Geology is thrilling. It's the Earth in all its splendor. Unfortunately, geology texts rarely communicate that sense of excitement. Enter Michael Collier, geologist, writer and one of America's premier aerial photographers. For over 20 years, he has piloted his Cessna 180 to inaccessible locations and returned with stunning photographs that lay bare the Earth's workings. Over the Mountains, the first book in Michael Collier's new series, focuses on geology's most spectacular subject in a most spectacular way. It includes: Detailed and breathtaking large-format color photographs covering the geology of every major mountain range in the United States Clear, easy-to-understand text, diagrams and captions that explain and illuminate the geologic processes shown in the photographs. After exploring the pages of Over the Mountains, readers will never think of mountains — or geology — in the same way again.
A provocative alternate history of humanity's ancient ancestry and the evolution of human nature draws on ground-breaking scientific findings to offer insight into such debated issues as the evolution of language and race, the domestication of companion animals, and the defeat of the Neanderthals. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Society's obsession with dieting and weight loss reveals how they are less about keeping trim and staying healthy than about money, power, trends, and impossible ideals, in this account of the place of diets in American society. 50,000 first printing.
Skyrocketing infertility rates and the accompanying explosion in reproductive technology are revolutionizing the American family and changing the way we think about parenthood, childbirth, and life itself. In this work of investigative reporting, journalist Mundy captures the human narratives, as well as the science, behind what is today a controversial, multibillion-dollar industry, and examines how the huge social experiment that is assisted reproduction is transforming our most basic relationships andeven our destiny as a species.—From publisher description.
The authors describe one year in their lives spent eating only foods grown locally or produced within one hundred miles of their home, sharing their reflections on the benefits and pitfalls of local eating, with seasonal recipes.
Focuses on the Limestone County, Alabama, lives altered and lost in April 1974, when more than one hundred tornadoes—six of them of the most powerful "F5" category of storms—swept across thirteen states, killing and wounding hundreds of people and causing billions of dollars worth of damage.
Science journalist Natalie Angier draws on interviews with hundreds of the world's top scientists to offer an entertaining guide to scientific literacy, exploring the fundamental principles of the major scientific disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, geology and astronomy and their link to the world around us.
The roboticist-author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising offers a whimsical look at the science behind the great inventions and technology that still do not exist, covering everything from teleportation to self-contained skycraper cities, hoverboards, and moon colonies. 60,000 first printing.
The best-selling author of The Hot Zone takes a close-up look at the world's tallest trees, the coast redwoods that grow only in the coastal regions of California, and at the previously unknown ecosystem that the trees form high in the air in the forest canopy, profiling the scientists and researchers that study this unique, labyrinthine ecological niche. 150,000 first printing.
An investigation into the process of how memory and attention change in middle age, and offers insight into the physiological, psychological, and sociological factors that contribute to midlife forgetfulness.
Presents a six-week program to help readers stick with their diet, lose weight, and keep the weight off, explaining how to use the principles of cognitive therapy to eliminate negative thinking patterns and behaviors that lead to dieting failures.
The failure of America's medical system, as seen through the stories of the people who engineered the current health care revolution and those who have suffered from it. Every day, millions of Americans find themselves struggling to find affordable medical care for themselves and their families. It is a problem unique to the United States, the only country in the developed world that does not guarantee access to medical care as a right of citizenship. It is also a problem that is about to get worse. The American health insurance system, first created in the 1930s, is collapsing. Unless somebody decides to build a new system in its place, millions more Americans will suffer. Combining the real-life stories of ordinary people across the country with original reporting from Washington, this book explains why this transformation is taking place—and the consequences that could someday befall all of us.—From publisher description..
An entertaining and informative introduction to the world of the physical sciences draws on examples based on the TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel to explain complex concepts and theories of biology, chemistry, and theoretical physics—from demons and interdimensional portals to black holes and string theory. Original. 50,000 first printing.