The author discusses his time spent ten thousand feet above ground as a fire lookout in a remote part of New Mexico, a job where he witnessed some of the most amazing phenomena nature has to offer.
A historical assessment of cancer addresses both the courageous battles against the complex disease and the misperceptions and hubris that have compromised modern understandings, providing coverage of such topics as ancient-world surgeries and the developments of present-day treatments.
Trekking through history, science, and the global economy, Freinkel assesses the impact of plastic on our lives through eight familiar plastic objects: comb, chair, Frisbee, IV bag, disposable lighter, grocery bag, soda bottle, and credit card.
Alternates descriptions of the most cutting-edge brain science with the story of Jon Sarkin, a mild-mannered chiropractor who, after suffering a massive stroke, became a manic, volatile, and brilliant artist.
Explores every facet of water and examines the issues surrounding water scarcity and what can be done to ensure that humans have plenty of clean water in the future. By the best-selling author of The Wal-Mart Effect. 60,000 first printing.
The author of Stiff and Bonk describes the weirdness of space exploration and answers questions about the long-term effects of zero gravity on the human body and what happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk. Reprint. A best-selling book. 75,000 first printing. A BOMC selection.
Chronicles the lesser-known history of how America's Progressive Era war on smallpox sparked one of the 20th century's leading civil liberties battles, describing the views and tactics of anti-vaccine advocates who feared an increasingly large government.