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9781473695993

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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THE NO.1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'A beautiful little book by a brilliant mind' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Effortlessly instructive, absorbing, up to the minute and - where it matters - witty' GUARDIAN The world-famous cosmologist and #1 bestselling author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe's biggest questions in this brilliant posthumous work. Is there a God? How did it all begin? Can we predict the future? What is inside a black hole? Is there other intelligent life in the universe? Will artificial intelligence outsmart us? How do we shape the future? Will we survive on Earth? Should we colonise space? Is time travel possible? Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen Hawking expanded our understanding of the universe and unravelled some of its greatest mysteries. But even as his theoretical work on black holes, imaginary time and multiple histories took his mind to the furthest reaches of space, Hawking always believed that science could also be used to fix the problems on our planet. And now, as we face potentially catastrophic changes here on Earth - from climate change to dwindling natural resources to the threat of artificial super-intelligence - Stephen Hawking turns his attention to the most urgent issues for humankind. Wide-ranging, intellectually stimulating, passionately argued, and infused with his characteristic humour, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, the final book from one of the greatest minds in history, is a personal view on the challenges we face as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next. A percentage of all royalties will go to charity.
Publication date: 2020-05-15
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9780571346394

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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This is the story of the magicians: the scientists who, using mathematics, predicted the existence of unknown planets, black holes, invisible force fields, ripples in the fabric of space-time, unsuspected subatomic particles, and even antimatter. The journey from prediction to proof transports us from seats of learning in Paris and Cambridge to the war-torn Russian front to bunkers beneath nuclear reactors, observatories in Berlin and California, and huge tunnels under the Swiss-French border. From electromagnetism to Einstein's gravitational waves to Wolfgang Pauli's elusive neutrino, acclaimed science writer Marcus Chown takes us on a breathtaking, mind-altering tour of the major breakthroughs of modern physics and highlights science's central mystery: its astonishing predictive power.
Publication date: 2020-03-31
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9781788165068

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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What if you could look into the minds of an entire population? What if you could target the weakest with messages that only they saw?
In 2016, an obscure British military contractor turned the world upside down. Funded by a billionaire on a crusade to start his own far-right insurgency, Cambridge Analytica combined psychological research with Facebook data to make an invisible weapon so powerful it would throw democracy off its axis. Personality was the key. If you know how to find them, there are millions of potential fanatics out there, from India to Indianapolis, London to Abuja, liking celebrities,posting photos of their holidays, just waiting to be radicalised. Learn how to mine their data and Facebook paints a target on each one.

But as Cambridge Analytica honed its dark arts in elections from Trinidad to Nigeria, 25-year-old whistleblower Christopher Wylie began to realise what he and his colleagues had unleashed. He knew the disturbing visions of the investors. He had seen how ruthless CEO Alexander Nix could be behind closed doors. On the eve of the Brexit vote, it was time to expose the political crime of the century.

Mindf*ck is a terrifying joyride through the new corridors of power. Plunge deep inside the wave of extremism that is sweeping the globe and discover why Brexit is only the beginning. Hostile actors are coming for your data, and they want to control what you think.
Publication date: 2019-10-08
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9781775845560

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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A focus on the minerals and gemstones of the East African region. A comprehensive introduction unpacks the topic and the regional geology; it is followed by an A to Z of minerals and gemstones, incorporating detailed text and multiple images for each specimen. The large format allows for a superb selection of photographs - pre-cut and polished specimens (and images to portray uses and jewelry where relevant) - to bring the subject alive.
Publication date: 2019-10-01
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9780241350362

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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A vibrant exploration of the world's most famous and important mathematical ideas, theorems, and movements, and the great minds behind them.

Take a journey through the intriguing story of numbers, patterns, and shapes in order to better understand the complex world we live in. Charting the development of maths around the world from Babylon to Bletchley Park, The Maths Book explores and explains more than 85 of the most complex and fascinating mathematical subjects. This diverse and inclusive account of mathematics will have something for everybody. It examines the maths behind world economies, secret spies, and modern technology such as computers, the internet, and AI. But it also traces the history of maths, from the mathematical ideas and inventions of the ancient world such as the first number systems, magic squares, and the Chinese abacus, through the discovery of zero and Fermat's last theorem, to the rise of group theory in the 19th century. Continuing the 'Big Ideas' series' trademark combination of authoritative, clear text and bold graphics, The Maths Book uses an innovative visual approach to make the subject accessible to everyone, casual readers and students alike.
Publication date: 2019-09-03
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9781868429936

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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At the end of a steep gravel road in one of the remotest corners of South Africa's Eastern Cape lies the village of Ithanga. Home to a few hundred villagers, the majority of them unemployed, it is inconceivably poor. It is to here that award-winning author Jonny Steinberg travels to explore the lives of a community caught up in a battle to survive the ravages of the greatest plague of our times, the African AIDS epidemic.

He befriends Sizwe, a young local man who refuses to be tested for AIDS despite the existence of a well-run testing and anti-retroviral programme. It is Sizwe's deep ambivalence, rooted in his deep sense of the cultural divide, that becomes the key to understanding the dynamics that thread their way through a terrified community.

As Steinberg grapples to get closer to finding answers that remain just out of reach, he realizes that he must look within himself to unlock the paradoxes at the heart of his country.
Publication date: 2019-08-19
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9781789291025

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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The periodic table, created in the early 1860s by Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev, marked one of the most extraordinary advances in modern chemistry. This basic visual aid helped scientists to gain a deeper understanding of what chemical elements really were: and, astonishingly, it also correctly predicted the properties of elements that hadn't been discovered at the time.

Here, in the authoritative Elementary, James Russell uses his lively, accessible and engaging narrative to tell the story behind all the elements we now know about. From learning about the creation of the first three elements, hydrogen, lithium and helium, in the big bang, through to oxygen and carbon, which sustain life on earth - along with the many weird and wonderful uses of elements as varied as fluorine, arsenic, krypton and einsteinium - even the most unscientifically minded will be enthralled by this fascinating subject. Russell compellingly details these most basic building blocks of the universe, and the people who identified, isolated and even created them.
Publication date: 2019-06-13
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9781473695986

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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Professor Hawking was a brilliant theoretical physicist, an influential author and thinker, and a great popular communicator. Throughout his career he was asked questions by business leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs, academics and the general public on a broad range of subjects, from the origins of the universe to the future of the planet. Brief Answers to the Big Questions brings together his thinking on the most timeless and the most-timely questions in science: Where did we come from? What is inside a black hole? For both the scientific and the intellectually curious, this book celebrates the mind, humour, and achievements of one of the most inspiring figures in recent history.
Publication date: 2018-11-30
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9781473628649

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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What's the nature of reality? Does the universe ever end? What is time and does it even exist? These are the biggest imagination-stretching, brain-staggering questions in the universe - and here are their fascinating answers. From quantum weirdness to freaky cosmology (like white holes - which spew out matter instead of sucking it in), This Book Will Blow Your Mind takes you on an epic journey to the furthest extremes of science, to the things you never thought possible. This book will explain: Why is part of the universe missing (and how scientists finally found it) How time might also flow backwards How human head transplants might be possible (in the very near future) Whether the universe is a hologram And why we are all zombies Filled with counterintuitive stories and factoids you can't wait to share, as well as lots of did-you-knows and plenty of how-did-we-ever-not-knows, this new book from the bestselling New Scientist series will blow your mind - and then put it back together again. You don't need a spaceship to travel to the extremes of science. You just need this book.
Publication date: 2018-10-15
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9781775842941

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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This stunning depiction of geology in Namibia combines searingly beautiful photography with clear explanations of how the varied landscapes formed.

Arranged chronologically (starting 13.8 billion years ago), the chapters each deal with a particular event or process that has resulted in the formation under discussion. These include the early beginnings of the Earth, meteorites, canyons and limestone caves, vast desert landscapes, moonscapes and bizarrely-shaped rocks, and Namibia's astonishing underwater lakes and reservoirs.

Picture-driven, with accessible text, this book features all the highlights of Namibian landscapes and landforms. A treat for travellers real and virtual - those on the road as well as those in armchairs.
Publication date: 2017-10-03
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9781868729852

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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Southern Africa boasts many spectacular examples of rocks and minerals; volcanic lavas make up the dramatic Drakensberg mountain range, granite mountains form stunning scenery in Namibia and Zimbabwe, and some of the most ancient rocks on Earth - over 3 000 million years old - are to be found on the subcontinent. The region is home to many important and interesting minerals, as well as a wide array of beautiful gemstones - diamonds from South Africa, emeralds from Zimbabwe and tourmalines from Namibia.

Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals of Southern Africa is the first definitive field guide to document the common, rare and unusual rocks and minerals of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and southern Mozambique. Supported by more than 500 full-colour photographs, the text describes in detail a wide range of the region's common and attractive rocks and minerals. Authoritative information is presented in a user-friendly manner and is enlivened by box and panel features. It will appeal to mineral collectors, geologists, gemologists, students, and anyone with an interest in the natural environment.
Publication date: 2017-08-01
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9781784161859

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science.

The ultimate eye-opening journey through time and space, A Short History of Nearly Everything is the biggest-selling popular science book of the 21st century, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.
Publication date: 2017-02-09
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9781776052967

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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Moderne wetenskap bevestig vandag wat filosowe vir eeue reeds verkondig, naamlik dat die wêreld 'daar buite' en die beelde wat ons in ons koppe daarvan ronddra, totaal verskillende werklikhede is. Hoe hulle verskil, is die reis waarop Maryna Blomerus haar lesers in Meer as 'n Metafoor wil neem.
Meer as 'n Metafoor ontsluit die diepte en krag van 'n heelal wat volgens die beginsels van selfverwysing en holisme, soos uitgelê deur Jan Smuts in Holism and Evolution, in beheer is van sy eie ewolusie, en redeneer dat die mens die kollektiewe oog is waarmee hierdie heelal homself ken, waarneem en voortdurend herskep.
Publication date: 2017-01-01
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9781775844105

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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These natural history guides have been developed to encourage young people and anyone with a budding interest in natural history to learn about the wonders of southern Africa's fascinating fauna, flora and landscape. They are an invaluable resource for the beginner, providing information at a glance: each of the species presented is described in easy-to-read text, with a photograph and distribution map. A short introduction gives context to the topic. These compact guides come in a handy pocket size and are easy to use in the field - and make ideal gifts for children or beginners in the field.
Publication date: 2015-10-01
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9781431700844

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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Minerals are the building blocks of rocks - they make up the solid Earth's crust. Understanding Minerals & Crystals takes a close look at minerals, how they form, why they differ and how to go about identifying them. It begins by examining the nature of atoms and the way they bind together to form minerals with distinctive crystal structures; and it discusses the nature and classification of these crystals, and includes a mineral identification key. The second part of the book contains detailed descriptions of some 80 common and important minerals, including how they were named, their properties, ID pointers, uses and where in the world they are found. All are lavishly illustrated with full-colour photographs. This book will be invaluable to those interested in any of the earth sciences, or in mineral/crystal collecting - from academics and students to general enthusiasts.
Publication date: 2015-09-01

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