- Hardcover: 418 pages
- Publisher: Heron Books (November 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1623657989
- ISBN-13: 978-1623657987
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being: Evolution and the Making of Us
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"Roberts's engagingly personal style connects you to your ancestors, to your own personal beginnings as a single cell and, in a most attractive way, to herself as an author of great charm. From your brain to your fingertips, you emerge from her book entertained and with a deeper understanding of yourself."―Richard Dawkins, bestselling author of The Selfish Gene, The God Delusion, and The Magic of Reality
"A masterful account of why our bodies are the way they are ...Roberts skilfully and knowledgeably weaves embryology, genetics, anatomy, evolution and zoology to tell the incredible story of the human body... It is in comparative anatomy that this book really shines ... Roberts's anatomical expertise is seductive... This is a scientifically robust book, packed with up-to-date and historical research, and in no way trivial. But it is a long distance from ponderous, and Roberts's lightness of touch is joyous, and celebratory."―Adam Rutherford, The Guardian
"Alice Roberts tells us about the most amazing story on the planet--the creation of the human animal. Nothing is more extraordinary and her guided tour of the human body takes us on a fascinating journey of self-discovery."―Desmond Morris, biologist, artist, and bestselling author of The Naked Ape
About the Author
Dr. Alice Roberts is an anatomist, osteoarchaeologist, anthropologist, television presenter, author, and professor at the University of Birmingham. She has presented The Incredible Human Journey and Coast on BBC 2 and Inside Science on Radio 4. She lives in Bristol with her husband and two children.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'll say this: I've never been particularly interested in human evolution, human physiology, and human development, mainly because so many biology courses I took were rather human centered (for example, when I got to physiology in high school biology classes, they were pretty much human systems only). Later years of university exposed me to so much other life on this planet and I was sick of human stuff, and that has rather stuck with me ever since. This book has rather changed that for me. It ties our evolution so neatly into that of so many other organisms by talking about how we are, how others are, and how the common ancestors may have been, that it has started a fire to my interest in how we came to be that was kindled by Neil Shubin's book.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in evolution, embryology, and development, human or otherwise, to anyone who is interested in the great tree of life and how we fit into it. I'll definitely be recommending this to my more motivated students and former students who have gone on to study biology and medicine in university.
If you want to know how your body works, how it got to work that way, and how these workings relate to our relatives on other branches of the tree of life, then getting this book is a very good idea. :)
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Also, great that it provides lots of illustrations.Read more