Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781760781224
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pub Date: 30/10/2018
  • Category: Mathematics & science / Popular science
    Mathematics & science / Science: general issues
    Children's, Teenage & educational / Science & technology: general interest (Children's / Teenage)
  • Imprint: Macmillan Australia
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: $34.99

Get your pulse racing with Australia's most popular scientist, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

Discover why people tell lies, why some planets are hotter than stars and how humans are terraforming the Earth. Is cockroach milk really the next Superfood? Why are birds so smart? Why do trees need each other to grow and how do they communicate? Why did a group of scientists voluntarily starve to death while surrounded by tonnes of food?

How long does a decapitated head stay "alive"? What human artefacts can be seen with the naked eye from the International Space Station? Who is Bertha Benz and how did her first car trip revolutionise how we use petrol today?

Finally, monitor your breathing and learn why whales are so big, why oral histories are surprisingly accurate and try the five tried-and-tested steps to becoming a wellness guru.

Author Information

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the University of Sydney. He is a qualified medical doctor, engineer, physicist and mathematician. He has been named one of Australia's National Living Treasures.

Dr Karl brings science to the airwaves every Thursday on the popular Science segment on the triple j Mornings show. He is gaining even more popularity with his newest podcast Shirtloads of Science and was the host of the Discovery Channel's ten-part TV series Dr Karl's Outrageous Acts of Science.


20 November 2018

Get your pulse racing with Australia's most popular science writer, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. An author talk for all ages! Ticket is free when you pre-order a copy of Vital Science. Better Read Than Dead Bookstore will also sell a selection of Dr Karl's other books on site, which you can get signed in the lead up to Christmas!

6:30 PM

Newtown Neighbourhood Centre
1 Bedford Street, Newtown NSW 2042 Website

23 November 2018

Join Australia's most popular science writer, Dr Karl, and get your pulse racing with his new book, Vital Science.

12:00 PM

Queen Street Mall
Queen Street Brisbane QLD 4000