Popular Science

The Owl that Fell from the SkyThe Owl that Fell from the Sky - Stories of a Museum Curator
by Brian Gill

Natural history museums contain many thousands of zoological specimens and each has a tale to tell - often involving extraordinary people, daring explorations, unquenchable scientific curiosity, and strange coincidences. This perfectly presented book, with its engaging pictures, is rich in stories and unveils many secrets.

Brian Gill is curator of birds and other land vertebrates at Auckland Museum, author and co-author of many books, including New Zealand's Unique Birds, The Kiwi and Other Flightless Birds and New Zealand Frogs and Reptiles, and a contributor to New Zealand Geographic and Forest and Bird.

North Pole, South PoleNorth Pole, South Pole
by Gillian Turner

This engrossing book tells, for the first time, the complete story of the quest to understand Earth's magnetism from the fascination of ancient Greeks with magnetised rocks to the astonishing modern discoveries that finally revealed the truth. North Pole, South Pole gives us an extraordinary window into science, passion and the brilliance of the human mind.
Check out Awa's own interview with Gillian here.

North Pole, South Pole and The Great Earth Magnet BundleNorth Pole, South Pole and The Great Earth Magnet Bundle
by Gillian Turner

Without Earth's magnetic field, it would be impossible for us to live. So what creates Earth's magnetism - this amazing force of nature to which we owe our lives? Awa Press has collaborated with South Pacific Press to offer a special low-price package of The Great Earth Magnet - print and interactive e-book editions - with North Pole, South Pole for schools and families across New Zealand.

The Amazing World of James Hector: Explorer, Geologist, Botanist, Natural Historian, Surgeon - and One of New Zealand Science's Most Remarkable FiguresThe Amazing World of James Hector: Explorer, Geologist, Botanist, Natural Historian, Surgeon - and One of New Zealand Science's Most Remarkable Figures
edited by Simon Nathan

James Hector arrived in New Zealand in 1861 and within a few years had founded all the country's leading scientific bodies, including the national museum (now Te Papa), the New Zealand Institute (now the Royal Society) and the Geological Survey (now GNS Science).

A man of seemingly unbounded energy and interests, at various times he was also responsible for the Met Department, Colonial Observatory, Wellington Botanic Garden and Patent Office library.

In these superb essays, scientists, historians and Hector's descendants tell the fascinating story of Hector's life and work.

The Awa Book of New Zealand ScienceThe Awa Book of New Zealand Science
edited by Rebecca Priestley

This landmark anthology of writings will excite readers of all ages about extraordinary scientific discoveries made by New Zealand scientists.The pieces range from early naturalists' observations of birds, insects and botany ... to geological accounts of the famous pink and white terraces ... to Ernest Rutherford splitting the atom ... to modern breakthroughs in nanotechnology ... to the recent discovery of an extra-solar planet. You'll even learn how to cook paua.

The 50 pieces are beautifully chosen and make riveting reading. This is the first collection of its kind, compiled by one of New Zealand's most talented science writers.

Check out Awa's own interview with Rebecca here.

Transit of Venus: How a Rare Astronomical Alignment Changed the World=Transit of Venus: How a Rare Astronomical Alignment Changed the World
by Hamish Campbell, Richard Hall, Peter Adds, Duncan Steel, Anne Salmond, Paul Callaghan, and Marilyn Head (Introduction)

SHORTLISTED FOR MONTANA BOOK AWARD 2008

On 8 June 2004, the planet Venus moved across the face of the sun. This historic event - visible from most parts of the world - was rare: the last transit of Venus had happened 121 years before.

In this superb book, acclaimed scientists and historians write captivatingly of the amazing history of the quest to observe successive Transits of Venus, starting in the 18th century, and the role of these expeditions in expanding the 'known world', and revealing the astonishing seafaring abilities of Polynesian peoples.

How Watch a BirdHow to Watch a Bird
by Steve Braunias

As prize-winning journalist Steve Braunias stands on an apartment balcony on a sultry summer evening, a black-backed gull flies so close he is instantaneously bowled over with happiness: 'I thought: Birds, everywhere. I wanted to know more about them.'

This book is the result - a wondrous personal journey into the amazing world of birds, and the people ensnared, captivated and entranced by them: the passionate tribe of bird-watchers and twitchers.

Antarctica Cruising Guide - 2nd EditionAntarctica Cruising Guide - 2nd Edition
by Peter Carey and Craig Franklin

The first and only definitive Antarctica cruising guide. Essential purchase for people thinking of travelling to Antarctica - New Zealanders and tourists.

In Extreme DangerIn Extreme Danger
by Geoff Mackley and John McCrystal

Christchurch-born Geoff Mackley has carved out an international reputation as a daring filmmaker and photographer of extreme and dangerous natural phenomena.

The Elegant Universe of Albert EinsteinThe Elegant Universe of Albert Einstein
by Tom Barnes, Paul Callaghan, Hamish Campbell, Lesley Hall, Richard Hall, Robert Hannah, John Stenhouse, Matt Visser, and Rebecca Priestley (Introduction)

In 1905 Albert Einstein is 26 and working at the Swiss Patent Office as a poorly paid third-class technical expert. In his spare time he pursues his passion for physics. The papers he produces will be extraordinary, revolutionising the way we view the world and laying the foundation of modern physics.

In this collection of essays from the acclaimed Royal Society/National Radio series E=mc2, scientists and historians explore the centuries of science that led to Einstein's astonishing discoveries, and their world-shaking aftermath.

'A riveting series'
CAMILLE GUY, New Zealand Listener

How to Listen to Gaze at the Southern StarsHow to Gaze at the Southern Stars
by Richard Hall

Astronomer Richard Hall's engrossing account of the stars as seen from 'Down Under'. This personal tour of the night sky follows his popular series on New Zealand's National Radio.

This Piece of Earth: A Life in My New Zealand GardenThis Piece of Earth: A Life in My New Zealand Garden
by Harvey McQueen

From its glorious, sumptuous cover to its captivating story, this garden book and memoir will warm the hearts of readers of all ages.

'Gardening, cooking, politics and poetry, brilliantly mixed ... I loved every minute of this book - a gorgeous read'
FIONA KIDMAN