Future science, water, and our volcanic past

Here are some of the latest science books to arrive on our shelves – have a browse!

Syndetics book coverThe water book : a user’s guide to understanding, protecting, and preserving Earth’s most precious resource.
“Inspiring, engaging and hopeful, The Water Book is a fresh perspective and inspirational approach to motivating readers into saving water without guilt or scare tactics, whilst encouraging the development of a personal philosophy of sustainability. Complex issues are presented in a relatable and straightforward manner and simple, concrete examples providing effective ways to help save water supplies are easily made part of the reader’s daily routine, so that practicing sustainability becomes an attainable goal.” ( Amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverEruptions that shook the world / Clive Oppenheimer.
“”Shaking the world” doesn’t refer to the earthquakes that accompany volcanic eruptions but to the watershed moments in human history that massive volcanic eruptions have caused. Volcanoes can affect humans in many ways, triggering tsunamis, ash fallout, and sulfur dioxide gas emissions-one of the causes of global cooling. Using current research, Oppenheimer (volcanology, Univ. of Cambridge) pieces together our volcanic past by connecting major historic and prehistoric eruptions to the course of human civilization.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverFuture science : essays from the cutting edge / edited and with a preface by Max Brockman.
“Editor Max Brockman introduces the work of some of today’s brightest and most innovative young scientists in this fascinating and exciting collection of writings that describe the very boundaries of our knowledge. “Future Science” features nineteen young scientists, most of whom are presenting their innovative work and ideas to a general audience for the first time. Featured in this collection are William McEwan, a virologist, discussing his research into the biology of antiviral immunity; Naomi Eisenberger, a neuroscientist, wondering how social rejection affects us physically; Jon Kleinberg, a computer scientist, showing what massive datasets can teach us about society and ourselves; and Anthony Aguirre, a physicist, who gives readers a tantalizing glimpse of infinity.” (Syndetics summary)