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Human (Dk Smithsonian Institution) Hardcover

ISBN-13: 069-0472005209 ISBN-10: 0756605202 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Dk Smithsonian Institution
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; 1 edition (October 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756605202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756605209
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 10.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

One of the defining characteristics of humanity is our profound curiosity about ourselves and others like us, and this lush book does an exquisite job of satisfying that curiosity. The volume strikes a fine balance between comprehensiveness and readability. Everywhere the eye falls sharp images, informative captions and easily digestible chunks of information capture the reader’s attention. Color-coded boxes containing facts, historical details, profiles and more combine with the general layout to ensure that there is always one more thing for the reader to investigate, making this book hard to put down (though its heft makes it hard to hold up). The striking cover image of a massive eye gives readers the impression that they’re being examined in extreme detail by the book itself, a feeling that is perpetuated within. The book addresses seven overarching aspects of mankind: origins, body, mind, life cycle, society, culture and peoples. In these sections, readers discover why their palms sweat when they’re nervous, how tongue-rolling can explain genetics, what the connection between language and thought is, why in-laws are never a problem in Papua New Guinea, how different economic systems work, what insult is the earliest we learn and where in the world nearly man-sized stones are used as money. The varied arrangement of the images gives this volume less of an encyclopedic feel than the previous book in DK’s Smithsonian series (Animal), and the visuals are often compelling. Unlike many occasionally-flipped-through coffee table books, this impressive volume is sure to become a much-used household reference.
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About the Author

Acclaimed scientist and host of several BBC's programs, including The Human Body and Superhuman series, Robert Winston is well known for his charisma and pioneering work with test-tube babies.

Don E. Wilson is Senior Scientist at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution and the author of over 180 scientic publications.

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The Photographs and Illustrations were wonderful.
Sherri
This book is an excellent reference to the species called Human.
Chitrak Gupta
I would recommend this book to everyone, especially for kids.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on November 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a huge book, 512 10x12" pages. And it's an attempt to provide insight into everything that makes us human.

The headings of the major sections of the book illustrate this very well:

Origins

Body

Mind

Life Cycle

Society

Culture

Peoples

Future

Within these headings nearly every possible subject is discussed, in fact so many subjects that they have to be treated quickly and briefly. The pages are treated rather like a profusely illustrated newspaper. The illustrations are fantastic. Some occupy a full page, even more. Most are small and serve to illustrate just the little point being discussed. For instance in the section on Society, there is a sub-section on Social Structures. Under that you will find government types. Finally one one page you will find three discussions of Monarchies (3 pictures), Theocracies (1) and Military States (4). It's enough, like an expanded dictionary to tell you about all of these, but does not go into much depth. If it did, it would have to be many times larger, and it's already a big book.

This is an absolutely fascinating book. The format gives you just enough information to decide what subjects you want to persue further.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What does it mean to be human? Human: The Definitive Visual Guide is a collaborative effort the DK Publishing and Smithsonian team of Robert Winston, Don E., Dr. Wilson, Don E. Wilson who collaborative to answer this question. With its superb visual illustraitons, this only book to cover all aspects of human life ranging from how humans evolved and how bodies develop, to how humans function as individuals and as members of society. The visual approach packs in lovely color on ever page to accompany facts about human changes, societies and traditions, while timelines, diagrams, photo tabs for each chapters and beautiful artwork supplement pages of in-depth detail. Whether it's being used for research or leisure browsing, Human: The Definitive Visual Guide should not be missed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chitrak Gupta on June 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent reference to the species called Human. This gives you top down view of the societies and their elements. This book is a must if you love humanity and civilization.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kyeong Han Park on October 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is so fantastic! But it has some errors. We Korean say, "dirt on diamond'. First of all, in p68, there are wrong photomicrographs about muscle types. 2nd one is of skeletal muscle, not cardiac muscle as typed in this book. And third one is of cardiac muscle, not visceral or smooth muscle. But still I really love this book as a professor of anatomy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sherri on October 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book was great for me as a student. The Photographs and Illustrations were wonderful. I Love this book!
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