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Dances with Limeys - Living with the British

By Reginald D. Hunter
Authors:
Reginald D. Hunter
Before he left the States for the UK back in 1997, Hunter's sister warned him not to be too smiley or friendly - 'they're suspicious of optimism'. He laughed, hugged her goodbye and merrily boarded the plane. One attempt at a chirpy greeting on the London Underground was enough to teach him the truth of his sister's words, with an entire carriage staring at their feet, or at him, in horror. The ensuing years living among the British have continued to throw up more questions - and occasionally some answers - for Hunter: experiencing weather that is best for suicidal, alcoholic, posthumously-famous poets leads him to ponder whether early Britons committed a cosmic violation that resulted in the punishment of endless rain; while the British tendency to start relationships in a vague, alcohol-induced fashion continues to prove perplexing for someone used to American dating etiquette. One of the most popular and thought-provoking comedians in the UK, and a regular on TV, Reginald D. Hunter explores the good, the bad and the ugly of living in Britain in this, his first book, Dances with Limeys.

The Element in the Room

By Helen Arney, Steve Mould
Authors:
Helen Arney, Steve Mould
**FREE SAMPLER** 'They make science fun and understandable which is a great combo.' Sandi Toksvig 'These nerds are the real deal.' Ben Goldacre, author of BAD SCIENCE Why is it impossible to spin your right foot clockwise while you draw a 6 with your right hand? Can you extract DNA from a strawberry daiquiri? Would you make love like a praying mantis? Should you book a holiday on Earth 2.0? The Element in the Room will take you on a rib-tickling, experiment-fuelled adventure to explain everyday science that is staring you in the face. If you are sci-curious, pi-curious or just the-end-is-nigh-curious then this is the book for you.Steve Mould and Helen Arney are two thirds of science comedy phenomenon Festival of the Spoken Nerd. As a trio they have appeared on QI, created their own experimental* comedy show 'Domestic Science' for Radio 4, toured their stand-up science shows to over 50,000 nerds (and non-nerds) and accumulated millions of views on YouTube.'Made me go Hydrogen Argon, Hydrogen Argon, Hydrogen Argon.' Rufus Hound'MIND BLOWN.' Tim Harford'Science was never such hilarious explosive fun.' Richard Herring'This book is 37% better than mine. But it took 100% more nerds to write it.' Matt Parker (the other third of Spoken Nerd)
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Giles The Collection 2015

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Philip's Moon Map

By , Dr John Murray
Illustrated by:
Dr John Murray
Philip's Moon Map is a large-format folded map of the near side of the Moon. It has been specially drawn for Philip's by Dr John Murray, a research lecturer at the Open University, who is an expert on the lunar surface. The map is not only a highly accurate and clear representation of the Moon, but is also a practical guide for lunar observers.More than 500 physical features - craters, seas, mountain ranges, peaks, valleys and rilles (elongated depressions) - are named and indexed, and the landing sites of unmanned and manned spacecraft are also marked. The observer can thus readily identify objects seen through binoculars or a telescope, or select targets for a programme of observation.The chart includes a small map of the far side of the Moon (never visible from the Earth) and is accompanied by a practical guide to lunar observing. This concise and informative text describes the various types of feature to observe, illustrated with drawings and photographs. Tips are given as to the best point in the lunar cycle to observe the most interesting of these features. Guidelines on drawing or photographing the Moon are also included.Colour artworks explain the Moon's orbit, and why its phase (the proportion of the Moon that is visible from Earth) changes during the course of a month. Also explained, with the help of illustrations, are the path of the Moon during the course of the year and why lunar and solar eclipses occur.
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Philip's Stargazer Pack North

Philip's Stargazer is an excellent starter pack suitable for use in the northern hemisphere, containing three essential items to get the beginner started on the fascinating hobby of astronomy:Philip's Star Chart: A large attractive wall chart showing the stars and constellations in three superb colour maps.Philip's Planisphere: A practical starfinder for locating the stars, constellations and planets visible on any night of the year from the UK, Northern Europe and Canada (51.5 degrees North); the star map is drawn by the well-known celestial cartographer Wil Tirion.Philip's Guide to the Northern Constellations: A 32-page beginner's guide to the major stars and constellations visible with the naked eye in the northern hemisphere, illustrated with simple 'signpost' maps to guide the reader around the night sky, for each season. Additional highlights include information on our Solar System, as well as facts about comets, meteors and the Universe. Written by Robin Scagell (Vice-President of Britain's Society for Popular Astronomy), this is the perfect introduction to the night sky for beginners.
  • Philip's Guide to the Night Sky

    By Sir Patrick Moore
    Authors:
    Sir Patrick Moore
    A completely revised and redesigned new edition of this popular introduction to the night sky. In his characteristically entertaining and informative style, Sir Patrick introduces the wonders of the night sky to absolute beginners. The Moon, the planets, the Sun and the stars are explained in non-technical language, and then the constellations are introduced, with the help of star maps and tables.The four main chapters in the Philip's Guide to the Night Sky are devoted to what's on view in each season of the year. The information is appropriate for observers in Britain and Ireland, northern Europe, northern United States and Canada; it will also be helpful a little outside these latitudes. Using prominent patterns, such as the Plough and Orion, Sir Patrick teaches the reader to 'star-hop' from constellation to constellation, thus learning to navigate the night sky. Star maps and photographs illustrate and clarify what will be on view.Philip's Guide to the Night Sky is an ideal introduction to stargazing, suitable for all ages and with no need for anything more technical than the naked eye.Main map scale:
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    Philip's Star Finder

    By John Woodruff, Wil Tirion
    Authors:
    John Woodruff
    Illustrated by:
    Wil Tirion
    A concise month-by-month calendar for star watchers in the northern/southern hemisphere. Star charts show the position of stars, constellations and other celestial objects for each month of the year, in both northerly and southerly directions. The introduction explains the basic facts that observers need to know, including the apparent motions of the stars, seasonal changes and star brightnesses. Location tables are provided for Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.Main map scale:

    Philip's Month-By-Month Stargazing 2018

    By Heather Couper, Nigel Henbest
    Authors:
    Heather Couper, Nigel Henbest
    **FREE SAMPLER**"IF YOU BUY JUST ONE GUIDE... YOU WON'T DO BETTER THAN THIS" BBC Sky at Night Magazine Now out: 2018 edition packed with new features 12 month-by-month Night Sky Maps for year-round stargazing Monthly Calendar of moon phases and special events in 2018 Plant Watch: the best viewing days for planets in 2018 Dark Sky Map of the UK - find the darkest skiesPlus: Expert advice on what to see each month from Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest, Philip's internationally renowned authors. The Solar System Almanac explains the movement of the planets, with particular attention paid to their positions in 2018. Solar and lunar eclipses, meteor showers and comets are also described. Exploring the Deep Sky provides a list of recommended deep-sky objects. the observer can use the monthly charts to discover which constellations are on view, and then use this information to plan deep-sky observing. Expert Robin Scagell's Equipment Review looks at the pros and cons of Stargazing with binoculars or telescope and offers advice for both. And all superbly illustrated with photographs taken by the best amateur photographers illustrating the night skies.
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    Philip's Atlas of the Universe

    This edition contains many new features, from explanations of dark matter and neutrinos to techniques of digital observing and photography. As well as giving an informative portrait of each element of the cosmos, the book provides superb star maps and sound advice on practical observing, making it an ideal choice for newcomers to astronomy.Sir Patrick's narrative is supremely clear, absorbing and entertaining, as he recounts the history of space exploration, describes the Solar System, stars and galaxies, and explains the latest theories on the origins of the Universe. The book is illustrated with hundreds of maps and diagrams, plus Sir Patrick's own selection of the best photographs from ground-based telescopes and the Hubble Space Telescope, along with spectacular images from nearly four decades of robotic exploration of the planets.Highlights of this new edition include an explanation of the extraordinary concepts that have shaken our picture of the Universe - dark matter and dark energy, as well as new strands of science that have emerged in recent years such as astrobiology and neutrino astronomy.An expanded practical section reflects the new era in amateur astronomy - affordable high-quality cameras and telescopes, computer control and image-processing have made astronomy accessible to millions of new enthusiasts.
  • Philip's Guide to Stars and Planets

    By Sir Patrick Moore
    Authors:
    Sir Patrick Moore
    Fully updated with the latest information from recent space probes, Philip's Guide to Stars and Planets provides all the information you need to study the night sky with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It includes a detailed Moon map and a complete atlas of the constellations, and is suitable for observers in both the northern and southern hemispheres.A straightforward and comprehensive handbook, it opens with chapters on the Moon, the Sun, the planets, the stars and galaxies, as well as information on astrophotography, telescopes and an explanation of the apparent movement of the night sky.The second section of the book comprises a full set of constellation maps, showing all stars visible to the naked eye as well as the brighter nebulae and galaxies. Each map is accompanied by a description of that constellation, pointing the observer to the most interesting stars and deep-sky objects in that area of the sky. Tables give the co-ordinates, magnitudes and distances of the brightest stars in each constellation.The book concludes with a comprehensive glossary, and timelines of astronomy and space exploration.Philip's Guide to Stars and Planets is a dependable, accurate and attractive source for all amateur astronomers.