Publication: 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2001.Focusing on the human relationship with plants, Michael Pollan uses botany to explore four basic human desires, sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control, through portraits of four plants that embody them, the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato. Also available in Paperback and DVD.
Call Number: Science Library (Li and Ma) » Stacks » TP983 .C535 2006
Publication: 2nd ed. Cambridge, UK : RSC Pub., c2006.Ever wondered how perfumes are developed? Or why different scents appeal to different people? This book offers answers to these questions, providing a fascinating insight into the perfume industry, from the conception of an idea to the finished product. It discusses the technical, artistic and commercial challenges of the perfume industry in an informative and engaging style, with contributions from leading experts in the field.
Publication: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2009.Chocolate. We all love it, but how much do we really know about it? In addition to pleasing palates since ancient times, chocolate has played an integral role in culture, society, religion, medicine, and economic development across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe.
Publication: 2nd ed. Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom : John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2016.This second edition provides information on recent advances in the science and technology of chocolate manufacture and the entire international cocoa industry. It provides detailed review on a wide range of topics including cocoa production, cocoa and chocolate manufacturing operations, sensory perception of chocolate quality, flavour release and perception, sugar replacement and alternative sweetening solutions in chocolate production, industrial manufacture of sugar-free chocolates as well as the nutrition and health benefits of cocoa and chocolate consumption.
Call Number: Science Library (Li and Ma) » Stacks » QH541.15 .B56 R68 2013
Publication: 10th Anniversary Ed. Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, In this innovative celebration of diversity and affirmation of individuality in animals and humans, Roughgarden challenges accepted wisdom about gender identity and sexual orientation. A distinguished evolutionary biologist, she leads the reader through a fascinating discussion of diversity in gender and sexuality among fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals, including primates. This book explains how this diversity develops from the action of genes and hormones and how people come to differ from each other in all aspects of body and behavior.
Publication: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c2011.In more than one hundred thirty striking images, The Exultant Ark celebrates the full range of animal experience with dramatic portraits of animal pleasure ranging from the charismatic and familiar to the obscure and bizarre. Biologist and best-selling author Jonathan Balcombe is our guide, interpreting the images within the scientific context of what is known about animal behavior. In the end, old attitudes fall away as we gain a heightened sense of animal individuality and of the pleasures that make life worth living for all sentient beings.
Call Number: Science Library (Li and Ma) » Stacks » QP376 .B87217 2018
Publication: 1st ed. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, The pursuit of happiness is one of the most common and enduring quests of human life. It's what drives us to get a job, fall in love, watch stand-up comedy, go to therapy, have questionable obsessions, and come home at the end of the day. But where does happiness come from, and why do we need it so much? Is lasting, permanent happiness possible-or should it be? And what does any of this have to do with the brain? In this delightful sequel to Idiot Brain, Dean Burnett explores these questions from a neuroscientific perspective.
Call Number: Science Library (Li and Ma) » Stacks » QK475 .W6413 2016
Publication: Vancouver, BC, Canada : David Suzuki Institute : Greystone Books Ltd, "A paradigm-smashing chronicle of joyous entanglement that will make you acknowledge your own entanglement in the ancient and ever-new web of being."--Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.
Call Number: Science Library (Li and Ma) » Stacks » SF433 .B466 2013
Publication: Boston : New Harvest/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Using MRI technology, neuroscientist Gregory Berns' research offers surprising results on how dogs empathize with human emotions, how they love us, and why dogs and humans share one of the most remarkable friendships in the animal kingdom.
Call Number: Science Library (Li and Ma) » Stacks » BF575 .I46 L49 2013
Publication: 1st Harvard University Press ed. Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013....Explores all the mystifying things people do despite knowing better, from blurting out indiscretions to falling for totally incompatible romantic partners. Informed by the latest research in neuropsychology, this eye-opening account explains why snap decisions so often govern -- and occasionally enrich--our lives.
Call Number: Science Library (Li and Ma) » Stacks » QL785 .W6413 2017
Publication: London : The Bodley Head, an imprint of Vintage, 2017.Mother deer that grieve? Horses that feel shame? Squirrels that adopt their grandchildren? We humans tend to assume that we are the only living things able to experience feelings intensely and consciously. But have you ever wondered what's going on in an animal's head? From the leafy forest floor to the inside of a bee hive, The Inner Life of Animals takes us microscopic levels of observation to the big philosophical, ethical and scientific questions.
Call Number: Science Library (Li and Ma) » Popular Science » QP251 .F7613 2006
Publisher: Cambridge, UK : RSC Publishing, 2006 Philosophers have mused over them, poets have written about them and musicians have sung about them. Love, desire and passion will at some point touch everyone's life - yet they are little understood and some of the oldest mysteries of mankind. Why do people fall in love and what is love anyway? What makes people attractive? How do these emotions tie in with our physiology and how we have evolved? Lust and Love: Is it more than Chemistry? provides answers to some of these questions through the eyes of science. It takes a light hearted and entertaining approach in explaining the current scientific knowledge of why people are attracted to each other, from the first moments of meeting to how emotions change in a long lasting partnership. The book covers research from the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, neurology, psychiatry, psychology, physics and medicine while using the love story of a fictional couple to take the reader on a journey explaining the science.
Call Number: Science Library (Li and Ma) » Stacks » QL761 .R698 2017
Publication: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2017.Rosenthal broadens the traditional scope of mate choice research to encompass not just animal behavior and behavioral ecology but also neurobiology, the social sciences, and other areas. Focusing on mate choice mechanisms, rather than the traits they target, Mate Choice offers a groundbreaking perspective on the proximate and ultimate forces determining the evolutionary fate of species and populations.
Call Number: Science Library (Li and Ma) » Stacks » QL776 .W93 2014
Publication: 2nd ed. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014.Pheromones and other kinds of chemical communication underlie the behavior of all animals. This book offers a thorough exploration of the evolutionary and behavioral contexts of chemical communication along with a detailed introduction to the molecular and neural basis of signal perception through olfaction. At a time of ever increasing specialization, Wyatt offers a unique synthesis, integrating examples across the animal kingdom. A final chapter critically considers human pheromones and the importance of olfaction to human biology. Its breadth of coverage and readability make the book an unrivaled resource for students and researchers in a range of fields from chemistry, genetics, genomics, molecular biology and neuroscience to ecology, evolution and behavior.
Call Number: Business Library » Stacks » QC495.3 .E25 2013
Publication: New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers : Distributed by Workman Pub., c2013.There is not a single moment of our day or aspect of our existence that is not influenced by colour. From science (the electromagnetic spectrum, quantum mechanics and light absorption, light scattering, how humans see colour and how vision evolved and colour blindness) to nature (the sky, rainbows, minerals and gems, animal pigmentation and how animals use colour to find food and mates or to protect themselves) to culture (colour as a signifier, colour and navigation, religion and ritual, design and personal identity).
Call Number: Science Library (Li and Ma) » Stacks » TP555 .L54 2013
Publication: Revised edition. Princeton : Princeton University Press, Uncorked quenches our curiosity about the inner workings of one of the world's most prized beverages. Esteemed for its freshness, vitality, and sensuality, champagne is a wine of great complexity. Mysteries aplenty gush forth with the popping of that cork. Just what is that fizz? Can you judge champagne quality by how big the bubbles are, how long they last, or how they behave before they fade? And why does serving champagne in a long-stemmed flute prolong its chill and effervescence? Through lively prose and a wealth of state-of-the-art photos, this revised edition of Uncorked unlocks the door to what champagne is all about.
Call Number: Science Library (Li and Ma) » Stacks » QD75.22 .E47 2004
Publication: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.While this book will not advise you what to do if you want to improve your looks, your health, your peace of mind, or your sex life, it does explain the science behind many of the products that claim to be able to do just that. It looks at a range of products and ingredients that impinge on our everyday life and explains in plain language how 30 commonly encountered chemicals work, and how and why we use them.
Call Number: Science Library (Li and Ma) » Stacks » QL761 .V466 2014
Publication: Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2014.A specialist in animal behavior compares the courtship rituals and mating behaviors of animals to their human equivalents, revealing the many and often surprising ways we are both similar to and different from other species. What makes an individual attractive to the opposite sex? Does size matter? Why do we tend to "keep score" in our relationships? From perfume and cosmetics to online dating and therapy, our ultimate goal is to successfully connect with someone. So why is romance such an effort for humans, while animals seem to have little trouble getting it right? Wild Connection is full of fascinating and suggestive observations about animal behavior. Fun to read as well as educational, this unique take on the perennial human quest to find the ideal mate shows that we have much to learn from our cousins in the wild.