Einstein's theory of relativity shattered the world of physics - replacing Newtonian ideas of space and time with bizarre and counterintuitive conclusions: a world of slowing clocks and stretched space, black holes and curved space-time. This Very Short Introduction explores and explains the theory in an accessible and understandable way.
A guide to writing fiction by a Booker Prize-winning author. Part biography, part reflection and part practical guide, it explores the mysteries of why and how we tell stories, and the craft of writing fiction.
We share the Earth with more than 10,000 species of birds and we have always been enchanted by them. This book features over 60 birds, organized thematically into eight sections, that cover all aspects of our relationship with birds. It also celebrates the greatest bird virtuosi, such as the Nightingale.
Guides to the rich histories, significance and uses of over 80 key plants in 69 entries, revealing our relationship with them, both utilitarian and aesthetic, and their multiple benefits and cultural associations.