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The Periodic Table

Paul Parsons, Gail Dixon
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Paul Parsons, Gail Dixon

The Periodic Table is one of the most recognizable images in science - and in our culture. Its 118 elements make up everything on our planet and in the entire universe. But how many of us actually know how to interpret its distinctive design? And what does its unique arrangement tell us about the behaviour of each element in the world around us? The Periodic Table looks at the fascinating story and surprising history of each of these elements, from the little-known uses of gold in medicine to that of arsenic as a wallpaper dye in the ninteenth-century and the development of the hydrogen bomb. Packed with interesting facts and figures and helpful illustrations, this accessible guide will help the armchair chemist navigate through the different groups of elements - and discover the world afresh.

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Science in 100 Key Breakthroughs

Paul Parsons
Authors:
Paul Parsons
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How to Destroy the Universe

Paul Parsons
Authors:
Paul Parsons

How to survive an earthquake. How to make an invisibility cloak. How to turn lead into gold. How to read someone's mind. Physics = tedious and unfathomable, right? No longer. If you thought physics was all about measuring the temperature of an ice bucket or trying to understand complicated equations, think again. How to Destroy the Universe will make you see the world around us through fresh eyes.

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Science 1001

Paul Parsons
Authors:
Paul Parsons

Science 1001 provides clear and concise explanations of the most fundamental and fascinating scientific concepts. Distilled into 1001 bite-sized mini-essays arranged thematically, this unique reference book moves steadily from the basics through to the most advanced of ideas, making it the ideal guide for novices and science enthusiasts. Whether used as a handy reference, an informal self-study course or simply as a gratifying dip-in, this book offers - in one volume - a world of cutting-edge scientific knowledge for the general reader. Science 1001 is an incredibly comprehensive guide, spanning all of the key scientific disciplines including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, The Earth, Space, Health and Medicine, Social Science, Information Science , the Applied Sciences and Futurology. From Newton's elemental laws of motion and the physics of black holes, through the fundamental particles of matter, to the extraordinary Human Genome Project and the controversial possibilities of cloning and gene therapy, Dr Paul Parsons demystifies the key concepts of science in the simplest language and answers its big questions: Will scientists find a cure for AIDS? How did the universe begin? And will we conquer space? Concluding with an exciting glimpse of what's to come for science - from the possibility of time travel to the spectre of transhumanism - this really is the only science book you'll ever need.

Alok Jha

Alok Jha is a science journalist based in London. He has worked as a science correspondent for the Guardian and ITN, and made science programmes for BBC TV and radio

Daša Drndic

Dasa Drndic was a distinguished Croatian novelist and playwright. She was also been a translator, and a lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka. Trieste (2012), her first novel to be translated into English, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and has now been translated into many other languages. It was followed by Leica Format (2015) and Belladonna (2017). Belladonna has been shortlisted for both the inaugural EBRD prize and the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize and received stunning reviews. Dasa Drndic died in June 2018.

Dani Rabaiotti

Dani Rabaiotti is a PhD candidate and zoologist who studies African wild dogs and climate change at London Zoo.

Darren Naish

Dr Darren Naish is a vertebrate palaeontologist, based at the University of Southampton, UK, specialising in theropod and sauropod dinosaurs. He is the author of numerous research papers, popular articles and books including Walking with Dinosaurs: The Evidence (BBC Books) and Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved (with Paul Barrett, Natural History Museum Books), and writes the Tetrapod Zoology blog for Scientific American.

Emma Bache

The UK's leading handwriting expert, Emma Bache has worked as a graphologist since 1989, analysing handwriting in both the Corporate and private sectors. With additional qualifications in Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy, Emma has helped to solve cases of fraud for both private individuals and the corporate world, giving a valuable insight into the criminal mind. She has had her own columns in The Times and the Financial Times and has written for other major publications such as the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and Cosmopolitan. She has made frequent TV and Radio appearances, including GMTV's This Morning, BBC's History Hunter and Radio 4's Today Programme.

Gavin Hesketh

Gavin Hesketh is an experimental particle physicist, supported by the Royal Society and based at University College London and CERN in Switzerland. He is currently working on the ATLAS experiment, one of the major projects at the Large Hadron Collider, and is therefore at the heart of the cutting edge experiments that are searching for a deeper understanding of the universe at its most fundamental scales. Gavin has appeared on the BBC's Horizon and Stargazing Live programs and been interviewed regularly on Radio 5Live about discoveries at the Large Hadron Collider.

Gemma Lavender

Gemma Lavender is editor of All About Space magazine and writes for Astronomy Now and Physics World magazines. She has worked for Scientific Reports and the Institute of Physics and holds a Master of Physics.

Giles Sparrow

Giles Sparrow studied Astronomy at University College London, and works as an editor specializing in popular science. He is the author of - amongst other books - The Genius Test, The Universe and How To See It, The Stargazer's Handbook and Hubble: Window on the Universe and was a major contributor to Dorling Kindersley's Universe.

Hazel Muir

Hazel Muir is a freelance science writer for magazines including BBC Sky at Night and New Scientist, where she worked as a staff editor/writer from 1994 to 2008.

Ian Crofton

A former editor-in-chief of The Guinness Encyclopedia, Ian Crofton's authorial credits include Brewer's Britain and Ireland (2005) and the forthcoming 2nd edition of Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable (with John Ayto). He lives in North London with his family.

Jessamy Hibberd

Dr Jessamy Hibberd is a highly respected clinical psychologist who worked for the NHS before setting up her own private practice. She is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). Jo Usmar is a freelance journalist and editor. She has contributed to a variety of national titles, including Stylist and Fabulous, as well as writing a regular relationship column for Cosmopolitan. She has appeared on TV and radio commenting on lifestyle and relationship issues.

Jo Usmar

Jo Usmar is the co-author of six titles in the This Book Will Make You series and sole author of This Book Will Make You Fearless and This Book Will Make You Successful.Through her work as a journalist for magazines, newspapers and websites including the Telegraph, Huffington Post, Stylist, ShortList, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, the Mirror and Look, Jo is well known for her entertaining tone and light touch with tricky subjects. She has appeared on Radio 4 Woman's Hour and Sky News discussing her work and is the founder of the Instagram self-help vlog project Bite Sized Psych.www.jousmar.com

Marcus Weeks

Marcus Weeks is the author of the hugely successful Philosophy in Minutes, Psychology in Minutes and Politics in Minutes. He has written numerous other books and contributed to prestigious reference works such as The Philosophy Book, the Millennium Encyclopedia and the Definitive Visual Guide series.

Nick Caruso

Nick Caruso is a PhD student and salamander expert at the University of Alabama.

Nigel Cawthorne

Nigel Cawthorne is the author of a number of successful true crime and popular history books. His writing has appeared in over 150 newspapers, magazines and partworks - from the Sun to the Financial Times, and from Flatbush Life to The New York Tribune. He lives in London.

Paul Parsons

Dr Paul Parsons is a regular contributor to Nature, New Scientist and the Daily Telegraph. He frequently appears on BBC radio and his television credits include Richard & Judy and BBC Breakfast. He was formerly editor of the BBC's award-winning science and technology magazine Focus. The Science of Doctor Who (Icon Books), was longlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books. His latest book is Science 1001 published by Quercus.