• 30 Second Biology: 50 Most Thought-Provoking Theories of Life
    30 Second Biology: 50 Most Thought-Provoking Theories of Life
    ISBN: 9781782406396
    Title: 30 Second Biology: 50 Most Thought-Provoking Theories of Life
    Author: BATTEY NICK & FELLOWES MARK


    The 50 most thought-provoking theories of life, each explained in half
    a minute.


    30-Second Biology tackles the vital science of life, dissecting the 50 most& thought-provoking theories of our ecosystem and ourselves. At a time& when discoveries in DNA allow us to feel more connected than ever to the& natural world, this is the fastest route to an understanding of the tree of& life. Whether you're dipping into the gene pool, unlocking cells, or& conversing on biodiversity, this is all the knowledge you need to bring life& to the dinner-party debate.


    &

    • An internationally bestselling series presents essential concepts in a mere 30 seconds, 300 words, and one image;
    • The 50 most important ideas and innovations in biology dissected and explained clearly without the clutter;
    • The fastest way to learn about cells, reproduction, animals, plants, evolution and ecosystems.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • 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.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Ape That Understood the Universe: How the Mind & Culture Evolve
    Ape That Understood the Universe: How the Mind & Culture Evolve
    ISBN: 9781108732758
    Title: Ape That Understood the Universe: How the Mind & Culture Evolve
    Author: STEWART-WILLIAMS STEVE

    The Ape that Understood the Universe is the story of the strangest animal in the world: the human animal. It opens with a question: How would an alien scientist view our species? What would it make of our sex differences, our sexual behavior, our altruistic tendencies, and our culture? The book tackles these issues by drawing on two major schools of thought: evolutionary psychology and cultural evolutionary theory. The guiding assumption is that humans are animals, and that like all animals, we evolved to pass on our genes. At some point, however, we also evolved the capacity for culture - and from that moment, culture began evolving in its own right. This transformed us from a mere ape into an ape capable of reshaping the planet, travelling to other worlds, and understanding the vast universe of which we're but a tiny, fleeting fragment. Featuring a new foreword by Michael Shermer.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Autistic Brain
    Autistic Brain
    ISBN: 9781846044496
    Title: Autistic Brain
    Author: GRANDIN TEMPLE & PANEK RICHARD

    WINNER OF 'BEST NON FICTION' IN THE GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS 2013 It's estimated that one in almost a hundred people are diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum but there is far more hope for them today than ever before thanks to groundbreaking new research. In this fascinating and highly readable book, Temple Grandin offers her own experience as an autistic person alongside remarkable new discoveries about the autistic brain, as well as genetic research. She also highlights long-ignored sensory problems as well as the need to treat autism symptom by symptom, rather than with an umbrella diagnosis. Most exciting of all, she argues that raising and educating children on the autistic spectrum needs to be less about focusing on their weaknesses, and more about fostering their unique contributions.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 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?



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women
    Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women
    ISBN: 9780241434840
    Title: Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women
    Author: MOALEM SHARON

    Here are some facts- Women live longer than men. Women have stronger immune systems. They are less likely to suffer from learning and developmental disabilities, and are better at fighting cancer and surviving famine. Women are simply stronger than men at every stage of life, though we are taught the opposite. But why?

    This question haunted Dr. Sharon Moalem throughout his career - when he was treating premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit; when he was recruiting the elderly for neurogenetic studies; when he was tending to HIV-positive orphans in Thailand. He couldn't understand why men were consistently less likely to thrive. And then it all clicked into place- two X chromosomes offer a survival advantage.

    With clear, captivating prose that weaves together eye-opening research, case studies, and diverse examples -- from the behaviour of honeybees to the fate of the Donner party -- and experiences from his personal life and his own patients, The Better Half explains why genetic females triumph over males when it comes to resiliency, intellect, stamina, immunity and much more. It also calls for a reconsideration of our male-centric, one-size-fits-all view of medical studies and even how we prescribe medications - a view that still sees women through the lens of men.

    Revolutionary and utterly convincing, The Better Half will make you see humanity and the survival of our species anew.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • 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.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Body: A Guide for Occupants
    Body: A Guide for Occupants
    ISBN: 9780857522405
    Title: Body: A Guide for Occupants
    Author: BRYSON BILL


    'We spend our whole lives in one body and yet most of us have practically no idea how it works and what goes on inside it. The idea of the book is simply to try to understand the extraordinary contraption that is us.'


    Bill Bryson turns his attention inwards to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories The Body: A Guide for Occupants is a brilliant, often very funny attempt to understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up.


    A wonderful successor to A Short History of Nearly Everything, this book will have you marvelling at the form you occupy, and celebrating the genius of your existence, time and time again.


    'What I learned is that we are infinitely more complex and wondrous, and often more mysterious, than I had ever suspected. There really is no story more amazing than the story of us.' Bill Bryson



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Book of Humans: A Brief History of Culture, Sex, War & the Evolution of Us
    Book of Humans: A Brief History of Culture, Sex, War & the Evolution of Us
    ISBN: 9781780229089
    Title: Book of Humans: A Brief History of Culture, Sex, War & the Evolution of Us
    Author: RUTHERFORD ADAM


    WHAT MAKES US HUMAN?


    Waging war?
    Sex for pleasure?
    Creating art?
    Mastery of fire?


    In this thrilling tour of the animal kingdom, Adam Rutherford tells the story of how we became the unique creatures we are today. Illuminated by the latest scientific discoveries, THE BOOK OF HUMANS is a dazzling compendium of what unequivocally fixes us as animals, and reveals how we are extraordinary among them.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Case Against Reality: How Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes
    Case Against Reality: How Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes
    ISBN: 9780241262627
    Title: Case Against Reality: How Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes
    Author: HOFFMAN DONALD D

    Do we see the world as it truly is? In The Case Against Reality,cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman says no-our visual perceptions are not a window on reality, but are interfaces constructed by natural selection. Think about it- though the file icon we see on our desktops is shaped like a small page on our screens, the file itself is made of a series of numbers, of ones and zeros stored in an intangible way. Using thirty years of his own research, as well as others' work in evolutionary biology, game theory, neuroscience, computer science, information theory, and philosophy, Hoffman proves that evolution has shaped our perceptions into illusions. The sensory simplifications that once maximized our performance and reproductive fitness are now impressions that can be manipulated by marketing and design. The world is nothing like what we see through our eyes, and The Case Against Reality explains why.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • 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.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Genesis: On the Deep Origin of Societies
    Genesis: On the Deep Origin of Societies
    ISBN: 9780141990231
    Title: Genesis: On the Deep Origin of Societies
    Author: WILSON EDWARD O

    Of all species that have ever existed on earth, only one has reached human levels of intelligence and social organisation- us. Why? In Genesis, celebrated biologist Edward O. Wilson traces the great transitions of evolution, from the origin of life to the invention of sexual reproduction to the development of language itself.

    The only way for us to fully understand human behaviour, Wilson argues, is to study the evolutionary histories of nonhuman species. Of these, he demonstrates that at least seventeen - from the African naked mole rat and the sponge-dwelling shrimp to one of the oldest species on earth, the termite - have been found to have advanced societies based on altruism, cooperation and the division of labour. These rare eusocial species form the prehistory to our human social patterns, even, according to Wilson, suggesting the possible biological benefits of homosexuality and elderly grandmothers.

    Whether writing about midges who dance about like acrobats, schools of anchovies who protectively huddle to appear like a gigantic fish or well-organised flocks becoming potentially immortal, Genesis is a pathbreaking work of evolutionary theory filled with lyrical observations. It will make us rethink how we became who we are.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Under-Rated Organ
    Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Under-Rated Organ
    ISBN: 9781925106671
    Title: Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Under-Rated Organ
    Author: ENDERS GIULIA

    The key to living a happier, healthier life is inside us. Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works. In Gut, Giulia Enders shows that rather than the utilitarian and - let's be honest - somewhat embarrassing body part we imagine it to be, it is one of the most complex, important, and even miraculous parts of our anatomy. And scientists are only just discovering quite how much it has to offer; new research shows that gut bacteria can play a role in everything from obesity and allergies to Alzheimer's. Beginning with the personal experience of illness that inspired her research, and going on to explain everything from the basics of nutrient absorption to the latest science linking bowel bacteria with depression, Enders has written an entertaining, informative health handbook. Gut definitely shows that we can all benefit from getting to know the wondrous world of our inner workings. In this charming book, young scientist Giulia Enders takes us on a fascinating tour of our insides. Her message is simple - if we treat our gut well, it will treat us well in return. But how do we do that? And why do we need to? Find out in this surprising, and surprisingly funny, exploration of the least understood of our organs.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering & the Future of Humanity
    Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering & the Future of Humanity
    ISBN: 9781728214139
    Title: Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering & the Future of Humanity
    Author: METZL JAMIE


    "A gifted and thoughtful writer, Metzl brings us to the frontiers of biology and technology, and reveals a world full of promise and peril." --Siddhartha Mukherjee MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Gene


    Passionate, provocative, and highly illuminating, Hacking Darwin is the must read book about the future of our species for fans of Homo Deus and The Gene.


    After 3.8 billion years humankind is about to start evolving by new rules...


    From leading geopolitical expert and technology futurist Jamie Metzl comes a groundbreaking exploration of the many ways genetic-engineering is shaking the core foundations of our lives--sex, war, love, and death.


    At the dawn of the genetics revolution, our DNA is becoming as readable, writable, and hackable as our information technology. But as humanity starts retooling our own genetic code, the choices we make today will be the difference between realizing breathtaking advances in human well-being and descending into a dangerous and potentially deadly genetic arms race.


    Enter the laboratories where scientists are turning science fiction into reality. Look towards a future where our deepest beliefs, morals, religions, and politics are challenged like never before and the very essence of what it means to be human is at play. When we can engineer our future children, massively extend our lifespans, build life from scratch, and recreate the plant and animal world, should we?



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Hacking the Code of Life: How Gene Editing Will Rewrite Our Futures
    Hacking the Code of Life: How Gene Editing Will Rewrite Our Futures
    ISBN: 9781785784972
    Title: Hacking the Code of Life: How Gene Editing Will Rewrite Our Futures
    Author: CAREY NESSA

    In 2018 the world woke up to gene editing with a storm of controversy over twin girls born in China with genetic changes deliberately introduced by scientists - changes they will pass on to their own offspring.&

    Genetic modification (GM) has been with us for 45 years now, but the new system known as CRISPR or gene editing can manipulate the genes of almost any organism with a degree of precision, ease and speed that we could only dream of ten years ago.&

    But is it ethical to change the genetic material of organisms in a way that might be passed on to future generations? If a person is suffering from a lethal genetic disease, is it unethical to deny them this option? Who controls the application of this technology, when it makes 'biohacking' - perhaps of one's own genome - a real possibility?Nessa Carey's book is a thrilling and timely snapshot of a cutting-edge technology that will radically alter our futures and the way we prevent disease.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • 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.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Human Origins: 7 Million Years & Counting
    Human Origins: 7 Million Years & Counting
    ISBN: 9781473629806
    Title: Human Origins: 7 Million Years & Counting
    Author: NEW SCIENTIST STAFF


    Where did we come from? Where are we going?
    Homo sapiens is the most successful, the most widespread and the most influential species ever to walk the Earth. In the blink of an evolutionary eye we have spread around the globe, taken control of Earth's biological and mineral resources, transformed the environment, discovered the secrets of the universe and travelled into space.


    Yet just 7 million years ago, we were just another species of great ape making a quiet living in the forests of East Africa. We do not know exactly what this ancestor was like, but it was no more likely than a chimpanzee or gorilla to sail across the ocean, write a symphony, invent a steam engine or ponder the meaning of existence. How did we get from there to here?


    Human Origins recounts the most astonishing evolutionary tale ever told. Discover how our ancestors made the first tentative steps towards becoming human, how we lost our fur but gained language, fire and tools, how we strode out of Africa, invented farming and cities and ultimately created modern civilisation - perhaps the only one of its kind in the universe. Meet your long-lost ancestors, the other humans who once shared the planet with us, and learn where the story might end.


    ABOUT THE SERIES
    New Scientist Instant Expert books are definitive and accessible entry points to the most important subjects in science; subjects that challenge, attract debate, invite controversy and engage the most enquiring minds. Designed for curious readers who want to know how things work and why, the Instant Expert series explores the topics that really matter and their impact on individuals, society, and the planet, translating the scientific complexities around us into language that's open to everyone, and putting new ideas and discoveries into perspective and context.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Introducing Epigenetics: A Graphic Guide
    Introducing Epigenetics: A Graphic Guide
    ISBN: 9781848318625
    Title: Introducing Epigenetics: A Graphic Guide
    Author: ENNIS CATH & PUGH OLIVER


    Epigenetics is the most exciting field in biology today, developing our understanding of disease, hereditary traits, and evolution.


    In a striking comic-book style, Introducing Epigenetics pulls apart the double helix, illustrating the key concepts in cell biology and exploring the route from Pythagoras's theory of "spermism" through the Human Genome Project to the present day.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $15.00
    $15.00
  • Junk DNA: a Journey Through the Dark Matter of the Genome
    Junk DNA: a Journey Through the Dark Matter of the Genome
    ISBN: 9781848319158
    Title: Junk DNA: a Journey Through the Dark Matter of the Genome
    Author: CAREY NESSA

    For decades, 98 per cent of our DNA was written off as 'junk' on the grounds that it did not code for proteins.From rare genetic diseases to Down's Syndrome, from viral infections to the ageing process, only now are the effects and the vital functions of these junk regions beginning to emerge. Scientists' rapidly growing knowledge of this often controversial field has already provided a successful cure for blindness and saved innocent people from death row via DNA fingerprinting, and looks set to revolutionise treatment for many medical conditions including obesity.From Nessa Carey, author of the acclaimed The Epigenetics Revolution, this is the first book for a general readership on a subject that may underpin the secrets of human complexity - even the very origins of life on earth.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Neanderthals Rediscovered: How Modern Science Is Rewriting Their Story
    Neanderthals Rediscovered: How Modern Science Is Rewriting Their Story
    ISBN: 9780500292044
    Title: Neanderthals Rediscovered: How Modern Science Is Rewriting Their Story
    Author: PAPAGIANNI DIMITRA & MORSE MICHAEL A

    In recent years, the common perception of the Neanderthals has been transformed, thanks to new discoveries and paradigm-shattering scientific innovations. It turns out that the Neanderthals' behavior was surprisingly modern: they buried the dead, cared for the sick, hunted large animals in their prime, harvested seafood, and communicated with spoken language. Meanwhile, advances in DNA technologies are compelling us to reassess the Neanderthals' place in our own past.For hundreds of thousands of years, Neanderthals evolved in Europe parallel to Homo sapiens evolving in Africa, and, when both species made their first forays into Asia, the Neanderthals may even have had the upper hand. In this important volume, Dimitra Papagianni and Michael A. Morse compile the first full chronological narrative of the Neanderthals' dramatic existence--from their evolution in Europe to their expansion to Siberia, their subsequent extinction, and ultimately their revival in popular novels, cartoons, cult movies, and television commercials.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • 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.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • Period
    Period
    ISBN: 9780008308087
    Title: Period
    Author: BARNETT EMMA

    The fierce and funny manifesto from broadcaster Emma Barnett. Myth-debunking and taboo-busting, this is going to be the book that everyone is talking about. Period. At a time when women around the world are raising their voices in the fight for equality, there is still one taboo where there remains a deafening silence: periods.Period. will be an agenda-setting manifesto to remove the stigma and myths continuing to surround the female body. Bold, unapologetic and a crusade to ignite conversation, this is a book for every woman - and man - everywhere.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Primate Change: How the World We Made Is Remaking Us
    Primate Change: How the World We Made Is Remaking Us
    ISBN: 9781788400787
    Title: Primate Change: How the World We Made Is Remaking Us
    Author: CREGAN-REID VYBARR

    PRIMATE CHANGE is a wide-ranging, polemical look at how and why the human body has changed since humankind first got up on two feet. Spanning the entirety of human history - from primate to transhuman - Vybarr Cregan-Reid's book investigates where we came from, who we are today and how modern technology will change us beyond recognition.

    In the last two hundred years, humans have made such a tremendous impact on the world that our geological epoch is about to be declared the 'Anthropocene', or the Age of Man. But while we have been busy changing the shape of the world we inhabit, the ways of living that we have been building have, as if under the cover of darkness, been transforming our bodies and altering the expression of our DNA, too.

    PRIMATE CHANGE beautifully unscrambles the complex architecture of our modern human bodies, built over millions of years and only starting to give up on us now.

    'Our bodies are in a shock. Modern living is as bracing to the human body as jumping through a hole in the ice. Our bodies do not know what century they were born into and they are defending and deforming themselves in response'

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
    ISBN: 9780099590088
    Title: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
    Author: HARARI YUVAL NOAH

    One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?

    In Sapiens, Professor Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical--and sometimes devastating--breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, and incorporating full-color illustrations throughout the text, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behavior from the legacy of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?

    Bold, wide-ranging, and provocative, Sapiens integrates history and science to challenge everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our heritage...and our future.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00

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  • Science of Fate: Why Your Future Is More Predictable Than You Think
    Science of Fate: Why Your Future Is More Predictable Than You Think
    ISBN: 9781473659292
    Title: Science of Fate: Why Your Future Is More Predictable Than You Think
    Author: CRITCHLOW HANNAH

    'Acute, mind-opening, highly accessible - this book doesn't just explain how our lives might pan out, it helps us live better.'
    Bettany Hughes


    So many of us believe that we are free to shape our own destiny. But what if free will doesn't exist? What if our lives are largely predetermined, hardwired in our brains - and our choices over what we eat, who we fall in love with, even what we believe are not real choices at all?


    Neuroscience is challenging everything we think we know about ourselves, revealing how we make decisions and form our own reality, unaware of the role of our unconscious minds. Did you know, for example, that:


    * You can carry anxieties and phobias across generations of your family?
    * Your genes and pleasure and reward receptors in your brain will determine how much you eat?
    * We can sniff out ideal partners with genes that give our offspring the best chance of survival?


    Leading neuroscientist Hannah Critchlow draws vividly from everyday life and other experts in their field to show the extraordinary potential, as well as dangers, which come with being able to predict our likely futures - and looking at how we can alter what's in store for us.


    Lucid, illuminating, awe-inspiring The Science of Fate revolutionises our understanding of who we are - and empowers us to help shape a better future for ourselves and the wider world.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Secret Life of Genes
    Secret Life of Genes
    ISBN: 9781788400251
    Title: Secret Life of Genes
    Author: HARVEY DEREK


    Genes have a huge impact on who we are, from defining us as humans, to governing how we behave. Whether controlling our cells or creating new forms of life, discover how DNA makes each of us unique.


    In The Secret Life of Genes, you'll learn all about the past, present and future of the human genome. Filled with colourful, graphic illustrations to help you to understand the world of genetics, from the basics to the most complex theories, this book brings the inner workings of the human body to life.


    Derek Harvey answers the biggest questions, from the nature of inheritance, evolution and reproduction, to how genes are arranged and how DNA is read.


    Take a trip through the history of the world's DNA and unlock the future of the field.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science that Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry
    Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science that Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry
    ISBN: 9780393323146
    Title: Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science that Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry
    Author: SYKES BRYAN

    In 1994 Bryan Sykes was called in as an expert to examine the frozen remains of a man trapped in glacial ice in northern Italy for over 5000 years-the Ice Man. Sykes succeeded in extracting DNA from the Ice Man, but even more important, writes ?, was his "ability to directly link that DNA to Europeans living today." In this groundbreaking book, Sykes reveals how the identification of a particular strand of DNA that passes unbroken through the maternal line allows scientists to trace our genetic makeup all the way back to prehistoric times-to seven primeval women, the "seven daughters of Eve."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
    Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
    ISBN: 9781921844249
    Title: Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
    Author: RYAN CHRISTOPHER & JETHA CACILDA

    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 Jethaacute; 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 Jethaacute; 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.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Story of Heredity
    She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Story of Heredity
    ISBN: 9781509818556
    Title: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Story of Heredity
    Author: ZIMMER CARL

    Shortlisted for The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2018She Has Her Mother's Laugh presents a profoundly original perspective on what we pass along from generation to generation. Charles Darwin played a crucial part in turning heredity into a scientific question, and yet he failed spectacularly to answer it. The birth of genetics in the early 1900s seemed to do precisely that. Gradually, people translated their old notions about heredity into a language of genes. As the technology for studying genes became cheaper, millions of people ordered genetic tests to link themselves to missing parents, to distant ancestors, to ethnic identities . . . But, Zimmer writes, 'Each of us carries an amalgam of fragments of DNA, stitched together from some of our many ancestors. Each piece has its own ancestry, traveling a different path back through human history. A particular fragment may sometimes be cause for worry, but most of our DNA influences who we are-our appearance, our height, our penchants-in inconceivably subtle ways.' Heredity isn't just about genes that pass from parent to child. Heredity continues within our own bodies, as a single cell gives rise to trillions of cells that make up our bodies. We say we inherit genes from our ancestors-using a word that once referred to kingdoms and estates-but we inherit other things that matter as much or more to our lives, from microbes to technologies we use to make life more comfortable. We need a new definition of what heredity is and, through Carl Zimmer's lucid exposition and storytelling, this resounding tour de force delivers it. Weaving together historical and current scientific research, his own experience with his two daughters, and the kind of original reporting expected of one of the world's best science journalists, Zimmer ultimately unpacks urgent bioethical quandaries arising from new biomedical technologies, but also long-standing presumptions about who we really are and what we can pass on to future generations.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Superhuman: Life at the Extremes of Mental & Physical Ability
    Superhuman: Life at the Extremes of Mental & Physical Ability
    ISBN: 9780349142715
    Title: Superhuman: Life at the Extremes of Mental & Physical Ability
    Author: HOOPER ROWAN


    Sunday Times Book of the Year


    This is a book about what it feels like to be exceptional - and what it takes to get there. Why can some people achieve greatness when others can't, no matter how hard they try? What are the secrets of long life and happiness? Just how much potential does our species have?


    In this inspirational book, New Scientist Managing Editor Rowan Hooper takes us on a tour of the peaks of human achievement. We sit down with some of the world's finest minds, from a Nobel-prize winning scientist to a double Booker-prize winning author; we meet people whose power of focus has been the difference between a world record and death; we learn from international opera stars; we go back in time with memory champions, and we explore the transcendent experience of ultrarunners. We meet people who have rebounded from near-death, those who have demonstrated exceptional bravery, and those who have found happiness in the most unexpected ways.


    Drawing on interviews with a wide range of superhumans as well as those who study them, Hooper assesses the science of peak potential, reviewing the role of genetics alongside the famed 10,000 hours of practice.


    For anyone who ever felt that they might be able to do something extraordinary in life, for those who simply want to succeed, and for anyone interested in incredible human stories, Superhuman is a must-read.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 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.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds
    Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds
    ISBN: 9781785783180
    Title: Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds
    Author: FINE CORDELIA


    WINNER OF THE 2017 ROYAL SOCIETY INSIGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE


    What the judges said: 'Every man and woman should read this book on gender bias ... an important, yet wickedly witty, book.'&


    'Fine's entertaining and thoughtful book is a valuable addition to the discussion about gender.' Ian Critchley, Sunday Times


    & 'In addition to being hopeful, Fine is also angry. We should all be angry. Testosterone Rexis a debunking rumble that ought to inspire a roar.' Guardian


    'A densely packed, spirited book, with an unusual combination of academic rigour and readability ... The expression "essential reading for everyone" is usually untrue as well as a clich#65533;, but if there were a book deserving of that description this might just be it.' Antonia Macaro, Financial Times


    Testosterone Rex is the powerful myth that squashes hopes of sex equality by telling us that men and women have evolved different natures. Fixed in an ancestral past that rewarded competitive men and caring women, these differences are supposedly re-created in each generation by sex hormones and male and female brains.


    Testosterone, so we're told, is the very essence of masculinity, and biological sex is a fundamental force in our development. Not so, says psychologist Cordelia Fine, who shows, with wit and panache, that sex doesn't create male and female natures. Instead, sex, hormones, culture and evolution work together in ways that make past and present gender dynamics only a serving suggestion for the future - not a recipe.


    Testosterone Rexbrings together evolutionary science, psychology, neuroscience and social history to move beyond old 'nature versus nurture' debates, and to explain why it's time to unmake the tyrannical myth of Testosterone Rex.


    For fans of Fine - whose Delusions of Gender'could have far-reaching consequences as significant as The Female Eunuch' (Viv Groskop, Guardian) - and thousands of new readers, this is an upbeat, timely and important contribution to the debate about gender in society.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Unravelling the Double Helix: The Story of DNA
    Unravelling the Double Helix: The Story of DNA
    ISBN: 9781474609364
    Title: Unravelling the Double Helix: The Story of DNA
    Author: WILLIAMS GARETH

    UNRAVELLING THE DOUBLE HELIX covers the most colourful period in the history of DNA, from the discovery of 'nuclein' in the late 1860s to the landmark publication of James Watson's THE DOUBLE HELIX in 1968. These hundred years included the advent of the Nobel Prize, antibiotics, X-ray crystallography and the atom bomb as well as two devastating world wars - events which are strung along the narrative thread of DNA like beads on a necklace.

    The story of DNA is a saga packed with awful mistakes as well as brilliant science, with a wonderful cast of heroes and villains. Surprisingly, much of it is unfamiliar. The elucidation of the double helix was one of the most brilliant gems of twentieth-century science, but some of the scientists who played crucial roles have been airbrushed out of history. Others were plunged into darkness when the spotlight fell on James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin. Watson and Crick solved a magnificent mystery, but Gareth Williams shows that their contribution was to click into place the last few pieces of a gigantic jigsaw puzzle assembled over several decades.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-billion-year History of the Human Body
    Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-billion-year History of the Human Body
    ISBN: 9780307277459
    Title: Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-billion-year History of the Human Body
    Author: SHUBIN NEIL

    Details on a Major New Discovery included in a New AfterwordWhy do we look the way we do? Neil Shubin, the paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the fish with hands, tells the story of our bodies as you've never heard it before. By examining fossils and DNA, he shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our heads are organized like long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genomes look and function like those of worms and bacteria. Your Inner Fish makes us look at ourselves and our world in an illuminating new light. This is science writing at its finest enlightening, accessible and told with irresistible enthusiasm."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00