414 pages, Map, b/w photos, figs
Scientists continually look for the genetic factors that make humans so very different in appearance and behaviour from most animals - the genes that are uniquely human. Biochemist and author Charles Pasternak argues that such genes do not exist, and that it is our desire to quest - for food, shelter, knowledge, wealth, and adventure - together with our unique physical abilities that have controlled our evolution. In this intriguing work of history, philosophy, and popular science, Pasternak uses his extensive biological knowledge to discuss man's nature and achievements, genetic makeup, and evolution.
!I can recommend Quest: The Essence of Humanity...one of the most thought--provoking books to come my way for some time! (The Sunday Telegraph., 20 July 2003) "!fluent, fast--moving!Quest is controversial!which all ambitious works like this one should be!" (New Scientist, 23 August 2003) "!This goal seems rather grandiose. But Pasternak succeeds, and in doing so provides a profusion of facts and good science!" (Times Literary Supplement, 7 November 2003) "!I really enjoyed this book!What impressed me throughout was Parsternak's use of science!" (M2 Best Books, 7 December 2003)
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