Analyzes hidden influences and subtle biases that shape sports plays, covering such topics as performance pressures, the "home field advantage," and the overpayment of athletic talent.
Discusses recent discoveries in physics and cosmology to explore a range of multiverse proposals, and examines how the knowledge that some aspects of reality may lie beyond human comprehension might affect scientific progress.
The Pushcart Prize-nominated daughter of piano prodigy Norma Herr describes how her sister and she were forced by their mother's violent schizophrenic episodes to discontinue contact with her until the author's debilitating injury changed her sense of the world and enabled a healing access to family artifacts.
Investigates allegations about the link between vaccines and autism, arguing that online misinformation has radicalized partisan groups to promote history's largest health-scare hoax, resulting in life-threatening declines in vaccination rates.
Skyrocketing infertility rates and the accompanying explosion in reproductive technology are revolutionizing the American family and changing the way we think about parenthood, childbirth, and life itself. In this work of investigative reporting, journalist Mundy captures the human narratives, as well as the science, behind what is today a controversial, multibillion-dollar industry, and examines how the huge social experiment that is assisted reproduction is transforming our most basic relationships andeven our destiny as a species.—From publisher description.
The best-selling author of Complications draws from his surgical experience to explain how simple checklists have prompted striking and immediate improvements in surgical and hospital settings, then goes beyond the field of medicine to explore how checklists have improved everything from homeland security to investment banking. Reprint.
Argues that popular nurture-based parenting techniques are proving unsuccessful because they fail to include key aspects of scientific research, in an analysis that covers such topics as aggression, intelligence, and moral behavior.
Argues that people must stop thinking of the Internet and social media as instant cures for repression, and asserts that, in some cases, these technological advances can even be used to threaten democracy.
The author of Wish I Could Be There highlights the difficulties faced by American families coping with autism in the 1950s, describing how his institutionalized twin sister was a part of a secretive and dramatic family environment also marked by his father's position as the editor of The New Yorker.
Through the author's own original field research, a surprising picture of the moral development of children emerges to confirm that parents' intense focus on their children's happiness is turning many children into self-involved, fragile conformists who feel ashamed when they fail to measure up.
A historical assessment of cancer addresses both the courageous battles against the complex disease and the misperceptions and hubris that have compromised modern understandings, providing coverage of such topics as ancient-world surgeries and the developments of present-day treatments.