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  • The Rational Optimistby Matt Ridley

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 13.29

    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 Origins of Virtueby Matt Ridley

    Penguin Books Ltd 1997; Not Available

    Why are people nice to each other? What are the reasons for altrusim? Matt Ridley explains how the human mind has evolved a special instinct for social exchange, offering a lucid and persuasive argument about the paradox of human benevolence. more...

  • The Red Queenby Matt Ridley

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 12.99

    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 Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolvesby Matt Ridley

    HarperCollins Publishers 2010; Not Available

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

  • Nature via Nurture: Genes, experience and what makes us humanby Matt Ridley

    HarperCollins Publishers 2011; Not Available

    Acclaimed author Matt Ridley's thrilling follow-up to his bestseller Genome. Armed with the extraordinary new discoveries about our genes, Ridley turns his attention to the nature versus nurture debate to bring the first popular account of the roots of human behaviour. 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...

  • Nature via Nurture: Genes, experience and what makes us humanby Matt Ridley

    HarperCollins Publishers 2011; Not Available

    Acclaimed author Matt Ridley's thrilling follow-up to his bestseller Genome. Armed with the extraordinary new discoveries about our genes, Ridley turns his attention to the nature versus nurture debate to bring the first popular account of the roots of human behaviour. more...

  • The Red Queenby Matt Ridley

    HarperCollins 2012; Not Available

    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 Red Queenby Matt Ridley

    Penguin Books Ltd 1994; Not Available

    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...

  • Francis Crickby Matt Ridley

    HarperCollins 2012; Not Available

    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...