How We Live and Why We Die The Secret Lives of Cells

Author: Lewis Wolpert
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393292725
Release Date: 2011-01-24
Genre: Science

Acclaimed biologist Lewis Wolpert eloquently narrates the basics of human life through the lens of its smallest component: the cell. Everything about our existence-movement and memory, imagination and reproduction, birth, and ultimately death-is governed by our cells. They are the basis of all life in the universe, from bacteria to the most complex animals. In the tradition of the classic Lives of a Cell, but with the benefit of the latest research, Lewis Wolpert demonstrates how human life grows from a single cell into a body, an incredibly complex society of billions of cells. Wolpert goes on to examine the science behind topics that are much discussed but rarely understood—stem-cell research, cloning, DNA, cancer—and explains how all life on earth evolved from just one cell. Lively and passionate, this is an accessible guide to understanding the human body and life itself.

How We Live and Why We Die

Author: Lewis Wolpert
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 0393339386
Release Date: 2011-01
Genre: Family & Relationships

Draws on current research to explain how a single cell grows into a complex body, revealing the role of cells in illness and healing and how they are being tapped for such advances as stem cell research, cloning, and cancer treatment.

How We Live and Why We Die

Author: Lewis Wolpert
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571250851
Release Date: 2009-04-02
Genre: Science

How do we move, think and remember? Why do we get ill, age and die? Distinguished biologist Lewis Wolpert explains how cells provide the answers to the fundamental questions about our lives. Cells are the basis of all life in the universe. Our bodies are made up of billions of them: an incredibly complex society that governs everything, from movement to memory and imagination. When we age, it is because our cells slow down; when we get ill, it is because our cells mutate or stop working. In How We Live and Why We Die, Wolpert provides a clear explanation of the science that underpins our lives. He explains how our bodies function and how we derive from a single cell - the egg. He examines the science behind the topics that are much discussed but rarely understood - stem-cell research, cloning, DNA - and explains how all life evolved from just one cell. Lively and passionate, How We Live and Why We Die is an accessible guide to understanding the human body and, essentially, life itself.

Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast The Evolutionary Origins of Belief

Author: Lewis Wolpert
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393292688
Release Date: 2008-07-17
Genre: Science

"Marvelously funny and provocative."—Publishers Weekly Why do 70 percent of Americans believe in angels, while others are convinced that they were abducted by aliens? What makes people believe in improbable things when all the evidence points to the contrary? And don't almost all of us, at some time or another, engage in magical thinking?In Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, evolutionary biologist Lewis Wolpert delves into the important and timely debate over the nature of belief, looking at its psychological foundations to discover just what evolutionary purpose it could serve. Wolpert takes us through all that science can tell us about the beliefs we feel are instinctive. He deftly explores different types of belief—those of children, of the religious, and of those suffering from psychiatric disorders—and he asks whether it is possible to live without belief, or whether it is a necessary component of a functioning society.

The Spark of Life Electricity in the Human Body

Author: Frances Ashcroft
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393089547
Release Date: 2012-09-24
Genre: Science

“A gem that sparkles.”—William Bynum, Wall Street Journal What happens during a heart attack? Can someone really die of fright? What is death, anyway? How does electroshock treatment affect the brain? What is consciousness? The answers to these questions lie in the electrical signals constantly traveling through our bodies, driving our thoughts, our movements, and even the beating of our hearts. The history of how scientists discovered the role of electricity in the human body is a colorful one, filled with extraordinary personalities, fierce debates, and brilliant experiments. Moreover, present-day research on electricity and ion channels has created one of the most exciting fields in science, shedding light on conditions ranging from diabetes and allergies to cystic fibrosis, migraines, and male infertility. With inimitable wit and a clear, fresh voice, award-winning researcher Frances Ashcroft weaves together compelling real-life stories with the latest scientific findings, giving us a spectacular account of the body electric.

The Triumph of the Embryo

Author: Lewis Wolpert
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486469294
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Science

"This is a clear and engagingly written book," declared Nature, "recommended certainly to nonspecialists, but also to developmental biologists." Its exploration of how single cells multiply and develop offers an accessible look at a difficult subject. Easy-to-understand descriptions of experimental studies offer fascinating insights into aging, cancer, regeneration, and evolution. 1993 edition.

Why Chemical Reactions Happen

Author: James Keeler
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199249732
Release Date: 2003-03-27
Genre: Philosophy

Discusses chemical reactions, examining the bonding in molecules, how molecules interact, what determines whether an interaction is favourable or not, and what the outcome will be.

Atkins Molecules

Author: Peter William Atkins
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521535360
Release Date: 2003-09-25
Genre: Science

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

The Lives of a Cell

Author: Lewis Thomas
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780140047431
Release Date: 1978
Genre: Science

A physician and cancer researcher shares his personal observations on the uniformity, diversity, interdependence, and strange powers of the earth's life forms

How We Die

Author: Sherwin B Nuland
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780679742449
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Social Science

Presents a meditation and portrait of the experience of dying that elucidates the decisions that can be made to allow each person an understanding of death, as well as his or her own choice of death. Reprint. 150,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo.

Developmental Biology A Very Short Introduction

Author: Lewis Wolpert
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199601196
Release Date: 2011-08-25
Genre: Science

"A concise account of what we know about development discusses the first vital steps of growth and explores one of the liveliest areas of scientific research."--P. [2] of cover.

The Secret Life of Germs

Author: Philip M. Tierno
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743421884
Release Date: 2004-01-06
Genre: Health & Fitness

Examines the threats caused by an exploding level of germ infections, from the common cold to flesh-eating bacteria; offers ways to protect against infection; and discusses the media, germ warfare, and the importance of germs.

Life Unfolding

Author: Jamie A. Davies
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199673537
Release Date: 2014-02
Genre: Science

Tells the story of human development from egg to adult, showing how the understanding of how human beings come to be has been transformed in recent years.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful The New Science of Evo Devo

Author: Sean B. Carroll
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393327793
Release Date: 2006-04-17
Genre: Science

Presents an introduction to evolutionary developmental biology which studies genes and their role in biological diversity and evolution.

Natural Causes

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
Publisher: Twelve
ISBN: 9781455535880
Release Date: 2018-04-10
Genre: Social Science

A New York Times bestseller! From the celebrated author of Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich explores how we are killing ourselves to live longer, not better. A razor-sharp polemic which offers an entirely new understanding of our bodies, ourselves, and our place in the universe, NATURAL CAUSES describes how we over-prepare and worry way too much about what is inevitable. One by one, Ehrenreich topples the shibboleths that guide our attempts to live a long, healthy life -- from the importance of preventive medical screenings to the concepts of wellness and mindfulness, from dietary fads to fitness culture. But NATURAL CAUSES goes deeper -- into the fundamental unreliability of our bodies and even our "mind-bodies," to use the fashionable term. Starting with the mysterious and seldom-acknowledged tendency of our own immune cells to promote deadly cancers, Ehrenreich looks into the cellular basis of aging, and shows how little control we actually have over it. We tend to believe we have agency over our bodies, our minds, and even over the manner of our deaths. But the latest science shows that the microscopic subunits of our bodies make their own "decisions," and not always in our favor. We may buy expensive anti-aging products or cosmetic surgery, get preventive screenings and eat more kale, or throw ourselves into meditation and spirituality. But all these things offer only the illusion of control. How to live well, even joyously, while accepting our mortality -- that is the vitally important philosophical challenge of this book. Drawing on varied sources, from personal experience and sociological trends to pop culture and current scientific literature, NATURAL CAUSES examines the ways in which we obsess over death, our bodies, and our health. Both funny and caustic, Ehrenreich then tackles the seemingly unsolvable problem of how we might better prepare ourselves for the end -- while still reveling in the lives that remain to us.