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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: 2020-07-30
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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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9781920143558

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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The prehistoric record of southern Africa extends back some 2 million years. The oldest cultural artefacts are stone tools such as handaxes, cleavers and choppers. In more recent centuries, archaeologists have found an extensive repertoire of artefacts including not only stone tools, but tools of bone, wood and shell as well as beads, jewellery, grinding stones, clothing, fishing equipment, burials and southern Africa's enigmatic rock art. Understanding these painted scenes and menageries is not immediately obvious. Using this interpretive guide, visitors to these ancient shrines can properly interpret rock art panels and make sense of the complex world of Bushman beliefs.
Publication date: 2012-06-01
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9780241004487

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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Human beings, says Lee Smolin, author of The Trouble With Physics, have always had a problem with the boundary between reality and fantasy, confusing our representations of the world with the world itself. Nowhere is this more evident than in quantum physics, which forms the basis for our understanding of everything from elementary particles to the behaviour of materials.

While quantum mechanics is currently our best theory of nature at an atomic scale, it has many puzzling qualities - qualities that preclude realism and therefore give an incomplete description of nature. Rather than question this version of quantum mechanics, however, whole groups of physicists have embraced it as correct and rejected realism. Subscribing to a kind of magical thinking, they believe that what is real is far beyond the world we perceive: indeed, that the 'true' world is hidden from our perception.

Back in the 1920s Einstein, both a realist and a physicist, believed that it was necessary to go beyond quantum mechanics to discover what was missing from a true theory of the atoms. This was Einstein's unfinished mission, and it is Lee Smolin's too.

Not only will this new model of quantum physics form the basis of solutions to many of the outstanding problems of physics, but, crucially, it is a theory that is realist in nature. At a time when science is under attack, and with it the belief in a real world in which facts are either true or false, never has the importance of building science on the correct foundations been more urgent.
Publication date: 2019-05-01
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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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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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9781770070653

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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First published in August 2002, Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind caused a considerable stir among professionals in the field of palaeoanthropology (a field fraught with professional jealousies, subjective interpretation and egos) and sparked a flurry of newspaper articles, journal articles and general debate. The authors acknowledged that some inaccuracies had crept into their work, but also defended much of what they had written and highlighted their field as highly interpretive and often subjective. In the midst of fierce criticism, the book got people talking and sold out in less than a year Â- indicating the level of public interest in the subject matter.
Publication date: 2002-11-01
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9781869191443

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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Waarom glo mense dat die sterre en planete se posisies jou toekoms kan bepaal? Of dat gesprekke met dooies moontlik is?
Publication date: 2007-08-01
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9781770070622

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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Geological Journeys: a traveller's guide to South Africa's rocks and landforms is an essential companion on car journeys. For those who wonder about the jaunty tilt of a mountain ahead, the unusual patterns of a road cutting, the colour and texture of the roadside soil, or the purpose of a distant minehead, this handy volume offers answers and explanations about features along all our major routes and some of the lesser, but geologically interesting ones too. The three main metropolitan areas - Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban - are also described, so that city residents can understand their geological features. With accessible text, and using familiar landmarks to highlight phenomena - from the obvious to the subtle - the authors explain our rich geological heritage, its likely roots and its often tumultuous history. Along the way, they also discuss the historical background and the personalities and stories that relate to the landscape.
Publication date: 2006-08-01
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9781775842941

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
R 250
R 225You save R 25
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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9781770074859

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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R 252You save R 28
This books sets out to answer puzzles in nature and the environment: how is there such a neat fit between the coastlines of Africa and South America? Why is Table Mountain flat but the adjacent Twelve Apostles so rugged? Where does the pumice stone on the beaches of Arniston come from? What happens to cause a tsunami? How does rock get folded? etc. For each question there are explanations, be they geological, mineralogical, astronomic - whatever the field, the evidence is carefully presented and explained so that even those with little knowledge in these fields can understand the processes that have been at work. The book is vividly illustrated and supported with full colour photographs.
Publication date: 2009-09-01
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9780627027581

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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R 359You save R 40
Although dramatic changes like the emergence of electronic libraries and academic search engines have bombarded the research front in recent years, little of the underlying research process has changed. Peer review and the role of archival publications remain as important as ever. Information technology research - a practical guide for computer science and informatics prepares students for research by enabling them to identify, observe and master the methods used in their particular fields of speciality.
Publication date: 2008-01-12
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9781770104389

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
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We all know South Africa has problems; we read about them in the newspapers, we see them on the streets and many people experience them in their daily lives. Fortunately, many of these problems can be solved using innovation and science. Innovation takes a look at inventions - developed in South Africa by South Africans - to address issues in the areas of healthcare, energy, environment and industry. Some of these inventions, such as a tea bag created to filter water for communities in rural areas, can save lives; others, such as a unique way to beneficiate titanium, could spell a new era of industry in the country.
The book is broken down into sections on environment, health, energy, industry and education, and in each of those parts are examples of South African innovations, from a satellite system to map fires to the concept of sterilising mosquitoes to stop the spread of malaria.

These have been developed by numerous organisations and institutions and showcase South Africa's excellence.
Publication date: 2015-09-01
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9780627023248

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
R 685
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This publication deals with all the basic elements and some of the major issues of mass communication pertaining to the new South Africa. This title gives the reader an overview of the South African mass communication scene. It describes the development of mass communication as it unfolded during the colonial and apartheid years. It then offers an analysis of the restructuring of mass media systems in the democratic decade of the 1990s and gives an assessment of expected trends in the millennium ahead.
Publication date: 1998-01-08
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9781775845560

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Science & Geology / Wetenskap & Geologie
R 250
R 225You save R 25
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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