Transcendence

How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time

by Gaia Vince

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  • 9780465094905
  • 9780465094912
How four tools enabled humanity to control its destiny

What enabled us to go from simple stone tools to smartphones? How did bands of hunter-gatherers evolve into multinational empires? Readers of Sapiens will say a cognitive revolution -- a dramatic evolutionary change that altered our brains, turning primitive humans into modern ones -- caused a cultural explosion. In Transcendence, Gaia Vince argues instead that modern humans are the product of a nuanced coevolution of our genes, environment, and culture that goes back into deep time. She explains how, through four key elements -- fire, language, beauty, and time -- our species diverged from the evolutionary path of all other animals, unleashing a compounding process that launched us into the Space Age and beyond. Provocative and poetic, Transcendence shows how a primate took dominion over nature and turned itself into something marvelous.

  • Basic Books; January 2020
  • ISBN: 9780465094912
  • Title: Transcendence
  • Author: Gaia Vince
  • Imprint: Basic Books
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  • 9780465094905
  • 9780465094912

In The Press

"A wondrous, visionary work."—Tim Flannery, scientist and authorof The Weather Makers


About The Author

Gaia Vince is a science writer and broadcaster. In 2015, she was the first woman to win the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book prize solo for her debut, Adventures in the Anthropocene. She has held senior editorial posts at Nature and New Scientist, and writes for Science, the Guardian, and others. She lives in London.

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  • 9780465094905
  • 9780465094912