Science + Psychology

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LETTERS FROM AN ASTROPHYSICIST

Written by Tyson, Neil DeGrasse
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has attracted one of the world's largest online followings with his fascinating, widely accessible insights into science and our universe. Now, Tyson invites us to go behind the scenes of his public fame by revealing his correspondence with people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers.
October 8, 2019 | Hardcover | W. W. Norton & Company | 272 Pages |
$19.95
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FOSSIL BOOK: A RECORD OF PREHISTORIC LIFE

Written by Fenton, Carroll Lane
With this definitive guide, professional paleontologists and amateur fossil enthusiasts alike will discover valuable information about finding, preserving, and studying fossils. This expanded edition features over 1,500 drawings and photographs in its fascinating explorations of everything from single-celled organisms, arthropods, and amphibians to dinosaurs, birds, and mammals. "A readable . . .
January 15, 2020 | Paperback | Dover Publications | 768 Pages |
$39.95

DISORDERED MIND: WHAT UNUSUAL BRAINS TELL US ABOUT OURSELVES

Eric R. Kandel, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his foundational research into memory storage in the brain, is one of the pioneers of modern brain science. His work continues to shape our understanding of how learning and memory work and to break down age-old barriers between the sciences and the arts. In his seminal new book, The Disordered Mind, Kandel draws on a lifetime of pathbreaking research and the work of many other leading neuroscientists to take us on an unusual tour of the brain. He confronts one of the most difficult questions we face: How does our mind, our individual sense of self, emerge from the physical matter of the brain? The brain’s 86 billion neurons communicate with one another through very precise connections. But sometimes those connections are disrupted. The brain processes that give rise to our mind can become disordered, resulting in diseases such as autism, depression, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder. While these disruptions bring great suffering, they can also reveal the mysteries of how the brain produces our most fundamental experiences and capabilities―the very nature of what it means to be human. Studies of autism illuminate the neurological foundations of our social instincts; research into depression offers important insights on emotions and the integrity of the self; and paradigm-shifting work on addiction has led to a new understanding of the relationship between pleasure and willpower. By studying disruptions to typical brain functioning and exploring their potential treatments, we will deepen our understanding of thought, feeling, behavior, memory, and creativity. Only then can we grapple with the big question of how billions of neurons generate consciousness itself.
August 1, 2019 | Paperback |
$17.00

UNDERBUG: AN OBSESSIVE TALE OF TERMITES AND TECHNOLOGY

Are we more like termites than we ever imagined? In Underbug, the award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli introduces us to the enigmatic creatures that collectively outweigh human beings ten to one and consume $40 billion worth of valuable stuff annually―and yet, in Margonelli’s telling, seem weirdly familiar. Over the course of a decade-long obsession with the little bugs, Margonelli pokes around termite mounds and high-tech research facilities, closely watching biologists, roboticists, and geneticists. Her globe-trotting journey veers into uncharted territory, from evolutionary theory to Edwardian science literature to the military industrial complex. What begins as a natural history of the termite becomes a personal exploration of the unnatural future we’re building, with darker observations on power, technology, historical trauma, and the limits of human cognition. Whether in Namibia or Cambridge, Arizona or Australia, Margonelli turns up astounding facts and raises provocative questions. Is a termite an individual or a unit of a superorganism? Can we harness the termite’s properties to change the world? If we build termite-like swarming robots, will they inevitably destroy us? Is it possible to think without having a mind? Underbug burrows into these questions and many others―unearthing disquieting answers about the world’s most underrated insect and what it means to be human.
August 1, 2019 | Paperback |
$16.00

DOCTOR AND THE SOUL: FROM PSYCHOTHERAPY TO LOGOTHERAPY

Written by Frankl, Viktor E
Dr. Viktor E. Frankl is celebrated as the founder of logotherapy, a revolutionary mode of psychotherapy based on the essential human need to search for meaning in life. Even while suffering the degradation and misery of Nazi concentration camps--an experience he described in his bestselling memoir, Man's Search for Meaning--Frankl retained his belief that the most important freedom is the ability to determine one's spiritual well-being. After his liberation, he published The Doctor and the Soul, the first book in which he explained his method and his conviction that the fundamental human motivation is neither sex (as in Freud) nor the need to be appreciated by society (as in Adler), but the desire to live a purposeful life. Frankl's work represented a major contribution to the field of psychotherapy, and The Doctor and the Soul is essential to understanding it.Newly reissued in trade paperback, from the author of the bestselling Man's Search for Meaning--the classic book in which he first laid out his revolutionary theory of logotherapy. Dr. Viktor E. Frankl is celebrated as the founder of logotherapy, a revolutionary mode of psychotherapy based on the essential human need to search for meaning in life.
August 6, 2019 | Paperback | Vintage |
$16.00
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HOW TO GROW A HUMAN: ADVENTURES IN HOW WE ARE MADE AND WHO WE ARE

Written by Ball, Philip
Two summers ago, scientists removed a tiny piece of flesh from Philip Ball's arm and turned it into a rudimentary "mini-brain." The skin cells, removed from his body, did not die but were instead transformed into nerve cells that independently arranged themselves into a dense network and communicated with each other, exchanging the raw signals of thought. This was life--but whose?
October 25, 2019 | Hardcover | University of Chicago Press | 272 Pages |
$25.00
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HOW THINGS WORK: THE INNER LIFE OF EVERYDAY MACHINES

Written by Gray, Theodore
Million-copy bestselling author of The Elements, Molecules, and Reactions Theodore Gray applies his trademark mix of engaging stories, real-time experiments, and stunning photography to the inner workings of machines, big and small, revealing the extraordinary science, beauty, and rich history of everyday things.
October 22, 2019 | Hardcover | Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers | 256 Pages |
$29.99
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PROVING EINSTEIN RIGHT: THE DARING EXPEDITIONS THAT CHANGED HOW WE LOOK AT THE UNIVERSE

Written by Pelletier, Cathie
A thrilling adventure story chronicling the perilous journey of the scientists who set out to prove the theory of relativity--the results of which catapulted Albert Einstein to fame and forever changed our understanding of the universe. In 1911, a relatively unknown physicist named Albert Einstein published his preliminary theory of gravity. But it hadn't been tested.
September 24, 2019 | Hardcover | PublicAffairs | 368 Pages |
$30.00
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BOOK OF WHY: THE NEW SCIENCE OF CAUSE AND EFFECT

Written by MacKenzie, Dana
How the study of causality revolutionized science and the world
February 18, 2020 | Paperback | Basic Books | 512 Pages |
$18.99
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FIRST CELL: AND THE HUMAN COSTS OF PURSUING CANCER TO THE LAST

Written by Raza, Azra
A world-class oncologist's devastating and deeply personal examination of cancerWe have lost the war on cancer. We spend $150 billion each year treating it, yet -- a few innovations notwithstanding -- a patient with cancer is as likely to die of it as one was fifty years ago. Most new drugs add mere months to one's life at agonizing physical and financial cost.
October 15, 2019 | Hardcover | Basic Books | 368 Pages |
$28.00

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