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New book traces humankind's 14-billion-year journey

Inspired by genetics pioneer Sydney Brenner

Wildtype Media Group

November 9, 2018 - Wildtype Books has published Sydney Brenner's 10-on-10: The Chronicles of Evolution, a richly illustrated volume that brings readers on a whirlwind tour through 14 billion years of evolutionary history, from the beginnings of the universe to the rise of humankind and beyond.

The brainchild of Nobel laureate Sydney Brenner, a genetics pioneer who discovered how to read the code of life, the book presents insights from 24 prominent thinkers on how humans found their place in the universe.

It walks us through ten logarithmic scales of time from the Big Bang (10^10 years ago) to the present (10^1 years), spanning the appearance of multicellular life forms, the evolution of humans, and the emergence of language, culture and technology.

Among the world-renowned experts who contributed to the book are:

  • Molecular biology pioneer and Nobel laureate Sydney Brenner, who studies genomes and their evolution;
  • Nobel laureate Jack Szostak, who studies the origin of biological life;
  • Paleogeneticist Svante Pääbo, whose laboratory has sequenced the genomes of Neanderthals, Denisovans and other early humans;
  • Complexity economics expert W. Brian Arthur, whose research focuses on the social and economic impact of technology and innovation; and
  • Public intellectual Helga Nowotny, who studies the intersection of science, technology and society.

"This wonderfully anthropocentric and chronocentric book throws ten logs on the fiery topics of evolution," said Professor George Church of Harvard University. "A must-read--next to Hawking's A Brief History of Time and Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything."

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