Synopses & Reviews
In his new book, Steve Jones takes on the challenge of going back to the book of the millennium, Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, and updating it with the latest scientific findings. Before Darwin's pivotal book, biology was a set of unconnected facts. Darwin made it into a science, linked by the theory of evolution, the grammar of the living world. Evolution reveals ties between cancer and the genetics of fish, between brewing beer and inheriting disease, between the sex lives of crocodiles and the politics of Brazil. Darwin used the biology of the nineteenth century to prove his case. Now, that science has been revolutionized and his case can be reargued using the twentieth century's astonishing advances.
Filled with anecdotes, humour and the latest research, Darwin's Ghost is a popular account of the science that makes life make sense.
About the Author
Steve Jones is Professor of Genetics at University College London and has worked at universities in the U.S., Australia and Africa. His previous books include The Language of the Genes and In the Blood.