At Science Book a Day we giveaway free books to readers around the world. Enter the draw to win these books.
This month we are giving away two books provided by Bloomsbury: http://www.bloomsbury.com
Synopsis: Are you smarter than a Singaporean ten-year-old? Can you beat Sherlock Holmes? If you think the answer is yes – I challenge you to solve my problems.
Here is the story of the puzzle, one of mankind’s oldest and greatest forms of entertainment and enlightenment, told through 125 of the world’s best brainteasers from the last two millennia. It takes us from ancient China to medieval Europe, Victorian England to modern-day Japan, with stories of espionage, mathematical breakthroughs and puzzling rivalries along the way.
You’ll pit your wits against logic puzzles and kinship riddles, pangrams and river-crossing conundrums. Some solutions rely on a touch of cunning, others call for creativity, others need mercilessly logical thought. Some can only be solved by 2% of the population. All are guaranteed to sharpen your mind.
Let’s get puzzling…
Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-extinction by Helen Pilcher
Synopsis: If you could bring back just one animal from the past, what would you choose? It can be anyone or anything from history, from the King of the Dinosaurs, T. rex, to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, and beyond.
De-extinction – the ability to bring extinct species back to life – is fast becoming reality. Around the globe, scientists are trying to de-extinct all manner of animals, including the woolly mammoth, the passenger pigeon and a bizarre species of flatulent frog. But de-extinction is more than just bringing back the dead. It’s a science that can be used to save species, shape evolution and sculpt the future of life on our planet.
In Bring Back the King, scientist and comedy writer Helen Pilcher goes on a quest to identify the perfect de-extinction candidate. Along the way, she asks if Elvis could be recreated from the DNA inside a pickled wart, investigates whether it’s possible to raise a pet dodo, and considers the odds of a 21st century Neanderthal turning heads on public transport.
Pondering the practicalities and the point of de-extinction, Bring Back the King is a witty and wry exploration of what is bound to become one of the hottest topics in conservation – if not in science as a whole – in the years to come. READ THIS BOOK – the King commands it.
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Outbreak! 50 tales of epidemics that terrorised the world by Beth Skwarecki
Synopsis: From ancient scourges to modern-day pandemics!
Throughout history–even recent history–highly contagious, deadly, and truly horrible epidemics have swept through cities, countrysides, and even entire countries. Outbreak! catalogs fifty of those incidents in gruesome detail, including:
- The Sweating Sickness that killed 15,000, including Henry VIII’s older brother
- Syphilis, the “French Disease,” which spread throughout Europe in the late fifteenth century
- The romantic disease: tuberculosis, featured in La Boheme, La Traviata, and Les Miserables
- The worldwide outbreak of influenza in 1918, which killed 3 percent of the population
- The mysterious appearance of HIV in the 1980s
- The devastating spread of Ebola in West Africa in 2014
From ancient outbreaks of smallpox and plague to modern epidemics such as SARS and Ebola, the stories capture the mystery and devastation brought on by these diseases. It’s a sickeningly fun read that confirms the true definition of going viral.
The Science of Positivity: Stop Negative Thought Patterns by Changing Your Brain Chemistry by Loretta Graziano Breuning
Synopsis: Learn the scientific benefits of positivism!
Sometimes it’s easiest to look for the worst in every situation–our brains have evolved to scan for problems in order to help avoid them. But you can transcend this natural negativity–if you know how.
The Science of Positivity teaches you how cynical thought habits are formed, and how you can rewire yourself to go beyond them. Neurochemical expert Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD, empowers you to transcend negativity by creating new thought habits. You’ll learn simple, practical actions you can take to shift your thinking to a way that causes your brain to reward optimism with the release of happy chemicals. You can even permanently replace cynical thought patterns with realistic and optimistic thoughts.
In just minutes a day for six weeks, you will build new pathways to see the world in new ways. Frustration is an inevitable part of life, but rather than using cynicism to manage frustration, you can rewire your brain to get beyond it.
Synopsis: In Lolcatz, Santa, and Death by Dog, Andrew Masterson explores the windier shores of science and technology research.
Have you ever considered, for example, the influence of breasts in cyberterrorism? Or the role of cats in the Arab Spring? Did you know that there is a peer-reviewed paper describing the correct method for sticking a pin in a can of Guinness? Have you paused to wonder why our future might depend on finding sympathy for bushfire arsonists? And why male menopause is a feminist issue?
In a rich collection of stories, Masterson takes a gleeful romp through the curiosities of science and tech research, pausing occasionally to interview some of the giants in the field, including cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson, string theorist Brian Greene, US ‘science guy’ Bill Nye, science comedian Robin Ince, and America’s most wanted man, Edward Snowden.
‘Masterson has a keen eye for an entertaining science yarn, and matches meticulous research with the ability to fascinate and entertain. His knack of uncovering the peculiar and revealing the ridiculous is second to none.’ Sonya Pemberton, Emmy Award–winning producer of science documentaries including Immortal, Catching Cancer and Jabbed: Love, fear and vaccines.
Enter your name and email below to go into the draw for a copy of Goldilocks and the Water Bears:The Search for Life in the Universe, Big Data: Does Size Matter?, Phasmid or Imagining the Future. The winners will be contacted via email.
The competition for the book ends at midnight (as per Melbourne, Australia) of the 30th June 2016.
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- July 2015 – An Ordinary Epidemic by Amanda Hickie
- August 2015 – Predators: The Whole Tooth and Claw Story by Glenn Murphy
- September 2015 – Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis by Tim Flannery
- October 2015 – Platypus by Sue Whiting and Mark Jackson and Population Wars by Greg Graffin
- November 2015 – Chilled: How Refrigeration Changed the World and Might Do So Again by Tom Jackson and The Brain Electric: The Dramatic High-Tech Race to Merge Minds and Machines by Malcolm Gay
- December 2015 – The Poetry of Science: The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science for KIDS, edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong
- January 2016 – Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin, & Endorphin Levels by Loretta Graziano Breuning
- February 2016 – Herding Hemingway’s Cats: Understanding how our genes work by Kat Arney and Cure: A Journey Into the Science of Mind Over Body by Jo Marchant
- March 2016 – Sorting the Beef from the Bull: The Science of Food Fraud Forensics by Richard Evershed and Nicola Temple, Electronic Dreams: How 1980s Britain Learned to Love the Computer by Tom Lean, The Boiling River: Adventure and Discovery in the Amazon by Andrés Ruzo
- April 2016 – Death on Earth: Adventures in Evolution and Mortality by Jules Howard, Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells by Helen Scales, The Most Perfect Thing: Inside (and Outside) a Bird’s Egg by Tim Birkhead
- May 2016 – The Tyrannosaur Chronicles: The Biology of the Tyrant Dinosaurs by David Hone, Atoms Under the Floorboards: The Surprising Science Hidden in Your Home by Chris Woodford, Soccermatics: Mathematical Adventures in the Beautiful Game by David Sumpter
- June 2016 – Goldilocks and the Water Bears:The Search for Life in the Universe by Louisa Preston, Big Data: Does Size Matter? by Timandra Harkness, Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect by Rohan Cleave and illustrated by Coral Tulloch and Imagining the Future: Invisibility, Immortality and 40 Other Incredible Ideas by Simon Torok and Paul Holper