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Are Numbers Real: Brian Clegg ***** 8 December 2016 - A second and more heavyweight entry from Clegg, exploring the history of mathematics and the way it has moved from a representation of reality to something that exists in its own mental universe - yet paradoxically still providing huge insights into the workings of the real world.
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Welcome to the Universe: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael Strauss, Richard Gott *** 7 December 2016 - An unusually equation-driven tour of astrophysics. Very uneven treatment between the three authors. Interesting if you want to go beyond the typical popular science title.
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What Colour is the Sun? - Brian Clegg **** 27 November 2016 In a follow-up to last year's How Many Moons Does the Earth Have?, Clegg once more entices and entertains with 100 science questions to test yourself on, then explore a page on each topic.

Our free competition to win one of five copies of new popular science title What Colour is the Sun? is now closed - but there will be another competition in the next mailing.

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The Royal Society Book Prize 2016


The winner has been announced: Andrea Wulf wins for her biography of Alexander von Humboldt, The Invention of Nature.
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