The best-selling author of The Disappearing Spoon discusses DNA, the building block of life, describing how genes can explain why JFK's skill was bronze, Einstein was a genius and why people with exceptional thumb flexibility can become world-class violinists.
The Spark of Life presents the history of the discovery of electricity in the human body as well as present-day research and real-life stories that aim to explain death, consciousness and how these physiological electrical signals drive human thoughts, movements and lives.
David Quammen examines the emergence and causes of new diseases all over the world, describing a process called "spillover," where illness originates in wild animals before being passed to humans. He discusses the potential for the next huge pandemic.
All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother's Dementia, with Refreshments recounts the author's poignant efforts to provide love and care for a beloved parent with increasing dementia, a journey marked by her decision to prepare comfort foods from childhood that occasionally triggered her mother's recall and helped the author to come to terms with an inevitable loss.
The award-winning author of The Joy of Pi presents illustrated, narrative coverage of six spectrums encountered in everyday life including numbers, size, light, sound, heat and time, providing comprehensive explanations of how they shape the universe at miniscule and immense proportions. 30,000 first printing.
An energetic assessment of how a team of academics, statisticians, and strategists are reshaping today's political campaigns explores war room strategies based in behavioral psychology and randomized experiments.
Marco Roth grew up on New York's Upper West Side in a lost post-war world of high European culture. His liberal Jewish family put an intense emphasis on the life of the mind in a way that sometimes felt more like the 1890s than the 1980s. In his memoir, Roth struggles to understand how his upbringing both liberated and, as he puts it, "thwarted" him. He also reflects on his father's death from AIDS and the probability that his father was secretly gay.
Mortality traces the author's battle with esophageal cancer — as he continued to write columns on politics and culture for Vanity Fair — and describes his views on life and death.
"Thanks to the photographic output of a small squadron of interplanetary spacecraft, we have awakened to the beauty and splendor of the solar system. Since Michael Benson's masterful book Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes, new, more powerful cameras in probes with greatly improved maneuverability have traversed the wheeling satellites of Jupiter; roamed the boulder-strewn red deserts of Mars; studied Saturn's immaculate rings; and shown us our own ravishing Earth, a blue-white orb with a disturbingly thin atmosphere, as it plunges deeper into ecological crisis. These new images are the subject of Benson's Planetfall, a truly revelatory book that uses its large page size to reproduce the greatest achievements in contemporary planetary photography as never before"—
The Art of Procrastination celebrates the "universal character flaw" of procrastination, and explores how much can be accomplished by putting things off. The book itself was an act of procrastination — it was written while the author should have been grading papers.
An accessible explanation of climate change summarizes its science while sharing practical insights into its implications for the future and what people can and cannot do to avoid further shifts, providing 50 comprehensive entries that answer key questions from the role of fossil fuels to the economic costs of reducing carbon emissions.