Author: Peter William Atkins

Publisher: W H Freeman & Company

ISBN: 9780716760047

Category: Molecular structure.

Page: 197

View: 6867

Portrays the structures of the substances that make up our everyday world.


Author: Arnold Jay Levine

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0716750317

Category: Viruses.

Page: 240

View: 5880

Discusses the enormous scientific and medical contributions that have come from the field of virology.

Evolving Brains

Author: John Allman

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 9780716760382

Category: Medical

Page: 224

View: 4689

How did the human brain with all its manifold capacities evolve from basic functions in simple organisms that lived nearly a billion years ago? John Allman addresses this question in Evolving Brains, a provocative study of brain evolution that introduces readers to some of the most exciting developments in science in recent years.

Atkins' Molecules

Author: Peter William Atkins

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521535366

Category: Science

Page: 235

View: 3581

New edition of the book that was called 'the most beautiful chemistry book ever written'.


Author: J. Allan Hobson

Publisher: Times Books

ISBN: 9780716760405

Category: Science

Page: 258

View: 1993

Where does consciousness come from and how does it work? Is it a purely biological thing? Where does the brain leave off and the mind begin? These questions, once viewed as ethereal and impossible to study empirically, are now being addressed by science in bold and startling new ways.In Consciousness, world-renowned neuropsychiatrist J. Allan Hobson presents a witty and introspective consideration of this mysterious concept, connecting it to specific areas of the brain and their chemical and physical states. Hobson guides his readers through the various states of waking, dreaming, and nonconsciousness using the theories and data of neuroscience, psychiatry, and neurophysiology. Although his ideas are based in science, his imaginative approach keeps us in touch with the mysterious and seductive nature of his subject.Richly woven, with references to literature, philosophy, and the author's personal experiences, Consciousness is a delightful and compact introduction to a concept central to the human experience.


A Natural History

Author: Robert E. Ricklefs,Caleb Ellicott Finch

Publisher: Times Books

ISBN: 9780716750567

Category: Aging

Page: 209

View: 8271

The process of aging is familiar to, and usually dreaded by, all of us. We all know what it feels like to grow older, but what exactly is aging, why does it happen, and can anything be done to slow or prevent it? An original treatment of human aging that draws on biomedical research and the natural history of animals and plants, Aging: A Natural History describes this biological phenomenon in fascinating detail, helping the reader to understand its complex processes. In the aging patterns of humans and many other species, biologists Robert E. Ricklefs and Caleb E. Finch find some answers to why aging must exist at all, and why it is so spectacularly different in different species. The authors ask a variety of compelling questions: How can processes that lead to death be such an integral part of life itself? Why do some species tend to die at an early age when close relatives may live much longer? Why do many species age, when others seem not to? And, perhaps most importantly, why is aging, which is so detrimental to the individual, maintained by natural selection? Finally, the authors consider the prospects for prolonging human life and improving the quality of life at older ages. Concluding that aging is induced both by environmental factors and by the biochemical processes normally present in all cells, they show aging to be an inevitable yet alterable part of life - a natural process that may limit activity but is not necessarily debilitating.

Patterns in Evolution

The New Molecular View

Author: Roger Lewin

Publisher: Times Books

ISBN: 9780716760368

Category: Science

Page: 246

View: 4260

This work shows how the tools of molecular biology are transforming the way in which evolution is viewed. Genetic analysis, especially from the DNA of prehistoric creatures, has enabled scientists to remap the history of life, producing new findings about evolutionary lineages and animal behaviour.

The Animal Mind

Author: James L. Gould,Carol Grant Gould

Publisher: Times Books

ISBN: 9780716760351

Category: Nature

Page: 236

View: 6975

In this volume, James and Carol Gould go in search of the animal mind. Taking a fresh look at the evidence on animal capacities for perception, thought, and language, the Goulds show how scientists attempt to distinguish actions that go beyond the innate or automatically learned. They provide captivating, beautifully-illustrated descriptions of a number of clever and curious animal behaviors - some revealed to be more or less preprogrammed, some seemingly proof of a well-developed mental life.

Images of Mind

Author: Michael I. Posner,Marcus E. Raichle

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 9780716760191

Category: Science

Page: 257

View: 8114

What happens in the brain when we speak? Learn? Recall memories? Until recently, it was hard to tell. But positron emission tomography (PET) and other brain imaging techniques are radically transforming scientists' ability to see the brain at work and measure the changes that occur. Images of Mind explores the latest applications and future potential of the dynamic field of cognitive neurosciences.

The Science of Words

Author: George A. Miller

Publisher: Times Books

ISBN: 9780716760160

Category: Grammar, Comparative and general

Page: 276

View: 9569

Gives a synthesis of what linguistic science has discovered about words.

Molecules Of Emotion

Why You Feel The Way You Feel

Author: Candace Pert

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471109704

Category: Science

Page: 384

View: 308

Why do we feel the way we feel? How do our thoughts and emotions affect our health? Are our bodies and minds distinct from each other or do they function together as part of an interconnected system? In MOLECULES OF EMOTION, neuroscientist Candace Pert provides startling and decisive answers to these long-debated questions, establishing the biomolecular basis for our emotions and explaining these new scientific developments in a clear and accessible way. Her pioneering research on how the chemicals inside us form a dynamic information network, linking mind and body, is not only provocative, it is revolutionary. In her groundbreaking book, Candace Pert offers a new scientific understanding of the power of our minds and our feelings to affect our health and well-being.

Life Processes of Plants

Author: Arthur William Galston

Publisher: Times Books

ISBN: 9780716750444

Category: Gardening

Page: 245

View: 872

Explains how plants obtain food, endure inclement weather, fend off predators, and anticipate the future, and looks at photosynthesis, growth, movement, stress, regeneration, and cooperation with microbes


From Mind to Molecules

Author: Larry R. Squire,Eric R. Kandel

Publisher: Roberts Publishers

ISBN: 9780981519418

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 9338

Combining insights from both cognitive neuroscience and molecular biology, two of the world's leading experts address memory from molecules and cells to brain systems and cognition. What is memory and where in the brain is it stored? How is memory storage accomplished? This book touches on these questions and many more, showing how the recent convergence of psychology and biology has resulted in an exciting new synthesis of knowledge about learning and remembering. Memory: From Mind to Molecules is an ideal primer for courses on learning and memory or for general readers who are interested in discovering what is currently known about one of the basic aspects of human existence.

Molecular Biology of the Cell

Author: Bruce Alberts

Publisher: Garland Science

ISBN: 1317563743

Category: Science

Page: 1464

View: 2170

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. The Sixth Edition has been extensively revised and updated with the latest research in the field of cell biology, and it provides an exceptional framework for teaching and learning. The entire illustration program has been greatly enhanced.Protein structures better illustrate structure–function relationships, icons are simpler and more consistent within and between chapters, and micrographs have been refreshed and updated with newer, clearer, or better images. As a new feature, each chapter now contains intriguing openended questions highlighting “What We Don’t Know,” introducing students to challenging areas of future research. Updated end-of-chapter problems reflect new research discussed in the text, and these problems have been expanded to all chapters by adding questions on developmental biology, tissues and stem cells, pathogens, and the immune system.

Plants, People, and Culture

The Science of Ethnobotany

Author: Michael J. Balick,Paul Alan Cox

Publisher: Times Books

ISBN: 9780716760276

Category: Social Science

Page: 228

View: 6483

Ethnobotany - the study of the cultural use of plants - is explored throroughly in this text. The significance of plants in Western as well as indigenous societies is confronted and the history of ethnobotany, development of agriculture, and the critical need to conserve plant biodiversity are all covered in this introduction to the science.

The Discovery of Subatomic Particles Revised Edition

Author: Steven Weinberg

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521823517

Category: Science

Page: 206

View: 8644

An account of twentieth century advances in physics introduces the fundamentals of classic physics that played crucial roles in key discoveries including those of the electron, proton, and neutron, in a volume that covers the link between subatomic particle discoveries and contemporary research. (Science & Mathematics)