For 2,000 years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and, in so doing, tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.
James Owen Weatherall tells the story of the physicists and mathematicians who created the models that have become the basis of modern finance and argues that these models are the "solution" to—not the source of—our current economic woes.
A magnificent, beautifully written epic "biography" of cancer—in the tradition of Andrew Solomon's The Noonday Demon, this is a brilliant exploration of the past, present, and future of a complex disease that defines us and our time.
And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
Sam Kean Sean Runnette
The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the frequently mad scientists who discovered them.
How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care
Eric Topol, M.D. Dick Hill
Field expert Eric Topol, M.D., provides a practical view of health care from a patient's perspective and explains how the advent of wireless Internet, individual data, and personal genomics will revolutionize the future of medicine.
Richard Dawkins, whom Discover magazine recently called "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution, now turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. In so doing, he makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just irrational, but potentially deadly.