Bedridden and suffering from a neurological disorder, the author recounts the profound effect on her life caused by a gift of a snail in a potted plant and shares the lessons learned from her new companion about her the meaning of her life and the life of the small creature.
Examines contemporary scandals and the downfalls of high-profile figures, analyzing four paradigmatic cases to explore why people act out their personal dramas in open venues and why the public enjoys watching scandalous behavior.
Examines the nature of happiness, discussing how it has been treated in philosophy and religion and by the modern disciplines of psychology, economics, and neurocience, and considers the place of indivdual happiness within the context of modern life.
Arguing that the American medical industry adheres to outdated pain-management practices that fail to bring effective relief to millions of patients, a history of pain management describes some of the colorful approaches of past cultures while offering reassuring profiles of available treatments.
Draws on a range of disciplines in an introduction to ancient-world science, mechanical engineering, and superstitions, from Aristotle's political views to Archimedes's "Eureka" moment and the Egyptian practice of embalming.
A seafood journalist who has written for National Geographic traces the history of bass, cod, salmon and tuna fishing while assessing the critical state of today's commercial fishing industry, citing the roles of over-fishing and fish farming while recommending specific protections. Reprint.
The award-winning author of The Whale Warriors documents his year-long surfing journey from Southern California down the coast of Mexico, where he witnessed the beauty and power of the natural world associated with surfing sub-culture. Original.
Drawing on hundreds of sources, the author chronicles the hunt and speculation of oil over the past 20 years, detailing the great lengths people and companies will go to in search of an increasingly elusive, and still profitable, natural resource.
And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
In an engaging text centered around the periodic table, the author explores intriguing tales about every element of the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, evil, love, the arts and the lives of the colorful scientists that discovered them.
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.
Draws on interviews with leading researchers to explore the possibility of human immortality and whether or not it could be attainable in the near future, and explains the science behind the most cutting-edge research in the field.
A satirical guide to enduring a near future that will be inundated with bio-enhancements draws on actual and theoretical technologies to counsel readers on such strategies as eliminating unwanted genes and using viruses to make life better. Original.
The award-winning author of the best-selling Linked outlines a theory about how to predict behavior, drawing on seven years of research while demonstrating the mathematical properties of seemingly random events, from the spread of epidemics to the history of wars.