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New Books

By Stephen Luntz

Your guide to new science books this month.

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Bigger or Better
Ian Lowe, University of Queensland Press, $34.95
Every now and then something happens that causes the population debate to seize the front pages, but then the issue fades away and growth continues roughly as before. Australasian Science columnist Ian Lowe starts by putting the debate in context, looking at historic rates of growth and how an ageing population will alter the birth and death rates in future decades. He then points to the motivations of the loudest voices in the debate and argues for a population policy built on long-term goals rather than short-term economic growth.

Nucleus: A Trip into the Heart of Matter
Ray Mackintosh, Jim Al-Khalili, Bjorn Johnson, Teresa Peña, Johns Hopkins University Press, $46.95
The first edition of Nucleus proved a popular introduction to the science at the heart of the atom. The past decade has been a productive one for nuclear physics, and in recognition of the advances made an updated version has been brought out with new images.

Nucleus covers the history of nuclear science as well as what we now know in a way that should be accessible to those without a physics background, as well as serving as a primer for undergraduate students.

Clean Energy, Climate and Carbon
Peter J. Cook, CSIRO...

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