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ARTIFICIAL INTIMACY

People have long told machines what to do by pushing buttons. Now, with advances in technology, machines are pushing our buttons.

In Artificial Intimacy, evolutionary biologist Rob Brooks takes us from the origins of human behaviour to the latest in artificially intelligent technologies, providing a fresh and original view of the very near future of human relationships.

Sex dollbots, digital lovers, virtual friends and algorithmic matchmakers help us manage our feelings in a world of cognitive overload. Apps can sense when a user is falling in love, when they are fighting, and when they are likely to break up. These machines, the 'artificial intimacies', already learn and exploit human social needs. They are getting better and faster at what they do.

How will humanity's future unfold when our ancient, evolved minds and old-fashioned cultures collide with twenty-first-century technology?

FLAMES OF EXTINCTION

Scientists estimate more than three billion native animals were killed or displaced during Australia's Black Summer bushfire season. Many species - the koala, regent honeyeater, glossy black-cockatoo, platypus - are inching towards extinction at the hands of mega-blazes and the changing climate behind them.

In Flames of Extinction, award-winning science writer John Pickrell investigates the effects of the 2019-2020 bushfires on Australian wildlife and ecosystems.

WILLIAM T COOPER

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- William Cooper was Australia's foremost bird illustrator, renowned for his celebrated studies of avian species. One of the things that typified his scientific art was the detailed and accurate rendering of the birds' habitat - landscape studies and plant depictions that added to the beauty of his work.

This superbly produced book focuses on his botanical illustrations, including pencil drawings and sketches (which give great insight into his creative processes) as well as the paintings. Chapters include rainforest plants, vines, ferns and epiphytes, dry country, swamps, mangroves and beach forests, and beyond Australia.

Text is written by his wife Wendy, a renowned botanist in her own right, and starts with a botanic description of the depicted plant, but often includes an anecdote from the Cooper's life together, or Bill's diary notes which adds a personal touch to the botanising. A gorgeous must-have book for any naturalist! Lindy Jones

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Latitude

The astonishing journey to discover...

Nicholas Crane

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Shape

The Hidden Geometry of Absolutely...

Jordan Ellenberg

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Birdsong in a Time of Silence

Steven Lovatt

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The Ghost In The Garden

in search of Darwin's lost garden...

Jude Piesse

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Einstein's Fridge

The Science of Fire, Ice and the...

Paul Sen

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The Heartbeat of Trees

Embracing Our Ancient Bond with...

Peter Wohlleben

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Journey to the Edge of Reason

The Life of Kurt Goedel

Stephen Budiansky

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The Lost Family

How DNA Testing Is Upending Who...

Libby Copeland

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Coal

Nature and Culture

Ralph Crane

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Atlas of AI

Kate Crawford

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The Biology Book

Big Ideas Simply Explained

DK

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An Internet in Your Head

A New Paradigm for How the Brain...

Daniel Graham

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Rethinking Consciousness

A Scientific Theory of Subjective...

Michael S A Graziano

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No Shadow of a Doubt

The 1919 Eclipse That Confirmed...

Daniel Kennefick

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Quick(er) Calculations

How to add, subtract, multiply,...

Trevor Davis Lipscombe

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Colliding Worlds

How Cosmic Encounters Shaped Planets...

Simone Marchi

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Nature Fast and Nature Slow

How Life Works, from Fractions of...

Nicholas P. Money

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The Secret Lives of Elephants

Birth, Death and Family in the World...

Hannah Mumby

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A Story of Us

A New Look at Human Evolution

Lesley Newson

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World of Wonders

In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks...

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

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Burn

The Misunderstood Science of Metabolism...

Herman Pontzer

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Math Tricks

The Surprising Wonders of Shapes...

Alfred S. Posamentier

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The Social Instinct

How Cooperation Shaped the World...

Nichola Raihani

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Photographic Field Guide to Australian Frogs

Mark G. Sanders

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Some Assembly Required

Decoding Four Billion Years of Life,...

Neil Shubin

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Secrets of the Whales

Brian Skerry

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Overloaded

How Every Aspect of Your Life is...

Ginny Smith

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Music, Math, and Mind

The Physics and Neuroscience of...

David Sulzer

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Reflections of Alan Turing

A Relative Story

Dermot Turing

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The Road to Conscious Machines

The Story of AI

Michael Wooldridge

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Practical Projects for Astronomers

How to Make and Enhance your own...

Neil Wyatt

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The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men...

A Cultural History

Paolo Zellini

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Technically Food

Inside Silicon Valley's Mission...

Larissa Zimberoff

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Planet Palm

How Palm Oil Ended Up in Everything-and...

Jocelyn C. Zuckerman

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The Botanical Art of William T. Cooper

Wendy Cooper

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Books do Furnish a Life

An electrifying celebration of science...

Richard Dawkins

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Metazoa

Animal Minds and the Birth of Consciousness...

Peter Godfrey-Smith

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The God Equation

The Quest for a Theory of Everything...

Michio Kaku

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Fundamentals

Ten Keys to Reality

Frank Wilczek

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Environmental Thought

A Short History

Robin Attfield

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The Beauty of Chemistry

Art, Wonder, and Science

Philip Ball

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The Hidden Beauty of Seeds & Fruits

The Botanical Photography of Levon...

Levon Biss

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Wayfinding

The Art and Science of How We Find...

Michael Bond

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Artificial Intimacy

Virtual friends, digital lovers...

Rob Brooks

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My Forests

Travels with Trees

Janine Burke

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Something Deeply Hidden

Quantum Worlds and the Emergence...

Sean Carroll

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The Edge of the Sea

Rachel Carson

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Crab

Cynthia Chris

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The Contact Paradox

Challenging our Assumptions in the...

Keith Cooper

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The Bilingual Brain

And What It Tells Us about the Science...

Albert Costa

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Creatura

Strange Behaviours and Special Adaptations...

Bec Crew

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Empire of Ants

The Hidden Worlds and Extraordinary...

Olaf Fritsche

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Good Data

An Optimist's Guide to Our Digital...

Sam Gilbert

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Tsunami

The World's Greatest Waves

James Goff

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On the Fringe

Where Science Meets Pseudoscience...

Oxford Editor

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Notes from Deep Time

A Journey Through Our Past and Future...

Helen Gordon

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Six Impossible Things

The 'Quanta of Solace' and the Mysteries...

John Gribbin

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Hidden Wonders

The Subtle Dialogue Between Physics...

Etienne Guyon

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A Short History of Humanity

How Migration Made Us Who We Are...

Johannes Krause

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Native

Life in a Vanishing Landscape

Patrick Laurie

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The Nightingale

'The nature book of the year'

Sam Lee

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Models of the Mind

How Physics, Engineering and Mathematics...

Grace Lindsay

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Shearwater

A Bird, an Ocean, and a Long Way...

Roger Morgan-Grenville

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A World Without Email

Find Focus and Transform the Way...

Cal Newport

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The Precipice

'A book that seems made for the...

Toby Ord

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The Sleeping Beauties

And Other Stories of Mystery Illness...

Suzanne O'Sullivan

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The Raven's Hat

Fallen Pictures, Rising Sequences,...

Jonas Peters

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The Disordered Cosmos

A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime,...

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

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Patented

1,000 Design Patents

Thomas Rinaldi

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Helgoland

Carlo Rovelli

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Better Data Visualizations

A Guide for Scholars, Researchers,...

Jonathan Schwabish

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Secret Worlds

The extraordinary senses of animals...

Martin Stevens

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Genesis

The Story of How Everything Began...

Guido Tonelli

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Cosmic Queries

StarTalk's Guide to Who We Are,...

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Walks in the Wild

A guide through the forest with...

Peter Wohlleben

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Life's Edge

The Search for What It Means to...

Carl Zimmer

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The Invention of Miracles

language, power, and Alexander Graham...

Katie Booth

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Weirdest Maths

At the Frontiers of Reason

David Darling

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Lying Numbers

How Maths and Statistics Are Twisted...

Hugh Barker

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Nature's Palette

A colour reference system from the...

Patrick Baty

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Math Without Numbers

Milo Beckman

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What Do You Think You Are?

The Science of What Makes You You...

Brian Clegg

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The Idea of the Brain

Matthew Cobb

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Gory Details

Adventures From the Dark Side of...

Erika Engelhaupt

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Plague, Pestilence and Pandemic

Voices from History

Peter Furtado

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Making Deep History

Zeal, Perseverance, and the Time...

Clive Gamble

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The Physics of Climate Change

Lawrence M. Krauss

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NASA Space Shuttle

40th Anniversary

Roger D. Launius

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The Poison Trials

Wonder Drugs, Experiment, and the...

Alisha Rankin

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Coral Reefs

A Very Short Introduction

Charles Sheppard

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Count Down

Shanna H. Swan

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Sustainability

What Everyone Needs to Know

Paul Thompson

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Beyond

The Astonishing Story of the First...

Stephen Walker

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Philosophy of Physics

A Very Short Introduction

David Wallace

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Super Senses

The Science of Your 32 Senses and...

Emma Young

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Dr Karl's Little Book of Climate Change Science

Karl Kruszelnicki

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Beyond Climate Grief

A journey of love, snow, fire and...

Jonica Newby

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Flames of Extinction

The race to save Australia's threatened...

John Pickrell

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Liftoff

Elon Musk and the Desperate Early...

Eric Berger

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Environmental Offsets

Tor Hundloe

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How to Be Animal

A New History of What it Means to...

Melanie Challenger

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Superheavy

Making and Breaking the Periodic...

Kit Chapman

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The Brilliant Abyss

True Tales of Exploring the Deep...

Helen Scales

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The Long Enlightenment

Australian Science from its Beginning...

Robert Clancy

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Planetary Social Thought

The Anthropocene Challenge to the...

Nigel Clark

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Quantum Computing

The Transformative Technology of...

Brian Clegg

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The Book of the Earthworm

Sally Coulthard

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A Most Interesting Problem

What Darwin's Descent of Man Got...

Jeremy DeSilva

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Life after Gravity

Isaac Newton's London Career

Patricia Fara

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30-Second Oceans

50 key ideas about the sea's importance...

Yueng-Djern Lenn

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How to Spend a Trillion Dollars

Saving the world and solving the...

Rowan Hooper

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The Code Breaker

Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and...

Walter Isaacson

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The Plague Cycle

The Unending War Between Humanity...

Charles Kenny

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Under a White Sky

The Nature of the Future

Elizabeth Kolbert

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30-Second Space Travel

50 key ideas, inventions, and destinations...

Charles Liu

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How to Live With the Internet and Not Let It Run Your...

Gabrielle Alexa Noel

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The Origins of AIDS

Jacques Pepin

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Wild Mushrooming

A Guide for Foragers

Alison Pouliot

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The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries

The Evidence and the People Who...

Donald R. Prothero

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The Fragile Earth

Writing from the New Yorker on Climate...

David Remnick

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The Mathematics Lover's Companion

Masterpieces for Everyone

Edward R. Scheinerman

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Plague

A Very Short Introduction

Paul Slack

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The Hidden Spring

A Journey to the Source of Consciousness...

Mark Solms

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Your Place in the Universe

Understanding Our Big, Messy Existence...

Paul M. Sutter

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The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia...

Albert Orr

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The Discovery of Cosmic Voids

Laird A. Thompson

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Pollination

The Enduring Relationship between...

Pollination Timothy Walker

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Dead in the Water

A very angry book about our greatest...

Richard Beasley

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What If We Stopped Pretending?

Jonathan Franzen

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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs...

Bill Gates

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Until the End of Time

Mind, Matter, and Our Search for...

Brian Greene

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The New Climate War

The fight to take back our planet...

Michael E Mann

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100 Australian Birds

Georgia Angus

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Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain

Lisa Feldman Barrett

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Gravity's Fatal Attraction

Black Holes in the Universe

Mitchell Begelman

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There Is No Planet B

A Handbook for the Make or Break...

Mike Berners-Lee

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A Scheme of Heaven

Astrology and the Birth of Science...

Alexander Boxer

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Spacetime, Geometry, Cosmology

William Burke

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The Science of Fate

The New Science of Who We Are -...

Hannah Critchlow

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Making Climate Policy Work

Danny Cullenward

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Simply Quantum Physics

DK

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Your Life, Your Planet

Packed with Practical Tips to Immediately...

Geoff Ebbs

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The Last American Hero

The Remarkable Life of John Glenn...

Alice L. George

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Sandworm

A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt...

Andy Greenberg

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On the Origin of Evolution

Tracing 'Darwin's Dangerous Idea'...

John Gribbin

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The Australian Soil Classification

National Committee on Soil and Terrain

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Black Hole Survival Guide

Janna Levin

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$29.99 

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Extraterrestrial

The First Sign of Intelligent Life...

Avi Loeb

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Edison

Edmund Morris

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Operation Moonglow

A Political History of Project Apollo...

Teasel Muir-Harmony

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What Is Life?

Five Great Ideas in Biology

Paul Nurse

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Deep Affinities

Art and Science

Philip F. Palmedo

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The Disappearance of Butterflies

Josef H. Reichholf

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Forces of Nature

The Women who Changed Science

Anna Reser

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Handprints on Hubble

An Astronaut's Story of Invention...

Kathryn D. Sullivan

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Herbarium

The Quest to Preserve and Classify...

Barbara M. Thiers

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101 Facts You Didn't Know About Space

Mark Thompson

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