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    DescriptionDescribed by Oliver Sacks as 'one of the best scientist-writers of our time', Robert M. Sapolsky here presents the human animal in all its quirkiness and diversity. In these remarkable essays, Sapolsky once again deploys his compassion and insights into the human condition to tell us who, why and how we are. Monkeyluv touches on themes such as sexuality, aggression, love, parenting, religion, ageing, and mental illness. He ponders such topics as our need to seek out beauty; why our preferences in food become fixed; why we are sexually attracted to one another; why Alzheimer's disease tends to be a post-menopausal phenomenon; and why grandmothers buying groceries for their grandchildren are part of nature's Darwinian logic.


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    Title
    Monkeyluv
    Subtitle
    And Other Lessons in Our Lives as Animals
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert M. Sapolsky
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 191 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099474555
    ISBN 10: 0099474557
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.1
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26960
    BIC subject category V2: PSAK
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    DC22: 612
    BISAC V2.8: MED075000
    DC22: 576.5
    BIC subject category V2: MFN
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002000, SOC041000, SCI080000
    Thema V1.0: PSAK, MFG, PD, MFN
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    05 October 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Robert M. Sapolsky holds degrees from Harvard and Rockefeller Universities and is currently a Professor of Biology and Neurology at Stanford University and a Research Associate with the Institute of Primate Research, National Museums of Kenya. He is the author of The Trouble with Testosterone, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers (both finalists for the LA Times Book Award), and A Primate's Memoir (also published by Cape). A regular contributor to Natural History, Discover, Men's Health, and Scientific American, and a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, Sapolsky lives in San Francisco.
    Review quote
    "The prose is perfectly pitched: Sapolsky writes in a jocular, entertaining style without ever pandering to the presumed ignorance of his readers. And he expresses infectious enthusiasm, especially when he is reporting on new experiments performed by colleagues in his field" -- Steven Poole Guardian "Sapolsky, who has a weakness for Martian jokes, is a bona fide boffin, but he looks beyond the lab for his case studies, assembling a cast that includes Sandra Bullock and a love-struck baboon named Jonathan. This highly readable book will both inform and enlarge your appreciation of the mystery of existence" Mail on Sunday "The author of Monkeyluv, an entertaining collection of essays about humans and animals, is also a luminary among that rare breed - the funny scientist. These essays on genetic wars between men and women, dreams, bad moods, ambiguity and stress are...a combination of Oliver Sacks and David Foster Wallace" Los Angeles Times "Sapolsky gives us these and many more intriguing gene factoids, but he also explains the elaborate nature/nurture interactions in which they are embedded...the book is a witty blend of anecdote and analysis" -- Rita Carter Daily Mail "Fascinating" Sunday Times