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  • The Rational Optimistby Matt Ridley

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 2.99

    Life is getting better?and at an accelerating rate. Food availability, income, and life span are up; disease, child mortality, and violence are down ? all across the globe. Though the world is far from perfect, necessities and luxuries alike are getting cheaper; population growth is slowing; Africa is following Asia out of poverty; the Internet, the... more...

  • The Red Queenby Matt Ridley

    Penguin Books Ltd 1994; US$ 15.50

    Sex is as fascinating to scientists as it is to the rest of us. A vast pool of knowledge, therefore, has been gleaned from research into the nature of sex, from the contentious problem of why the wasteful reproductive process exists at all, to how individuals choose their mates and what traits they find attractive. This fascinating book explores those... more...

  • The Red Queenby Matt Ridley

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 11.99

    Referring to Lewis Carroll's Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass , a character who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Matt Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators. The Red Queen answers dozens of other riddles of human nature and culture -- including why... more...

  • The Agile Geneby Matt Ridley

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 10.49

    Armed with extraordinary new discoveries about our genes, acclaimed science writer Matt Ridley turns his attention to the nature-versus-nurture debate in a thoughtful book about the roots of human behavior. Ridley recounts the hundred years' war between the partisans of nature and nurture to explain how this paradoxical creature, the human being,... more...

  • Francis Crickby Matt Ridley

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 10.49

    Francis Crick?the quiet genius who led a revolution in biology by discovering, quite literally, the secret of life?will be bracketed with Galileo, Darwin, and Einstein as one of the greatest scientists of all time. In his fascinating biography of the scientific pioneer who uncovered the genetic code?the digital cipher at the heart of heredity that... more...

  • Genomeby Matt Ridley

    HarperCollins 2013; US$ 11.99

    The genome's been mapped. But what does it mean? Arguably the most significant scientific discovery of the new century, the mapping of the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome raises almost as many questions as it answers. Questions that will profoundly impact the way we think about disease, about longevity, and about free... more...

  • The Evolution of Everythingby Matt Ridley

    HarperCollins 2015; US$ 13.59

    The New York Times bestselling author of The Rational Optimist and Genome returns with a fascinating argument for evolution that definitively dispels a dangerous, widespread myth: that we can command and control our world. Human society evolves. Change in technology, language, morality, and society is incremental, inexorable, gradual, and spontaneous.... more...

  • The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolvesby Matt Ridley

    HarperCollins Publishers 2010; US$ 9.26

    Shortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction 2011. Life is on the up. more...

  • Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Aheadby Steven Pinker; Matt Ridley; Alain de Botton; Malcolm Gladwell

    Oneworld Publications 2016; US$ 6.99

    Four of the world?s most renowned thinkers take on one of the biggest debates of the modern era. It?s just a brute fact that we don't throw virgins into volcanoes any more. We don't execute people for shoplifting a cabbage. And we used to.? - Steven Pinker The idea that because things have gotten better in the past they will continue to do so in... more...

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