$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.
$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.
$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?
Are we alone in the Universe? Where did the Moon come from? How do we know what stars are made of? Could there really be a future in asteroid mining?
In Cosmic Chronicles, Fred Watson – Australia’s Astronomer-at-Large and bestselling author – explores the hottest topics in space science and astronomy.
Watson presents the most up-to-date knowledge on everything from light echoing around the cosmos, the mechanics of black holes and how to navigate the hidden delights of nightfall, to the most profound questions facing humankind. With mind-bending stories from the frontiers of science, Cosmic Chronicles is an expert’s view of what we know and how we know it.
‘Despite the complexity of the Universe, you feel as though you’ve always been part of unravelling its mysteries as you read Fred Watson’s entertaining new book. You will explore its history, spot things in the night sky you’ve never noticed before, and if you’re hoping for a wild new travel adventure, you’ll learn how to go to space without contaminating the cosmos with pesky earthly microbes. Bonus!’ ― Amanda Bauer, head of education and public outreach, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
‘Fred Watson's new book, Cosmic Chronicles: A user’s guide to the Universe, is a superb romp through the historical, cultural and scientific astronomical phenomena that surround us every day. Fred is a national treasure for his witty and incisive descriptions of science, fun and interesting to all. The book spans medieval astronomers to NASA deep space missions and even includes Goldilocks and The Terminator (revealed as serene and even romantic). Enjoy!’ ― Col. Pamela A. Melroy, USAF (ret.), former NASA Astronaut
‘Full of science and wonder, this book will leave you looking upwards.’ ― Richard Glover, ABC Radio
$29.95Astronomers have long known that the Universe is expanding, but everything they could see indicated that gravity should be slowing this spread. Instead, it appears that the Universe is accelerating its expansion and that something stronger than gravity --dark energy -- is at work. In Einstein's Telescope Evalyn Gates, a University of Chicago astrophysicist, transports us to the edge of contemporary science to explore the revolutionary tool that unlocks the secrets of these little-understood cosmic constituents. Based on Einstein's theory of general relativity, gravitational lensing, or "Einstein's Telescope," is enabling new discoveries that are taking us toward the next revolution in scientific thinking -- one that may change forever our notions of where the Universe came from and where it is going.
$29.95The first full-scale biography of the most renowned name in science to be written since those who closely guarded his privacy have died. Based on 20 years of research and interviews with intimate friends and associates willing to discuss Einstein as never before, this riveting book details his childhood and youth. Contains extensive material on his adult life never published before to reveal the crux of Einstein's personality and private life in a way few others have. Includes rare photographs.
$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.
$29.95When Apollo 11 blasts off for the Moon, the whole world is watching. On the other side of the planet, Billy, Mickey and Buzz decide to be astronauts too....
$24.95This book is the perfect way for little children to find out about space. It's full of charming pictures with lots of things to look for and talk about.
From cyborgs, starships,UFOs, aliens and antimatter to telepathy, invisibility, psychokinesis and precognition. According to Albert Einstein, 'If at first an idea does not sound absurd, there is not hope for it.' Physics of the Impossible shows how our most far-fetched ideas today are destined to become tomorrow's reality. Michio Kaku, bestselling author and one of the world's most acclaimed physicists, looks at the science of the future and explains what's just around the corner, what we might have to wait a few millennia to get our hands on and how surprisingly little of it is truly impossible.
Our journey begins with the first attempts to understand reality, Mother Nature - or as the ancient Greeks called it, physis. Follow the journey through history as great scientists, such as Thales, Galileo, Feynman, and many others, gradually unpick the fabric of the Universe revealing an array of fundamental forces, intangible particles and indestructible energy. Today, physics discoveries make headline news as we all grapple with the fresh mysteries of the Higgs boson, supersymmetry, and dark energy. The boundaries of physics are on the move once again. What new truths will be revealed next?
Contains 100 chronological articles that tell the story of physics from the dawn of history to the present day. Authoritative text, exciting imagery, and helpful diagrams accompany each of the steps along the way. Biographies of great physicists and a chart of the Standard Model particles boosts the contents for all readers.
A simple physics guide draws together current understanding to set out the basics of the science. 100 Ponderables also contains a 12-page Timeline History of Physics.
$24.95Full of scientific rhyming fun. Young readers will delight in poking fun at a familiar text all while learning about scientists who changed the world! This sweet parody is the perfect inspiration for future scientists of all ages.
Space Racers contains everything you need to press out and make your own paper rocket models. From the rocket that made the first manned space flight, Vostok K, to the future of space travel, the Skylon space plane. Use the easy to use, step-by-step instructions to build eight historically accurate rockets and two imaginary rockets, which are left blank for your own designs.
A separate booklet introduces you to the exhilarating world of rocket science and space exploration, and includes fun and detailed fact files for each rocket. This is an exciting kit for space enthusiasts aged eight to adult.
$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.
$29.95Perfect for those new to coding or those with some basic coding experience, kids can work at their own pace as they help Pax and the VALID team code their way through a series of exciting missions.
The CSIRO and Baker IDI Diabetes Recipe Book provides you with more than 100 delicious recipes for every occasion – from feeding a family to hosting an elegant dinner party.
In conjunction with the information and advice given in The CSIRO and Baker IDI Diabetes Diet and Lifestyle Plan, this collection of recipes will help you improve your health, manage your weight and feed your family and friends healthy, satisfying and tasty food.
Published in 2015, the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet: Complete Recipe Collection is a compilation of more than 400 recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner in one volume, so there'll always be something healthy to cook for any time of the day.
The recipe collection marks the 10 year anniversary of the release of the original CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet book.
$44.95In The Night Sky, Richard Grossinger traces developments in science and technology, covering multiple aspects of humanity's complex relationship to the cosmos. Covering not only astronomy but also cosmology, cosmogony, astrology, and science fiction, he offers us a revelatory look at the firmament through his own telescope, fitted with an anthropological lens.
$14.95What is the surface of Mars like? Why does Venus glow in the dark? How do scientists explore faraway planets? Beginner readers can find answers to these questions and more in this colourful information book. Illustrated with stunning photographs and illustrations accompanied by short, informative text developed with reading experts. Includes carefully selected internet-links to exciting websites about the Solar System.
$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+
$14.95The more you learn about the human body, the more you realize that we all possess super powers. This book is jam-packed with forty experiments to try with your own body and discover your inner superhero. Apart from yourself, everything you'll need can be found lying around the house. Along the way, you'll: - Discover the electromagnetic radiation detectors in your head - Learn what it takes to be invisible - Freak your own brain out with bizarre illusions. 40 SUPER HUMAN BODY TRICKS is packed with tricks and experiments that involve the five senses, anatomy, physiology, nutrition and physical challenges, gadgets (like a reaction timer) to make, plus optical illusions.
$24.95Make things that fly, fling, spin, swim, whoosh, zoom and ooze, and discover the surprising science behind them. Introduces children to the world of science in a practical and interactive way. This book contains 57 activities including bubbling wizard's brew, magic flowers, panpipe straws, a spinning paper helicopter and a light catcher. Each activity uses simple and safe materials and is described by step-by-step instructions and illustrations.
It's science, but not as you know it. Pop, pull, flip and spin your way through forces, light, magnetism, molecules and more!
Peer into an ATOM, lift the lip on a volcano, and spin an engine to see how it works. Find out how to make an egg parachute, a bottle volcano, and a balloon hovercraft.