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Your guide to new science books published this month

New books

By Stephen Luntz

Your guide to new science books this month.

Nature’s Compass: The Mystery of Animal Navigation
James L. Gould and Carol Grant Gould, Princeton University Press, $45.00

James Gould discovered how a honeybee’s dance guides other bees to newly discovered food. In Nature’s Compass, Gould and his wife, science writer Carol Grant Gould, reveal the ways that various animals manage astonishing journeys, finding their way across thousands of kilometres – often to places they have never been.

New books

By Stephen Luntz

Your guide to new science books this month.

The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines
Michael E. Mann, Footprint Books, $34.95

New Books

By Stephen Luntz

Your guide to new science books this month.

Bigger or Better
Ian Lowe, University of Queensland Press, $34.95

New Books

By Stephen Luntz

Your guide to new science books this month.

The Elements
Theodore Gray, Murdoch Books, $35.00
Theodore Gray spent 5 years photographing every known element in its pure form to produce his striking take on the periodic table. Released in 2009, his collection of images of elements under extreme conditions, such as liquid oxygen at –183°C, has spawned various spinoffs.

Civilizations Beyond Earth

By Morris Jones

How does the public feel about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and what will happen if we actually discover that we’re not alone?

For more than half a century, astronomers have been searching for intelligent life in space. The search has mostly been conducted with the use of radio telescopes, patiently waiting for a transmission from another civilization.

The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has mostly been the domain of physicists, astronomers and engineers. But how does the public feel about this, and what happens if we actually discover that we’re not alone? Enter the social sciences, ready to provide answers to some hard questions.

New Books

By Stephen Luntz

Your guide to new books

Drive and Curiosity: What Fuels the Passion for Science?
Istvan Hargittai, Footprint Books, $39.95

Dr Istvan Hargittai is a research professor in chemistry, but has carved out a second career interviewing some of the leading scientists of recent times. In Drive and Curiosity he profiles 15 greats, most of them Nobel Laureates, including giants such James Watson, Linus Pauling and Sherwood Rowland. In these extensive interviews Hargittai explores the science his subjects’ discoveries, but focuses on their diverse motivations.

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