Taking readers on a rollicking ride through history, a master storyteller and reporter, whose legend began in journalism, presents a paradigm-shifting argument that speech — not evolution — is responsible for humanity's complex societies and achievements.
A revelatory examination of America's national power grid traces how it developed while exposing its current vulnerabilities, making strategic recommendations for how it can be improved to meet the challenges of instability, security and sustainability.
Shares unique perspectives into the role of the microbiome in human health, identity, and ability, explaining in comprehensive, lighthearted detail how microbes shape and protect life on Earth in unexpected ways.
Offers entertaining and science-based observations on the wind, from the world's first forecasts, to Chaos Theory, wind-riding spiders, wind-sculpted landscapes and wind-generated power. By the best-selling author of Cold and Heat. 30,000 first printing.
Explores the scientific, ethical, and human dimensions of the 1953 brain operation by William Beecher Scoville on an epileptic patient that transformed understandings of memory science and triggered profound legal and medical debates.
A memoir by an award-winning paleobiologist traces her childhood in her father's laboratory, her longtime relationship with a brilliant but wounded colleague and the remarkable discoveries they have made both in the lab and during extensive field research assignments.
The popular Guardian blogger presents an upbeat tour of the human psyche and how it is related to the mysterious workings of the brain, exploring subjects ranging from egocentricity and superstition to insomnia and blackouts while exposing the many mistakes that have been made in humanity's effort to better understand the mind.
Explores the linguistic and literary terrain of the British Isles through place-names and biographical essays on nature writers.
A portrait of the lesser-known German naturalist reveals his ongoing influence on humanity's relationship with the natural world today, discussing such topics as his views on climate change, conservation and nature as a resource for all life.
In addition to relating his travels to learn more about these mysterious mammals, the author explores the troubled history of man and whale; traces the whale's cultural history; and seeks to discover why these strange and beautiful animals continue to exert such a powerful grip on our imagination. 35,000 first printing.
The author of Thy Neighbor's Wife presents an exposé 35 years in the making, in which a man from Colorado reveals a secret so shocking that the author traveled across the country to verify it himself— and now, the man has finally decided to go public.
A U.S. release of an award-winning nature memoir from Stockholm chronicles the author's meditative, obsessive pursuit of hoverflies on a remote island in Sweden and how his findings have reflected the history of entomology.