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Leonardo's Foot: How 10 Toes, 52 Bones, and 66 Muscles Shaped the Human World

By Carol Ann Rinzler

  • A choice of the Scientific American, History, BOMC2, Quality Paperback and Military e-book Clubs
Our reviewer declared that this publication represents the very best writing approximately technology for the non‑scientist that he has encountered lately. the focal point, after all, is the foot and the writer presents a magnificent array of evidence, figures and tales approximately it, in addition to loads of background, etymology and cultural standpoint. --American organization for the development of Science

"Rinzler basically loved researching her topic and cannot cease herself from occurring interesting digressions, frequently citing one or in general unrelated topics within the process a paragraph. She's at her top whilst discussing medical heritage and etymology." --  Library Journal


"Rinzler lifts the lowly human foot to new heights during this beautiful book." --Booklist (starred overview)  

"Stylish, informative, interesting, and pleasantly own . . . even if Rinzler is exploring how our ft clarify or light up such subject matters as evolution, incapacity, racism, vitamin, or hope, she continues a desirable point of view at the peculiarities of being human." 

--Rain Taxi assessment of Books

"This neat little publication attracts a transparent photograph of our toes, offering realizing that extends a ways past the most obvious. Readers usually wish to stroll clear of a publication feeling they realized something--that the writer left them with a brand new approach to examine an outdated concept, and this e-book fulfills that need."   City Book Review/San Francisco & Sacramento (five stars)


"An in-depth examine the anatomy and heritage of ft unearths their frequently missed value in human evolution, drugs and art." --Science News                                                             


"Carol Ann Rinzler weaves jointly fabric from paintings, literature, technological know-how, and historical past to increase our knowing of the human foot. Her booklet is by way of turns pleasing, enlightening, and altogether satisfying." --Congresswoman CAROLYN B. MALONEY
"Among the numerous pleasures of this ebook are the exciting topic, Carol Ann Rinzler's full of life and obtainable writing kind, and the superb array of data she has accrued from such a lot of various fields, together with paintings, anthropology, historical past, biology, linguistics, psychology, and literature. Who knew that the tale of our personal ft may be so fascinating?"
--SANDRA OPDYCKE, writer of No One used to be became Away and Jane Addams and Her imaginative and prescient for America
"This publication will amaze you because it walks you thru evolution, historical past, mythology, and an exceptional dose of anatomy, to enlighten you concerning the function of the common-or-garden Human Foot in bringing people to the place we're at the present time. completely relaxing, informative, and good written, it's a needs to learn for somebody eager about taking good care of our decrease extremity--or attracted to our evolution. in brief, you'll by no means view the foot an identical again."
--GARY STONES, DPM, President, big apple kingdom Podiatric clinical Association
"Carol Ann Rinzler has written a shocking and pleasant booklet approximately this 'underwhelming, underreported, and fully vital' a part of the human physique. it truly is impressive what you will learn!"
--RICHARD N. GOTTFRIED, Chair, big apple nation meeting well-being Committee

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The Rise of Early Modern Science: Islam, China and the West

By Toby E. Huff

Toby Huff examines the long-standing query of why sleek technology arose in simple terms within the West and never within the civilizations of Islam and China, even though medieval Islam and China have been extra scientifically complex. Huff explores the cultural contexts in which technological know-how used to be practiced in Islam, China, and the West. He reveals significant clues within the historical past of legislation and the ecu cultural revolution of the 12th and 13th centuries, as to why the ethos of technology arose within the West and approved the leap forward to fashionable technology that didn't happen in other places. First variation Hb (1993): 0-521-43496-3 First version Pb (1995): 0-521-49833-3

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Ignorance: How It Drives Science

By Stuart Firestein

Wisdom is a giant topic, says Stuart Firestein, yet lack of know-how is an even bigger one. And it really is ignorance--not knowledge--that is the real engine of technological know-how.

such a lot people have a misunderstanding of technology as a surefire, planned, step by step procedure for locating issues out and getting issues performed. actually, says Firestein, quite often, technology is like trying to find a black cat in a dismal room, and there will not be a cat within the room. the method is extra hit-or-miss than you may think, with a lot stumbling and groping after phantoms. however it is precisely this "not knowing," this wondering thorny questions or inexplicable info, that will get researchers into the lab early and retains them there overdue, the object that propels them, the very motive force of technology. Firestein exhibits how scientists use lack of knowledge to software their paintings, to spot what might be performed, what the subsequent steps are, and the place they need to focus their energies. And he encompasses a catalog of the way scientists use lack of information, consciously or unconsciously--a notable variety of techniques that comes with searching for connections to different study, revisiting it appears settled questions, utilizing small inquiries to get at large ones, and tackling an issue easily out of interest. The e-book concludes with 4 case histories--in cognitive psychology, theoretical physics, astronomy, and neuroscience--that supply a suppose for the nuts and bolts of lack of knowledge, the day by day conflict that is going on in medical laboratories and in medical minds with questions that variety from the quotidian to the profound.

Turning the normal concept approximately technological know-how on its head, Ignorance opens a brand new window at the precise nature of analysis. it's a must-read for an individual concerned with science.

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Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth

By Andrew H. Knoll

Australopithecines, dinosaurs, trilobites--such fossils conjure up photographs of misplaced worlds full of vanished organisms. yet within the complete background of existence, old animals, even the trilobites, shape in basic terms the half-billion-year tip of an almost four-billion-year iceberg. Andrew Knoll explores the deep historical past of existence from its origins on a tender planet to the impressive Cambrian explosion, proposing a compelling new reason for the emergence of organic novelty.

The very most modern discoveries in paleontology--many of them made via the writer and his students--are built-in with rising insights from molecular biology and earth procedure technological know-how to forge a large realizing of the way the organic range that surrounds us got here to be. relocating from Siberia to Namibia to the Bahamas, Knoll exhibits how existence and atmosphere have advanced jointly via Earth's historical past. options in biology have contributed to shaping our air and oceans, and, simply as definitely, environmental swap has motivated the process evolution, time and again final off possibilities for a few species whereas establishing avenues for others.

Readers cross into the sphere to confront fossils, input the lab to parent the internal workings of cells, and alight on Mars to invite how our terrestrial event can advisor exploration for all times past our planet. alongside the best way, Knoll brings us up to date on a few of science's preferred questions, from the oldest fossils and claims of lifestyles past the Earth to the speculation of world glaciation and Knoll's personal unifying inspiration of ''permissive ecology.''

In laying naked Earth's inner most organic roots, existence on a tender Planet is helping us comprehend our personal position within the universe--and our accountability as stewards of a global 4 billion years within the making.

In a brand new preface, Knoll describes how the sector has broadened and deepened within the decade because the book’s unique book.

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The Secret Life of Dust: From the Cosmos to the Kitchen Counter, the Big Consequences of Little Things

By Hannah Holmes

Hannah Holmes A enthralling excursion round our dusty world
Some see dirt as uninteresting and dead stuff. yet within the arms of writer Hannah Holmes, it turns into a stunning and mysterious strength; airborne dirt and dust, we find, outfitted the planet we stroll upon. And it tinkers with the elements and spices the air we breathe. Billions of a whole lot it upward thrust each year into the air--the airborne dirt and dust of deserts and forgotten kings blending with volcanic ash, sea salt, leaf fragments, scales from butterfly wings, shreds of T-shirts, and fireside soot. ultimately, notwithstanding, all this airborne dirt and dust needs to settle.
The tale of stressed airborne dirt and dust starts between exploding stars, then treks throughout the dinosaur beds of the Gobi barren region, drills into Antarctic glaciers, filters residing dusts from the wind, and probes the darkish underbelly of the living-room sofa. alongside the best way, Holmes introduces a pleasant solid of characters--the scientists who research dirt. a few examine its darkish facet: the way it killed off dinosaurs and the way its commercial descendents are killing us at the present time. Others pattern the bathe of Saharan dirt that nourishes Caribbean jungles, or enterprise into the microscopic jungle of the bed room carpet. just like the mystery lifetime of airborne dirt and dust, although, them all unveil the mayhem and magic wrought by means of little things.
Hannah Holmes (Portland, ME) is a technology and common historical past author for the invention Channel on-line. Her freelance paintings has been extensively released, showing within the l. a. instances journal, the hot York instances journal, outdoor, Sierra, nationwide Geographic tourist, and get away. Her broadcast paintings has been featured on dwelling on the earth and the invention Channel Online's technology Live.

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Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History

By Stephen Jay Gould

More than the other sleek scientists, Stephen Jay Gould has unfolded to hundreds of thousands the wonders of evolutionary biology. His genius as an essayist lies in his unequalled skill to take advantage of his wisdom of the area, together with pop culture, to light up the world of science.

Ever considering Darwin, Stephen Jay Gould's first ebook, has bought greater than 1 / 4 of one million copies. like several succeeding collections via this specific author, it brings the paintings of the medical essay to exceptional heights.

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Principles of Evolutionary Medicine

By Peter Gluckman, Mark Hanson, Alan Beedle

Evolutionary technological know-how is important to an knowing of built-in human biology and is more and more well-known as a center underpinning self-discipline through scientific and public healthiness pros. Advances within the fields of genomics, epigenetics, developmental biology and epidemiology have resulted in the starting to be cognizance that incorporating evolutionary pondering is key for medication to accomplish its complete power. this can be the 1st built-in and finished textbook to provide an explanation for the rules of evolutionary biology from a clinical viewpoint and to target how medication and public overall healthiness may well make the most of evolutionary biology. it's written in a mode that's available to a extensive variety of readers, whether they have had formal publicity to evolutionary technological know-how.

Principles of Evolutionary medication is split into 3 sections: the 1st presents a scientific method of the foundations of evolutionary biology as they observe to human wellbeing and fitness and sickness, utilizing examples in particular appropriate to drugs. It comprises chapters on evolutionary approaches, molecular evolution, the evolution of people, existence historical past idea, and evolutionary-developmental biology. the second one half illustrates the applying of those rules to our figuring out of nutrients and metabolism, copy, combatting infectious illness and rigidity, and human behaviour. the ultimate part presents a basic framework to teach in sensible phrases how the foundations of evolutionary medication will be utilized in scientific perform and public well-being.

This novel textbook offers the required toolkit for medical professionals and different overall healthiness execs, scientific scholars and biomedical scientists, in addition to anthropologists attracted to human future health, to realize a greater figuring out of the evolutionary procedures underlying human wellbeing and fitness and ailment.

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Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours

By Noga Arikha

The humours—blood, phlegm, black bile, and choler—were elements inspiration to circulation in the physique and be sure a person's overall healthiness, temper, and personality. for instance, an way over black bile was once thought of a reason for depression. the idea of humours remained an inexact yet robust instrument for hundreds of years, surviving clinical adjustments and delivering readability to physicians.

This exclusive booklet follows the destiny of those variable and invisible fluids from their Western foundation in old Greece to their present-day models. It lines their patience from scientific guidebooks of the prior to present health and wellbeing fads, from the tales of docs to the theories of scientists, physicians, and philosophers. via intertwining the histories of medication, technology, psychology, and philosophy, Noga Arikha revisits and revises how we predict approximately all facets of our actual, psychological, and emotional selves.

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The Neanderthals (Peoples of the Ancient World)

By Friedemann Shrenk

The Neanderthal is likely one of the such a lot mysterious kinfolk of Homo sapiens: was once he a lifeless, club-swinging muscleman, or a being with built social behaviour and the facility to talk, to plot accurately, or even to increase perspectives at the afterlife?

For many, the Neanderthals are an instance of primitive people, yet new discoveries recommend that this snapshot should be revised. part 1000000 years in the past in Ice Age Europe, there emerged those that controlled to manage good with the tough weather – Neanderthal guy. They shaped an equipped society, hunted Mammoths, and will make fireplace. They have been in a position to cross on wisdom; they cared for the outdated and the handicapped, burying their lifeless, and putting presents on their graves. but, they grew to become extinct, regardless of their cultural abilities.

This richly illustrated e-book, written for common audiences, offers a reliable examine the background, residing stipulations, and tradition of the Neanderthal.

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The Drake Equation: Estimating the Prevalence of Extraterrestrial Life through the Ages (Cambridge Astrobiology)

During this compelling publication, prime scientists and historians discover the Drake Equation, which courses smooth astrobiology's look for lifestyles past Earth. First utilized in 1961 because the establishing framework for a convention in eco-friendly financial institution, West Virginia, it makes use of seven elements to estimate the variety of extraterrestrial civilisations in our galaxy. utilizing the equation essentially as a heuristic gadget, this attractive textual content examines the astronomical, organic, and cultural elements that make certain the abundance or rarity of existence past Earth and gives a thematic historical past of the hunt for extraterrestrial existence. Logically dependent to examine all the components in flip, and providing statement and critique of the equation as a complete, modern astrobiological study is positioned in a historic context. every one issue is explored over chapters, discussing the pre-conference considering and a latest research, to let postgraduates and researchers to raised verify the assumptions that advisor their examine.

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