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The Ancestor's Tale

Richard Dawkins, Yan Wong
Authors:
Richard Dawkins, Yan Wong

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.

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A Devil's Chaplain

Richard Dawkins
Authors:
Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is one of the finest minds in science, and in this superb collection of essays and letters, he demonstrates the depth of his knowledge and the rich variety of his interests. Whether he is examining postmodernism or the Human Genome Project, penning a letter to his daughter, or writing a moving eulogy to Douglas Adams and e-mailing Stephen Jay Gould, Dawkins writes with an intellectual vigour and grace that is second to none. This is a very human collection that shows not only the acuity of Dawkins' scientific mind, but also his sense of humour and the warmth of his relationships with friends and family.

Adam Rutherford

Dr Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. He studied genetics at University College London, and during his PhD on the developing eye, he was part of a team that identified the first genetic cause of a form of childhood blindness. He has written and presented many award-winning series and programmes for the BBC, including the flagship weekly Radio 4 programme INSIDE SCIENCE and THE CURIOUS CASES OF RUTHERFORD & FRY with Dr Hannah Fry. He is the author CREATION, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Prize, A BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED, and most recently, THE BOOK OF HUMANS.

Anna Buckley

Anna Buckley is the series producer of The Life Scientific and has made more than seventy episodes of the programme since its inception. When she's not sitting behind the glass in the studio, she can be found in the BBC Radio Science Unit or at home with her husband Mike and two teenage daughters, Eliza and Rosie. She has worked as a science radio producer for nearly twenty years.

Beau Lotto

Beau Lotto is a professor of neuroscience, previously at University College London and now at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a Visiting Scholar at New York University specialising in the biology, philosophy and psychology of perception. He has conducted and presented research on human perception and behaviour for more than twenty-five years, and his interest in education, business and the arts has led him into entrepreneurship and engaging the public with science. In 2001, Beau founded the Lab of Misfits, which was resident for two years at London's Science Museum and most recently at Viacom in New York. Lottolab's experimental studio approach aims to deepen our understanding of human perception, advance personal and social well-being through research that places the public at the centre of the process of discovery, and create unique programmes of engagement that span the boundaries between people, disciplines and institutions. Originally from Seattle, with degrees from UC Berkeley and Edinburgh Medical School, he has been resident in Britain for more than twenty years and now lives in Oxford.www.lottolab.org / @BeauLotto

Bryan Appleyard

Born in 1951, Bryan Appleyard attended King's College, Cambridge. He was Financial News Editor and Deputy Arts Editor at THE TIMES from 1976 to 1984. He writes for numerous publications including VANITY FAIR, THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE SPECTATOR and THE SUNDAY TIMES, where he is a special feature writer, commentator, reviewer and columnist.

Chris McManus

Chris McManus is Professor of Psychology and Medical Education at University College, London. He is the author of the leading textbook PSYCHOLOGY IN MEDICINE and is the co-editor of THE CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK OF PSYCHOLOGY, HEALTH AND MEDICINE. He is one of the world's foremost experts on handedness and lateralization.

Daniel Hillis

Daniel Hillis is one of the world's hottest computer scientists. He was co-founder and chief scientist of the Thinking Machines Corporation and principal architect of the company's major product, the Connection Machine. He is an Editor of several scientific journals, including Artificial Life and Future Generation Computer Systems and is currently Vice President and Disney Fellow at Walt Disney Imagineering.

Dr Carin Bondar

Canadian Carin Bondar has a PhD in biology from the University of British Columbia. She is host of several TV series including WORLDS ODDEST ANIMAL COUPLES (Animal Planet, Netflix), STEPHEN HAWKING'S BRAVE NEW WORLD (Discovery World HD, National Geographic) and OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF SCIENCE (The Science Channel). She is writer and host of the online series WILD SEX (Earth Touch, Seeker), which has garnered over 100,000,000 views. Her new online series, WILD MOMS (Seeker) premiered for Mother's day 2018. Bondar is author of THE NATURE OF SEX (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) and WILD MOMS. She is also an adventurer and expedition leader, and has spoken to audiences in 15 different countries. Her research group (Taxon expeditions) recently garnered global attention for naming a beetle after actor and environmentalist Leonardo Dicaprio. Bondar resides in Chilliwack, British Columbia. www.carinbondar.com

Ernst Mayr

Ernst Mayr was born in Germany, in 1904. He was one of the main architects of the modern synthesis of genetic and evolutionary theory whose career spanned fields as diverse as ornithology, systematics, zoo-geography, evolutionary theory, and the philosophy and history of science. He wrote thirteen and published more than 700 scientific papers.

Ezekiel Boone

Ezekiel Boone lives in upstate New York with his wife and children. He is the author of THE HATCHING, SKITTER, and ZERO DAY.

Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams is Emeritus Professor and former Dean of Medicine at the University of Bristol. He grew up in Belfast, won a scholarship to Clare College, Cambridge, and qualified with honours in medicine.He has written 200 scientific papers and authored and edited over twenty medical books, including the prize-winning TEXTBOOK OF DIABETES. His previous books for general readers are ANGEL OF DEATH: THE STORY OF SMALLPOX (shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize, 2010), PARALYSED WITH FEAR: THE STORY OF POLIO and A MONSTROUS COMMOTION: THE MYSTERIES OF LOCH NESS.He lives in rural Gloucestershire and is often to be found playing the flute or saxophone in classical and jazz ensembles in the Bristol area.

Gavin G. Smith

Gavin G. Smith is the Dundee-born author of the hard edged, action-packed SF novels Veteran, War in Heaven, Age of Scorpio, A Quantum Mythology and The Beauty of Destruction, as well as the short story collection Crysis: Escalation. He has collaborated with Stephen Deas as the composite personality Gavin Deas and co-written Elite: Wanted, and the shared world series Empires: Infiltration and Empires: Extraction.

Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart was awarded the 1995 Michael Faraday Medal by the Royal Society for the year's most significant contribution to the public understanding of science. He is Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Mathematics Awareness Centre at the University of Warwick. Previous publications include DOES GOD PLAY DICE? and THE MAGICAL MAZE.

John Browne

John Browne (Lord Browne of Madingley) was born in Germany in 1948 and joined BP as a university apprentice in 1966. He was Group Chief Executive of BP from 1995 to 2007, where he built a reputation as a visionary leader and was regularly voted the most admired businessman by his peers. He was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001. He is now a managing partner of Riverstone LLC, an international energy private equity firm, a Fellow of the Royal Society (UK), President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Chairman of the Tate Gallery.

John Gribbin

John Gribbin is a British science writer, astrophysicist and visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex, where he graduated with a BA in physics in 1966 and did his master of science (MSc) in 1967. He earned his PhD in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge in 1971. Author of the well-known IN SEARCH OF SCHRODINGER'S CAT, Gribbin's work as a scientist is often reflected in his writing which covers a wide range of topics, such as quantum physics, human evolution, the origins of the universe, climate change and global warming.

L. J. Ganser

L.J. Ganser has narrated over 300 books which have taken him figuratively under, over, around and out of this world, soaring into the future and plunging into the past. L.J. has won an Audie award from the APA, the Scourby award from AFB and many earphone awards from Audiofile magazine.

Lawrence Whalley

Lawrence Whalley is Professor of Mental Health at the University of Aberdeen. He works on the molecular biology of ageing, in particular dementia in Alzheimer's disease.

Lee Smolin

Lee Smolin is Professor of Physics at the Center for Gravitational Physics and Geometry at Pennsylvania State University. He is a leading contributor to the search of a unification of quantum theory, cosmology and relativity.

Len Fisher

Recipient of an IgNobel Prize for his studies on the physics of biscuit dunking, and voted an enemy of the people by The Times for research into the way roast dinners absorb gravy, Len Fisher is a tireless promoter and populariser of science. He moved to England in 1989 following a career that began in food research, but has included forays into biomedicine, mining engineering, surface science, fundamental physics and philosophy. He is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Physics Department, University of Bristol.