• 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
  • Bonk: the Curious Coupling of Science & Sex
    Bonk: the Curious Coupling of Science & Sex
    ISBN: 9780393334791
    Title: Bonk: the Curious Coupling of Science & Sex
    Author: ROACH MARY

    In ?Bonk, ?the best-selling author of Stiff turns her outrageous curiosity and insight on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex. Can a person think herself to orgasm? Why doesn't Viagra help women-or, for that matter, pandas? Can a dead man get an erection? Is vaginal orgasm a myth? Mary Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm-two of the most complex, delightful, and amazing scientific phenomena on earth-can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 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: 9780297609384
    Title: Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: the Stories in Our Genes
    Author: RUTHERFORD ADAM


    This is a story about you.


    It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is to each of the 100 billion modern humans who have ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in every one of our genomes we each carry the history of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration and a lot of sex.


    Since scientists first read the human genome in 2001 it has been subject to all sorts of claims, counterclaims and myths. In fact, as Adam Rutherford explains, our genomes should be read not as instruction manuals, but as epic poems. DNA determines far less than we have been led to believe about us as individuals, but vastly more about us as a species.


    In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about history, and what history tells us about our genes. From Neanderthals to murder, from redheads to race, dead kings to plague, evolution to epigenetics, this is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • 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
  • Cell: A Very Short Introduction
    Cell: A Very Short Introduction
    ISBN: 9780199578757
    Title: Cell: A Very Short Introduction
    Author: ALLEN TERENCE ; COWLING GRAHAM

    In this Very Short Introduction, Terrence Allen and Graham Cowling offer an illuminating account of the nature of cells--their basic structure, forms, division, signaling, and programmed death. Allen and Cowling start with the simple "prokaryotic" cell--cells with no nucleus--and show how the bodies of more complex plants and animals consist of billions of "eukaryotic" cells, of varying kinds, adapted to fill different roles--red blood cells, muscle cells, branched neurons. The authors also show that each cell is an astonishingly complex chemical factory, the activities of which we have only begun to unravel in the past fifty years.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • Clans & Tartans Traditional Scottish Tartans
    Clans & Tartans Traditional Scottish Tartans
    ISBN: 9780008251093
    Title: Clans & Tartans Traditional Scottish Tartans
    Author: COLLINS MAPS


    The perfect introduction to Scottish tartans. Produced in association with the Scottish Tartans Authority, this Little Book focuses on the history of the world famous Scottish tartan. Optimised for colour tablets. The images in this ebook are not suitable for viewing on black and white e-ink devices.


    Contents include:

    * Over 100 clans presented with their tartan, crest, motto and Gaelic clan name.

    * The history of tartan and how it plays its part in the traditional national dress.

    * Detailed clans and family names listing.


    Beautifully produced, Collins Little Book of Clans and Tartans is a treasure in itself and makes a perfect gift for any Scotland enthusiast.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $17.00
    $17.00
  • 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
    $30.00
  • 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: $71.00
    $71.00
  • Cosmic Serpent: Dna & the Origins of Knowledge
    Cosmic Serpent: Dna & the Origins of Knowledge
    ISBN: 9780874779646
    Title: Cosmic Serpent: Dna & the Origins of Knowledge
    Author: NARBY JEREMY

    This adventure in science and imagination, which the Medical Tribune said might herald "a Copernican revolution for the life sciences," leads the reader through unexplored jungles and uncharted aspects of mind to the heart of knowledge.In a first-person narrative of scientific discovery that opens new perspectives on biology, anthropology, and the limits of rationalism, The Cosmic Serpent reveals how startlingly different the world around us appears when we open our minds to it.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution from the Origin of the Universe
    Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution from the Origin of the Universe
    ISBN: 9780715651216
    Title: Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution from the Origin of the Universe
    Author: HANDS JOHN

    What are we? And why are we here? are questions that have fascinated humans for at least 25,000 years. Cosmosapiens takes us on a quest to ascertain what science can reliably tell us about how and why we evolved from the origin of the universe and whether what we are makes us different from all other animals. John Hands's extraordinarily ambitious quest is to bring together this scientific knowledge and evaluate without bias or preconception all the theories and evidence about the origin and evolution of matter, life, consciousness, and humankind. From examining theories such as the Big Bang, Darwin's theory of evolution, dark matter and the selfish gene, John Hands challenges what we think we know, asking: are certain aspects of scientific dogma which we have come to accept as the norm actually correct?

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Crack in Creation: The New Power to Control Evolution
    Crack in Creation: The New Power to Control Evolution
    ISBN: 9781847923820
    Title: Crack in Creation: The New Power to Control Evolution
    Author: DOUDNA JENNIFER & STERNBERG SAMUEL H.

    A handful of discoveries have changed the course of human history. This book is about the most recent and potentially the most powerful and dangerous of them all. It is an invention that allows us to rewrite the genetic code that shapes and controls all living beings with astonishing accuracy and ease. Thanks to it, the dreams of genetic manipulation have become a stark reality- the power to cure disease and alleviate suffering, to create new sources of food and energy, as well as to re-design any species, including humans, for our own ends. Jennifer Doudna is the co-inventor of this technology, known as CRISPR, and a scientist of worldwide renown. Writing with fellow researcher Samuel Sternberg, here she provides the definitive account of her discovery, explaining how this wondrous invention works and what it is capable of. A Crack In Creation also asks us to consider what our new-found power means- how do we enjoy its unprecedented benefits while avoiding its equally unprecedented dangers? As Doudna argues, every member of our species is implicated in the answers to these questions. Somehow we must consider and act together. The future of humankind - and of all life on Earth - is at stake. This book is an essential guide to the path that now lies ahead.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Crack in Creation: The New Power to Control Evolution
    Crack in Creation: The New Power to Control Evolution
    ISBN: 9781784702762
    Title: Crack in Creation: The New Power to Control Evolution
    Author: DOUDNA JENNIFER & STERNBERG SAMUEL

    Jennifer Doudna, the world-famous scientist behind CRISPR, 'one of the most monumental discoveries in biology' (New York Times), describes its power to reshape the future of all life and warns of its use.

    A handful of discoveries have changed the course of human history. This book is about the most recent and potentially the most powerful and dangerous of them all.

    It is an invention that allows us to rewrite the genetic code that shapes and controls all living beings with astonishing accuracy and ease. Thanks to it, the dreams of genetic manipulation have become a stark reality- the power to cure disease and alleviate suffering, to create new sources of food and energy, as well as to re-design any species, including humans, for our own ends.

    Jennifer Doudna is the co-inventor of this technology, known as CRISPR, and a scientist of worldwide renown. Writing with fellow researcher Samuel Sternberg, here she provides the definitive account of her discovery, explaining how this wondrous invention works and what it is capable of.

    A Crack In Creationalso asks us to consider what our new-found power means- how do we enjoy its unprecedented benefits while avoiding its equally unprecedented dangers? As Doudna argues, every member of our species is implicated in the answers to these questions. Somehow we must consider and act together.

    The future of humankind - and of all life on Earth - is at stake. This book is an essential guide to the path that now lies ahead.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Cradle of Humanity: How the Changing Landscape of Africa Made Us So Smart
    Cradle of Humanity: How the Changing Landscape of Africa Made Us So Smart
    ISBN: 9780198704539
    Title: Cradle of Humanity: How the Changing Landscape of Africa Made Us So Smart
    Author: MASLIN MARK

    Humans are rather weak when compared with many other animals. We are not particularly fast and have no natural weapons. Yet Homo sapiens currently number nearly 7.5 billion and are set to rise to nearly 10 billion by the middle of this century. We have influenced almost every part of the Earthsystem and as a consequence are changing the global environmental and evolutionary trajectory of the Earth. So how did we become the worlds apex predator and take over the planet? Fundamental to our success is our intelligence, not only individually but more importantly collectively. But why did evolution favour the brainy ape? Given the calorific cost of running our large brains, not to mention the difficulties posed for childbirth, this bizarre adaptation must have givenour ancestors a considerable advantage. In this book Mark Maslin brings together the latest insights from hominin fossils and combines them with evidence of the changing landscape of the East African Rift Valley to show how all these factors led to selection pressures that favoured our ultrasocialbrains. Astronomy, geology, climate, and landscape all had a part to play in making East Africa the cradle of humanity and allowing us to dominate the planet.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping & Beyond
    Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping & Beyond
    ISBN: 9780674048515
    Title: Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping & Beyond
    Author: PROVINE ROBERT R

    Robert Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread-in search of hiccups, coughs, yawns, sneezes, and other lowly, undignified human behaviors. Upon investigation, these instinctive acts bear the imprint of our evolutionary origins and can be uniquely valuable tools for understanding how the human brain works and what makes us different from other species.

    Many activities showcased in Curious Behavior are contagious, but none surpasses yawning in this regard-just reading the word can make one succumb. Though we often take it as a sign of sleepiness or boredom, yawning holds clues to the development of our sociality and ability to empathize with others. Its inescapable transmission reminds us that we are sometimes unaware, neurologically programmed beasts of the herd. Other neglected behaviors yield similar revelations. Tickling, we learn, may be the key to programming personhood into robots. Coughing comes in musical, medical, and social varieties. Farting and belching have import for the evolution of human speech. And prenatal behavior is offered as the strangest exhibit of all, defying postnatal logic in every way. Our earthiest acts define Homo sapiens as much as language, bipedalism, tool use, and other more studied characteristics.

    As Provine guides us through peculiarities right under our noses, he beckons us to follow with self-experiments: tickling our own feet, keeping a log of when we laugh, and attempting to suppress yawns and sneezes. Such humble investigations provide fodder for grade school science projects as well as doctoral dissertations. Small Science can yield big rewards.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00

    $45.00
  • Darwin a Graphic Biography
    Darwin a Graphic Biography
    ISBN: 9781588343529
    Title: Darwin a Graphic Biography
    Author: BYRNE EUGENE

    Darwin: A Graphic Biographyis an inspiring expedition into the physical and intellectual adventures of Charles Darwin. Presenting Darwin's life in a smart and entertaining graphic novel,Darwin: A Graphic Biographyattempts to not only educate the reader about Darwin but also the scientific world of the 1800s. The graphic medium is ideal for recreating a very specific time frame, succeeding in placing the reader right next to a young Darwin on a "beetling" expedition. With specimens in both hands, and anxious to get another, Darwin ends up stuffing the third beetle into his mouth. Darwin's life presented in this form is an inspirational tale for kids of all ages. They'll be sure to identify with a curious young Darwin finding his way on youthful adventures in the fields near his house. The ups, downs, and near-misses of Darwin's youth are portrayed honestly and without foreshadowing of his later fame. This is a key point for younger readers: that Darwin wasn't somehow predestined to greatness. He was curious, patient, and meticulous. He persevered--a great lesson about what science is all about.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Darwin a Life in Poems
    Darwin a Life in Poems
    ISBN: 9780701183851
    Title: Darwin a Life in Poems
    Author: PADEL RUTH


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Darwin Comes to Town
    Darwin Comes to Town
    ISBN: 9781786481092
    Title: Darwin Comes to Town
    Author: SCHILTHUIZEN MENNO


    See your city through fresh eyes


    We are marching towards a future in which three-quarters of humans live in cities, and a large portion of the planet's landmass is urbanized. With much of the rest covered by human-shaped farms, pasture, and plantations, where can nature still go? To the cities -- is Menno Schilthuizen's answer in this remarkable book. And with more and more wildlife carving out new niches among humans, evolution takes a surprising turn. Urban animals evolve to become more cheeky and resourceful, city pigeons develop detox-plumage, and weeds growing from cracks in the pavement get a new type of seeds. City blackbirds are even on their way of becoming an entirely new species, which we could name Turdus urbanicus.


    Thanks to evolutionary adaptation taking place at unprecedented speeds, plants and animals are coming up with new ways of living in the seemingly hostile environments of asphalt and steel that we humans have created. We are on the verge of a new chapter in the history of life, Schilthuizen says -- a chapter in which much old biodiversity is, sadly, disappearing, but also one in which a new and exciting set of life forms is being born.


    Menno Schilthuizen shows us that evolution in cities can happen far more rapidly, and strangely, than Darwin had dared dream.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Darwin Comes to Town
    Darwin Comes to Town
    ISBN: 9781786481085
    Title: Darwin Comes to Town
    Author: SCHILTHUIZEN MENNO


    *Carrion crows in the Japanese city of Sendai have learned to use passing traffic to crack nuts.


    *Lizards in Puerto Rico are evolving feet that better grip surfaces like concrete.


    *Europe's urban blackbirds sing at a higher pitch than their rural cousins, to be heardover the din of traffic.


    How is this happening?


    Menno Schilthuizen is one of a growing number of "urban ecologists" studying how our manmade environments are accelerating and changing the evolution of the animals and plants around us. In Darwin Comes to Town, he takes us around the world for an up-close look at just how stunningly flexible and swift-moving natural selection can be.


    With human populations growing, we're having an increasing impact on global ecosystems, and nowhere do these impacts overlap as much as they do in cities. The urban environment is about as extreme as it gets, and the wild animals and plants that live side-by-side with us need to adapt to a whole suite of challenging conditions: they must manage in the city's hotter climate (the "urban heat island"); they need to be able to live either in the semidesert of the tall, rocky, and cavernous structures we call buildings or in the pocket-like oases of city parks (which pose their own dangers, including smog and free-rangingdogs and cats); traffic causes continuous noise, a mist of fine dust particles, and barriers to movement for any animal that cannot fly or burrow; food sources are mainly human-derived. And yet, as Schilthuizen shows, the wildlife sharing these spaces with us is not just surviving, but evolving ways of thriving.


    Darwin Comes toTown draws on eye-popping examples of adaptation to share a stunning vision of urban evolution in which humans and wildlife co-exist in a unique harmony. It reveals that evolution can happen far more rapidly than Darwin dreamed, while providing a glimmer of hope that our race toward over population might not take the rest of nature down with us.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Darwin's Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory
    Darwin's Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory
    ISBN: 9780393239898
    Title: Darwin's Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory
    Author: COSTA JAMES T


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life & the Case for Intelligent Design
    Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life & the Case for Intelligent Design
    ISBN: 9780062071484
    Title: Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life & the Case for Intelligent Design
    Author: MEYER STEPHEN


    When Charles Darwin finished The Origin of Species, he thought that he had explained every clue, but one. Though his theory could explain many facts, Darwin knew that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. During this event, the "Cambrian explosion," many animals suddenly appeared in the fossil record without apparent ancestors in earlier layers of rock.

    In Darwin's Doubt, Stephen C. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life-a mystery that has intensified, not only because the expected ancestors of these animals have not been found, but because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal. During the last half century, biologists have come to appreciate the central importance of biological information-stored in DNA and elsewhere in cells-to building animal forms.

    Expanding on the compelling case he presented in his last book, Signature in the Cell, Meyer argues that the origin of this information, as well as other mysterious features of the Cambrian event, are best explained by intelligent design, rather than purely undirected evolutionary processes.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Darwin's Fossils: Discoveries That Shaped the Theory of Evolution
    Darwin's Fossils: Discoveries That Shaped the Theory of Evolution
    ISBN: 9781486309450
    Title: Darwin's Fossils: Discoveries That Shaped the Theory of Evolution
    Author: LISTER ADRIAN


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Darwin's Island: the Galapagos in the Garden of England
    Darwin's Island: the Galapagos in the Garden of England
    ISBN: 9780349121413
    Title: Darwin's Island: the Galapagos in the Garden of England
    Author: JONES STEVE

    The book will be the definitive account of where Darwinism stands today. It will set out the argument of THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES in plain terms employing examples from the evolution of humans and their close relatives, a field that has been revolutionized by the advances of the past decade. Later chapters will use modern science to explore the motif of gradual change in the context of Darwin's other works. The book will end with a glance into the future - at the state of Darwin's favourite places, at the prospects for human evolution, and the fate of the many creatures studied by the greatest of all naturalists. Darwin's intellectual journey makes most sense in the context of his life: from idle youth to young enthusiast on the Beagle and to an increasingly exhausted savant at Downe, in Kent. The explorer settled down, reluctant to leave his grand house except on brief forays within the British Isles to test his ideas. In the confines of his garden and his study, he underwent a voyage of the mind: five years of adventure led to four decades of intense labour. The recent publication of many thousands of Darwin's letters in electronic form will aid the task of putting his science into the context of his life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Darwin's Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind
    Darwin's Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind
    ISBN: 9780691151182
    Title: Darwin's Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind
    Author: KEVIN N. LALAND


    How culture transformed human evolution


    Humans possess an extraordinary capacity for cultural production, from the arts and language to science and technology. How did the human mind--and the uniquely human ability to devise and transmit culture--evolve from its roots in animal behavior? Darwin's Unfinished Symphony presents a captivating new theory of human cognitive evolution. This compelling and accessible book reveals how culture is not just the magnificent end product of an evolutionary process that produced a species unlike all others--it is also the key driving force behind that process.


    Kevin Laland shows how the learned and socially transmitted activities of our ancestors shaped our intellects through accelerating cycles of evolutionary feedback. The truly unique characteristics of our species--such as our intelligence, language, teaching, and cooperation--are not adaptive responses to predators, disease, or other external conditions. Rather, humans are creatures of their own making. Drawing on his own groundbreaking research, and bringing it to life with vivid natural history, Laland explains how animals imitate, innovate, and have remarkable traditions of their own. He traces our rise from scavenger apes in prehistory to modern humans able to design iPhones, dance the tango, and send astronauts into space.


    This book tells the story of the painstaking fieldwork, the key experiments, the false leads, and the stunning scientific breakthroughs that led to this new understanding of how culture transformed human evolution. It is the story of how Darwin's intellectual descendants picked up where he left off and took up the challenge of providing a scientific account of the evolution of the human mind.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $86.00
    $86.00
  • Darwin's Dangerous Idea
    Darwin's Dangerous Idea
    ISBN: 9780140167344
    Title: Darwin's Dangerous Idea
    Author: DENNETT DANIEL C

    In Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life Daniel C. Dennett argues that the theory of evolution can demystify the miracles of life without devaluing our most cherished beliefs. From the moment it first appeared, Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection has been controversial: misrepresented, abused, denied and fiercely debated. In this powerful defence of Darwin, Daniel C. Dennett explores every aspect of evolutionary thinking to show why it is so fundamental to our existence, and why it affirms - not threatens - our convictions about the meaning of life. 'Essential and pleasurable for any thinking person'
      Stephen Pinker 'A surpassingly brilliant book. Where creative, it lifts the reader to new intellectual heights. Where critical, it is devastating'
      Richard Dawkins 'A brilliant piece of persuasion, excitingly argued and compulsively readable'
      The Times Higher Education Supplement 'Superb ... This is the best single-author overview of all the implications of evolution by natural selection available ... deserves a place on the bookshelves of every thinking person'
      John Gribbin, Sunday Times 'Dennett's book brings together science and philosophy with wit, complex clarity and an infectious sense that these ideas matter, to us and the way we live now'
      A.S. Byatt, Sunday Times Books of the Year Daniel C. Dennett is one of the most original and provocative thinkers in the world. A brilliant polemicist and philosopher, he is famous for challenging unexamined orthodoxies, and an outspoken supporter of the Brights movement. His books include Brainstorms, Brainchildren, Elbow Room, Breaking the Spell, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, Consciousness Explained and Freedom Evolves.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
    $42.00
  • Death on Earth: Adventures in Evolution & Mortality
    Death on Earth: Adventures in Evolution & Mortality
    ISBN: 9781472915085
    Title: Death on Earth: Adventures in Evolution & Mortality
    Author: HOWARD JULES

    A ground-breaking exploration of death and its role in evolution
    As you read these words Planet Earth teems with trillions of life-forms, each going about their own business; eating, reproducing, thriving . Yet the life of almost every single entity draws nearer and nearer to certain death. Why? Why is death such a universal companion to life on Earth? Why haven't animals evolved to break free of its shackles?

    In this ground-breaking exploration of death, Jules Howard attempts to shed evolutionary light on this, one of our biggest and most unshakeable taboos. Encountering some of the world's oldest animals, and meeting the scientists attempting to unravel their mysteries, Jules also comes face-to-face with evolution's outliers; the animals that may one day avoid death altogether.

    Written in his familiar engaging and humorous style, Jules's journey inevitably ends with our own fate: can we ever become immortal? And even if we could, would we really want to?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Deep Ancestry Inside the Genographic Project
    Deep Ancestry Inside the Genographic Project
    ISBN: 9780792262152
    Title: Deep Ancestry Inside the Genographic Project
    Author: WELLS SPENCER

    Travel backward through time from today's scattered billions to the handful of early humans who lived in Africa 60,000 years ago and are ancestors to us all.

    In Deep Ancestry, scientist and National Geographic explorer Spencer Wells shows how tiny genetic changes add up over time into a fascinating story. Using scores of real-life examples, helpful analogies, and detailed diagrams and illustrations, he explains exactly how each and every individual's DNA contributes another piece to the jigsaw puzzle of human history. The book takes readers inside the Genographic Project#151;the landmark study now assembling the world's largest collection of DNA samples and employing the latest in testing technology and computer analysis to examine hundreds of thousand of genetic profiles from all over the globe#151;and invites us all to take part.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $41.00
    $41.00
  • 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
  • Demon in the Freezer: A True Story
    Demon in the Freezer: A True Story
    ISBN: 9780345466631
    Title: Demon in the Freezer: A True Story
    Author: PRESTON RICHARD

    "The bard of biological weapons captures the drama of the front lines."--Richard Danzig, former secretary of the navy

    The first major bioterror event in the United States-the anthrax attacks in October 2001-was a clarion call for scientists who work with "hot" agents to find ways of protecting civilian populations against biological weapons. In The Demon in the Freezer, his first nonfiction book since The Hot Zone, a #1 New York Times bestseller, Richard Preston takes us into the heart of Usamriid, the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland, once the headquarters of the U.S. biological weapons program and now the epicenter of national biodefense.

    Peter Jahrling, the top scientist at Usamriid, a wry virologist who cut his teeth on Ebola, one of the world's most lethal emerging viruses, has ORCON security clearance that gives him access to top secret information on bioweapons. His most urgent priority is to develop a drug that will take on smallpox-and win. Eradicated from the planet in 1979 in one of the great triumphs of modern science, the smallpox virus now resides, officially, in only two high-security freezers-at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and in Siberia, at a Russian virology institute called Vector. But the demon in the freezer has been set loose. It is almost certain that illegal stocks are in the possession of hostile states, including Iraq and North Korea. Jahrling is haunted by the thought that biologists in secret labs are using genetic engineering to create a new superpox virus, a smallpox resistant to all vaccines.

    Usamriid went into a state of Delta Alert on September 11 and activated its emergency response teams when the first anthrax letters were opened in New York and Washington, D.C. Preston reports, in unprecedented detail, on the government's response to the attacks and takes us into the ongoing FBI investigation. His story is based on interviews with top-level FBI agents and with Dr. Steven Hatfill.

    Jahrling is leading a team of scientists doing controversial experiments with live smallpox virus at CDC. Preston takes us into the lab where Jahrling is reawakening smallpox and explains, with cool and devastating precision, what may be at stake if his last bold experiment fails.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00

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

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction
    Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction
    ISBN: 9780199601196
    Title: Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction
    Author: WOLPERT LEWIS

    From a single cell--a fertilized egg--comes an elephant, a fly, or a human. How does this astonishing feat happen? How does the egg "know" what to become? How does it divide into the different cells, the separate tissues, the brain, the fingernail--every tiniest detail of the growing fetus? In this Very Short Introduction, renowned scientist Lewis Wolpert shows how the field of developmental biology seeks to answer these profound questions. A distinguished developmental biologist himself, Wolpert offers a concise and highly readable account of what we now know about development, discussing the first vital steps of growth, the patterning created by Hox genes and the development of form, embryonic stem cells, the timing of gene expression and its management, chemical signaling, and growth. Drawing on scientific breakthroughs in genetics, evolution, and molecular biology, he illuminates processes that are deeply rooted in evolutionary history, revealing how information is held in genes whose vital timing in switching on and off is orchestrated by a host of proteins expressed by other genes.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • Dinosaurs: How They Lived & Evolved
    Dinosaurs: How They Lived & Evolved
    ISBN: 9781486309849
    Title: Dinosaurs: How They Lived & Evolved
    Author: NAISH DARREN & BARRETT PAUL M.

    Discover the groundbreaking developments in dinosaur research with this state-of-the-art guide to dinosaur biology. Written by experts from a leading dinosaur research centre, this book traces the evolution of the dinosaur from 225 million years ago through to the end of the Cretaceous Period. It explores how they lived and what happened to the dinosaurs during and after the great extinction event. Research on these fantastic animals is proceeding at a faster pace than ever before. Dinosaurs explores the most recent global discoveries and the major role that new technologies play in revealing previously inaccessible and unknown details about how dinosaurs lived, such as the of use CT-scanning to look inside a dinosaur skull and gain new information on brains and sense organs. This engaging book reveals the latest findings about dinosaur anatomy and behaviour, evolution, diversity and lifestyle, and is lavishly illustrated with artwork, photographs and artistic reconstructions that bring these iconic creatures to life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • 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
  • Dna Usa a Genetic Portrait of America
    Dna Usa a Genetic Portrait of America
    ISBN: 9780871404121
    Title: Dna Usa a Genetic Portrait of America
    Author: SYKES BRYAN

    The bestselling author of "The Seven Daughters of Eve" turns his sights on the genetics of the United States from the blue-blooded pockets of old-WASP New England to the vast tribal lands of the Navajo.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • Emergence of Life: From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology
    Emergence of Life: From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology
    ISBN: 9781108735506
    Title: Emergence of Life: From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology
    Author: LUISI PIER LUIGI

    Addressing the emergence of life from a systems biology perspective, this new edition has undergone extensive revision, reflecting changes in scientific understanding and evolution of thought on the question 'what is life?'. With an emphasis on the philosophical aspects of science, including the epistemic features of modern synthetic biology, and also providing an updated view of the autopoiesis/cognition theory, the book gives an exhaustive treatment of the biophysical properties of vesicles, seen as the beginning of the 'road map' to the minimal cell - a road map which will develop into the question of whether and to what extent synthetic biology will be capable of making minimal life in the laboratory. Fully illustrated, accessibly written, directly challenging the reader with provocative questions, offering suggestions for research proposals, and including dialogues with contemporary authors such as Humberto Maturana, Albert Eschenmoser and Harold Morowitz, this is an ideal resource for researchers and students across fields including bioengineering, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, chemistry and chemical engineering.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $77.00
    $77.00
  • Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime
    Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime
    ISBN: 9780312367077
    Title: Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime
    Author: DE GREY AUBREY & RAE MICHAEL

    With a New Afterword. Must We Age? Nearly all scientists who study the biology of aging agree that we will someday be able to substantially slow down the aging process, extending our productive, youthful lives. Dr. Aubrey de Grey is perhaps the most bullish of all such researchers. As has been reported in media outlets ranging from 60 Minutes toThe New York Times,Dr. de Grey believes that the key biomedical technology required to eliminate aging-derived debilitation and death entirely-technology that would not only slow but periodically reverse age-related physiological decay, leaving us biologically young into an indefinite future-is now within reach. In Ending Aging, Dr. de Grey and his research assistant Michael Rae describe the details of this biotechnology. They explain that the aging of the human body, just like the aging of man-made machines, results from an accumulation of various types of damage.& As with man-made machines, this damage can periodically be repaired, leading to indefinite extension of the machine's fully functional lifetime, just as is routinely done with classic cars.& We already know what types of damage accumulate in the human body, and we are moving rapidly toward the comprehensive development of technologies to remove that -damage.& By demystifying aging and its postponement for the nonspecialist reader, de Grey and Rae systematically dismantle the fatalist presumption that aging will forever defeat the efforts of medical science.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Entanglement: the Secret Lives of Hair
    Entanglement: the Secret Lives of Hair
    ISBN: 9781780749921
    Title: Entanglement: the Secret Lives of Hair
    Author: TARLO EMMA

    When no longer attached to the head, human hair is disconcerting. Whether carefully preserved as a Victorian love token or displayed in museums as proof of mass atrocities, it can tells us stories about the individuals and groups to whom it was once attached. The stories aren t confined to the past either. Recycled into wigs, extensions, toupees, rope, embroidery, paintbrushes, fertilizer or protein, hair is a commodity in a legal yet largely covert trade.
    From scavengers who pick hair out of gutters and rubbish heaps to Hindu pilgrims who renounce their hair and dedicate it to gods in fulfillment vows, anthropologist Emma Tarlo unveils the secret global journeys of hair. Examining the preoccupations and requirements of different cultural groups, she investigates the wide range of meanings hair has for us and reveals the clashes that can occur when different hair worlds collide. A fascinating look inside an industry that most of us know nothing about, "Entanglement" ensures you will never look at hair in quite the same way again."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $34.00
    $34.00
  • Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology Is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease & Inheritance
    Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology Is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease & Inheritance
    ISBN: 9781848313477
    Title: Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology Is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease & Inheritance
    Author: CAREY NESSA

    The cutting-edge of biology, however, is telling us that we still don't even know all of the questions. How is it that, despite each cell in your body carrying exactly the same DNA, you don't have teeth growing out of your eyeballs or toenails on your liver? How is it that identical twins share exactly the same DNA and yet can exhibit dramatic differences in the way that they live and grow? It turns out that cells read the genetic code in DNA more like a script to be interpreted than a mould that replicates the same result each time. This is epigenetics and it's the fastest-moving field in biology today.The Epigenetics Revolution traces the thrilling path this discipline has taken over the last twenty years. Biologist Nessa Carey deftly explains such diverse phenomena as how queen bees and ants control their colonies, why tortoiseshell cats are always female, why some plants need a period of cold before they can flower, why we age, develop disease and become addicted to drugs, and much more. Most excitingly, Carey reveals the amazing possibilities for humankind that epigenetics offers for us all - and in the surprisingly near future.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • 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
    $28.00
  • Equations of Life: The Hidden Rules Shaping Evolution
    Equations of Life: The Hidden Rules Shaping Evolution
    ISBN: 9781786493033
    Title: Equations of Life: The Hidden Rules Shaping Evolution
    Author: COCKELL CHARLES


    Why do gazelles have legs and not wheels? Why is all life based on carbon rather than silicon? Why do humans have eyes on the front of their heads? And beyond earth, would life - if it should exist - look like our own?


    The puzzles of life astound and confuse us like no other mystery. An astrophysicist once conceded that even the smallest insect is far more complex than either an atom or a star. But in this groundbreaking new account of the process of evolution, Professor Charles Cockell reveals how nature is far more understandable and predictable than we would 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. The key is understanding how fundamental physical laws constrain nature's direction and form at every turn. From the animal kingdom to the atomic realm, he shows how physics is the true touchstone for understanding life in all its extraordinary forms. Provocative and captivating, this book will fundamentally change how you view the world.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
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