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9781426224140

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
R 420
A true-life scientific adventure story, this thrilling book takes the reader deep into South African caves to discover fossil remains that compel a monumental reframing of the human family tree.

In the summer of 2022, Lee Berger lost 50 pounds in order to wriggle though impossibly small openings in the Rising Star cave complex in South Africa—spaces where his team has been unearthing the remains of Homo naledi, a proto-human likely to have coexisted with Homo sapiens some 250,000 years ago. The lead researcher on the site, still Berger had never made his way into the dark, cramped, dangerous underground spaces where many of the naledi fossils had been found. Now he was ready to do so.

Once inside the cave, Berger made shocking new discoveries that expand our understanding of this early hominid—discoveries that stand to alter our fundamental understanding of what makes us human. So what does it all mean?

Join Berger on the adventure of a lifetime as he explores the Rising Star cave system and begins the complicated process of explaining these extraordinary finds—finds that force a rethinking of human evolution, and discoveries that Berger calls “the Rosetta stone of the human mind.”
Publication date: 2023-10-27
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9781529394139

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
R 360
Could 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 spikes?
*Why do songs get stuck in your head?
*What happens when black holes collide?
*Can you extract your DNA?
New Scientist has been a treasure trove of fascinating and surprising questions and answers for over a decade. From how to measure the speed of light using chocolate, to why dogs howl at sirens, Eureka! brings together 365 mindblowing questions, fascinating facts and exciting experiments.

If you've ever wondered how to escape quicksand, what would happen if the moon vanished, and why cats (nearly) always land on their feet, you've come to the right place.
Publication date: 2022-12-15
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9781529060584

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
R 280
**Winner of the Royal Society Science Book.**
For billions of years, Earth was an inhospitably alien place - covered with churning seas, slowly crafting its landscape through volcanic eruptions, the atmosphere in a constant state of chemical flux. And yet, despite facing literally every conceivable setback that living organisms could encounter, life has been extinguished and picked itself up to evolve again. From that first foray to the spread of early hominids who later became Homo sapiens, life has persisted, undaunted. A (Very) Short History of Life: 4.6 Billion Years in 12 Chapters is an enlightening story of survival, of persistence, illuminating the delicate balance within which life has always existed, and continues to exist today. It is our planet like you've never seen it before. Dr Henry Gee presents creatures from 'gregarious' bacteria populating the seas to duelling dinosaurs in the Triassic period, to magnificent mammals with the future in their grasp. Life's evolutionary steps - from the development of a digestive system to the awe of creatures taking to the skies in flight - are conveyed with an up-close intimacy.
Publication date: 2022-11-28
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9781776172436

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
R 270
Een van die gewildste programme, Die Professor, op Amore Bekker se oggendprogram op RSG is nou in boekformaat.
• Die ideale Kersgeskenk!
• Hierdie program word weer in Oktober hervat. Die Menslike Dieretuin nooi die leser uit tot ʼn unieke leeservaring oor die belangrikste parasiete en ander organismes wat in en op ons leef.
• Die gedetailleerde illustrasies en beskrywings sorg vir ʼn besonderse leeservaring en maak hierdie interessante onderwerp toeganklik soos nog nooit tevore nie.
• Vars uit die navorsers se penne.
• Die jongste en mees relevante boek tans oor die parasitologie beskikbaar.
• Vir alle leergieriges!
• Lesers kom meer te wete oor parasiete, maar ontwikkel ook 'n dieper insig in die natuurlike wêreld en die mens se plek daarin.
• Kontroversieel: bv. die feit dat ʼn groot persentasie mense met toksoplasmose besmet is wat tot depressie en ander neurologiese probleme kan lei, of dat ʼn wanbalans in jou derm-mikrobes die hoofoorsaak vir suikersiekte en kolonkanker is.
• Die omvattende woordelys saam met die tekeninge is ʼn besonderse geskenk aan die Afrikaanse leser.
Publication date: 2022-08-15
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9781775847533

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
R 520
Southern Africa has some of the most ancient rocks on Earth and is home to many spectacular and important minerals and gemstones. Minerals & Gemstones of Southern Africa documents the interesting and relevant mineral occurrences in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, southern Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. Fully updated with spectacular photographs, new distribution records, and an appealing larger format, this new edition of Minerals & Gemstones of Southern Africa features: - An introduction to the geology of the region, including a map depicting the major rock formations - Detailed descriptions of minerals, including their gemological properties, occurrence, and uses - Multiple full-color photographs of each mineral This guide is an invaluable reference for collectors, gemologists, students, and anyone with an interest in the earth sciences.
Publication date: 2022-06-01
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9780241394106

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
R 380
A radical retelling of the history of science that challenges the Eurocentric narrative. We are told that modern science was invented in Europe, the product of great minds like Nicolaus Copernicus, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. But this is wrong. The history of science is not, and has never been, a uniquely European endeavour. Copernicus relied on mathematical techniques borrowed from Arabic and Persian texts. When Newton set out the laws of motion, he relied on astronomical observations made in India and Africa. When Darwin was writing On the Origin of Species, he consulted a sixteenth-century Chinese encyclopaedia. And when Einstein was studying quantum mechanics, he was inspired by the young Bengali physicist, Satyendra Nath Bose. Horizons pushes the history of science beyond Europe, exploring the ways in which scientists from Africa, America, Asia and the Pacific fit into this global story. Scientists today are quick to recognise the international nature of their work. In this ambitious and revisionist history, James Poskett reveals that this tradition goes back much further than we think.
Publication date: 2022-04-26
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9781529176490

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
R 295
Including conversations with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Steven Pinker, Matt Ridley and more, this is an essential guide to the most exciting ideas of our time and their proponents from our most brilliant science communicator. Books Do Furnish a Life is divided by theme, including celebrating nature, exploring humanity, and interrogating faith. For the first time, it brings together Richard Dawkins' forewords, afterwords and introductions to the work of some of the leading thinkers of our age - Carl Sagan, Lawrence Krauss, Jacob Bronowski, Lewis Wolpert - with a selection of his reviews to provide an electrifying celebration of science writing, both fiction and non-fiction. It is also a sparkling addition to Dawkins' own remarkable canon of work. Plenty of other scientists write well, but no one writes like Dawkins... here is Dawkins the teacher, the scholar, the polemicist, the joker, the aesthete, the poet, the satirist, the man of compassion as well as indignation, the slayer of superstition and, above all, the scientist. - Areo Magazine
Publication date: 2022-03-11
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9780141991092

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
R 270
Is there a secret formula for improving your life? For making something a viral hit? For deciding how long to stick with your current job, Netflix series, or even relationship? This book is all about the equations that make our world go round. Ten of them, in fact. They are integral to everything from investment banking to betting companies and social media giants. And they can help you to increase your chance of success, guard against financial loss, live more healthily and see through scaremongering. They are known only by mathematicians - until now. With wit and clarity, mathematician David Sumpter shows that it isn't the technical details which make these formulas so successful. It is the way they allow mathematicians to view problems from a different angle - a way of seeing the world that anyone can learn. Empowering and illuminating, The Ten Equations that Rule the World shows how maths really can change your life.
Publication date: 2022-03-02
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9781787634220

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
R 380
Whether you're interested in global problems like climate change, and understanding that the Australian wildfires destroyed an area twice the size of Portugal, or just grasping how few people have washed their hands between visiting the bathroom and touching your hands, this book will help math-lovers and math-haters alike translate the numbers that animate our world. Until very recently, most languages had no words for numbers greater than five - anything from six to infinity was known as 'lots'. While the numbers in our world have become increasingly complex, our brains are stuck in the past. Yet the ability to communicate and understand numbers has never mattered more. So how can we more effectively translate numbers and stats so that the data comes alive? Drawing on years of research into making ideas stick, Chip Heath and Karla Starr outline six critical principles that will give anyone the tools to communicate numbers with more transparency and meaning. Using concepts such as simplicity, concreteness and familiarity, the authors reveal what's compelling about a number and show how to transform it into its most engaging form. Making Numbers Count is a lively, practical, first-of-its-kind guide to turning cold, clinical data into a memorable story.
Publication date: 2022-02-11
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9780241531716

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
R 380
You know what went wrong. This is the untold story of what went right. Few were ready when a mysterious respiratory illness emerged in Wuhan, China, in January 2020. Politicians, government officials, business leaders and public-health professionals were unprepared for the most devastating pandemic in a century. Many of the world's biggest drug and vaccine makers were slow to react or couldn't muster an effective response. It was up to a small group of unlikely and untested scientists and executives to save civilization. A French businessman dismissed by many as a fabulist. A Turkish immigrant with little virus experience. A quirky Midwesterner obsessed with insect cells. A Boston scientist employing questionable techniques. A British scientist resented by his peers. Far from the limelight, each had spent years developing innovative vaccine approaches. Their work was met with scepticism and scorn. By 2020, these individuals had little proof of progress. Yet they and their colleagues wanted to be the ones to stop a virulent virus holding the world hostage. They scrambled to turn their life's work into life-saving vaccines in a matter of months, each gunning to make the big breakthrough - and to beat each other for the glory that a vaccine guaranteed. A number-one New York Times bestselling author and award-winning Wall Street Journal investigative journalist, Zuckerman takes us inside the top-secret laboratories, corporate clashes and high-stakes government negotiations that led to effective shots. Deeply reported and endlessly gripping, this is a dazzling, blow-by-blow chronicle of the most consequential scientific breakthrough of our time. It's a story of courage, genius and heroism. It's also a tale of heated rivalries, unbridled ambitions, crippling insecurities and unexpected drama. A Shot to Save the World is the story of how science saved the world.
Publication date: 2022-01-30
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9781784708276

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
R 345
Winner of the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2021. Winner of the Wainwright Prize for Conservation Writing 2021
The more we learn about fungi, the less makes sense without them. They can change our minds, heal our bodies and even help us avoid environmental disaster; they are metabolic masters, earth-makers and key players in most of nature's processes. In Entangled Life, Merlin Sheldrake takes us on a mind-altering journey into their spectacular world, and reveals how these extraordinary organisms transform our understanding of our planet and life itself.
Publication date: 2021-10-20
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9781529115666

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
R 650
Officially available for the first time, Yuval Noah Harari's ground-breaking collection in a 3-book box set. A beautiful box set with Yuval Harari's three phenomenal global bestselling titles-
Includes-
SAPIENS
HOMO DEUS
21 LESSONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
These books are must haves for anyone interested in the history of humanity and the lessons we can learn from the past as we prepare for our future. These books have sold over 30 million copies in 60 languages worldwide and they continue to take the world by storm. Yuval Noah Harari, bestselling historian and philosopher, is considered one of the world's most influential thinkers and pubic intellectuals. He has a PhD from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the department of history, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Publication date: 2021-10-18
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9781529026207

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
R 365
'A fascinating exploration of how we learned what matter really is, and the journey matter takes from the Big Bang, through exploding stars, ultimately to you and me.' - Sean Carroll, author of Something Deeply Hidden 'If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.' - Carl Sagan We probably all have a vague idea of how to make an apple pie: mix flour and butter, throw in some apples and you're probably most of the way there, right? Think again. Making an apple pie from scratch requires ingredients that definitely aren't available in the supermarket, ovens that can reach temperatures of trillions of degrees, and a preparation time of 13.8 billion years. Inspired by Sagan's famous line, Harry Cliff ventures out in search of the ultimate apple pie recipe, tracing the ingredients of our universe through the hearts of dying stars and back in time to a tiny fraction of a second after our universe began. Along the way, he confronts some really big questions: What is matter really made of? How does the stuff around us escape annihilation in the fearsome heat of the Big Bang? And will we ever be able to understand the very first moments of our universe? In pursuit of answers, Cliff ventures to the largest underground research facility in the world, deep beneath Italy's Gran Sasso mountains, where scientists gaze into the heart of the Sun using the most elusive of particles, the ghostly neutrino. He visits CERN in Switzerland to explore the 'Antimatter Factory' where this stuff of science fiction is manufactured daily (and we're close to knowing whether it falls upwards). And he reveals what the latest data from the Large Hadron Collider may be telling us about the fundamental ingredients of matter. Along the way, Cliff illuminates the history of physics, chemistry, and astronomy that brought us to our present understanding of the world, while offering readers a front-row seat to one of the most dramatic intellectual journeys human beings have ever embarked on. A transfixing deep dive into origins of our world, How to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch doesn't just put the makeup of our universe under the microscope, but the awe-inspiring, improbable fact that it exists at all.
Publication date: 2021-08-26
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9781509860524

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
R 299
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Elephant's on Acid comes a collection of the wackiest theories from science and history. What if we're living inside a black hole? What if we've already found extraterrestrial life? What if the dinosaurs died in a nuclear war? What if Jesus Christ was actually a mushroom? In Psychedelic Apes, bestselling author Alex Boese will delve into the curious scientific subculture of weird theories. Thoroughly bizarre and contrary to the established norm, these ideas are often vehemently rejected by the intellectual community. From the creation of the universe to the evolution of humans, the birth of civilization right through to our more recent past, Psychedelic Apes explores some of the craziest ideas from science and history and shows that, sometimes, even the weirdest theories may be proved true.
Publication date: 2021-07-28
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9781911622260

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
R 260
A fascinating book, from a leading maths educator and demystifier, that shows how maths is relevant to our everyday lives. Have you ever wondered how the meter in a taxi works? Or why a lift takes so long to respond to your call? Is there a mathematical secret to making a hit single? And how long is a piece of string? In this fascinating book you will find the answers to these and many other intriguing questions of everyday life. Discover the astonishing '37% rule' for blind dates, how to avoid the gentleman's urinal, and some extraordinary scams that people have devised to get rich quick. Here you will also find the origins of the seven-day week and the seven-note scale, an explanation of why underdogs sometimes win, some clever techniques for detecting fraud, and the reason why epidemics sweep across a nation and disappear just as quickly. How Long is a Piece of String? is the perfect book for anyone who is curious about the way in which maths underlies so much in our everyday lives. Whatever your mathematical ability level, you will find this book informative, thought-provoking and, most of all, fun. Word count: 35,000
Publication date: 2021-05-15
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