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Matt Ridley is the author of several award-winning books, including Genome, The Agile Gene, and The Red Queen, which have sold more than 800,000 copies in twenty-seven languages worldwide. He lives in England.
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The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (2008) — Contributor — 803 copies
Darwin (Norton Critical Edition) (1970) — Contributor, some editions — 651 copies
The English Landscape: Its Character and Diversity (1700) — Contributor — 76 copies
The Year the World Went Mad (2022) — Foreword, some editions — 14 copies


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An evolutionary perspective on sex, mating, beauty and other pieces of human nature. Inspires to think about the deep reasons for our desires and behavior. Also the idea of the red queen (constant conflict which spurs evolution but doesn't give any side a hude advantage) can be imaginativly applied to other systems. I'm happy i was introduced to this perspective and i think i need to strengthen my understanding of it with other books. Someone recommended me to read Steve Pinker.
rubyman | 23 other reviews | Feb 21, 2024 |
Stay away from an audio book version at any cost.
Den85 | 11 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
Everything around us has evolved from a bottom-up manner. But we tell stories that it came in a top-down, one-man-redefined-the-field way. We fail to appreciate randomness, environment and various other factors that led to a change. Matt Ridley call this as an argument of creationists, whereas the world has really evolved. The entire book is a convincing argument on various facets of our life and how it has evolved.

I now really appreciate the concepts of emergence and complexity much better thru this fantastic, well researched and lucidly written book.

It’s an excellent book that deserves five stars. But it is deliciously repetitive. To get the best out of it, I recommend you to read one chapter with enough breaks. You will love it.
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Santhosh_Guru | 11 other reviews | Oct 19, 2023 |



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