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The Alignment Problem - Machine Intelligence and Human Values by Brian Christian
How do we prevent AI working against us?
Entangled Life - How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake
'A dazzling, vibrant, vision-changing book. Sentence after sentence stopped me short. I ended it wonderstruck at the fungal world. A remarkable work by a remarkable writer' - ROBERT MACFARLANE, author of Underland. There is a lifeform so strange and wondrous that it forces us to rethink how life works. ...Show more
New Zealand Fungi by Rebecca Bowater
Fungi have no chlorophyll and obtain their nutrients from living plants and animals, or dead trees, plants and animals. The parts of fungi that we see are called fruiting bodies which grow in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours, ranging from vibrant to neutral tones. They are composed of densely comp ...Show more
Terra Incognita : 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years by Robert Muggah; Ian Goldin
'A riveting account of humanity´s most pressing challenges and innovative solutions, fusing mesmerizing maps and compelling analysis to help navigate our complex future' Steven Pinker 'Fascinating, beautiful, alarming and revelatory use of mapping and infographics' - Stephen Fry on EarthTime maps F ...Show more
The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson
'We spend our whole lives in one body and yet most of us have practically no idea how it works and what goes on inside it. The idea of the book is simply to try to understand the extraordinary contraption that is us.' Bill Bryson sets off to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable a ...Show more
The Seaweed Collector's Handbook - From Purple Laver to Peacock's Tail by Miek Zwamborn; Michele Hutchison (Translator)
A beautifully illustrated little book that will open your eyes at the seaside.
Metazoa : the Evolution of Animals, Minds, Consciousness and Sleep by Peter Godfrey-Smith
From the human being to the octopus, the shark to the humble sea squirt, all animals are physical beings made up entirely of cells. And yet they can think, to varying degrees. How did this come to be? How did a mind first grow from the matter that is the body? And at what stage did that clump of cells b ...Show more
'A superbly written, riveting book.' Martin Rees Searching for the fundamental laws of the universe, physicists have found themselves developing ambitious mathematical ideas. But without observation and experiment as their guide, are they now doing 'fairy-tale physics' as their detractors claim? In The ...Show more
Wayfinding: How We Find – and Lose – our Way by Michael Bond
The physical world is infinitely complex, yet most of us are able to find our way around it. We can walk through unfamiliar streets while maintaining a sense of direction, take shortcuts along paths we have never used and remember for many years places we have visited only once. These are remarkable ach ...Show more
The Periodic Table by Tom Jackson
Which is the densest element? Which has the largest atoms? And why are some elements radioactive? From the little-known uses of gold in medicine to the development of the hydrogen bomb, this is a fresh new look at the Periodic Table. Combining cutting edge science with fascinating facts and stunning inf ...Show more
A Small Illustrated Guide to the Universe by Ella Frances Sanders
A beautifully illustrated exploration of the principles, laws, and wonders that rule our universe, our world, and our daily lives, from the New York Times bestselling creator of Lost in Translation.
Southern Nights: The story of New Zealand's night sky by Naomi Arnold
Aotearoa New Zealand was founded onstargazing. It was celestial navigationthat brought the first people here,and it was tatai arorangi, Maori astronomy,that helped people survive once theyarrived. There is no better place onEarth to view the brilliance of otherworlds.Covering eclipses, aurorae,comets an ...Show more