In this sweeping and authoritative book, Dr. Nolan Gasser--a composer, pianist, and musicologist, and the chief architect of the Music Genome Project, which powers Pandora Radio--breaks down what musical taste is, where it comes from, and what our favorite songs say about us.
In Cataclysms, Astronomy writer Bob Berman guides us through an epic, all-inclusive investigation into these instances of cosmic violence of the largest-magnitude. He will explore the sudden creation of dazzling "new stars," the furiously explosive birth of our own Moon, how every moment ultra-high energy cosmic rays continue to bombard us, despite the Earth's protective mechanisms, and even the ways in which humanity itself has harnessed cataclysmic energy for its own gain.
An award-wining biologist takes us on the dramatic expeditions that unearthed the history of life on our planet, from Darwin’s trip around the world to the trailblazers in modern laboratories who have located a time clock in our DNA.
A former ocean biologist describes how she rediscovered her passion for marine science while investigating the enigmatic jellyfish and what the species' unique physiologies can teach about engineering and environmental stability.
A journey around the United States in search of the truth about the threat of earthquakes leads to spine-tingling discoveries, unnerving experts, and ultimately the kind of preparations that will actually help guide us through disasters. It's a road trip full of surprises.
Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Roach takes us on a surreal and entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.
The New York Times best-selling Gertner (The Idea Factory) explores an on-deadline issue: Greenlands ice sheet, comprising nearly three quadrillion tons of ice, is rapidly melting. Its a climate crisis that also threatens to wipe out hundreds of thousands of years of history. Scientists are now drilling deep into the ice sheet and bringing up cores that reveal how Earth formedand what its future might be.
In Adventures in Human Being, award-winning author Gavin Francis leads readers on a journey into the hidden pathways of the human body, offering a guide to its inner workings and a celebration of its marvels. Drawing on his experiences as a surgeon, ER specialist, and family physician, Francis blends stories from the clinic with episodes from medical history, philosophy, and literature to describe the body in sickness and in health, in living and in dying.
American Sniper meets Jaws in this gripping true account of the deadliest animal of all time, the Champawat Tiger--responsible for killing more than 400 hundred humans in northern India in the first decade of the twentieth century--and the legendary hunter who finally brought it down.
The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world--and in the process created modern environmentalism.
A New York Times Bestselling author, naturalist Sy Montgomery explores the surprisingly complex emotional and physical world of the octopus. These secretive creatures emerge in the pages of Montgomery's book as intelligent and with the remarkable ability to make meaningful connections with humans.
Biologist Christie Wilcox investigates and illuminates the animals of our nightmares, arguing that they hold the keys to a deeper understanding of evolution, adaptation, and immunity. Meet a jellyfish with tentacles covered in stinging cells that can kill humans in minutes; a two-inch caterpillar with toxic bristles that trigger hemorrhaging; and a stunning blue-ringed octopus capable of inducing total paralysis.
In this bracing scientific history, Caltech physicist Mlodinow shows that science advances when someone asks the questions why and how. Don't worry if quantum physics leaves you quaking. With three New York Times best sellers, Mlodinow knows how to talk to the science-challenged.
How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology--and there's nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who's helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.
Discusses the natural history of domesticated felines, despite offering humans no practical benefits, through visiting researchers who discovered feline bones in the first human settlements and searching for house cats on the loose in Florida.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies - a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to "read" and "write" our own genetic information?
The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA at the leading edge of the feminist and civil rights movement, whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space.
This book lets us peer into the world of microbes -- not as germs to be eradicated, but as invaluable parts of our lives -- allowing us to see how ubiquitous and vital microbes are: they sculpt our organs, defend us from disease, break down our food, educate our immune systems, and guide our behavior.
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine.