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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
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Carlo Rovelli
 

All it takes is an open mind to understand these delightful explorations of the wonders of the fabric of the universe itself. Rovelli is a Carl Sagan-style polymath, at home with poetry as much as protons, and his elegant explanation, for example, of Einstein's general theory of relativity, which first explained how gravity works one hundred years ago, is a celebration of science at its most exhilarating and profound.

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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers...
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Randall Munroe
 

If you’ve ever wanted to know the most expensive way to fill a shoebox, or whether or not you could make a lava lamp using real lava, then this is the book for you! Randall Monroe has the answers to these and many more of the pressing questions of our time. Needless to say its loads of fun, but also contains lots of ingenious and surprising scientific insights.

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Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and...
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Atul Gawande
 

Amidst all the hysteria  and controversy about end of life care and assisted dying, Gawande  makes measured and reasonable arguments which remind us of what it is that is at stake in these disputes. I found this book often quite sobering, but the arguments for ways in which we might understand and deal with death in a more human and less clinical fashion are hopeful and ultimately uplifting.

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Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's...
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Giulia Enders; David Shaw

The gut accounts for two-thirds of our immune system and performs a job secondary in importance only to the brain, the heart and the lungs. Yet, for reasons personal, social and cultural, it is rarely discussed in any detail outside doctors’ surgeries and hospitals.

After her own experience misunderstanding this mysterious organ, Giulia Enders decided to change this. In humorous and engaging prose, she unravels the complexities and de-mystifies the inner workings of a part of our bodies deserving much more respect.

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Off the Map: Lost Spaces, Invisible...
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Alastair Bonnett
 

You often hear that the age of exploration is well and truly over, but reading this book opened my eyes to the fact that we're creating new mysteries to discover and rediscover as we leave our mark on the world. I loved this survey of abandoned and secret places and the stories behind them.

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How We'll Live on Mars
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Stephen Petranek
 

A dreamy pamphlet about the how, when and why of going to the Red Planet. Accessible, beautiful for this price, not too technical and utterly enthusiastic. Yet it is also captivating for its focus on the commercial and productivist answers to what could be much more of a philosophical question: the visit and colonisation of Mars.

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The Happiness Hypothesis: Putting...
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Jonathan Haidt
 

Can happiness be quantified? With today’s technology, could we just peer into someone’s brain and determine their inner desires, predict their actions, their buying preferences, their political opinions? Big business, government and the ever expanding digital psychometric industry say yes, but Jonathan Haidt gives us a compelling argument for putting on the brakes: that the study of happiness is an old problem with complexities which cannot be reduced to a set of numbers, and that we should pay close attention to the agendas of those who are currently claiming otherwise.

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