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Y: The Descent of Men by Steve Jones
  

Y: The Descent of Men

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Y: The Descent of Men by Steve Jones

Men, towards the end of the last millennium, felt a sudden tightening of the bowels with the news that the services of their sex had at last been dispensed with. Dolly the Sheep - conceived without male assistance - had arrived. Her birth reminded at least half the population of how precarious man's position may be. What is the point of being a man? For a brief and essential instant he is a donor of DNA; but outside that glorious moment his role is hard to understand. This book is about science not society; about maleness not manhood. The condition is, in the end, a matter of biology, whatever limits that science may have in explaining the human condition. Today's advances in medicine and in genetics mean at last we understand why men exist and why they are so frequent. We understand from hormones to hydraulics how man's machinery works, why he dies so young and how his brain differs from that of the rest of mankind.

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This is science communication at its best: up-to-date, authoritative, witty and packed with human interest. Not just a book for blokes: required reading, too, for every woman who wants to know her enemy New Scientist A sure-fire hit Independent Steve Jones's ideas drive me almost mad with wonder Bob Geldof Stacked full of wonderful anecdotes and vignettes THES


About the Author

Steve Jones is Professor of Genetics at University College, London and has worked at universities in the USA, Australia and Africa. He gave the Reith Lectures in 1991 and presented a BBC TV series on human genetics and evolution in 1996. He is a columnist for the Daily Telegraph.

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Publication date

7th August 2003

Author

Steve Jones

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Publisher

Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Popular science
Genetics (non-medical)

ISBN

9780349113890

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