The Genius of Birds Book
Score: 4
From 16 Ratings

The Genius of Birds


  • Author : Jennifer Ackerman
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2016-04-12
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101980842

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The Genius of Birds Book Description :

An award-winning science writer tours the globe to reveal what makes birds capable of such extraordinary feats of mental prowess Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. According to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores their newly discovered brilliance and how it came about. As she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research, Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are shifting our view of what it means to be intelligent. At once personal yet scientific, richly informative and beautifully written, The Genius of Birds celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures. Ackerman is also the author of Birds by the Shore: Observing the Natural Life of the Atlantic Coast.

The Bird Way Book

The Bird Way


  • Author : Jennifer Ackerman
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2020-05-05
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780735223028

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The Bird Way Book Description :

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Genius of Birds, a radical investigation into the bird way of being, and the recent scientific research that is dramatically shifting our understanding of birds -- how they live and how they think. “There is the mammal way and there is the bird way.” But the bird way is much more than a unique pattern of brain wiring, and lately, scientists have taken a new look at bird behaviors they have, for years, dismissed as anomalies or mysteries –– What they are finding is upending the traditional view of how birds conduct their lives, how they communicate, forage, court, breed, survive. They are also revealing the remarkable intelligence underlying these activities, abilities we once considered uniquely our own: deception, manipulation, cheating, kidnapping, infanticide, but also ingenious communication between species, cooperation, collaboration, altruism, culture, and play. Some of these extraordinary behaviors are biological conundrums that seem to push the edges of, well, birdness: a mother bird that kills her own infant sons, and another that selflessly tends to the young of other birds as if they were her own; a bird that collaborates in an extraordinary way with one species—ours—but parasitizes another in gruesome fashion; birds that give gifts and birds that steal; birds that dance or drum, that paint their creations or paint themselves; birds that build walls of sound to keep out intruders and birds that summon playmates with a special call—and may hold the secret to our own penchant for playfulness and the evolution of laughter. Drawing on personal observations, the latest science, and her bird-related travel around the world, from the tropical rainforests of eastern Australia and the remote woodlands of northern Japan, to the rolling hills of lower Austria and the islands of Alaska’s Kachemak Bay, Jennifer Ackerman shows there is clearly no single bird way of being. In every respect, in plumage, fo

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are  Book
Score: 4
From 11 Ratings

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are


  • Author : Frans de Waal
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2016-04-25
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393246193

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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are Book Description :

A New York Times bestseller: "A passionate and convincing case for the sophistication of nonhuman minds." —Alison Gopnik, The Atlantic Hailed as a classic, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? explores the oddities and complexities of animal cognition—in crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, chimpanzees, and bonobos—to reveal how smart animals really are, and how we’ve underestimated their abilities for too long. Did you know that octopuses use coconut shells as tools, that elephants classify humans by gender and language, and that there is a young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University whose flash memory puts that of humans to shame? Fascinating, entertaining, and deeply informed, de Waal’s landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animal—and human—intelligence.

Chance in the House of Fate Book

Chance in the House of Fate


  • Author : Jennifer Ackerman
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2002-04
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 0618219099

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Chance in the House of Fate Book Description :

Examines the diverse ways in which human heredity is linked to the rest of the natural world and analyzes how the science of genetics affects everyday life.

Bird Brain Book

Bird Brain


  • Author : Nathan Emery
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-08-23
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400882861

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Bird Brain Book Description :

Why birds are smarter than we think Birds have not been known for their high IQs, which is why a person of questionable intelligence is sometimes called a "birdbrain." Yet in the past two decades, the study of avian intelligence has witnessed dramatic advances. From a time when birds were seen as simple instinct machines responding only to stimuli in their external worlds, we now know that some birds have complex internal worlds as well. This beautifully illustrated book provides an engaging exploration of the avian mind, revealing how science is exploding one of the most widespread myths about our feathered friends—and changing the way we think about intelligence in other animals as well. Bird Brain looks at the structures and functions of the avian brain, and describes the extraordinary behaviors that different types of avian intelligence give rise to. It offers insights into crows, jays, magpies, and other corvids—the “masterminds” of the avian world—as well as parrots and some less-studied species from around the world. This lively and accessible book shows how birds have sophisticated brains with abilities previously thought to be uniquely human, such as mental time travel, self-recognition, empathy, problem solving, imagination, and insight. Written by a leading expert and featuring a foreword by Frans de Waal, renowned for his work on animal intelligence, Bird Brain shines critical new light on the mental lives of birds.

Gifts of the Crow Book
Score: 3
From 4 Ratings

Gifts of the Crow


  • Author : John Marzluff
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-02-05
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439198742

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Gifts of the Crow Book Description :

A University of Washington professor of wildlife science taps the findings of his extraordinary research into crow intelligence to offer insight into their ability to make tools and respond to environmental challenges, explaining how they engage in human-like behaviors from giving gifts and seeking revenge to playing and experiencing dreams.

The Wonder of Birds Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

The Wonder of Birds


  • Author : Jim Robbins
  • Publisher : Black Inc.
  • Release Date : 2017-07-31
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781863959841

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The Wisdom of Big Bird  and the Dark Genius of Oscar the Grouch  Book
Score: 4.5
From 5 Ratings

The Wisdom of Big Bird and the Dark Genius of Oscar the Grouch


  • Author : Caroll Spinney
  • Publisher : Villard
  • Release Date : 2007-12-18
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 0307417549

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The Wisdom of Big Bird and the Dark Genius of Oscar the Grouch Book Description :

An inspiring message for all ages: Find your inner bird. If you’re looking for wisdom and joy in your life, go straight to Sesame Street and heed the words of its most beloved and profound resident, Caroll Spinney, who has spent the past thirty-four years in a bird costume (and a trash can) as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Three decades inside a giant puppet have taught Spinney a valuable and surprising lesson: Being a bird can make you a better person. In The Wisdom of Big Bird, the living legend of Sesame Street describes how we can all find our inner bird (or grouch). Each chapter illustrates a piece of useful wisdom Spinney has gleaned from a career in feathers. The lessons Big Bird teaches children every day on Sesame Street are the same ones that have brought Spinney success and satisfaction in his own life. Warm, witty, and affirming, Caroll Spinney’s memoir proves that being a bird can make you a better and happier person. “Every day on Sesame Street, we strive to give our innocent young audience the basis of a lifelong education. It is no accident that spending the past thirty-four years in the Bird suit teaching these lessons to others has taught me a few things, too.”—from The Wisdom of Big Bird (and the Dark Genius of Oscar the Grouch)

Ah Choo  Book
Score: 2.5
From 2 Ratings

Ah Choo


  • Author : Jennifer Ackerman
  • Publisher : Twelve
  • Release Date : 2010-09-02
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 0446574015

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Ah Choo Book Description :

Some colds are like mice, timid and annoying; others like dragons, accompanied by body aches and deep misery. In AH-CHOO!, Jennifer Ackerman explains what, exactly, a cold is, how it works, and whether it's really possible to "fight one off." Scientists call this the Golden Age of the Common Cold because Americans suffer up to a billion colds each year, resulting in 40 million days of missed work and school and 100 million doctor visits. They've also learned over the past decade much more about what cold viruses are, what they do to the human body, and how symptoms can be addressed. In this ode to the odious cold, Ackerman sifts through the chatter about treatments-what works, what doesn't, and what can't hurt. She dispels myths, such as susceptibility to colds reflects a weakened immune system. And she tracks current research, including work at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, a world-renowned center of cold research studies, where the search for a cure continues.

Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream


  • Author : Jennifer Ackerman
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2008-10-02
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 0547526067

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Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream Book Description :

Did you know that you can tell time in your sleep? That women have more nightmares than men? Or that up to half of the calories you consume can be burned off simply by fidgeting? In Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream, acclaimed science writer Jennifer Ackerman takes us on an astonishing and illuminating tour of the human body during a typical day, from waking in the morning to the reverie of sleep and dreams. Most of us are familiar with the concept of circadian rhythms, the idea that the human body maintains its own internal clock. Recent scientific advances reveal the importance of synchronizing our actions with our biological rhythms — and show how defying them can cause us real harm. With Ackerman as our guide we learn the best time of day to take a nap, give a presentation, take medication, and even drink a cocktail, along with a host of other useful and curious facts. Entertaining and deeply practical, this book will make readers think of their bodies in an entirely new way.