Amir Alexander takes readers from the religious strife of the 16th century to the battlefields of the English civil war in order to recount the epic battle over a simple, yet forbidden, mathematical concept that would eventually become the foundation of calculus.
Martin Blaser takes us to the front lines of cutting-edge research into the adverse effects of antibiotics on our bodies and the possible extinction of our irreplaceable microbes due to our most revered medical advances.
An entertaining and compelling account of contemporary astronomy focusses on the Hale Telescope in southern California, where a diverse, international group of scientists explores the edges of the universe. Reprint.
Based on in-depth analyses, the latest research and convincing case studies, a doctor with more than 35 years of experience treating people with addictions builds a powerful and compelling case against Alcoholics Anonymous, 12-step programs and the growing for-profit rehab industry.
A cognitive neuroscientist investigates the science of humor and laughing, exploring why surprise is an important element in what people find funny, why computers are bad at detecting humor, and how laughing affects the immune system.
The author of Stiff, about corpses, and Spook, about the afterlife, now explores the living human body. Gulp follows the digestive system from the mouth to the ... south, discussing food flavors, rectum uses, flatulence and the functions of saliva, among many other alimentary topics.
How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System
A health policy expert explains the American health care system and five problems that work against any attempts to reform it and discusses how the Affordable Care Act was passed and how it will positively affect future health care.
This guide to life during and after breast cancer shares advice on how to plan a life after diagnosis. It covers topics ranging from intimacy and hair loss to working and managing the profound emotions that accompany the disease and its treatments.