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Expand Your Horizons: Gifts for Clever Clogs

Posted on 5th December 2017 by Martha Greengrass

From robot wars to the universe on our doorstep, tomorrow is a brave new world. Take a tour into the future with books that push at the boundaries of human knowledge and invention; the perfect brain food for curious minds.

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From the No. 1 bestselling author of What If? - the man who created xkcd and explained the laws of science with cartoons - comes a series of brilliantly simple diagrams ('blueprints' if you want to be complicated about it) that show how important things work: from the nuclear bomb to the biro.
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From the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics comes a new book about the mind-bending nature of the universe. Taking us on a wondrous journey, he invites us to imagine a whole new world where black holes are waiting to explode, spacetime is made up of grains, and infinity does not exist.
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An exploration of space and time and a journey of discovery, through 13 of the most fascinating Christmas Lectures given at The Royal Institution of Great Britain over the last 200 years.
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Soonish is hilarious, provocative, and shamelessly informative' Tim Harford, author of Messy and The Undercover Economist. From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comes an illustrated investigation into future technologies.
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Just as Freakonomics brought economics to life, so Storm in a Teacup brings physics into our daily lives and makes it fascinating. It is also physics as the toy box of science: physics as fun, as never before.
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A sumptuous beginner's guide to astronomy and the night sky this is a richly illustrated guide to the myths, histories, and science of the celestial bodies of our solar system, with stories and information about constellations, planets, comets, the northern lights, and more.
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A stunning collection of space travel stories from science broadcaster, Dallas Campbell. As well as being a deeply impractical guide to getting off the planet, this is an eclectic and beautifully illustrated mix-tape of space travel stories - both real and imagined for anyone who has looked up in wonder at the stars... And then wondered how to get there.
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Two bestselling authors provide the perfect way into science: the Hollywood sci-fi movies we all know and love. Covering movies from 28 Days Later to Ex Machina, this is a joyous ride through astrophysics, neuroscience, psychology, botany, artificial intelligence, evolution, and plenty more subjects you've always wanted to grasp.

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Let the brains behind the hugely successful Festival of the Spoken Nerd take you on a rib-tickling, experiment-fuelled adventure to explain the everyday science staring you in the face. If you are sci-curious, pi-curious or just the-end-is-nigh-curious, this is the book for you.
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A journey through 55 alternative realities, parallel worlds and possible futures from the million-selling New Scientist series.
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Jim Al-Khalili and his crack team of experts bin the crystal ball and use cutting-edge science to get a glimpse of what's in store. From whether teleportation is really possible (spoiler: it is), to what we'll do if artificial intelligence takes over, What's Next? takes on the big questions. And along the way, it'll answer questions like will we find a cure to all diseases and will bionics make us
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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? 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.
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