The astrophysicist and NPR commentator traces beliefs about alien intelligence from the ancient Greeks to the theories of today's leading minds, drawing on the latest research to consider how other worlds may have addressed civilization-driven climate change.
The award-winning columnist and author of Parasite Rex presents a history of our understanding of heredity and how it has shaped human society, chronicling the transitions brought about by gene research and sharing anecdotal insights into his own family's experiences while making predictions about how evolving understandings are likely to impact the future.
Offers guidance for disciplining children consisting of an apprenticeship model, which focuses on teaching the art of self-control to children and trusting them to face consequences and adapt to moderate their own behavior.
An empowering, feminist assessment of the science and culture of pregnancy and early motherhood challenges popular assumptions while offering upbeat recommendations for navigating contradictions and organizing a healthy, personalized journey based on informed decisions. 30,000 first printing.
What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
Presents an investigation into the medical and scientific revolution currently taking place in the field of psychedelic drugs, tracing the criminalization of such substances as LSD and psychedelic mushrooms and how they may offer treatment options for difficult health challenges.
The moments of grandeur and weakness, the aspirations, and the problems of America's test pilots and first astronauts are revealed in an exploration of the dimensions of their inner lives in space and on the earth.
An award-winning neuroscientist describes the transformations that take place in the human brain during adolescence, especially in the prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain governing decision-making, planning, inhibiting inappropriate behavior, evaluating risk, and understanding others. 15,000 first printing.
The best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the crucial role of precision in advancement. 150,000 first printing.
Documents the 2009 theft of an invaluable collection of ornithological displays from the Natural History Museum at Tring by a young American musician, tracing the author's years-long investigation to track down the culprit and understand his motives.
Describes the technological progress, terrifying possible mishaps and legal and ethical issues surrounding the use of autonomous weapons, which have the capacity to select and engage targets without human involvement.
An uproarious tour of some of the basest instincts and vice-related mysteries of the animal world includes profiles of drunken moose, cheating penguins, lazy worker ants, castrating hippos and porn-peddling Chinese pandas. By the author of the best-selling A Little Book of Sloth.
An evolutionary biologist explains how scientists are discovering that evolution can actually happen very quickly in the most unlikely of places — the heart of the city.
Presents an exploration of addiction that blends memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and journalistic reportage to analyze the role of stories in conveying the addiction experience, sharing insights based on the lives of artists whose achievements were shaped by addiction.
An immunologist at Tokyo's Nippon Medical School offers this guide to the therapeutic Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, which promotes healing the mind, body and spirit through spending mindful, intentional time around trees.
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the film 2001's release, a colorful narrative traces the collaboration between the acclaimed director and the science fiction writing legend which resulted in one of the greatest films ever made.
A leading expert on the neuroscience of mental illness describes her own descent into madness resulting from a melanoma that had spread to her brain. She also recounts her successful immunotherapy treatment.
The editorial director of the award-winning site Feministing.com explains how gender biases are negatively impacting every level of medicine and health care today, arguing that incorrect diagnoses and treatments are threatening women's lives. 20,000 first printing.