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The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People

by Neil Shubin

From one of our finest and most popular science writers, the best-selling author of Your Inner Fish, comes the answer to a scientific mystery story as big as the world itself: How have astronomical events that...


The Science of Sports: Winning in the Olympics

by Scientific American & Scientific American Editors

The Science of Sports: Winning in the Olympics by the editors of Scientific American The Olympics are the world's most prestigious stage for athletic competition. Fans both casual and hardcore tune in religiously...


How the Mind Works

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 1997

by Steven Pinker

“A model of scientific writing: erudite, witty, and clear.” —New York Review of Books In this Pulitzer Prize finalist and national bestseller, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists tackles the...


Advances in Insect Physiology: Physiology of Human and Animal Disease Vectors

by Stephen Simpson & Jerome Casas

This latest volume in this series contains articles on the physiology of human and animal disease vectors.The papers in this special issue give rise to key themes for the future and make progress towards answering...


The Neurotourist: Postcards from the Edge of Brain Science

by Lone Frank

Discover the true heart of humanity: the brain Your brain shapes your world, but you can also shape your brain. From the God helmet to the No Lie MRI, award-winning journalist Lone Frank embarks on an incredible...


Why Don't Spiders Stick to Their Webs?: And 317 Other Everyday Mysteries of Science

by Robert Matthews

Why can’t we tickle ourselves? When can you drive through the end of a rainbow? What would happen if you fell into a black hole? Is it ever possible to hurt your brain by thinking too much? Most of the great...


Prime Mover: A Natural History of Muscle

by Steven Vogel

The story—and the science—of nature's greatest engine. Whether we blink an eye, lift a finger, throw a spear or a ball, walk, run, or merely breathe, we are using muscle. Although muscles differ little in...


Target receptors in the control of insect pests: Part II

by Ephraim Cohen

This volume of Advances in Insect Physiology contains comprehensive interdisciplinary reviews on basic and practical aspects relevant to major target receptors for crucial physiological functions and mechanisms...


Cellular and Molecular Biology of Bone

by Masaki Noda

Written by well-known experts in their respective fields, this book synthesizes recent work on the biology of bone cells at the molecular level. Cellular and Molecular Biology of Bone covers the differentiation...


Nature's Nether Regions: What the Sex Lives of Bugs, Birds, and Beasts Tell Us About Evolution, Biodivers ity, and Ourselves

by Menno Schilthuizen

A tour of evolution’s most inventive—and essential—creations: animal genitalia

Forget opposable thumbs and canine teeth: the largest anatomical differences between humans and chimps are found below the...


What Is Death?: A Scientist Looks at the Cycle of Life

by Tyler Volk

what is death?

A Scientist Looks at the Cycle of Life

Answering the question "What is death?" by focusing on the individual is blinkered. It restricts attention to a narrow zone around the individual body of a...


Interlimb Coordination: Neural, Dynamical, and Cognitive Constraints

by Stephan P. Swinnen, Jean Massion & Herbert Heuer

This comprehensive edited treatise discusses the neurological, physiological, and cognitive aspects of interlimb coordination. It is unique in promoting a multidisciplinary perspective through introductory chapter...


Ion Channels of Excitable Cells

by Toshio Narahashi & P. Michael Conn

Because of the highly significant and widely recognized roles of ion channels in physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and toxicology, the term ion channel has now become a household word in the biomedical...


Cell Physiology: Source Book

by Nicholas Sperelakis

A multi-authored and comprehensive text, Cell Physiology Source Book enables graduate students in various biological sub-disciplines to gain a thorough understanding of cell physiology. It begins with a reviewof...


Atlas of the Developing Rat Nervous System

by George Paxinos, Ken W.S. Ashwell & Istvan Tork

In response to the explosion of research in developmental neurobiology, this new edition of the Atlas of the Developing Rat Brain has been expanded to include all of the plates and diagrams of the previous book,...


Jacobson's Organ: And the Remarkable Nature of Smell

by Lyall Watson

Nothing is more memorable than a smell. So why do we persist in dismissing the nose as a blunt instrument? Smell is our most seductive and provocative sense, invading every domain of our lives. We can identify...


The Aging Skeleton

by Clifford J. Rosen, Julie Glowacki & John P. Bilezikian

The Aging Skeleton is a comprehensive and timely book on all aspects of the skeleton as it ages, including basic mechanisms and pathways as well as pathobiology. Chapters cover general aspects and models of...


Fish Physiology: Muscle Development and Growth: Muscle Development and Growth

by William S. Hoar, Anthony P. Farrell & Ian A. Johnston

With the advent of zebrafish as a model system, the development and growth of muscle in fish has become an ever more important process. This volume, in the continuing Fish Physiology series, focuses attention...


Behaviour and Physiology of Root Herbivores

by Scott N. Johnson, Ivan Hiltpold & Ted C. J. Turlings

Drawing on expertise from around the world, this volume identifies our current state of knowledge about the behavior and physiology of root herbivores. In particular, this work describes prevailing concepts...


Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis

by Kim Todd

Today, an entomologist in a laboratory can gaze at a butterfly pupa with a microscope so powerful that the swirling cells on the pupa’s skin look like a galaxy. She can activate a single gene or knock it out....