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We believe in the power of discovery. That's why we create books for everyone that explore ideas and nurture curiosity about the world we live in.
From first words to the Big Bang, from the wonders of nature to city adventures, you will find expert knowledge, hours of fun and endless inspiration in the pages of our books.
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Have you ever asked yourself how the inventions, gadgets, and devices that surround us actually work? Discover the hidden workings of everyday technology with this graphic guide.
How Technology Works demystifies the machinery that keeps the modern world going, from simple objects such as zip fasteners and can openers to the latest, most sophisticated devices of the information age, including smart watches, personal digital assistants, and driverless cars. It includes inventions that have changed the course of history, like the internal combustion engine, as well as technologies that might hold the key to our future survival, including solar cells and new kinds of farming to feed a growing population.
All the way through the book, step-by-step explanations are supported by simple and original graphics that take devices apart and show you how they work. The opening chapter explains principles that underpin lots of devices - from basic mechanics to electricity to digital technology. From there on, devices are grouped by application - such as the home, transport, and computing - making them easy to find and placing similar devices side by side.
How Technology Works is perfect for anyone who didn't have a training in STEM subjects at school or is simply curious about how the modern world works.
Explore the laws and theories of physics in this accessible introduction to the forces that shape our Universe, our planet, and our everyday lives.
Using a bold, graphic-led approach The Physics Book sets out more than 80 key concepts and discoveries that have defined the subject and influenced our technology since the beginning of time. With the focus firmly on unpicking the thought behind each theory - as well as exploring when and how each idea and breakthrough came about - seven themed chapters examine the history and developments in areas such as energy and matter, and electricity and magnetism, as well as quantum, nuclear, and particle physics.
Eureka moments abound: from Pythagoras's observations of the pleasing harmonies created by vibrating strings, and Galileo's experiments with spheres, to Isaac Newton's apple and his conclusions about gravity and the laws of motion. You'll also learn about Albert Einstein's insights into relativity; how the accidental discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation confirmed the Big Bang theory; the search for the Higgs boson particle; and why most of our Universe is missing. If you've ever wondered exactly how physicists formulated - and proved - these abstract concepts, The Physics Book is the book for you.
This definitive and bestselling field guide is the perfect companion for nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers.
Now revised and updated, this lavishly illustrated bird book includes crystal-clear photography and the latest taxonomic changes. From Robins to Jays, from Kingfishers to Ravens, this is your complete photo guide to all the birds of Britain and Europe.
For ornithology enthusiasts, or if you just want to identify the visitors coming into your garden, this bird guide will tell you everything you need to know about our local birds. It has been authenticated by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to provide you with the most thorough and accurate information.
Discover detailed profiles of a wide variety of birds in Britain and Europe. Read about their different behaviours and habits, such as mating, nursing, and migration patterns. Learn when the best time of year is to spot them and where they are most likely to be found.
The highest quality photography brings over 500 bird species to life on the page. Every text entry covers identification of adults and juveniles, and you'll soon be able to identity birds from their shape, plumage, or call. This accessible birdwatching guide also features references to similar-looking species.
A Must-Have for Any Birdwatcher
The sheer variety in shape, colour, and size of the birds to be found in Britain and Europe provide birdwatchers with a truly spectacular pastime. Whether out for a walk in the local park or in the heart of the countryside, there is always something interesting to see.
This bird guide is an essential reference for the novice and experienced birdwatcher. It includes:
- Full-page profiles of the 330 most seen species in Britain and Europe.
- Stunning photographs that capture the beauty and detail of each bird.
- Key facts relating to each bird, which has been expertly verified by the RSPB and top bird author Rob Hume.
Embark on a global curry adventure!
Top chefs and cooks known for their expertise in the curries of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Caribbean - and anywhere with a curry tradition - share their recipes with you. Try Thai jungle curry, chicken adobo or South African bunny chow. All 200 recipes are authentic and written for the modern cook. Features add a further dimension, introducing you to the key spice combinations and ingredients that define each local cuisine.
Break out and explore new boundaries. Or rely on this authentic resource for old favourites. Observer Food Monthly described these as "the best ever curries". Red-hot results are guaranteed every time!
Learn about planets, stars and black holes in The Astronomy Book.
Part of the fascinating Big Ideas series, this book tackles tricky topics and themes in a simple and easy to follow format. Learn about Astronomy in this overview guide to the subject, brilliant for beginners looking to learn and experts wishing to refresh their knowledge alike! The Astronomy Book brings a fresh and vibrant take on the topic through eye-catching graphics and diagrams to immerse yourself in.
This captivating book will broaden your understanding of Astronomy, with:
- More than 100 big astronomical ideas, theories and discoveries
- Packed with facts, charts, timelines and graphs to help explain core concepts
- A visual approach to big subjects with striking illustrations and graphics throughout
- Easy to follow text makes topics accessible for people at any level of understanding
The Astronomy Book is the perfect introduction to the story of our ideas about space, time, and the physics of the cosmos, aimed at adults with an interest in the subject and students wanting to gain more of an overview. Here you'll discover more than 100 of the most important theories and discoveries in the history of astronomy and the great minds behind them. If you've ever wondered about the key ideas that underpin the wonders of the universe and the great minds who uncovered them, this is the perfect book for you.
Your Astronomy Questions, Simply Explained
How do we measure the universe? Where is the event horizon? What is dark matter? If you thought it was difficult to learn the science of celestial objects and phenomena, The Astronomy Book presents key information in an easy to follow layout. Learn ancient speculations about the nature of the universe, through the Copernican Revolution, to the mind-boggling theories of recent science such as those of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, with superb mind maps and step-by-step summaries. And delve into the work of the scientists who have shaped the subject, with biographies of key astronomers such as Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Hubble, and Hawking.
The Big Ideas Series
With millions of copies sold worldwide, The Astronomy Book is part of the award-winning Big Ideas series from DK. The series uses striking graphics along with engaging writing, making big topics easy to understand.
How Food Works is your own friendly nutritionist, on hand to debunk common food myths and give you the answers to those pressing questions with easy-to-swallow information.
Today's media is full of new discoveries about food - red wine is good for your heart, caffeine will raise your blood pressure - but is there a biological basis to these claims? How Food Works reveals the facts behind your food, evaluates the benefits of superfoods and antioxidants, and explores behind-the-scenes of modern food production.
Delve into the science behind diets including gluten-free and veganism, as well as the benefits of different diets from around the world. Understand what actually makes food organic, how important sell-by dates really are, and how much salt you should actually be eating. Get the answers to dozens more niggling food questions in How Food Works.
Explore the human body like you've never known before with this ultimate kid's guide to what goes on under our skin.
Forming part of a fantastic series of kid's educational books, this bold and brilliant kid's encyclopedia uses ground-breaking CGI imagery to reveal the human body as you've never seen it before. Informative, diverse in subject matter, easy-to-read and brimming with beautiful graphics, young learners can explore the incredibly detailed cross-sections and cutaways that reveal the inner workings of these fascinating and complex machines we know as our bodies!
This charming children's encyclopedia opens the world in new ways, with:
-Packed with facts, charts, infographics and illustrations that cover the human body head to toe.
-Encompassing a visual approach with illustrations, photographs and extremely detailed 3D CGI images.
-Crystal clear text distills the key information.
-DK's encyclopedias are fact-checked by subject experts to offer accuracy beyond online sources of information.
This fully-updated edition of Knowledge Encyclopedia Human Body! is the perfect encyclopedia for children aged 9-12, ideal for inquisitive minds, with a unique head-to-toe approach which makes the complex structure of the human body both appealing and accessible for curious young readers. Jam-packed with fun facts about the human body, including creative CGI artworks that can be rotated and animated to bring the aspects of this body book to life! Curious children can take a look at the life of a cell, discover the digestive system, and learn all about record-breaking bodies!
Explore, Discover And Learn!
DK's Knowledge Encyclopedia Human Body! uncovers the marvels of our body in unprecedented detail and with stunning realism. Encompassing engaging facts about the human body, including a closer look at each bodily system, such as the nervous system, muscle system and more, and exploring a timeline of medical milestones, you can spend quality time exploring the wonders of the human body with children, accompanied by impressive visuals to engage their senses. A must-have volume for curious kids with a thirst for knowledge, this enthralling encyclopedia is structured in such a way that your child can read a bit at a time, and feel comfortable to pause and ask questions. Doubling up as the perfect gift for young readers, who are always asking questions about our planet!
At DK, we believe in the power of discovery.
This thrilling kid's encyclopedia is part of the Knowledge Encyclopedia educational series. Celebrate your child's curiosity as they complete the collection and discover diverse facts about the world around them. Dive into the deep blue with Knowledge Encyclopedia Ocean! Travel back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth with Knowledge Encyclopedia Dinosaur! And hone your knowledge on how the human body works with Knowledge Encyclopedia Human Body! Whatever topic takes their fancy, there's an encyclopedia for everyone!
We may all speak the same language, but getting to grips with grammar is the ultimate challenge.
You could be puzzled by prepositions, confused by comparatives, or muddled over modals. Thankfully, this complete visual aid to everything in the English language sets you straight with a clear and concise format for easy understanding.
The rules of English grammar are beautifully presented with eye-catching illustrations, step-by-step graphics, and straightforward explanations to help you learn. Suitable for English language learners at all levels, including experienced English speakers looking for a recap of key language points, English Grammar Guide covers basic, intermediate, and advanced grammar.
There is no stone left unturned when it comes to the English language. All kinds of problems are solved, including tenses, verbs, adverbs, clauses, superlatives, and questions. You are encouraged to spot patterns and sequences in language to see the similarities and develop greater understanding. After swotting up, test yourself with a range of speaking, reading, and writing exercises to see how far you have come.
This essential grammar e-guide is part of DK's English for Everyone series, an exciting and educational self-study course to build up confidence and fluency. Whether you want to improve your grammar for school, study, exams (including TOEFL and IELTS), work, or travel, this is the perfect reading companion.
The UK's only fully authorised first aid guide, this book is used as the official training manual for the UK's leading first aid organisations' courses.
This updated manual covers all aspects of first aid at work, home, and in the field. Using clear, up-to-date information, step-by-step photography, and simplified diagrams, anyone can be prepared for any medical emergency.
This essential manual was written and endorsed by all three of the UK's leading first aid providers - St John Ambulance, St Andrew's Ambulance Association, and British Red Cross. Inside, you will discover:
- Quick-reference emergency first aid section
- Learn every life-saving technique you need to know
- Clear anatomy and physiology sections help the reader understand treatment priorities
- Every condition clearly explained with causes, symptoms, and signs (how to recognise the condition), as well as step-by-step action plans
- Informative photography throughout shows the reader exactly what to do in any situation and new simple, accessible illustrations that clearly show vital information
- How to manage first aid in pandemic conditions, what to do in a terrorist incident as well as the latest guidelines on resuscitation, and delivering first aid for patients during a mental health crisis
The 11th edition of this essential first aid guide provides expert advice on how to treat a wide range of medical issues, including how to treat babies and children. First aiders will learn how to attend to over 100 different conditions from splinters, sprained ankles to unresponsive casualties, and how to use essential equipment.
Discover the best ways to manage a situation safely and how to assess sick and injured people effectively. This first aid book is set up with easy-to-understand anatomy sections that explain the risks involved with particular injuries or conditions. Discover every life-saving technique you need to know with step-by-step photography, all shot in-situ to reflect real-life situations. It also includes updated illustrations redrawn in the simplest, clearest style to focus on the vital information you need to know in a crisis.
Whether it's a symptom you have been ignoring for a while or something like a sudden pain after a fall, this ebook tells you what it could be and what action to take.
Check out any health problem and discover what it might be and what you should do. A series of head-to-toe visual diagnostic guides help you identify suspected conditions or injuries. Once you've narrowed it down, a cross-reference takes you to easy-to-follow descriptions of the condition at the back of the ebook. Potentially life-threatening situations and ailments that need urgent medical advice are clearly flagged. Fully illustrated throughout, Medical Symptoms Visual Guide is an invaluable reference.
Take your carpentry skills to the next level as you explore an array of woodworking techniques, complete with step-by-step instructions and photographs.
Want to master your woodworking techniques but don't know where to begin? Don't worry, DK has got you covered!
Introducing Woodwork - a step-by-step guide to mastering key woodworking techniques - from basic through to more advanced types of wood joints, finishing, wood-turning, and furniture restoration. Discover how best to use all the essential woodworking tools, including hand tools, power tools, and machine tools. Become knowledgeable about woods so that you can choose the right wood for the job - with more than 100 hard and softwood profiles covered! Then, put your skills into practice with 25 DIY woodworking projects, which have detailed plans and instructions and are arranged in order of complexity.
Dive right into this wonderful book on woodworking to discover:
- 25 project to choose from with step-by-step instructions and photographs for all techniques featured.
- Advice and top tips on using a range of hand tools, power tools and woodwork machinery
Whether you wish to make a simple chopping board or wine rack as small weekend projects, or try more advanced woodworking ideas such as a linen chest, dresser, or chair, this woodworking book includes a wide range of creative crafts for adults, so no matter your skill level or abilities, there's something for everyone to explore, learn, and create! A must-have volume for those new to woodwork who want to learn about the basic tools and techniques, and doubling up as a handy guide for experienced woodworkers looking to hone their core skills and embark on more ambitious furniture projects.
Accredited by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, Woodwork is a complete illustrated woodworking course, giving you all the carpentry skills and techniques you need to create well-crafted and practical objects in treated wood.
Bring the taste of the Mediterranean to your everyday cooking with more than 90 fresh and flavoursome recipes for all occasions.
Create fantastic Mediterranean dishes with fresh fish, healthy fats, lean meats, nutritious vegetables and more. Recipes range from classic Italian favourites and colourful Spanish tapas to Greek sharing dishes and rich Middle Eastern flavours, suited to a variety of diet types including vegetarian, pescatarian, and gluten-free.
Australian Women's Weeklyis one of the most popular and reliable sources of recipes for its vast readership in Australia, New Zealand, and beyond - this recipe series taps into Australia's healthy and vibrant food culture, centred on simplicity, great produce, and multicultural living.