The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of Ants present a lavishly detailed account of the extraordinary lives of social insects that draws on more than two decades of research and offers insight into how bees, termites, and other insect societies thrive in systems of altruistic cooperation, complex communication, and labor division.
Describes the author's experiences as a doctor for Doctors Without Borders in countries such as Somalia, Afghanistan, and Rwanda; the conditions he witnessed; and the political roadblocks that prevented aid from reaching patients.
Analyzes the complex social, physical, psychological, and technical factors that dictate how traffic works, why we drive the way we do, and what our driving reveals about us, discussing the unintended consequences of attempts to engineer safety.
Presents a plan for alleviating environmental degradation and boosting the economy by moving away from the use of fossil fuels and toward a path of invention and investment intended to provide cheap, clean energy and generate new jobs.
The author of Blink identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated with better academic performance and why The Beatles earned their fame.
A trauma physician and medical inventor reveals the changing face of medicine as he looks forward ten to fifteen years to reveal the revolutionary changes and cutting-edge technology that will alter how patients are treated, from robotic surgery to telehealth software, and examines the moral and ethical challenges of future medicine. 35,000 first printing.
Follows a walking aficionado's tours through Palestine's picturesque West Bank as taken during six separate journeys between 1978 and 2006, ventures that became increasingly dangerous in the wake of uprisings between his fellow residents and Israeli settlers. Original. 20,000 first printing.
How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--And Formed a Deep Bond in the Process
This story of Alex, a famous African Grey parrot, documents his thirty-year relationship with his trainer and the ways in which his life has changed scientific understanding about language and thought.
A witty and informative look inside the world of animals that feed on blood examines the ecological roles and life cycles of the vampire bat, leeches, ticks, mites, bedbugs, and a feared vampire fish known as the candiru. 30,000 first printing.
An intimate and compelling work from a beloved minister facing his own imminent death. "Truly a gift, one that will echo in my own preaching and teaching, and in my own life as well. Like Moses gazing at the Promised Land he would not enter, Forrest Church blesses us with his eloquence, his faith, and, mostly, his love."—Rabbi Harold Kushner.
The best-selling author of The Omnivore's Dilemma cites the reasons why people have become so confused about their dietary choices, counseling readers on the importance of enjoyable moderate eating of mostly traditional plant foods. 200,000 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 accessible introduction to the physics theory about supersymmetry explains its potential for resolving key gaps in particle physics and rendering the universe more predictable, in a guide for lay readers that explains basic tenets in a comprehensive and lighthearted style. 20,000 first printing.