• 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
  • 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
  • Becoming Human: A Theory of Ontogeny
    Becoming Human: A Theory of Ontogeny
    ISBN: 9780674980853
    Title: Becoming Human: A Theory of Ontogeny
    Author: TOMASELLO MICHAEL

    A radical reconsideration of how we develop the qualities that make us human, based on decades of cutting-edge experimental work by the former director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.Virtually all theories of how humans have become such a distinctive species focus on evolution. Here, Michael Tomasello proposes a complementary theory of human uniqueness, focused on development. Building on the seminal ideas of Vygotsky, his data-driven model explains how those things that make us most human are constructed during the first years of a child's life.Tomasello assembles nearly three decades of experimental work with chimpanzees, bonobos, and human children to propose a new framework for psychological growth between birth and seven years of age. He identifies eight pathways that starkly differentiate humans from their closest primate relatives: social cognition, communication, cultural learning, cooperative thinking, collaboration, prosociality, social norms, and moral identity.Becoming Human places human sociocultural activity within the framework of modern evolutionary theory, and shows how biology creates the conditions under which culture does its work.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $66.00
    $66.00
  • 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
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  • Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
    Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
    ISBN: 9780141984261
    Title: Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
    Author: PLOMIN ROBERT


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


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



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
    Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
    ISBN: 9780316423915
    Title: Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
    Author: CHRISTAKIS NICHOLAS A

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


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


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


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



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • 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
  • Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes
    Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes
    ISBN: 9781780229072
    Title: Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes
    Author: RUTHERFORD ADAM

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • 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
  • Complete Human Body 2ed
    Complete Human Body 2ed
    ISBN: 9780241240458
    Title: Complete Human Body 2ed
    Author: ROBERTS ALICE


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



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $76.00
    $76.00
  • Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences
    Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences
    ISBN: 9781848312203
    Title: Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences
    Author: FINE CORDELIA

    Cordella Fine reveals the mind's remarkable plasticity, shows the substantial influence of culture on identity, and, ultimately, exposes just how much of what we consider 'hardwired' is actually malleable.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • DNA Is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship Between You & Your Genes
    DNA Is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship Between You & Your Genes
    ISBN: 9780393355802
    Title: DNA Is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship Between You & Your Genes
    Author: HEINE STEVEN J.

    Around 250,000 people have had their genomes sequenced, and scientists expect that number to rise to one billion by 2025. Professor Steven J. Heine argues that the first thing we will do on receiving our DNA test results is to misinterpret them completely. Despite breathless (often lightly researched) media coverage about newly discovered "cancer" or "divorce" or "IQ" genes, the prospect of a DNA test forecasting how your life is going to turn out is vanishingly small.In DNA Is Not Destiny, Heine shares his research?and his own genome sequencing results?to not only show what your genes can actually tell you about your health, intelligence, ethnic identity, and family but also highlight the psychological biases that make us so vulnerable to the media hype. Heine's fresh, surprising conclusions about the promise, and limits, of genetic engineering and DNA testing upend conventional thinking and reveal a simple, profound truth: your genes create life?but they do not control it.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • 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
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  • Gene: An Intimate History
    Gene: An Intimate History
    ISBN: 9780099584575
    Title: Gene: An Intimate History
    Author: MUKHERJEE SIDDHARTHA

    "THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK 'Dramatic and precisea (A) thrilling and comprehensive account of what seems certain to be the most radical, controversial and, to borrow from the subtitle, intimate science of our timea He is a natural storytellera A page-turnera Read this book and steel yourself for what comes next' Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times The Gene is the story of one of the most powerful and dangerous ideas in our history, from bestselling, prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee. Spanning the globe and several centuries, The Gene is the story of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function. This is an epic, moving history of a scientific idea coming to life, by the author of The Emperor of All Maladies. But woven through The Gene, like a red line, is also an intimate history - the story of Mukherjee's own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives. These concerns reverberate even more urgently today as we learn to oreado and owriteo the human genome - unleashing the potential to change the fates and identities of our children. The story of the gene begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where a monk stumbles on the idea of a 'unit of heredity'. It intersects with Darwin's theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. The gene transforms post-war biology. It reorganizes our understanding of sexuality, temperament, choice and free will. This is a story driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds - from Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel to Francis Crick, James Watson and Rosalind Franklin, and the thousands of scientists still working to understand the code of codes. Majestic in its ambition, and unflinching in its honesty, The Gene gives us a definitive account of the fundamental unit of heredity - and a vision of both humanity's past and future."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 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 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
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  • Homo Mysterious: Evolutionary Puzzles of Human Nature
    Homo Mysterious: Evolutionary Puzzles of Human Nature
    ISBN: 9780199751945
    Title: Homo Mysterious: Evolutionary Puzzles of Human Nature
    Author: BARASH DAVID P

    For all that science knows about the living world, notes David P. Barash, there are even more things that we don't know, genuine evolutionary mysteries that perplex the best minds in biology. Paradoxically, many of these mysteries are very close to home, involving some of the most personalaspects of being human.Homo Mysterious examines a number of these evolutionary mysteries, exploring things that we don't yet know about ourselves, laying out the best current hypotheses, and pointing toward insights that scientists are just beginning to glimpse. Why do women experience orgasm? Why do men have a shorterlifespan than women? Why does homosexuality exist? Why does religion exist in virtually every culture? Why do we have a fondness for the arts? Why do we have such large brains? And why does consciousness exist? Readers are plunged into an ocean of unknowns - the blank spots on the humanevolutionary map, the terra incognita of our own species - and are introduced to the major hypotheses that currently occupy scientists who are attempting to unravel each puzzle (including some solutions proposed here for the first time). Throughout the book, readers are invited to share the thrillof science at its cutting edge, a place where we know what we don't know, and, moreover, where we know enough to come up with some compelling and seductive explanations. Homo Mysterious is a guide to creative thought and future explorations, based on the best, most current thinking by evolutionary scientists. It captures the allure of the "not-yet-known" for those interested in stretching their scientific imaginations.
    Published: December 2011

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $46.00
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  • How to Argue with a Racist: A Short Scientific Investigation
    How to Argue with a Racist: A Short Scientific Investigation
    ISBN: 9781474611244
    Title: How to Argue with a Racist: A Short Scientific Investigation
    Author: RUTHERFORD ADAM


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


    HOW TO ARGUE WITH A RACIST is a vital manifesto for a twenty-first century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify bigotry.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
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  • 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
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  • Human Universe
    Human Universe
    ISBN: 9780008125080
    Title: Human Universe
    Author: COX BRIAN

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • 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
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  • Life Finds a Way: What Evolution Teaches Us about Creativity
    Life Finds a Way: What Evolution Teaches Us about Creativity
    ISBN: 9781786076151
    Title: Life Finds a Way: What Evolution Teaches Us about Creativity
    Author: WAGNER ANDREAS


    'This is a wonderful, mind-expanding book. Prepare to be surprised, enlightened and awed as Wagner reveals the sources of human and natural creativity.'


    - Alice Roberts


    &


    In Darwin's survival of the fittest, each step must be uphill as life progresses towards an evolutionary peak. There is no turning back. So what happens when life needs to cross a valley in the wilds of an adaptive landscape to reach the highest summit?


    World-renowned biologist Andreas Wagner reveals that life does not only walk - it also leaps.


    Drawing on& pioneering& research, Wagner explores life's creative process and how it bears a striking resemblance to how we humans work. A beguiling symmetry links Picasso struggling through forty versions of Guernica and the way evolution transformed a dinosaur's claw into a condor's wing. This new understanding is already revolutionising our approach to problem-solving across the sciences.& In the near future, applied in spheres as diverse as the economy and education, it will enable us to do so much more.


    Life Finds a Way is a thought-provoking and deeply hopeful look at the force that shapes our world.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $43.00
    $43.00
  • Monocultures of the Mind  Biodiversity Biotechnology & Scientific Agriculture
    Monocultures of the Mind Biodiversity Biotechnology & Scientific Agriculture
    ISBN: 9781856492188
    Title: Monocultures of the Mind Biodiversity Biotechnology & Scientific Agriculture
    Author: SHIVA VANDANA

    Vandana Shiva has established herself as a leading independent thinker and voice for the South in that critically important nexus where questions of development strategy, the environment and the posititon of women in society coincide. In this new volume, she brings together her thinking on the protection of biodiversity, the implications of biotechnology, and the consequences for agriculture of the global pre-eminence of Western-style scientific knowledge.In lucid and accessible fashion, she examines the current threats to the planet's biodiversity and the environmental and human consequences of its erosion and replacement by monocultural production. She shows how the new Biodiversity Convention has been gravely undermined by a mixture of diplomatic dilution during the process of negotiation and Northern hi-tech interests making money out of the new biotechnologies. She explains what these technologies involve and gives examples of their impact in practice. She questions their claims to improving natural species for the good of all and highlights the ethical and environmental problems posed.Underlying her arguments is the view that the North's particular approach to scientific understanding has led to a system of monoculture in agriculture - a model that is not being foisted on the South, displacing its societies' ecologically sounder, indigenous and age-old experiences of truly sustainable food cultivation, forest management and animal husbandry. This rapidly accelerating process of technology and system transfer is impoverishing huge numbers of people, disrupting the social systems that provide them with security and dignity, and will ultimately result in a sterile planet in both North and South, In a policy intervention of potentially great significance, she calls instead for a halt, at international as well as local level, to the aid and market incentives to both large-scale destruction of habitats where biodiversity thrives and the introduction of centralised, homogenous systems of cultivation.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $74.00
    $74.00
  • 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
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  • On the Origin of Species
    On the Origin of Species
    ISBN: 9781509827695
    Title: On the Origin of Species
    Author: DARWIN CHARLES


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


    With an Afterword by Oliver Francis


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



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

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

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    Price: $35.00
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  • Perfection Point Nz Ed
    Perfection Point Nz Ed
    ISBN: 9780230757837
    Title: Perfection Point Nz Ed
    Author: BRENKUS JOHN

    THE PERFECTION POINT is a pacy and fascinating look at the science behind the extremes of human performance, which identifies the absolute limits the human body can go to, whether it is running, lifting, throwing or even holding one's breath. It is incredible to think that it is only forty years since Jim Hines ran the 100 metres in under ten seconds, and now current world record holder Usain Bolt is inching closer to the 9.50 second mark. But how far can humans actually go? Is it possible that one day the 100 metres will be run in less than 9 seconds? When will this happen? And what biological, physical and environmental conditions are necessary to reach the perfection point - a speed, a height, a distance that humans can get closer to but never exceed? And what are the perfection points for other human activities? Combining sold scientific research with engrossing counter-narrative sections, THE PERFECTION POINT is chock full of cool facts and what ifs that will spark the imagination. For years scientists, athletes, pundits and fans have speculated about the extremes of human performance. THE PERFECTION POINT finally provides the answers.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $43.00
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Princess Remembers: Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur
    Princess Remembers: Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur
    ISBN: 9788171673070
    Title: Princess Remembers: Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur
    Author: DEVI GAYATRI


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    Price: $81.00
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  • 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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  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
    ISBN: 9781784873646
    Title: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
    Author: HARARI YUVAL NOAH


    Yuval Noah Harari's bestselling phenomenon now in a beautifully packaged new special edition.

    Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens?

    In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we're going. Sapiensis a thrilling account of humankind's extraordinary history - from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age - and our journey from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.

    'Unbelievably good. Jaw dropping from the first word to the last' Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2


    PATTERNS OF LIFE- SPECIAL EDITIONS OF GROUNDBREAKING SCIENCE BOOKS


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

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

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, & the Making of Cultures
    Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, & the Making of Cultures
    ISBN: 9780345807144
    Title: Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, & the Making of Cultures
    Author: DAMASIO ANTONIO

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
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  • 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.



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