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.
Looks at the truth behind a variety of health myths, old wives' tales, and conventional wisdom cures, answering questions about such topics as the safety risks of showering during a thunderstorm and the aphrodisiac qualities of oysters.
Presents an evolutionary and scientific perspective on the current obesity epidemic and fitness craze, likening modern lifestyles to the challenges of the jungle where the human body was programmed to forage the foods it now craves, in a guide that recommends radical dietary changes in order to break food addiction and reprogram the body's natural appetites.
The surgeon-author of Complications explores the efforts of physicians to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, discussing such topics as the ethical considerations of lethal injections, the influence of money on modern medicine, malpractice, and surgical errors. 150,000 first printing.
The physicist-author of The Mind of God looks at cutting-edge scientific discoveries to explore why many of the fundamental features of the physical universe—from the speed of light to the carbon atom—seem tailor-made to produce life, offering a revealing study of the radical multiverse theory and its implications in terms of the nature of reality, time, life, and the cosmos. 35,000 first printing.
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.
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.