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Secrets of the Human Body
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Secrets of the Human Body
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You may think you know the human body heart, lungs, brain and bones but it’s time to think again. Your body is full of extraordinary mysteries that science is only just beginning to understand. This book, which accompanies a major new BBC TV programme, turns your knowledge of the human body on its head. Leading us through all of these revelations are stories of everyday miracles the human stories that bind every one of us together through the universal stages of life. From the most extreme environments on Earth, to the most extreme events, we reveal the extraordinary abilities every human shares. Combining cutting-edge science with cutting-edge technology, we see the human body like never before. Featuring pioneering specialist photography, a new generation of digital effects will allow us to catch a tantalising glimpse beneath our skin, leading you to discover the secrets that make every ordinary human body extraordinary.
You may think you know the human body heart, lungs, brain and bones but it’s time to think again. Your body is full of extraordinary mysteries that science is only just beginning to understand. This book, which accompanies a major new BBC TV programme, turns your knowledge of the human body on its head. Leading us through all of these revelations are stories of everyday miracles the human stories that bind every one of us together through the universal stages of life. From the most extreme environments on Earth, to the most extreme events, we reveal the extraordinary abilities every human shares. Combining cutting-edge science with cutting-edge technology, we see the human body like never before. Featuring pioneering specialist photography, a new generation of digital effects will allow us to catch a tantalising glimpse beneath our skin, leading you to discover the secrets that make every ordinary human body extraordinary.
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    This beautiful and imaginative work, published as a companion to a BBC documentary series of the same title, combines gorgeous photography and digital effects with scientific detail to give readers new and illuminating views of the human body. Cohen, executive producer of the BBC series, and physician twin brothers Chris and Xand van Tulleken address readers in a conversational style and divide the book into sections on growth, learning, survival, and prospects for the evolution of the body. The book is packed with fascinating facts on the body’s intricacies and capabilities: the brain is almost fully grown by age 11; it creates two versions of a memory, but a long-term memory takes about two weeks to become fully recollectable; almost all humans are born with fears of falling and loud noises, but a woman with a rare genetic disorder called Urbach-Wiethe disease has been studied extensively because she literally cannot feel fear. The final chapter notes that neuroprosthetics such as cochlear implants and artificial retinas are probably just the beginning of technologies that might interact directly with or within human bodies. The book is a roller-coaster exploration of the body with stunning illustrations and extraordinary revelations throughout that should appeal to general readers.

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