A witty and informed survey, Adam’s Navel is a unique brew of science, history, and storytelling that illuminates our perception, exploitation, and celebration of the human body.
Moving from head to toe in twelve chapters, Michael Sims blends cultural history with evolutionary theory to produce a wonderfully original narrative. “No part of the body lacks a story,” writes Sims, who analyzes and demystifies the visible parts of the body that make up the whole-our animal form that is also a screen onto which we project our fears and obsessions. He tells of dreadlocks and Achilles’ heel, of fingerprints and penis size. He discusses the history of breastfeeding, the allure of navel rings, ancient rules for shaking hands, why nature builds men and women on a female body plan, and how the evolution of our two-legged stance affects childbirth and back pain.
Drawing on evolution and the mechanics of human anatomy, along with Shakespeare, mythology, film, and popular culture, Sims creates a marvelous new lens through which to view this body that we inhabit almost unconsciously. Adam’s Navel is a field guide to the landscape of ourselves. ISBN: 0670032247 Publisher: VIKING Subtitle: A NATURAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE HUMAN FORM Author: MICHAEL SIMS
From archaeological jargon to interpretation, this volume probes the depths of this increasingly popular discipline, presenting critical approaches to the understanding of our past. This ultimate guide for all new and would-be archaeologists, whether they are students or interested amateurs, introduces its readers to archaeological thought, history and and practice. Lively and engaging, Archaeology :The Basics fires the archaeological imagination whilst tackling such questions as: what are the basic concepts of archaeology? How and what do we know about people and objects from the past? What makes a good explanation in archaeology? Why dig here? Archaeology: the Basics provides an invaluable overview of a fascinating subject. ISBN: 0415221536 Publisher: FOUNDATION BOOKS INDIA Subtitle: THE BASICS Author: CLIVE GAMBLE