Richard Dawkins - The Selfish Gene
The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. This 30th anniversary edition includes a new introduction from the author as well as the original prefaces and foreword, and extracts from early reviews. As relevant and influential today as when it was first published, _The Selfish Gene_ has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication. This imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant work not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biology community, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research.
Francis Crosby - A Handbook of Fighter Aircraft
An illustrated A-Z catalog of over 170 aircraft, including early planes used in World War I, fighters from the inter-war years and World War II, and the highly powerful supersonic jet aircraft of today. A guide to the different type of weapons used in air combat: machine-guns, cannons, rockets, and missiles. Specification boxes for each aircraft provide at-a-glance information about the planes' country of origin, first flight, power, armament, size, weights, and performance. Features color and black and white photographs from the Imperial War Museum Photograph Archive, many never previously published. Includes facts and anecdotes about battles and fighter aces, and a glossary explaining aviation terms and abbreviations.
Rebecca Skloot - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Who, you might ask, is Henrietta Lacks (1920-1951) and why is she the subject of a book? On the surface, this short-lived African American Virginian seems an unlikely candidate for immortality. In truth, we all owe Ms. Lacks a great debt and some of us owe her our lives. As Rebecca Skloot tells us in this riveting human story, Henrietta was the involuntary donor of cells from her cancerous tumors that have been cultured to create an immortal cell line for medical research. These so-called HeLa cells have not only generated billions of dollars for the medical industry; they have helped uncover secrets of cancers, viruses, fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping. A vivid, exciting story; a 2010 Discover Great New Books finalist; a surprise bestseller in hardcover. Now in paperback and NOOKbook.
Noam Chomsky - Occupy
'Occupy is the first major public response to thirty years of class war.' Since its appearance in Zuccotti Park, New York, in September 2011, the Occupy movement has spread to hundreds of towns and cities across the world. No longer occupying small tent camps, the movement now occupies the global conscience as its messages spread from street protests to op-ed pages to the highest seats of power. From the movement's onset, Noam Chomsky has supported its critique of corporate corruption and encouraged its efforts to increase civic participation, economic equality, democracy and freedom. Through talks and conversations with movement supporters, Occupy presents Chomsky's latest thinking on the central issues, questions and demands that are driving ordinary people to protest. How did we get to this point? How are the wealthiest 1% influencing the lives of the other 99%? How can we separate money from politics? What would a genuinely democratic election look like? How can we redefine basic concepts like 'growth' to increase equality and quality of life for all? Occupy is another vital contribution from Chomsky to the literature of defiance and protest, and a red-hot rallying call to forge a better, more egalitarian future.
Chris Cooper - Forensic Science
The most trusted nonfiction series on the market, Eyewitness Books provide an in-depth, comprehensive look at their subjects with a unique integration of words and pictures. Eyewitness Books now come with a giant wall chart and a CD of clip-art. A fascinating look at the tools and techniques used by forensic scientists in solving crimes-from fingerprint analysis to DNA testing.
Jane Goodall - In the Shadow of Man
This best-selling classic tells the story of one of the world's greatest scientific adventures. Jane Goodall was a young secretarial school graduate when the legendary Louis Leakey chose her to undertake a landmark study of chimpanzees in the wild. In the Shadow of Man is an absorbing account of her early years at Gombe Stream Reserve, telling us of the remarkable discoveries she made as she got to know the chimps and they got to know her. This paperback edition, illustrated with 80 photographs, includes an introduction by Stephen Jay Gould and a postscript by Goodall. During Goodall's forty years of studying chimpanzees, she has become one of the world's most honored scientists. She tells of the later years in THROUGH A WINDOW, also available in Mariner paperback. AFRICA IN MY BLOOD: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN LETTERS tells the story, through her letters, of childhood through the early years at Gombe.
David Bellamy - David Bellamy's Complete Guide to Watercolour Painting
Containing more than 300 step-by-step photographs, tips, instructions, and finished paintings, this complete guide provides a comprehensive introduction to watercolor and serves as an essential addition to the reference library of any artist. For those seeking to brush up on their skills or learn new ways of applying traditional techniques, this master class on atmosphere and mood, taught by renowned instructor David Bellamy, includes many excellent demonstrations and instructions on how to paint mountains and crags, rivers, hedgerows, flowers, beaches, harbors, and figures. With surprisingly simple techniques regarding composition, perspective, color, texture, and detail, this is a must-have resource for aspiring and experienced artists alike.
Steve Flinders - Scotland (Oxford Bookworms)
Features topics such as environmental issues, historical facts, and culture. Full-color photographs, introductions, glossaries, and exercises enhance student reading and learning. Audio versions of selected titles provide great models of intonation and pronunciation of difficult words.
Ismeretlen szerző - The World's Heritage
Best-selling guide to all 936 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Fully updated to include the latest sites added to the list in June 2011. The list is managed by the World Heritage Committee with strict criteria, and only the world’s most spectacular and extraordinary sites make it onto the list. The prestigious list includes some of the most famous places in the world, such as the ancient Nabatean city of Petra in Jordan, the legendary Acropolis in Athens, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, in Peru. The volume includes the 25 sites added to the List by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in June 2011, including The Persian Garden (Iran), Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia (Colombia), Selimiye Mosque Complex at Edirne (Turkey) and Citadel of the Ho Dynasty (Vietnam). • Over 650 colour photographs • Descriptions of all 936 UNESCO World Heritage sites • Location map for every site Background The World Heritage List includes properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. In 1972 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Convention concerning the Protection of the World’s Cultural and Natural Heritage. Since then, 936 sites in 153 countries have been inscribed onto the list, 725 of which are cultural, 183 natural and 28 mixed properties.
David Colbert - The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter
J. K. Rowling fills her books with references to history, myths, legends and literature. _The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter_ reveals the stories behind the stories. All the questions you ever wanted to ask about Harry's fantastical world are answered here. Discover the astonishing origins of magical creatures, the clues to hidden meanings in names, and amazing facts about real-life wizards and ancient magic spells. From Alchemists to Unicorns, Basilisks to Veela, this fascinating compendium brings another dimension to Harry's adventures.
Gordon Davies - Aircraft
Aircraft are becoming more and more a part of all our lives. We no longer wonder at the graceful jets winging their way high above our heads. But how many young people today realise how quickly this air age of ours has come into being? This book tells the story the aeroplane from man's first halting attempts at flight right up to present day, with some glimpses at the aircraft of the future. It tells of the Wright Brothers and the pioneers who followed them: of famous airmen and airwomen. There are chapters on piston, jet and rocket engines, on how an aeroplane flies, and on the design of modern aircraft. Airliners and flighting planes, helicopters and vertical take-off machines, wingless 'flying pigs' and gliders - they are all here, beautifully and accurately llustrated by the author.
Kentwood D. Wells - The Ecology and Behavior of Amphibians
Consisting of more than six thousand species, amphibians are more diverse than mammals and are found on every continent save Antarctica. Despite the abundance and diversity of these animals, many aspects of the biology of amphibians remain unstudied or misunderstood. The Ecology and Behavior of Amphibians aims to fill this gap in the literature on this remarkable taxon. It is a celebration of the diversity of amphibian life and the ecological and behavioral adaptations that have made it a successful component of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Synthesizing seventy years of research on amphibian biology, Kentwood D. Wells addresses all major areas of inquiry, including phylogeny, classification, and morphology; aspects of physiological ecology such as water and temperature relations, respiration, metabolism, and energetics; movements and orientation; communication and social behavior; reproduction and parental care; ecology and behavior of amphibian larvae and ecological aspects of metamorphosis; ecological impact of predation on amphibian populations and antipredator defenses; and aspects of amphibian community ecology. With an eye towards modern concerns, The Ecology and Behavior of Amphibians concludes with a chapter devoted to amphibian conservation. An unprecedented scholarly contribution to amphibian biology, this book is eagerly anticipated among specialists.
Irwin W. Sherman - The Malaria Genome Projects
The year 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the announcement of the genome sequence of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum and that of its mosquito vector Anopheles. The genome sequences were a result of the Plasmodium falciparum Genome Project. This book covers in detail the biology of malaria parasites and the mosquitoes that transmit the disease, how the Genome Projects came into being, the people who created them, and the cadre of scientists who are attempting to see the promise of the Projects realized. The promise was: a more complete understanding of the genes of the parasite (and its vector) would provide a rational basis for the development of antimalarial drugs and vaccines, allow a better understanding of the regulation of the complex life cycle in the red blood and liver cells of the human, identify the genes the parasite uses to thwart the host immune response and the ways in which the parasite evades cure by drug treatments, as well as leading to more effective measures of control transmission. The hope was that cracking the genetic code of Plasmodium and Anopheles would reveal the biochemical Achilles heel of the parasite and its vector, leading to the development of novel drugs and better methods of control, and by finding the targets of protective immunity could result in the manufacture of effective vaccines. Through a historic approach, this book will allow for those new to the field, or those with insufficient background in the sciences, to have an easier entry point. Even scientists already working in the field may better appreciate how discoveries made in the past can impact the direction of future research. Readership: Biochemists, parasitologists, microbiologists, molecular geneticists, immunologists, hematologists, malariologists and tropical physicians and graduate students.
Thomas O. McCracken - Robert A. Kainer - David Carlson - Color Atlas of Small Animal Anatomy
This new resource provides a basic foundation in small animal anatomy for students of veterinary medicine, animal science, and veterinary technology. Extraordinary accuracy and beautiful original artwork make this a truly unique learning tool that includes the anatomy of all organ systems in the dog, cat, rabbit, rat, and guinea pig - all described in a consistent manner. Learning features include: carefully selected labeling helps students learn and remember structures and relationships; male and female of species are depicted on facing pages so topographic anatomy can be compared; structures common to various animals are labeled several times, whereas unique structures are labeled on one or two species so students can make rapid distinctions of the structures peculiar to certain animals; and an introduction that provides readers with a background in nomenclature and anatomic orientation so they can benefit from the atlas even if they lack training in anatomy. The Atlas depicts topographic relationships of major organs in a simple, yet technically accurate presentation that's free from extraneous material so that those using the atlas can concentrate on the essential aspects of anatomy. It will be an invaluable resource for veterinary students, teachers and practitioners alike.
Rainer F. Foelix - Biology of Spiders
One of the only books to treat the whole spider, from its behavior and physiology to its neurobiology and reproductive characteristics, Biology of Spiders is considered a classic in spider literature. First published in German in 1979, the book is now in its third edition, and has established itself as the supreme authority on these fascinating creatures. Containing five hundred new references, this book incorporates the latest research while dispelling many oft-heard myths and misconceptions that surround spiders. Of special interest are chapters on the structure and function of spider webs and silk, as well as those on spider venom. A new subchapter on tarantulas will appeal especially to tarantula keepers and breeders. The highly accessible text is supplemented by exceptional, high-quality photographs, many of them originals, and detailed diagrams. It will be of interest to arachnologists, entomologists, and zoologists, as well as to academics, students of biology, and the general reader curious about spiders.
Paul D. Brock - Jack W. Hasenpusch - The Complete Field Guide to Stick and Leaf Insects of Australia
Australia has a rich diversity of phasmids—otherwise known as stick and leaf insects. Most of them are endemic, few have been studied and new species continue to be found. Stick insects are, by far, Australia’s longest insects—some of them reach up to 300 mm in body length and more than 500 mm including outstretched legs. Many stick insects are very colorful and some have quite elaborate, defensive behavior. Increasingly they are being kept as pets. This is the first book on Australian phasmids for nearly 200 years. It includes photographs and distribution maps for all species, notes on their ecology and biology as well as identification keys suitable for novices or professionals.
Astri Leroy - John Leroy - Spiders of Southern Africa
Spiders of southern Africa provides sharp insight into the complex, often mysterious and always fascinating world of spiders. This edition has been revised and updated to reflect the latest available taxonomic information. It covers a wide range of topics: informative features on the origins of arachnids, their bewildering variety, their classification into families and genera and their invertebrate relatives; a study of the physical and behavioural characteristics of spiders, the main groups and dangerous species, and a chapter on finding and studying spiders. Species accounts detail the most commonly seen and most interesting spiders of the region.Lavishly illustrated with colour photographs, the body text is supplemented by a variety of special-interest panels, making it both informative and user-friendly.
Arthur V. Evans - Insects and Spiders
"Grzimek's Student Animal Life Resource: Insects and Spiders" offers readers comprehensive and easy-to-use information on Earth's bugs. Entries are arranged by taxonomy, the science through which living things are classified into related groups. Each entry includes sections on physical characteristics; geographic range; habitat; diet; behavior and reproduction; insects, spiders and people; and conservation status. Family entries are followed by one or more species accounts and a range map and photo or illustration for nearly every species. Entries conclude with a list of books, periodicals, and Web sites that may be used for further research. Each volume of "Grzimek's Student Animal Life Resource: Insects and Spiders" includes a pronunciation guide for scientific names, a glossary, an overview of insects and spiders, a list of species in the set by biome, a list of species by geographic location, and an index. The two volume set has 250 full-color maps, photos, and illustrations to enliven the text, and sidebars provide additional facts and related information.
Ismeretlen szerző - Insect Symbiosis
Insect Symbiosis summarizes the current knowledge of the relationship between symbiotic organisms and their insect hosts and provides an unparalleled analysis of cutting-edge research on this issue. Findings from international experts reveal possible new ways to control disease-carrying insects and agricultural pests worldwide. An examination of Wolbachia, considered by many as a vehicle to deliver anti-malarial and anti-plant virus strategies, is also included. Written by an interdisciplinary team of experts, this book serves as a great reference on host-parasitic relationships for professionals from a broad range of fields.