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Voyages of Discovery: Three Centuries of Natural History Exploration, by Tony Rice (Clarkson Potter, 1999; $60; 335 pp.; illus.)

This richly illustrated volume covers expeditions ranging from Sir Hans Sloane's 1687 voyage to Jamaica to the oceanographic survey aboard HMS Challenger during 1872-76, when photographic documentation was attempted for the first time.

Lucy's Legacy: Sex and Intelligence in Human EvoLution, by Alison jolly (Harvard University Press, 1999; $29.95; 416 pp.; illus.)

Primatologist and lemur specialist jolly believes that in human evolution, the major transitions have arisen through integration and cooperation rather than through selfishness and competition. Taking this idea even further, she argues that we mav become "even more important, not as individuals but as a global organism."

Jane Goodall: 40 Years at Gombe, foreword by Gilbert M. Grosvenor (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1999; $29.95; 128 pp.)

Not only has Jane Goodall contributed significantly to the understanding of chimpanzee behavior (in the longest biological field study of any single species), but she has also developed and inspired international environmental, humanitarian, and community empowerment programs.

e-topia: "urban Life, Jim-but not as we know it," by William J. Mitchell (MIT Press, 1999; $22.50; 184 pp.)

Mitchell, dean of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning, proposes strategies for future spaces and places, both physical and virtual. He argues for e-topias: "cities that work smarter, not harder," and that make economic, social, and cultural sense in an electronically interconnected world.

Atlas of the Year 1000, by John Man (Harvard University Press, 1999; $26; 144 pp.; illus.)

John Man, a historian, takes readers on a tour of our world as it was on the brink of the second millennium. In forty-three separate entries rich in maps, photos, and art, he surveys the diversity of human cultures and the dynamism of cultural contacts.

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, by Richard P Feynman (Perseus/Helix Books, 1999; $24; 270 pp.)

In one of the selections in this wide-ranging collection of thirteen articles and transcripts from little-known talks and interviews, the late Nobel laureate credits his father with instilling in him a sense of wonder and curiosity about learning. The foreword-by student, friend, and fellow physicist Freeman Dyson (who compares his admiration of Feynman to Ben jonson's devotion to Shakespeare)-is alone worth the price of the book.

The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology: Celebrated Discoveries From the People's Republic of China, edited by Xiaoneng Yang (National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press, 1999; $75: 584 pp.

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