Medieval Bodies: Life and Death in the Middle Ages

Medieval Bodies: Life and Death in the Middle AgesMedieval beliefs about the body were drastically different from ours today Hair was thought to be a condensation of fumes emitted from the pores, ideas were supposedly committed to memory by being directly imprinted on the brain, and the womb of a goat was believed to function as a contraceptive.

Superior: The Return of Race Science

Superior: The Return of Race ScienceAn astute and timely examination of the re emergence of scientific research into racial differences Superior tells the disturbing story of the persistent thread of belief in biological racial differences in the world of science After the horrors of the Nazi regime in WWII, the mainstream scientific

When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon

When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant SurgeonAt the University of Wisconsin, Dr Joshua Mezrich creates life from loss, transplanting organs from one body to another In this intimate, profoundly moving work, he illuminates the extraordinary field of transplantation that enables this kind of miracle to happen every day When Death Becomes Life

Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World

Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the WorldFrom acclaimed tech writer Clive Thompson, a brilliant and immersive anthropological reckoning with the most powerful tribe in the world today, computer programmers where they come from, how they think, what makes for greatness in their world, and what should give us pause You use software nearly

Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space

Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer SpaceThe full inside story of the detection of gravitational waves at LIGO, one of the most ambitious feats in scientific history Travel around the world 100 billion times A strong gravitational wave will briefly change that distance by less than the thickness of a human hair We have perhaps less than

A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age

A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information AgeThe life and times of one of the foremost intellects of the twentieth century Claude Shannon the neglected architect of the Information Age, whose insights stand behind every computer built, email sent, video streamed, and webpage loaded.Claude Shannon was a groundbreaking polymath, a brilliant

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

The Structure of Scientific RevolutionsThomas S Kuhn s classic book is now available with a new index A landmark in intellectual history which has attracted attention far beyond its own immediate field It is written with a combination of depth and clarity that make it an almost unbroken series of aphorisms Kuhn does not

A Short History of Nearly Everything

A Short History of Nearly EverythingIn Bryson s biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge to understand and, if possible, answer the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from