Aging by Design: How New Thinking on Aging Will Change Your Life [NOOK Book]

Overview

Why do we age? How do we age? These questions have baffled scientists for centuries and remain unresolved. The answer to the “how” question is critical to our ability to successfully prevent and treat age-related diseases like cancer and heart disease that now cause the majority of all deaths in the developed world. Because of major difficulties in experimentally determining causes of aging, the answer to the “why” question is critical to guiding research efforts directed toward...

See more details below
Aging by Design: How New Thinking on Aging Will Change Your Life

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
FREE

Overview

Why do we age? How do we age? These questions have baffled scientists for centuries and remain unresolved. The answer to the “how” question is critical to our ability to successfully prevent and treat age-related diseases like cancer and heart disease that now cause the majority of all deaths in the developed world. Because of major difficulties in experimentally determining causes of aging, the answer to the “why” question is critical to guiding research efforts directed toward identifying and altering processes involved in age-related diseases.
Evolution theory plays a critical role in determining why we age because it attempts to explain why each living organism has its particular design and therefore why different species display different aging characteristics and different life spans.
This short book describes the history and current status of attempts to explain why we age extending from Darwin’s 1859 theory to the present. The author provides colorful and interesting descriptions of the theorists, their theories, the discoveries and the controversies that have led us to the current situation: Although there is very wide scientific agreement about most aspects of evolution theory, four different theories now exist concerning the fine details that apply to aging. These four theories lead to radically different concepts regarding the actual biological mechanisms behind the aging process and consequently the mechanisms behind age-related diseases.
The book goes on to discuss observations and experiments that offer clues as to the nature of biological aging mechanisms. These include apparently non-aging animals, worm experiments, rat blood-exchange experiments, caloric restriction experiments, octopus experiments, and the discovery of genes that cause aging.
Goldsmith then leads us through an analysis that concludes that programmed aging is the aging theory that best matches all of the direct evidence and current status of the evolution theories,. We age because we are designed to age. We are designed to age because a limited life span conveys an evolutionary benefit. Most current medical researchers believe in non-programmed aging and much of the evidence for programmed aging comes from non-human sources. If the programmed theory of biological aging, first proposed in 1882, is indeed correct, it has major implications regarding the way we think about and seek to prevent or treat age-related diseases. It also suggests that it may well be possible in the relatively near term to generally delay the aging process. Which theory is correct could therefore greatly affect many people now alive! The book describes some current aging researchers, research activities, and results.
A final question is discussed: How could we be living in the twenty-first century and still not have scientific agreement on even the fundamental nature of aging? The author suggests that several non-science factors including the sequence in which various theories were developed and the perception that the issue was academic have influenced thinking and delayed the development of scientific agreement.
ISBN: 978-0-9788709-3-5 illustrated, 70 pages
Revised 5-2014

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940032812173
  • Publisher: Azinet Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 83,389
  • File size: 5 MB

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 12 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(6)

4 Star

(3)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(2)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 – 11 of 12 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Good Book About Evolution and Aging

    As the middle-school student reported, this book is not suitable for middle-school students. However, if you got at least a "B" in high-school biology and are interested in theories as to why and how we age, this is an excellent short book. Most people think of evolution theory as either a scientific "fact" or totally invalid for religious reasons. This book summarizes decades of scientific arguments about some obscure details of evolution theory and shows how these details completely define theories of biological aging. It goes on to say how the differing theories have very different predictions for the future of medicine, particularly in the way that we treat or prevent age-related diseases such as cancer.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Yes I Do Agree

    I was that middlle-school student and I do suggest this book for high school biology. I actually took the time to inform myself with this advanced information, I am in the 6th grade and my science teacher was actually shocked of what she had heard. She wanted me to represent our school in the indivual science olympaid. I honestly thought this book was OK and like I typed earlier I suggest this book for high school students, thank you for your time.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Skip this one

    Waste of time

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    For People Interested in Theories of Aging

    This book is recommended for anyone who has a personal interest in why aging occurs coming from several points of view and explaining why the author favors theories of programmed aging. Since Mr. Goldsmith does not limit his explanations to his viewpoint alone, Aging by Design gives a well-rounded presentation with solid documentation and references.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Read my words!

    If in the beginning, there was nothing, where did god come from, religious people? Why would he make us, what does his plan accomplish, and why does he not answer prayers. I only wish I could convey my thoughts to words better. Either way, goodbye! -Haleigh

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Excellent, corrections for n.s

    Excellent book on an inquires about the topic. Incidently, my apologies N.S. but we did not evolve from monkeys as you proclaimed, but rather speciated geographically from our common ancestor approximately 5.6 million years ago when our exceptionally short 2 and 3 chromosones fused into a significantly longer chromosone 2. We still only differ from them by two percent. How do you justify that?

    G.O. age 13, attending m

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Test

    Test

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    I haven't read this book.....

    I haven't read this book but I do not believe that we evolved from monkies. GOD made us. It says in the bible in Genesis 2:7, "And the LORD GOD formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." I personally do NOT like how people say that we were made out of monkies. Just because monkies and humans have similar characteristics doesn't mean that we were made out of them. GOD Bless all of you and never leave GOD. Always have Him in your hearts. P.S. I'm Christian, that's why I wrote all that stuff.
    † N.S.†

    0 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 – 11 of 12 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)