• Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
    Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
    ISBN: 9781474606455
    Title: Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
    Author: DAWKINS RICHARD & WONG YAN

    A fully updated edition of one of the most original accounts of evolution ever written, featuring new fractal diagrams, six new 'tales' and the latest scientific developments.

    THE ANCESTOR'S TALE is a dazzling, four-billion-year pilgrimage to the origins of life: Richard Dawkins and Yan Wong take us on an exhilarating reverse journey through evolution, from present-day humans back to the microbial beginnings of life. It is a journey happily interrupted by meetings of fellow modern animals (as well as plants, fungi and bacteria) similarly tracing their evolutionary path back through history. As each evolutionary pilgrim tells their tale, Dawkins and Wong shed light on topics such as speciation, sexual selection and extinction.

    Written with unparalleled wit, clarity and intelligence; taking in new scientific discoveries of the past decade; and including new 'tales', illustrations and fractal diagrams, THE ANCESTOR'S TALE shows us how remarkable we are, how astonishing our history, and how intimate our relationship with the rest of the living world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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  • Ancient Bones: Unearthing the Astonishing, New Story of How We Became Human
    Ancient Bones: Unearthing the Astonishing, New Story of How We Became Human
    ISBN: 9781922310347
    Title: Ancient Bones: Unearthing the Astonishing, New Story of How We Became Human
    Author: BOHME MADELAINE ET AL

    A leading paleontologist discovers the missing link in human evolution.

    Somewhere west of Munich, Madelaine B hme and her colleagues dig for clues to the origins of humankind. What they discover is beyond anything they imagined- the fossilised bones of Danuvius guggenmosi ignite a global media frenzy. This ancient ancestor defies our knowledge of human history - his nearly twelve-million-year-old bones were not located in Africa - the so-called birthplace of humanity - but in Europe, and his features suggest we evolved much differently than scientists once believed.

    In prose that reads like a gripping detective novel, Ancient Bones interweaves the story of the dig that changed everything with the fascinating answer to a previously undecided and now pressing question- How, exactly, did we become human? Placing B hme's discovery alongside former theories of human evolution, the authors show how this remarkable find (and others in Eurasia) are forcing us to rethink the story we've been told about how we came to be, a story that has been our guiding narrative - until now.



    'A very important and readable book.'
    -Tim Flannery

    'An enthralling journey through time and around the world to untangle the complexities of ape and human evolution. Prof. Boehme skilfully intertwines scientific description with the history of fossil discovery and investigation to explain the evolution and biology of our closest relatives. Sometimes controversial but always exciting and engaging, this book is essential reading for those who want to explore alternative perspectives on our origins.'
    -Sarah Elton, professor of evolutionary anthropology, Durham University

    'In pursuit of an intriguing if controversial theory of distant human origins, Madelaine B hme and her colleagues very readably unearth some fascinating history and evoke all the excitement that is inherent in modern paleoanthropological research.'
    -Ian Tattersall, co-author of The Accidental Homo Sapiens- genetics, behaviour, and free will

    Format: Trade paperback
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  • Autistic Brain
    Autistic Brain
    ISBN: 9781846044496
    Title: Autistic Brain
    Author: GRANDIN TEMPLE & PANEK RICHARD

    WINNER OF 'BEST NON FICTION' IN THE GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS 2013 It's estimated that one in almost a hundred people are diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum but there is far more hope for them today than ever before thanks to groundbreaking new research. In this fascinating and highly readable book, Temple Grandin offers her own experience as an autistic person alongside remarkable new discoveries about the autistic brain, as well as genetic research. She also highlights long-ignored sensory problems as well as the need to treat autism symptom by symptom, rather than with an umbrella diagnosis. Most exciting of all, she argues that raising and educating children on the autistic spectrum needs to be less about focusing on their weaknesses, and more about fostering their unique contributions.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best & Worst
    Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best & Worst
    ISBN: 9780099575061
    Title: Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best & Worst
    Author: SAPOLSKY ROBERT


    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    'Awe-inspiring... You will learn more about human nature than in any other book I can think of' Henry Marsh

    'One of the best scientist-writers of our time' Oliver Sacks


    Why do human beings behave as they do?


    We are capable of savage acts of violence but also spectacular feats of kindness: is one side of our nature destined to win out over the other?


    Every act of human behaviour has multiple layers of causation, spiralling back seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, even centuries, right back to the dawn of time and the origins of our species.


    In the epic sweep of history, how does our biology affect the arc of war and peace, justice and persecution? How have our brains evolved alongside our cultures?


    This is the exhilarating story of human morality and the science underpinning the biggest question of all: what makes us human?



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  • Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women
    Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women
    ISBN: 9780241434840
    Title: Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women
    Author: MOALEM SHARON

    Here are some facts- Women live longer than men. Women have stronger immune systems. They are less likely to suffer from learning and developmental disabilities, and are better at fighting cancer and surviving famine. Women are simply stronger than men at every stage of life, though we are taught the opposite. But why?

    This question haunted Dr. Sharon Moalem throughout his career - when he was treating premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit; when he was recruiting the elderly for neurogenetic studies; when he was tending to HIV-positive orphans in Thailand. He couldn't understand why men were consistently less likely to thrive. And then it all clicked into place- two X chromosomes offer a survival advantage.

    With clear, captivating prose that weaves together eye-opening research, case studies, and diverse examples -- from the behaviour of honeybees to the fate of the Donner party -- and experiences from his personal life and his own patients, The Better Half explains why genetic females triumph over males when it comes to resiliency, intellect, stamina, immunity and much more. It also calls for a reconsideration of our male-centric, one-size-fits-all view of medical studies and even how we prescribe medications - a view that still sees women through the lens of men.

    Revolutionary and utterly convincing, The Better Half will make you see humanity and the survival of our species anew.

    Format: Trade paperback
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  • Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
    Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
    ISBN: 9780141984261
    Title: Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
    Author: PLOMIN ROBERT


    A top behavioral geneticist makes the case that DNA inherited from our parents at the moment of conception can predict our psychological strengths and weaknesses.


    In Blueprint, behavioral geneticist Robert Plomin describes how the DNA revolution has made DNA personal by giving us the power to predict our psychological strengths and weaknesses from birth. A century of genetic research shows that DNA differences inherited from our parents are the consistent lifelong sources of our psychological individuality--the blueprint that makes us who we are. Plomin reports that genetics explains more about the psychological differences among people than all other factors combined. Nature, not nurture, is what makes us who we are. Plomin explores the implications of these findings, drawing some provocative conclusions--among them that parenting styles don't really affect children's outcomes once genetics is taken into effect. This book offers readers a unique insider's view of the exciting synergies that came from combining genetics and psychology. The paperback edition has a new afterword by the author.



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  • Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
    Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
    ISBN: 9780316423915
    Title: Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
    Author: CHRISTAKIS NICHOLAS A

    Drawing on advances in social science, evolutionary biology, genetics, neuroscience, and network science, Blueprint shows how and why evolution has placed us on a humane path - and how we are united by our common humanity.&


    For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for love, friendship, cooperation, and learning. Beneath all our inventions - our tools, farms, machines, cities, nations - we carry with us innate proclivities to make a good society.&


    In Blueprint, Nicholas A. Christakis introduces the compelling idea that our genes affect not only our bodies and behaviors, but also the ways in which we make societies, ones that are surprisingly similar worldwide. With many vivid examples - including diverse historical and contemporary cultures, communities formed in the wake of shipwrecks, commune dwellers seeking utopia, online groups thrown together by design or involving artificially intelligent bots, and even the tender and complex social arrangements of elephants and dolphins that so resemble our own - Christakis shows that, despite a human history replete with violence, we cannot escape our social blueprint for goodness.&


    In a world of increasing political and economic polarization, it's tempting to ignore the positive role of our evolutionary past. But by exploring the ancient roots of goodness in civilization, Blueprint shows that our genes have shaped societies for our welfare and that, in a feedback loop stretching back many thousands of years, societies have shaped, and are still shaping, our genes today.&



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  • Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes
    Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes
    ISBN: 9781780229072
    Title: Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes
    Author: RUTHERFORD ADAM

    This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is for every one of the 100 billion modern humans who has ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in each of our genomes we carry the history of the whole of our species. Since scientists first read the human genome in 2001 it has been subject to all sorts of claims, counterclaims and myths. Drawing together the latest discoveries in this rapidly changing area of science, Adam Rutherford shows that in fact our genomes should be read not like instruction manuals, but more like epic poems. Genes determine less than we have been led to believe about us as individuals, but vastly more about us as a species. In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, written with great clarity and wit, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about human history and what history tells us about our genes. From Neanderthal discoveries to microbiology, from redheads to dead royals, criminology to race relations, evolution to epigenetics, A BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be. Written and read by acclaimed science writer and broadcaster Adam Rutherford.

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    Price: $25.00
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  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive
    Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive
    ISBN: 9780241958681
    Title: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive
    Author: DIAMOND JARED

    'A grand sweep from a master storyteller of the human race'DAILY MAIL'Riveting, superb, terrifying'OBSERVERFrom the ghostly stone heads of Easter Island to crumbling Mayan cities hidden deep in the jungle, the mysterious ruins of lost worlds and vanished civilizations continue to haunt us. How could such mighty societies fall? And could our skyscrapers one day stand derelict and overgrown like ancient temples?Jared Diamond takes us on an epic journey around the globe, through the history of humanity and on to the future, to discover how when tomorrow comes we can be survivors.'A book that has to be read . . . highly readable, highly persuasive and richly informative'INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY'Gripping . . . the book fulfils its huge ambition, and Diamond is the only man who could have written it'ECONOMIST'This book shines like all Diamond's work'SUNDAY TIMES'Magnificent'THE NEW YORK TIMES

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    Price: $30.00
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  • Comedy of Error Why Evolution Made Us Laugh
    Comedy of Error Why Evolution Made Us Laugh
    ISBN: 9781922310095
    Title: Comedy of Error Why Evolution Made Us Laugh
    Author: SILVERTOWNJONATHAN


    What is humour? Why do we laugh? And why is the root of a good joke almost always error?


    Good jokes, bad jokes, clever jokes, dad jokes -- the desire to laugh is universal. But why do we find some gags hilarious, whilst others fall flat? Why does explaining a joke make it less amusing rather than more so? Why is laughter contagious, and why did it evolve in the first place?


    Using the oldest jokes and the latest science, in The Comedy of Error, Professor Jonathan Silvertown investigates why we laugh: from laughter's evolutionary origins, to similarities and differences in humour across cultures, and even why being funny makes us sexier.


    As this unique book demonstrates, understanding how humour really works can provide endless entertainment.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
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  • Complete Human Body 2ed
    Complete Human Body 2ed
    ISBN: 9780241240458
    Title: Complete Human Body 2ed
    Author: ROBERTS ALICE


    We inhabit it, we are it, and we are surrounded by 7.3 billion examples of it. The Complete Human Body is the definitive guide to the development, form, function, and disorders of the human body. Discover a breathtaking portrait of the human body as it's never been seen before, created using incredibly detailed new imaging techniques. The Complete Human Body uses state-of-the-art 3D computer-generated artworks to bring the body to life in a whole new way, covering everything from bones, muscles, and joints to mental health disorders. Take a detailed look at how your respiratory system works, discover the anatomy up-close and learn about over 200 diseases and how they afflict the human body. This new edition includes extra detail on the hands, feet, and major joints. Perfect for students, families and anyone who wants to understand how the body works.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $74.00
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  • Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences
    Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences
    ISBN: 9781848312203
    Title: Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences
    Author: FINE CORDELIA

    Cordella Fine reveals the mind's remarkable plasticity, shows the substantial influence of culture on identity, and, ultimately, exposes just how much of what we consider 'hardwired' is actually malleable.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
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  • Descent of Woman: The Classic Study of Evolution
    Descent of Woman: The Classic Study of Evolution
    ISBN: 9780285627000
    Title: Descent of Woman: The Classic Study of Evolution
    Author: MORGAN ELAINE

    A pioneering work, the first to argue for the equal role of women in human evolution. On its first publication in 1972 it became a rallying-point for feminism and changed the terminology of anthropologists forever. It remains a key text in feminist history, as well as an extension to the author's Aquatic Ape Hypothesis, which is gaining more academic support each year. Starting with her demolition of the Biblical myth that woman was an afterthought to the creation of man, Elaine Morgan rewrites human history and evolution.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
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  • Fossil Men: the Quest for the Oldest Skeleton & the Origins of Humankind
    Fossil Men: the Quest for the Oldest Skeleton & the Origins of Humankind
    ISBN: 9780063055476
    Title: Fossil Men: the Quest for the Oldest Skeleton & the Origins of Humankind
    Author: PATTISON KERMIT


    A rip-roaring tale, Fossil Men is one of those rare books that can be a prism through which to view the world, exposing the fabric of the Earth and illuminating the Tree of Life. --New York Times bestselling author Peter Nichols


    A behind-the-scenes account of the shocking discovery of the skeleton of "Ardi," a human ancestor far older than Lucy - a find that shook the world of paleoanthropology and radically altered our understanding of human evolution.


    In 1994, a team led by fossil-hunting legend Tim White--"the Steve Jobs of paleoanthropology"--uncovered the bones of a human ancestor in Ethiopia's Afar region. Radiometric dating of nearby rocks indicated the skeleton, classified as Ardipithecus ramidus, was 4.4 million years old, more than a million years older than "Lucy," then the oldest known human ancestor. The findings challenged many assumptions about human evolution--how we started walking upright, how we evolved our nimble hands, and, most significantly, whether we were descended from an ancestor that resembled today's chimpanzee--and repudiated a half-century of paleoanthropological orthodoxy.


    Fossil Men is the first full-length exploration of Ardi, the fossil men who found her, and her impact on what we know about the origins of the human species. It is a scientific detective story played out in anatomy and the natural history of the human body. Kermit Pattison brings into focus a cast of eccentric, obsessive scientists, including one of the world's greatest fossil hunters, Tim White--an exacting and unforgiving fossil hunter whose virtuoso skills in the field were matched only by his propensity for making enemies; Gen Suwa, a Japanese savant who sometimes didn't bother going home at night to devote more hours to science; Owen Lovejoy, a onetime creationist-turned-paleoanthropologist; Berhane Asfaw, who survived imprisonment and torture to become Ethiopia's most senior paleoanthropologist and who fought for African scientists to gain equal footing in the study of human origins; and the Leakeys, for decades the most famous family in paleoanthropology.


    An intriguing tale of scientific discovery, obsession and rivalry that moves from the sun-baked desert of Africa and a nation caught in a brutal civil war, to modern high-tech labs and academic lecture halls, Fossil Men is popular science at its best, and a must read for fans of Jared Diamond, Richard Dawkins, and Edward O. Wilson.

    --PETER NICHOLS, New York Times bestselling author of The Rocks and Evolution's Captain

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  • Genes That Make Us Human Stories from a Revolution in Medicine
    Genes That Make Us Human Stories from a Revolution in Medicine
    ISBN: 9781925849394
    Title: Genes That Make Us Human Stories from a Revolution in Medicine
    Author: KIRK EDWIN

    Genes - we all have them and we're all affected by them, often in unknown ways.

    Whether directly inherited or modified by our environment, genes control or significantly influence almost every aspect of our lives. From the success of our conception and the development of our sexual characteristics, to the colour of our skin, hair, and eyes. From our height and weight, to our daily health. And, unfortunately, our genes are involved in an untold number of diseases. For many, the first time that genetics truly matters is in a doctor's office as they learn about a condition that may affect them, their unborn children, or even their wider family. Yet from the first laborious survey of the human genome twenty years ago to the commercial machines that now sequence 6,000 genomes per year, a revolution is taking place in medicine. Genetic screening is already available for major diseases and will become an increasingly prevalent medical tool. Around the world, teams of researchers are working on cures for diseases such as cancer, certain degenerative disorders, and a host of syndromes, while others are inventing new ways to conceive - and even modifying our genome in ways that could change what it means to be human.

    Navigating this world of heartbreaking uncertainties, tantalising possibilities, and thorny questions of morality is Professor Edwin Kirk, who in addition to having over two decades of experience is that rare doctor who works both in the lab and with patients. In The Genes That Make Us, he explains everything you need to know with humour, insight, and great humanity.

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  • Genesis Quest The Geniuses & Eccentrics on a Journey to Uncover the Origin of Life on Earth
    Genesis Quest The Geniuses & Eccentrics on a Journey to Uncover the Origin of Life on Earth
    ISBN: 9781474611428
    Title: Genesis Quest The Geniuses & Eccentrics on a Journey to Uncover the Origin of Life on Earth
    Author: MARSHALL MICHAEL

    How did life begin? Why are we here? These are some of the most profound questions we can ask.

    For almost a century, a small band of eccentric scientists has struggled to answer these questions and explain one of the greatest mysteries of all: how and why life began on Earth. There are many different proposals, and each idea has attracted passionate believers who promote it with an almost religious fervor, as well as detractors who reject it with equal passion.

    But the quest to unravel life's genesis is not just a story of big ideas. It is also a compelling human story, rich in personalities, conflicts, and surprising twists and turns. Along the way the journey takes in some of the greatest discoveries in modern biology, from evolution and cells to DNA and life's family tree. It is also a search whose end may finally be in sight.

    In The Genesis Quest, Michael Marshall shows how the quest to understand life's beginning is also a journey to discover the true nature of life, and by extension our place in the universe.

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  • Genesis: On the Deep Origin of Societies
    Genesis: On the Deep Origin of Societies
    ISBN: 9780141990231
    Title: Genesis: On the Deep Origin of Societies
    Author: WILSON EDWARD O

    Of all species that have ever existed on earth, only one has reached human levels of intelligence and social organisation- us. Why? In Genesis, celebrated biologist Edward O. Wilson traces the great transitions of evolution, from the origin of life to the invention of sexual reproduction to the development of language itself.

    The only way for us to fully understand human behaviour, Wilson argues, is to study the evolutionary histories of nonhuman species. Of these, he demonstrates that at least seventeen - from the African naked mole rat and the sponge-dwelling shrimp to one of the oldest species on earth, the termite - have been found to have advanced societies based on altruism, cooperation and the division of labour. These rare eusocial species form the prehistory to our human social patterns, even, according to Wilson, suggesting the possible biological benefits of homosexuality and elderly grandmothers.

    Whether writing about midges who dance about like acrobats, schools of anchovies who protectively huddle to appear like a gigantic fish or well-organised flocks becoming potentially immortal, Genesis is a pathbreaking work of evolutionary theory filled with lyrical observations. It will make us rethink how we became who we are.

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  • Guns, Germs & Steel
    Guns, Germs & Steel
    ISBN: 9780099302780
    Title: Guns, Germs & Steel
    Author: DIAMOND JARED

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize In this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history?'s broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Guns, Germs, and Steel is a world history that really is a history of all the world?'s peoples, a unified narrative of human life.

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  • Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Under-Rated Organ
    Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Under-Rated Organ
    ISBN: 9781925106671
    Title: Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Under-Rated Organ
    Author: ENDERS GIULIA

    The key to living a happier, healthier life is inside us. Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works. In Gut, Giulia Enders shows that rather than the utilitarian and - let's be honest - somewhat embarrassing body part we imagine it to be, it is one of the most complex, important, and even miraculous parts of our anatomy. And scientists are only just discovering quite how much it has to offer; new research shows that gut bacteria can play a role in everything from obesity and allergies to Alzheimer's. Beginning with the personal experience of illness that inspired her research, and going on to explain everything from the basics of nutrient absorption to the latest science linking bowel bacteria with depression, Enders has written an entertaining, informative health handbook. Gut definitely shows that we can all benefit from getting to know the wondrous world of our inner workings. In this charming book, young scientist Giulia Enders takes us on a fascinating tour of our insides. Her message is simple - if we treat our gut well, it will treat us well in return. But how do we do that? And why do we need to? Find out in this surprising, and surprisingly funny, exploration of the least understood of our organs.

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  • Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering & the Future of Humanity
    Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering & the Future of Humanity
    ISBN: 9781728214139
    Title: Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering & the Future of Humanity
    Author: METZL JAMIE


    "A gifted and thoughtful writer, Metzl brings us to the frontiers of biology and technology, and reveals a world full of promise and peril." --Siddhartha Mukherjee MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Gene


    Passionate, provocative, and highly illuminating, Hacking Darwin is the must read book about the future of our species for fans of Homo Deus and The Gene.


    After 3.8 billion years humankind is about to start evolving by new rules...


    From leading geopolitical expert and technology futurist Jamie Metzl comes a groundbreaking exploration of the many ways genetic-engineering is shaking the core foundations of our lives--sex, war, love, and death.


    At the dawn of the genetics revolution, our DNA is becoming as readable, writable, and hackable as our information technology. But as humanity starts retooling our own genetic code, the choices we make today will be the difference between realizing breathtaking advances in human well-being and descending into a dangerous and potentially deadly genetic arms race.


    Enter the laboratories where scientists are turning science fiction into reality. Look towards a future where our deepest beliefs, morals, religions, and politics are challenged like never before and the very essence of what it means to be human is at play. When we can engineer our future children, massively extend our lifespans, build life from scratch, and recreate the plant and animal world, should we?



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  • Hacking the Code of Life: How Gene Editing Will Rewrite Our Futures
    Hacking the Code of Life: How Gene Editing Will Rewrite Our Futures
    ISBN: 9781785786259
    Title: Hacking the Code of Life: How Gene Editing Will Rewrite Our Futures
    Author: CAREY NESSA

    '[A]n excellent, brisk guide to what is likely to happen as opposed to the fantastically remote.' -& Los Angeles Review of Books

    In 2018 the world woke up to gene editing with a storm of controversy over twin girls born in China with genetic changes deliberately introduced by scientists - changes they will pass on to their own offspring.&

    Genetic modification (GM) has been with us for 45 years now, but the new system known as CRISPR or gene editing can manipulate the genes of almost any organism with a degree of precision, ease and speed that we could only dream of ten years ago.&

    But is it ethical to change the genetic material of organisms in a way that might be passed on to future generations? If a person is suffering from a lethal genetic disease, is it unethical to deny them this option? Who controls the application of this technology, when it makes 'biohacking' - perhaps of one's own genome - a real possibility?Nessa Carey's book is a thrilling and timely snapshot of a cutting-edge technology that will radically alter our futures and the way we prevent disease.

    'A focused snapshot of a brave new world.' -& Nature&

    'A brisk, accessible primer on the fast-moving field, a clear-eyed look at a technology that is already driving major scientific advances - and raising complex ethical questions.' - Emily Anthes, Undark


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  • Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
    Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
    ISBN: 9781474608350
    Title: Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
    Author: LENTS NATHAN

    We like to think of ourselves as highly evolved. But if we are evolution's greatest creation, why are we so badly designed? We have retinas that face backward, we must find vitamins and nutrients in our diets that other animals simply make for themselves and millions of us can't reproduce successfully without help from modern science. And that's just the beginning of the story. Biologist Nathan H. Lents takes us on an entertaining and illuminating tour of our four-billion-year-long evolutionary saga, and shows us how each of our flaws tells us a story about our species' history.

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  • Kindred Neanderthal Life, Love, Death & Art
    Kindred Neanderthal Life, Love, Death & Art
    ISBN: 9781472937490
    Title: Kindred Neanderthal Life, Love, Death & Art
    Author: SYKES REBECCA WRAGG


    In Kindred, Neanderthal expert Rebecca Wragg Sykes shoves aside the clich of the shivering ragged figure in an icy wasteland, and reveals the Neanderthal you don't know, our ancestor who lived across vast and diverse tracts of Eurasia and survived through hundreds of thousands of years of massive climate change. This book sheds new light on where they lived, what they ate, and the increasingly complex Neanderthal culture that researchers have discovered.

    Since their discovery 150 years ago, Neanderthals have gone from the losers of the human family tree to A-list hominins. Our perception of the Neanderthal has changed dramatically, but despite growing scientific curiosity, popular culture fascination, and a wealth of coverage in the media and beyond are we getting the whole story? The reality of 21st century Neanderthals is complex and fascinating, yet remains virtually unknown and inaccessible outside the scientific literature.

    Based on the author's first-hand experience at the cutting-edge of Palaeolithic research and theory, this easy-to-read but information-rich book lays out the first full picture we have of the Neanderthals, from amazing new discoveries changing our view of them forever, to the more enduring mysteries of how they lived and died, and the biggest question of them all: their relationship with modern humans.



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  • Metazoa: Evolution of Animals, Minds, Consciousness & Sleep
    Metazoa: Evolution of Animals, Minds, Consciousness & Sleep
    ISBN: 9780008321208
    Title: Metazoa: Evolution of Animals, Minds, Consciousness & Sleep
    Author: GODFREY-SMITH PETER


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    Price: $38.00
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  • Mutant Project Inside the Global Race to Genetically Modify Humans
    Mutant Project Inside the Global Race to Genetically Modify Humans
    ISBN: 9781760642150
    Title: Mutant Project Inside the Global Race to Genetically Modify Humans
    Author: KIRKSEY EBEN

    An anthropologist visits the frontiers of the next scientific revolution to ask- whose values are guiding gene editing experiments, and what are the implications for humanity?

    At a conference in Hong Kong in November 2018, Dr He Jiankui announced that he had created the first genetically modified babies - twin girls named Lulu and Nana - sending shockwaves around the world. A year later, a Chinese court sentenced Dr He to three years in prison for 'illegal medical practice'.

    As scientists elsewhere start to catch up with China's vast genetic research program, gene editing is fuelling an innovation economy that threatens to widen racial and economic inequality. Fundamental questions about science, health and social justice are at stake. Who gets access to gene editing technologies? As countries around the globe, from the United States to Indonesia, loosen regulations, can we shape research agendas to promote an ethical and fair society?

    In The Mutant Project, Eben Kirksey takes us on a groundbreaking journey to meet the key scientists, lobbyists and entrepreneurs who are bringing cutting-edge genetic modification tools like CRISPR to your local clinic. He also ventures beyond the scientific echo chamber, talking to disabled scholars, doctors, hackers, activists and chronically ill patients who have alternative visions of a future shaped by genetic engineering.

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  • Neanderthals Rediscovered: How Modern Science Is Rewriting Their Story
    Neanderthals Rediscovered: How Modern Science Is Rewriting Their Story
    ISBN: 9780500292044
    Title: Neanderthals Rediscovered: How Modern Science Is Rewriting Their Story
    Author: PAPAGIANNI DIMITRA & MORSE MICHAEL A

    In recent years, the common perception of the Neanderthals has been transformed, thanks to new discoveries and paradigm-shattering scientific innovations. It turns out that the Neanderthals' behavior was surprisingly modern: they buried the dead, cared for the sick, hunted large animals in their prime, harvested seafood, and communicated with spoken language. Meanwhile, advances in DNA technologies are compelling us to reassess the Neanderthals' place in our own past.For hundreds of thousands of years, Neanderthals evolved in Europe parallel to Homo sapiens evolving in Africa, and, when both species made their first forays into Asia, the Neanderthals may even have had the upper hand. In this important volume, Dimitra Papagianni and Michael A. Morse compile the first full chronological narrative of the Neanderthals' dramatic existence--from their evolution in Europe to their expansion to Siberia, their subsequent extinction, and ultimately their revival in popular novels, cartoons, cult movies, and television commercials.

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    Price: $22.00
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  • On the Origin of Species: The Science Classic
    On the Origin of Species: The Science Classic
    ISBN: 9780857088475
    Title: On the Origin of Species: The Science Classic
    Author: DARWIN CHARLES


    A new, deluxe hardcover edition of one of the most important scientific works ever written


    In December 1831, Charles Darwin boarded the HMS Beagle, accompanying her crew on a five-year journey that crossed the Atlantic Ocean to survey the coasts of South America. As the expedition's geologist and naturalist, Darwin collected evidence from the Galapagos Islands and other locations which prompted him to speculate that species evolve over generations through a process of natural selection. In 1859, Darwin published On the Origin of Species, a work of scientific literature considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. His revolutionary work presented evidence from the Beagle expedition as well as from years of subsequent research and experimentation.


    Written for non-specialists, Darwin's book gained widespread interest from the scientific community, religious leaders, politicians and the general public. The theory Darwin presented in his book quickly became the subject of heated debate and discussion. Now accepted by the scientific community, Darwin's concepts of evolutionary adaptation via natural selection are central to modern evolutionary theory and form the foundation of modern life sciences. Perhaps the most transformative scientific volume ever published, this volume of the first edition of On the Origin of Species

    • Outlines Darwin's ideas, scientific influences and the core of his theory
    • Details natural selection and address possible objections to the theory
    • Examines the fossil record and biogeography to support evolutionary adaptation
    • Features a "Recapitulation and Conclusion" which reviews key concepts and considers the future relevance of Darwin's theory

    On the Origin of Species: The Science Classic is an important addition to the bestselling Capstone Classics series edited by Tom Butler-Bowdon. It includes an insightful Introduction from leading Darwin scholar Dr John van Wyhe of the University of Singapore, which presents new research and an offers an original perspective on Darwin and his famous work.


    This high-quality, hardcover volume is a must-have for readers interested in science and scientific literature, particularly evolutionary theory and life sciences.



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  • Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are
    Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are
    ISBN: 9781594481963
    Title: Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are
    Author: DE WAAL FRANS

    We have long attributed man's violent, aggressive, competitive nature to his animal ancestry. But what if we are just as given to cooperation, empathy, and morality by virtue of our genes? What if our behavior actually makes us apes? What kind of apes are we? From a scientist and writer E. O. Wilson has called "the world authority on primate social behavior" comes a fascinating look at the most provocative aspects of human nature-power, sex, violence, kindness, and morality-through our two closest cousins in the ape family. For nearly twenty years, Frans de Waal has worked with both the famously aggressive chimpanzee and the lesser-known egalitarian, erotic, matriarchal bonobo, two species whose DNA is nearly identical to that of humans. De Waal shows the range of human behavior through his study of chimpanzees and bonobos, drawing from their personalities, relationships, power struggles, and high jinks important insights about our human behavior. The result is an engrossing and surprising narrative that reveals what their behavior can teach us about our own nature."An informative and engaging work." -Library Journal"De Waal offers vivid, often delightful stories of politics, sex, violence and kindness in the ape communities he has studied to illustrate such questions as why we are irreverent toward the powerful and whether men or women are better at conflict resolution."-Publishers Weekly"Never has he [de Waal] written better on his great theme than in this absorbing overview of power, sex, violence, and kindness among apes-and humans."-Booklist"Sklar adds just a touch of a smile to his sonorous voice, conveying friendliness, warmth, and humor."-AudioFile Magazine

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  • Primate Change: How the World We Made Is Remaking Us
    Primate Change: How the World We Made Is Remaking Us
    ISBN: 9781788401289
    Title: Primate Change: How the World We Made Is Remaking Us
    Author: CREGAN-REID VYBARR

    This is the road from climate change to primate change.

    IF YOU THINK YOU ARE YOU, THINK AGAIN.
    PRIMATE CHANGE is a wide-ranging, polemical look at how and why the human body has changed since humankind first got up on two feet. Spanning the entirety of human history - from primate to transhuman - Vybarr Cregan-Reid's book investigates where we came from, who we are today and how modern technology will change us beyond recognition.
    In the last two hundred years, humans have made such a tremendous impact on the world that our geological epoch is about to be declared the 'Anthropocene', or the Age of Man. But while we have been busy changing the shape of the world we inhabit, the ways of living that we have been building have, as if under the cover of darkness, been transforming our bodies and altering the expression of our DNA, too.
    PRIMATE CHANGE beautifully unscrambles the complex architecture of our modern human bodies, built over millions of years and only starting to give up on us now.
    'Our bodies are in a shock. Modern living is as bracing to the human body as jumping through a hole in the ice. Our bodies do not know what century they were born into and they are defending and deforming themselves in response'

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
    ISBN: 9780099590088
    Title: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
    Author: HARARI YUVAL NOAH

    One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?

    In Sapiens, Professor Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical--and sometimes devastating--breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, and incorporating full-color illustrations throughout the text, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behavior from the legacy of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?

    Bold, wide-ranging, and provocative, Sapiens integrates history and science to challenge everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our heritage...and our future.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00

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  • Science of Fate: Why Your Future Is More Predictable Than You Think
    Science of Fate: Why Your Future Is More Predictable Than You Think
    ISBN: 9781473659292
    Title: Science of Fate: Why Your Future Is More Predictable Than You Think
    Author: CRITCHLOW HANNAH

    'Acute, mind-opening, highly accessible - this book doesn't just explain how our lives might pan out, it helps us live better.'
    Bettany Hughes


    So many of us believe that we are free to shape our own destiny. But what if free will doesn't exist? What if our lives are largely predetermined, hardwired in our brains - and our choices over what we eat, who we fall in love with, even what we believe are not real choices at all?


    Neuroscience is challenging everything we think we know about ourselves, revealing how we make decisions and form our own reality, unaware of the role of our unconscious minds. Did you know, for example, that:


    * You can carry anxieties and phobias across generations of your family?
    * Your genes and pleasure and reward receptors in your brain will determine how much you eat?
    * We can sniff out ideal partners with genes that give our offspring the best chance of survival?


    Leading neuroscientist Hannah Critchlow draws vividly from everyday life and other experts in their field to show the extraordinary potential, as well as dangers, which come with being able to predict our likely futures - and looking at how we can alter what's in store for us.


    Lucid, illuminating, awe-inspiring The Science of Fate revolutionises our understanding of who we are - and empowers us to help shape a better future for ourselves and the wider world.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
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  • Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume & the Science of Smell
    Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume & the Science of Smell
    ISBN: 9780061133848
    Title: Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume & the Science of Smell
    Author: TURIN LUCA

    One man's passion for perfume leads him to explore one of the most intriguing scientific mysteries: What makes one molecule smell of garlic while another smells of rose?

    In this witty, engrossing, and wildly original volume, author Luca Turin explores the two competing theories of smell. Is scent determined by molecular shape or molecular vibrations? Turin describes in fascinating detail the science, the evidence, and the often contentious debate—from the beginnings of organic chemistry to the present day—and pays homage to the scientists who went before. With its uniquely accessible and captivating approach to science via art, The Secret of Scent will appeal to anyone who has ever wondered about the most mysterious of the five senses.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00
    $34.00
  • Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA
    Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA
    ISBN: 9781786078018
    Title: Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA
    Author: SHUBIN NEIL

    The author of the bestselling Your Inner Fish gives us a brilliant, up-to-date account of the great transformations in the history of life on Earth.

    Over billions of years, fish evolved to walk on land, reptiles transformed into birds that fly, and ape-like primates changed into humans who walk on two legs, talk and write.

    This is a story full of surprises. If you think that feathers arose to help animals fly, or lungs to help them walk on land, you'd be in good company. You'd also be entirely wrong.

    Neil Shubin delves deep into the mystery of life, the ongoing revolutions in our understanding of how we got here, and brings us closer to answering one of the great questions - was life on earth inevitable...or was it all an accident?

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
  • Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, & the Making of Cultures
    Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, & the Making of Cultures
    ISBN: 9780345807144
    Title: Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, & the Making of Cultures
    Author: DAMASIO ANTONIO

    The Strange Order of Things is a pathbreaking investigation into homeostasis, the condition of that regulates human physiology within the range that makes possible not only the survival but also the flourishing of life. Antonio Damasio makes clear that we descend biologically, psychologically, and even socially from a long lineage that begins with single living cells; that our minds and cultures are linked by an invisible thread to the ways and means of ancient unicellular life and other primitive life-forms; and that inherent in our very chemistry is a powerful force, a striving toward life maintenance that governs life in all its guises, including the development of genes that help regulate and transmit life. In The Strange Order of Things, Damasio gives us a new way of comprehending the world and our place in it. www.antoniodamasio.com

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
    Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
    ISBN: 9780008310714
    Title: Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
    Author: QUAMMEN DAVID

    Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction and A New York Times Notable Book of 2018. Our understanding of the 'tree of life', with powerful implications for human genetics, human health and our own human nature, has recently completely changed. This book is about a new method of telling the story of life on earth - through molecular phylogenetics. It involves a fairly simple method - the reading of the deep history of life by looking at the variation in protein molecules found in living organisms. For instance, we now know that roughly eight per cent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection. In The Tangled Tree, acclaimed science writer David Quammen chronicles these discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them - such as Carl Woese, the most important little-known biologist of the twentieth century; Lynn Margulis, the notorious maverick whose wild ideas about 'mosaic' creatures proved to be true; and Tsutomu Wantanabe, who discovered that the scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a direct result of horizontal gene transfer, bringing the deep study of genome histories to bear on a global crisis in public health. Quammen explains how molecular studies of evolution have brought startling recognitions about the tangled tree of life - including where we humans fit into it. Thanks to new technologies, we now have the ability to alter even our genetic composition - through sideways insertions, as nature has long been doing. The Tangled Tree is a brilliant exploration of our transformed understanding of evolution and of life's history itself.

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    Price: $23.00
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  • Unfit for Purpose
    Unfit for Purpose
    ISBN: 9781472971036
    Title: Unfit for Purpose
    Author: HART ADAM

    Stress, obesity, poor mental health, drug addiction, bowel diseases, violence and fake news; a stark checklist of modern world problems and every one of them is an echo of our evolutionary past.
    In Unfit for Purpose, biologist and broadcaster Adam Hart explores the mismatch between our fundamental biology and the modern world we have created. In each chapter Adam reveals the many ways in which biological adaptations that evolved to help us survive and thrive now work against us. For example, in the modern world stress is a killer but how did 'fight or flight' instincts turn from life-savers to life-takers? Obesity might be a disease now but is it really just a troublesome side-effect of our complex evolutionary past? Whether it's the derailing of microbes in our gut, the rise of gluten and lactose intolerance, the problems of social media or the horrors of drug addiction we always seem to have one foot in the modern world and the other firmly in our evolutionary past.
    By probing deep into our evolutionary legacy, exploring the science, archaeology, medicine, genetics, sociology and more, to show how, in a modern world of our own making, we find ourselves 'unfit for purpose'. But all is not lost! By unpicking the evolutionary causes of many of our current woes, it reveals some secrets of evolutionarily-informed treatments that will change the way we think about ourselves and our future.

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    Price: $33.00
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  • Unravelling the Double Helix: The Story of DNA
    Unravelling the Double Helix: The Story of DNA
    ISBN: 9781474609364
    Title: Unravelling the Double Helix: The Story of DNA
    Author: WILLIAMS GARETH

    UNRAVELLING THE DOUBLE HELIX covers the most colourful period in the history of DNA, from the discovery of 'nuclein' in the late 1860s to the landmark publication of James Watson's THE DOUBLE HELIX in 1968. These hundred years included the advent of the Nobel Prize, antibiotics, X-ray crystallography and the atom bomb as well as two devastating world wars - events which are strung along the narrative thread of DNA like beads on a necklace.

    The story of DNA is a saga packed with awful mistakes as well as brilliant science, with a wonderful cast of heroes and villains. Surprisingly, much of it is unfamiliar. The elucidation of the double helix was one of the most brilliant gems of twentieth-century science, but some of the scientists who played crucial roles have been airbrushed out of history. Others were plunged into darkness when the spotlight fell on James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin. Watson and Crick solved a magnificent mystery, but Gareth Williams shows that their contribution was to click into place the last few pieces of a gigantic jigsaw puzzle assembled over several decades.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
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  • What Do You Think You Are? The Science of What Makes You You
    What Do You Think You Are? The Science of What Makes You You
    ISBN: 9781785786235
    Title: What Do You Think You Are? The Science of What Makes You You
    Author: CLEGG BRIAN

    The popular science equivalent of the TV show Who Do You Think You Are?

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
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  • What Is Life? Understand Biology in Five Steps
    What Is Life? Understand Biology in Five Steps
    ISBN: 9781922310262
    Title: What Is Life? Understand Biology in Five Steps
    Author: NURSE SIR PAUL

    Life is all around us, abundant and diverse. It is truly a marvel. But what does it actually mean to be alive, and how do we decide what is living and what is not?

    After a lifetime of studying life, Nobel Prize-winner Sir Paul Nurse, one of the world's leading scientists, has taken on the challenge of defining it. Written with great personality and charm, his accessible guide takes readers on a journey to discover biology's five great building blocks, demonstrates how biology has changed and is changing the world, and reveals where research is headed next.

    To survive all the challenges that face the human race today - population growth, pandemics, food shortages, climate change - it is vital that we first understand what life is. Never before has the question 'What is life?' been answered with such insight, clarity, and humanity, and never at a time more urgent than now.



    'Paul Nurse is about as distinguished a scientist as there could be. He is also a great communicator. This book explains, in a way that is both clear and elegant, how the processes of life unfold, and does as much as science can to answer the question posed by the title. It's also profoundly important, at a time when the world is connected so closely that any new illness can sweep from nation to nation with immense speed, that all of us - including politicians - should be as well-informed as possible. This book provides the sort of clarity and understanding that could save many thousands of lives. I learned a great deal, and I enjoyed the process enormously.'
    -Sir Philip Pullman

    'A nearly perfect guide to the wonder and complexity of existence.'
    -Bill Bryson

    'Nurse provides a concise, lucid response to an age-old question. His writing is not just informed by long experience, but also wise, visionary, and personal. I read the book in one sitting, and felt exhilarated by the end, as though I'd run for miles - from the author's own garden into the interior of the cell, back in time to humankind's most distant ancestors, and through the laboratory of a dedicated scientist at work on what he most loves to do.'
    -Dava Sobel

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
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