• 30-Second Genetics The 50 Most Revolutionary Discoveries in Genetics, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    30-Second Genetics The 50 Most Revolutionary Discoveries in Genetics, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    ISBN: 9780711252387
    Title: 30-Second Genetics The 50 Most Revolutionary Discoveries in Genetics, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    Author: WEITZMAN JONATHAN & WEITZMAN MATTHEW


    Genetics is the study of heredity, and reveals how the characteristics of living organisms are determined by the genes passed down the generations.

    The human genome was mapped in 2003, and this enhanced ability to study our genes is transforming medicine, from CRISPR, the gene editing technology that allows us to alter the course of hereditary disease, to using genetics to identify the types of bacteria that populate our bodies.

    Stripping the subject to its bare necessities, 30-Second Genetics charts the most extraordinary discoveries, from the fundamentals of cell biology to the almost unbelievable advances in DNA sequencing and stem cell technology.



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  • Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old
    Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old
    ISBN: 9781526608291
    Title: Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old
    Author: STEELE ANDREW

    Ageless is a guide to the science driving biology's biggest story: why we get old, and how we can stop it.'An absolute tour de force' Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer, SENS Research FoundationAgeing - not cancer, not heart disease - is the world's leading cause of death and suffering. We accept as inevitable that as we get older our bodies and minds begin to deteriorate, and we are increasingly likely to be struck by dementia or disease. Ageing is so deeply ingrained in human experience that we never think to ask: is it necessary?Biologists, on the other hand, have been investigating that question for years.Ageless introduces us to the cutting-edge research that is paving the way for a revolution in medicine. It takes us inside the laboratories where scientists are studying every aspect of the body - DNA, mitochondria, stem cells, our immune systems, even longevity genes that have helped animals to a tenfold increase in lifespan - all in an effort to forestall or reverse our decline.Computational biologist Andrew Steele explains what is happening as we age and practical ways we can help slow down the process. He reveals how understanding the scientific implications of ageing could lead to the greatest discovery in the history of medicine - one that has the potential to improve billions of lives, save trillions of dollars, and transform the human condition.

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  • Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
    Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
    ISBN: 9781474606455
    Title: Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
    Author: DAWKINS RICHARD & WONG YAN

    A fully updated edition of one of the most original accounts of evolution ever written, featuring new fractal diagrams, six new 'tales' and the latest scientific developments.

    THE ANCESTOR'S TALE is a dazzling, four-billion-year pilgrimage to the origins of life: Richard Dawkins and Yan Wong take us on an exhilarating reverse journey through evolution, from present-day humans back to the microbial beginnings of life. It is a journey happily interrupted by meetings of fellow modern animals (as well as plants, fungi and bacteria) similarly tracing their evolutionary path back through history. As each evolutionary pilgrim tells their tale, Dawkins and Wong shed light on topics such as speciation, sexual selection and extinction.

    Written with unparalleled wit, clarity and intelligence; taking in new scientific discoveries of the past decade; and including new 'tales', illustrations and fractal diagrams, THE ANCESTOR'S TALE shows us how remarkable we are, how astonishing our history, and how intimate our relationship with the rest of the living world.

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  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best & Worst
    Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best & Worst
    ISBN: 9780099575061
    Title: Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best & Worst
    Author: SAPOLSKY ROBERT


    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    'Awe-inspiring... You will learn more about human nature than in any other book I can think of' Henry Marsh

    'One of the best scientist-writers of our time' Oliver Sacks


    Why do human beings behave as they do?


    We are capable of savage acts of violence but also spectacular feats of kindness: is one side of our nature destined to win out over the other?


    Every act of human behaviour has multiple layers of causation, spiralling back seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, even centuries, right back to the dawn of time and the origins of our species.


    In the epic sweep of history, how does our biology affect the arc of war and peace, justice and persecution? How have our brains evolved alongside our cultures?


    This is the exhilarating story of human morality and the science underpinning the biggest question of all: what makes us human?



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  • Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
    Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
    ISBN: 9780141984261
    Title: Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
    Author: PLOMIN ROBERT


    A top behavioral geneticist makes the case that DNA inherited from our parents at the moment of conception can predict our psychological strengths and weaknesses.


    In Blueprint, behavioral geneticist Robert Plomin describes how the DNA revolution has made DNA personal by giving us the power to predict our psychological strengths and weaknesses from birth. A century of genetic research shows that DNA differences inherited from our parents are the consistent lifelong sources of our psychological individuality--the blueprint that makes us who we are. Plomin reports that genetics explains more about the psychological differences among people than all other factors combined. Nature, not nurture, is what makes us who we are. Plomin explores the implications of these findings, drawing some provocative conclusions--among them that parenting styles don't really affect children's outcomes once genetics is taken into effect. This book offers readers a unique insider's view of the exciting synergies that came from combining genetics and psychology. The paperback edition has a new afterword by the author.



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  • Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
    Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
    ISBN: 9780316423915
    Title: Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
    Author: CHRISTAKIS NICHOLAS A

    Drawing on advances in social science, evolutionary biology, genetics, neuroscience, and network science, Blueprint shows how and why evolution has placed us on a humane path - and how we are united by our common humanity.&


    For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for love, friendship, cooperation, and learning. Beneath all our inventions - our tools, farms, machines, cities, nations - we carry with us innate proclivities to make a good society.&


    In Blueprint, Nicholas A. Christakis introduces the compelling idea that our genes affect not only our bodies and behaviors, but also the ways in which we make societies, ones that are surprisingly similar worldwide. With many vivid examples - including diverse historical and contemporary cultures, communities formed in the wake of shipwrecks, commune dwellers seeking utopia, online groups thrown together by design or involving artificially intelligent bots, and even the tender and complex social arrangements of elephants and dolphins that so resemble our own - Christakis shows that, despite a human history replete with violence, we cannot escape our social blueprint for goodness.&


    In a world of increasing political and economic polarization, it's tempting to ignore the positive role of our evolutionary past. But by exploring the ancient roots of goodness in civilization, Blueprint shows that our genes have shaped societies for our welfare and that, in a feedback loop stretching back many thousands of years, societies have shaped, and are still shaping, our genes today.&



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  • Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes
    Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes
    ISBN: 9781780229072
    Title: Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes
    Author: RUTHERFORD ADAM

    This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is for every one of the 100 billion modern humans who has ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in each of our genomes we carry the history of the whole of our species. Since scientists first read the human genome in 2001 it has been subject to all sorts of claims, counterclaims and myths. Drawing together the latest discoveries in this rapidly changing area of science, Adam Rutherford shows that in fact our genomes should be read not like instruction manuals, but more like epic poems. Genes determine less than we have been led to believe about us as individuals, but vastly more about us as a species. In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, written with great clarity and wit, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about human history and what history tells us about our genes. From Neanderthal discoveries to microbiology, from redheads to dead royals, criminology to race relations, evolution to epigenetics, A BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be. Written and read by acclaimed science writer and broadcaster Adam Rutherford.

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  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive
    Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive
    ISBN: 9780241958681
    Title: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive
    Author: DIAMOND JARED

    'A grand sweep from a master storyteller of the human race'DAILY MAIL'Riveting, superb, terrifying'OBSERVERFrom the ghostly stone heads of Easter Island to crumbling Mayan cities hidden deep in the jungle, the mysterious ruins of lost worlds and vanished civilizations continue to haunt us. How could such mighty societies fall? And could our skyscrapers one day stand derelict and overgrown like ancient temples?Jared Diamond takes us on an epic journey around the globe, through the history of humanity and on to the future, to discover how when tomorrow comes we can be survivors.'A book that has to be read . . . highly readable, highly persuasive and richly informative'INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY'Gripping . . . the book fulfils its huge ambition, and Diamond is the only man who could have written it'ECONOMIST'This book shines like all Diamond's work'SUNDAY TIMES'Magnificent'THE NEW YORK TIMES

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  • Complete Human Body 2ed
    Complete Human Body 2ed
    ISBN: 9780241240458
    Title: Complete Human Body 2ed
    Author: ROBERTS ALICE


    We inhabit it, we are it, and we are surrounded by 7.3 billion examples of it. The Complete Human Body is the definitive guide to the development, form, function, and disorders of the human body. Discover a breathtaking portrait of the human body as it's never been seen before, created using incredibly detailed new imaging techniques. The Complete Human Body uses state-of-the-art 3D computer-generated artworks to bring the body to life in a whole new way, covering everything from bones, muscles, and joints to mental health disorders. Take a detailed look at how your respiratory system works, discover the anatomy up-close and learn about over 200 diseases and how they afflict the human body. This new edition includes extra detail on the hands, feet, and major joints. Perfect for students, families and anyone who wants to understand how the body works.



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  • Count Down
    Count Down
    ISBN: 9781982159290
    Title: Count Down
    Author: SWAN SHANNA

    In the tradition of Silent Spring and The Sixth Extinction, an urgent, meticulously researched, and groundbreaking book about the ways in which chemicals in the modern environment are changing--and endangering--human sexuality and fertility on the grandest scale, from renowned epidemiologist Shanna Swan.

    In 2017, author Shanna Swan and her team of researchers completed a major study. They found that over the past four decades, sperm levels among men in Western countries have dropped by more than 50 percent. They came to this conclusion after examining 185 studies involving close to 45,000 healthy men. The result sent shockwaves around the globe--but the story didn't end there. It turns out our sexual development is changing in broader ways, for both men and women and even other species, and that the modern world is on pace to become an infertile one.

    How and why could this happen? What is hijacking our fertility and our health? Count Down unpacks these questions, revealing what Swan and other researchers have learned about how both lifestyle and chemical exposures are affecting our fertility, sexual development--potentially including the increase in gender fluidity--and general health as a species. Engagingly explaining the science and repercussions of these worldwide threats and providing simple and practical guidelines for effectively avoiding chemical goods (from water bottles to shaving cream) both as individuals and societies, Count Down is at once an urgent wake-up call, an illuminating read, and a vital tool for the protection of our future.

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  • Descent of Woman: The Classic Study of Evolution
    Descent of Woman: The Classic Study of Evolution
    ISBN: 9780285627000
    Title: Descent of Woman: The Classic Study of Evolution
    Author: MORGAN ELAINE

    A pioneering work, the first to argue for the equal role of women in human evolution. On its first publication in 1972 it became a rallying-point for feminism and changed the terminology of anthropologists forever. It remains a key text in feminist history, as well as an extension to the author's Aquatic Ape Hypothesis, which is gaining more academic support each year. Starting with her demolition of the Biblical myth that woman was an afterthought to the creation of man, Elaine Morgan rewrites human history and evolution.

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  • Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution
    Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution
    ISBN: 9781786493040
    Title: Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution
    Author: COCKELL CHARLES

    The puzzles of life astound and confuse us like no other mystery. But in this revolutionary new book, Charles Cockell reveals how nature is far more understandable and predictable than we think. Refining Darwin's theory of natural selection, Cockell puts forward a remarkable and elegant account of why evolution has taken the paths it has. From animals to atoms, he shows that is it not biology, but physics, which is the true touchstone for understanding life in all its extraordinary forms.

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  • Fossil Men: the Quest for the Oldest Skeleton & the Origins of Humankind
    Fossil Men: the Quest for the Oldest Skeleton & the Origins of Humankind
    ISBN: 9780063055476
    Title: Fossil Men: the Quest for the Oldest Skeleton & the Origins of Humankind
    Author: PATTISON KERMIT


    A rip-roaring tale, Fossil Men is one of those rare books that can be a prism through which to view the world, exposing the fabric of the Earth and illuminating the Tree of Life. --New York Times bestselling author Peter Nichols


    A behind-the-scenes account of the shocking discovery of the skeleton of "Ardi," a human ancestor far older than Lucy - a find that shook the world of paleoanthropology and radically altered our understanding of human evolution.


    In 1994, a team led by fossil-hunting legend Tim White--"the Steve Jobs of paleoanthropology"--uncovered the bones of a human ancestor in Ethiopia's Afar region. Radiometric dating of nearby rocks indicated the skeleton, classified as Ardipithecus ramidus, was 4.4 million years old, more than a million years older than "Lucy," then the oldest known human ancestor. The findings challenged many assumptions about human evolution--how we started walking upright, how we evolved our nimble hands, and, most significantly, whether we were descended from an ancestor that resembled today's chimpanzee--and repudiated a half-century of paleoanthropological orthodoxy.


    Fossil Men is the first full-length exploration of Ardi, the fossil men who found her, and her impact on what we know about the origins of the human species. It is a scientific detective story played out in anatomy and the natural history of the human body. Kermit Pattison brings into focus a cast of eccentric, obsessive scientists, including one of the world's greatest fossil hunters, Tim White--an exacting and unforgiving fossil hunter whose virtuoso skills in the field were matched only by his propensity for making enemies; Gen Suwa, a Japanese savant who sometimes didn't bother going home at night to devote more hours to science; Owen Lovejoy, a onetime creationist-turned-paleoanthropologist; Berhane Asfaw, who survived imprisonment and torture to become Ethiopia's most senior paleoanthropologist and who fought for African scientists to gain equal footing in the study of human origins; and the Leakeys, for decades the most famous family in paleoanthropology.


    An intriguing tale of scientific discovery, obsession and rivalry that moves from the sun-baked desert of Africa and a nation caught in a brutal civil war, to modern high-tech labs and academic lecture halls, Fossil Men is popular science at its best, and a must read for fans of Jared Diamond, Richard Dawkins, and Edward O. Wilson.

    --PETER NICHOLS, New York Times bestselling author of The Rocks and Evolution's Captain

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  • Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome
    Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome
    ISBN: 9781786076717
    Title: Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome
    Author: RAMAKRISHNAN VENKI


    From Nobel Prize winner Venki Ramakrishnan


    'Beyond superb' Bill Bryson


    'A wonderful book' Ian McEwan


    Everyone knows about DNA, the essence of our being, the molecule where our genes reside. But DNA by itself is useless without a machine to decode the genetic information it contains. The ribosome is that machine. Venki Ramakrishnan tells the story of the race to uncover its enormously complex structure, a fundamental breakthrough that resolves an ancient mystery of life itself.



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  • Gene: An Intimate History
    Gene: An Intimate History
    ISBN: 9780099584575
    Title: Gene: An Intimate History
    Author: MUKHERJEE SIDDHARTHA

    "THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK 'Dramatic and precisea (A) thrilling and comprehensive account of what seems certain to be the most radical, controversial and, to borrow from the subtitle, intimate science of our timea He is a natural storytellera A page-turnera Read this book and steel yourself for what comes next' Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times 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 is the story of the 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 oreado and owriteo 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. Majestic in its ambition, and unflinching in its honesty, The Gene gives us a definitive account of the fundamental unit of heredity - and a vision of both humanity's past and future."

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  • Genes That Make Us: Human Stories from a Revolution in Medicine
    Genes That Make Us: Human Stories from a Revolution in Medicine
    ISBN: 9781925849394
    Title: Genes That Make Us: Human Stories from a Revolution in Medicine
    Author: KIRK EDWIN

    Genes - we all have them and we're all affected by them, often in unknown ways.

    Whether directly inherited or modified by our environment, genes control or significantly influence almost every aspect of our lives. From the success of our conception and the development of our sexual characteristics, to the colour of our skin, hair, and eyes. From our height and weight, to our daily health. And, unfortunately, our genes are involved in an untold number of diseases. For many, the first time that genetics truly matters is in a doctor's office as they learn about a condition that may affect them, their unborn children, or even their wider family. Yet from the first laborious survey of the human genome twenty years ago to the commercial machines that now sequence 6,000 genomes per year, a revolution is taking place in medicine. Genetic screening is already available for major diseases and will become an increasingly prevalent medical tool. Around the world, teams of researchers are working on cures for diseases such as cancer, certain degenerative disorders, and a host of syndromes, while others are inventing new ways to conceive - and even modifying our genome in ways that could change what it means to be human.

    Navigating this world of heartbreaking uncertainties, tantalising possibilities, and thorny questions of morality is Professor Edwin Kirk, who in addition to having over two decades of experience is that rare doctor who works both in the lab and with patients. In The Genes That Make Us, he explains everything you need to know with humour, insight, and great humanity.

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  • History of Humanity: The Evolution of the Human System
    History of Humanity: The Evolution of the Human System
    ISBN: 9781108747097
    Title: History of Humanity: The Evolution of the Human System
    Author: MANNING PATRICK

    Humanity today functions as a gigantic, world-encompassing system. Renowned world historian, Patrick Manning traces how this human system evolved from Homo Sapiens' beginnings over 200,000 years ago right up to the present day. He focuses on three great shifts in the scale of social organization - the rise of syntactical language, of agricultural society, and today's newly global social discourse - and links processes of social evolution to the dynamics of biological and cultural evolution. Throughout each of these shifts, migration and social diversity have been central, and social institutions have existed in a delicate balance, serving not just their own members but undergoing regulation from society. Integrating approaches from world history, environmental studies, biological and cultural evolution, social anthropology, sociology, and evolutionary linguistics, Patrick Manning offers an unprecedented account of the evolution of humans and our complex social system and explores the crises facing that human system today.

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    Price: $38.00
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  • How to Argue with a Racist: History, Science, Race & Reality
    How to Argue with a Racist: History, Science, Race & Reality
    ISBN: 9781474611251
    Title: How to Argue with a Racist: History, Science, Race & Reality
    Author: RUTHERFORD ADAM


    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
    AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK

    'The ultimate anti-racism guide' Caroline Criado Perez
    'Seriously important' Bill Bryson
    'A fascinating debunking of racial pseudoscience' Guardian

    Race is real because we perceive it. Racism is real because we enact it. But the appeal to science to strengthen racist ideologies is on the rise - and increasingly part of the public discourse on politics, migration, education, sport and intelligence. Stereotypes and myths about race are expressed not just by overt racists, but also by well-intentioned people whose experience and cultural baggage steer them towards views that are not supported by the modern study of human genetics. Even some scientists are uncomfortable expressing opinions deriving from their research where it relates to race. Yet, if understood correctly, science and history can be powerful allies against racism, granting the clearest view of how people actually are, rather than how we judge them to be. HOW TO ARGUE WITH A RACIST is a vital manifesto for a twenty-first century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify bigotry.



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  • Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
    Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
    ISBN: 9781474608350
    Title: Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
    Author: LENTS NATHAN

    We like to think of ourselves as highly evolved. But if we are evolution's greatest creation, why are we so badly designed? We have retinas that face backward, we must find vitamins and nutrients in our diets that other animals simply make for themselves and millions of us can't reproduce successfully without help from modern science. And that's just the beginning of the story. Biologist Nathan H. Lents takes us on an entertaining and illuminating tour of our four-billion-year-long evolutionary saga, and shows us how each of our flaws tells us a story about our species' history.

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  • Human Universe
    Human Universe
    ISBN: 9780008125080
    Title: Human Universe
    Author: COX BRIAN

    Human life is a staggeringly strange thing. On the surface of a ball of rock falling around a nuclear fireball in the blackness of a vacuum the laws of nature conspired to create a naked ape that can look up at the stars and wonder where it came from. What is a human being? Objectively, nothing of consequence. Particles of dust in an infinite arena, present for an instant in eternity. Clumps of atoms in a universe with more galaxies than people. And yet a human being is necessary for the question itself to exist, and the presence of a question in the universe - any question - is the most wonderful thing. Questions require minds, and minds bring meaning. What is meaning? I don't know, except that the universe and every pointless speck inside it means something to me. I am astonished by the existence of a single atom, and find my civilisation to be an outrageous imprint on reality. I don't understand it. Nobody does, but it makes me smile.This book asks questions about our origins, our destiny, and our place in the universe. We have no right to expect answers; we have no right to even ask. But ask and wonder we do. Human Universe is first and foremost a love letter to humanity; a celebration of our outrageous fortune in existing at all. I have chosen to write my letter in the language of science, because there is no better demonstration of our magnificent ascent from dust to paragon of animals than the exponentiation of knowledge generated by science. Two million years ago we were apemen. Now we are spacemen. That has happened, as far as we know, nowhere else. That is worth celebrating.

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  • I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within US & a Grander View of Life
    I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within US & a Grander View of Life
    ISBN: 9781784700171
    Title: I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within US & a Grander View of Life
    Author: YONG ED


    SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2017 AND THE ROYAL SOCIETY INSIGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE 2017



    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


    Your body is teeming with tens of trillions of microbes. It's an entire world, a colony full of life.


    In other words, you contain multitudes.


    They sculpt our organs, protect us from diseases, guide our behaviour, and bombard us with their genes. They also hold the key to understanding all life on earth.


    In I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong opens our eyes and invites us to marvel at ourselves and other animals in a new light, less as individuals and more as thriving ecosystems.


    You'll never think about your mind, body or preferences in the same way again.


    'Super-interesting... He just keeps imparting one surprising, fascinating insight after the next. I Contain Multitudes is science journalism at its best' Bill Gates



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  • Life on the Edge: the Coming of Age of Quantum Biology
    Life on the Edge: the Coming of Age of Quantum Biology
    ISBN: 9780552778077
    Title: Life on the Edge: the Coming of Age of Quantum Biology
    Author: AL-KHALILI JIM & MCFADDEN JOHNJOE


    Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? Even in this age of cloning and synthetic biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we missing a vital ingredient in its creation?


    Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, which provided a new perspective on evolution, Life on the Edge alters our understanding of life's dynamics as Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe Macfadden reveal the hitherto missing ingredient to be quantum mechanics. Drawing on recent ground-breaking experiments around the world, they show how photosynthesis relies on subatomic particles existing in many places at once, while inside enzymes, those workhorses of life that make every molecule within our cells, particles vanish from one point in space and instantly materialize in another.


    Each chapter in Life on the Edge opens with an engaging example that illustrates one of lifeâe(tm)s puzzles âe" How do migrating birds know where to go? How do we really smell the scent of a rose? How do our genes manage to copy themselves with such precision? âe" and then reveals how quantum mechanics delivers its answer. Guiding the reader through the maze of rapidly unfolding discovery, Al-Khalili and McFadden communicate vividly the excitement of this explosive new field of quantum biology, with its potentially revolutionary applications, and also offer insights into the biggest puzzle of all: what is life?



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  • Most Interesting Problem: What Darwin's Descent of Man Got Right & Wrong about Human Evolution
    Most Interesting Problem: What Darwin's Descent of Man Got Right & Wrong about Human Evolution
    ISBN: 9780691191140
    Title: Most Interesting Problem: What Darwin's Descent of Man Got Right & Wrong about Human Evolution
    Author: DESILVA JEREMY


    Leading scholars take stock of Darwin's ideas about human evolution in the light of modern science

    In 1871, Charles Darwin published The Descent of Man, a companion to Origin of Species in which he attempted to explain human evolution, a topic he called the highest and most interesting problem for the naturalist. A Most Interesting Problem brings together twelve world-class scholars and science communicators to investigate what Darwin got right--and what he got wrong--about the origin, history, and biological variation of humans.

    Edited by Jeremy DeSilva and with an introduction by acclaimed Darwin biographer Janet Browne, A Most Interesting Problem draws on the latest discoveries in fields such as genetics, paleontology, bioarchaeology, anthropology, and primatology. This compelling and accessible book tackles the very subjects Darwin explores in Descent, including the evidence for human evolution, our place in the family tree, the origins of civilization, human races, and sex differences.

    A Most Interesting Problem is a testament to how scientific ideas are tested and how evidence helps to structure our narratives about human origins, showing how some of Darwin's ideas have withstood more than a century of scrutiny while others have not.

    A Most Interesting Problem features contributions by Janet Browne, Jeremy DeSilva, Holly Dunsworth, Agust n Fuentes, Ann Gibbons, Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Brian Hare, John Hawks, Suzana Herculano-Houzel, Kristina Killgrove, Alice Roberts, and Michael J. Ryan.



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  • On the Origin of Species
    On the Origin of Species
    ISBN: 9781509827695
    Title: On the Origin of Species
    Author: DARWIN CHARLES


    The Origin of Species Darwin outlined his theory of evolution, which proposed that species had been evolving and differentiating over time under the influence of natural selection. On its publication it became hugely influential, bringing about a seismic shift in the scientific view of humanity's place in the world that is still controversial today. It is both a brilliant work of science and also a clear, vivid and at times even moving, piece of writing that reflects both Darwin's genius and his boundless enthusiasm for the natural world.


    With an Afterword by Oliver Francis


    Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautifully bound gift editions of much loved classic titles. Bound in real cloth, printed on high quality paper, and featuring ribbon markers and gilt edges, Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.



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  • On the Origin of Species: The Science Classic
    On the Origin of Species: The Science Classic
    ISBN: 9780857088475
    Title: On the Origin of Species: The Science Classic
    Author: DARWIN CHARLES


    A new, deluxe hardcover edition of one of the most important scientific works ever written


    In December 1831, Charles Darwin boarded the HMS Beagle, accompanying her crew on a five-year journey that crossed the Atlantic Ocean to survey the coasts of South America. As the expedition's geologist and naturalist, Darwin collected evidence from the Galapagos Islands and other locations which prompted him to speculate that species evolve over generations through a process of natural selection. In 1859, Darwin published On the Origin of Species, a work of scientific literature considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. His revolutionary work presented evidence from the Beagle expedition as well as from years of subsequent research and experimentation.


    Written for non-specialists, Darwin's book gained widespread interest from the scientific community, religious leaders, politicians and the general public. The theory Darwin presented in his book quickly became the subject of heated debate and discussion. Now accepted by the scientific community, Darwin's concepts of evolutionary adaptation via natural selection are central to modern evolutionary theory and form the foundation of modern life sciences. Perhaps the most transformative scientific volume ever published, this volume of the first edition of On the Origin of Species

    • Outlines Darwin's ideas, scientific influences and the core of his theory
    • Details natural selection and address possible objections to the theory
    • Examines the fossil record and biogeography to support evolutionary adaptation
    • Features a "Recapitulation and Conclusion" which reviews key concepts and considers the future relevance of Darwin's theory

    On the Origin of Species: The Science Classic is an important addition to the bestselling Capstone Classics series edited by Tom Butler-Bowdon. It includes an insightful Introduction from leading Darwin scholar Dr John van Wyhe of the University of Singapore, which presents new research and an offers an original perspective on Darwin and his famous work.


    This high-quality, hardcover volume is a must-have for readers interested in science and scientific literature, particularly evolutionary theory and life sciences.



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  • Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are
    Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are
    ISBN: 9781594481963
    Title: Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are
    Author: DE WAAL FRANS

    We have long attributed man's violent, aggressive, competitive nature to his animal ancestry. But what if we are just as given to cooperation, empathy, and morality by virtue of our genes? What if our behavior actually makes us apes? What kind of apes are we? From a scientist and writer E. O. Wilson has called "the world authority on primate social behavior" comes a fascinating look at the most provocative aspects of human nature-power, sex, violence, kindness, and morality-through our two closest cousins in the ape family. For nearly twenty years, Frans de Waal has worked with both the famously aggressive chimpanzee and the lesser-known egalitarian, erotic, matriarchal bonobo, two species whose DNA is nearly identical to that of humans. De Waal shows the range of human behavior through his study of chimpanzees and bonobos, drawing from their personalities, relationships, power struggles, and high jinks important insights about our human behavior. The result is an engrossing and surprising narrative that reveals what their behavior can teach us about our own nature."An informative and engaging work." -Library Journal"De Waal offers vivid, often delightful stories of politics, sex, violence and kindness in the ape communities he has studied to illustrate such questions as why we are irreverent toward the powerful and whether men or women are better at conflict resolution."-Publishers Weekly"Never has he [de Waal] written better on his great theme than in this absorbing overview of power, sex, violence, and kindness among apes-and humans."-Booklist"Sklar adds just a touch of a smile to his sonorous voice, conveying friendliness, warmth, and humor."-AudioFile Magazine

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  • Remarkable Life of the Skin: An Intimate Journey Across Our Surface
    Remarkable Life of the Skin: An Intimate Journey Across Our Surface
    ISBN: 9781784163525
    Title: Remarkable Life of the Skin: An Intimate Journey Across Our Surface
    Author: LYMAN MONTY

    - Shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2019
    - A Sunday Times 'MUST READ'
    - 'An exciting introduction to a little-known microscopic universe.' Sunday Times
    - 'A seriously entertaining book.' Melanie Reid, The Times
    - As read on RADIO 4's BOOK OF THE WEEK
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    How does our diet affect our skin? What makes the skin age? And why can't we tickle ourselves?


    Providing a cover for our delicate and intricate bodies, the skin is our largest, fastest growing and yet least understood organ. We see it, touch it and live in it every day. It's a habitat for a mesmerizingly complex world of micro-organisms and physical functions that are vital to our health and our survival. It's also one of the first things people see about us and is crucial to our sense of identity. Our skin plays a central role in our lives. And yet how much do we really know about it?


    Through the lenses of science, sociology and history, Dr Monty Lyman leads us on a journey across our most underrated and unexplored organ. Examining our microbiome, our love of tattoos and whether or not beauty products really work, he reveals how the skin is far stranger and more complex than you've ever imagined.



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  • Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume & the Science of Smell
    Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume & the Science of Smell
    ISBN: 9780061133848
    Title: Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume & the Science of Smell
    Author: TURIN LUCA

    One man's passion for perfume leads him to explore one of the most intriguing scientific mysteries: What makes one molecule smell of garlic while another smells of rose?

    In this witty, engrossing, and wildly original volume, author Luca Turin explores the two competing theories of smell. Is scent determined by molecular shape or molecular vibrations? Turin describes in fascinating detail the science, the evidence, and the often contentious debate—from the beginnings of organic chemistry to the present day—and pays homage to the scientists who went before. With its uniquely accessible and captivating approach to science via art, The Secret of Scent will appeal to anyone who has ever wondered about the most mysterious of the five senses.

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    Price: $35.00
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  • Sex at Dawn How We Mate, Why We Stray, & What It Means for Modern Sexuality
    Sex at Dawn How We Mate, Why We Stray, & What It Means for Modern Sexuality
    ISBN: 9781922310316
    Title: Sex at Dawn How We Mate, Why We Stray, & What It Means for Modern Sexuality
    Author: RYAN CHRISTOPHER & JETHA CACILDA

    The 10th-anniversary edition of the book that radical re-evaluated the origins and nature of human sexuality.

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity.

    In this groundbreaking book, however, Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha argue that human beings evolved in egalitarian groups that shared food, child care, and, often, sexual partners. Weaving together evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality, the authors show how far from human nature monogamy really is.

    With intelligence and humour, Ryan and Jetha explain how our promiscuous past haunts our contemporary struggles. They explore why many people find long-term fidelity so difficult; why sexual passion tends to fade even as love deepens; why homosexuality persists in the face of standard evolutionary logic; and what the human body reveals about the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality.

    Shocking, enlightening, and ultimately inspiring, Sex at Dawn offers a revolutionary understanding of why we live and love as we do.



    'Controversial and fascinating.'
    -Vogue Australia

    'Sex At Dawn is the single most important book about human sexuality since Alfred Kinsey unleashed Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male on the American public in 1948.'
    -Dan Savage, author of the internationally syndicated sex-advice column 'Savage Love' and The Commitment- Love, sex, marriage, and my family

    'Sex At Dawn has helped me understand myself and the world so much more clearly.'
    -Ilana Glazer, co-creator of Broad City

    Format: Trade paperback
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  • Social Instinct: How Cooperation Shaped the World
    Social Instinct: How Cooperation Shaped the World
    ISBN: 9781787332058
    Title: Social Instinct: How Cooperation Shaped the World
    Author: RAIHANI NICHOLA


    In the tradition of Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene, Nichola Raihani's The Social Instinct is a profound and engaging look at the hidden relationships underpinning human evolution, and why cooperation is key to our future survival.

    Cooperation is the means by which life arose in the first place. It's how we progressed through scale and complexity, from free-floating strands of genetic material, to nation states. But given what we know about the mechanisms of evolution, cooperation is also something of a puzzle. How does cooperation begin, when on a Darwinian level, all that the genes in your body care about is being passed on to the next generation? Why do meerkat colonies care for one another's children? Why do babbler birds in the Kalahari form colonies in which only a single pair breeds? And how come some coral wrasse fish actually punish each other for harming fish from another species?

    A biologist by training, Raihani looks at where and how collaborative behavior emerges throughout the animal kingdom, and what problems it solves. She reveals that the species that exhibit cooperative behavior-teaching, helping, grooming, and self-sacrifice-most similar to our own tend not to be other apes; they are birds, insects, and fish, occupying far more distant branches of the evolutionary tree. By understanding the problems they face, and how they cooperate to solve them, we can glimpse how human cooperation first evolved. And we can also understand what it is about the way we cooperate that has made humans so distinctive-and so successful.



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  • Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, & the Making of Cultures
    Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, & the Making of Cultures
    ISBN: 9780345807144
    Title: Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, & the Making of Cultures
    Author: DAMASIO ANTONIO

    The Strange Order of Things is a pathbreaking investigation into homeostasis, the condition of that regulates human physiology within the range that makes possible not only the survival but also the flourishing of life. Antonio Damasio makes clear that we descend biologically, psychologically, and even socially from a long lineage that begins with single living cells; that our minds and cultures are linked by an invisible thread to the ways and means of ancient unicellular life and other primitive life-forms; and that inherent in our very chemistry is a powerful force, a striving toward life maintenance that governs life in all its guises, including the development of genes that help regulate and transmit life. In The Strange Order of Things, Damasio gives us a new way of comprehending the world and our place in it. www.antoniodamasio.com

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  • Superior: The Return of Race Science
    Superior: The Return of Race Science
    ISBN: 9780008293864
    Title: Superior: The Return of Race Science
    Author: SAINI ANGELA

    Financial Times& Book of the Year

    Telegraph& Top 50 Books of the Year

    Guardian& Book of the Year

    New Statesman& Book of the Year


    'Roundly debunks racism's core lie - that inequality is to do with genetics, rather than political power' Reni Eddo-Lodge


    Where did the idea of race come from, and what does it mean? In an age of identity politics, DNA ancestry testing and the rise of the far-right, a belief in biological differences between populations is experiencing a resurgence. The truth is: race is a social construct. Our problem is we find this hard to believe.


    In Superior, award-winning author Angela Saini investigates the concept of race, from its origins to the present day. Engaging with geneticists, anthropologists, historians and social scientists from across the globe, Superior is a rigorous, much needed examination of the insidious and destructive nature of the belief that race is real, and that some groups of people are superior to others.



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  • Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
    Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
    ISBN: 9780008310714
    Title: Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
    Author: QUAMMEN DAVID

    Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction and A New York Times Notable Book of 2018. Our understanding of the 'tree of life', with powerful implications for human genetics, human health and our own human nature, has recently completely changed. This book is about a new method of telling the story of life on earth - through molecular phylogenetics. It involves a fairly simple method - the reading of the deep history of life by looking at the variation in protein molecules found in living organisms. For instance, we now know that roughly eight per cent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection. In The Tangled Tree, acclaimed science writer David Quammen chronicles these discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them - such as Carl Woese, the most important little-known biologist of the twentieth century; Lynn Margulis, the notorious maverick whose wild ideas about 'mosaic' creatures proved to be true; and Tsutomu Wantanabe, who discovered that the scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a direct result of horizontal gene transfer, bringing the deep study of genome histories to bear on a global crisis in public health. Quammen explains how molecular studies of evolution have brought startling recognitions about the tangled tree of life - including where we humans fit into it. Thanks to new technologies, we now have the ability to alter even our genetic composition - through sideways insertions, as nature has long been doing. The Tangled Tree is a brilliant exploration of our transformed understanding of evolution and of life's history itself.

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  • Testosterone: The Story of the Hormone That Dominates & Divides Us
    Testosterone: The Story of the Hormone That Dominates & Divides Us
    ISBN: 9781788402941
    Title: Testosterone: The Story of the Hormone That Dominates & Divides Us
    Author: HOOVEN CAROLE


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  • Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, & Time
    Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, & Time
    ISBN: 9780141984209
    Title: Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, & Time
    Author: VINCE GAIA


    * A TIMES BEST SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR *

    From the prize-winning author of Adventures in the Anthropocene, the astonishing story of how culture enabled us to become the most successful species on Earth


    'A wondrous, visionary work' Tim Flannery, author of The Weather Makers


    Humans are a planet-altering force. Gaia Vince argues that our unique ability - compared with other species - to determine the course of our own destiny rests on a special relationship between our genes, environment and culture going back into deep time. It is our collective culture, rather than our individual intelligence, that makes humans unique. Vince shows how four evolutionary drivers - Fire, Language, Beauty and Time - are further transforming our species into a transcendent superorganism: a hyper-cooperative mass of humanity that she calls Homo omnis. Drawing on leading-edge advances in population genetics, archaeology, palaeontology and neuroscience, Transcendence compels us to reimagine ourselves, showing us to be on the brink of something grander - and potentially more destructive.


    'Richly informed by the latest research, Gaia Vince's colourful survey fizzes like a zip-wire as it tours our species' story from the Big Bang to the coming age of hypercooperation' Richard Wrangham, author of The Goodness Paradox


    'Wonderful ... enlightening' Robin Ince, The Infinite Monkey Cage



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  • Unfit for Purpose
    Unfit for Purpose
    ISBN: 9781472971036
    Title: Unfit for Purpose
    Author: HART ADAM

    Stress, obesity, poor mental health, drug addiction, bowel diseases, violence and fake news; a stark checklist of modern world problems and every one of them is an echo of our evolutionary past.
    In Unfit for Purpose, biologist and broadcaster Adam Hart explores the mismatch between our fundamental biology and the modern world we have created. In each chapter Adam reveals the many ways in which biological adaptations that evolved to help us survive and thrive now work against us. For example, in the modern world stress is a killer but how did 'fight or flight' instincts turn from life-savers to life-takers? Obesity might be a disease now but is it really just a troublesome side-effect of our complex evolutionary past? Whether it's the derailing of microbes in our gut, the rise of gluten and lactose intolerance, the problems of social media or the horrors of drug addiction we always seem to have one foot in the modern world and the other firmly in our evolutionary past.
    By probing deep into our evolutionary legacy, exploring the science, archaeology, medicine, genetics, sociology and more, to show how, in a modern world of our own making, we find ourselves 'unfit for purpose'. But all is not lost! By unpicking the evolutionary causes of many of our current woes, it reveals some secrets of evolutionarily-informed treatments that will change the way we think about ourselves and our future.

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  • What Do You Think You Are? The Science of What Makes You You
    What Do You Think You Are? The Science of What Makes You You
    ISBN: 9781785786235
    Title: What Do You Think You Are? The Science of What Makes You You
    Author: CLEGG BRIAN

    The popular science equivalent of the TV show Who Do You Think You Are?

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  • What Do You Think You Are? The Science of What Makes You You
    What Do You Think You Are? The Science of What Makes You You
    ISBN: 9781785786600
    Title: What Do You Think You Are? The Science of What Makes You You
    Author: CLEGG BRIAN


    'Gets right to the heart of what makes us what we are. Read it ' Angela Saini, author of Inferior and Superior: The Return of Race Science

    The popular science equivalent of Who Do You Think You Are?

    Popular science master Brian Clegg's new book is an entertaining tour through the science of what makes you you. From the atomic level, through life and energy to genetics and personality, it explores how the billions of particles which make up you - your DNA, your skin, your memories - have come to be.

    It starts with the present-day reader and follows a number of trails to discover their origins: how the atoms in your body were created and how they got to you in space and time, the sources of things you consume, how the living cells of your body developed, where your massive brain and consciousness originated, how human beings evolved and, ultimately, what your personal genetic history reveals.


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  • What Is Life? Understand Biology in Five Steps
    What Is Life? Understand Biology in Five Steps
    ISBN: 9781922310262
    Title: What Is Life? Understand Biology in Five Steps
    Author: NURSE SIR PAUL

    Life is all around us, abundant and diverse. It is truly a marvel. But what does it actually mean to be alive, and how do we decide what is living and what is not?

    After a lifetime of studying life, Nobel Prize-winner Sir Paul Nurse, one of the world's leading scientists, has taken on the challenge of defining it. Written with great personality and charm, his accessible guide takes readers on a journey to discover biology's five great building blocks, demonstrates how biology has changed and is changing the world, and reveals where research is headed next.

    To survive all the challenges that face the human race today - population growth, pandemics, food shortages, climate change - it is vital that we first understand what life is. Never before has the question 'What is life?' been answered with such insight, clarity, and humanity, and never at a time more urgent than now.



    'Paul Nurse is about as distinguished a scientist as there could be. He is also a great communicator. This book explains, in a way that is both clear and elegant, how the processes of life unfold, and does as much as science can to answer the question posed by the title. It's also profoundly important, at a time when the world is connected so closely that any new illness can sweep from nation to nation with immense speed, that all of us - including politicians - should be as well-informed as possible. This book provides the sort of clarity and understanding that could save many thousands of lives. I learned a great deal, and I enjoyed the process enormously.'
    -Sir Philip Pullman

    'A nearly perfect guide to the wonder and complexity of existence.'
    -Bill Bryson

    'Nurse provides a concise, lucid response to an age-old question. His writing is not just informed by long experience, but also wise, visionary, and personal. I read the book in one sitting, and felt exhilarated by the end, as though I'd run for miles - from the author's own garden into the interior of the cell, back in time to humankind's most distant ancestors, and through the laboratory of a dedicated scientist at work on what he most loves to do.'
    -Dava Sobel

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  • Who We Are & How We Got Here: Ancient DNA & the New Science of the Human Past
    Who We Are & How We Got Here: Ancient DNA & the New Science of the Human Past
    ISBN: 9780198821267
    Title: Who We Are & How We Got Here: Ancient DNA & the New Science of the Human Past
    Author: REICH DAVID

    The past few years have seen a revolution in our ability to map whole genome DNA from ancient humans. With the ancient DNA revolution, combined with rapid genome mapping of present human populations, has come remarkable insights into our past. This important new data has clarified and added to our knowledge from archaeology and anthropology, helped resolve long-existing controversies, challenged long-held views, and thrown up some remarkable surprises.The emerging picture is one of many waves of ancient human migrations, so that all populations existing today are mixes of ancient ones, as well as in many cases carrying a genetic component from Neanderthals, and, in some populations, Denisovans. David Reich, whose team has been at the forefront of these discoveries, explains what the genetics is telling us about ourselves and our complex and often surprising ancestry. Gone are old ideas of any kind of racial 'purity', or even deep and ancient divides between peoples. Instead, we are finding a rich variety of mixtures. Reich describes the cutting-edge findings from the past few years, and also considers the sensitivities involved in tracing ancestry, with science sometimes jostling with politics and tradition. He brings an important wider message: that we should celebrate our rich diversity, and recognize that every one of us is the result of a long history of migration and intermixing of ancient peoples, which we carry as ghosts in our DNA.What will we discover next?

    Format: Paperback
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