X in Sex: How the X Chromosome Controls Our Lives

“a woman is, as it were, a mutilated man, for it is through a certain incapacity that the female is female”image20 Aristotle: Generation of Animals “Thus man … is the active principle while woman is the passive principle because she remains undeveloped in her unity” Hegel: Philosophy of Nature “Let the woman learn in silence … Read more

Beyond the Zonules of Zinn: A Fantastic Journey Through Your Brain

Not another book about the brain, surely? There are many many books about how the brain works. Sometimes it seems like everyone who has ever thought or taught about the brain has written a book. And many of them are very good – plumbing the depths of our deeper drives; dissecting the differences between us; … Read more

Teenagers: A Natural History

Teenagers: A Natural History will change the way you think about teenagers. Far from their usual media image, they are not society’s scourge – instead they are the pinnacle of human achievement. In this book, David Bainbridge, a Cambridge University vet and anatomist, is the first author to take a ‘zoological’ view of where teenagers … Read more

Curvology: The Origins and Power of Female Body Shape

Something remarkable has happened to women, something unique. Of all the creatures in the animal kingdom, human females stand out as having one special, powerful feature: curves. That may be good news for men, but it makes life complicated for women. Why do only human females have curves, how do they affect their lives, and … Read more

Middle Age: A Natural History

No other animals have middle age. Indeed – it would not make any sense for other animals to undergo middle age. image61.jpgSo why do humans have it, and what, exactly, does it do to us? It was these simple questions that set David Bainbridge, a popular science writer and Cambridge University vet and anatomist, on … Read more