Susan Cain demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples of how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations.
On March 16, 1968, between 347 and 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians were gunned down by members of the U.S. Army in what became known as the My Lai Massacre. The U.S. government has maintained that atrocities like this were isolated incidents, but Nick Turse argues that the intentional killing of civilians during the Vietnam War was quite common.
According to Adam Phillips, all people lead two parallel lives: their actual life and their desired life. The disparity between the two causes most people to feel trapped by unmet needs and sacrifices. Drawing on examples from Shakespeare and from life, Phillips counsels readers on how to accept frustrations as a means of accomplishing personal goals and finding satisfaction.
Stephen Kellert asserts that man's ability to think, feel, communicate, create and find meaning is inextricably linked to his relationship with nature, and that modern challenges are directly related to today's disconnect from the natural world.
Examines the health claims of modern yoga, drawing on scientific and cultural research to offer advice on how to recognize authentic yoga practice and gain actual benefits.
In the vein of A Beautiful Mind, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers, and Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA, this volume tells the poignant story of the brilliant, colorful, controversial mathematician named Dorothy Wrinch. Drawing on her own personal and professional relationship with Wrinch and archives in the United States, Canada, and England, Marjorie Senechal explores the life and work of this provocative, scintillating mind. Senechal portrays a woman who was learned, restless, imperious, exacting, critical, witty, and kind. A young disciple of Bertrand Russell while at Cambridge, the first women to receive a doctor of science degree from Oxford University, Wrinch's contributions to mathematical physics, philosophy, probability theory, genetics, protein structure, and crystallography were anything but inconsequential. But Wrinch, a complicated and ultimately tragic figure, is remembered today for her much publicized feud with Linus Pauling over the molecular architecture of proteins. Pauling ultimately won that bitter battle. Yet, Senechal reminds us, some of the giants of mid-century science—including Niels Bohr, Irving Langmuir, D'Arcy Thompson, Harold Urey, and David Harker — took Wrinch's side in the feud. What accounts for her vast if now-forgotten influence? What did these renowned thinkers, in such different fields, hope her model might explain? Senechal presents a sympathetic portrait of the life and work of a luminous but tragically flawed character. At the same time, she illuminates the subtler prejudices Wrinch faced as a feisty woman, profound culture clashes between scientific disciplines, ever-changing notions of symmetry and pattern in science, and the puzzling roles of beauty and truth.
Biologist and writer Bill Streever is fascinated by extremes. In Cold, he visited some of the chilliest places on Earth; in Heat, he takes a look at the opposite end of the thermometer. Streever treks through Death Valley, investigates fire-based weaponry and walks on coals as he explores what it means to be hot ... really hot.
Dr. Robert Lustig chronicles how the food industry has replaced fat with sugar and triggered disastrous biochemical changes. Lustig believes the resulting health crisis can be overcome through strategic hormone-adjusting measures.
David Goldhill's new book tells the story of how he lost his father to hospital-acquired infections. Combining personal experience with research, Goldhill argues against the expansion of insurance coverage while recommending a patient-empowering approach that would make health care transparent, affordable, and effective.
Journalist Simon Garfield takes us from the earliest maps — scratchings on rocks dating back over 10,000 years — through medieval European maps — with Jerusalem always in the middle — right up to the maps that guide us with voices from our smartphones and GPS trackers. All the while, he examines the pivotal relationship between mapping and civilization, demonstrating the unique ways that maps relate and realign history.