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The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being: Evolution and the Making of Us

Alice Roberts

5 Reviews

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Prose: non-fiction, Anatomy, Popular science, Evolution, Human biology

The presenter of the BBC's The Incredible Human Journey takes us on a revealing tour around our bodies and into the past to uncover the evolutionary secrets hidden in all of us.

'From your brain to your fingertips, you emerge from her book entertained and with a deeper understanding of yourself' Richard Dawkins

'A masterful account of why our bodies are the way they are . . . this book really shines . . . Roberts's lightness of touch is joyous, and celebratory' Observer

'Witty, personal and above all informed by passion and deep knowledge, this is the story of you, not just from conception onwards but from the millions of years of evolution that have shaped the way we are today' Adam Rutherford

***SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE***

Alice Roberts takes you on the most incredible journey, revealing your path from a single cell to a complex embryo to a living, breathing, thinking person. It's a story that connects us with our distant ancestors and an extraordinary, unlikely chain of events that shaped human development and left a mark on all of us. Alice Roberts uses the latest research to uncover the evolutionary history hidden in all of us, from the secrets found only in our embryos and genes - including why as embroyos we have what look like gills - to those visible in your anatomy. This is a tale of discovery, exploring why and how we have developed as we have. This is your story, told as never before.

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Praise for The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being: Evolution and the Making of Us

  • 'Alice Roberts's engagingly personal style connects you to your ancestors, to your own

  • beginnings as a single cell . . . You emerge from her book entertained and with a deeper

  • understanding of yourself' - Richard Dawkins

  • 'Her guided tour of the human body takes us on a fascinating journey of self-discovery' - Desmond Morris

  • 'Witty, personal and above all informed by passion and deep knowledge' - Adam Rutherford

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Alice Roberts

Professor Alice Roberts is a writer, broadcaster, and President of Humanists UK. She is the bestselling author of eight popular science books including Evolution: The Human Story, the Incredible Unlikeliness of Being and Tamed: Ten Species that Changed Our World. Making her television debut on Time Team in 2001, she has become one of Britain's best-known broadcasters and has written and presented a huge range of television series for BBC2, BBC4 and Channel 4, including The Incredible Human Journey, Origins of Us and Ice Age Giants, and several Horizon programmes. Her humanist 'mini-sermons' on Twitter have been liked and shared many thousands of times.

Andrew Copson is the Chief Executive of Humanists UK and President of Humanists International. He has provided a humanist voice on many television and radio programmes and written on humanism for publications including The Economist, New Statesman, Guardian, Prospect, The Times and Buzzfeed. With AC Grayling, he edited the Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Humanism and his most recent book is Secularism: A Very Short Introduction. He has been the humanist contributor to many compendiums and anthologies of quotations such as Wisdom for Life and numerous resources for schools.

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