$19.95Children can put their flying skills to the test with this chunky pad of brightly patterned spaceships. Each tear-out, patterned paper sheet can be folded, origami-style, into a flying spacecraft by following the step-by-step instructions included.
Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller: but even when he stays safely in his own study at home, he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to find out 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. It's not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know. How do we know what is in the centre of the Earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? On his travels through time and space, he encounters a splendid collection of astonishingly eccentric, competitive, obsessive and foolish scientists, like the painfully shy Henry Cavendish who worked out many conundrums like how much the Earth weighed, but never bothered to tell anybody about many of his findings. In the company of such extraordinary people, Bill Bryson takes us with him on the ultimate eye-opening journey, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.
$39.95A Walk through the Southern Sky is a beautifully illustrated guide to the stars and constellations of the southern hemisphere. By following the simplified and easy-to-use starmaps, readers will be able to identify constellations with no equipment but normal sight and a clear night sky. This book provides clear instructions on how to determine star sizes and the distances between stars, allowing readers to move easily between constellations. The budding astronomer is introduced to the mystery and wonder of the southern sky as the myths and legends of its stars and constellations are wondrously retold. The third edition of this magical book features a new moon map, an updated list of planet positions, additional illustrations and more realistic star maps. It is an invaluable and beautiful guide for beginner stargazers, both young and old.
$19.95A brand-new board book series with simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius!
$29.95An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality.
$14.95How do astronomers study planets, stars and galaxies? What are rovers and where have they landed? How do different telescopes work? What is a nebula? Beginner readers can find out the answers in this book, along with lots more fascinating facts. Amazing photographs and illustrations are combined with simple, easy-to-read text and a glossary explaining all the specialist terms used. Find out more about astronomy and stargazing online via Usborne Quicklinks, where you can find out what to see and when, as well as see the latest images captured by telescopes and rovers.
What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysics and best selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.
But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.
While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from search for planets to the search for life in the universe.
$39.95Here is the essential guide to biology, an authoritative reference book and fold out timeline that examines how we have uncovered the secrets of lifethe most complex process in the Universe.
From the workings of molecules to the way entire oceans or continents of lifeforms interact, biology seeks to understand how it is that something can be alive, how it fends off death and how it leaves more life in its wake.
We follow the journey through the history of life science to find out why the dolphin got its name (it is the womb fish), how a seven-foot strand of DNA is able to build your body, and what gives a lobster its blue blood. The great names, such as Darwin and Linnaeus, are joined by lesser known discoverers, such as Karl von Frisch who discovered that bees dance and Jan Baptist van Helmont who found a plant uses air and water to grow. Biology today is still very much a live science, finding a purpose in robot design and helping us to understand non-living complex systems like the Internet. Biology has changed the way we understand ourselves. What will it tell us next?
$69.95Listing more than 500 sky targets, both near and far, in 187 challenges, this observing guide will test novice astronomers and advanced veterans alike. Its unique mix of Solar System and deep-sky targets will have observers hunting for the Apollo lunar landing sites, searching for satellites orbiting the outermost planets, and exploring hundreds of star clusters, nebulae, distant galaxies, and quasars. Each target object is accompanied by a rating indicating how difficult the object is to find, an in-depth visual description, an illustration showing how the object realistically looks, and a detailed finder chart to help you find each challenge quickly and effectively. The guide introduces objects often overlooked in other observing guides and features targets visible in a variety of conditions, from the inner city to the dark countryside. Challenges are provided for the naked eye, through binoculars and the largest backyard telescopes.
When you look up at a midnight sky, what do you see - mottled stars and a full Moon trying hard to compete with the street lamps for your attention? You might be situated in a city, or its sprawling suburbs, where the ever-present urban glow tends to keep your gaze horizontal, missing out on the beckoning mysteries of the Universe.
This Skywriters anthology will change all that. Through the eyes and creativity of people who write about south-eastern inland Australia, we'll redirect your vision upwards to a brighter Moon, the subtle presence of nearby planets, the cosmic spectacular of our Milky Way galaxy and those celestial bodies even further away.
You'll find inspiring stories, poems and essays by a great diversity of Australians responding to what some have called the 'Inland Astro-Trail', which connects rural and remote communities with world-class astronomical observatories such as those at Parkes, Siding Springs and Narrabri. Some skystories are 'literally', others intensely personal, but all are guaranteed to widen your horizons-upwards!
Bill Yidumduma Harney is Senior Aboriginal Elder of the Wardaman community west of Katherine N.T. He is well-known through his 1996 book Born Under the Paperbark Tree, and the 2002 SBS film of his family and land, the Menngen White Cockatoo Country. The rock art of this area is famous for striped figures of the Lightning Brothers and other Spiritual Ancestors; and his tourist ventures give large numbers of people the chance to see these Dreaming of his people.
Stockman, land rights pioneer, story-teller par excellence and original painter, this custodian of sites as well as stories has always talked of the moon and stars On Top. In 1998 he asked Dr Hugh Cairns if he would write a book with him on his astronomy... Dark Sparklers is the result, and above all is an intriguing insight into a rather amazing modern Aboriginal Elder who has a cosmic view of life within his earthy realism.
$19.95Have you ever wanted to know how a rocket takes off? Or how much of the galaxy we have explored?
$39.95The common language of genius: Eureka! While the roads that lead to breakthrough scientific discovery can be as varied and complex as the human mind, the moment of insight for all scientists is remarkably similar. The word "eureka!", attributed to the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes, has come to express that universal moment of joy, wonder-and even shock-at discovering something entirely new. In this collection of twelve scientific stories, Leslie Alan Horvitz describes the drama of sudden insight as experienced by a dozen distinct personalities, detailing discoveries both well known and obscure. From Darwin, Einstein, and the team of Watson and Crick to such lesser known luminaries as fractal creator Mandelbrot and periodic table mastermind Dmitri Medellev, Eureka! perfectly illustrates Louis Pasteur's quip that chance favors the prepared mind. The book also describes how amateur scientist Joseph Priestley stumbled onto the existence of oxygen in the eighteenth century and how television pioneer Philo Farnsworth developed his idea for a TV screen while plowing his family's Idaho farm.
$19.95Strap yourself in for a rocket-fuelled adventure into the world of space. Use the stickers in this book to bring each amazing scene to life.
$29.95Buckle up! How to be a Space Explorer is a practical manual for all aspiring astronauts, packed with jaw-dropping stories from real-life space exploration. Learn how to navigate black holes, slingshot around Jupiter and survive the freezing depths of space. This book will blast you into the stratosphere, so strap yourself in and enjoy the ride.
By (author) Peter Robertson
Uncover the science that's part of our everyday lives!
Inside you'll find a book packed with facts and experiments to encourage scientific discovery, plus a set of building blocks to foster an understanding of 6 different molecules.
$49.95WINNER OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY'S YOUNG PEOPLE'S BOOK PRIZE 2019 Welcome to the museum that is always open to explore... Step inside the pages of this beautiful book to discover galleries of galactic matter, expertly curated to bring you the experience of a fascinating exhibition from the comfort of your own home. Planetarium features all aspects of space, from the Sun and our Solar System, to the lives of stars, the Milky Way and the Universe beyond. With stunning artwork from Chris Wormell and informative text by Professor Raman Prinja, Planetarium is the perfect gift for anyone with an interest in this fascinating field.
$12.95Discover amazing space scenes packed with over 500 things to find. From weird alien planets to awesome spaceships, get lost in a world of space search-and-find fun!
Stand by for lift-off! It's time to explore the solar system and beyond with epic facts and out-of-this-world activities!
Inside you'll find a book packed with facts on the planets of the solar system, plus a torch to project four major star constellations on your wall!
Colour... Create... Pixelate!
Make your own pixelated universe by copy colouring square by square. From alien invaders to star ships destroyers, there's an out-of-this world space adventure waiting for you inside.
$14.95Venture to the far reaches of the galaxy with this collection of picture, word and number puzzles. Entertaining activities include cracking an alien code, finding routes through galaxy mazes, spot the difference and lots more. All the answers are at the back of the book.
$24.95Now you can join Australia's best-known astronomer, Fred Watson, on a unique tour to unravel the mysteries of space and time. Take in primitive observatories in ancient Peru and the world's largest atom-smasher in modern-day Switzerland. See Pluto demoted from planetary status. Go behind headlines to find the truth about the Transit of Venus and the Higgs Boson. Meet some of science's most colourful characters.
This photographic star atlas shows the entire sky on 82 charts. The chart arrangement is shown on the endpapers, and a schematic depiction is given on page 9. The scale at the center of each field is 1° per cm (2.54° per inch) for all charts. Stars are shown down to approximately 14th magnitude.
The star atlas lists 1593 deep sky objects, all of which can be identified on the photographs. Object designators are based on the catalog of the Eye & Telescope v3.0 software [Pfl2011], which features one of the best error-corrected object databases. In a few cases, these designators may differ from those found in non-corrected catalogs or planetarium software.
Building on the success of the first book, this new volume will make implementing the diet at home easier than ever.
The CSIRO Low-carb Diet is based on strong scientific research that has successfully helped Australians lose weight and improve their overall health. Building on the success of the first book, this new volume from Pan Macmillan will make implementing the diet at home easier than ever.
It includes: an update on the latest science; 80 new recipes with a focus on meals that are quick and easy to prepare; all daily allowances for recipes calculated and explained; daily plans and meal builders to help you seamlessly incorporate this way of eating into your everyday life; and 15 new exercises that complement those in the first book to add variety to your exercise routine, and further improve your fitness, strength and general health.
Accessible, affordable and achievable, this is a fully researched approach to better eating and improved health from Australia's peak science organisation.
$34.95The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Book 2 - Following on from the phenomenal success of the first book, a companion volume was released in 2006 to help readers keep on track with a healthy lifestyle. The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Book 2 includes: summary of the essential principles of the diet over 80 delicious new recipes healthy ideas for packing lunch for school and work tips on eating out structured exercise program (watch the step-by-step guide to performing the seated row exercise).
$19.95One day a long long time ago, the seven stars decided to visit earth. They asked the Milky Way to bring them down near a creek in the desert and they stepped off and turned into people.
$14.95Spent all your pocket money again? There are heaps of great things you can make with stuff that's lying round the house - and they won't cost you a cent! Ages 7-12. Check out all the toys and gizmos you can make with simple household stuff! From Mexican jumping beans to a diving octopus and a popcorn lava lamp, you'll be whizzing and spinning like crazy. Watch out you don't get dizzy! Ages 7-12.
$14.95Think you′ve got all the answers? ABC TV′s Surfing Scientist, Ruben Meerman, is back and this time he′s challenging the inner workings of your brain with 40 science and logic puzzles. How many will you solve? And how many will leave you stumped? Can you share this cake between eight friends with only three straight cuts? Can you connect the dots by drawing four straight lines without lifting your pencil? How can these four cars continue on their way at the same time without colliding? Can you fit a 50c coin through a 10c sized hole without tearing the paper? With loads of photos and fascinating facts, plus hints and solutions, you′ll stretch and test your mind with these fun and challenging puzzles. So what are you waiting for? Get into it! Ages 7+
$12.95Wiggle the cute owl puppet and enjoy a well-loved rhyme with your baby or toddler.