Exclusive discounts on books for Ri Members

Offers on newly published and exciting works of literature, only for Ri Members

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Offers on books for Ri Members

13 Journeys Through Space and Time: Christmas Lectures from the Royal Institution

Started at the Ri in 1825 by Michael Faraday, the CHRISTMAS LECTURES have been broadcast on television since the 1960s and have formed part of the British Christmas tradition for generations. First devised to attract young people to the magic of science through spectacular demonstrations, they are now watched by millions of people around the world every year.

Drawing on the incredible archive here at the Ri, which is packed full of handwritten notebooks, photographs and transcripts, this book will focus on 13 of the most captivating lectures given at the Ri on space and time, taking a look at what we thought we knew then and what has been discovered since. Ri Members and Patrons receive 50% off 13 Journeys Through Space and Time: Christmas Lectures from the Royal Institution by Colin Stuart when buying the book at the Ri.  

The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Ri Members and Patrons receive a 25% discount and free postage on a forthcoming paperback release by Vintage Books.

The Gene is the story of one of the most powerful and dangerous ideas in our history, from bestselling, prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee. Spanning the globe and several centuries, The Gene takes us on a quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function.

This is an epic, moving history of a scientific idea coming to life, by the author of The Emperor of All Maladies. But woven through The Gene, like a red line, is also an intimate history – the story of Mukherjee’s own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives. These concerns reverberate even more urgently today as we learn to “read” and “write” the human genome – unleashing the potential to change the fates and identities of our children.

The story of the gene begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where a monk stumbles on the idea of a ‘unit of heredity’. It intersects with Darwin’s theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. The gene transforms post-war biology. It reorganizes our understanding of sexuality, temperament, choice and free will. This is a story driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds – from Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel to Francis Crick, James Watson and Rosalind Franklin, and the thousands of scientists still working to understand the code of codes.

Offer ends: 30 April 2017 

Terms and conditions

Ri Members and Patrons receive a 25% discount on the book (RRP £9.99) and free postage in the UK. To redeem this offer please call +44 (0)20 7491 6588 or email membership@ri.ac.uk and your name and membership number will be validated. You will then be given a code which you will need to quote over the phone when you put in a mail order for the book. The discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, there is no cash alternative available.

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