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The Vaccine Race: How Scientists Used Human Cells to Combat Killer Viruses

The Vaccine Race: How Scientists Used Human Cells to Combat Killer Viruses

**SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2018 **** A GUARDIAN SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 **‘Riveting … invites comparison to Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’NatureThe epic and controversial story of a major breakthrough in cell biology that led to the conquest of rubella and other devastating diseases.Until the late 1960s, tens of thousands of children suffered crippling birth defects if their mothers had been exposed to rubella, popularly known as German measles, while pregnant. There was no vaccine and little understanding of how the disease devastated foetuses. In June 1962, a young biologist in Philadelphia produced the first safe, clean cells that made possible the mass-production of vaccines against many common childhood diseases. Two years later, in the midst of a German measles epidemic, his colleague developed the vaccine that would one day effectively wipe out rubella for good. This vaccine - and others made with those cells - have since protected hundreds of millions of people worldwide, the vast majority of them preschool children. Meredith Wadman’s account of this great leap forward in medicine is a fascinating and revelatory read.

Rs. 360.96

Hello World

Hello World

‘one of the best Books yet written on data and algorithms...Deserves a place on the bestseller charts.’ () you are accused of a crime. Who would you rather determined your fate – a human or an algorithm? Hello world she lifts the lid on their inner workings, demonstrates their power, exposes their limitations, and examines whether they really are an improvement on the humans they are replacing. a BBC radio 4: book of the week shortlisted for the 2018 baillie gifford Prize and 2018 royal society Science book Prize .

Rs. 324.35

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

In 1963 Stephen Hawking was given two years to live. Defying all the odds, he died in March 2018 at age seventy-six as the most celebrated scientist in the world. This carefully researched, and now newly updated, up-to-the-minute Biography and tribute gives a rich picture of hawking's remarkable life – his childhood, the heart-rending beginning of his struggle with motor neuron disease, his ever-increasing international fame, and his long Personal battle for survival in pursuit of a Scientific understanding of the universe. From more recent years, Kitty Ferguson describes his inspiring leadership at the London paralympic games, the release of the film Theory of everything, his continuing Work on black holes and the origin of the universe, The discovery of ‘supertranslations’, and the astounding ‘starshot’ program. Here also are his intense concern for the Future of the Earth and his use of his celebrity to fight for environmental and humanitarian causes, and, finally, a ground-breaking Paper he was working on at the Time of his death, in which he took issue with some of his own earlier theories. Throughout, Ferguson summaries and explains the cutting-edge Science in which Hawking was engaged. In March, 2018, tributes poured in from around the World and friends and strangers Hawking had inspired gathered for his funeral in Cambridge and the interment of his ashes in Westminster Abbey. Ferguson offers vivid first-hand descriptions of both these occasions and, in an amazing and revealing tribute, assesses Hawking’s legacy in and out of science.

Caesar's Last Breath: The Epic Story of The Air Around Us

Caesar's Last Breath: The Epic Story of The Air Around Us

** GUARDIAN SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 **‘Popular Science at its best’Mail on Sunday‘Eminently accessible and enjoyable’ObserverWith every breath, you literally inhale the History of the world. On the ides of March, 44 BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds in the Roman Senate, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding. In fact, you're probably inhaling some of it now. Of the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment, some might also bear traces of Cleopatra's perfumes, German Mustard gas, particles exhaled by dinosaurs or emitted by atomic bombs, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation. In Caesar’s Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe and across Time to tell the epic story of the air we breathe.

The Unexpected Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos and Other Wild Tales

The Unexpected Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos and Other Wild Tales

Shortlisted for the 2018 Royal Society Investment Science Book Prize'Endlessly fascinating.' - Bill Bryson 'Eye-opening, informative and very funny!' - Chris Packham'Well-informed and downright funny' - Richard DawkinsHistory is full of strange Animal stories invented by the brightest and most influential, from Aristotle to Disney. But when it comes to understanding animals, we’ve got a long way to go. Whether we’re watching a viral Video of romping Baby pandas or looking at a picture of penguins ‘holding hands’, we often project our own values – innocence, abstinence, hard Work – onto animals. So you’ve probably never considered that moose get drunk and that penguins are notorious cheats. In The Unexpected Truth About Animals Zoologist Lucy unravels many such myths – that eels are born from sand, that swallows hibernate under water, and that bears gave birth to formless lumps that are licked into shape by their mothers – to show that the stories we create reveal as much about us as they do about the animals. Astonishing, illuminating and laugh-out-loud funny.

Rs. 474.05

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

*As featured on BBC Breakfast, Radio 5Live and Steve Wright in the Afternoon on BBC Radio 2*From the Nasa astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station – what it’s like out there and what it’s like now, back here. Enter Scott Kelly's fascinating World and dare to think of your own a little differently.As soon as you realize you aren’t going to die, space is the most fun you’ll ever have...The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for most consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few of us ever have and very few of us ever will. Kelly's humanity, compassion, humour, and passion shine as he describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both existential and banal. He touches on what’s happened to his body, the sadness of being isolated from everyone he loves; the pressures of constant close cohabitation; the catastrophic risks of colliding with space junk, and the still more haunting threat of being absent should tragedy strike at home. From a natural storyteller Endurance is one of the finest examples the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.*What Readers are saying...'Takes you up into space and lets you be a part of astronaut life''Tough to put down! Tells a side you don't often hear or read about for that matter''Mind blowing . . . up there with Ernest Shackleton for me''My husband said it is the next best thing to going into space yourself''Six stars!'

The Book Thief (10th Anniversary Edition)

The Book Thief (10th Anniversary Edition)

The 10th-anniversary edition of the No. 1 international bestseller and modern classic beloved by millions of readers. Here is a small fact - You are going to die 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster Family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. Some important information - This novel is narrated by death. The 10th-anniversary edition features pages of bonus content, including marked-up manuscript pages, original sketches and pages from the author's writing notebook.

Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist

Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERRichard Dawkins - author of The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, and The God Delusion - is one of science's greatest communicators. This anthology of more than forty pieces is a kaleidoscopic argument for the power and the glory of science. Breathtaking, brilliant and passionate, these essays, journalism, lectures and letters make an unanswerable case for the wonder of Scientific discovery and its power to stir the imagination; for the practical necessity of Scientific endeavour to society; and for the importance of the Scientific way of thinking – particularly in today’s ‘post-truth’ world.With an introduction and new commentary by the author, subjects range from evolution and Darwinian natural selection to the role of scientist as prophet, whether Science is itself a religion, the probability of alien life in other worlds, and the beauties, cruelties and oddities of earthly life in this one. Alongside the explications, the celebrations and the controversies are wonderfully funny ventures into Satire and parody, and moving Personal reflections in Memory and honour of others.Science in the Soul is a sparkling showcase for Professor Dawkins' rapier wit, the clarity, precision and vigour he brings to an argument, the Beauty of his prose, the depth of his feeling and his capacity for joy.

The Beautiful Dead

The Beautiful Dead

They wanted the same things. Death - and an audience.Eve Singer makes her living from death. As a TV Crime reporter, she'll go to any length to get the latest scoop.But when a twisted serial killer starts using her to gain the publicity he craves, Eve must decide how far she's willing to go - and how close she'll let him get . . .'Evocative and disturbing' Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door'Excellent tension' The Times'Spectacular' Sunday Times'Crime novels don't get much better than this' C. L. Taylor

Wonder (Adult edition)

Wonder (Adult edition)

'My name is August.I won't describe to you what I look like.Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'Ten-year-old August Pullman wants to be ordinary. He does ordinary things. He eats ice-cream. He Plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.But Auggie is far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been home-schooled by his parents his entire life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, Auggie's parents are sending him to a real school. Can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?Narrated by Auggie and the People around him whose lives he touches, Wonder is a frank, funny, astonishingly moving debut to be read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

The Princess Diarist

The Princess Diarist

When Carrie Fisher discovered the Journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved - plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Now her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her co-star, Harrison Ford. With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all Time – and what developed behind the scenes. Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candour and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.

The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus

The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus

How do you apply game Theory to select who should be on your Christmas Shopping list ? Can you predict Her Majesty's Christmas Message? Will calculations show Santa is getting steadily thinner - shimmying up and down Chimneys for a whole night - or fatter - as he tucks into a mince pie and a glass of sherry in billions of houses across the world?Full of diagrams, sketches and graphs, beautiful equations, Markov Chains and matrices, The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus brightens up the bleak midwinter with stockingfuls of mathematical marvels. And proves once and for all that maths isn't just for old Men with white hair and beards who associate with elves.Maths has never been merrier.NOW WITH A BRAND NEW CHAPTER

Meadowland: the private life of an English field

Meadowland: the private life of an English field

WINNER OF THE THWAITES WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2015What really goes on in the long grass?Meadowland gives an unique and intimate account of an English meadow’s life from January to December, together with its biography. In exquisite prose, John Lewis-Stempel records the passage of the seasons from cowslips in spring to the hay-cutting of summer and grazing in autumn, and includes the biographies of the animals that inhabit the grass and the soil beneath: the badger clan, the fox family, the rabbit warren,the skylark brood and the curlew pair, among others. Their births, lives, and deaths are stories that thread through the book from first page to last.

The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test

The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test

I looked around and people's faces were distorted...lights were flashing everywhere...the screen at the end of the room had three or four different films on it at once, and the strobe light was flashing faster than it had been...the band was playing but I couldn't hear the music...people were dancing...someone came up to me and I shut my Eyes and with a machine he projected images on the back of my eye-lids...I sought out a person I trusted and he laughed and told me that the Kool-Aid had been spiked and that I was beginning my first LSD experience...

The World's Most Dangerous Place: Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia

The World's Most Dangerous Place: Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2014 AND THE PADDY POWER POLITICAL BOOK AWARDS INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BOOK OF THE YEAR. Award-winning journalist James Fergusson is among the few to have witnessed at first hand the devastating reality of life in the failed and desperate state of Somalia.This corner of the World has long been seen as the rotting and charred heart of Africa: a melting pot of crime, corruption, poverty, famine and civil war. And in recent years, whilst Somalia’s lucrative piracy industry has grabbed the headlines, a darker, much deeper threat has come of age: the Al Qaida-linked militants Al Shabaab, and the dawn of a new phase in the global war on terror.Yet, paradoxically, Somalia’s star is brightening, as forms of business, Law enforcement and local Politics begin to establish themselves, and members of the vast Somali diaspora return to their homeland.Fergusson takes us to the heart of the struggle, meeting everyone from politicians, pirates, extremists and mercenaries to aid workers, civilians and refugees. He gives a unique account of a country ravaged by war, considers what the Future might hold for a generation who have grown up knowing little else and exposes the reality of life in this hard, often forgotten land.

How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race and the Birth of Private Space Flight

How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race and the Birth of Private Space Flight

Afterword by Professor Stephen Hawking"Reads like a thriller - and reveals many secrets... one of the great entrepreneurial stories of our time" (Washington Post)From the age of eight, when he watched Apollo 11 land on the Moon, Peter Diamandis's singular goal was to get to space. When he realized NASA was winding down manned space flight, he set out on one of the great entrepreneurial Adventure stories of our time. If the Government wouldn't send him to space, he would create a private space flight industry himself. In the 1990s, this idea was the stuff of Science fiction. Undaunted, Diamandis found inspiration in the golden age of aviation. He discovered that Charles Lindbergh made his transatlantic flight to win a $25,000 prize. The flight made Lindbergh the most famous man on earth and galvanized the airline industry. Why, Diamandis thought, couldn't the same be done for space flight? The story of the bullet-shaped SpaceShipOne, and the other teams in the hunt for a $10 million prize is an extraordinary tale of making the impossible possible. In the end, as Diamandis dreamed, the result wasn't just a victory for one team; it was the Foundation for a new industry.

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

Just as Freakonomics brought Economics to life, so Storm in a Teacup brings Physics into our daily lives and makes it fascinating. Our World is full of patterns. If you pour milk into your Tea and give it a stir, you’ll see a swirl, a spiral of two fluids, before the two liquids mix completely. The same pattern is found elsewhere too. Look down on the Earth from space, and you’ll find similar swirls in the clouds, made where warm air and cold air waltz. In Storm in a Teacup, Helen Czerski links the little things we see every day with the big World we live in. Each chapter begins with something small – popcorn, Coffee stains and Refrigerator Magnets – and uses it to explain some of the most important Science and Technology of our time. This is Physics as the toolbox of Science - a toolbox we need in order to make sense of what is around us and arrive at decisions about the future, from medical advances to solving our Future Energy needs. It is also Physics as the toy box of science: Physics as fun, as never before.

Rs. 374.25

The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland

The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland

The Sunday Times Bestseller from the winner of the Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015. Traditional ploughland is disappearing. Seven cornfield Flowers have become extinct in the last twenty years. Once abundant, the corn bunting and the lapwing are on the Red List. The corncrake is all but extinct in England. And the hare is Running for its life.Written in exquisite prose, The Running Hare tells the story of the wild animals and plants that live in and under our ploughland, from the labouring microbes to the patrolling kestrel above the corn, from the linnet pecking at Seeds to the seven-spot ladybird that eats the aphids that eat the crop. It recalls an era before open-roofed factories and silent, empty fields, recording the ongoing destruction of the unique, fragile, glorious ploughland that exists just down the village lane.But it is also the story of ploughland through the Eyes of man who took on a field and husbanded it in a natural, traditional way, restoring its fertility and wildlife, bringing back the old farmland Flowers and animals. John Lewis Stempel demonstrates that it is still possible to create a place where the hare can rest safe.Shortlisted for the Richard Jefferies Society White Horse Bookshop Prize 2016

The Curious Bird Lover’s Handbook

The Curious Bird Lover’s Handbook

You don't have to be a dedicated birdwatcher to be a bird lover. Millions of us love the sight and sound of them. And yet most of us know very little about their remarkable behaviour, incredible diversity and the story of their evolution. How do migrating Birds know where to go?Are Birds really descended from dinosaurs?How do Birds have sex?This handbook sets about answering every interesting question there is to ask about Birds. There are over 10,000 species in the world, including over 500 in Britain, some rare and endangered, some bizarre and beautiful, others common and familiar. As this captivating and often humorous handbook reveals, all of them are fascinating.The hardback edition titled "Bald Coot and Screaming Loon" was published in 2009. This paperback edition has been updated and includes a new foreword from the author.

Freedom Next Time

Freedom Next Time

John Pilger is one of the world's pre-eminent investigative journalists and documentary film-makers. His best-selling Books of reportage, which include Heroes and Hidden Voices, have in the words of Noam Chomsky 'been a beacon of light in often dark times'. In Freedom Next Time he looks at five countries, in each of which a long struggle for freedom has taken place; in each the people, having shed blood and dreams, are still waiting. In Afghanistan, Iraq and South Africa there has been the promise of hope, and even an 'official' freedom, but the reality of these divided societies is that they are still waiting for real freedom. In Palestine, the cycle of violence continues with no resolution in sight. And the island of Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean, is a microcosm of the ruthlessness of great powers. The island was sold by the British to the American Military in the 1960s. The indigenous population, descended from slaves, were forcibly removed to the slums of Port Louis in Mauritius. They have continued to fight for the return of their homeland ever since - three years ago the High Court granted them the right of return, but this has subsequently been blocked. The island remains the US's third biggest Military base; a base from which they are able to launch attacks against the Middle East.Once again John Pilger gives a voice to the People living through these momentous times and, in gripping detail, shows us the lives behind the headlines.

The Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeons: The Story of a Mathematical Adventure

The Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeons: The Story of a Mathematical Adventure

For centuries, scientists had only one way to study the brain wait for misfortune to strike - strokes, seizures, infections, lobotomies, horrendous accidents, phantom limbs, Siamese twins and see how the victims changed afterwards. In many cases their survival was miraculous and observers marvelled at the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed. Parents suddenly couldn't recognise their children. Pillars of the community became pathological liars and paedophiles. Some People couldn't speak but could still sing. Others couldn't read but could write. The stories of these People laid the foundations of modern Neuroscience and, century by century, key cases taught scientists what every last region of the brain did. With lucid explanations and incisive wit, Sam Kean explores the brain's secret passageways and recounts the forgotten tales of the ordinary individuals whose struggles, resilience and deep humanity made Neuroscience possible.

This Will Make You Smarter

This Will Make You Smarter

This Will Make You Smarter, edited by John Brockman, is a book that offers you with new Scientific concepts that will help improve their thinking. It contains over 150 choices of ideas and arguments that are contributed by World leading scientists and thinkers. The author of the book poses a question to them each year. This year’s question was: What Scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit? This book collects their answers and explores Philosophy and Psychology among other disciplines. About John Brockman John Brockman is the publisher of the influential Online Science salon Edge.org. Edge Foundation is an Organization that aims at bringing together People who are working at the edge of a wide range of Scientific and technical fields. Some of the Books that have been edited by him are Thinking, This Explains Everything, and What Should We Be Worried About? He is the founder of the Literary agency Brockman Inc. He resides in New York City. He is a Literary agent and an author who specializes in Scientific literature. Quotes by John Brockman include: “Traditional American individuals are, in a sense, increasingly reactionary, and quite often proudly (and perversely) ignorant of the truly significant intellectual accomplishments of our time.”, and “Throughout history, only a small number of People have done the serious thinking for everybody.”

An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist

An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist

Born to parents who were enthusiastic naturalists, and linked through his wider Family to a clutch of accomplished scientists, Richard Dawkins was bound to have Biology in his genes. But what were the influences that shaped his life? And who inspired him to become the pioneering scientist and public thinker now famous (and infamous to some) around the world?In An Appetite for Wonder we join him on a Personal journey from an enchanting childhood in colonial Africa, through the eccentricities of boarding school in England, to his studies at the University of Oxford’s Dynamic Zoology Department, which sparked his radical new vision of Darwinism, The Selfish Gene. Through Dawkins’s honest self-reflection, touching reminiscences and witty anecdotes, we are finally able to understand the private influences that shaped the public man who, more than anyone else in his generation, explained our own origins.

Books published by Black Swan at best prices | Best of Black Swan (65 books)

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The Vaccine Race: How Scientists Used Human Cells to Combat Killer Viruses Rs. 360.96
Hello World Rs. 324.35
Stephen Hawking Rs. 374.0
Caesar's Last Breath: The Epic Story of The Air Around Us Rs. 369.0
The Unexpected Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos and Other Wild Tales Rs. 474.05
Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery Rs. 419.0
The Book Thief (10th Anniversary Edition) Rs. 374.0
Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist Rs. 364.0
The Beautiful Dead Rs. 249.0
Wonder (Adult edition) Rs. 367.0
The Princess Diarist Rs. 514.0
The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus Rs. 547.0
Meadowland: the private life of an English field Rs. 519.0
The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test Rs. 479.0
The World's Most Dangerous Place: Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia Rs. 140.0
How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race and the Birth of Private Space Flight Rs. 329.0
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life Rs. 374.25
The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland Rs. 584.0
The Curious Bird Lover’s Handbook Rs. 550.0
Freedom Next Time Rs. 479.0
The Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeons: The Story of a Mathematical Adventure Rs. 398.0
This Will Make You Smarter Rs. 469.0
The Moral Landscape Rs. 389.0
An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist Rs. 160.0