More than two hundred dazzling full-color photographs capture the life cycles of an array of colorful caterpillar species that can be found throughout the Costa Rican rain forest, accompanied by a study of their behavior, ecology, development into beautiful adult moths and butterflies, and role in their local ecosystem.
A compilation of paintings, drawings, and essays based on the artist's and naturalist's daily walks around her southern Ohio home offers an illuminating study of the wildlife of the region and of the interactions among people and animals, including coyotes, wild turkeys, box turtles, and a bird-eating bullfrog.
A photographic tour of the modern industrial world celebrates the purpose and less-recognized aesthetic qualities of today's communications structures, transportation routes, and power facilities in a guide that offers a different perspective on human-made environments.
Drawing on complexity theory, new brain scanning techniques, and the latest scientific research, a fascinating look at what makes us human identifies six traits—the big toe, an opposable thumb, the pharynx, and the ability to laugh, cry, and kiss—that separate us from the other members of the animal kingdom.
A sequel to the popular volume of offbeat true accomplishments in the sciences, arts, and humanities presents accolades to such winners as the scientists who discovered that chickens prefer beautiful humans and the nation of Liechtenstein, which rents itself out for special occasions. Originally published as The Ig Nobel Prizes 2. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
What should we have for dinner? When you can eat just about anything nature (or the supermarket) has to offer, deciding what you should eat will inevitably stir anxiety, especially when some of the foods might shorten your life. Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from a national eating disorder.
An examination of food transportation practices throughout America and the rest of the world evaluates the economic and social costs of eating non-locally produced foods, citing such consequences as lost local revenues, transport pollution, and compromised food security while recommending rural restoration within cities. Original. 15,000 first printing.
Provides an in-depth study of the science and scientists behind the research into prions, enigmatic brain proteins, and their influence on human life, examining the case of an Italian family victimized for two centuries by a fatal familial insomnia, as well as the link between prions and kuru, Mad Cow disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and other brain maladies. 50,000 first printing.
Provides over eight hundred and fifty terms that describe American landscape by forty-five well-known writers, including Jon Krakauer, Terry Tempest Williams, Barbara Kingsolver, Charles Frazier, and Robert Hass.
Discusses dimensions of space, early twentieth-century advances, the physics of elementary particles, string theory and branes, and proposals for extra-dimension universes.
Draws on the works of scientists, mathematicians, artists, and writers, from Einstein and Picasso to C. S. Lewis, to consider the plausibility and human concept of alternate universes, exploring popular theories and misunderstandings about such topics as black holes, life in other dimensions, and string theory. 30,000 first printing.
A theoretical physicist describes the evolution of modern-day string theory, the flaws in the attempt to formulate a "theory of everything" to explain all the forces and particles of nature and the origins of the universe, and their repercussions for physics.
The movie business celebrates its creators, but what about the "names" behind Doom, The Sims, Donkey Kong, Grand Theft Auto—the games that spawned a ten-billion-dollar industry whose revenues surpassed the domestic movie box office take five years ago? Videogames are no longer a quirky subculture, but a bona fide mainstream industry revolutionizing the way we teach, learn, communicate. This book delves into the videogame explosion, where computer technology is fused with artistic creativity. From the hackers at MIT in the 1960s to the Ferrari-driving developers of the modern-day industry to professional "cyberathletes," we meet the celebrities of the gaming world. It's a trip through the trade conventions, gaming competitions, and design labs; an up-close and personal look at the egos, the battles, the one-upmanship, and the love of the chase fueling these innovators who are creating the worlds in which we're going to play for the next century.—From publisher description.
An acclaimed French pianist describes her life-changing first encounter with a wolf hybrid in 1991, her efforts to protect the threatened wolf species, and her foundation of a wolf preserve on the grounds of her New York State home.