Adam's Navel
Adam's Navel  -     By: Michael Sims
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In this amusing and brilliantly conceived book, Michael Sims introduces you to your body. Moving from head to toe, Sims blends cultural history with evolutionary theory to produce a wonderfully original narrative in which he analyzes the visible parts of the body. In this fascinating brew of science and storytelling, readers encounter not only accessible explanations of the mechanics of their anatomy, but also the layers of mythology, religious lore, history, Darwinian theory, and popular culture that have helped to shape our understanding of any given body part. A titillating and unique book, Adam's Navel is learned and entertaining, a marvelous lens through which to study the form we all inhabit - but may not really understand.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.44 (inches)
ISBN: 0142004642
ISBN-13: 9780142004647

Publisher's Description

In this amusing and brilliantly conceived book, Michael Sims introduces you to your body. Moving from head to toe, Sims blends cultural history with evolutionary theory to produce a wonderfully original narrative in which he analyzes the visible parts of the body. In this fascinating brew of science and storytelling, readers encounter not only accessible explanations of the mechanics of their anatomy, but also the layers of mythology, religious lore, history, Darwinian theory, and popular culture that have helped to shape our understanding of any given body part. A titillating and unique book, Adam’s Navel is learned and entertaining, a marvelous lens through which to study the form we all inhabit—but may not really understand.

Author Bio

Michael Sims is the author most recently of In the Womb: Animals (adapted from two National Geographic Channel documentaries); he is also the author of Apollo's Fire: A Journey through the Extraordinary Wonders of an Ordinary Day, which NPR chose as one of the best science books of 2007; Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form, which was a New York Times Notable Book and a Library Journal Best Science Book; and Darwin's Orchestra: An Almanac of Nature in History and the Arts. For Penguin Classics he also edited The Annotated Archy and Mehitabel and Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Thief, and he is currently editing The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime. He has written for many periodicals, from the Washington Post to New Statesman. Michael Sims has written about science and culture for newspapers and radio, and for magazines ranging from American Archaeology to Creative Loafing.

Editorial Reviews

This body—and bawdy—Baedeker should inspire readers to do some navel- gazing of their own. (Entertainment Weekly) A truly eclectic mix of cultural, scientific and literary perspectives on the bits and pieces that make up a human body. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
"This body—and bawdy—Baedeker should inspire readers to do some navel-gazing of their own." —Entertainment Weekly

"A truly eclectic mix of cultural, scientific and literary perspectives on the bits and pieces that make up a human body." —Minneapolis Star Tribune

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