"This tour of real-world mathematical disasters reveals the importance of math in everyday life. All sorts of seemingly innocuous mathematical mistakes can have significant consequences. Exploring and explaining a litany of glitches, near misses, and mathematical mishaps involving the internet, big data, elections, street signs, lotteries, the Roman Empire, and an Olympic team, Matt Parker uncovers the ways math trips us up"—
The author of Museum Pieces explores her ferocious need for perfection that caused a 22-year gap in writing after initially publishing five literary novels between the ages of 27 and 37.
Describes the life of America's first forensic scientist, who invented tools that are still being used today—including blood-spatter analysis, ballistics, lie-detector tests and fingerprints—and solved at least 2,000 cases over 40 years. By the author of Death in the Air. Illustrations.
David Quammen examines the emergence and causes of new diseases all over the world, describing a process called "spillover," where illness originates in wild animals before being passed to humans. He discusses the potential for the next huge pandemic.
Long heralded as a city treasure herself, expert "mudlarkr" Lara Maiklem is uniquely trained in the art of seeking. Tirelessly trekking across miles of the Thames' muddy shores, where others only see the detritus of city life, Maiklem unearths evidence of England's captivating, if sometimes murky, history — with some objects dating back to 43 AD, when London was but an outpost of the Roman Empire.
The author of The Willpower Instinct introduces a surprising science-based book that doesn't tell us why we should exercise but instead shows us how to fall in love with movement.
From the author of Junkyard Planet comes a global exploration of the hidden market for used stuff and a travelogue that follows unwanted, obsolescent objects' journeys into a reusable future. Illustrations.
The award-winning New York Times bestselling author of "BRAIN ON FIRE: My Month of Madness" investigates the 50-year-old mystery behind a dramatic experiment that broke open the field of psychology, closing down institutions and changing mental health diagnosis forever.
Citing the millions of Americans suffering from hearing loss and the stigmas and costs that challenge treatment, a New Yorker staff writer outlines the science of hearing while profiling the remarkable new technologies of today's medical community.
The best-selling author of Accountable presents an urgent critique of America's broken health-care system that provides compelling examples that explain why health care has become a financial crisis, counseling readers and business leaders on how to secure better deals.
Citing the five most expensive hurricanes in recent history, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist reveals how federal subsidizing of high-risk property development has distorted common understandings of the dangers of living on the coast. Illustrations. Maps. Index.
A head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body that will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular.