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Raffaello Sanzio. The School of Athens - fresco

Being Good

AC Grayling

What does a moral life entail? How does one achieve it? AC Grayling looks at the classics of philosophy for the answers, and says that it is the striving for goodness and self-improvement itself that is the key to living well.

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The Alchemy of Air

by Thomas Hager

“This book is about the invention of fixed nitrogen fertiliser, which helped support massive population growth over the last 70 years”

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