The Molecule Hunt: Archaeology and the Search for Ancient DNA (May, $25.95) by Martin Jones explains how this pioneering science is rewriting human history and unlocking our past.
Book of Constellations (Mar., $16.95) Robin Kerrod. Illustrations help readers navigate their way around the night sky.
CAMBRIDGE UNIV. PRESS
Life at the Limits: Organisms in Extreme Environments (Mar., $25) by David A. Wharton examines the remarkable survival abilities of organisms in hostile surroundings.
Space: The Final Frontier: A History of Space Exploration in Photographs (June, $50) by Andrew Chaikin chronicles the "space race" from both Russian and U.S. perspectives. $25,000 ad/promo.
Specious Science: How Genetics and Evolution Reveal Why Medical Research on Animals Harms Humans (May, $26.95) by C. Ray Greek, M.D., and Jean Swingle Greek builds on the message of Sacred Cows and Golden Geese.
Return of the Crazy Bird: The Sad, Strange Tale of the Dodo Bird (Apr., $28) by Clara Pinto-Correia traces the dodo bird's discovery to its extinction, in less than 100 years, during the 17th century.
The Hundred Greatest Stars (June, $30) by James B. Kaler. An astronomy professor picks his favorite stars based on scientific and aesthetic criteria.
WM. B. EERDMANS
Glimpsing the Face of God: The Search for Meaning in the Universe (Mar., $18) by Alister McGrath provides a guided tour of the universe by looking beyond the finite.
It Must Be Beautiful: Great Equations of Modern Science (Mar., $25), edited by Graham Farmelo, unpacks the equations that have shaped science during the last century.
The Genius Within: Discovering the Intelligence of Every Living Thing (June, $26) by Frank T. Vertosick Jr. explains how keen intelligence exists at every level of life. Author tour.
I Have Landed: The Beginning of an End (May, $TBA) by Stephen Jay Gould features 27 essays written for Natural History magazine that delve into the scientific universe.
HARVARD UNIV. PRESS
The Structure of Evolutionary Theory (Mar., $39.95) by Stephen Jay Gould discusses classical Darwinism.
Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science (Apr., $24) by Atul Gawande reveals the power and limitations of modern medicine. Advertising. Author tour.
Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation (May, $23) by Olivia Judson features letters to and answers from the preeminent sexpert. Ad/promo. Author tour.
The Turtle and the Stars: Observations of an Earthbound Astronomer (May, $26) by Arthur Upgren unlocks the mysteries of the sky and celebrates the beauty of the universe. Ad/promo.
Mapping Human History: Discovering the Past Through Our Genes (May, $25) by Steve Olson is based on our new understanding of human genetics. Ad/promo. 4-city author tour.
JOSEPH HENRY PRESS
From Certainty to Uncertainty (Mar., $27.95) by F. David Peat reveals how advances in 20th-century science have created more questions. Advertising.
Secret Agents: The Menace of Emerging Infections (Mar., $24.95) by Madeline Drexler tells how scientists are racing to catch up. Advertising. Author tour.
|Nasal PassagesEven though author Gabrielle Glaser cites Barbra Streisand's prominent proboscis in The Nose (July), Rosemary Ahern, director of Washington Square Press, insists that this survey of the face's anchor has a literary foundation. "The Nose is very much for the readers of Diane Ackerman's History of the Senses, but this one focuses solely on the sense of smell," says Ahern. "Smell is the least understood of the senses and has been considered inferior to sight and hearing." Spanning ancient time to the present, the book peers at the human schnozzle from a variety of angles, some now discredited. ("In Victorian times, nasal surgery was thought to cure sexual dysfunction," notes Ahern.) After undergoing surgery to correct a sinus condition, journalist Glaser found herself on the brink of death and without a sense of smell for two years. The unfortunate experience led her to sniff out fact and fiction about the olfactory organ. According to Ahern, "This is the first book to examine this fascinating feature through anthropology and art, science and literature, sickness and health, sex and fertility, appearances and popular culture."|
Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts (Apr., $34.95) by Andrew Robinson offers a study of the world's most important undeciphered writing systems.
Nexus: The Groundbreaking Science of Networks (May, $25.95) by Mark Buchanan reveals the new science of connection and the odd logic of six degrees of separation. 5-city author tour.
OXFORD UNIV. PRESS
Universe Next Door: The Making of Tomorrow's Science (Mar., $25) by Marcus Chown. Scientists debate about where the current frontier of science lies and where it is headed.
OXFORD UNIV. PRESS/SCHOLARLY & PROFESSIONAL BOOKS
Earthly Remains: The History and Science of Preserved Human Bodies (Mar., $26) by Michael Parker Pearson explores burial rituals, the science of embalming and the myriad ways we have prepared and preserved the dead; copublished with the British Museum.
Eating in the Dark: America's Experiment with Genetically Engineered Food (May, $25) by Kathleen Hart reveals the battle raging over genetically modified food.
Linked: The New Science of Networks (May, $26) by Alberto-Laszlo Barabasi explores the new science of networks and their impact on nature, business, medicine and everyday life. 75,000 first printing.
Where Do We Draw the Line?: Science and the Case for Animal Rights (May, $25) by Steven M. Wise argues that some nonhuman animals with special abilities should have the same protection under the law as people.
I'm Working on That (Aug., $24.95) by William Shatner and William Walters visits today's laboratories to see how Star Trek has influenced scientists' views of the future.
PRINCETON UNIV. PRESS
Hepatitis B: The Hunt for a Killer Virus (May, $27.95) by Baruch S. Blumberg is a scientific memoir on the creation of a vaccine.
Our Molecular Future: How Nanotechnology, Robotics, Genetics, and Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Our World (Apr., $28) by Douglas Mulhall describes the exponential changes that are about to take place.
Quantum Legacy: The Discovery That Changed Our Lives (Aug., $29) by Barry Parker is a layman's history of the quantum revolution.
ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD
Designer Food: Mutant Harvest or Breadbasket of the World? (Mar., $26.95) by Gregory E. Pence studies the pros and cons of genetically modified food. Advertising. Radio satellite tour.
TEMPLE UNIV. PRESS
The Philadelphia Area Weather Book (June, $39.50) by Jon Nese and Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz explains key concepts of weather and how forecasts are made.
UNIV. OF CHICAGO
A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change (Mar., $25) by William H. Calvin posits that human brains evolved in size and complexity because of abrupt climate changes around the globe.
The Character of Cats: The Origins, Intelligence, Behavior, and Stratagems of Felis silvestris catus (June, $24.95) by Stephen Budiansky elucidates on the nature, psychology and sociobiology of the domesticated feline. 20-city radio satellite tour.
In the Wooden Books series: A Little Book of Coincidence by John Martineau investigates planets' orbital patterns and the mathematical relationships that govern them, while ...Platonic and Archimedean Solids by Daud Sutton studies three-dimensional space, and ...Stonehenge (all Apr., $10 each) by Robin Heath reveals secrets of the mysterious landmark.
WASHINGTON SQUARE PRESS
The Nose (July, $24) by Gabrielle Glaser examines the facial feature through anthropology, art, science, literature and popular culture.
Patterns in the Void (Mar., $26) by Sten Odenwald explores the concepts of empty space, vacuum and void.