Biology

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Ransom Stephens

In The Left Brain Speaks, The Right Brain Laughs, physicist Ransom Stephens explains the interesting and often amusing tale of how the human brain works. Using understandable metaphors and easy to follow language, Stephens gives readers of any scientific level an introduction to neuroscience and shows them how things like creativity, skill, and even perception of self can grow and change by utilizing the body’s most important muscle.

Christie Wilcox

From the coasts of Indonesia to the rainforests of Peru, venomous animals are everywhere ― and often lurking out of sight. Humans have feared them for centuries, long considering them the assassins and pariahs of the natural world. Now, in Venomous, the biologist Christie Wilcox investigates and illuminates the animals of our nightmares, arguing that they hold the keys to a deeper understanding of evolution, adaptation, and immunity.

Matt Bille

Shadows of Existence presents recent stories of discoveries, rediscoveries, and mysteries in zoology for a general audience.

The age of discovery in zoology is not over. Far from it: description rates for most vertebrate and invertebrate families are trending up, not down. From the tropical bottlenose whale to the Vu Quang ox to a new order of insects and new species of birds, sharks, and octopi, new finds keep popping up.

Teisha J. Rowland

If you’d like to know more about the critters that are all around us, from ones close to us, such as our pets, or pesky snails we encounter in our gardens, to more distant considerations, like the insects that make our silk fabrics, the evolution of our species and the Neanderthals (who our ancestors bred with as recently as 37,000 years ago), or unfamiliar amphibians facing extinction, then you’ll likely enjoy this book. It’s a collection of essays that can be easily digested: complex science is broken down into key points, jargon is clearly explained, pictures of the amazing creatures are included throughout, and, where applicable, how the reader can take action is summed up.

Daniel Drollette, Jr.

Author Dan Drollette chronicles researchers’ effort to discover and defend the animals of Vietnam — including some of the rarest mammal species in the world, found only in the past decade. Unexpectedly, wildlife biologists have learned that the 20th century’s series of constant, low-level wars in Vietnam (against the Japanese, French, Americans, Chinese, Cambodians, and Laotians) may have actually protected the region’s wildlife.

Kara Rogers

Kara Rogers, senior editor of biomedical sciences at Encyclopaedia Britannica, sheds light on the multiple ways in which humans, medicine, and plants are interconnected. About half of all species under threat of extinction in the world today are plants. The loss of plant biodiversity is disturbing for many reasons, but especially because it is a reflection of the growing disconnect between humans and nature.

Ricki Lewis

When an editor from Routledge Press asked Lewis, who teaches “Genethics” at the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical Center and is a genetic counselor with CareNet Medical Group in Schenectady, N.Y., to write the first science book for its “The Basics” series, she jumped at the chance.