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Change the way you see the world with our collection of science books. Whether you're studying it at school or you just want to delve a little deeper into how the world works - we've got the perfect popular science books for you. Our range covers everything from chemistry, biology to sports science. Just use the filters below to find the right book for you.

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Fully revised and updated, and with a bright new design, Guinness World Records 2022 provides a fascinating snapshot of our world today.  Expect that unique mix of remarkable humans, talented pets, incredible vehicles and impressive sporting legends.  What you’ll find in our 10 record-packed chapters:  • Environmental champions – the eco-warriors fighting to make our planet a better place  • Wonders of the natural world, from the most intelligent creatures to the deadliest plants • The tallest and shortest… Our record scouts have measured a host of the world’s loftiest and diminutive humans  • Pop Culture icons – we reveal the world’s most successful movie franchises, videogames, toys and brands • Young Achievers – meet the under -16 influencers, entrepreneurs and entertainers who are taking positive steps to change the world • Sporting heroes – we review the biggest sporting achievements of the year and put them in context alongside the greatest athletes of all time Look out for bonus features including free Augmented Reality dinosaurs that come to life straight off the page; more inductees into the Guinness World Records Hall of Fame, including Sir David Attenborough, astronaut Peggy Whitson and K-Pop sensations BTS; and “Virtual Visits” that take you on a journey to some of the most fascinating and record-packed visitor attractions, museums, art galleries and parks – all without leaving your bedroom! Product Information: • ISBN: 9781913484118 • Author: Guinness World Records  • Publisher: Guinness World Records Limited • Format: Hardback • Pages: 256 • Dimensions: 30.3 x 22.6 x 1.8 cm

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! 2022 is sure to amaze and astound children and adults alike with thousands of strange stories, unusual feats and hair-raising oddities from around the world.  Meet the man who has made a model of the Empire State Building - in cheese. Marvel at the heart-warming story of the dog that adopted five kittens. Read all about the curse of OEtzi, the five-thousand-year-old iceman mummy. Be amazed by the strange and extraordinary sea creatures that create their own light.  Bursting with brilliant facts, fantastic stories and eye-popping photographs, this all-new edition of Ripley's will entertain, inform and flabbergast you.  Product Information: •    ISBN: 9781529135817 •    Author: Ripley •    Publisher: Cornerstone •    Format: Hardback •    Pages: 256 •    Dimensions: 30.3 x 23.5 x 2.2 cm

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All the big ideas, simply explained - an innovative and accessible guide to the study of human nature. The Psychology Book clearly explains more than 100 groundbreaking ideas in this fascinating field of science. How does the brain remember faces? What makes us choose one decision over another? Where does language come from? With the use of powerful and easy-to-follow images, quotations from all the major thinkers, and explanations that are easily understandable, this book demystifies hard-to-grasp concepts and shows how these have shaped our knowledge of the human mind. All the schools of psychology are covered from cognitive to behavioural psychology making this ideal for students or for anyone with a general interest in this popular area. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781409370550 • Author: DK • Publisher: DK • Format: Paperback • Dimensions: 23.1 x 19.3 x 2.3 cm

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Discover the latest in stargazing with the new and definitive guide to the night sky. Includes: - 12 Brand-New Maps for year-round astronomical discovery - Month-to-Month information. Daily Moon Phase Calendar, highlighting special lunar events throughout the year - Planet Watch for ideal viewing days in 2022 - Expert advice and insight throughout from internationally renowned Professor Nigel Henbest - A 'Behind the Scenes' look at astrophotography from expert Robin Scagell - The planets' movements explained from solar and lunar eclipses to meteor showers and comets Whether you're a seasoned astronomer or just starting out, Philip's Stargazing 2022 is the only book you'll need. Compiled by experts and specially designed for use in Britain and Ireland, Stargazing 2022 acts as a handily illustrated and comprehensive companion. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781849075879 • Author: Nigel Henbest, Heather Couper • Publisher: Philip's • Format: Paperback • Pages: 96 • Dimensions: 20.8 x 15 x 1 cm

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This compelling story of exploration charts and celebrates humankind in space, from Sputnik's launch in 1957 through the Apollo Moon landings and the International Space Station to future missions to Mars and beyond. Spaceflight chronicles how, in the six decades that followed Sputnik, the world was revolutionized by space travel and exploration. The opening up of Earth's orbit to satellites led to a revolution in communications, monitoring of the environment, and materials science. For the human imagination, the impact has been even greater - the voyages of robotic space probes have transformed our view of the Solar System, while Earth-orbiting satellites and missions to the Moon have forever changed our view of ourselves. Product Information: ISBN: 9780241346792 Author: Giles Sparrow  Publisher: DK Format: Hardback Pages: 320 Dimensions: 28.8 x 24.3 x 2.6cm

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Embark on an awe-inspiring and informative journey through our Solar System and beyond in this illuminating astronomy book! Discover how big the Universe is, why our view of the sky is constantly changing, what came before the Big Bang, and so much more. 3, 2, 1, blast off! An out-of-this-world reference book about space that introduces you to the weird and wonderful world of astronomy and space exploration. From the structure of the Milky Way to the Earth's nearest celestial body, the Moon, How Space Works takes you on an unforgettable tour through the stars and galaxies, and to the furthest reaches of space! Answering all your burning questions about space, from ancient white dwarf stars to the Mars Rover, this visual guide explains the basics of astronomy through bold graphics and step-by-step artworks. It's the ultimate book for armchair astronomers and space-technology enthusiasts looking for reliable and up-to-date facts and explanations. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241446324 • Author: DK • Publisher: DK • Format: Hardback • Pages: 224   • Dimensions: 23.9 x 20.2 x 2.2 cm

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Discover why there's hope for the planet and how we can each make a difference in the climate crisis, starting today. The Future We Choose is a passionate call to arms from former UN Executive Secretary for Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, and Tom Rivett-Carnac, senior political strategist for the Paris Agreement. Practical, optimistic and empowering, The Future We Choose shows us steps we can all take to renew our planet and create a better world beyond the climate crisis: today, tomorrow, this year and in the coming decade. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781786580375 • Author: Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac • Publisher: Manilla Press • Format: Paperback • Pages: 240 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.8 cm

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Welcome to the world of the forensic psychologist, where the people you meet are wildly unpredictable and often frightening. The job: to delve into the psyche of convicted men and women to try to understand what lies behind their often brutal actions. Follow in the footsteps of Kerry Daynes, one of the most sought-after forensic psychologists in the business and consultant on major police investigations. Kerry's job has taken her to the cells of maximum-security prisons, police interview rooms, the wards of secure hospitals and the witness box of the court room. Her work has helped solve a cold case, convict the guilty and prevent a vicious attack. Kerry's frank memoir gives an unforgettable insight into the personal and professional dangers in store for a female psychologist working with some of the most disturbing men and women. Product Information: ISBN: 9781788402170 Author: Kerry Daynes Publisher: Endeavour Format: Paperback Pages: 304 Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3 cm

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Discover the hard science that will help you run faster, endure for longer, and avoid injury. Analyse your running style and learn how to enhance your gait for optimum efficiency and safety. Transform your performance with exercises targeting strength, flexibility, and recovery - each exercise annotated to reveal the muscle mechanics so you know you're getting it right. Understand the science behind your body's energy systems and how to train to maximise energy storage and conversion. Follow training and exercise programmes tailored to different abilities and distances, from 5K to marathon. Whether you are new to running or an experienced racer, this book will help you achieve your goals and stay injury-free. Product Information: ISBN: 9780241504505 Author: Chris Napier Publisher: DK Format: Paperback Pages: 224 Dimensions: 23.9 x 20.4 x 2.3cm

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Explore the laws and theories of physics in this accessible introduction to the forces that shape our Universe, our planet, and our everyday lives. Using a bold, graphic-led approach The Physics Book sets out more than 80 key concepts and discoveries that have defined the subject and influenced our technology since the beginning of time. Seven themed chapters examine the history and developments in areas such as energy and matter, and electricity and magnetism, as well as quantum, nuclear, and particle physics. If you've ever wondered exactly how physicists formulated - and proved - these abstract concepts, The Physics Book is the book for you. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241412725 • Author: DK • Publisher: DK • Format: Hardback • Pages: 336 • Dimensions: 24 x 20.2 x 3.4 cm

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Instant Physics pulls together all the pivotal physics knowledge and thought into one concise volume. Each page contains a discrete 'cheat sheet', which tells you the most important facts in bite-sized chunks, meaning you can become an expert in an instant. From black holes to black body radiation, telescopes to microscopes, quantum mechanics to general relativity, every key figure, discovery or idea is explained with succinct and lively text and graphics. Perfect for the knowledge hungry and time poor, this collection of graphic-led lessons makes psychology interesting and accessible. Everything you need to know is here. Product Information: •    ISBN: 9781787399815 •    Author: Giles Sparrow •    Publisher: Welbeck •    Format: Paperback •    Pages: 176 •    Dimensions: 23.62 x 18.29 x 2.03cm

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This fantastic CGP Revision Guide is perfectly matched to the Higher Level Grade 9-1 AQA GCSE Biology course. Every topic is explained with clear, succinct study notes, examples and diagrams - and there are practice questions at the end of every page to test you on what you’ve learned (with answers and mark schemes included). We’ve covered all the crucial new elements of the Grade 9-1 course, including the required practicals, maths skills and Working Scientifically. What’s more, a free Online Edition of the whole book is included - just use the unique access code printed inside the cover to access it on a PC, Mac or tablet! Product Information:• ISBN: 9781782945567• Author: CGP Books• Publisher: CGP Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 136• Dimensions: 30 x 21 x 1cm

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Award-winning, bestselling German science author Stefan Klein transforms a simple object or everyday event - such as rose blossom, or a day of stormy weather! Learn to understand the most complex ideas and theories in 21st-century physics. Through lyrical storytelling, Klein renders the complexities and intricacies of physics accessible to a reader with no previous knowledge of the subject. In doing so, he demonstrates that scientific progress is as much, if not more, about the unanswered questions, the dark corners, as it is about what we have discovered; our knowledge constitutes merely 'an island in an ocean of ignorance'. On the Edge of Infinity is a thought-provoking and unique exploration of the most intriguing scientific theories and ideas, designed to be accessible to anyone who has ever been curious about the scientific wonders of our universe. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781788400602• Author: Stefan Klein• Publisher: Octopus Books• Format: Hardback• Pages: 240• Dimensions: 19.7 x 12 x 2cm

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What if intelligent life on Earth evolved not once, but twice? The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien. What can we learn from the encounter? In Other Minds, Peter Godfrey-Smith, a distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba diver, explores the incredible evolutionary journey of the cephalopods, which began as inconspicuous molluscs who would later abandon their shells to rise above the ocean floor, searching for prey and acquiring the greater intelligence needed to do so. But what kind of intelligence do cephalopods possess? How did the octopus, a solitary creature with little social life, become so smart? What is it like to have eight tentacles that are so packed with neurons that they virtually ‘think for themselves’? By tracing the question of inner life back to its roots and comparing human beings with our most remarkable animal relatives, Godfrey-Smith casts crucial new light on the octopus mind – and on our own. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008226299 • Author: Godfrey-Smith • Publisher: William Collins • Format: Paperback • Pages: 276 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.75 cm

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A fascinating and comprehensive guide to the sun - our home star - which remains the greatest mystery in the solar system, and why understanding it is pivotal to our future existence here on Earth. In 1869, a great mystery was born. As astronomers observed a total solar eclipse, for the first time they saw the faint glow of the solar corona, the sun's outer atmosphere. Measurements of a previously unknown wavelength that made up this solar light sparked hot debate among scientists, but it was another sixty years before they discovered that this wavelength was in fact iron being burned at a staggering 3 million degrees Celsius. With the sun's surface only 6,000 degrees, this shouldn't be possible. What we now knew about the sun appeared to defy the laws of physics - and nature. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781789290431 • Author: Colin Stuart • Publisher: Michael O'Mara • Format: Hardback • Pages: 288 • Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.3 x 2.7cm

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Find out how science will save us from this pandemic, and how we can prepare for the inevitable next one. On 1 January 2020, Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology at Oxford University, read an article about four people in China with a strange pneumonia. Within two weeks, she and her team had designed a vaccine against a pathogen that no one had ever seen before. Less than 12 months later, vaccination was rolled out across the world to save millions of lives from Covid-19. In Vaxxers, we hear directly from Professor Gilbert and her colleague Dr Catherine Green as they reveal the inside story of making the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine and the cutting-edge science and sheer hard work behind it. This is their story of fighting a pandemic as ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Sarah and Cath share the heart-stopping moments in the eye of the storm; they separate fact from fiction; they explain how they made a highly effective vaccine in record time with the eyes of the world watching; and they give us hope for the future. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529369854 • Author: Sarah Gilbert, Catherine Green • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton • Format: Hardback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.4 cm

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You are not going mad - it's your hormones! The perimenopause (the time leading up to the menopause) is often misunderstood. For some women, it lasts a few months; for others it consumes the best part of a decade. This transitional period can be a time of emotional turmoil, shifting priorities and physical changes: from hot flushes, insomnia, low mood and anxiety, to itchy skin, thinning hair, weight gain and loss of libido . . . to name just a few! Millions of women in their thirties and forties go through this without even realising they are perimenopausal. It's time they take back control. In The Perimenopause Solution, Dr Shahzadi Harper, a medical doctor specialising in women's health and Emma Bardwell, a registered nutritionist, provide a blueprint to help women find a new balance in this important phase of their lives, so they can be prepared, not scared. This accessible guide combines practical, no-nonsense information on the physical and mental changes to expect, with powerful advice on managing symptoms and nutrition, as what you eat during the perimenopause can dramatically affect your experience of it. Expert-led and forward-thinking in its approach, The Perimenopause Solution will not just help you survive the journey towards the menopause - it will let you thrive. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781785043642 • Author: Dr Shahzadi Harper, Emma Bardwell • Publisher: Vermilion • Format: Paperback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm

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This fantastic CGP Revision Guide is perfectly matched to the Higher Level Grade 9-1 AQA GCSE Physics course. Every topic is explained with clear, succinct study notes, examples and diagrams - and there are practice questions at the end of every page to test you on what you’ve learned (with answers and mark schemes included). We’ve covered all the crucial new elements of the Grade 9-1 course, including the required practicals, maths skills and Working Scientifically. What’s more, a free Online Edition of the whole book is included - just use the unique access code printed inside the cover to access it on a PC, Mac or tablet! Product Information:• ISBN: 9781782945581• Author: CGP Books• Publisher: CGP Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 112• Dimensions: 30 x 21 x 1cm

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