Results for Evolution (Biology).
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158.25 D
Edition
First edition.
Descript.
297 pages ; 24 cm
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Bibliog.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-278) and index.
Contents
Introduction: A new science -- Fierce attachment -- Building a social brain -- Friendship under the skin -- Middle school is about lunch -- A deep wish for friendship -- The circles of friendship -- Digital friendship -- Born to be friendly? -- Deeply built into the brain -- The good life, revealed.
Summary
"An engaging and deeply reported investigation of friendship: its evolution, purpose, and centrality in human and nonhuman lives alike. The bonds of friendship are universal and elemental. In Friendship, journalist Lydia Denworth visits the front lines of the science of friendship in search of its biological, psychological, and evolutionary foundations. Finding it to be as old as life on the African savannas, she also discovers that friendship is reflected in our brain waves, detectable in our genomes, and capable of strengthening our cardiovascular and immune systems. Its opposite, loneliness, can kill. As a result, social connection is finally being recognized as critical to our physical and emotional well-being. With warmth and compassion, Denworth weaves together past and present, field biology and cutting-edge neuroscience, to show how our bodies and minds are designed to make friends, the process by which social bonds develop, and how a drive for friendship underpins human (and nonhuman) society. With its refreshingly optimistic vision of the evolution of human nature, this book puts friendship at the center of our lives"-- Provided by publisher.
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ISBN/ISSN
9780393651546 (hardcover)
0393651541 (hardcover)
Call #
591.41 R
Descript.
224 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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Bibliog.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Foreword by Norman Owen-Smith -- Introduction -- 1. Life on a large scale -- 2. Dinosaurs -- 3. Massive mammals -- 4. Giants of the deep -- 5. Giants of the skies -- 6. Giant insects -- 7. Immense invertebrates -- 8. Record reptiles and amphibians -- 9. Green giants.
Summary
The colossal plants and animals of our world-dinosaurs, whales, and even trees-are a source of unending fascination, and their sheer scale can be truly impressive. Size is integral to the way that organisms experience the world: a puddle that a human being would step over without thinking is an entire world to thousands of microscopic rotifers. But why are creatures the size that they are? Why aren't bugs the size of elephants, or whales the size of goldfish? In this lavishly illustrated new book, biologist Graeme Ruxton explains how and why nature's giants came to be so big-for example, how decreased oxygen levels limited the size of insects and how island isolation allowed small-bodied animals to evolve larger body sizes. Through a diverse array of examples, from huge butterflies to giant squid, Ruxton explores the physics, biology, and evolutionary drivers behind organism size, showing what it's like to live large.
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ISBN/ISSN
9780300239881 (hardcover)
0300239882 (hardcover)
Call #
500 B
Edition
1st ed.
Descript.
296 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliog.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
The birth of flow -- The birth of design -- Animals on the move -- Witnessing evolution -- Seeing beyond the trees and the forest -- Why hierarchy reins -- Design principles -- The design of academia -- The golden ratio, vision, cognition, and culture -- The design of history.
Summary
Reveals how recurring patterns in nature are accounted for by a single governing principle of physics, explaining how all designs in the world from biological life to inanimate systems evolve in a sequence of ever-improving designs that facilitate flow.
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Alt Author
Zane, J. Peder.
ISBN/ISSN
9780385534611
0385534612
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