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Your guide to new science books published this month

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Your guide to new books this month

The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills

Ian Clark and Fred Cahir, CSIRO, $59.95

What did local indigenous people think of the Australian explorers, stumbling around madly in the desert and dying as a result of a failure to understand the land and their own miscommunications? University of Ballarat indigenous studies lecturers Ian Clark and Fred Cahir document the indigenous oral history around the tragic events and add this to discussions of the lack of bushcraft of the members of the expedition.

Weird Life

David Toomey, Wiley, $32.95

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The Art of Science

John Kean, Museum Victoria, $50.00

Among Museum Victoria’s collection are extraordinary works of art from what were called “paper museums” depicting Australian animals and plants in an era when photography was not an option. The best of these have been collected in The Art of Science, including works by giants such as Audubon and Gould.

Black Swan Lake: Life of a Wetland

Rod Giblett, Footprint, $68.00

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Earth Masters: Playing God with the Climate

Clive Hamilton, Allen and Unwin, $24.99
If the nations of the world will not take the hard decisions to prevent catastrophic climate change, is there another option? Can we engineer the planet to keep it cool, whether by fertilising the oceans, filling the sky with aerosols or blocking some of the sun’s light? Prof Clive Hamilton considers the options and the risks involve if something goes wrong.

David Rivett: Fighter for Australian Science

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Underwater Eden: Saving the Last Coral

Wilderness on Earth, Gregory S. Stone and David Obura, Footprint Books, $55.95

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Star-Craving Mad

Fred Watson, Allen and Unwin, $24.99
Subtitled "Tales from a Travelling Astronomer", this book explores the lengths that astronomical enthusiasts will go to learn about the cosmos, or just get a particularly good view of a nebula. Watson is the 2006 winner of the Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science, and probably Australia’s best-known astronomer. He has also had an asteroid named after him, was part of the vote where Pluto lost its planetary status, and has a keen eye for science’s colourful characters.

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New books published this month

Australian Lizards: A Natural History

Steven K. Wilson, CSIRO Publishing, $49.95

Australia has more than 700 species of lizard. The discovery that most are venomous, some are more intelligent than previously recognised and at least one species has a truly remarkable system of sex selection (AS, Jan/Feb 2011, p. 7) provide plenty of reason to read up on their behaviour, habitat and reproduction, bolstered by 400 colour photographs.

Australia’s Greatest Inventions and Innovations

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By Stephen Luntz

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The Best Australian Science Writing 2012

Edited by Elizabeth Finkel, New South Publishing, $29.99

New books

By Stephen Luntz

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Icon in Crisis: The Reinvention of CSIRO

Ron Sandland and Graham Thompson, UNSW Press, $49.99

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By Stephen Luntz

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Australia’s Fossil Heritage
The Australian Heritage Council, CSIRO Publishing, $59.95
Fascination with Australia’s extinct megafauna is rising – what’s not to love about 3-tonne wombats? For the serious enthusiast The Australian Heritage Council has provided a guide to the sites where these, and more ancient, fossils can be found. Accompanied by beautiful watercolour paintings, along with some photographs, this book provides a guide to where to go to seek Australia’s distant past.

Thinking in Numbers: How Maths Illuminates Our Lives

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By Stephen Luntz

Your guide to new science books this month.

Lily’ Numbers Puzzles
Lily Serna, Hardie Grant, $19.95
For teachers sick of hearing their students complain that maths is neither relevant nor fun, Lily Serna is here. The co-author of SBS’s Letters and Numbers Australia series says that maths is in her blood: half of her close relatives are engineers along with an analyst and a math’s teacher.

Lily’s Numbers Puzzles contains more than 300 mathematical puzzles demonstrating both the everyday use of mathematics and providing enjoyable challenges to stretch one’s skill.