Traces the recent discovery of physics-defying ocean waves at heights previously thought impossible, the efforts of the scientific community to understand the phenomenon, the pursuits of extreme surfers to ride these waves, and the destructive capabilities of tsunamis.
When life draws to an end, we face a flurry of often heartbreaking decisions. Are there any last treatments to try? How much longer can a patient hold on? When is it time to turn off the ventilator — and who should make the call? Lee Gutkind's essay collection Twelve Breaths a Minute captures the experiences of doctors, caregivers, family members, 911 dispatchers and others who have learned valuable lessons from witnessing life's final moments.
A leading expert on climate change offers a frightening look at what the planet could look like in 2050 if carbon emissions are not reduced, highlighting different areas of the globe and how new weather patterns will affect them.
Analyzes hidden influences and subtle biases that shape sports plays, covering such topics as performance pressures, the "home field advantage," and the overpayment of athletic talent.
Traces the early 13th-century introduction of Arabic numbers to Western Europe by Leonardo of Pisa, documenting the influential publication of his Liber Abbaci and how it enabled everyday people to understand numbers and engage in commerce, a capacity that set the stage for larger scientific, technological and trade advances.