There are more than 5 billion (that's a 5 with nine zero's) human beings on Earth, and each of us is unique. Yet we all share the same human characteristics--our origins, how our bodies work, how our minds function, and how we live together and communicate. With so many people living together on the planet, what is the secret of our success?
The Young Oxford Book of the Human Being answers this question and many more as it unlocks the secrets of human beings. The essential guide to what makes us human, this volume is packed with colorful photographs and artwork, and it covers all aspects of human life, from the building blocks of our bodies to living in the global village. Did you know, for example, that there are more than 100 billion nerve cells in your brain? That's as many stars as there are in a galaxy. Or that it would take five CD-ROMs to hold the amount of information stored by the DNA in just one of your body cells? Author David Glover also explores the mysteries of our minds--how we perceive things and remember them, and how our thoughts and emotions work. What are dreams? How does memory work? How do we learn? We are also unique in the ways we live together, and fascinating chapters explore the groups we form, our cultures and beliefs, and our incredible inventiveness.
The Young Oxford Guide to the Human Being is the complete guide to the most advanced and influential creatures on Earth--us.show more