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    DescriptionThe Bible was the first scientific textbook of all; and it got some things right (and plenty more wrong). Steve Jones' new book rewrites it in the light of modern science. Are we all descended from a single couple, a real-life Adam and Eve? Was the Bible's great flood really a memory of the end of the Ice Age? Will we ever get back to Methuselah given that British life expectancy is still rising by six hours a day, every day? Many people deny the power of faith, many more the power of science. In this ground-breaking work, geneticist Steve Jones explores their shared mysteries - from the origins of life and humankind to sex, age, death and the end of the universe. He steps aside from the noisy debate between believers and unbelievers to show how the same questions preoccupy us today as in biblical times - and that science offers many of the answers. Erudite and accessible, The Serpent's Promise is a witty and thoughtful account of the ability and the limits of science to tell us what we are.


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    Title
    The Serpent's Promise
    Subtitle
    The Bible Retold as Science
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Professor Steve Jones
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 366 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780349123486
    ISBN 10: 0349123489
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    Libri: ENGM4500
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000
    DC23: 500
    Illustrations note
    Integrated: 10, chapter headings
    Publisher
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Abacus
    Publication date
    03 April 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Steve Jones is Professor of Genetics at University College London and the president of the Galton Institute. He delivered the BBC Reith Lectures in 1991, appears frequently on radio and television and is a regular columnist for the Daily Telegraph.
    Review quote
    With sensitivity towards religion and sardonic wit, geneticist Steve Jones delivers a masterful scientific take on biblical events Nature Brilliantly told ... highly entertaining and informative ... one of the best books I have read Biologist Witty, urbane and erudite Independent on Sunday Jones is always lively and often wickedly funny New Scientist Erudite and accessible, The Serpent's Promise is a witty and thoughtful account of the ability and the limits of science to tell us what we are New Statesman a good natured, supremely well-informed guide ... beautifully written, stuffed with big ideas and sprinkled with fabulous anecdotes Mail on Sunday enthralling, in the best, most bracing way Scotsman