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The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman

Design is the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. The ability to see the potential for a strong picture and then organize the graphic elements into an effective, compelling composition has always been one of the key skills in making photographs. Of course, digital photography has brought a new, exciting aspect to design first because the instant feedback from a digital camera allows immediate appraisal and improvement; and second because image-editing tools make it possible to alter and enhance the design after the shutter has been pressed. This has had a profound effect on the way digital photographers take pictures."The Photographers Eye" shows how anyone can develop an eye for seeing great digital photos..


The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins

Amazon.co.uk Review: Inheriting the mantle of revolutionary biologist from Darwin, Watson, and Crick, Richard Dawkins forced an enormous change in the way we see ourselves and the world with the publication of The Selfish Gene. Suppose, instead of thinking about organisms using genes to reproduce themselves, as we had since Mendel's work was rediscovered, we turn it around and imagine that "our" genes build and maintain us in order to make more genes. That simple reversal seems to answer many puzzlers which had stumped scientists for years, and we haven't thought of evolution in the same way since. Why are there miles and miles of "unused" DNA within each of our bodies? Why should a bee give up its own chance to reproduce to help raise her sisters and brothers? With a prophet's clarity, Dawkins told us the answers from the perspective of molecules competing for limited space and resources to produce more of their own kind.


Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief - Lewis Wolpert

Synopsis: Why do 70 per cent of Americans believe in angels, and thousands more that they have been abducted by aliens? Why does every society around the world have a religious tradition of some sort? What makes people believe in things when all the evidence points to the contrary? Why do 13 per cent of British scientists touch wood? In "Through the Looking Glass", the White Queen tells Alice that to believe in a wildly improbable fact she simply needs to 'draw a long breath and shut your eyes'. Alice finds this advice ridiculous. But don't almost all of us, at some time or another, engage in magical thinking? Professor Lewis Wolpert investigates the nature of belief and its causes. He looks at belief's psychological basis and its possible evolutionary origins in physical cause and effect. How did toolmaking drive human evolution? Is it the lack of an explanation about fundamental questions which is truly intolerable?


The Farm: The Story of One Family and the English Countryside - Richard Benson

Synopsis: When Richard Benson was growing up he felt like the village idiot with O'levels' glowing. School reports aren't much help when you're trying to help a sow give birth, or drive a power harrow in a straight line without getting half the hedgerow stuck in the tines. He left Yorkshire to work as a journalist in London, but returned when his dad called with the news that they were going to have to sell the family farm, and, in so doing, leave the home and livelihood that the Bensons had worked for generations. This is not only a moving personal account, but also one that reflects a profound change in rural life.


Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness - Janet S. Ross, Kathleen J.W. Wilson, Anne Waugh, Allison Grant

Synopsis: This long established best-selling text meets the needs of a wide range of health care professionals, including nurses, nursing students, students of allied health professions and complementary therapies, paramedics and ambulance technicians. The purpose of the book is reflected in its title, "Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness". The text is written in straightforward language and is complemented by extensive clear, full-colour illustrations. Each chapter provides an explanation of: the normal structure and functions of the human body and what occurs when disease or illness disrupts the normal processes.


Mind Over Mood: Cognitive Treatment Therapy Manual for Clients

Christine Padesky, Dennis Greenberger. Synopsis: This guide draws on the authors' experience as clinicians and teachers of cognitive therapy to help clients successfully understand and improve their moods, alter their behaviour, and enhance their relationships. Illustrated with case examples, the book presents the skills for identifying problems, setting goals, and achieving the desired changes..


Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behaviour

Synopsis: Profoundly attracted to animals from childhood, Temple Grandin began early on to make links between the autistic and the animal views of the world. Farmers and breeders were baffled that she could come in and invariably pinpoint the cause of any aberrant or troublesome behaviour in their animals.


The Earth: An Intimate History - Richard Fortey

Reviews:
Sunday Times
'it provides a grandly unifying and intellectually satisfying theory of almost everything geological, and Fortey does it full justice'

Telegraph
'...a thoroughly engrossing biography of the earth…it is as though we’re leafing through the psychiatric case history of our world...'


Rowing Without Oars - Ulla-Carin Lindquist

Reviews:
The bookseller
'This is the affecting story of her final year, told in her own words.'

Oliver Sacks
‘I have never read anything like it ... searing, beautiful, terrifying, and, at the same time, affirming – and reassuring’


Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another

Synopsis: Is there a 'physics of society'? Ranging from Hobbes and Adam Smith to modern work on traffic flow and market trading, and across economics, sociology and psychology, Philip Ball shows how much we can understand of human behaviour when we cease to try to predict and analyse the behaviour of individuals and look to the impact of hundreds, thousands or millions of individual human decisions..


The Earth from the Air

Amazon.co.uk Review: French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and his devoted team have spent five years putting together this voluminous gallery, selecting 195 images from 100,000 photographs taken from helicopters in the skies over 75 countries. It is a staggering achievement and precisely shows how vaguely we know our world.


A Short History of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson. Synopsis: Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller: but even when he stays safely in his own study at home, he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to find out everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science..


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