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The Serpent's Promise: The Bible Retold as Science

Steve Jones

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Prose: non-fiction, Popular science

Britain's favourite geneticist, Steve Jones, updates the Bible from the point of view of modern science.

The 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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Praise for The Serpent's Promise: The Bible Retold as Science

  • 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

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Steve Jones

Steve Jones is a Senior Research Fellow at University College, London and has worked at universities in the USA, Australia and Africa. He gave the Reith Lectures in 1991 and presented a BBC TV series on human genetics and evolution in 1996. He appears frequently on radio and television.

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