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A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History

Nicholas Wade · Penguin Press
Pages: 278
Format: Hardcover

Drawing on startling new evidence from the mapping of the genome, an explosive new account of the genetic basis of race and its role in the human story Fewer ideas have been more toxic or harmful than the idea of the biological reality of race, and with it the idea that humans of different...
Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes

Svante PaÌ?aÌ?bo · Basic Books
Pages: 275
Format: Hardcover

What can we learn from the genomes of our closest evolutionary relatives?Neanderthal Man tells the story of geneticist Svante Pääbo's mission to answer this question, and recounts his ultimately successful efforts to genetically define what makes us different from our Neanderthal...
Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island

Will Harlan · Grove Press
Pages: 307
Format: Print book

Carol Ruckdeschel is the wildest woman in America. She wrestles alligators, eats roadkill, rides horses bareback, and lives in a ramshackle cabin that she built by hand in an island wilderness. A combination of Henry David Thoreau and Jane Goodall, Carol is a self-taught scientist who has become...
Animal Architecture

Ingo Arndt · Abrams
Pages: 160
Format: Hardcover

Every day, all over the world, animals and insects set about the purposeful tasks of designing their homes, catching their prey, and attracting their mates. In the process they create gorgeous nests, shelters, and habitats. Capturing 120 of these wonders in all their beauty and complexity,...
Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth

Adam Frank · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

Astrophysicist and NPR commentator on what the latest research on the existence and trajectories of alien civilizations may teach us about our own.Light of the Stars tells the story of humanity's coming of age as we awaken to the possibilities of life on other worlds and their sudden relevance...
Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence

Nick Caruso · Hachette Books
Pages: 133
Format: Hardcover

"The book we didn't realize we needed."---Chicago ReaderDogs do it. Millipedes do it. Dinosaurs did it. You do it. I do it. Octopuses don't (and nor do octopi) . Spiders might do it: more research is needed. Birds don't do it, but they could if they wanted to. Herrings...
Wonders Beyond Numbers: A Brief History of All Things Mathematical

Johnny Ball · Bloomsbury Sigma
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover

In this book, Johnny Ball tells one of the most important stories in world history - the story of mathematics. By introducing us to the major characters and leading us through many historical twists and turns, Johnny slowly unravels the tale of how humanity built up a knowledge and understanding...
Bats: A World of Science and Mystery

M. Brock Fenton · University Of Chicago Press
Format: Hardcover

There are more than 1,300 species of bats - or almost a quarter of the world's mammal species. But before you shrink in fear from these furry "creatures of the night," consider the bat's fundamental role in our ecosystem. A single brown bat can eat several thousand insects...
13.8: The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything

John Gribbin · Yale University Press
Pages: 256
Format: Print book

The twentieth century gave us two great theories of physics. The general theory of relativity describes the behavior of very large things, and quantum theory the behavior of very small things. In this landmark book, John Gribbin - one of the best-known science writers of the past thirty...
Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium

Walter S Judd · Oxford University Press
Pages: 406
Format: Hardcover

Few settings in literature are as widely known or celebrated as J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth. The natural landscape plays a major role in nearly all of Tolkien's major works, and readers have come to view the geography of this fictional universe as integral to understanding and enjoying...
The Perpetual Now: A Story of Amnesia, Memory, and Love

Michael Lemonick · Doubleday
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

In the aftermath of a shattering illness, Lonni Sue Johnson lives in a "perpetual now," where she has almost no memories of the past and a nearly complete inability to form new ones. The Perpetual Now is the moving story of this exceptional woman, and the groundbreaking revelations...
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Yuval Noah Harari · Harper
Pages: 449
Format: Hardcover

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.Over the past century...
Living in the Anthropocene: Earth in the Age of Humans

John W. Kress · Smithsonian Books
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover

Explores the causes and implications of the Anthropocene, or Age of Humans, from multiple points of view including anthropological, scientific, social, artistic, and economic.Although we arrived only recently in Earth's timeline, humans are driving major changes to the planet's...