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.
$24.95Available in sizes Small, Medium, Large, XLarge and XXLarge
In July 1969, six hundred million people, one-sixth of mankind at the time, witnessed the historic Apollo 11 moonwalk live on TV.
This DVD contains the complete 2009 restoration of the historic TV broadcast, produced by NASA for the Apollo 11 40th anniversary. It includes newly discovered footage not seen by the public since 1969.
"This restored video is a valuable contribution to space exploration and space communication history" - Neil Armstrong.
Running time: 185 minutes. Region: 0 (all regions)
$29.95"Bad Astronomy is just plain good! Philip Plait clears up every misconception on astronomy and space you never knew you suffered from." --Stephen Maran, Author of Astronomy for Dummies and editor of The Astronomy and Astrophysics Encyclopedia. "Thank the cosmos for the bundle of star stuff named Philip Plait, who is the world's leading consumer advocate for quality science in space and on Earth. This important contribution to science will rest firmly on my reference library shelf, ready for easy access the next time an astrologer calls." --Dr. Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, and author of The Borderlands of Science.
$14.95Caffeine molecule mug Decorated with cutting edge representations of the great ideas of science.
$39.95Join David J. Eicher in this fast-paced and entertaining journey through the history, present, and future of these important yet mysterious cosmic bodies. The author carefully explores the ideas relating comets and life on Earth - and the danger posed by impacts. He finishes with practical, how-to techniques, tips, and tricks on how to successfully observe comets and even to capture your own images of them.
The MOVA globe ( 12cm ) is the first member of a new family of objects that come quietly to life when touched by light, without wires or batteries. The globe floats at a point of perfect balance between buoyant forces and gravitational forces, and slowly turns as it feels the force of the Earth's magnetic field and the energy carried in light. Its perpetual, quiet motion brings a tranquil point of focus to a room. Add more light and watch it spin faster, dim the setting and observe it slowing. It really is an amazing sight to see!
The MOVA globe works similarly to a compass in that the Earth's magnetic field makes this work!
$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.
$44.95Learn all about thermodynamics with the Crookes Radiometer.When exposed to light or heat, the vanes will spin. Comes in 18cm and 22cm high models and makes for an educational decoration.
$9.95A Cricketer's perspective of the Universe drink cooler Black with orbiting red (cricket ball) planets
$29.95This is a detailed die-cast pull back model of a NASA space shuttle. This 8 inch die cast metal and plastic pullback is sure to please both young and old alike! It features opening roof and pull back action.
$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.
$29.95Extreme Cosmos is an astronomy book that not only offers amazing facts and figures but also reveals the remarkable richness of the Universe and the incredible physics that modern astronomy has unveiled. Find out about hypervelocity stars moving through space at more than 3 million kilometres per hour, distant gamma-ray bursts that can outshine the rest of the Universe, neutron stars that spin mor...e than 700 times per second, and the cosmic catastrophe that will unfold two billion years from now when the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies collide. This book will take you on a journey of extreme proportions that will leave you in awe, and renew your sense of the overwhelming complexity and scale of our Universe.
Add a sense of fun and magic to any space. This battery operated pull light features a mesmerising, 3d Firework effect finish. Pull the cord to illuminate the bulb with warm LED lights.
$49.95Tom Hanks, Imagine Entertainment and HBO present the Emmy and Gold Globe Award winner From the Earth to the Moon, the dramatic story of the unforgettable Apollo missions and their heroic astronauts. Powerfully told through the memorable performances of Brain Cranston, Sally Field, Chris Isaak and many more, these are the stories of the men, women and children who lived, breathed and manufactured, from the power of human will, one of the greatest achievements in the history of mankind. Beautifully restored in stunning HD, the Remastered Edition updates the visual effects, adding vivid detail to the Apollo missions while remaining true to the masterful storytelling of the original
$59.9556cm Galileo Thermometer (11 balls ) – watch the temperature by watching the balls sink and float in a beautiful sealed glass cylinder, as their densities are such that they rise or fall as the temperature changes.
Slippery slime that glows in the dark! Non-toxic and water soluble.
Available in green, blue, orange and pink.
$4.95Put the egg into a container of water and watch your alien hatch!
$24.95Ladies - I need my space t-shirt. 100% cotton.
$19.95Not only is this a beautiful glass ornament, it also displays a fundamental scientific law. In 1787 Jacques Charles discovered that a gas volume is proportional to its absolute temperature, or in other words, as the temperature increases, the volume will increase. This became known as Charles’ Law, and it explains to us how this amazing Hand Boiler works. The gas molecules in the container speed up as the temperature increases, and this in turn increases the pressure in one chamber and shoots the liquid into the next, thus creating a stunning liquid display!
This product makes a beautiful simple display of a complex scientific principle or an interesting gift for the science minded, artistic or hard to buy for person.
Caution: Fragile glass, flammable, not recommended for children under the age of three.
This kit is designed to demonstrate the principles of thrust, acceleration and jet propulsion. The science behind launching the LiquiFly Water-Powered Rocket is the same as any other rockets - create thrust from water and air. Bam goes the rocket!!
This kit has everything you need is in the kit. Takes approximately 2 minutes to set-up.
Try experimenting with different water levels, and varying the air pressure to test how thrust is affected. Full instructions are provided in each kit - covering safety, set-up and how to really max out your thrust.
Note: Adult supervision is required for this activity. Improper use of this device could cause injury.
Turn the hourglass over and watch iron filings fall onto a magnetic base, creating mesmerizing patterns from the magnetic field. The perfect desk accessory.
Box Size (HxWxD): 23 x 13 x 13cm
$19.95Learn about Magnetism with the Magnoidz 'Magnet Science' experiment kit! Box comes with an educational booklet packed with facts about magnetism.
$12.95Discover the fun with magnets! This set contains 6 magnets, some paper clips and other magnetic objects.
$279.95The MOVA globe ( 12cm ) is the first member of a new family of objects that come quietly to life when touched by light, without wires or batteries. The globe floats at a point of perfect balance between buoyant forces and gravitational forces, and slowly turns as it feels the force of the Earth's magnetic field and the energy carried in light. Its perpetual, quiet motion brings a tranquil point of focus to a room. Add more light and watch Mars spin faster, dim the setting and observe it slowing. It really is an amazing sight to see! The MOVA globe works similarly to a compass in that the Earth's magnetic field makes this work!
$24.95Mens - I need my space t-shirt. Colour - Blue 100% cotton.
Mens - I need my space t-shirt. Colour - Green 100% cotton.
$24.95Mens - The Dish Banner Shirt. 100% cotton.
$279.95The MOVA globe ( 12cm ) is the first member of a new family of objects that come quietly to life when touched by light, without wires or batteries. The globe floats at a point of perfect balance between buoyant forces and gravitational forces, and slowly turns as it feels the force of the Earth's magnetic field and the energy carried in light. Its perpetual, quiet motion brings a tranquil point of focus to a room. Add more light and watch our moon spin faster, dim the setting and observe it slowing. It really is an amazing sight to see! The MOVA globe works similarly to a compass in that the Earth's magnetic field makes this work!
$19.95Moon Phase Maps are 18 Photo-Maps of the Waxing Moon - (9 double sided A4 size sheets) with waterproof coating. All major craters and seas identified, along with Valleys, Ridges, Rilles, faults, domes, ghost craters and crater chains marked along the terminator.
Mould it, watch it glow, pull it fast and it snaps, strike it with a hammer and it shatters,pull it slowly and it stretches, roll it into a ball and it bounces!
$19.95Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to the Moon? This beautifuuly illustrated picture book will take you on a journey to find out. You can fly into outer space, walk on the Moon and take a look at our world from a very, very long way away.
$49.95For the first time ever, this astonishing series charts the progress of the Earth as it undertakes its incredible annual orbit around the Sun. From stunning space imagery to in-your-face storm chasing, this series showcases the incredible power of our planet's epic journey around the Sun.
$24.95The Periodic table of the chemical elements is a Tabular method of displaying the chemical elements, first devised in 1863. The layout of the table has been refined and extended over time,as new elements have been discovered, and new theretical models have been developed to explain chemical behaviour. The current standard table contains 117 confirmed elements as of late 2006 ( while element 118 has been synthesised, element 117 has not ). This table is displayed on this t - shirt.
$19.95The modern periodic table of the elements is closely based on Dmitri Mendeleev's 1869 study aid and now you can have one these amazing tables on your fridge.
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.
When a circle's diameter is 1, its circumference is Pi.
Pi is a mathematical constant which represents the ratio of any circle's circumference to its diameter. This shirt lists pi to many thousands of decimal places. Good luck memorising!
Narrated by David Attenborough
Captured in stunning ultra-high definition detail. Planet Earth II is an immersive exploration of the jungles, mountains, deserts, islands grasslands and cities of the world. Journey to the four corners of the globe to discover the extreme forces that shape life in each of these iconic landscapes and the remarkable ways animals manage to overcome the challenges of surviving in the wildest places on Earth. From eye-to-eye encounters with incredible creatures to epic journeys through breathtaking wilderness, experience the wonder of the natural world as never before.
$49.95Captured in stunning Ultra-high definition detail, Planet Earth II is an immersive exploration of the jungles, mountains, deserts, islands, grasslands and cities of the world. Journey to the four corners of the globe to discover the extreme forces that shape life in each of these iconic landscapes and the remarkable ways animals manage to overcome the challenges of surviving in the wildest places on Earth. From eye-to-eye encounters with incredible creatures to epic journeys through breathtaking wildernesses, experience the wonder of the natura world as never before.
$79.95Captured in stunning Ultra-high definition detail, Planet Earth II is an immersive exploration of the jungles, mountains, deserts, islands, grasslands and cities of the world. Journey to the four corners of the globe to discover the extreme forces that shape life in each of these iconic landscapes and the remarkable ways animals manage to overcome the challenges of surviving in the wildest places on Earth. From eye-to-eye encounters with incredible creatures to epic journeys through breathtaking wildernesses, experience the wonder of the natura world as never before.
Fancy a round-the-world trip, but don’t have the time? Well with this Revolving Globe, it only takes 14 seconds!
With a 30 day spinning life on just one AA battery, The Revolving Globe is the perfect addition to any desk or shelf, and with it’s easy two-part assembly, you’ll be set up to go in less time than it takes to rotate.
14-second full rotation
14cm x 14cm x 14.2cm
$9.95A "selfie" taken by aliens on their most recent visit to "The Dish". Yours to show off on a drink cooler. Artwork by M. Marshall.