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The Finger Book Hardcover – 6 Mar 2008

4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (6 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571215394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571215393
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.9 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,826,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

A smart, provocative and wonderfully accessible look at a new and controversial area of evolutionary science.


This book is about a simple measurement of the human hand: the 'finger ratio', or the length of the ring finger relative to the index finger. John Manning uses a tiny difference between the sexes - that men tend to have a greater finger ratio than women - to examine a dizzying group of questions about human behaviour, from sexuality, to musical ability, to predisposition to disease. Controversial, but unfailingly clear and balanced, John Manning's cutting-edge research poses many fruitful questions about what makes us as we are.

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