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New books

Your guide to new books this month.

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The Best Australian Science Writing 2013

Jane McCredie and Natasha Mitchell (Eds), New South, $39.99

The Best Australian Science Writing series this year combines entries in the Bragg New South Science Writing Prize and the work of prominent figures such as Peter Doherty and Tim Flannery. From Becky Crew’s mock diary of a deep sea angler fish to Clive Hamilton’s indictment of those who think we can fix the climate by reshaping the planet, the 2013 edition spans the breadth of science, from the humorous to the deeply serious.

What a Wonderful World

Marcus Chown, Allen & Unwin, $27.99

Subtitled One Man’s Attempt to Explain the Big Stuff, What a Wonderful World explores the underlying science behind daily life. Computers, evolution and quantum theory are among the fields of knowledge covered by Chown, following on from his success with We Need To Talk About Kelvin.

Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie (Series)

Various authors, Pan Macmillan, $5.99–$12.99

Few things have done as much to build interest in science as the current enthusiasm for dinosaurs. The Walking with Dinosaurs documentaries have branched out to become a big screen 3D film that ha been extended to several books, including Dinopedia, an encyclopaedia of dinosaurs, a book of reusable stickers and a handbook mixing fact and fiction. These books are...

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