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Biology

The Individual in the Animal Kingdom

Julian Huxley


"Organisms, especially animals, that are simultaneously individuals and colonies, pose dilemmas. They call into question all of our notions of individuality. The Huxley book, and its scientific and philosophical quandries are as current now, or even more so, than they were in 1912."
Lynn Margulis

...The major portion of this book is devoted to showing that living matter always tends to group itself into these 'closed, independent systems with harmonious parts.' Though the closure is never complete, the independence never absolute, the harmony never perfect, yet systems and tendency alike have real existence. Such systems I personally believe can be identified with the Individuals treated by the philosopher, and I have tried to establish this belief. - Preface

169 + xv pages, 5 1/4 x 8.
Reprint of fiirst edition published in 1912.


Cloth $29.95    ISBN 1-881987-05-1

Energy Flow in Biology

Harold J. Morowitz


This monograph presents a study of the emergence of "Biological-type" order in physical systems in terms of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and kinetic theory. Systems undergoing energy flow from a source to a sink are shown to undergo molecular rearrangements to a more ordered state. The results of the analysis are applied to the "origin of life" problem as well as to present-day terrestrial ecology. The insights of this book have been widely utilized by social scientists and philosophers.

CONTENTS: Biology and Thermal Physics ­ The Evolution of Molecular Order in Physical Systems ­ Biological Generalizations and Equilibrium Organic Chemistry ­ The Free Energy of the Biosphere ­ Ecology ­ Order Information and Entropy.

179 + ix pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.
Reprint of first edition published in 1968.

Paper $18.    ISBN 0-918024-13-7

Mayonnaise and the Origin of Life
Thoughts of Minds and Molecules

Harold J. Morowitz


The writings of Harold Morowitz are well known to readers of the New York Times, Psychology Today, and Hospital Practice. Although Morowitz commands a great breadth of subject matter, each essay in this collection, in its own idiosyncratic way, asks the same question: "What is life?" Whether he is watching a dying sea lion pup in the Galápagos, contemplating the trial of Socrates in Athens, or sitting in his laboratory focusing on the beauty of biochemistry, his thoughts always bear on the nature, meaning, and purpose of life. The combination of humor with insightful views of the human condition make this author unique among modern scientific essayists.

244 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.
Reprint of first edition published in 1985.


Paper $18.    ISBN 0-918024-82-X

Literature and Science

Aldous Huxley


In response to The Two Cultures by C. P. Snow and other writings of that genre, Aldous Huxley decided in 1963 to set down his own thoughts on the worlds of literature and science. Noting that the scientist purifies common language to avoid ambiguity while the poet purifies common language to express the inexpressible, the great novelist then reviews writings in both fields to illustrate his theme. The essay goes on to show how misunderstandings can arise from these two specialized ways of using language.

118 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.
Reprint of first edition published in 1963.


Paper $18.    ISBN 0-918024-85-4

Cosmic Joy & Local Pain
Musings of a Mystic Scientist


Harold J. Morowitz

Inspired by the ideas of Benedict Spinoza, Gautama Buddha, Henry Thoreau, and the philosophers of evolution, Morowitz presents an overview of our knowledge of the earth, the skies, the oceans, and living organisms. Starting from the wondrous interrelatedness of all things, he finds the god of Spinoza within the tao of science. Thus emerges a natural theology that eases the sharp conflicts between science and religion.

CONTENTS: Help Wanted: Philosopher ­ The Sabbatical Year ­ Evolution and Creation ­ Knowing and Guessing ­ Rocks of Ages ­ Energy Flow ­ Fitness and Design ­ Propaedeutics ­ An Unusal Substance ­ Hot and Cold Air ­ Water, Water Everywhere ­ What Is Life? ­ History of the Universe ­ The Origin of Life ­ The Evolution of Organic Forms ­ Teilhard's Vision ­ Mind and Matter ­ An Abode of Life ­ Pantheism and Design ­ Credo of a Mystical Scientist.

321 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.
Published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1987.


Cloth $18.95     ISBN 0-684-18443-5

The Wine of Life
and Other Essays on Societies, Energy & Living Things


Harold J. Morowitz


"Bright, spritely, literate, and instructive bite-sized essays in the biological sciences. They are a delight to read."
Carl Sagan

For years Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Natural Philosophy and Biology at George Mason University, has delighted readers with his lucid, witty, and wide-ranging essays. The Wine of Life, the first of many collections he has written, contains many of his best-known works including "The Six Million Dollar Man," "Zen and the Art of Getting into Medical School," and "Drinking Hemlock and other Nutritional Matters."

321 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.
Published by St. Martin's Press in 1979.


Cloth $20.    ISBN 0-312-88227-0

The Kindly Dr. Guillotin


Harold J. Morowitz


Biologist Harold Morowitz delights in discovering scientific principles behind everyday phenomena, from doing laundry to registering a car with the DMV, to explaining the circumstances that caused the name of Joseph Ignace Guillotin to become connected to a device he neither invented , built, nor used. The Kindly Dr. Guillotin is an idiosyncratic collection by a deeply inquisitive thinker, who engages philosophy, history, and language with the rigor of his scientific pursuits.

199 pages, 5 x 7.
Published by Counterpoint in 1997.


Paper $12.50    ISBN 1-887178-953
The Thermodynamics of Pizza

Harold J. Morowitz

Essays on Science and Everyday Life


"There's something for everyone in this smorgasbord of bit-size essays...A witty conversational essayist, Morowitz combines unflagging curiosity with a passion for teasing larger meanings out of seemingly trivial phenomena."
-Publishers Weekly

"These 52 essays...run the gamut from reflections on the bagel, olives and pizza to a discussion of Thoreau's knowledge of natural sciences and a comparison of the sailing voyages of Christopher Columbus and William Buckley...Morowitz, a distinguished biophysicist, comments on a broad range of subject in contemporary and historic science...Easily accessible to the general readers."
-Library Journal

247 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.

Paper $16.00    ISBN 0-8135-1774-5

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