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SCIENCE 2019 /2020

New and Forthcoming Titles

CO LU MB I A UNIV ER S IT Y P R ESS C U P. C O L U M B I A . E D U


Letter from the editor: Please allow me to introduce myself as the new acquiring editor for the physical and life sciences at Columbia University Press. I’m excited to present the latest science catalog, our first since I joined the press in late 2018. The science list at Columbia spans a wide range of disciplines that teach us about our past and guide us into the future, and the collection of titles represented here demonstrate our commitment to paleontology, earth and climate sciences, and neuroscience in particular. A few titles in this year’s catalog should not be missed. Amee Baird’s Sex in the Brain reveals the brain’s role in human sexual behavior through a series of memorable stories from patients whose sex lives were impacted by brain injury. Columbia psychologist Herbert S. Terrace revisits his 1970s experiment Project Nim to offer a new view of the origins of human language in Why Chimpanzees Can’t Learn Language and Only Humans Can. Prolific Columbia University Press author Donald R. Prothero appears twice in this catalog. He tells the fascinating tales behind some of history’s most important fossil finds in The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries and teaches readers how to go about finding and identifying fossils for themselves in Fantastic Fossils. In Exploding Stars and Invisible Planets, astronomer Fred Watson writes beautifully about the science of what’s out there in space, from our own planet to far, far beyond. And you can learn some practical steps you can take to help protect our warming planet, while still living your best life, in Karl Coplan’s Live Sustainably Now. It’s also my pleasure to introduce a new book series, the Columbia University Earth Institute Sustainability Primers. These brief, provocative volumes introduce teachers, students, and professionals to solutions-oriented approaches to some of our planet’s most pressing concerns. The first two primers available are Bruce Usher’s Renewable Energy and John C. Mutter’s Climate Change Science. This is an exciting time for science, and I look forward to publishing and supporting impactful and much-needed voices. Thank you for helping us advocate for a better public understanding of scientific knowledge and scientific thinking, and for wanting to read about science. Sincerely, Miranda Martin, editor, science

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CONTENTS

LIFE SCIENCES

Sex in the Brain

Life Sciences...........................................................3

How Seizures, Strokes, Dementia, Tumors, and Trauma Can Change Your Sex Life

Physical Sciences.................................................... 8 New in Paperback................................................14

Best of the Backlist............................................... 15

Of Related Interest............................................... 17

Amee Baird

Ordering Information..........................................19

Manuscript queries and proposals can be sent to Miranda Martin (mm5451@columbia.edu).

For a complete listing of Columbia’s titles or for more information about any book in this catalog, visit our website cup.columbia.edu. Most titles in this catalog published by Columbia University Press are available worldwide from the press. Titles published by Agenda Publishing, TranscriptVerlag, ibidem Press, and Tulika Books are available from Columbia only in North America, Australia, and New Zealand. To order titles from these publishers in other parts of the world, please contact each press directly.

Amee Baird explores memorable cases of brain injuries and disease that have effected significant changes in sexual behavior and reveals what these exceptional stories have to say about human sexuality. Each chapter includes striking personal accounts, many from individuals Baird has met in her clinical practice, of unexpected changes in sexuality. $28.00 / £22.00 cloth 978-0-231-19590-4 February 2020 168 pages

The Brain in Context A Pragmatic Guide to Neuroscience

Jonathan D. Moreno and Jay Schulkin

In The Brain in Context, bioethicist Jonathan D. Moreno and neuroscientist Jay Schulkin provide an accessible account of the evolution of neuroscience and the neuroscience of evolution. They describe today’s transformative devices, theories, and methods, and they show how theorizing about the brain and experimenting with it often go hand in hand. $30.00 / £24.00 cloth 978-0-231-17736-8 November 2019 240 pages

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LIFE SCIENCES

Why Chimpanzees Can't Learn Language and Only Humans Can

Cook, Taste, Learn

Herbert S. Terrace

Guy Crosby

How the Evolution of Science Transformed the Art of Cooking

Herbert S. Terrace revisits Project Nim, his 1970s experiment to teach a chimpanzee language, to offer a novel view of the origins of human language. In contrast to both Noam Chomsky and his critics, Terrace contends that words, as much as grammar, are the cornerstones of language.

Guy Crosby offers a lively tour of the history and science behind the art of cooking, with a focus on achieving a healthy daily diet. He traces the evolution of cooking from its earliest origins, recounting the innovations that have unraveled the mysteries of health and taste.

$28.00 / £22.00 cloth 978-0-231-17110-6

$26.95 / £21.00 cloth 978-0-231-19292-7

October 2019 248 pages 30 illus.

December 2019 224 pages 39 illustrations

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ARTS AND TRADITIONS OF THE TABLE: PERSPECTIVES

ON CULINARY HISTORY

The Fall of the Wild

Fantastic Fossils

Extinction, De-Extinction, and the Ethics of Conservation Ben A. Minteer

The Fall of the Wild is a nuanced treatment of the deeper moral issues underpinning the quest to save species on the brink of extinction and an accessible intervention in debates over the principles and practices of nature conservation. $28.00 / £22.00 cloth 978-0-231-17778-8 2018 192 pages 25 illus.

A Guide to Finding and Identifying Prehistoric Life Donald R. Prothero

Illustrated by Mary Persis Williams

In Fantastic Fossils, Donald R. Prothero offers an accessible, entertaining, and richly illustrated guide to the paleontologist’s journey. He details the best places to look for fossils, the art of how to find them, and how to classify the major types. Prothero provides expert wisdom about typical fossils that an average person can hope to collect and how to hunt fossils responsibly and ethically. $35.00 / £27.00 cloth 978-0-231-19578-2 February 2020 336 pages 364 illus.

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LIFE SCIENCES

Carboniferous Giants and Mass Extinction

The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries

The Late Paleozoic Ice Age World

Amazing Fossils and the People Who Found Them

George R. McGhee Jr.

Donald R. Prothero

In The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries, Donald R. Prothero tells the fascinating stories behind the most important fossil finds and the intrepid researchers who unearthed them. He weaves together the dramatic tales of dinosaur discoveries with what modern science now knows about the species to which they belong.

More than 300 million years ago, dog-sized scorpions and millipedes walked the earth and tropical rainforests towered into the sky. George R. McGhee Jr. explores that ancient world, explaining its origins, its downfall in the end-Permian mass extinction, and its legacies, to offer insight into past and present extinction events and climate change.

$35.00 / £27.00 cloth 978-0-231-18602-5

$50.00 / £40.00 paper 978-0-231-18097-9

2019 488 pages 227 illus.

$150.00 / £116.00 cloth 978-0-231-18096-2

2018 320 pages 50 illus.

Morphing Intelligence

Biotechnology Law

From IQ Measurement to Artificial Brains

A Primer for Scientists Alan J. Morrison

Catherine Malabou Translated by Carolyn Shread

$70.00 / £54.00 cloth 978-0-231-17938-6

Acclaimed philosopher Catherine Malabou traces the modern metamorphoses of intelligence, seeking to understand how neurobiological and neurotechnological advances have transformed our present-day view. She emphasizes the intertwined, networked relationships among the biological, the technological, and the symbolic.

February 2020 304 pages

$28.00 / £22.00 cloth 978-0-231-18736-7

This book is an essential introduction to biotechnology law for scientists and other non-attorneys with biotech backgrounds. Biotechnology Law is a clear, concise, and practical primer on the topic, replete with straightforward, real-world examples to illustrate each key concept.

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2019 224 pages

THE WELLEK LIBRARY LECTURES

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LIFE SCIENCES

A Philosophy of the Insect

The Wake of Crows

Living and Dying in Shared Worlds

Jean-Marc Drouin

Thom van Dooren

Translated by Anne Trager

CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON ANIMALS: THEORY,

Philosopher and historian of science Jean-Marc Drouin contends that insects pose a fundamental challenge to philosophy. Exploring the questions of what insects are and what scientific, aesthetic, ethical, and historical relationships they have with humanity, he argues that they force us to reconsider our ideas of the animal and the social.

CULTURE, SCIENCE, AND LAW

$28.00 / £22.00 paper 978-0-231-17579-1

The Wake of Crows is an exploration of the entangled lives of humans and crows. Focusing on five key sites, Thom van Dooren asks how we might live well with crows in a changing world. $35.00 / £27.00 cloth 978-0-231-18282-9 October 2019 288 pages 32 illus.

$85.00 / £66.00 cloth 978-0-231-17578-4 2019 240 pages

Mind Beyond Brain

Logos

David E. Presti

Raymond Tallis

The Mystery of How We Make Sense of the World

Buddhism, Science, and the Paranormal

Neuroscientist David E. Presti, with the assistance of other researchers, explores how evidence for anomalous phenomena—such as near-death experiences, apparent memories of past lives, apparitions, and other so-called psi or paranormal phenomena, including telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition—can influence the Buddhism-science conversation.

In Logos, Raymond Tallis steps into the gap between mind and world to explore what is at stake in our attempts to make sense of our world. He reveals how thinkers have sought to demystify our capacity to understand the world by collapsing the distance between the mind that does the sense-making and the world that is made sense of.

$30.00 / £24.00 cloth 978-0-231-18956-9

2018 320 pages

2018 240 pages

AGENDA PUBLISHING

$30.00 cloth 978-1-788210-87-4

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LIFE SCIENCES

Social Empathy

Neurotheology

Elizabeth A. Segal

Andrew Newberg

The Art of Understanding Others

A clear and useful explanation of an often misunderstood concept, Social Empathy brings together sociology, psychology, social work, and cognitive neuroscience to illustrate how to become better advocates for justice. $35.00 / £27.00 cloth 978-0-231-18480-9 2018 256 pages

How Science Can Enlighten Us About Spirituality

Andrew Newberg explores the latest findings of neurotheology, a multidisciplinary field linking neuroscience with religious and spiritual phenomena. He investigates some of the most controversial—and potentially transformative—implications of a neurotheological approach. $35.00 / £27.00 cloth 978-0-231-17904-1 2018 328 pages

GMO China

Troublesome Science

How Global Debates Transformed China's Agricultural Biotechnology Policies

The Misuse of Genetics and Genomics in Understanding Race Rob DeSalle and

Cong Cao

Cong Cao presents a comprehensive and systematic analysis of how China’s policy toward research and commercialization of genetically modified crops has evolved, explaining how China’s changing GMO stances reflect its shifting position on the world stage. $35.00 / £27.00 paper 978-0-231-17167-0 $105.00 / £81.00 cloth 978-0-231-17166-3 2018 312 pages 5 illus.

CONTEMPORARY ASIA IN THE WORLD

Ian Tattersall

Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall argue that taxonomy, the scientific classification of organisms, provides an antidote to the myth of race’s biological basis. They explain how taxonomists do their science—how to identify a species and to understand the relationships among different species and the variants within them. Troublesome Science demonstrates conclusively that modern genetic tools, when applied correctly to the study of human variety, fail to find genuine differences. $35.00 / £27.00 cloth 978-0-231-18572-1 2018 216 pages

RACE, INEQUALITY, AND HEALTH

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PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Exploding Stars and Invisible Planets

Hot Carbon

Carbon-14 and a Revolution in Science

The Science of What's Out There

John F. Marra

Fred Watson

$28.00 / £22.00 cloth 978-0-231-19540-9

There are few fields of science that carbon-14 has not touched. In Hot Carbon, John F. Marra tells the untold story of this scientific revolution, weaving together the workings of the many disciplines that employ carbon-14 with gripping tales of the individuals who pioneered its possibilities.

January 2020 224 pages

$35.00 / £27.00 cloth 978-0-231-18670-4

In Exploding Stars and Invisible Planets, award-winning astronomer Fred Watson presents the most up-to-date knowledge on hot topics in astronomy and space science, providing a fascinating and entertaining account of the latest research.

2019 280 pages 45 illus.

Live Sustainably Now

Empowering the Great Energy Transition

A Low-Carbon Vision of the Good Life

Policy for a Low-Carbon Future

Karl Coplan

Scott Victor Valentine, Marilyn A. Brown, and Benjamin K. Sovacool

Karl Coplan shares his personal journey of attempting to cut back on carbon without giving up the amenities of a suburban middle-class lifestyle. Live Sustainably Now shows that there does not have to be a trade-off between the ethical obligation to maintain a sustainable carbon footprint and the belief that life should be fulfilling and fun.

Empowering the Great Energy Transition shows that a transition away from carbon-intensive energy sources is inevitable—if we can overcome the forces supporting incumbent technologies. The book provides an expert analysis of the achievable steps that citizens, organizational leaders, and policy makers can take.

$28.00 / £22.00 cloth 978-0-231-19090-9

$35.00 / £27.00 cloth 978-0-231-18596-7

December 2019 216 pages 16 illus.

December 2019 360 pages 33 illus.

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PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Vanishing Ice

Drought

Vivien Gornitz

Benjamin I. Cook

Glaciers, Ice Sheets, and Rising Seas

Delving into the major components of the cryosphere, including ice sheets, valley glaciers, permafrost, and floating ice, Vivien Gornitz gives an up-to-date explanation of key current trends in the decline of ice mass. Drawing on a long-term perspective gained by examining changes in the cryosphere and corresponding variations in sea level over millions of years, she demonstrates the link between thawing ice and sea-level rise to point to the social and economic challenges on the horizon.

An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Benjamin I. Cook brings together climate science, hydrology, and ecology to provide a synthetic overview of drought and its environmental and social consequences. Drought is a critical interdisciplinary text that will be essential reading for a broad range of students in earth science and environmental and sustainability studies. $40.00 / £30.00 paper 978-0-231-17689-7 $120.00 / £93.00 cloth 978-0-231-17688-0 2019 232 pages 57 illus.

$35.00 / £27.00 cloth 978-0-231-16824-3 2019 400 pages 55 illus.

Climate Change Science

Renewable Energy

A Primer for the TwentyFirst Century

A Primer for Sustainable Development

Bruce Usher

John C. Mutter

This book is a primer on the essential science for grasping the workings of climate change and climate prediction. It is accessible for readers with little to no background in science, with an emphasis on the needs of those studying sustainable development. $20.00 / £14.99 paper 978-0-231-19223-1

This book is a primer for readers of all levels on the coming energy transition and its global consequences. Bruce Usher provides a concise yet comprehensive explanation for the growth in wind and solar energy; the trajectory of the transition from fossil fuels to renewables; and the implications for industries, countries, and the climate.

$60.00 / £47.00 cloth 978-0-231-19222-4

$20.00 / £14.99 paper 978-0-231-18785-5

March 2020 240 pages

$60.00 / £47.00 cloth 978-0-231-18784-8

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY EARTH INSTITUTE

2019 224 pages 34 illus.

SUSTAINABILITY PRIMERS

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY EARTH INSTITUTE SUSTAINABILITY PRIMERS

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PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Climate Change

Plate Tectonics and Great Earthquakes

The Science of Global Warming and Our Energy Future Second Edition

50 Years of Earth-Shaking Events Lynn R. Sykes

Edmond A. Mathez and Jason E. Smerdon

This second edition of Climate Change is an accessible and comprehensive guide to the science behind global warming. Edmond A. Mathez and Jason E. Smerdon provide a broad, informative introduction to the science that underlies our understanding of the climate system and the effects of human activity on the warming of our planet.

Lynn R. Sykes played a key role in the birth of the theory of plate tectonics, conducting revelatory research on earthquakes. In this book, he gives an invaluable insider’s perspective on the theory’s development and its implications. $35.00 / £27.00 cloth 978-0-231-18688-9 2019 272 pages 103 illus.

$50.00 / £40.00 paper 978-0-231-17283-7 $150.00 / £116.00 cloth 978-0-231-17282-0 2018 520 pages 239 illus.

The Green Marble

The Universe as It Really Is

Earth System Science and Global Sustainability

Earth, Space, Matter, and Time

David P. Turner

Thomas R. Scott

With the assistance of James Lawrence Powell

In this concise and accessible text, David P. Turner presents an overview of global environmental change and a synthesis of research from earth system science and sustainability science. He provides a framework for understanding human impact on the environment for anyone interested in our current predicaments and what we can do about them.

Thomas R. Scott explains our universe and the laws that govern it. The Universe as It Really Is begins with physics, the building blocks of the universe, and chemistry’s ability to explain the interactions among them. Scott then tours the earth and atmospheric sciences to explain the forces that shape our planet and describes our place in the cosmos.

$35.00 / £27.00 paper 978-0-231-18061-0

$35.00 / £27.00 cloth 978-0-231-18494-6

$105.00 / £81.00 cloth 978-0-231-18060-3

2018 368 pages 33 illus.

2018 328 pages 20 illus.

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PHYSICAL SCIENCES

In Search of Ultimate Reality

A Moving Border

Alpine Cartographies of Climate Change

Inside the Cosmologist’s Abyss

Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual, and Andrea Bagnato

H. Chris Ransford

Using contemporary physics, Chris Ransford shows why full nothingness—a nothingness within which even the disembodied laws of mathematics would not exist—cannot possibly exist, and what most likely underpins and enables reality. $20.00 paper 978-3-8382-1329-3 2019 160 pages

A Moving Border builds upon the Italian Limes project by Studio Folder, which was devised in 2014 to survey the fluctuations of the Italian boundary line across the Alps in real time. The book charts the effects of climate change on geopolitical understandings of borders and the cartographic methods used to represent them.

IBIDEM PRESS

$30.00 /£24.00 paper 978-1-941332-45-0

2018 228 pages 60 illus.

COLUMBIA BOOKS ON ARCHITECTURE AND THE CITY

Coping with the Climate Crisis

Perishability Fatigue

Forays Into Environmental Loss and Decay

Mitigation Policies and Global Coordination

Vincent Bruyere

Edited by Rabah Arezki, Patrick Bolton, Karim El Aynaoui, Maurice Obstfeld

Coping with the Climate Crisis brings together leading experts from academia and policy circles to explore issues related to the implementation of the COP21 Paris Agreement and the challenges of accelerating the transition toward sustainable development. The book synthesizes the key insights of climate change economics in an accessible guide. $60.00 / £47.00 cloth 978-0-231-18756-5 2018 232 pages 30 illus.

Vincent Bruyere offers an invitation to look at the present we live in through a fresh lens: the difference between storage and burial in the age of sustainability science. He reflects on the nature and significance of perishability in a culture of preparedness and survival. $25.00 /£20.00 paper 978-0-231-18859-3 $75.00 / £58.00 cloth 978-0-231-18858-6 2018 184 pages 10 illus.

CRITICAL LIFE STUDIES

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PHYSICAL SCIENCES

The Ecocentrists

A Year Without a Winter

A History of Radical Environmentalism

Edited by Dehlia Hannah

Keith Makoto Woodhouse

Best Book Prize in Intellectual History for 2019

Keith Makoto Woodhouse offers a nuanced history of radical environmental thought and action in the late-twentieth-century United States. Focusing especially on the group Earth First!, Woodhouse explores how radical environmentalism challenged the material and philosophical basis of industrial civilization but glossed over the ways economic inequality and social difference defined people’s different relationships to the nonhuman world.

This book brings together science fiction, history, visual art, and exploration to reframe the relationship among climate, crisis, and creation. A Year Without a Winter presents stories by four renowned science fiction authors alongside critical essays, extracts from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and dispatches from extreme geographies.

$35.00 / £27.00 cloth 978-0-231-16588-4

COLUMBIA BOOKS ON ARCHITECTURE AND THE CITY

2018 392 pages 13 illus.

$23.00 / £17.99 paper 978-1-941332-38-2 2018 284 pages

Arctic Archives

Pluriverse

Ice, Memory, and Entropy

A Post-Development Dictionary

Edited by Susi K. Frank and Kjetil Jakobsen

Edited by Ashish Kothari, Ariel Salleh, Arturo Escobar, Federico Demaria, and Alberto Acosta

This pioneering volume explores the Arctic as an important and highly endangered archive of knowledge about natural as well as human history of the Anthropocene. Focusing on the Arctic as an archive means not only to investigate it as a place of human history and memory but also to take into account its specific environmental conditions.

Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary contains over one hundred essays on transformative initiatives and alternatives to the currently dominant processes of globalized development, including its structural roots in modernity, capitalism, state domination, and masculinist values.

$45.00 paper 978-3-8376-4656-6

2019 384 pages

2019 350 pages

TULIKA BOOKS

TRANSCRIPT-VERLAG

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$49.00 / £38.00 paper 978-81-937329-8-4

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PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Nature and Value

[T]axing Greenhouse Gases

Edited by Akeel Bilgrami

An Australian Perspective Lex Fullarton

This book brings together essays that individually and as a whole present a detailed and rigorous multidisciplinary exploration of the concept of nature and its wider ethical and political implications. The essays together present a revaluation of the natural world with a view to addressing some of the fundamental concerns of our time.

Lex Fullarton considers the three pillars of the sustainable development framework known as the “Triple Bottom Line.” For a project to be sustainable it must also benefit society and enhance the environment. Fullarton argues that taxation can be effectively applied to influence attitudes in favor of transitioning toward renewable energy use.

$35.00 / £27.00 paper 978-0-231-19463-1

$30.00 paper 978-3-8382-1254-8

$105.00 / £81.00 cloth 978-0-231-19462-4

2019 150 pages 18 illus.

January 2020 312 pages

IBIDEM PRESS

Negotiating Governance on NonTraditional Security in Southeast Asia and Beyond

Mouthfeel

How Texture Makes Taste Ole G. Mouritsen and Klavs Styrbæk Translated by Mariela Johansen

Mely Caballero-Anthony

Mely Caballero-Anthony examines how nontraditional security challenges have changed state behavior and security practices in Southeast Asia and the wider East Asia region. She analyzes how non-state actors are engaging with states, regional organizations, and institutional frameworks to address multifaceted problems. $30.00 / £24.00 paper 978-0-231-18299-7

Why is chocolate melting on the tongue such a decadent sensation? Why do we love crunching on bacon? Our sense of taste produces physical and emotional reactions that cannot be explained by chemical components alone. Collaborating in the laboratory and the kitchen, Ole G. Mouritsen and Klavs Styrbæk investigate the multiple ways in which food texture influences taste.

$90.00 / £70.00 cloth 978-0-231-18300-0

$28.00 / £22.00 paper 978-0-231-18077-1

2018 336 pages 17 illus.

$35.00 / £27.00 cloth 978-0-231-18076-4

2018 376 pages 148 illus.

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Bad Advice

Origins of Darwin's Evolution

Or Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren't Your Best Source of Health Information

Solving the Species Puzzle Through Time and Place J. David Archibald

Paul A. Offit, M.D.

16.95 / £13.99 paper 978-0-231-18699-5

$30.00 / £24.00 paper 978-0-231-17685-9

December 2019 272 pages

December 2019 208 pages

The Theory That Changed Everything

Getting Risk Right

Understanding the Science of Elusive Health Risks

"On the Origin of Species" as a Work in Progress

Geoffrey C. Kabat

Philip Lieberman

$27.00 / £21.00 paper 978-0-231-16647-8

$24.00 / £18.99 paper 978-0-231-17809-9

February 2020 272 pages 13 illus.

2019 232 pages 10 illus.

Conquering Lyme Disease

Toxic Safety

Brian A. Fallon, M.D., and Jennifer Sotsky, M.D.

Alissa Cordner

Flame Retardants, Chemical Controversies, and Environmental Health

Science Bridges the Great Divide

$20.00 / £14.99 paper 978-0-231-18385-7

$28.00 / £22.00 paper 978-0-231-17147-2

2019 456 pages 60 illus.

2019 352 pages

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BEST OF THE BACKLIST

Reductionism in Art and Brain Science

The Madhouse Effect

How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy

Bridging the Two Cultures Eric R. Kandel

Michael E. Mann and Tom Toles The Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric R. Kandel shows how science can inform the way we experience a work of art and seek to understand its meaning. He illustrates how reductionism—the distillation of larger scientific or aesthetic concepts into smaller components—has been used by scientists and artists alike to pursue their respective truths.

The award-winning climate scientist Michael E. Mann and the Pulitzer Prize–winning political cartoonist Tom Toles have been on the front lines of the fight against climate denialism for most of their careers. The Madhouse Effect offers a clever lampoon of the fallacious claims and absurd arguments of climate-science deniers.

$22.95 / £17.99 paper 978-0-231-17963-8

$24.95 / £20.00 cloth 978-0-231-17786-3

$29.95 / £24.00 cloth 978-0-231-17962-1

2018 208 pages 53 illus.

2018 240 pages 105 illus.

$18.95 / £14.99 paper 978-0-231-17787-0

A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age

The Collapse of Western Civilization

David J. Helfand

Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway

A View from the Future

Scientific Habits of Mind

A step-by-step strategy for protecting ourselves against the phony claims, trendy pseudoscience, and sloppy thinking that permeate our world. $22.95 / £17.99 paper 978-0-231-16873-1 $29.95 / £24.00 cloth 978-0-231-16872-4 2017 344 pages 53 illus.

In this haunting, provocative work of science-based fiction, Naomi Oreskes and Eric M. Conway imagine a world devastated by climate change. Dramatizing the science in ways traditional nonfiction cannot, the book reasserts the importance of scientists and the work they do and reveals the self-serving interests of the so-called “carbon combustion complex” that have turned the practice of science into political fodder. $9.95 / £7.99 paper 978-0-231-16954-7 2014 104 pages 1 Illus.

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Modern Humans

Dispossession and the Environment

Their African Origin and Global Dispersal

Rhetoric and Inequality in Papua New Guinea

John F. Hoffecker

Paige West

Paige West’s searing study of Papua New Guinea reveals how a range of actors produce and reinforce inequalities in today’s globalized world. She shows how racist rhetorics of representation underlie all uneven patterns of development and seeks a more robust understanding of the ideological work that capital requires for constant regeneration. $30.00 / £24.00 paper 978-0-231-17879-2

Modern Humans is a vivid account of the most recent—and perhaps the most important—phase of human evolution: the appearance of Homo sapiens in Africa less than half a million years ago and their spread throughout the world. John F. Hoffecker demonstrates that Homo sapiens represents a major transition in the evolution of living systems.

$90.00 / £70.00 cloth 978-0-231-17878-5

$90.00 / £70.00 cloth 978-0-231-16076-6

2016 216 pages 12 illus.

2017 520 pages 75 illus.

LEONARD HASTINGS SCHOFF LECTURES

The Story of Life in 25 Fossils

Neuroenology

How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine

Tales of Intrepid Fossil Hunters and the Wonders of Evolution

Gordon M. Shepherd

Donald R. Prothero

Every fossil tells a story. Best-selling paleontology author Donald R. Prothero describes twenty-five famous fossils in a gripping scientific history. Recounting the adventures behind the discovery of these objects and interpreting their significance within the larger fossil record, Prothero creates a riveting history of life on our planet.

Gordon Shepherd shows that creating the taste of wine engages more of the brain than does any other human behavior. He comprehensively explains how the specific sensory pathways in the cerebral cortex create the memory of wine and how language is used to identify and imprint wine characteristics.

$26.00 / £20.00 paper 978-0-231-17191-5

$24.95 / £20.00 cloth 978-0-231-17700-9

$35.00 / £27.00 cloth 978-0-231-17190-8

2016 224 pages 34 illus.

2018 408 pages 150 illus.

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The Best American Magazine Writing 2019

Fresh Kills

A History of Consuming and Discarding in New York City

Edited by Sid Holt for the American Society of Magazine Editors

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Fresh Kills—a monumental 2,200-acre structure on Staten Island—was once the world’s largest landfill. Martin V. Melosi provides a comprehensive chronicle of Fresh Kills that offers new insights into the growth and development of New York City and the relationship among consumption, waste, and disposal. $40.00 / £30.00 paper 978-0-231-18949-1 $120.00 / £93.00 cloth 978-0-231-18948-4 February 2020 752 pages

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Hunter Vaughan offers a new history of the movies from an environmental perspective, arguing that how we make and consume films has serious ecological consequences. He examines the environmental effects of filmmaking from Hollywood classics to the digital era, considering how screen media shapes and reflects our understanding of the natural world. $30.00 / £24.00 paper 978-0-231-18241-6

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