2017 Winter Catalog - Page 17

Science and Nature Climate Wars Mark Butler The Otter's Tale Simon Cooper Uprooted Nina Lyon PB $27.99 As the consequences of climate change become perilously close to the point of no-return, time-wasting wars over what to do distract us from taking real action. Mark Butler, the opposition minister for climate change and energy, makes a forceful case for using less and cleaner energy as part of global action to save the planet. Climate Wars argues that only Labor has the plan and the will to ensure bold action before it is too late. HB $36.99 When Simon Cooper bought a water mill in southern England, little did he know that he would come to share the mill with a family of wild otters. He developed a close relationship with the family, which gave him a unique insight into the life of these creatures. Cooper interweaves the personal story of the female otter with the natural history of the otter in the British Isles, bringing these beloved animals to life in all their wondrous complexity. PB $22.99 Who, or what, is the Green Man, and why is this medieval image so present in our precarious modern times? An encounter with a carving of the Green Man at an ancient church leads Nina Lyon on a search to track him down in all his various guises. Against a backdrop of mountains, forests, rivers and stone circles, a cult of the Green Man emerges, as Nina explores his meaning and how he came into being. The Tree Climbers Guide Jack Cooke From Bacteria to Bach and Back Daniel C. Dennett We Have No Idea Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson PB $19.99 In this charming, witty and exquisitely illustrated companion, Jack Cooke explores London through its canopy. Part guidebook, part meditation on the consolations of nature, The Tree Climber’s Guide is as uniquely odd, alluring and motley as the trees themselves. It is a journey into the tangle of bark and branches that surround us all and a welcome reminder that the best things in life are free—they just sometimes require a step in the right direction. HB $55.00 What is human consciousness and how is it possible? It is a topic that fascinates everyone from poets and painters to physicists, psychologists, and philosophers. Part philosophical whodunnit, part bold scientific conjecture, this work enlarges themes that have sustained Dennett's career at the forefront of philosophical thought. From Bacteria to Bach and Back is essential for anyone who hopes to understand human creativity in all its applications. PB $32.99 We don't know what about 95% of the universe is made of. PHD comics creator Jorge Cham and physicist Daniel Whiteson gleefully explore the biggest unknowns, why these things are still mysteries, and what a lot of smart people are doing to figure out the answers. They also humorously demystify many complicated things we do know about, and invite us to see the universe as mostly uncharted territory that's still ours to explore.