The Body Builders: Inside the Science of the Engineered Human Hardcover – March 14, 2017
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“This is a mind-blowing book about the human body. Piore takes us inside the technological revolution that is fixing broken limbs and enhancing the human body through bioengineering. He is pointing us to a future in which we will all have the ability to be Superman or Superwoman. Fascinating.” (Fareed Zakaria GPS Book of the Week)
“A fascinating dive into what’s happening right now in bioengineering research — from brain-computer interfaces to bionic limbs — that will redefine human-machine interactions in the years to come.” (Salon)
“A spellbinding journey into the field of bioengineering.” (The Daily Beast)
“Piore’s informative and optimistic account will fascinate popular-science fans and all readers following developments in therapeutics.” (Booklist)
“An upbeat and appealing overview of cutting-edge biomedical research.” (Library Journal)
“Mind-blowing. Piore tells the stories of the doctors and engineers and patients who are together part of an amazing scientific revolution. A wonderful book that will excite your intellect and emotions.” (Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post American World)
“An exhilarating look. . . . A mind-bending read that will expand your perception of self.” (Kirkus (Starred Review))
“Piore writes gracefully, and with deep insight, about complex scientific endeavors that could ease human suffering but are fraught with myriad ethical perils.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Adam Piore is a gifted and assiduous reporter. He embeds himself in frightening and complicated places and he gets the story.” (Jon Ronson, author of So You've Been Publicly Shamed)
From the Back Cover
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.
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I use cases and quotes from this book in my biology class. It engaged my students and harnessed the power of 3D instruction. Students liked the readings that reinforced content. They posted questions and brainstormed engineering ideas.