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


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

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

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



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

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

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

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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  • 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.

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    Price: $31.00
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  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best & Worst
    Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best & Worst
    ISBN: 9780099575061
    Title: Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best & Worst
    Author: SAPOLSKY ROBERT


    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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

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


    Why do human beings behave as they do?


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


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


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


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



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

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

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

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

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

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
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  • 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
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  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive
    Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive
    ISBN: 9780241958681
    Title: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive
    Author: DIAMOND JARED

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Complete Human Body 2ed
    Complete Human Body 2ed
    ISBN: 9780241240458
    Title: Complete Human Body 2ed
    Author: ROBERTS ALICE


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



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00
    $75.00
  • Descent of Woman: The Classic Study of Evolution
    Descent of Woman: The Classic Study of Evolution
    ISBN: 9780285627000
    Title: Descent of Woman: The Classic Study of Evolution
    Author: MORGAN ELAINE

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

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    Price: $32.00
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  • Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution
    Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution
    ISBN: 9781786493040
    Title: Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution
    Author: COCKELL CHARLES

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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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."

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  • Genesis: On the Deep Origin of Societies
    Genesis: On the Deep Origin of Societies
    ISBN: 9780141990231
    Title: Genesis: On the Deep Origin of Societies
    Author: WILSON EDWARD O

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

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

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

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    Price: $24.00
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  • 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
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  • Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering & the Future of Humanity
    Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering & the Future of Humanity
    ISBN: 9781728214139
    Title: Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering & the Future of Humanity
    Author: METZL JAMIE


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


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


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


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


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


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



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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.



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  • Human DNA Manual
    Human DNA Manual
    ISBN: 9781785215940
    Title: Human DNA Manual
    Author: IRVING MELITA

    The Human DNA Manual aims to enlighten and entertain the genetically curious layperson on all aspects of our DNA and genetic code. An introductory section covers the basic concepts of genetics and debunks some of the confusion that stems from associated jargon. A history of DNA discovery explains the role of this molecule-of-inheritance and how it conveys the recipe for life, including how to extract your own DNA at home using every day household items.

    Discussing the relevance of DNA in the past, present and the future, author Melita Irving also covers the potential influence genes have in driving evolution; the concept of bringing back notable historical species from extinction, and the widespread role of DNA in everyday practices. Current issues, such as genetic conditions and the latest medical breakthroughs in detecting them, forensic science, gene therapy and sequencing are all clearly explained.

    Finally, the book looks at the future of genes and examine the impact DNA will have on the lives of the next generation -- the epigenetics era and potentially heritable consequences of environmental exposures, the contribution of genetic engineering to a functioning society, the concept of gene editing in reproductive medicine, the slippery slope to a 'superhuman' race, and human cloning, as well as the potential for the development of new therapies using gene technology.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
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  • Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
    Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
    ISBN: 9781474608350
    Title: Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
    Author: LENTS NATHAN

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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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.

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    Price: $23.00
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  • 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.

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    Price: $15.00
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  • Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Uncovering Secrets, Reuniting Relatives, & Upending Who We Are
    Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Uncovering Secrets, Reuniting Relatives, & Upending Who We Are
    ISBN: 9781419743009
    Title: Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Uncovering Secrets, Reuniting Relatives, & Upending Who We Are
    Author: COPELAND LIBBY

    A deeply reported look at the rise of home genetic testing and the seismic shock it has had on individual lives

    You swab your cheek or spit into a vial, then send it away to a lab somewhere. Weeks later you get a report that might tell you where your ancestors came from or if you carry certain genetic risks. Or the report could reveal a long-buried family secret and upend your entire sense of identity. Soon a lark becomes an obsession, an incessant desire to find answers to questions at the core of your being, like "Who am I?" and "Where did I come from?" Welcome to the age of home genetic testing.

    In The Lost Family, journalist Libby Copeland investigates what happens when we embark on a vast social experiment with little understanding of the ramifications. Copeland explores the culture of genealogy buffs, the science of DNA, and the business of companies like Ancestry and 23andMe, all while tracing the story of one woman, her unusual results, and a relentless methodical drive for answers that becomes a thoroughly modern genetic detective story.

    The Lost Family delves into the many lives that have been irrevocably changed by home DNA tests--a technology that represents the end of family secrets. There are the adoptees who've used the tests to find their birth parents; donor-conceived adults who suddenly discover they have more than fifty siblings; hundreds of thousands of Americans who discover their fathers aren't biologically related to them, a phenomenon so common it is known as a "non-paternity event"; and individuals who are left to grapple with their conceptions of race and ethnicity when their true ancestral histories are discovered. Throughout these accounts, Copeland explores the impulse toward genetic essentialism and raises the question of how much our genes should get to tell us about who we are. With more than thirty million people having undergone home DNA testing, the answer to that question is more important than ever.

    Gripping and masterfully told, The Lost Family is a spectacular book on a big, timely subject.



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  • 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.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $15.00
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  • On the Origin of Species: The Science Classic
    On the Origin of Species: The Science Classic
    ISBN: 9780857088475
    Title: On the Origin of Species: The Science Classic
    Author: DARWIN CHARLES


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


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


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

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

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


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



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    Price: $24.00
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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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
    $36.00
  • Period
    Period
    ISBN: 9780008308087
    Title: Period
    Author: BARNETT EMMA

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

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Primate Change: How the World We Made Is Remaking Us
    Primate Change: How the World We Made Is Remaking Us
    ISBN: 9781788401289
    Title: Primate Change: How the World We Made Is Remaking Us
    Author: CREGAN-REID VYBARR

    This is the road from climate change to primate change.

    IF YOU THINK YOU ARE YOU, THINK AGAIN.
    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: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
    ISBN: 9780099590088
    Title: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
    Author: HARARI YUVAL NOAH

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

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

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00

    $30.00
  • Science of Fate: Why Your Future Is More Predictable Than You Think
    Science of Fate: Why Your Future Is More Predictable Than You Think
    ISBN: 9781473659292
    Title: Science of Fate: Why Your Future Is More Predictable Than You Think
    Author: CRITCHLOW HANNAH

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


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


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


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


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


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



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Secret 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: $36.00
    $36.00
  • Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
    Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
    ISBN: 9781921844249
    Title: Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
    Author: RYAN CHRISTOPHER & JETHA CACILDA

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity.In this groundbreaking book, however, Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethaacute; argue that human beings evolved in egalitarian groups that shared food, child care, and, often, sexual partners. Weaving together evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality, the authors show how far from human nature monogamy really is.With intelligence and humour, Ryan and Jethaacute; explain how our promiscuous past haunts our contemporary struggles. They explore why many people find long-term fidelity so difficult; why sexual passion tends to fade even as love deepens; why homosexuality persists in the face of standard evolutionary logic; and what the human body reveals about the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality.Shocking, enlightening, and ultimately inspiring, Sex at Dawn offers a revolutionary understanding of why we live and love as we do.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA
    Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA
    ISBN: 9781786078018
    Title: Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA
    Author: SHUBIN NEIL

    The author of the bestselling Your Inner Fish gives us a brilliant, up-to-date account of the great transformations in the history of life on Earth.

    Over billions of years, fish evolved to walk on land, reptiles transformed into birds that fly, and ape-like primates changed into humans who walk on two legs, talk and write.

    This is a story full of surprises. If you think that feathers arose to help animals fly, or lungs to help them walk on land, you'd be in good company. You'd also be entirely wrong.

    Neil Shubin delves deep into the mystery of life, the ongoing revolutions in our understanding of how we got here, and brings us closer to answering one of the great questions - was life on earth inevitable...or was it all an accident?

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
  • Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
    Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
    ISBN: 9780008310714
    Title: Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
    Author: QUAMMEN DAVID

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

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


    WINNER OF THE 2017 ROYAL SOCIETY INSIGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, & Time
    Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, & Time
    ISBN: 9780241281116
    Title: Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, & Time
    Author: VINCE GAIA

    Humans now live longer and better than ever before, and we are the most populous big animal on earth. Meanwhile, our closest living relatives, the now-endangered chimpanzees, continue to live as they have for millions of years. We are not like the other animals, yet we evolved through the same process. What are we then? And now we have remade the world, what are we becoming?

    Setting out to answer this question Gaia Vince tells a remarkable evolution story about us. Unlike any other species on earth we determine the course of our own destiny, a fact that Vince argues rests on a special relationship between our genes, environment and culture. Exploring cutting-edge advances in population genetics, archaeology, palaeontology, psychology and more that fundamentally change our understanding of how we developed as a species, Transcendence compels us to reimagine our ancestors. To think of us as a sort of smarter chimp with cool tools is to miss what is truly extraordinary about us and the way we operate on this planet. Look around you- we are the intelligent designers of all you see - including ourselves.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Unfit for Purpose
    Unfit for Purpose
    ISBN: 9781472971036
    Title: Unfit for Purpose
    Author: HART ADAM

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Unravelling the Double Helix: The Story of DNA
    Unravelling the Double Helix: The Story of DNA
    ISBN: 9781474609364
    Title: Unravelling the Double Helix: The Story of DNA
    Author: WILLIAMS GARETH

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

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

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

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00