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The Vital Question
Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life
by Nick Lane (Jun 20, 2016)
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The Earth teems with life: in its oceans, forests, skies and cities. Yet theres a black hole at the heart of biology. We do not know why complex life is the way it is, or, for that matter, how life first began. In The Vital Question, award-winning author and biochemist Nick Lane radically reframes evolutionary history, putting forward a solution to...
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Molecular Biology of the Cell
by Bruce Alberts (Nov 17, 2014)
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As the amount of information in biology expands dramatically, it becomes increasingly important for textbooks to distill the vast amount of scientific knowledge into concise principles and enduring concepts.As with previous editions, Molecular Biology of the Cell, Sixth Edition accomplishes this goal with clear writing and beautiful illustrations. ...
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Why Evolution Is True
by Jerry A. Coyne (Jan 26, 2010)
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Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design," there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned—the "evidence," the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection. Even Richard Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould, while extol...
Grandmother Fish
A Child's First Book of Evolution
by Jonathan Tweet (Sep 06, 2016)
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Where did we come from?It's a simple question, but not so simple an answer to explainespecially to young children. Charles Darwin's theory of common descent no longer needs to be a scientific mystery to inquisitive young readers. Meet Grandmother Fish.Told in an engaging call and response text where a child can wiggle like a fish or hoot like an ap...
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Daniel Dennett
The Selfish Gene
40th Anniversary Edition (Oxford Landmark Science)
by Richard Dawkins (Jul 31, 2016)
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The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. As influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of i...
Life on the Edge
The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology
by Johnjoe McFadden (Jul 26, 2016)
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New York Times bestseller - Life on the Edge alters our understanding of our world's fundamental dynamics through the use of quantum mechanics.Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how did it come to be? Even in an age of cloning and artificial biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything livin...
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Vinod Khosla
Evolution
What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters
by Donald R. Prothero (Aug 21, 2017)
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Donald R. Prothero's Evolution is an entertaining and rigorous history of the transitional forms and series found in the fossil record. Its engaging narrative of scientific discovery and well-grounded analysis has led to the book's widespread adoption in courses that teach the nature and value of fossil evidence for evolution. Evolution tackles sys...
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Jerry Coyne
Life Ascending
The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution
by Nick Lane (Jun 13, 2010)
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Original and awe-inspiring . . . an exhilarating tour of some of the most profound and important ideas in biology.New Scientist Where does DNA come from? What is consciousness? How did the eye evolve? Drawing on a treasure trove of new scientific knowledge, Nick Lane expertly reconstructs evolutions history by describing its ten greatest invention...
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Brian Cox
Genome
The Autobiography Of A Species In 23 Chapters
by Matt Ridley (May 30, 2006)
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Arguably the most significant scientific discovery of the new century, the mapping of the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome raises almost as many questions as it answers. Questions that will profoundly impact the way we think about disease, about longevity, and about free will. Questions that will affect the rest of yo...
Ending Aging
The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime
by Aubrey de Grey (Oct 14, 2008)
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With a New AfterwordMust We Age?Nearly all scientists who study the biology of aging agree that we will someday be able to substantially slow down the aging process, extending our productive, youthful lives. Dr. Aubrey de Grey is perhaps the most bullish of all such researchers. As has been reported in media outlets ranging from 60 Minutes to The N...
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Steve Aoki
The Mating Mind
How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature
by Geoffrey Miller (Apr 17, 2001)
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At once a pioneering study of evolution and an accessible and lively reading experience, The Mating Mind marks the arrival of a prescient and provocative new science writer. Psychologist Geoffrey Miller offers the most convincing-and radical-explanation for how and why the human mind evolved.Consciousness, morality, creativity, language, and art: t...
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Andrew M. Mwenda
Virus
An Illustrated Guide to 101 Incredible Microbes
by Marilyn J. Roossinck (Sep 19, 2016)
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This stunningly illustrated book provides a rare window into the amazing, varied, and often beautiful world of viruses. Contrary to popular belief, not all viruses are bad for you. In fact, several are beneficial to their hosts, and many are crucial to the health of our planet. Virus offers an unprecedented look at 101 incredible microbes that infe...
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Jonathan Eisen
Eye, Brain, and Vision
by David H. Hubel (Jul 31, 1988)
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This work examines the mechanisms by which we perceive colour, depth and movement, and the function of the fibres connecting the two halves of the brain. The author describes how the visual circuits develop before birth and discusses the unexpected consequences of visual deprivation early in life. He describes current knowledge concerning the highe...
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Steven Pinker
Male, Female
The Evolution of Human Sex Differences
by David C. Geary (Oct 31, 2009)
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Why do girls tend to earn better grades in school than boys? Why are men still far more likely than women to earn degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics? And why are men on average more likely to be injured in accidents and fights than women? These and many other questions are the subject of both informal investi...
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Geoffrey Miller
The Evolution of Human Sexuality
by Donald Symons (Feb 04, 1981)
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Nature versus nurture - nowhere is the debate more heated than in the areas of sex and sex differences. The Evolution of Human Sexuality adds fuel to the fire. Symons's thesis is that some of the typical differences between men and women in sexual behaviors, attitudes and feelings are innate: identical rearing of males and females will not result i...
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Steven Pinker
The Way Life Works
The Science Lover's Illustrated Guide to How Life Grows, Develops, Reproduces, and Gets Along
by Mahlon Hoagland (Nov 17, 1998)
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In the tradition of David Macaulay's The Way Things Work, this popular-science book--a unique collaboration between a world-renowned molecular biologist and an equally talented artist--explains how life grows, develops, reproduces, and gets by. Full color.From the Hardcover edition....
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Stewart Brand
Molecular Biology of the Cell, Fourth Edition
by Bruce Alberts (Feb 28, 2002)
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Molecular Biology of the Cell is the classic in-dept text reference in cell biology. By extracting the fundamental concepts from this enormous and ever-growing field, the authors tell the story of cell biology, and create a coherent framework through which non-expert readers may approach the subject. Written in clear and concise language, and beaut...
Lives of a Cell
Notes of a Biology Watcher
by Lewis Thomas (Feb 22, 1978)
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Anticipates the kind of writing that will appear more frequently as scientists take on poetic language in order to communicate human truths too mysterious for old-fashioned commonsense. Elegant, suggestive & clarifying, Thomas' humane vision explores the world & examines the complex interdependence of all things. Extending beyond the usual limitati...
Parasite Rex
Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures
by Carl Zimmer (Nov 09, 2001)
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For centuries, parasites have lived in nightmares, horror stories, and in the darkest shadows of science. Now award-winning writer Carl Zimmer takes us on a fantastic voyage into the secret parasite universe we actually live in but haven't recognized. He reveals not only that parasites are the most successful life-forms on Earth, but that they trig...
Molecular Biology of the Gene
by James D. Watson (Mar 01, 2013)
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Now completely up-to-date with the latest research advances, the Seventh Edition of James D. Watson's classic book, Molecular Biology of the Gene retains the distinctive character of earlier editions that has made it the most widely used book in molecular biology. Twenty-two concise chapters, co-authored by six highly distinguished biologists, pro...
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Alan Kay
Genentech
The Beginnings of Biotech (Synthesis)
by Sally Smith Hughes (Apr 08, 2013)
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In the fall of 1980, Genentech, Inc., a little-known California genetic engineering company, became the overnight darling of Wall Street, raising over $38 million in its initial public stock offering. Lacking marketed products or substantial profit, the firm nonetheless saw its share price escalate from $35 to $89 in the first few minutes of tradin...
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Patrick Collison
Power, Sex, Suicide
Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life
by Nick Lane (Dec 11, 2006)
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If it weren't for mitochondria, scientists argue, we'd all still be single-celled bacteria. Indeed, these tiny structures inside our cells are important beyond imagining. Without mitochondria, we would have no cell suicide, no sculpting of embryonic shape, no sexes, no menopause, no aging.In this fascinating and thought-provoking book, Nick Lane br...
The Origins of Virtue
Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation
by Matt Ridley (Mar 31, 1998)
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If, as Darwin suggests, evolution relentlessly encourages the survival of the fittest, why are humans compelled to live in cooperative, complex societies? In this fascinating examination of the roots of human trust and virtue, a zoologist and former American editor of the Economist reveals the results of recent studies that suggest that self-intere...
The Ancestor's Tale
A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
by Richard Dawkins (Sep 05, 2016)
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The renowned biologist and thinker Richard Dawkins presents his most expansive work yet: a comprehensive look at evolution, ranging from the latest developments in the field to his own provocative views. Loosely based on the form of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Dawkins's Tale takes us modern humans back through four billion years of life on our plan...
The Diversity of Life
With a New Preface (Questions of Science)
by Edward O. Wilson (Nov 14, 2010)
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In this book a master scientist tells the story of how life on earth evolved. Edward O. Wilson eloquently describes how the species of the world became diverse and why that diversity is threatened today as never before. A great spasm of extinction — the disappearance of whole species — is occurring now, caused this time entirely by humans. Unlike t...
The Red Queen
Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
by Matt Ridley (Apr 29, 2003)
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Referring to Lewis Carroll's Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass, a character who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Matt Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators. The Red Queen answers dozens of other riddles of human nature and culture -- including why men p...
What is Life?
With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches (Canto Classics)
by Erwin Schrodinger/Penrose (Mar 28, 2012)
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What Is Life? is a 1944 non-fiction science book written for the lay reader by physicist Erwin Schrödinger. The book was based on a course of public lectures delivered by Schrödinger in February 1943 at Trinity College, Dublin. Schrödinger's lecture focused on one important question: "how can the events in space and time which take place within the...
The Future of Life
by Edward O. Wilson (Mar 11, 2003)
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A magisterial accomplishment: both a moving description of our biosphere and a guidebook for the protection of all its species, including humankind.From one of the world’s most influential scientists (and two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author) comes his most timely and important book yet: an impassioned call for quick and decisive action to save E...
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Gene Machine
The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome
by Venki Ramakrishnan (Nov 05, 2018)
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A Nobel Prize-winning biologist tells the riveting story of his race to discover the inner workings of biology's most important molecule...
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The Machinery of Life
by David S. Goodsell (Apr 27, 2009)
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Imagine that we had some way to look directly at the molecules in a living organism. An x-ray microscope would do the trick, or since we're dreaming, perhaps an Asimov-style nanosubmarine (unfortunately, neither is currently feasible). Think of the wonders we could witness firsthand: antibodies atta- ing a virus, electrical signals racing down nerv...
Biology AP Edition
by Neil A. Campbell (Dec 09, 2004)
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Neil Campbell and Jane Reece's BIOLOGY remains unsurpassed as the most successful majors biology textbook in the world. This text has invited more than 4 million students into the study of this dynamic and essential discipline.The authors have restructured each chapter around a conceptual framework of five or six big ideas. An Overview draws studen...
Yoga Fitness for Men
Build Strength, Improve Performance, and Increase Flexibility
by Dean Pohlman (May 08, 2018)
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You don't have to go to the yoga studio to practice yoga. Grab your mat and discover the power of yoga for yourself.Perfect for beginners! With straightforward language and easy-to-follow steps, Yoga Fitness for Men will teach you how to execute the yoga postures you need for greater endurance, flexibility, balance, and strength. Prop the book in f...
Microcosmos
Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution
by Lynn Margulis (May 28, 1997)
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Microcosmos brings together the remarkable discoveries of microbiology of the past two decades and the pioneering research of Dr. Margulis to create a vivid new picture of the world that is crucial to our understanding of the future of the planet. Addressed to general readers, the book provides a beautifully written view of evolution as a process b...
The Panda's Thumb
More Reflections in Natural History
by Stephen Jay Gould (Aug 16, 1992)
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With sales of well over one million copies in North America alone, the commercial success of Gould's books now matches their critical acclaim. The Panda's Thumb will introduce a new generation of readers to this unique writer, who has taken the art of the scientific essay to new heights.Were dinosaurs really dumber than lizards? Why, after all, are...
Trilobite!
Eyewitness to Evolution
by Richard Fortey (Oct 30, 2000)
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With Trilobite, Richard Fortey, paleontologist and author of the acclaimed Life, offers a marvelously written, smart and compelling, accessible and witty scientific narrative of the most ubiquitous of fossil creatures.Trilobites were shelled animals that lived in the oceans over five hundred million years ago. As bewilderingly diverse then as the b...
DNA
The Secret of Life
by James D. Watson (Apr 01, 2003)
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Fifty years ago, James D. Watson, then just twentyfour, helped launch the greatest ongoing scientific quest of our time. Now, with unique authority and sweeping vision, he gives us the first full account of the genetic revolution—from Mendel’s garden to the double helix to the sequencing of the human genome and beyond.Watson’s lively, panoramic nar...
Evolution in Four Dimensions, revised edition
Genetic, Epigenetic, Behavioral, and Symbolic Variation in the History of Life (Life and Mind
by Eva Jablonka (Mar 20, 2014)
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Ideas about heredity and evolution are undergoing a revolutionary change. New findings in molecular biology challenge the gene-centered version of Darwinian theory according to which adaptation occurs only through natural selection of chance DNA variations. In Evolution in Four Dimensions, Eva Jablonka and Marion Lamb argue that there is more to he...
Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes
Further Reflections in Natural History
by Stephen Jay Gould (Apr 17, 1994)
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Over a century after Darwin published the Origin of Species, Darwinian theory is in a "vibrantly healthy state," writes Stephen Jay Gould, its most engaging and illuminating exponent. Exploring the "peculiar and mysterious particulars of nature," Gould introduces the reader to some of the many and wonderful manifestations of evolutionary biology......
Microcosm
E. Coli and the New Science of Life
by Carl Zimmer (Jul 14, 2009)
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From the award-winning science writer and author of Evolution comes a startlingly original look at what it means to be alive--as revealed by a microbe that dwells within each person. 13 b&w illustrations....
Sociobiology
The New Synthesis, Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition
by Edward O. Wilson (Mar 03, 2000)
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View a collection of videos on Professor Wilson entitled "On the Relation of Science and the Humanities"Harvard University Press is proud to announce the re-release of the complete original version of Sociobiology: The New Synthesis--now available in paperback for the first time. When this classic work was first published in 1975, it created a new ...
Evolution
The Triumph of an Idea
by Carl Zimmer (Sep 05, 2006)
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This remarkable book presents a rich and up–to–date view of evolution that explores the far–reaching implications of Darwin's theory and emphasizes the power, significance, and relevance of evolution to our lives today. After all, we ourselves are the product of evolution, and we can tackle many of our gravest challenges –– from lethal resurgence o...
A Planet of Viruses
by Carl Zimmer (Apr 30, 2012)
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Viruses are the smallest living things known to science, yet they hold the entire planet in their sway. We are most familiar with the viruses that give us colds or the flu, but viruses also cause a vast range of other diseases, including one disorder that makes people sprout branch-like growths as if they were trees. Viruses have been a part of our...
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Astrobiology
A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by David C. Catling (Dec 31, 2013)
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Astrobiology is an exciting new subject, and one, arguably, more interdisciplinary than any other. Astrobiologists seek to understand the origin and evolution of life on Earth in order to illuminate and guide the search for life on other planets. In this Very Short Introduction, David C. Catling introduces the subject through our understanding of t...
The Extended Phenotype
The Long Reach of the Gene (Popular Science)
by Richard Dawkins (Aug 04, 1999)
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People commonly view evolution as a process of competition between individuals—known as “survival of the fittest”—with the individual representing the “unit of selection.” Richard Dawkins offers a controversial reinterpretation of that idea in The Extended Phenotype, now being reissued to coincide with the publication of the second edition of his h...
Climbing Mount Improbable
by Richard Dawkins (Nov 07, 2016)
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In Climbing Mount Improbable, Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, builds a powerful and carefully reasoned argument for evolutionary adaptation as the force behind all life on earth. What drives species to evolve? How can intricate structures such as the human eye, the spider's web or the wings of birds develop, seemingly by chance? Regard...
On Human Nature
Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition, With a New Preface
by Edward O. Wilson (Oct 17, 2004)
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No one who cares about the human future can afford to ignore E.O. Wilson's book. On Human Nature begins a new phase in the most important intellectual controversy of this generation: Is human behavior controlled by the species' biological heritage? Does this heritage limit human destiny?With characteristic pugency and simplicity of style, the autho...
The Making of the Fittest
DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution
by Sean B. Carroll (Sep 16, 2007)
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DNA is the genetic material that defines us as individuals. Over the last two decades, it has emerged as a powerful tool for solving crimes and determining guilt and innocence. But, very recently, an important new aspect of DNA has been revealed—it contains a detailed record of evolution. That is, DNA is a living chronicle of how the marvelous crea...
At the Water's Edge
Fish with Fingers, Whales with Legs, and How Life Came Ashore but Then Went Back to Sea
by Carl Zimmer (Sep 08, 1999)
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Everybody Out of the Pond At the Water's Edge will change the way you think about your place in the world. The awesome journey of life's transformation from the first microbes 4 billion years ago to Homo sapiens today is an epic that we are only now beginning to grasp. Magnificent and bizarre, it is the story of how we got here, what we left behin...
Life
A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth
by Richard Fortey (Mar 23, 1998)
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A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice"Extraordinary. . . . Anyone with the slightest interest in biology should read this book."--The New York Times Book Review"A marvelous museum of the past four billion years on earth--capacious, jammed with treasures, full of learning and wide-eyed wonder."--The Boston GlobeFrom its origins on the still-f...
Symbiotic Planet
A New Look At Evolution
by Lynn Margulis (Oct 07, 1999)
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Although Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution laid the foundations of modern biology, it did not tell the whole story. Most remarkably, The Origin of Species said very little about, of all things, the origins of species. Darwin and his modern successors have shown very convincingly how inherited variations are naturally selected, but they leave una...
Endless Forms Most Beautiful
The New Science of Evo Devo
by Sean B. Carroll (Apr 16, 2006)
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For over a century, opening the black box of embryonic development was the holy grail of biology. Evo Devo Evolutionary Developmental Biology is the new science that has finally cracked open the box. Within the pages of his rich and riveting book, Sean B. Carroll explains how we are discovering that complex life is ironically much simpler than anyo...
Life's Engines
How Microbes Made Earth Habitable (Science Essentials (24))
by Paul G. Falkowski (Dec 06, 2016)
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The marvelous microbes that made life on Earth possible and support our very existenceFor almost four billion years, microbes had the primordial oceans all to themselves. The stewards of Earth, these organisms transformed the chemistry of our planet to make it habitable for plants, animals, and us. Life's Engines takes readers deep into the microsc...
DARWIN'S DANGEROUS IDEA
EVOLUTION AND THE MEANINGS OF LIFE
by Daniel C. Dennett (Jun 12, 1996)
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In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet," focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the un...
The Descent of Man
by Charles Darwin (Dec 01, 1997)
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Applying his controversial theory of evolution to the origins of the human species, Charles Darwin's The Descent of Man was the culmination of his life's work. This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction by James Moore and Adrian Desmond.In The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin refused to discuss human evolution, believing the subj...
River Out of Eden
A Darwinian View of Life (Science Masters Series)
by Richard Dawkins (Aug 22, 1996)
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The river of Dawkins's title is a river of DNA, flowing through time from the beginning of life on earth to the present - and onwards. Dawkins explains that DNA must be thought of as the most sophisticated information system imaginable: 'Life is just bytes and bytes of information,' he writes. Using this perspective, he describes the mechanisms by ...
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The Structure of Evolutionary Theory
by Stephen Jay Gould (Mar 21, 2002)
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The world's most revered and eloquent interpreter of evolutionary ideas offers here a work of explanatory force unprecedented in our time--a landmark publication, both for its historical sweep and for its scientific vision.With characteristic attention to detail, Stephen Jay Gould first describes the content and discusses the history and origins of...
The 10,000 Year Explosion
How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution
by Gregory Cochran (Oct 19, 2010)
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A manifesto for and an example of a new kind of history, a biological history, and not just of the prehistoric era Scientists have long believed that the 'great leap forward' that occurred some 40,000 to 50,000 years ago in Europe marked the end of significant biological evolution in humans. In this stunning account of our evolutionary history, top...
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What Evolution Is
by Ernst Mayr (Oct 11, 2002)
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At once a spirited defense of Darwinian explanations of biology and an elegant primer on evolution for the general reader, What Evolution Is poses the questions at the heart of evolutionary theory and considers how our improved understanding of evolution has affected the viewpoints and values of modern man.Science Masters Series...
Your Inner Fish
A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
by Neil Shubin (Jan 06, 2009)
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Why do we look the way we do? What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly? Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way? To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and to trace the origins of many of today's most common diseases, we have to turn to unexpected sources: worms, flies, and even fish.Neil Shu...
Sperm Wars
Infidelity, Sexual Conflict, and Other Bedroom Battles
by Robin Baker (Jan 03, 2006)
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Forse non tutti sanno che:- il 10% dei bambini sono allevati da un uomo che non è il loro padre genetico, anche se crede di esserlo;- meno dell'1% degli spermatozoi eiaculati da un uomo è in grado di fecondare l'ovulo; il rimanente 99% serve solo a ingaggiare guerre sessuali con spermatozoi di altri uomini;- un uomo e una donna, che si trovino nel ...
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The Annotated Origin
A Facsimile of the First Edition of "On the Origin of Species"
by Charles Darwin (Apr 15, 2011)
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Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species is the most important and yet least read scientific work in the history of science. Now James T. Costa--experienced field biologist, theorist on the evolution of insect sociality, and passionate advocate for teaching Darwin in a society in which a significant proportion of adults believe that life on earth ...
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Jerry Coyne
On the Origin of Species
by Charles Darwin (Feb 07, 2017)
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Darwin's theory of natural selection issued a profound challenge to orthodox thought and belief: no being or species has been specifically created; all are locked into a pitiless struggle for existence, with extinction looming for those not fitted for the task. Yet The Origin of Species (1859) is also a humane and inspirational vision of ecological...
What is Life?
How Chemistry Becomes Biology (Oxford Landmark Science)
by Addy Pross (Jun 30, 2016)
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Seventy years ago, Erwin Schrodinger posed a profound question: 'What is life, and how did it emerge from non-life?' This problem has puzzled biologists and physical scientists ever since.Living things are hugely complex and have unique properties, such as self-maintenance and apparently purposeful behaviour which we do not see in inert matter. So ...
Viruses
A Very Short Introduction
by Dorothy H. Crawford (Aug 31, 2011)
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In recent years, the world has witnessed dramatic outbreaks of such dangerous viruses such as HIV, Hanta, swine flu, SARS, and Lassa fever. In this Very Short Introduction, eminent biologist and popular science writer Dorothy Crawford offers a fascinating portrait of these infinitesimally small but often highly dangerous creatures. Crawford first r...
Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms
The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind
by Richard Fortey (Dec 10, 2012)
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From one of the world’s leading natural scientists and the acclaimed author of Trilobite!, Life: A Natural History of Four Billion Years of Life on Earth and Dry Storeroom No. 1 comes a fascinating chronicle of life’s history told not through the fossil record but through the stories of organisms that have survived, almost unchanged, throughout tim...
Regenesis
How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves
by George M. Church (Apr 07, 2014)
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Imagine a future in which human beings have become immune to all viruses, in which bacteria can custom-produce everyday items, like a drinking cup, or generate enough electricity to end oil dependency. Building a house would entail no more work than planting a seed in the ground. These scenarios may seem far-fetched, but pioneering geneticist Georg...
Darwin's Black Box
The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution
by Michael J. Behe (Mar 13, 2006)
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In 1996, Darwin's Black Box helped to launch the intelligent design movement: the argument that nature exhibits evidence of design, beyond Darwinian randomness. It sparked a national debate on evolution, which continues to intensify across the country. From one end of the spectrum to the other, Darwin's Black Box has established itself as the key i...
The Labyrinth
God, Darwin, and the Meaning of Life
by Philip Appleman (Sep 22, 2014)
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Have you wondered where we came from or whether there is a god? And if so, why there is so much evil and turmoil in the world? Have you pondered the notion of an afterlife? And what role it has in determining our behavior while alive?Philip Appleman sagely and eloquently addresses these questions, putting them in the illuminating context of our evo...
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Genes, Girls, and Gamow
After the Double Helix
by James D Watson (Jan 29, 2002)
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In the years following his and Francis Crick’s towering discovery of DNA, James Watson was obsessed with finding two things: RNA and a wife. Genes, Girls, and Gamow is the marvelous chronicle of those pursuits. Watson effortlessly glides between his heartbreaking and sometimes hilarious debacles in the field of love and his heady inquiries in the f...