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New books

By Stephen Luntz

Your guide to new science books this month.

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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.

Fifty Minerals that Changed the Course of History
Eric Chaline, Allen and Unwin, $35.00
Eric Chaline’s past writing credits include History’s Worst Inventions and a tourist guide to ancient Greece. In Fifty Minerals that Changed the Course of History he looks at the way certain substances have created trade routes and wars, as well as making new technologies possible. Stretching the boundaries of minerals to breaking point he includes items such as ivory along with many metals, gemstones and rocks.

Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale
Tom Wilbur, Footprint Books, $39.95
Few issues are changing the political landscape as dramatically as the extraction of coal seam gas via the process known as...

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