[bksvol-discuss] Fw: Nature and Science February 2008

Nature and Science February 2008

"A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child 
confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales."
~ Marie Curie (1867-1934), Polish-born French scientist
New and Recently Released!
The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild - by Craig Childs
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Pub Date: 12/12/2007
ISBN: 9780316066327
ISBN-10: 031606632X
From the first captivating chapter you'll be hooked on this series of essays 
depicting the hidden world of wild animals. Naturalist Craig Childs relates
his encounters with a variety of species from the porcupine ("looks like a mop, 
a bundle of ponderosa pine needles, a mobile hairstyle") to the black bear
("dark prince of the mountains"); his descriptions are "quite simply 
breath-catching and heart-gladdening" (Kirkus Reviews). Any armchair 
naturalist, hiker,
birdwatcher, or animal lover is sure to be drawn into these extraordinary 
observations of wild animals in their natural habitats.
First Chapter
Table of Contents
The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray's Anatomy - by Bill Hayes
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Pub Date: 12/26/2007
ISBN: 9780345456892
ISBN-10: 0345456890
In The Anatomist, science writer Bill Hayes combines the search for the man 
behind Gray's Anatomy (the seminal medical text, naturally, not the TV show)
with his own experiences dissecting the human body. One hundred and fifty years 
after the first publication of Gray's book, Hayes brings anatomist Henry
Gray, illustrator Henry Carter, and their work to life through the use of 
Carter's diary and his own experiences in the anatomy lab. Exuding both 
"enthusiasm
and curiosity" (Booklist), Hayes has created an intriguing mix of anatomy, 
history, biography, and memoir that is sure to please those curious about the
human body or medicine in the Victorian era.
The Living Cosmos: Our Search for Life in the Universe - by Chris Impey
Publisher: Random House
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Pub Date: 12/11/2007
ISBN: 9781400065066
ISBN-10: 1400065062
After a look at some of the hardiest living organisms on our planet (such as 
those living in extreme heat or cold), astrobiologist Chris Impey takes off
for outer space, where he investigates the likelihood of finding life beyond 
our atmosphere. Touching on biochemistry, planetary science, evolution, and
astrophysics, Impey explains what is necessary for life to develop (at least on 
Earth), and challenges any assumptions you might have about what might
constitute "life" elsewhere. If you think that the variety of life on this 
planet is weird enough, and you're curious about how it might look on other
planets, you'll want to check out The Living Cosmos to learn more.
First Chapter
Table of Contents
Copernicus' Secret: How the Scientific Revolution Began - by Jack Repcheck
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Pub Date: 12/4/2007
ISBN: 9780743289511
ISBN-10: 074328951X
Behind every great man stands...a Lutheran professor? For Catholic cleric and 
early astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, that seems to be the case. In science
writer Jack Repcheck's new biography of the man who first demonstrated that the 
Earth was not the center of the universe, he makes it clear that in Copernicus'
busy life, astronomy was not his main focus--though that doesn't mean his 
observations weren't both accurate and important. It wasn't until the arrival
of Georg Joachim Rheticus that Copernicus was finally able to finish the book 
that paved the way for generations of astronomers to come. As Booklist says,
"the history of science here reclaims a fascinating lost chapter." Check it out 
to learn more.
First Chapter
No way home : the decline of the world's great animal migrations - David S. 
Wilcove; with illustrations by Louise Zemaitis
Publisher: Island Press/Shearwater Books
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Pub Date: 10/15/2007
ISBN: 9781559639859
ISBN-10: 1559639857

One of nature's great wonders is the migration of animals. Creatures as small 
as songbirds and as large as elephants travel vast distances, guided only
by instinct and the landmarks of the world around them. They are a magnificent 
sight: a mile-long blanket of cranes rising from a Nebraska river; hundreds
of thousands of wildebeests marching across the Serengeti: a blaze of orange as 
millions of monarch butterflies spread their wings to take flight in Mexico.
But are we witnessing the last of the great migrations? In No Way Home, leading 
ecologist David S. Wilcove captures the splendor of migration and explores
the growing threats to nature's long-distance travelers. Migration has always 
been arduous, but today there are unprecedented dangers. Fences and farms
block herds of antelope; skyscrapers and cell towers lure birds to untimely 
deaths; salmon are caught as they swim from ocean to river; breeding grounds
are paved over or plowed under; and global warming is disrupting the 
intricately timed travels of predator and prey. Science and technology are 
helping
us to understand migrations better, but alone they won't stop sea turtles and 
songbirds from going the way of the bison or passenger pigeon. What's required
is the commitment and cooperation of people and governments in the far-flung 
countries migrants cross long before extinction is a threat. No Way Home offers
powerful inspiration to preserve those glorious journeys.
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Women and Science
The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of 
Space Flight - by Martha Ackmann
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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Pub Date: 7/1/2004
ISBN: 9780375758935
ISBN-10: 0375758933
The group known as the Mercury 13 was composed of 13 women pilots who all 
passed the same battery of tests as the Mercury 7 astronauts (Alan Shepard, John
Glenn, and others). They were groomed as America's first female astronauts, but 
were ultimately refused the opportunity to participate in space because
of their gender, rather than any lack of expertise. If you're interested in the 
early years of the space program, or in women's studies, this look at the
efforts made by these women will be inspiring--and eye-opening.
First Chapter
Woman: An Intimate Geography - by Natalie Angier
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Pub Date: 4/1/1999
ISBN: 9780395691304
ISBN-10: 0395691303
Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Natalie Angier has created a mesmerizing, 
authoritative tour of the female anatomy and physiology. Taking on topics
from the X chromosome to the uterus to the role of grandmothers in human 
evolution and everything in between, this wide-ranging study is written in a 
voice
you won't find in any textbook: Angier's prose is "zestfully descriptive and 
inventive" (Kirkus Reviews), not to mention "entertaining and informative"
(The New York Times). There's a lot to learn in these pages, whether or not 
you're female. Now, who's going to write a similar treatise for the male body?
First Chapter
Table of Contents
Nightingales: The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence 
Nightingale - by Gillian Gill
Publisher: Random House
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Pub Date: 9/13/2005
ISBN: 9780345451880
ISBN-10: 0345451880
The New York Times review of this book notes that "It's hard to like Florence 
Nightingale. It's impossible not to admire her," and by the time you finish
this book, you'll know exactly why. By placing Florence Nightingale in the 
context of her times, and by exploring her relationship with her family, 
biographer
Gillian Gill builds a picture of Nightingale as a very determined, intelligent, 
and imperfect medical reformer, daughter, and sister. For a well-rounded
portrait of the woman behind the legend, give Nightingales a try.
First Chapter
Table of Contents
Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie - by Barbara Goldsmith
Publisher: W.W. Norton
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Pub Date: 11/30/2004
ISBN: 9780393051377
ISBN-10: 0393051374
Marie Curie, the first female scientist to win the Nobel Prize, is remarkable 
not only for that accomplishment but also for her ability to balance the needs
of her family with the demands of her career. By drawing on diaries, letters, 
and family interviews, author Barbara Goldsmith documents Curie's legendary
scientific accomplishments while also detailing her personal life and her 
battles against the sexual inequality of the time. Anyone interested in Curie,
her work with radium, or the early days of atomic science would do well to pick 
up this well-researched portrait of Curie's effect on the world.
Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man - by Dale Peterson
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Pub Date: 11/1/2006
ISBN: 9780395854051
ISBN-10: 0395854059
As Jane Goodall's colleague and occasional collaborator, Dale Peterson has had 
access to a host of primary sources, including Goodall herself. This proximity
allows for a personal perspective and an in-depth biography that describes how 
the dedicated scientist and naturalist revolutionized the study of primates.
From close relationships with family members to Goodall's years with the Gombe 
chimpanzees and the establishment of radical new standards in the study
of animal behavior, Peterson's biography depicts a complex, charming, and 
remarkable woman.
First Chapter
Table of Contents

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