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bookstores with a science specialty

We're traveling to London in October and would enjoy going to bookstores that carry books on geology and Cornwall mining. Cecil Court looks interesting. New or second hand books would be great.

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1. Re: bookstores with a science specialty

Foyle's is the largest book store in London. It is on Charing Cross Rd and you can also find many second hand book stores there.

Hiweve I should say that the selection of books at physical stores have become much more narrower in recent years and I regret that one of the victims have been specialty science books. Have you considered just ordering it from Amazon?

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For geology books you might be worth poking about in one of the university bookshops... as E150A says, a lot of normal bookshops don't do really specialist science stuff anymore.

The Waterstones at UCL on Torrington Place might be worth a look around, maybe? I've never been in but I know it caters for a lot of students. Can anyone else expand on that? Maybe give them a ring?

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3. Re: bookstores with a science specialty

None of the bookshops in Cecil Court has a scientific bent, though you might find geological maps at a couple of the cartography places.

Though London's good at specialist bookshops, practically all specialise in humanities: the best scientific selections are usually in megastores near university complexes, and tend to be mostly textbooks.

For your interest, try the websites of the Geological Society of London (http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/bookshop), the Topsham Bookshop (big on topography), Glasgow's Oswald Street Bookshop (oswaldstreetbookshop.com/sections/nature/) , Lewes' Bow Windows (http://www.bowwindows.com), or the Geologists' Association.

There are quite a few popularised books on the history of geology in Britain, and mooching round most big shops' sections on British history brings up a tolerable amount on the history of tin mining, the achievements of William Smith and the like

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If you are in the area the Earth galleries shop at the Natural History Museum does have some interesting books, although I suspect some of the suggestions in post 3 may be more comprehensive. nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/…index.html

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5. Re: bookstores with a science specialty

Consider Imperial College's bookshop. The College includes the Royal School of Mines. They should have stuff on the Cornish mines. Imperial College is in South Kensington, not far from the Natural History and Science Museums (South Kensington tube).

The Camborne School of Mines is now part of Exeter University so you could look online - Penryn's a long way to go for a book. Unless you plan on a trip to the mines themselves like Geevor.

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6. Re: bookstores with a science specialty

I've never been anywhere near the Geology section but I wouldn't be surprised if Blackwells in Oxford didn't meet your wishes (Just a short trip from London). Small on the outside, tardis-like on the inside, it's a very well stocked university book store.

…blackwell.co.uk/stores/…

I'm not so sure if Waterstones off Gower Street will suffice. Its computing section has gotten smaller over the years and I suspect this is mainly due to the introduction of books more suitable to the average Joe (or Jo).

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7. Re: bookstores with a science specialty

Thanks for all your great suggestions. We're staying near the Natural History Museum so we'll try to find the Imperial College bookstore that someone suggested. The Geological Society of London sounds good too.

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8. Re: bookstores with a science specialty

Certainly go to the Geological Museum ("the Red Zone") in the Natural History Museum.

The Waterstones shop in Torrington Place is also an excellent suggestion - this is very near a lot of colleges and used to be the University of London's main bookshop.

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