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Discovery on the great southern continent, Julia Millen

Dispatches from Continent Seven: An Anthology of Antarctic Science Rebecca Priestley (ed) Awa Press, $55.00, ISBN 9781927249055 New Zealand’s connection with Antarctica began with early explorers. Abel Janszoon Tasman and Captain James Cook sailed south seeking Terra Australis Incognita and

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The colony’s resident expert of choice, Simon Upton

James Hector: Explorer, Scientist, Leader
Simon Nathan
Geoscience Society of New Zealand, $45.00
ISBN 9781877480461

Simon Nathan’s biography of Sir James Hector fills a major gap in the nation’s historical bibliography. The reasons why the gap remained unfilled for over a century following Hector’s death are worth pondering. A cursory glance through Nathan’s bibliography reveals full length biographies of several of Hector’s scientific contemporaries, McKay, Haast, Buller, Davis and Murchison among them. But Hector’s life, despite his towering public stature in the development of 19th-century New Zealand, remained confined to an MA thesis in 1936 and a more recent doctoral thesis devoted to his early life.

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The frozen continent, Janet Hunt

Science on Ice: Discovering the Secrets of Antarctica Veronica Meduna Auckland University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9781869405830 “Visiting this frozen landscape,” writes Veronica Meduna, “is to gain a fresh perspective on our world, almost like going to another planet and looking

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Lipstick, ice cream and bombs, Trevor Richards

Mad on Radium: New Zealand in the Atomic Age Rebecca Priestley Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781869407278 In April 1960, thousands of Aucklanders and Wellingtonians flocked to their ports to welcome the USS Halibut. For the New Zealand Herald, the

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What’s squeezed into the skull, Rebecca Priestley

Pieces of Mind: 21 Short Walks around the Human Brain Michael C Corballis Auckland University Press. $30.00, ISBN 9781869404925   Last year, my sister Rachel returned from 10 years in Italy, laden with fine Tuscan wines – a light bubbly

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Tracing ancient footprints, Brent Southgate

Digging Up the Past: Archaeology for the Young and Curious David Veart Auckland University Press, $39.99, ISBN 9781869404659   When I was about seven years old, I started a museum. It stood in our garden shed, and consisted of bones,

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Shaping the land, Ian J Graham

Volcanoes of Auckland: The Essential Guide Bruce W Hayward, Graeme Murdock and Gordon Maitland Auckland University Press, $59.99, ISBN 9781869404796   Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is often referred to as the “City of Sails” because of its location straddling

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Not all grisly murders, Rebecca Priestley

Expert Witness: Behind the Scenes with a Real-life Forensic Scientist Anna Sandiford HarperCollins, $32.99, ISBN 9781869508753   “The CSI effect” refers to the influence of forensic science-themed TV shows on public perception, particularly when it comes to the courtroom. CSI:

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Science ε = –dø/dt, Peter Calder

North Pole, South Pole: The Epic Quest to Solve the Great Mystery of Earth’s Magnetism Gillian Turner Awa Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780958275002   Consider this passage about magnetism: Cooling basalts, it turns out, contain small crystals of iron-oxide compounds …

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Explaining the explainers, Robert Nola

Secular Sermons: Essays on Science and Philosophy  Alan Musgrave Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781877372704 Publishers in New Zealand produce books in many areas such as literature, history, politics, biography, art; they produce almost nothing in philosophy. Philosophers in this

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