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Physics in Minutes

by Giles Sparrow Quercus (August 05, 2014)

Physics in Minutes covers everything you need to know about physics, condensed into 200 key topics. Each idea is explained in clear, accessible language, building from the basics, such as mechanics, waves, and...

The Brain in Minutes

by Rita Carter Quercus (June 05, 2018)

A Journey Through The Universe:

by New Scientist Quercus (August 07, 2018)

There's a whole universe out there...

Imagine you had a spacecraft capable of travelling through interstellar space. You climb in, blast into orbit, fly out of the solar system and keep going. Where do you end...

Human Origins

by New Scientist Quercus (May 29, 2018)

Where did we come from? Where are we going?

Homo sapiens is the most successful, the most widespread and the most influential species ever to walk the Earth. In the blink of an evolutionary eye we have spread...

Adventures of a Young Naturalist

This is Planet Earth

by New Scientist Quercus (May 01, 2018)

The ancient Greeks called it Gaia; the Romans Terra. We know it simply as Earth, the planet we call home. And what a planet it is.

Formed around 4.6 billion years ago from the debris of the big bang and long-dead...

Where the Universe Came From

by New Scientist Quercus (March 21, 2017)

A little over a century ago, a young Albert Einstein presented his general theory of relativity to the world and utterly transformed our understanding of the universe. He overturned centuries of thinking about...

How Your Brain Works

by New Scientist Quercus (March 21, 2017)

The brain has long been a source of fascination. In 1819, the radical thinker and surgeon William Lawrence put it like this: 'It is strongly suspected that a Newton or Shakespeare excels other mortals only......

Genetics in Minutes

by Tom Jackson Quercus (September 06, 2016)

Genetics in Minutes is your compact and accessible guide to the central concepts of the science of genetics, revealing how our genes shape our bodies and our lives, and how in turn we are beginning to shape...

The Periodic Table in Minutes

by Dan Green Quercus (September 06, 2016)

An icon of science, the Periodic Table defines the fundamental chemistry of everything in the universe. In this compact yet comprehensive guide, Dan Green outlines the history, development and workings of the...

The Stargazer's Handbook

by Giles Sparrow Quercus (February 23, 2016)

From the craters of the Moon to the far reaches of Orion, The Stargazer's Handbook will enable you to explore space without leaving the comforts of Earth. All you need are a pair of binoculars and a clear night...

Chaotic Fishponds and Mirror Universes: The Strange Math Behind the Modern World

by Richard Elwes Quercus (June 03, 2014)

Chaotic Fishponds and Mirror Universes explains how mathematics determines every aspect of our lives-â??right down to the foundations of our bodies. Math is everywhere, whether we are aware of it or not. What...

Breverton's Complete Herbal

by Terry Breverton Quercus (November 05, 2013)

Breverton's Complete Herbal is a modern reworking of Culpeper's classic reference guide, Culpeper's Complete Herbal. Arranged alphabetically, this book describes over 250 herbs and spices as well as feature...

The Story of Astronomy

by Peter Aughton Quercus (October 01, 2013)

From the ancient origins of astronomy to the Copernican revolution, and from Galileo to Hawking's research into black holes, The Story of Astronomy charts the discoveries of some of the greatest minds in human...

The Math Handbook

by Richard Elwes Quercus (November 05, 2013)

This is the perfect introduction for those who have a lingering fear of math. If you think that math is difficult, confusing, dull or just plain scary, then The Math Handbook is your ideal companion.


The Doomsday Handbook

by Alok Jha Quercus (November 05, 2013)

We live in a world positively teeming with threats and apocalyptic scenarios. Many of them are familiar: terrorism, deadly viruses, global warming and war, but many others most of us can't even imagine: self-replicating...

Science in 100 Key Breakthroughs

by Paul Parsons Quercus (October 01, 2013)

Science in 100 Key Breakthroughs presents a series of clear and concise essays that explain the fundamentals of some of the most exciting and important science concepts you really need to know. Paul Parsons...

How to Live Forever

by Alok Jha Quercus (November 05, 2013)

How to Live Forever is the essential survival guide for anyone who has ever been baffled by science. Embarking on a journey from the very small to the very big, readers will be taken on a glorious tour of the...

How to Destroy the Universe

by Paul Parsons Quercus (October 01, 2013)

If you thought physics was all about measuring the temperature of ice in a bucket or trying to fathom what E=mc2 means, think again. How to Destroy the Universe and 34 other really interesting uses of physics...

How to Solve the Da Vinci Code

by Richard Elwes Quercus (November 05, 2013)

Can you outrun a bullet? How do you build an electronic brain? Could you slow down time? How do you unleash chaos? From Plato's classification of regular polyhedra to making a million on the stock market, How...

Breverton's Encyclopedia of Inventions

by Terry Breverton Quercus (October 01, 2013)

Invention and innovation are what distinguish the human race from all of the other species on Earth. Throughout history the imagination and pioneering spirit of human kind has compelled us to question why we...

The Big Questions: Physics

by Michael Brooks Quercus (November 05, 2013)

The Big Questions series is designed to let renowned experts address the 20 most fundamental and frequently asked questions of a major branch of science or philosophy. Each 3000-word essay simply and concisely...

The Big Questions: Mathematics

by Tony Crilly Quercus (September 03, 2013)

In Big Questions: Mathematics, Tony Crilly answers the 20 key questions:

What is math for? Where do numbers come from? Why are primes the atoms of maths? Which are the strangest numbers? Are imaginary numbers...

The Big Questions: Evolution

by Francisco Ayala Quercus (November 05, 2013)

Easy, enlightening and mind-stretching, here are answers to the 20 biggest questions of evolution and what they tell us about life on Earth.

The Big Questions series is designed to let renowned experts address...

The Big Questions: The Universe

by Stuart Clark Quercus (October 01, 2013)

The Big Questions series enables renowned experts to tackle the 20 most fundamental and frequently asked questions of a major branch of science or philosophy. Each 3000-word essay simply and concisely examines...

50 Future Ideas You Really Need to Know

by Richard Watson Quercus (November 05, 2013)

What will the world look like in 2020, 2030 or even 2100? How will progress in scientific research affect human life in the areas of health and lifestyle, energy and the environment, politics and conflict, space...

50 Earth Ideas You Really Need to Know

by Martin Redfern Quercus (November 05, 2013)

This latest book in Quercus's bestselling "50 Ideas" series is a wonderfully accessible overview of the only place we know of in the universe that is capable of sustaining life. Expert popular science writer...

50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know

by Joanne Baker Quercus (October 01, 2013)

In this, the second volume in an important new series presenting core concepts across a range of critical areas of human knowledge, author Joanne Baker unravels the complexities of 20th-century scientific theory...

50 Mathematical Ideas You Really Need to Know

by Tony Crilly Quercus (October 01, 2013)

Just the mention of mathematics is enough to strike fear into the hearts of many, yet without it, the human race couldn't be where it is today. By exploring the subject through its 50 key insights--from the...

50 Genetics Ideas You Really Need to Know

by Mark Henderson Quercus (October 01, 2013)

In recent years knowledge of our genetic code has changed our understanding of life on Earth. New genetic technologies are transforming the way we live and promise treatments for otherwise incurable diseases....

50 Ideas You Really Need to Know: Universe

by Joanne Baker Quercus (November 05, 2013)

From dwarf planets to dark energy; and from the Big Bang to the death of stars, this book is the perfect introduction to the cutting-edge science that is shaping our understanding of our place in the Universe...

The Periodic Table: A Visual Guide to the Elements

by Paul Parsons Quercus (March 11, 2014)

As one of the most recognizable images in science, the periodic table is ingrained in our culture. First drawn up in 1869 by Dmitri Mendeleev, its 118 elements make up not only everything on our planet but also...

Math in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained In An Instant

by Paul Glendinning Quercus (September 10, 2013)

Paul Glendinning is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Manchester. He was founding Head of School for Mathematics at the combined University of Manchester and has published over fifty academic...

Science in Seconds: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant

by Hazel Muir Quercus (September 10, 2013)

Simple and accessible, Science in Seconds is a comprehensive, entertaining introduction to 200 key scientific ideas. Each concept is clearly realized with a helpful visual and a concise explanation. The concepts...

Astronomy in Minutes

by Giles Sparrow Quercus (August 04, 2015)

What happens when a star dies? How many asteroids are in our solar system? Can galaxies collide? What is dark energy? Astronomy in Minutes answers all these questions and more as it condenses 200 key concepts...

How Smart Is Your Dog?

by David Alderton Quercus (July 14, 2015)

Packed with a wealth of fun tests and easy-to-teach exercises, this comprehensive guide will allow you to test your dog's IQ, communicate with them more effectively and teach them tricks that will impress your...

How Smart Is Your Cat?

by David Alderton Quercus (July 14, 2015)

We all wonder how much our pet understands, what is going on in their head and just how intelligent they really are. This entertaining and comprehensive guide will not only explain your cat's sometimes baffling...

Taming the Infinite

by Ian Stewart Quercus (April 07, 2015)

From ancient Babylon to the last great unsolved problems, Ian Stewart brings us his definitive history of mathematics. In his famous straightforward style, Professor Stewart explains each major development--from...

Numericon: A Journey Through the Hidden Lives of Numbers

by Rachel Thomas & Marianne Freiberger Quercus (March 10, 2015)

Numericon tells the stories of the numbers, mathematical discoveries, oddities and personalities that have shaped the way we understand the world around us. Each chapter is its own story about a number: why...