In this textbook, Simon LeVay and his new coauthor, sociologist Janice Baldwin, aim to help students understand the diversity of human sexual expression as well as the diversity of perspectives from which sexuality can be studied. Well-known for its high-quality presentation of biological aspects of sexuality, the book also devotes rich coverage to the insights gained from cognitive science, social psychology, sociology, feminism, and cross-cultural studies, along with both moral and political discourse on sexual themes. For the Third Edition, the authors have made some organizational changes so that the book corresponds more closely to the sequence in which human sexuality is usually taught. The new edition provides up-to-date coverage of all topics, ranging from the newest developments in contraceptive technology to gay marriage in California. Still the leader in terms of its biological coverage, the Third Edition is more accessible to a broad range of students, thanks to simplified explanations of some complex biological issues.
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SIMON LEVAY, Ph.D. is a British-born neuroscientist turned science writer and teacher. He was educated at Cambridge University, UK and the University of Gottingen, Germany. In 1971, he moved to the United States. He has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and has taught at Harvard, the University of California, and Stanford University, all USA. LeVay has authored over 40 scientific studies; the best known of these is a 1991 report in Science that described a difference in brain structure between heterosexual and homosexual men. This study helped spark a wealth of new research on the biology of sexual orientation. LeVay is the author or coauthor of nine books, some in the area of human sexuality and others on a broader range of scientific topics. JANICE BALDWIN, Ph.D. is a sociologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. She is co-author, with her husband John Baldwin, of numerous studies and articles in the area of sexuality and sex education, as well as the textbook Behavior Principles in Everyday Life, now in its fourth edition. The Baldwins co-teach an undergraduate Human Sexuality course that is regularly voted Best Course at UCSB. They also teach an advanced seminar course on the same topic. The Baldwins have been named as Best Professors on several occasions.
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