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A Rough Ride to the Future
$17.95
The bestselling author of The Revenge of Gaia and the great scientific visionary of our age presents a radical vision of humanity's future.

Now in his 95th year, James Lovelock has been hailed as “the man who conceived the first wholly new way of looking at life on earth since Charles Darwin” (Independent) and “the most profound scientific thinker of our time” (Literary Review).

A Rough Ride to the Future introduces two new Lovelock­ian ideas. The first is that three hundred years ago, when Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine, he was un­knowingly beginning what Lovelock calls “accelerated evolu­tion,” a process that is bringing about change on our planet roughly a million times faster than Darwinian evolution. The second is that as part of this process, humanity has the capacity to become the intelligent part of Gaia, the self-regulating earth system whose discovery Lovelock first an­nounced nearly fifty years ago.

A Rough Ride to the Future is also an intellectual autobiography, in which Lovelock reflects on his life as a lone scientist, and asks—eloquently—whether his career trajec­tory is possible in an age of increased bureaucratization.

We are now changing the atmosphere again, and Lovelock argues that there is little that can be done about this. But instead of feeling guilty, we should recognize what is happening, prepare for change, and ensure that we survive as a species so we can contribute to—perhaps even guide—the next evolution of Gaia. The road will be rough, but if we are smart enough, life will continue on earth in some form far into the future.


Praise for A Rough Ride to the Future:

"Arresting and disturbing . . . Lovelock writes wonderfully well. With the authority of age, his voice is that of an elder statesman . . . The result is mellifluous and fluent." -Nature

"Though the subject matter could scarcely be more discouraging, Lovelock's fluent prose... make it a surprisingly easy read... His writing has enormous warmth and vitality." -Financial Times

"In this way, Lovelock's book becomes not simply another look at Mother Nature's uncertain future, but a revealing glimpse at the life of an outspoken and accomplished man of ideas" -Publishers Weekly



James Lovelock is the originator of the Gaia Hypothesis (now Gaia Theory), on which he has written several books, including The Revenge of Gaia and The Vanishing Face of Gaia. He has been a fellow of the Royal Society since 1974, and he has been an honorary visiting fellow of Green College, University of Oxford since 1994. In 2003 he was made a Companion of Honour by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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An Appeal to Reason (Paperback)
$9.95
A clear, analytical and compelling (The Economist) argument in favor of a fully-formed view of global warming and against hysterical environmentalism Learn More

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At the Edge of Uncertainty
$27.95
The atom. The Big Bang. DNA. Natural selection. All are ideas that have revolutionized science—and all were dismissed out of hand when they first appeared. The surprises haven’t stopped in recent years, and in At the Edge of Uncertainty, bestselling author Michael Brooks investigates the new wave of radical insights that are shaping the future of scientific discovery.

Brooks takes us to the extreme frontiers of what we understand about the world. He journeys from the observations that might rewrite our story of how the cosmos came to be, through the novel biology behind our will to live, and on to the physiological root of consciousness. Along the way, he examines how it’s time to redress the gender imbalance in clinical trials, explores how merging humans with other species might provide a solution to the shortage of organ donors, and finds out whether the universe really is like a computer or if the flow of time is a mere illusion.


Praise for Free Radicals:

“An exuberant tour through the world of scientists behaving badly.” —The New York Times

“Fascinating . . . Free Radicals reminds readers that scientific advances sometimes require creativity and vision.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer



Michael Brooks, who holds a PhD in quantum physics, is the author of Free Radicals and 13 Things that Don’t Make Sense. He is a consultant at New Scientist, a weekly magazine with over three million readers worldwide, and has a biweekly column for New Statesman. His writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the Observer, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Playboy. He has lectured at New York University, the American Museum of Natural History, and Cambridge University. Learn More

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At the Edge of Uncertainty
$17.95
The bestselling author of Free Radicals takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the most controversial areas of modern science

The atom. The Big Bang. DNA. Natural selection. All are ideas that have revolutionized science—and all were dismissed out of hand when they first ap­peared. The surprises haven’t stopped in recent years, and in At the Edge of Uncertainty, bestselling author Michael Brooks investigates the new wave of radical insights that are shaping the future of scientific discovery.

Brooks takes us to the extreme frontiers of what we understand about the world. He journeys from the observations that might rewrite our story of how the cosmos came to be, through the novel biology behind our will to live, and on to the physi­ological root of consciousness. Along the way, he examines how it’s time to redress the gender im­balance in clinical trials, explores how merging hu­mans with other species might provide a solution to the shortage of organ donors, and finds out whether the universe really is like a computer or if the flow of time is a mere illusion.


Praise for At the Edge of Uncertainty:

"Brooks highlights numerous areas of research that give pause to many scientists and throw lay readers into confusion in this challenging and mind-bending work. This confusion follows in no part from Brooks's skills as a writer and explicator of science, but from topics that are difficult to face, whether it be the philosophical morass of human/animal tissue combinations called "chimera" or the startling finding that time as we experience it may well be an illusion. Brooks handily works his way through these thorny problems, highlighting current research and researchers along the way." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The book can leave your brain feeling "battered and bruised," Brooks writes. But he hopes that you, like the ever-questing scientists he applauds, will want to know more." -Washington Post



Michael Brooks, who holds a PhD in quantum physics, is the author of Free Radicals and 13 Things that Don't Make Sense. He is a consultant at New Scientist and has a biweekly column for New Statesman.
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Before Galileo
$28.95
The illuminating history of the science of the Dark Ages. Learn More

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Before Galileo
$16.95
In Before Galileo, physicist and historian John Freely examines the pioneering research of the first European scientists, many of them monks whose influence ranged far beyond the walls of the monasteries where they studied and wrote. Learn More

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Citizen Science
$28.95
The engaging history of the people whose contributions to scientific pursuits make us rethink the meaning of the word "scientist." Learn More

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Code Breaking:
$29.95
A history of cryptography. Learn More

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Cosmosapiens
$39.95
Who are we, and how did we get here? These are two of the most fundamental and far-reaching questions facing scientists and cosmologists alike, and have rested at the center of human intellectual endeavor since its beginning. They are questions that stretch across numerous disciplines: philosophy, theology, evolutionary biology, and mathematics are just some of the fields looking to explain the emergence of human life. But with so many groups seeking answers using so many different methods, it can be nearly impossible to tell what sort of progress has been made without stepping back and looking at the whole interdisciplinary picture.

In Cosmosapiens, John Hands presents readers with exactly such a synthesis, ten years in the making and incorporating the ideas of world-renowned experts from wide array of fields. The book sifts the speculative from the firmly established, examining claims of all sorts, challenging the orthodox consensus in those branches of cosmology, biology, and neuroscience that have ossified into dogma.  His striking analysis reveals underlying patterns of cooperation, complexification, and convergence that will transform our understanding of what we are and how we evolved from the origin of the universe.. In the end, his striking analysis reveals underlying patterns of cooperation, complexity, and convergence that begin to tell the story of human emergence and consciousness.


Praise for Cosmosapiens:
“A compendious work that will intrigue serious readers” (Kirkus)

“Hands’s book is a game-changer.  In the tradition of Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, this lucidly written, penetrating analysis challenges us to rethink many things we take for granted about ourselves, our society, and our universe.  It will become a classic.” (Peter Dreier, E P Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, Occidental College)

“This is a truly exceptional piece of work.” (Tim Crane, Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge)

“John Hands is an astute observer of recent trends in scientific ideas bold enough to point out what he sees as sense and nonsense and intelligently explain why. Even in cases where one might disagree, the arguments are thought-provoking.” (Paul Steinhardt, Albert Einstein Professor in Science, Princeton University)

“A work as bold, broad, and challenging as this will no doubt tweak the bias any one of us may have regarding a particular event, but, then, so did Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.” (Jeffrey Schwartz, Professor of Physical Anthropology and of The History & Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh)

“A magisterial, persuasive and thought provoking survey of the horizons of modern science.” (Dr James Le Fanu, author of The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine)

“This book is an intellectual tour-de-force…highly recommended for anyone wishing to get a deeper insight into the fundamental but typically arcane theories that purport to explain where we and the universe that surrounds us are coming from.” (Professor Francis Heylighen, Evolution, Complexity and Cognition Group, Free University of Brussels)

“A major accomplishment” (Professor James Shapiro, author of Evolution: A View From The 21st Century)

“Any conventional Darwinist (and I am one of them) will find a lot to take exception to: but disagreement is the fuel of progress and if you enjoy an argument this is the book for you.” (Professor Steve Jones, author of The Language of the Genes)

“An audacious and admirable book…written with engaging style, and the strongest scientific ideas across a swathe of fields in physics and biology are presented lucidly” (Larry Steinman, Professor of Neurological Science, Stanford University)

“With depth and virtuosity, John Hands explores the Big Questions of human existence: who are we? why are we here? where are we headed? …Hands's voyage of inquiry will not only educate you, it will also surprise.” (Derek Shearer, Director, McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, Los Angeles)

“A fine book...brave, very wide ranging, synoptic.” (Professor Stuart Kauffman, author of At Home in the Universe)

“John Hands…came to realise, and makes us realise, how much we don't know. Nevertheless, he is optimistic, and when he comes to human evolution and a schematic view of our history, he is hopeful and sees progress in understanding and co-operation. From his book we get that big picture he sought.” (Professor David Knight, author of The Making of Modern Science)



John Hands has devoted more than ten years to evaluating scientific theories about human evolution from the origin of the universe.  He graduated in chemistry from the University of London and co-authored two research studies and published one book in the social sciences.  He was the founding Director of the Government’s Co-operative Housing Agency and served on three Government committees.  He has tutored in both physics and management studies for the Open University and was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at University College London.  He has written three novels and been published in 8 countries. Learn More

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Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution from the Origin of the Universe
$22.95
An “invaluable, encyclopedic achievement” (Times Literary Supplement best books of 2015), Cosmosapiens looks at how human life emerged and evolved in the universe, incorporating the ideas of experts from a wide range of intellectual disciplines. Learn More

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