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Christmas Book Flood | Recommending reading

Science, nature, technical and medical

reefaquariumThe Reef Aquarium: Science, Art, and Technology
(Reef Aquarium: book 3)
J Charles Delbeek and Julian Sprung

Reefkeeping science involves the interplay of biology, chemistry, and physics. However, a reef aquarium is not simply a product of scientific knowledge. The application of engineering and its product technology, makes it possible to duplicate the specific biological, chemical, and physical requirements of a coral reef in a relatively small volume of water.

This third volume in ‘The Reef Aquarium’ series, provides the most thorough description of the science behind the creation of a captive reef, and critically reviews and explains the different philosophical approaches to reef aquarium design. It also describes and illustrates the existing as well as emerging technology for building reef aquariums, to help guide the selection of equipment, its proper use, and installation. While science and technology afford the blank canvas and tools to build a suitable life support system, the plants, animals, and of course the aquarist…

Recommended by:
Ian Winn, Author and Podcaster, Octopus Messiah (author website) and Litopia After Dark (podcast website)

This book is currently out of print in the UK and USA.

Ian’s debut novel will be republished soon (3rd edition)
The Techno Pagan Octopus Messiah

switchThe Switch: How Solar, Storage and New Tech Mean Cheap Power For All
Chris Goodall
(UK: Profile Books, 2016; USA: Profile Books, 2016)

How will the world be powered in ten years’ time? Not by fossil fuels. Energy experts are all saying the same thing: solar photovoltaics (PV) is our future. Reports from universities, investment banks, international institutions and large investors agree. It’s not about whether the switch from fossil fuels to solar power will happen, but when.

Recommended by:
Christopher NorrisJolabokaflod Book Campaign

Available in the UK via ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine or Amazon (The Switch: How Solar, Storage and New Tech Means Cheap Power For All)
Available in the USA via Amazon (The Switch: How Solar, Storage and New Tech Means Cheap Power for All)

foodofthegodsFood of the Gods
Terence McKenna
(UK: Rider, 1999; USA: Bantam, 1993)

A journey to some of the Earth’s most endangered people in the remote Upper Amazon… a look at the rituals of the Bwiti cults of Gabon and Zaire… a field watch on the eating habits of ‘stoned’ apes and chimpanzees – these adventures are all a part of ethnobotanist Terence McKenna’s extraordinary quest to discover the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. He wonders why, as a species, we are so fascinated by altered states of consciousness. Can they reveal something about our origins as human beings and our place in nature?

Recommended by:
Ian Winn, Author and Podcaster, Octopus Messiah (author website) and Litopia After Dark (podcast website)

Available in the UK via ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine or Amazon (Food Of The Gods)
Available in the USA via Amazon (Food of the Gods)

Ian’s debut novel will be republished soon (3rd edition)
The Techno Pagan Octopus Messiah

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