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Adam David Rutherford is a British geneticist, author, and broadcaster. He was an audio-visual content editor for the journal Nature for a decade, and is a frequent contributor to the newspaper The Guardian.
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Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher
A Monkey's Head, the Pope's Neuroscientist, and the Quest to Transplant the Soul
Brandy Schillace - Mar 02, 2021
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The “delightfully macabre” (The New York Times) true tale of a brilliant and eccentric surgeon…and his quest to transplant the human soul.In the early days of the Cold War, a spirit of desperate scientific rivalry birthed a different kind of space race: not the race to outer space that we all know, but a race to master the inner space of the human ...
Adam Rutherford
Jun 10, 2021
I am devouring this brilliant, utterly nuts book by @bschillace about the history of brain transplants, via two headed dogs, nuclear war, the embodiment of the soul, Catholicism, a few more severed heads. It’s an incredible story, and Schillace is and *incredible* writer.      source
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The Motherhood Complex
The story of our changing selves
May 21, 2021
Enriched with discoveries from biology, psychology and social science, THE MOTHERHOOD COMPLEX is a journey to the heart of what it means to become a mother.Melissa Hogenboom examines how the suite of changes we experience during pregnancy and motherhood influence our sense of self, both physically and from the wider world. From the way our brain ch...
Adam Rutherford
May 15, 2021
I’ve read this book by @melissasuzanneh and let me tell you it is frigging brilliant. The stereotype that The Dutch are brutally honest is true.      source
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How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time
Gaia Vince - Jan 21, 2020
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In the tradition of Guns, Germs, and Steel and Sapiens, a winner of the Royal Society Prize for Science Books shows how four tools have enabled humans to control the destiny of our species.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 ...
Adam Rutherford
Apr 13, 2021
I would suggest reading Transcendence by @WanderingGaia, Kindred by @LeMoustier, or the Book of Humans by me, which avoid these traps.      source
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The Social Instinct
How Cooperation Shaped the World
Nichola Raihani - Aug 31, 2021
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In the tradition of Richard Dawkin’s The Selfish Gene, Nichola Raihani's The Social Instinct is a profound and engaging look at the hidden processes which have underpinned human evolution, revealing how much we have in common with far-flung species, and why cooperation is key to why we are the way we are and to our future survival... In the traditi...
Adam Rutherford
Feb 15, 2021
Jesse and I enormously enjoying this terrific book on evolution and cooperation by m’colleague @nicholaraihani      source
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The Gene
An Intimate History
Siddhartha Mukherjee - May 02, 2017
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The #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller The basis for the PBS Ken Burns Documentary The Gene: An Intimate History From the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of The Emperor of All Maladiesa fascinating history of the gene and a magisterial account of how human minds have laboriously, ingeniously picked apart what makes us tick (Elle). "Sid Mukherjee has the unc...
Adam Rutherford
Jul 30, 2020
Hey, this is a must view. Sid’s book is outrageously good.      source
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The Strangest Man
The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom
Graham Farmelo - Jun 28, 2011
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'A monumental achievement - one of the great scientific biographies.' Michael FraynThe Strangest Man is the Costa Biography Award-winning account of Paul Dirac, the famous physicist sometimes called the British Einstein. He was one of the leading pioneers of the greatest revolution in twentieth-century science: quantum mechanics. The youngest theor...
Adam Rutherford
Jul 15, 2020
@god_finance @grahamfarmelo It is a truly excellent book.      source
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The Idea of the Brain
The Past and Future of Neuroscience
Matthew Cobb - Apr 21, 2020
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A powerful examination of what we think we know about the brain and why -- despite technological advances -- the workings of our most essential organ remain a mystery. For thousands of years, thinkers and scientists have tried to understand what the brain does. Yet, despite the astonishing discoveries of science, we still have only the vaguest idea...
Adam Rutherford
Jan 16, 2020
This isn’t my precise blurb, but this book is fucking brilliant.      source
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