Acclaimed science writer Adam Rutherford will make a special appearance at the Highland Park Library to discuss his new book, Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature's Most Paradoxical Creature-A New Evolutionary History. Rutherford’s A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for nonfiction. In his new book, Rutherford explores how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not and explains how we became the creatures we are today. Illuminating the latest genetic research, the book is an account of what fixes us as animals - and what makes us extraordinary.
Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book signing. Registration is not required, but you can sign up for an email reminder about this event here.
"This delightful and charming book will change the way you see yourself and your place in the natural world."-- Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes
"Adam Rutherford is a master storyteller. [ Humanimal] is packed to the brim with intriguing tales, clever twists, and up-to-the-minute scientific discoveries, offering a completely new perspective on who we are and how we came to be."-- Hannah Fry, author of The Mathematics of Love
"Charming, compelling, and packed with information. I learned more about biology from this short book than I did from years of science lessons. Adam Rutherford has a knack for making complex ideas understandable--and also fun. Our species is a lot stranger than I'd ever realized, but a lot more normal, too. A weird and wonderful read."-- Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads
Adam Rutherford wrote A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived--finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction--and Creation, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize. He writes and presents BBC's flagship weekly Radio 4 program Inside Science; The Cell for BBC Four; andPlaying God (on the rise of synthetic biology) for leading science series Horizon; in addition to writing for the Guardian
“Rutherford describes Humanimal as being about the paradox of how our evolutionary journey turned ‘an otherwise average ape’ into one capable of creating complex tools, art, music, science, and engineering.