SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
sCiEnCE & TEChnoLoGY
Daniel J. Levitin
THE WORLD IN SIX SONGS
how the musical brain Created human nature
Reveals music’s role in the evolution of human culture. “Daniel
Levitin takes the most sophisticated ideas that exist about the
brain and mind, applies them to the most emotionally direct art we
have, our songs, and makes beautiful music of the two together.”—
Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon. “Exquisitely written, it
brings together a vast array of knowledge while always remaining
accessible. This promises to be an important document for the field
of music cognition.”—Jamshed Bharucha, Tufts University.
Plume • 368 pp. • 978-0-452-29548-3 • $16.00
Also available: This is Your Brain on Music 978-0-452-28852-2
Kenneth R. Miller
ONLY A THEORY
Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul
Miller—the highly regarded scientist who offered expert testimony
at the 2005 trial over the teaching of evolution in Dover, Pennsylvania—eloquently shows how “Intelligent Design” collapses at
the very moment one begins to take it seriously. “A grass-roots
defense of good science education…a useful overview of a perilous political attack on the nature of science.”—P. Z. Myers, Nature.
“In a measured, well-reasoned book, Miller explains why evolution does not deny us our humanity our our unique place in the
Penguin • 256 pp. • 978-0-14-311566-3 • $16.00
Philip Plait, Ph.D.
DEATH FROM THE SKIES!
The Science Behind the End of the World
Presents some of the most fearsome end-of-the-world calamities,
and demystifies the scientific principles at work behind them. “A
surprisingly upbeat look at all the ways the universe can destroy
us… Eminently readable basic science with an irresistible hook.”—
Kirkus Reviews. “The science is perfectly, absolutely correct, and
Plait tells all sides of the story in his shocking, hysterical, edifying
tale of the universe’s prowess.”—Sky & Telescope.
Penguin • 336 pp. • 978-0-14-311604-2 • $16.00
SUN IN A BOTTLE
The strange history of fusion
and the Science of Wishful Thinking
With a knack for translating science into understandable, anecdotal prose, science writer Seife presents the first narrative account
of the history of fusion for general readers in more than a decade.
“Seife writes with effortless clarity, taking readers through the
complex physics and engineering. That means the reader can not
only understand but, even better, evaluate Seife’s message: fusion
scientists should just cut bait.”—The New York Times.
Penguin • 320 pp. • 978-0-14-311634-9 • $16.00
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