Author: Sam Kean
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Summary: This engaging science read was perfect for me, well researched and full of fascinating anecdotes, including a surprising number that were new to me.
I really loved the way this book was organized. The author managed to generally move forward through the history of evolution and the history of genetics at the same time. Each chapter answers a fairly specific question and each set of chapters addresses a broader question, such as what makes us human and where all of our discoveries are leading us. This structure made for an accessible and intriguing read.
The writing was also interesting and easy to follow. I was thrilled that even with plenty of academic knowledge of genetics and many popular science books in my background, this book included fun facts and stories I hadn’t heard before. The author did a great job getting into some of the very latest moral questions raised by genetics research as well. However, I think that the structure and writing would make this a great read for anyone interested, regardless of their background. Well researched, well explained, well written – this was exactly what I look for in my science nonfiction.
For a perspective on how accessible this is for someone without a biology background, I’d recommend checking out Allison at The Book Wheel’s review.