Professor Povey's Perplexing Problems

Thomas Povey (1996, Physics) 

Professor Povey's Perplexing Problems (Oneworld, 2015)

Thomas Povey's recent book is a collection of over one hundred of his favourite problems in physics and maths, which is dedicated to Mike Leask, Fellow in Physics 1965-2000. The author shows us that behind every single one of these questions lies a new way of thinking about subjects we thought we had understood.
 

Big Data Revolution: What Farmers, Doctors and Insurance Agents Teach Us About Discovering Big Data Patterns

Patrick McSharry (1995, Mathematics)

Big Data Revolution: What Farmers, Doctors and Insurance Agents Teach Us About Discovering Big Data Patterns (Wiley, 2015).

Patrick McSharry's recent book acts as a guide to improving performance, making better decisions, and transforming business through the effective use of Big Data.
 

The Vagabond Spirit of Poetry

Edward Clarke (1995, English)

The Vagabond Spirit of Poetry (Iff Books, 2014)

Dr Edward Clarke teaches English literature at Oxford. His latest book demonstrates how poems can transform our relations with each other and the Earth. The book encompasses a range of poems from different eras, including Wordsworth, Shakespeare and Wallace Stevens. The book makes claims for the efficacy of poetry in our industrialized world, where we are presented with environmental, political and economic challenges.

The Death of an Owl

Piers Torday (1993, English)

The Death of an Owl (W&N, 2016)

Piers Torday has published The Death of an Owl, which was the final, but uncompleted novel written by his late father, Paul Torday. Piers is the bestselling author of three children's books, The Last Wild, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, The Dark Wild, which won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2014, and The Wild Beyond.
 

Kick and Run: Memoir with Soccer Ball

Jonathan Wilson (1974, English)

Kick and Run: Memoir with Soccer Ball, (Bloomsbury, 2013)

Jonathan Wilson's book is an account of his life, growing up Jewish in London, and how his love for playing soccer ball became such an important part of his life. Football became Wilson's international passport, helping him find friends and community and solace all over the globe.
 

Sensational Subjects and Sympathetic Sentiments

John Jervis (1965, PPE)

Sensational Subjects and Sympathetic Sentiments (Bloomsbury, 2015)

In John Jervis' latest books, Sensational Subjects explores the themes that underlie the sensationalising of events, while Sympathetic Sentiments uncovers the patterns that both reproduce our capacity for sympathetic sentiments while revealing the inherent underlying tensions.
 

It’s Been An Education

Tony Elder (1953, History)

It’s Been An Education, (Brown Dog Books, 2015)

Tony Elder's book is a personal and often humorous account of his life, with particular emphasis on his career in Education, which included being Head of two Community Colleges. He provides some fascinating insights into aspects of coaching, teaching, learning, and the management of schools, all based on his personal experiences.

Beats Working For a Living: My Life as a Geologist

Rob Ryan (1951, Geology)

Beats Working For a Living: My Life as a Geologist (Jabiru, 2014)

This book covers his early life in Kenya, his educational years in England, and his work as a mineral geologist in many parts of the world. The book is firstly a chronicle of his life, but is also written with an eye towards informing others who may be interested in a similar career.

Auger Electron Spectroscopy: Practical Application to Materials Analysis and Characterisation of Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Films

John Wolstenholme (1970, Chemistry)

Auger Electron Spectroscopy: Practical Application to Materials Analysis and Characterisation of Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Films, (Momentum Press, 2015).

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