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Zoology: On (Post)Modern Animals

by Bart Verschaffel & Mark Vermink

The contributions to this book are about the zoo and modernity, the fable beasts from Aesop to cartoons, antique imagination about animals, ‘natural histories, the horse’s grandeur, bestiaries, designer chicken...


American Pests: The Losing War on Insects from Colonial Times to DDT

by James E. McWilliams

The world of insects is one we only dimly understand. Yet from using arsenic, cobalt, and quicksilver to kill household infiltrators to employing the sophisticated tools of the Orkin Man, Americans have fought...


Contemporary Theories of Knowledge

by John L. Pollock & Joseph Cruz

This new edition of the classic Contemporary Theories of Knowledge has been significantly updated to include analyses of the recent literature in epistemology. Rather than merely making slight amendments to...


The Origins of Modern Humans: Biology Reconsidered

by Fred H. Smith & James C. Ahern

This update to the award-winning The Origins of Modern Humans: A World Survey of the Fossil Evidence covers the most accepted common theories concerning the emergence of modern Homo sapiens—adding fresh insight...


Laughter: A Scientific Investigation

by RobertR. Provine

Do men and women laugh at the same things?

Is laughter contagious?

Has anyone ever really died laughing?

Is laughing good for your health?

Drawing upon ten years of research into this most common-yet complex...


Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors

by Nicholas Wade

Nicholas Wade’s articles are a major reason why the science section has become the most popular, nationwide, in the New York Times. In his groundbreaking Before the Dawn, Wade reveals humanity’s origins...


The Red Hourglass: Lives of the Predators

by Gordon Grice

Snake venom that digests human flesh. A building cleared of every living thing by a band of tiny spiders. An infant insect eating its living prey from within, saving the vital organs for last. These are among...


Reflections on the Musical Mind: An Evolutionary Perspective

by Jay Schulkin & Robert O. Gjerdingen

What’s so special about music? We experience it internally, yet at the same time it is highly social. Music engages our cognitive/affective and sensory systems. We use music to communicate with one another--and...


The Score: The Science of the Male Sex Drive

by Faye Flam

A smart, witty, and fresh look at the male side of the male-female relationship from a science writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

In The Score, Faye Flam examines how the desire to "score" has profoundly shaped...


Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul

by Kenneth R. Miller

An inspiring book about the power and the passion of science

Few have weighed in on the nation's contentious debate over evolution as effectively as Kenneth R. Miller. In Only a Theory, Miller-the highly regarded...


Signatures of Life: Science Searches the Universe

by Edward Ashpole

An intriguing overview of the ways in which science could find evidence for extraterrestrial  life

 

Are we alone in the universe, or is life a universal phenomenon?  For fifty years, astronomers in SETI...


Big Disconnect: The Story of Technology and Loneliness

by Giles Slade

Smart phones and social media sites may be contemporary fixations, but using technology to replace face-to-face interactions is not a new cultural phenomenon. Throughout our history, intimacy with machines has...


The Stardust Revolution: The New Story of Our Origin in the Stars

by Jacob Berkowitz

Three great scientific revolutions have shaped our understanding of the cosmos and our relationship to it. The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries witnessed the Copernican Revolution, which bodychecked the Earth...


Darwin Among The Machines: The Evolution Of Global Intelligence

by George B. Dyson

Darwin Among the Machines tells the story of humankind’s journey into the digital wilderness. Introducing a cast of familiar and not-so-familiar characters, historian of science George B. Dyson traces the...


The Natural History of an Arctic Oil Field: Development and the Biota

by Joe C. Truett & Stephen R. Johnson

In spite of the harsh conditions that characterize the Arctic, it is a surprisingly fragile ecosystem. The exploration for oil in the Arctic over the past 30 years has had profound effects on the plants and...


Dance of the Ancient One

by Arnold Mindell

"Just as the earth is moved by the universe, you, me, every human, every life form, and every thing is moved by the universe as well. This movement feeling, the sense of the universe's gravity field or what...


Phase Transitions in Foods

by Yrjö H. Roos, Yrjo H Roos & Steve Taylor

Assembling recent research and theories, this book describes the phase and state transitions that affect technological properties of biological materials occurring in food processing and storage. It covers the...


Antioxidant and Redox Regulation of Genes

by Chandan K. Sen, Lester Packer & Patrick A. Baeuerle

This volume addresses oxidant-reduction or redox and antioxidant sensitive molecular mechanisms and how they are implicated in different disease processes. Possible strategies to pharmacologically and/or nutritionally...


Insect Clocks, Third Edition

by D.S. Saunders, X. Vafopoulou, C.G.H. Steel & R.D. Lewis

Chronobiology is the study of timing mechanisms in biological systems as diverse as plants, animals and some micro-organisms. It includes rhythmic phenomena ranging from short period (ultradian) through daily...


More Landmarks in Biochemistry

by L.A. Stocken & M.G. Ord

More Landmarks in Biochemistry