25 Years of Big Ideas

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    A compelling and disquieting journey through the history and science of epidemics.For centuries mankind has waged war against the infections that, left untreated, would have the power to wipe out communities, or even entire populations. Yet for all our advanced scientific knowledge, only one human disease — smallpox — has ever been eradicated globally.
    In recent years, outbreaks of Ebola and Zika have provided vivid examples of how difficult it is to contain an infection once it strikes, and the panic that a rapidly spreading epidemic can ignite.
    But while we chase the diseases we are already aware of, new ones are constantly emerging, like the coronavirus that spread across the world in 2020. At the same time, antimicrobial resistance is harnessing infections that we once knew how to control, enabling them to thrive once more.

    Meera Senthilingam presents a timely look at humanity’s ongoing battle against infection, examining the successes and failures of the past, along with how we are confronting the challenges of today, and our chances of eradicating disease in the future.
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    FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MESSI AND RONALDO.Tipped for greatness from an early age, it’s easy to think that every moment of Neymar's life has been played out under the glare of a spotlight.
    But did you know that Real Madrid were just €60,000 away from signing him in 2006?

    Or that a phone call from Pelé stopped Neymar leaving Santos for Chelsea in 2010?

    Or that his move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 caused tension with his new teammates?
    Find out about all this and more in Luca Caioli’s tirelessly researched biography, featuring exclusive interviews with those who know him best, including friends, family, coaches and teammates. Includes all the action from the 2018/19 season.
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    UPDATED TO INCLUDE HIS CONTROVERSIAL TRANSFER TO BARCELONA Quick, incisive and versatile, Antoine Griezmann is the ultimate modern forward.
    But did you know that he had to leave France in order to find a professional club willing to take a chance on him?
    Or that he wears the number 7 shirt as a tribute to his idol, David Beckham?
    Or that Real Sociedad fans came to affectionately refer to him as ‘The Little Devil’?
    Find our about all this and more in Luca Caioli and Cyril Collot’s tirelessly researched biography, featuring exclusive interviews with those who know him best.
    Includes all the action from the 2018/19 season
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    FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF RONALDO AND NEYMAR.Prolific, cool-headed and unerringly consistent, Lionel Messi is one of the most revered footballers in history.
    But did you know that his transfer to Barcelona was first agreed on a paper napkin?
    Or that an x-ray of his hand was to thank for identifying his growth hormone deficiency?

    And do you know why he refused to collect his first ever Champions League winner’s medal?
    Find out all this and more in Luca Caioli’s classic portrait of a footballing icon, featuring exclusive interviews with those who know him best and even Messi himself.
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    Extraterrestrial life is a common theme in
    science fiction, but is it a serious prospect in the real world? Astrobiology
    is the emerging field of science that seeks to answer this question.
    The possibility of life elsewhere in the cosmos
    is one of the most profound subjects that human beings can ponder. Astrophysicist
    Andrew May gives an expert overview of our current state of knowledge, looking
    at how life started on Earth, the tell-tale ‘signatures’ it produces, and how
    such signatures might be detected elsewhere in the Solar System or on the many ‘exoplanets’
    now being discovered by the Kepler and TESS missions.Along the way the book addresses key questions such as the riddle of Fermi’s
    paradox (‘Where is everybody?’) and the crucial role of DNA and water — they’re
    essential to ‘life as we know it’, but is the same true of alien life? And the really
    big question: when we eventually find extraterrestrials, will they be friendly
    or hostile?
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    'Clear and compact… It's hard to fault as a brief, easily digestible introduction to some of the biggest questions in the Universe' Giles Sparrow, BBC Four's The Sky at Night, Best astronomy and space books of 2019: 5/5All the matter and light we can see in the universe makes up a trivial 5 per cent of everything. The rest is hidden. This could be the biggest puzzle that science has ever faced.Since the 1970s, astronomers have been aware that galaxies have far too little matter in them to account for the way they spin around: they should fly apart, but something concealed holds them together. That ’something' is dark matter — invisible material in five times the quantity of the familiar stuff of stars and planets.
    By the 1990s we also knew that the expansion of the universe was accelerating. Something, named dark energy, is pushing it to expand faster and faster. Across the universe, this requires enough energy that the equivalent mass would be nearly fourteen times greater than all the visible material in existence.Brian Clegg explains this major conundrum in modern science and looks at how scientists are beginning to find solutions to it.
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    ‘A hugely useful and fascinating resume of rewilding — what it means, where it came from, why it's important and where it's going. Jepson and Blythe have done a masterly job, explaining the science behind rewilding in an accessible, honest and compelling way. It deserves to be widely read and become a book of great influence.’ Isabella Tree, author of Wilding 'Compelling … [a] succinct and objective account' Financial TimesRewilding is the first popular book on the ground-breaking science behind the restoration of wild nature.As ecologists Paul Jepson and Cain Blythe show, rewilding is a new and progressive approach to conservation, blending radical scientific insights with practical innovations to revive ecological processes, benefiting people as well as nature. Its goal is to restore lost interactions between animals, plants and natural disturbance that are the essence of thriving ecosystems.With its sense of hope and purpose, rewilding is breathing new life into the conservation movement, and enabling a growing number of people — even urban-dwellers — to enjoy thrilling wildlife experiences previously accessible only in remote wilderness reserves. ‘De-domesticated’ horses galloping across a Dutch ‘Serengeti’; beavers creating wetlands in the British countryside; giant tortoises restoring the wildlife of the Mauritian islands; perhaps one day even rhinos roaming the Australian outback — rewilding is full of exciting and inspirational possibilities.
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    Artificial intelligence has long been a mainstay of science fiction and increasingly it feels as if AI is entering our everyday lives, with technology like Apple’s Siri now prominent, and self-driving cars almost upon us.But what do we actually mean when we talk about ‘AI’? Are the sentient machines of 2001 or The Matrix a real possibility or will real-world artificial intelligence look and feel very different? What has it done for us so far? And what technologies could it yield in the future?AI expert Yorick Wilks takes a journey through the history of artificial intelligence up to the present day, examining its origins, controversies and achievements, as well as looking into just how it works. He also considers the future, assessing whether these technologies could menace our way of life, but also how we are all likely to benefit from AI applications in the years to come.Entertaining, enlightening, and keenly argued, this is the essential one-stop guide to the AI debate.
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    **'Title of Most Fiendish Book goes to Conundrum: Crack the Ultimate Cipher Challenge by the ever-excellent science writer Brian Clegg.' Daily Mail, Books of the Year**The ultimate trial of knowledge and cunning, Conundrum features 200 cryptic puzzles and ciphers. The solutions link throughout the book — so you need to solve them all to get to the final round.
    With a focus on ciphers and codebreaking, Conundrum contains twenty sections, each built around a specific subject from music to literature, physics to politics. To take on Conundrum you need good general knowledge and the ability to think laterally. But if you need help, there are plenty of hints to point you in the right direction. Whether you attempt to crack it alone or work in a team, Conundrum will challenge you to the extreme.Can you take on Conundrum and win? There’s only one way to find out…
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    Britain is well-known for its churches and cathedrals; buildings of great architecture and religious grandeur that form many of our recognisable skylines. But these grand structures are also full of facts, histories and stories that you may not have been aware of.
    Did you know that there are only three cathedrals in Britain without a ringing bell? Or that St Davids Cathedral, nestled away in a Welsh valley, has a very unique choir, where the top line is sung only by female choristers, aged eight to eighteen? How about that the Great Pyramids in Egypt were the world's tallest structures for over 3,870 years, until the construction of Lincoln Cathedral in 1311?
    Award-wining travel writer and editor Sue Dobson takes us on a journey around the United Kingdom, showing us her highlights while providing fascinating details and stories along the way.
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    As end-of-the-world scenarios go, an apocalyptic collision with an asteroid or comet is the new kid on the block, gaining respectability only in the last decade of the 20th century with the realisation that the dinosaurs had been wiped out by just such an impact.

    Now the science community is making up for lost time, with
    worldwide efforts to track the thousands of potentially hazardous near-Earth
    objects, and plans for high-tech hardware that could deflect an incoming object
    from a collision course — a procedure depicted, with little regard for
    scientific accuracy, in several Hollywood movies.

    Astrophysicist and science writer Andrew May disentangles
    fact from fiction in this fast-moving and entertaining account, covering the nature and history of comets and asteroids, the reason why some orbits are more
    hazardous than others, the devastating local and global effects that an impact
    event would produce, and — more optimistically — the way future space missions
    could avert a catastrophe.
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    Mohamed Salah needed little time to settle in to life at Liverpool.
    Since signing for the Anfield club in 2017 for a then-club record fee, he has broken the club’s scoring record for a debut season, as well as becoming the leading goalscorer in Europe’s top five leagues, overtaking Lionel Messi and Harry Kane.

    He was the first player to ever win three Premier League Player of the Month awards in the same season and was the winner of the PFA Player’s Player of the Year for 2017–18, scoring 32 goals in 36 league games.

    In this biography of the Egypt and Liverpool star, bestselling authors Luca Caioli and Cyril Collot examine his rise to success. Up to date with Russia World Cup 2018 analysis and featuring exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes details.
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    Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann were the stand-out stars of France’s World Cup-winning team, drawing comparisons to the great class of '98.

    Be it Pogba’s high-profile apprenticeships in the Premier League and Italy’s Serie A, Griezmann’s seizing his opportunity in Real Sociedad’s youth academy or Mbappé’s dazzling performances for AS Monaco in the UEFA Champions League, all three have forged their own distinct routes to the very top. The result is an unstoppable blend of pace, determination and creativity that cuts through opposition defences with devastating efficiency.

    Through exclusive testimonies from friends, families, managers and teammates, acclaimed football writers Luca Caioli and Cyril Collot document the trio's individual journeys and examine the phenomenal success of France’s footballing superstars, including their success at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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    The Higgs boson is the rock star of fundamental particles, catapulting CERN, the laboratory where it was found, into the global spotlight. But what is it, why does it matter, and what exactly is CERN?
    In the late 1940s, a handful of visionaries were working to steer Europe towards a more peaceful future through science, and CERN, the European particle physics laboratory, was duly born. James Gillies tells the gripping story of particle physics, from the original atomists of ancient Greece, through the people who made the crucial breakthroughs, to CERN itself, one of the most ambitious scientific undertakings of our time, and its eventual confirmation of the Higgs boson. Weaving together the scientific and political stories of CERN’s development, the book reveals how particle physics has evolved from being the realm of solitary genius to a global field of human endeavour, with CERN’s Large Hadron Collider as its frontier research tool.
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    The youngest player to score in the World Cup final since Pelé, for the tournament-winning team, in his brief career to date Kylian Mbappé is breaking records at a rate matched by only the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and is fast becoming one of the biggest names in football.
    But did you know that even at three years old, he would sit listening to the manager's talk before an AS Bondy match?
    Or where his signature crossed-arm goal celebration came from and where he first performed it?
    Or how he got his dressing room nickname 'Thirty-seven'?
    Find out about all this and more in Luca Caioli and Cyril Collot's tirelessly researched biography of the game's latest superstar, featruing exclusive interviews with those who know him best.

    Includes 2018 World Cup success.
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    In 2003, Russian physicists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov found a way to produce graphene — the thinnest substance in the world — by using sticky tape to separate an atom-thick layer from a block of graphite.
    Their efforts would win the 2010 Nobel Prize for Physics, and now the applications of graphene and other ‘two-dimensional’ substances form a worldwide industry. Graphene is far stronger than steel, a far better conductor than any metal, and able to act as a molecular sieve to purify water. Electronic components made from graphene are a fraction of the size of silicon microchips and can be both flexible and transparent, making it possible to build electronics into clothing, produce solar cells to fit any surface, or even create invisible temporary tattoos that monitor your health.

    Ultra-thin materials give us the next big step forward since the transistor revolutionised electronics. Get ready for the graphene revolution.
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    'Fee writes with stunning honesty … utterly breathtaking' — Bustle

    A beautiful memoir from an exciting young writer, Meg Fee, on finding her way in New York City. Full of the dramas and quiet moments that make up a life, told with humour, heart, and hope.
    In Places I Stopped on the Way Home, Meg Fee plots a decade of her life in New York City — from falling in love at the Lincoln Center to escaping the roommate (and bedbugs) from hell on Thompson Street, chasing false promises on 66th Street and the wrong men everywhere, and finding true friendships over glasses of wine in Harlem and Greenwich Village. Weaving together her joys and sorrows, expectations and uncertainties, aspirations and realities, the result is an exhilarating collection of essays about love and friendship, failure and suffering, and above all hope. Join Meg on her heart-wrenching journey, as she cuts the difficult path to finding herself and finding home.
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    When Nicolaus Copernicus claimed that the Earth was not stationary at the centre of the universe but circled the Sun, he brought about a total revolution in the sciences and consternation in the Church.

    Copernicus’ theory demanded a new physics to explain motion and force, a new theory of space, and a completely new conception of the nature of our universe. He also showed for the first time that a common-sense view of things isn’t necessarily correct, and that mathematics can and does reveal the true nature of the material world.

    As John Henry reveals, from his idea of a swiftly moving Earth Copernicus sowed the seed from which science has grown to be a dominant aspect of modern culture, fundamental in shaping our understanding of the workings of the cosmos.
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    For years, the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona has defined top-level European football. At its heart: a personal battle – Messi vs Ronaldo.

    Since they were first pitted against each other in 2007, the two men’s domination of the record books has been unparalleled. Their styles, personalities and footballing allegiances continue to divide opinion but one thing is beyond doubt: this is football’s greatest ever head-to-head.

    In this new edition of Messi vs Ronaldo, updated to include all the action from 2016/17, Luca Caioli draws on the exclusive testimonies of managers, teammates, friends and family to tell the inside story of this momentous rivalry.
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