An inspirational account of the author's first year with ALS describes her life prior to the onset of the disease and the choices she made after diagnosis, a period during which she left her job, planned her funeral, moved in with her true love, purchased a home, and gave birth to her first child.
An exploration of the science behind the powers of popular comic superheroes reveals how differences between Krypton and Earth might enable some of Superman's abilities, the number of hamburgers that Flash would need to run at supersonic speeds, and more. 40,000 first printing.
In a new collection of incisive essays, the author of The Evolution of Useful Things offers a close-up look at a variety of major projects that set the stage for bold new challenges in engineering, art, and architecture, assessing the achievements and risks associated with pushing the limits of technology, including the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11th.
Presents a discussion of how Republican conservative positions on the environment, abortion, evolution, and health and safety regulations have impeded the independence of Federal science agencies and distorted the findings of scientific research.
Drawing on newspaper sources, archival materials, and eyewitness accounts, a study of Cold War espionage describes America's efforts to gather Russian intelligence through Naval submarine operations. Reprint.
In this exploration of the suburban lawn, the reader is guided through a year in the author's yard to unveil the complexities of life and life and death dramas in this common habitat, from the behavior of suburban crows and raccoons to complex interactions of various plant species. 35,000 first printing.
In a multidisciplinary study, a noted psychiatrist draws on such diverse fields as neuoscience, economics, and evolutionary psychology to address the basic question of how to find a more satisfying way to think and live, arguing that the key to satisfaction lies in the complexity and challenge in one's life.
Traces the harrowing story of the three-year DNA investigative effort to identify the victims of the World Trade Center attacks, describing the obstacles faced by the author and his forensic biology team to bring closure to thousands of bereaved families. 75,000 first printing.
Shares the discovery stories of some of Harvard University's rarest natural history specimens, recounting the origins of such items as Nabokov's butterflies, George Washington's pheasants, a sand dollar collected by Darwin during his Beagle voyage, and the only stuffed bird remaining from the Lewis and Clark expedition. 25,000 first printing.
Describes how nineteenth-century British admiral Francis Beaufort, a hydrographer to the British Admiraltry, created the Beaufort Scale, a scientific classification that measures the strength of the wind, utilizing just 110 words to define thirteen gradations of wind. 50,000 first printing.
A celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first moon landing offers an accessible history of the Apollo space program from its less-than-auspicious beginnings, through its greatest triumphs, to its untimely end. Reprint.
Two leading genealogists explain how the latest techniques in genetic testing can help readers research their ancestry and family history, discussing what kind of information DNA testing can provide, how to interpret the results, what is and is not possible with genetic testing, and more. Original. 15,000 first printing.
A fascinating account of the five most toxic elements describes the lethal chemical properties of arsenic, antimony, lead, mercury, and thallium, as well as their use in some of the most famous murder cases in history, with profiles of such deadly poisoners as Mary Ann Cotton, Michael Swango, and Saddam Hussein and a look at modern-day environmental catastrophes.