A thrilling tale of encounters with nature�s masters of biochemistryFrom the coasts of Indonesia to the rainforests of Peru, venomous animals are everywhere�and often lurking out of sight. Humans have feared them for centuries, long considering them the assassins and pariahs of the natural world.Now, in Venomous, the biologist Christie Wilcox investigates and illuminates t
More than fifty years ago, John Coltrane drew the twelve musical notes in a circle and connected them by straight lines, forming a five-pointed star. Inspired by Einstein, Coltrane put physics and geometry at the core of his music.Physicist and jazz musician Stephon Alexander follows suit, using jazz to answer physics most vexing questions about the past and future of th
�Anextraordinary book�. With clarity and charm [Dunn] takes the reader into theoverlap of medicine, ecology, and evolutionary biology to reveal an importantdomain of the human condition.� �EdwardO. Wilson, author of Anthill and The Future of LifeBiologistRob Dunn reveals the crucial influence that other species have upon our health,our well-being, and our world in The Wild
In his introduction to The Best American Science Writing 2003, Dr. Oliver Sacks, the poet laureate of medicine New York Times writes that the best science writing . . . cannot be completely objective -- how can it be when science itself is so human an activity? -- but it is never self-indulgently subjective either. It is, at best, a wonderful fusion, as factual as a n
Since the 1990s, bark beetles have collectively killed billions of trees across millions of acres of forest in western North America, from Alaska to northern Mexico. Although a force of natural change in forest ecosystems, the increased intensity, expanded range, and synchroneity of recent bark beetle outbreaks have proved the most devastating in recorded history, and ther
Based on a wildly popular� Atlantic� article: an astonishing investigation into the world of microbes, and the myriad ways they control how other creatures � including humans � act, feel, and thinkAs we are now discovering, parasites � microbes that cannot thrive and reproduce without another organism as a host � are shockingly sophisticated and extraordinarily powerful.