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    DescriptionShortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction 2011. Life is on the up. We are wealthier, healthier, happier, kinder, cleaner, more peaceful, more equal and longer-lived than any previous generation. Thanks to the unique human habits of exchange and specialisation, our species has found innovative solutions to every obstacle it has faced so far. In 'The Rational Optimist', acclaimed science writer Matt Ridley comprehensively refutes the doom-mongers of our time, and reaches back into the past to give a rational explanation for why we can - and will - overcome the challenges of the future, such as climate change and the population boom. Bold and controversial, it is a brilliantly confident assertion that the 21st century will be the best for humankind yet.


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    Title
    The Rational Optimist
    Subtitle
    How Prosperity Evolves
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Matt Ridley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 320 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007267125
    ISBN 10: 0007267126
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27850
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC subject category V2: KCZ
    Ingram Subject Code: BE
    Libri: ENGM8000, BUSI5056, MANA1000
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000
    DC22: 303.4
    BISAC V2.8: BUS039000
    DC22: 339.2
    BISAC V2.8: BUS023000, HIS054000
    Thema V1.0: JB, KCB, KCZ
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    FOURTH ESTATE LTD
    Publication date
    01 April 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Matt Ridley received his BA and D. Phil at Oxford researching the evolution of behaviour. He has been science editor, Washington correspondent and American editor of The Economist. He is the author of bestselling titles The Red Queen (1993), The Origins of Virtue (1996), Genome (1999) and Nature via Nurture (2003). His books have sold over half a million copies, been translated into 25 languages and been shortlisted for six literary prizes. In 2004 he won the National Academies Book Award from the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine for Nature via Nurture. In 2007 Matt won the Davis Prize from the US History of Science Society for Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code. He is married to the neuroscientist Professor Anya Hurlbert.
    Review quote
    'A triumphant blast on the vuvuzela of common sense' Boris Johnson 'A glorious defence of our species... a devastating rebuke to humanity's self-haters' Sunday Times 'No other book has argued with such brilliance against the automatic pessimism that prevails' Ian McEwan 'His theory is, in a way, the glorious offspring that would result if Charles Darwin's ideas were mated with those of Adam Smith' The Economist 'Original, clever and controversial' Guardian 'As a work of bold historical positivity it is to be welcomed. At every point cheerfulness keeps breaking through' The Times