How Many Friends Does One Person Need? by Robin Dunbar is a fascinating examination of human evolution, revealing why we gossip, how many Facebook friends we should have and how our distant past influences our current behaviour.
About the Author
Robin Dunbar is currently Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford University and a Fellow of Magdalen College. His principal research interest is the evolution of sociality. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1998. His books include The Trouble with Science,
'an eloquent riposte to the anti-science lobby' (Sunday Times
), and Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language
. The Human Story
was described as 'fizzing with recent research and new theories' in the Sunday Times
and 'punchy and provocative' by the New Scientist
. How Many Friends Does One Person Need?: Dunbar's Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks
was published in 2010.