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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.


Terres singulières

Terres singulières

Quinze hauts lieux de la géologie à travers le monde


M. Caroff

Edition 2017

Existe-t-il encore des terres singulières, étranges ou inconnues ? Les canyons américains, l’Islande, les monts Apennins de derrière les nuages, Nazca, le sultanat d’Oman, Santorin, la Transylvanie, Yellowstone… Dans ce livre, vous trouverez une sélection de sites géologiques internationaux, certains célèbres, d’autres plus inattendus, tous surprenants, qui permettent d’illustrer les principales spécialités des sciences de la Terre.


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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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Life Under Ice

Life Under Ice

An Oasis at the South Pole


P. Tréguer, L. Chauvaud, E. Amice, L. Ballesta

Edition 2013

How can scientists participate in the controversies raised by certain technical developments? By injecting a literary sensitivity into this participation. This is what this work argues. Through illustrations like a poem by Henri Michaux or a statement by a GMO crop destruction campaigner, Yves Citton investigates how scientists can take part in public and civil debates and help to move away from the confrontation of disciplines, fields and opinions.


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A History of Botanical Gardens

A History of Botanical Gardens

Between Science and Landscape Art


Y. Allain

Edition 2012

The work retraces the origin of botanical gardens and the history of their design from their gradual creation from the 16th century, firstly in Europe and then in other continents.Illustrated by old engravings and colour photos, it shows the changing functions of botanical gardens through the ages. It highlights the originality of all the major European botanical gardens. The book also invokes relatively unknown undertakings like the seed companies and their international trade, plant labelling, herbariums, etc.


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Rivers and Rivals

Rivers and Rivals


V. Andréassian, J. Margat

Edition 2012

Water, a natural resource unlike any other and essential to all living beings.
Water has so many, often exclusive, uses that the risk of not having any (or even of depending on others to supply it) is easily perceived as a threat. The history of ancient civilisations is teeming with water-related rivalries. What about today? An original analysis of the geopolitical dimension of water detailing the scientific concepts that explain the issues linked to sharing water resources throughout the world.


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