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Essay on Classification
Essay on Classification
Paperback      ISBN: 0486435806
Louis Agassiz (1807-73) was among the last of the reputable scientists who rejected the theory of evolution. Ironically, his Essay on Classification provided Darwin with evidence from the fossil record to support the theory of natural selection. This Dover edition, first published in 2004, is an unabridged republication of the edition published by Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1962. The text is essentially that of the London edition of 1859, itself a revised version of the first American edition of 1857. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty
Survival of the Prettiest
The Science of Beauty
Paperback      ISBN: 0385479425
Appealing to cognitive science and Darwinian theory, a professor of psychology at the Harvard Medical School challenges the radical feminist view that feminine beauty is a harmful myth perpetuated by male chauvinists and Madison Avenue. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
A Natural History of the Senses
A Natural History of the Senses
Paperback      ISBN: 0679735666
A naturalist guides readers through the human senses, discussing the evolution of the kiss, the sadistic cuisine of eighteenth-century England, the chemistry of pain, and the melodies of Earth
Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human body
Mutants
On Genetic Variety and the Human body
Paperback      ISBN: 0142004820
A study of congenital disease and some of the famous individuals whose lives were affected by congenital abnormalities describes a village of long-lived Croatian dwarves, a hair-covered Burmese royal court family, the ostrich-footed Wadoma of the Zambezi River valley, and others. Reprint.
The Symbolic Species: The Co-Evolution of Language and the Brain
The Symbolic Species
The Co-Evolution of Language and the Brain
Hardcover      ISBN: 0393038386
Theorizing that the human brain and language developed in concert, a study of the origin of language argues that the seeds of language grew and developed in pair bonding between proto- and early-human males and females.
Prehistoric Past Revealed: The Four Billion Year History of Life on Earth
Prehistoric Past Revealed
The Four Billion Year History of Life on Earth
Hardcover      ISBN: 0520241053
Describes how the discovery of fossil remains can trace the history of life on Earth.
Biology Demystified
Biology Demystified
Paperback      ISBN: 0071410406
Say goodbye to dry presentations, grueling formulas, and abstract theory that would put Einstein to sleep--now there's an easier way to master chemistry, biology, trigonometry, and geometry. McGraw-Hill's Demystified Series teaches complex subjects in a unique, easy-to-absorb manner and is designed for users without formal training, unlimited time, or genius IQs. Organized like self-teaching guides, they come complete with key points, background information, questions at the end of each chapter, and final exams. There's no better way to gain instant expertise! ABOUT BIOLOGY DEMYSTIFIED: * A college biology professor presents the fundamental facts, concepts, and principles of biology in an attractive and amusing framework * Great for anyone with an interest in biology, biotechnology, medicine, or the environment * Coverage includes both the anatomy and physiology of organisms as well as ecology and environmental relationships between organisms * Includes a pronunciation guide for difficult biological terms
Prime Mover: A Natural History of Muscle
Prime Mover
A Natural History of Muscle
Paperback      ISBN: 039332463x
A fascinating introduction to the world of muscle explores the role this important tissue plays in a host of important tasks, from maintaining a heartbeat to hunting prey. Reprint.
Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
Third Chimpanzee
The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
Paperback      ISBN: 0060984031
A renowned scientist examines the less than two percent of human genes that distinguish us from chimpanzees and that link human behaviors--such as genocide, drug addiction, and the extermination of other species--to our animal predecessors
The Scientist As Rebel
The Scientist As Rebel
Hardcover      ISBN: 1590172167
An illuminating collection of essays by an award-winning scientist whom the London Times calls “one of the world’s most original minds.” From Galileo to today’s amateur astronomers, scientists have been rebels, writes Freeman Dyson. Like artists and poets, they are free spirits who resist the restrictions their cultures impose on them. In their pursuit of Nature’s truths, they are guided as much by imagination as by reason, and their greatest theories have the uniqueness and beauty of great works of art. Dyson argues that the best way to understand science is by understanding those who practice it. He tells stories of scientists at work, ranging from Isaac Newton’s absorption in physics, alchemy, theology, and politics, to Ernest Rutherford’s discovery of the structure of the atom, to Albert Einstein’s stubborn hostility to the idea of black holes. His descriptions of brilliant physicists like Edward Teller and Richard Feynman are enlivened by his own reminiscences of them. He looks with a skeptical eye at fashionable scientific fads and fantasies, and speculates on the future of climate prediction, genetic engineering, the colonization of space, and the possibility that paranormal phenomena may exist yet not be scientifically verifiable. Dyson also looks beyond particular scientific questions to reflect on broader philosophical issues, such as the limits of reductionism, the morality of strategic bombing and nuclear weapons, the preservation of the environment, and the relationship between science and religion. These essays, by a distinguished physicist who is also a lovely writer, offer informed insights into the history of science and fresh perspectives on contentious current debates about science, ethics, and faith.