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Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe

by Jim Davies

Why do some things pass under the radar of our attention, but other things capture our interest? Why do some religions catch on and others fade away? What makes a story, a movie, or a book riveting? Why do some...


How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction

by Robert Martin

Despite our seemingly endless fascination with sex and parenting, the origins of our reproductive lives remain a mystery. Why are a quarter of a billion sperm cells needed to fertilize one egg? Are women really...


Mean Genes: From Sex To Money To Food: Taming Our Primal Instincts

Epigenetics: Linking Genotype and Phenotype in Development and Evolution

by Benedikt Hallgrímsson & Brian K. Hall

Illuminating the processes and patterns that link genotype to phenotype, epigenetics seeks to explain features, characters, and developmental mechanisms that can only be understood in terms of interactions that...


Virtual Organisms

by Mark Daniel Ward & Mark Ward

Harmless artificial life forms are on the loose on the Internet. Computer viruses and even robots are now able to evolve like their biological counterparts. Telecommunications companies are sending small packets...


Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves

by Laurel Braitman

** “Science Friday” Summer Reading Pick**

**Discover magazine Top 5 Summer Reads**

**People magazine Best Summer Reads**

“[A] lovely, big-hearted book…brimming with compassion and the tales of the many,...


The Tree Where Man Was Born

by Peter Matthiessen & Jane Goodall

A timeless and majestic portrait of Africa by renowned writer Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014), author of the National Book Award-winning The Snow Leopard and the new novel In Paradise

A finalist for the National...


The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1995

by Jonathan Weiner

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution, two scientists,...


Introduction to Ecological Biochemistry

by J. B. Harborne

Ecological biochemistry concerns the biochemistry of interactions between animals, plants and the environment, and includes such diverse subjects as plant adaptations to soil pollutants and the effects of plant...


Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things

by Laurence Gonzales

“Well-written and fascinating . . . this is the kind of book you want everyone to read.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer “Curiosity, awareness, attention,” Laurence Gonzales writes. “Those are the tools of...


SuperCooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed

by Martin Nowak & Roger Highfield

EVOLUTION IS OFTEN PRESENTED AS A STRICTLY COMPETITIVE ENDEAVOR. This point of view has had serious implications for the way we see the mechanics of both science and culture. But scientists have long wondered...


Evolution

by Irfan Yilmaz

Examining the evolution debate from different aspects, this study points out the divergent uses of evolution and it posits a scientific argument against the theory of evolution, and includes rational explanations...


The Recursive Mind: The Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization

by Michael C. Corballis

The Recursive Mind challenges the commonly held notion that language is what makes us uniquely human. In this compelling book, Michael Corballis argues that what distinguishes us in the animal kingdom is our...


Homology, Genes, and Evolutionary Innovation

by Günter P. Wagner

Homology—a similar trait shared by different species and derived from common ancestry, such as a seal’s fin and a bird’s wing—is one of the most fundamental yet challenging concepts in evolutionary biology....


Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil

by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Bestselling author Jeffrey Masson shows us what the animals at the top of the food chain-orca whales, big cats, etc.-can teach us about the origins of good and evil in ourselves.

In his previous bestsellers,...


The Galapagos: A Natural History

by Henry Nicholls

The natural and human history of the Galapagos Islands—beloved vacation spot, fiery volcanic chain, and one of the critical sites in the history of science

The Galapagos were once known to the sailors and pirates...


Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes

by Svante Pääbo

A preeminent geneticist hunts the Neanderthal genome to answer the biggest question of them all: what does it mean to be human?

What can we learn from the genes of our closest evolutionary relatives? Neanderthal...


The Poetic Species: A Conversation with Edward O. Wilson and Robert Hass

by Robert Hass, Edward O. Wilson & Lee Briccetti

A meeting of great minds at the intersection of the arts and sciences


Evolution by Tumor Neofunctionalization: The Role of Tumors in the Origin of New Cell Types, Tissues and Organs

by Andrei P. Kozlov

Evolution by Tumor Neofunctionalization explores the possibility of the positive role of tumors in evolution of multicellular organisms. This unique perspective goes beyond recent publications on how evolution...


Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You: A Lively Tour Through the Dark Side of the Natural World

by Dan Riskin

It may be a wonderful world, but as Dan Riskin (cohost of Discovery Canada’s Daily Planet) explains, it’s also a dangerous, disturbing, and disgusting one. At every turn, it seems, living things are trying...