Foreword by Bertrand Russell, New Preface by Kip Thorne & Diana Buchwald
Palgrave Macmillan

Albert Einstein and Max Born were great friends. Their letters span 40 years and two world wars. In them they argue about quantum theory, agree about...


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Mathematics With Love
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Mary Stopes-Roe
Palgrave Macmillan

A look at how a British war hero used math to woo and win the girl


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