Listing books published by Signet Books
|Full title||The Human Body: Its Structure and Operation [permalink]|
|Authors||Isaac Asimov (author) and Anthony Ravielli (illustrator)|
|Categories||Biology and science|
|ISBN||978-0451617743 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]|
Goes through the human body, from head to torso, muscles to blood, skin to genitalia, explaining in good detail how it all works.
As always, it's written in clear prose, and is easily accessible. If you have a moderate interest in human anatomy, this is the book for you.
|Full title||Words from the Myths [permalink]|
|Authors||Isaac Asimov (author) and William Barss (illustrator)|
|Original publication year||1961|
|ISBN||978-0451166869 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]|
The book explains Greek mythology and its relationship to the English language in the form of its words ('chaos', 'cosmos', 'gigantic', 'atlas', 'ocean', 'Europe', 'cereal', 'phobia', 'demon', 'martial', 'vulcano', 'jovial', 'music', 'hygiene', 'siren', 'hubris', 'nemesis'). Asimov describes a lot of Greek mythology in-depth, but primarily for the purpose of explaining the origins and meanings of those words (and many others). He covers the titans, the Olympians, monsters, heroes and the siege of Troy.