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The Bible was the first scientific textbook of all; and it got some things right (and plenty more wrong). Steve Jones' new book rewrites it in the light of modern...
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Off the Map shows the modern world from surprising new vantage points that will inspire urban explorers, and armchair travellers alike to consider a new way of understanding the world...
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The 1783 eruption of Laki led to Europe's year without summer - and it is due again soon. This book tells the story of the volcano and also of the...