Who are we, and how did we get here? These are two of the most fundamental questions facing scientists and cosmologists alike and have rested at the center of human intellectual endeavor since its beginning. They are questions that stretch across numerous disciplines. But with many groups seeking answers using different methods, it can be difficult to tell what progress has been made without stepping back and looking at the whole interdisciplinary picture. John Hands does exactly that. His synthesis of ideas, ten years in the making, reveals underlying patterns of cooperation, complexity, and convergence that begin to tell the story of human emergence and consciousness.
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John Hands has devoted more than ten years to evaluating scientific theories about human evolution from the origin of the universe. He graduated in chemistry from the University of London and co-authored two research studies and published one book in the social sciences. He was the founding Director of the Government's Co-operative Housing Agency and served on three Government committees. He has tutored in both physics and management studies for the Open University and was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at University College London. He has written three novels and been published in 8 countries.Review :
''A compendious work that will intrigue serious readers.'' (Kirkus)
''Hands's book is a game-changer. In the tradition of Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, this lucidly written, penetrating analysis challenges us to rethink many things we take for granted about ourselves, our society, and our universe. It will become a classic.'' (Peter Dreier, E P Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, Occidental College)
''This is a truly exceptional piece of work.'' (Tim Crane, Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge)
''John Hands is an astute observer of recent trends in scientific ideas bold enough to point out what he sees as sense and nonsense and intelligently explain why. Even in cases where one might disagree, the arguments are thought-provoking.'' (Paul Steinhardt, Albert Einstein Professor in Science, Princeton University)
''A work as bold, broad, and challenging as this will no doubt tweak the bias any one of us may have regarding a particular event, but, then, so did Darwin's On the Origin of Species.'' (Jeffrey Schwartz, Professor of Physical Anthropology and of The History & Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh)
''A magisterial, persuasive and thought provoking survey of the horizons of modern science.'' (Dr James Le Fanu, author of The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine)
''This book is an intellectual tour-de-force...highly recommended for anyone wishing to get a deeper insight into the fundamental but typically arcane theories that purport to explain where we and the universe that surrounds us are coming from.'' (Professor Francis Heylighen, Evolution, Complexity and Cognition Group, Free University of Brussels)
''A major accomplishment'' (Professor James Shapiro, author of Evolution: A View From The 21st Century)
''Any conventional Darwinist (and I am one of them) will find a lot to take exception to: but disagreement is the fuel of progress and if you enjoy an argument this is the book for you.'' (Professor Steve Jones, author of The Language of the Genes)
''An audacious and admirable book...written with engaging style, and the strongest scientific ideas across a swathe of fields in physics and biology are presented lucidly'' (Larry Steinman, Professor of Neurological Science, Stanford University)
'' With depth and virtuosity, John Hands explores the Big Questions of human existence: who are we? why are we here? where are we headed? ...Hands's voyage of inquiry will not only educate you, it will also surprise.'' --(Derek Shearer, Director, McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, Los Angeles)
''A fine book...brave, very wide ranging, synoptic.'' --(Professor Stuart Kauffman, author of At Home in the Universe)
''John Hands...came to realise, and makes us realise, how much we don't know. Nevertheless, he is optimistic, and when he comes to human evolution and a schematic view of our history, he is hopeful and sees progress in understanding and co-operation. From his book we get that big picture he sought.'' --(Professor David Knight, author of The Making of Modern Science)
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Description du livre 2015. Hardcover. État : New. Hardcover. Specialist scientific fields are developing at incredibly swift speeds, but what can they really tell us about how the universe began, and how we humans evolved to play such a.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 704 pages. 1.058. N° de réf. du libraire 9780715649558