Author: Peter William Atkins

Publisher: W H Freeman & Company

ISBN: 9780716760047

Category: Molecular structure.

Page: 197

View: 7414

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: 6470

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

Patterns in Evolution

The New Molecular View

Author: Roger Lewin

Publisher: Times Books

ISBN: 9780716760368

Category: Science

Page: 246

View: 8956

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.

Atkins' Molecules

Author: Peter William Atkins

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521535366

Category: Science

Page: 235

View: 7479

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

Evolving Brains

Author: John Allman

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 9780716760382

Category: Medical

Page: 224

View: 7690

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.

Visual Computing

Author: Richard Mark Friedhoff,Mark S. Peercy

Publisher: Times Books

ISBN: 9780716750598

Category: Computers

Page: 141

View: 3319

"Illustrated with classical works of art, images from vision science, and computer generated tableaux, Visual Computing is a celebration of an amazing new field."--BOOK JACKET.


Author: J. Allan Hobson

Publisher: Times Books

ISBN: 9780716760405

Category: Science

Page: 258

View: 9132

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: 539

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.


From Mind to Molecules

Author: Larry R. Squire,Eric R. Kandel

Publisher: Roberts Publishers

ISBN: 9780981519418

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 5478

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.

The Science of Words

Author: George A. Miller

Publisher: Times Books

ISBN: 9780716760160

Category: Grammar, Comparative and general

Page: 276

View: 2571

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

The Animal Mind

Author: James L. Gould,Carol Grant Gould

Publisher: Times Books

ISBN: 9780716760351

Category: Nature

Page: 236

View: 1338

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.

Life at Small Scale

The Behavior of Microbes

Author: David B. Dusenbery

Publisher: Times Books

ISBN: 9780716750604

Category: Microbiology.

Page: 214

View: 5881

Our world is swarming with invisible organisms - bacteria and fungi that affect their hosts and environments in diverse ways. This text looks at the mysterious microscopic world of microbes and investigates how they behave, and why. It tells stories of how scientists have discovered the laws of behaviour of the world of microbes, including the principles of locomotion, navigation, survival, reproduction and communication. In addition, the text relates the behaviour of bacteria and other microbes to our more familiar world and shows their impact on our lives.

Human Diversity

Author: Richard C. Lewontin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780756761783

Category: Medical

Page: 179

View: 7591

Richard Lewontin explores the complexity of human variation and tackles the controversial question: Are our personalities and capabilities predetermined by our genes? Answering with a resounding "no", Human Diversity makes the case that biological differences are only a small part of what makes individuals unique - anyone, regardless of race, class, or sex, has the potential to develop virtually any identity within the spectrum of humanity.

Images of Mind

Author: Michael I. Posner,Marcus E. Raichle

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 9780716760191

Category: Science

Page: 257

View: 9965

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.

Molecules Of Emotion

Why You Feel The Way You Feel

Author: Candace Pert

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471109704

Category: Science

Page: 384

View: 5748

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.

The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far

Author: Lawrence M. Krauss

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476777632

Category: Science

Page: 336

View: 897

From award-winning physicist, public intellectual, and the bestselling author of A Universe from Nothing Lawrence Krauss, comes “a masterful blend of history, modern physics, and cosmic perspective that empowers the reader to not only embrace our understanding of the universe, but also revel in what remains to be discovered” (Neil deGrasse Tyson, American Museum of Natural History). In this grand poetic vision of the universe, Lawrence Krauss tells the dramatic story of the discovery of the hidden world that underlies reality—and our place within it. Reality is not what you think or sense—it’s weird, wild, and counterintuitive, and its inner workings seem at least as implausible as the idea that something can come from nothing. With his trademark wit and accessible style, Krauss leads us to realms so small that they are invisible to microscopes, to the birth and rebirth of light, and into the natural forces that govern our existence. His unique blend of rigorous research and engaging storytelling invites us into the lives and minds of remarkable scientists who have helped unravel the unexpected fabric of reality with reasoning rather than superstition and dogma, and to explain how everything we see—and can’t see—came about. A passionate advocate for reason, Krauss gives the rationale for the seemingly irrational—and the mysteries and apparent contradictions of quantum physics, and explores what that means for our lives here on Earth—and beyond. At its core, The Greatest Story Ever Told—So Far is about the best of what it means to be human—an epic history of our ultimately purposeless universe that addresses the question, “Why are we here?”

Computational Molecular Biology

Author: J. Leszczynski

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780080529646

Category: Science

Page: 644

View: 8202

This book covers applications of computational techniques to biological problems. These techniques are based by an ever-growing number of researchers with different scientific backgrounds - biologists, chemists, and physicists. The rapid development of molecular biology in recent years has been mirrored by the rapid development of computer hardware and software. This has resulted in the development of sophisticated computational techniques and a wide range of computer simulations involving such methods. Among the areas where progress has been profound is in the modeling of DNA structure and function, the understanding at a molecular level of the role of solvents in biological phenomena, the calculation of the properties of molecular associations in aqueous solutions, computationally assisted drug design, the prediction of protein structure, and protein - DNA recognition, to mention just a few examples. This volume comprises a balanced blend of contributions covering such topics. They reveal the details of computational approaches designed for biomoleucles and provide extensive illustrations of current applications of modern techniques. A broad group of readers ranging from beginning graduate students to molecular biology professions should be able to find useful contributions in this selection of reviews.