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Insightful Biology Books For Biology Boffins

Information, made interesting for anyone that gets excited about our living world

Whether you’re wondering if you’re interested in the biological sciences, or you’re a biology expert on ladybirds, these books will entertain and educate you with interesting insights into our living world.

After reading one of these books, it’s easy to wonder how any of the natural world is real.
The complexities and peculiarities are revealed in these five incredible books, from unusual animals you never knew existed to issues such as climate changing, threatening this precious natural world.

#1 A Book of Rather Strange Animals by Caleb Compton

A Book of Rather Strange Animals by Caleb Compton
From the creator of the hugely popular @StrangeAnimals on Twitter comes A Book of Rather Strange Animals – a collection of one hundred remarkable animal specimens from around the world. With fascinating descriptions of nasty feeding habits, bizarre mating rituals and shocking defence mechanisms, you will marvel at both the splendour and gruesomeness of nature.

Meet the lizard that shoots blood from its eyes, the isopod that replaces the tongues of fish, the bug that stacks the corpses of ants on its back and the amphibian that looks like a penis. Come and discover the world’s most peculiar species!

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#2 Climate Change And The Cargo Cult: A Geographic Perspective by Chris Cunningham

Climate Change And The Cargo Cult: A Geographic Perspective by Chris Cunningham
Climate Change is a major threat to our way of life, and requires urgent political action to remedy its many threats, but is it a symptom rather than the disease?

This book argues that the problem lies deep in our commitment to the quest for ever increasing economic growth. At some time in the 1970s the Western World passed a point of economic satiety beyond which further economic growth was of little benefit, and indeed was counter-productive, to living the good life.

We must therefore seek a better understanding of our environment and of what constitutes genuine wealth. Life without the frenetic economic activity and culture of selfish possession that drives the modern economy can indeed be more humane, more pleasant and more meaningful than what we have today , but to reach it will require a major re-evaluation of what is important in business, politics and culture.

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#3 Environmental Chemistry and You by Kjell Aas

Environmental Chemistry and You by Kjell Aas
We all need some chemicals in our bodies – biochemistry. However, there are chemicals in our environment which might be inhaled, eaten or used on the skin, which we do not necessarily need and which can interact with chemicals already present inside us, with harmful and in some cases, devastating effects.

Using charming illustrations to explain his points, the author, an allergy specialist, discusses the interactions between the biochemicals which should keep us alive and healthy and the external, potentially harmful chemicals which enter us from the environment in which we spend most of our lives. He also covers the sources of allergens, with some surprising facts.

This book will be appreciated by lay readers and professionals alike; its clarity makes it easy to read and understand. Look up your condition, it may be more prevalent than you think.

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#4 The History of Life On Earth by Nathan Keighley

The History of Life On Earth by Nathan Keighley
Evolution is one of the most fundamental principles that governs life. Its actions may be subtle, but they can be observed every day, such as predators hunting prey, or plant successions in competing for empty space. These habituations were envisaged by Charles Darwin to be the properties of nature that lead to evolution and prompted the conceptualisation of the theory of natural selection. The force of this process can be most dramatically depicted by looking at the variation of organisms throughout the history of life on Earth.

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#5 What Are They On About? by Dr. Tammy Porter

What Are They On About? by Dr. Tammy Porter
Find science hard? Not sure what to believe with different headlines all the time? This book will inform you of the science behind current issues such as the environment and alternative medicine, without any maths or scientific equations!

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Contributors to this article
Alisha Billmen from Austin Macauley Publishers

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