Skip to content
You are not logged in |Login  
Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Piore, Adam, author.

Title The body builders : inside the science of the engineered human / Adam Piore.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  660.6 PIORE    Check Shelf
 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department Lower Level  660.6 PIORE    Check Shelf
 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Adult Department  660.6 PIORE    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  660.6 PIO    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  660.6 PIO    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  660.6 PIORE    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description 376 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-366) and index.
Contents Moving. The bionic man who builds bionic people : replicating the way we move ; The birth of Bamm-Bamm : decoding the genome and rewriting it ; The man with the pixie dust : regenerative medicine and the quest to regrow limbs -- Sensing. The woman who can see with her ears : neuroplasticity and learning pills ; Soldiers with Spidey sense : intuition and implicit learning ; The telepathy technician : decoding the brain and imagined speech -- Thinking. The boy who remembers everything : Viagra for the brain ; The surgeon conducting the symphony : DBS and the power of electricity ; Sudden savants : unleashing the inner muse.
Summary A tour of the current revolution in human augmentation explores how the world's most innovative engineers are helping people repair traumatic injuries while transcending physical and mental limitations.
"Weaving together vivid storytelling and groundbreaking science, The Body Builders dives into the current revolution in human augmentation and explores how these new technologies are helping us triumph over the boundaries of our bodies and our minds. For millennia humans have tried--and often failed--to master nature and transcend our limits. But this has started to change. The new scientific frontier is the human body: The greatest engineers of our generation have turned their sights inward, and their work is beginning to revolutionize mankind. In The Body Builders, Adam Piore takes us on a fascinating journey into the field of bioengineering--which can be used to reverse engineer, rebuild, and augment human beings--and paints a vivid portrait of the people at its center. Chronicling the ways new technology has retooled our physical expectations and mental processes, Piore visits people who have regrown parts of their fingers and legs in the wake of terrible traumas, tries on a muscle suit that allows him to lift ninety pounds with his fingertips, dips into the race to create "Viagra for the brain," and shadows the doctors trying to give mute patients the ability to communicate telepathically. As science continues to lay bare the mysteries of human performance, it is helping us to see--and exist--beyond our expectations. The Body Builders will take readers past the headlines and the hype to introduce them to the inner workings and the outer reaches of our bodies and minds, and to explore how new developments are changing, and will forever change, what is possible for humankind."--Jacket.
Subject Bioengineering.
Biomedical engineering.
Synthetic biology.
SCIENCE / Biotechnology.
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Human Anatomy & Physiology.
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Neuroscience.
ISBN 9780062347145
Add a Review