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The Cambridge Art Book

The Oxford Art Book:
The city seen through the eyes of its artists

“This is a treasury of new ways of seeing” – Jeremy Paxman

“A dreamy, inspiring ode to the dreaming spires” - Helen Fielding

"Oxford may well be the most consciously beautiful city in Europe... It's a brilliant idea to let today's artists show us the grand sights"– John Simpson

Inspired by Oxford’s unique architecture and historic university, over 50 artists have produced a unique collection of contemporary images illustrating all aspects of the city and surrounding area.


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Top Titles

 UIT - Resources - Fall and Rise of Nuclear x 150  UIT - Resources - Solar Energy x 150  UIT - Resources - Sustainable Materials x 150

This book traces the UK’s nuclear energy history, from the optimism of the 1950s, through the disillusionment of the 1980s to a new role for nuclear in the 21st century.



Solar Energy: The physics and engineering of photovoltaic conversion, technologies and systems

This book uniquely covers both the physics of photovoltaic (PV) cells and the design of PV systems for real-life applications.


Sustainable Materials without the hot air
Making buildings, vehicles and products efficiently and with less new material

This optimistic and richly-informed book evaluates all the options and explains how we can greatly reduce the amount of material demanded and used in manufacturing, while still meeting everyone's needs.


UIT - Resources - Sustainable Energy x 150 wide
 UIT - Resources - Durgs x 150 wide  UIT - Resources - Urban Transport x 150 wide
Sustainable Energy - without the hot air

Cutting through the hype to reveal the facts about sustainable energy, David MacKay presents the numbers behind sustainable energy in an understandable way.



Drugs - without the hot air: Minimising the harms of legal and illegal drugs

Former government adviser David Nutt lays out the truth about the real harms posed by many drugs, from alcohol to heroin and everything in between.


Urban Transport - without the hot air: Volume 1 Sustainable solutions for UK cities

Steve Melia debunks several myths about urban transport and looks at the ways in which key cities in the UK and Europe are tackling urban transport problems.

£19.95 pb / £39.99 hb

Published 4th June 2015

News in Brief...

The launch of The Oxford Art Book will take place in Blackwell's, Oxford on 13 September.


Hear Professor David Nutt speaking live on 23rd July, 7.30pm at Imperial College London at his lecture "Not all in the mind – the contribution of brain science to modern psychiatry"( booking necessary)

or watch his lecture "How an enlightened approach to "illegal" drugs will revolutionize medicine and science" on youtube




The launch for The Cambridge Art Book takes place on 18th July at Heffers bookshop, Cambridge

The Cambridge Art Book



More than 25 000 copies of Solar Energy downloaded worldwide as part of the MOOOC courses

Solar Energy 


Professor David Nutt is speaking at Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, 24th June

Professor David Nutt, author of Drugs- Without the Hot Air is speaking at The Common at 2 pm on 24th June at the Glastonbury Festival about the past, present and future of psychodelics.

Drugs- Without the Hot Air

17-Apr-2016 Professor Sir David Mackay has died, aged 48 

Our esteemed author, respected for his work on climate change, became our good friend. We are saddened by the news of his death and our thoughts are with his family.  Our tribute to him is here.

 1-Jan-2016 David Mackay knighted in New Years Honours

UIT - Author Photos - David Mackay 150 wide

Professor David Mackay, author of Sustainable Energy - without the hot air has been recognised with a knighthood for services to Scientific Advice in Government and Science Outreach.

Bill Gates names Sustainable Materials one of "The Best Books I Read in 2015".

UIT - Resources - sustainable Materials - x 600Bill Gates read the 1st edition of the book earlier in 2015, and reviewed it in his 2015 book roundup in his blog. "I learned a lot from this thoughtful look at a critical topic." he says.  Read more

Road closures are needed if traffic levels are to drop, says Steve Melia

UIT - Resources - Urban Transport x 150 wideImproving public transport services will do little to cut traffic levels without “constraints” such as road closures, pedestrianisation and road user charging, according to Dr Steve Melia, speaking at the Intelligent City Mobility event.

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David MacKay wins 2016 Breakthrough Paradigm Award

 UIT - Resources - Sustainable Energy x 150 wide

 Breakthrough Institute is proud to announce David MacKay as the 2016 Breakthrough Paradigm Award winner. The Paradigm Award is bestowed annually to individuals whose work has made major contributions to realizing a future where all the world's inhabitants can enjoy secure, free, and prosperous lives on an ecologically vibrant planet.

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