For the last day of National Science Week we thought we'd recommend five new non-fiction items from our collection. From inspirational to cautionary tale and from historical to topical, these are sure to be entertaining, engrossing science reads.
The Universe byStuart Clark (2010)
Enables renowned experts to tackle the 20 most fundamental and frequently asked questions of a major branch of science or philosophy. Each 3000-word essay simply and concisely examines a question that has eternally perplexed enquiring minds, providing answers from history's great thinkers.
Churchill's war lab : code-breakers, boffins and innovators : the mavericks Churchill led to victory by Taylor Downing (2010)
As a young boy he re-enacted historic battles with toy soldiers, as a soldier he saw action on three continents and as the Prime Minister only a direct edict from King George VI could keep him from joining the troops on D-Day. Churchill's War Lab will reveal how Churchill's passion for military history, his unique leadership style and his patronization of radical new ideas would lead to new technology and new tactics that would save lives and enable an Allied victory. No war generated more incredible theories, more technical advances, more scientific leaps or more pioneering work that lay the foundation for the post-war computer revolution. And it was Churchill's dogged determination and enthusiasm for revolutionary ideas that fuelled this extraordinary outpouring of British genius.
Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519 : artist and scientist by Frank Zollner. (2010)
Includes ... 100 color illustrations with explanatory captions, a concise biography and a detailed chronological summary of Leonardo da Vinci.
The complete book of Australian weather by Richard Whitaker (2010)
Everything you ever wanted to know about Australia's weather, from the sweltering tropical forests of the north to the arid inland deserts.
How to Make a Tornado edited by Mick O'Hare (2009)
Search for others in the series:Drawn from the archives of New Scientist magazine, How to Make a Tornado is about the weird and wonderful margins of science - not the well-trodden routes of research, but its outrageous, outlandish and just occasionally brilliant by-ways. This extradordinary collection of scientific endeavour is a brilliant reminder that even at its most misguided, science is intensely creative, often hilarious and can fire the imagination like nothing else.
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