The Reef: the Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to climate change


Iain McCalman’s brilliant history of the Great Barrier Reef, told in 12 extraordinary tales, charts its shifting status from labyrinth of terror to global treasure.

Equal parts gifted storyteller and acclaimed historian, McCalman brings to life the people who’ve shaped our knowledge and perception of this World Heritage– listed site. He describes encounters between peoples and places, ideas and environments, over the past two centuries and more.

Where today the Reef is known for its…

A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess


‘Amanda Owen is like a breath of fresh air. Amanda’s life is one of old-fashioned values, hard graft and plenty of love. She, like her life, is extraordinary.’ – Ben Fogle

From bestselling author Amanda Owen come more tales of life at Ravenseat, the remote Yorkshire hill farm she shares with husband Clive, eight children and 1,000 sheep. In A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess she describes the age-old cycles of a farming year and the constant challenges the family faces, from…

Heart: A History



The spark of life, fount of emotion, house of the soul – the heart lies at the centre of every facet of our existence. It’s so bound up in our deepest feelings that it can even suffer such distress from emotional trauma as to physically change shape.

Practising cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar beautifully weaves his own experiences with the defining discoveries of the past to tell the story of our most vital organ. We see Daniel Hale Williams perform the first open heart surgery and Wilson…

Ramanujan’s Lost Notebook: Part II: Pt. 2



This volume is the second of approximately four volumes that the authors plan to write on Ramanujanâ€TMs lost notebook, which is broadly interpreted to include all material published in The Lost Notebook and Other Unpublished Papers in 1988. The primary topics addressed in the authorsâ€TM second volume on the lost notebook are q-series, Eisenstein series, and theta functions. Most of the entries on q-series are located in the heart of the original lost notebook, while the entries on…

Robert Robinson: Chemist Extraordinary



Sir Robert Robinson was among the last of the great organic chemists in the chemical tradition, achieving brilliant results with extremely simple apparatus. In this area he may be compared with Ernest Rutherford and his colleagues at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, who revolutionized atomic physics with equipment based on “string and sealing wax”. Apart from his academic career he also had a long association with the chemical industry. In a long life he earned many honours, including…

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