Shares the discovery stories of some of Harvard University's rarest natural history specimens, recounting the origins of such items as Nabokov's butterflies, George Washington's pheasants, a sand dollar collected by Darwin during his Beagle voyage, and the only stuffed bird remaining from the Lewis and Clark expedition. 25,000 first printing.
Describes how nineteenth-century British admiral Francis Beaufort, a hydrographer to the British Admiraltry, created the Beaufort Scale, a scientific classification that measures the strength of the wind, utilizing just 110 words to define thirteen gradations of wind. 50,000 first printing.
A celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first moon landing offers an accessible history of the Apollo space program from its less-than-auspicious beginnings, through its greatest triumphs, to its untimely end. Reprint.
Two leading genealogists explain how the latest techniques in genetic testing can help readers research their ancestry and family history, discussing what kind of information DNA testing can provide, how to interpret the results, what is and is not possible with genetic testing, and more. Original. 15,000 first printing.
A fascinating account of the five most toxic elements describes the lethal chemical properties of arsenic, antimony, lead, mercury, and thallium, as well as their use in some of the most famous murder cases in history, with profiles of such deadly poisoners as Mary Ann Cotton, Michael Swango, and Saddam Hussein and a look at modern-day environmental catastrophes.
The author explores the role of Daylight Savings Time in history, presenting the origins of the concept and its impact on the history of warfare, technology, and social development and looking at the contributions of Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and others.
Explores the process by which people make decisions, explaining how the difference between good and bad decision making is directly related to the details on which people focus, and offers advice on how to improve decision making skills.
The best-selling authors of Driven to Distraction incorporate the latest research and information about both childhood and adult ADD into a comprehensive guide to living with Attention Deficit Disorder, looking at a wide variety of treatment options, medication and alternative therapies, and how to take advantage of the disorder while avoiding the problems. 75,000 first printing.
Recounts the story of Radcliffe-educated Henrietta Swan Leavitt, who in the face of ill health and progressing hearing loss discovered a new law that enabled astronomers to use variable stars in order to measure the universe.
The author describes his experiences as he loses his hearing while in his thirties and then receives a computer chip implant that allows him to regain that sense, all the while exploring the ethical and philosophical implications of becoming cybernetic. 20,000 first printing.