The Language of the Genes Hardcover – 7 Jun 1993
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From the Back Cover
WINNER OF THE RHONE-POULENC PRIZE FOR THE BEST SCIENCE BOOK OF 1994
WINNER OF THE YORKSHIRE POST BEST FIRST BOOK AWARD 1994
“Not so much divination as demystification . . . An attempt to bring genetics and evolution more into the public domain. If, for instance, you ever wondered just what genetic engineering is about, here is as good a place as any to discover. Few have Jones’ ability to communicate a difficult idea with such humour, clarity, precision and ease. “
LAURANCE HURST, 'Times Higher'
“Jones is sensitive to the social issues raised by genetics . . . Yet his interest reaches beyond contemporary social issues to the human past, to what genetics can and cannot tell us about our evolution and patterns of social development. He interleaves a broad knowledge of biology with considerations of cultural, demographic and – as the title indicates – linguistic history. Based on his 1992 Reith lectures, Jones's book is as once instructive and captivating. “
PETER TALLACK, 'London Review of Books'
“Trenchant , witty and enlightening . . . Jones' literate and wide-ranging book is an essential sightseer's guide to our own genetic terrain. “
PETER TALLACK,' Sunday Telegraph'
“This brilliant and witty book . . .is highly literate, and Jones goes a long way to bridging the deepening chasms between the two cultures. Not to know how genes affect us is to ignore a central factor in our lives.”
LEWIS WOLPERT, 'Daily Mail '
‘’Smoothly written and easily read . . . An absorbing and fascinating romp around the world of genetics.‘’
JOHN GRIBBIN, 'Sunday Times '
About the Author
Professor Steve Jones was born in Wales, educated in Scotland and lives in London. He is Professor of Genetics at the Galton Laboratory at University College London.
His first book, ‘The Language of the Genes’ (1993), won the Rhône-Poulenc Prize for the Best Science Book of the Year. It was based on the Reith Lectures he gave in 1991. He is Co-Editor of the ‘Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Human Evolution’ and joint author of The Open University final year genetics textbook.
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I have read a great many popular science books - I even wrote a PhD thesis on them - and the Language of Genes is one of the most finely crafted, well-balanced examples of the genre I have ever come across. It is a good read for experts and non-experts alike. I can not think of a better introduction to genetics for people starting from scratch. I continue to recommend it regularly. It is the book I gave to my granny when she became interested in the background of the GMO debate.
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Steve Jones writes in a very accessible, chatty, informative style; backed up with years of training, experience, and scientific evidence. This guy knows what he is talking about. I haven't studied science since I was sixteen, but I understood everything. He covers topics from the sex life of mice to South American indians to why modern women find it hard to conceive. Whatever you are interested in, there will be something on it in this book! And if you liked this, which you will, try Steven Jay Gould's books on evolution. Any one of these will do as they are all fascinating. And a book called Why Things Bite Back, which explains how modern "civilisation" and advances in engineering and technology can sometimes cause more problems than they cure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hugely interesting book, I had the older print version when DNA was in its infancy, but this is updated with more on DNA.Published 4 months ago by JennyAnne
A bit awkward style, Better books recently written and read on topic.Published 19 months ago by Inge Birgit Due Stern
The other Dr Jones.. a primer for those interested in genetics, bu8t also interested in common sense and logic, well presented!Published on 8 Feb. 2014 by Mr. James F. Mcdonald
This isn't a book for geneticists, its for people who enjoy reading upon the subject as a hobby, or just to learn more about genetics. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2013 by Nyx
Steve Jones is a well known author, but I think it is better to get your info on genetics from Wikipedia, as the whole subject is so fast moving. Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2012 by Mr. A. Pearce
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