An MIT professor and neuroscience investigator builds on theories that human identity is defined not by genes but by the unique connections between brain cells, describing his work with leading researchers and what they are learning about personality, intelligence and mental disorders. 60,000 first printing.
Traces the origins of HIV to colonial Africa and examines efforts to fight the disease, identifying factors that are preventing effective treatments while outlining recommendations for fighting the epidemic.
An analysis of the human attraction to darker areas of life draws on findings in a wide range of disciplines and cites diverse examples to conclude that people experience renewal when they confront pain and death.
New York Times business writer Charles Duhigg explores the science behind why we do what we do, and how companies use our habit-forming tendencies to sell and market products to us.
The astrophysicist director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, as well as the host of the re-launched series Cosmos discusses the future of space travel and the importance of its exploration for the United States' economy, security and morale. 30,000 first printing.
Michio Kaku uses interviews with numerous top scientists to offer a vision of the year 2100 and how the science of the day will shape society and the everyday lives of people.
Examines the health claims of modern yoga, drawing on scientific and cultural research to offer advice on how to recognize authentic yoga practice and gain actual benefits.
Traces the author's battle with Asperger Syndrome, describing his adult diagnosis and the painstaking and often whimsical exercises he uses to preserve his family and build social skills.
The astronomer who inadvertently triggered the "demotion" of Pluto in his effort to officially recognize the solar system's tenth planet describes the ensuing debates and public outcry while revealing the behind-the-scenes story of his discovery.
A lyrical history of the human heart draws on scientific, religious, and literary sources to reveal the heart's role in human imagination and culture from the ancient world to today.