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Almost Like a Whale: The Origin of Species Updated

Popular Science

By: Steve Jones

402 pages, no illustrations

Transworld Publishers

Paperback | Sep 2000 | #110885 | ISBN: 055299958X
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NHBS Price: £11.99 $15/€13 approx
Hardback | Sep 1999 | #98789 | ISBN: 0385409850
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About this book

Jones has taken up the challenge of rewriting Darwin's magnum opus, by combining Darwin's logic with the astonishing advances made since his time. The result is a great work of popular science, written with panache, economy and wit. It also deals brilliantly with the wider cultural impact of evolutionary ideas and the current debates. Jones takes issue with those who would explain human psychology in evolutionary terms, arguing that humans have been able to step beyond the constraints of biology.
Shortlised for the `1999 BP Natural World Book Prize'.

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Jones is Professor of Genetics at University College London and has worked at universities in the USA, Australia and Africa. He gave the BBC Reith Lectures in 1991, and presented a successful BBC TV series on human genetics and evolution in 1996. He is a regular columnist for the Daily Telegraph and frequently appears on radio and television. His previous books include The Language of the Genes (which won the 1994 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize) and In the Blood (shortlisted for the 1997 Rhone-Poulenc). He won the 1997 Royal Society Faraday Medal for the Public Understanding of Science.

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