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The Ascent of Man
The Ascent of Man
Hardcover      ISBN: 0316109304
An account of the history and philosophy of science drawn from the BBC television series created by Dr. Bronowski
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History
Wonderful Life
The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History
Paperback      ISBN: 039330700x
A study of the Burgess Shale, a sea bed 530 million years old, and attempts to tackle what the findings are and what it means
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883
Krakatoa
The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883
Paperback      ISBN: 006093736x
Considers the global impact of the 1883 eruption of the Krakatoa volcano, documenting the resulting immense tsunami that killed some 40,000 people, its impact on the weather for several years, and its role in anti-Western Islamic fundamentalism. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 200,000 first printing.
Mismeasure of Man
Mismeasure of Man
Paperback      ISBN: 0393314251
Exposes the fatal flaws in the ranking of people according to their supposed gifts and limits by discussing the development of the theory of limits and by reanalyzing the data on which it is based
Challenging Nature: The Clash Between Biotechnology and Spirituality
Challenging Nature
The Clash Between Biotechnology and Spirituality
Paperback      ISBN: 0060582685
A distinguished molecular biologist examines the scientific principles and research behind the emerging field of biotechnology, discussing the clash between science and spirituality and the ramifications of that conflict in terms of hindering life-saving scientific innovations. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine: Treatments for Diabetes, Cholesterol, and the Immune System
Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine
Treatments for Diabetes, Cholesterol, and the Immune System
Paperback      ISBN: 0892811498
The first complete guide to natural healing properties and uses of the prickly pear cactus • Examines the scientific research promoting the cactus as a natural diabetes and cholesterol medication as well as its use in the treatment of obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, skin ailments, and viral infections • Explores the healing uses of prickly pears from the perspective of doctor, chemist, ethnobotanist, cook, and layman • Includes 24 cactus recipes--from Prickly Pear Bread to Cactus Candy The prickly pear cactus--a plant that has the distinction of being a vegetable, fruit, and flower all in one--is destined to be the next big herbal superstar, following in the footsteps of St. John's wort and Echinacea, according to author Ran Knishinsky. One of the driving forces behind its popularity is that each part of this plant functions as both food and medicine. It has been a staple in the diets of the people of the southwestern portion of the United States, the Middle East, parts of Europe and Africa, and Central and South America for hundreds of years. Traditionally, the prickly pear cactus has been used as a panacea for over 100 different ailments. More recently, it has been the subject of blood cholesterol research trials sponsored by the American Heart Association. In addition to the results of this research, Knishinsky includes scientific studies on the antiviral properties of the cactus to treat herpes, influenza, and HIV, as well as its use in treating obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, and skin ailments. A resource section details the natural food companies that supply prickly pear cactus and a chapter of recipes offers 24 traditional and modern dishes using the pads and fruit of the cactus.
Why Choose This Book?: How We Make Decisions
Why Choose This Book?
How We Make Decisions
Hardcover      ISBN: 0525949828
A director in theoretical neuroscience introduces readers to the latest findings in the science of decision-making, offering an accessible discussion of the origins of aesthetic choices, ethical behavior, financial decisions, and more, in an account that also connects behavioral science to mental illness and addiction.
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-eye View of the World
The Botany of Desire
A Plant's-eye View of the World
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0375760393
Focusing on the human relationship with plants, the author of Second Nature uses botany to explore four basic human desires--sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control--through portraits of four plants that embody them: the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato. 100,000 first printing.
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.
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