Arts

Arts

    Prehistoric Life

    With an extensive catalog at its heart, Prehistoric Life profiles hundreds of fascinating species in incredible detail. The story starts in earnest 3.8 billion years ago, with the earliest known form of life on Earth, a bacteria that still exists today, and journeys through action packed millennia, charting the appearance of new life forms as well as devastating extinction events. Of course, the ever popular and endlessly intriguing dinosaurs feature large, but Prehistoric Life gives you the whole picture, and the plants, invertebrates, amphibians, birds, reptiles, and mammals that are the ancestors of todays species also populate its pages, making this book unprecedented in its coverage of prehistory.

    Natural History

    Natural History is, as it claims a visual guide, perhaps not the ultimate, but close and not everything almost.
    Its chapter on fish seems a little lean, but most will not notice.

    It is a big heavy, over 7 pounds, coffee table book. It does have some stunning pictures and lots of colored illustrations. Most of what it includes are sections on each page with coloured charts, pictures, and illustrations of many elements of the natural world rocks, ferns, a variety of snails, birds of prey it is filled with almost any living thing you could think of.
    The maps are well done and it will do much to clear up any confusion one has on classifications. You could even accomplish much identification yourself of rocks and birds using its clear pictures.

    The Norton Book of Nature Writing

    W. W. Norton is pleased to announce that The Norton Book of Nature Writing is now available in a paperback college edition.
    The definitive anthology of nature writing in English, this book has been significantly expanded and is now accompanied by a field guide of valuable resources for both teachers and students.
    A picture tells a thousand stories, but the one it doesnt tell is how the shot was made. Barbara London and John Uptons Photography is an all inclusive look at the craft of photography. This book will help any amateur move up a few notches, and it serves as a refresher course for professionals as well.

    American Earth

    In his introduction to this superb anthology, McKibben (The End of Nature) proposes that environmental writing is Americas most distinctive contribution to the worlds literature. The collected pieces amply prove the point. Arranged chronologically, McKibbens selection of more than 100 writers includes some of the great early conservationists, such as Henry David Thoreau, John Muir and John Burroughs, and many other eloquent nature writers, including Donald Cultross Peattie, Edwin Way Teale and Henry Beston.

    Future Science

    Editor Max Brockman presents the work of some of todays brightest and most innovative young researchers in this fascinating collection of writings that introduce the very latest theories and discoveries in science. Future Science features eighteen young scientists, most of whom are presenting their work and ideas to a general audience for the first time. Included in this collection. Future Science shares with the world a delightful secret that we academics have been keeping that despite all the hysteria about how electronic media are dumbing down the next generation, a tidal wave of talent has been flooding into science, making their elders feel like the dumb ones. . . . It has a wealth of new and exciting ideas, and will help shake up our notions regarding the age, sex, color, and topic cliches of the current public perception of science. Steven Pinker, author of The Stuff of Thought.