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The Cerrados of Brazil: Ecology and Natural History of a Neotropical Savanna

by Paulo S. Oliveira & Robert J. Marquis Columbia University Press (October 02, 2002)

While the imperiled Brazilian rainforest has been the focus of considerable international media attention and conservation efforts, the massive grasslands of Brazil—known as the cerrados—which cover roughly...


Scaling Relations in Experimental Ecology

by Robert H. Gardner, W. Michael. Kemp, Victor S. Kennedy & John E. Petersen Columbia University Press (August 14, 2012)

This book discusses the impact of recent advances in the theory of "scaling relationships" and identifies critical issues that must be considered if experimental results are used to understand the temporal and...


The Way the Wind Blows: Climate Change, History, and Human Action

by Roderick J. McIntosh, Joseph A. Tainter & Susan Keech McIntosh Columbia University Press (July 24, 2012)

Scientists and policymakers are beginning to understand in ever-increasing detail that environmental problems cannot be understood solely through the biophysical sciences. Environmental issues are fundamentally...


Weird Dinosaurs

by John Pickrell & Philip Currie Columbia University Press (March 07, 2017)

From the outback of Australia to the Gobi Desert of Mongolia and the savanna of Madagascar, award-winning science writer and dinosaur enthusiast John Pickrell embarks on a world tour of new finds, meeting the...


Mouthfeel: How Texture Makes Taste

by Ole Mouritsen, Klavs Styrbæk & Mariela Johansen Columbia University Press (January 31, 2017)

Why is chocolate melting on the tongue such a decadent sensation? Why do we love crunching on bacon? Why is fizz-less soda such a disappointment to drink, and why is flat beer so unappealing to the palate? Our...


Evolution

by Donald R. Prothero & Carl Buell Columbia University Press (August 22, 2017)

Donald R. Prothero’s Evolution is an entertaining and rigorous history of the transitional forms and series found in the the fossil record. Its engaging narrative of scientific discovery and well-grounded...


Reductionism in Art and Brain Science: Bridging the Two Cultures

by Eric Kandel Columbia University Press (August 30, 2016)

Can science and art find common ground? Are scientific and artistic quests mutually exclusive? In this new book, neuroscientist Eric Kandel, whose interests span the fields of science and art, explores how reductionism—the...


Quarks to Culture

by Tyler Volk Columbia University Press (May 02, 2017)

Atoms combine to form molecules, molecules combine to form single-celled organisms. When people come together, they build societies. Our world is nested, both physically and socially, and at each level we find...


Environmental Success Stories

by Frank Dunnivant & Kari Norgaard Columbia University Press (March 21, 2017)

Many books on environmental issues focus on contemporary wasteful practices and portend a gloomy future. This book is different: it delves into the most daunting ecological and environmental challenges humankind...


Genes, Brains, and Human Potential

by Ken Richardson Columbia University Press (March 21, 2017)

For countless generations people have been told that their potential as humans is limited and fundamentally unequal. The social order, they have been assured, is arranged by powers beyond their control. More...


A History of Housing in New York City

by Richard Plunz Columbia University Press (September 06, 2016)

Since its emergence in the mid-nineteenth century as the nation's "metropolis," New York has faced the most challenging housing problems of any American city, but it has also led the nation in innovation and...


Cataclysms: A New Geology for the Twenty-First Century

by Michael R. Rampino Columbia University Press (August 22, 2017)

In 1980, the science world was stunned when a maverick team of researchers proposed that a massive meteor strike had wiped the dinosaurs and other fauna from the Earth 66 million years ago. Scientists found...


Traveler's Guide to Space

by Neil F. Comins Columbia University Press (January 31, 2017)

Traveling into space and visiting or even emigrating to nearby worlds will soon become part of the human experience. Scientists, engineers, and investors are working hard to make space tourism a reality. As...


Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future

by Jeffrey T. Kiehl Columbia University Press (March 01, 2016)

Facing Climate Change explains why people refuse to accept evidence of a warming planet and shows how to move past partisanship to reach a consensus for action. A climate scientist and licensed psychotherapist,...


Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine

by Gordon M. Shepherd Columbia University Press (November 22, 2016)

In his new book, Gordon M. Shepherd expands on the startling discovery that the brain creates the taste of wine. This approach to understanding wine’s sensory experience draws on findings in neuroscience,...


Sport

by Jay Schulkin Columbia University Press (August 23, 2016)

Sports are as varied as the people who play them. We run, we jump, and we swim. We kick, hit, cradle, and shoot balls as well as hit them. We ride sleds in the snow and surf in the sea. From the Olympians of...


Ecological Economics for the Anthropocene: An Emerging Paradigm

by Peter G. Brown & Peter Timmerman Columbia University Press (September 01, 2015)

Ecological Economics for the Anthropocene provides an urgently needed alternative to the long-dominant neoclassical economic paradigm of the free market, which has focused myopically—even fatally—on the boundless...


The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions

by Richard W. Bulliet Columbia University Press (January 19, 2016)

In this book, Richard W. Bulliet focuses on three major phases in the evolution of the wheel and their relationship to the needs and ambitions of human society. He begins in 4000 B.C.E. with the first wheels...


Governing Access to Essential Resources

by Katharina Pistor & Olivier De Schutter Columbia University Press (December 08, 2015)

Essential resources do more than satisfy people’s needs. They ensure a dignified existence. Since the competition for essential resources, particularly fresh water and arable land, is increasing, and standard...


The Story of Life in 25 Fossils: Tales of Intrepid Fossil Hunters and the Wonders of Evolution

by Donald R. Prothero Columbia University Press (August 25, 2015)

Every fossil tells a story. Best-selling paleontology author Donald R. Prothero describes twenty-five famous, beautifully preserved fossils in a gripping, scientific history of life on Earth. Recounting the...


Flying Dinosaurs: How Fearsome Reptiles Became Birds

by John Pickrell Columbia University Press (September 16, 2014)

The discovery of stunning, feathered dinosaur fossils coming out of China since 2006 suggests that these creatures were much more bird-like than paleontologists previously imagined. Further evidence—bones,...


Fear, Wonder, and Science in the New Age of Reproductive Biotechnology

by Scott Gilbert & Clara Pinto-Correia Columbia University Press (August 08, 2017)

How does one make a decision today about in vitro fertilization, abortion, egg freezing, surrogacy, and other matters of reproduction? This book provides the intellectual and emotional intelligence to help individuals...


Junk DNA: A Journey Through the Dark Matter of the Genome

by Nessa Carey Columbia University Press (March 10, 2015)

For decades after identifying the structure of DNA, scientists focused only on genes, the regions of the genome that contain codes for the production of proteins. Other regions that make up 98% of the human...


The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future

by Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway Columbia University Press (June 24, 2014)

The year is 2393, and a senior scholar of the Second People's Republic of China presents a gripping and deeply disturbing account of how the children of the Enlightenment, the political and economic elites of...


Video Revolutions: On the History of a Medium

by Michael Z. Newman Columbia University Press (April 01, 2014)

Since the days of early television, video has been an indispensable part of culture, society, and moving-image media industries. Over the decades, it has been an avant-garde artistic medium, a high-tech consumer...


Foundations of the Earth: Global Ecological Change and the Book of Job

by H.H. Shugart Columbia University Press (July 08, 2014)

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” God asks Job in the “Whirlwind Speech,” but Job cannot reply. This passage—which some environmentalists and religious scholars treat as a “green”...


Umami: Unlocking the Secrets of the Fifth Taste

by Ole Mouritsen, Klavs Styrbæk, Jonas Drotner Mouritsen & Mariela Johansen Columbia University Press (April 22, 2014)

In the West, we have identified only four basic tastes—sour, sweet, salty, and bitter—that, through skillful combination and technique, create delicious foods. Yet in many parts of East Asia over the past...


Toward a Unified Ecology

by Timothy F. H. Allen & Thomas W. Hoekstra Columbia University Press (June 23, 2015)

The first edition of Toward a Unified Ecology was ahead of its time, and in this equally groundbreaking text, the authors present a new synthesis of their core ideas on evaluating communities, organisms, populations,...


Race Unmasked: Biology and Race in the Twentieth Century

by Michael Yudell & J. Craig Venter Columbia University Press (September 09, 2014)

Race, while drawn from the visual cues of human diversity, is an idea with a measurable past, an identifiable present, and an uncertain future. The concept of race has been at the center of both triumphs and...


A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age: Scientific Habits of Mind

by David J. Helfand Columbia University Press (February 02, 2016)

We all swim in a sea of Big Data, dangerously vulnerable to the unscientific thinking that now replaces the critical faculties we used to rely on. We seek simple explanations where complexity is required. But...


The Domestication of Language: Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal

by Daniel Cloud Columbia University Press (November 25, 2014)

Language did not evolve only in the distant past. Our shared understanding of the meanings of words is ever-changing, and we make conscious, rational decisions about which words to use and what to mean by them...


Understanding Environmental Policy

by Steven Cohen Columbia University Press (June 03, 2014)

The first edition of this pragmatic course text emphasized the policy value of a "big picture" approach to the ethical, political, technological and scientific, economic, and management aspects of environmental...


Stem Cell Dialogues: A Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers

by Sheldon Krimsky Columbia University Press (June 23, 2015)

“Stem cells” have become linked with both new frontiers in medical science and political and ethical controversy. The field, along with the emerging area of regenerative medicine, is creating the conditions...


What Is Relativity?: An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein's Ideas, and Why They Matter

by Jeffrey Bennett Columbia University Press (March 04, 2014)

It is commonly assumed that if the Sun suddenly turned into a black hole, it would suck Earth and the rest of the planets into oblivion. Yet, as prominent author and astrophysicist Jeffrey Bennett points out,...


Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life

by Jie Li Columbia University Press (November 18, 2014)

In the dazzling global metropolis of Shanghai, what has it meant to call this city home? In this account—part microhistory, part memoir—Jie Li salvages intimate recollections by successive generations of inhabitants...


A Primer in Biological Data Analysis and Visualization Using R

by Gregg Hartvigsen Columbia University Press (February 18, 2014)

R is a popular programming language that statisticians use to perform a variety of statistical computing tasks. Rooted in Gregg Hartvigsen’s extensive experience teaching biology, this text is an engaging,...


A Lever Long Enough: A History of Columbia's School of Engineering and Applied Science Since 1864

by Robert McCaughey Columbia University Press (June 03, 2014)

In this comprehensive social history of Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), Robert McCaughey combines archival research with oral testimony and contemporary interviews to...


The Insect Cookbook: Food for a Sustainable Planet

by Arnold van Huis, Henk van Gurp, Marcel Dicke & Françoise Takken-Kaminker et al. Columbia University Press (March 04, 2014)

The Definitive Guide to Insects as a Sustainable Food Source In The Insect Cookbook, two entomologists and a chef make the case for insects as a sustainable source of protein for humans and a necessary part...


Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction

by Thom van Dooren Columbia University Press (May 13, 2014)

A leading figure in the emerging field of extinction studies, Thom van Dooren puts philosophy into conversation with the natural sciences and his ethnographic encounters to vivify the cultural and ethical significance...


The Greening of Asia: The Business Case for Solving Asia's Environmental Emergency

by Mark L. Clifford Columbia University Press (March 31, 2015)

One of Asia’s best-respected writers on business and economy, Hong Kong-based author Mark L. Clifford provides a behind-the-scenes look at what companies in China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, South...


Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect

by Heather Houser Columbia University Press (June 03, 2014)

The 1970s brought a new understanding of the biological and intellectual impact of environmental crises on human beings. As efforts to prevent ecological and bodily injury aligned, a new literature of sickness...


Mortal Rituals: What the Story of the Andes Survivors Tells Us About Human Evolution

by Matt J. Rossano Columbia University Press (July 23, 2013)

On December 21, 1972, sixteen young survivors of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 were rescued after spending ten weeks stranded at the crash site of their plane, high in the remote Andes Mountains. The incident...


Note-by-Note Cooking: The Future of Food

by Hervé This & Malcolm DeBevoise Columbia University Press (October 07, 2014)

Note-by-Note Cooking is a landmark in the annals of gastronomy, liberating cooks from the constraints of traditional ingredients and methods through the use of pure molecular compounds. 1-Octen-3-ol, which has...


The Why of Things: Causality in Science, Medicine, and Life

by Peter V. Rabins Columbia University Press (July 30, 2013)

Why was there a meltdown at the Fukushima power plant? Why do some people get cancer and not others? Why is global warming happening? Why does one person get depressed in the face of life’s vicissitudes while...


Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth

by James Lawrence Powell Columbia University Press (December 23, 2014)

Over the course of the twentieth century, scientists came to accept four counterintuitive yet fundamental facts about the Earth: deep time, continental drift, meteorite impact, and global warming. When first...


The Man Who Built the Sierra Club: A Life of David Brower

by Robert Wyss Columbia University Press (June 07, 2016)

David Brower (1912–2000) was a central figure in the modern environmental movement. His leadership, vision, and elegant conception of the wilderness forever changed how we approach nature. In many ways he was...


Aristotle's Ladder, Darwin's Tree: The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order

by J. David Archibald Columbia University Press (July 15, 2014)

Leading paleontologist David Archibald explores the rich history of visual metaphors for biological order from ancient times to the present and their influence on human beings’ perception of their place in...


Plastic Reality: Special Effects, Technology, and the Emergence of 1970s Blockbuster Aesthetics

by Julie A. Turnock Columbia University Press (August 01, 2014)

Julie A. Turnock tracks the use and evolution of special effects in 1970s filmmaking, a development as revolutionary to film as the form’s transition to sound in the 1920s. Beginning with the classical studio...


The Engine of Complexity: Evolution as Computation

by John E. Mayfield Columbia University Press (June 18, 2013)

The concepts of evolution and complexity theory have become part of the intellectual ether permeating the life sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, and more recently, management science and economics....


Mankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration

by Claude A. Piantadosi Columbia University Press (January 01, 2013)

Seeking to reenergize Americans’ passion for the space program, the value of further exploration of the Moon, and the importance of human beings on the final frontier, Claude A. Piantadosi presents a rich...