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The best science books for Christmas

Cold comforts for a warming world

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London Zoo: Did we leave anyone in the tiger's den?

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Penguins come out on top

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Cover Stories: Penguin departure and birthday; Foyles' expansion

The book trade has been shocked at the departure of Anthony Forbes Watson, chief executive of Penguin UK for eight years.

Life Etc: Mind: First impressions

Familiar with the phrase "Look before you leap"? How about "Don't judge a book by its cover". From childhood, we're told that it's better to take the time to gather as much information as possible before reaching a conclusion. Which, according to cultural commentator Malcolm Gladwell (pictured) is wrong. In his new book, Blink, Gladwell argues that decisions made quickly can be just as good then those taken slowly. It comes down to "thin slicing", the ability of our unconscious to find patterns in situations and behaviour based on very narrow slices of experience. Taking us through case studies and scientific experiments, he shows how our ability to make snap judgements, although fallible, can be educated, controlled and ultimately relied upon. Should you buy this book? You should already know the answer to that.

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Summer fiction special 2004

Want a holiday read that's a bit different? Here's a selection of the books which have most impressed our critics in recent months, from big names you mustn't miss to intriguing newcomers you may not have discovered yet...

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