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Human Errors - A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes (Hardcover): Nathan H. Lents Human Errors - A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes (Hardcover)
Nathan H. Lents
R440 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R109 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Human Molecular Genetics (Paperback, 4th New edition): Tom Strachan, Andrew Read Human Molecular Genetics (Paperback, 4th New edition)
Tom Strachan, Andrew Read 1
R700 R649 Discovery Miles 6 490 Save R51 (7%) In stock

Human Molecular Genetics is an established and class-proven textbook for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students which provides an authoritative and integrated approach to the molecular aspects of human genetics. While maintaining the hallmark features of previous editions, the Fourth Edition has been completely updated. It includes new Key Concepts at the beginning of each chapter and annotated further reading at the conclusion of each chapter, to help readers navigate the wealth of information in this subject. The text has been restructured so genomic technologies are integrated throughout, and next generation sequencing is included. Genetic testing, screening, approaches to therapy, personalized medicine, and disease models have been brought together in one section. Coverage of cell biology including stem cells and cell therapy, studying gene function and structure, comparative genomics, model organisms, noncoding RNAs and their functions, and epigenetics have all been expanded.

Human Errors - A Panorama of Our Glitches, From Pointless Bones to Broken Genes (Hardcover): Nathan Lents Human Errors - A Panorama of Our Glitches, From Pointless Bones to Broken Genes (Hardcover)
Nathan Lents 1
R363 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R69 (19%) Within 7 - 12 working days

We like to think of ourselves as highly evolved creatures. But if we are evolution's greatest creation, why are we so badly designed? We have retinas that face backward, the stump of a tail, and way too many bones in our wrists. We must find vitamins and nutrients in our diets that other animals simply make for themselves. Millions of us can't reproduce successfully without help from modern science. We have nerves that take bizarre paths, muscles that attach to nothing, and lymph nodes that do more harm than good. And that's just the beginning of the story. As biologist Nathan H. Lents explains, our evolutionary history is a litany of mistakes, each more entertaining and enlightening than the last. As we will discover, by exploring human shortcomings, we can peer into our past, because each of our flaws tells a story about our species' evolutionary history. A rollicking, deeply informative tour of our four-billion-year-long evolutionary saga, Human Errors both celebrates our imperfections - for our mutations are, in their own way, a testament to our species' greatness - and offers an unconventional accounting of the cost of our success.

Origin Story - A Big History of Everything (Paperback): David Christian Origin Story - A Big History of Everything (Paperback)
David Christian 1
R339 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R111 (33%) Within 7 - 12 working days

How did we get from the Big Bang to today's staggering complexity, in which seven billion humans are connected into networks powerful enough to transform the planet? And why, in comparison, are our closest primate relatives reduced to near-extinction? Big History creator David Christian gives the answers in a mind-expanding cosmological detective story told on the grandest possible scale. He traces how, during eight key thresholds, the right conditions have allowed new forms of complexity to arise, from stars to galaxies, Earth to homo sapiens, agriculture to fossil fuels. This last mega-innovation gave us an energy bonanza that brought huge benefits to mankind, yet also threatens to shake apart everything we have created. This global origin story is one that we could only begin to tell recently, thanks to the underlying unity of modern knowledge. Panoramic in scope and thrillingly told, Origin Story reveals what we learn about human existence when we consider it from a universal scale.

Secrets of the Human Body (Paperback): Chris van Tulleken, Xand van Tulleken, Andrew Cohen Secrets of the Human Body (Paperback)
Chris van Tulleken, Xand van Tulleken, Andrew Cohen 1
R213 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R61 (29%) Within 7 - 12 working days

206 bones. One heart. Two eyes. Ten fingers. You may think you know what makes up a human. But it turns out our bodies are full of surprises. What makes tears of joy different from tears of sadness? Why is a gut feeling so much smarter than you think? And why is 90% of you not even human? This book turns your knowledge of the human body on its head. The effervescent van Tulleken twins bring their knowledge and charm to the page to reveal just how well our bodies keep secrets from the things that want to exploit it: bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, larger predators and, crucially, other people. They reveal the remarkable stories behind the science we are not meant to know, on matters of life and death. Leading us through these revelations are tales of everyday miracles - the human stories that bind every one of us together through the universal stages of life. Chris and Xand van Tulleken reveal the incredible abilities every human shares, leading us to discover the secrets that make every ordinary human body ... extraordinary.

Formerly Known as Food - How the Industrial Food System Is Changing Our Minds, Bodies, and Culture (Hardcover): Kristin Lawless Formerly Known as Food - How the Industrial Food System Is Changing Our Minds, Bodies, and Culture (Hardcover)
Kristin Lawless
R438 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R108 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Now You're Talking - Human Conversation from the Neanderthals to Artificial Intelligence (Hardcover): Trevor Cox Now You're Talking - Human Conversation from the Neanderthals to Artificial Intelligence (Hardcover)
Trevor Cox 1
R437 R351 Discovery Miles 3 510 Save R86 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Being able to speak is what makes us human. If you've ever felt the shock of listening to a recording of your own voice, you realise how important your voice is to your personal identity. We judge others - and whether we trust them - not just by their words but by the way they talk: their intonation, their pitch, their accent. Now You're Talking explores the full range of our voice - how we speak and how we sing; how our vocal anatomy works; what happens when things go wrong; and how technology enables us to imitate and manipulate the human voice. Trevor Cox talks to vocal coaches who help people to develop their new voice after a gender change; to record producers whose use of technology has transformed the singing voice; and to computer scientists who replicate the human voice in their development of artificial intelligence. Beginning with the Neanderthals, Now You're Talking takes us all the way to the digital age - with the frightening prospect that we may soon hear `Unexpected item in the bagging area' more frequently than a friendly `Hello, how are you?' in the street.

Shapeshifters - On Medicine & Human Change (Hardcover, Main): Gavin Francis Shapeshifters - On Medicine & Human Change (Hardcover, Main)
Gavin Francis 1
R369 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R83 (22%) Within 7 - 12 working days

To be alive is to be in perpetual change: growing, healing, learning, aging. In Shapeshifters, award-winning writer and doctor Gavin Francis considers the transformations in mind and body that continue across the arc of human life. Some of these changes we have little choice about. We can't avoid puberty, the menopause, or our hair turning grey. Others may be welcome milestones along our path - a much-wanted pregnancy, a cancer cured, or a long-awaited transition to another gender. We may find ourselves turning down dark paths, towards the cruel distortions of anorexia, or the shifting sands of memory loss. New technologies can upgrade us, and even without them our bodies can transform in rare, almost magical, ways - with gigantism, or the sun-sensitivity and facial hair that led porphyria sufferers, once upon a time, to be suspected as werewolves. Medicine now has unprecedented power to alter our lives, but that power has limitations. As he helps patients face transformations both temporary and sustained, Francis draws on history, art, literature, myth and magic to show how the very essence of being human is change.

Origin Story - A Big History of Everything (Hardcover): David Christian Origin Story - A Big History of Everything (Hardcover)
David Christian 1
R480 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R180 (38%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'I have long been a fan of David Christian. In Origin Story, he elegantly weaves evidence and insights from many scientific and historical disciplines into a single, accessible historical narrative' Bill Gates This is the epic story of the universe and our place in it, from 13.8 billion years ago to the remote future How did we get from the Big Bang to today's staggering complexity, in which seven billion humans are connected into networks powerful enough to transform the planet? And why, in comparison, are our closest primate relatives reduced to near-extinction? Big History creator David Christian gives the answers in a mind-expanding cosmological detective story told on the grandest possible scale. He traces how, during eight key thresholds, the right conditions have allowed new forms of complexity to arise, from stars to galaxies, Earth to homo sapiens, agriculture to fossil fuels. This last mega-innovation gave us an energy bonanza that brought huge benefits to mankind, yet also threatens to shake apart everything we have created. This global origin story is one that we could only begin to tell recently, thanks to the underlying unity of modern knowledge. Panoramic in scope and thrillingly told, Origin Story reveals what we learn about human existence when we consider it from a universal scale.

Why We Sleep - Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams (Paperback): Matthew Walker Why We Sleep - Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams (Paperback)
Matthew Walker
R297 R234 Discovery Miles 2 340 Save R63 (21%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Brain (Paperback): Catherine Loveday The Brain (Paperback)
Catherine Loveday
R227 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R59 (26%) Within 7 - 12 working days

The brain is the most important part of our anatomy - the master controller that tells the other parts of the body what to do and when to do it. The Brain delves into how we use our brains in everyday life and uncovers the crucial workings of this vital organ in an accessible way for the general reader. How does our brain store memories? How does the brain process emotion? How do we recognise faces? What is dreaming? What does it mean to be conscious? How do injuries and diseases disrupt brain function? Are male and female brains any different? What is really happening in the teenage brain? From revealing how the brain controls our basic functions such as speech, vision and movement to how it determines our perceptions, contributes to our personalities and affects our emotions, this beautifully illustrated book unlocks the key questions about the brain. Contained within are a mixture of eye-catching and specially commissioned illustrations and photgraphs.

The Beautiful Cure - Harnessing Your Body's Natural Defences (Hardcover): Daniel M. Davis The Beautiful Cure - Harnessing Your Body's Natural Defences (Hardcover)
Daniel M. Davis 1
R433 R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Save R86 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'One of those books that makes you look at everything human in a new, challenging and thrilling way' Stephen Fry 'Brilliantly conveys the excitement of scientific discovery' Bill Bryson The immune system holds the key to human health. In The Beautiful Cure, leading immunologist Professor Daniel Davis describes the scientific quest to understand how it works - and how it is affected by stress, sleep, age and our state of mind - and explains how this knowledge is now unlocking a revolutionary new approach to medicine and well-being. The body's ability to fight disease and heal itself is one of the great mysteries and marvels of nature. But within the last few years painstaking research has resulted in major advances in our understanding of this breathtakingly beautiful inner world: a vast and intricate network of specialist cells, regulatory proteins and dedicated genes that are continually protecting our bodies. Far more powerful than any medicine ever invented, it also plays a crucial role in our daily lives. Already we have found ways to harness these natural defences to create breakthrough drugs and so-called immunotherapies that help us fight cancer, diabetes, arthritis and many age-related diseases, and we are starting to understand whether or not activities such as mindfulness might play a role in enhancing our physical resilience. Written by an expert at the forefront of this adventure, The Beautiful Cure tells a dramatic story of detective work and discovery, of puzzles solved and of the mysteries that remain, of lives sacrificed and saved, introducing the reader to this revelatory new understanding of the human body and what it takes to be healthy.

Who We Are and How We Got Here - Ancient DNA and the new science of the human past (Hardcover): David Reich Who We Are and How We Got Here - Ancient DNA and the new science of the human past (Hardcover)
David Reich 1
R437 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R98 (22%) Within 7 - 12 working days
Build Your Own Human Skeleton (Loose-leaf): Taschen Build Your Own Human Skeleton (Loose-leaf)
Taschen
R713 R457 Discovery Miles 4 570 Save R256 (36%) Within 7 - 12 working days

From the medical student and biology enthusiast to the graphic designer and artist: this life-size model gives everyone access to an age-old classic of scientific illustration. Simply fold the precut pieces (no need for scissors or glue!) to build this human skeleton, complete with anatomical labels in English and Latin, bendable joints, accessories, and detailed step-by-step instructions.

Now You're Talking - Human Conversation from the Neanderthals to Artificial Intelligence (Paperback): Trevor Cox Now You're Talking - Human Conversation from the Neanderthals to Artificial Intelligence (Paperback)
Trevor Cox
R320 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R105 (33%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Being able to speak is what makes us human. If you've ever felt the shock of listening to a recording of your own voice, you realise how important your voice is to your personal identity. We judge others - and whether we trust them - not just by their words but by the way they talk: their intonation, their pitch, their accent. Now You're Talking explores the full range of our voice - how we speak and how we sing; how our vocal anatomy works; what happens when things go wrong; and how technology enables us to imitate and manipulate the human voice. Trevor Cox talks to vocal coaches who help people to develop their new voice after a gender change; to record producers whose use of technology has transformed the singing voice; and to computer scientists who replicate the human voice in their development of artificial intelligence. Beginning with the Neanderthals, Now You're Talking takes us all the way to the digital age - with the frightening prospect that we may soon hear `Unexpected item in the bagging area' more frequently than a friendly `Hello, how are you?' in the street.

Human Physiology - From Cells to Systems (Hardcover, 9th edition): Lauralee Sherwood Human Physiology - From Cells to Systems (Hardcover, 9th edition)
Lauralee Sherwood
R781 R676 Discovery Miles 6 760 Save R105 (13%) In stock

Organized around the central theme of homeostasis-how the body meets changing demands while maintaining the internal constancy necessary for all cells and organs to function-HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY helps you appreciate the integrated functioning of the human body. Author Lauralee Sherwood uses clear, straightforward language, analogies, and frequent references to everyday experiences to help you learn and relate to physiology concepts. The vibrant art program and empowering digital resources-including robust 3D animations and rich homework problems -enable you to visualize important concepts and processes. By focusing on the core principles and sharing enthusiasm for the subject matter, Sherwood helps you develop a solid foundation for future courses and careers in the health profession.

Why We Sleep - Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams (Hardcover): Matthew Walker Why We Sleep - Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams (Hardcover)
Matthew Walker
R446 R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Save R109 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Secrets of the Human Body (Hardcover): Chris van Tulleken, Xand van Tulleken, Andrew Cohen Secrets of the Human Body (Hardcover)
Chris van Tulleken, Xand van Tulleken, Andrew Cohen 1
R540 R378 Discovery Miles 3 780 Save R162 (30%) Within 7 - 12 working days

206 bones. One heart. Two eyes. Ten fingers. You may think we know what makes up a human. But it turns out our bodies are full of surprises. What makes tears of joy different from tears of sadness? Why is a gut feeling so much smarter than you think? And why is 90% of you not even human? You may think you know the human body - heart, lungs, brain and bones - but it's time to think again. Your body is full of extraordinary mysteries that science is only just beginning to understand. This book, which accompanies a major new BBC TV programme, turns your knowledge of the human body on its head. Leading us through all of these revelations are stories of everyday miracles - the human stories that bind every one of us together through the universal stages of life. From the most extreme environments on Earth, to the most extreme events, we reveal the extraordinary abilities every human shares. Combining cutting-edge science with cutting-edge technology, we see the human body like never before. Featuring pioneering specialist photography, a new generation of digital effects will allow us to catch a tantalising glimpse beneath our skin, leading you to discover the secrets that make every ordinary human body ... extraordinary.

Behave - The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst (Paperback): Robert M. Sapolsky Behave - The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst (Paperback)
Robert M. Sapolsky 1
R254 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R78 (31%) Within 7 - 12 working days

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'Awe-inspiring... You will learn more about human nature than in any other book I can think of' Henry Marsh 'One of the best scientist-writers of our time' Oliver Sacks Why do human beings behave as they do? We are capable of savage acts of violence but also spectacular feats of kindness: is one side of our nature destined to win out over the other? Every act of human behaviour has multiple layers of causation, spiralling back seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, even centuries, right back to the dawn of time and the origins of our species. In the epic sweep of history, how does our biology affect the arc of war and peace, justice and persecution? How have our brains evolved alongside our cultures? This is the exhilarating story of human morality and the science underpinning the biggest question of all: what makes us human?

The Kiss - Intimacies from Writers (Hardcover): Brian Turner The Kiss - Intimacies from Writers (Hardcover)
Brian Turner
R406 R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Save R99 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days

From Sioux Falls to Khartoum, from Kyoto to Darwin; from the panchayat forests to the Giant's Causeway; in taxis and at bus stops, in kitchens and sleigh beds, haystacks and airports-people are kissing one another. The sublime kiss. The ambiguous kiss. The broken kiss. The kiss that changes a life. Far from the scripted passion of Hollywood, this uniquely human gesture carries within it the possibility for infinite shades of meaning and it does not stop for anything-not war, revolution or natural disaster. In The Kiss, authors like Nick Flynn, Kristen Radtke and Pico Iyer explore our quest to bridge the gulf between ourselves and others through this fleeting physical connection, and to uncover the depths contained in words like tenderness, passion and love.

Behave - The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst (Hardcover): Robert M. Sapolsky Behave - The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst (Hardcover)
Robert M. Sapolsky 1
R504 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R196 (39%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'Awe-inspiring ... the best scientific book written for non-specialists that I have ever read. You will learn more about human nature than in any other book I can think of, and you will be inspired' Henry Marsh, author of Do No Harm A ground-breaking synthesis of the entire science of human behaviour by 'one of the best scientist-writers of our time' (Oliver Sacks) -- 'It's no exaggeration to say that Behave is one of the best nonfiction books I've ever read' Wall Street Journal 'They should put Behave in hotel rooms instead of the Bible: the world would be a much better, wiser place' Kate Fox, author of Watching the English Why do we do what we do? Behave is at once a dazzling tour and a majestic synthesis of the whole science of human behaviour. Brought to life through simple language, engaging stories and irreverent wit, it offers the fullest picture yet of the origins of tribalism and xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, morality and free will, war and peace. Robert Sapolsky's ingenious method is to move backwards in time from the moment at which a behaviour occurs, layer by layer through the myriad influences that led to it: - We begin with the split-second reactions of the brain and nervous system... - Then we consider our response to sight, sound and smell in the minutes and seconds beforehand... - Next he explains the interactions of hormones, which prime our behaviour in the preceding hours and days... - He proceeds through the experiences of adolescence, childhood and foetal development that shape us over our lifespans... - And continues over centuries and millennia through the profound influences of genetic inheritance, cultural context and ultimately the evolutionary origins of our species. Throughout, Sapolsky considers the most important question: what causes acts of aggression or compassion? What inspires us to terrible deeds and what might help foster our best behaviour? Wise, humane, often very funny, Behave is a towering achievement, powerfully humanizing, that is unlikely to be surpassed for many years.

Hormonal - The Hidden Intelligence of Hormones -- How They Drive Desire, Shape Relationships, Influence Our Choices, and Make... Hormonal - The Hidden Intelligence of Hormones -- How They Drive Desire, Shape Relationships, Influence Our Choices, and Make Us Wiser (Hardcover)
Martie Haselton, Geoffrey Miller
R458 R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Save R114 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Early Humans (Paperback): Nicholas Ashton Early Humans (Paperback)
Nicholas Ashton
R747 R510 Discovery Miles 5 100 Save R237 (32%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Our understanding of the British Palaeolithic and Mesolithic has changed dramatically over the last three decades, and yet not since H. J. Fleure's A Natural History of Man in Britain (1951) has the New Naturalist Library included a volume focused on the study of early humans and their environment.In this long overdue new book, distinguished archaeologist Nick Ashton uncovers the most recent findings, following the remarkable survival and discovery of bones, stone tools and footprints which allow us to paint a picture of the first human visitors to this remote peninsula of north-west Europe.As part of the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project and subsequent research, Ashton is involved in an unrivalled collaborative effort involving archaeologists, palaeontologists, and earth scientists at different British institutes, including the Natural History Museum and the British Museum. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the book explores the latest discoveries such as footprints at Happisburgh, Norfolk that are thought to be nearly one million years old, flint artefacts at Pakefield in Suffolk and mammoth remains at West Runton, among others. These remarkable remnants help our quest to unravel the interactions between the changing environments and their ancient human occupants, as well as their lifestyles and migrations.Early humans colonised our remote corner of the European mainland time and again, despite being faced with ice age climates with far-reaching consequences. Setting the scene on the Norfolk coast almost a million years ago, Ashton tells the story of the fauna, flora and developing geography of Britain against the backdrop of an ever-changing climate. Above all, he explores how early people began as brief visitors to this wild remote land, but over time through better ways of acquiring food and developing new technologies, they began to tame, shape and dominate the countryside we see today.

Wild Chimpanzees - Social Behavior of an Endangered Species (Paperback): Adam Clark Arcadi Wild Chimpanzees - Social Behavior of an Endangered Species (Paperback)
Adam Clark Arcadi
R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Within 7 - 12 working days

As our closest primate relatives, chimpanzees offer tantalizing clues about the behavior of early human ancestors. This book provides a rich and detailed portrait of chimpanzee social life in the wild, synthesizing hundreds of thousands of hours of research at seven long-term field sites. Why are the social lives of males and females so different? Why do groups of males sometimes seek out and kill neighboring individuals? Do chimpanzees cooperate when they hunt monkeys? Is their vocal behaviour like human speech? Are there different chimpanzee 'cultures'? Addressing these questions and more, Adam Arcadi presents a fascinating introduction to the chimpanzee social universe and the challenges we face in trying to save this species from extinction. With extensive notes organized by field site and an appendix describing field methods, this book is indispensable for students, researchers, and anyone else interested in the remarkable and complex world of these intelligent apes.

The Nature Fix - Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative (Paperback): Florence Williams The Nature Fix - Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative (Paperback)
Florence Williams
R259 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R61 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days

For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while walking over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. From forest paths in Korea to islands in Finland to eucalyptus groves in California, Florence Williams investigates the science at the confluence of environment, mood, health and creativity. Delving into new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and strengthen our relationships. As our lives shift indoors, these ideas-and the answers they yield-are more urgent than ever.

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