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    DescriptionSurvival of the fittest or survival of the nicest? Since the dawn of time man has contemplated the mystery of altruism, but it was Darwin who posed the question most starkly. From the selfless ant to the stinging bee to the man laying down his life for a stranger, evolution has yielded a goodness that in theory should never be. Set against the sweeping tale of 150 years of scientific attempts to explain kindness, The Price of Altruism tells for the first time the moving story of the eccentric American genius George Price (1922 1975), as he strives to answer evolution's greatest riddle. An original and penetrating picture of twentieth century thought, it is also a deeply personal journey. From the heights of the Manhattan Project to the inspired equation that explains altruism to the depths of homelessness and despair, Price's life embodies the paradoxes of Darwin s enigma. His tragic suicide in a squatter s flat, among the vagabonds to whom he gave all his possessions, provides the ultimate contemplation on the possibility of genuine benevolence."

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    The Price of Altruism
    George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Oren Harman
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 771 g
    ISBN 13: 9780393067781
    ISBN 10: 0393067785

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    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    WW Norton & Co
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    Publication date
    23 July 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    In this remarkable book, Oren Harman tracks George Price, an awkward, disturbed, and profoundly, almost saintly scientist.... It is an astonishing story at every level, from the destitute wanderings and genial interventions of Price to a revealing account of how modern evolutionary biology took its contemporary form. --Peter Galison, Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and Physics, Harvard University"