Pump by Bill Schutt audiobook

Pump: A Natural History of the Heart

By Bill Schutt

Algonquin Books 9781616208936
7.84 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9781665110853

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A journey into the heartbeat of life on Earth.   Millennia ago, when we first began puzzling over the mysteries of the human body, one organ stood out as vital. The heart was warm, it was central, and it moved as it pumped blood. The ancient Egyptians treated it with reverence, mummifying it separately from the body so that the soul inside it could be weighed. Aristotle believed that it was the seat of consciousness. Over the centuries, science has dispelled the myths, but our fascination with the heart has endured.     From the origins of circulation, still evident in some microorganisms today, to the enormous hearts of blue whales, we journey with Bill to beaches where horseshoe crabs are being harvested for their life-saving blood, and under the sea to learn about the world’s most natural antifreeze, flowing through the veins of icefish. And we follow him through human history, too, as scientists hypothesize wrongly and rightly about what is arguably our most important organ, ultimately developing the technologies that have helped us study the heart—and now, in the most cutting-edge labs, the tools that will help us regenerate it.   Deeply researched and engagingly told, Pump is a fascinating natural history sure to be loved by readers of Mary Roach and Bill Bryson.  

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A journey into the heartbeat of life on Earth.
 
Millennia ago, when we first began puzzling over the mysteries of the human body, one organ stood out as vital. The heart was warm, it was central, and it moved as it pumped blood. The ancient Egyptians treated it with reverence, mummifying it separately from the body so that the soul inside it could be weighed. Aristotle believed that it was the seat of consciousness. Over the centuries, science has dispelled the myths, but our fascination with the heart has endured.  
 
From the origins of circulation, still evident in some microorganisms today, to the enormous hearts of blue whales, we journey with Bill to beaches where horseshoe crabs are being harvested for their life-saving blood, and under the sea to learn about the world’s most natural antifreeze, flowing through the veins of icefish. And we follow him through human history, too, as scientists hypothesize wrongly and rightly about what is arguably our most important organ, ultimately developing the technologies that have helped us study the heart—and now, in the most cutting-edge labs, the tools that will help us regenerate it.
 
Deeply researched and engagingly told, Pump is a fascinating natural history sure to be loved by readers of Mary Roach and Bill Bryson.
 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

[A] show-stopping exploration of cardiac biology . . . Informative, playful, and impossible to put down." —Publishers Weekly, starred review “This brisk and engaging history of hearts of all forms and sizes packs a punch.” —Foreword Reviews, starred review "An easy-to-read and fascinating look into the complexity and wonder of the heart in its many forms." —Booklist "Wonderful. Pump is informative and entertaining and the science is impeccable. I highly recommend it." —Joseph C. Piscatella, author ofDon’t Eat Your Heart OutPump is an absolutely fascinating journey through the human heart by way of our animal kin. It's so packed with cool details, you'll want to read it twice.” —Jennifer S. Holland, author of the New York Times bestselling Unlikely Friendships series   “Pump takes readers on a fantastic and fascinating voyage of all matters of the heart.”   —Cat Warren, author of What the Dog Knows   “As Bill Schutt delightfully shows us in his new book, hearts have gripping stories to tell about a huge range of topics, from the history of life on our planet to the foibles of humankind.” —Ian Tattersall, coauthor of The Accidental Homo Sapiens   “Narrating stories from across the animal kingdom, Schutt brings his usual intelligence and humor to this well-curated natural history of the heart and circulatory system. Pump is not your cardiologist’s book on the heart. A rich and entertaining read that will leave you feeling smarter.” ­—Darrin Lunde, Author of The Naturalist “A fine overview of an essential organ.” —Kirkus Reviews  

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Author Bio: Bill Schutt

Author Bio: Bill Schutt

Bill Schutt is a professor of biology at LIU Post and a research associate in residence at the American Museum of Natural History. He received his PhD in zoology from Cornell and has published over two dozen peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from terrestrial locomotion in vampire bats to the precarious, arboreal copulatory behavior of a marsupial mouse. His research has been featured in Natural History magazine as well as the New York Times, Newsday, the Economist, and Discover magazine. A recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Award at the AMNH, Schutt lives on the East End of Long Island with his wife and son.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 7.84
Audience: Adult
Language: English