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Beaux livres

Beaux livres
Les beaux livres de Quae ne se veulent pas des livres de photographies, que l'on feuillette pour les abandonner rapidement sur une table, mais de beaux ouvrages avec du contenu original richement illustré. Par leur structuration en plusieurs niveaux de lecture (texte courant, textes en marge, encadrés et légendes des photos), ces livres intéressent des publics variés, du plus futile au plus exigeant.


L'étonnante intelligence des oiseaux

The amazing intelligence of birds


M. Legrand, N. Emery

Edition 2017

Who are the untold geniuses of the avian world, what is it that makes them so clever and what exactly do we mean by “intelligence”?

A fascinating and superbly illustrated exploration of birds’ intelligence, in all its forms: spatial and relational memory, ability to use tools, recognition of self and companions, etc.

This exploration reveals how modern science explodes the myth of our feathered friends’ “bird brains” and reveals a different take on the concept of intelligence.


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Grenouilles, crapauds et Cie

Frogs, Toads & Co.

Tell me all about Anura ...


F. Serre Collet, M. Giraud

Edition 2017

This book presents the 27 species and hybrids of frogs, toads, tree frogs, etc. resident in France, giving an insight into their biology and their curious habits in over 300 magnificent photos taken in their natural environment. Discover the outstanding morphology and behavioural techniques which these amphibians use to eat, breathe, move, hide, help their offspring or optimize their chances of survival. Follow the various phases of their love lives, an astonishing saga that is at once both hilarious and tragic.

Through her patient observations, the author shares with us the unusual beauty of these creatures which represent symbols and beliefs.


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Fascinantes araignées

Fascinating spiders


C. Rollard, P. Blanchot, C. Villani, E. Villemin

Edition 2017

For all Nature-lovers, this book takes us on a journey through a silky universe populated by creatures of unsuspected diversity in terms of their appearance, their hunting techniques, their childcare and their capacity to produce the silk so coveted by biotechnologists. Ensuring ecological balance as formidable predators, spiders form an essential link in the food chain. And are they truly dangerous for us humans? Taking an approach that is at one and the same time both scientific and artistic, this finely illustrated work comes up with some beautiful portraits of spiders.


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Terres singulières

Singular lands

Fifteen remarkable places across the world


M. Caroff

Edition 2017

Do singular, strange or unknown lands still exist? The American canyons, Iceland, the Apennine Mountains from behind the clouds, Nazca, the Sultanate of Oman, Santorin, Transylvania, Yellowstone and so on. This book lists a selection of international geological sites, some of them famous, others more unexpected, all surprising, which illustrate the main specialities of Earth sciences.


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Formidables fourmis !

Astounding ants!


L. Passera, A. Wild, S. Deligeorges

Edition 2016

The social life of ants has nothing to envy in that of humans: they have managed to conquer the terrestrial world through fascinating behaviour! The unique, adaptive solutions that evolution has devised for ants are revealed here in everyday language and are brought to life by over 150 pictures combining scientific facts with aesthetic charm.


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From cocoa to chocolate

From cocoa to chocolate

A food-lover's saga - New Edition


M. Barel

Edition 2016

This book, written by a scientist who specialises in cocoa and is a chocolate lover himself, takes us on a journey around the world to discover the culture of cocoa and its processing. Step by step along the way we meet small growers, merchants, traders and chocolate makers. Nutritionists and law makers reveal secrets and guidelines. We view the process through the eyes of a chemist as we explore the molecules of the aroma and follow them during the fermentation and roasting of the beans. Eventually we get to taste the chocolate and distinguish the different locations where beans are grown. Filled with the author's personal experiences, this beautiful book introduces us to the great history of chocolate, the saga of a delicacy known as the "food of the gods".


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Histoire de la pêche à la ligne

History of line fishing

Through water and over time


P. Juhel

Edition 2016

This book takes us through fresh water line fishing techniques from antiquity to 1930, year marking the beginning of the new era of innovative material which gradually replaced the ancestral know-how to better adapt to the individual behavior each fish species. It brilliantly takes us on a country stroll skilfully combining ecology, biodiversity, history and literature.


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Oiseaux et changement global

Birds and Global Change

Threat or Godsend?


J. Lhoir, J. Blondel

Edition 2015

Environmental changes have an impact on the distribution and abundance of birds and on the demographic, physiological and behavioural mechanisms. This richly-illustrated, scientifically-based work presents clearly the for and against of new living environments facing birds and some of the mechanisms they can use to adapt to them.


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The “Jardin des plantes” in Montpellier

The “Jardin des plantes” in Montpellier

From Medicine to Botany


M. Rossi, J. Lhoir

Edition 2013

The “Jardin des plantes” in Montpellier, created by Pierre Richer de Belleval in 1593 to teach "simples" to the medical students, is the oldest botanical garden in France. This book written by renowned specialists in the plant world and illustrated with over two hundred photographs recounts its history and explores the outstanding plants - succulents, medicinal plants, Far Eastern plants, etc. - as dictated by seasons and places.


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History of the Compass

History of the Compass

The Adventure of the Magnetised Needle


P. Juhel

Edition 2013

The magnetised needle revolutionised physics. And the history of the compass is also its history. Generations of scholars have cosseted this small object in an attempt to unlock the mysteries of the Earth's magnetism and resolve the problem of longitude.


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