- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books (January 21, 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465094902
- ISBN-13: 978-0465094905
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 22 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Transcendence: How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time
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"History doesn't get much bigger than this epic sweep through human progress....Vince takes dizzying leaps, making connections between archaeology, anthropology, genetics, and psychology."―Tom Whipple, Times of London
"Any story that begins with the words '14 billion years ago' is bound to be epic, and Transcendence is no exception... An impressive breadth of research from paleoarchaeology to genetics to anthropology."―M.R. O'Connor, Undark
"A hugely enjoyable sprint through human evolutionary history... and a good story."―Tim Radford, Nature
"Captivating... A provocative, highly readable take on our astonishing emergence from the primordial soup."―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A wondrous, visionary work."―Tim Flannery, scientist and author of The Weather Makers
"Transcendence is a beautifully imaginative overview of the biological and cultural evolution of humans. Richly informed by the latest research, Vince's colorful survey fizzes like a zip-wire as it tours our species' story from the Big Bang to the coming age of hyper-cooperation."―Richard Wrangham, professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University and author of The Goodness Paradox
"An imaginative and inspiring adventure into the origins and evolution of what we hold most dear: our human culture."―Uta Frith, emeritus professor of cognitive development UCL
"This book goes from the Big Bang to the Hundred Thousand Genome Project to make a convincing case that Homo sapiens has become a super-organism. I learned a lot from it and so will you."―Steve Jones, Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics UCL and author of Here Comes the Sun
"Science writer Vince looks at human evolution in terms of four elements -- dubbed Fire, Word, Beauty, and Time -- in this stimulating account... Even those broadly familiar with humanity's story will find new information and insights in Vince's fascinating study."
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But, oh dear, what leaden writing! Sentences go on and on. Some are so general that they add nothing. And when she sums up a theme she can be banal.
Tables, maps, diagrams and illustrations would really have helped but there were none.
I had a sinking feeling each time I resumed reading.