- 10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health & HappinessISBN: 9780007584024
Title: 10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health & Happiness
Author: COLLEN ALLANA
In this groundbreaking book Allana Collen explores the extraordinary world of the powerful microbes that make up 90% of the human body. You are just 10% human. For every one of the cells that make your body, there are nine impostor cells. You are not just flesh and blood, muscle and bone, brain and skin, but bacteria and fungi. You are not an individual, but a colony. Far from being passive, the trillions of microbes that live on and in you are intimately involved in running your body. As Alanna Collen explores, the modern epidemics of 'Western' diseases - obesity, mental health problems, gut disorders, allergies, autoimmunity, and even cancer - have their root in our failure to cherish our most fundamental and enduring relationship: that with our personal colony of microbes. Antibiotics, antibacterial cleaners, rapidly changing diets and our obsession with hygiene vastly reduced the microbe community we carry. Unlike our human cells, though, we can change our microbes for the better. '10% Human' provides a revelatory guide to the role of your body's microbes in health and happiness. This is popular science at its most relevant: life will never seem the same again.
Format: Trade paperback
- 10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health & HappinessISBN: 9780007584055
Title: 10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health & Happiness
Author: COLLEN ALANNA
You are just 10% human. For every one of the cells that make up the vessel that you call your body, there are nine impostor cells hitching a ride. You are not just flesh and blood, muscle and bone, brain and skin, but also bacteria and fungi. Over your lifetime, you will carry the equivalent weight of five African elephants in microbes. You are not an individual but a colony.
Until recently, we had thought our microbes hardly mattered, but science is revealing a different story, one in which microbes run our bodies and becoming a healthy human is impossible without them.
In this riveting, shocking, and beautifully written book, biologist Alanna Collen draws on the latest scientific research to show how our personal colony of microbes influences our weight, our immune system, our mental health, and even our choice of partner. She argues that so many of our modern diseases--obesity, autism, mental illness, digestive disorders, allergies, autoimmunity afflictions, and even cancer--have their root in our failure to cherish our most fundamental and enduring relationship: that with our personal colony of microbes.
Many of the questions about modern diseases left unanswered by the Human Genome Project are illuminated by this new science. And the good news is that unlike our human cells, we can change our microbes for the better. Collen's book is a revelatory and indispensable guide. It is science writing at its most relevant: life--and your body--will never seem the same again.
There's more to being human than you think.
Have you ever wondered why so many people are overweight? Or why nearly half of youngsters have allergies? Has it ever seemed strange that depression is so common? Or that more and more children are being diagnosed with autism?
Using the latest scientific research, Alanna Collen reveals the link between ill health and the body's community of microbes. Many of the modern illnesses we accept as part of life are instead newly emerging conditions brought on by our failure to cherish the extension of our human cells: our microbes.
In 10% Human, Collen explains how messing with your microbes can affect your metabolism, your mind, and your immune system; why antibiotics, C-sections, and infant formula can cause collateral damage; and how diet can restore a beneficial community of microbes. 10% Human is an alarm call on behalf of our most faithful companions.
- 100-Year Life: Living & Working in an Age of LongevityISBN: 9781472936240
Title: 100-Year Life: Living & Working in an Age of Longevity
Author: GRATTON LYNDA & SCOTT ANDREW
What will "your" 100-year life look like?
Does the thought of working for 60 or 70 years fill you with dread? Or can you see the potential for a more stimulating future as a result of having so much extra time?
Many of us have been raised on the traditional notion of a three-stage approach to our working lives: education, followed by work and then retirement. But this well-established pathway is already beginning to collapse life expectancy is rising, final-salary pensions are vanishing, and increasing numbers of people are juggling multiple careers. Whether you are 18, 45 or 60, you will need to do things very differently from previous generations and learn to structure your life in completely new ways.
"The 100-Year Life" is here to help.
Drawing on the unique pairing of their experience in psychology and economics, Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott offer a broad-ranging analysis as well as a raft of solutions, showing how to rethink your finances, your education, your career and your relationships and create a fulfilling 100-year life.
. How can you fashion a career and life path that defines you and your values and creates a shifting balance between work and leisure?
. What are the most effective ways of boosting your physical and mental health over a longer and more dynamic lifespan?
. How can you make the most of your intangible assets such as family and friends as you build a productive, longer life?
. In a multiple-stage life how can you learn to make the transitions that will be so crucial and experiment with new ways of living, working and learning?
"The 100-Year Life" is a wake-up call that describes what to expect and considers the choices and options that you will face. It is also fundamentally a call to action for individuals, politicians, firms and governments and offers the clearest demonstration that a 100-year life can be a wonderful and inspiring one."
Format: Trade paperback
- 30-Second Biology The 50 Most Thought-Provoking Theories of Life, Each Explained in Half a MinuteISBN: 9781782403890
Title: 30-Second Biology The 50 Most Thought-Provoking Theories of Life, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Author: BATTEY NICK
The 50 most thought-provoking theories of life, each explained in half
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 ℑ
- 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.
- 30-Second EvolutionISBN: 9781743365625
Title: 30-Second Evolution
Author: BATTEY NICHOLAS & FELLOWES MARK
Evolution is the unifying force in modern biology, bringing together such diverse fields as microbiology, genetics and palaeontology. It provides a powerfully persuasive explanation for the staggering diversity of life on Earth but remains a source of controversy and throws up several bones of contention.How life has evolved has taxed the very best of brains, from Da Vinci to Darwin and, in our own time, Richard Dawkins...30-Second Evolution unlocks the laboratory of life, dissecting it into the 50 most significant topics that provide the missing links to understand the natural world's four-billion-year ancestry and the process of natural selection in which species either adapt in myriad ways - mutation, ingenuity, and intelligence - to meet the challenges of a changing environment, or die.
- 50 Biology Ideas You Really Need to KnowISBN: 9781848666696
Title: 50 Biology Ideas You Really Need to Know
Author: CHAMARY J V
50 Biology Ideas You Really Need to Know is your guide to the most fascinating and significant questions of biology - Are all evolutionary changes due to natural selection? Do we inherit behaviour? How can we regrow damaged body parts? Are all living things part of a super-organism? This book provides succinct answers to these questions - and many more - in 50 lucid and engaging essays. From mass extinction to immunity, and from sociobiology to swarm behaviour, 50 Biology Ideas You Really Need to Know will open you eyes to the fundamental biological processes that are essential to all life on earth, beginning with innovations unique to animals - such as the development of muscles and importance of circulation - and moving through to genetics, cells, tissues and, finally, the nature of groups of organisms. Featuring short biographies of iconic biologists, explanatory diagrams and timelines showing discoveries within their historical context, this book will give you a complete overview of this fascinating subject. Contents include: Evolution, Genes, Homeostasis, Endosymbiosis, Sex, Multicellularity, Nerves, Genetic Drift, Speciation, Convergent Evolution, Pollination, Mimicry, Laws of Inheritance, DNA, Alternative Splicing, Viruses, Epigenetics, Photosynthesis, Cancer, Differentiation, Regeneration, Morphogenesis, Memory, Sleep, Ageing, Consciousness and the Gaia Hypothesis.
- 50 Genetics Ideas You Really Need to KnowISBN: 9781847246714
Title: 50 Genetics Ideas You Really Need to Know
Author: HENDERSON MARK
In recent years knowledge of our genetic code has changed our understanding of life on Earth. New genetic technologies are transforming the way we live and promise treatments for otherwise incurable diseases. But these advances are also generating controversy, particularly surrounding issues such as cloning and designer babies.In 50 Genetics Ideas, Mark Henderson distils the central ideas of genetics in a series of clear and concise essays. Beginning with the theory of evolution, and covering such topics as the genome and how nature and nurture work together, he not only illuminates the role of genes in shaping our behaviour and sexuality, but also the very latest, cutting-edge developments in gene therapy and artificial life. Accessible and informative, 50 Genetics Ideas is a timely introduction to this young and ground-breaking strand of science.
- 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to KnowISBN: 9781780879109
Title: 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know
Author: COSTANDI MOHEB
Neuroscience is one of the most fascinating and complex areas of scientific research, with new advances being made every day. In 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know, Mo Costandi condenses all we know about the brain and how it works into series of introductions to the most important concepts.
Outlining both long-standing theories - such as the function of neurons and synaptic transmission - and cutting-edge ideas - including neuroethics and brain-computer interfacing - with straightforward narrative and clear two-colour illustrations, this book is a perfect beginner's guide to the most powerful and mysterious organ in the body.
The ideas explored include: The nervous impulse; Differences between the male and female brain; The root of addiction; Neurobiological basis for personality; The relationship between sleep and memory.
- Altered Genes, Twisted Truth How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically DeceivedISBN: 9780985616908
Title: Altered Genes, Twisted Truth How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived
Author: DRUKER STEVEN M
This book uncovers the biggest scientific fraud of our age. It tells the fascinating and frequently astounding story of how the massive enterprise to restructure the genetic core of the world's food supply came into being, how it advanced by consistently violating the protocols of science, and how for more than three decades, hundreds of eminent biologists and esteemed institutions have systematically contorted the truth in order to conceal the unique risks of its products–and get them onto our dinner plates.
Altered Genes, Twisted Truth provides a graphic account of how this elaborate fraud was crafted and how it not only deceived the general public, but Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Barack Obama and a host of other astute and influential individuals as well. The book also exposes how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was induced to become a key accomplice--and how it has broken the law and repeatedly lied in order to usher genetically engineered foods onto the market without the safety testing that's required by federal statute. As a result, for fifteen years America's families have been regularly ingesting a group of novel products that the FDA's own scientific staff had previously determined to be unduly hazardous to human health.
By the time this gripping story comes to a close, it will be clear that the degradation of science it documents has not only been unsavory but unprecedented--and that in no other instance have so many scientists so seriously subverted the standards they were trained to uphold, misled so many people, and imposed such magnitude of risk on both human health and the health of the environment.
- American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes & Trial of Patty HearstISBN: 9780385536714
Title: American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes & Trial of Patty Hearst
Author: TOOBIN JEFFREY
From "New Yorker" staff writer and bestselling author of "The Nine "and "The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson," the definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an insane era in American history
OnFebruary 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst family fortune, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army. The already sensational story took the first of many incredible twists on April 3, when the group released a tape of Patty saying she had joined the SLA and had adopted the nom de guerre Tania.
The weird turns of the tale are truly astonishing the Hearst family trying to secure Patty s release by feeding all the people of Oakland and San Francisco for free; the bank security cameras capturing Tania wielding a machine gun during a robbery; a cast of characters including everyone from Bill Walton to the Black Panthers to Ronald Reagan to F. Lee Bailey; the largest police shoot-out in American history; the first breaking news event to be broadcast live on television stations across the country; Patty s year on the lam, running from authorities; and her circuslike trial, filled with theatrical courtroom confrontations and a dramatic last-minute reversal, after which the term Stockholm syndrome entered the lexicon.
The saga of Patty Hearst highlighted a decade in which America seemed to be suffering a collective nervous breakdown. Based on more than a hundred interviews and thousands of previously secretdocuments, "American Heiress" thrillingly recounts the craziness of the times (there were an average of 1,500 terrorist bombings a year in the early 1970s). Toobin portrays the lunacy of the half-baked radicals of the SLA and the toxic mix of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst and re-creates her melodramatic trial. "American Heiress "examines the life of a young woman who suffered an unimaginable trauma and then made the stunning decision to join her captors crusade.
Or did she?"
- AnatomiesISBN: 9780670920730
Author: ALDERSEY-WILLIAMS HUGH
It is the most fraught and fascinating, talked-about and taboo, unique yet universal aspect of our lives. It is the inspiration for art, the subject of science and the source of some of the greatest stories ever told. It is our most intimate ally against the world, provider of all pleasurable sensations, the repository of all we feel and know. And yet what a source of puzzlement and worry the body is: a home we never chose, a facade that we continually disguise, a protector that we know will fail us in the end. Until we fall ill, most of us take this extraordinarily complicated collection of flesh, bones and fluids entirely for granted. But from ancient body art to plastic surgery, from early anatomists to conceptual artists, grave-robbers to bionic athletes, our changing attitudes to the human body - how it works, what it should look like, how to live with it, what it means - tell us more about ourselves than almost any other subject in human history.Blending history, science, art, literature and the everyday, one of our finest science writers investigates this most marvellous and mysterious of creations. The result is a treasure trove of surprising facts, remarkable stories and startling information that encompasses everything from the first finger-printing to the physiology of angels, from synaesthesia to the clown-egg register, from the death-mask of Isaac Newton to the afterlife of Einstein's brain.
Format: Trade paperback
- Anatomies: The Human Body, Its Parts & the Stories They TellISBN: 9780670920723
Title: Anatomies: The Human Body, Its Parts & the Stories They Tell
Author: ALDERSEY-WILLIAMS HUGH
The Sunday Times Science Book of the Year, Anatomies by Hugh Aldersey-Williams, author of bestseller Periodic Tales, is a splendidly entertaining journey through the art, science, literature and history of the human body.'Magnificent, inspired. He writes like a latter-day Montaigne. Stimulating scientific hypotheses, bold philosophic theories, illuminating quotations and curious facts. I recommend it to all' Telegraph *****'Splendid, highly entertaining, chock-full of insights ... It inserts fascinating scientific snippets and anecdotes about our organs into the wider history of our changing understanding of our bodies' Sunday Times'A relentlessly entertaining cultural history of the human body ... brims with fascinating details, infectious enthusiasm ... the terrain he covers is so richly brought to life' Guardian'Elegant and informative ... For Aldersey-Williams, [the body] is a thing of wonder and a repository of fascinating facts' Mail on Sunday ****In Anatomies, bestselling author Hugh Aldersey-Williams investigates that marvellous, mysterious form: the human body. Providing a treasure trove of surprising facts, remarkable stories and startling information drawn from across history, science, art and literature - from finger-prints to angel physiology, from Isaac Newton's death-mask to the afterlife of Einstein's brain - he explores our relationship with our bodies and investigates our changing attitudes to the extraordinary physical shell we inhabit.'More than a science book - it's also history, biography and autobiography - Anatomies is writing at its most refined, regardless of genre' Sunday TimesPraise for Periodic Tales:'Science writing at its best ... fascinating and beautiful ... if only chemistry had been like this at school ... to meander through the periodic table with him ... is like going round a zoo with Gerald Durrell ... a rich compilation of delicious tales, but it offers greater rewards, too' Matt Ridley'Immensely engaging and continually makes one sit up in Âsurprise' Sunday Times'Splendid ... enjoyable and polished' Observer'Full of good stories and he knows how to tell them well ... an agreeable jumble of anecdote, reflection and information' Sunday Telegraph'Great fun to read and an endless fund of unlikely and improbable anecdotes ... sharp and often witty' Financial TimesHugh Aldersey-Williams studied natural sciences at Cambridge. He is the author of several books exploring science, design and architecture and has curated exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Wellcome Collection. His previous book Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements was a Sunday Times bestseller and has been published in many languages around the world. He lives in Norfolk with his wife and son.
- Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of LifeISBN: 9780753819968
Title: Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
Author: DAWKINS RICHARD
THE ANCESTOR'S TALE is a pilgrimage back through time; a journey on which we meet up with fellow pilgrims as we and they converge on our common ancestors. Chimpanzees join us at about 6 million years in the past, orang utans at 14 million years, as we stride on together, a growing band. The journey provides the setting for a collection of some 40 tales. Each explores an aspect of evolutionary biology through the stories of characters met along the way. The tales are interspersed with prologues detailing the journey, route maps showing joining lineages, and life-like reconstructions of our common ancestors. THE ANCESTOR'S TALE represents a pilgrimage on an unimaginable scale: our goal is four billion years away, and the number of pilgrims joining us grows vast - ultimately encompassing all living creatures. At the end of the journey lies something remarkable in its simplicity and transformative power: the first, humble, replicating molecules.
- Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution's Greatest PuzzleISBN: 9781780745169
Title: Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle
Author: WAGNER ANDREAS
Discover the laws behind nature's creativity in this landmark book from one of today's most inventive scientists. We all know about natural selection and the so-called survival of the fittest, which governs how evolution preserves useful adaptations in each subsequent generation of a species. Unfortunately, random change alone could not have produced life as we know it - the maths don't add up, according to cutting-edge research by Andreas Wagner in the revolutionary field of computational biology.
- Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution's Greatest PuzzleISBN: 9781780747651
Title: Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle
Author: WAGNER ANDREAS
Discover the final puzzle piece to complete Darwin's theory of evolution in this landmark book from one of today's most inventive scientists
- Art Instinct: Beauty Pleasure & Human EvolutionISBN: 9780199580736
Title: Art Instinct: Beauty Pleasure & Human Evolution
Author: DUTTON DENIS
The Dinka have a connoisseur's appreciation of the patterns and colours of the markings on their cattle. The Japanese tea ceremony is regarded as a performance art. Some cultures produce carving but no drawing; others specialize in poetry. Yet despite the rich variety of artistic expression to be found across many cultures, we all share a deep sense of aesthetic pleasure. The need to create art of some form is found in every human society. In The Art Instinct, Denis Dutton explores the idea that this need has an evolutionary basis: how the feelings that we all share when we see a wonderful landscape or a beautiful sunset evolved as a useful adaptation in our hunter-gather ancestors, and have been passed on to us today, manifest in our artistic natures. Why do people indulge in displaying their artistic skills? How can we understand artistic genius? Why do we value art, and what is it for? These questions havelong been asked by scholars in the humanities and in literature, but this is the first book to consider the biological basis of this deep human need. This sparking and intelligent book looks at these deep and fundamental questions, and combines the science of evolutionary psychology with aesthetics, to shed new light on longstanding questions about the nature of art.
- ArthurISBN: 9781473625242
Author: LINDNORD MIKAEL
- As Nature Made Him the Boy Who Was Raised As A GirlISBN: 9780732274337
Title: As Nature Made Him the Boy Who Was Raised As A Girl
Author: COLAPINTO JOHN
- Ascent of ManISBN: 9781849901154
Title: Ascent of Man
Author: BRONOWSKI JACOB
Dr. Bronowski's classic history of humankind. Dr. Jacob Bronowski's groundbreaking book The Ascent of Man traces the development of human society through its understanding of science. First published in 1973, it is considered one of the first works of ""popular science"", illuminating the historical and social context of scientific development for a generation of readers. In his highly accessible style, Dr. Bronowski discusses human invention from the flint tool to geometry, agriculture to genetics, and from alchemy to the theory of relativity, showing how they all are expressions of our ability to understand and control nature. The Ascent of Man inspires, influences and informs as profoundly as ever.
- Ascent of Man: Philosophy of Human NatureISBN: 9781412847605
Title: Ascent of Man: Philosophy of Human Nature
Author: HARRIS JAMES
Format: Trade paperback
- Autistic BrainISBN: 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
- Beak of the FinchISBN: 9780679733379
Title: Beak of the Finch
Author: WEINER JONATHAN
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution, two scientists, Peter and Rosemary Grant, have spent twenty years proving that Darwin did not know the strength of his own theory. For among the finches of Daphne Major, natural selection is neither rare nor slow: it is taking place by the hour, and we can watch. In this dramatic story of groundbreaking scientific research, Jonathan Weiner follows these scientists as they watch Darwin's finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself. The Beak of the Finch is an elegantly written and compelling masterpiece of theory and explication in the tradition of Stephen Jay Gould.
- Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History & its CausesISBN: 9781846140945
Title: Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History & its Causes
Author: PINKER STEVEN
Shortlisted for the 2012 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books and the 2012 Samuel Johnson Prize.
Steven Pinker's riveting, myth-destroying new book reveals how, contrary to popular belief, humankind has become progressively less violent, over millenia and decades.Given the images of conflict we see daily on our screens, can violence really have declined? and wasn't the twentieth century the most devastatingly brutal in history? Extraordinarily, however, As Steven Pinker shows, violence within and between societies - both murder and warfare - really has declined from prehistory to today. We are much less likely to die at someone else's hands than ever before.Debunking both the idea of the 'noble savage' and a Hobbesian notion of a 'nasty, brutish and short' life, Steven Pinker argues that modernity and its cultural institutions are making us better people. He ranges over everything from art to religion, international trade to individual table manners, and shows how life has changed across the centuries and around the world - not simply through the huge benefits of organized government, but also because of the extraordinary power of progressive ideas. Why has this come about? and what does it tell us about ourselves? it takes one of the world's greatest psychologists to appreciate and explain this story, and to show us our very natures.
Format: Trade paperback
- Beyond The Pale: Folklore, Family & the Mystery of Our Hidden GenesISBN: 9781909762336
Title: Beyond The Pale: Folklore, Family & the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes
Author: URQUHART EMILY
Emily's story begins on St. Stephen's Day, 2010, in St. John's, Newfoundland when she gives birth to a baby girl named Sadie Jane with a shock of snow-white hair. Within 3 months Sadie is diagnosed with albinism, a rare genetic disorder where pigment fails to form in the skin, hair and eyes, with accompanying maladies such as photophobia and partial blindness.Emily is drawn to understanding her child's differences by researching the cultural beliefs associated with albinism worldwide; a journey that takes her to a faraway continent, through her own family tree, and all the while unearthing discoveries that vacillate between beauty, amazement and horror.
- Biology Book From the Origin of Life to Epigenics: 250 Milestones in the History of BiologyISBN: 9781454910688
Title: Biology Book From the Origin of Life to Epigenics: 250 Milestones in the History of Biology
Author: GERALD MICHAEL C. & GERALD GLORIA
From the emergence of life, to Leewenhoek's microscopic world, to GMO crops, The Biology Book presents 250 landmarks in the most widely studied scientific field. Brief, engaging, and colorfully illustrated synopses introduce readers to every major subdiscipline, including cell theory, genetics, evolution, physiology, thermodynamics, molecular biology, and ecology. With information on such varied topics as paleontology, pheromones, nature vs. nurture, DNA fingerprinting, bioenergetics, and so much more, this lively collection will engage everyone who studies and appreciates the life sciences.
- Blind WatchmakerISBN: 9780141026169
Title: Blind Watchmaker
Author: DAWKINS RICHARD
Acclaimed as the most influential work on evolution written in the last hundred years, The Blind Watchmaker offers an inspiring and accessible introduction to one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time. A brilliant and controversial book which demonstrates that evolution by natural selection - the unconscious, automatic, blind yet essentially non-random process discovered by Darwin - is the only answer to the biggest question of all: why do we exist?
- Blood Matters: A Journey Along the Genetic FrontierISBN: 9781847080783
Title: Blood Matters: A Journey Along the Genetic Frontier
Author: GESSEN MASHA
'Blood Matters' explores the way genetic information is shaping the decisions we make, not only about our physical and emotional health but about whom we marry, the children we bear, even the personality traits we have. It is both a candid and moving memoir and a much-needed field guide to this unfamiliar and unsettling territory.
- Body by Darwin: How Evolution Shapes Our Health & Transforms MedicineISBN: 9780226059884
Title: Body by Darwin: How Evolution Shapes Our Health & Transforms Medicine
Author: TAYLOR JEREMY
We think of medical science and doctors as focused on treating conditions whether it s a cough or an aching back. But the sicknesses and complaints that cause us to seek medical attention actually have deeper origins than the superficial germs and behaviors we regularly fault. In fact, as Jeremy Taylor shows in "Body by Darwin," we can trace the roots of many medical conditions through our evolutionary history, revealing what has made us susceptible to certain illnesses and ailments over time and how we can use that knowledge to help us treat or prevent problems in the future.
In "Body by Darwin," Taylor examines the evolutionary origins of some of our most common and serious health issues. To begin, he looks at the hygiene hypothesis, which argues that our obsession with anti-bacterial cleanliness, particularly at a young age, may be making us more vulnerable to autoimmune and allergic diseases. He also discusses diseases of the eye, the medical consequences of bipedalism as they relate to all those aches and pains in our backs and knees, the rise of Alzheimer s disease, and how cancers become so malignant that they kill us despite the toxic chemotherapy we throw at them. Taylor explains why it helps to think about heart disease in relation to the demands of an ever-growing, dense, muscular pump that requires increasing amounts of nutrients, and he discusses how walking upright and giving birth to ever larger babies led to a problematic compromise in the design of the female spine and pelvis. Throughout, he not only explores the impact of evolution on human form and function, but he integrates science with stories from actual patients and doctors, closely examining the implications for our health.
As Taylor shows, evolutionary medicine allows us think about the human body and its adaptations in a completely new and productive way. By exploring how our body s performance is shaped by its past, "Body by Darwin" draws powerful connections between our ancient human history and the future of potential medical advances that can harness this knowledge."
- Body in Pain The Making & Unmaking of the WorldISBN: 9780195049961
Title: Body in Pain The Making & Unmaking of the World
Author: SCARRY ELAINE
Part philosophical meditation, part cultural critique, The Body in Pain is a profoundly original study that has already stirred excitement in a wide range of intellectual circles. The book is an analysis of physical suffering and its relation to the numerous vacabularies and cultural forces--literary, political, philosophical, medical, religious--that confront it.
Elaine Scarry bases her study on a wide range of sources: literature and art, medical case histories, documents on torture compiled by Amnesty International, legal transcripts of personal injury trials, and military and strategic writings by such figures as Clausewitz, Churchill, Liddell Hart, and Kissinger, She weaves these into her discussion with an eloquence, humanity, and insight that recall the writings of Hannah Arendt and Jean-Paul Sartre.
Scarry begins with the fact of pain's inexpressibility. Not only is physical pain enormously difficult to describe in words--confronted with it, Virginia Woolf once noted, "language runs dry"--it also actively destroys language, reducing sufferers in the most extreme instances to an inatriculate state of cries and moans. Scarry analyzes the political ramifications of deliberately inflicted pain, specifically in the cases of torture and warfare, and shows how to be fictive. From these actions of "unmaking" Scarry turns finally to the actions of "making"--the examples of artistic and cultural creation that work against pain and the debased uses that are made of it. Challenging and inventive, The Body in Pain is landmark work that promises to spark widespread debate.
About the Author:
Elaine Scarry is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Body Weight Regulation Essential Knowledge to Lose Weight and Keep It OffISBN: 9781514497005
Title: Body Weight Regulation Essential Knowledge to Lose Weight and Keep It Off
Author: PROIETTO JOSEPH
The main purpose of Body Weight Regulation is to educate the reader on the best strategy for losing weight and keeping it off long term. But after many years of managing obesity, the author has found that to achieve the best results, it is essential to understand the true nature of obesity. Thus this book first discusses the way the brain regulates body weight and how obesity cannot be caused only by poor lifestyle choices. It reviews the overwhelming evidence that obesity has a strong genetic or epigenetic basis and gives an evidence-based, detailed strategy on how to lose weight and keep it off . Body Weight Regulation discusses practical advice on how to structure meals that can be used during the weight-loss and weight-maintenance phases.
- Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and SexISBN: 9780393334791
Title: Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
Author: ROACH MARY
In ?Bonk, ?the best-selling author of Stiff turns her outrageous curiosity and insight on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex. Can a person think herself to orgasm? Why doesn't Viagra help women-or, for that matter, pandas? Can a dead man get an erection? Is vaginal orgasm a myth? Mary Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm-two of the most complex, delightful, and amazing scientific phenomena on earth-can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to make the bedroom a more satisfying place.
- Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our GenesISBN: 9780297609384
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 to each of the 100 billion modern humans who have ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in every one of our genomes we each carry the history of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration and a lot of sex.
Since scientists first read the human genome in 2001 it has been subject to all sorts of claims, counterclaims and myths. In fact, as Adam Rutherford explains, our genomes should be read not as instruction manuals, but as epic poems. DNA determines far 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, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about history, and what history tells us about our genes. From Neanderthals to murder, from redheads to race, dead kings to plague, evolution to epigenetics, this is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.
Format: Trade paperback
- Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or SurviveISBN: 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
- Compatibility GeneISBN: 9780241956755
Title: Compatibility Gene
Author: DAVIS DANIEL M
Long-listed for the Royal Society Winton prize for science books 2014In The Compatibility Gene, leading scientist Daniel M Davis tells the story of the crucial genes that define our relationships, our health and our individuality. We each possess a similar set of around 25,000 human genes. Yet a tiny, distinctive cluster of these genes plays a disproportionately large part in how our bodies work. These few genes, argues Davis, hold the key to who we are as individuals and our relationship to the world: how we combat disease, how our brains are wired, how attractive we are, even how likely we are to reproduce.The Compatibility Gene follows the remarkable history of these genes' discovery. From the British scientific pioneers who struggled to understand the mysteries of transplants to the Swiss zoologist who devised a new method of assessing potential couples' compatibility based on the smell of worn T-shirts, Davis traces a true scientific revolution in our understanding of the human body: a global adventure spanning some sixty years.'Unusual results, astonishing implications and ethical dilemmas' The Times'Packed with an insider's knowledge' New York Times'He makes immunology as fascinating to popular science readers as cosmology, consciousness, and evolution' Steven Pinker'An elegantly written, unexpectedly gripping account' Bill Bryson Guardian, Books of the Year Daniel M Davis is director of research at the University of Manchester's Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research and a visiting professor at Imperial College, London. He has published over 100 academic articles, including papers in Nature and Science, and Scientific American. He has won the Oxford University Press Science Writing Prize and given numerous interviews for national and international media. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2011.
- Compatibility GeneISBN: 9781846145148
Title: Compatibility Gene
Author: DAVIS DANIEL M
The story of the crucial genes that define our& relationships, our health and our individuality.Although there are 25,000 genes in the human body, only a select& few of these answer fundamental questions: our compatibility genes. It is these& few genes, argues Daniel M. Davis, that determine whether our tissue and organs& might be able to be used in transplantation, how successful we'll be at fighting& a variety of diseases, what our chances of successful reproduction are, how& compatible we are with one another and even, to a surprising extent, how& mankind has evolved to its present state.In exploring the history of these genes' discovery, and the& unfolding of their secrets, Daniel M. Davis seeks an answer to questions of how& genetic compatibility affects our relationships, reproduction, medical research& and ethics - and, looking to the future, considers the startling possibilities& of what our knowledge of these genes might mean for you and me.
- Complete Human BodyISBN: 9780241240458
Title: Complete Human Body
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.
- Cosmic Serpent: DNA & the Origins of KnowledgeISBN: 9780874779646
Title: Cosmic Serpent: DNA & the Origins of Knowledge
Author: NARBY JEREMY
This adventure in science and imagination, which the Medical Tribune said might herald "a Copernican revolution for the life sciences," leads the reader through unexplored jungles and uncharted aspects of mind to the heart of knowledge.In a first-person narrative of scientific discovery that opens new perspectives on biology, anthropology, and the limits of rationalism, The Cosmic Serpent reveals how startlingly different the world around us appears when we open our minds to it.
- Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping & BeyondISBN: 9780674048515
Title: Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping & Beyond
Author: PROVINE ROBERT R
Robert Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread-in search of hiccups, coughs, yawns, sneezes, and other lowly, undignified human behaviors. Upon investigation, these instinctive acts bear the imprint of our evolutionary origins and can be uniquely valuable tools for understanding how the human brain works and what makes us different from other species.
Many activities showcased in Curious Behavior are contagious, but none surpasses yawning in this regard-just reading the word can make one succumb. Though we often take it as a sign of sleepiness or boredom, yawning holds clues to the development of our sociality and ability to empathize with others. Its inescapable transmission reminds us that we are sometimes unaware, neurologically programmed beasts of the herd. Other neglected behaviors yield similar revelations. Tickling, we learn, may be the key to programming personhood into robots. Coughing comes in musical, medical, and social varieties. Farting and belching have import for the evolution of human speech. And prenatal behavior is offered as the strangest exhibit of all, defying postnatal logic in every way. Our earthiest acts define Homo sapiens as much as language, bipedalism, tool use, and other more studied characteristics.
As Provine guides us through peculiarities right under our noses, he beckons us to follow with self-experiments: tickling our own feet, keeping a log of when we laugh, and attempting to suppress yawns and sneezes. Such humble investigations provide fodder for grade school science projects as well as doctoral dissertations. Small Science can yield big rewards.
- Darwin A Graphic BiographyISBN: 9781588343529
Title: Darwin A Graphic Biography
Author: BYRNE EUGENE
Darwin: A Graphic Biographyis an inspiring expedition into the physical and intellectual adventures of Charles Darwin. Presenting Darwin's life in a smart and entertaining graphic novel,Darwin: A Graphic Biographyattempts to not only educate the reader about Darwin but also the scientific world of the 1800s. The graphic medium is ideal for recreating a very specific time frame, succeeding in placing the reader right next to a young Darwin on a "beetling" expedition. With specimens in both hands, and anxious to get another, Darwin ends up stuffing the third beetle into his mouth. Darwin's life presented in this form is an inspirational tale for kids of all ages. They'll be sure to identify with a curious young Darwin finding his way on youthful adventures in the fields near his house. The ups, downs, and near-misses of Darwin's youth are portrayed honestly and without foreshadowing of his later fame. This is a key point for younger readers: that Darwin wasn't somehow predestined to greatness. He was curious, patient, and meticulous. He persevered--a great lesson about what science is all about.
- Darwin a Life in PoemsISBN: 9780701183851
Title: Darwin a Life in Poems
Author: PADEL RUTH